Daily Archive : Wednesday July 23, 2014



    Lake in the Hills standoff ends peacefully

    Residents of a Lake in the Hills neighborhood were asked to stay inside for some of Wednesday afternoon, as police dealt with a suicidal man who had barricaded himself and his teenage son in a house on Deerpath Road.

    Nicor, ComEd and fire officials investigate a fire at 1555 E. Devon Ave. in Bensenville. A child was killed, one person was injured, seven people were displaced, and two dogs died.

    4-year-old boy dies in Bensenville house fire

    A 4-year-old boy hiding behind a dresser didn’t escape a house fire and died Wednesday afternoon in Bensenville despite the efforts of his mother, a neighbor, passers-by, police and firefighters. “Every minute seemed to be like 100 minutes,” neighbor Kathleen Barroso said of their efforts to get to Martin Pletz. “You are trying to do something. ... You’re only...

    With thousands of trains running a year, Metra's track record is a good one, official said.

    Investigations of Metra engineers on the rise for 2014

    The number of discipline cases involving Metra engineers for the first half of 2014 is 11 - the same total for all of 2013. The negative trend ... officials said. A look at problems over three years revealed speeding and signal violations plus a bathroom faux pas. “Some years you have relatively low numbers and some you have relatively high numbers," Metra Executive Director Don Orseno...


    Will Des Plaines take away city employees’ cars?

    Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad said Wednesday he thinks as many as eight city-owned take-home vehicles could be eliminated as part of an effort to cut costs — but isn’t going to make any formal proposal until more information is made available.

    Nora Wallar

    Lombard missing woman found safe

    Lombard police have found a woman with autism who walked away from her school Wednesday.

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 10:45 p.m.

    FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights to Israel

    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 10:45 p.m.

    Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome speaks Wednesday about a balanced batting stance to participants attending the White Sox Silver Slugger Camp for boys and girls at Lisle’s Community Park.

    Thome’s hitting tips to Lisle kids: ‘Don’t get down on yourself’

    When Jim Thome helped out Wednesday at a Bulls/Sox Academy baseball camp in Lisle, it wasn’t all about the kids. It was about their families, too, as the former White Sox designated hitter answered questions from parents like Tracy Swinford of Monee, who said her family attended the 2007 game when Thome hit his 500th home run, and wondered what it felt like for him. “It was almost...

    Leanna Reporto of Glendale Heights spends her third birthday visiting with the goats during opening day of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    Midways and monster trucks at DuPage County Fair

    The DuPage County Fair opened its five-day run Wednesday with hundreds of vendors, countless carnival rides, and plenty of performers and grandstand shows featuring monster trucks, rodeo cowboys and even a wine and beer tasting. The fair, which began 60 years as a small expo in Naperville, is expected to draw roughly 100,000 people this week as it continues from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Sunday...

    Leon Joffe

    Palatine police look for missing ill man

    Palatine police are seeking a missing 63-year-old man, who has bipolar disorder and can appear to be delusional, they say.

    Babar Suleman and son, Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind., June 19, before taking off for an around-the-world flight. Their single-engine plane crashed in waters off American Samoa on Wednesday.

    Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board.

    Miss Lake County Fair contestants compete during the Lake County Fair Wednesday in Grayslake.

    Images: Wednesday at the Lake County Fair
    The Lake County Fair opened on Wednesday, July 23 in Grayslake. Wednesday's events included 4-H demonstrations and judging, baking demonstrations, entertainment for kids, rides, games and food.

    The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

    Glitch crashes global U.S. passport, visa operations

    The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

    Clint Carey, left, of Pingree Grove has bought the 25-foot-tall wood sculpture of Revolutionary War soldier that’s been on display since 1976 on the front lawn of Custom Furniture in St. Charles.

    Giant wooden soldier taken down in St. Charles

    If you have traveled north of St. Charles on Route 25 in the past 38 years, you’ve probably been greeted by a larger-than-life wooden soldier. That iconic, 25-foot-tall Revolutionary War soldier on Route 25 north of St. Charles was slowly dismantled Wednesday, taken in for repairs, before it's relocated to a new battlefront in Pingree Grove.

    Joseph Rudolph Wood, a condemned Arizona inmate, gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

    Pallbearers place a coffin into a hearse during a ceremony to mark return of the first remains of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Netherlands, Wednesday. After being removed from the planes, were taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones.

    40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

    Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. Even though they are still unidentified, the corpses that arrived on two military transport planes in Eindhoven were embraced by a nation unmoored by the loss of so many people caught...

    Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bill Grant after his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday. Kerry was to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel continued.

    U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
    The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.


    Family of drowned Elk Grove man sues Chicago gentleman’s club

    The family of a 30-year-old Elk Grove Village man who drowned in the Chicago River in April, has filed a wrongful death suit against the nightclub where Ryan McLelland was drinking shortly before his death.

    The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs Wednesday. McDonald is seen here during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, flanked by Sens. Sherrod Brown, left, and Rob Portman, right.

    Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.News: The panel’s unanimously vote came one day after a nomination hearing in which he faced no opposition. Senators said they are eager for McDonald, who grew up in Arlington Heights, to begin work at the beleaguered agency, which has been...

    Jake Hixon and Kathy Harding look for family heirlooms they may have been spared at a relative’s house after the fire that swept through Pateros, Wash., last Thursday.

    Fire season in West expected to get more intense

    Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Wednesday that largely has been a matter of luck, with the hot windy weather known as “red flag” days not lining up with the lighting strikes that start most fires,...

    Rodney S. Craig

    Hanover Park’s Craig to replace Mulder on Metra board

    Cook County commissioners picked Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig to fill a vacant spot on the Metra board Wednesday. Craig will attend his first Metra meeting in August, replacing former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder.

