Daily Archive : Tuesday June 17, 2014


    The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq has canceled two August concerts in Elgin, which would have been the beginning of its U.S. debut tour. Here, they rehearse in an undated photo.

    Iraqi orchestra cancels U.S. tour, debut in Elgin

    What was supposed to be a joyful first in the suburbs will no longer take place because of the sectarian upheaval in Iraq. The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq canceled its long-in-the-making U.S. debut, which was supposed to feature two concerts at Elgin Community College in August followed by performances in New York City and Washington, D.C.

    June 1 marked the beginning of the next redevelopment stage of East Dundee business district. On that date, village board members began leasing the eastern half of the Doederlein Lumber Company. They plan to knock down that portion, extend Meier Street, and pave a parking lot.

    East Dundee plans restaurant row for downtown

    Take all the photographs you can of North River Street in the next month or so, East Dundee residents, because by the end of summer it will not look the same.

    Matt Vincent competed in the 28-pound weight throw for distance last summer in the Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.

    Pipes will be piped and cabers will be tossed at Highland Games in Itasca

    Some of Scotland’s deepest traditions will be celebrated and most competitive games will be contested this weekend in Itasca. The 28th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 20, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Itasca’s Hamilton Lakes Business Park.

    Bob Dold, left, and Brad Schneider are candidates in the 10th Congressional District race.

    Republicans prep big ad blitz for Dold

    A Republican political committee has reserved $800,000 for TV ads to support Bob Dold of Kenilworth in his 10th District rematch race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield.


    Northbound lane of Farnsworth in Aurora to reopen by 5:30 a.m.

    One northbound lane of Farnsworth Avenue between Molitor and Reckinger roads in Aurora remains closed so workers can repair a gas leak, authorities said. This lane will be open by 5:30 a.m.


    Two motorcyclists charged in April crash

    Two Wisconsin motorcyclists have been charged in an April crash involving a semitrailer truck. The crash happened on the 3900 block of Route 12 in Richmond Township near Spring Grove, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

    The Rev. Kenneth Walker, left, and the Rev. Joseph Terra perform a Mass in Phoenix. Walker was killed and Terra was critically injured during a robbery attempt at Mother of Mercy Mission church last Wednesday.

    Police: Priest killed with another priest’s gun

    A homeless ex-convict is being held on $1 million bond, accused of beating a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church and then wrestling away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man’s assistant.


    Carpentersville approves medical pot rules

    Carpentersville village board unanimously signed off on new rules for medical marijuana facilities Tuesday night, ones that will make it harder for the enterprise to set up in the village. Trustee Pat Schultz said the board realized it can’t stop a medical marijuana enterprise from coming, but trustees can tell it where to go. "They wanted to be on Main Street USA. And we said no ... we've...

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com The outdoor dinning area over looking Bangs Lake at Docks Bar and Grill on Friday in Wauconda.

    Wauconda adopts new noise rules prompted by bars

    Complaints about loud, late-night music at two lakefront bars in downtown Wauconda have led to new rules designed to limit noise throughout town. The rules wouldn’t merely apply to the bars on Bangs Lake. Residential parties and other events would face the same restrictions.


    Teens seriously injured in ATV accident near Lily Lake

    Two teens suffered head injuries and were taken to a hospital by helicopter Tuesday afternoon after a motorcyclist and ATV collided near Lily Lake, according to the Kane County sheriff’s office.

    Twins Max and Charlie Naylor, 4, watch bubbles float through the Fair on the Square as Istavan & His Imaginary Band play on stage during the first day of Swedish Days in downtown Geneva. The twins were with their mother, Jessica, who said they put their Viking hats and beards on in the morning and wouldn’t take them off. Istvan & His Imaginary Band, of Chicago, have released an album of children’s songs.

    Swedish Days kicks off in Geneva

    Geneva’s annual Swedish Days, a Midsommar Festival, started Tuesday and will dominate downtown until Sunday. Many of Tuesday’s events centered around kids, such as the Fair on the Square with activities including free face painting, balloon art and performances. Geneva mom Jessica Naylor said her kids were having a great time. “They love Swedish Days,” Naylor said of...


    CTA derailment interrupts service

    The derailment of a Chicago Transit Authority train caused delays for elevated train service traveling through the Loop. CTA officials say a set of wheels of came off the tracks over Van Buren Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.


    Panel might subpoena former anti-violence program director

    Illinois lawmakers will decide next Monday whether to subpoena a former official in Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to answer questions about the Democrat’s anti-violence program.

    Courtesy of CTA Do you have your Ventra card yet?

    Ventra deadline approaching for Pace, CTA: 10 things to know

    Pace is pulling out the stops to get the 35 percent of riders not using Ventra to get with the new fare system before July 1. Cash will still be accepted on buses but there's no more free transfers. Here's what you need to know about Pace and CTA's transition to Ventra.

    The Illinois State Board of Elections voted that the “Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits,” led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, had enough valid signatures based off a recent sample size, though still needed to be certified in August.

    Election officials vote on 2 ballot items

    A measure calling for lawmaker term limits is all but ready for the November ballot, elections officials decided Tuesday as they also reluctantly agreed to give backers of an initiative changing how Illinois draws political boundaries more time to validate signatures.

    Pallbearers follow the casket of Jack Roeser after his funeral service Tuesday morning at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in West Dundee. Roeser, 90, died Friday.

    Conservative icon Roeser remembered for his generosity

    Jack Roeser was known as the founder of the largest employer in Carpentersville and an ardent supporter of conservative causes. The Barrington resident who started Otto Engineering died at age 90 on Friday of colon cancer. “Without flinching, he gave everything he had to every cause and every person he believed in,” his son Otto Roeser told about 300 mourners.

    Judith Horsley, Howard Born, Barbara Reed and Erlaine Born watch as two refurbished bells are installed Tuesday at the shared space of First United Methodist Church and First Congregational Church in West Chicago.

    West Chicago church bells given new lives

    Two bells dating back to the 1800s were given new lives Tuesday at the shared home of the First Congregational Church and First United Methodist Church in West Chicago. Judith Horsley, chairwoman of the churches’ Bell Plaza Committee, said worshippers from both congregations were supportive of refurbishing the bells.


    Kane chairman: It’ll be ‘stress time’ for animal control

    With Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen calling the current Animal Control leadership vacancies a "stress test" for the county, officials will widen the search for a new agency director to universities and trade organizations. Former Director Robert Sauceda recently resigned in a cloud of controversy. That's left the the county's health department scrambling to keep the agency out of chaos...


    Man charged in heroin death

    A 21-year-old Winthrop Harbor man is held in the heroin-induced death of Matthew Townsend in that community, Lake County sheriff’s officials said in a news release Tuesday.


