Daily Archive : Monday July 7, 2014


    David J. Lee

    Cary man accused of drug crimes, resisting arrest

    Palatine police stopped a Cary man who drove under activated railroad gates last week and found two pounds of marijuana and other drugs in his vehicle, authorities said Monday.

    Susan Matthews talks during a gallery opening in June for Roselle artist Paulina Engel at the Hanover Park Park District gallery. Matthews has retired from her job as cultural arts director for the Hanover Park Park District. The gallery is being renamed after Matthews.

    Hanover Park's arts coordinator retires

    More than 30 years ago, park district commissioners in Hanover Park applied for an artist in residence for their newly established Art Studio and Gallery. That artist, Susan Matthews, came to them fresh out of school with her master's degree in fine arts, and she has never left. “I was lucky enough to find my way here,” she said shortly before her June 30 retirement.

    Choreographer and dancer Aubree Storm, of Elburn, works with pop star Austin Mahone, above, and Justin Bieber, top left.

    Elburn native dances to fame with Austin Mahone, Justin Bieber

    Aubree Storm, who grew up in Elburn, has criss-crossed the globe these past few years working as a choreographer and hip-hop dancer for some of the world's biggest teen pop stars, including Justin Bieber. She's now a contributing choreographer for singer Austin Mahone. “Every TV performance you see (of Mahone), I stage.”

    The Elgin Breakfast Rotary Club recently honored their Rotary Exchange Student from Brazil, Rodolfo Quaggio, center, back row, with a Paul Harris Fellow. Pictured are: front row, from left, Dave Dorgan, Al Kirkland, Pat Crawford; and back row, Alan Kirk, Chad Billings, Curtis Wiedeman, Ben Henrickon, Kimm Dodaro, Dan Helsdon, Sam Boyter, Jim Brandes, Dwain Tataryn.

    Elgin Breakfast Rotary celebrates 25 years and honors exchange students

    The Elgin Breakfast Rotary will be celebrating 25 successful years of service to the local community at the annual Ray Kriske Memorial Hogg Roast, $5,000 Reverse Raffle, and Silent Auction on Thursday, July 10.

    New St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan delivered his first address to the community Monday night as Aldermen Dan Stellato, center, and Ron Silkaitis, right, looked on.

    St. Charles swears in new police chief

    After a six-month search, St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina swore in new police chief James Keegan Monday night. Keegan was most recently the chief in Streamwood. “I will vow to work as hard as I can as your next chief of police,” Keegan said. “I, like you, value our citizens as our No. 1 priority.”

    Benjamin Hernandez, 15, of Elgin, suffered serious injuries after the car he was riding in last week plunged into a sinkhole on a rural Kane County road.

    Elgin boy caught in sinkhole is home, in pain; fund set up

    Benjamin Hernandez, the teen seriously injured in a sinkhole accident on a rural Kane County road, is recovering at his home in Elgin, and a fund has been set up to help him. The 15-year-old suffered a broken jaw and a broken rib, and lost some teeth July 1 after a car driven by his mother plunged into a gaping sinkhole. "All they said is that it's going to take time" to recover, his mother said.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said a pot of money the federal government uses to pay for road construction could go dry soon.

    Durbin: ‘A lot at stake’ if road fund dries up

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin warned that some road projects could be delayed or come to a halt in a month if federal lawmakers let a fund run out of money. The Springfield Democrat said he’ll back a package of so-called tax loophole closures to pay for it and details could be released Tuesday.

    The Willis Clan competes on “America's Got Talent” in Newark, N.J.

    After tragedy, Willis family finds musical fame

    Two decades after six children died in a van crash that led to the investigation and later corruption conviction of former Gov. George Ryan, the family's next generation is making a musical name for itself.

    This photograph of a lightning bug climbing to the top of a weed at the Freeman Kame-Ed Meagher Kane County Forest Preserve in Huntley was taken in 2008, which was a good year for lightning bugs.

    Why we don't see lightning bugs in the suburbs

    Fireworks, legal and otherwise, lit up our skies for days. But one light is missing, and suburbanites probably share some of the blame. Spring floods, chemicals on yards and outdoor lighting make it tough for lightning bugs to show their stuff. “Chemicals put on the ground kill the lightning bug larvae living in the ground, and also kill the grubs and a lot of the things the lightning bugs...

    Walter J. Depner

    Mt. Prospect man who killed 4 in 1999 DUI admits to another on same road

    A Mount Prospect man who killed four people in a 1999 DUI crash pleaded guilty Monday to a February 2013 DUI in McHenry. Walter J. Depner, 62, faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on Aug. 29. Depner served 12 years in prison for killing Eva Burlson and her three children on their way back from Great America in August 1999. Prosecutors said Depner mixed alcohol and his girlfriend's...

    Megan Blenner

    Arlington Heights woman ID'd as victim of Lake Michigan boating accident

    An Arlington Heights woman who starred in two sports at St. Viator High School has been identified as the body pulled from Lake Michigan on June 28 east of Navy Pier. Officials from the Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed that Megan Blenner, 27, drowned after a May 31 boating accident on the lake that killed at least one other person.

    Naperville Fire Marshal Scott Scheller said the fire that caused $200,000 in damage to Rizzo’s at 6 W. Jefferson Ave. started outside on the roof or back porch in the southwest corner of the building, then extended slightly inside the structure. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

    Naperville bar fire started outside, ‘worked its way in’

    Rizzo’s in downtown Naperville remains closed as investigators zero in on the cause of a fire that started there early Sunday morning. “Due to the extent of the damage, we ruled out the fire starting on the inside,” Naperville Fire Marshal Scott Scheller said. “It was definitely an outside fire that worked its way in a little bit.”

    The Wheaton City Council approved a special use permit Monday that allows the DuPage County Health Department to move forward with the construction of a new 33,000-square-foot community center that will house offices, a 24-hour care center and the headquarters for the National Alliance on Mental Illinois of DuPage County.

    Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health center

    DuPage County Health Department officials are hopeful construction on a new 33,000-square-foot community center can start next month after Wheaton officials approved a special use permit for the building Monday. The one-story building will be just east of the department’s existing public health center in Wheaton. "We’re very pleased we did get approval from Wheaton to...


    North Aurora motorcyclist succumbs to crash injuries

    A North Aurora motorcyclist who was injured in a crash last month has died from his injuries.

    Jeff Ende, the Barrington village engineer, presents the annual road and utility program to the board of trustees during a special meeting Monday evening.

    Barrington OK’s work on Lake Zurich Road, Raymond Ave., others

    Barrington trustees approved funds Monday evening for the annual road and utility program that will improve 1.25 miles of the village’s more distressed roads.

    Jim Beaudoin

    With video gambling, Lake Zurich guarding against ‘mini Las Vegas’

    Now that Lake Zurich officials are onboard with video gambling, Mayor Thomas Poynton says he and other officials want to ensure the village doesn’t develop a “mini Las Vegas” appearance. Lake Zurich trustees Monday night voted 6-0 in favor of having administration employees perform a comprehensive review on what businesses are allowed to promote in windows. While officials...


    Bullet pierces blanket in Elgin park

    A man sitting on a blanket at Festival Park in Elgin during the Fourth of July celebration told police a bullet pierced it, Elgin officials said.

    Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, Monday. Hamas vowed revenge on Israel for the death of seven of its members killed in the airstrike.

    Israeli army launches offensive on Gaza Strip

    The Israeli army said it launched an offensive operation early Tuesday against the Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks, and a Palestinian official said Israeli airstrikes injured at least nine Palestinians.The Israeli airstrikes come after Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel on Monday, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to stay indoors.

    Chris McCord

    South Elgin man leads effort to rebuild Myanmar universities

    Watching students at a Myanmar university learn by rote and seeing a chemistry lab with no equipment was a stark reminder that the nation is still emerging from a half century of military rule, said Chris McCord. “That was to me a very evocative moment,” said the South Elgin resident who is leading an effort by faculty at Northern Illinois University to work with universities in...

    Immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Since October, the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. Most of those arrested are from Central America, and many are children.

    Arizona loses immigration driver’s license dispute

    A federal appeals court has dealt a new blow to Arizona in its series of immigration-related crackdowns, ruling that the state cannot deny driver’s licenses to young immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. under a 2012 Obama administration policy. Arizona was one of two states that refused to issue licenses to the immigrants, sparking the latest court fight over the issue.

    President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border.

    Report: Border policy requests to come later

    President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration’s planned changes were too harsh.

    Dan Rutherford

    Illinois treasurer fires 3 staffers

    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top administrators last week after an investigation found they faked records and, in one case, engaged in “workplace harassment,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

    Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far this year.

    14 killed, dozens hurt in Chicago shootings

    Extra police officers on Chicago’s streets weren’t enough to quell a long weekend of violence that ended with 14 people shot to death and dozens more injured. During a Monday news conference, just hours after two more people were shot to death earlier in the day, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said his department’s best efforts could not prevent the bloodshed that...


    Food pantry receives grant

    St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry has received a $5,700 grant that was used to purchase a three-door cooler and three two-door freezers, parish officials said in a news release.


    Goodman extends magical ‘Brigadoon’

    Goodman Theatre has, for a second time, extended its spirited, emotionally charged revival of “Brigadoon.” A 1947 musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, it’s about a Scottish village that appears for only one day every century, and the two American men whose lives are transformed after they stumble upon it.

    People rally for tax reform in April outside the state Capitol in Springfield.

    Voters as state elections loom: Can we just leave Illinois?

    The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, decades-long battles against corruption — and another possible tax hike waiting for them after the November election. The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters, with one survey showing that more people want to leave Illinois...

    Fishing boats are tied with ropes at Tomari fishing port in Naha, southern Japan islands of Okinawa, Monday. Japan has issued warnings over a powerful typhoon churning toward the southern islands of Okinawa. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades.

    Japan on alert as typhoon heads toward Okinawa

    Japan was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned Monday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. Typhoon Neoguri is expected to reach Okinawa early Tuesday.

    Volunteer Dan Knoll carries one of the most important things to safety from the Hawg Pit BBQ Barn on West Main Street in Grafton, Ill., Monday as floodwaters neared the business. Several female mannequins had to be “rescued” along with all of the other items in the bar Monday. Several more feet of floodwater are currently predicited before a crest on Saturday. Grafton sits at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

    Flooding closes 2 Mississippi River bridges

    Two Mississippi River bridges closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there was growing concern Monday that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois. The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, closed at 5 p.m. Sunday. And the Quincy Memorial Bridge in Quincy, Illinois, shut down Monday morning.

    Donald L. Hook

    Former Vernon Hills Trustee Donald L. Hook dies

    Former Vernon Hills trustee Don Hook died July 3. He was 62. Hook also served on the Cook Memorial Public Library District board.


    Wauconda to talk supermarket site

    A consultant will talk to the Wauconda village board’s economic development committee Tuesday about options for a long-vacant supermarket building at 600 W. Liberty St.


    Man shot in Round Lake Heights

    Round Lake Heights police are investigating a shooting early Saturday in which a 31-year-old Round Lake man was shot in the abdomen.

    A worker with the Cook County Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program moves a grill Monday morning while cleaning up a Frontier Days tent in Arlington Heights. Boosted by good weather and big-name acts, organizers said this year’s fest was a big success.

    More than 100,000 attend Frontier Days

    With big-name bands and good weather attracting large crowds, organizers said the 2014 Frontier Days festival in Arlington Heights was a big success. “We had wonderful families from a number of suburbs enjoying great family fun and entertainment all weekend,” said Pat Peery, co-chairman of the Frontier Days committee.

    An oak tree fell Sunday in Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino’s backyard. No one was injured, but a portion of his wrought-iron fence was bent and broken.

    Tree falls in Carol Stream mayor’s backyard

    There’s one less oak tree on Tall Oaks Drive at the home of Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino. An old oak fell in Saverino’s backyard around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, damaging parts of a fence and some plantings but not causing any injuries. The mayor’s daughter and wife were in the house at the time.

