Daily Archive : Friday July 11, 2014


    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comEmam Hisham Alqaisi, leads prayer as a breaking of the fast in celebration of Ramadan is held at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park.

    Leaders in Villa Park break fast together for Ramadan

    Community leaders from Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook and across DuPage County gathered Friday night for a breakfast of sorts -- an iftar meal in celebration of one of the nights of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “It’s a very good get-together of local community leaders in the spirit of caring and sharing,” said Moon Khan of Lombard, who attended the event.

    Matthew Scherer, 10, of Arlington Heights enjoys some nachos Saturday at the Buffalo Grove Arts Festival while watching Nick Galatte of Monee shape a piece of glass into a work of art.

    Crowds still flock to Buffalo Grove art fest

    Raindrops, raincoats and umbrellas. Despite all that, crowds still flocked to the 13th annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival, which hosts more than 160 juried artists from around the globe. Located on the main drive of Buffalo Grove Town Center, the popular festival offered fine art of all media.

    Most people who responded to a recent survey for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District consider preserving and protecting natural areas to be a top priority.

    DuPage survey respondents say preservation is key

    Preserving and protecting natural areas and wildlife for future generations should be the top priority of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, according to residents who responded to a survey. Not as many of the respondents believe the district should focus on adding land and far fewer consider providing historical sites to be a priority.

    Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia coasts to first place during the Windmill Whirl 5k race Friday at the Windmill City Fest in Batavia. Live entertainment will continue throughout the festival, which runs through Sunday. Visit windmillcityfest.org for information.

    Windmill Whirl 5K brings runners to Batavia fest

    The threating weather couldn’t keep the avid runners from their date with the Windmill Whirl 5K Race Friday night in Batavia. With the sound of music and carnival rides filling the air, about 150 people took to the Fox River Trail for one of the few nighttime races in the area. “It’s a nice race, and it’s put on well,” said Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia, who...


    Small fire in Barrington condo building

    Barrington officials said a small fire at a condominium complex Friday afternoon is still under investigation. No one was injured.

    Terrance Boyd

    Aurora gang member gets 9 years for gun possession

    An Aurora man — whom authorities have identified as a gang member — has been sent to prison for unlawfully possessing a handgun.Terrance D. Boyd, 21, of the 500 block of Spring Street, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon on June 11. On Thursday, Associate Judge Clint Hull sentenced Boyd to nine years in prison.

    A new Our Lady of Guadalupe statue will be dedicated Saturday morning at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. It is located across the street from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the campus of Maryville Academy.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe presence in Des Plaines grows

    Thousands of pilgrims already travel every year to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Now, those who want to express eternal devotion to her can secure a permanent resting place next to a 30-foot sculpture of the Patroness of the Americas across the street at All Saints Cemetery.

    Shadwick R. King

    $1.5 million bail set for Geneva man accused of murdering wife

    A 47-year-old Geneva man has been charged with the July 6 murder of his wife. Shadwick R. King was being held on $1.5 million bail for the death of Kathleen King, 32, whose body was found along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks the morning of July 6. King is accused of asphyxiating her and faces 20 to 60 years if convicted.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Sam Casas, 10, of Glen Ellyn gives the thumbs-up on a Hamster Roller water wheel during Glendale Heights Fest in Camera Park. Matthew Beach, 5, of Glen Ellyn sits down in the back of the roller.

    Summer festivals continue throughout DuPage

    Several communities are continuing their celebrations of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer this weekend in DuPage County. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening ...

    Joe Battle, right, director for the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, right, answers a reporter’s question Friday as acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson listens, during a visit to the center in Jackson, Miss. Gibson met with medical center staff and a number of veterans during the visit.

    Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets’ care

    More troubling for lawmakers are long-term costs. As currently designed, the legislation would relieve a big backlog of veterans awaiting appointments by letting them seek care outside the VA system, but that the expansion would expire after two years. Fiscal conservatives worried about swelling deficits fear lawmakers will yield to inevitable pressure from veterans to keep it.


    Former Maine West coach sues to get his job back

    A former Maine West soccer coach connected to a 2012 hazing scandal is suing Maine Township High School District 207 over his firing. Emilio Rodriguez has been formally dismissed by the school board twice, and his firing was upheld by an independent hearing officer. Now, he’s going to Cook County circuit court to appeal for his job.

    Elgin Fire Department officials said a Thursday blaze at a house on Prospect Boulevard was started by a painter’s heat gun.

    $100,000 damage to Elgin home

    A house in Elgin suffered $100,000 in damages Thursday after an uninsured painter started a fire with a heat gun while working on the exterior, officials said. No one was injured but the two-story house at 615 Prospect Blvd. was red-tagged, Elgin Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Michaels said.

    Money approved by the U.S. House this week is aimed at avoiding a stall of the environmental cleanup project at the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago.

    Roskam: Federal money could push Kerr-McGee cleanup forward

    The U.S. House has approved money to push forward on the decades-long pollution cleanup at the site of the former Kerr-McGee factory in West Chicago, but the project could stall if the federal government doesn’t follow through.

    Gloria Schweigerdt

    Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies

    Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the early 1950s. And when it came time for father-son Little League games, Gloria Schweigerdt took the field with...

    An ambulance enters the property of the Little Bohemia Lodge near Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin in response to a boating accident Thursday afternoon that left a 12-year-old Arlington Heights girl and her 11-year-old brother hospitalized with injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

    Arlington Heights siblings recovering from boating accident

    Two children from Arlington Heights are recovering at a northern Wisconsin hospital after being injured in a boating accident, authorities said. The 12-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother were on an inner tube being pulled by a ski boat Thursday afternoon when they struck the side of a pontoon boat.

