Daily Archive : Monday July 21, 2014


    This aerial photo shows the wreckage from a fatal accident Monday afternoon on I-55 near Channahon.

    Police: Speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55

    Five people have been confirmed dead in two separate crashes Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Channahon, authorities said. The first crash on northbound I-55 south of Arsenal Road resulted in four fatalities. The second crash on southbound I-55 at Route 6, involving two semitrailer trucks, resulted in the death of a truck driver.

    Friends react Monday evening after hearing the body of Grayslake Central student Matt Reed was recovered from Third Lake.

    Grayslake Central student's body found in Third Lake

    The body of incoming Grayslake Central High School junior Matt Reed was pulled from the water of Third Lake Monday evening, authorities said. Reed had been on a pontoon boat Monday afternoon with six friends when they went into the water for a swim, authorities said, and Reed struggled. Reed was recalled as a "very funny guy" and a "very ferocious competitor."

    “All of these women were brutalized by this,” said the women's lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor, seen here. “Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates.”

    Hopkins to pay $190 million after doc taped pelvic exams

    A gynecologist who secretly used a pen-like camera to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs during pelvic exams will cost one of the world's most prestigious medical centers $190 million in a settlement with more than 8,000 women.

    Flowers and cards placed at the base of a tree in front of the home of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington serve as a memorial to the 85-year-old woman, who police say was stabbed to death Friday night.

    East Dundee police still looking for 85-year-old's killer

    East Dundee police continue to investigate the stabbing death of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington, 85. who was found dead early Friday. Police Chief Terry Mee said officers will check the neighborhood again starting Monday evening and possibly Tuesday.


    Fox River drowning victim identified

    A 27-year-old Mount Prospect man was identified Monday as the swimmer who drowned the day before in the Fox River near Carpentersville. An autopsy conducted Monday on the body of Emanuel Mendieta-Ramirez found the official cause of death to be drowning, according to the Carpentersville police and fire departments.

    Supporters of the proposed Elgin charter school make their sentiments known at the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board meeting Monday.

    U-46 board rejects Elgin charter school proposal

    Despite pleas from dozens of parents, the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night denied a proposal to create a new math and science elementary charter school in Elgin. “We are fed up with social experiments conducted with our children and tax dollars as you employ not just nonproductive but destructive practices," one parent said.

    Maggiano's Little Italy opened at Westfield Hawthorn shopping center Monday in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills' Maggiano's is sixth Chicago area location

    Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant opened Monday at Wesfield Hawthorn shopping center in Vernon Hills. Village officials hailed the chain as being quality addition and evidence of steady progress in a $50 million mall renovation. "Maggiano's has been one on our most request list of restaurants for many years," said Westfield Hawthorn general manager Michael Golden.

    Workers remove a 2007 Chevy Impala from a Naperville Park District quarry early Saturday. Two people were killed when the vehicle left the road and plunged into the quarry.

    Authorities: Driver's blood alcohol was .142 in Naperville quarry deaths

    The Geneva man charged with drunken driving in a crash that killed two passengers had a blood alcohol concentration of .142 early Saturday morning after his car plunged into a water-filled Naperville quarry, authorities said Monday. That put Michael T. Szot, 21, far above the legal limit of .08, the DuPage County State's Attorney's office said. Authorities said he also admitted smoking marijuana...


    Wheaton police sergeants, lieutentants get 3-year contract

    Wheaton police sergeants and lieutenants will receive raises every year for the next three years thanks to the city council’s approval of a new collective bargaining agreement Monday evening. Unit members will receive a 2 percent cost of living wage increase in the first year of the agreement, retroactive to May 1 of this year. In the remaining two years of the agreement they will receive...

    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina couldn’t persuade city aldermen to even research the possibility of allowing video gambling at local social organizations Monday night.

    St. Charles aldermen refuse discussion of video gambling at Moose lodge

    Members of a St. Charles fraternal organization asked aldermen to consider permitting video gambling at their lodge, but aldermen quickly killed any discussion of the request Monday.


    Proposed Geneva schools budget calls for deficit on purpose

    The Geneva school board is contemplating a 2015 budget with more than $4 million deficit. But district officials say it's a deficit they planned on, as the district is using excess money in its funds to repay some of the debt it owes.


    Man stabbed woman in Elgin, police say

    A man stabbed a woman during an apparent domestic disturbance Monday night in Elgin, authorities said. Officers responded to a home on the 600 block of Shenandoah Trail just before 7:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a stabbing.

    Zandra Iandola

    Woman charged after collision in Crystal Lake

    A 20-year-old McHenry woman has been cited for causing a two-vehicle crash that snarled traffic Saturday morning near a major Crystal Lake intersection, authorities said.

    Lliau Moreno-Tepecha

    Homeless man charged in Waukegan break-in

    A 33-year-old homeless man is charged with breaking into a woman’s Waukegan home and touching her while she slept, authorities said. Police say Lliau Moreno-Tepecha broke into an apartment through an unlocked door about 7 a.m. Sunday on the 2600 block of Cornelia Street.

    A group of Iranian demonstrators condemn Israel’s attack on Gaza at a gathering in front of the United Nations office, while waving Palestinian flags and posters showing the portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini and Jerusalem’s Dome of Rock, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in Tehran, Iran.

    Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

    A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel’s prime minister said he’ll do whatever is necessary to keep Israelis safe from Hamas attacks and the overall Palestinian death toll surpassed 560.

    Surrounded by LGBT supporters, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, third from right, President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination at the White House Monday.

    Gay, transgender workers gain U.S. bias protection

    President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama declared at a...

    Jerimiah Cochran

    Man gets 40 years for kidnapping, torturing ex-girlfriend

    A Waukegan man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for kidnapping and torturing his ex-girlfriend in a North Chicago apartment over a 24-hour period in January of 2013.

    A Sunday fire damaged two townhouses on the 800 block of Faulkner Place in Vernon Hills.

    Fire leaves two Vernon Hills townhouses ‘uninhabitable’

    A basement fire damaged two townhouses Sunday evening on the 800 block of Faulkner Place in Vernon Hills, authorities said.

    Arlington Heights author David J. Hogan wrote “The Wizard of Oz FAQ” to mark the beloved film’s 75th anniversary this year.

    Arlington Heights author digs up ‘Wizard of Oz’ history

    Longtime Arlington Heights resident David J. Hogan has written “The Wizard of Oz FAQ,” a highly detailed and exhaustively researched look at the classic, 75-year-old movie that has spawned inferior movie sequels and prequels, zillions of “Oz” conventions and a watershed industry of memorabilia. “There is a reason why, 75 years later, people still respond to...