    Jacqueline Loyola

    Carpentersville woman faces probation violation in stabbing death case

    Kane County prosecutors want a 23-year-old Carpentersville woman, given four years probation for her role in a 2010 stabbing death, to fulfill the terms of her sentence. Otherwise, Jacqueline S. Loyola, of the 2400 block of Tomahawk Court, could serve significant prison time. She was spared prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder while fighting an uninvited guest at her...


    U-46 names new principals, administrators

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board this week appointed eight new principals, two associate principals and several program administrators for the upcoming school year.


    Children’s event at Navy museum

    Great Lakes Naval Museum hosts a “Float Your Boat” activity for children starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. The free event will allow children an opportunity to learn about buoyancy, ships and how things float, and then design and make their own pie-plate boat.


    Survey asks Mt. Prospect residents about housing, development issues

    The village of Mount Prospect is asking residents to identify what they see as important needs in the village with respect to housing, roads, economic development and more. Results of the survey, which is available online and in print form at select locations, will be used when village leaders decide how to allocate future Community Development Block Grant funds.

    Thomas Poynton

    Lake Zurich voters might decide if village gets home rule

    Voters might get to decide whether to grant Lake Zurich government home rule, which would provide village officials more local control over taxes and other matters. “We’re not looking to raise property taxes,” Mayor Thomas Poynton said. “We’re looking to generate some other sources of revenue.”

    Island Lake’s village board will hear a pitch Thursday night from a local business owner who wants to buy a portion of a local street. Mike Johnson says he and his employees are the only drivers who use the stretch of Bassler Drive he hopes to purchase from the village.

    Island Lake man wants to buy portion of village road

    An Island Lake man wants to buy a portion of a village street that leads to his property, and he'll try to win over trustees with a presentation Thursday night.

    Members of the St. Charles Liquor Commission, from left, Robert Gehm, Rita Payleitner, Ray Rogina and Chuck Amenta, all agreed the city needs its own definition of “intoxication” to combat problems caused by downtown tavern patrons.

    St. Charles police seek to define “intoxication”

    As St. Charles officials continue to try to get unruly bar activity in the downtown under control, the city’s liquor commission is forming its own definition of what it means to be intoxicated. The definition goes beyond the standard training bar tenders receive, giving police a bigger hammer to come down on tavern owners with.


    Burglars in Des Plaines targeting work vans

    Burglars in Des Plaines have targeted work vans, stealing thousands of dollars in tools in recent weeks.


    Mundelein Explorers finish 3rd in national competition

    The Mundelein Police Explorer Post #184 recently earned third place for their performance at the 2014 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. The team won in the “Burglary in Progress” event, and was the only unit from Illinois to place in any of the team events.


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    Cary Grove chamber hosts first fall fest

    The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Cary Main Street Fest Sept. 27 and 28. The outdoor fall festival will feature local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area. “We’re really excited about the launch of this event,” said Brad Ball, chamber executive director. “A street...


    Buffalo Grove moves Night Out back to Willow Stream Park

    Buffalo Grove is moving its annual National Night Out back to Willow Stream Park this year, scrapping earlier plans to hold the Aug. 5 event at Mike Rylko Community Park. The Night Out will feature free food, live music, a business expo, games and attractions for children, and interactive displays by the Buffalo Grove Police and Fire departments.

    The Vernon Hills village board has approved plans for a Menards store on the northwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Gregg’s Parkway, despite some ongoing opposition from nearby residents.

    Menards gets final approval in Vernon Hills

    After nine months of review and several changes, a proposed two-story Menards home improvement center at Milwaukee Avenue and Gregg's Parkway in Vernon Hills has received official approval from the village. The final change requires the store's facade to be biege rather than the corporate green.


    Truck crossed center line in fatal Pingree Grove crash, cops say

    Pingree Grove police say a pickup truck crossed in to oncoming traffic, in the July 17 crash on Route 20 that killed its driver.

    Cancer survivor teams wore pink and held a ceremony throwing roses into Lake Arlington prior to the 2013 event.

    Dragon Boat Festival coming July 26 to Arlington Heights

    Lake Arlington will once again be the site this Saturday for one of the summer’s most colorful and fun events — the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo.

    In this July 22 photo Marla Levi, 51, poses for a photo at her home in Buffalo Grove. Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. Levi eats marijuana brownies to ease the rigidity in her legs caused by multiple sclerosis. Her doctor has agreed to write her a recommendation.

    Illinois patients to docs: ‘What about marijuana?’

    Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. “It’s already an issue,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle of Barrington-based JourneyCare, which specializes in end-of-life care. “People are asking, ‘What about marijuana?’”


    Lake forest preserve has job openings

    Lake County Forest Preserve District officials are looking to hire people for several open positions. A ranger police officer and a visitors services assistant are among the posts that need applicants.

    Kaylie Shaya, 7, of Des Plaines, sits with her classmates in teacher Athena Apostolakis’ second grade class Wednesday during the first day of school at the Ridge Family Center for Learning in Elk Grove Village.

    Back to school comes early for some Dist. 59 students

    It’s only July, but students at one Elk Grove Village school headed back to the classroom Wednesday. July 23 marked the first day of the 2014-15 school year for students at the Ridge Family Center for Learning, Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59’s K-5 year-round school.

    The band Duran Duran — featuring John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon — is suing a Glenview-based fan club management company.

    Duran Duran suing Glenview-based fan club company

    The 1980s pop band Duran Duran is suing a Glenview-based fan club management company, saying it breached its contract by not sending promised revenue to the band. The lawsuit, filed last Friday in Cook County circuit court, says Worldwide Fan Clubs Inc. agreed in 2010 to create and manage the band’s fan club.

    String music will be among the entertainment Saturday during Arts in the Park at Towne Square in downtown Palatine. The free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. celebrates the arts through live entertainment and art projects for children of all ages.

    Palatine hosts Arts in the Park on Saturday

    While another part of downtown Palatine rocks this weekend with the annual Rockin’ the Blocks fest, residents seeking a calmer cultural experience can head to nearby Towne Square for Saturday’s Arts in the Park event.

