Daily Archive : Friday July 18, 2014


    Alexis Simmons

    Illinois Bar Foundation names NIU Law graduate among first fellowship recipients

    The Illinois Bar Foundation has awarded one of its inaugural Post Graduate Legal Fellowships to Alexis Simmons, a 2014 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law.

    The sun rises over Lake Zurich in the summer.

    8 things to do while it's 80 degrees and perfect this weekend

    We've had record colds. Record snow. Record fog. Record rains. Not to mention a faux polar vortex threat last week. To help us soak up a slice of meteorological awesomeness this weekend, here are 8 things our editors suggest we can do.

    Crystal Lake Elementary District 47’s Corey Holmer recently became a Google certified teacher and trainer.

    Dist. 47 educator becomes ‘Google Certified’

    Crystal Lake School District 47’s technology integration specialist Corey Holmer recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia, with a prestigious badge of honor as both a Google certified teacher and trainer.


    Road closures, other restrictions during Algonquin Founders’ Days

    As a result of the Founders’ Days activities in July, there will be numerous detours and delays while traveling through Algonquin during July 24-27. At certain times, the major streets of Algonquin will either be closed or impassable.

    Justin Habana, 17, of Elgin reads, “Dawn,” by Elie Wiesel while he simultaneously dances at the Teen Writers and Artists Project’s T-WAAP Sock Hop dance marathon Friday at The Quad/Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. The nonprofit organization held the event to raise funds to keep the organization running and create more events.

    Teen Writers & Artists Project holds dance-a-thon in St. Charles

    The Teen Writers and Artists Project, a nonprofit organization, hosted a dance marathon Friday at The Quad/Charlestowne Mall to raise funds to keep the organization running and create more events.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter

    Naperville firefighters are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that caused extensive damage Friday to an Ogden Avenue restaurant. No injuries were reported in the blaze that was first spotted around 2:15 a.m.

    Tears, hugs and prayers after fire ravages Naperville’s Grandma Sally’s

    For 20 years, Naperville residents Susan and Bill Kazmierski have enjoyed pancakes and omelettes at the original Grandma Sally’s Family Restaurant in Naperville. On Friday morning, Susan stood near the fire-ravaged restaurant’s east entrance on Ogden Avenue and shed a tear. “It’s really sad. They’ve been here so long and they’ve been a part of so many of...

    The Emerald Society Pipes & Drums are headliners again this year at the festival.

    Irish Fest: A weekend of nonstop music, dance, food, drink

    Irish Fest is back July 25-26 for the 15th year in Arlington Heights, will all the music, dancing, food, shopping and crafts you've come to expect.

    Mark Farina and his son Louis, right, tour the bomber.

    WWII-era aircraft land at Wheeling airport

    Fitting for the "glamour queen" of WWII-era bombers, the B-17 Liberator pulled up to a crowd of camera-toting onlookers at a Wheeling airport Friday. Then, came the B-24 Liberator, where veterans like Joseph Houska lingered for the rare visit. "I'm speechless," the 92-year-old said.

    Jason Mueller

    Coroner: Waukegan cop’s blood-alcohol was 0.282 in fatal crash

    The Lake County coroner’s office says a Waukegan police officer killed in a crash last weekend had a blood-alcohol level more than 3½ times the legal limit, the Waukegan News-Sun reports. Deputy Chief Coroner Orlando Portillo says 27-year-old Jason Mueller had a blood-alcohol level of 0.282 after the single-car crash about 2:30 a.m. July 12.

    Police investigate the scene of a car and motorcycle crash Friday morning at the intersection of routes 72 and 31 in West Dundee.

    Witness praised for possibly saving man’s life in West Dundee crash

    A quick-thinking Jiffy Lube employee might have saved the life of a Pingree Grove man who suffered a severe leg injury after a crash Friday morning in West Dundee, officials said. Zeljko Ivelic was injured in the crash at routes 31 and 72. “What I knew I needed to do was stop the bleeding,” he said. “I asked another guy (nearby) for a belt, put it on his leg and tightened it...

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the U.S. to file a wrongful-death suit against Russia after this week’s plane crash in Ukraine.

    Kirk: ‘Russia should pay a significant cost’ over plane crash

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Friday urged aggressive action by the U.S. against Russia after the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine. The U.S. should bring “one hell of a wrongful-death suit against Russian assets that are located in the United States to make sure there’s a significant cost paid by Russia,” the Highland Park Republican said on CNN.


    Student registration continues in Dist. 59

    New student registration continues through July 24 at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 administration center, officials said. Parents may register their children Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    A for-profit company in New York has offered $23 million to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines. The deal is contingent on state approval.

    Company offers $23 million for Maryville hospital in Des Plaines

    A New York-based for-profit behavioral health care firm is offering $23 million to purchase the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital in Des Plaines. “Maryville (hospital) is kind of an interesting place in that it seems to have a lot of potential,” said Richard Kresch, who runs 2014 Health LLC. He's planning to find more clients for the money-losing hospital to make it profitable.

    A policeman inspects the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane Friday near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine.

    What we know, and don’t, 1 day after Ukraine crash

    BRUSSELS — One day after the crash of a Malaysian jetliner carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine, here’s what is known, and what has been claimed: ———THE CAUSE

    The backup during rush hour at the intersection of Route 72 and Big Timber can be as much as a mile long, according to Pingree Grove residents. Right now, there is only a four-way stop sign. IDOT is planning to put a stoplight there, but the project has been delayed. Residents say that’s unacceptable and have started lobbying with local elected official to push IDOT.

    Pingree Grove residents want light at Route 72

    Residents of Pingree Grove are frustrated with traffic backups along Route 72 at Big Timber Road outside the village limits, and have mounted an email campaign to push for a traffic light. Earlier this week, Pingree Grove Trustee Bernie Thomas encouraged residents of the Cambridge Lakes subdivisions off Route 72, west of the intersection, to email state Sen. Karen McConnaughay. The intersection...

    Suzanne E. Rostek

    Probation for 1 of 3 in Kane presciption drug scheme

    A 35-year-old South Elgin woman was sentenced to 30 months of probation after admitting Friday to possession of blank prescription forms, a felony. Suzanne E. Rostek was one of three arrested in October 2013 in a scheme to illegally obtain prescription drugs. The cases against the other two people are pending.