    President Barack Obama bestows former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts with the Medal of Honor at the White House Monday. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.


    John Michael Montgomery in concert Tuesday in Elk Grove Village
    Multiple award-winning country star John Michael Montgomery is the headliner Tuesdasy in a free concert offered by Elk Grove Village.


    Creole Stomp to play Hoffman Estates July 24

    The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District will welcome Creole Stomp to the Village Green in the western part of the village at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 as part of the “Summer Sounds on the Green” concert series.

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner stands with his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton, during a news conference Monday in Chicago. Rauner says he’s continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators.

    Rauner keeps up push for term limits

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner kept up his drumbeat for Illinois term limits, saying Monday that “voters deserve a voice” on the issue and that the effort to put a measure on the November ballot isn’t over despite recent court decisions and a tight timeline.


    Arlington Hts. will help pay for Goedke House updates

    Arlington Heights may be contributing up to $75,000 toward a remodeling project at the Albert Goedke Apartments, a building for low-income, elderly and disabled adults in the village. The village board voted to approve the financial support earlier this month, although the bulk of the nearly $6 million project will be paid for by the Housing Authority of Cook County.


    South Elgin man scuffles with court security, snubs judge

    A 32-year-old South Elgin man accused of growing marijuana on his property got into more trouble last week when he refused to acknowledge a judge and scuffled with court security officers. Scott T. Hochstetter is now charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and contempt of court. He is being held on $100,000 bail.


    New administrator at Buzz Aldrin School

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board has appointed Tracy Griffin Langlais to succeed Brian Kaszewicz as assistant principal of Buzz Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg.


    Wauconda committee meets

    The Wauconda village board’s communications committee will meet Tuesday to discuss the village’s website, its Facebook page, banners and other issues.


    McHenry County deputies shoot woman during standoff

    McHenry County sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a woman Sunday near Wonder Lake, the sheriff’s office announced Monday. The woman is in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.

    Like the Balmoral Avenue exit on the northbound Tri-State Tollway, the new I-57 and Tri-State interchange is I-PASS only.

    Learning curve at all-electronic interchange with Tri-State and I-57

    The Illinois tollway will open its new interchange between I-57 and the Tri-State this fall. For Illini parents and football fans that means a direct link between the two interstates instead of the current circuitous route. It's an all-electronic connection, however, so bring your I-Pass.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Nancy C. Stringillo, 51, of the 6600 block of Columbine Street, Crystal Lake, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance and failure to dim headlights after a traffic stop at 1:10 a.m. July 10 at Route 47 and Plank Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff report. A motorist reported another driver had driven into a ditch and cornfield, then returned to the road.

    Bob Gilliam

    Elgin city hall to be renamed after longtime councilman

    The city of Elgin is planning to rename its municipal complex after its longest-serving councilman, Bob Gilliam. He served for 40 years and was also the city’s first African-American councilman. “Given the amount of time that the councilman was on the council, there was just a recognition from all his colleagues that it seemed fitting to recognize him in this fashion,”...


    CLC cops graduate from training program

    Two College of Lake County police officers, Sgt. Darryl Harlan and Sgt. Ted Waters, have graduated from law-enforcement leadership training at Northwestern University’s Center for Public School of Police Staff and Command.


    Join the bilingual guided nature hike

    A bilingual (Spanish/English) guided nature hike will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to introduce Spanish-speaking residents to the Lake County forest Preserve system.


    Court OKs expedited appeal of term limits case

    An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday.


    New Carol Stream parks boss brings passion for healthy lifestyles

    Jim Reuter says he wants to help others pursue healthy lifestyles and his new job as executive director of Carol Stream Park District puts him in a position to do just that. “I just have a passion for providing activities and facilities for people for their health and wellness and fitness,” he said Monday, his first day on the job after being plucked from South Elgin, where he...


    Regional Education Office consolidation not easy task

    With 11 months to go until deadline, Illinois officials are still working out the details of upcoming mergers of Regional Offices of Education around the state.

    Santa Paul Eggert gives a smooch to his wife, Giuliana, during a previous Christmas in July celebration at the Banana Split ice cream parlor in Aurora.

    How Santa keeps his cool at Banana Split’s Christmas in July

    Nothing cools you off on a hot day like sitting outside the elf house on Santa's lap near a Christmas tree as you wait for your Frozen Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Flurrie. The Banana Split in Aurora uses its Christmas in July to have fun and raises funds for the Salavation Army.


    New CEO named for U of I hospital

    A senior adviser to University of Illinois President Robert Easter has been named CEO of the University of Illinois Hospital. Avijit Ghosh has been appointed to the job pending approval Thursday from university trustees.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, speaks while Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy listens during a news conference Monday. Emanuel met with law enforcement and school officials to talk about the city’s violence problem.

    Emanuel holds meeting on Chicago violence

    Three days after a bullet fired on the a city street pierced a wall and killed an 11-year-old girl playing inside a house, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gathered law enforcement officials, educators and others on Monday to talk about violence in the city.

    Compared to the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases connected to global warming per calorie, puts out six times as much nitrogen for water pollution, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study...

    Matthew Olszewski

    Man pleads guilty in Glendale Heights murder plot

    A former Glendale Heights man who stole from several relatives and then sought to have them killed after he was caught has been sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison for both crimes. Matthew Olszewski, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to theft and solicitation of murder. He was sentenced to 17 years for the solicitation charge and two years for the theft charge.

    The proposed budget for Vernon Hills High School, shown here, and sister school Libertyville High School totals $$83.8 million.

    Upcoming Dist. 128 budget sligthly leaner than this year

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board is considering an $83.8 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1.

    Artist Adela Vystejnova works Friday on the image of Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 as part of the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural in an alley west of Main Street between Gap and Talbots. The mural is scheduled to be dedicated after this year's Labor Day parade.

    Naperville parade mural shows 'happy people, family values'

    Scenes of happy people enjoying a parade will be lingering in downtown Naperville long after the city's Labor Day parade wraps up. "Naperville Loves a Parade," a mural depicting townspeople watching floats go by, will be dedicated after the parade. “We wanted to convey the smiles and the joy of the parades we have in Naperville,” lead artist Dodie Mondero said.

    The National Weather Service has issued an air quality warning for Chicago and the suburbs until midnight.

    Air quality alert issued for suburbs, Chicago

    The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for the suburbs until midnight. Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties are among the areas in the alert.


