Daily Archive : Monday June 23, 2014


    Tracy Stellato of St. Charles points out fish to her son Dillon, 6, while children gather around a new aquarium tank Monday during the “What’s in the Aquarium?” program at the St. Charles Public Library. The new aquarium was installed on Mother’s Day, and children were invited to come and learn about the fish in the youth services area of the library.

    A ‘fishy’ program at St. Charles library

    What's in the Aquarium? program at the st. Charles Public Libray. Our new aquarium, gift of the Junior Friends, features some familiar fish and also some new fish and creatures. Come listen to a story and learn about what’s in the aquarium as Grant Bedow of Aquarium


    Scattered thunderstorms force airport delays, cancellations

    The National Weather Service is saying there’s a chance of scattered, possibly strong thunderstorms tonight, and the spotty weather has forced airport delays and cancellations.


    Survey: Wheaton resident satisfaction beats national average

    Resident satisfaction in Wheaton is well above the national average, according to a communitywide survey that was recently concluded in the city.The city council reviewed the results of the survey during a planning session Monday night. They were told that of the 683 households that responded, 95 percent rated the city as an "excellent" or "good" place to live. High percentages of respondences...

    Gilbert Fonger, president and CEO of Marklund, speaks to the Bloomingdale village board during their Monday meeting. Residents also spoke out for and against Marklund’s proposal to expand its school for autism.

    Marklund expansion wins approval from Bloomingdale

    Marklund can proceed with a planned expansion of its Bloomingdale school for children with autism as long as it complies with certain conditions. Bloomingdale’s village board granted Marklund’s request to construct a nearly 12,000-square-foot addition. “I can’t even quite express how happy we are to have this wonderful result,” Marklund CEO Gilbert Fonger said.

    Kevin Echevarria of Elgin discusses his team’s proposal to create the Elgin Math and Science Academy at the Elgin Area School District U-46 board meeting Monday.

    U-46 committee says ‘no’ to charter school

    An Elgin Area School District U-46 committee recommended denial of a proposal to create a new math and science elementary charter school in Elgin. “(Parents of at-risk students) are not even engaged and involved when their kids are in the school,” school board member Traci O’Neal-Ellis said. “How are you going to get them engaged and involved in the lottery (to enroll...


    Barrington-area residents soon can monitor well water levels

    Barrington area residents soon will be able to keep an eye on a valuable resource below their feet: water. The Barrington Area Council of Governments acquired a grant to pay for high-tech equipment that will be installed in three wells to provide the public with reports on area ground water levels every 15 minutes.

    Crews are working to improve Gary Avenue from North Avenue to Army Trail Road in Carol Stream. At this location, just south of Elk Trail, pavement is broken into pieces and hauled away.

    Road repairs slowing traffic in Carol Stream

    Portions of Gary Avenue in Carol Stream are down to one lane in each direction this week as work continues on an $11.3 million project to improve traffic safety and flow along the much-traveled road. The project extends from North Avenue on the south to Army Trail Road on the north and will include resurfacing, drainage improvements, improved traffic signals and, in some areas, road widening.


    District 25 looks to improve special education

    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board members got their first look last week of a new strategic plan to improve services for the district’s more than 800 special education students. The plan is the result of more than a year of studies and meetings by a committee that also addressed parents’ complaints about inconsistencies between schools, transparency and lack of...

    From left, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera Mohamed Fahmy, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed appear in a defendant’s cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Monday. An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges.

    Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 7 years

    An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict Monday that stunned their families and was quickly denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. International pressure mounted on Egypt’s president to pardon the three.

    Robert “Bob” Depke

    Visitation, funeral set for political giant Robert Depke

    Visitation and a funeral service are set for longtime Lake County politician Robert "Bob" Depke. He died Friday, June 20.


    Chief’s brother gets 6 months for money laundering

    The brother of a former South suburban police chief has been sentenced to six months in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice in a grant fraud scheme.

    Though he’s traveling throughout the state in his new role as state GOP chairman, Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider of Bartlett says his party’s campaign to put Bruce Rauner in the governor’s mansion will be “won or lost in Cook County.”

    New GOP chairman Schneider: Governor’s race will be decided in Cook County

    Tim Schneider's supporters say he takes the helm of the Illinois Republican Party with a reputation as a uniter. He says he’s honed his skills in nearly two terms on the Cook County Board and a couple terms as Hanover Township Republican committeeman. “We’re all in agreement on 90 percent of what we do,” Schneider said.

    State Sen. Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, is a co-chairman of the Legislative Audit Commission that voted Monday to subpoena seven former state officials about the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which was blasted in a state audit earlier this year for mismanagement and misspending.

    7 called to testify on Quinn’s anti-violence program

    A legislative subcommittee voted Monday to subpoena seven former state officials connected to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence initiative that’s also under federal and Cook County probes.

    Juan Guajardo

    Waukegan man charged in fatal stabbing

    A Waukegan man was charged in the death of another man after a fight outside their home Saturday morning, police said.

    This rendering shows a new pedestrian underpass that will be built near Park Avenue in downtown Lombard later this year.

    Metra, Lombard hosting open house for pedestrian underpass project

    Anyone curious to learn more about a pedestrian underpass project slated to begin next week in downtown Lombard is welcome to attend an open house Wednesday evening to meet with project officials and ask questions. The open house will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the Helen Plum Memorial Library. The underpass project is part of a $7.8 million makeover of Lombard’s...

    Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, used various supplies Monday during the Book Art program where kids transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.

    Converting book pages to artwork

    The Dundee Library hosted a " Book Art" program Monday, where students transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.

    A youngster cools off in a fountain at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles last month. Federal records show that for the second straight month, the globe hit a record high for heat in May.

    Heat & Repeat: Globe breaks May temperature record

    Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say.

    The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

    Justices rap EPA but uphold global warming rules

    The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration’s only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.


    3rd victim identified after river collision near Chicago

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office has identified the third victim of a fatal boating accident in the Cal-Sag Channel in the South suburbs as 39-year-old Bob Bielarz of Orland Park.

    Wauconda Township Supervisor Glenn Swanson discusses the damage done by a tree that fell during a storm Saturday and hit the back porch of the historic Andrew C. Cook House in Wauconda.

    Damage from fallen tree in Wauconda won't delay Cook House event

    An open house scheduled for Sunday at the newly renovated Andrew C. Cook House in Wauconda will be held as planned, even after a storm caused an oak tree to fall on the back porch of the historic building, officials said Monday.

    Phil Crusius

    Arlington Hts. District 25 looking to fill Crusius’ seat

    Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 is looking to fill the school board seat of Phil Crusius, who passed away earlier this month, by its July board meeting. The school board is accepting applications through July 1 and hopes to vote in a new member July 17.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Two windows were broken and a screen ripped Wednesday at Lily Lake Elementary School in Maple Park, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Abraham Medina, 29, of Aurora, was charged June 15 with criminal damage of government property and theft, according to court records. He is accused of damaging an American flag and flagpole that belonged to the Village of East Dundee.