    Eduardo Mateos

    Hoffman Estates man sentenced to 3 years for abusing girl

    A Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty Friday to sexually abusing a teenage girl in 201e. In exchange for his guilty plea, Eduardo Mateos was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, court records show.

    Bernice Coleman

    Seven charged in Naperville drug bust

    Seven people have been charged with felony drug conspiracy and sales following a four-month investigation into an alleged drug ring operating out of a Naperville apartment complex. The group was arrested Thursday and appeared in bond court Friday morning.

    Congressman Randy Hultgren faced off with local military veterans groups and benefits providers at his Geneva district office on Friday. Hultgren had pointed questions about a backlog in benefits claims for Tona Vela, veterans service center manager of the Chicago Regional Benefits office of Veterans Affairs.

    Hultgren holds meeting on reducing backlog of veteran claims

    Congressman Randy Hultgren sorted through gripes with various veterans groups about the quality of services they receive through the government Friday. Chief among the complaints is an average three year waiting time to work through the appeals process when benefits are denied. One interesting proposal involved a process that defaults in favor of the veteran if the appeal isn't handled in a...

    Supporters of Utah’s same-sex marriage ban gather at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City, to stand up for “traditional marriage” a day after a federal appeals court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the law. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on June 25 that Utah must allow gay couples to marry.

    Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

    Nancy Leong, a law professor at the University of Denver, said the ruling does not force clerks in Boulder or Pueblo counties to stop issuing licenses. “The court can only do what the plaintiffs ask them, and these plaintiffs only asked them to stay Denver/Adams,” she said.

    Jason Patt

    Police lodge endorses challenger Patt in Lake County sheriff election

    A fraternal order of police lodge that says its membership includes Lake County Sheriff’s personnel and Sheriff Mark Curran, has endorsed his Democratic challenger, Jason Patt, on the November election ballot. Curran says the group doesn't include a majority of sheriff's officers.

    Chris Argianas, 80, of Woodridge drives a single to the outfield during a Naperville Men’s Senior Softball League game at Gartner Park.

    Moving Picture: 80-year-old softball player going strong

    Chris Argianas of Woodridge has some pop in his bat and good hands around first base. Oh, yeah: He’s 80 years old. "At my age," he says, "every day you are out here playing ball is a good day."


    Arlington Hts. neighborhood on the alert after burglaries

    A string of home burglaries in the Scarsdale Estates neighborhood have led Arlington Heights police to organize a community meeting next month to talk with residents and offer tips for keeping their homes safe.

    Franco Benedicto

    Six charged in Aurora reverse-prostitution sting

    Six men have been charged after Aurora police said they solicited an undercover officer for sex. Aurora Police Special Operations Group investigators conducted the reverse prostitution sting Thursday afternoon. All six were charged with solicitation of a sexual act after offering the officer money in exchange for sexual services, police said.


    New director for Lombard’s Plum Library

    A new director has been chosen to lead the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library District in Lombard. The library’s board of trustees selected Barbara Kruser to take over the position on Aug. 18, after longtime director Robert Harris retires. Kruser has spent her entire career at the Niles Library, where she was hired as a reference librarian in 1989.


    School board meets Monday:

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will meet Monday to approve a budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1.


    Car wash in Mundelein:

    Mundelein High School’s show choir will hold a car wash Saturday at the CVS Pharmacy on the corner of routes 60 and 176.


    SHS finance group meets:

    The Stevenson High School District 125 board’s finance committee will meet Monday to discuss the budget and financial projections.


    Libertyville dessert walk:

    In celebration of MainStreet Libertyville’s 25th Anniversary the organization will host its inaugural MainSweet Dessert Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, in downtown Libertyville from 1 to 4 p.m.

    An Illinois state fire marshal’s report says the Feb. 9 fire that began in the basement of Sakura Japanese Restaurant in downtown Mount Prospect was caused by the ignition of ordinary combustibles, but does not call it arson.

    Downtown Mt. Prospect fire not labeled arson so far, chief says

    Though an Illinois State Fire Marshal’s report classifies a February fire that destroyed a prominent building in downtown Mount Prospect as “incendiary in nature,” Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said neither the terms “arson” nor “suspicious” have yet been applied to the ongoing investigation of the blaze.


    Glen Ellyn Park District may pursue indoor aquatic center

    Glen Ellyn Park District is “strongly considering” asking residents to support plans for an indoor aquatic center that could cost between $11.9 million and $12.9 million. Park officials said they’re working toward placing a referendum question on the November ballot. Plans call for the proposed aquatic center to be attached to the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center at 800 St.

    Kevin Echevarria of Elgin discusses his team’s proposal to create the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School during a June 23 public hearing before the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board. Echevarria is a local business owner and U-46 graduate.

    Charter group appeals to U-46 to approve Elgin school

    The Elgin Charter School Initiative will make a final push Monday to convince the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board to accept its charter proposal. Representatives of the charter design team and the group’s supporters will be at Monday night’s school board meeting for the official vote on the proposal. U-46’s charter school evaluation committee last month...


    Districts U-46, 300 collect school supplies for needy students

    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 will be collecting donations of backpacks and basic school supplies Saturday at the Wal-Mart in Elgin and Algonquin for students in need.

    The Metra board could be facing a budget shortfall next year.

    Metra board to ask, should we raise fares in 2015?

    A possible shortfall in Metra’s 2015 budget means fare increases are one possibility the agency’s board could consider in the next few months, although officials stressed it’s still early in the process. Metra’s 2014 budget was $728 million and estimates for 2015 indicate spending could grow by $49 million or so.

    Category 5 women cyclers make their way onto Sheridan Road in downtown Waukegan during the inaugural Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium on Friday.

    Cyclists race along Waukegan streets in first criterium event

    The streets of downtown Waukegan were transformed into a Tour de France-type raceway as the inaugural Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium took place Friday. “The City of Waukegan was ready to embrace this race,” race co-coordinator Tom Schuler said.