    12-year-old Palatine girl dines with First Lady

    A 12-year-old Palatine girl has had a dinner date few of her peers can boast of: a meal with First Lady Michelle Obama. Tess Boghossian was one of 54 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Contest, part of the first lady's campaign against childhood obesity. She was selected as a winner for her healthy version of Lincoln's Inaugural Soup, which used quinoa and vegetables.


    World Relief sponsors immigration discussion

    World Relief DuPage/Aurora and Missions Place by TEAM will sponsor a screening of the film “The Stranger” to explore immigration reform from a Christian perspective at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at 370 W. Front St., Wheaton. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on immigration and immigration reform with Emily Gray, executive director of World Relief DuPage/Aurora and...

    Megan Huntsman

    Utah mom accused of killing 6 babies goes to court

    A Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns and packing their bodies away in her garage over a decade appeared in briefly in court Monday before a judge pushed back a planned hearing.Attorneys for 39-year-old Megan Huntsman said in Utah's 4th District Court that they needed more time before deciding whether they wanted to request a review of evidence in the case.

    The Libertyville Civic Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    Libertyville Civic Center celebrates 20 years

    This year marks 20 years since the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation and the village worked together to open the building as the Libertyville Civic Center. “The community has supported it very well,” said Joyce Quilty, co-treasurer of the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation.

    A bin is filled with plastic toy sharks in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass.

    Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

    Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod. Unlike in “Jaws,” in which one of the animals terrorizes a small island, the sharks that have been spotted in growing numbers are stirring more curiosity than fear — and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere,...

    Fans arrive at the Bears training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais.

    Bourbonnais prepares to feed hungry Bears and fans

    You might not think local businesses would be happy about the prospect of hulking Bears roaming town, but when those bears are the kind that wear helmets and play at Soldier Field it is a different story. In Bourbonnais, as the Chicago Bears are getting ready to start training camp, restaurants are particularly excited about seeing all those hungry players and the hungry fans that come down to...


    Taste of Lincolnshire begins July 25

    Prepare your appetites: The 14th annual Taste of Lincolnshire festival begins Friday, July 25. Running through Sunday, July 27, the village-sponsored event will be at the Village Green shopping center on Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road.

    Naperville resident Jim Hughes has taken his Italian-made sports touring bike, an Aprilia, on several Wounded Heroes rides to visit disabled veterans, bring them care packages, and raise money to help them transition back to civilian life.

    Businessman rides motorcycle to help disabled veterans

    Naperville resident Jim Hughes has ridden motorcycles all his life and done plenty of charity rides. But the memory of a vet he met on his first ride with the Wounded Heores Foundation sticks in his memory.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, attends celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity St. Sergius monastery in Sergiyev Posad, northeast of Moscow.

    Putin says mh17 crash shouldn’t be used for political aims

    President Vladimir Putin defied international anger over Russia’s alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysian jetliner as the U.S. and Europe threaten further sanctions against his increasingly isolated country.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry

    Perry seeks second chance in wide-open 2016 Republican primary

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, seeking political redemption in Iowa, spent his weekend waiting almost two hours in a school cafeteria to speak to Republican activists, attending local church services and eating barbecue with fellow veterans.The former U.S. Air Force pilot’s two-day visit was his fourth trip to the state since the 2012 election, in what even he describes as a disastrous first...


    Dog attacks, kills 7-month-old baby in Ohio

    DAYTON, Ohio — Police in Dayton say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy.Police tell The Dayton Daily News that the baby’s step-grandmother was watching the infant for the day when her dog attacked and killed him Sunday afternoon.A Montgomery County coroner’s investigator says the baby, whose name hasn’t been released, is from another state.

    A memorial for Eric Garner on the pavement near the site of his death Saturday in the Staten Island borough of New York.

    More studies needed in apparent chokehold death

    The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined what caused the death of a New York City man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him. “The cause and manner of death are pending further studies, and no findings will be released until the investigation is complete,” the city’s medical examiner’s office said a statement...

    No one in Chicago is talking these days about Rahm Emanuel running for president.

    Emanuel fights sagging polls with fundraising juggernaut

    No one in Chicago is talking these days about Rahm Emanuel running for president. More than three years after President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff cruised into City Hall, they’re instead asking if the middle finger-flipping mayor and legendary political tactician just might fail to win re-election in the nation’s third-most populous city.


    Wisconsin train crash injures 2 people, spills oil

    A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

    Heidi Cole hangs coats on a coat rack as she prepares for a garage sale at her mother Linda Burton’s home in Joliet. The sale had some furniture, kids’ toys, electronics and household items like silverware and glasses, including an old desktop computer and a toaster oven.

    Finding bargains in people’s garages

    Jacki McHale looked at the fabric lying at the end of a Joliet driveway and thought, “Gold mine.”McHale, a Channahon resident who has been going to garage sales since she was a kid, has learned to find value in the things people want to get rid of. Like fabric, she said. “Fabric is super high-priced in stores right now,” she said. “If you see it selling for a...


    Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana.The governor signed the measure Sunday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie.


    Off-duty Chicago Police officer killed in crash

    An off-duty Chicago police officer has been killed in a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the city’s South Side. According to Chicago police, Tito M. Rodriguez was killed in the crash Sunday afternoon. He’d been an officer with the department since May 2013.


    Chicago sets up affordable housing task force
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says a task force has been created in an effort to increase the number of affordable housing units in the city. In a news release, the mayor’s office says the task force will be made up of community leaders, several members of the City Council, developers and others.


    Illinois oy’s death caused by improperly grounded camper
    The accidental electrocution last month of a 3-year-old Illinois boy was caused by current from an improperly grounded family camper. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports it’s a problem known among recreational vehicle enthusiasts as “hot skin.” Landyn Gerald Keener, a 3-year-old from Amboy, died June 30 when he touched a door handle of the camper while standing on wet ground.


    Police say Indiana man killed in crash while chasing wife
    Police say a man died when he crashed a van near Fort Wayne while his wife and stepdaughter were fleeing from him in another vehicle. Allen County sheriff’s Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel says the man was pronounced dead soon after the crash Sunday night at an intersection near Interstate 469 just outside New Haven.


    Dawn Patrol: Naperville crash victims remembered; man dies in Fox River

    Naperville quarry crash victims remembered for humor, confidence; man dies while swimming in Fox River; shocked neighbors recall East Dundee murder victim; Fox Lake man killed in motorcycle crash; fair brings sights, sounds of rural days back to Kane County; former Woodstock streets employee gets diversion program for rock salt theft; tackling 5 key questions about the Bears defense; White Sox...