    Tod Curtis, owner of the Ye Olde Town Inn in Mount Prospect, has reached an out-of-court settlement with village officials he sued in federal court over allegations they and a local development company conspired to seize his land. Terms of the settlement were not made public Monday.

    Mount Prospect settles lawsuit with Ye Olde Town Inn owner

    The village of Mount Prospect has reached a settlement with the owner Ye Old Town Inn, who accused officials and a local development company of conspiring to seize his land and move forward with a redevelopment plan downtown without him. “I plan to be there making pizzas for the next 40 years,” he said.

    Joanne Boehm

    Libertyville’s Joanne Boehm remembered for community work

    Longtime Libertyville resident Joanne Boehm is being remembered as a community volunteer, a dedicated church parishioner and a patron of the arts. She died July 4. She was 78.

    Ava McQuain, left, and Abby Ray, both 9 and from Mundelein, use their new detective skills Monday during a scavenger hunt at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda. Their mission, as part of the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s History Detectives day camp, was to solve the biggest train robbery in county history, the 1924 Rondout Robbery.

    Young campers become detectives, solve crimes

    Young campers became detectives for a day at the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s History Detectives day camp Monday. Their mission -- to solve the biggest train robbery in county history, the 1924 Rondout Robbery.


    Hoffman Estates schools ranked 7th in nation by real estate blog

    Hoffman Estates schools were ranked seventh in a nationwide small city education study posted in June by Movoto Real Estate, a national brokerage blog. The study weighed factors such as student-teacher ratio and graduation rates.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A $265 spare tire for a 2003 Toyota Sequoia was reported stolen at 10:15 a.m. Thursday from the 39W300 bock of Weaver Lane near Geneva, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone tried to steal a doghouse and did steal four rolls of rolled up fence, valued at $1,600, from the 43W600 block of Bahr Road near Hampshire between 6:45 and 11:45 a.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Baby falls from second-floor window in Chicago

    A 10-month-old child has been hospitalized after falling from a second-floor window of a Chicago home.Authorities say the baby fell Sunday night and was rushed to a nearby hospital in stable condition.


    Illinois Democrats outpace GOP in fundraising

    Democrats have almost twice as much cash on hand as Illinois Republicans with $26.9 million. Democrats control the governor’s mansion and the state legislature.


    Palatine Rocks singing contest July 26

    Palatine area children and teens have less than a week to register for the “Palatine Rocks Singing Contest,” a featured event at the Rockin’ the Blocks festival in downtown Palatine on Saturday, July 26.


    Seasons Hospice hosts open house

    Des Plaines-based Seasons Hospice Foundation will host a community open house Tuesday where attendees can learn about creating an online bucket list and leaving behind messages for loved ones.


    DuPage taking fight against heroin to schools

    DuPage County Board members are expected to approve a plan to pay $67,746 to Robert Crown Centers for Health Education to offer a comprehensive heroin prevention program at local middle and high schools.

    Now that the party’s over, it’s cleanup time after the 27th annual Ribfest in Naperville. Bradley Lindquist, left, and Stephen Klein of Chicago tear down a skybox structure on Monday near the main stage.

    20,000 attended each day of Naperville’s Ribfest

    Ribs, music and “reasonably good weather” combined over the Fourth of July weekend to make the 27th annual Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest an enjoyable time for thousands, organizers said Monday. Ribfest Chairman Dan DeBoo said crowds of roughly 20,000 people attended each day of the four-day festival. “The musicians were very accomplished and came across positively,”...

    Blake A. Nash

    Police: Would-be burglar caught in Naperville house

    A would-be burglar who walked into a Naperville family’s unlocked home Friday night was arrested before he could steal anything, authorities said Monday. Blake A. Nash, 25, of the 1300 block of east Chicago Avenue in Naperville, is accused of entering a house on the 300 block of east 11th Avenue and refusing to leave when confronted by the homeowner. “It was just a random act on the...

    The website hickory-kensington.com urges Arlington Heights residents to oppose the Hickory-Kensington TIF district

    Group opposes redevelopment near downtown Arlington Heights

    An online group is expressing opposition to a proposed new tax increment financing district that will be voted on by the Arlington Heights Village board on Monday. A website and Facebook page launched this week asks residents to tell their trustees to vote against the Hickory-Kensington TIF district. Village officials say the TIF district would boost development and property values.

    Rod Gohrke of Elgin tends to his community garden plot next to Elgin fire station No. 7 on Longcommon Parkway. The garden is part of the Elgin Fire Department’s community service initiative, as gardeners are asked to donate some of the proceeds to Food for Greater Elgin.

    Elgin firefighters build community garden

    An organic community garden started by Elgin firefighters is serving local families and benefiting the Food for Greater Elgin food pantry. The garden, next to fire station No. 7 off Longcommon Parkway on the city’s far west side, is the 25th within the Elgin Community Garden Network, with whom the fire department partnered for the initiative, Fire Lt. Bob Bedard said.

    “The one ingredient that we know makes an enormous difference is a great teacher,” Obama said before discussing the issue over lunch in the Blue Room of the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers.

    Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers

    President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most. Obama said the U.S. education system has “a problem” in that students who would benefit the most from having skilled or experienced teachers in their classrooms are least likely to get them, including black and Hispanic students.

    Pope Francis promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors and begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors.

    Pope: Bishops will be accountable for sex abuse

    Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have long demanded that higher-ups be made to answer for the decades-long cover-ups of rape and molestation of youngsters in...

    Neighbors gather outside homes that collapsed during an earthquake in San Pedro, Guatemala, Monday. A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday.

    Quake slams Mexico, Guatemala; at least 3 dead

    A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches.


    Naperville keeping crime-free housing program voluntary

    Naperville is not among communities that require landlords to participate in a police-led program to decrease crime at rental properties. That’s not to say there is no crime in apartment complexes in Naperville. What it says is Naperville police think they can get better results by working with landlords who actually want to clean up their communities, rather than by forcing all landlords...


