Daily Archive : Tuesday August 5, 2014


    Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg saw its property tax bill jump by 23 percent, to $23 million.

    Woodfield Mall’s tax bill jumps 23 percent

    Woodfield Mall not only has one of the biggest tax bills in Cook County, it also saw the largest increase — a 23 percent jump to $23 million. The Schaumburg mall’s tax bill skyrocketed because of an increase in the shopping center’s market value, Cook County officials said.

    Tod Curtis, owner of Ye Olde Town Inn in Mount Prospect, filed a racketeering lawsuit alleging the village and a developer conspired to seize his property.

    Mount Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million

    Mount Prospect will pay $6.5 million to Ye Olde Town Inn, owner Tod Curtis and Curtis's lawyers, to settle the racketeering lawsuit Curtis filed in 2008.

    Claire Wolfsmith, 5, of Naperville, gets her face painted like a watchdog Tuesday during National Night Out at Timber Creek Park in Naperville.

    Safety, fun coincide during National Night Out

    Neighbors gathered throughout DuPage County Tuesday for an evening of socializing, meeting with law enforcement and municipal officials, and coming together against crime during the annual National Night Out observance.

    Alsonso Mora, left, and Carlos Hernandez of Supermercado San Judas cook up tacos during National Night Out at the Round Lake Park Police Department Tuesday night.

    Lake County’s National Night Out

    Food, games, and car shows were among the activities in several Lake County towns as local police hosted gatherings Tuesday to strengthen bonds with their communities.


    Top Kane prosecutor wants more staff for mental health cases

    Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon wants county leaders to approve hiring a full-time prosecutor to handle mental health commitment cases and those in a court for nonviolent offenders. He hopes to have funding for a new position to add to his 53-lawyer staff for the coming fiscal year.

    Sydney Sawyer, 4, of South Elgin makes a 911 call to the police while acting the part of a construction worker in the Tammy Town interactive game for kids at South Elgin’s National Night Out Against Crime event Tuesday at Jim Hansen Park. The program was created by Bartlett police Officer Tammy Schulz.

    South Elgin celebrates National Night Out

    South Elgin was among the many Fox Valley communities participating in the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime with block parties, games and other activities. National Night out, which is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday in August, aims to promote crime prevention and safety programs, strengthen police-community partnerships and encourage neighborhood camaraderie.

    Sydney Sawyer, 4, of South Elgin calls in a 911 call to the police while acting the part of a construction worker in the Tammy Town interactive game for kids at South Elgin’s National Night Out event .The program is Bartlett police Officer Tammy Schulz’s creation.

    Images: National Night Out
    Images of National Night Out .According to the website natw.org, The introduction of National Night Out in 1984 began to promote involvement in crime prevention , promote police partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized.

    Ronnie Platt, of Lombard, will be the new lead singer of the band Kansas.

    Lombard cover band singer to be lead singer of Kansas

    In a dream-come-true scenario similar to the movie “Rock Star,” suburban classic rock cover band singer Ronnie Platt, of Lombard, has been tapped to be the new lead singer of Kansas -- the real band! “I'm going to be filling the shoes of one of my biggest idols. How flattering is that?” said Platt, 52, who will still perform more than a dozen suburban shows this month with...

    Shoppers grab cases of bottled water Tuesday in preparation for a hurricane and tropical storm heading toward Hawaii at the Iwilei Costco in Honolulu.

    Hawaii loads up on supplies as two major storms loom

    It’s unclear how damaging the storms could be, but people throughout the islands weren’t taking any chances. Judy Castillo of Oahu said she wanted to make sure her family was prepared before big crowds flooded stores and shelves emptied.“Two storms in a row? It’s like, hello,” she said,

    Skiers and snowboarders enjoy clear skies at The Remarkables ski area near Queenstown, New Zealand. The Remarkables is one of several large ski areas that has been making snow at record rates.

    Snow missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes

    A paper published by New Zealand scientists in July in the journal Global and Planetary Change concludes that two of the country’s largest glaciers, the Franz Josef and the Fox, have each melted by 1.9 miles in length since the 1800s, making them about 20 percent shorter.


    Sycamore man dies after crash involving two motorcycles

    A man has died as a result of a crash involving two motorcycles. John A. Beach II, 22, of the 13N100 block of Engel Road in Sycamore, died at about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, according to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said the village is “getting closer” to selling the Hanover Square shopping mall on Barrington Road.

    Hanover Park ‘getting close’ to deal with Hanover Square buyer

    Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said the village is "getting closer" to selling Hanover Square, an aging strip mall on Barrington Road, to a developer who plans to revitalize it. "(I)'m optimistic that we'll reach some sort of understanding and sale," Craig said.

    A home is destroyed Tuesday following a landslide in a hillside community of North Salt Lake, Utah.

    Landslide hits Utah neighborhood, destroys home

    The landslide hit in North Salt Lake — a city of about 17,000 people 10 minutes north of Salt Lake — after officials had worried for nearly a year about cracked soil on the hillside above the houses.

    The McHenry County Board postponed a vote Tuesday on new regulations restricting horse racing in the county.

    County delays vote on ordinance, new horse racing regulations

    The McHenry County Board delayed a vote Tuesday on imposing new restrictions for horse racing events in unincorporated areas. But one county board member who has been trying to rally support for allowing horse racing to continue says, “I have not seen a compelling argument why we should be taking existing businesses away from people.”

    P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg is one of 33 restaurants nationwide that may have been affected by a data breach, company officials said.

    Woodfield P.F. Chang’s on card data breach list

    Credit and debit card information may have been stolen from customers who dined at the P.F. Chang’s China Bistro at Woodfield Mall between April 10 and June 11, company officials said this week. The Schaumburg location is one of 33 restaurants nationwide where data from cards — including card numbers, cardholder names and card expiration dates — may have been stolen.


    Boehner campaigns for Illinois Republicans

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is campaigning for Illinois Republicans in tight races this fall. Boehner was in Bolingbook Monday for a fundraiser for state Rep. Darlene Senger, who’s challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster on Nov. 4.

    DuPage Forest Preserve District Executive Director Arnie Biondo has been placed on paid leave while he and the district evaluate his employment options, officials said Tuesday.

    DuPage forest preserve director may be on way out

    Arnie Biondo’s tenure as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District is in jeopardy roughly eight months after it began. Forest preserve commissioners met behind closed doors for more than three hours Tuesday before emerging to announce Biondo has been placed on paid leave. They said in a written statement that Biondo and the district are “evaluating employment...

    Gov. Pat Quinn holds up a bucket given to him by Susie Schreiber, chairwoman of the citizens advisory committee, during Tuesday’s announcement of the completion of the Waukegan Harbor cleanup and its removal from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Speakers included U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley.