    Demarcus Feltus

    Two Chicago men charged with promoting juvenile prostitution

    Two Chicago men accused of arranging sexual encounters between men and 15-year-old girls are behind bars in DuPage County. Demarcus Feltus and Laburron Jackson, both 29, are each charged with promoting juvenile prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school and are each being held on $500,000 bond.


    Local gold medalists:

    Two Special Olympics athletes from Lake County received gold medals in a weeklong competition in New Jersey last week.


    Illinois attorneys’ fees to increase 12 percent

    The annual registration fee for Illinois attorneys will increase 12 percent beginning in January. The state Supreme Court announced Monday the fee for active attorneys will increase to $382 from $342.


    District 50 wins award:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 received the ZCenter Community Impact Award at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center’s annual community luncheon June 13.


    Summer means construction at U of I

    Construction projects are in high gear at the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana now that the school year is over and fewer people are on campus. At least five major projects are going on now or will start soon.


    New charges in overdose death:

    A Gurnee-area man was arrested Saturday and charged in the drug-overdose death of a Waukegan man that occurred in March, police said.


    Joliet man to get new trial in death of infant

    A Joliet man will stand trial again in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 9-month-old son after a judge vacated a Will County jury’s guilty verdict.


    Hoffman Estates blaze injures firefighter

    The Hoffman Estates Fire Department continues to investigate a house fire that injured a firefighter Saturday afternoon. The injured firefighter was treated for minor injuries and was back working later Saturday.

    Larry Terry

    Antioch man charged with having fraudulent ID of man in prison

    An Antioch man was charged with being in possession of fraudulent credit cards and drivers licenses after a traffic stop in the village of Antioch. Larry Terry, 47, faces up to 3 years in prison for possession of the fradulent items.

    Carter Thomas, 6, of Mount Prospect and his sister, Evie, 5, pet “Louie,” a beagle-fox terrier mix/rescue dog owned by Katie Shawke of Prospect Heights, during the all-pet pageant at the Prospect Heights Block Party at Lions Park Saturday.

    Play time at Prospect Hts. block party

    Residents of Prospect Heights will gather at Lions Park Saturday, June 21, for the annual Prospect Heights Block Party, an afternoon and evening of music, games, the Prospect Heights Voice contest, food and drink.The 35th annual block party starts at 4 p.m. in Lions Park, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road (at Elm Street). Admission is free,

    An Iraqi Shiite militiaman, a supporter of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, takes part in a parade in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to meet with Iraq’s leaders and personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

    Iraq at risk again: How did we get here so fast?

    It’s crumbling so quickly: Just 2½ years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. And chaos in Iraq, a diverse nation that stands as a buffer zone between the mostly Sunni Mideast and mostly Shiite Iran, is troubling around the world.

    Marilyn and Warren Sunderlage clap after a speech was made in their honor during their 50th anniversary celebration Sunday at the Vogelei Barn in Hoffman Estates. Warren is the great-great grandson on Johann Sunderlage, the first settler of Schaumburg Township, and their family holds a significant place in Hoffman Estates history.

    Sunderlage family reunion celebrates Hoffman Estates’ history

    A 50th wedding anniversary is a grand celebration. But for the great-great-grandson of the first settler in Schaumburg Township, Warren Sunderlage and his wife Marilyn, that day was extra special -- it included a family reunion at Vogelei Park in Hoffman Estates, land that his family once farmed. The original Sunderlages helped establish the area and played a pivotal role in the creation of the...

    A federal appeals court on Monday released a previously secret memo that provided legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas. The memo pertained specifically to the September 2011 killing in Yemen of Anwar Al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the United States.

    U.S. justified drone killings by citing al-Qaida law

    The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaida and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released Monday.

    A 2.7-acre vacant piece of land near Lions Park in Elk Grove Village will include a new parking lot and room for a concert stage. The village bought the Lions Drive site last year for $500,000 from Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.

    Elk Grove Village buys property for community events, concerts

    Elk Grove Village is planning to pave over a portion of land it recently purchased on Lions Drive to expand parking and host community events such as concerts during RotaryFest and the Fourth of July. The 2.7-acre site at 150-164 Lions Drive is a “prime” piece of vacant land, said Mayor Craig Johnson, because of its location near Lions Park, Rainbow Falls, and Elk Grove High School.

    Michael T. Stellwagen

    St. Charles man gets 2 years probation in 2013 cocaine bust

    A 44-year-old St. Charles man was sentenced to two years of probation after a 2013 arrest on cocaine and marijuana charges. Michael T. Stellwagen also must pay $4,610 in fines and court costs, and complete a drug and alcohol evaluation. He could be resentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he violates probation.

    Ammar al-Hakim, right, head of the Shiite Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, in Baghdad on Monday. Kerry flew to Baghdad to meet with Iraq’s leaders and personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

    Kerry to Iraq leaders: sharing power is critical

    America’s top diplomat said Monday that leaders of Iraq’s factions must keep their commitments to seat a new government next week, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for a lasting peace. Meeting with all factions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a dire message to leaders of Iraq’s bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political coalitions who have lived...

    Matthew Olszewski

    Glendale Heights man close to plea deal in murder-for-hire case

    A Glendale Heights man charged with soliciting the murders of three relatives after he was accused of stealing from them may avoid a trial and accept a plea deal next month, authorities said Monday. Attorneys representing both the prosecution and Matthew Olszewski, 24, told Judge John Kinsella they hope to finalize the deal on July 21.

    Kenneth K. Hamsher

    Former Fox Lake mayor, funeral home operator Kenneth Hamsher dead at 91

    Former Fox Lake Mayor Kenneth Hamsher died in his home Sunday. Hamsher, a funeral home director for many years, served as mayor from 1993 to 1997 in addition to two terms as a trustee. He was 91.


    Rolling Meadows launches traffic enforcement campaign

    The Rolling Meadows Police Department will step up traffic enforcement, focusing particularly on both drunk and unbuckled drivers, during a grant-funded campaign that began Monday and runs through July 6. The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunken driver and/or...

    Mundelein resident Josh Hansen pays a water deposit Monday with help from records clerk Donna Ferrer. Hansen was among the first customers at the village’s new headquarters, which opened at noon.

    New Mundelein village hall opens

    Customers lined up to pay bills and take care of other business Monday inside Mundelein's new village hall, which opened at noon. The two-story building cost about $10 million and took more than a year to construct.


    Palatine Fire Department loaning life jackets

    The Palatine Fire Department has partnered with the BoatUS Foundation to provide free, loaner life jackets for children. The program allows families to check out children’s life jackets for a period of up to one week while vacationing near water, days at local pool, boating, or for any water-related activity.

