Daily Archive : Thursday June 26, 2014


    The Dundee Township Rotary initiated its officers and board for 2014-15 at a reception held at the Anvil Club in East Dundee. Shown left to right, front: Matt VanHoeven; Mike Rabe; Eric Gullickson, immediate past president; Jim Bolz, past president; and Curt McReynolds, president; left to right, back: Craig Zielienewski, Ray Earhardt, Pat Gibbs and Cheryl Wendt.

    Dundee Twp. Rotary presents new president, board

    Curt McReynolds, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township in Carpentersville, was elected as the 2014-15 president of the Dundee Township Rotary Club and will officially take office on July 1, 2014. He succeeds financial analyst Eric Gullickson.

    Elburn Lion and District 1-J Governor Chris Halsey, center, gives the gavel to the new Dundee Township Lions Club president Jim McClung, left, with former president Gene Tester, looking on.

    New president named for Dundee Twp. Lions Club

    The Dundee Township Lions Club inducted officers for the 2014-15 year at its June meeting. Chris Halsey, District 1-J Governor, hands the gavel to the new president Jim McClung.

    Jude and Alicia Aulie search for an envelope Thursday near the corner of Front Street and Wheaton Avenue in downtown Wheaton. The Downtown Wheaton Association and Ivy restaurant sponsored a “hidden cash dash” by hiding six envelopes filled with $40 cash and a $10 Downtown Wheaton gift certificate.

    Pedestrians search for hidden money in downtown Wheaton

    Several pedestrians strolling the streets of downtown Wheaton Thursday weren’t just enjoying the warm, sunny weather. They were on the hunt for six hidden envelopes labeled with the Downtown Wheaton Association logo. Each was filled with a pleasant surprise: $40 cash and a $10 Downtown Wheaton gift card. “It’s something that’s fun and it’s a nice way to say thank you...

    Maine Township High School District 207 officials are planning to build a $9.3 million addition to the existing spectator gym at Maine West High School in Des Plaines.

    Maine West plans $9.3 million gym addition

    Maine Township High School District 207 is planning a $9.3 million, 23,000-square-foot addition to the existing gym at Maine West in Des Plaines that would include locker rooms, a weight room and wrestling room, but no field house. "The proposal here is to construct an expansion in such a way that if a (school) board at some future date wanted to add a field house, it could do so," spokesman Dave...

    Wall insulation lies on the grass after a townhouse fire on the 2100 block of North Heather Lane in Palatine. No was injured.

    Two units uninhabitable after Palatine townhouse fire

    No one was injured, but a fire in a townhouse building in Palatine left two units uninhabitable on Thursday afternoon. Palatine Fire Department crews arrived on the scene on the 2100 block of North Heather Lane in Palatine at 2:32 p.m. to find smoke coming from one of the five units in the townhouse building.

    Conductor Richard Kaufaman leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they perform the first of three nights at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    Chicago Symphony opens concert series at Morton Arboretum

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra opened its three-night concert series Thursday at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle with “A Summer Night on the Red Carpet.” The series will continue Friday night with a performance focusing on Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” Saturday’s concert will feature Brahm’s...

    Twenty-one years have come and gone as Bill Dixon village manager for Arlington Heights (right) says goodbye to his friends like State Rep. David Harris, at his retirement party at the Arlington Heights Village Hall on Thursday.

    Arlington Hts. bids farewell to Village Manager Bill Dixon

    Current and former trustees, staff, family and village administrators from around the suburbs visited Arlington Heights on Thursday afternoon to honor retiring Village Manager Bill Dixon. Friday is Dixon’s last day with the village after 21 years, but he was celebrated Thursday night with a party featuring proclamations from the Illinois House and Senate, speeches from friends and former...

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the rest of Britain’s royal family apparently is keen to “maximize the value for money” of the monarchy.

    Royal refurb: Palace repairs add to monarchy cost

    Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost British taxpayers $60.8 million last year — just under $1 for everyone in the country. More than a third of the money was spent on repairs and maintenance to aging palaces.

    A Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, “Syria is fine,” as he stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria. President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition.

    Obama seeks $500 million to train, equip Syrian rebels

    With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels. Obama’s request to Congress for $500 million in training and arms to the opposition in effect opens a second front in the fight against militants spilling over...

    The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.

    High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

    The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level administration posts with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama. But the justices stopped short of a more sweeping decision that would have effectively ended a president’s power to make recess appointments when the Senate takes a...

    A young black bear peeks out from an oak tree in Mount Morris in mid-June, apparently after deciding the Jane Addams Tollway was too much of a challenge.

    Black bear spotted near Jane Addams Tollway

    What did tollway workers see galloping away from their road widening project on the Jane Addams (I-90) earlier this month? A black bear, possibly the one that's been popping up in northern Illinois the last few weeks. Click on this story to watch the video.


    1,150 Chicago school employees laid off

    Chicago Public Schools officials say a reduced number of students expected in the fall has prompted the layoff of teachers and other staff.

    Parker Wolfsmith

    Maple Park plans train safety program in wake of boy’s death

    A Maple Park teenager was likely "breezing" -- feeling the rush of air from a passing train -- when he was killed in May, police chief Mike Acosta says.

    Summer White Lynch

    Family remembers Bloomingdale mom who inspired ‘Pay It Forward Day’

    The woman who inspired Bloomingdale’s “Pay It Forward Day” earlier this month, Summer White Lynch, is being remembered this week for her elaborate birthday parties for her sons, her passion for travel and adventure, and for always putting others first. “(She was) wonderfully sweet,” Michael Lynch said of his 41-year-old wife. “She was always putting...

    Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia right, talking to the man who will replace him, Sen. Howard Baker, a Tennessee Republican, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Baker, who asked what President Richard Nixon knew about Watergate, has died. He was 88. Baker, a Republican, served 18 years in the Senate. He earned the respect of Republicans and Democrats alike and rose to the post of majority leader. He served as White House chief of staff at the end of the Reagan administration and was U.S. ambassador to Japan during President George W. Bush’s first term.

    Ex-Sen. Baker, who queried Nixon on Watergate, dies

    Former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, a one-time towering political figure in Washington who also was a chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, has died, his former spokesman said. Baker’s question sliced to the core of Watergate: “What did the president know and when did he know it?”

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference accompanied by his running mate, Wheaton’s Evelyn Sanguinetti, earlier this month in Chicago.

    Admission questions resurface for Rauner

    The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner’s daughter was admitted into an elite Chicago public school resurfaced in the Illinois governor’s race this week with a top school official and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn raising new questions.

    Northbrook Mayor Sandy Frum, right, and other mayors from across Illinois call for state lawmakers to overhaul pension systems for police and fire departments. North Riverside wants to save money by shifting control of its fire department to a private company.