    There will be plenty of tasty food, along with live music and family activities, to enjoy in downtown Palatine this weekend when the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Rockin’ the Blocks community block party. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Friday.

    Downtown Palatine ready to rock at chamber fest

    Downtown Palatine will rock this weekend as the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Rockin’ The Blocks community block party featuring food, family fun and, as the name indicates, plenty of live music. The outdoor festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, at the corner of Brockway and Slade streets.

    Christina Byrne of Geneva watches as Barry Stevens of the Vulcan Glass Art Studio demonstrates how to make a glass marble at last year’s Geneva Arts Fair.

    Geneva Arts Fair: an interactive gallery

    If you want to know the story behind a piece of artwork before purchasing it, the Geneva Arts Fair offers many such opportunities.The fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, in downtown Geneva, will provide a venue for more than 155 artisans to sell their original work to thousands of art enthusiasts, while allowing patrons to meet and talk to the artists.

    WAR Chest Boutique in downtown Naperville sells handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories produced by women across the world who have escaped prostitution or human trafficking. The nonprofit boutique uses proceeds to support Women At Risk International’s programs to rescue more women from prostitution and human trafficking.

    Naperville boutique holding event on Riverwalk to help Women At Risk

    A Naperville boutique that supports international programs to get women out of prostitution and human trafficking is taking its cause to the Riverwalk on Saturday during a new, free event. WAR Chest Boutique is hosting the first Celebrate Hope event to introduce people to the shop’s mission, said Meggie Zayas, a WAR Chest volunteer who is organizing the event. “A lot of women through...

    Rescue workers work next to the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.

    Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

    A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, authorities said. The plane was arriving from the city of Kaohsiung in...

    Lombard’s Four Season Park will be filled with more than 150 living-history educators who will portray people from the Civil War era, from Union and Confederate soldiers to a blacksmith and embalmer.

    Lombard preps for Civil War re-enactment in Four Seasons Park

    Visitors at Sweet’s Civil War Re-enactment in Lombard this weekend will get a realistic glimpse at the state of the nation 150 years ago, from candlelight tours of Union and Confederate camps to visits with an embalmer, a laundress, a blacksmith and plenty of soldiers.

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson said the addition of power forward Pau Gasol will give the team more depth.

    Bulls’ Gibson is happy Gasol is joining team

    Taj Gibson probably didn’t expect the Bulls’ biggest addition this summer to be another power forward, but he’s not sweating it. He's happy to see Pau Gasol join the team. “I think it’s a great addition to our team, gives us more depth,” Gibson said.

    Mario Montes-Deoca

    Waukegan man charged with sexually assaulting child at home day care

    A Waukegan man is free on bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old at the home day care operated by his wife, authorities said. Mario Montes-Deoca, 60, was charged July 16 with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.


    Clothing dryer sparks Streamwood house fire

    A fire that broke out in a first-floor laundry room left a Streamwood home with about $20,000 in damage, authorities said. Fire investigators pinned the cause on a clothing dryer.

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

    Elgin charter school group to appeal U-46 rejection

    The group proposing an Elgin charter school says it will appeal Elgin Area School District U-46's decision to deny its charter application with the state. “We're going to be working with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and an attorney,” said Kerry Kelly, vice president of the Elgin Charter School Initiative. “The INCS thinks we have a strong chance on appeal. We've...


    Naperville rehab facility faces lawsuit over firing employee on leave

    A transitional care and rehabilitation services facility in Naperville is being sued by a federal agency for firing an employee who was on a medical leave of absence. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims in a lawsuit filed this week that Alden Estates of Naperville, Inc., violated federal law by terminating its admissions director before she was scheduled to return to work.

    Preparations are under way for the DuPage County Fair, which opens Wednesday in Wheaton. Oli Baraclough,11, of Carol Stream shears a sheep. He was getting ready for the competition later in the week.

    Five things you can do at the DuPage County Fair today

    The DuPage County Fair opens today in Wheaton. Here are five things you can't miss while you're at the fair.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole items valued at $16,347 between 3:30 and 8:25 p.m. July 12 at a home on the 700 block of Meadow Drive in Des Plaines. They removed the cover to a window well, forced open the window and stole men’s and women’s watches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, a sterling silver bowl, three silk saris, a silk dress, a gift card, two wallets, a camera, safety deposit...

    Arizong death-row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.

    First Amendment fight won’t stop Arizona execution

    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the last year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.Joseph Rudolph Wood, 55, was scheduled to be put to death at the state prison in Florence amid new scrutiny nationwide over lethal injections after several controversial executions.

    Taya Kyle, widow of late Navy Seal and author Chris Kyle, arrives at court in St. Paul, Minn.

    Jury to reconvene in Ventura defamation case
    Jurors are due to reconvene in St. Paul to deliberate on whether a late famed military sniper defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.The case went to the jurors midday Tuesday. They will resume deliberations Wednesday.


    Two Ukrainian fighter jets downed by rebels near MH17 site

    Separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the same eastern region where Malaysian Air Flight MH17 was destroyed, the government said. Rebels downed two Su-25 fighters in the Donetsk region, Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkovsky said by phone today. They were hit from a missile-defense system over the village of Dmytrivka. The pilots ejected and their whereabouts are unknown,...

    Navy Mineman Bradley Allred jokes as he has his picture taken with a headless character during Comic-Con, in San Diego last year.

    4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego

    Like Batman responding to a beaming Bat signal in the sky, fans are streaming to San Diego for the 45th annual Comic-Con pop culture extravaganza. The four-day festival celebrating film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts kicks off with a preview Wednesday night and goes full force Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.


    Ex-CEO gets prison for stealing from NYC charity

    The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity has been sentenced to prison for helping to steal more than $9 million from the anti-poverty organization. William Rapfogel was sentenced Wednesday to a term of 40 months to 10 years. His wife and other supporters looked on as he was led out of court, uncuffed, to start serving his term.


    Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics

    Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela’s president. His first thought was, “Not again.” The 26-year-old student leader had already been accused by the ruling socialist party for collaborating with the U.S. to overthrow Venezuela’s then-leader Hugo Chavez in 2010.

    Carolyn Allen, left, a 69-year-old widow who has suffered two strokes, makes her way to the living room with roommate Marcia Rosenfeld, who owns the apartment Allen lives in New York. The two women are roommates thanks to a home-sharing program run by a New York-based nonprofit agency.

    Seniors use roommate-finding agencies to cut costs

    It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship. “It’s a wonderful arrangement,” said the white-haired Rosenfeld, who...

    A taxi maneuvers around a fallen tree from Typhoon Matmo Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday.

    Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan

    The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country’s heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight.Rain was still falling in Taiwan as a plane crashed on its second landing attempt and caught fire, and Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said 47 people were trapped and feared dead. Yeh was...

    Associated Press A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. Officials from California to Vermont, reacting to images of immigrant children sleeping in crowded conditions, are offering them shelter even as fellow lawmakers, sometimes in the same state, oppose the move.

    Immigrant children find support as others oppose sheltering them

    Officials from California to Vermont, reacting to images of immigrant children sleeping in crowded conditions, are offering them shelter even as fellow lawmakers, sometimes in the same state, oppose the move. As 1,000 Texas National Guard troops under orders from Governor Rick Perry move to secure the state’s border with Mexico, Dallas County is awaiting word on whether the federal...


    1 dead, 2 injured by SW Fla. lightning strike
    A lightning strike has killed one person and injured two others on Fort Myers Beach in southwest Florida.The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a man was walking with a woman and another man Tuesday afternoon when the lightning bolt struck. The strike apparently killed him instantly. The other man and woman were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.


    Forgiveness is the first step to healing

    Forgiveness heals our emotional wounds, soothes our hurts and cleanses our soul.


    Skeletal remains found in Indiana wooded area

    Authorities say they’re trying to identify skeletal remains that have been discovered in a wooded area in Bloomington. Capt. Troy Thomas of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office tells The Herald-Times the remains found Monday on the city’s east side are believed to be those of a missing person whose case the office was working on.


    Fourth suspect at large in Milwaukee shooting

    Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County. Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a “running gun battle” on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon.


    Ex-school janitor accused of assaulting students Ex-school janitor accused of assaulting students

    A former Chicago Public Schools janitor is accused of raping one student and fondling another while working at a South Side high school. Cook County Circuit Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Tuesday set bail at $100,000 for Paul Peatry, who is charged with criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse.


    Durbin to Putin: Take responsibility for crash

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to accept responsibility for downing a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine. Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, the Illinois Democrat also said Putin should do what he can to ensure unfettered access to the crash site.


    Rockford man charged in second killing
    A man accused of killing a high school friend was charged Tuesday in a second northern Illinois killing. Prosecutors in Illinois’ Lee County filed 12 murder counts against 36-year-old Terrence Doddy of Rockford in the July 1 death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. Other charges include robbery, concealment of a homicidal death and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and credit card.


    2 Illinois gang members plead guilty to conspiracy
    Two Illinois gang members have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute drugs. The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports 26-year-old Aeiral Yarbrough and 24-year-old Deona White pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. They face up to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.


    Illinois college breaks ground on mining facility
    A Saline County community college has broken ground on a simulated mine facility that will be used for education and competitions. Southeastern Illinois College received $220,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development to build the 12,000-square-foot facility. More than 1,000 miners go through the college’s training programs each year. Rescue teams will use the...


    Lawyers: Factor court decision into pensions case

    Lawyers representing state retiree groups said Tuesday they aim to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits in an effort to expedite their case challenging Illinois’ pension legislation. Attorneys told Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz they’d be filing a motion asking him to factor the July 3 ruling, which could severely alter the state’s...


    Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad
    The Wisconsin Republican Party filed a complaint Tuesday with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s and Mary Burke previously worked there as a top executive.

    A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington. Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

    Illinois insurance subsidies in place for now

    Officials say Illinois health insurance customers shouldn’t feel any immediate effect of a federal appeals court panel’s ruling as a confusing legal battle continues over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Contradictory rulings were issued Tuesday by two federal appeals court panels. One said the federal government couldn’t offer financial assistance to...

    Illinois regulators can force electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen clean-coal project, a state appeals court said in a ruling Tuesday.

    Court endorses Illinois electricity surcharge

    Illinois regulators can force electricity customers to help pay for the $1.6 billion FutureGen clean-coal project, a state appeals court said in a ruling Tuesday. The 2-1 decision handed down by the Illinois Appellate Court OKs a state plan to charge electricity customers an estimated $1 to $1.40 a month to help pay for the long-delayed project. FutureGen would refit a western Illinois coal plant...


    Quinn: Landfill’s PCB approval may be withdrawn

    Pat Quinn believes approvals a central Illinois county gave to a landfill did not include the potential storage of toxic PCBs the facility’s owner now wants to store.If that’s true, Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said Tuesday that state law might allow the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its approval of the plan to store toxic waste at the Clinton Landfill in...


    Chicago-bound plane makes emergency landing in Ohio
    A Chicago-boound Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Port Columbus International Airport because a fire-indicator light came on.The Columbus Dispatch reports Southwest Flight 424 from Baltimore to Chicago safely landed around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    Associated Press U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Bill Grant after his arrival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday.

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near. “We certainly have made steps forward,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he was meeting for the second...


    Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing
    Iraq’s parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.


    Dawn Patrol: Grayslake Central teen honored; warrant issued in Elgin stabbing

    Friends honor Grayslake teen who drowned. Warrant issued for Elgin man accused of stabbing wife. DuPage leaders on federal West Chicago thorium cleanup funds: 'Pay it now.' Police searching for Oswego home invasion suspects. Northwest Community looks to add rehab facility. Elgin teen who accosted woman on trail gets probation. Who knew Maddux would be such a freak?