    College of DuPage may cut tuition rates

    Tuition rates will drop at the College of DuPage starting with the spring 2015 term under a proposal announced Thursday by President Robert Breuder. Breuder is recommending cutting tuition by $2 per credit hour, saving students who take 15 credit hours $30 a semester. The college’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the proposal Aug. 25.

    Erin Johannesen

    New member appointed to Arlington Hts. school board

    Arlington Hts. resident Erin Johannesen is the newest member of the District 25 school board. She was sworn in Thursday night to the seat held by Phil Crusius until he died last month.

    Two Clearbrook buses collided Friday morning at Kirchoff and Hicks roads in Rolling Meadows. Police are investigating.

    3 Clearbrook staffers hurt in rollover bus crash in Rolling Meadows

    Three Clearbook staff members were injured when two buses crashed into one another at Kirchoff and Hicks roads in Rolling Meadows on Friday morning. One bus was overturned and the other was up on the curb, but no clients from the Arlington Heights-based non profit, which provides services for adults and children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, were injured in the crash.

    Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the Justice Department in Washington. Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes would be eligible for early release under a proposal being considered Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population.

    Panel supports early release for drug felons

    Though sentencing guidelines are advisory rather than mandatory, judges still rely heavily on them in deciding on prison sentences. The guidelines recommend sentences that factor in the types and quantities of the drugs. The commission in April voted to lower recommended sentences across all drug types, meaning, for instance, that a cocaine package of a given size would now be linked to a shorter...

    Smoke rises Friday after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. Israel intensified its 11-day campaign against Hamas by sending in tanks and troops late Thursday after becoming increasingly exasperated with unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza on its cities.

    Israel expands ground operation

    In a fresh effort to broker a truce, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was to leave Saturday for the Middle East to help mediate the Gaza conflict.

    Italy’s former Premier Silvio Berlusconi waves Friday as he leaves the ‘Sacra Famiglia’ institute in Cesano Boscone, Italy. An Italian appeals court has acquitted the former premier in a sex-for-hire case.

    Italian court acquits Berlusconi in sex case

    The acquittal was announced just as Berlusconi was leaving a facility for Alzheimer’s patients where he is performing community service for a separate conviction on a tax fraud charge. That is the only case finalized against Berlusconi, who has faced dozens of trials, mostly for his business dealings.

    Grasshoppers are part of the group of long-legged insects called orthoptera, who make music by rubbing wings and legs together. Many are heard making loud music at night.

    Summer twilight: an enchanting time

    The long, hot day melts in the dimming light. Faintly, the evening star appears in the sky. Animals begin to shift in the shadows. It’s twilight. It’s summer. And summer twilight is an enchanting time.

    The U.S.S. Saratoga aircraft carrier is guided into Pier One of Coddington Cove in Middletown, R.I., by tugs after a five-day journey from the Philadelphia Naval Yard.

    Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure

    Naval Station Newport contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the nest was discovered in the spring. Their experts said the falcons should be done rearing their offspring by mid-August, and recommended waiting until then to move the ship.

    Crab fisherman Frank McFarland, left, holds up a rare blue-colored red king crab he caught in his commercial crabbing pots as Frank Kavairlook Jr., right, looks on in Nome, Alaska. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

    Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska

    The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the Norton Sound Seafood center to have their photos taken with it.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Island Lake officials are investigating the promotions of three police sergeants.

    Island Lake officials investigating three police promotions

    Island Lake officials are investigating if the town’s three police sergeants were promoted to that rank properly. The three officers — David Walz, Nick Deuter and Garrett Schmoeller — still have their stripes and remain on the job, Mayor Charles Amrich said Friday.

    Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, center, prepares to leave following a U.N. Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters Friday. Britain’s U.N. Mission says it requested an emergency meeting after Thursday’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people over eastern Ukraine.

    World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

    World leaders called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine on Friday and demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over the country’s battlefields.The strong words came amid the contrasting images of emergency workers and off-duty coal miners fanning out across picturesque sunflower fields searching for...

    Associated Press President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed in the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered investigation. Evidence indicates that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

    Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed in the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine and called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for an unfettered investigation. Evidence indicates that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.


    7 Wisconsin counties added to emerald ash borer quarantine

    Wisconsin agricultural officials have added seven more counties to the state’s emerald ash borer quarantine. The Department of Agriculture has found the destructive insect in three of those seven counties — Columbia, Grant and Monroe. The rest are in close proximity, which include Richland, Iowa, Lafayette and Green.

    Boys play a game on the beach at Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside. The camp is celebrating its 100th year with an alumni anniversary celebration on July 20.

    Ingleside camp’s grounds have changed, but the mission remains the same

    Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside celebrates 100 summers of swimming, playing group games and building friendships with an camp alumni celebration on Sunday, July 20. “The relationships you developed at an early age lasted a long time,” said alumni camper Jack Weisberg.

    Dr. Robert L. Breuder listens to DuPage County residents upset about the College of DuPage’s handling of a controversial state funding request during a meeting Thursday night.

    COD, residents, faculty spar over spending, Breuder

    A COD board meeting already tense with residents’, teachers’ and students’ comments on a controversy about $20 million in state funding morphed into a battle between two board members. "(Vice Chairwoman) Ms. (Kathy) Hamilton has not been upfront with the facts regarding the teaching and learning center,” Chairwoman Erin Birt said. "This is kind of an ambush," Hamilton...

    Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, right, trails Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, far left, in the money race to try to get their parties' candidates elected.

    GOP may need more cash to win back legislative seats

    Republicans in November will try to undo some of the 2012 damage Democrats did to their ranks in Springfield, but the campaign cash reports released this week showed the challenges they'll face trying to raise their numbers in the Illinois House, in particular.

    Flames burn trees in the Chiwaukum Creek Fire as seen from the air near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes.

    Growing wildfire empties Washington town

    A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said.Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said late Thursday he’s heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.The sheriff issued his highest evacuation notice Thursday for Pateros, a town of about 650 people...

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

    Putin cornered as plane downing shows isolation over Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin’s intransigence over Ukraine risks turning him into a global pariah should the blame for downing a Malaysian Air jet fall on pro-Russia rebels. The crash of the Boeing Co. 777, which had 298 people on board, followed by less than 24 hours the imposition of new sanctions against Russia that targeted major energy companies and banks. While the rebels denied...