    North Riverside seeks to privatize fire department

    A suburban community struggling with increasing pension costs wants to save money by shifting control of its fire department to a private company — a rare move village officials argue is the only option because they can’t make any more cuts or raise taxes.

    Former Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc talks about shooting during his youth basketball camp at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle.

    Former Bulls forward heads basketball camp in Lisle

    Former Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc has been conducting a basketball camp this week at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle. The camp curriculum is focused on all the fundamental basketball skills: shooting, ball handling, defense, free throws and footwork.


    Chicago man accused of impersonating U.S. marshal

    Federal prosecutors say a Chicago man has been arrested for impersonating a U.S. Marshals Service employee.


    District 200 teens accused of posting lewd images learn charges

    Two former Wheaton middle school students who face criminal charges in connection with the electronic posting of inappropriate images involving students and staff members have been placed on home detention as the cases against them move foreword. Both 14-year-old boys and their parents appeared Thursday in DuPage County Juvenile Court to learn the charges against them.


    Gay marriage advocates criticize Rauner’s stance

    Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner’s statements that he would have vetoed Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill.

    President Barack Obama talks with Rebekah Erler, of Minneapolis, at Matts Bar before going to a town hall meeting in Minneapolis Thursday. The president was in town for the first in a series of day-in-the-Life visits he plans to make across the country this summer.

    Facing headwinds, Obama courts ‘real America’

    With 2½ years remaining in his term, President Barack Obama has been blocked by Congress and is running out of steps he can take on his own to achieve his goals. So the White House is trying to maximize Obama’s exposure to “real Americans,” hoping that more intimate and less scripted interactions will remind struggling citizens why they voted for him in the first place.


    Vernon Hills officers kill dog that bit woman

    A woman was attacked by a loose dog Thursday morning in Vernon Hills, and police shot and killed the animal when it charged again, authorities said.

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, center, meets Millie Winkelmann of Maple Park and Stojan’s Vegetables at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Thursday. Simon, escorted by market manager Jennifer Benson, left, chatted with vendors about advocacy for locally grown food and urging more markets to accept Link cards so all residents can access homegrown products.

    Lt. Gov. Simon promotes Link Card at Elgin harvest market

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon visited the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Thursday advocating for locally grown foods. Simon is on a statewide tour urging more farmers markets to accept Link cards so all residents can access homegrown products.

    Mark Vondracek

    District 50, Prairie Crossing Charter School clash over lawsuit hearing

    Differing perceptions about a recent court hearing have emerged related to a Woodland Elementary District 50 lawsuit challenging a state agency’s decision allowing Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing Charter School to operate another five years.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com, April 2014 The tollway is rebuilding the interchange of I-290 and the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

    Tollway awards contract to firm despite past issues

    Illinois tollway officials hired a New York firm that got in hot water after federal prosecutors accused it of fudging reports about minority subcontractors. The firm reported its mistake, tollway officials said, and was the lowest bidder in addition to being cleared by the state to work in Illinois.


    Lake County Fair Queens Pageants:

    The 2014 Lake County Fair Queen Pageants is accepting applications through Thursday, July 3.


    Elgin council supports changes for police candidates

    Elgin City Council members unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Elgin Police Department’s desire to lower requirements from a bachelor’s degree to 60 hours of college for veterans, current police officers, current community service officers, and participants of Elgin’s Police Explorer program who put in at least four years and extensive community service hours.


    Lake County retired teachers:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, July 8, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and I-94 near Libertyville.


    Free local garden walk:

    A free garden walk hosted by the Gardeners of Central Lake County is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com, 2010 The city of Elgin will consider allowing people to raise chickens in their backyards.

    Elgin looks at preliminary chicken regulations

    Members of the Elgin City Council OK’d drafting an ordinance that would allow backyard chickens in Elgin. Possible regulations could include having a maximum of four hens — no roosters — on single-family residential lots only, and allowing at least 10 square foot per bird inside coops, which would be no larger than 150 square feet.


    Neighbor helps Arlington Heights boy in need of heart transplant

    An Arlington Heights man is organizing a fundraiser to help defray medical expenses for his neighbor, an 8-year-old boy in need of a heart transplant. David Kane is hoping area residents — especially bikers and country music fans — come out to City Limits Harley-Davidson in Palatine on July 26 to show their support for A.J. Winter, who is on a waiting list for a new heart.


    Arlington Hts. roads closed Saturday for wake

    Arlington Heights police will close several roads Saturday, including a lane of Northwest Highway, to accommodate large crowds expected at a wake. Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin resident, was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend.

    Ricky E. Frasure

    Repeat felon faces prison for Elgin cocaine sales

    A repeat felony offender was convicted this week of selling cocaine near an Elgin church in 2012 and now faces a minimum of six years in prison. Ricky E. Frasure, 42, of Elgin, sold cocaine to undecover officers three times in February 2012. He also has spent time in prison for assault and aggravated kidnapping and has a lengthy criminal record. A sentencing date will be set on July 11.

    Christopher Kennedy, chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, presides over a meeting in Chicago.

    Kennedy: No interest in being U of I president

    University of Illinois board Chairman Christopher Kennedy says rumors that he’s interested in becoming the next university president are not true.


    Illinois low on list in funding home care

    Illinois ranks near the bottom but has made significant progress 15 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling on giving the disabled a choice to live outside institutions.

    Trump Tower in Chicago

    Pipe bursts in Chicago’s Trump Tower stairwell

    An official at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago said a burst pipe caused water to cascade down a garage-area stairwell. Colm O’Callaghan said no vehicles were damaged and there was no disruption to the hotel’s operations.

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

    Preckwinkle won’t rule out mayoral bid

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle still isn’t saying whether she’ll run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor next year. Preckwinkle would say only that she’s running for re-election as Cook County Board president in November. She says she has a “big to-do list” for that job.


    Quinn dismisses Rauner’s business plan

    Gov. Pat Quinn is brushing off proposals by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner that call for ending some corporate tax breaks and “special deals” he claims are unfair to families.


    Quinn won’t testify about anti-violence program

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he has no intentions of testifying before a legislative commission about the scandal-laden anti-violence program he started in 2010.

    Carlee Drummer

    Oakton administrator becoming president of Connecticut college

    A top administrator at Oakton Community College is stepping down after being selected as president of a community college in Connecticut. Carlee Drummer, executive director of Oakton’s college advancement and foundation, will spend her last day at the school on Monday. Her retirement was accepted by the college’s board of trustees this week.

    Glen Ellyn Park District’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta returns Saturday to Lake Ellyn.

    Cardboard Regatta returning to Glen Ellyn with a splash

    Glen Ellyn residents can watch their neighbors sail or sink — mostly sink — when the park district’s annual Cardboard Regatta returns Saturday to Lake Ellyn. Participants in the annual event will build boats out of corrugated cardboard and then climb aboard the crafts and try to sail along a course on the lake.