    Israeli soldiers load shells in their tank Sunday following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan since the Syrian civil war erupted more than three years ago, near the Israeli village of Alonei Habashan, in the area of Tel Hazeka, close to the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A civilian vehicle in the Golan Heights was targeted by forces in neighboring Syria on Sunday in an attack that killed a 15-year-old boy and prompted Israeli tanks to retaliate by firing on Syrian government targets, the Israeli military said.

    Syria: 4 killed, 9 wounded in Israeli airstrikes

    The Syrian government says a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting troops killed four people and wounded nine others in its first comment on the incident. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry also said the attacks caused extensive damage to Syrian army positions and equipment.


    World Cup watch party draws 20,000 in Chicago

    The Chicago mayor’s office says an estimated 20,000 people packed a lakefront park to watch the U.S. tie Portugal in World Cup action.U.S. Soccer and the Chicago Park District hosted the Sunday afternoon event downtown. The 20,000 figure is twice the number of people who came to Grant Park last week to watch the U.S. defeat Ghana.


    Rural weddings don’t make everyone happy

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Some couples looking for a unique wedding site love the idea of renting a rural barn, but neighbors don’t always like it.


    DNA tests needed on body found in Indiana river

    PLYMOUTH, Ind. — A coroner says DNA testing will be needed to confirm the identity of a man whose body was found in northern Indiana’s Yellow River.Plymouth police say preliminary autopsy results determined the man died from accidental drowning. Authorities say people canoeing on the river spotted the body Thursday in the city of Plymouth, about 20 miles south of South Bend.


    Wake set for Mokena soldier killed in Afghanistan

    The visitation is planned in suburban Chicago for a 19-year-old Mokena soldier killed in Afghanistan.Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen was one of five American service members killed this month when a U.S. airstrike was called in to help defend against a Taliban ambush. His visitation will be Monday evening at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park. His funeral will be at the church on Tuesday.


    Teen fatally stabbed at suburban Indianapolis home

    FISHERS, Ind. — Police say an 18-year-old man was found fatally stabbed after officers were called to a fight at a suburban Indianapolis home.Fishers police say another 18-year-old man has been arrested on preliminary charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Connor Shockley.


    State law aims to protect against ‘storm chasers’

    MADISON, Wis. — There’s a new state law that aims to protect homeowners against unscrupulous contractors who offer to repair the sort of storm damage that occurred last week in southern Wisconsin.


    Dog must be euthanized or removed from Wausau

    WAUSAU, Wis. — A dog owner in Wausau must decide whether to euthanize the animal or move it from the city after it attacked a woman and killed her Chihuahua. The pit bull is under quarantine at the Marathon County Humane Society Monday


    Will County’s courthouse too small for big crowds

    The chief judge in Will County, seeing the same lines of people snaking outside the Joliet courthouse, the same crowds of people packed into hallways and tiny courtrooms as anyone who has ever visited, is pushing for a new judicial complex.


    Hundreds ride to support swimming accident victims

    FRANKLIN, Ind. — Some 300 motorcyclists drove from the central Indiana hometown of a teenager hospitalized in critical condition to the site of the swimming accident that killed two of her high school friends.


    Crews start reroofing of Indiana-owned mansion

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Crews are working to replace the roof of a state-owned mansion in southern Indiana for the first time since it was built in the 1860s.Contractors have put up scaffolding that surrounds the 60-foot high walls of the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany for the roof-replacement project.


    81-year-old Illinois man accused of exposure at restaurant

    CASEYVILLE, Ill. — An 81-year-old Illinois man already barred from some St. Louis-area libraries because of a sexual misconduct conviction is now accused of exposing himself at a restaurant.The Belleville News-Democrat reports Donald Tinsley of Caseyville is charged in Missouri’s St. Louis County with sexual misconduct.


    Peoria looking for grants to remove lead hazards

    PEORIA — Health officials in Peoria County say the area still needs more funding to remove lead hazards from more than 200 homes on a waiting list, despite federal grants already received.


    Rahm Emanuel wants to increase graffiti fines

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says he will submit a plan to the city council this week to increase fines and penalties for graffiti.


    Dist. 54 appoints new Hale principal, two assistant principals

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board has appointed Brian Kaszewicz as the new principal at Hale Elementary in Schaumburg, the district announced Monday. Kaszewicz has been an assistant principal in District 54 for four years at Aldrin Elementary School, and Frost and Keller junior high schools. Before that he was a social studies teacher at Eisenhower Junior High School.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comMundelein's new village hall will be open on June 23.

    Mundelein’s new village hall ready to open

    With Mundelein's new village hall set to open to the public at noon Monday, village officials say the $10 million project wouldn't have happened without an unusual public-private partnership.

    Alyssa Peterson of Hoffman Estates sings during Sunday's performance of the top 20 finalists of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Top 20 compete in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    The top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. They're competing for two major prizes. One is "STARter Kit" prize package that includes a performance at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and a concert photo shoot. The other is the Fan Favorite prize which is decided upon by people voting online at dailyherald.com.

    Patrick Kron, CEO of French Power and Transport Engineering Company Alstom, delivers his speech during the groups year end results, in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris. Kron says the French heavy engineering firm’s agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France’s national interests.

    Alstom CEO says GE deal will save jobs

    Alstom SA’s chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm’s agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France’s national interests. Patrick Kron says the $17 billion deal agreed over the weekend “is a combination of Alstom’s qualities and GE’s economic strength.”


    Dawn Patrol: U.S. plays to a draw; Fire evacuates Penny Road Pub

    Late goal like a kick in the gut for U.S.; fire evacuates Penny Road Pub; new Elgin BMX track operators hope to revitalize, attract riders; suburban scouts on track for world record?


    Metra train collides with car near Hinsdale

    A Metra train collided with a car Monday near Hinsdale, causing more delays on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line, according to the Chicago Tribune.The accident occurred around 7:35 a.m.

    Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sits behind his city hall desk reiterating the position he has taken with the United States State Department against accepting any more resettled refugees in Springfield, Mass. Sarno is the latest mayor to decry refugee resettlement, joining counterparts in New Hampshire and in Maine in largely rare tensions with the State Department.

    Massachusetts mayor: Stop sending my city refugees

    A Massachusetts mayor is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line.

    South Korean army soldiers exit their military trucks Monday during an arrest operation in Goseong, South Korea. The parents of a runaway South Korean soldier suspected of killing five comrades at an outpost near the tense border with North Korea pleaded with him to surrender Monday as the military were besieging him and trying to capture him alive, officials said.

    South Korea captures soldier accused of killing 5

    The South Korean army captured a soldier Monday who it says killed five comrades and then fled into the forest where he holed up with a rifle for two days before shooting himself as pursuers closed in. The massive manhunt ended when the 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Yim, shot himself in the upper left chest as his father and brother approached, pleading with him to surrender, a Defense Ministry...

