Daily Archive : Friday August 8, 2014


    Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors students in third to seventh grade all had a hand in making squirrel boxes during last year’s project. Register now for the school at fvjn.org/fox-valley-jewish-school.

    Tri-Cities Jewish school kids care about critters

    Fox Valley Jewish School’s yearlong commitment to the animals at Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn has benefitted children and animals, alike.

    PetSmart General Manager John Kerns, left, presents a $2,500 donation from PetSmart to the Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club with club members Lora Johnson, Lisa Bowles and Diane Obey.

    Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club receives $2,500 charitable gift

    Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club received a $2,500 gift from PetSmart on July 23. This presentation took place during a PetSmart company meeting as part of their "PetSmart Gives Back" initiative.

    Emily Morrison of Des Plaines comforts Lunar, a miniature horse from Mane in Heaven in Lake in the Hills, during a loud sound check Friday before ceremonies to kick off Million Week in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Mane Event starts lead-up to the Million

    It’s one of the biggest block parties of the summer — drawing more than 10,000 people — but local residents found more than picnic fare Friday night at the Mane Event in Arlington Heights. The party continues downtown from noon to 11 p.m. today with the Taste of Arlington Heights. Both events serve as a kickoff to the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park and the...


    Cement truck driver dies after Warrenville crash

    Warrenville police are investigating a single-vehicle accident that killed the driver of a commercial cement truck on Friday afternoon. No other vehicles were involved; it appears the driver suffered a medical emergency, police said, which led to him losing control of his vehicle.


    Robber takes cash from Gurnee convenience store

    Gurnee police are seeking information about a robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at the Daisy Quik Mart, 726 S. Milwaukee Ave.

    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell says $1,221 for Silly Putty is in his 2015 budget to help entertain children who visit his office or come to community events. The expense is just one in his budget coming under scrutiny.

    Lauzen grills Kane Coroner Russell on Silly Putty, other costs

    Scrutiny of Kane County Coroner's budget reached a new level Friday when county board Chairman Chris Lauzen grilled Coroner Rob Russell about the purchase of 1,000 units of Silly Putty. “You spent $1,221 on Silly Putty,” Lauzen said. “To me, this would be an example of money taxpayers would say shouldn’t be spent.”


    Palatine Jaycees donate to community
    The Palatine Jaycees will distribute $16,000 between 16 organizations in August. “This is the reason I became a Jaycee,” said Chrissy Trilling-Raices, co-chairwoman of the donations panel.

    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds.

    Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that...

    Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti and Democrat Paul Vallas are candidates for lieutenant governor.

    Candidate asked for state job, joked about capital

    The Republican candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor asked a state official if he knew of any jobs in the agency where he worked and made a joke suggesting the state’s capital city lacks sophistication.


    Suburban motorcycle fatalities this summer

    Sadly, this summer has seen its fair share of motorcycle fatalities in the suburbs or involving people from the suburbs.

    Ashley Wilson

    14-year-old Naperville girl remembered as natural leader

    A 14-year-old Naperville girl, Ashley Wilson, is being remembered as a natural leader who was looking forward to her freshman year at Neuqua Valley High School. Ashley died Wednesday when her father lost control of the motorcycle they were riding and crashed near Bolingbrook. “She was a great kid, just very well-liked by all of her peers,” her middle-school principal said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn opens the Illinois State Fair with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Springfield.

    Quinn, Rauner lob new accusations

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday accused Republican rival Bruce Rauner of dodging responsibility for another business dealing he called “very troubling,” while Rauner’s campaign hit back over new allegations of patronage at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

    Ray Bradbury

    Bradbury fans want a statue of the late author in Waukegan

    Community activists and fans of famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury are hoping his Lake County birthplace will honor him with a statue. Bradbury, who died in 2012, was born in Waukegan and lived in the city until he was 13. He turned Waukegan into the fictitious Green Town in the book “Dandelion Wine” and in other stories, and he supported the Waukegan Public Library...

    Retired Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama

    Retired major general gives tips to clergy on veterans’ ‘moral’ injuries

    Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama believes the religious community plays an important part in helping veterans cope with emotional battle wounds sustained in war. So how can the clergy help those veterans who come to them? Mukoyama and his faith-based nonprofit organization, Military Outreach USA, believe they have the answers in a guide they are releasing Saturday during an event at Trinity...