    Human remains mistakenly brought to Fla. landfill
    Two men hired to clean out a vacant Tampa Bay area house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage. They cut it down and hauled it to the local dump, where landfill workers realized it was actually a human body. Hernando County Sheriff’s officials on Thursday said the 33-year-old Spring Hill man apparently committed suicide several weeks ago and his body was in a “state...

    Associated Press Benjamin Netanyahu

    Netanyahu orders military to ready for wider Gaza incursion

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he ordered the military to prepare for a wider ground operation against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, where residents hunkered down in their homes or sought sanctuary with others as the violence mounted. Israeli soldiers, backed by tanks, heavy artillery, aircraft and warships, moved into the Hamas-controlled enclave late yesterday after...


    Fighter-jet pilots with 3-d audio cut chatter to find threats

    Terma A/S, a supplier of parts for the tail of the F-35 fighter jet, wants a bigger place in the cockpit -- inside the pilot’s head.The Danish manufacturer has developed a noise-filtering headset that separates the “cocktail party buzz” of chatter, so a pilot doesn’t feel like dozens of people are talking at the same time, from the same point. Terma’s so-called...


    Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed
    n eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.The (Easton) Express-Times reports that Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford on Thursday dismissed the charge against 18-year-old Adam Dennis of Macungie.


    Officials identify mummified remains in Michigan
    Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains of a woman found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there alone. Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing, the Detroit Free Press reported. Oakland County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Bernardino Pacris said the cause...


    Fox’s ‘Glee’ turns glum in U.K. As judge orders name change

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. must change the name of its television series ‘Glee’ in the U.K. because it infringes the copyright of British comedy clubs with a similar name, a judge ruled today. Judge Roger Wyand in London granted an injunction to Comic Enterprises Ltd., which said the name of the program caused confusion. He stayed the ruling to allow New York-based Fox to pursue...

    People hold candles and place flower tributes Thursday outside the Dutch embassy to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Kiev, Ukraine. A Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, and both the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels blamed one another for the attack.

    Nun, AIDS expert among Malaysia Flight 17 crash victims

    International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands.

    Kaylene Mann, right, and Jayden Burrows hold hands as they read a statement to the media in Brisbane, Australia, about the loss of Rod Burrows, who is Kaylene’s brother and Jayden’s father. Rod Burrows was among six Australians killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crashed into the Southern Indian ocean. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed along with 297 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which U.S. intelligence authorities believe was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

    Woman loses relatives in 2 Malaysia air disasters

    In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.


    Will County man gets 4 ½-year sentence for neglecting mother

    A Will County man has received a 4 ½-year prison sentence for neglecting his elderly mother. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Mark Kuech of New Lenox was sentenced Thursday, three months after pleading guilty to criminal abuse for leaving his 79-year-old mother, Margaret Kuech, unattended in a basement bedroom for extended periods of time between May and November of 2012.


    Madison County wants high-speed rail hub in Alton

    The Madison County Board wants a regional hub located in Alton as part of Illinois’ plan for high-speed rail in the state. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the proposed $25-million hub will include a bus transfer hub, bike and pedestrian paths, a tourist welcome station and parking for 350 cars.


    Gary officials plan discussion on development

    Demolition of a 12-story Gary hotel that has become an eyesore is scheduled to begin July 26, on the eve of a discussion on development.City officials made the announcement Thursday. The demolition is part of the “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative.


    Chicago residents compete in energy-saving contest

    Hundreds of Chicago residents have taken part in a competition to see who could conserve the most energy, resulting in total savings of $54,000 in energy bills. The seven residential buildings that took part also saw an average reduction of 20 percent in electric, gas and water use.


    Western Illinois U receives award for improving retention rate

    Western Illinois University has received an award for increasing its student retention rate. University officials say they were honored at a July 9 national conference on student recruitment, marketing and retention by education consulting firm Noel-Levitz.


    Wisconsin high court ruling on police window knock
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule on whether police can legally knock on the window of a car and ask the occupant to lower the window.The case to be decided Friday deals with instances in which police make such a request when there is no probable cause or reasonable suspicion that a law has been broken.

    on Hatch of Knoxville with a display of Galesburg Railroad Days posters of his design at the Galesburg Convention and Visitors Center.

    Galesburg artist creates 30 years of rail memories

    Artist Ron Hatch has been creating the annual Railroad Days poster for about three decades, and a look at his combined work of 29 posters since 1985, is an engaging view of locomotive history, railroad history and graphic arts evolution. “He does amazing work. It is phenomenal. I think what’s really fascinating is the type of themes he comes up with,” said Railroad Days...


    Chicago Police Board fires police sergeant

    The Chicago Police Board has fired a police sergeant whose gun was used in the death of a woman. The board’s firing late Thursday of Sgt. Steven Lesner went beyond the 60-day suspension suggested by Superintendent Garry McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the board fired Lesner for a 2009 incident in which he bought liquor for a woman he’d met while on duty.


    Springfield police issue 300 cellphone citations
    Springfield police say they’ve issued hundreds of citations to people using cellphones while driving more than six months after a state-wide ban took effect.A Springfield police traffic supervisor tells the State Journal-Register the department has issued more than 300 citations for using a hand-held electronic device while driving since the ban started Jan. 1.


    Illinois title company owner sentenced for fraud

    The owner of a southwestern Illinois title company was sentenced to 21 months in prison after admitting in court that she defrauded clients to support her gambling habit.


    Chicago man convicted in 5 shooting deaths

    A jury has convicted a Chicago man of murder in the 2008 killings of five people shot execution-style in the head after a robbery on the city’s South Side.


    Dawn Patrol: O’Hare OK after Ukraine crash; Mt. Prospect power back

    Passengers sad but operations normal at O'Hare after Malaysian plane crash. Power returns in Mount Prospect after two hurt in car crash into ComEd pole. Mount Prospect police warn of burglaries. DCFS says evidence shows Prospect Heights dad of dead infant had abused 9-year-old boy. Cubs, Sox prospects.

