Daily Archive : Monday June 30, 2014


    The Bacon Brothers Band

    Schedule for 39th Frontier Days festival in Arlington Heights

    Frontier Days, one of the top Northwest suburban festivals, opens July 2 in Arlington Heights for the 39th year. With a musical lineup that includes main stage acts The Bacon Brothers, Sister Hazel, the Gin Blossoms, American English and the Chicago Six, the crowds are expected to be as deep as ever.


    Dist. 59 forum on early childhood center

    Elk Grove Township Elementary School District 59 will host a community forum Tuesday, July 15, on the prospect of building an early learning center.

    Pam Harris kisses 25-year-old son Josh at their Winthrop Harbor home after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor. Harris wanted to avoid having to pay mandatory dues to the union that represents similar Illinois workers, and she won her yearslong court case Monday.

    Lake County mom wins U.S. Supreme Court case

    Pamela Harris’ 25-year-old son Josh has a rare genetic syndrome, and she cares for him at home and gets paid by the state to do so. She wanted to avoid having to pay mandatory dues to the union that represents similar Illinois workers, and she won her yearslong U.S. Supreme Court case Monday.

    Camp coordinator Michele Christensen swims in a kiddie pool during Wet Day at the Spotlight Youth Theater summer camp Tuesday at The Chapel in Libertyville. The week-long camp focuses on voice, drama and dance as they prepare for the presentation of “Surfin’ the High Seas” on Friday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a foot race in mud, deaf girls scouts signing the Pledge of Allegiance, and sinking cardboard boats.

    William Beavers

    Appeals court upholds Beavers' tax conviction

    A federal appeals court has upheld the tax-evasion conviction of a once-influential Chicago Democrat. Monday's 26-page ruling from a three-judge panel is at least partly academic. Last month, former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers completed his six-month prison term for failing to declare campaign cash he used to gamble.


    Quinn replaces secretary of transportation

    Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011. Quinn called Borggren a “proven leader” but made no mention of why Schneider was departing from the agency.


    Aurora firefighters rescue man from burning apartment

    Aurora firefighters used ladders to rescue a man from the roof of a burning apartment building Monday, officials said. The fire happened on the 600 block of North High Street just before storms hit the area about 5:50 p.m., fire officials said in a release.

    Dark storm clouds rolls in near the Pioneer Family Memorial on the Fox River Monday evening in Elgin.

    Storms through suburbs take out power, disrupt travel

    Storms came in with driving wind, rain and lightning Monday evening, but damage from the earliest line of bad weather was largely limited to lightning strikes and downed power lines and trees, officials said. An early line of storms moved into the area around 6 p.m., disrupting air and train travel and leaving about 63,000 ComEd customers without power as of 10 p.m. Airlines reported more than...


    Barrington home rule committee discusses money at first meeting

    The committee of Barrington residents tasked with exploring whether it would be in the village’s interest to pursue becoming a home-rule community had their first meeting Monday night. The ad hoc committee has just five weeks to present the board with its findings because the board must vote on whether to add the referendum to the November ballot by August 18.


    Dist. 15 says illness led to principal’s reassignment

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board on Monday night approved a termination agreement with longtime employee Mary Szuch that accommodates her recent major health problem. Szuch attended the special meeting and thanked the board for approving the arrangement.

    Ken Lopez

    Prospect Hts. again seeks city administrator

    Following the sudden resignation of its new city administrator, Prospect Heights has contracted with Bill Balling, former village administrator of Buffalo Grove, to find a new candidate and to oversee the daily operations of the city. “His credentials are outstanding,” Mayor Nick Helmer said.

    Ted Kaczynski is serving life in prison for killing three people and injuring 23 during a nationwide bombing spree between 1978 and 1995.

    Unabomber asked man awaiting trial to stop writing
    A man charged with trying to blow up a North Texas natural gas pipeline corresponded with imprisoned Unabomber Ted Kaczynski until Kaczynski told him to stop writing.


    Private schools to continue active shooter training after new legislation

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation which requires the state’s 1,800 private schools to conduct annual drills to prepare for potential school shootings. Several private school administrators in the suburbs said, however, that the legislation will only reinforce what they are already doing. “We have been, for several years on an annual basis, going through lockdown drills,” said...

    Demonstrators chant slogans to support al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaida flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, in this June 16, 2014, file photo.

    Islamic state declaration could lead to schism

    A militant extremist group’s unilateral declaration of an Islamic state is threatening to undermine its already-tenuous alliance with other Sunnis who helped it overrun much of northern and western Iraq. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said...

    Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, would succeed Eric Shinseki, the retired four-star general who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans’ hospitals became apparent.

    Ex-Arlington Heights resident tapped to lead troubled VA

    Seeking to turn around a troubled agency, President Barack Obama will nominate Arlington Heights native and former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups. McDonald’s nomination signals that the president put a premium on management experience as he sought a new VA secretary.

    Frisbie Senior Center board member Roger Hull, right, congratulates John Meyer, 17, of Des Plaines at a Monday afternoon open house for the bocce ball project Meyer recently completed.

    Scout’s project brings bocce courts to Des Plaines

    John Meyer, 17, led an effort to buildtwo 57-foot-long bocce ball courts in Des Plaines for his Eagle project. The project took some 2,000 man-hours by as many as 15 Scout volunteers, along with troop leaders, parents, and workers from local businesses. “You get thrown curve balls. I think Scouting helps you to have backup plans,” he said.

    Joe Perica, 70, of Arlington Heights hit holes in one at the Stonehenge Golf Club in Barrington on June 9 and June 16. He has hit four holes in one in his lifetime.

    Arlington Hts. golfer hits identical holes-in-one

    Joe Perica, a retired school teacher from Arlington Heights, hit two hole- in-one at the same course on the same hole with the same club one week apart. “It was just amazing,” Perica said. “That’s all I can say about it.”

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, said Monday he’s done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own by using executive action.

    Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

    Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican “year of obstruction” for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own. “The only thing I can’t do is stand by and do nothing,” the president said. But he gave few...

    Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    Supreme Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

    A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The White House said the decision creates health risks for women. Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green...

