Daily Archive : Monday July 14, 2014



    Bloomingdale foundation supports families fighting neuroblastoma

    Patricia Tallungan felt lost when her son, Nick, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She needed to know more about the rare cancer, more about what it would mean to her son, more about how it would change her family. After Nick died, she set out to become that resource for other families. Her Bloomingdale-based Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation hosts its annual Parent Education and Medical...


    Elgin man identified as pedestrian killed near Hoffman Estates

    Authorities today identified Gabriel Gutierrez-Gomez of Elgin as the pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle early Monday morning near Hoffman Estates. Gutierrez-Gomez, 27, of 100 block of Hilton Place, was walking along Golf Road between Rohrssen Road and Route 59 at 5 a.m. when he was struck by a westbound Nissan Versa, Cook County Sheriff’s police said.


    Prospect Heights hears from natural resource commission

    Prospect Heights City Council reacted favorably Monday to a request from the city's Natural Resources Commission.

    The Des Plaines oasis is on its way to oblivion.

    Des Plaines oasis demolition underway

    No, it's not a mirage. The Des Plaines Oasis is coming apart slowly. De-construction of the glass pavilion over the Jane Addams Tollway started recently and will continue into the fall. On I-90, temporary overnight lane closures will be needed for the removal of the pavilion windows, tollway spokesman Dan Rozek said


    St. Charles to set loose standards for chicken ownership

    St. Charles residents will continue to have free-range ability to raise chickens in the city, according to a new set of rules unveiled Monday night. “We're not going to go out and be the chicken police,” said Bob Vann, the city's building and code enforcement division manager. “We haven't had complaints. We believe the people who get into this really understand what they need to...

    It's been a decade since Wheaton first granted approval for the Courthouse Square development near Willow Avenue and Naperville Road. So far, 24 townhouses and one 50-unit condominium building have been constructed, and they the buildings are only partially occupied.

    Wheaton residents voice concerns with downtown housing plan

    Residents and city council members spoke their minds Monday in regards to a developer's decision to go back to the original plans for the Courthouse Square condominimums and town homes in downtown Wheaton. It's been 10 years since the city first granted approval for the luxury housing project, located near Willow Avenue and Naperville Road.


    Earlier start times suggested for Carol Stream Legion ballgames

    The American Legion Post 76 could get a little more flexibility on game times for baseball tournaments if recommendations from the Carol Stream plan commssion/zoning board of appeals are approved. The proposed changes, which include earlier start times and later ending times, would not apply to regular-season games and must be approved by the village board.

    A bolt of lightning strikes near the top of the Willis tower in downtown Chicago. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Cook, Will and DuPage counties until 6 p.m. today.

    ‘Polar’ air coming overnight, with low around 53

    With the chance of storms in the afternoon passing without real precipitation, the attention now turns to the “polar” air that will make for good sleeping weather without air-conditioning in the middle of July.

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, has been returned to regular Army duty. As of Monday he is assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. That is the same location where he has been decompressing from the effects of his lengthy captivity.

    Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty

    The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity.

    A right-wing Israeli wears a Star of David patch with the writing “Jew” in Hebrew, resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany as he is wrapped in an Israeli flag during a demonstration in Jerusalem Monday. The demonstrators chanted “Israel for the Jews” in support of the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas

    Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. The late-night offer by Egypt marked the first sign of a breakthrough in international efforts to end the conflict.

    Reggie Cortez

    Probation, home monitoring in 2013 downtown Elgin fight

    A 20-year-old from Elgin has pleaded guilty to his role in a 2013 knife and baseball bat fight in downtown Elgin, receiving two years of probation and 120 days of electronic home monitoring. Reggie Cortez could be resentenced to up to five years in prison if he gets in trouble again.


    Visitor trapped in Cook County jail files lawsuit

    A man who was trapped in a room at a Chicago jail for about 30 hours, during which he yelled and pounded on walls to get someone’s attention, filed a lawsuit Monday, citing his anguish at being locked up.

    In this June 12 photo, Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference accompanied by his running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti in Chicago. Democrats ripped Rauner Monday on new allegations a chain of long-term care homes owned by one of Rauner’s former companies has faced lawsuits and state inspections because of the death and mistreatment of residents. Meanwhile, Rauner blasted Gov. Pat Quinn for his failures in the black community.

    Quinn, Rauner campaigns trade barbs

    The candidates for Illinois governor hammered each other on Monday, with Republican Bruce Rauner saying that Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t delivered for African-Americans and the Quinn campaign suggesting Rauner profited from a business that provided substandard care to the developmentally disabled.

    Sean Stegall

    City manager staying in Elgin

    Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall withdrew his name from consideration for the position of city manager in Des Moines, Iowa, for which he interviewed last week.

    Francisco Ramos holds up a picture of his son, whose decomposed body was found in the Texas desert, as he waits for the arrival of his son’s body in Guatemala City last week.

    Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

    Two Texas lawmakers announced legislation Monday to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids from the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis.

    Leonardo Guerra, of Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods, holds a school lunch tray, featuring his company’s whole wheat tortillas, at the School Nutrition Association conference in Boston Monday.

    School officials try healthier cafeteria options

    Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has engaged in an unusually personal war of words over foreign policy with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, highlighting a broader divide within the GOP over international affairs.

    Perry-Paul launch foreign policy war of words

    Two leading Republicans have begun an unusually personal war of words over foreign policy, highlighting a broader divide within the GOP over international affairs in one of the first public clashes of the Republican Party’s presidential primary process. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday lashed out at his Republican colleague Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s weekend charge that Paul’s...

    Wyman “Clint” Carey of Pingree Grove bought the 25-foot-tall wooden sculpture known as “The Unknown Soldier,” which for the last 38 years has sat in front of Custom Furniture in St. Charles. The store is closing, and Carey plans to restore it and display it by his barn.

    Massive wooden soldier reassigned from St. Charles to Pingree Grove

    When Carolyn and Richard Pakan decided it was time to retire, one of their first thoughts was, “What to do with the Unknown Soldier?” As it turns out, the 25-foot-tall wood sculpture that has guarded their St. Charles furniture store since 1976 is moving to Pingree Grove.