    Hanover Township holds donation drive for students

    Hanover Township is seeking donations of school supplies and backpacks in an annual drive for disadvantaged students. Last year, more than 800 backpacks were filled with items given to kids living in the township. The township also welcomes donated gift cards.


    Dist. 15 to pay $45,000 to settle lawsuit

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will pay a former teacher $45,000 as part of a settlement agreement the school board approved this week.

    Jacob Laurance

    Two charged in Elgin undercover Ecstasy bust

    Two people were arrested by Elgin police and charged with possession of more than 15 grams of Ecstasy Tuesday night after they tried to sell drugs to an undercover cop. Alexandra Wojcik, 18, of South Elgin, and Jacob Laurance, 20, of St. Charles, both face six to 30 years in prison if convicted of the most severe charge of possession with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a school.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Janet S. Delreal, 18, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing a police officer, consumption of alcohol by someone younger than 21 and two counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, according to court records.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn signs anti-bullying bill

    Illinois’ public schools will have to instate anti-bullying policies under a new law that Gov. Pat Quinn has signed. The Chicago Democrat signed the bill Thursday at a Chicago elementary school.

    A memorial service for acclaimed science fiction writer, and longtime Palatine resident, Frederik Pohl will take place Aug. 2 at Harper College.

    Memorial for famed sci-fi author Frederik Pohl Aug. 2 in Palatine

    The long life and copious work of science fiction author Frederik Pohl will be honored at a memorial celebration later this summer in Palatine, his hometown of nearly 30 years. Pohl, who died last year at the age of 93, was considered by many to be a member of the golden age of science fiction authors who helped make the genre.


    Intruders enter homes, vehicles early Thursday in three Vernon Hills neighborhoods

    Vernon Hills police are investigating eight burglaries to vehicles and homes in three subdivisions reported early Thursday. No injuries were reported.

    Fans at Grant Park cheer for the United States as they watch Thursday’s World Cup match against Germany.

    Chicago office workers pause to watch World Cup

    Downtown Chicago office workers extended their lunch breaks to watch the World Cup game between the United States and Germany. One woman, Sugey Lozano, said Thursday that she was taking a long lunch and didn’t mind if she got in trouble. Thousands watched the action on a 19- by 33-foot high-definition screen at Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell.


    Discuss poet Robert Frost at Palatine event

    The Northwest Cultural Council will host “An Afternoon with Robert Frost” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. Court St., Palatine.


    Chain O’ Lakes water level starting to fall, but more rain may be on the way

    More water is flowing out of the Chain O' Lakes than is flowing in, and officials from the Fox Waterway Agency are hopeful that storms will stay away long enough to lift boating restrictions on the Chain in the coming days.

    Ian Denbroeder

    Elk Grove man charged in 7-Eleven robbery

    An Elk Grove Village man was charged with felony robbery in connection in connection with a theft from a 7-Eleven store at 1740 W. Dempster St. in Mount Prospect, police said.

    Julie Pemberton, of Weymouth, Mass., works more than 40 hours a week during the academic year. That gave her access to health care on the job until her employer changed the rules ahead of new coverage requirements under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The workers, their union, and even some college administrators, say the government appears to have unwittingly created a loophole that’s hurting employees the law was intended to help.

    Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage

    A giant food service company unexpectedly reversed course Thursday after bumping thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan earlier this year and pointing a finger at President Barack Obama’s overhaul. Sodexo’s experience could serve as a cautionary tale for other employers trying to pin benefit reductions on “Obamacare.”

    The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided — do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage?

    Experts: Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

    When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court’s ruling in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

    Anti-abortion protester Eleanor McCullen, of Boston, standing at the painted edge of a buffer zone outside a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices unanimously ruled Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.

    High court voids abortion clinic protest-free zone

    The Supreme Court unanimously struck down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts Thursday, declaring it an unconstitutional restraint on the free-speech rights of protesters. Authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with potential confrontations or other problems that can arise outside clinics, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.

    Iraqis who fled their villages gather near a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday. Hundreds of villagers fleeing advances by Sunni militants crowded under the morning sun trying to enter Iraqi Kurdish-controlled territory Thursday, aiming to join large numbers of displaced people who have already sought shelter in the relative safety of the largely autonomous region.

    Iraqi parliament prepares to start work next week

    Iraq’s vice president called on parliament Thursday to convene next week, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency as a bombing killed 12 people in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and police found eight more bullet-riddled bodies south of the capital.

    Ash trees on Mayfair Drive in Libertyville were cut down in 2010.

    Ash tree removal program in Libertyville expected to last a few more years

    Libertyville's fight against the tree-killing emerald ash borer continues this year with outside help. Village officials have contracted with a Wauconda company for $245,500 to remove 264 ash trees.

    Kane County Chief Judge Judith Brawka

    Kane County juvenile detainees fall far short on classroom time

    Youths at Kane County's juvenile detention center average only about 120 minutes of school per day. That's less than half the 300 minutes required by state law. It's going to cost Kane County more than $377,000 to fix the problem.


    Roselle library to be closed June 30

    The Roselle Public Library will be closed Monday, June 30, to allow crews to install an automated transfer switch in the emergency system generator, officials said. The work will require all electricity to the building to be shut down.


    SciTech to open Imagination Playground

    Aurora’s SciTech Hands On Museum will unveil its newest exhibit, The Imagination Playground, during its Super SciTech Saturday celebration on Saturday, June 28, at 18 W. Benton St.


    Reasons we marry often are not reasons we stay married

    Our Ken Potts asks couples he's counseling two questions: Why did you get married? and Why are you still married? The answers to his questions usually are different and tell a lot about the stage the relationship is in. Building a lasting marriage means transitioning from that first infatuation into mature love, Potts says.


    Carol Stream parade: Generations of Freedom

    “Generations of Freedom: Carol Stream Past, Present, Future” will be the theme of the village’s Independence Day parade that steps off at 10 a.m. July 4 from the corner of Lies and County Farm roads near the Ross Ferraro Town Center.


    Naperville parking lot closing for repairs

    The Parkview parking lot near Naperville’s downtown train station will be closed to all traffic for resurfacing from 5 a.m. Friday, June 27, through midnight Sunday, June 29, officials said Thursday. The resurfacing is part of the city’s plans to make improvements at 15 parking lots this summer. Work on all the lots is scheduled for completion by August.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a red Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey and $10 around 9:20 a.m. June 9 out of an unlocked locker at LA Fitness in Mount Prospect Plaza, Rand and Central roads. Value was estimated at $310.

    Federal Appellate Court Judge Paul J. Kelly was in the minority in his opinion as the two other judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel found the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of gay couples to marry. Kelly has broken the string of 16 state and federal judges who sided with gay marriage advocates in cases across the country over the past year.

    Ruling shows crack in legal gay marriage unanimity

    A federal appeals court’s gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same-sex marriages.