    Decades-long effort to clean Waukegan Harbor is complete, state, federal and local officials announce

    Local, state and federal authorities gathered in Waukegan on Tuesday to celebrate the end of a decades-long effort to clean the city’s polluted harbor.


    Rauner in Montana for vacation, fundraiser

    Republican Bruce Rauner has traveled to his family’s ranch in Montana to vacation and raise money for his Illinois governor campaign. The fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday at Rauner’s 6,000-square-foot home near Yellowstone National Park.

    Experts say this is Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting inside a tattered copy of “Types of Mankind.”

    Lincoln’s handwriting found on book about race

    Historical experts say they’ve found Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting inside a tattered book justifying racism that he may have read to better understand his opponents’ thinking on slavery.

    In 1880, George M. Pullman, famous and wealthy from the luxurious sleeping car that bore his name, began building whole neighborhoods of homes that he rented to his factory workers on the city’s Southeast Side.

    $1.5 million to help renovate Pullman homes

    Efforts to preserve and renovate historic Pullman homes on Chicago’s South Side are getting $1.5 million from the Illinois attorney general. The money comes from a national settlement after the foreclosure crisis with the country’s five largest bank mortgage servicers.


    Hanover Park invites residents to weigh in on 2015 budget

    Hanover Park officials want residents to weigh in on the proposed 2015 budget during a forum Thursday night before the village board. Since the start of this year, officials have been working to close a roughly $600,000 deficit projected in earlier drafts of the spending plan.

    Southern Illinois University Faculty Association members and supporters picket on Nov. 4, 2011, in Carbondale.

    Judge rules SIU owes $1.9M in back pay

    Southern Illinois University officials bargained in bad faith with the Carbondale campus’ unions during 2011 contract talks and owes 1,500 current and former employees $1.9 million in back pay for furlough days they were forced to take, an administrative law judge has ruled.

    The main salt dome on 7th Avenue in St. Charles, and others, are nearly empty after a harsh winter.

    Salt shortage means St. Charles pays more, too

    St. Charles officials say it might cost an additional $250,000 to buy road salt this season because of short supplies caused by last year's harsh winter.


    Illinois researchers help declining turtle species

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it is taking steps to protect the state’s population of alligator snapping turtles.The largest freshwater turtle in North America is declining in Illinois due to channelization, levying and draining of floodplain wetlands.


    Illinois opens insurance records to public

    Illinois for the first time is making public the official forms filed by insurance companies when they set the rates they’ll charge consumers. Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron announced the new online access Tuesday.


    Motions filed in pot case:

    The attorney for a Round Lake Park man accused of trying to sell marijuana from a package he receive erroneously is challenging the amount of marijuana his client is accused of taking.


    Park Place Summer Music Fest:

    Waukegan Township Park Place presents a free summer music fest on Saturday, Aug. 9, 1 to 6 p.m. in Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan.


    Stargazing session:

    Openlands and the Chicago Astronomical Society will host a telescope viewing session and stargazing talk from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highland Park.


    Community tent sale:

    Lambs Farm’s Cedar Chest Thrift Shop host its first community tent sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Sept. 5-7, in the parking lot at 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.


    CEDA Northwest changes name
    The suburban social service agency, CEDA Northwest Self-Help Center Inc., is changing names. Its new name is Northwest Compass Inc.


    Doctor sentenced for trading pills for sex

    A federal judge has sentenced a 40-year-old suburban doctor to nearly six years in prison for using a classified-ad site to trade prescription pills for sex.


    Comet-chasing craft reaches destination after 10-year pursuit

    The Rosetta mission is the first attempt to orbit and land a probe on a comet. ESA’s first deep-space mission, Giotto, was sent to investigate Halley’s Comet in 1986. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has also launched two missions to study comets in the past 20 years.

    Spacetaste Gallery has moved out of 215 E. Chicago St. in downtown Elgin and will be replaced by Mr. Cheaps Mattress, now at 213 Walnut Ave. in Elgin.

    Downtown Elgin business leaves, another moves in

    Spacetaste Gallery has left downtown Elgin and will be replaced by Mr. Cheaps Mattress, which is moving into the Chicago Street space in two weeks. HYPERLINK "www.spacetastegallery.com"Spacetaste Gallery, which mostly sold artists’ works on consignment, moved out of 215 E. Chicago St. in downtown Elgin to focus on online sales, as well as promotions and productions, its owner Tim Solarz...

    People take pictures Tuesday of a ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ after its official unveiling in the dry moat of the Tower of London in London.

    Red ceramic poppies spill from Tower of London

    The project is meant to convey an army not as a faceless machine but as individuals, unique and special in their own right.“I’m literally trying to represent people because a number is a number, but if you see it all like this it is a visual idea of how many people were there,” said its creator, Paul Cummins.

    Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

    Afghan attack kills U.S. major general, wounds 15

    A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, Kabul, killed the highest-ranking U.S. officer of the nearly 13-year war and comes as foreign...

    Natilie Myers

    Waukegan woman sentenced to probation for assisting in kidnapping North Chicago woman

    A Waukegan woman was sentenced to 24 months of probation and electronic home monitoring in Lake County court Tuesday for helping a family member in the beating and sexual assault of a North Chicago woman in January 2013. Natilie Myers, 33, said during her sentencing hearing she was “deeply apologetic” for the attack.

    Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives Tuesday in St. Peter’s Square for a meeting with altar boys and girls from the dioceses of Germany.

    Pope speaks in German to 50,000 Catholic kids

    Francis switched back to his more comfortable Italian for a longer speech at the end of the service in which he urged the youths to not get distracted by texting, Internet chats or TV soap operas and make time for their faith. He later posed for selfies and signed autographs for dozens of the kids.


    Bank of America location to close in Elgin

    The Bank of America branch on Big Timber Road in Elgin is scheduled to close Nov. 14. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” said Diane J. Wagner, Bank of America’s senior vice president of media relations. “In terms of traffic patterns, we’re not seeing a large number of people transacting there.”

    Garang Deng

    Man convicted of 2005 Aurora murder seeks juvenile court

    A Sudanese immigrant whose 35-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an Aurora woman recently was overturned, wants his case returned to juvenile court — a move that theoretically could set him free. Garang Deng, formerly of Aurora and now 22, was 14 when prosecutors say he killed Marilyn Bethell, a substance abuse counselor in Hoffman Estates, on Halloween 2005.

    Christine Fenno, of Oak Park, protests gun violence at a June 2013 vigil in Palatine, marking the six-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings.

    Moms opt out of National Night Out event after rifle group plans protest

    Moms Demand Action, a group advocating gun control, has withdrawn its application to appear at Tuesday night's National Night Out in Arlington Heights after the Illinois State Rifle Association asked its members to attend and protest the event. The debate is the latest instance of North School Park being used as a public forum for free speech. During the holiday season the park district allows...