    Instructor Audra Robb, right, conducts a literacy training session Thursday for junior high teachers in Naperville Unit District 203. The training was designed to help educators teach writing in a more individualized way focused on the writer instead of a regimented process.

    Dist. 203 educators learn new ways to teach writing

    Seventy-five teachers in Naperville Unit District 203 will be heading into next school year with a new framework for helping their students learn to write. “It’s really about teaching the writer rather than the writing,” said Jayne Willard, director of curriculum and instruction. “It’s how do we make writing authentic for our students.”


    Naper Settlement may add agricultural history center

    Take one look at the Naperville of 2014 and it’s hard to see the city’s history is deeply rooted in farming. Naperville’s historical stewards want to change that. “It’s an important piece of Naperville history,” said Debbie Grinnell, vice president of museum services for Naper Settlement. “Especially in today’s environment, when people see...

    Westbound traffic is down to one lane Thursday on Peterson Road approaching Midlothian Road and the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, but it is expected to be all clear next week for visitors.

    Road work not expected to hamper Lake County Fair

    Be it a new locale, muddy parking or bad weather, the past few years have posed some challenges for the Lake County Fair. The 2014 version, which begins Wednesday, faces road work at its front door but that's not expected to create problems for visitors, organizers say. “Our only issue this year is Mother Nature,” said Sue Markgraf, vice-president of the executive board of directors.

    Des Plaines officials confirmed Thursday that Mariano's is looking to open a new location on the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads.

    Officials: Mariano's looking to build in Des Plaines

    The ever-growing Mariano's grocery store chain is looking to open a new location on the northeast corner of Golf and Mount Prospect roads in Des Plaines, officials confirmed Thursday. "We're trying to get some of the fine print ironed out,” said Alderman Mark Walsten, chairman of the city council's community development committee. "I'm not going to say they're going to be breaking ground...

    Two cardinals, male and female, mingle on a fence in an Arlington Heights backyard in April.

    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 14.


    The Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney can’t catch a home run hit by the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning Friday in Phoenix.

    Hendricks to get starting shot
    The Cubs' present and future were the talk of Friday, as the Cubs got back to business at Arizona after the All-Star break. Edwin Jackson, who has been a disappointment, struggled against the Diamondbacks as the Cubs lost 5-4. Before the game, the Cubs announced that Kyle Hendricks would fill the No. 4 spot, beginning next Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

    Alexei Ramirez, left, and Adam Eaton celebrate the White Sox’ victory over the Astros on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Realistic Hahn looking for the right deals

    The White Sox opened the second half of the season with a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night. Before the game, general manager Rick Hahn admitted the Sox aren't where they need to be, so look for trades in the next few weeks or near future.

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp walks the red carpet as fans cheer at the seventh annual Blackhawks Convention in Chicago on Friday.

    Trade which Blackhawk to get under cap? Bowman is patient

    Stan Bowman isn’t flinching. Faced with a looming salary-cap situation that needs to be solved before the season-opening game, the Blackhawks’ general manager isn’t sweating his roster being over the limit by at least $1.3 million. “We certainly have to be ready to go by October, that’s the goal,” Bowman said at the Blackhawks Fan Convention.


    Boomers rock Aviators in 12-2 win

    Taking advantage of 9 walks and 15 hits, the Schaumburg Boomers rolled over the Rockford Aviators 12-2 Friday night at Aviator Stadium. Three players (second baseman Jordan Dean, third baseman Mark Nelson and first baseman Brian McConkey) collected three hits apiece for the Boomers (30-23).


    Cougars pound Lansing in 10-1 victory

    Jen-Ho Tseng carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and the Cougars backed him up with 16 hits for a 10-1 road victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Friday at Cooley Law School Stadium.For the Cougars (19-8, 64-33), the win secured their eighth straight series victory. Lansing fell to 13-14 in the second half and 45-51 on the season.


    Top pick Rodon ready to get rolling

    Top draft pick Carlos Rodon is reporting to the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, where he is expected to make two relief appearances before joining high Class A Winston-Salem. If all goes well, Rodon could be with the Sox at the end of the season.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau had plenty to say on a variety of Bulls topics Friday at the United Center.

    Thibodeau waxes eloquent on all things Bulls

    Bulls stories, notes, photos and graphicsCoach Tom Thibodeau believes the Bulls have much more depth heading in the new season. But putting all the pieces together could be a challenge.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for July 19

    Joe Kristufek's selections for July 19 racing at Arlington International.


    Vikings suspend special teams coordinator Priefer for 3 games

    The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe’s allegations of anti-gay remarks made by Priefer.


    49er Aldon Smith sentenced to probation in weapons case
    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

    LSU’s Sylvia Fowles, left, reaches for the ball against North Carolina’s Jessica Breland in NCAA women’s basketball tournament action. Fowles and Breland are now teammates on the Chicago Sky.

    Sky’s Breland basks in all-star aura

    What a year for Jessica Breland.But neither a spot in the starting lineup, better statistics, nor an all-star nod will be at the top of the list for the best and biggest moment of the year for the Chciago Sky forward, who was named a reserve for Saturday's WNBA all-star game. That will come in November, when pending good news from her doctor, she will officially be considered cancer-free, five years in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system that she discovered in 2009, prior to her senior season at the University of North Carolina.

    Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to win the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 197.5 kilometers (122.7 miles) with start in Saint-Etienne and finish in Chamrousse, France, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In Alps, Nibali again dominates Tour de France

    If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here’s why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot.On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cycling’s greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders.


    Former NFL players sue union over concussions

    Five former NFL players, including six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith, are suing the union for not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries.The lawsuit on behalf of Smith, Ladell Betts, Anthony Davis, Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, with the plaintiffs claiming the NFL Players Association “withheld information from the players about the risks of head injuries.

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates playing a birdie on the 18th to lead on the second day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Friday July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open

    Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.Once he made a birdie, and then another, nothing could stop McIlroy.

    Nikola Mirotic, left, and Pau Gasol pose with their Bulls jerseys Friday at the United Center.