    Visitors at Tunnel View enjoy the views of Yosemite National Park, Calif. Tunnel View is a scenic vista which shows off El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall. Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 150th anniversary.

    Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary

    Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors, a moment viewed by many as the birth of the country’s national park system.

    Bison graze along a state highway near West Yellowstone, Mont. The Department of Interior in a report on bison conservation released Monday has identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states they say could be suitable for bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park.

    Feds consider sending bison to Grand Canyon, Iowa

    Federal officials said Monday that 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states could be suitable for bison from Yellowstone National Park, although it’s likely to be years before any animals are relocated to the sites. The locations include areas as diverse as Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, an Iowa wildlife refuge and a North Dakota national historic site.


    Lawyers hope Hobby Lobby decision will help Wheaton College

    Wheaton College officials are “prayerfully” waiting for a decision to be made regarding a health law mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives for female employees or face fines starting Tuesday, according to the law firm representing the college in an ongoing lawsuit. Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said an emergency...


    Autopsy results show Lake Villa man drowned in swimming pool Sunday evening

    Results of an autopsy Monday afternoon showed a 77-year-old Lake Villa man who was found unresponsive at the bottom of his private pool Sunday drowned. Authorities said no foul play is suspected.


    Sugar Grove considers vehicle fee to fund road maintenance

    Sugar Grove residents and businesses could be charged a vehicle fee of $100 to $300 a year to pay for road maintenance, under a plan the village board will discuss Tuesday. The fee would help the village make a bigger dent in the list of roads that need patching, repaving and rebuilding, according to Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger.

    Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Antioch Twp. man avoids prison in fatal street racing crash

    Jeremy Betancourt won't go to prison for having marijuana in his system when he rolled his car and killed a passenger during an illegal street race one year ago, but he was sentenced Monday to spend every night of the next 30 months in the Lake County jail.


    Wheeling celebrates the holiday Thursday

    Wheeling will celebrate An Evening under the Stars with bands and fireworks on Thursday, July 3. Area residents can bring lawn chairs and picnic meals to the area just west of village hall, 2 Community Blvd., for the free party, Wheeling officials said.


    Schaumburg triathlon, duathlon July 13

    The Schaumburg Park District’s annual triathlon and duathlon will begin at at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 13, at Meinecke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way in Schaumburg. The triathlon consists of a 400-meter swim, 12.8-mile bike ride and 5K run. The duathlon consists of a 12.8-mile bike ride sandwiched between two 5K runs.

    The Arlington Heights housing commission will discuss a play for a seven-story, 45-unit apartment building on this vacant lot at 212 N. Dunton Ave.

    Commission to discuss ‘affordable housing’ apartments in Arlington Hts.

    A proposed apartment tower could bring 45 more apartments to downtown Arlington Heights, with more than 40 percent of those units available to people who qualify under affordable housing guidelines. The Arlington Heights housing commission is expected to discuss the development, Parkview Apartments, 212 N. Dunton Avenue, at its meeting on Tuesday and it will be before the plan commission on July...


    Raises for Dist. 203 maintenance employees

    Custodians and maintenance workers soon will be cleaning and repairing facilities in Naperville Unit District 203 for $1 more an hour under a new contract the school board approved Monday. The four-year agreement gives 147 members of Naperville Unit Maintenance Association a $1 an hour raise for the first year, followed by a 3 percent raise the second year and raises equal to the change in the...

    D. “Dewey” Pierotti

    DuPage forest preserve workers could be offered early retirement

    Dozens of DuPage County Forest Preserve employees could be given the opportunity to retire early through a proposed program that would allow the district to restructure and eventually save an estimated $1 million a year. Forest preserve commissioners are expected decide Tuesday whether to adopt an early retirement incentive program through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

    Jermaine Hoskins

    Arrests made in Cook County jail smuggling ring

    A correctional officer was among those arrested over the weekend for smuggling contraband into Cook County jail, authorities said.

    Julie Hamos, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Service

    Illinois pushes ahead with Medicaid managed care

    Facing a Jan. 1 deadline, the state’s top Medicaid official announced a timetable Monday for moving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients into managed care health plans.

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he has cut money for renovations to the state Capitol, which drew criticism last year over the hefty price tag. He also said he has directed state agencies to made additional reductions, including selling nearly half of the state’s aircraft.

    Quinn makes minor cuts to $35.7 billion budget

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday largely approved a 2015 state budget he has criticized as “incomplete” for not extending a temporary income tax increase, setting off another back-and-forth with his Republican rival over how best to fix Illinois’ huge financial problems.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Two tires were punctured between 6 and 10:48 p.m. June 29 at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, 905 Carlisle Road. Susan Sayers, 54, of the 1200 block of North Avenue in Batavia, was charged with retail theft at 3:37 p.m. June 28 at Menards, 300 N. Randall Road, according to police.


    Lake County pet vaccination

    Pet owners can take their animals to the Zion Park District at Bethel Boulevard and 27th Street for a vaccination on Saturday, July 12.


    Mundelein blood drive

    Mundelein Fire Department and LifeSource host an “Everyday Heroes Summer Blood Drive” on Thursday, July 3.


    Book drive in Vernon Hills

    In partnership with the Summer of Service Day Camp and Bernie’s Book Bank, the Vernon Hills Park District will host a children’s book drive from July 7 to July 21.


    Woodland using Facebook as a tool

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 plans to use Facebook as part of its social media effort.

    Robin Kelly

    Chicago congresswoman issues gun violence report

    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly of Chicago is recommending tougher federal laws to combat gun violence.On Monday, the Democrat released her 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America.

    Associated Press/April 23, 2014 Former Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan was found guilty of disorderly conduct Monday.

    Former ISU president found guilty, gets probation

    Illinois State University’s former president was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced to probation Monday for his actions during a confrontation with the school’s head groundskeeper last year.


    Dog coughs up missing wedding ring

    A Wisconsin woman who lost her diamond wedding ring five years ago had given up all hope of finding it after searching high and low. It turns out her mischievous dog had it all along.


    10 plead guilty to human trafficking

    Cook County prosecutors say 10 people have pleaded guilty to trafficking young women and girls for sex. State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Monday that nine men and one woman will serve sentences ranging from six to 20 years.