    Family escapes house fire in East Dundee

    East Dundee firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire early Monday that damaged a single family home. No injuries were reported.

    The reconstruction of Commuter Drive, which runs from Rohlwing Road in Rolling Meadows to the Arlington Park Metra station, should be complete next week, officials say. Besides an improved roadway, the $1.8 million project includes the installation of bike paths and curbs and gutters.

    Commuter Drive work nears end in Rolling Meadows

    Despite a few delays, Rolling Meadows is close to finishing its long-awaited reconstruction of Commuter Drive. The $1.8 million project is 95 percent complete, and is expected to be finished next week. “Commuter Drive has been in poor condition for several years,” a city official said. “Needless to say, it just got worse.”


    Separate fires strike Naperville house, townhouse

    A townhouse balcony and a garage at a single-family home burned in separate fires Sunday night in Naperville, leaving the townhouse uninhabitable and the garage with “extensive” damage, authorities said. Firefighters said a balcony fire at a townhouse in the 2500 block of Durango Lane was started by a charcoal grill, while the cause of a garage fire in the 30W100 block of Bruce Lane...

    In 2012 photo, passengers queue up for a security check at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. The Transportation Security Administration is requiring passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights to power on their electronic devices.

    Some U.S.-bound air travelers must turn on phones

    Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats.The Transportation Security Administration says it is adding the requirement that passengers coming to the U.S. from some airports must turn on devices such...

    Civil War Days returns this weekend to Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. Cannon fire from the 9th Virginia Calvary was part of last year’s battle re-enactment.

    Civil War Days return to Lakewood Forest Preserve

    Lake County Forest Preserve District's annual Civil War Days is set for Saturday and Sunday near Wauconda. It's the 23rd consecutive year of the event staged by the Lake County Forest Preserve District near Wauconda.

    This undated photo shows S. Erickson, a former patient at an Oregon state mental hospital in Salem, Ore. Erickson was one of more than 3,000 people, mostly former mental patients, whose remains were never claimed and remain at the hospital.

    Oregon mental hospital to honor ‘forgotten souls’
    They were dubbed the “forgotten souls” — the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon’s state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns. Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed, the remains became...

    Glendale Heights Fest opens its five-run run Wednesday in Camera Park with carnival rides, music and plenty of food.

    Rides, bands, food and two fireworks shows highlight Glendale Heights Fest

    Glendale Heights Fest, which opens Wednesday, July 9, and continues through Sunday, July 13, will be offering a new admissions pass this year so guests can enjoy unlimited rides during all five days of the festival. The Mega Pass costs $70 and can be used from open to close Wednesday through Saturday, and from open to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The card can only be purchased at the Glendale Heights Sports...

    Illinois newborn babies are now being screened for a rare disease called severe combined immunodeficiency.

    SCID now part of newborn screening in Illinois

    Illinois newborn babies are now being screened for a rare disease called severe combined immunodeficiency. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reported Sunday that Illinois is the 18th state to test for SCID. It is a rare disorder that causes white blood cells to develop improperly.


    Exploring the world may mean accepting its dangers

    On a family vacation, our Ken Potts discovered his daughter had a weighty issue on her mind: the threat of terrorism. That's when he realized how much the world had changed after the attacks of Sept. 11.


    Renewable energy event next week in Normal

    The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will host the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference later this week in Normal. The Illinois Biomass Working Group — coordinated by the institute at Western Illinois University — is hosting the conference at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.

    Students work on preparing bruschetta during a culinary camp at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Jeremy Ryan, right, is assisting EIU’s Apprentice Chef Cooking School as head chef during the program.

    Student chefs stand the heat to stay in the kitchen

    The marinara is bubbling. The parmesan is chopped. The lemons are sliced. But something isn’t quite right. As Chef Jeremy Ryan takes a taste of the tarragon butter sauce he’s prepping for the evening’s main course, his eyes light up as he has a revelation.“Sugar,” he says as his mouth curls into a smile. “That’s what it needs. Sugar.” Ryan...


    Lawmaker: Study of Illinois institutions biased
    A $400,000, state-funded study of the aftereffects of closing the Jacksonville Developmental Center is tainted because its lead researcher is biased, an Illinois lawmaker has charged.The Belleville-News Democrat reported Sunday the study by the University of Illinois at Chicago found overwhelming support among the families and guardians of former Jacksonville residents for the community-based...

    A demonstrator holding up a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington on the day the court decided in the Hobby Lobby case to relieve businesses with religious objections of their obligation to pay for women’s contraceptives among a range of preventive services the new health law calls for in their health plans. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Quinn says a the recent decision on birth control has brought the issue of women’s rights to the forefront.

    Quinn signs ballot question on birth control

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a November ballot question that’ll ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control. Quinn linked the non-binding question Sunday. In a statement, Quinn says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on birth control has brought the issue of women’s rights to the forefront.

    Interns gather around during an intern boot camp exercise taught by both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

    No practicing on patients: New docs get boot camp

    First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers’ bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved. Brand-new doctors often launch right into patient care within weeks of graduating from medical school. To make sure their skills are up to snuff, many...


    Dawn Patrol: Construction at Good Shepherd, Fire at Naperville restaurant

    Work begins on new entrance at Good Shepherd; fire leaves Naperville restaurant uninhabitable; St. Charles police warn of suburban IRS scam; Dog Day at Frontier Days; sky diving comes to Naperville’s north side; two White Sox players make the All-Star Game, but not Sale; Cubs’ Castro an all-star; Samardzija in limbo

    Purple prairie clover, a native species, grows at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

    It takes many clovers to make a meadow

    There’s a whole world of clovers out there. Each kind is useful, and each is pretty in its own right. The next time you walk in a field, look around and you’ll surely see a clover or two. Here are some of the varieties you'll find locally.

    Pvt. William Bonner Jr.

    Civil War vet returns to Lake County in spirit

    On Sept. 20, 1863, William Bonner Jr., was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in northern Georgia. Shot in the stomach and left on the battlefield, his remains have never been identified. But next week, his family will welcome him home to Lake County during a dedication ceremony at Millburn Cemetery.