    A Muslim woman holds a banner reading “Allah” Monday during a protest outside the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Federal Court on Monday refused to grant leave to hear the appeal by the Catholic church over the word Allah in its newspaper.

    Malaysia’s top court: ‘Allah’ for Muslims only

    Malaysia’s top court ruled Monday that non-Muslims cannot use the word “Allah” to refer to God, delivering the final word on a contentious debate that has reinforced complaints that religious minorities are treated unfairly in the Muslim-majority country.


    Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer resigns

    Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month.


    Muhammad Ali’s daughter fighting Chicago violence

    The daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali is joining the fight against gang and gun violence in Chicago.Rasheda Ali-Walsh is scheduled to appear at a workout Monday at the Celtic Boxing Club on Chicago’s South Side.


    SIU board to discuss Carbondale chancellor’s post

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois University system’s governing board is poised to begin mapping out how to fill the void left by the pending departure of the Carbondale campus’ chancellor.The SIU Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday at the Edwardsville campus to privately discuss who will replace Rita Cheng, at least in the interim.


    Indiana’s Crane naval center getting new commander

    CRANE, Ind. — A land-locked naval installation that’s one of southern Indiana’s biggest employers is getting new leadership.


    Wisconsin DNR urges disabled hunters to sign up for season

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are reminding disabled hunters to sign up for the state’s special fall deer hunt.The hunt is scheduled to run from Oct. 4 through Oct. 12. The hunt will take place on 73,000 acres across 39 counties that property owners have offered up.


    Indiana website allows homebuyers to check for meth labs

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Indiana residents can now use a state website to find out whether a home they intend to buy was ever used a methamphetamine lab.A new law that goes into effect July 1 requires properties where meth labs were once located to be registered and listed on an online database.


    Northwest Indiana getting mobile hospital

    GARY, Ind. — A trailer outfitted as a mobile hospital will make its public debut at a northwest Indiana air show next month.The Times reports that the specially equipped medical trailer was shown off Friday outside a meeting of the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission at Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus in Gary.


    Charter school board accepting proposals for fall

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Charter School Board is accepting applications for charter operators looking to open new schools.The board announced Friday that applications should outline plans for their potential schools’ academics, operations and finances. The state board will then analyze the applications and the applicants, including reviews of past performance.

    The Marklund Children's Home will break ground next year to build a $4 million expansion to its Bloomingdale location.

    Marklund seeks OK to expand Bloomingdale campus

    Marklund is hoping to win approval to expand its school for children with autism, despite a negative recommendation from Bloomingdale's plan commission. Village board members are expected to decide tonight whether to accept Marklund's request to build the nearly 12,000-square-foot addition to its Bloomingdale campus at 164 S. Prairie Ave.

    Pace representative Colin Fleming, left, signs up Brandyn Gray of Prospect Heights for the new Ventra fare system at the Des Plaines Metra station Thursday.

    Has Metra missed the universal fare card train?

    July 1 marks the dawn of the universal fare card in Illinois. On that date, Pace and the CTA officially switch over to Ventra, the new joint fare system. But wait, you say, there are three transit agencies in the region. Where does Metra fit in? Can you wave your Ventra card at the conductor and have it be accepted as a Metra fare? The answer is — no, Metra officials said last week.

    Teacher Diane Kostick of the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, and formerly of Barrington Unit District 220, is celebrating 50 years of continuous teaching this month. Here she works with her humanities students as they present their final projects of the school year.

    Barrington teacher marks 50 years in the classroom

    Diane Kostick of Barrington is in a rare category — not only for having been in a single line of work for five decades, but doing so in a way that directly shapes the futures of many others. This summer, Kostick marks her 50th year as a teacher ... and she has no plans to stop there. “I have the best job on the planet,” she said.

    U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones walk off the field Sunday following their 2-2 draw with Portugal during the group G World Cup soccer match against Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Daily Herald sports writer Orrin Schwarz says it’s draws like this that actually feel like losses, but the U.S.’ chances to advanced aren’t dashed. There’s a few ways the team can move on depending on how Thursday’s game against Germany goes, Schwarz writes.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: longtime Warren Township supervisor dies; St. Charles mounts massive volunteer effort; U.S. men's team midfielder Michael Bradley a fine example of hard work trumping natural ability, former coach says; 93-year-old woman hurt in hot air balloon accident; Da Coach bringing his restaurant to Arlington Heights; Naperville mayor disputes report labeling his town...


    South Korea captures soldier accused of killing 5

    SEOUL, South Korea — An armed South Korean soldier holed up in a forest two days after killing five colleagues was captured Monday following a suicide attempt as his family pleaded with him to surrender, the Defense Ministry said.

    Maria Lopez, of Rolling Meadows, greets her great-granddaughter, Layla Marie Cali, four months, of Buffalo Grove, with a kiss as she is lifted from her stroller by her grandmother, Elsa Cali, also of Rolling Meadows, during the Long Grove Strawberry Festival Saturday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a host of summer festival photos, a picture of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, and an attempt at a world record longest Pinwood Derby Track.


    This was the scene at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as thousands watched on a giant-screen television when Team USA battled Portugal in the World Cup.

    Greetings from the World Cup

    Put an enormous TV on famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro showing the World Cup game between Team USA and Portugal — and watch what happens. You have a fanfest where more than 20,000 arrive 2 hours before the match and every square inch of space is filled with soccer fans from all over the world — ready to see if the USA can do the improbable, win Game 2 and advance to the round of 16.

    For Mike North, a great weekend includes watching the NFL Network documentary on Walter Payton’s life followed by a replay of Super Bowl XX.

    Two NFL reruns make for prime-time viewing

    The NFL Network made Mike North a happy man last weekend when replayed one of his favorite specials, “Walter Payton-A Football Life,” along with a rerun of Super Bowl XX.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija allowed only 4 hits in 6 innings Monday night in a no-decision against the Reds.

    In big picture, Samardzija getting job done for Cubs

    Much had been made about the June “swoon” suffered by Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija. If there was such a thing, Samardzija turned things in an upward direction Monday night in a stunning 6-1 bullpen loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Although the command might have been off a touch, Samardzija worked 6 innings of 4-hit ball, giving up only a first-inning run as he lowered his ERA from 2.60 to 2.53.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday against the Cincinnati Reds in Chicago.

    Reds score 5 in ninth, beat Cubs 6-1

    Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam with two outs in Cincinnati’s five-run ninth inning, leading the Reds to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Mesoraco went deep for the fourth straight game, driving a 1-0 pitch from Hector Rondon (1-2) into the basket in left-center for his 13th homer. It was Mesoraco’s second grand slam of the season and No. 3 of his career.


    Gonzalez, LaRoche help Nats shut down Brewers 3-0

    Gio Gonzalez combined with three relievers to hold Milwaukee’s potent lineup to three hits, and Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer to help the Washington Nationals beat the Brewers 3-0 on Monday night.