    A tarp covers part of a Glen Ellyn apartment complex where water apparently caused portions of a ceiling to collapse.

    Glen Ellyn mom happy kids safe after ceiling collapse

    A Glen Ellyn mother says she’s thankful her children weren’t hurt early Sunday evening when part of her apartment’s ceiling collapsed. Makurai Sarki and her husband were preparing food in their kitchen when a portion of the ceiling fell in the sitting room. She has three children, but a neighbor who helped translate for Sarki on Monday said the youngsters weren’t home...

    Juan Tamayo

    Grayslake man charged in drive-by shooting

    A Grayslake gang member was charged with firing a gun Sunday night that sent a bullet flying through a van and into a vacant Round Lake Beach business, officials said.


    Closing one of three schools is an option in District 76 building study

    Mundelein-based Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 is seeking public interest in a visioning committee to create an overall building plan for its three schools to provide an "optimum learning environment." Closing Fairhaven School is a possibility.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Brazilian national Maria Mackmillan snaps a photo from Gore Overlook on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park outside Estes Park, Colo. Two fatal lightning strikes on consecutive days in July 2014 pinpoint dangers not always apparent to visitors to the 11,000-foot exposed high country of Rocky Mountain National Park. Afternoon storms visible miles away arrive overhead suddenly.

    Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike

    Justin Teilhet doesn’t remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and scrapes on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious.

    Trudy Wakeman

    Lake in the Hills seeks new parks director

    Lake in the Hills is seeking a new parks and recreation director with current director Trudy Wakeman retiring Aug. 31. Wakeman, of Lake in the Hills, has worked for the village 16 years. Under Wakeman’s watch, the village’s parks and recreation department has grown from a few ball fields and courts to roughly 100 acres of athletic fields. “She started off as our first...


    Fox Valley police reports
    • Someone broke a window on a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on the 38W400 block of McDonald Road near South Elgin between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff’s report. Damage was estimated at $300.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone tried to break into a storage garage on the 1300 block of Mitchell Road near Aurora between 10 p.m. July 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s report. About $1,000 damage was caused to the garage’s door.


    Rolling Meadows starts talking about street improvements

    The Rolling Meadows City Council will begin discussions on how to fund improvements of the city’s streets when aldermen meet as a committee of the whole Tuesday. Among the topics will be the possible elimination of vehicle sticker fees.


    Palatine village hall renovations puts some recycling on hold

    Palatine will suspend several of its recycling programs starting Aug. 1 because of the upcoming renovations to village hall. The village will no longer accept batteries, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lighting and plastic bags during the $12.7 million renovation.


    Edward seeking advisory committee members

    Edward Hospital is seeking new members to fill openings on its Patient/Family Advisory Committee, which is made up of Edward patients, family members of Edward patients and Edward employees. The committee’s goal is to incorporate the perspective of patients and families into the evaluation and design of Edward processes, services, environment, equipment and patient communication.


    Antioch Senior Center scholarship:

    The Antioch Senior Center has awarded six, $1,000 college scholarships in the name of two longtime members of the senior center, Dolly Spiering and Florence Brown.

    Waukegan police Officer Jason J. Mueller

    Waukegan police officer killed in off-duty crash in Gurnee

    A Waukegan police officer died from head injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle, off-duty crash in Gurnee, authorities said. Officer Jason J. Mueller, 27, of Grayslake, died after the wreck early Saturday. Mueller was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Although Officer Mueller was with the (Waukegan police) for less than a year, he will be greatly missed,”...


    Kids Yard Sale:

    The Waukegan Park District hosts a Kids Yard Sale on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.


    Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville:

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts the third Car Fun on 21 show of the season from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16.


    Summer book drive:

    The Vernon Hills Park District’s Summer of Service day camp for students in grades 5-8 is hosting a book drive through July 21.


    Roselle man charged with child pornography

    Bond was set at $10,000 for a suburban man charged with child pornography. Wojciech Florczykowski, 39, was arrested July 7, following an investigation initiated three years ago after he was fired from his Wheeling company for poor job performance. That investigation led to the discovery of child pornography on his work computer, authorities said.

    Kendrick Augillard

    Imprisoned Zion man tries to withdraw plea deal for 2012 standoff in Gurnee

    Kendrick Augillard filed a petition to withdraw his plea of guilty in Lake County court Monday, claiming he was given bad advice by his attorney. Augillard had pleaded guilty to home invasion and cruelty to animals for breaking in to a Gurnee home and shooting at people inside. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison in May.


    “Stand By Me” Aug. 12 part of Elk Grove Theatre’s classics series

    The Elk Grove Theatre continues its second Tuesday of the month Critic’s Classics Series with “screenings of Stand By Me” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12. The series is co-sponsored by the Chicago Film Critics Association, and critic David Fowlie will introduce both screenings.

    Clay Anderson, 4, of Big Rock, center, shows Happy the pig in the Class C Crossbred category at last year’s Kane County Fair.

    Kane County Fair opens Wednesday in St. Charles

    Visitors come to the 146th annual Kane County Fair for a variety of reasons. For 17-year-old Emily Studt, of Elgin, the Kane County Fair is a chance to demonstrate all the hard work she has put into her 4-H projects over the past year. “We work hard year-round, but for the kids in 4-H, the fair is the biggest part of our entire year,” she said.


    Schaumburg police arrest pair outside Woodfield on drug charges

    Schaumburg police arrested a Lake County man and a downstate resident on felony drug charges Saturday after authorities say they were caught smoking marijuana outside the Woodfield Mall. Daniel S. Mason, 25, of Volo, faces charges of unlawful delivery of cannabis, and Christopher M. Rossiter, 19, of Marseilles, is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis following the arrests.


    Torah Academy on the move in Buffalo Grove

    The Buffalo Grove village board has cleared the way for the Torah Academy to operate in what school leaders hope is a permanent home at 720 Armstrong Drive. Village trustees approved a special-use permit allowing the Hebrew elementary school to move into the property that is in an area zoned for industrial uses.