    Arlington Heights honored for efforts to help the homeless

    Arlington Heights is being recognized by an international group for its program partnering police with mental health professionals to help homeless residents get the help they need to get off the streets.


    DuPage forest preserve adopts $44 million operating budget

    DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners have approved an operating budget of nearly $44 million for the coming fiscal year, a decrease of more than 5 percent compared to the existing spending plan. The unanimous vote on the 2014-2015 budget came Tuesday; the district’s fiscal year starts July 1. “We’ve cut back on our spending,” forest preserve President...


    Teen driver dies after car plunges into quarry

    Authorities say a 17-year-old has died after crashing a car through a fence and plunging 70 feet into a quarry in Ottawa.

    Patrick Fitzgerald

    Ex-federal prosecutor testifies at Chicago trial

    One of the country’s best known former federal prosecutors has taken the witness stand in the Chicago trial of a woman accused of filing bogus liens against him and others. The longtime U.S. attorney for northern Illinois, Patrick Fitzgerald, testified Tuesday that he doesn’t owe a convicted drug dealer $100 billion.


    South suburban man guilty of killing 3-year-old son

    A South suburban man has been found guilty of stabbing his 3-year-old son to death and sexually assaulting the child’s mother in a 2011 attack at her home. Gregory Sandifer, 30, of Homewood was convicted Tuesday in a bench trial in Cook County circuit court.


    Bartlett collects eye glasses for Lions Club

    Bartlett is collecting used eye glasses in a donation drive for the Bartlett Lions Club. The eyewear can be dropped off at the multipurpose room inside village hall, 228 S. Main St. The drive is part of Bartlett’s Clean Up Week, running from June 23-28.


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    Elk Grove Rotaryfest volunteer charged with theft

    An Elk Grove Village woman faces theft charges after authorities say she pocketed about $1,600 while working as a volunteer at Rotary Fest.


    Batavia murder suspect fit for trial, seeks to ban statements

    A 26-year-old woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in Batavia in 2012 has been found fit to stand trial. Latoya Baines also seeks to have statements she made to police banned from court as her attorney says Baines was not read her Miranda Rights and was not able to voluntariliy waive them.


    Three charged in beating:

    Three men were charged in connection with the beating of a man with a baseball bat and crow bar-type object in Libertyville, police said Tuesday.

    Dareka A. Brooks

    Woman pleads guilty to stealing iPad, piggy bank from Prospect Heights teen

    A Wisconson woman contacted by a Prospect Heights teen for sex, pleaded guilty to robbery Friday, court records show. In exchange for her guilty plea to the class 2 felony, Dareka A. Brooks, 23, was sentenced to five years in prison, with a recommendation for IDOC's boot camp.


    Lincolnshire shoe recycling results:

    More than 300 pairs of shoes were collected in Lincolnshire during an April 30 shoe recycling event, the village announced in a news release.


    Waukegan ArtWauk:

    “Colorful Communications,” an art show by Kim Rahal, will open Saturday June 21, at Dandelion Gallery, 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan.

    Palatine police blocked off Northwest Highway near the intersection of Plum Grove Road Tuesday morning as Nicor crews worked to cap a gas leak.

    Ruptured main triggers gas leak, snarls traffic in Palatine

    A gas leak on the corner of Northwest Highway and Plum Grove Road in Palatine produced a strong odor and blocked off traffic near the busy intersection Tuesday, authorities said. Nicor Gas crews worked into the afternoon repairing a 2-inch main ruptured by an unidentified contractor working in the area, Palatine fire officials said.

    While scarecrows dominate St. Charles festival inside, at least one St. Charles business hopes it can market itself with liquor sales for outdoor dining outside the festival grounds.

    St. Charles may allow liquor sales outside Scarecrow Fest

    St. Charles businesses may become a larger part of Scarecrow Fest via a new liquor license that will allow grocers and other sellers of packaged alcohol a chance to model their own outdoor dining. “The purpose of the Scarecrow Festival is to bring a lot of people to town to create new retail relationships,” the owner of Blue Goose argued on behalf of the new law.

    Cafe Roma chef Frank Redisi will make panna cotta for the Pallet to Palate food and wine tasting fundraiser Monday, June 23, in Elgin.

    Food tasting event to feature 20 local chefs

    Food for Greater Elgin will hold its first Pallet to Palate fundraiser on Monday, June 23, featuring samples from 20 local chefs and wine tasting. "It's a great opportunity to come support the city of Elgin," said Daryl Rubin, director for development at the pantry.


    Illinois puts $2.5 million into tech center expansion

    Illinois officials are putting $2.5 million into expanding a downtown Chicago center for startup companies called 1871, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday. The money will be used to add 25,000 square feet to the technology center, located in the Merchandise Mart, and is expected to be completed by the middle of October.


    Schaumburg committee backs requests for county tax breaks

    Schaumburg’s finance committee has recommended two companies be considered for a Cook County property tax incentive if they move into vacant industrial buildings in the village. Elegant Event Lighting and Redlok Productions, Inc., both of which are already located in Schaumburg, are requesting consideration for Cook County’s Class 6B tax incentive to expand at new locations.

    A shopper walking down the canned soup aisle at a grocery store in Cincinnati. Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty.

    FDA prepares long-awaited plan to reduce salt

    Once the guidelines are issued, Americans won’t notice an immediate taste difference in higher-sodium foods like pizza, pasta, bread and soups. The idea would be to encourage gradual change so consumers’ taste buds can adjust, and to give the companies time to develop lower-sodium foods.


    Schaumburg Renaissance offers ‘Global Day of Discovery’

    The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel’s “Global Day of Discovery” event on Thursday, June 26, will focus on ways to indulge in summer essentials with style. Guests will discover the sounds, savor the tastes and sip from the hotel’s version of these summer essentials.

    Julia Blasinski, 7, Lindenhurst, participates in the parachute activity during the 4-H Health Rocks Summer Day Camp at the University of Illinois Extension in Grayslake. The camp runs through Wednesday.

    Lake County 4-H summer camp pitches healthy snacks, new fruits and veggies

    Making healthy snacks, trying out new fruits and vegetables and learning first aid fundamentals are among the activities at the first 4H Health Rocks Summer Day Camp. Kids, ages 5 to 7 , and three “teen teachers” are participating in the camp at the University of Illinois Extension office in Grayslake through Wednesday.

    Buffalo Grove village trustees this week approved some significant changes in village hall operations, merging the plan commission and zoning board of appeals into one board and streamlining the process to seek approvals for zoning changes and other matters. The changes are part of an effort to make the process simpler for residents and businesses, officials say.

    Buffalo Grove merges zoning, planning boards

    Buffalo Grove is shrinking its planning and zoning process in hopes of making it easier for businesses and residents. On Monday, the village board approved the consolidation of the village’s Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals into one body, the Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Children ride a camel at last year’s Little Boots Rodeo in Elk Grove Village.