    Fred Buss, evidence technician for the Batavia Police Department, discusses the unclaimed bicycles the department has. Some may end up being donated to needy people in Batavia instead of being auctioned off.

    Unclaimed bicycles may go to Batavia charity

    Batavia police may turn unclaimed bicycles over to a charity rather than sell them, under a proposal aldermen discussed Tuesday. The Batavia Bicycle Commission has asked for the bicycles, which would be refurbished and given to low-income children and adults.The proposal would apply only to bicycles valued at $100 or less.“It sounds like an excellent program,” City Administrator...

    Jeff Baustert films the Barrington White House as part of a documentary he is working on about the renovation project. Baustert has worked in the movie industry in Hollywood since 1987.

    Filmmaker to document Barrington White House renovation

    Hundreds of people in the Barrington area have come together to support renovating the White House, the 116-year-old dwelling that represents the earliest days of Barrington. This week, organizers added a Hollywood filmmaker to the list. “I'm hearing of people dropping six figures helping this renovation,” Jeff Baustert said. “I would love to be able to do that, but this I can...

    In this April 19, 2011, file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said Tuesday that the troops will help deter illicit traffic amid a record spike of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

    General: Guard to take observation role at border

    Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of unaccompanied minors entering the...

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com A mermaid and the Monkey Maze come together in a sea of colors at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. @thebrianhill used a Lensbaby plastic tilt/shift lens with an old Sony wide angle video adapter lens to get the effect.

    Images: Instagram at the Kane County Fair
    Fox Valley photo staff -- Rick West, Laura Stoecker, Brian Hill, and John Starks hit the Kane County Fair last weekend in St. Charles to document it using Instagram.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole trucks and trailers worth more than $200,000 in recent weeks in Elk Grove Village.

    Gerald Andrejcak, assistant director of Common Sense for Animals in Warren County, N.J, explores the shoreline of Halsey Island searching for a large snake in Lake Hopatcong near Jefferson, N.J.

    Hunt on for large, exotic snake in New Jersey lake

    Traps have been set for a large exotic snake that animal control officers and a private reptile expert have been hunting for in New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong. The New Jersey Herald reports that the state Department of Environmental Protection placed traps in the lake in northwest New Jersey on Friday. Spokesman Lawrence Ragonese says there haven’t been any confirmed sightings of the...



    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for July 24

    Joe Kristufek's selections for July 24 racing at Arlington International.


    Summer fishing means battling the weeds

    Some of the area ponds and even lakes have been suffering from an overgrowth of algae and heavy weeds. But some anglers have been able to score when working the open pockets, especially for big bluegills and largemouth bass.


    This walleye technique is just plane effective

    Using planer boards has helped pro walleye angler Tommy Skarlis make a name for himself, and it's a tactic that can help anyone in pursuit of this species.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman listens to questions at a news conference at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday. Trestman and the Bears have their first training-camp practice Friday.

    Bears not about to rest on laurels during training camp

    On paper it looks like this could be a great season for the Bears, who have accumulated a talented group of young and old players. But the difficult process of transforming paper to production and performance still remains, beginning with training camp practices which begin on Friday. “We've got to turn paper into performance and excellence,” Trestman said.


    Fire thrashed by Earthquakes, 5-1

    Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Fire on Wednesday night.San Jose (5-8-5) ended a five-game winless streak in which it scored two goals. Chicago (3-5-11) had allowed just three goals in four games.


    Joliet Catholic stops Prospect’s summer surge

    Summer ended a day to soon for Prospect. Joliet Catholic’s Drake Fellows had a two-out single to left in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate the Knights 3-2 in the semifinals of the Lawler Summer Classic on Wednesday at Benedictine University in Lisle.

    Cubs relief pitcher James Russell delivers against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Chicago.

    Major happenings in the Cubs minors

    While it's been hard to look at the Cubs much of this season, the minor leagues have been must-follow. A pair of key prospects earned promotions this week, and team president Theo Epstein talked about it Wednesday.


    Hawkeye dominates Illinois Open...again

    Lake Forest resident Brad Hopfinger held off Medinah teaching pro Travis Johns to win the biggest tournament of the year for Illinois residents, the Illinois Open. Finishing the 54-hole competition with a 71 in winds that gusted up to 28 miles per hour, Hopfinger posted a 6-under-par 210 to claim a $13,500 first prize.

    White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, left, attempts to tag out Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas at the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Chicago.

    Upon return, Sox figure to look a lot different

    With the nonwaiver trade deadline coming next week, beat writer Scot Gregor wonders how different the White Sox' roster will look when they return home from a seven-game road trip. The Sox (48-54) wrapped up their homestand Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to the Royals.

    Paul Konerko was impressed by the way former Sox slugger Frank Thomas (above) prepared himself on a daily basis early in his career.

    Konerko says Thomas was always ‘dialed in’

    As Frank Thomas prepares to enter the Hall of Fame on Sunday, former White Sox teammate Paul Konerko raved about all the work Thomas put in and his ability to make adjustments and avoid lengthy slumps.

    The Cubs had little choice but to send struggling third baseman Mike Olt to the minor leagues. They did that after Tuesday night’s game, optioning Olt to Class AAA Iowa. Olt went 0-for-4 in that game, as his season hitting line dropped to .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI. However, Olt struck out 84 times in 212 plate appearances for a strikeout rate of 39.6 percent.

    Olt takes news of demotion well

    Cubs president Theo Epstein and manager Rick Renteria said third baseman Mike Olt took well the news that he had been sent to Class AAA Iowa after Tuesday night's game. Olt batted .139 and struck out nearly 40 percent of the time with the Cubs this season.


    NBA player seeks tips on suspect in aunt’s death

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public’s help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California.Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police.