    1 U of I student dead, another missing in Brazil

    One university of Illinois student is dead of an illness likely contracted in Brazil and another is missing in a separate incident in the country.


    Build people up with your words

    When we hear negative words spoken to us, they begin to make us feel depressed and discouraged. Pleasant words make us feel victorious and confident.


    Missing Lombard woman found

    A missing 89-year-old Lombard woman suffering from dementia has been located, officials said. Josephine Dale went missing Wednesday morning and was found by police later that day. She is now home safe.

    After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaida-linked militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as the Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday.

    U.S. disbanding Philippines anti-terror force

    After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday.

    The Supreme Court ruling barring police from searching cellphones without a warrant had an immediate impact as police nationwide were briefed during roll calls, new procedures were issued and prosecutors discussed the potential impact to possibly thousands of pending court cases.

    Police ready to abide by court’s cellphone ruling

    Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases after the Supreme Court’s ruling that restricts police searches of cellphones. From Los Angeles to New York, and in San Diego, Chicago and Houston, officials met to discuss Wednesday’s unanimous ruling that could make...


    German-Americans picking sides in World Cup match

    CINCINNATI — There’s eager anticipation — and some divided loyalties — for German-Americans who’ve been rooting for both teams until their pivotal World Cup clash. Organizers expect thousands to show up Thursday at Cincinnati’s Fountain Square for a watch party when the U.S. soccer team plays Germany.


    Fort Carson honors 2 killed in friendly fire

    FORT CARSON, Colo. — Fort Carson is honoring two of its soldiers who were killed in one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in Afghanistan.A memorial service for Cpl. Justin Clouse and Pvt. Aaron Toppen, both members of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will be held Thursday. The ceremony will include a rifle squad salute and the playing of Taps.


    Town celebrates 7 months after tornado

    GIFFORD, Ill. — Every June the eastern Illinois town of Gifford holds a community celebration.This year the Gifford Community Celebration is a little more special than usual.


    Georgia man to serve 23 years for fraud

    SPRINGFIELD — A 57-year-old Georgia man has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison for wire fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge James Shadid on Wednesday also ordered Kenneth W. Lewis to pay restitution of $5.6 million.


    Scott AFB lands 320-worker cyber-security effort

    MASCOUTAH, Ill. — An Air Force base in southwestern Illinois soon will be home to two new cyber-security squadrons that will mean 320 new jobs and a $16 million investment in the site.


    Aid sought for Illinois students at for-profit college

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is calling on Illinois community colleges to do what they can to absorb students from a troubled for-profit education company.Corinthian Colleges Inc. is seeking to sell most of its schools amid heightened scrutiny from U.S. regulators. The company has been accused of altering grades and attendance records and falsifying job placement data in advertisements.


    Study will gauge use of Indianapolis trails

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis is one of a dozen cities across the country where use of trails and greenways will be studied by a national group.


    Court: Hammond panel was not impartial

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a Hammond city panel was not impartial when it ordered the demolition of a house city officials have deemed uninhabitable.


    Police cracking down on speeding in work zones

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police are stepping up efforts to catch speeders driving in work zones after five deaths in the past two months, including those of two construction workers.


    Marion County clerk’s office wed 186 gay couples

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Clerk’s office says 186 same-sex couples were wed at its downtown Indianapolis office Wednesday after a federal judge overturned Indiana’s gay marriage ban.


    Dawn Patrol: Charges against hot-air balloon operator? Busse Building to go

    Charges could come against Huntley balloon operator. Busse Building in Mount Prospect to be torn down. Wheaton woman found in Illinois River. Kane County morgue mold could mean simple fix, longterm move. Lombard police seek help finding missing elderly woman. Cubs fall 4-1. Sox lose in 12. Bulls draft day today.

    Des Plaines Theatre owner Dhitu Bhagwakar says he is considering two proposals that could include selling the building or contracting with someone to manage the venue.

    Des Plaines Theatre owner considering offers

    The owner of the Des Plaines Theatre says he is still mulling over two proposals from those interested in either buying or running the theater. “We just met for the first time with the city yesterday, and we are learning more,” said Dhitu Bhagwakar. “Everything is still on the table. None of the parties are out and none of the parties are in.”

    The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin is bringing the city even less money than usual, forcing the city council to start looking at what to do in the budget.

    Elgin considers cuts after casino revenue shortfall

    The city of Elgin has to deal with the fallout of a shortfall in projected revenue from the Grand Victoria Casino. Although casino revenues have been declining steadily for years, this is the first time in recent memory that revenue projections are off. “They anticipate this is going to get worse,” Mayor David Kaptain said.

    Ryan Seick, a Motorola product manager, demonstrates Intelligent Data Portal, a new application that maps location-based information for first responders.

    Suburban police use new high-tech, data-driven tools to fight crime

    Tech suppliers such as Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions are rolling out new products designed to analyze data and prevent harm to police and firefighers. In Elgin, police are using another application to predict crime on a trial basis. But "good, old-fashioned, common-sense police ingenuity has to be first and foremost," Elgin Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said.


    Barrington to consider referendum on home rule

    This fall, Barrington residents may be asked whether or not their village should become a home-rule community, which officials say would allow the local government to be exempt from some legislation approved by the state government. “Those home-rule communities then are free to not follow that legislation and act otherwise,” Village President Karen Darch said.

    If Team USA were to make it to the World Cup finals, the gambling action in Las Vegas would go through the roof, experts say.

    Gambling U.S. soccer fans put money where mouth is

    You know soccer is making gains in the United States when gamblers treat a World Cup match as if it were a NBA playoff game. Vegas is rooting for the U.S. team to advance but is praying for the team to stop short of winning the whole thing. “There have been lines,” says David Pemberton, director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment, explaining how World Cup gamblers flock to...

    Visiting teacher Marlene Hernandez searches for items for her classroom at the Tioga Elementary School surplus sale, held Wednesday in the old gymnasium of the Bensenville school.

    Bensenville’s old Tioga School closes after old classroom items sold off

    Teachers and bargain hunters carefully examined the items lined up in the gym at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville. The surplus sale came ahead of the old Tioga's demolition and ahead of a new addiiton's debut. “We are salvaging small pieces of the (old building’s) facade that will be installed in the learning garden outside the new building," spokeswoman Terry Ryan said.

    Warren Township High School’s girls softball team won the state Class 4A championship this month in East Peoria. Warren school board members recognized the success of the softball team and other spring sports squads at a meeting Tuesday.

    Gurnee’s Warren Township High School recognizes spring sports success

    Warren Township High School's state championship girls softball team and other squads that made a splash in the spring season were recognized at a meeting Tuesday night.


    GlenOaks to celebrate latest addition to hospital

    Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights will celebrate its new Lagattuta Center For Health with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 2. The two-story addition, which opened in April, houses the hospital’s Wound Care Center. The facility also contains areas for oncology care, maternal fetal medicine and ambulatory care, Administrative Director of Marketing and Service Line Development...