    Maria G. Kraszynska and her son, Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar

    Prospect Heights mother, son plead guilty to retail theft

    A Prospect Heights mother and son pleaded guilty to retail theft Thursday. Maria G. Kraszynska, 64, and her son Christopher A. Krasznski-Morrar-23, pleaded guilty to stealing from TJ Maxx stores in Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect and Chicago and were sentenced to two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay restitution, prosecutors said.


    Joplin schools chief discusses tornado recovery
    C.J. Huff, the superintendent who led the Joplin, Missouri schools back from the deadly tornado of May 2011, will make a public appearance Sept. 25 in Addison to share his story on how the schools recovered from the tragedy.

    Former White House press secretary James Brady, right, shakes the hand of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin at a White House ceremony where both men received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Reagan aide Jim Brady’s death ruled homicide

    A spokeswoman says a Virginia medical examiner has notified police that this week’s death of former White House press secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide.Brady was shot in the head during the 1981 assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. of President Ronald Reagan. Brady lived through hours of surgery and further operations over the years, but he never regained normal use of...

    Terrence Ivery

    Man reported missing in Elgin

    The Elgin Police Department is asking for help in locating a man who went missing earlier today. Terrence Ivery, 25, was last seen at about noon at his residence in the 600 block of Packard Drive in Elgin.


    13 arrested in Lake County sex sting

    Thirteen men were charged with soliciting sex last month in an undercover operation conducted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release issued Friday. On July 16-17, sheriff’s police conducted the sting at two hotels in Lake County.

    Aspiring patients and caregivers must submit applications to be approved for a state-issued ID card that will allow them to purchase medical marijuana legally.

    Illinois posts marijuana patient application forms

    Illinois posted applications for patients and caregivers in the new medical marijuana program, but the state doesn’t want any submitted until Sept. 2.


    Police: Streamwood store clerk climbed on shoplifter’s car to slow escape

    A shoplifting incident at a liquor store in Streamwood took a dangerous turn when one of the store employees tried to stop the vehicle the shoplifter was fleeing in, according to police reports.


    Des Plaines water tank repairs authorized

    Repairs will be made to Des Plaines’ aboveground 4 million gallon water storage tank on Central Road in preparation for receiving a new city water source. The city council this week authorized the repairs by approving a $324,850 contract with DN Tanks, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, the original manufacturer of the 40-year-old tank.


    District 118 rejects stadium seating plan

    A proposal to sell reserved seats at the Wauconda High School athletic stadium met with opposition Thursday and won’t move forward, officials said.


    Fireworks highlight Lakemoor Fest

    Lakemoor Fest continues through Sunday at Morrison Park, 233 Route 120.


    Ex-North Chicago police officer, son sentenced for murder

    A former North Chicago police officer and his son who were found guilty in the death of the father’s mistress were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

    Enrique L. Torres

    Convicted Aurora murderer guilty of 2nd 2007 shooting

    A 33-year-old Aurora gang member will spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting two people - one of them fatally - in April


    Mundelein High board meets

    The Mundelein High School board will meet Tueday to discuss the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year and other business.

    A man uses an umbrella against the rain as he walks across Kapiolani Blvd Friday in Waikiki in Honolulu.

    Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

    The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system close behind it also weakened and was on track to pass north of the islands by several hundred miles.Tropical Storm Iselle knocked out power, caused flooding and downed trees when it crossed onto the Big Island. There have been no reports of deaths or major...

    Sailors launch aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Thursdayin the Persian Gulf.

    Airstrikes begin as U.S. re-engages in Iraq

    U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, redeeming President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it.


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    Fox Valley police reports
    Fox blotter

    St. Charles Public Youth Services Librarian Valerie Verscaj reads to kids Friday during the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s “Story Time at the Nature Center” at the Creek Bend Nature Center in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

    Story time at St. Charles nature center

    Surrounded by wildlife displays, Valerie Verscaj kept kids entertained Friday with her animated readings at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles. The St. Charles youth services librarian kept the children’s interest with songs, movement and reading during the monthly “Story Time at the Nature Center” program.