    Little Boots Rodeo this weekend in Elk Grove Village

    The seventh annual Little Boots Rodeo in Elk Grove Village is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Arlington Heights Road and Devon Avenue. Children can participate in 13 different events at this year’s rodeo June 21-22, from cow milking and corn stripping, to panning for gold and riding a zip line.


    Movies Under the Stars in Buffalo Grove kicks off June 27

    The Buffalo Grove Park District will be showing three free movies this summer at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, as part of their Movies Under the Stars series. The first movie will be “Frozen” on June 27, sponsored by Forsight Vision. Other movies include “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on July 18, sponsored by Ernie’s Wrecker, and...


    DuPage forest preserve volunteer hired as paid consultant

    A retired Wheaton barber who has been serving as an unpaid adviser to DuPage County Forest Preserve President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr. now will get paid $25,000 a year for his work. The forest preserve board on Tuesday agreed to hire Mark Kauffman as a consultant who will act as an “administrative/intergovernmental cooperation assistant” to the president of the forest...

    Peter Phillips of Schaumburg (right) along with John Giannopoulos of Hanover Park cook up St. Nectarios of Palatine’s famous chicken during a recent Greek Fest celebration. The annual festival returns to the Palatine church this weekend, featuring the best in Greek food, culture and music.

    St. Nectarios celebrates Greek culture with annual fest

    The best in Greek food, music and culture will be on display in Palatine this weekend as St. Nectarios Church hosts its annual Greek Fest celebration. The fest kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday and runs until midnight, then continues from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. Festival grounds at are the church, 133 S. Roselle Road, Palatine.

    Danny Owens

    Ex-Addison cop out on bond in domestic dispute

    A former Addison police officer accused of unlawfully firing his gun and violating a protection order by sending disturbing photos to his estranged wife and her mother is out on bond with a chance to have the felonies wiped from his record. Danny Owens, 40, had been held without bond in DuPage County jail since he was taken into custody on Feb. 10.

    Members of the Naperville Central High School boys lacrosse club recently won the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association’s state cup for the first time. They celebrated Monday night when they were honored by the Naperville Unit District 203 school board.

    Naperville Central claims first boys lacrosse title

    Members of the Naperville Central boys lacrosse club were honored before the Naperville Unit District 203 school board Monday for winning the state championship. “It was just a testament to the kids and how hard they worked to get back to this game, which is not easy, but then also to come away with a victory," assistant coach Jim Coakley said.

    Class rank no longer will be used to measure students' success in Glenbard High School District 87. In its place, the district will provide colleges only with the highest weighted and unweighted grade-point average of each graduating class, officials said.

    Glenbard eliminates class rank for 2015 grads

    Class rank no longer will be used to measure students' success in Glenbard High School District 87. In its place, the district will provide colleges only with the highest weighted and unweighted grade-point average of each graduating class, officials said. The new policy, approved Monday by the school board, will take effect with the graduating class of 2015.

    A home is demolished on Orchard Court as part of an ongoing program in Round Lake Beach.

    Round Lake Beach buys another blighted home to improve neighborhoods

    An effort to improve neighborhoods continues in Round Lake Beach as the village has agreed to buy another rundown house that eventually will be demolished. And aside from the purchase of a small home at 1110 Idlewild Drive, efforts are ongoing on various fronts to address general housing issues in and around the village, officials said.

    A tornado watch in place early this morning has been lifted by the National Weather Service. However, threats of severe weather remain throughout the day and potentially through Friday morning, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said.

    Tornado watch lifted, severe weather possible throughout the day

    A tornado watch in place early this morning in the suburbs has been lifted by the National Weather Service. However, threats of severe weather remain throughout the day and potentially through Friday morning, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said.

    The village of Palatine will operate out of this building at 150 W. Wilson St. for a year while the current village hall undergoes a $12.7 million renovation project. The West Wilson St. building was once owned by BMO Harris Bank and will be renovated itself to suit the village.

    Palatine prepares for year away from village hall

    The plan for how the village of Palatine will continue to operate during the yearlong, $12.7 million renovation project at village hall is clearer after action by the village council Monday night. The council voted unanimously to renovate the village-owned building at 150 W. Wilson St. so it can be used as a temporary village hall. “It will be cozy,” Village Manager Reid Ottesen said.

    Jim Gremo

    Streamwood promotes deputy police chief to top cop

    Streamwood Deputy Police Chief Jim Gremo will be sworn in as the village's new top cop Thursday. The 27-year department veteran was the "clear choice" to succeed departing Chief James Keegan, officials say. Gremo will head a force of nearly 60 sworn cops.

    Tony Bonasera of Elgin, right, talks to Rockford architect Gary Anderson, after a meeting Monday night at Gail Borden Public Library about applying for status for downtown Elgin on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Downtown Elgin on historic registry can only be good, experts say

    A panel of experts told downtown property owners there are only benefits if downtown Elgin is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin has been working on an application to have downtown Elgin listed as a historic district on the National Register. “It can be a valuable tool for marketing our downtown area,” said Tom...


    Pentagon: Benghazi suspect in U.S. custody

    A Libyan militant suspected in the deadly attack on Americans in Benghazi has been captured and is in American custody, the Pentagon said Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. has apprehended one of the alleged perpetrators.

    Wheeling's dispatch center will handle emergency calls for the city of Des Plaines under a 5-year contract.

    Wheeling to field 911 calls from Des Plaines

    Starting next year, anyone who calls 911 for police in Des Plaines will get their call answered by someone in Wheeling — the result of a five-year contract approved by Des Plaines' city council Monday. The move comes as Des Plaines readies to close its aging dispatch center on the second floor of city hall.

    An infrared image of Pablo Picasso’s “The Blue Room,” painted in 1901. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting revealing a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers.

    Infrared image reveals hidden man in Picasso painting

    Scientists and art experts finally know what’s beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?

    Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad’s Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014.

    Iraq: Signs emerge of reprisal sectarian killings

    Signs emerged Tuesday of a reprisal sectarian slaughter of Sunnis in Iraq, as police said pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen detainees after insurgents tried to storm the jail northeast of Baghdad.

    Already having set three price records for the sale of a single stamp, the 1-cent 1856 British Guiana stamp is poised to set a fourth when it is offered at auction by Sotheby's on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

    Rare stamp could set record at NYC auction

    A 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America is poised to become the world's most valuable stamp — again. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta could bring $10 million to $20 million when it goes on the auction block at Sotheby's on Tuesday. Three times in its long history, the little stamp has broken the auction record for a single stamp.

    City Attorney James Knippen, third from left, talks about how the Wheaton City Council is legally obligated to approve a controversial development on Farnham Lane during a meeting Monday.