    Amy Sandler, right, and her wife, Niki Quasney, pose for a photo in Munster, Ind. Quasney is fighting Stage IV ovarian cancer.

    Motion filed to protect Indiana’s 1st gay marriage

    A national gay rights group filed an emergency request Monday to protect the first same-sex marriage recognized in Indiana now that a federal appeals court has halted a judge’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

    Leanda Lally Kriek gets her booth ready in preparation for the Taste of Lombard, which starts Tuesday, July 1, at Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Ahrens Avenue.

    Organizers busy setting up Taste of Lombard

    Volunteers were busy setting up tents and tables and carnival rides were starting to take shape Monday in Lombard’s Madison Meadow Park. The preparations were for the Taste of Lombard, which begins Tuesday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 5, near the intersection of Madison Street and Ahrens Avenue.

    Oscar Pistorius listens to evidence in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, when the murder trial of Pistorius resumed after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    Mental disorder not factor in Pistorius shooting

    Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete’s murder trial.

    Adam Villanueva

    Glendale Heights man killed, girlfriend injured in crash

    A Glendale Heights man headed for a day of canoeing on the Wisconsin River was killed and his girlfriend, also from Glendale Heights, was critically injured during an accident last week in Iowa County, Wisconsin, authorities said Monday.

    Hilary Dyer searches for a hidden envelope in front of the Wheaton Drama playhouse on June 26. The Downtown Wheaton Association and Ivy restaurant sponsored an inaugural “Hidden Cash Dash” last week by hiding six envelopes containing $40 cash and a $10 Downtown Wheaton gift certificate.

    Wheaton’s six hidden ‘cash dash’ envelopes found

    The last hidden envelope in the Downtown Wheaton Association’s Hidden Cash Dash promotion was found Saturday morning. Edward Ahern of Wheaton spotted the envelope taped to a white fence in the parking lot of Shane’s Deli, according to an email sent out by the association. The envelope was one of six hidden throughout downtown Wheaton Thursday morning that contained $40 cash and a...

    Nathan Leslie, 5, of St. Charles holds a Burmese Python with several other children Monday during a program by Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles at the St. Charles Public Library.

    Gators, lizards and snakes visit St. Charles library

    Dave DiNaso starts his energetic show by wrestling a five-foot American Alligator with killer teeth from its box and carrying it through the rows of children's tiny, tender, pink hands. It only got more interesting from there Monday as DiNaso brought his Traveling World of Reptiles show to the St. Charles Public Library.

    Kristina Kovarik

    New indoor facilities to offer plenty of action in Gurnee

    Gurnee’s entertainment portfolio will be expanding with indoor facilities for baseball, softball, laser tag and paintball. “We’ve got some fun and exciting additions to our tourism here," Mayor Kristina Kovarik said. "More to do on the weekends.”


    Developer wants to change Lake County high school districts

    Lake County’s regional school board next week could decide if a small residential subdivision in Lake Forest is allowed to switch high school districts. Willow Lake Farms contains 53 lots, only two of which contain occupied homes, attorney Jim Bakk said.

    The Supreme Court ruled against Illinois and Gov. Pat Quinn saying home health care workers in the state cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining.

    Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

    The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining. The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks and their bank accounts in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care...

    Barbecue ribs will be the focus July 3 to 6 in Naperville as the Exchange Club hosts the 27th annual Ribfest in Knoch Park.

    Naperville’s Ribfest offers ‘music, families, fun, food’

    Ribs will be on the menus of a dozen vendors and in the bellies of thousands of visitors when Naperville’s 27th annual Ribfest opens Thursday near downtown. Sponsored by the Naperville Exchange Club, the fest — one of the largest in the region — runs from July 3 through 6 in Knoch Park at Martin Avenue and West Street.

    Belgium’s Axel Witsel, left, and head coach Marc Wilmots Monday during a press conference the day before their World Cup round of 16 soccer match against the United States at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.

    5 things to know about Belgium ahead of U.S. clash

    If Belgium has a reputation for self-indulgence because of its love of chocolate and beer, it is time to look at its World Cup squad and admire discipline, stamina and determination. So far, this has been a hard team to appreciate despite its perfect group record ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the United States. Here are 5 things to know about the Belgium team.


    Illinois unions object to Supreme Court ruling

    A union representing Illinois home care workers is criticizing a Supreme Court ruling that found workers cannot be required to pay fees to help cover collective bargaining. Flora Johnson is a home care provider from Chicago and chair of the Executive Board of Service Employees International Union’s Healthcare Illinois.

    America kicks off Elk Grove Village's Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series Tuesday night.

    Elk Grove concerts kick off Tuesday with America the band

    Starting tomorrow, Elk Grove Village's sixth annual Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series kicks off five consecutive Tuesday nights of music in the month of July. The band America, led by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, will sing their 1970s hits like “A Horse with No Name”, “Sister Golden Hair” and “Ventura Highway” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Village Green,...

    Dr. Erik King, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, meets with patient Rachel Montes, 11, of Elgin.

    Which hand you use, flexibility may be in your genes

    “Why am I double jointed?” and “Why am I right-handed?” asked fifth-grade students in Elise Diaz and Caroline DiCentio’s class at Prairie Trail School in Gurnee.


    Lightning sparks Crystal Lake house fire, displaces family

    An early morning lightning strike is to blame for a fire Monday that left a Crystal Lake house uninhabitable and displaced its two residents, authorities said. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters, and initial damage estimates are $65,000.

    Roger Johnson

    Warrenville man gets six years in Wheaton cocaine bust

    A 24-year-old Warrenville man pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced on charges of selling cocaine to undercover agents. Roger Johnson, 24, of 30W161 Maplewood Drive, was sentenced to six years in prison for selling less than 15 grams of the cocaine to undercover agents from Wheaton and Warrenville on Feb. 4 and Feb. 20.


    New book details infamous Wisconsin Avery case

    An eastern Wisconsin man’s conviction for killing a photographer on Halloween 2005 after being released from prison for a rape he did not commit was one of the most dramatic criminal cases in recent state history.