    Jodie Hartman

    Lake Zurich projects at least $300,000 in interest savings from loan refinancing

    Lake Zurich taxpayers are expected to save at least $300,000 in interest payments through a proposed debt refinancing authorized by the village board. Finance Director Jodie Hartman said the village intends to reduce the interest payments on roughly $7.2 million in outstanding debt connected to a 2005 loan obtained through bond sales to investors. The money was used for capital improvements in a...


    Repaving work continues in Rosemont

    Road resurfacing work is underway in a multifamily residential area north of the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Crews are nearly complete with repaving a parking lot of a group of apartment buildings north of the Rosemont Recreation Center on Barry Street, said Mayor Brad Stephens.

    Jennifer Phillips, who is co-president along with her husband, Curt, of the group Admirers of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin, spearheaded a small grant program open to all historic homeowners in Elgin. Her family resides in a home built around 1916.

    Elgin group starts historic home grants

    An Elgin group has started a small grant program open to any homeowners who want to fix up their historic homes. The main requirements is that projects respect the historic integrity of their homes, said Jen Phillips, co-president of the group Admirers of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin, or Abode.

    A nearly full moon shines through girders Thursday above fans in the upper deck at Safeco Field late in a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins, in Seattle. The full moon of July 12 will be considered a “supermoon” because the Earth and the moon will be closer together than usual.

    Heads up! Supermoon coming Saturday

    NEW YORK — The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a “supermoon.”

    Workers of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., wearing protective gear, install an underground frozen wall during a feasibility test at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The company instructed plant workers on night duty along the coast Saturday to retreat to higher ground.

    Strong quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami

    A strong earthquake hit Japan’s northern coast near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake early Saturday triggered a small tsunami and prompted towns across the northern coast to issue evacuation advisories.

    Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner answers questions from reporters Friday in Springfield. He says Gov. Pat Quinn is hiding from questions on his anti-violence program.

    Rauner, Quinn trade accusations on transparency

    Allegations of concealing information and impeding transparency bubbled up in the Illinois governor’s race Friday as Republican Bruce Rauner accused Gov. Pat Quinn of hiding while federal officials investigate a 2010 anti-violence program and the Chicago Democrat’s campaign questioned Rauner’s financial dealings.


    Man trapped in Cook County jail feared death, attorney says

    A man who was trapped in a Cook County jail visiting room for about 30 hours last weekend tried yelling and kicking to get someone’s attention, then using a key to try to force a glass piece in a door out, his attorney said. None of that worked for 51-year-old Farad Polk, attorney Michael Richmond said, leaving Polk to wonder if he would be freed before he died.


    Man charged with robbing South Barrington seniors

    A Hickory Hills man was ordered held on $500,000 bond Friday after authorities say he stole jewelry from two South Barrington homes to which he gained entry after telling the owners their homes had electrical problems. Leo Ely, 55, could face up to 15 years if convicted.


    Will County jail video visits resuming after storm

    Video visitation equipment at the Will County jail in Joliet is being restored after a lightning strike disabled the system during the June 30 storm.


    Social service funds available:

    Applications for social service funds from Libertyville Township are available at the township office, 369 Merrill Court, Libertyville.


    Jazz taking center stage in Glen Ellyn

    Residents can sway to some sweet tones Saturday at the HYPERLINK "http://jazzinglenellyn.org/"Jazz in Glen Ellyn concert in the village’s downtown. The festival will run from 2 to 11 p.m. on Main Street, about a block away from the downtown Metra station. Admittance is free.

    Korleone L. Darby

    10 years for 3rd person in 2013 Aurora gang shooting

    A 20-year-old Aurora man became the third person sent to prison for his role in an April 13 gang shooting that injured one. Korleone L. Darby, of Aurora, pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting, in which a 16-year-old was hit three times in the leg.

    The DuPage Community Foundation plans to award Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 more than $190,000 for its music programs. The money will be used for instrument purchases and repairs, guest artist performances, field trips, recording and sound equipment, professional development and more.

    Foundation awards $182,000 in grants to District 200 music programs

    The DuPage Community Foundation awarded several music grants to Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 schools this week, totaling to nearly $182,000. The money will be used for instrument purchases and repairs, guest artist performances, field trips, recording and sound equipment, professional development and more.

    Prospect Heights police say the autopsy of a one-month-old girl found dead in a resident Thursday morning revealed no signs of trauma. Investigators are now awaiting toxicology results to help determine what caused the infant’s death.

    DCFS investigating parents of infant found dead

    The Department of Children and Family Services has launched an investigation into claims of abuse and neglect against the parents of a Prospect Heights infant found dead Thursday, a spokeswoman said. The autopsy of the 1-month-old girl showed no signs of trauma, authorities said. Police are now waiting on toxicology results to help determine what caused the death of Annabella Cochrane.


    Bartlett police looking for National Night Out block party hosts

    Bartlett police are searching for neighborhoods to host block parties during National Night Out, a popular three-day event in the village raising awareness of crime prevention. Police and firefighters will visit each neighborhood Saturday, Aug. 2, to pick the winners in a competition for best participation, theme and other categories.

    The bride and groom strike a pose.

    We need your help with wedding photo mystery

    Four wedding photos are at the heart of a little mystery an Arlington Heights couple picked up at the side of the road, and have now laid in the lap of the Daily Herald. Who is in these photos? How did they wind up on the street? And does the family want them back, or were they tossed on purpose?