    Wheaton city council approves controversial Farnham Lane development

    After many discussions over several years, the Wheaton City Council approved a proposal for a controversial development on Farnham Lane that neighbors say will change the feel of their street for the worse. The proposal is to re-subdivide the properties at 102, 106 and 108 E. Farnham Lane into nine single-family lots.

    The Navajo Hotshots make their way to the fire in the Chuska Mountains near Asaayi Lake, which is east of Navajo Pine, N.M. Residents of two Native American communities near the New Mexico-Arizona border were forced to leave their homes Monday, June 16, 2014, as strong winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in the Chuska Mountains.

    California wildfire tamed, New Mexico blaze surges

    Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.


    3 inmates set to die; first since botched lethal injection

    Convicted killers in three states were facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night, marking the first lethal injections in the nation since a botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago. All the states planning lethal injections — Florida, Georgia and Missouri — refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested.


    Firm gets tax breaks, agrees to stay in Illinois

    A northern Illinois manufacturer that said it was considering moving to Wisconsin will instead move from one Illinois town to another after the state agreed to $1.7 million in subsidies.

    Two teams of high school softball all-stars line up on the base paths Monday evening as the colors are presented by the Haderer-Eineke American Legion Post 680 of Hampshire at the 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star game at Judson University in Elgin.

    High schoolers play annual all-star softball game in Elgin

    Some of the suburbs’ best high school softball players got the chance to play in a different kind of all-star game Monday evening at Judson University in Elgin. Before the 11th annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Softball Game, John Radtke, event organizer and Daily Herald Fox Valley Prep sports editor, said although the name of the event has changed through the years, the purpose...


    Chicago seeks info on illegal cigarette sales

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city health officials are asking the public to help stop illegal cigarette sales. The Chicago Department of Public Health on Monday said it would offer a $100 reward to residents who report illegal sales that result in a conviction.


    Bond lowered for Illinois woman accused of cancer claims

    southwestern Illinois judge has reduced the bond for a woman accused of bilking thousands of dollars in donations from people she duped into believing she had terminal cancer.


    Indiana museum displays rare stainless steel Ford
    A northeastern Indiana auto museum is displaying a rare stainless steel Ford dating to the 1930s that’s so shiny it’s considered a “mirror on wheels.”


    Severe storms damage homes in southern Wisconsin

    Emergency management officials say severe storms that swept through southern Wisconsin early Tuesday have damaged more than a dozen structures in Dane County, including homes and an elementary school.


    Indiana mom says teen son recovering after tree fall

    A mother says her teenage son is recovering after being knocked unconscious when he fell from a tree in a northern Indiana town park.

    Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad’s Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq’s Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country’s north.

    U.S. forces move into Iraq with security mission

    Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held an initial discussion on how the longtime foes might cooperate to ease the threat from the...

    Two tornadoes approach Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska.

    Rare dual tornadoes flatten tiny Nebraska town; 2 dead

    A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing a 5-year-old girl and a motorist, leaving grain bins crumpled like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes. All the residents of the town of Pilger — some 350 people — evacuated their homes. “More than half of the town is gone — absolutely gone,”...


    Dawn Patrol: Man gets 15 years for sex assault; dump truck hits motorcyclist

    Elgin man gets 15 years for sex assault. Schaumburg motorcyclist struck by dump truck in Crystal Lake. 3 years in East Dundee DUI hit and run. Carpentersville to consider marijuana regulations again. Itasca nature center to add animal exhibits. Men charged in Kane County sex assault. U.S. wins but needs to improve.

    A new public art exhibit celebrating biking is on display for the next month in Glen Ellyn.

    New Glen Ellyn public exhibit turns old bikes into art

    A face made of bicycle parts and an old bike that looks like a bee are part of a new public art exhibit in Glen Ellyn dedicated to the joys of biking. The Bike It! exhibit opened Sunday and will be on display for a month, organizers say. It features roughly 13 bikes at different spots in the village, each decorated and crafted into a work of art.

    Construction has begun on a $12.5 million flood-relief project at Armstrong Park in Carol Stream. The work is expected to continue until next spring.

    Construction begins in Carol Stream’s Armstrong Park

    Construction has started on the much-anticipated flood relief project in Carol Stream’s Armstrong Park. Crews have cleared vegetation and installed a fabric fence for sediment and erosion control in preparation for coming earthwork, officials said.

    Ken Banas of Lisle shares concerns Monday night with Naperville Unit District 203 board members including Mike Jaench and Susan Crotty, right, about the possible lease of cell towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior high schools.

    District 203 begins cell tower leasing debate

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials said they weren’t out looking for cellphone providers who would pay to install towers at some of their schools, but the opportunity came to them when AT&T asked to build towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs. So now they're looking into it. “I anticipate that this will be just the beginning of a conversation about this topic,”...

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes, left, honored retiring Village Manager Bill Dixon at Dixon’s final village board meeting Monday.

    Arlington Heights honors outgoing village manager

    After 45 years in municipal management, more than two decades of that in Arlington Heights, retiring Village Manager Bill Dixon attended his last board meeting on Monday night. “This is a very bittersweet evening for us here in Arlington Heights,” said Mayor Tom Hayes. Dixon’s last day on the job is Friday, June 27, which Hayes proclaimed Bill Dixon Day in Arlington Heights.

    Jonathan Acosta, left, of Addison, and Steve Jenkins of Hoffman Estates have something to be happy about at the conclusion of the United States World Cup soccer game against Ghana on Monday night at the Fox & Hound Sports Tavern in Schaumburg.

    World Cup won’t be mocked among fans in Schaumburg

    In 1994, Burt Constable wrote a front-page column mocking the World Cup under the headline, "Does anybody care?" Twenty years later, not only is the World Cup a big deal in the suburbs, but he cares enough to get updates on Iran vs. Nigeria just to get me pumped up for that U.S. vs. Ghana match, for which fans cheered in Schaumburg.


    The importance of completing college

    Consider the results of a study reported earlier this year by the Pew Research Center. The survey’s findings were striking, noting “on virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment … young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.”

    Josie Treffy of Serendipity belts out a tune. The all-girl band will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Geneva Commons.

    Free summer concerts at Geneva Commons

    For the 12th year in a row, Geneva Commons will be hosting its annual summer concert series, where families and friends can celebrate warm summer nights with free music outside.


    Rocco Mediate celebrates after sinking a shot from the bunker for a birdie on the 17th hole during the final round of the Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 29, 2016. Mediate won with a score of 19 under.

    Ziehm: Mediate cruises to improbable Senior PGA win

    Winner Rocco Mediate posted the lowest 72-hole score in the Senior PGA Championship by a full 3 shots, the old record being set by Sam Snead in 1973.

    Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin earned a spot on the PGA Tour last fall. Now the 29-year-old Larkin High grad and Chicago Open champ is preparing for the Sony Open in Hawaii later this week.