    Creighton’s Doug McDermott, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. He then was traded to the Bulls for their two first-round picks.

    Bulls trade first-round picks for McDermott

    The Bulls traded up in Thursday's NBA Draft and acquired Creighton forward Doug McDermott, who was chosen No. 11 by Denver. The Bulls gave up the No. 16 and 19 selections and a second-rounder. How long McDermott stays with the Bulls remains to be seen. “I think if you view him as a strictly a shooter, you’re not casting the proper light on him, because he’s a lot more than that,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll reacts as he works against Toronto Blue Jays during first inning american league baseball action in Toronto on Thursday June 26 , 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Sox drubbed again, fall 7-0 to Blue Jays

    The White Sox dropped another game Thursday night, this one a 7-0 decision at Toronto. As the losses pile up, so does the call for multiple improvements on the pitching staff.

    Justin Ruggiano’s 2-run double against the Washington Nationals in the seventh proved to be the difference maker for the Cubs in their 5-3 win Thursday night.

    Cubs pull 5-3 win out of the fog

    The Cubs emerged from their fog, if ever so briefly, Thursday night with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Fog rolled in off Lake Michigan and made visibility tough. The Cubs also got an injury scare when center fielder Junior Lake crashed into an outfield door.


    Boomers swept away by Grizzlies

    Coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers:

    The Cubs’ Justin Ruggiano hits a two-run double against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday.

    Ruggiano’s 2-run double lifts Cubs to victory

    Justin Ruggiano’s two-out, two-run double broke a tie in the seventh inning, leading the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Starlin Castro had two RBIs and Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored. The Cubs had dropped four of five games before the win.

    White Sox’ Conor Gillaspie removes his helmet after grounding out to first in the ninth inning to complete his team’s 0-7 loss to Toronto Blue Jays in baseball action in Toronto Thursday.

    Blue Jays beat White Sox 7-0

    Adam Lind had three hits and three RBIs, J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the White Sox 7-0 Thursday night.Jose Reyes had four hits and scored twice as the AL East-leading Blue Jays handed the struggling White Sox their seventh loss in eight games. The Sox lost for the 10th time in 11 road games.

    Brooke Herbert Hayes/bhayes@dailyherald.com1984 Cubs alum Lee Smith throws a ceremonial first pitch before the Kane County Cougars game on Thursday at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

    3 former Cubs throw out first pitches before Cougars game

    Lee Smith’s ceremonial first pitch before Thursday night’s Kane County Cougars game floated in the middle of the zone and then dropped when it reached the plate.Steve Trout’s took a high arc before settling just above the strike zone.Gary Matthews’ took a similar route but not quite as high.It would be quite the stretch to call this a competition, with the casual outfits and the friendly smiles. But it certainly brought out memories of fiercer times — some that have faded but so many more the 1984 Cubs refuse to retire from their memories.The three met up at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, where they signed autographs and chatted with fans about their days playing for the 1984 Cubs.When Smith retired as a Montreal Expo in 1997, he was MLB’s all-time leader in saves, a mark broken by Trevor Hoffman in 2006. Smith spent the first eight years of his career in Chicago, including the final six as the closer. Now, he works as a consulting pitching instructor in the San Francisco Giants’ minor league system.Trout also built his legend on the mound, spending his first five seasons with the White Sox and the next five with the Cubs. He won 80 games between the two. He still lives in the Chicago area and says he spends his time looking for fun things to do, such as watching local baseball games.Matthews made his name in the outfield for the Cubs. His first year with the team was 1984, which became his best year as a pro when he led the league in on-base percentage and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. Now he serves as a speaker at various events, including MLB’s youth-development program.The three visited the Cougars game to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Cubs, who won the National League East with a 96-65 record but fell to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in the National League championship series.“Again, it’s something about the Cubs and not being able to finish it,” Matthews said. “It’s sad, in a way.”

    Jabari Parker of Duke answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Going to Bucks, Parker won’t be far from home

    Jabari Parker, the second overall pick in the NBA draft, immediately becomes a face of a team looking to rebound from a franchise-worst 67-loss season. New ownership in Milwaukee hopes to construct a championship contender within five years. Conversely, the 19-year-old Parker wanted to play for the Bucks, barely 90 minutes from his hometown of Chicago. He said he’s mostly prepared for the pressure.


    Renteria: Despite slow pace, baseball still a special game

    With the World Cup and the NBA draft gaining so much attention on Thursday's sports calendar, it might have been easy to forget about baseball. But Cubs manager Rick Renteria said the national pastime still holds a special spot in the hearts of Americans.

    United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) and his teammates celebrate Thursday after making it into the Round of 16 following their 1-0 loss to Germany.

    U.S. shows it deserves to advance; Belgium up next

    If the United States showed Sunday that sometimes a draw can feel like a loss, Thursday the Americans showed a loss can sometimes be a victory.The United States will play Belgium, the winner of Group H, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (ESPN). Belgium will be tough, but not as tough as Germany.

    Creighton's Doug McDermott, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Bulls expected to trade Nuggets for No. 11 pick McDermott

    The Denver Nuggets have picked Creighton small forward Doug McDermott with the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft.Several outlets are reporting that McDermott will be traded to the Bulls for the 16th and 19th picks.

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Cavs take Wiggins first; Simeon's Parker 2nd

    Andrew Wiggins of Kansas has been taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.The Cavs went for a freshman from Canada to open the draft for the second straight year Thursday and will hope Wiggins works out better than Anthony Bennett. Milwaukee followed with another freshman, Duke forward and former Simeon standout Jabari Parker, who on Wednesday disputed that he had was out of shape.

    United States defender Omar Gonzalez celebrates after qualifying for the next World Cup round following their 1-0 loss to Germany.

    U.S. advances in World Cup; faces Belgium Tuesday

    The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place when Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 in a game played simultaneously in Brasilia. The team will face Belgium Tuesday.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 27

    Joe Kristufek's selections for June 27 racing at Arlington International.


    Arlington jockey Russell breaks foot, tears ACL

    A 26-year-old jockey, Sheldon Russell, was taken to Northwest Community Hospital on Thursday after he was injured in the paddock before the first race at Arlington International Racecourse on Thursday. According to his agent, the injuries included a broken foot and a torn ACL.

    Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, reacts after missing a chance Thursday during a Group G World Cup match against Ghana at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. Portugal won 2-1 but were eliminated from the competition.

    Ronaldo earns Portugal 2-1 win vs Ghana, both out

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal of the World Cup earned Portugal a 2-1 win over Ghana but couldn’t prevent his team being eliminated from the tournament along with the Africans on Thursday. Portugal finished level on four points with second-place United States in Group G but with an inferior goal difference. Germany topped the group after beating the U.S. 1-0 in Recife.