    Group’s future in doubt:

    A nonprofit group that supports the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire will meet Wednesday to discuss its future, officials announced.


    Des Plaines could switch fleet to alternative fuels

    Des Plaines is hiring a consultant to examine the feasibility of converting the city’s fleet to alternative fuels and the possibility of constructing a fueling station in town. The city council voted 6-1 to authorize a $25,000 study by Columbia, Maryland-based Energetics, Inc.

    Nikki Limberis, left, of West Dundee and Mina Panas of Elgin work to plate some chicken during day one of Greek Fest Friday at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin. Both have been volunteering at the festival since it began 36 years ago.

    36th Greek Fest at St. Sophia’s

    The 36th annual Greek Fest opens to lots of hungry customers Friday at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin.

    Rodrigo Garcia

    Former Marine named Illinois veterans director

    A U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Rodrigo Garcia has served as assistant director since 2011.


    Bowhunters to go after Asian carp

    A tournament in the Peoria area this weekend will give people a chance to see who can catch the most Asian carp. But leave the fishing pole at home. Competitors will try to skewer the jumping fish with arrows.

    Road improvements continue along Route 173 at Tiffany Road in Antioch Friday. Installation of new signal lights at the intersection are part of the project.

    Antioch’s accident-prone Route 173 and Tiffany Road intersection adding stoplight, turn lanes

    An accident-prone intersection in Antioch is receiving much-needed attention with ongoing construction work that is adding turn lanes and a stoplight, village officials said. The project targets Route 173 and Tiffany Road. “It’s unfortunate that it has taken a lot of traffic accidents to make it happen,” Mayor Lawrenc Hanson said.


    NIU forms sex assault task force

    Northern Illinois University has formed a task force to implement White House recommendations on sexual assault prevention. There were 11 forcible sexual assaults at the DeKalb campus in 2012, up from six in 2011, according to university data.


    Gurnee police enforcement results:

    Gurnee police Friday announced results from a special enforcement campaign that coincided with the Fourth of July weekend.


    Gospelfest is Sunday:

    Gospelfest, Greenbelt Cultural Center’s annual celebration of gospel music, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Vincent R. Bianchi, 20, of Algonquin, was charged Friday with possession of a fraudulent driver’s license and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Araceli Garcia, 32, and Aida H. Rodriguez, 47, both of the 100 block of Walnut Street, St. Charles, were charged with retail theft at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a Batavia police report.

    State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat

    Moylan, Crespo giving up extra pay

    Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars. Democratic state Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Republican Rep. Don Moffitt are among those who plan to donate to charity the minimum $3,100 in additional money they’ll see in their paychecks this year.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    Kirk demands background checks on immigrant kids

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. According to Kirk, 429 unaccompanied minors are living in Chicago. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Friday called Kirk’s comments “shameful.”


    Mount Prospect bicyclist hit by truck

    A 52-year-old Mount Prospect woman was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries Friday after being struck by a truck while riding her bicycle at the corner of Northwest Highway and Main Street in Mount Prospect. The truck driver — a 44-year-old man from DeKalb — was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk

    The annual Winfield Criterium returns Saturday with a single day of bicycle races. The event begins at noon at Oakwood Park on the north side of the village.

    Criterium riders pedal into Winfield

    When you have an event that has packs of cyclists speeding down residential streets, how can you ramp up the excitement level? For the organizers of Saturday's Winfield Criterium, it involves taking a normally two-day event and consolidating it into a single day crammed with professional and amateur races.

    TD Roe concentrates as she shoots at targets during a recent competition at the Oak Park Sportsmen’s Club in Plainfield.

    Moving Picture: Lemont competitive shooter ranks among best in U.S.

    Competitive shooter TD Roe is in a league of her own. One of nine siblings, Roe started shooting in 2006 to spend time with her brothers. With a background in competitive sports, Roe applied her talents and training and now is a nationally-ranked United States Practical Shooting Association shooter. Roe also teaches firearms classes in East Dundee and Lombard.

    An Iraqi Shiite fighter chants slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State group during Friday prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines — the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north.

    Kurds take control of two oil fields

    Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground.

    Chicago upgrading to 4G in subways

    Chicago plans to upgrade wireless service to 4G in its subways and other underground transit facilities. Much of Chicago's commuter train network is elevated above street level, but more than 11 miles of the system is underground. The existing wireless service in those tunnels dates back to 2005, before the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, and cannot support modern wireless data needs.

    It’s going to be chilly next week. Not cold enough to shock us like we were when snow fell on May 16 in the suburbs, forecasters say. Richard Nowinski walks his two dogs Archie and Cartman in the snow along Terrace Drive in Algonquin Friday morning. “The dogs love it, but I don’t, not in May,” said Nowinski.

    Polar vortex next week? Not likely, but it’s going to be cold

    Dire predictions of the return of the dreaded polar vortex to the Chicago area next week might have been a bit exaggerated, but you can expect to feel cooler than normal temperatures. You can also expect severe storms to hit us tonight and tomorrow.

    Guardian newspaper editor Alan Rusbridger in London. The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had publicly distanced itself from doing the same against an American news organization.

    U.S. given heads up about newspaper data destruction

    The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had said it would be nearly unimaginable for the U.S. government to do the same to an American news organization.

    A Palestinian firefighter hoses a boat damaged by an missile strike at the port in Gaza City, Friday, July 11, 2014.

    More than 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

    he Palestinian death toll from Israel’s massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel — and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon. Gaza militants already have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel in the offensive. The Israeli military says it has hit more than 1,100 targets, mostly...

    Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the National Governors Association conference in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, July 11, 2014.

    Fall elections loom over governors’ meeting

    Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation’s governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications. The three-day gathering of the National Governors Association represents the group’s final meeting before many state leaders face voters in an election season that will decide the balance of power...

    Marchers held signs as they made their way to Department of Homeland Security offices, protesting immigration policies Thursday, July 10, 2014, in El Paso, Texas.

    Obama official says immigrant kids draining funds

    WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the border illegally without their parents, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...

    Leanna Harris, right, wife of Justin Ross Harris, the father of a toddler who died after police say he was left in a hot car for about seven hours, has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

    Wife in Ga. hot car death case hires own attorney

    The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself. Atlanta attorney Lawrence Zimmerman said he now represents Leanna Harris. Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of their son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris. The father told Cobb County police he left the...

    West Chicago’s Railroad Days parade will step off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Ingalton and Elmwood avenues. This year’s procession will have about 60 entries.

    Parade, carnival highlight West Chicago’s Railroad Days

    Wintertime daydreams about summer fun often include visions of carnivals, outdoor concerts, parades or fireworks. West Chicago’s Railroad Days celebration has it all. The festival at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St., features a carnival, beer garden and food vendors.


    Woman whose body found in Gary car trunk identified

    A woman whose body was found in a car trunk in Gary has been identified as a missing flight attendant.Lake County Deputy Coroner George Deliopoulos says 54-year-old DeCarol Deloney-Cain of Crown Point was positively identified through serial numbers on her breast implants.


    Californians accused of freeing Illinois minks

    Two activists from California freed 2,000 minks from cages on an Illinois farm and spray-painted the words “Liberation is Love” on the side of a barn, a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday in Chicago alleges. Tyler Lang, 25, and Kevin Johnson, 27, both of Los Angeles, also pulled down portions of fencing encircling the farm so the fleet-footed minks could escape the property...


    GOP wants to move ahead with anti-violence probe

    Republican members of a legislative panel probing Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program say they’ll continue with proceedings next week even after a U.S. Department of Justice request to hold off. State Rep. Ron Sandack sits on the Legislative Audit Commission. He says he wanted a more formal request instead of a verbal one.


    Illinois Supreme Court to appoint judge for vacancy
    Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis has announced an application process for filling a vacancy in the 7th Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County. Judge Anthony L. Burrell died on May 14 — creating the vacancy. Burrell had been a Cook County circuit judge since 2002. The state Constitution requires that vacancies are filled temporarily by Supreme Court appointment until the next...


    2 girls found after search of NE Indiana cornfield

    Two 4-year-old girls were found safe after they were missing inside a northeastern Indiana cornfield for more than two hours. The search for the cousins brought dozens of emergency workers and a helicopter to the field along U.S. 6 near the DeKalb County town of Waterloo on Thursday.


    Man revives 3-year-old who was face down in Indiana pool

    Authorities in central Indiana say a man revived his 3-year-old son after spotting the boy face down in an apartment complex pool. Columbus Fire Department Capt. Mike Wilson says the boy was conscious and alert after being revived on Thursday and was hospitalized in stable condition.


    Witness sought in Iowa deaths found in Wisconsin

    A man sought as a witness to the suspicious deaths of two elderly people in northwest Iowa has been found in Wisconsin.Authorities say 44-year-old Jonathan Neunaber was detained by police in La Crosse, Wisconsin, after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Thursday night. He was held on the Iowa warrant for a material witness.


    Missing kayakers found safe in Door County

    The woman and two boys who went missing while kayaking in Door County have been found safe about 12 hours after they were reported missing. The U.S. Coast Guard says the three were found in their kayaks about 14 miles from where they set out on Thursday afternoon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the 43-year-old woman and two 9-year-old boys out of their kayaks and into the chopper about 6...


    Longmeadow Parkway bridge project gets $20 million cheaper

    The cost to build the new Longmeadow toll bridge will drop by about $20 million thanks to some re-engineering of the project. Several changes were adopted to reduce the cost and long-term maintenance commitment. The overall cost is now projected to be about $135 million. That's less than the Stearns Road bridge, but there's also less state/federal funding to pay for Longmeadow, hence the toll is...

    Restoration work continues on the Joel Wiant House in West Chicago. The house, built around 1869 for local businessman Joel Wiant, had fallen into a state of severe disrepair.

    Group needs more time to restore historic West Chicago home

    Efforts to restore the historic Joel Wiant House in West Chicago were slowed recently when significant damage was discovered inside some walls. So the nonprofit group doing the restoration — the West Chicago Community Center — is planning to ask the city for another month to resolve a list of exterior building code violations. “We've come a long way,” David Sabathne, the...

    New Antioch Theater owner Tim Downey is trying to save the historic movie house. He's trying to raise $42,000 for renovations by July 31.

    Antioch Theatre owner: Fundraising needed to reopen

    Efforts to to save the historical Antioch Theatre may come down to the wire. New owner Tim Downey said he has to $42,000 for renovations before the July 31 deadline. “I own it, but I don't have the money to do the renovations,” he said. “I don't think that I established that sense of urgency within the community.”


    Dawn Patrol: Autopsy today on infant; West Chicago man not guilty

    Autopsy today on 1-month-old girl; West Chicago man acquitted of sexual assault; tollway warns of email scam targeting I-PASS users; vehicle missing for 20 years found in hospital pond; Farnham attorney requests time for possible plea negotiation; judge rules charges in Highland Park huffing case are constitutional; Sale, Rizzo get final All-Star Game spots; landmarks commission OKs Wrigley Field...