    Casey’s Safe Haven info
    How you can donate, or volunteer to foster dogs, from Casey's Safe Haven Horse and Dog Rescue.


    Bridge work delays could impact Carol Stream schools

    Delays in construction to replace Carol Stream’s deteriorating Illini Drive bridge are expected to cause some headaches for officials at nearby schools. Village officials hoped to have the project completed by the start of classes, but have known for some time they won’t be able to meet that schedule.

    Clockwise from upper left, Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen, Tim Jennings, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman are some key pieces of the Bears defense for 2014. Daily Herald sports writer Bob LeGere says there are plenty of questions (and room for improvement) on the Bears’ defense as the team reports for training camp on Wednesday.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: a Geneva man charged with DUI after police say he drove his car into Naperville quarry killing 2 passengers; E. Dundee woman found stabbed to death in her home; rescue teams recovered the body of a swimmer in the Fox River; a driver crashed into a gas station in East Dundee; fire ravages Grandma Sally's in Naperville; Elgin man rushes to scene of motorcycle...

    Crafting village specific ordinances to address freight rail safety is among the possible benefits of Barrington becoming a home-rule community, according to one state expert. However, suburban voters in recent years have shown a great reluctance to hand their village leaders home-rule powers.

    Home-rule push in Barrington raises questions

    Barrington leaders are discussing whether to ask voters in November to grant the village home rule authorities. But before residents answer that question, many first will be asking themselves “What is home rule, anyway?” Here are some answers to common questions about home rule.

    Dividers also known as flexible delineators will be installed by fall at three railroad crossings along the Milwaukee West Line in Bensenville. Those improvements will give the village relief from train horns.

    More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns

    Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with Quiet Zones — is for you.


    Official: 2 injured, diesel spilled in Wisconsin derailment

    Two people were injured and more than a hundred homes were evacuated due to a diesel spill from a train derailment in Wisconsin, according to fire officials. Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday night. He said trains from Canadian National Railway Co. and Wisconsin & Southern were involved and that officials are investigating the cause.

    Volunteers from Batavia-based Casey's Safe Haven Horse and Dog Rescue repaired kennels such as this one at a Tennessee shelter earlier this month.

    Batavia dog rescuers help counterparts in Tennessee

    Traveling hundreds of miles to rescue dogs from death isn't anything new for volunteers with Batavia-based Casey's Safe Haven Horse and Dog Rescue. But a dozen volunteers went to Tennessee two weekends ago with a different mission: to rescue a rescue. “It was an eye-opening experience. We had no idea the conditions we were getting into,” Kathy Schweisthal said.

    Marion Schmucker, of Elkhart, Ind., front, prays while other riders prepare their ropes before Professional Championship Bullriding at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles on Friday. Schmucker has been riding for over 5 years and was raised Amish.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of animals, including horses, cows, and puppies, as well as an image of teachers learning to teach, and several looks at the Kane County Fair.



    Prospect follows setback with bounce-back win

    Prospect's baseball team had a disappointing first game in Monday's Lawler Summer Classic, but the Knights stayed alive through the tournament's first day by topping Glenbrook North later in the day.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale worked 7 innings Monday night and is now 9-1 with a 2.03 ERA after his victory over the Royals.

    Ventura can’t say enough about White Sox’ ace

    Chris Sale was brilliant again Monday night in his first start since pitching in his third All-Star Game. The White Sox' ace is also a legitimate Cy Young candidate, but all Sale cares about is winning games and contending for the playoffs.


    Carroll showing positive signs for White Sox

    The White Sox have used five right-handed starting pitchers this season, and they've combined to go 12-19 with a 5.77 ERA. If his last two starts are any indication, Scott Carroll is getting his game back on the right track.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sale pitches Sox past Royals

    Chris Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the slumping Kansas City Royals on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.Sale (9-1) wasn’t at his best, allowing seven hits and a walk in seven innings, but he worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out eight and now has allowed three runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts this season. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his fourth save.Dunn went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks as the White Sox for the fourth time in six games.Danny Valencia went 1-for-2 with a RBI for Kansas City, which has dropped four straight and seven of eight. The Royals had a team meeting before the game, but couldn’t turn around their fortunes as they dropped two games below .500 (48-50).Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-9) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings to get the loss. He had been 4-0 against the White Sox with the Royals before Monday.The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as the first four batters reached base. Adam Eaton singled, Alexei Ramirez was hit by a pitch and Jose Abreu reached on an error by Valencia at third base to load the bases.Dunn then singled up the middle against the shift — essentially hitting the ball to the normal shortstop position — to score both Eaton and Ramirez.The Royals trimmed the lead in half in the fourth. Alex Gordon singled with one out, stole second and then scored on a two-out single by Valencia. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, doubled down the left-field line and it appeared the score would be tied, but Valencia was nailed at the plate as left-fielder Alejandro De Aza and Ramirez got the ball to catcher Tyler Flowers for the putout to end the inning.The White Sox regained the two-run edge in the sixth as Dunn scored on a sacrifice fly by Gordon Beckham to make it 3-1.NOTES: Royals 1B Eric Hosmer was scratched about an hour before game time with a right hand contusion. He was hit on the hand with a pitch by Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester in Sunday’s game at Fenway Park. ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is suffering from vertigo and missed a second straight game on Monday. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen took his place. ... K.C.’s Salvador Perez was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday with a groin strain. He originally was going to catch but switched to DH when Hosmer was scratched. “He feels much better,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s not a speed demon to begin with. It’s still probably going to affect him a little bit running, but he can catch and swing and do everything else.” ... Abreu doubled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. ... LHP Bruce Chen (1-2) takes on Scott Carroll (4-5) in the second game of the series.


    Cougars swept by Great Lakes

    Joey Curletta did all the damage for Great Lakes on Monday, but it was just enough to finish a sweep over the visiting Kane County Cougars (19-11, 64-36) with a 3-1 victory.

    Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Cincinnati. Hendricks was making his major league debut.

    Iowa pitchers ready to contribute to Cubs

    The I-Cubs are in healthy shape, atop the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division with a 54-47 record through Sunday. Starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada made the all-star team, while Dallas Beeler, and lefties Chris Rusin and Eric Jokisch also have pitched effectively. With the Cubs’ trade of ace Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland on July 4, the big-league team has a couple of starting-rotation slots open for the second half of the season. Unlike the last couple of seasons, however, the Cubs appear to have depth at Class AAA to utilize.