    Transcript of McDonald nomination as VA secretary
    A transcript of remarks made by President Barack Obama at the nomination of Robert McDonald as Secretary of Veterans Affairs last Monday.

    Costumes are the height of fashion at the Anime Midwest convention in Rosemont.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: Huntley man charged with punching cop after Dave Matthews concert; Barrington High's Business Incubator program had a very good year; Wheaton gets closer to finishing its first sensory playground; a Buffalo Grove woman crashed into a grocery store; and neighbors say the sounds of racing vehicles at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates are too much.

    Having bicycle racks in front of businesses — and advertising their availability — is one way to be a “Bicycle Friendly Batavia Business.” The city’s bicycle commission and Batavia MainStreet are trying to get businesses to do things to attract the bicyclists passing through town. The city installed this rack in 2012 when it redesigned North River Street.

    Batavia urges businesses to seek bicyclists’ bucks

    The Batavia Bicycle Commission wants to promote businesses that that commit, through certain practices, to being friendly to bicyclists. "We have this incredible potential to capture business," said commission president John Gamble. "You just need to cater to these people."

    Harper College will charge students and faculty to park inside a new $14 million parking garage on the east side of the Palatine campus. The first two levels of the four-story structure are scheduled to open Aug. 25, with the top floors expected to be ready in mid-October.

    Harper College to debut its first indoor parking garage

    With free parking spots close to classrooms at a premium, Harper College hopes students will shell out as much as $135 to reserve spaces in a new indoor garage linked to a pair of academic buildings. The $14 million structure — a first on the Palatine campus — will partially open at the start of the fall semester. “There are plenty of parking spots available at Harper,”...

    Robert McDonald, who has been tapped by President Obama to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs, grew up in the 1960s in Arlington Heights. Pictured in this undated photo are his parents, Ray and Fro McDonald, his brother, John, and his sister, Sue.

    Arlington Heights years ‘shaped’ VA chief nominee

    Robert McDonald, the man nominated by President Obama to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, grew up in a staunch Republican family in Arlington Heights, where he was a Boy Scout, star athlete and top student, and even wrote prep sports stories for the Daily Herald’s former competitor, the Arlington Day newspaper. “He’ll focus on what is best for the veterans,” said...

    A shadow from the Kane County Forest Preserve Mounted Rangers falls into the crowd during the Elgin Fourth of July Parade Friday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features photos of festivals and storms, but not at the same time.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel would act calmly and responsibly in the face of rising Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, just hours after Israel’s military carried out airstrikes on 10 sites in the Gaza Strip.

    Jewish suspects arrested in slaying of Arab teen

    Israel arrested six Jewish suspects Sunday in the grisly slaying of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned alive last week — a crime that set off a wave of violent protests in Arab sections of the country. Leaders of the Jewish state appealed for calm amid signs the death was revenge for the recent killings of three Israeli teenagers.


    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu could turn out to be the best free-agent signing ever for a Chicago sports team.

    White Sox’ Abreu one very special free-agent signing

    Jose Abreu has the potential to supplant Marian Hossa as the best free-agent signing ever by a Chicago sports team, or at least the best in the past quarter-century.


    Time again for Cubs to look at some new starters

    The blockbuster trade that sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs to Oakland over the weekend opens the door to several prospects to come up and show what they can do. There are some interesting arms in the system, says Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles.

    White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll pumps his fist after getting the Red Sox’ Brock Holt to ground out to end the sixth inning Monday night. Carroll allowed only 1 hit in 6⅔ innings to earn the 4-0 victory.

    White Sox win, get good news on injury front

    The White Sox won again Monday night, beating the fading Red Sox 4-0 behind starting pitcher Scott Carroll and home runs by Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn. Before the game, GM Rick Hahn said injured right fielder Avisail Garcia could return this season.

    White Sox’ Dayan Viciedo (24) is congratulated by teammates Adam Dunn, left, and Alexei Ramirez (10) after his three-run, home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, July 7, 2014.

    White Sox beat Boston 4-0

    BOSTON — Scott Carroll pitched 6 2-3 innings of one-hit ball, and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer on Monday night to lead the White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.Making the eighth — and best — start of his career, Carroll (3-5) walked two and struck out five while shutting down the defending World Series champions. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer in the second inning and doubled and scored on Viciedo’s home run in the fourth.A.J. Pierzynski’s third-inning single was the lone hit for Boston off Carroll. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled off Javy Guerra to lead off the eighth for the only other Red Sox hit. Clay Buchholz (3-5) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out seven in seven innings. The Red Sox have lost six of seven games and 12 of 17 to fall into last place in the AL East.The start of the game was delayed by 39 minutes because of severe weather moving through the area. There were two brief but torrential downpours during the game that sent fans scurrying but didn’t stop play. NOTES: Carroll allowed seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in six innings in his previous start. ... The Red Sox won a manager’s challenge at first base even though replays showed that Jim Joyce’s original call, that Mike Napoli’s foot came off the base, was correct. ... The Red Sox activated 1B/OF Mike Carp from the 15-day disabled list and optioned INF Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... The Red Sox fell to 2-5 against Chicago teams, having been swept by the Cubs at home last week in a three-game interleague series.

    Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton (6) dives safely back to first base as Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drops a pickoff throw from starting pitcher Edwin Jackson in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Cincinnati.