    Former President George W. Bush, an avid mountain biker, has had his left knee partially replaced, seven weeks after having the same procedure on his right knee.

    Ex-President George W. Bush has 2nd knee surgery

    Former President George W. Bush has had his left knee partially replaced — seven weeks after having the same procedure on his right knee. Bush spokesman Freddy Ford says the procedure on Bush’s left knee took place Saturday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.


    Meet the latest group of Northwest suburban Merit scholars
    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has released the names of about 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, including many from Illinois. Here are the Northwest suburban winners.


    West Chicago man sentenced in 2012 sexual assault

    A West Chicago man was sentenced to prison Monday in the 2012 rape of an 11-year-old girl with whom he shared a home. Juan Hernandez, 18, of the 400 block of Church Street in West Chicago, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated criminal sexual assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping eight other related charges.


    Two injured in separate I-88 crashes near Lisle, Lombard

    Two crashes injured two people and shut down multiple lanes on eastbound I-88 Monday afternoon near Lisle and Lombard, authorities said.


    Teens to be charged after Elgin car chase, detective injured

    Two teenagers are expected to be charged later Monday after an Elgin police detective sustained an injury to his arm while attempting to arrest one of them, police said. The 18-year-old male from Chicago and 19-year-old female from Elgin were arrested Sunday night after a car chase ended when they struck a light pole near Route 31 and Sundown Road in South Elgin, Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley...

    A Seniors Polo Tournament will take place Sunday, July 20, in Batavia.

    Polo tournament fundraiser set for Sunday in Batavia

    Many people do not know there is a polo field in Batavia, on Bliss Road, just south of Main Street. This weekend, Blackberry Polo Field will host a Seniors Tournament that doubles as a fundraiser for local arts organizations.

    Barbeque & More, an Indian/Pakistani restaurant, prepares each meal fresh to order. It is at 2719 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin.

    Barbeque & More offers a taste of Pakistan in Algonquin

    After moving to Algonquin from Pakistan, Shakil Hussain noticed that if he wanted to get some of the tastes from home when dining out, he had to head all the way into Schaumburg. So, he decided to open his own restaurant closer to his Fox Valley home featuring food from Pakistan, as well as Indian, Mediterranean and Asian food.

    Round Lake Middle School teacher Javier Diaz isn’t short on enthusiasm when conducting his choir students.

    Round Lake Middle School teacher’s enthusiasm helps grow choir program

    Round Lake Middle School music teacher Javier Diaz’s enthusiasm for choir has filtered to the pupils there. Since he was hired for the 2010-11 academic year, Diaz has taken the program from eight to about 90 students. There also are two choir classes part of the daily curriculum rather than a single after-school group. “I think the kids feed off my passion for the music,” said...

    Director Peter Buckley helps Fr. Bill Zavaski with his makeup before dress rehearsal for “Oliver!”

    ‘Oliver!’ opens Thursday at St. James in Arlington Hts.

    A high-emergy version of the musical, "Oliver!" opens July 17 at St. James Theatre Productions in Arlington Hts. The show is directed by Peter Buckley, who played the role of Oliver more than 40 years ago, was Fagin 20 years ago and played Mr. Brownlow in the national touring production. “I guess you could say I’ve hit for the cycle,” Buckley said.

    Gems from the ocean include pearls and sometimes diamonds. This white gold ring sparkles with diamonds, a Tahitian black pearl and a white cultured pearl, designed by Sam Chau, accredited jewelry professional.

    Pearls are sought-after gems from the ocean

    Have any gems been found in the ocean?” asked a young Cook Memorial Public Library patron while attending “Tween” Science Explorers at the Libertyville library.

    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake officials keep promise to reduce legal bills

    In office now for more than a year, Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich and his allies are keeping a campaign promise by holding the line on the village's legal bills. “We did tighten our belts here a little bit,” Amrich said. “We've been able to do a lot of things in-house.”


    Streamwood backs property tax breaks for local manufacturers

    Three Streamwood manufacturers are urging Cook County to extend their property tax breaks for another 12 years. The breaks, backed by Streamwood village officials, would cut the businesses' property taxes in half over the next decade, then offer smaller breaks the following two years.

    Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren’t life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids, and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, an associate professor and dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital, where the boy was treated.

    Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Got an unexplained rash? You might want to check out your iPad. That’s according to a case report released Monday in Pediatrics. It’s about an 11-year-old boy who developed a body rash that turned out to be a nickel allergy caused by his iPad.

    National Guard soldiers search around the wreckage of United Flight 232 25 years ago. The crash pointed out the danger of babies riding unrestrained on parents laps in planes, but rules for flying with babies haven't changed.

    No action 25 years after crash showed risk to 'lap babies' on planes

    When United Flight 232 was about to crash land in Sioux City, Iowa, parents of four lap-held babies had to place them wrapped in blankets on the floor. That was the best the FAA could do in 1989, and today the safety requirements for babies are still substandard, safety advocates say. "It's a glaring gap," former NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said.

    June 30, 1995 photo, U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.

    Funeral set for ex-US Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois

    Hundreds of people gathered at a visitation in southern Illinois to remember former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon.Dixon died on July 6 at his home in Fairview Heights. He was 86. His visitation was Sunday evening in Belleville and his funeral is scheduled for Monday at Lindenwood University. A private burial for family and close friends will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.


    Illinois woman dies in Indiana lake boat accident

    An Indiana conservation officer says an Illinois woman has died after a boating accident on Lake Shafer in northern Indiana. Officer Matt Tholen says 43-year-old Anne Wittstock of Burbank, Illinois, was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following the accident Saturday.


    Notre Dame to receive Bible of pioneer priest

    The University of Notre Dame has acquired a Bible once owned by the first Roman Catholic priest ordained in the United States who built a log chapel on land that is now the school’s campus. A delegation from the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky, is scheduled to be on campus Monday to deliver the Bible of the Rev. Stephen Badin.