    2nd suitcase body may be missing Oregon woman

    body found in a suitcase discarded along a rural highway in Wisconsin may be that of a missing Oregon woman. KEZI-TV reports that police in Cottage Grove, Oregon, are looking into whether the body belongs to Jenny Gamez, who disappeared in 2012. Cottage Grove police Cpl. Conrad Gagner tells the television station his department is working with Wisconsin authorities to obtain Gamez’s dental...


    Union official: Guard attacked at Illinois prison

    A union official says an inmate attacked a southern Illinois prison guard, who suffered a broken jaw and needed a dozen stitches. Jeremy Noelle tells WSIL-TV that the guard was assaulted Friday morning at the Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna. He likely will need surgery.


    Man wanted in Gurnee woman shooting surrenders

    Kenosha police say the man wanted in a shooting at a tavern that killed an Illinois woman has surrendered. Police say the man turned himself in at the Kenosha Police Department.

    Officials at St. Viator High School say they're pleased with the first year of testing students for alcohol use, a program that garnered the Arlington Heights school national headlines in 2013. Some recent grads, however, question whether the program was as effective as it could have been.

    St. Viator pleased with first year of alcohol testing

    Officials at St. Viator High School say they're pleased with the first year of testing students for alcohol use, a program that garnered the Arlington Heights school national headlines in 2013. Some recent grads, however, question whether the program was as effective as it could have been.


    Dawn Patrol: Q&A with Cubs President; cats resuscitated after fire

    Q&A: For Cubs’ Epstein, the connections are real; cats resuscitated after Hoffman Estates house fire; Schaumburg police seek help after bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run; one dead, one injured in Waukegan crash; Interfaith group hosts Buffalo Grove walk to feed the hungry; the water flies at annual Fox Lake fire fest; Quintana gets win, Sox blank Blue Jays

    The opening of a new runway on O’Hare International Airport’s south end has opened a can of worms regarding noise. Now three Chicago-area congressmen are asking the FAA to do something about it.

    No O'Hare airport noise resolution in sight for suburbs

    The FAA is standing its ground after a push from federal lawmakers to turn the clock back on O'Hare modernization and reset a runway expansion plan. Meanwhile, people in diverse pockets across the suburbs say jet noise has become intolerable.

    The new Lake County Animal Care and Control facility on Peterson Road in Libertyville is scheduled to open July 25. The facility cost $3.5 million to build.

    Lake County Animal Care and Control has new home near Libertyville

    Stray dogs, cats and other animals in need will have a contemporary home near Libertyville starting next month when the new Lake County Animal Care and Control facility opens. The facility, which cost $3.5 million to build, is scheduled to open July 25.

    Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, tells sports writer Bruce Miles that while he was surprised at how “massive” Chicago is, he does feel at home here. “I'm a lucky guy. I can call two of the great cities in the world home,” Epstein says.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: Food Network winners struggle to make eatery profitable in West Dundee; Vernon Hills mom starts Girl Scout troop for deaf and hard of hearing girls; Schaumburg man injured in hit-and-run; nine arrests in Aurora gang sting; Gurnee woman fatally shot in Wisconsin bar; Streamwood High grad to play with Globetrotters; and Hoffman Estates family's cats...

    The site plan for the new Clarke headquarters in St. Charles shows intense landscaping, including a natural prairie and a fruit tree orchard.

    Mosquito control company seeks new, green footprint in St. Charles

    In the middle of residential area sits a new corporate headquarters for one of the largest mosquito eradication companies in the world. Counter to the image of toxic chemicals, Clarke is committed to green practices. That includes an office center with its own orchard, vegetable farm and commuter bikes.

    Clerk Aaron Adams talks about the lottery as he works behind the counter at the Circle K convenience store on Lake-Cook Road in Barrington.

    Suburbs see steep lottery sales growth

    More and more people in the suburbs are buying lottery tickets as the state game is set to mark 40 years since it began on July 1, 1974. An analysis shows lottery sales grew faster in many suburbs over the last few years than in Chicago.


    Everywhere you go in Brazil, fans proudly wear or show the colors of their country and favorite team.

    A final World Cup postcard

    A suburban soccer coach is attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Today he shares his final report before heading home..

    The Bulls have to make it impossible for Carmelo Anthony to choose any destination but Chicago.

    Bulls need a splash, and Anthony is just that

    No excuses this time. The Bulls need to make a splash. Management has identified Carmelo Anthony as that guy and has to figure out a way to close the deal to get him. Something has to happen that identifies Chicago as a destination again for premier NBA players, yet we’re already being told that nothing can be done if a player wants to stay where he is or wants to go someplace other than Chicago.


    Bulls get their chance to sell Anthony on Chicago

    The NBA's free-agent negotiating period began Tuesday at midnight. One of the hot questions on Monday was whether or not Derrick Rose would be present during Carmelo Anthony's visit, which is expected to happen right away.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta tips his cap as he gets a standing ovation from Red Sox’s fans after carrying a no-hitter to the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 30, 2014. Boston Red Sox’s Stephen Drew broke up his bid with a single in the eighth inning.

    Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs win

    BOSTON — Jake Arrieta held the Red Sox hitless until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Cubs beat Boston 2-0 on Monday night in the opener of only the second series between the teams at Fenway Park since 1918.Six days after losing a perfect game on a leadoff single in the seventh inning of his previous start at Wrigley Field against Cincinnati, Arrieta took his no-hit bid a little deeper. He allowed only Mike Napoli’s fifth-inning walk before Drew lined a clean single to right.Arrieta (5-1) was lifted by Cubs manager Rick Renteria immediately following the hit that came on the right-hander’s career-high 120th pitch.The 28-year-old Arrieta was given a loud ovation before he even got to the foul line, tipping his cap to the Boston crowd. He tipped it again after crossing the line.Arrieta (5-1) fanned 10 in just his 11th start after opening the season on the disabled list with shoulder tightness. Hector Rondon allowed a pinch-hit single to A.J. Pierzynski leading off the ninth before finishing the two-hitter for his 10th save.Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer for Chicago.Jake Peavy (1-7) is winless in his last 12 starts. He gave up two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven in six innings.In just the second regular season series at Fenway between the clubs since Boston won the 1918 World Series in six games, Arrieta mixed his pitches by combining a sharp cutter and curve with an above-average fastball.The Red Sox, who arrived in Boston around 4 a.m. after win Sunday night in New York against the Yankees, really didn’t have anything close to a hit. Arrieta fell behind Napoli 3-0 before getting a called strike. Napoli then fouled a pitch off before drawing a walk on the next pitch. Xander Bogaerts lined to left after Naploi’s walk.Arrieta, who started the season on the disabled list with shoulder tightness, made his first start of the season on May 3.He’s been spectacular in June. Coming in, he allowed just four runs and 20 hits in 31 2-3 innings, winning his three previous starts. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Welington Castillo walked and Schierholtz followed with his homer into Boston’s bullpen.Arrieta was acquired by the Cubs last July along with right-hander Pedro Strop from Baltimore for pitcher Scott Feldman, catcher Steve Clevenger and two international signing bonus slots.Drew’s hit ensured the Red Sox wouldn’t be no-hit for the first time since Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio pitched a no-no against Boston in 1993 for Seattle.The last time Boston was no-hit at home Ted Williams flied out to right field for the final out of Detroit ace Jim Bunning’s gem on July 20, 1958 in the opener of a doubleheader. NOTES: Carlos Zambrano pitched the Cubs last no-hitter, in 2008. ... Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod told reporters on the field before the game that he withdrew his name from consideration for the San Diego GM job. “Certainly being a GM is really something I hope to do sometime in the future,” he said. “But right now, I felt this is where I want to be.” Chicago GM Jed Hoyer was pleased and surprised McLeod turned down the opportunity to interview for his hometown team. “Theo (Epstein) and I would have been thrilled had he gotten the job,” Hoyer said. “In this business, there are only 30 of these jobs. You want him to have that opportunity. But it means a lot to us, personally, that he wanted to stay here, and professionally, as well. Jason loves what he’s doing here.” ... Boston rookie Mookie Betts played center field after making his major-league debut in right at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. CF Jackie Bradley Jr. was rested. “There’s going to be a little rotation of guys in four positions,” manager John Farrell said.

    White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu is on pace to finish with 49 home runs and 125 RBI.

    Rain keeps Abreu’s hot hand on hold for White Sox

    Jose Abreu has been beating up on opposing pitchers at a record-setting rate. On Monday night, Abreu couldn't overcome rain and lightning, and the White Sox and Angels were rained out at U.S. Cellular Field.


    White Sox’ Lindstrom not ready to move off DL

    Injured White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom said his ankle is feeling better, and he's looking to come off the disabled list ahead of schedule. But Lindstrom is still not able to move laterally, so don't expect him back until August.


    McLeod likes where he’s at with Cubs

    Cubs scouting and player-development boss Jason McLeod said Monday in Boston that he has taken himself out of the running for the vacant general manager's job with the San Diego Padres. For McLeod, the Padres are the hometown team, but he said this was not the right time.

    First-round draft pick Doug McDermott responds to a question during an introductory Bulls news conference Monday.

    New Bull McDermott ready to soak it all in

    After four years of playing for his father at Creighton, the official changing of the coaches took place Monday at the Berto Center. As father, Greg, watched from the side, Doug McDermott sat at a table with Tom Thibodeau and was formally introduced as a member of the Bulls.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, drafted by Boston, says he still has friends in the Red Sox organization.

    Fenway trip a bit of a homecoming for Cubs’ Rizzo, Hoyer

    For Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and GM Jed Hoyer, this week's series in Boston marks a pair of homecomings of sort. Rizzo originally was drafted by the Red Sox while Hoyer worked in Boston under current Cubs president Theo Epstein.

    United States players Clint Dempsey, middle, and Matt Besler, left, work out during a training session Monday in Salvador, Brazil. The U.S. plays Belgium on Tuesday in the Round of 16.

    New ‘World’ view for U.S. soccer team

    No longer is the United States taking the long view of its World Cup matches. The days of a “good” loss are over. Now the United States is in the knockout phase of the tournament. Win or go home. “The mentality is that if you have the game of your life, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you could win the game,” said former national-team star Brian McBride, who grew up in Arlington Heights. “The focus becomes much tighter. The experience you gained through the group stages, you use to your advantage.”

    Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa at Wimbledon on Monday.

    Defending champ Murray advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    Defending champion Andy Murray moved into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the seventh year in a row, beating 20th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) Monday. The match finished with the Centre Court roof shut after a brief rain delay early in the second set.

    Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, heads the ball against Algeria’s Islam Slimani during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014.

    Germany beats Algeria 2-1 in extra time

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals.Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.Ozil added the second in the 120th, and substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria.Three-time champion Germany, which has now advanced past the second round at nine consecutive World Cups, will next face 1998 winner France on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.With the temperature a chilly 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a light rain falling at times, the pace was high at the Estadio Beira-Rio but the goals didn’t come until the end.Ozil thought he had put the result out of reach when he pounded in a rebound after a shot from Schuerrle was cleared off the line by defender Esseid Belkalem, but Djabou volleyed in a minute later to make the last seconds count.Perhaps inspired by the “Disgrace of Gijon” at the 1982 World Cup, when Germany and Austria supposedly conspired to oust Algeria in the group stage, the northern African nation outmatched Germany’s intensity for long stretches in an entertaining match.Algeria was playing in the second round of the World Cup for the first time and dominated early on. A goal from Islam Slimani was waved off for offside in the 17th, one of many opportunities for the Algeria striker.At the start of the second half, Germany put Schuerrle on for Mario Goetze in an attacking midfield and came out better organized.In the 55th, Germany captain Philipp Lahm unleashed a hard shot that an outstretched Rais did well to push wide with his fingertips.Still, Algeria continued to produce dangerous counterattacks. In the 72nd, Neuer had to come out of his area to head away the danger with Slimani chasing.In the 88th, Germany’s inability to find the target turned theatrical for a moment when Mueller appeared to fall during a free kick.