    Tejay van Garderen of the U.S., right, and Netherlands' Laurens ten Dam, left, speed down Val Louron Azet pass during the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 124.5 kilometers (77.4 miles) with start in Saint-Gaudens and finish in Saint-Lary, France, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Playful Pole wins Tour stage, as Nibali marches on

    On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna.Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday.For Vincenzo Nibali, the second ride in the mountains on France’s border with Spain was more serious. “The Shark” nibbled yet more seconds away from several of his closest challengers, and the yellow jersey that he’s worn for all but two days of this race seemed to fit just a little more tightly ahead of Sunday’s race finish in Paris.

    FILE - This is a Sept. 29, 2013, file photo showing Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen looking on during an NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Denver. Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer’s disease. The team announced Wednesday, July 23, 2014 that the 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the team’s daily operations. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

    Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer’s

    Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team’s training facilities and roster.So his absence from Dove Valley headquarters on Wednesday as players reported for physicals on the eve of training camp was as jarring as the announcement that the 70-year-old Bowlen was giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas knocks the ball out of the glove of Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers allowing Moustakas to score the winning run during the ninth inning Wednesday in Chicago.

    White Sox drop ball in 2-1 loss to Royals

    Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers couldn’t handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat the Sox 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) says the addition of Pau Gasol gives head coach Tom Thibodeau more options to win matchups. Gibson also said he's not worried about any trade rumors.

    With Gasol on roster, Gibson likes Bulls’ chances

    Taj Gibson probably didn’t expect the Bulls’ biggest addition this summer to be another power forward, but he’s not sweating it. Gibson spoke briefly to the media Wednesday during his youth basketball camp at the Joy of the Game Center in Deerfield. The sixth-year forward made it clear he’s happy to see Pau Gasol join the Bulls.


    Mike North video: Bulls look like contenders in East
    As Mike North reviews the Bulls roster, he ranks them as the best team in the Eastern Conference.


    Credit card debt has basically plateaued during the recovery, according to analysis.

    U.S. economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

    Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. As the economy has slowly healed, analysts say it has replaced some critical weaknesses with newfound strengths.

    The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies.

    S&P 500 ekes out record high as earnings roll in

    The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Biotechnology stocks were among the largest gainers. Among big tech names, Apple’s earnings topped Wall Street expectations, helped by rising shipments of iPhones. Microsoft also announced results that beat forecasts.

    In this July 20 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, workers gather while they have nothing to do at the workshop of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China. A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

    Aurora-based meat supplier in scandal has global reach

    It isn’t a household name, but the company that’s at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald’s locations. OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported that one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them.

    Illinois, the lowest-rated U.S. state, had its outlook dropped to negative on Wednesday by Standard & Poor’s, which cited the prospect of budget deficits and questions over whether pension overhaul measures will survive legal challenges.

    Illinois outlook cut to negative by S&P on deficit concerns

    Illinois, the lowest-rated U.S. state, had its outlook dropped to negative on Wednesday by Standard & Poor’s, which cited the prospect of budget deficits and questions over whether pension overhaul measures will survive legal challenges.

    A worker stands near the machine which is shut down at the workshop of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier owned by an Aurora company for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China.

    China detains employees of Aurora-owned meat seller

    Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier. China’s food safety agency said on its website that its investigators found unspecified illegal activity by Husi Food Co., which is owned by an Aurora-based company, but gave no confirmation expired meat had been found or other details.

    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services’ net income grew 7 percent in the second quarter as credit card spending and overall loans increased from a year ago. The results beat Wall Street’s expectations.

    Discover Financial’s 2Q profit jumps 7 percent
    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services’ net income grew 7 percent in the second quarter as credit card spending and overall loans increased from a year ago. The results beat Wall Street’s expectations.The credit card issuer and lender said Tuesday that card loans and sales volume for the company’s namesake card both climbed 6 percent, reflecting increased spending by its cardholders.

    Travelers congregate in front of a departures board showing one canceled flight to Tel Aviv at Newark Liberty International Airport.

    European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv
    Associated PresidentThe European Aviation Safety Agency says it “strongly recommends” that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.The recommendation by Europe’s main aviation safety body came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.EASA’s statement Tuesday didn’t name a similar timeframe, but it said the agency would “monitor the situation and advise on any update as the situation develops.”European airlines including Lufthansa, Air France and Alitalia say they have already suspended all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns.

    magicJack CEO and founder Dan Borislow

    Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52
    The man who invented the popular magicJack device has died in Florida. He was 52. MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd. says in a statement that Dan Borislow died Monday.

    Thousands of onetime investors in the Empire State Building can’t sue over claims they were shortchanged by the deal that turned the iconic skyscraper into a public stock, a judge has ruled.

    Judge nixes lawsuit over Empire State Building IPO

    Thousands of onetime investors in the Empire State Building can’t sue over claims they were shortchanged by the deal that turned the iconic skyscraper into a public stock, a judge has ruled. The aggrieved stakeholders — people who had held Empire State Building shares that were sold privately in 1961 — had said they lost more than $400 million in potential profits when the managing owners rebuffed interested private buyers in order to sell public shares in the building immortalized in “King Kong” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”


    Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

    Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government’s call for tough sanctions over Moscow’s arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.A group of legislative committees that oversee arms export controls said there are 251 export licenses in place for sale of goods worth at least $225 millio to Russia. The report did not detail actual exports, simply the licenses.

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. raised its full-year profit forecast as the world's biggest planemaker reaps gains from faster production that is driving jetliner deliveries to record levels.