    The Downtown Naperville Alliance launched an outdoor public art project featuring decorated sculptures of snowmen to celebrate the winter holidays in 2012. The idea caught on and this year the Alliance will be sponsoring a similar display featuring miniature steam engines.

    Holiday train sculptures rolling into downtown Naperville

    Two years ago, it was decorated snowmen sculptures. Then, last year, gingerbread men invaded downtown Naperville for the winter holidays. Simple, ornate or even resembling Mayor George Pradel, the cookie sculptures were a hit and ensured the continuation of an outdoor public art display to attract even more holiday shoppers. This winter, trains will roll into town.

    Construction of Autumn Leaves, a 30,000-square-foot memory care facility, is underway on South Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. The $12 million facility is expected to open in 2015.

    Memory care facility under construction in Arlington Heights

    Construction is underway on Autumn Leaves, a new memory care facility in Arlington Heights that officials said will be open to patients by early 2015. Autumn Leaves specializes in housing for people living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. The Arlington Heights location will house about 50 residents when the 30,000-square-foot, $12 million building opens on Arlington Heights...

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Quinn and Rauner both just say no to legalized pot

    Could Illinois' two candidates for governor be tempted to follow Washington and Colorado and back legalized retail sales of marijuana -- and the tax money that could come with it? Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner find some common ground on the issue. Both, as the saying goes, just say no.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need for greater trust between allies, a position she has repeatedly voiced since reports last year when the National Security Agency eavesdropped on her cellphone.

    Germany kicks out top U.S. spy over espionage claims

    Germany on Thursday demanded Washington’s top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies. The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying.


    Blackhawks guest at Trickster Gallery Saturday

    The Trickster Art Gallery, located at 190 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, welcomes the Chicago Blackhawks to the opening of two new art exhibitions from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12 with an arts and live Native music celebration. A surprise guest from the Blackhawks will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m.

    A couple was engaged with the nature around them as they pass a marsh of reeds at Busse Woods.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 7.


    Fans whoop it up behind an ESPN reporter outside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland after NBA star LeBron James announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    What’s up with Cleveland being so forgiving?

    If Michael Jordan abandoned the Bulls after a few years to play for another team, would fans here have welcomed him back like Cleveland welcomed LeBron James back? Hopefully not.

    Corey Kluber allowed four runs in six innings, and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night.

    Noesi struggles again, White Sox can't hang on

    The White Sox had no problem taking leads over the Indians on Friday night. Holding on to them was a different story. Hector Noesi allowed a two-run homer to Nick Swisher in the fifth inning, completing Cleveland's third and final comeback in a 7-4 victory. "Every inning we'd get a little momentum, and they just kept taking it back," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura, whose team lost its third straight game. "Eventually, they kept on scoring. It was good to take those leads, but you've got to be able to hold them at some point."

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said draft pick Carlos Rodon will get to work developing his arm strength in Winston-Salem before any determination is made on where he’ll play next season. Rodon officially signed with the Sox on Friday.

    White Sox sign top draft pick Rodon

    Left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, a first-round pick (third overall) for the White Sox in the 2014 draft, has agreed to a minor-league contract with a $6.5 million signing bonus, team officials announced Friday.


    Sky fall to Mercury 72-66
    Diana Taurasi scored 19 points, DeWanna Bonner added 13 and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 72-66 Friday night for their ninth straight victory.

    Cubs players pile onto Justin Ruggiano, center, after Ruggiano hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves to earn a 5-4 victory.

    Cubs show some life with back-to-back wins

    After last week's trade of top pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Cubs will be hard-pressed for victories from now until the end of the season. However, they've shown over the past couple of days that their spirit remains intact, writes Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles.

    Knicks president and six-time Bulls champion coach Phil Jackson continues to do all he can to keep Carmelo Anthony in New York.

    Bulls might need an assist from Phil Jackson

    LeBron James made his decision Friday, but the wait continues for the Bulls and Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls appear to have built some momentum in their pursuit of Anthony, but need the help of Knicks president -- and former Bulls coach -- Phil Jackson to create their ideal scenario.


    Rizzo thankful for all-star vote help

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stopped by team offices Friday morning to thank employees for helping him get to the All-Star Game. Rizzo made it thanks to an online fan vote, which was heavily promoted by the Cubs. He'll join teammate Starlin Castro next Tuesday for the game at Minneapolis.

    Cedar Rapids native Zach Johnson is the co-leader after the second round of the John Deere Classic on Friday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

    Zach Johnson’s 67 earns share of JDC lead

    The John Deere Classic isn’t Zach Johnson’s personal showcase. It just seems that way at times. Johnson gained a share of the first-round lead after shooting a 63 on Thursday. He added a 67 in Friday’s second round to hit the midway point in the tourney in a tie for the lead with William McGirt.

    Chris Bosh said all along that he wanted to stay with the Miami Heat, and the departure of LeBron James did not lead to a change of heart. Bosh agreed Friday to a five-year contract worth about $118 million, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bosh had publicly announced the deal.

    Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

    Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami. Not even LeBron James' departure changed his mind. And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together. Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing Friday to a five-year contract that will be worth about $118 million, said two people familiar with the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had confirmed it publicly.

    Cubs pile onto Justin Ruggiano, center, after Ruggiano hit a game winning RBI single against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday. The Cubs won 5-4.

    Ruggiano single in 9th lifts Cubs over Braves

    Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Friday that sent the Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4. Arismendy Alcantara singled with two outs off Jordan Walden (0-1) and stole second. Ruggiano then got a hit that slipped past shortstop Andrelton Simmons to win it.