    France’s Paul Pogba (19) celebrates with teammates Yohan Cabaye, left, and Antoine Griezmann, right, Monday after scoring his side’s opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match against Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.

    France beats Nigeria 2-0 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

    Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo added an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. “I’m very happy and proud to be among the last eight teams left, and honestly the players deserve it,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “We have four days left to prepare for another battle.”

    Nicole Pauly

    Palatine picks Pauly to run softball program

    Nicole Pauly, one of the top players in Palatine High School softball history, is the new head coach of the Pirates program, school officials announced Monday.A former professional softball player, Pauly served as an assistant at PHS this spring under head coach Jeff Manz. She also completed her first year at Palatine as a counselor.“Nicole is a standout athlete, and has been a great addition to our student services team,” said Palatine High School Principal Gary Steiger. “Athletically, she has left her mark on every program she’s been associated with, from her playing days at PHS, Northwestern, and professionally to her previous coaching experience. We’re very excited about the direction our softball program is headed and the mark Nicole will leave here.”Pauly has a master’s degree in school counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern. As a four-year starter at Northwestern, Pauly had 53 home runs, 168 RBI, 149 runs scored and a .604 slugging percentage in 215 collegiate games.A Palatine native, Pauly was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and softball at Palatine High School. She holds Palatine’s single-season record with a .496 batting average and an overall career average of .460. She was the Daily Herald’s All-Area captain in 2006.On the basketball court, she became the career-leader in steals and is second in career points, and was a member of the All-Area basketball team for the Daily Herald. Pauly played professionally for both the Chicago Bandits and Akron Racers in the National Professional Fastpitch league. She earned All-NPF honors with Akron in 2012.


    Mike North video: What has happened to Wimbledon?
    Mike North thinks Wimbledon isn't what it once was, and tells you what he watched instead.

    Brad Hickman, 16, left, and Barrett Shutt, 18, cheer for the U.S. Men’s National Team at a World Cup viewing party at Grant Park. U.S. Soccer and the city are moving the watch party to Soldier Field for the game against Belgium.

    Chicago moves World Cup party to Soldier Field

    Chicago will hold a World Cup viewing party in Soldier Field after previous U.S. games drew tens of thousands to the city’s lakefront Grant Park. U.S. Soccer and the city plan a watch party on Tuesday afternoon at the stadium where the Bears play. Soccer fans can watch the U.S. team take on Belgium. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the match starts at 3 p.m.


    Darryl Coffee of Gary, Ind., left, checks out after spending the weekend at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont in this file photo.

    Loews to buy InterContinental O’Hare hotel in Rosemont

    New York-based Loews Hotels & Resorts a subsidiary of Loews Corp., said Monday it has agreed to purchase the 556-room InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. The acquisition is expected to close in late July. The InterContinental Chicago O’Hare will be the second hotel for Loews in the Chicago market and its third new hotel in the Midwest. Earlier this month, Loews agreed to purchase the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis. Loews Chicago, a 400-room new build hotel in downtown Chicago will debut in February.

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s five-year plan focuses in part on regional strengths, like areas of the state with a heavy manufacturing presence.

    State agency releases economic blueprint

    The state agency in charge of helping improve Illinois’ economy released a five-year plan on Monday that it hopes will create a good environment for business growth and prosperity. The plan is required under a state law passed last year, part of an effort to build up a state economy that is the engine for a region but also proving ill-equipped to deal with high unemployment.


    TreeHouse Foods to buy snack maker Flagstone for $860 million

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category. Flagstone, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, makes private label snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit.

    General Motors’ safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its huge list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

    GM safety crisis grows as recalls mount

    General Motors’ safety crisis worsened on Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM’s total this year to 29 million, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year.

    Kenneth Feinberg, the independent claims administrator for the GM Ignition Compensation Program, announces the details of the program, including eligibility, scope, rules for the program and timing of submitting claims, at a news conference in Washington Monday.

    GM won’t limit ignition switch crash compensation

    The attorney overseeing General Motors’ compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there’s no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars. GM links 13 deaths to defective ignition switches in cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. But trial lawyers and lawmakers say hundreds of others could file claims of wrongful death and injury.

    Stocks flickered between small gains and losses on Monday, keeping major indexes close to record levels, as investors assessed the latest data on housing. After a weak start to the year, the stock market closed out the second quarter regaining its upward momentum after a weak start to the year.

    Stocks end mixed; S&P closes near all-time high

    The stock market closed out the second quarter regaining its upward momentum as investors were encouraged by an improving economy. Stocks have resumed their upward trajectory after getting off to their worst start in five years in the first quarter.


    United plane’s evacuation slide deploys mid-flight

    Passengers say a United Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Kansas after an evacuation slide deployed during the flight, filling part of the cabin.


    Learning, leveraging differences can build stronger team

    I’m generally skeptical of those HR-related tests that purport to provide takers with insights about themselves, though I did learn a few things from the Myers-Briggs personality indicator test I once took. Myers-Briggs, the DISC personal assessment program and the BOSI Entrepreneurial DNA assessment tools have their backers. Yet a new entry in the genre, Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile (EDP), is intriguing because it offers a way for business owners to make assessments that will allow them to structure their companies for maximum performance.Introduced 15 months ago by the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, and available locally through the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College, the EDP “recognizes that the differences between people can be a tremendous asset — or get in the way,” says Jennifer Hall, director of coaching and feedback at the Institute.The distinction, Hall says, “depends on (the entrepreneur’s) ability to recognize and leverage differences” into an effective team.Taken online but assessed in personal conversations with either Hall or Sybil Ege, SBDC director at ECC, the EDP gauges individual strengths and weaknesses in both personality and skills. In a team setting — a management group or the next generation taking control of a family business, for example — “understanding the strengths and weaknesses of group members can be very useful,” Ege says.Benjie Hughes would agree. CEO at Backthird Audio Inc., an Aurora recording studio-professional musician management business, his senior team numbers two — Hughes included.There are three in the office, but two carry the bulk of the responsibility, Hughes says. He and Anna Hammond, Backthird Audio’s managing director, took the EDP assessment to determine how to identify and take advantage of their different abilities.So far, so good. The EDP assessment is helping the two recognize and build on each other’s strengths.EDP “gave the two of us a common language,” Hammond says. “He’s a vision and ideas guy. I focus on the small picture.“My long-term planning is October. Benjie’s is 2018.”“We looked at our internal operations, how we get things done in the office,” Hughes says. “I generate ideas. Anna takes those ideas and connects them. ”As a result of the EDP assessment, “We’re revamping our project process,” Hughes says. “We have a freer sense of our roles. We’re figuring things out.”Among the things Hughes has learned is that “I need to leverage people who are better at execution. (That would be Hammond, mostly.) And I have to learn to be more patient.”The process and analysis “has enabled me to look ahead and not feel overwhelmed,” Hammond explains. “Now I play to my strengths (and) we’re a lot more focused” as a two-person team.Hammond’s strengths include sometimes slowing Hughes down. “I wasn’t giving pushback,” she says. Now, however, Hammond will push back when necessary and Hughes understands — a tangible result of the EDP process.• 2014 Kendall Communications Inc. Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.