    The odds are against former NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch making the Bears’ roster, but his toughness and smarts make him a coach’s dream.

    Special challenges ahead for Bears special teams

    The turnover in personnel on Bears special teams will create more than the ususal amount of questions in that phase of the game as Marc Trestman's team reports Wednesday to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for the start of training camp (first practice on Friday). Bob LeGere answers the key questions facings the special teams unit.


    Enough already with cuddly Bears mascot

    The Bears could learn something from the Cleveland Browns, of all people: Replace their cuddly bear of a mascot with a real bear that is menacing like real football players should be.

    Becky Pearl

    Judson softball coach Pearl leaving for Lewis

    Judson University softball coach Becky (Stenning) Pearl has announced that she has accepted the position of head softball coach at NCAA Division II Lewis University effective August 4. Pearl has coached at Judson for 10 seasons and is the program’s all-time winningest coach with 250 wins.


    Mike North video: $300,000 won on Mcllroy bet
    Rory Mcllroy's father and his friends placed bets on the phenom when he was 15 to win the British open and now they are getting to cash in after yesterday's victory.


    Scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals


    Ukrainian Emergency workers carry a stretcher with a victim's body in a bag as pro-Russian fighters stand in guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday. Rebels in eastern Ukraine took control Sunday of the bodies recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the U.S. and European leaders demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin make sure rebels give international investigators full access to the crash site.

    Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

    Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals has mounted at the rebels and their allies in Moscow.

    The Air Force is examining several anomalies that occurred during Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s three civilian space flights as part of its review of billionaire Elon Musk's quest to launch military satellites.

    Air Force examines anomalies as Musk's Spacex seeks launch work

    The Air Force is examining several anomalies that occurred during Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s three civilian space flights as part of its review of billionaire Elon Musk's quest to launch military satellites. While none of the irregularities caused the missions to fail, the Air Force is reviewing corrective actions as it weighs certification of SpaceX.

    Taylor Schilling, left, and Uzo Aduba appear in a scene from “Orange Is the New Black.” The success of the series is a major reason for Netflix’s report Monday of a higher-than-expected jump in subscribers.

    Netflix tops 50 million subscribers as earnings soar

    Netflix’s second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from one of its hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix’s management predicted. The quarter is typically the company’s slowest of the year, as people spend more time outdoors instead of watching video.

    Stocks closed with slight losses on Monday as U.S. companies turned in mixed quarterly results and as tension mounts between Russia and the West over the downed passenger jet in Ukraine.

    U.S. stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks

    The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing of separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airways passenger plane in Ukraine last week.

    Associated Press Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc. halted buying meat products from a Shanghai supplier while authorities investigate allegations that the company sold chicken and beef past its expiration date.

    McDonald’s, KFC in China face new food scandal

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported an Aurora-based supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.


    Ukraine troops attack rebel strongholds ‘across all fronts’

    Ukraine targeted pro-Russian separatists who’ve fallen back to two of the nation’s biggest eastern cities, stepping up a four-month military offensive in the wake of last week’s Malaysia Air plane disaster.Government troops seized towns in the Donbas region and took over part of Donetsk, according to a Defense Ministry statement today on Facebook. The army has begun an “advance across all fronts,” Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told reporters.“The time has come when Russia must take a final decision -- to really support Donbas’s Russians or abandon them forever,” rebel commander Igor Strelkov said on his page on Russian-language social media website Vkontakte.After pushing them out of bases in the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, Ukraine’s government is intensifying its assault on the separatists, whose appeals for Russian intervention haven’t been met. The heightened military campaign comes days after a missile downed flight MH17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 people on board.Nations including the U.S and the U.K. say the rebels probably fired the missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine is to blame because it ended a cease-fire with the rebels last month. Putin will tomorrow host a meeting to discuss “matters related to ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation,” the Kremlin said today in an e-mailed statement.‘Enormous’ AdvantageWhile the insurgents repelled tanks near Donetsk, Ukraine’s forces have an “enormous” technical advantage, according to Borodai, who said he’s seeking a resumption of cease-fire talks. The army deployed warplanes and fired Grad missiles in the outskirts of the city of 1 million, he said.At least four civilians were killed and two wounded during today’s fighting, the Donetsk regional governor’s office said on its website. DTEK, the energy company owned by Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, said in a statement that drinking-water reserves are sufficient for only five days, even if water supplies are significantly restricted.“If you have the opportunity to leave the city, don’t be afraid to do so,” said Donetsk Governor Serhiy Taruta, who was appointed by the government in Kiev. “The state guarantees that everyone will be cared for.”Weapons SeizedGovernment troops today took control of two cities in the Donetsk region and a city and a village in the Luhansk region, Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman for Defense Ministry, told reporters in Kiev. Donbas is made up of the two regions, which border Russia to the east.“Government troops, acting fast, detained a lot of militants as well as weapons made in Russia,” Lysenko said. Russia denies Ukrainian and U.S. allegations that its supplying arms to the separatists.Gunfire was heard in “many parts” of Donetsk this morning and there was shelling near the airport, the city council said on its website, without providing details of casualties. At 1 p.m. local time, plumes of thick black smoke could be seen rising from the outskirts.“The Ukrainians have just bombed the market near the main train station and also hit a residential building,” said Viktor Nechaevsky, who works at the press service of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “There are victims.”--With assistance from Olga Tanas in Moscow and Daryna Krasnolutska in Kiev. To contact the reporters on this story: Aliaksandr Kudrytski in Minsk, Belarus at akudrytskibloomberg.net; Volodymyr Verbyany in Kiev at vverbyany1bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenzbloomberg.net Andrew Langley, Andrea Dudik


    Democrats’ turnout woes boost Republican senate hopes

    Voter turnout in primaries this year is down sharply, and more so for Democrats, suggesting a strong Republican showing in November.In the first 25 statewide primaries this year, according to the Center for the the Study of the American Electorate, overall turnout is down 18 percent from the last midterms elections, in 2010. Only 14.8 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot for governor or U.S. senator according to the nonpartisan group, which has done analysis of voter engagement for three decades.Turnout for Democrats plummeted 29 percent from four years ago. Republican turnout was down too, but only by 15 percent.The report buttresses Republicans’ contention the party will do better in November because the large Democratic turnout in the presidential year will decline significantly. This gives Republicans high hopes of gaining a net of at least six Senate seats to take control of that body, and of adding to their advantages in the House and among governors.Democrats counter this is misleading, as they had fewer contested primaries this spring and summer, providing less incentive to turn out. Moreolver, Democratic strategists claim their more-sophisticated voter identification and turnout operation will kick in this November.There are 61 million Americans who eligible but not registered to vote. The most effective way to address this, says Curtis Gans, who directs the voter study, would be to follow Mexico and create a biometric national identification card and system: “It would automatically enfranchise the 61 million, eliminate inaccurate voting lists, make voting a one-step act and eliminate the possibility of all type of fraud other than vote-buying and election-official misconduct.”