    Gasol, Mirotic ready to run with the Bulls

    The Bulls introduced two new additions Friday — former Laker Pau Gasol and 6-foot-10 forward Nikola Mirotic. The two players made similar journeys to reach the NBA, 13 years apart. Gasol emphasized that he signed with the Bulls because he thinks they have what it takes to immediately compete for an NBA championship.

    With the Fire’s defense rounding into shape, a little more offensive scoring, led by Harry Shipp (19), Mike Magee, left, and Quincy Amarika (24), would boost the club’s chances to earn a playoff spot this season.

    In weak Eastern Conference, Fire can still make playoffs

    The Fire has a tremendous opportunity to return to the MLS playoffs this season, and an unbelievably weak Eastern Conference makes it possible, as Orrin Schwarz explains.

    Ryan Reed (16) and Kyle Busch slide under Elliott Sadler during the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12. Sadler qualified for the $100,000 Dash4Cash at Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts the EnjoyIllinois300.com race on Saturday.

    High stakes at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend

    There's some serious green on the line for NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers this weekend. There's $100,000 at stake Saturday in the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash at Chicagoland Speedway's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race (7:30 p.m. on ESPN2).

    Tiger Woods prepares to putt on the 13th green Friday during the second round of the British Open at the Royal Liverpool golf club in Hoylake, England.

    Tiger Woods nearly misses cut at British Open

    Tiger Woods has shot one of his worst rounds at the British Open, a 5-over 77 that nearly cost him a chance to play this weekend. Woods has failed to make the cut at a major only three times in his professional career, most recently at the 2011 PGA Championship. He was in danger again after a triple-bogey at the 17th hole pushed his score to 3 over for the tournament — outside the projected cut.


    Lexington Homes proposes 54 townhouses at the old AMF bowling alley in downtown Rolling Meadows.

    Rolling Meadows bowling alley site could become townhouses

    The former AMF bowling alley at 3245 Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows would be razed and 54 townhouses built in its place, under a plan that got favorable reaction from the city council this week. “If Kirchoff Road can handle a bowling alley, it can certainly handle traffic like this (the townhouses),” Mayor Tom Rooney said.

    Beth Marchetti

    Marchetti named DuPage tourism bureau chief

    Beth Marchetti has been appointed executive director of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, replacing Skip Strittmatter, who is retiring at the end of July.

    Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.

    Construction workers build a commercial complex Thursday in Springfield, Ill. The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in June. The unemployment rate in May was 7.5 percent. The state jobless rate has dropped for four straight months and is at its lowest point since October 2008.

    Stocks mount strong rebound on company earnings

    Investors largely looked through the brewing geopolitical hot spots this week in part because company earnings have been favorable, said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.“Clearly the equity market remains remarkably resilient,” he said. “Despite heightened political issues on the horizon the path of least resistance for equities is still up.”

    A group of people watch a turtle swim to the ocean after rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Fla. The Obama Administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades.

    Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

    The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.

    Workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska near the village of Iliamma.

    EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.


    Illinois lead nation in highest unemployment rate drop

    Illinois led 22 states last month posting the biggest drop in the unemployment rate, as the nation at large claimed a fifth straight month of solid hiring. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 14 states. Meanwhile, employers added jobs in 33 states and cut back in 17.


    Forbes said valued at $475 million in sale to foreign group

    The Forbes family, an emblem of American wealth and pioneer of business journalism, is giving up control over the media empire it cultivated for almost a century by selling a majority stake to a Hong Kong-based group. The transaction valued Forbes Media LLC at $475 million, said a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the terms are private.


    LaSalle Solutions named to the Monitor 100 List

    LaSalle Solutions, a provider of IT life-cycle asset management services and tools, announced today it has been ranked 93 in the Monitor 100 Top Equipment Finance and Leasing Companies in the United States.


    KeHE acquires Nature’s Best

    KeHE Distributors said it has acquired Nature’s Best, a California-based distributor of health and natural food products.


    Microsoft names Sikich to 2014 ‘Inner Circle’

    Microsoft named Sikich LLP to the 2014 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle, an exclusive group that comprises the top 1 percent of the 5,000 Microsoft Business Systems Dynamics partners from around the world. The Inner Circle designation — which Sikich has received numerous times — recognizes just 60 business


    Hub Group reports record second quarter income

    OAK BROOK — Transportation and logistics company Hub Group reported record income of $18.7 million for the second quarter of 2014 as all of the company’s divisions reported increases during the period.The figure was up from $18.6 million in the second quarter of 2013. Hub Group’s diluted earnings per share was 51 cents for the second quarter of 2014, a 2 percent increase over the prior year period.Hub Group’s revenue increased 7 percent to $894 million.The Hub segment’s revenue increased 6 percent to $682 million. Second quarter intermodal revenue increased 1 percent to $456 million. Truck brokerage revenue increased 6 percent to $86 million this quarter. Second quarter Unyson Logistics revenue increased 24 percent to $140 million. The Hub segment’s operating income was $24.3 million.The Mode segment’s revenue increased 14 percent to $232 million. Operating income was $6.6 million, an increase of 33 percent compared to the prior year period.Hub Group ended the quarter with $73 million in cash.

    Tablets of HIV drug Kaletra, an AbbVie Inc. product. AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home.

    AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination

    North Chicago drugmaker AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home.The companies said Friday that Shire shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at about $91.07 for each of their shares. They will control about 25 percent of a new company created as part of the deal. AbbVie shareholders will hold the remaining 75 percent.

    An OAO Gazprombank logo, right, illuminated outside a bank branch against a backdrop of St Basil’s Cathedral near Red Square in Moscow. Russian companies facing $14.9 billion of debt payments this year will probably weather U.S. sanctions as OAO Rosneft rakes in oil proceeds from China and the central bank tackles a cash shortage among lenders.

    Why sanctions won’t tip $15 billion of Russian debt payments

    Russian companies facing $14.9 billion of debt payments this year will probably weather U.S. sanctions as OAO Rosneft rakes in oil proceeds from China and the central bank tackles a cash shortage among lenders. The availability of alternatives will help President Vladimir Putin shrug off the most punitive U.S. sanctions .

    Employees prepare Nestle SA king-size “Lion” chocolate bars ahead of packaging at the company’s Svitoch factory. Nestle SA typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market.