    Elgin’s Sainz ready for PGA Tour challenge

    Carlos Sainz Jr. of Elgin is preparing this week to play in his fourth PGA Tour event. The 29-year-old PGA rookie talks with golf writer Len Ziehm about his goals and his game, and the challenge ahead.

    Tiger Woods says that he will tee off Thursday when the PGA Championship begins at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

    Tiger’s back? He says all is well

    The suspense is over.Tiger Woods showed up at Valhalla on Wednesday, just a few hours before Thursday’s start of the 96th PGA Championship. After a brief practice session promised he’d tee off in Thursday’s first round.Woods left the Bridgestone Invitational after nine holes Sunday after injuring his back. He returned to Florida while his caddie, Joe LaCava, came here to scout the course that will host the year’s final major championship for the third time.


    England’s Johnson completes wire-to-wire win

    England’s Trish Johnson, winner of The Legends Championship in a six-hole playoff on the same course in 2016, was a wire-to-wire winner in this week’s Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick, Indiana.

    The U.S. team of Christie Kerr, from left. Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis an Gerina Piller pose for a picture during a news conference after Tuesday’s practice round for the UL International Crown at the Merit Club in Gurnee.

    Korea big favorite to win UL International Crown

    The four players on Team U.S. for the second UL International Crown were the first on the course for Tuesday’s practice rounds at the Merit Club and they admitted their task in the eight-team event that tees off Thursday will be a difficult one.

    Colin Montgomerie is seeking his third straight Senior PGA Championship title. The tournament is hosted by The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

    Colin Montgomerie aiming for third straight Senior PGA title

    The Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores has Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie as this week’s focal point. He’s trying for a three-peat, something that hasn’t happened in the Senior PGA since Hale Irwin dominated from 1996-98. Len Ziehm has a preview.

    Former NFL football quarterback Jim McMahon speaks during a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. McMahon spoke of his ongoing battle with dementia that he believe is related to his years of hits he took while playing in the league. McMahon is part of a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco accusing teams of illegally dispensing powerful narcotics and other drugs to keep players on the field without regard for their long-term health. He led the Chicago Bears to victory in the 1985 Super Bowl.

    McMahon opens up about dementia, suicidal thoughts

    Jim McMahon would leave home and forget how to get back. Sometimes, he would stay in his room and lie on his back in the dark because the pain in his head was so excruciating. At his darkest moments a few years ago, when it was just about too much to handle, the former Bears quarterback thought about killing himself. "I am glad I don't have any weapons in my house or else I am pretty sure I wouldn't be here," McMahon said. "It got to be that bad."


    Boomers rally, then fall in 11

    The host Schaumburg Boomers rallied in the ninth inning to tie, only to fall 6-5 in 11 innings to the River City Rascals on Tuesday night.


    Goler, Abbott boost Bandits

    Alisa Goler’s 2 run RBI double in the bottom of the first inning proved to be the all the runs the host Chicago Bandits needed as they shut out the USSSA Pride 4-0 to a split of the four-game series at Rosemont on Tuesday night.The Pride (8-4) is in first place in NPF, while the Bandits (7-5) are tied for second.Monica Abbott of the Bandits started in the circle for the second time in the series and went the distance, pitching 7 innings while allowing 4 hits and striking out seven.

    Bruce Bochy played alongside Tony Gwynn in San Diego and later had the pleasure of managing Gwynn with the Padres. So the death of Hall of Famer Gwynn on Monday at age 54 hit Bochy hard. “Just a huge loss for baseball and San Diego,” Bochy said Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Giants’ Bochy calls Gwynn’s death ‘a huge loss'

    The San Francisco Giants are in town to play the White Sox. On Tuesday, manager Bruce Bochy took a moment to remember Tony Gwynn, who died Monday at 54. Bochy played alongside Gwynn and later managed him in San Diego.

    Gordon Beckham, right, celebrates his game-tying, 2-run homer with Adam Eaton in the third inning Tuesday night.

    White Sox power their way past Giants

    Coming off a lost weekend against the red-hot Royals, the White Sox bounced back Tuesday night against the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field behind John Danks, Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo.

    The Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday night in Miami. Hard-luck starter Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings but was again denied a victory. The Cubs are 4-11 when he starts even though his ERA is 2.78.

    Cubs blow late lead, lose 6-5 to Marlins

    Plagued this season by a lack of run support, hard-luck Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija was hurt by his bullpen on Tuesday night. Samardzija was in line for a win in the seventh inning, but he was denied his third victory when the Cubs blew the lead and lost 6-5 to the Miami Marlins. The Cubs are 4-11 when Samardzija starts, even though his ERA is 2.78.


    White Sox: Tony Gwynn was just a regular guy

    Whiite Sox radio broadcaster Darrin Jackson and bench coach Mark Parent both played with Tony Gwynn in San Diego. And they both have fond memories of the Padres' Hall of Fame outfielder, who died Monday at the age of 54.

    Dayan Viciedo, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants with Adam Dunn, who scored, during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday. Gordon Beckham and Viciedo hit two-run home runs, John Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

    Beckham, Viciedo power White Sox past Giants 8-2

    Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo hit two-run home runs, John Danks pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.The slumping White Sox had managed a total of six runs in their previous four games.

    Former Cubs player Tyler Colvin says “I’ve learned a lot the last few years. I definitely got to experience a bunch of different things. Just to go through that makes me a better person, a better ballplayer. Colvin is now a member of the San Francisco Giants.

    Ex-Cub Colvin keeps bouncing back

    Tyler Colvin, the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2006, has found new life with the San Francisco Giants. Colvin is a backup outfielder for the Giants, and he tells Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles he's learned a lot while going through ups and downs in the game.


    Barrington names Jakubowski girls volleyball coach

    The Barrington 220 Board of Education approved a new girls volleyball coach for Barrington High School on Tuesday night. Michelle Jakubowski, an 18-year veteran of high school athletics and the athletic director at Huntley High School, will become the head coach this fall.