    Bobbers Bar and Grill is targeted for an August opening with a waterfront view of Lake Zurich.

    Entrepreneur takes chance on Lake Zurich waterfront

    Bobby Razes says he saw an opportunity in a tired, former restaurant on Old Rand Road near Lake Zurich's waterfront when it was put up for sale earlier this year. Razes is renovating the former Eng's Tea House into Bobbers Bar and Grill. He said the nearby lake is the foundation of his business. “View is critical,” Razes said. “People play on view. It plays in their minds.”


    The disconnect between unemployed and businesses

    Logic says the still large pool of unemployed workers should be a good source of employees for small businesses, but talks with two deeply involved employment experts indicate that’s not the case: Except among younger individuals, who apparently see more of the potential and less of the risk, small businesses are deemed too risky by many jobseekers.Fear seems to rule.“Go into a small business as an employee? Start their own business?” repeats Mayer Smith.“The white collar, middle income professional who has been at Lucent or Navistar the past 10 or 15 years, has never looked for a job before but has been laid off — well, they don’t want to work for a small business. They assume that business doesn’t have the money to pay them what they need.“And they don’t have the capital to start a business. They’re scared to do it.“We haven’t seen too much transitioning to small businesses,” Smith says.Smith is a volunteer PATH Group facilitator at Naperville’s Compass Church.PATH assists people with career changes, most not of their own choice. During the day, Smith is an employment specialist at the Association for Individual Development, Aurora, which seeks employment for the developmentally disabled. “Entrepreneurs know there is good talent out there, and I know several who have tried to lure unemployed workers (into the small business sector),” Smith says. “They’ve had some success, but they’re in the minority.”There is interest in small business opportunities, however. In the northwest suburbs, for example, Bob Podgorski sees “a continuous flow of people interested in startups and employment in small businesses.”Who’s attracted is somewhat surprising. The most interested demographic is “Younger — and almost anxious to avoid larger enterprises,” says Podgorski, principal of RPP Enterprises, a career programming consultancy in Hoffman Estates; longtime mover behind the Saint Hubert Job and Networking Ministry; and developer of an embryonic employment support center for Schaumburg Township.“We’re seeing young people out of college, living at home, don’t have a lot of expenses and see just as much risk of being laid off at a large company as working for a smaller one,” Podgorski says.“There’s risk in small business, but there’s also excitement and potential,” especially in a market where, according to Podgorski, 40 percent of the jobs are contract or part-time.Nonetheless, the aversion to risk among the unemployed is understandable, especially if you’ve walked in their footsteps. “Corporate guys can’t think entrepreneurially,” Smith says. “They have families, mortgages, tuitions, bills. They tell me, ‘I’m gonna go flip burgers or go back to school and get retrained in a new field.’”Smith does have an option for potential employers, however — if your business has the right type of project: The developmentally disabled who work at AID facilities in Aurora and Elgin.“Small assembly jobs are ideal for us,” Smith says.“Our people are very happy with repetitive work.”• Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.© 2014 Kendall Communications Inc.


    The U.S. Needs fresh ideas for a new kind of unemployment

    The U.S. labor market is still a long way from healed. The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009, is misleading: Long-term unemployment accounts for a much bigger share of the total than usual. Millions who would like full-time jobs are having to work part time. And millions more have given up looking for work and are no longer part of the count.That’s an awful toll of disappointment and distress. What can be done?Lack of demand remains the chief problem. The Federal Reserve’s power to make up the shortfall seems to have reached its limit -- politically, even if not for economic reasons -- and a paralyzed Washington has said no to further fiscal stimulus. One neglected avenue remains, however: helping to connect the unemployed to companies that are doing well and looking to hire.Those firms do exist, despite flagging overall demand. The unemployment rate varies widely from state to state -- from 7.9 percent in Mississippi to 2.7 percent in North Dakota to 3.5 percent in Nebraska, Utah and Vermont. This shows what’s possible, but at the same time, it’s a puzzle: If labor markets are tight in some places and slack in others, why don’t the unemployed move? This is where policy could usefully focus.High mobility of labor was always seen as a particular strength of the U.S. economy, but lately it has been more myth than reality. Even before the recession, the U.S.’s advantage had been fading. Recently, labor mobility has fallen to its lowest since records began in the 1940s. Removing some of the obstacles that the government has put in the way of people looking for work would help a lot.People can’t or won’t move for various reasons. The unemployed in Michigan may be unaware of openings in Utah. They may lack the needed skills. Plus, moving is expensive: For people with a house to sell, mortgaged for more than it’s worth, moving may be unaffordable. And for families that rely on state-specific government assistance (as many of the unemployed do), moving is complicated. At modest cost, some of these problems can be addressed. First, the government should do more to help unemployed workers search for new jobs -- and not just in the places where they already happen to live. Studies comparing policies in a range of industrialized countries find that job-search assistance -- in the form of job-brokerage services, referrals to training programs and help with the costs of relocating -- is good value for money. It makes a difference and it’s cheap. Subsidies for training or retraining also make sense, so long as they’re carefully designed. This involves bigger outlays, but good training programs can pass the cost-effectiveness test. Granted, the record of the existing federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program is discouraging. Created in the 1960s and changed many times, the TAA was intended to help with job searches and relocation, as well as pay training subsidies to a narrow group of eligible candidates. Periodic evaluations have typically found poor results.The TAA program was slow and complex to administer -- partly because it was meant to help only workers whose jobs were lost to competition from imports. Recently it’s been pruned and may soon disappear altogether. Instead, it should be simplified and then enlarged. The Barack Obama administration has suggested merging it into a new streamlined scheme with wider eligibility -- the New Career Pathways program. That’s a good idea. So far, support in Congress is lacking.U.S. tax and welfare policies need to be streamlined, too. As things stand, both make it much harder for people to move.


    Airbus seeks pan-european drone pact as U.K.’S Taranis leads way

    Airbus Group NV said it favors a pan-European deal on military drones after an Anglo-French agreement from which it’s excluded received government backing and the U.K.’s Taranis model began testing stealth technology. A bilateral approach to developing a combat drone that could succeed aircraft such as the Eurofighter ignores both the capabilities of other countries and the success of more inclusive aerospace programs, Domingo Urena-Raso, who heads Airbus’s military-aircraft operations, said in an interview.

    Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

    U.S. companies report rising sales, employment in 2Q

    Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.Fifty-seven percent of the 85 respondents to the quarterly survey said sales at their companies rose in the April-June period. That was up from 53 percent in the first quarter and 35 percent in the same period a year ago. Just 5 percent of firms said sales fell during the second quarter.

    The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City’s casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers.

    Atlantic City doomed by glut of casinos in region
    The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City’s casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. In the 36th year of casino gambling in New Jersey, which not too long ago had a monopoly on the East Coast, the casino industry is crashing with a suddenness and a fury that has caught many people here by surprise. It started the year with 12 casinos; by mid-September, it could have eight.

    Kelly Augustyniak

    Style consultant helps people ‘look their best’
    An interview with Kelly Augustyniak, owner of The Perspektive in Barrington.Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: The Perspektive is a personalized style, reinvention & fashion consultancy service. I am a professional stylist and imaging expert. What I do is I make people look their best and make it as simple as possible for them by taking the work and frustration out of it. Q: What made you start your business? A: I opened the studio in Barrington to expand my network into a new area I have not worked with extensively and develop new contacts in hopes of establishing some new client relationships. The best opportunity to make a great connection is by way of referral, of course, but the studio is where someone new can comfortably come in, sit down, have a chat and see if they feel there is a connection and an opportunity that I can improve a small facet of their life. It’s also serves as a location to have events, trunk shows and eventually I plan to incorporate some unique experience ideas. Perhaps, a quaint First Friday event. Something to bring like people together and be exposed to something you might not have been otherwise. Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A: Getting exposure and the word out. Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: Having the opportunity to meet and be hired by some of the most fascinating and influential men and women, is truly an honor. I am learning something new and astounding, on the regular, while I provide them with a service that allows them to put more focus back into being amazing. I am fortunate that my business allows for such enrichment of life.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A: Although many consider me their fashion therapist, I thought I would be a doctor; actually went to U of I for pre-med, but fashion has always been my biggest passion. I’m sure there are some great pics floating around of me as a little girl, somewhere, all dressed up in jewelry and whatever else I could find.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: Ideas and items I saw that would be a perfect fit for a specific client that I can’t wait to tell them about. I call it my revolving Rolodex. On the creative side: an oversized portfolio clutch collection I have been mentally designing for the last year and a small novelty fine jewelry design concept I plan to produce. Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?A: Ask questions, listen closely, trust your gut, be courageous, be resilient and develop your network before you need it. • Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

    Eduardo Paras

    Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families

    Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

Life & Entertainment


    How to handle family games

    My husband's family likes to play games, like pingpong, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, I get incredibly self-conscious and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn't help. Whenever I try to bow out, his aunts or other family members will convince me to play. I just don't like games, but I do like chatting with people while they play.We are all getting together soon, and I would appreciate some guidance on how to either get the game-players off my back or learn to relax and just play.

    Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it’s canceled for budget reasons, in the “Yellow Badge of Cowardge” season finale episode of “The Simpsons” from May 2014. The full 25-year run of “The Simpsons” will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy.

    ‘Simpsons’ marathon, digital ‘Simpsons World’ coming

    The full 25-year run of “The Simpsons” will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. A website and app dubbed “Simpsons World” will allow on-demand access to all of the 500-plus episodes of Fox’s animated comedy and enable users to search through the life histories of Mr. Burns, Bart and other lemon-hued Springfield residents.

    “Good and Cheap” by Leanne Brown started as a master’s thesis and turned into a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to put hardcover copies in the hands of the people who need it most.

    Lush photos and flavors help teach budget cooking

    Leanne Brown didn’t set out to write a buzz-worthy cookbook for people who want fine-dining taste on a food stamp budget. Because “Good and Cheap,” a beautifully photographed e-book packed with low-cost, fuss-free recipes, actually began simply as a master’s thesis for the 29-year-old NYU food studies program graduate.

    James Lee Burke crafts an ambitious novel with the release of “Wayfaring Stranger.”

    Burke fashions epic story in 'Wayfaring Stranger'

    Author James Lee Burke is a descendant of tough Texas lawmen. In “Wayfaring Stranger,” Burke introduces another member of the Holland family (inspired by the Hollan side of his family), Weldon Avery Holland. When we first meet him, it's 1934, and Weldon, a teen, is living on a hardscrabble Texas farm with his mentally ill mother and his grumpy grandfather. The epic story Burke has fashioned is thick with tension to the very end. His characters, both heroes and villains, are superbly well-drawn, and the poetic descriptions of both urban and country settings bring Texas to life on the page.

    Andy Serkis plays Caesar in the film, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

    'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' raises common reboot questions: Why so serious?

    Most people who flocked to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” over the weekend might have shared a twinge of ambivalence when it was all over: Rather than turn to one another with goofy, what-a-great-flick glee, they were more likely to shuffle out of the multiplex in a mood of subdued solemnity. Is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” impressive? Without a doubt. Is it admirably smart and ambitious? You bet. Is it fun? Eh ... not so much.

    Fox’s chairman and CEO Peter Rice says the show needs to find contestants the audience cares about.

    Fox admits ‘Idol’ has lacked engaging contestants

    “American Idol” needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That’s a criticism Fox’s chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public,” he said.


    Former Destiny’s Child member arrested in S.C.

    A former member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child has been arrested in South Carolina near Myrtle Beach. Online records show 33-year-old Farrah Franklin was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    Court documents filed July 18 show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant’s suggestion he set aside money for his three children because he didn’t want them to be “trust fund” kids.

    Court: Hoffman didn’t want his kids to be ‘trust fund’ kids

    Court documents show Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected his accountant’s suggestion he set aside money for his three children because he didn’t want them to be “trust fund” kids.

    The first trailer for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie will be out this week and Charlie Hunnam, the original Christian Grey, says he can’t wait to see the finished product.

    Charlie Hunnam talks about leaving ‘Fifty Shades’

    The first trailer for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, says he can’t wait for the finished product. Speaking Sunday at a Fox event as part of the Television Critics Association press tour, the 34-year-old actor said he still believes in the film although he’s no longer a part of it. “I’m just really excited to see it. I was just really, really invested and wanted to work with (director) Sam (Taylor-Johnson) and play that character. I’m really, really curious.”