    Lynn, Adams lead Cards to 8-0 win over Rockies

    Lance Lynn allowed three hits in eight innings and Matt Adams ignited the offense with two homers and a career-high six RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Monday night.


    Royals beat Dodgers 5-3 to end 4-game skid

    Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the eighth inning, Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs off Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night to end a four-game losing streak.


    Alvarez’s 3-run homer helps Pirates beat Rays 8-1

    Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to back the pitching of Edinson Volquez and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.


    Bryant on a power trip at Class AAA Iowa

    It's been quite the interesting start for Cubs prospect Kris Bryant at Class AAA Iowa. The third baseman hit his fourth homer of the year for Iowa on Monday. All 4 of Bryant's basehits since his promotion last week from Class AA Tennessee have been homers.


    McGehee, Eovaldi lead Marlins over Phillies

    Casey McGehee hit a two-run double, Nathan Eovaldi pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Monday night. Eovaldi (5-3) went 6 1-3 innings and got 12 of his 19 outs on flyballs. The right-hander hadn’t won since May 26 and gave up 11 runs in his previous two starts.

    Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie, back right, walks in the infield as Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game Monday in Baltimore.

    Davis pinch-HR carries Orioles over White Sox 6-4

    Chris Davis interrupted his frustrating season with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.


    Lind homers as Blue Jays beat Yankees 8-3

    Adam Lind hit a three-run home run in his return to the starting lineup, rookie Marcus Stroman won for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 8-3 on Monday night, handing the Yankees their third straight loss. Lind drove in four runs and Dioner Navarro had two RBIs for Toronto. The AL East-leading Blue Jays scored as many runs in this game against New York as they managed over three games while being swept at Yankee Stadium last week.

    Now a free agent, Carmelo Anthony will start focusing on what he wants to do with his future and where he wants to do it. The Bulls will try to persuade him to continue his career in Chicago.

    Just the start of long process for Anthony, Bulls

    Carmelo Anthony has informed the New York Knicks he'll opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer. Keep in mind, though, there is still a long way to go before the Bulls get a chance to win over the high-scoring forward.

    New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony smiles after hitting a three-point shot during the third quarter of a Jan. 24 NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden in New York. Anthony scored 62 points as the Knicks won 125-96.

    Title over millions better choice for Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony's wealth manager should advise him that he'll be worth much more to himself and everyone else if he wins an NBA title with the Bulls instead of taking an extra $40 million in pocket change from the Knicks.

    Starting pitcher Erik Johnson was a big disappointment in April, but he could find himself back in a White Sox rotation short on right-handers.

    Waiting in the wings if White Sox deal

    If the White Sox continue to slide out of contention, general manager Rick Hahn is likely to make more changes. That could open the door for several minor-league prospects, and beat witer Scot Gregor takes a closer look at some of the candidiates.

    The Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro, right, celebrates his three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton with teammate Anthony Rizzo during the third inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Chicago. Rizzo and Chris Coghlan also scored on the hit.

    Cubs fans will see the light at the end of the tunnel soon

    Cubs fans can get frustrated. I know because I run into them every single day. Even those who are on board with what the front office is doing aren’t thrilled with all the losing. That’s the big dichotomy, right? You want the Cubs to do it the right way and to sustain this thing in perpetuity but after awhile, the losing wears on you. Believe me when I tell you, nobody likes that part of it. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer loathe bad baseball. Their goal was not to come here and lose, even early. All these sub-.500 records go on their resume and it doesn’t feel good.

    New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, passes the ball past Chicago Bulls’ D.J. Augustin during the first half of the April 13 game in New York. Anthony is headed into free agency and could end up on the Bulls roster.

    Agent: Anthony loves Knicks, wants to explore options

    Carmelo Anthony “loves being a Knick” but is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options, his agent said. Anthony had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract and had already informed the team he would do so. He will be able to negotiate with teams starting July 1. “Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city and the fans,” Leon Rose said. “At this stage of his career he just wants to explore his options.”

    Brazil’s Fernandinho, right, celebrates scoring his side’s goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.

    Brazil beats Cameroon 4-1, reaches 2nd round

    Neymar scored twice in the first half to lead Brazil to a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, helping the hosts secure a spot in the second round of the World Cup. Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, which advanced from Group A.

    Mexico’s Rafael Marquez , right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Croatia and Mexico at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

    Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

    Mexico surged into the World Cup’s knockout stage for a sixth-straight time Monday with a 3-1 win over Croatia. Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage.

    United States goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday at a suburban Seattle home and charged with assaulting her sister and nephew.

    Soccer star Hope Solo enters not guilty plea

    U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister’s home in suburban Seattle. Solo appeared in court Monday and was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the victims and to not drink alcohol.


    Bears sign veteran safety Wilson, TE Mastrud

    The Bears Monday added five-time Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson to the competition at safety, where they are looking to upgrade after a disappointing 2013 season. Wilson missed last season with a torn Achilles tendon, but he made four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11.


    Mike North video: Carmelo or Love to the Bulls?
    Mike North agrees with Derrick Rose that maybe Kevin Love would be a better fit for the Bulls than Carmelo Anthony.

    Andy Murray plays a return to David Goffin Monday during their first round match at Wimbledon.

    Andy Murray opens Wimbledon defense with 3-set win

    Andy Murray arrived on Centre Court to a standing ovation and left to another. After ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a homegrown men’s champion at Wimbledon last year, Murray got off to a strong start Monday in his bid to become the first to retain the title since Fred Perry in 1936. “It was nice,” Murray said. “I was nervous this morning, nervous yesterday. Walking through brings back a lot of good memories. I got a nice round of applause and once you sit down in a chair it’s time to get ready for this year and move on from last year.”

    Chile’s Gonzalo Jara, left, and Netherlands’ Arjen Robben challenge for the ball Monday during a Group B World Cup soccer match at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Dutch beat Chile 2-0 to top Group B

    Leroy Fer scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to break the deadlock and help give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Chile on Monday and top Group B at the World Cup with three consecutive wins. Fer had only just replaced Wesley Sneijder when he rose almost unmarked in the Chile penalty area to put the Dutch ahead with a powerful 77th-minute header. Another substitute, Memphis Depay, then tapped in a cross from Arjen Robben in injury time to double the lead.

    Spain’s David Villa, left, and Australia’s Ryan McGowan go for a header Monday during a Group B World Cup soccer match at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

    Spain salvages pride with 3-0 win over Australia

    efending champion Spain salvaged some World Cup pride on Monday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Australia in its last match at the tournament. After losing their previous matches in Group B to the Netherlands and Chile, both teams took to Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba knowing they could not advance to the second round.


    Cubs moves have present, future in mind

    The Cubs made roster moves Sunday. Of immediate import, they activated catcher Welington Castillo off the disabled list. They also added a minor league pitcher to the 40-man roster, and he could play a part later in the season.