    Wisconsin police search for man who abandoned bagged puppy
    Oshkosh police are searching for a man seen leaving a puppy behind a truck stop trash bin.The two-week old puppy was found July 10 in a black plastic bag at the Planeview Truck Stop. Police say a man is seen in surveillance video walking behind the trash bin with a dark object and leaving empty-handed.

    22-year-old Katelyn Winter at her home Hebron. Winter has suffered from uncontrolled seizures almost daily since she was 15. She recently raised over $12,000 through an online fundraising campaign to purchase a trained seizure response dog.

    Seizure response dog helps Hebron woman

    Katelyn Winter is in the middle of a sentence about her grandpa - about how he, too, had epilepsy - when some unknown word starting with the letter “I” is cut off. There’s something firing off in her brain.It’s small. Winter doesn’t lose consciousness or convulse this time. But, as her mother quickly explains, Winter, 22, has just had the latest in a life of...


    Kenosha cleans up damage from powerful wind
    Kenosha continues to recover from winds that reached up to 100 mph over the weekend, ripping up trees and knocking out power. Yards are littered with broken trees and branches felled by the straight line winds. Ann Bailey tells WISN-TV she heard debris flying around, saw trees twisting and thought it was a tornado.


    Gov. Quinn calls late congressman Ken Gray a ‘gentleman’
    Gov. Pat Quinn calls late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray a “gentleman and statesman.” Gray died late Saturday at a hospital in Herrin in southern Illinois at age 89 after a long illness. He represented Illinois in Congress for 12 terms and was known for his flamboyant style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his district earned him the nickname the “Prince of...


    Illinois attorney general to address alleged scams

    Illinois’ attorney general plans to announce legal action against what her office says are new student loan debt scams. A statement from Lisa Madigan’s office says she’ll provide details on Monday about planned lawsuits. The statement provided few details. But it did say one target was a company based in Chicago.


    Dawn Patrol: 5 charged in shooting; top 15 perform in talent contest

    Five charged with shooting gun outside Hanover Park home; Glen Ellyn roof collapse leaves apartment uninhabitable; Fox BBQ competition heats up in St. Charles; top 15 perform in Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition; why the Bulls failed to hit the Melo jackpot; Cubs showing cracks in the Wood; another tough loss for White Sox

    Jeff Miller of Schaumburg is a United flight 232 survivor. He talks in his office about what he experienced that day and how he thinks about it everyday but suffers from no post-tramatic occurrences.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend

    Flight 232 survivors share their stories with the Daily Herald’s Marni Pyke. Batavia wife and mother competes in swimming competition after being at death’s door. The mystery over a group of wedding photos found Memorial Day weekend along a an Arlington Heights road has been solved. A Geneva man is in the Kane County jail facing charges he killed his wife last weekend.

    Rena Tamayo-Calabrese of Naperville starts today as the new Naper Settlement president and CEO. She says she looks forward to building on the museum's ability to tell Naperville's story as a microcosm of American history.

    New leader to 'build on the vision' of Naper Settlement

    Telling the story of America through the lens of Naperville is the task Naperville lawyer Rena Tamayo-Calabrese will find herself attacking come Monday morning on her first day as Naper Settlement President and CEO. “It's not just a great story about Naperville or how Naperville settled or what Mr. Naper did. It's truly about what's at the heart of being an American,” said...

    A U.S. veteran with post-traumatic stress sits in a segregated holding pen at the Cook County jail after he was arrested on a narcotics charge in Chicago.

    Jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

    The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff’s website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it’s 54 percent. But inside the razor wire framing the 96-acre compound, the faces and voices of the newly arrested confirm its accidental role as Chicago’s...

    Andrea Deleon, 11, of Buffalo Grove, relaxes on a tire swing at her grandparent’s Mundelein home as she plays a game on her iPad.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features people packing food for starving children, a dog jumping contest, and a variety of summer festival fun.


    Court upholds forfeiture of 8 horses in Crystal Lake abuse case

    An appellate court recently upheld the seizure and forfeiture of eight horses from a Crystal Lake woman accused of abusing and neglecting the animals. Jamie Koy, 40, of the 6100 block of Hillside Drive, Crystal Lake, had argued that the Humane Care for Animals Act under which the horses were seized is unconstitutional.


    Adam Clendening (5) shown here playing for Boston University in 2012, has put in his time at Rockford, last season setting an IceHogs' franchise record for assists by a defenseman (47), ranking second among all AHL defensemen with 59 points and being named to the 2013-14 AHL first all-star team. He is hoping to see action with the Hawks this season.

    Blackhawks defenseman Clendening ready, willing and able

    Mention the next Blackhawks defenseman destined to come up through the ranks and find a spot with the big club, and the one name that always pops up is that of Adam Clendening. “Personally, yeah, I do (think I'm ready),” Clendening said at Hawks' Prospect Camp. “I've played two years in the American League and that time there has really helped me; worked on my defensive side of the puck and got to play against the other team's best players for two years and some of those guys are now playing in the NHL."

    The lack of awards given out in Cuba explains why Jose Abreu looks “kind of cold” when receiving them in the U.S.

    A look back at first half’s memorable Sox quotes

    The White Sox pulled into the all-star break tied for last place in the AL Central with a 45-51 record. Beat writer Scot Gregor reviews the first half with notable quotes from Sox players and staff.


    Snappers stun Cougars

    Coverage of Kane County Cougars baseball:One out from another victory, the Kane County Cougars gave up a 2-run homer to Tyler Marincov in the ninth inning and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Beloit Snappers in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Monday.

    The White Sox wouldn’t be in playoff contention even if Arizona’s Addison Reed was still the team’s closer, says Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner.

    Rebuilding White Sox not in Tigers’ league

    Even if the White Sox’ bullpen were good, or Addison Reed were still here getting it done, how much different would 2014 be for the Sox? It would feel better, sure, but the Sox would still be chasing the Tigers.

    American League’s Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, holds the trophy after winning the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Cespedes defeated National League’s Todd Frazier, of the Cincinnati Reds, in the finals.