    United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard can’t stop a shot by Germany’s Thomas Mueller during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Mueller scored on the play.

    Images: United States vs. Germany, World Cup
    The United States soccer team lost to Germany 0-1 on Thursday but advanced to the second round of the World Cup.

    United States defender Omar Gonzalez goes over Germany’s Thomas Mueller to head the ball as the United States’ Matt Besler looks on during a Group G World Cup at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

    Omar Gonzalez comes through for U.S. back line

    RECIFE, Brazil — Omar Gonzalez promised from Day 1 of training camp to be ready for the World Cup, even if he started slightly behind because of a knee injury.U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann took a chance on the L.A. Galaxy star for Thursday’s Group G finale against three-time champion Germany, inserting Gonzalez for struggling right center back Geoff Cameron in the 1-0 loss that was still enough for the U.S. to advance in Brazil. Portugal defeated Ghana 2-1 at nearly the same time. Aside from an early missed clearance attempt by Gonzalez in the third minute when he flubbed Jerome Boateng’s cross and nearly put it in his own net, the move paid off for Klinsmann and the Americans.They have defied expectations by getting out of one of this tournament’s toughest groups. The U.S. is headed to the knockout round in consecutive World Cups for the first time. A top defender in Major League Soccer, Gonzalez hung tough against high-scoring Germany on a soggy field and with a slippery ball. Gonzalez hurt his left knee May 3 against Colorado, keeping him out for the start of Klinsmann’s structured training camp last month at Stanford, California.He hoped it wouldn’t put him behind. Clearly, Klinsmann trusted Gonzalez to take over a big responsibility on a new-look back line that has been scrutinized from the start for its youth and inexperience on soccer’s biggest stage.Against second-ranked Germany, Gonzalez didn’t flinch. His 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame certainly helped him to win possession on headers.He received a quick, congratulatory pat on the backside from goalkeeper Tim Howard when he cleared a ball in the 14th minute, then a high-five from fellow center back Matt Besler after another hard tackle against Thomas Mueller.Gonzalez, who joined the national team player pool in 2009, cleared another potential chance for Germany after the ball deflected off Howard in front of the box.The 25-year-old defender from Dallas made his World Cup debut in the 91st minute of Sunday night’s 2-2 draw with Portugal in Manaus, then made an even bigger impact in his first start with his team’s World Cup hopes on the line and chants of “U-S-A!” ringing through Arena Pernambuco.While the Americans didn’t exactly get their ideal result, the defense didn’t allow the Germans a game like their 4-0 romp over Portugal in the opener.When the final whistle blew and the Americans quickly learned of Portugal’s win, No. 3 goalkeeper Nick Rimando sprinted out and leapt into Gonzalez’s arms. Gonzalez joined his teammates for a walk around the stadium, then stopped and gave a two thumbs-up salute, a wave and a clap before making his exit.


    White Sox call up Surkamp to replace Downs

    Before Thursday nights’ game at Toronto, the White Sox designated left-handed pitcher Scott Downs for assignment and recalled left-hander Eric Surkamp from Class AAA Charlotte.

    FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.

    FIFA bans Suarez for 4 months for biting opponent

    FIFA has banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season.


    Mike North Video: Go USA soccer
    USA Soccer is taking center stage and Mike North expects a victory over Germany.

    United States’ Kyle Beckerman, center, jogs with teammates during a training session in Recife, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The United States will play Germany in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup on June 26.

    World Cup: What to watch Thursday

    It’s the last day of the group stage at the World Cup, and seven teams are still vying for the last three spots in the Round of 16. The biggest matchup of the day pits the United States against Germany in a game that could put both teams through and will determine whether the Ghana-Portugal game has any real significance.

    Surprised the United States is the world’s second-largest market for World Cup tickets, behind only host Brazil? Experts say you shouldn’t be. FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, says about 200,000 tickets were sold in the United States, many through an online lottery months ago.

    U.S. second only to Brazil in World Cup ticket sales

    Surprised the United States is the world’s second-largest market for World Cup tickets, behind only host Brazil? Experts say you shouldn’t be.FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, says about 200,000 tickets were sold in the United States, many through an online lottery months ago. Insurance agent Zach Rambach of Springfield, Illinois, and five buddies spent about $5,000 each on their “bucket list” trip to the tournament.

    Hank Steinbrecher

    Glen Ellyn soccer pioneer amazed by game's growth

    When Hank Steinbrecher, a National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former secretary general of U.S. Soccer, talks about this World Cup being “a tipping point for U.S. Soccer,” the Glen Ellyn resident does so with a perspective developed from decades of dedication to the sport. “The whole landscape of soccer has changed,” Steinbrecher said.


    On Monday, Hank Steinbrecher was at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, waiting on standby for a flight home from a business trip, stuck at the gate, when a middle-aged woman sat down next to him.“She opens her purse, pulls out her Apple (iPad) and starts downstreaming the Mexico game,” the Glen Ellyn resident said of Mexico’s 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup. “This lady next to me, who is like everybody’s mom, she turns out to be this huge fan. She knows everything and studies it. So we’re sitting there and watching the game together. “Now could that have happened in 1990? Could that have happened in the 1974 World Cup?” he asked rhetorically, discounting technological advances. “Absolutely not. But today, in the Atlanta airport, the lady sitting next me, is right there. It’s incredible.”Steinbrecher has lived through soccer’s evolution in this country. As a player, a coach, as the secretary general of U.S. Soccer for 10 years, and now as a businessman, he’s seen it grow from barely a blip on anyone’s radar to where there are 20,000 fans jammed into Grant Park to watch U.S. World Cup matches on giant TV screens, with the U.S. Soccer logo on hats and T-shirts everywhere. Fans will reconvene again today (10 a.m. ESPN) when the United States plays Germany in their third and final Group G match, each team hoping to secure one of two berths in the tournament’s next round.When Steinbrecher, a National Soccer Hall of Fame member, talks about this World Cup being “a tipping point for U.S. Soccer,” this is what he means.“The whole landscape of soccer has changed,” Steinbrecher said. “I mean literally you go to games, and I’ve coached many games, you have two or three people show up. My first game in 1990 with U.S. Soccer was against Mexico at the L.A. Coliseum, and there were only 5,000 people who attended. Five reporters, because Mexico only brought their third team. When they announced who they were bringing, the Mexicans didn’t want to go see them. That’s how bad our reputation was. And now if we play Mexico in the L.A. Coliseum, it’s 95,000 with 5,000 reporters and an overflow crowd on the outside where you have to have big-screen TVs. The whole thing has changed.”For someone like Steinbrecher, who has spent a lifetime in the game, how Americans have embraced this year’s World Cup and this year’s United States team is amazing to see.“I’m a citizen of the world,” Steinbrecher said. “I’ve been around the world. I’ve been in soccer games everywhere. (Grant Park) is equal to or better than any place I’ve ever been. You go to a fan fest in Germany during the German World Cup, and it was not better than Grant Park the other day. It blows me away to see what happened.”ESPN is reporting record soccer television ratings, even ratings exceeding the NBA Finals and World Series. That’s good, but it doesn’t tell the whole story, said Steinbrecher, who helped to stage successful World Cups in 1994 for the men and 1999 for the women.“What your overnight ratings don’t show you is what’s happening in every bar in America,” he said. “Barkeepers are making an enormous amount of money off of this World Cup. And it’s not showing what’s happening in Grant Park, those overnight ratings. … America’s got that fever.” The question now is what happens to American soccer when the United States’ World Cup run ends, either Thursday or sometime in the knockout rounds? What happens when this World Cup ends?