    Boeing boosts 2014 forecast as jetliner deliveries reach record

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. raised its full-year profit forecast as the world's biggest planemaker reaps gains from faster production that is driving jetliner deliveries to record levels. Earnings for 2014 excluding some pension expenses will be in a range of $7.90 to $8.10 a share, Boeing said today, compared with a previous projection for $7.15 to $7.35. Second-quarter profit on that basis of $2.42 a share beat the $1.98 average of 20 analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Putin's Ukraine woes compounded by $103 billion Yukos claim

    Russia will discover next week how much it may be asked to pay for the confiscation a decade ago of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Yukos Oil Co., then the country's biggest oil producer. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague will rule on July 28 on a $103 billion damages claim the company's former owners filed against Russia in 2007, Tim Osborne, head of GML Ltd., former holding company of Yukos, said by e-mail. Court official Willemijn van Banning said by phone she couldn't comment on the date for the ruling.


    Ebay plans Russia growth with fast delivery amid U.S. sanctions

    EBay Inc. plans to expand in Russia, speeding up cross-border delivery and allowing local merchants to sell goods on its website, Vice President Wendy Jones said. Russia has been and remains “number one priority” for geographical expansion of EBay Marketplaces, Jones told reporters in Moscow today. Recent U.S. sanctions against Russia shouldn’t affect the San Jose, California-based company’s growth plans in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, she said.


    The long-term joblessness battle isn’t over

    o far this year, the U.S. has made great progress in reducing long-term unemployment. Hopefully, the success won’t undermine proper efforts to resolve what remains a serious threat to the country’s prosperity and social cohesion.Long-term joblessness is a curse. It is a major contributor to poverty and the hollowing out of the middle class. The longer it persists, the harder it is to solve -- both because the long-term unemployed find it harder to get jobs and because the resulting erosion of productive capacity complicates the challenge of stimulating economic growth without fueling inflation and asset bubbles.


    Apple hints new products near with bigger iPhones looming

    Apple Inc. signaled that the long wait for new products is nearing an end. With bigger-screen handsets in development, Apple said yesterday that shoppers are delaying buying new iPhones, which will weigh on sales in the current quarter ending in September. Yet rather than dissuade buyers from procrastinating, Apple stoked anticipation for new devices on a conference call, with Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook talking about an “incredible pipeline” that “we can’t wait to show you,” and finance chief Luca Maestri declaring it would be a “very busy fall.”


    Northrop Grumman raises year’s forecast as profit tops estimates

    Northrop Grumman Corp., the maker of Global Hawk drones, topped analysts’ profit estimates in the second quarter and boosted its full-year forecast. Net income rose 4.7 percent to $511 million, or $2.37 a share, in the quarter, from $488 million, or $2.05 a share, a year earlier, the company said today in a statement. The average estimate of 20 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was $2.22 a share.

    Delta Air Lines Inc. posted second- quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the U.S. carrier benefited from strong domestic demand.

    Delta air’s quarterly profit tops estimates on domestic demand

    Delta Air Lines Inc. posted second- quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the U.S. carrier benefited from strong domestic demand. Earnings excluding some items were $1.04 a share, the Atlanta-based company said in a statement today. The average of 17 estimates compiled by Bloomberg was $1.03. Revenue rose 9 percent to $10.6 billion.

    Elgin Memory Care, which will have 56 assisted living and 24 memory care apartments, is being built by Bright Oaks Group at the intersection of Shannon Parkway and Daisy Lane in Elgin.

    Elgin assisted-living facilities break ground

    Two new nursing and rehab facilities are being built in Elgin and are expected to open sometime next year. Elgin Memory Care, a nursing and personal care facility at Shannon Parkway and Daisy Lane, should be completed by next summer; Addison Rehabilitation and Living Center, a skilled nursing facility at 1760 Capital Street, might be done by early next year. Both are on Elgin's west side.

Life & Entertainment

    Coneflowers, such as this echinacea, have flower heads that are interesting when they dry and provide seeds for birds.

    Easy tips for tending to summer plants

    Keep your summer garden looking fresh and neat by removing yellowing foliage and spent flowers.

    The Handsome Family, a husband-and-wife duo that specializes in dark and witty Americana music, will be one of the artists performing later this summer at the annual Hideout Block Party, a laid-back alternative to the big music fests.

    Music Notes: Handsome Family, Death Cab to rock Hideout party

    If you're looking for a less-crazy rock festival this summer, checkout the annual Hideout Block Party, featuring the Handsome Family and Death Cab for Cutie among others. Plus, hard-rockers Black Stone Cherry will unlease its guitar-based attack in Libertyville this weekend.

    For a seasonal treat, try fresh rhubarb curd atop orange popovers.

    Creamy curd a glorious way to use rhubarb

    Curd is one of those dishes that should take on the flavors of the season, so we’ll leave the classic lemon aside (except for two brightening and custard-stabilizing tablespoons) and instead take advantage of the last of the rhubarb crop, which is just finishing its run in the farmers markets of many parts of the country.

    Grilled Italian sausages topped with fennel slaw are not for fennel-phobes.

    Summer sausage roll gets a triple dose of fennel

    Fennel loves fat. That’s why fennel seeds are such a common seasoning in sausages. They contribute a mildly peppery, fresh flavor that cuts through the delicious heaviness of the rich meat.

    Try rhubarb curd atop orange popovers.

    Rhubarb Curd
    Keep a jar of Rhubarb Curd on hand, and you'll never be caught by a guest (or by your own sweet tooth) unprepared, no matter the day or time.

    Fennel shows up three ways in these grilled sausage sandwiches.

    Triple Fennel Sausage Sandwiches
    Fennel shows up three ways in these grilled sausage sandwiches.

    Kitten, “Kitten”

    Kitten’s debut album is synth heaven

    The debut album from rising band Kitten will have you purring. The Los Angeles-based group’s self-titled release is full of synth pop anthems, dance jams and punk-rock tracks that mesh together seamlessly.

    Lady Antebellum's upcoming album is called “747.” The name refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can't go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love.

    Energized Lady A brings new up-tempo songs to Aurora show

    The title for Lady Antebellum's forthcoming new album, “747,” refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can't go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love. It's also a fitting analogy for the country trio's own super-sonic momentum over the last year. Lady Antebellum plays RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Thursday, Aug. 7, as part of the band's most recent tour. “We are just so excited for the opportunity to just continue to build our career,” Hillary Scott said.