    Cespedes wins HR derby again

    MINNEAPOLIS — Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night.Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999.With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round. Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night.Athletics third base coach Mike Gallego again pitched to Cespedes, who went deep 32 times in last year’s derby at Citi Field in New York. Gallego’s arm looked nearly out of gas by the final round, which started after 10:30 p.m. local time.Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista, and Frazier surprisingly beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the semifinals.Bautista and Stanton each earned a bye to the semifinals under the new bracketed format, which gave each player seven outs and pitted the survivors from each side in the final round. Bautista went deep 10 times in the first round, keeping the fans in the second deck above left field on their toes, and Stanton hit six.That was all, though.After a long wait for his next turn, Stanton put up a zero in the semifinals and let Frazier advance with only one.Oh, but Stanton’s six were beauties. One landed in the third deck above left field, about a half-dozen rows shy of the very top of the ballpark. Another reached the second deck above the center field batter’s eye, a place never touched by a ball during an actual game here. Stanton has been credited with three of the 15 longest home runs in the majors this year, including the second-farthest at 484 feet.Bautista, the AL captain, has 11 home runs in 14 regular-season games here, the most by any visiting player. That’s only one less than Twins cornerstone Joe Mauer, who has played 284 career games at Target Field. Cespedes, who beat Athletics teammate Josh Donaldson in a tiebreaker after each finished with three in the first round, breezed by Baltimore’s Adam Jones in the second round. Frazier topped NL captain Troy Tulowitzki on the other side.Colorado’s Justin Morneau, the fan favorite after 10-plus years and four All-Star games for the host Twins, was eliminated in the first round.Morneau returned to his roots, and so did the event itself, considering the inaugural contest was held at the Metrodome before the 1985 All-Star game. Admission then was a mere $2, slightly less than the $200-and-up price tags on the derby these days. The original form was actually a 1960s-era television show, featuring sluggers like Harmon Killebrew of the Twins.Delayed 54 minutes by light rain on an unseasonably cool night — even for Minnesota — with a start-time temperature of 59 degrees, the contest began with a rainbow protruding from the clouds beyond left-center field that framed this limestone-encased ballpark that opened in 2010.Frazier went first, and while he went deep twice, he didn’t quite reach the rainbow. Neither did Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, the smallest of the participants who had the backing of the crowd with chants of his last name during his two-homer round.“Even my brother he said he got chills,” said Dozier, one of seven first-time participants. His brother, Clay, was his pitcher.

    Edwin Jackson is 13-28 as a Cub since signing a four-year contract last season.

    Some good, but a lot of bad for Cubs

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria is nothing if not positive every day, win or lose. The Cubs did more losing than winning before the all-star break. Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles breaks down the good and the bad as Major League Baseball takes its break.

    The British Open Golf trophy the “Claret Jug” is displayed by the clubhouse at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. The British Open golf championship begins on Thursday.

    Mickelson confident — at least about links golf

    Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors. Lefty was in good spirits Monday at the British Open, except for having to return the claret jug.

    Brazil’s Maxwell, left, and Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt go for a header Saturday during the World Cup third-place soccer match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil disappointed on the field, but exceeded expectations off it.

    Brazil’s upside-down Cup: Bad on field, good off

    For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. Brazilians lost at what they were certain they would win — soccer — and won where so many expected failure — organization. “The whole world thought the Cup would be full of problems — and it was a success,” said Eliane Cantanhede, a Brazilian political commentator.

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, left, and St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start Tuesday night’s all-star game.

    Hernandez to face Wainwright in all-star game

    Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s all-star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League. Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and three complete games in 19 starts.

    New Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen led the Canadian women’s national team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Hawks add Dineen to Quenneville’s staff

    The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach, team officials announced Monday. Dineen and Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville were teammates from 1984 to 1990 when they played for the Hartford Whalers.

    Veteran Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis, flanked by technical director Brian Bliss, left, and head coach Frank Yallop, right, has signed to play for the Chicago Fire.

    Romanian midfielder joins Chicago Fire

    Veteran Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis, 31, has signed with the Chicago Fire, team officials announced Monday. “Razvan is an experienced, well-traveled central midfielder,” said Fire head coach Frank Yallop, whose team has struggled to a 3-10-4 record and sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. “He brings a wealth of international experience and will be a great addition as we enter the second half of the season.”


    Mike North video: Chicago baseball all stars
    Mike North is pleasantly surprised the Cubs and White Sox have a total of five players making the all-star team this year.

    Keeping Jeff Samardzija would have kept the Cubs competitive this year, but trading him along with Jason Hammel means the North Siders are one step closer to being a yearly playoff contender, according to Len Kasper.

    Cubs’ trade stings a bit, but it was the right move

    Now that the shock of the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal has worn off, Cubs Insider Len Kasper don’t think there should be much question about what the Cubs did and why they did it. Trading Samardzija was inevitable so why wait until next year when you are more likely to be in buy mode?


    Schaumburg village trustees are weighing a measure that would allow the installation of two 400-square-foot LED display signs at the Streets of Woodfield. Some officials have expressed concerns about the signs distracting drivers, and whether it would set a precedent for similar signs elsewhere in the village.

    Schaumburg wary of LED signs at Streets of Woodfield

    Updates to the appearance of Schaumburg’s Streets of Woodfield shopping center are likely on their way this year, but village trustees still need more convincing about two specific aspects of the planned changes. Though they voted 5-0 Tuesday to recommend approval of most of the center’s hoped-for improvements, trustees want to do more research on requests for two 400-square-foot LED signs on the north side of the parking garage as well as the increased number of ground signs for individual stores.

    Citigroup Inc., the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, agreed to pay $7 billion in fines and consumer relief to resolve government claims that it misled investors about the quality of mortgage-backed bonds sold before the 2008 financial crisis.

    Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

    Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

    From left, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff gestures to then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma, as they gather for a group photo after a BRICS leaders’ meeting at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sept. 5, 2013.