    The government wants to dramatically reduce the height limits of buildings near hundreds of airports, but the proposal is drawing fire from real estate developers, local business leaders and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.

    FAA, developers clash over tall buildings

    The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of potentially thousands buildings near airports around the country — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers, local officials and members of Congress who say it will hurt property values.

    Ikea’s U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.

    Ikea raises hourly pay for U.S. retail workers

    Ikea’s U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition. The 17 percent average raise, announced Thursday, is the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain’s biggest in 10 years in the U.S.

    This image provided by Aereo shows a streaming broadcast of “Bob the Builder” on the New York PBS station. Just because Aereo’s business model has been shot down by the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean customers’ desire for a better TV experience has gone away.

    After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV?

    The Supreme Court shot down Aereo’s business model this week, but that doesn’t mean customers’ desire for a better TV experience is gone. Americans are still fed up with huge channel bundles, high prices, poor service and the lack of ability to watch all their shows on all their devices.

    Stocks slipped on Thursday, with banks posting some of the biggest declines. Barclays fell after New York’s attorney general sued the British bank, saying it misled large investors by promising to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders.

    Stocks head lower on Wall Street, led by banks

    Banks and other financial firms tugged the stock market slightly lower Thursday as a mixed batch of economic reports and earnings results gave investors little reason to push the market up.It was only the third loss in 10 trading days for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which closed at its latest record high just under a week ago, on June 20.

    Highways will be packed once again this July Fourth weekend, with 41 million Americans predicted to travel at least 50 miles or more.

    41 million expected to drive July 4 weekend

    Highways will be packed once again this July Fourth weekend, with 41 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles or more. That’s up about 2 percent from the 40.3 million who traveled during last year’s Independence Day weekend, according to auto club AAA.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels.

    Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14 pct

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year loan eased to 4.14 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.22 percent from 3.30 percent.


    Alcoa to spend $2.85B on jet engine parts maker

    Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson. The Pittsburgh company said Thursday that the deal will boost annual aerospace revenue by 20 percent, to about $4.8 billion, as the company continues to turn its focus away from its mining and aluminum smelting roots.

    The Daily Herald Media Group ranks 19 in the nation with a combined print and digital readership growth of 2.3 percent for the six months ending March 2014, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

    Daily Herald among nation’s highest in readership growth

    The Daily Herald’s combined print and digital readership continues to increase, earning it a prestigious spot in the Top 25 Newspaper Audience Gainers, a national study released by the Alliance for Audited Media. The study shows the Daily Herald at No. 19 with a 2.3 percent increase in audience numbers.

    Earthquakes used to be unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unroll across Texas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded 145 of them just between January and the start of May. Residents question if the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.

    Oklahoma residents seek answers on quakes

    Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want to know what’s causing the temblors — and what can be done to stop them. Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years. The quakes have raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn’t caused employers to cut jobs.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dip

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn’t caused employers to cut jobs. Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 2,000 to 314,000.

    U.S. consumers stepped up their spending by only a modest amount in May, a disappointment to economists who said the weaker-than-expected performance will likely mean less of a rebound in economic growth in the April-June quarter.

    Consumer spending edges up 0.2 percent in May

    U.S. consumers stepped up their spending by only a modest amount in May, a disappointment to economists who said the weaker-than-expected performance will likely mean less of a rebound in economic growth in the April-June quarter.

Life & Entertainment

    Michael (Liam Neeson) shares a flirtatious moment with Anna (Olivia Wilde) in Paul Haggis’ ambitious drama “Third Person.”

    Haggis’ ‘Third Person’ a crash course in ambitious drama

    Paul Haggis’ ambitious, highly personal “Third Person,” three mini-stories serve as jazz riffs off a single theme, all united by domestic tragedies that are best left for viewers to discover for themselves. A grade-A cast brings the characters to gritty, honest life. But they are stuck inside a story that eventually experiences a “Crash” under its heavy-handed, overthought structure.

    Gideon (Michael Esper) confronts unresolved issues with his late father in the Broadway-bound musical “The Last Ship.” The show, with music and lyrics by Sting and a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, launched in Chicago on Wednesday.

    Sting's beautiful music, lyrics make for splendid 'Ship'

    “They're gonna need a bigger boat.” That was my initial (mistaken) impression of Sting's impressive “The Last Ship,” the Broadway-bound musical that premiered Wednesday at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, to a capacity audience that included Paul Simon and James Taylor. Perhaps I've become spoiled by spectacle, but I assumed the launch of this highly anticipated work from the highly acclaimed rocker would be accompanied by an outrageous effect. It isn't. Nor should it be. This earnest, tuneful homage to working class men and women whose lives are upended when the local shipyard closes, needs no such gimmicks.

    Colbie Caillat will play the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Friday, Aug. 29

    Caillat, Caliendo part of MAC’s new season
    The McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn is kicking off its first full season after a $35 million renovation with performances by Colbie Caillat, Frank Caliendo and others.

    Kanye West, left, makes a guest appearance as Jay Z performs during a concert at Yankee Stadium in New York. Jay Z’s collaborative tours include Justin Timberlake, Eminem and West, among others.

    Jay Z’s touring ‘blueprint’: Rapper co-headlines shows

    You could create a music award based on Jay Z’s collaborative tours. Past nominees for best live performance by Jay Z and friends would include Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Kanye West, among others. And this year, the rap king is hitting the road with his superstar wife, Beyonce. In light of the duo’s epic trek, we rank Jay Z’s tours that have co-starred others, which doesn’t include Rihanna or Alicia Keys (surprisingly, right?).

    Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) tries to survive another robotic attack in Michael Bay's “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

    Bay's latest 'Transformers' sequel a lengthy, noisy ordeal

    “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Michael Bay's fourth Hasbro toy car-inspired “Transformers” opus, is the stupidest, longest and most butt-numbing science-fiction action movie I've ever seen. Sitting through the mercilessly slow-motion metallic carnage of “Age of Extinction” for 165 long minutes feels like being trapped in that giant junk compactor scene from the original “Star Wars.”