    A large electronic billboard in Cleveland welcomes back NBA basketball star LeBron James Friday, after he announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat.

    LeBron returns to Cleveland looking like a wiser man

    Four years after LeBron James severed ties and broke hearts in Cleveland, three words on his Instagram account and at Sports Illustrated signaled the return of the prodigal son to the Cavaliers. It seems much has changed since 2010, not the least of which is a public relations strategy that was wizened by the mistakes of that first “Decision” and, this time, got it right.

    Andrew Talansky of the U.S. crashes as the pack with stage winner Italy's Matteo Trentin, foreground left, sprints towards the finish line during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 234.5 kilometers (145.7 miles) with start in Epernay and finish in Nancy, France, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Italy’s Trentin wins 7th Tour leg in photo finish

    Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday’s seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.

    LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James tells Sports Illustrated, that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

    LeBron James wants to win at home in Ohio

    LeBron James’ latest decision is in: He’s returning to Cleveland. Ending a saga that had the NBA virtually at a standstill while he made up his mind, James told Sports Illustrated for a story published Friday that he’s decided to go home. His decision reverses the move he made when he left the Cavaliers for Miami four years ago, and a twist that would have seemed unfathomable after the venomous fallout when he joined the Heat.

    LeBron James, right, is leaving Miami to return home to play for Cleveland. Just like in 2010, Chicago and Derrick Rose were not part of LeBron’s plans.

    Will you blame Bulls’ Rose for LeBron’s decision?

    Interesting guy, LeBron James. He appears to be a pretty decent guy and is affected by how he’s viewed. There aren’t many athletes worth hundreds of millions -- or maybe even billions -- who care about their public persona.

    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Friday the organization will move ahead with renovation plans for Wrigley Field, but he did not offer a start date. Ricketts said he expects to continue to talk with rooftop owners who disagreed with the ruling by the city's Landmarks Commission to approve plans by the Cubs.

    Ricketts excited about moving forward on Wrigley

    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts met with reporters Friday at Wrigley Field and said he was excited to finally get moving on renovating the 100-year-old ballpark. One sticking point is a possible lawsuit by neighboring rooftop owners. Ricketts also expressed continued confidence in the baseball side of the organization.


    Kristufek's Arlington selections for July 12

    Joe Kristufek's selections for July 12 racing at Arlington International.

    Joe D’Amico, left, his brother Billy D’Amico, center, and their friend Josh Heckman, await the news of where LeBron James will play basketball next year under their LeBron James gear as they watch the fans and media gather in front of the home of LeBron James on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Bath Township, Ohio. The D’Amicos are neighbors of James.

    As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait

    When it comes to LeBron James, all that’s certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy. Miami or Cleveland? He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It’s obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he’s about to say will have a massive impact on the Heat and the Cavaliers.

    It’s also nice to know that Marian Hossa won’t be leaving the Blackhawks anytime soon, says Mike Spellman.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Toews, Kane nothing but the best

    Bottom line folks: it's a great time to be a Blackhawks fan.

    Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has rebuilt a franchise that was once rated the worst in all sports and made it one of the best today.

    No one gets it done like Rocky Wirtz

    The Chicago Blackhawks have proved with the right leadership, you can go from the worst franchise to the best in less than a decade.


    Weber-Stephen Products CEO Tom Koos, left, Weber-Stephen Products Executive Chairman Jim Stephen, Gov. Pat Quinn and Huntley Mayor Charles Sass join other executives Friday for photos at the ceremonial groundbreaking of a global distribution center for Weber-Stephen Products on Freeman Road in Huntley.

    Weber-Stephen breaks ground in Huntley; $4.2 million state incentive for new interchange

    Weber-Stephen Products LLC today breaks ground on its new global distribution center in Huntley, which is expected to add new jobs and consolidate distribution operations from four other states. The state agreed to provide a $4.2 million incentive package.


    House votes to make business tax break permanent

    Typically, when a business buys equipment or property, it can deduct the cost over a period of years, depending on how long the equipment is projected to last. The tax break allows businesses to write off a larger share of the cost in the first year, immediately reducing tax bills.

    Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., arrives Thursday for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

    CalPERS Chief Executive Officer Fred Buenrostro

    Ex-chief of huge pension guilty of taking bribes

    Federico Buenrostro Jr., the former chief executive of CalPERS, entered his plea in San Francisco federal court, and acknowledged receiving paper bags and a shoe box stuffed with $200,000 in cash along with casino chips and other benefits from Alfred Villalobos, a Lake Tahoe, California, investment manager who also served on the CalPERS board in the mid-90s.

    Associated Press/Jan. 4, 2010 An historic marker on Wall Street in New York. U.S. stocks ended the week a little lower.

    Stocks stabilize, but end down for the week

    As U.S. companies start to report second-quarter results, investors expect more growth in profits. Earnings for S&P 500 companies are forecast to climb by 6.4 percent. That rise is bigger than the 3.4 percent increase in the first quarter and 4.9 percent in the same period a year earlier, according to data from S&P Capital IQ.


    Company wants to turn vacant storefront in Island Lake into gambling parlor

    A company that runs video gambling operations throughout Illinois has its eye on Island Lake. Representatives of Laredo Hospitality spoke during Thursday’s village board meeting about opening a facility in a vacant storefront on Route 176 near Newport Court.

    Daily Herald auto columnist Matt Avery speaks during a combination car show/Daily Herald subscriber event recently at the Billy Goat at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect. Avery was named a silver medalist in the 2013 International Automotive Media Awards.