    Emerging nations plan their own World Bank, IMF

    Fed up with U.S. dominance of the global financial system, five emerging market powers this week will launch their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —the so-called BRICS countries — are seeking “alternatives to the existing world order,” said Harold Trinkunas, director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

    Saad Rehmani

    Glen Ellyn entrepreneur forsakes tech’s nomadic life

    Kukec's People features Saad Rehmani of Glen Ellyn who forgoes his father's world travels to stay here in the area. But he recently left innovative Redbox and has settled at Kapow.

    Stocks finished sharply higher Monday, as the market rebounded off its worst weekly performance in three months. Investors cheered better-than-expected earnings from Citigroup and the latest batch of corporate acquisition news.

    Stocks move higher on earnings, acquisition news

    Stocks shook off last week’s doldrums and finished sharply higher Monday, driven by a round of corporate deal news and strong earnings from Citigroup. Investors cheered AECOM Technology’s $4 billion acquisition of engineering and construction services company URS Corp., sending URS’ stock up 11.6 percent and AECOM 8.6 percent.

    Walgreen Co., which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy,” is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. These deals, called inversions, have raised concerns among some U.S. lawmakers over the potential for lost tax revenue.

    Walgreen, others look overseas for tax bill relief

    A growing number of U.S. companies, including Chicago suburban-based companies Walgreen, Abbott Labs and Abbvie, are looking to trim their tax bills by combining operations with foreign businesses in a trend that may eventually cost the federal government billions of dollars in revenue.

    The Muellers eat dinner in the home they live in as home managers for Showhomes in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Showhomes’ “home managers” are an elite crew of middle-class nomads tasked with keeping the luxury homes they live in immaculate to the point of not looking lived-in at all. It is, as company executives called it, “a very different, very difficult life.”

    ‘Human props’ stay in luxury homes to help sales

    When the Mueller family sits for dinner, the leftover broccoli and crepes are already wrapped in plastic, the kitchen is beyond spotless, and the rest of the home is so tucked-away tidy it looks like they just moved in. In a way, they have: Every inch of furnishing, every little trinket and votive candle, sits precisely as designers placed it five months ago. That would make them the most perfect suburban ideal, except for one catch.

    This July 6, 2013 photo shows smoke rising from railway cars carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes and behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.

    Public, industry weigh in on oil train safety

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries have been trying to shape the rules to their advantage in a series of meetings with the White House and PHMSA.

    Drugmakers AbbVie, of North Chicago, and Shire are in detailed talks about a possible combination after AbbVie once again raised the deal price and gave Shire shareholders a bigger stake in the new company.

    AbbVie, Shire enter detailed talks on combination

    Drugmakers AbbVie, of North Chicago, and Shire are in detailed talks about a possible combination after AbbVie once again raised the deal price and gave Shire shareholders a bigger stake in the new company. Shire says AbbVie is now offering a cash-stock combination valued at 53.20 British pounds ($91.10) for each share of Shire, which is headquartered on the British island of Jersey.

    The generic drugmaker Mylan is buying Liberty Township’s Abbott Laboratories’ generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.

    Mylan to buy Abbott business line in $5.3B deal
    The generic drugmaker Mylan is buying Liberty Township’s Abbott Laboratories’ generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion. Mylan says the deal will diversify and expand its business outside the U.S. The combined company will be organized in the Netherlands and headquartered in Pittsburgh, which help reduce tax expenses.

    The Lowe’s store in Schaumburg closed in 2011, leaving the village with just one hardware store. Despite their best efforts, economic development officials in Schaumburg, as well as neighboring Hoffman Estates, have been unable to persuade another hardware store operator to move into their towns.

    Why Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates struggle to land hardware stores

    With their combined population of more than 125,000 and central location in the Northwest suburbs, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates have attracted a variety of auto dealerships, high-end stores and restaurants, and the headquarters of major corporations like Sears and Motorola. But both are currently begging for even one neighborhood hardware store to serve their residents.


    Nobody said owning a business would be easy

    Decisions are difficult.• Will putting time and money into a social media campaign really grow the business?• Fire Mike? His family needs the income and he was recommended by an employee, but Mike can’t get a handle on his duties. How much damage will he do if I keep him on?• We need more space, but that’s more overhead. Will we be that much more efficient?• An offer to buy the business came out of the blue. What should I do? Accept? Seek other potential buyers? Talk to a lawyer?There’s no doubt that decisions can be tough, but neither is there any doubt that business owners must make them — everyday.“Step back,” suggests Gail Sussman-Miller. “Look at the big picture. Look at how the decision fits your business’ mission — and your personal mission.“If money were no object, what would you really want to do?”A conversation with Sussman-Miller, chief obstacle buster at Inspired Choice, Chicago, is at least interesting and potentially downright helpful. She won’t make your decisions, but she offers some interesting thoughts on how to approach the process.“Most people have trouble asking for help (in the decision-making process),” Sussman-Miller says. In fact, she adds, “Not asking for help is a small business weakness. Our ego gets in the way. We don’t want to appear stupid.” But, she asks with a nod to TV’s Dr. Phil, “How is what you’re doin’ working for ya?”Pause for a moment: That’s a key question.The fear of making the wrong decision can be paralyzing, but keep in mind, Sussman-Miller says, that doing nothing is a decision. “A decision to not act is one of the choices,” she states.An option, Sussman-Miller says, is to ask for help — from a mentor, specialist in your industry or professional adviser. Another is to detach. “Don’t personalize the issue,” she says. “Detach. Put on a white lab coat, pick up a clipboard and pen, and observe your behavior. Remember another time when you had to make a decision.“The mind will always over think an issue. Disconnect your mind. Find some silence to quiet your mind and sort out any emotions that are present.“Take five deep breaths. Inhale through the nose, then exhale through the mouth. That stops the chatter. That calms us, gets us centered.”Even the most uncertain decision-maker has strengths, Sussman-Miller says. “Remember the times when you did something courageous.” Sussman-Miller, who admits to a fear of heights, walked San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, which at mid-span is about 270 feet above the water.You may not have a trek across a bridge to fall back on when one of those difficult decisions must be made, but Sussman-Miller’s point is valid: if you’ve done something difficult before, call upon that experience to help you make the business decision you’re facing today.• Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com. 2014 Kendall Communications Inc.