    South Korea's Lee Keun-ho, left, scores the opening goal past Russia's Sergei Ignashevich (4) during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Russia draws 1-1 with South Korea in World Cup

    CUIABA, Brazil — Alexander Kerzhakov scored with one of his first touches after coming on as a substitute to earn Russia a 1-1 draw with South Korea on Tuesday in a World Cup match marked by the first big goalkeeping error of the tournament.Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev spilled Lee Keun-ho’s speculative long-range shot into his own net to gift South Korea a 68th-minute lead at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba in Group H.But Kerzhakov bailed his teammate out, turning in a shot from close range in the 74th — three minutes after coming on as a substitute — to rescue a point for Russia in a poor-quality match.Akinfeev stayed on the ground inside his own net, head in his hands, after making his blunder, clearly embarrassed after dropping what was a routine save from a shot from about 30 yards. He was consoled by a couple of teammates, who patted him on the back, but could soon join in the celebrations when Kerzhakov equalized soon after.The explosive six-minute spell that featured both goals was not in keeping with the rest of a fairly mundane game characterized by slow build-up play, poor passing and wayward finishing.A point leaves both teams behind Belgium, which beat Algeria 2-1 earlier Tuesday, but the group appears wide open based on the opening two fixtures.Having lost four of its last five games heading to Brazil, the South Koreans came into their eighth straight World Cup with concerns over their flimsy defense and a lack of goal threat. A 4-0 thrashing by Ghana in a warm-up in Miami last week highlighted those worrying deficiencies perfectly.Defensively, they weren’t too bad against Russia but there was no hiding their toothless attack going forward, with the experienced Park Chu-young starting as the lone striker but justifying fears that he has lost his way after three ineffective years with Arsenal in the English Premier League. He was substituted in the 56th.Russia, led by former England coach Fabio Capello, was just as lifeless in attack — at least until Kerzhakov and Alan Dzagoev came off the bench — and a dire first half was marked by the large contingent of Brazilian fans in the crowd doing slow hand clapping.Save for a shot by Son Heung-min that flew over the bar in the 39th when the forward was free at the edge of the area, there was barely a chance created in the first half. Capello stood with his hands on his hips in the technical area throughout the first 45 minutes, looking distinctly unimpressed.There was a major improvement after the break, although it required the mistake by Akinfeev to really get the game going.However, South Korea couldn’t hold on and when Dzagoev’s cross-shot was spilled out by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong and Hwang Seok-ho’s clearance went straight at Andrei Yeshchenko, Kerzhakov was on hand to bundle home from inside the six-yard box.

    Brazil's Marcelo, left, looks on a Brazil's Luiz Gustavo and Mexico's Hector Herrera, right, go for a header during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Brazil, Mexico play to 0-0 tie

    Fortaleza means “fortress” in Portuguese and Mexico’s defense certainly lived up to the name of Brazil’s northeast city on Tuesday thanks to the heroics of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. A well-organized Mexico side held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in Group A as Ochoa stopped Brazil star Neymar and his teammates.

    Now that’s he’s 50, Colin Montgomerie can take part in his first Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club this week. He won his first U.S. tournament title earlier this year.

    Montgomerie heads impressive Encompass field

    This week’s second Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club has two major differences from the first staging as far as the 81-player field is concerned.Fred Couples, last year’s runner-up, won’t be here when play begins on Friday at the Glenview course, but Colin Montgomerie will. Though Couples is one of the most popular players on the Champions Tour, the tradeoff seems a fair one, as Len Ziehm explains in this week's golf column.

    Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday.

    Tense Belgium fights back for 2-1 win over Algeria

    Waiting and waiting for an equalizer, the tension started showing on the faces of the Belgium players as the second half wore on in the country’s first World Cup match in 12 years.Algeria was on the verge of a major upset in their Group H opener Tuesday, taking the lead through a penalty in the 25th minute. Try as they might, Belgium’s attacking players just couldn’t break down Algeria’s defense.

    Grayslake Central second baseman Jonathan Hoffmann, left, tags out Metamora’s Drew Beenders during the Class 3A state baseball third place consolation game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring softball and baseball.

    Members of the Los Angeles Kings NHL hockey team ride through downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. The Kings defeated the New York Rangers for the title.

    LA mayor drops F-bomb in declaring big day for Kings

    Mayor Eric Garcetti used the F-bomb in declaring it a big day for LA, bringing 19,000 hockey fans to their feet, lighting up the Twitterverse in delight and, oh yeah, leaving some folks scratching their heads, wondering just what the ... heck the normally soft-spoken elected official was thinking.

    After winning a World Cup match with his first international goal, John Brooks had a story to share. “I told some teammates that I dreamed that I scored in the 80th minute and we won the game,” he said. “And now it was the 86th minute and we won.”

    Brooks’ goal happened just like in his dream

    Smiling ear to ear after winning a World Cup match with his first international goal, John Brooks had a story to share. “I told some teammates that I dreamed that I scored in the 80th minute and we won the game,” he said. “And now it was the 86th minute and we won.” After the goal, Brooks thought back to two nights earlier and the dream. It also was on a header. From a corner kick. Just liked it happened. “It was unbelievable,” Brooks said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

    Associated Press/2002 file For Mike North, the deal that hurt the Cubs the most was not giving up Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio 50 years ago, but rather not paying Greg Maddux to stay in Chicago and losing him to the Atlanta Braves.

    Looking back on Cubs history of bad trades

    Mike North can’t tell you when he fell in love with sports, but he does remember when he first noticed the controversy it created. It was right after the Cubs trade that sent Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, which just marked 50 years ago Sunday.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. San Francisco Giants


    St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates opened a new outpatient pavilion in 2008.

    Alexian, Adventist plan to partner

    Alexian Brothers Health System, which has five hospitals in Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates, and Adventist Midwest Health, which has four suburban hospitals, have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership. Both health care company CEOs said Tuesday that each company will maintain control of its assets, identities and different religious priorities. The partnership will allow the hospital organizations to pool resources, share one another’s best practices and have one parent overlay organization to make their services more efficient, extensive, and cost-effective, the CEOs said. That cost savings will eventually be passed on to patients, said Mark A. Frey, president and CEO of Alexian Brothers Health System.

    Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez teamed up with the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, to meet Monday with kitchen workers at a local restaurant and deliver a lunchtime plea for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

    Administration, allies push for minimum wage hike

    Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez teamed up with the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, to meet Monday with kitchen workers at a local restaurant and deliver a lunchtime plea for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

    Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Stocks close higher as banks gain on rising rates

    “We’re all waiting to see what the Fed has to say tomorrow,” said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4.21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,941.99. The index is down less than 1 percent from its most recent all-time high of 1,951.27 set last week.

    Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Lawmakers: IRS claims more lost emails in tea party probe

    Investigators from the House Ways and Means Committee interviewed IRS technicians Monday. The technicians said they first realized that Lerner’s emails were lost in February or March — months before they informed congressional investigators.

    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio walks onstage to speak Tuesday at the State Department’s ‘Our Ocean’ conference at the State Department in Washington.

    Obama setting aside massive Pacific Ocean preserve

    The designation for a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean marks a major symbolic victory for environmentalists, who have urged the president to take action on his own to protect the planet as Congress turns its focus elsewhere. But the initiative will have limited practical implications because little fishing or drilling are taking place even without the new protections.


    Lawmakers: IRS lost more emails in Tea Party probe

    Congressional investigators say the Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the Tea Party investigation.