    Todd Kuebelbeck, 15, of Naperville and College of DuPage student Kurt Lyne work Tuesday to refurbish laptops no longer in use in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 so they can be given to students in need.

    Volunteers reboot Dist. 204 laptops for students in need

    Green progress bars that show “Data Recovery” slowly grow across the screens of roughly 30 laptops in a middle school wood shop where Taylor Swift songs are blaring. Led by a man whose name tag just says “NERD,” about two dozen volunteers are rebooting, cleaning and fixing as many as 548 laptops so the devices can have a second life. "The district has a lot of kids...

    Nicole Pauly, head softball coach at Palatine High School.

    Palatine High School alum named head softball coach

    Nicole Pauly was named head softball coach at Palatine High School. Pauly, a 2006 Palatine High School graduate and an assistant coach at the school this past season, replaces Jeff Manz at the helm of the Pirates softball program.


    Candle apparently sparks Naperville-area house fire

    No injuries were reported Tuesday in a Naperville-area house fire that authorities said may have been sparked by a candle left burning in the kitchen. Firefighters said they responded at 9:17 a.m. to the fire in an unincorporated area of Will County along Windjammer Lane and arrived to find smoke coming from the open front door of the split-level frame house.

    Dick Sayad

    Des Plaines Ald. Sayad drops effort to cut take-home vehicles

    Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad has abandoned a push to eliminate some city-owned employee take-home vehicles. “I don’t feel bad going back and changing my opinion,” Sayad said. “I feel that I maybe made a mistake and I see what’s going on now, so I want to go and do the right thing.”

    A 9-year-old boy died after being repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a playground in western Michigan, police said Tuesday.

    Boy, 9, fatally stabbed by 12-year-old at Mich. playground

    A 9-year-old boy died after being repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old boy at a playground in western Michigan, police said Tuesday.

    A military fighter jet escorts a passenger jet as it comes in to land at Manchester airport, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat after Qatar Airways Flight 23 landed with a military fighter escort at Britain’s Manchester Airport.

    UK: Man arrested on suspicion of bomb hoax

    British police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat aboard a Qatar Airways plane bound for Britain that forced Royal Air Force fighter jets to escort the jet to a safe landing.

    Senate and House incumbents in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri are trying to beat back challengers on Aug. 5 in the kickoff to a busy month of primaries. In Kansas, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts faces Milton Wolf, a radiologist and the second cousin of President Barack Obama.

    Kansas Senate race headlines 4-state primary day

    Incumbent lawmakers in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri sought to repel challenges from within their party as a busy month of primaries got underway Tuesday. Voters in Washington state, meanwhile, considered a replacement for a two-decade congressional Republican who is retiring.

    Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola.

    2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in U.S.

    The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa landed via chartered plane in the Atlanta area Tuesday morning, three days after the first American patient’s arrival, and was headed to the same specialized isolation unit for treatment.

    Jenise Paulette Wright, 6, is missing and was last seen Saturday night, Aug. 2, 2014, at her home in east Bremerton, Wash.

    Missing Wash. girl’s parents take lie detector test

    BREMERTON, Wash. — The parents of a missing 6-year-old Washington girl have taken lie detector tests to help investigators and searchers looking for little Jenise Wright.Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said Tuesday the tests were taken Monday night and he doubted whether the results would be released to the public.

    Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain.

    Wildfires menace homes in 3 Western states

    Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were menacing a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning that could spark new blazes, officials said.

    Crews work to remove the debris that washed along Valley of the Falls Drive on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 in Forest Falls, Calif. Heavy rains the day before washed dirt and boulders around the small mountain town.

    Cleanup begins in aftermath of California floods

    They came with shovels, hands and heart to dig out their neighbors in the aftermath of deadly Southern California flooding. Dozens of muddy volunteers attacked tons of muck left after flash floods sent dirt, rock and mud roaring down on the tiny mountain towns of Mount Baldy and Forest Falls east of Los Angeles — in some cases burying homes up to their roofs.

    “I don't think it's a step down. It's certainly a different role,” Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť Torres said about heading the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

    U-46's Torres excited about IMSA's vision

    “IMSA's (vision) is pretty exciting ... and that is to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds to advance the human condition," said outgoing Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť Torres, who spoke with the Daily Herald about why he is leaving the state's second-largest school district to head the state-funded boarding school focused on STEM education. A Q&A and...

    Villagers sit in front of their destroyed house Tuesday following a massive earthquake in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed more than 300 people and has left thousands homeless.

    Troops, volunteers dig through China quake debris

    About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes Tuesday after an earthquake in southwest China that killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used their bare hands. Jackson Zeng joined about two dozen classmates who headed to Yunnan province’s Ludian county, where Sunday’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake collapsed thousands of...

    A South Korean quarantine officer, right, checks the body temperature of a passenger against the possible infection of Ebola virus at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. South Korea has been stepping up monitoring of its citizens returning from trips to West Africa and other areas affected by the deadly Ebola virus.

    A guide for fliers worried about Ebola outbreak

    As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows, airlines around the globe are closely monitoring the situation but have yet to make any drastic changes. Here are some key questions about the disease, what airlines are doing and how safe it is to fly.

    An Israeli reserve soldier sleeps on top of a tank Monday after returning to Israel from the Gaza Strip near the Israel Gaza border. A brief cease-fire declared by Israel and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, but an attack on an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region as Israeli airstrikes resumed late in the day.

    Israel-Hamas truce sets stage for talks on Gaza

    Israel and Hamas began observing a temporary cease-fire on Tuesday that sets the stage for talks in Egypt on a broader deal on the Gaza Strip, including a sustainable truce and the rebuilding of the battered, blockaded coastal territory.

    Al-Bakin family members mourn Monday for three year-old Kamal and two other family members during their funeral in Gaza City. The boy was killed along with two other family members in an Israeli missile strike on their home in the Shati refugee camp, Gaza City, on Monday.

    In Gaza war, violent death part of daily life

    The airstrike that crushed the Najam family home in this refugee camp set in motion a grim but increasingly familiar process as the Gaza war claims victim after victim. A search through the rubble for bodies and body parts. Relatives claiming the dead from the morgue. Then a swift burial in a hastily dug grave with a cardboard name tag instead of a tombstone.

    Local residents sit Tuesday near an entrance to a bomb shelter as they exit to get some fresh air during a short cease fire in Petrovsky district in the city of Donetsk.

    Ukrainian troops edge closer to rebel city

    Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint Tuesday on the western edge of the pro-Russian rebel-held city of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash separatist forces in the east. An Associated Press reporter saw a tank waving the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag in the suburb of Marinka, which lies on a key road into Donetsk.