    Courtesy of Dream Big Toy Company A swimmer doll and book made by Dream Big Toy Company.

    Founder of Glen Ellyn toy company dreams big
    We talk to the owner of a line of plush, sports-themed dolls called Go! Go! Sports Girls. The dolls are made to empower girls to be active, promote healthy life skills, and encourage creative play through sport.

Life & Entertainment

    Carlos Mencia performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Weekend picks: See Carlos Mencia in Schaumburg

    Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. The all-female Serendipity Band performs in a Fridays on the Green Concert in front of Mount Prospect Village Hall. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

    Schaumburg native Natalie Bounassar dreamed of a Broadway career, but switched to behind-the-scenes work.

    Schaumburg native swaps Broadway dream for behind-the-scenes career

    Schaumburg native Natalie Bounassar, 23, starts her job as a production secretary on Lee Daniels’ new 2015 Fox network drama series “Empire.” She has been an associate talent booker at ABC 7’s “Windy City Live,” a post-production assistant at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, and writes a blog called “Entry Level Escapades,” an advice column for young people just entering the work force.

    Archie in his final moments of life in the comic book, “Life with Archie,” issue 37. Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend.

    Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

    Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. Andrews’ death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

    Simon Cowell’s talent competition series “America’s Got Talent,” was renewed by NBC on Sunday, July 13, 2014 for a 10th season.

    Simon Cowell on a business, personal roll

    Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. “America’s Got Talent” reigns as summer’s top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. He placed a good-sized bet on Germany to win the World Cup. And, to top it all off, he’s reveling in first-time fatherhood with his infant son.


    Members of extended Jackson family to appear in reality show

    Members of Michael Jackson’s extended family are stepping out of what they call “the Jackson bubble” for a reality show. The six-episode show, debuting Nov. 18 on Reelz, focuses on Alejandra Jackson, the ex-wife of Michael’s brother Jermaine, and her five children.


    ‘South Park’ catalog finds a new home on Hulu

    Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for the full run of Comedy Central’s bad-boy animated series, “South Park” — all 244-and-counting episodes. New episodes will continue to also appear on Comedy Central’s website as well as the website of South Park Studios.

    Kim Monti teaches a Silver Sneakers class at the Kroehler Family YMCA in Naperville.

    Silver Sneakers helps keep seniors fit physically and mentally

    George Burns once quipped, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” Increasingly, health experts are discovering what George knew — our attitude toward the aging process makes all the difference in the world. Preventive care is an important part of the YMCA's Silver Sneakers program. Instead of just relying on medicine as people age, the program helps improve seniors' physical, mental and spiritual health.

    Robert Rodriguez speaks onstage during the “Matodor” segment of the El Rey Network 2014 Summer TCA on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Robert Rodriguez unveils ‘Matador’ spy thriller

    The premiere of the new spy thriller “Matador” has a shocking moment early in the hour. It involves a human head and a sharp object. And it perfectly reflects the rawboned sensibility of Robert Rodriguez, whose network, El Rey, begins airing “Matador” Tuesday at 8 p.m. But don’t blame Rodriguez, even though he directed the episode.

    Actress Glenn Close has been honored by the Maine International Film Festival. Close called the Mid-Life Achievement Award, a moose statuette, she received Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Waterville as “the best award I’ve ever received.”

    Maine film festival honors Glenn Close

    Six-time Oscar nominated actress Glenn Close has been honored by the Maine International Film Festival. Close called the Mid-Life Achievement Award — a moose statuette— she received Sunday night in Waterville “the best award I’ve ever received.”

    Jenni “JWoww” Farley gave birth to her first child. MTV officials say Meilani Alexandra Mathews —­ who weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces ­­—­ was born at 12:49 p.m. Sunday. The child’s father is Farley’s fiance, Roger Mathews.

    JWoww of ‘Jersey Shore’ welcomes daughter Meilani

    JWoww from “Jersey Shore” is a mom. MTV officials say Jenni Farley welcomed her first child, daughter Meilani Alexandra Mathews, early Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

    Will new technology make fillings for cavities a thing of the past?

    Had your fill of fillings? An electrical device may be just as good

    There may come a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self-heal” lesions, or cavities, without drilling.

    Josh Weil recently released “The Great Glass Sea.”

    Modern Russian fable superbly drawn

    Twin brothers Yarik and Dima were virtual lookalikes as boys growing up in rural Russia. As they grew up, they became opposites. This tale, told by Josh Weil in his captivating first novel, “The Great Glass Sea,” is a kind of sweeping historical fable. It is set in a fictional Russia in a future time, but it encompasses the former land of struggling Communist workers and apparatchiks and more recent billionaires full of “loot-fueled dreams.”

    Original co-stars of the Fox television series “Beverly Hills, 90210” actresses Tori Spelling, left, and Jennie Garth are glad they’ve reunited for the ABC Family series “Mystery Girls,” which airs on Wednesdays.

    Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth truly enjoying ‘Mystery Girls’

    Tori Spelling can crack Jennie Garth up. When thinking of an upcoming scene from their new ABC Family sitcom, “Mystery Girls,” now airing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Garth giggles at the memory of Spelling going for it, making a funny face and using a strange voice. “I feel safe doing some, like, goofy, crazy face and voice because it’s my friend. I know she’s gonna be there to support my efforts,” explained Spelling.

    Excessive drinking contributed to one in 10 deaths of working-age adults, according to a recent study.

    Your health: Heavy drinking causes early deaths
    One in 10 deaths of working-age adults every year is attributable to “excessive alcohol consumption,” according to a report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a finding that keeps booze as “a leading cause of premature mortality nationwide.”


    Natural supplements may improve prostate health

    One of the most common diseases in older men is an enlarged prostate. It is rare in men under 40; however, by 60 almost 50 percent of men will have an enlarged prostate. That figure jumps to 80 percent in men over 80 years. The use of dietary supplements may be a good first step to address symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

    Participants take a unique weekly class for people age 60 and older called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps.