    This is a rendering of the new Zurich Insurance North American headquarters. Schaumburg officials in February gave final approval to the proposed new Zurich headquarters on the Motorola Solutions campus.

    Zurich to get $20.35 million from state; set to break ground Tuesday

    Zurich Insurance is set to break ground in Schaumburg on Tuesday and the state of Illinois has a tax incentive package for the company valued at $20.35 million. The state been working with Zurich executives after the company received an offer to move its North American headquarters to Kansas.

    President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families Monday in Washington, encouraged more employers to adopt family-friendly policies, part of a broader effort to convince employers that providing more flexibility is good for business as well as workers.

    Obama says U.S. should have paid maternity leave

    President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.“Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” Obama said at the White House Summit on Working Families. “That, we should be able to take care of.”

    Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. Automakers have recalled more than 28 million vehicles in the United States this year.

    For automakers, this is the year of the recall
    It’s becoming the year of the recall: Automakers have recalled more than 28 million vehicles in the United States this year — more than one in 10 vehicles on the road — putting the industry on track to trample the 2004 record of 30.8 million. On Monday, Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan recalled close to 3 million vehicles worldwide to repair an air bag problem.

    U.S. stock indexes ended slightly below the record levels they reached last week as investors assessed news from big corporations. Wisconsin Energy fell 4 percent and General Electric fell 1 percent after the companies said they had made acquisitions. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell a fraction of a point.

    Stocks slip below records; FMC falls

    Stocks fell for the first time in seven days, ending a run that had pushed the indexes to all-time highs, as investors assessed corporate news. Chemical company FMC fell the most in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index after cutting its earnings forecast for the second quarter due because its Agricultural Solutions unit performed worse than expected in the period.


    Watchdog group to review Wisconsin Energy deal

    An Illinois watchdog group says it will carefully review Wisconsin Energy Corp.’s proposed purchase of Integrys Energy Group Inc., the parent company of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. The deal was announced Monday and is subject to approval by regulators and company shareholders.


    Veterans Affairs challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

    Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson says he is deeply disappointed that whistleblower complaints about patient care are not being taken seriously. He is agreeing with the federal official responsible for investigating complaints from government whistleblowers that the VA hasn’t taken those complaints seriously.

    Denny Reichard, an agent with Jim Maloof Realtors, right, stands with potential home buyers Brian Giebelhausen and Lindsay Willing outside a previously owned home in Mackinaw, Illinois.

    Sales of U.S. existing homes up 4.9 percent in May

    The National Association of Realtors reported Monday that sales of existing homes increased 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million homes. The monthly gain was the fastest since August 2011, but even with the increase, sales are still 5 percent below the pace in May 2013.


    Justices uphold broad use of anti-bank fraud law

    The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the broad application of a federal anti-bank fraud law. The justices sustained the bank fraud conviction of Kevin Loughrin, who used stolen checks as part of a scheme to take merchandise and cash from a Target store in Utah. Using checks from a bank brought Loughrin under the bank fraud statute. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

    French Finance Minister Arnaud Montebourg is urging U.S. authorities to be “fair and proportionate” when deciding on a potential multibillion-dollar fine against France’s largest bank over its activities in countries Iran, Sudan and Cuba.

    France: U.S. fine for BNP should be fair, measured

    The French economy minister is urging U.S. authorities to be “fair and proportionate” when deciding on a potential multibillion-dollar fine against France’s largest bank over its activities in countries Iran, Sudan and Cuba. Arnaud Montebourg, speaking on BFM television Monday, said the U.S. has an unfair advantage in the global “economic war” because of a law allowing prosecution of foreign companies for activities outside American soil.

    Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. No accidents have been reported related to recalls Monday, June 23, 2014. Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan. The models recalled at Honda include the Fit, Element and CR-V, manufactured between 2000 and 2005.

    Honda, Mazda, Nissan issue recalls over airbags

    Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. No accidents have been reported related to Monday’s recalls. Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan.

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, flanked by Quingmin Li, Consul General China, Houston office, left, and Golden Dragon Copper USA Chairman Changjie Li, pose for photos with company, state and local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening of the company’s copper tubing plant in Pine Hill, Ala. Golden Dragon, the first company Bentley recruited to Alabama after being elected, will employ 300 new full-time employees in rural Wilcox County.

    China’s widening investment in the U.S., at a glance

    Chinese investment in the United States reached a record $14 billion last year, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm. Across the country, Chinese companies are opening factories or expanding existing ones and creating jobs.Some examples: — Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., based in Fuzhou, China, is taking over a plant in Moraine, Ohio, that General Motors abandoned in 2008. The company says it will hire at least 800. The site puts Fuyao within four hours’ drive of auto factories in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. — Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, based in China’s Henan province, has opened a $100 million plant in impoverished Wilcox County, Alabama. It will make copper tubing used in air conditioners and expects to employ more than 300. — Chinese textile manufacturer Keer Group is investing $218 million in a plant in Lancaster County, South Carolina, to make industrial yarn and says it will employ 500. South Carolina supported the project with a $4 million grant. — Nanshan America, which makes aluminum parts, says it will expand employment at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana, from 135 to 200 by year’s end. The 600,000-square-foot factory began production in December 2012. Nanshan America is a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Nanshan Group, which owns everything from banks to clothing factories. — Chinese paper maker Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. Ltd. last week announced plans to invest $2 billion to open an 850-acre paper and fertilizer plant in Chesterfield County, south of Richmond, Virginia. The plant will employ 2,000 by 2020, according to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. It will make paper products from straw and corn stalks and organic fertilizer from waste left by its papermaking process. — Taizhou Fuling Plastics Co. Ltd., based in Zhejiang province in eastern China, has announced plans to spend $21 million to open a plastic tableware and kitchenware plant in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pennsylvania. The plant expects to hire 75 workers over the next three years. — Tianjin Pipe is investing $1 billion in a factory in Gregory, Texas, that makes pipes for oil and gas drillers. The company says it will start production late this year or early in 2015. It says it will have 50 to 70 employees by the end of this year and 400 to 500 by the end of 2017.

    Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, followed by Golden Dragon Copper USA Chairman Changjie Li, left, meets the employees of Golden Dragon Copper USA before the company’s grand opening ceremony in Pine Hill, Ala. Golden Dragon, the first company Bentley recruited to Alabama after being elected, will employ 300 new full-time employees in rural Wilcox County.

    Ni hao, y’all: US hinterlands woo Chinese firms

    Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They’re coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant here last month. It will employ more than 300 in a county known less for job opportunities than for lakes filled with bass, pine forests rich with wild turkey and boar and muddy roads best negotiated in four-wheel-drive trucks.