    The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and the privately held Nixon Foundation are co-releasing a trove of videotaped interviews with the former president to mark the 40th anniversary of his resignation following the Watergate scandal. The 28 minutes of tape, detailing Nixon’s personal turmoil in his final week in office, were culled from more than 30 hours of tape recorded in 1983.

    Nixon tapes released on resignation’s anniversary

    Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words. For three decades, that version of one of the nation’s largest and most-dissected political scandals largely gathered dust — until this week.


    Flooding causes major delays on Eisenhower Expressway

    Ponding continues in Des Plaines and other areas due to heavy rain overnight. The Eisenhower Expressway was shut down overnight due to flooding.


    Waukegan considering statue to honor Ray Bradbury

    Waukegan is considering a new way to honor famed author Ray Bradbury.Bradbury lived in Waukegan until age 13. He wrote several books, including “Dandelion Wine,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes and “Farewell Summer.” Waukegan holds annual festivals in his honor. It also has a park and creative contest that bear his name.


    Wisconsin attorney general candidates set for last debate

    MADISON, Wis. — Three Democrats vying for the party’s nomination for attorney general are set to debate one last time before next week’s primary.


    Arizona man pleads guilty in Wisconsin murder

    SUPERIOR, Wis. — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in a Wisconsin murder two weeks before a jury trial was scheduled to begin.


    Plea deal rejected for ex-Indiana county auditor

    SPENCER, Ind. — A judge has rejected an agreement under which a former county auditor in southern Indiana was expected to plead guilty to criminal charges of wrongly paying personal expenses with county-issued credit cards.


    Central Indiana county 6th this year to adopt vote centers

    LEBANON, Ind. — A central Indiana county is the latest to get vote centers for its elections.


    Indiana agency honored for mine reclamation work

    AUGUSTA, Ind. — Federal officials are honoring the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for its work at an abandoned coal mine in southwestern Indiana’s Pike County.


    Indiana Gov. Pence honors breastfeeding advocate

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is honoring a breastfeeding advocate as part of state and worldwide events celebrating the practice.The Indiana State Department of Health says Pence has recognized Terry Jo Curtis, the founder of the Indianapolis-based Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition. Curtis died on Mother’s Day in May.


    Illinois authorities investigate 3 arson cases

    O’FALLON, Ill. — State and local authorities are investigating three recent cases of arson in Illinois.


    Highway to honor late sheriff’s deputy

    MONMOUTH, Ill. — A one-mile stretch of a Warren County highway in Illinois will be dedicated later this week in honor of a sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty. George Darnell was shot and killed after responding to a call of suspicious activity in December 1981. The 61-year-old was a World War II veteran.


    Champaign’s honorary street names end at 10 years

    CHAMPAIGN — The 41 honorary street-name signs around Champaign now can’t stay up more than 10 years and the lifespan of the first one to go expired Sunday.Fourth Street has carried a sign indicating it is also Honorary Burnham Boulevard in memory of Burnham City Hospital. The hospital has been closed for years, but long served city residents.


    $1M Powerball ticket sold in Granite City

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Illinois Lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million was bought at a convenience store in Granite City in southwestern Illinois.The winner as of Monday afternoon had not come forward to claim the prize.Lottery officials say the ticket, with numbers selected by the computer at the buyer’s request, was sold at Super One Stop.


    Illinois man shot by police charged with assault

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. — A southern Illinois man shot by police has been charged in a domestic assault.The Belleville News-Democrat reports 52-year-old Thomas Noser was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated assault.


    Amtrak expands project that allows pets on trains

    Amtrak is making it easier for people to take their dogs and cats around Illinois. Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced they are adding the Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route of the Illini and Saluki trains to a pilot project that allows people to bring pets with them.


    Suburban Chicago officer sentenced for extortion

    A Lyons police officer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for extorting more than $48,000 from targets of investigations into illegal cigarette sales.Jimmy J. Rodgers was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to extortion in May. The 44-year-old was a 14-year veteran of the Lyons Police Department and was assigned to a Food and Drug Administration task force.


    Dawn Patrol: Man dies base jumping; OK for Elgin pot dispensary

    Long Grove man dies base jumping in Idaho. Elgin planners give OK for marijuana dispensary. Wheaton College among most sober schools. Summit woman guilty in Wheaton heroin death. Heart recipient thanks family. Former addict’s son dies of overdose. Bears coach not happy with TE.

    Jeff Schuler

    2 Kaneland board members reject superintendent's resignation

    Two Kaneland trustees voted against accepting Superintendent Jeff Schuler's resignation Monday, questioning why they should let him out of his contract two years early. “Going forward, we need to make sure there are penalties. There's a lot of things we are out of right now,” Veronica Bruhl said.


    Arlington Heights, church settle parking dispute

    After months of controversy with the neighborhood, Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights has made peace with area residents and will be restriping its parking lot to make the best use of its space. But trustees still had questions about eliminating islands in the lot. “It would be clear that if children are running around, they can see an island and stop,” one said.

    Wheaton resident Michael Doerries voices concerns about the sale of alcohol at the 7-Eleven during Monday's city council meeting.

    Wheaton council approves liquor sales close to church

    A Wheaton convenience store will now be able to sell liquor, despite opposition from two councilmen, leaders from a nearby church and at least one resident. The city council approved an amendment to the Wheaton City Code with a 5-2 vote Monday that allows for the sale of the alcohol in the 7-Eleven at 326 W. Liberty Drive. "I think you need to act with a little bit of trepidation," one councilman...

    Palatine is paying more this year for road salt in part because of lower supplies after last winter.

    Road salt costing Palatine more this year

    For Palatine residents last winter's titanic amounts of ice and snow may be a bad memory, but the winter is still having an effect on the village's budget. The village is buying 3,000 tons at $85.30 per ton, for a total of $256,000. Last year, before the epic winter, the village paid $53.71 per ton. "This is not just a collar county issue; this is more of a national issue,” Public Works...

    The Wheeling village board on Monday approved a contract with Urban R2 to develop a project called the Wheeling Town Center.

    Wheeling OKs Town Center deal; Argiris wants plans

    It should have been a joyful occasion. After years of uncertainty and delays, the Wheeling village board Monday approved a contract with Urban R2 for a $100 million redevelopment called Town Center. Yet Mayor Dean Argiris was impatient for some of the groundbreaking. “I don't want to wait two years; I don't want to wait one year,” Argiris said.


    The Cubs' Javier Baez looks skyward as he crosses home plate after his game-deciding home run in the 12th inning Tuesday night at Colorado.

    Javier Baez hits game-winning homer for Cubs in debut

    As far as Cubs President Theo Epstein is concerned, the time is right for Javier Baez. And was it ever in Baez's major-league debut Tuesday night. He hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

    White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn made his major-league debut as a pitcher by working the ninth inning Tuesday night. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk.