    Joe Carr, concedes Thursday in the GOP primary for the U. S. Senate seat to Lamar Alexander at Carr’s reception at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on election night.

    Mainstream GOP upbeat after sweeping tea party

    “If you kind of look at this like a baseball game, you guys totally struck out, done, you’re gone,” said Daniel Horowitz, a strategist who formerly worked with the Madison Project, one of several conservative groups that have spent money against GOP incumbents.


    Emanuel wants action on oil train risks in Chicago

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is emphasizing the dangers of moving crude oil and other hazardous materials through Chicago’s rail network, saying hundreds of schools, parks and playgrounds are within a half mile of the tracks.

    The Fahey Medical Center, which housed 15 physicians at 581 E. Golf Road, has closed as a result of foreclosure.

    Fahey Medical Center in Des Plaines closes due to foreclosure

    A longtime medical clinic in Des Plaines has closed its doors due to foreclosure. An eviction notice from the Cook County Sheriff is posted on the doors of the Fahey Medical Center, which has been at 581 E. Golf Road since 1957.


    Free six-week health program coming to Hoffman Ests.

    A series of classes, Take Charge of Your Health, will return to Hoffman Estates beginning Friday, Aug. 29. The free, six-week program for seniors who have chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, or heart disease, or for individuals who live with someone who has a chronic health condition, will be offered each Friday through Oct. 3.


    Lawmaker wants override of Quinn’s amendatory veto

    A Democratic legislator says he’ll call for an override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed changes to a plan aimed at curbing additional medical bill fees.


    Illinois collects $1.4 billion in child support

    An Illinois agency says it has collected more than $1.4 billion in child support for the first time in state history.

    Illinois officials will host a forum in September for industry experts to help develop the planned airport in the South suburbs.

    State officials announce forum for Peotone airport

    Illinois officials will host a forum in September for industry experts to help develop the planned airport in the South suburbs. Those expected to attend include air carriers and private developers.

    A United Airlines jet approaching Los Angeles International Airport passes in front of a Waxing Gibbous moon.

    Biggest, brightest supermoon coming Sunday

    Lunar events should be especially exciting to urbanites. “Normally, when cool stuff is happening in the night sky, we miss it because of the light pollution,” Shawn Domagal-Goldman, research space scientist at NASA Goddard, said. “But there’s no such thing as too much light pollution to see the moon. All you need is nighttime and a clear sky. If you live in a city and...

    Time is running out for the Brainerd Building in Libertyville. School officials will review demolition bids Monday.

    Time running out for Brainerd Building; demolition bids expected Monday

    Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials on Monday could learn how much it will cost to knock down the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym.

    DuPage County will receive $18.9 million in federal grant money because of the widespread flooding of April 2013. The funding is in addition to the $7 million previously approved for the county.

    DuPage County to receive $18.9 million in federal flood relief

    More than a year after storms caused major flooding throughout DuPage, the county is poised to receive a second round of federal disaster recovery money. Officials say the county — which had thousands of properties suffer flood damage in April 2013 — is planning to use $18.9 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for flood-prevention projects and buy...

    Nicole Evans

    Woman gets 4 years for low-speed chase, crashing into 4 vehicles

    An Elmhurst woman pleaded guilty Friday to leading police on a low-speed chase last year — during which she crashed into four vehicles, including two squad cars — between Bensenville to Elk Grove Village.

    Gabriela Francesca won last year’s Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent. The 2014 winner will be announced today at Taste of Arlington Heights.

    5 things to do this weekend
    Summer weekends are dwindling fast, so make the most of them! Bask in the warm breezes, catch some music or a few laughs or head to a carnival. Here are five great weekend events to get you started.

    Anderson Animal Shelter Executive Director Beth Drake is welcomed by one of the puppies available for adoption at the South Elgin facility. Drake was hired in mid-May and already has spearheaded a number of changes, including a $600,000 renovation that will start Sept. 1.

    South Elgin animal shelter getting makeover

    New play groups for dogs, a new philosophy for animal adoptions and the first major renovation project in 40 years. It only took Beth Drake a couple of months to make her mark as the new executive director of Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, most significantly by spearheading the $600,000 renovation project that starts Sept. 1.