    Cubs lose in Cincinnati 9-3

    CINCINNATI — The Cubs had a runner in scoring position in each of the first six innings and managed only one unearned run on Jay Bruce’s error at first base. After wasting those chances to take control, they fell apart.Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run Monday night, but he later homered to help the Cincinnati Reds rally for a 9-3 victory over Chicago in the opener of a five-game series.Billy Hamilton drove in a career-high four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple.Chris Coghlan had four hits for the Cubs, who stranded six runners in scoring position. They had a runner thrown out at the plate in the sixth when Skip Schumaker — filling Bruce’s spot in right field — nailed Welington Castillo as he tagged from third on a fly ball.The Cubs had 11 hits — five for extra bases — but they didn’t get much out of them.“I think for us more the story line is we had some opportunities to score some runs today,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “We had some guys in scoring position and we left a lot of guys out there.”The Reds have won 11 of their last 16 games despite getting little production from injured first baseman Joey Votto, who had another test on his troublesome left thigh on Monday. The Reds were awaiting results before deciding whether to put him back on the disabled list.Mike Leake (7-7) gave up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo and an unearned run off Bruce’s error during seven innings. Leake is 8-2 in his career against Chicago, including 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA.After Bruce’s error let in a run that tied it 1-all in the fifth, he singled and scored on Devin Mesoraco’s double off Edwin Jackson (5-9). Bruce hit a two-run homer off left-hander James Russell in the seventh. Hamilton tripled home the three runs in the eighth.Jackson gave up two runs with two outs in the fifth, when the Reds went ahead to stay. The bullpen allowed five runs in the last two innings.“It’s just a matter of making a pitch with two outs,” said Jackson, who allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings. “That’s pretty much what it boils down to. I’m a pitch away from being out of that inning.”Votto, the NL’s MVP in 2010, has missed the last two games with a strained muscle above his left knee, an injury that sidelined him for 23 games starting in May. He’s batting only .250 with no homers since his return.Bruce volunteered to move to first base to help the short-handed Reds, who have no experienced backup at the position. He was on the field four hours before the game taking grounders and getting tips on how to cover the base in various situations.Bruce made a couple of nice plays on ground balls and plucked a low pickoff throw out of the dirt. His first error in the infield helped the Cubs tie it 1-all in the fifth.With two outs, Coghlan singled and went to third on Justin Ruggiano’s single. Bruce reacted slowly to Anthony Rizzo’s grounder toward the line, and it tipped off his glove for an error.Bruce’s homer was his second in two days and his 49th off a lefty in the last five seasons, the most by any batter in the majors.

    After seemingly getting down to a choice between the Knicks and the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony reportedly still hasn’t eliminated the Bulls from the free-agent picture.

    Bulls reportedly still in play for Anthony

    There was no concrete news regarding Carmelo Anthony's future Tuesday. But the national storyline changed slightly, with The New York Daily News suggesting Anthony is still very interested in the Bulls. The resolution to this exercise could lie in the hands of Knicks president Phil Jackson, former coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

    Josh McRoberts has agreed to sign a four-year contract with the Miami Heat, a deal that could be worth about $23 million.

    Miami Heat to sign McRoberts, Granger

    The Miami Heat reached contract agreements Monday with forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, their first free-agent commitments before LeBron James meets this week with team president Pat Riley.Riley said in separate statements that the Heat intend to sign McRoberts and Granger to contracts on July 10, when the NBA’s moratorium on signings and trades is lifted. McRoberts, 27, will get about $23 million over four seasons, ESPN reported. Granger, 31, agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.The Heat have been seeking to bolster their roster to entice James, a four-time NBA MVP, to return after opting out of the final two years of his contract and becoming a free agent. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all are free agents after leading the Heat to two championships and four appearances in the NBA Finals over the past four years.The 6-foot-10 McRoberts, a 2007 second-round draft pick out of Duke University, has played for five teams over his first seven NBA seasons. He started all 78 games for Charlotte last season, averaging 8.5 points, 4.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds.The 6-foot-8 Granger is a former first-round draft pick who averaged a career-high 25.8 points a game with Indiana during the 2008-09 season before playing as a backup with the Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers the past two years. He averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 41 games last season.

    Infielder Jordan Dean, left, and outfielder Justin Vasquez will represent the Schaumburg Boomers in the Fronteir League All-Star Game next week in Washington, PA.

    2 Boomers to join Frontier League all-stars

    Outfielder Justin Vasquez and second baseman Jordan Dean will represent the Schaumburg Boomers at the 2014 Frontier League All-Star Game, team officials announced Monday.

    Bears fans can purchase individual-game tickets starting at 11 a.m. Thursday. Tickets for the annual Family Fest practice session at Soldier Field also are available

    Individual-game Bears tickets on sale Thursday

    Individual-game tickets to Chicago Bears games will go on sale through Ticketmaster starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, team officials announced


    NIU, Illini, NU land players on Hornung Watch List

    College football players from Northern Illinois University, Illinois and Northwestern were named to the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List by the Louisville Sports Commission on Monday.


    Mike North video: Is arrow starting to point up for Cubs?
    Mike North sees signs the Cubs might be starting to make some solid moves, but still wonders when Theo Epstein’s rebuilding ends.

    The addition of Addison Russell helped make the Cubs’ farm system tops in all of baseball.

    Just like that, Cubs have No. 1 system in MLB

    When the next issue of Baseball America hits the newsstands -- or the midseason prospect update hits the BA website -- the Cubs’ farm system will be ranked No. 1 in Major League Baseball. Just think about that for a minute.


    Associated Press Agribusiness giant ADM, based in Decatur, will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

    ADM adds natural flavors to its portfolio

    Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland already makes sweeteners, fibers, emulsifiers and an array of other ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks. Now it’s getting in the business of natural flavors. The agribusiness giant said Monday it will acquire the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion counting debt,

    This file photo shows a key in the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. Responding to complaints about “cheap-feeling” switches that required too much effort to turn, General Motors eventually designed switches that were too loose, touching off events that led to at least 13 deaths, more than 50 crashes and a raft of legal trouble for the Detroit automaker.

    How GM’s ignition switch redesign went wrong

    Responding to complaints about “cheap-feeling” switches that required too much effort to turn, General Motors eventually designed switches that were too loose, touching off events that led to at least 13 deaths, more than 50 crashes and a raft of legal trouble for the Detroit automaker.

    After pushing stock indexes to record highs last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports.

    Stocks slip, pulling Dow back near 17,000

    After pushing stocks to records last week, investors turned cautious on Monday ahead of a batch of corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average ended almost 50 points lower after closing above 17,000 for the first time last week.