    Dunn pitches as White Sox lose laugher

    Losing a game 16-0 is nothing to laugh about, but Adam Dunn lightened up the White Sox' lopsided loss to Texas when he pitched 1 inning of relief Tueaday night at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Cougars, Chiefs split doubleheader

    The visiting Kane County Cougars rode the performance of a former Chief to grab the second game of a doubleheader over Peoria and even a three-game series at 1-1.

    Chicago Sky’s Sylvia Fowles, left, reaches for the ball as Connecticut Sun’s Kayla Pedersen, right, defends during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Prince leads Sky past Sun 82-66

    Epiphanny Prince had 20 points and six assists, leading the Sky to an 82-66 victory against the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.Reserve Allie Quigley scored 17 and Sylvia Fowles added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago (13-16). Elena Delle Donne finished with 15 points.

    White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers hits a triple against the Texas Rangers during Monday night’s Sox victory.

    New approach a hit for White Sox’ Flowers

    Tyler Flowers has been on a rollercoaster ride with the White Sox the past two seasons. Presently, the 28-year-old catcher is on the upswing again, thanks to his new approach to hitting.

    The Bears’ Josh Morgan, right, has been thrust into the spotlight as a possible third receiver following the injury to Marquess Wilson

    Bears to hold open auditions for receiver

    Josh Morgan is the only experienced NFL wide receiver competing for the No. 3 job behind starters Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but Bears coach Marc Trestman said it's too early to give anyone an advantage in the competition to fill the void left by Marquess Wilson's fractured clavicle.

    Playing for Illinois, offensive lineman Graham Pocic (76) and Darius Millines (15) celebrate with Donovonn Young, who rushed for a touchdown against South Dakota State in Champaign.

    Pocic willing to learn the ropes from teammates

    While most of the Bears scurried off the practice field Tuesday at Olivet Nazarene University, a trio of offensive linemen decided that a little overtime would be beneficial.


    Kreuziger’s doping ban appeal on fast track

    The International Cycling Union has agreed to a fast-track appeal at sport’s highest court for Roman Kreuziger, who wants his provisional ban for suspected doping lifted before the Spanish Vuelta. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider seeks a Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict before the three-week race starts Aug. 23.


    Schar holds on to win stage 2 at Tour of Utah

    Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team survived a six-man breakaway over Boulder Mountain and then time-trialed to victory Tuesday in the second stage of the Tour of Utah.

    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook finished the 2013 season strong, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game and for a career-high 332 yards and two TDs against Stanford while being named Offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl.

    Michigan State girding for Ohio State in Big Ten East

    Michigan State has played in two of the three Big Ten title games, is the defending Rose Bowl champion and is enjoying the best run in program history with 42 wins in four years. Yet the Spartans cling to an underdog mentality, the product of being overshadowed historically by Michigan and Ohio State. Coach Mark Dantonio never wants his team to stop playing with that edge.

    Kevin Streelman is in the field of the 96th PGA Championship that begins Thursday at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

    Trio of Illinois stars to compete for PGA Championship

    With the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., beginning play on Thursday, Len Ziehm takes a look at the Illinois contingent in the year’s final major: Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Kevin Streelman. He also points out why some the state's best who won't be there, and how close Curtis Malm of White Eagle in Naperville came to joining the pros there.

    Defensive end Ed Sprinkle played for the Bears from 1944 to 1955 under coach George Halas.

    Ed Sprinkle, football’s ‘meanest man,’ dies at 90

    Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and ‘50s who was called the “meanest man” in football, has died. He was 90. He was nicknamed “The Claw” for using his forearm to deliver blows to opponents.

    Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was suspended indefinitely and fined by team officials for disrupting practice and slamming rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground during Monday’s training camp.

    Bears want to see more control from Bennett

    After watching tight end Martellus Bennett slam defensive back Kyle Fuller in practice Monday, Bears officials responded Tuesday with a fine and an indefinite suspension for the fiery Bennett. Although he didn’t say how Bennett could be out, Bears general manager Phil Emery said, “Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible.”

    The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Anthony Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

    Clinic owner, A-Rod’s cousin arrested in steroid case

    A cousin of Alex Rodriguez who injected the baseball star with steroids and a onetime clinic owner accused of providing the performance-enhancing drugs to several players have been arrested in connection with a drug conspiracy, authorities said Tuesday.

    Cubs prospect Javier Baez is expected to point the way to better days ahead as gets ready to make his major-league debut.

    Baez just the boost Chicago baseball needed

    Sports have become event-centric. Bucking the trend, Major League Baseball has become eventless, and Chicago baseball is even less than that this season. Well, starting Tuesday night that changes for the Cubs, though perhaps only temporarily: Fans will be able to watch on TV as super-hyped super prospect Javier Baez debuts at Denver and then in person Friday when he arrives in Wrigley Field to play Tampa Bay.

    Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, back, hugs inductee Andre Reed during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Saturday.

    Former Bills quarterback Kelly truly a winner

    Even though the Jim Kelly-led Buffalo Bills never won one of the four straight Super Bowls they played, Mike North doesn’t believe you can call Kelly or Andre Reed losers.



    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

    Gaetano’s, a respected Forest Park restaurant, opened a second eatery Tuesday in Batavia. Italian-inspired dishes will be served in the space at Wilson and River streets that formerly held a coffee-and-wine bar.

    Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant opens

    Gaetano's, a respected Forest Park restaurant, is opening a second eatery in Batavia today. Italian-inspired dishes will be served in the space at Wilson and River streets that formerly held a coffee-and-wine bar.

    Target is lowering its forecast for its second quarter because of costs related to a massive data breach and the repayment of debt, the company announced Tuesday. But that data breach may be just the tip of the iceberg.

    Russia hackers loot 1.2 billion passwords, firm says

    A gang of hackers in Russia has amassed 1.2 billion sets of looted user names and passwords, according to a U.S. security company that said it’s the largest known cache of stolen personal information.

    Walgreen Co. operates out of its Deerfield campus.

    British report: Walgreen HQ to stay in U.S.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. could announce Wednesday it will keep its headquarters based in the United States and not move overseas, according to a report in the British Sky News. The report cited unnamed sources “on both sides of the Atlantic” who said Walgreen is likely to disclose as part of its announcement that it intends to remain a U.S.-domicilied company rather than pursuing a so-called tax inversion.

    Specialist Geoffrey Friedman works Tuesday at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock market fell to its lowest point since May as traders worried that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could flare up.

    Stocks sink on renewed Russia-Ukraine tensions

    The Ukraine-Russia tensions were “outweighing any good economic data” that investors had to work with Tuesday, said Tom di Galoma, a bond trader at ED&F Mann Capital. The Dow lost 139.81 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,429.47, the lowest level for the index since mid-May. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 18.78 points, or 1 percent, to 1,920.21 and the Nasdaq composite fell 31.05 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,352.84.