    Batavia teacher contract talks progressing

    Will Batavia teachers start a new school year without a contract? Possibly, but negotiators are making progress, according to union President Tony Malay.

    Once the stencils are affixed to the marker, Jim Shoaf removes the cutouts in preparation for the sandblasting.

    St. Charles engraver put his love of art to work by creating monuments

    Preserving a memory in stone has been Jim Shoaf's craft for nearly 30 years. His art gives a depiction of those who have passed on. As a monument maker at St. Charles Memorial Works, he finds his work very gratifying. “We can help them through the grieving process, by producing a monument or marker that reflects their life” Shoaf said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals walked on freshly poured sidewalk concrete between noon and 7:25 p.m. Aug. 5 on the 100 and 200 blocks of West Walnut Avenue in Des Plaines. Damage was estimated at $3,000.

    The Carol Stream-based Community Girlz organize annual fundraisers to help those in need. Members are, from left, Marielle Beleta, Tam Ta, Yahvi Mahendra, Jessica Xhumari, Kelly Boland, Donna Gieser, Abigail Sopiarz, Emily Giovingo and Lydia Sullivan. Not pictured is Kate Johnson.

    Carol Stream’s Community Girlz raising money for homeless vets

    The members of Community Girlz, an incoming group of freshmen at Glenbard North, are trying to make the world a better place, one cause at a time. On Saturday, they're turning their efforts to the plight of homeless veterans. You can help.

    Oak-Brook based McDonald’s says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China.

    McDonald’s sales hit by China scandal, U.S. weakness

    Oak-Brook based McDonald’s says a global sales figure fell 2.5 percent in July, dragged down by persistent weakness in the U.S. and a food safety scare in China. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said Friday the decline included a 3.2 percent drop in the U.S. and a 7.3 percent drop in the unit encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

    The Oakland Hills village hall is closed after village board members were threatened by people upset over a controversial power plant proposal.

    Quaint McHenry County town rocked by power plant proposal

    The almost all-residential McHenry County town of Oakwood Hills, population 2,000, has been rocked by controversy over plans for a proposed 430-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant. Tempers have flared to the point the village government has been temporarily closed. “It's not just about this power plant going in. It's also about the secrecy that shrouded this whole thing,” a...

    The site of the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, where police say the cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana were discovered.

    35 years later, remains of Jonestown victims found

    Thirty-five years ago, funeral directors in Delaware struggled to quickly bury and cremate the remains of more than 900 people who died in a suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, many of them Peoples Temple followers who drank cyanide-laced punch. On Thursday, officials revealed that not all had been brought to a final resting place. The cremated remains of nine Jonestown victims were discovered...

    Oscar Pistorius, gestures, as he sits in court, during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. The judge in the murder trial said Friday that she will give a verdict on Sept. 11, ending a televised trial that stretched for five months and transfixed South Africans and others around the world.

    Verdict in Pistorius trial scheduled for Sept. 11

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on Sept. 11, ending a televised trial that stretched for five months and transfixed South Africans and others around the world.

    The 2014 Illinois State Fair butter cow

    Illinois State Fair unveils butter cow sculpture

    The popular butter cow sculpture has been unveiled at the Dairy Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois agriculture director and State Fair manager attended the ceremony Thursday afternoon. The 500-pound bovine is made of unsalted butter. Built from scratch each year, the cow has been an unofficial mascot of the fair since the 1920s.

    Palestinians attend Friday noon prayers in the shadow of a toppled minaret at a mosque that was hit by Israeli strikes, in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

    Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

    Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. Israel responded with a series of airstrikes, including one that killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded five children near a Gaza City mosque, Palestinian officials said. Two Israelis were...


    ’2nd Friday’ offers jazz, improvised tap

    Brazilian jazz guitar, Vivaldi and improvised tap dancing is among the free or discounted entertainment being offered to get more people to visit what’s been a less-traveled stretch of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.


    Chicago lawyer sent to prison for sexual assault

    A real estate attorney has been handed a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a Minnesota woman at a Chicago hotel. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Anthony Bergamino said his judgment has failed at times and apologized before Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Gainer sentenced him Thursday.