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    IMF chief hints at reduction in growth forecasts

    The chief of the International Monetary Fund predicts that the global economy will improve over the next 18 months but says that growth might not be as fast as previously expected. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says that investment remains weak and that the recovery in the United States hinges on the ability of the Federal Reserve to gradually reduce stimulus measures and on political leaders agreeing on a fiscal plan.


    Bed Bath & Beyond plans $2 billion buyback amid stock slump

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., facing a stock slump after delivering a disappointing forecast last month, plans to buy back $2 billion in shares during the next fiscal year. The new repurchases will follow its existing program, which had about $861 million remaining as of May 31, Bed Bath & Beyond said today in a statement. The latest buyback will be completed in fiscal 2016, which begins around the end of February.


    New rules affect job application process, pregnant employees

    Jim Kendall' focuses on two pieces of legislation that will change the way small businesses deal with job applicants and pregnant employees.

    Work on Main Street Promenade East continues in downtown Naperville, as stores in the development aim to begin opening as soon as August.

    Naperville's Promenade East to 'grow the downtown'

    New stores are taking shape — along with new sidewalks and street improvements — as part of the Main Street Promenade East development in downtown Naperville. “We're delighted to have these great new districts like the Main Street Promenade East ... that are going to help expand and grow the downtown,” said Katie Wood, executive director of Downtown Naperville Alliance.

    Roch Tranel

    Religion fuels Libertyville financial expert to help, advise

    Kukec's People features Roch Tranel, founder and president of The Tranel Financial Group in Libertyville, who follows his christian values in business as well as in the community, where he enjoys cultivating leaders.


    Blu Rain Massage fills need for active Antioch residents
    An interview with Sheila Loos, owner of Blu Rain Massage in Antioch.

Life & Entertainment

    Lady Gaga returns to Chicago with her tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball at the United Center on Friday, July 11.

    Weekend picks: Lady Gaga brings ArtRave to Chicago's United Center

    Expect plenty of eye-boggling pop spectacle when Lady Gaga returns to town Friday with ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour Friday at the United Center in Chicago. Rick Springfield has scored tons of pop hits since his heyday in the '80s. See him live Friday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.Head back in time with large-scale re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda.

    Instead of a crunch, try any version of the plank. The superman plank is a great exercise, as it strengthens many layers of the abdominal wall.

    Avoid these exercises in your journey to better health

    Any exercise is better than no exercise, but if you're taking the time to work out, make sure you're choosing exercises that will truly improve your health and fitness. The following exercises are too commonly performed in hopes of measurable results, but often lead to injuries or disappointment.

    Lickety-split tempos are highly enjoyable on “Remedy,” the latest from Old Crow Medicine Show.

    ‘Remedy’ offers 7-part harmony and more

    “We’re talking happiness here,” banjo wiz Critter Fuqua says as an aside a few minutes into “Remedy,” which neatly sums up the latest album from Old Crow Medicine Show. Lickety-split tempos and kitchen-sink arrangements make for a set that’s foot-stomping, thigh-slapping and grin-inducing.

    Brad Thor has crafted another page-turning thriller involving special ops with “Act of War.”

    ‘Act of War’ is heart-pounding thriller

    In Brad Thor’s latest thriller, “Act of War,” Scot Harvath finds his hands full when a snag-and-grab operation for a terrorist unveils surprising information. It involves a top-secret operation by a few key individuals in the Chinese government with the goal of devastating the United States. The ambitious plan has every chance of success and would take down the country before a response could be mounted.

    Jeff Abbott’s “Inside Man” jumps into the action right away.

    Jeff Abbott’s ‘Inside Man’ doesn’t disappoint

    “Inside Man,” the fourth novel by Jeff Abbott to feature bar owner and ex-CIA agent Sam Capra, continues one of the best ongoing series in the thriller genre. Readers will be hooked from the start when a friend of Sam’s — who doesn’t know about his spy past — asks for a favor. Steve occasionally takes security positions, and he hopes Sam will help him protect a young woman by becoming an inside man. Before Sam can learn more, Steve is shot and killed in front of the bar.

    “Trigga” is the sixth album from R&B crooner Trey Songz.

    Trey Songz is complacent on 6th album

    Six albums in and making R&B hits almost seems too easy for Trey Songz. He’s got the vocals of a crooner with the swagger of a rapper, and on his latest release, “Trigga,” the heartthrob once again darts between the bedroom and bottle service, sending his sweet vocals soaring over a landscape of seductive beats, beautiful melodies and lyrics that beg to be repeated. But Songz’s latest set is missing something: growth.

    Performers in “Cats” costumes promote the return of British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical in London Monday. The show, based on T.S Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” will return to the West End for a limited 12-week run starting in December.

    ‘Cats’ gets rap twist for West End revival

    “Cats” is back — and now one of the felines raps. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical returns to London’s West End in December in a revamped production with a hip-hop flavor. Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats,” the musical opened in London in 1981, running for 21 years there and 18 years on Broadway.

    Erika Malone of St. Louis Community College, center, talks with a prospective student and her mother at the St. Louis High School to College Center in St. Louis.

    Push to keep incoming college students on track

    In St. Louis, a drop-in counseling center helps at-risk students negotiate financial aid agreements, housing contracts and the other many details of college enrollment. School districts in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Minnesota and West Virginia are among those using text messages to keep aspiring college students on track.

    A fan reacts to singer Gerardo Ortiz, right, after he brought her onstage during a concert at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California. It is a reversal of musical direction for a genre in which Mexican bands traditionally sang tunes popular with immigrants in the U.S. nostalgic for their homeland. Young Mexican-Americans have embraced banda and many musicians now first gain success in the United States before heading south to sing in dirt-floored rodeo arenas and auditoriums in Mexico.

    U.S.-born banda singers find success in Mexico, U.S.

    Banda music is the soundtrack of modern Mexico, with its thumping polka beat and trumpets blasting everywhere from rural fairs to working-class Mexico City weddings. And it’s increasingly made in the U.S.A. Once the equivalent of country music, with lyrics about rural life sung by men from Mexico’s western badlands, it is more and more being produced in the suburbs of Phoenix and Los Angeles, and sung by Mexican-Americans who grew up speaking English and listening to rock and rap.