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. on Tuesday reported net income that more than tripled in its second quarter but fell short of analysts’ expectations.

    Despite profit, Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus

    While Motorola Solutions Tuesday posted a second-quarter profit that tripled, it plans more cost-cutting measures that are expected to include layoffs and the sale of more land at its Schaumburg campus. The company aims to increase its cost-cutting goal from $200 million to $300 million by late 2015, CEO Greg Brown told Wall Street analysts.

    A company is applying to Buffalo Grove to open Lake County’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

    Buffalo Grove could get Lake County’s first marijuana dispensary

    Buffalo Grove could become the first community in Lake County to host a medical marijuana dispensary, if the state grants a license to Midwest Releaf, based in Gurnee, which wants to open the dispensary in an industrial area of Buffalo Grove near Milwaukee and Aptakisic.

    Michael Phelps, left, goes over details of a prototype swimsuit with designers. After partnering with Speedo through most of his swimming career, Phelps has agreed to a new deal with Aqua Sphere.

    Phelps signs with new suit company

    Michael Phelps has been linked with Speedo throughout his swimming career, most notably collecting a $1 million bonus after he won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games. Now, as he comes back from retirement, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history will have a different look. Phelps is announcing Tuesday that he has signed a deal with Aqua Sphere, a company that has extensive experience with triathlons and recreational swimming but will be designing a racing suit for the first time.

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker speaks at the beginning of the U.S.-Africa Business Forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Nearly 50 African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit.

    U.S. companies to invest $14B in Africa

    The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships. “Africa has now developed into a global economic force so our relationship must evolve and mature,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and a billionaire businessman.

    U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market.

    Year-over-year U.S. home prices show a slowing gain

    WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market. Data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.5 percent in June compared with 12 months earlier. That’s a solid gain but less than the 8.3 percent year-over-year increase in May and a recent year-to-year peak of 11.9 percent in February. On a month-to-month basis, June prices rose just 1 percent, down from 1.4 percent in May. But CoreLogic’s monthly figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal patterns, such as warmer spring weather. The slowing price gains should make buying a house more affordable. Prices had risen sharply last year, along with mortgage rates. At the same time, Americans’ paychecks haven’t risen nearly as fast, having increased roughly 2 percent a year since the recession ended — about the same pace as inflation. Many would-be buyers, particularly younger ones, were priced out of the market as a result.Sales of existing homes fell in the second half of last year and have only modestly recovered since then. They rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in June, the third straight increase. But that was still 2.3 percent fewer than the pace a year earlier. And a measure of signed contracts slipped 1.1 percent in June, suggesting that sales might cool in coming months. It typically takes one to two months for a signed contract to become a completed sale. More homes have been put up for sale, though the supply remains generally tight. There were 2.3 million homes for sale at the end of June, 6.5 percent higher than a year ago.Home prices in Arkansas fell 0.4 percent in June compared with a year earlier, CoreLogic’s report said. It was the only state to post a decline. The states with the biggest increases were Michigan, where prices jumped 11.5 percent; California, 11.3 percent; Nevada, 11.1 percent; Hawaii, 10.8 percent; and Oregon, 9.5 percent. Overall, prices rose in 98 of the 100 largest cities tracked by CoreLogic from a year earlier. They fell in Worcester, Massachusetts and in Little Rock, Arkansas. Most economists forecast that sales will barely rise this year from 2013’s pace of 5.1 million. Sluggish sales, in turn, will slow annual price gains this year to roughly 5 percent or 6 percent, economists predict.

    Gannett is splitting its broadcast and publishing business in two, joining other major media players in allowing fast growing TV and digital operations to operate more freely. The media company also announced Tuesday that it would take full ownership of Cars.com for $1.8 billion.

    Gannett splits publishing, broadcasting in two

    Gannett is splitting its broadcast and publishing business in two, joining other major media players in allowing fast growing TV and digital operations to operate more freely. The media company also announced Tuesday that it would take full ownership of Cars.com for $1.8 billion.

    ADM’s profit more than doubled during the second quarter as grain exports rebounded and demand for ethanol was strong. The Decatur company posted net income of $533 million, or 81 cents per share, from $223 million, or 34 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

    ADM 2Q profit more than doubles

    ADM’s profit more than doubled during the second quarter as grain exports rebounded and demand for ethanol was strong. The Decatur company posted net income of $533 million, or 81 cents per share, from $223 million, or 34 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

    Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.

    Toyota profit up nearly 5 percent on sales growth

    Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan. The Japanese maker of the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model said April-June profit totaled a record $5.7 billion. Quarterly sales rose 2 percent to $62.3 billion.

    CVS Caremark’s second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to top expectations, as more specialty and generic drug use helped fuel growth for the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager.

    CVS 2Q profit climbs 11 percent

    CVS Caremark’s second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to top expectations, as more specialty and generic drug use helped fuel growth for the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager.

    Target is lowering its forecast for its second quarter because of costs related to a massive data breach and the repayment of debt, the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

    Target lowers forecast citing data breach costs

    Target has lowered its second-quarter forecast because of costs related to a massive data breach and the repayment of debt. The Minneapolis-based retailer also said Tuesday that it expects sales to be flat at established locations in the U.S., as “guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value.”

    Starting this week, “gluten free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

    'Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

    Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don’t absorb nutrients well. They can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains.

    Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs limping along for the past six years, unable to decide how best to pay for them. Lawmakers’ indecision mirrors what The Associated Press and GfK found in a recent opinion survey.

    Poll: No agreement on how to pay for highways

    Six in 10 Americans think the economic benefits of good highways, railroads and airports outweigh the cost to taxpayers. Yet there is scant support for some of the most frequently discussed options for paying for construction of new roads or the upkeep of existing ones, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

    A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. Economists have long argued that rising economic inequality has held back the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now, an analysis by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s confirms it: The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and held back the rebound from the Great Recession.

    S&P: Wealth gap is slowing U.S. economic growth

    Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has made the economy more prone to boom-bust cycles and slowed the 5-year-old recovery from the recession.

Life & Entertainment


    Seal off entry points to cut off insect invasion

    Q. Bees and wasps are making our home theirs. How do we deter them from doing this? We’ve had D-Bug and Terminix come to no avail.

    Fom left, Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from “The Big Bang Theory.” The studio that produces “The Big Bang Theory” said it has reached contract deals with the sitcom’s cast and the show will begin production Wednesday for the new season.

    Cast of ‘Big Bang Theory’ sign new deals

    The studio that produces “The Big Bang Theory” said it has reached contract deals with the sitcom’s stars. With negotiations concluded, the comedy will begin production Wednesday for the 2014-15 season, Warner Bros. Television said in a statement Tuesday. Agreements have been reached with stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco for lucrative three-year contracts that trade reports put at about $1 million per episode for each actor.