    Brad Haber and Salma Taher, owners of Mathnasium of Palatine.

    Mathnasium offers math help in Palatine
    Mathnasium Learning Centers, a math-only learning center franchise, specializes in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. We talk with the new Palatine owners.

    Zakery Kates

    Young Naperville entprereneur honored

    Kukec's People features Zakery Kates, owner of Naperville-based Simple Edge web marketing firm, who serves on a number of boards and volunteers at countless events, especially for Kids Matter and the Naperville Jaycees. He’s also a member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce and was recently recognized by the chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards in the category of Young Entrepreneur. He’s only 25.

Life & Entertainment

    Authorities say Indio Downey, the 20-year-old son of actor Robert Downey Jr., is out on bail after being arrested with what deputies believe was cocaine Sunday after a car he was in was pulled over in West Hollywood.

    Robert Downey Jr.’s son arrested in drug case

    Actor Robert Downey Jr. thanked authorities Monday for arresting his 20-year-old son on suspicion of cocaine possession and said the family was determined to get him the help he needs. Indio Falconer Downey was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after a car he was riding in was pulled over in West Hollywood, authorities said. “Unfortunately, there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” said Robert Downey Jr.


    ‘First Wives Club’ musical announces Chicago engagement

    A revised musical version of "The First Wives Club," based upon the late Olivia Goldsmith's 1992 novel and a 1996 movie version, will play a pre-Broadway engagment at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in the spring of 2015.

    Robin Thicke returns to his R&B roots on “Paula.”

    Robin Thicke may win wife back with ‘Paula’

    It’s easy to fall in line with the crowd that believes Robin Thicke’s attempt to win back his wife by calling his new album “Paula” is desperate and ridiculous. But if we’re judging strictly on the music, Paula Patton might want to reconsider. The 14-track “Paula,” where Thicke spills his feelings, confesses his sins and insists he’s a changed man, is a return to Thicke’s R&B roots. It is also a reminder that he was a talented, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter pre-“Blurred Lines” hysteria.

    “Phantom Instinct” by Meg Gardiner is full of action and surprises.

    Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller is her best yet

    Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, “Phantom Instinct,” begins with a shootout at the club where Harper Flynn works. Harper’s boyfriend is killed, a police officer is severely wounded, the bar burns to the ground and leaves no evidence of how the gunmen entered the highly secure building. The official report claims the two gunmen who attacked the bar were killed in the fire. But both Harper and the injured cop swear there’s a third killer, and they work together to prove his existence. And we’re off!

    Eric Idle, left, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones of the comedy group Monty Python are ready for their 10 reunion shows at London’s O2 Arena starting Tuesday.

    Monty Python shows aim for Jagger-like energy jolt

    The members of Monty Python are aiming to move like Jagger in their live farewell shows. The fast-paced comic revue requires the septuagenarian comedians to act, sing, dance and pull off rapid-fire costume changes. Michael Palin says they’ve drawn inspiration from the Rolling Stones frontman, still gyrating at 70.

    “These Days” by Ab-Soul is overstuffed with ideas, sonic shout-outs, a variety of moods and more.

    Ab-Soul continues strong run for Top Dawg

    Rapper Ab-Soul grew up in his family’s record store with free access to anything in the stacks. That explains a lot about “These Days ...” The 15-track album is overstuffed with ideas, sonic shout-outs, a variety of moods, cosmic musings, comic musings, Kendrick-like boasts (including one directly from Lamar), celebrity guests including the entire TDE roster, Rick Ross and Jhene Aiko and more.

    A representative for Zendaya confirmed Sunday that the Disney Channel star won’t portray R&B sensation Aaliyah in a TV film currently in the works. Lifetime announced Zendaya’s participation two weeks ago.

    Zendaya no longer playing Aaliyah in TV film

    Dust yourself off and try again Lifetime Network: Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah in an upcoming film. The 17-year-old Disney Channel star said Sunday that she pulled out of the project because “production-wise, (it) wasn’t all the way there.”

    A new report says children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts of vitamins from fortified breakfast cereals.

    Your health: Does cereal have too many vitamins for kids?
    Young children who dig into a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal may be getting too much of a good thing, USA TODAY reports. A new report says that “millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts” of vitamin A, zinc and niacin, with fortified breakfast cereals the leading source of the excessive intake because all three nutrients are added in amounts calculated for adults.

    Nicki Minaj accepts the award for best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    Minaj at BET Awards: I was recently near death

    Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards Sunday that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself. The rapper rambled onstage when accepting her fifth consecutive win for best female hip-hop artist. Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” kept a smile on the musician’s face: The song won video of the year. And Lionel Richie was the lifetime achievement award recipient.


    Try physical therapy, massage to relieve arthritis pain

    Q: I have osteoarthritis. My doctor recommends NSAIDs over acetaminophen for pain relief. Why? What is the advantage?

    Heather and Sam Dodge on their wedding day in Helena, Mont., is shown in the documentary “112 Weddings,” debuting at 8 p.m. Monday on HBO.