    Wealthy donors are lavishing money on their favored charities, including universities, hospitals and arts institutions, while giving is flat to social service and church groups more dependent on financially squeezed middle-class donors

    Giving increases for some sectors, not for others

    Wealthy donors are lavishing money on their favored charities, including universities, hospitals and arts institutions, while giving is flat to social service and church groups more dependent on financially squeezed middle-class donors, according to the latest comprehensive report on how Americans give away their money.

    A coal train stops near White Bluff power plant near Redfield, Ark. President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they’ll affect your health, and how far they’ll go toward curbing climate change.

    Shaky stats fuel power plant debate

    President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.

    Alibaba’s quarterly revenue growth has slipped to its slowest pace in six years, a development that could dampen demand to invest in the Chinese e-commerce company’s upcoming stock offering.

    Alibaba’s growth slips to slowest pace in 6 years

    libaba’s quarterly revenue growth has slipped to its slowest pace in six years, a development that could dampen demand to invest in the Chinese e-commerce company’s upcoming stock offering.

    Wally Amos, of Kailua, Hawaii, in his home office in the Lanikai section of Kailua, Hawaii.

    Famous Amos gives cookie business another try

    The Hawaii man who lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company in the 1980s is reinventing his brand yet again. Wally Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. The 76-year-old is now selling his cookies at candy store Boardwalk Treats under the name “The Cookie Kahuna.”

    Macy’s is still entitled to attorney’s fees and other monetary damages from Penney related to the selling of a line of bath towels, pots and other products that were designed by Martha Stewart but were sold under the JCP Everyday name last year.

    Judge: JC Penney interfered with Macy’s pact
    A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of Macy’s claim that J.C. Penney interfered with a merchandising contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. when it cut a deal in 2011 under its previous CEO to create a collection of home goods.

    Rengan Rajaratnam

    Trial starts for ex-hedge fund owner’s brother

    An insider trading trial is set to start in New York for the brother of an imprisoned one-time billionaire hedge fund founder. Rengan Rajaratnam goes on trial Tuesday, three years after his brother was convicted in Manhattan federal court on insider trading charges.

    This was the year President Obama would go all in on the economy, elevating the struggles of the poor and the middle class to the top of his agenda.

    Obama’s economic focus seeks to unify Democrats

    This was the year President Obama would go all in on the economy, elevating the struggles of the poor and the middle class to the top of his agenda. But that focus has been sporadic, overshadowed by foreign policy hot spots in Ukraine and Iraq and controversies like the swap for a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan.


    Stylr app is Wal-Mart tech lab’s latest buy

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s innovation lab is diving deeper into mobile apps with another acquisition. The latest purchase for @WalmartLabs is Stylr, a mobile app that allows shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.

    Portland approves shopping bag fee, foam ban

    The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.

    The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs the some of the computers behind it.

    Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a miner takeover

    The Bitcoin digital currency is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it.

    The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

    Sales of Nest smoke detector resume at lower price

    Google’s Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning. The new price for the detector, called “Nest Protect,” will be $99 when sales resume

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying.

    New version of Boeing 787 gets regulatory OK

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. said Monday that U.S. and European regulators have approved its newest and larger version of the 787 passenger jet for commercial flying. The company says that the first Boeing 787-9 is undergoing final preparation before being delivered to Air New Zealand.

Life & Entertainment

    Many shrub roses are self-cleaning and don’t require deadheading.

    Tips for nurishing your roses, lawn

    Deadhead hybrid tea roses as soon as the flowers fade. Many shrub roses are self-cleaning and don’t require deadheading.


    Single or duplex

    Q. We live in a house that was originally a big family home. It was made into a duplex before we bought it, and it’s legal for a two-family. Some friends advise us to change the house back before we sell it. We don’t know which way to go. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Bruno Mars performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

    Weekend picks: Bruno Mars plays the suburbs Friday

    Bruno Mars brings his infectious music to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre this weekend. Dig in to fresh strawberries and assorted strawberry treats at the annual Long Grove Strawberry Fest in Long Grove. Award-winning musician Jim Gill presents a family concert with interactive dancing, singing and a silly dance contest at Washington Junior High School in Naperville Saturday.

    Experimental punk/new wave band Devo will explore the band's earliest (and relatively unknown) material during a special show this weekend in St. Charles.

    Devo explores its earliest sounds at St. Charles' Arcada show

    Devo, the offbeat rock band from Akron, Ohio, that combined punk energy with a restless sense of experimentation, will make a rare stop at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Saturday to perform songs from its "Hardcore Devo" set, a collection of early material from the mid-1970s. Devo co-founder Gerald Casale said he hopes the band can convey the "atmosphere of fun" that existed during the making of the songs.

    Freeze-dried corn is the star of Stetson Chopped Salad, one of Penny Kazmier’s favorite summer salads.

    Culinary Adventures: Chopped salad perfect blend of flavor, textures

    Summer means salads for Penny Kazmier. And this summer she's crazy about Stetson Chopped Salad, a salad that got its start in Arizona and features a surprising ingredient: freeze-dried corn.

    Singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife, Edie Brickell, appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on April 28 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

    Charges against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell dropped

    Prosecutors on Tuesday said they were dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, that stemmed from a fight at the couple’s home. Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, did not appear in Norwalk Superior Court, where prosecutors told a judge they were declining to pursue the case, meaning the charges will be dropped and eventually erased after 13 months.

    Zendaya will play Aaliyah in a film about the late singer’s life. Aaliyah was killed in 2001 at 22-years-old when a small plane she was flying in crashed shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas.

    Zendaya says she’s the right fit for Aaliyah role

    For anyone concerned about who would play Aaliyah in a film about her life, the girl who earned the role — 17-year-old Zendaya — says it mattered to her, too. “I really want it to be perfect for her and show young people what she was able to do and what she accomplished,” the Disney Channel star said in an interview Tuesday, a day after Lifetime announced she would play the role of the R&B singer.

    Sarah Ewing, a Barrington High School graduate who started a culinary arts club at the school, recently was invited back to judge a cooking contest. She has since taken her passion and found unique ways to share it with others.

    Cook of the Week: Twenty-something cook embraces new media for sharing recipes, tips

    Even as a youngerster Sarah Ewing looked at food from a different perspective. “On Saturdays and Sundays I’d wake up really early and go downstairs and grab whatever we had in the kitchen and try to concoct something. It didn’t always turn out that great. I just liked experimenting,” said Ewing, 23, of Barrington.

    All songs on the soundtrack “Think Like A Man Too — Music From and Inspired By the Film” come from Mary J. Blige.

    Mary J. Blige solid on ‘Think Like a Man Too’

    Sequels rarely outshine the originals they follow, so perhaps that’s why the team behind the “Think Like a Man” soundtrack decided to do something different. Execs ditched the “various artists” formula and instead put all their faith in a singular artist: Mary J. Blige. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul easily proves herself more than capable of exercising a vocal and emotional range to capture all the ups, downs and misfires of the movie.