    Judi Sheppard Missett, 70, the founder of Jazzercise, leads a workout. Missett started teaching her dance-based workout program 45 years ago in the Chicago area.

    Jazzercise: Still evolving after 45 years

    Zumba might be the current leading trend in dance exercise, but Jazzercise, which has roots in the Chicago area, is still going strong after 45 years. And so is its 70-year-old founder, Judi Sheppard Missett.

    Cookies and doughnuts top the list of Americans’ top sources of calories.

    Your health: Americans’ top 10 foods
    Is it any wonder that many Americans struggle with their weight when few of them are following federal dietary guidelines, which recommend daily servings of dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains and low-fat milk. Instead, we eat foods full of refined grains, sugar, fat and calories — just check out this list of the top 10 sources of calories in the U.S. diet.


    Can kids who have lost a paired organ play sports?

    The student was a natural athlete, but in an anatomical quirk of fate, had been born with only one kidney. Protective parents would naturally assume such children need to refrain from competitive sports, but that’s not always the case.


    Rotator cuff injury requires rest, pain relief, stretching

    Q: I’ve injured my rotator cuff. What can I do to relieve the pain?

    Lake Zurich native Dina Cimarusti, left, is one of the makeup artists competing this season on Syfy's “Face Off.”

    Lake Zurich woman among 'Face Off' competitors

    If McKenzie Westmore didn't know the world of movie makeup already, she surely would now. The former datyime TV star hails from an Oscar-winning Hollywood makeup family, which continues to make her an ideal host for the Syfy competition series “Face Off.” Its seventh round begins Tuesday, July 22, and contestants include Dina Cimarusti of Lake Zurich.

    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.

    This image provided by Jane Tabachnick shows her daughter Mel Bandler on the steps of Sacre Couer, the famous church in Paris. Bandler studied in Paris as part of her work for a degree from Rutgers University, and stayed in touch with her mom using Skype and GoogleChat. Free and low-cost apps and websites have made it easy for students to remain in contact with families abroad, unlike a generation ago, when Tabachnick studied in Paris and relied on airmailed letters as the main way to stay in touch with her parents.

    Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch

    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?


    Sometimes it may be wise to say, ‘Hey, kid, get off my lawn’

    This is the time of year when pesticides get sprayed on lawns, parks and golf courses. Though the goal may be to make these green spaces more pleasant places to play — fewer bugs, fewer weeds — these treatments may not be as safe as you assume.Most people are “not aware of the hazards that the unthinking use of pesticides poses to their children,” says Philip Landrigan, dean for global health and a professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Pesticides include herbicides to kill weeds and insecticides such as those sprayed to manage cockroaches and other pests.

    The new Thor was debuted on “The View” where artwork was revealed showcasing a buxom blonde clad in a caped costume and brandishing the trademark hammer. Series writer Jason Aaron said in a statement that “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. ... This is THE Thor.”

    5 things to know about the new Goddess of Thunder

    When superhero comics publishers alter a character, they often wait and hope for the clap of approval. This week, Marvel Comics’ big announcement brought a thunderclap. Marvel announced ­— on the friendly venue of ABC’s “The View” — that a big switch is coming this fall to the God of Thunder: There will be a new wielder of Mjolnir, the mystical hammer of Thor.

    Jared Padalecki, left, and producer Jeremy Carver speak on stage during the “Supernatural” panel at The CW 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday.

    'Supernatural’ stars still energized at season 10

    “Supernatural” stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki say the TV series they started nine years ago remains just as fun today as it did at the beginning. “We still get excited about it,” Ackles told journalists Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

    Geometrics and graphic prints put a preppy spin on notebooks that can be personalized with kids’ names or initials.

    Add zing to notebooks, store-bought or DIY

    When it’s time to start stocking the school backpack, it’s easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks. But since kids have to tote these things to and fro every day, why not trade the standard-issue ones for something snazzy and personalized? There are plenty of eye-catching options to buy or to make yourself.



    Work together to end inner-city violence
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Black youth across this country are faced with a serious challenge that no one black president or mayor maybe able to fix. Violent crimes among black youth ages 17-29 in urban areas have been on the rise, and no one seems to have any real solutions. You hear the stories in the news every day, not to mention on social media, of children being killed while playing in front of their homes. One tragic loss after another, but will it ever end?


    Reporter distorted facts about ruling
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is always disappointing when the political editor, the guy we are depending on to give us nonpartisan political info, practices partisan politics, which is what political editor Mike Riopell does in his “Democrats offer pushback on Hobby Lobby ruling” article of July 10.


    There’s a legal way to immigrate
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I suggest that you search for your ancestors on the many websites available. Perhaps what you discover will change your mind. Immigrate legally and you have earned the right to pursue the American dream!


    You always can work somewhere else
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I‘m really confused over people’s concerns about Hobby Lobby’s position on choosing life.


    Thanks from family of fallen soldier
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: The family of PFC Gunnar Hotchkin is very appreciative of the Daily Herald for reprinting articles that were originally published in June 2010 regarding Gunnar having been killed in action in Afghanistan on June 16, 2010.


    A case against concealed carry
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Joseph Wilcox, 31, didn’t need to die in the horrific anti government terrorist incident in Las Vegas June 8. The two Las Vegas cops had no such option as they were gunned down simply because they were the first convenient target for the murderous duo who later killed themselves after their short, bloody ‘revolution’ against authority ended.


    Prove climate change through scientific method
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Just 15,000 years ago the planet warmed 10 degrees. Human actions were not the problem then or now. Volcanic eruptions especially, the ring of fire along the Pacific Rim, spew much unwanted material into the air. Can the scientists stop volcanic eruptions? Can they stop solar eruptions? Since they can’t, let’s stop wasting time and money on any of it.


    Wrong to ignore climate change
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: And now do nothing legislation.


    Climate change evidence overwhelming
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: In response to Mr. Babush’s letter (June 21), he seems to be taking Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to task for her support in reducing carbon emissions. I do not understand how anyone can deny that the Earth is not only getting warmer, but that it is getting warmer than ever and faster than ever.


    TV today beyond ‘a vast wasteland’
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Over 50 years ago, Newton Minow was the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. It was up to his people to decide if you could get your broadcasting license renewed. It was he who, in a speech, called television “a vast wasteland.” It is especially true when it comes to the news.


    Easy compromise on Wrigley rooftops
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The Wrigley rooftop owners have offered the Chicago Cubs a compromise; no lawsuit if the Cubs agree to the jumbotron scoreboard and the right-field sign and drop the plans for the five additional signs that were approved by the Chicago Landmark Commission.


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