    Nestle’s U.S. chocolate standing melted by Lindt deal

    Nestle SA typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market, where the Swiss company is dwarfed by Mars Inc. and Hershey Co. When No. 3 Lindt & Spruengli AG completes its planned purchase of Russell Stover Candies Inc., Nestle will fall even deeper into fourth place. Mars and Hershey together control 65 percent of U.S. chocolate sales, researcher Euromonitor estimates, versus 5.2 percent for Lindt and 4.8 percent for Nestle.


    GE targets late July for credit card IPO

    General Electric is targeting late July for the initial public offering of its credit card business, named Synchrony Financial. The announcement Friday, which was included in the company’s second-quarter earnings report, is the first step in GE’s exit from that line of business.

    (Associated Press) Sales of U.S. video-game hardware and software rose 24 percent last month as shipments of new generation consoles outweighed a drop in revenue from games. Sony Corp. said its player led for a sixth straight month.

    U.S. video game sales rise in June as console demand grows

    Sales of U.S. video-game hardware and software rose 24 percent last month as shipments of new generation consoles outweighed a drop in revenue from games. Sony Corp. said its player led for a sixth straight month. Hardware sales including Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 more than doubled to $292.7 million, while revenue from software, excluding titles for personal computers, shrank 3 percent to $286.8 million, NPD Group Inc. said in an e- mailed statement yesterday. Total sales rose to $736.4 million from a year earlier.

    FedEx Corp. was accused in a federal indictment of delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies.

    Fedex indicted for shipping drugs for illegal pharmacies

    FedEx Corp. was accused in a federal indictment of delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies. A conviction could be “material,” the company said today in a regulatory filing. The operator of the world’s largest cargo airline was indicted on 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs and drug trafficking that carry a potential fine of twice the gains from the illegal conduct, alleged to be at least $820 million for it and co-conspirators.

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world’s airlines.

    Why airlines didn’t avoid risky Ukraine airspace

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world’s airlines. Airlines might have to be more vigilant about avoiding trouble spots, making flights longer and causing them to burn more costly fuel. They may even be forced to reconsider many international routes.

Life & Entertainment

    Derek Hasenstab

    Broadway star joins local favorite for Drury Lane mystery

    Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook announced casting for its Chicago-area premiere of "The Game's Afoot" next month.

    Keith jarrett and Charlie Haden, “Last Dance”

    Jazz masters evoke joy, sadness on duet CD

    There’s a sense of both joy and sadness to “Last Dance,” which surprisingly is the first album in pianist Keith Jarrett’s illustrious nearly 50-year career to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s traditional jazz chart. “Last Dance” is drawn from the same informal 2007 sessions at Jarrett’s home studio that reunited the pianist and bassist Charlie Haden for the first time in more than three decades and yielded the Grammy-nominated 2010 CD, “Jasmine.”

    Jack Clement, “For One and For All”

    Posthumous Clement album a sweet send off

    Jack Clement was a court jester who emphasized the joy and camaraderie of making music. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Clement made his greatest mark as a producer, a songwriter and a studio owner. The posthumous “For Once and For All” is only his third album, recorded after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died in August 2013 at age 82, leaving behind an album that perfectly conveys why he was such a special creative catalyst.

    Born of Osiris, a metal band featuring members from the suburbs, will perform as part of Warped Tour this weekend.

    Big music weekend keeps Chicago, suburbs rocking

    It's a ginormous weekend in the Chicago for music fans, as three big rock events -- the Warped Tour, the Pitchfork Music Festival, and Mayhem Festival -- are taking place. In total, more than 100 bands will perform, including many from the city and suburbs. In honor of this rockin' weekend, the Daily Herald profiles two local bands — one from the suburbs, the other from the city — that will be part of the weekend fun. Read about Born of Osiris and Twin Peaks, and then go listen to some live music!

    Iago (Michael Patrick Thornton) ensnares his general Othello (Kareem Bandealy) in his web of lies in Gift Theatre's “Othello,” directed by Jonathan Berry.

    Gift Theatre tries Shakespeare with modern 'Othello'

    As The Gift Theatre makes clear in its modern, stripped-down production of William Shakespeare's “Othello,” something more than jealousy and racial prejudice fuel this tragedy. It's Othello's own insecurity that accelerates his downward spiral into madness, and ultimately murder.

    Mark Harmon is getting busier. The actor’s character of Gibbs will appear on the latest “NCIS” spinoff based in New Orleans, which begins shooting next week in the Crescent City.

    Mark Harmon to appear on new ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

    Mark Harmon is getting busier. The actor’s character of Gibbs will appear on the latest “NCIS” spinoff based in New Orleans, which begins shooting next week in the Crescent City.

    The late-night transition from David Letterman to Stephen Colbert and from Craig Ferguson to a yet-to-be-named host remains undecided, CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said Thursday, July 17, 2014.

    CBS in planning stages for new late-night era

    CBS is taking a wide-open approach to replacing Craig Ferguson in late-night, including the possibility of a host from politics, CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said Thursday. Details of the late-night transition from David Letterman to Stephen Colbert and from Ferguson to a yet-to-be-found replacement remain undecided, Tassler said.

    Actress Elaine Stritch died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

    Broadway lights will be dimmed in Stritch’s memory

    Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world. Elaine Stritch died Thursday at age 89 in her home state of Michigan.


    Lawsuit over Oprah’s Colorado property dismissed

    A lawsuit accusing Oprah Winfrey of blocking access to hiking trails near her property above Telluride, Colorado, has been dismissed.

    People walk past a house owned by Taylor Swift in the village of Watch Hill in Westerly, R.I. Daniel Cole, 39, of Brewster, Mass., was sentenced to probation Thursday, July 18, 2014, after being found guilty of trespassing at the seaside mansion.

    Man gets probation for trespassing at Swift’s home

    A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to probation after being found guilty of trespassing at singer Taylor Swift’s seaside mansion in Rhode Island.


    Daughter seeks right for autopsy of Casey Kasem

    A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem’s daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host’s second wife from cremating or removing his remains from a funeral home.