    Lindsay Lohan is heading for the London stage — in a play about the hysteria of Hollywood — David Mamet’s satirical drama “Speed-the-Plow.”

    Lindsay Lohan to make stage debut in London

    Lindsay Lohan is heading for the London stage — in a play about the hysteria of Hollywood. Producers announced Thursday that Lohan will make her professional stage debut in September in David Mamet’s satirical drama “Speed-the-Plow.”

    Director Michael Bay, center, gestures to fans as he attends the premiere of movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” at a theatre in Beijing, China.

    ‘Transformers’ tries for delicate US-China balance

    Dazzling special effects, Optimus Prime ... and Beijing. The latest “Transformers” movie has all three, mixing Texas-based action with scenes in China’s capital and a heavy dose of Hong Kong in an attempt to straddle the world’s two biggest movie-going audiences. The fourth installment of the Michael Bay-directed franchise has gone all-out to woo China’s audience with Chinese locations, talent and even a reality TV show. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” illustrates the delicate balancing game of Hollywood studios trying to work out what the Chinese market wants while simultaneously catering to Americans.

    Singer Chris Brown arrives at the D.C. Superior Court in Washington Wednesday for a hearing on the assault charge he faces.

    Plea deal talks fall apart in Chris Brown case

    Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn’t agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and charged with misdemeanor assault after a man accused the singer of hitting him when he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking.

    According to reports, a police video shows Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett becoming belligerent and struggling with an officer at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after appearing intoxicated at an airport restaurant. Jarrett is charged with interfering with a peace officer.

    Police video shows Fox News anchor’s arrest

    A police video shows Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett struggling with an officer at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The video shows him in a holding cell May 21 after he appeared intoxicated at an airport restaurant.

    Books that are collectibles and need some protection can go in the Bronson bookcase from Pottery Barn.

    Bookcases that combine top-shelf design and utility

    Take four piles of treasured books, add one bookcase, and you have the formula for turning a mess of a personal library into an artful display. It sounds easy but there are an overwhelming number of bookcase designs out there from which to choose.

    Many people who attended an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii at the TD Garden arena on Wednesday showed up intoxicated and several were hospitalized, authorities said.

    ‘Medical issues’ hospitalized Boston concertgoers

    Many people who attended an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii at the TD Garden arena on Wednesday showed up intoxicated and several were hospitalized, authorities said. The Emergency Medical Service took 22 people to the hospital, and a dozen more were under evaluation, EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse said.


    Handling sibling battles over aging parents

    Five years ago, my mother became unable to continue living alone, so she came to live with me, my husband and two young children. As she physically declined, she paid for upgrades to our home that allowed her to stay with us longer. However, in the last year she began to fail and I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, so we made the difficult decision for her to move into assisted living. She is doing well, and I was able to return to school and go back to work full time.

    Paul Rudd plays Joel, who falls for candy store owner Molly (Amy Poehler) in the romantic parody “They Came Together.”

    We've all seen 'They Came Together' before

    David Wain's suggestively titled “They Came Together” never goes for the jugular when it comes to exposing the innate, formulaic dumbness of the rom-com genre. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler buff their characters as best they can as Joel and Molly. But as they go over the highs and lows of their romance, we're all left thinking we've seen this before.

    Children ride free bicycles as part of the Little Velib system experiment on the Seine river banks in Paris.

    Kid-sized bike share? Giving it a spin in Paris

    Not every 6-year-old can tackle the distractions of bike riding along the Seine, which on weekends and sunny days in Paris can include thousands of other cyclists, roller bladers and oblivious tourists with cameras. It’s enough to give a parent palpitations. But the city of Paris, in a bid to train the next generation of cyclists, has added a range of kids’ bikes and gliders to its bike-sharing program, devices that could be theoretically used even by children as young as 2. And to ease parents’ minds, they even offer helmets.

    Mini Cherry Phyllo Pies start with crisp, nutty crusts and a bold filling.

    Phyllo stands in for crust in healthy cherry pie

    It wasn’t until Sara Moulton began her life as chef that she understood that cherry pie is supposed to be made with sour cherries, not the sweet ones we pop into our mouths like candy. Why? Because sour cherries boast more flavor. Unfortunately, the season for sour cherries is very short, roughly two weeks a year.

    Mini Cherry Phyllo Pies start with crisp, nutty crusts and a bold filling.

    Mini Cherry Phyllo Pies
    For a healthier take on cherry pie, Sara Moulton starts with a phyllo crust.


    Unlikeably dumb characters permeate ‘Jackpot’

    It’s probably a good thing that the characters are so unlikeably dumb in Magnus Martens’ violent black comedy “Jackpot.” You don’t want to become attached to any of these guys. They tend to disappear quicker than cast members on “Game of Thrones.”

    The essential supplies for Firework Flowers, adapted from Amanda Kingloff’s book “Project Kid,” are cupcake liners and drinking straws in red, white and blue. Children won’t be able to stop at making only one, says Kingloff.

    3 kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth

    The Fourth of July typically is the first holiday during kids’ summer vacation. And by now, they’re bored. Here are three simple crafts that can involve them in preparations for the holiday’s fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse year after year.

    Yale University and Harvard Law School grad Andrew Rossi directs “Ivory Tower,” about the insane cost of going to college.

    5 questions for ‘Ivory Tower’ director

    Dann Gire interviews Andrew Rossi, the director of "Ivory Tower," about what motivated him to tackle the question of why college costs so much, and is it really essential for success.

    David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his book “Boy Meets Boy,” a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance.

    Writer David Levithan on LGBT books for the young

    Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his “Boy Meets Boy,” a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance. And there was Paul, who meets Noah. Since then, there’s been a burst of books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people.

    Yale University and Harvard Law School grad Andrew Rossi directs “Ivory Tower,” about the insane cost of going to college.

    ‘Ivory Tower’ questions necessity of college education

    WBEZ recently reported how two young married doctors couldn’t get a mortgage approval because of their staggering student debt. This report would fit right in with Andrew Rossi’s “Ivory Tower,” a timely new doc that dissects the cultural assumption that a college education remains a modern necessity at all costs.



    Editorial: Hard decisions ahead for public courses

    Taxpayers should demand answers as to how long public golf courses will be allowed to lose money, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    You’ll find much world-class talent when you go local

    Columnist Jim Slusher: We are all missing something important when we pay high prices for concert or show tickets or focus our attention on television entertainers. We can be equally impressed and delighted by suburban performers right under our noses.


    Ponder these ‘gifts’ of liberalism
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: One year ago I stated that the Obama administration was the most unethical, immoral and criminal presidency in U.S. history. It’s even worse now. The policies of the president and liberals are literally killing people!


    Taxes crushing home ownership
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I am taking my turn, picking up a pen in a succession of bitter property taxpayers. The payments required to live in my home, sans mortgage, for “essential government services” now far exceeds what I paid 20 years ago for mortgage and taxes combined.


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