    Kathy Bates, as Lenore in a scene from the comedy “Tammy.” The 66-year-old Oscar winner plays the role of a successful entrepreneur who figuratively slaps sense into the film's lovable loser of a titular character (Melissa McCarthy).

    Kathy Bates enjoying roaring resurgence

    Kathy Bates calls herself “an old lion.” The actress says she also plays one in the big-screen comedy “Tammy,” in theaters now. Bates portrays Lenore, a successful entrepreneur who figuratively slaps sense into the film's lovable loser of a titular character (Melissa McCarthy). The 66-year-old “Misery” Oscar winner tells us more.


    Treat hypoglycemia with quick intake of sugar

    Q: I recently started taking medication for Type 2 diabetes. My doctor warned me about hypoglycemia. What signs should I look out for? What should I do if I experience them?

    Create a recurring theme throughout your porch seating area by picking a summer icon and working it into your decor. Here, cheery cherry-covered pillows look perfect on the black-and-white checked cushions and infuse the area with their sweet style.

    Stylists offer easy ways to perk up your porch

    With beautiful design elements such as a bluestone floor and a ceiling painted light blue in the Southern tradition, the wide, welcoming porch serves as an outdoor room and a gateway to the ample entryway just inside the front door.

    Jason Biggs and wife, actress Jenny Mollen, attend the HBO premiere of “Girls” in New York. Mollen is the author of a new book called, “I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People.”

    Actress Jenny Mollen puts it out there in new book

    Jenny Mollen has no filter. And she’s fine with that. The actress often tweets raunchy commentary about ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” with her husband, Jason Biggs. Howard Stern was so impressed he asked them to tweet live when “America’s Got Talent” is on. Now, she’s compiled some of her outrageous life into a book, “I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People.” Mollen, 35, talks about the book, motherhood and Twitter.

    1976 Jeep CJ-5

    Patriotic Jeeps are treasures that arose from tragedy

    Nick Priola loves Jeeps. The off-road enthusiast has owned more than 20. Each one has been a blast, the Lake Bluff resident says, but there’s just one that “will always have a special place” in his heart: his 1976 CJ-5.

    Could your DNA be the key to weight loss?

    Your health: Could DNA diet help you lose weight?
    A DNA diet, in which you eat certain foods based on your genes, could help you to lose a third more weight than calorie counting, experts claim.They put dieters on one of five eating plans based on the results of a mouth swab test, the Daily Mail reports. Obese patients using these plans lost 33 percent more weight than those on standard diets, they said.

    Some dogs can be great running companions, but some breeds are better left at home.

    When canine meets 5K: Running with your dog

    One of the most important things a running partner can provide is conversation. Many runners are looking for a kind of coach, to push them to go faster or longer; others want a confidant or a gossip or someone to swap the latest tips from Runner’s World with. But for some, the best running partner is one that says only one thing: woof.

    Jenna (Kacey Rohl) sets out to save her late father’s debt-ridden law practice in NBC’s “Working the Engels.”

    NBC’s ‘Working the Engels’ mines legal world for laughs

    With the stateside success of such Canadian-made series as “Rookie Blue,” NBC hopes to catch summer lightning in a bottle with another import from north of the border, “Working the Engels.” The sitcom, which premieres Thursday, July 10, stars Kacey Rohl as Jenna, a young lawyer who inherits her father’s legal practice upon his death. It turns out, though, that Dad wasn’t great at paying the bills.



    Bobby Jindal got it right on Obama
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Kudos to Bobby Jindal. In his speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, I think his analysis of our current president’s performance versus capability is right on the mark.


    Small businesses can pool buying power
    A letter to the editor: The health care law has been in full effect for months, but there continues to be tremendous confusion surrounding the new marketplaces the law created, especially for small-business owners. What many Illinois entrepreneurs don’t know is the small business marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, is open year round, and they can check out their options any time.


    The difference between life, human life
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I really appreciate the comments made by Dr. Roger Nosal on June 30. His remarks about life being a continuum are great and, in a sense, accurate about life not having a beginning (or and end, for that matter).


    Had enough? Get back in the game
    A McHenry letter to the editor: So have you seen enough ... with the greatest health care system on the planet virtually destroyed by federally-mandated socialized medicine?


    Parents should pay for digital devices
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I read with some interest the Daily Herald article of May 22 concerning U-46 equipping 40,000 students with some sort of digital devices (laptop, tablet, etc.) at a cost, which according to the article, could be huge.


    If you know Pradel, you know Naperville
    A Naperville letter to the editor: How can the fourth snobbiest city in the country have the least snobby mayor who these “snobby” people elected in 1995, re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011?


    New garbage cans bad for our health
    A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: I wonder if anybody as gone out at night and looked at their garbage cans that are easy for the garbage company's to empty. As they don't seal like the old round cans that most people had, the tops of the cans are covered in Maggots with the rain and humidity!


    News report on court ruling slanted the facts
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Imagine my surprise to read the front-page Associated Press article on the Supreme Court ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, which was clearly slanted and misleading and even fallacious.


    Two strikes against Hobby Lobby
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Hobby Lobby’s stores have nothing I need. I also don’t need their one-way only attitude about religious freedom.


    Religious freedom at core of ruling
    A letter to the editor: After the Hobby Lobby ruling, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced he will introduce a bill requiring “all corporations using this Supreme Court decision to deny or limit contraception services to disclose this policy to all employed and applicants for employment.” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded by promising Democrats “will continue to fight to preserve women’s access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room.”


    Women should make own health care decisions
    A letter to the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court turned back the clock on health care access this week when it put the rights of for-profit companies and strangers above those of women. Thanks to the court, more than 90 percent of businesses may use their religious beliefs to deny female employees insurance with full contraceptive coverage.


    Impose fees for cars idling at drive-ups
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We are paying $4-plus for gasoline, and yet we sit in our cars at the drive-ups thinking nothing of the excess pollution that our idling cars are making. If we could get out of cars and take those few extra steps, we would burn off some calories instead of gasoline.


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