    Jeff Award-winning director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell will stage the local premiere of the new musical “October Sky” at Marriott Theatre.

    Marriott to stage new ‘October Sky’ musical, ‘Elf’

    Season subscriptions are now on sale for the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire's 2015 season, which includes the musicals "La Cage aux Folles," "Anything Goes," "City of Angels," "October Sky" and "Elf."

    The Holmes Brothers

    Weekend picks: Holmes Brothers play free soul show at the MAC

    For more than 30 years, the Holmes Brothers have been moving audiences with their three-way vocal harmonies and soulful music, a mix of blues, rock and soul. The trio is playing a free show at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra completes its live orchestral accompaniment of Peter Jackson's acclaimed J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy with “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” Friday at the Ravinia Festival. Comedian Steve Byrne takes the mic this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Chris Pratt attends a screening of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in New York. Is he ready to be a leading man?

    'Guardians' is a big hit; can Pratt stay a movie star?

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” surprised a lot of people this weekend when the film — projected to be successful, but maybe not a gigantic record-breaking hit — took in $94 million, the biggest opening ever for an August release. There are many reasons that the film caught on, from slick marketing to a built-in fan base from the Marvel comic books. At the center of the discussion, however, is the surprising emergence of Chris Pratt, the TV actor who has emerged as a bona fide movie star.

    Ryan Cooper

    Last chance to vote for talent contest Fan Favorite

    The last round of online voting for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent kicks off at midnight, giving the public one last chance to have their say in picking a Fan Favorite for the summer-long competition. You can watch performance videos of the top 10 SCGT finalists and vote online for your favorites by visiting dailyherald.com/entertainment/talent from midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 6, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The contestant with the most votes after three rounds of voting wins a Funjet Vacation for two.

    Sherri Shepherd will play the wicked stepmother for Cinderella on Broadway. She will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Keke Palmer in the title role on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

    Sherri Shepherd to make her Broadway debut

    A wicked stepmother has been picked for Cinderella on Broadway — Sherri Shepherd. “The View” co-host said on the daytime talk show Tuesday that she will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Keke Palmer in the title role on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.


    Mother’s lie by omission makes sons angry

    Single mother decided not tell her two sons that she had briefly been married twice before she married their father. But her brother spilled the beans once they were adults and now they are angry she lied.

    Joy Williams and John Paul White issued a statement on their website Tuesday announcing the decision to split, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences.

    The Civil Wars music duo announce formal breakup

    The members of folk duo The Civil Wars have made it official: They’re breaking up. Joy Williams and John Paul White issued a statement on their website Tuesday morning announcing the decision, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences.

    Niall Horan of One Direction performed Monday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

    One Direction uneven at stadium concert

    In just four years, One Direction has cultivated a feverish fan base so strong, the boy band can sell out U.S. stadiums. But 1D is a New Age boy band. The fivesome provided some memorable moments at a sold-out MetLife Stadium show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Monday night. But most of the night, they were clumsy.

    Ceramic poppies form part of an art installation laid out in the dry moat of the Tower of London in London. The installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies by ceramic artist Paul Cummins entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Read” was unveiled Tuesday to mark the centenary of World War I, with the final one being planted on Armistice Day on November 11. Each poppy represents a British military fatality from World War I.

    Red ceramic poppies spill from Tower of London

    A blood-red sea of ceramic poppies is spilling from the Tower of London to commemorate British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in World War I on the 100th anniversary of its start. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry on Tuesday to “plant” the ceramic poppies in the dry moat surrounding the Tower to honor the military dead.

    Assistant state attorney David Gilbert, left, and defense attorney Mark Shapiro appear in court to request a postponement of the hearing to determine whether pop star Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Miami Tuesday. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield postponed the hearing until Aug. 13.

    Hearing rescheduled in Justin Bieber DUI case

    A Miami-Dade County judge postponed a hearing to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The judge on Tuesday postponed the hearing until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the request of prosecutors and Bieber’s attorney.


    Hotel negative review policy spurs online backlash

    A hotel received a flood of online criticism Monday following reports that it threatened to charge $500 if guests posted negative reviews. The New York Post reported early Monday that the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, N.Y., warned on its website that “a $500 fine ... will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review placed on any Internet site by anyone in your party.” The policy was aimed at guests booking the inn for weddings and other events.

    The Holmes Brothers, a celebrated roots-music trio, will play a free show in Glen Ellyn this weekend.

    Music notes: Roots-music masters perform in Glen Ellyn

    Good news for fans of traditional American music: The Holmes Brothers, a celebrated roots-music trio, will play a free (!) concert this weekend in Glen Ellyn. On the heavier side of things, fierce garage-rock band White Mystery performs in the city.

    Once jarred and cooled, pickled green beans can be stored in the refrigerator for five days.

    Fast-Pickled Green Beans
    Once these Fast-Pickled Green Beans are jarred and cooled, they can be stored in the refrigerator for five days.

    Rick Perlstein gives vivid detail to “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.”

    Book tracks insurgence that propelled Reagan

    Even Republicans piled on President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal wore on. But not California Gov. Ronald Reagan. He said Watergate was being “blown out of proportion.” Rick Perlstein writes that incredulous reporters thought Reagan was acting like a “genial ostrich.” “The Invisible Bridge” is the story of “the right-wing insurgency bubbling barely beneath the surface” through the mid-’70s. And it’s the story of the national rise of the politician who benefited the most from that insurgency.

    In Elizabeth Little’s “Dear Daughter,” Jane Jenkins is a young woman famous for being famous until she was sent to prison for the murder of her wealthy socialite mother. But is she really guilty?

    Elizabeth Little’s ‘Dear Daughter’ is engrossing

    In her confident fiction debut, Elizabeth Little puts a fresh spin on the unlikable protagonist with a biting personality in the form of Jane Jenkins, a young woman famous for being famous until she was sent to prison for the murder of her wealthy socialite mother. Little also makes “Dear Daughter” a parable about the cult of the celebrity stoked by a relentless press and a ruthless public’s thirst for details of a woman it loves to hate.

    Once jarred and cooled, pickled green beans can be stored in the refrigerator for five days.

    No need to get in a pickle over making pickles

    Pickled green beans come together so quickly, they’ll be ready to enjoy by the time you’re done making dinner. They’re great slipped into your sandwich or burger or served alongside just about any barbecue. The recipe can be used for other vegetables, too. Try pickled carrots or cauliflower.

    A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers.

    Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they’re getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water.

    Former college roommates Beth Fawcett of Wheaton, left, and Annette Barum-Sindberg of Chicago have joined forces to share their love of smushies, mini Danish sandwiches.