    Social media can help level business playing field

    Sue Kirchner believes small businesses can level the playing field that the big guys dominate, but time and effort will be needed.So will some social media expertise, she says. “Small businesses need social media,” said Kirchner, president of Brand Strong Marketing Inc., Palatine. “They need to market their company, to be noticed online. They need a web presence, not just a website.”Social media isn't a selling channel, Kirchner says; instead, it's a place to build relationships that can lead to sales.That's why presence matters. “If you want clients (and prospects) to find you, you must have a presence on the web that tells your story,” Kirchner says. That presence, she maintains, comes via social media — which, in Kirchner's storytelling sense, are akin to mini websites.Kirchner is a believer that social media — a process most everyone talks about but few are comfortable implementing — can make a difference. She has some suggestions.“You want to spend your social media time where your customers are,” Kirchner says. If, for example, you have a business page on Facebook but your customers are using SlideShare (a LinkedIn unit that allows you to share content) or Pinterest, you may need to rethink your social media presence.Finding where your customers congregate on social media is a process similar to researching marketplace needs. Survey Monkey may be the tool that gets information, Kirchner says. So, she adds, might a cup of coffee with a customer or two. “Ask them 'What's up?'” Kirchner says. “Ask what projects they're working on, what's happening in their business or industry.”Assess the information you gain and you'll be able to develop a profile of your customers that includes their social media preferences.Take a similar approach on the web, where it's easier to reach a greater number of people. “Search for conversations online,” Kirchner says. “Look for LinkedIn groups that are interested in your topics.“Find a logistics conversation (if that's your focus) and join the group,” Kirchner says. “Find a marketing conversation that fits you. Join the group.“Target one or two groups on LinkedIn and spend 20 minutes a week getting into conversations, getting your name in front of people.”Another Kirchner option: Your blog.A blog, Kirchner says, “is a forum to share your thought leadership, especially in B2B sectors. Use your blog for a case story. Get your name, or your business' name, connected positively with business issues and ideas.” Once a week is a good blog frequency, Kirchner says; twice a month works if time gets squeezedBlog content matters, especially because “Google has changed its search algorithms,” Kirchner says. “Content is key.”Three hundred to 500 words is a good blog length, according to Kirchner. Of course, you'll want someone to read your blog thoughts. “You'll spend 20 percent of your time writing the blog, 80 percent promoting the post,” Kirchner says.• 2014 Kendall Communications, Inc. Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.

    Alice and Terry Banach

    Fusion of talents, food focus of couple's new BBQ restaurant

    Kukec's People features Alice Banach of North Barrington, a rock-and-roll fan, who turned her enjoyment of that era and love of cooking into a new restaurant called Rock 'N Ribs in at the Village Square Shopping Center in Lake Zurich. She and her husband, Terry Banach, opened in May and then held a grand opening last week.

    Photo courtesy of Bonnie Throne Bonnie Throne, owner of Oakton Street Antique Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Oakton Street Antique Centre growing in Arlington Heights
    Bonnie Throne, owner of Oakton Street Antique Centre in Arlington Heights, has made it past the 20-year mark. We talk to her about the business.

Life & Entertainment

    Pauly Shore appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28.

    Weekend picks: Hey, buuuddy! Pauly Shore plays Schaumburg

    Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Dan “Vapid” Schafer is a longtime fixture of the Chicago punk scene who has played with such notable bands as Screeching Weasel. He is now leading a new music project called Dan Vapid & the Cheats at Lombard's Brauer House Friday. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.

    Miesha Thompson teaches archery to students at Roosevelt High School in Washington.

    U.S. schools develop a nicer version of gym class

    There is a major shift in physical education throughout the country to reverse a trend of inertia, with gym teachers working harder to make sure that their classes don't appeal just to the most athletic students while the rest of the kids in school-issued shorts are left sitting on the sidelines.

    Boston plays RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Sunday, Aug. 10.

    Band Boston to play RiverEdge in Aurora
    The band Boston has been added to the summer concert series of RiverEdge Park in Aurora. The band plays at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

    Greg Borkman, of Libertyville, was the first assistant editor and visual effects editor on the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.”

    Libertyville editor helped cut ‘Fault in Our Stars’

    They filmed a scene in the movie, “The Fault in Our Stars,” where Hazel (Shailene Woodley) makes herself a cup of tea while talking to her mom. The tea-making part of the scene got cut in the editing process, creating a challenge for Libertyville native Greg Borkman. Borkman, 26, performed all sorts of film editing tricks while helping to edit the blockbuster movie, and the experience is opening doors for him to do other visual and creative work in Hollywood. “I don’t think it’s even set in yet. It’s very surreal,” said Borkman.

    Vesna K. Stelcer, board chair of the Ed Paschke Foundation, explains a painting titled “American Sueno” by Ed Paschke that's on display at the Ed Paschke Art Center.

    New center honors late Chicago artist Ed Paschke

    A neighborhood art center opened Sunday in Chicago to honor late artist Ed Paschke, whose colorful work is part of museum collections in New York, Washington and Paris. The location, in a northwest Chicago neighborhood, perfectly fits the goal of opening a permanent place to showcase Paschke's pieces and create a venue to support upcoming artists, said daughter Sharon Paschke said. “My dad believed that art should be accessible to everybody, art lovers and more importantly those who have never been exposed to art,” she said.

    Ed Sheeran’s “X” came out Monday. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter says the follow-up to his 2011 debut “+” features a certain “rawness.”

    Ed Sheeran stretches into radio-friendly territory on 'X'

    Promoting an album kills creativity, says Ed Sheeran, preferring to watch a World Cup game rather than talk about “X,” the anticipated follow-up to his 2011 debut, “+.” The 23-year-old singer-songwriter is drained and distracted from talking up the new album, out Monday, across the country. The English performer prefers the other parts of his job, writing songs and playing live. His tour will bring him to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena Sept. 16.

    A male red-breasted nuthatch is breeding in photographer George LeClaire's backyard. The birds normally breed in coniferous forests across Canada and Alaska.

    Rare nuthatch breeding in Glenview backyard

    Daily Herald Photographer George LeClaire has red-breasted nuthatches attempting to reproduce in his backyard, an extremely rare occurrence in the U.S. “Get your camera ready if you see fledglings — that would be a big deal to birders and should be reported,” expert Tim Joyce said.

    Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” is one of 58 works of art chosen by the public to appear on billboards and signs in cities across the U.S. later this summer.

    Artworks chosen to be displayed across U.S.

    Online voters have chosen dozens of works of art to appear on billboards and signs in cities across the U.S. later this summer. The 58 works picked were announced Friday. The works will begin appearing Aug. 4 in as many as 50,000 displays in all 50 states as part of the “Art Everywhere” initiative organized by five U.S. museums.

    Hunter King accepts the award for outstanding younger actress in a drama series for “The Young and the Restless” at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards Sunday.

    DeGeneres, Harvey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

    Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” are among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” received its eighth trophy as outstanding entertainment talk show at the awards ceremony Sunday in Beverly Hills, California.

    Let’s Dance Diva, another reblooming lacecap hydrangea from Proven Winners, was developed for its oversize blooms.