    HBO’s ‘112 Weddings’ explores marriages from their start

    As filmmaker Doug Block sat in a coffee shop talking about his “112 Weddings” documentary, a stranger interrupted him to talk — at great length — about the state of her marriage. She wasn’t even aware of the film, which debuts at 8 p.m. Monday on HBO. The conversation she eavesdropped on enthralled her. As Block gets more exposure for “112 Weddings,” during which he revisits couples for whom he shot wedding videos to ask how marriage has gone, he’d better get used to such interactions.

    Dr. Mehmet Oz works with a patient in a scene from the new season of “NY Med.”

    ‘NY Med’ producer directly sees impact of work

    Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That’s a profound point of pride. Wrong has established a niche as the maker of rigorous nonfiction television series that go behind the scenes at institutions, more often than not hospitals, ever since his first series on Johns Hopkins Hospital aired in 2000. The latest, “NY Med,” debuted at 9 p.m. Thursday.


    Why are newborn vitamin K shots necessary?

    Just what is the deal with standard newborn vitamin K shots? The most important feature of vitamin K shots is that they are potential life-savers. Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that every newborn receive an intramuscular injection of vitamin K at birth to prevent hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.

    After watching a video describing end-of-life medical treatments, Ted Goff, who suffers from advanced emphysema, realized that he didn’t want any artificial measures used to keep him alive.

    Videos aim to inform patients about end-of-life medical options

    When Ted Goff was hospitalized late last year, barely breathing and with advanced emphysema, his doctor said the prognosis was bad. They talked about Goff’s last wishes and whether he wanted to be placed on a breathing machine. Goff wasn’t sure. So his doctor suggested he watch a video explaining this technique and other options for end-of-life care. The video was direct and dramatic. That made up Ted Goff’s mind.

    Americans are choosing butter over margarine more often these days, with butter consumption up more than 21 percent since 1997.

    The battle of butter vs. margarine

    The 100-plus year war between butter and margarine, America’s two favorite fatty spreads, has been a battle of cultural norms, nutritional headwinds, a bit of circumstance, and, of course, cash-rich marketing campaigns.

    Author and executive producer Stephen King, who wrote the premiere episode of “Under the Dome,” also has a cameo appearance in the show. “Under the Dome” begins its second season premiere on Monday.

    King writes for new season of ‘Under the Dome’

    The fictional Maine town of Chester’s Mill is “Under the Dome” for a second season, and author Stephen King, on whose novel the popular show is based, has written the first episode for this summer’s run. The CBS miniseries that led the ratings much of last summer returns for another 13 episodes beginning Monday, with King telling viewers that no one in Chester’s Mill is assured of making it through the season alive.



    Drop in profits will be temporary
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The recent Tax Watchdog article about declining public golf course revenues and ensuing editorial paint a seemingly startling picture of “failing” golf courses now being “subsidized” by taxpayers. Horrors!


    Some poor reasons to tie up highway traffic
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: On June 17, I was southbound on I-355, and traffic was stopped all the way from Biesterfield Road and Thorndale Road (current construction sites) for the Elgin-O’Hare extension and expansion. Well it was 3:45 p.m., and all the workers were long gone! All of them.


    All you complainers just jealous of Trump
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The TRUMP sign is really terrific on the Trump Tower. Don’t all tall buildings have similar signs? Where are the complainers looking?


    Future looks bright for public golf
    A letter to the editor: The recent article in the Daily Herald about the financial challenges of many public golf courses brings light to some important issues. Certainly, these courses and others need to examine their operations and long-term viability. The challenges are numerous. Golf everywhere is under pressure for the reasons cited, but the questions, the reasons and answers are far more nuanced than a simple yearly budget.


    In Naperville, it’s still about where you live
    A Plainfield letter to the editor: In 1975, we moved to Naperville. We were told pointedly “by the natives” that since we resided south of 75th, we were not “true Napervillians.” In subsequent years, as Naperville rapidly grew, the “center of town,” so to speak, shifted to south of 75th Street, a fact that the “natives” still refused to acknowledge.


    Money for war, but not to end slavery?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: We don’t have the means stop slavery in other countries. We simply can’t afford to feed and house all the starving people of the world. I can agree with that. However, we always seem to find the money to fund wars.


    Life has no beginning but is a continuum
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In the Your Views section on June 24, Jim Finnegan mentioned the question of when life begins, and it prompted me to address my view. It is disturbing for me to read and listen to pro and con arguments debating the question because neither side seems to fully understand the true and unequivocal answer. Instead we are forced to listen to impassioned and often vigorous comments that appear to sidestep the crux of the question.


    Avoid any pain over end-of-life decisions
    A letter to the editor: I write to you today to express feelings of sadness in regards to the passing of Casey Kasem. I’m sad not only because the radio industry lost a great personality, but also because of the unnecessary turmoil his family suffered through preceding his death.


    End oppression of all living beings
    An Aurora letter to the editor: At Chicago’s Pride Fest earlier this month, like many other proud LGBT supporters, I was there to support the rights of my LGBT friends. Animal cruelty was the last thing I expected to hear about at this festival — however, upon taking a free pamphlet outside the festival, it became about both.


    Take a chance and build up downtown
    Letter to the editor: Diana Metreger wishes the Rollng Meadows City Council would take a chance on downtown, saying if the shops come, the people will follow.


    Illuminated signs a big improvement
    Letter to the editor: Jim Freeman appreciates the illuminated signs that Schaumburg is putting up at many of its intersections, and encourages the village to continue.


    She says plantings are a health hazard
    Letter to the editor: Betty Biggerstaff of Buffalo Grove complains that the plantings the village put in near Buffalo Creek are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.


    Going green is cheap in Mount Prospect
    Letter to the editor: Dillivan bailey of Mount Prospect approves of the electric aggregation plan Mount Propsect signed with Homefield Energy. "Although residents will see overall increases in their electricity bills, going green is cheap," he says.


    Dist. 128 owes taxpayers answers
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I am a 35-year resident of Libertyville. I like this community and raised two sons who went through Libertyville High School. Libertyville High School did an excellent job preparing the boys for college and beyond. What I don’t appreciate is the escalating cost to Libertyville’s taxpaying homeowners.


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