    To create this understated living room, interior designer Betsy Burnham, of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, balanced a subtle palette of neutral colors with a mix of rich textures and unique shapes. The effect is powerful, but the room has a soothing elegance.

    Ask a Designer: Finding beauty in subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated. Understated style “rides the fine line between too sparse and too cold,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, creator of the FlynnsideOut design blog. “A lack of objects makes a room feel unfinished, and a lack of color can also read of lifeless.” But finding the right, subtle balance can be worth it. Although bold decorating has been in the spotlight for a while, a more neutral room, if well-designed, “will never become tired,” Flynn says.

    Bicyclists on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

    Trails, salmon viewing top free Anchorage events

    Most tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do.

    An eco dyed scarf becomes original, wearable art.

    In search of natural hues? A garden ‘to dye for’

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs. All it takes is a garden plot or a few pots and a kitchen.

    Regine (Karen Aldridge, left), Gary (Keith Kupferer), Teri (Kate Arrington) and Kristy (Diane Davis, right) look on as Deb (Kirsten Fitzgerald, front) tries to convince Chris (Greg Stuhr) about a differing viewpoint on intimacy by making a sexual advance on him in the world premiere of Bruce Norris’ “The Qualms” at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

    Steppenwolf’s comic ‘Qualms’ flirts with questions of sexual freedom

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris masterfully pushes controversial buttons again in his world premiere comedy about suburban swingers in "The Qualms," now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 31.

    Although Michael & Melissa Kaufman bought their ninth-grade daughter Rebekah a desk so she would have a place to study, she instead uses it as “a repository for the four outfits she tried on earlier that day and rejected,” Melissa says. Rebekah prefers doing homework on her bed.

    Bedroom desk? It’s somewhere under all that junk

    Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be sixth-grader in White Plains, New York, says she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff. Everything, that is, except homework. “Usually, my desk is covered with things, a computer isn’t nearby and my mom isn’t there to help me,” Alyssa says.

    Comedy writers Lucas Brickman (Parker Guidry, left), Carol Wyman (Lisa Savegnago, right) and Ira Stone (Charlie Wein, second from right) try to calm frantic TV star Max Prince (Michael Wood, on chair) in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre's production of Neil Simon's 1993 Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” which has been remounted and adapted for the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    'Laughter' falls short of its comic inspiration

    Young playwrights are often admonished to avoid writing about other writers. Yet playwright Neil Simon ignored that advice when he penned his 1993 Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a fictionalized take on his own early writing career for Sid Caesar's hit “Your Show of Shows.” Eclectic Full Contact Theatre revives its recent Chicago production of that show at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.


    Poor New Yorkers getting fancy food leftovers

    Some of the world’s fanciest foods are going to New Yorkers who can’t afford even basic meat-and-potato meals. This week, they got about 90,000 pounds of delicacies left over from the largest marketplace of specialty foods and beverages in North America, the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. When the three-day display closed Tuesday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side, hundreds of volunteers descended on mountains of artisanal cheeses, salsas and jams, plus chocolate, olive oil, prosciutto, spices and other items donated by many of this year’s 2,700 purveyors from 49 countries.

    Alanna Taylor, Melanie McCullough, Christina Harper and Katrina Richard star in Black Ensemble Theater's “The Marvelous Marvelettes.”

    Theater events: Three Brothers revives ‘Crimes’

    Three Brothers revive "Crimes of the Heart;" Williams Street presents the musical revue "Suds"and the Funny Old Broads return to Skokie this week in suburban theater. Oracle Productions presents its world premiere adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle;" Mary-Arrchie Theatre showcases six plays by Samuel Beckett and redtwist debuts an original work titled "Geezers" this week in Chicago theater.


    Don’t overlook details when moving to a new home

    This is the most popular time of the year to move. We’ve talked about some super tips for packing, but here are some of our favorite tips to help make moving into the new home a little easier.


    More landlords, tenants take video as a precaution

    Some might find it “creepy,” but there’s a good reason why a growing number of owners and renters alike take a video recorder or similar device with them while visiting a property a few days before the scheduled move-in date.


    Red flags bankers see when rejecting mortgages

    For large numbers of potential homebuyers, qualifying for a mortgage not only is a tough challenge, but one that ends unhappily — they get rejected.


    How to best insulate walls of an old house

    Q. We have an 80-year-old home with lathe and plaster on the inside walls. The house is hard to heat in the winter and becomes very hot in the summer, so we want to add insulation. What do you recommend?

    This home on the 700 block of Ohio Street in Oakview is typical of the houses found in the neighborhood.

    Neighborhood spotline shines on Oakview

    Oakview, known as the first subdivision in Lisle, was completed in 1956, the same year the village was officially incorporated. In 1958, Barbara Roake and her husband moved to Oakview where they raised their three children.


    As young athletes become more specialized in specific sports, parents have to ensure they’re not overdoing it in the faint hopes of their child playing in college or beyond.

    Editorial: Give your kids a break from rigors of sports schedule

    A Daily Herald editorial urges parents to remember the value of lettering their kids diversify their sports and fun activities.

    Pocket Sun

    American dream out of reach for too many

    Guest columnist Pocket Sun: June 2 was my last day of work. It’s been only five months since I joined the global marketing team of a respected, multinational technology company based in the Chicago area. As much as I enjoyed working in Schaumburg and looked forward to the opportunities, my time ran out; I am no longer authorized to work in the United States.


    Jet noise commission has powerful role
    A letter to the editor: While Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig B. Johnson claims “ ... it is too late. Everyone got what they asked for!” in his July 13 response to the Daily Herald editorial about jet noise, he unfairly referred to the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission as a “powerless entity.” Some communities chose litigation to fight O’Hare expansion, but the ONCC chose to partner collaboratively with Chicago, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the airlines and other aviation stakeholders to mitigate aircraft noise.


    Get your exercise: Walk across campus
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Harper College will soon open a parking garage so that students and staff can avoid walking from the more distant parking lots to their classes on the modest-size campus, according to a July 7 article.


    Time to stop Bush blame game
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Six years later, the left is still blaming Bush for near everything. This happens because they need a scapegoat to draw attention away from administration blunders.


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