    Cook of the Week: College roommates spread the smushie love

    Have you had a hyggeligt summer? Hyggeligt is a Danish word for the cozy feeling you get when you spend time with loved ones sharing a meal, and Annette Barnum Sindberg and Beth Fawcett are on a mission to spread that Danish concept and their unique versions of Danish smorrebrod — open-faced sandwiches crafted with precision.

    A smushi is a mini, Danish open-face sandwich. Here we have ham and asparagus smushi and a steak smushi accompanied by Eva’s Mashed Potato Salad.

    Eva’s Mashed Potato Salad
    Whipped heavy cream makes Eva’s Mashed Potato Salad a luscious summer side dish.

    A smushi is a mini, Danish open-face sandwich. Here we have a ham and asparagus smushi and a steak smushi accompanied by Eva’s Mashed Potato Salad.

    Ham and Asparagus Smushi
    Ham and Asparagus Smushi is a mini, modern take on a traditional Danish sandwich.

    Steak Smushi is a modern version of a Danish sandwich.

    Steak Smushi
    Steak Smushi is modern, mini take on a traditional Danish sandwich.

    Author Diana Gabaldon predicts fans will love the Starz original series “Outlander,” which premieres Saturday, Aug. 9.

    Author guards fan favorites in TV’s ‘Outlander’

    When she first saw raw scenes from the TV adaptation of her “Outlander” book, Diana Gabaldon caught something. It was a line of dialogue she says her “fans consider iconic,” one they would miss. So producers kept it. The author of the 1991 best-selling romance novel about a time-travelling nurse says it was an example of the collaboration between her and Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of the series that premieres on Starz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

    Artist Michael Gross, who is battling cancer, has decided to use his and the work of other artists to raise money in his fight against cancer.

    Ailing ‘Ghostbusters’ artist gives bird to cancer

    Michael Gross says he was just having a little fun with his students when he gave them the assignment to draw a hand with a raised middle finger. After the artist who created the “Ghostbusters” logo saw the result, he realized it perfectly summed up his feelings about the cancer that’s killing him. So Gross began “Flip Cancer,” soliciting dozens of artist friends to draw hands with raised middle fingers. He plans to sell them and give the money to anti-cancer programs.

    Brothers Rafe and Orlando Burley explore an exhibit in the new “First World War Galleries” after a major overhaul of the Imperial War Museum in London. The museum, which was founded in 1917, as the war still raged, to preserve the stories of those who were fighting and dying, recently reopened.

    U.K. museum looks at epic, intimate sides of WWI

    It’s an iconic scene of Britain at war: Thousands of Londoners huddled in Underground stations as German bombs rained down. But this is not the 1940s Blitz — it’s World War I, more than 20 years earlier. For most people, the Great War evokes images of mud, gas masks and the trenches of the Western Front. The Imperial War Museum wants to expand that view. A century after the conflict began, the London museum aims to provide a new perspective on “the war to end all wars.”


    Question about houseguest must be decided together

    My husband and I are expecting a visit from my brother “Allen” soon. He is on again with his girlfriend “Mable.” I consider Mable one of my close friends, but I openly admit she is a total slob. My husband has said that if Allen brings Mable when he visits, she is not welcome in our home. What to do?



    Editorial: Security must be top priority for county staff

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on Kane County officials to act quickly to address safety concerns at the county's diagnostic center, where clinical psychologists conduct evaluations with criminal defendants with little security.


    No peace in Gaza if Netanyahu can prevent it

    Columnist Gene Lyons: I wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu understands how many Americans — his greatest allies — have begun to reconsider their unwavering support in the face of this merciless slaughter?


    Wrong script on immigration

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Just because you’re well-known doesn’t mean you’re well-informed. Case in point: Eva Longoria, Mexican-American actress, social commentator and loyal Democrat who once mocked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for having “silly” ideas. What makes Longoria look silly is that she believes that other Americans care what she thinks about the crisis involving Central American child refugees crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into her native Texas.


    Counseling key part of genetic testing
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The entire area of genetic testing is exploding, and everyone is grappling with the implications and consequences of it. Those ordering or offering the genetic wellness tests or suggesting they should be done — especially if they’re perceived as a knowledgeable health care professional and not just a laboratory performing the test — must be prepared to counsel the individuals who choose to be tested. This requires knowledge and understanding of the disease process being genetically tested for.


    Bush legacy lives on in a biased high court
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: John Roberts and Samuel Alito, members of the United States Supreme Court, were nominated to that body by President George W. Bush., with Roberts becoming the court’s chief justice. Both have seemed determined to legislate from the bench, contrary to what they promised in their confirmation hearings. Democrats, knowing this would happen, held up the confirmation of both. In the end, “compromise” was reached and both were seated.


    AbbVie’s ‘inversion’ plan seriously flawed
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The overarching goal of any board of a publicly held company is to enhance stockholder investment. AbbVie could not have abandoned this fundamental precept more egregiously by its proposed “inversion” with Shire. The deal: 1) is boldly unpatriotic by renouncing U.S. corporate citizenship, 2) is too costly ($54.8 billion), 3) significantly dilutes stockholder equity, 4) lacks strategic vision and synergy, 5) may subject future dividends to various UK tax withholdings, and 6) severely penalizes existing shareholders.


    Superrich are gaining too much power
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I used to be a news junkie. I am inclined to be an activist and look for opportunities to promote liberal and progressive programs to further the common good. However, in the last couple years I no longer listen, watch or read as much. I have become very pessimistic about the ability of ordinary citizens to improve our country’s future.


    Don’t ask for compromise of one’s beliefs
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In regards to Our View and Holy Family Catholic Church, the writer states “Is there room for compromise? Should the church do more to recognize that the world is changing in this regard?”Yes, the world is definitely changing but the Bible, God’s holy word, does not.


    The people who brought you Palin
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The “Do Nothing” House of Representatives in Congress has voted to sue the POTUS, accusing the president of exceeding his authority.


    How male justices do relate to women
    A Naperville letter to the editor: So-called feminists still rant and rave over the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. They claim that male justices can’t relate to women.


    Does church need a new motto?
    I read, with deep sadness, the Daily Herald’s July 31 article, “Engagement leads to firing.” Colin Collette, the longtime area church music director, was fired because he and his partner are soon to be married.Perhaps the new church motto should read, “Inviting some, not all, to a new life in Christ.” It seems to me that love should be lifted up and celebrated. And so I offer Colin and his partner a heartfelt mazeltov. May they enjoy many years of health and happiness as they begin their new life together.Judi TepeElgin


    Get out of President Obama’s way
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Having sought compromise with Republican legislators over the last four years, but been rebuffed repeatedly, President Obama has taken bold and independent action to lead the country forward.


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