    Parents shouldn’t pry for information about son’s marriage

    Their son's marriage seems less than perfect, with his wife traveling a lot and going abroad to study. Carolyn Hax says give him strength, but don't pry.

    “Mr. Mercedes” is classic Stephen King.

    'Mr. Mercedes' is classic Stephen King novel

    “Mr. Mercedes” is classic Stephen King. Creepy, yet realistic characters that get under your skin and stay there, a compelling story that twists and turns at breakneck speed, and delightful prose that, once again, proves that one of America's greatest natural storytellers is also one of its finest writers. What's billed as King's first true detective novel captures the story of Mr. Mercedes, a killer who uses a stolen car to plow through a group of hundreds standing in line to attend a job fair.

    Sam Smith delivers on soulful pop debut, “In the Lonely Hour.”

    Sam Smith an emotional powerhouse on debut

    “Why am I so emotional?” newcomer Sam Smith sings on his Top 10 hit, “Stay With Me.” “No, it’s not a good look, need some self-control.” It may not be a good look, but as far as the sound? Amazing. The 22-year-old English singer’s soulful pop debut, “In the Lonely Hour,” is a passionate, heart-wrenching album that explores the emotions behind falling in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same.

    Has video game violence gone too far? “Far Cry 4” was just one of many games previewed at E3.

    E3 unleashes next generation of gruesomeness

    Game makers at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular. That’s not just a metaphor about the competitive spirit of the video game industry at its annual trade show this past week. There were also actual depictions of throats being ripped out in some of the goriest scenes ever shown off at E3.

    Cilantro and Mesquite Grilled Corn

    Husks make great (natural) corn holders

    You won't ever worry about losing corn cob holders with a trick from the folks at McCormick that Food Editor Deborah Pankey thinks is just neato. She also tells you how to mix up a Lucky Rainbow Martini for Pride Fest and how to track down our list of suburban farmers markets online.

    A Bosnian woman passes by the corner where Gavrilo Princip fired the bullet that killed the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s crown Prince Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914. The assassination soon set in motion a series of events that would eventually lead to World War I.

    Stories of Sarajevo, where World War I began

    If you find yourself on Ferhadija street behind the old synagogue at noon, close your eyes and listen to the bells from the Catholic cathedral and the Serb-Orthodox church mixing with the Muslim call for prayer. They call this the sound of Sarajevo. And yet, Sarajevo is also known for the sound of a gunshot that led to World War I a century ago on June 28, 1914. The city will host a number events around the Centenary of World War I, including a conference of historians and a concert.

    U.S. soccer dietitian Danielle LaFata, right, goes over the lunch menu with the team’s chef Bryson Billapando, center, and Stanford chef Clarissa Flores during the team’s training in Stanford, Calif., in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil.

    World Cup team chef moves past theater shooting

    These days, Bryson Billapando hears about threats of violence in Brazil and beyond and flashes back to a gruesome night two years ago in Colorado. He has done his best to move on since the deadly theater shooting he witnessed at a midnight Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, and is now cooking up fresh and healthy meals for the U.S. World Cup team in a gig he couldn’t have imagined even just a year ago.

    Avery Corman remembers growing up in the Bronx in “My Old Neighborhood Remembered.”

    Avery Corman writes memoir of Bronx boyhood

    Before Brooklyn became a hipster haven with pricey real estate and the Bronx became the poster child for urban blight, neighborhood life in those outer boroughs was pretty much the same. That’s the recollection of Avery Corman, who grew up in the Bronx during the 1940s and ’50s and went on to write novels that became the basis for the hit movies “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Oh God!” In a later novel, “The Old Neighborhood,” the hard-driving protagonist re-connects with his childhood neighborhood in the Bronx, rediscovers his roots and finds inner peace and contentment.

    Chocolate almond bark and caramel transform potato chips into a sweet treat.

    Salted Caramel Potato Chips
    Sarah Ewing combines sweet and savory favorites into addictive Salted Caramel Potato Chips. Recipe says it serves 15. Seriously?


    Spaghetti Frittata
    Sarah Ewing adds onions and spinach to eggs and spaghetti to make a quick and easy frittata.

    Bret Michaels will perform Sunday at Grand Victoria Casino’s Festival Park in Elgin.

    Music notes: Bret Michaels to rock Elgin’s Festival Park Sunday

    Hair metal is back! Fans of headbangers from the 1980s should not miss the Hair Band Heavyweights show Sunday at Festival Park in Elgin. Bret Michaels and Dee Snider are among those scheduled to perform.



    Editorial: It will take more than this to shake up Springfield

    A Daily Herald editorial says Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's ideas for streamlining state government are a start but voters will need more detail.


    What our country needs from the press

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix. And it’s a reminder of just how important old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting remains to our system of government, especially when it uncovers official misdoing.


    The end of illusions

    Columnist Michael Gerson: On June 10, President Obama said that the greatest frustration of his presidency was the failure to pass gun control legislation. It was the same day that Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical splinter of al-Qaida. The next day, Tikrit was taken by the militants, who are now preparing for the battle of Baghdad.


    Here’s how we can ‘Save America’
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I propose the following “Contract to Save America,” and all candidates for public office, whether for federal, state or local, office should sign it.


    A way to discern who’s truly in need
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: In response to the growing issue of panhandlers (“Rethinking help for the very poor,” June 10) may I offer the following suggestion for those torn between handing out spare change or walking briskly past? Instead of handing out cash, offer to take the individual to the nearest fast food restaurant and buy them a full meal.


    Three bad moves by the president
    A Palatine letter to the editor: There was a TV show in the 1960s hosted by David Frost called “That Was the Week That Was.” It was a satire that spoofed politicians and events of the day. What a field day Mr. Frost and his cohorts would have had with the last couple of weeks.


    Quinn’s record on jobs abysmal
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Here we go again with more Democratic doozies. The governor’s spokeswoman on June 8 said: “Unemployment is at its lowest point in more than five years. More people are working in Illinois today than when the governor took office.” Not true! There are 18,500 fewer people working today than when Pat Quinn took office.


    State of veterans care deplorable
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: There can’t be anything more shameful than a country that does not honor and care for its military veterans. It’s becoming clear that a culture of incompetence has somehow been put in charge of caring for these brave and worthy Americans.


    A smile really is worth its while
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Regarding your June 8 opinion piece, it is such good advice for the graduates (or anyone). In this day and age it seems that kindness and a smile lets people know that we really do care about one another.


    Thanks for support of Leonard dedication
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Thanks to all who gathered on May 30 for the dedication of the impressive “If I Could But Fly” sculpture by artist Bob Wilfong on the west bank of the Fox River along the Bob Leonard Walkway in St. Charles.


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