    Daily Herald column wins auto media award

    Matt Avery, writer of the Daily Herald's weekly Classic Recollections feature on collector cars and their suburban owners, was named a silver medalist in the 2013 International Automotive Media Awards.

    The Treasury Building in Washington. The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for June on Friday.

    Budget gap shrinks to narrowest since 2008

    The $365.9 billion shortfall from October through June compared with a $509.8 billion gap in the same period a year earlier, the Treasury Department said in a report today in Washington. Last month, the government posted a $70.5 billion surplus compared with a $116.5 billion excess a year earlier, the report also showed.


    Shire said to hold takeover talks with Abbvie in New York

    Shire Plc is negotiating with North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc. for a deal to combine the two drugmakers after the U.S. company raised its takeover offer to about $51.5 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. AbbVie Chief Executive Officer Richard Gonzalez met in New York with officials from Shire for the discussions, which are at an early stage, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing a private matter. The talks may not lead to an agreement, the people said.

    Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of television-over-the-Internet service Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. A

    Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback

    Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good.The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

    Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw on a prototype solar-panel parking area at their company’s business in Sandpoint, Idaho.

    Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

    The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.

    Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc., makers of Camel cigarettes, and Lorillard Inc. say they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies.

    Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

    Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. say they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies.The announcement Friday follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA.

    Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday. Rresident Barack Obama was to launch the initiative called SupplierPay.

    Obama asking companies to pay suppliers faster

    Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday. President Barack Obama was to launch an initiative called SupplierPay during a White House meeting with businesses, suppliers and the head of the Small Business Administration. Under the program, 26 companies have committed to pay small businesses they contract with for parts and services faster, or to help them access capital at lower costs, the White House said.

    Emirates passenger planes parked at their gates at Dubai Airport in United Arab Emirates. Now that he’s had a taste of running the world’s busiest air hub for international passengers, the airport’s CEO, Paul Griffiths, is determined to hang on to the honor while setting his sights on an even bigger prize: beating Atlanta for the title of busiest airport on the planet.

    Dubai airport soars in rankings of world’s busiest

    Now that he’s had a taste of running the world’s busiest air hub for international passengers, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths is determined to hang on to the honor while setting his sights on an even bigger prize: beating Atlanta for the title of busiest airport on the planet. Dubai International Airport has been creeping up the aviation traffic rankings for years, fueled largely by the rapid expansion of hometown champion Emirates and its younger sibling, low-cost carrier FlyDubai. Both airlines and the airport are owned by the emirate’s government.

Life & Entertainment

    Matt Bendik, the boyfriend of “Glee” star Becca Tobin, was found dead in a Philadelphia hotel room Thursday.

    ‘Glee’ star’s boyfriend dead in Philadelphia hotel

    Matt Bendik, the boyfriend of “Glee” star Becca Tobin, has been found dead in a Philadelphia hotel room. Police say they were called to the Hotel Monaco just after 1 p.m. Thursday and that a man was pronounced dead minutes later. There were no signs of foul play.

    Legendary guitarist Dick Dale, who invented the twangy “surf-guitar” sound, is making a stop in Palatine.

    Health issues don't keep surf-guitar king Dick Dale down

    When surf-guitar master Dick Dale, 77, performs onstage these days, he makes it look easy. It isn't. He plays guitar with the kind of passion seen in musicians half his age and younger. His current tour brings him to Durty Nellie's in Palatine on Wednesday, July 16. “I think I'll probably continue doing this till the day I die,” Dale said. "When my time comes, it will be in an explosion of music onstage.”

    Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the CBS anchor’s disputed report about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War. The film, titled “Truth,” will be adapted from the memoir “Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power” by CBS producer Mary Mapes. Cate Blanchett is signed on to play Mapes.

    Redford to play Rather in film about CBS fallout

    Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the former CBS anchor’s disputed report about President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War.

    Don Everly and Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers during a 1964 performance. The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall featuring surviving member Don Everly.

    Rock Hall planning Everly Brothers tribute show

    The Rock and Roll of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall.

    Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View,” whose couch is nearly empty with the on-air retirement of show creator Barbara Walters and impending departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.

    ABC says O’Donnell is back on ‘The View’

    Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act. ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season.

    Jay Z and Beyoncé perform on their “On The Run Tour” at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Beyoncé and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special that will feature the married couple on their “On the Run Tour” performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs, the network announced.

    Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z heading to HBO

    Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network. The music special will feature the married couple on their “On the Run Tour” performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs, the network announced. It will air in September.

    Country music star Garth Brooks, one of the last musicians to refuse put his music on iTunes, said he will make his songs available digitally though his own website.

    Brooks’ music coming to digital via his own site

    Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he’s doing it his own way. Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year.

    James Agena

    Top 15 gear up for next round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    The guest judge for the Top 15 round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Sunday at the Prairie Center in Schaumburg has a vested interest in who wins the competition. That's because it's Ron Onesti, whose Onesti Entertainment Corporation runs the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles -- where the winner will ultimately perform. “To truly be an entertainer, you've really got to give from deep inside,” said Onesti, expressing what he's hoping to see in the contestants during this round of competition.

    Pocketbooth Cost: 99 cents Ages: 4 and up Pocketbooth turns an iPad into a vintage photo booth. Your child can use the app to take fun photos with friends on a play date or even at a birthday party.

    Three photo apps for kids to enjoy

    Does your child love taking photos? Here are three iPad apps that will keep your child snapping photos all summer.

    Youth groups from The Orchard Church in Barrington participate in service trips so kids can experience serving others. In June, about 30 middle school students traveled to Minnesota where they worked with food pantries and did physical labor, among other services.