    CBS News will mark the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation on Thursday with a live program moderated by Bob Schieffer featuring civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actress Whoopi Goldberg and others.

    Live CBS event marks 50 years of civil rights

    A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. The live program, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights,” moderated by Bob Schieffer, features civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actress Whoopi Goldberg and others. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel and CBSNews.com, with Microsoft adding an interactive element allowing viewers to express opinions.

    A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose.

    Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

    Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7.

    Allen Leech of the PBS Masterpiece TV series, “Downton Abbey,” says his character won’t get romantically involved with Michelle Dockery’s character. Season five of the period drama debuts this fall in the United Kingdom, and this winter stateside.

    No romance for ‘Downton Abbey’ in-laws, actors say

    Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of “Downton Abbey” say Cupid’s arrow is not headed for their characters. While talking to a TV Critics’ panel Tuesday, the actors said they find it “very funny” some fans are hoping for a romantic pairing for in-laws Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson.

    Taylor Swift joins the star-studded lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September, Clear Channel announced Wednesday.

    Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival

    Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook wears items from his clothing line called Westbrook–XO-Barneys New York. The items are available now at Barneys New York.

    Russell Westbrook: Basketballs and baskets of clothes

    Go shopping with powerhouse basketball player Russell Westbrook — whose colorful style has made headlines outside of sports — and you'll probably be surprised by his favorite section: the sale rack. The Oklahoma City Thunder star player says he's not going to buy the most expensive clothes just because he can afford it. “I may look at it, see how much it costs and then decide if I'm going to get it or not.”

    To maximize the size of your dahlia flower, keep the main stems free of side shoots.

    Check your magnolia trees for signs of scales

    This is the time of year to check closely for magnolia scale, which can stress a magnolia tree and cause an overall thin condition. The scale insect is about the size of a pencil eraser and is typically found on the underside of magnolia tree branches.


    Night life: Cruise in to Tailgaters
    Tailgaters offers cruise-ins Saturdays through September; Monday hideaways at The Annex; have a pint with Peggy Kinnane.

    Take a fresh approach to the season’s best blueberries; use them in salsa or in a sandwich spread.

    Fresh approaches to fresh blueberries

    How do you handle a seasonal abundance of blueberries? As long as you’re willing to consider a few fresh approaches, it’s actually easy and delicious to press them into service. Start by ditching the idea that they only work in sweets.

    Try fresh blueberries in a topping for brie.

    Fresh Blueberries 10 Ways
    From compote to a cordial, here are 10 fresh ways to use fresh blueberries

    Liam Dahlborn stars as piglet Wilbur in “Charlotte's Web,” playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place through Aug. 17.

    'Charlotte's Web' proves child's play for young cast

    The classic children's story “Charlotte's Web” is adored by both kids and adults, and the director for the production at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago has taken that to heart by casting kids as key characters. “I definitely had some eyes bulging when I said that I wanted young people to play certain roles,” said Emerald City Theatre director Ernie Nolan. “Having young people in the cast as well as adults has been inspiring.”

    The deadline to enter the Cook of the Week Challenge has been extended until midnight July 28.

    Deadline extended for Cook of the Week Challenge applications

    On the fence about entering the 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge? We've extended the deadline to midnight Monday, July 28, so you have the weekend to think it over. Maybe joining Food Editor Deborah Pankey at the Bull Burger Battle Saturday in Carol Stream will provide some inspiration.

    Billboard reported that “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” debuted at No. 1 with more than 80,000 units sold. That’s almost double the amount his last album, “Alpocalypse,” sold in its debut week in 2011.

    ‘Weird Al’ on his weirdly successful week in music

    Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic on his latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” released last week.

    “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” by Nina Teicholz

    Lean and lovin’ it: Fat does not make us fat. Really.

    It’s all been a big fat, supersized lie. And what bother’s Don Mauer most is that he helped perpetuate it. New research shows that saturated fats might not be unhealthy and fat does not makes you fat.


    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
    Make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and reduce the amount ot fat you put on a salad.


    Dr. Robert L. Breuder listens to public comments during a meeting of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees last Thursday night.

    Editorial: What’s really at stake in the furor at COD

    A Daily Herald editorial says the controversy that has erupted at College of DuPage has as much to do with vested interests as it does college President Robert Breuder’s email to the board.


    A fight for Israel’s existence

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Israel is the legal creation of the United Nations. It has an absolute right not merely to exist but to do so safe from rockets or incursions by tunneling terrorists.


    Extended runway would give citizens nothing
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Mr. E. Allan Englehardt’s recent common-sense Guest View about the Chicago Executive Airport should be heeded by the CEA commission and the elected officials of Wheeling and Prospect Heights. These two towns, which own the airport, derive no income from its operations except for the taxes paid for gasoline it sells.


    In heinous cases, death penalty appropriate
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: This is a problem that is short and simple. A person has been found guilty of stabbing a family member in the face and chest; also, the daughter is sliced in many places. To me the death penalty is the proper solution.


    Attempt to poison dog was dangerous, cowardly
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: An open letter to a coward in Hawthorn Woods: So, you think it is an acceptable act for you to pepper someone's yard with mothballs, some hidden away in meat.


    Tea Party embarrasses nation
    A Huntlet letter to the editor: David Pinter pointed out that spending $100 million on a presidential library in Illinois is a waste since Illinois can’t provide “basic services.” I agree, the Obama Library should be privately funded. The last thing the library needs is to have Republicans, who have done everything possible to discredit the president, controlling its funding, location, size or content.


    Why no change in this legislature?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: After more than 35 years of the same people running the legislature, the state of Illinois is nearly bankrupt. We have the lowest credit rating among all 50 states. We have billions of dollars in unfunded pensions for teachers and other government employees


    ‘Giver’ reminds us of power of pain

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy.


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