    Daredevil seniors: All ages can learn ‘parkour’

    On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of her classmates are over 60. They are members of a unique weekly class for seniors in a sport more commonly known for gravity-defying jumps than helping people with arthritis.


    Exercise therapy helps those needing pulmonary rehab

    Q: My doctor has recommended pulmonary rehabilitation for my COPD. What will this involve?

    Jason Silva, right, guides viewers through experiments designed to show how the brain perceives things like motion, space or time on “Brain Games” on the National Geographic Channel.

    ‘Brain Games’ leads own genre at Nat Geo Channel

    Given that David Rees has written a book on how to sharpen a pencil, he seems the perfect choice to host a new National Geographic Channel series that elevates mundane activities into the subject of deep investigation. Rees’ “Going Deep” over the next two months will tell more than you ever thought you could know about digging a hole, tying a shoe, making ice cubes, etc. The series debuts at 9 p.m. Monday following a new episode of “Brain Games.”

    “Barricade,” from the movie “Transformers,” a 2005 Ford Mustang Saleen S281.

    2005 Ford Mustang Saleen transforms into Barricade

    Michael Stragand of Plainfield is no stranger to Mustangs. He’s owned nearly a dozen versions of Ford’s darling sports coupe. In fact, he drove out to Virginia when he learned that a 2005 Saleen version from the movie "Transformers" was available. “I caught wind of it being for sale in 2013,” Stragand said. “On a whim, I decided to go for it.”

    Former “The Bachelor” winner Courtney Robertson recently wrote the book “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.”

    Former ‘Bachelor’ winner writes of finding love

    When Courtney Robertson appeared on ABC’s dating competition series “The Bachelor” in 2012, she was quickly elevated to villain status. Many viewers — and her fellow contestants — believed the 30-year-old model was catty, mean to the other women and couldn’t be trusted. In the end, Robertson won winemaker Ben Flajnik’s heart and a marriage proposal. They later split up. She’s now sharing her story in “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.”

    While its critics often dismiss heavy metal from bands like Motorhead as too hard, it turns out the genre can actually be hazardous to your health. German doctors say they treated a man whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, but they say the risk to fans is so small they shouldn’t give up their rhythmic ways.

    Headbanging caused brain bleed in Motorhead fan

    It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain. At least in some rare cases. German doctors say they have treated a Motorhead fan whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, but that the risk to metal fans in general is so small they don’t need to give up the shaking.


    What to do when a friend’s child has behavioral issues

    I can’t bear to be around my friend's child. He is impulsive, defiant, has been outright malicious toward my son, and in one instance caused him physical harm. I still value her friendship, however, I can’t handle the stress of being around her son. What should I do?



    Train vibrations are wrecking home
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I have lived on Wildberry Lane in Bartlett for 13 years, and during that time the increase in trains on the track in my backyard has made it impossible for me to sleep at all. The trains have been getting faster and longer, and the vibration is like a 4.0 earthquake.


    TIF districts, favors hurt local taxpayers
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Shame on the Arlington Heights village board for moving forward with a new TIF district in the Hickory-Kensington area. Congratulations to the well-connected developers who will be the only winners in this game. My apologies to the Heller Lumber family and all of the hardworking small business owners in the targeted area.


    Charter school would address at-risk kids’ needs
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: U-46 is refusing to accept a charter school that addresses the district’s major problems of math, science and love of learning. Students who are infused with a love of learning will not become truants and drop out of high school. U-46 just can’t see the forest for the trees!


    Lottery continues to affect the poor most
    A letter to the editor: After reading the June 30 article, “Suburbs see steep lottery sales growth,” I was curious to see how the increase in sales in the suburbs compared with the lottery sales in other parts of the state. I discovered that eight of the top lottery sales areas had Chicago ZIP codes, where the unemployment rate was between 13.6 percent and 28.6 percent. The per capita income was less than $20,000 in six of those areas, and around $30,000 in the other two. Yet, in each ZIP code, between $20 million and $30 million a year was spent on Illinois lottery tickets!


    No guarantee of added casino income
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Weaker demand coupled with an oversupply of casinos has led to “a fundamental downward shift” in the gambling industry.


    Enrollment increase justifies new building
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Recently the Daily Herald published a letter from a College of DuPage board member who questioned the approval of a new classroom facility on the Glen Ellyn campus. It is important that your readers have an accurate representation of the facts related to this board action, which passed by a margin of 6-1.


    Proposal would encourage retirement savings
    A letter to the editor: We need a retirement system that works for every resident of Illinois. Our state is facing a looming crisis. More than 2.5 million people are working today without access to a retirement savings plan at work. Research shows that we are 15 times likelier to save for retirement if we can do so using a payroll deduction. Without employer-sponsored savings plans, too many will be solely reliant on Social Security.


    Where is the coverage of this situation?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There has virtually been little reporting in the Daily Herald of the growing flood of illegals walking right into our country from Guatemala, Honduras and other central American countries. There is chaos on the Texas border, with various governmental agencies scrambling to feed, house and medically care for thousands of unaccompanied children, teens and adults streaming into our country.


    Obama’s lax policies created this crisis
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: We have a major humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Many would call it an invasion. Unaccompanied alien children who have crossed the border in violation of our laws are being processed by HHS, and now President Obama is asking Congress to invest $2 billion dollars for more in-processing facilities for these illegal immigrants. This crisis has been precipitated by Obama administration policies and by not enforcing border security laws.


    Obama’s visit was just politics
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Re: Your July 10 headline ”Obama urges border action / He visits Texas to address wave of children coming” Who are you kidding?


    Let’s dial back on all that candy-tossing
    Letter to the editor: Mary Kay Arndt wishes the Arlington Heights parade would focus less on candy and more on veterans and patriotism.


    Advocates needed to help autism cause
    Letter to the editor: Autism Speaks is looking for people willing to advocate for legislation and awareness benefitting families, says Mike Baker.


    Arlington Hts. TIF is a death sentence
    Letter to the editor: Writer Karen Linn says the Hickory-Kensington TIF approved by the Arlington Heights village board last week shows the board isn't interested in preserving small businesses here.


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