    Students explore faith, friendships in youth groups

    Whether parents are seeking to pass on their religious heritage to their children, or would simply like to provide opportunities for them to connect with other kids their age in a faith-based environment, youth groups can play a significant role in helping students build friendships, serve others and explore their faith. Here is a look at youth groups from two faiths.

    The tiny village of Undredal, population 63, nestled among the fjords of Norway.

    Touring ‘Frozen’ Norway with Adventures by Disney

    Rushing water and my 6-year-old daughter’s squeals of delight were all I could hear as we roared over the whitewater rapids of Norway’s Voss River. It’s been a week of non-stop fun with Adventures by Disney, which makes every corner of the globe accessible to adventurous travelers like me, parents who’ve now got kids along for the ride.

    Chris Bohjalian creates a literary descendant of Holden Caulfield in orphaned teen Emily Shepard in “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.”

    Bohjalian’s heroine a troubled teen escaping a nuclear meltdown

    Wiser than the adults around her yet convinced she’s a hopeless loser, Emily Shepard is a literary descendant of Holden Caulfield. Like J.D. Salinger’s famous teenage misfit, Emily relates her harrowing story of escape and survival from within the confines of a mental institution. But unlike Holden, the resourceful heroine of Chris Bohjalian’s “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” is on the run from a full-blown nuclear disaster.

    Kyle Taylor Parker will star in the first national tour of “Kinky Boots,” kicking off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4. The musical returns to Chicago next summer.

    ‘Kinky Boots’ star prepares for high-kicking tour

    Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man — but staying in 6-inch heels. The performer who has been in “Kinky Boots” since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter’s formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of “Kinky Boots,” which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

    The Lounge Devils host the revue “Variety-Ville” at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.

    Theater events: Lounge Devils, "Little Red" and a cancer fund-raiser

    Pheasant Run Resort hosts its second annual "For the Girls" fundraiser for Fox Valley Repertory and LivingWell Cancer Resource Center; the Chicago Kids Company brings its musical adaptation of "Little Red Riding Hood" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre; Stage Left Theatre and Theatre Seven of Chicago remount the dark comedy "Principal Principle" this week in Chicago area theater.


    It’s not hard to get creative with concrete

    Flooring choices include carpet, wood planks, tile, vinyl — but wait, there’s more! Concrete is underneath these covering materials, in some cases. You can get pretty creative with the concrete itself. You can stain it, paint it and stencil it, both indoors and out. Here are some basic instructions to prepare a plain concrete surface for your artistic creation.


    Home inspector advised buyers not to buy

    Q. The people who were buying our home canceled the deal on the advice of their home inspector. During the inspection, he found a crack in the foundation, which he blew entirely out of proportion.


    A tracker for housing-price trends

    Homebuyers, sellers, small investors and realty agents are about to get new tools that purport to show where local property values are headed: the first “house specific” monitors for consumers that can track price trends — and forecast them up to one year into the future — on 50 million single-family homes across the country.

    This home on the 2100 block of Bay Oaks Drive in Lakemoor is now on the market.

    Bay Oaks in neighborhood spotlight

    If you dream about living near the water, that dream can become a reality with a home in the Bay Oaks subdivision in Lakemoor. Residents enjoy nearby Lac Louette, Pistakee Lake and the Chain O’ Lakes.


    The parking lot of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates is the site of high-performance car racing on summer weekends, creating noise that is upsetting some neighbors.

    Editorial: The balancing act on local noise

    A Daily Herald editorial says local noise disputes can be solved only by compromise and a willingness for each side to listen to the other.

    E. Allan Englehardt

    Stop costly, unnecessary runway ideas at private airport

    Guest columnist Allan Englehardt: While pilots would love to see a longer runway at Chicago Executive Airport for safety, in this case, economically, it just does not make sense. The public will not stand for the spending that will be involved.


    Make city safer with ban on carrying guns
    A Winfield letter to the editor: With all the shooting that happened this past weekend in the city, those are innocent lives being killed. No one should be allowed to carry a gun. This will make the city safer and no one has to worry.


    Our nation was built by immigrants
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: To all of you protesting immigration reform, can we have a reality check? How many of you are Native American? I can see why you don’t want any more immigrants: The first group stole your country. To the rest of you, were you born here?


    Fake email incident is type of bullying
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: It’s a disturbing to read the stupidity of some people. Congressional candidate Susanne Atanus says she didn’t send a withdrawal email on June 5. I hope it wasn’t a Democrat sending fake emails since I usually vote that way and would have to identify with the coward who hid behind someone else’s name (please be Republican).


    Illinois ruling indeed related to pensions
    A Arlington Heights letter to the editor: This pension case demonstrates the abusive style of bully governance provided by King Madigan. The worst state government in America has no idea what 12 million Illinoisans want and need, no understanding of the law, and it refuses to see any connection to reality.


    Where is president’s help on city shootings?
    Barack Obama had a lot to say about the tragic death of Travon Martin. He weighed in on the racial expressions spoken by Donald Sterling.However, about the almost daily shootings on the South Side of Chicago, our president remains silent. Why?Barbara BraicoWest Dundee


    Authorities should enforce law on Wooster
    An Indian Creek letter to the editor: The Wooster Lake Conservation & Control Association Inc. has been sued in a Lake County Circuit Court, sued by certain Wooster Lake owners, for accusations of misrepresentation, fraud, and a long laundry list of violations of state law.


    A more sensible idea for Rt. 53
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: The evolving “Route 53 plan” is increasingly useless, unaffordable and illogical - no longer fulfilling it’s original or future promise.


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