    Reinventing the winter-weary hydrangea

    In a normal year, the hydrangeas would be thick with leafy growth. This is not a normal year, as we have discovered. The polar vortex winter lives on in dieback, as plants we thought were safe emerge wounded from the cold, or do not emerge at all. The situation has generated a lot of reader correspondence, much of it related to the tatty state of the beloved hydrangea.

    Actress Sasha Alexander said that she hopes this week's episode of "Rizzoli & Isles," which addresses the death of actor Lee Thompson Young, will help fans grieve and begin to heal.

    ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ copes with actor’s death

    “Rizzoli & Isles” is saying goodbye to Lee Thompson Young, who played police Detective Barry Frost on the TNT crime drama. The 29-year-old actor was found dead in his North Hollywood home last August of an apparent suicide. In last week's episode, Frost’s colleagues get the news that he has been in a car accident. On Tuesday’s episode (at 8 p.m.), they learn Frost has died. Although the episode was difficult to shoot, said Sasha Alexander, who plays medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, she hopes it will help fans grieve and begin to heal.


    Family and friends can influence how much we weigh

    Q: I’ve gained several pounds since getting married. My husband thinks he is supportive of my weight-loss efforts, but he doesn’t exercise or make healthy food choices himself. How can I lose weight without my husband’s support?

    Getting outside for a change of scenery can help to reduce stress.

    Your health: Tips for practicing mindfulness at work
    Google, eBay, Intel and General Mills all offer classes on it … mindfulness. In this corporate trend, businesses are finding mindfulness — being focused and fully present in the here and now — is not only good for individuals, but good for the bottom line.


    Kids gain weight more quickly over summer break

    Any parent or teacher can tell you that schoolchildren tend to slip back a bit academically over the long summer break. But now a Harvard University study has come up with troubling indications that they also gain weight more quickly during those months when, traditionally, we hope they’re outdoors much of the time, enjoying the summer sun.

    Lisa Howorth's debut novel, “Flying Shoes,” weaves a memorable mosaic of a good-hearted woman at midlife, facing crises old and new.

    Debut novel by Lisa Howorth is a Southern mosaic

    There are many good reasons to read and enjoy “Flying Shoes.” For one, it is the debut novel of Lisa Howorth, a much revered stalwart of the literary South. Its central character, Mary Byrd Thornton, is a refreshing creation. She's bright and brassy, caring but nonconformist, a Southern woman with two school-age children, a dutiful husband, an eclectic circle of friends and maybe an oddball lover on the side.

    Beachgoers enjoy a sunny day on the beach in Atlantic City, N.J. The city is one of five Jersey shore beach towns that don’t require visitors to buy beach badges.

    Jersey shore: 5 free things for visitors to do

    The Jersey shore’s main attraction is undoubtedly its 127 miles of beautiful beaches. And even with its reputation as one of only a tiny handful of spots in the country that make you pay for the privilege of dipping your toes in the surf (or even sitting on the sand), there are still a few beaches in New Jersey that you can use for free.

    Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), left, welcomes his brother Barry (Adam Rayner) back to their strife-filled Middle Eastern homeland in FX’s new drama “Tyrant.” Accompanying Barry are his American wife (Jennifer Finnegan) and children (Anne Winters and Noah Silver).

    Loyalty, deception, fear at the heart of FX’s ‘Tyrant’

    After 20 years away, Dr. Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed returns to his Middle Eastern homeland for a family wedding. But this is no ordinary family. Barry is the son of the nation's ruthless dictator and may just become his father's son in the new FX drama "Tyrant," which premieres Tuesday, June 24.


    How do you defuse tension with someone who hates you?

    Q. About a year ago I developed a crush on a female friend, whose boyfriend I also know independently of her. I suspect the attraction was mutual but we never acted on it. However, I am pretty sure the boyfriend noticed, because I am pretty sure he hates me. Any suggestions for defusing this tension?



    Blame the politicians for high gas prices
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I don’t know about you but I’m really getting tired of being robbed here in the Chicago area, I’m talking about gas prices. Up in the vacationland of the northwoods of Wisconsin, $3.67. Down near Janesville, $3.65, moving west to Minneapolis, $3.59. The minute you enter Illinois, anywhere from $3.99 to $4.19.


    New law will make water supply safer
    A letter to the editor: Illinois has taken a veritable beating lately in local and national press for its many challenges. On one public health issue, though, Illinois is way ahead of the rest of the nation and deserves some positive attention for its leadership. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will ban the production or sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads.


    No more shopping where traffic cameras are
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Apparently I made the mistake of turning right on red at 3 p.m. on May 15 at the corner of Rand and Dundee roads without coming to a complete stop. I thought the village was trying to make that part of Palatine more attractive to people shopping by creating a few TIF districts there. Well, I can assure you I will not be in that area again if I can help it.


    ‘Won’t hurt a bit,’ school leaders say
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The phrase “this won’t hurt a bit” is routinely followed by excruciating pain, not only is it painful but you’ve been deceived, too.This may be how you felt if you looked at your recent tax bill in Aurora or Naperville ...


    Lisa Madigan has priorities misplaced
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Illinois has a major issue with deep political corruption. We also have a weak Attorney General’s office occupied by Lisa Madigan, the daughter of the most powerful politician in Springfield.


    School board lack of knowledge troubling
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The article regarding debate by Naperville Unit District 203 over leasing of space for cell towers was both disturbing and enlightening.


    Thanks to contributors at Libertyville Days
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On behalf of the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation I would like to give a huge thank-you to the community members, sponsors, hardworking volunteers and vendors who have assisted us in putting on another incredibly joyous and successful Libertyville Days Festival for all who attended.


    America ignoring a real threat
    A Plano letter to the editor: I watched the news this evening concerning the mayhem in Iraq, and I had to cry. The image before my eyes was that of a middle-aged Iraqi soldier, having already apparently been beaten, now handcuffed and on his knees, being slapped about his head and readied for execution by ISIS terrorists.


    Warnings on civil war were clear
    A Lombard letter to the editor: It’s disturbing to see the very same politicians and pundits who were proved so wrong in promoting the invasion and occupation of Iraq now beating the drum as that nation enters a sectarian civil war.


    Let Iraqis fight it out themselves
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Forget Iraq. The place has cost the American people a trillion dollars and thousands of lives. Why help them again? Let them fight it out for themselves.


    It didn’t work then, won’t work now
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Apparently many people have forgotten how we got into Iraq (deception), and that there was an agreement in 2008, signed by President Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that called for the end of occupation in 2011:


    Iraq involvement boils down to politics
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: After Eric Cantor’s quarreling constituents threw him out for arrogance and inattention, Republican leaders have been screaming and running in circles, weeping and wailing and gnashing their colleagues on national TV, demanding that President Obama support some faction or another in Iraq to improve our image abroad.


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