    Documents from Walker-related probe being released

    Documents seized during a now-closed investigation into aides of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive are being released. The Milwaukee County executive’s office plans to make public on Friday 14 gigabytes of data.


    UIC official demoted over plagiarism accusations

    A University of Illinois at Chicago official has lost his position following a lawsuit alleging the official violated federal law by publicly discussing a dissertation and accusations of plagiarism.

    Pravin Varughese

    Local family of SIU student who died sues Carbondale

    The Morton Grove family of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student found dead near the school has filed a lawsuit against Carbondale, its police chief and the person who last saw him alive.

    A U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet jet. The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday. Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, said two F/A-18 fighters flying off the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf dropped two laser-guided 500-pound bombs on an Islamic State artillery piece and the truck towing it.

    Hagel: U.S. can effectively target Iraq airstrikes

    The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out and hit Islamic militants if they threaten U.S. interests or the thousands of refugees who fled to a mountaintop.

    A displaced Iraqi Christian woman holds a picture of her four-year-old relative, David, who was killed by militants, at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

    Iraq welcomes U.S. aid to stranded civilians

    Iraqis on Friday welcomed the U.S. airlift of emergency aid to thousands of people who fled to the mountains to escape Islamic extremists and called for greater intervention, as U.S. warplanes struck the militants for the first time. Cargo planes dropped parachuted crates of food and water over an area in the mountains outside Sinjar, where thousands of members of the Yazidi minority where...


    Missing 3-year-old found safe in Illinois corn

    A south-central Illinois 3-year-old has been found safe in a cornfield after a nearly three-hour search. The Effingham Daily News reports Altamont firefighters responded to a report Thursday that Alexie Followell was missing from her home. Her mother and grandmother had last seen her in the family’s detached garage.


    Man charged with kidnapping, killing cab driver

    Criminal charges have been filed in La Crosse County against a man accused of killing a cab driver and leading police on a high-speed chase. Prosecutors say Timmy Johnson Jr. admitted killing 79-year-old Merle Forbes in June after calling him for a ride in Platteville.


    5th person dies after Illinois highway crash

    Officials say an Urbana man involved in a semi-truck crash outside Chicago has died, bringing the accident’s death toll to five. The Cook County Medical Examiner says 64-year-old Timothy Osburn died Wednesday evening at a hospital in Maywood.

    A banner encouraging people suffering from Ebola to go immediately to a health center for treatment on a sidewalk in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

    The World Health Organization today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far killed at least 932 people.

    Maggiano's Little Italy opened last month at Westfield Hawthorn shopping center as part of a $50 million renovation and expansion. A home rule sales tax is expected to be implemented by the village, in part, to fund a $1.2 million annual sales tax rebate to Westfield.

    Vernon Hills likely to boost sales tax, lower other costs

    Vernon Hills trustees informally agreed to add a quarter-percent sales tax as of Jan. 1 but offset the effect on residents by lowering utility taxes or paying a portion of recycling fees. The increase is needed to pay a $1.2 million-per-year economic incentive to Westield Hawthorn shopping center and maintain the village's top credit rating. "I think it's the course that makes the most sense,"...


    Dawn Patrol: Delays on Metra BNSF; teen gets 90 days for fatal DUI

    Metra BNSF riders can expect longer commute; Barrington Hills teen gets 90 days for fatal DUI crash; term limits may be on Arlington Hts. ballot in November; police seek public's help finding Elgin man; sales of Kennedy gold coin at Rosemont convention suspended; McIlvaine seeks extension stemming from 1975 project; Cloudy start to the morning with temperatures climbing to 75 degrees this...


    Schaumburg man charged in Chicago gang drug bust

    A Schaumburg man was one of 35 people swept up in multijurisdictional drug bust that netted several guns, hundreds of grams of drugs and more than $10,000 in cash, federal prosecutors announced. Arturo Lara, 54, is one of 15 people arrested in the investigation facing state drug charges.


    District 214 turns 100, plans year of celebration

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will celebrate its 100th birthday during the 2014-15 school year and kicked off the centennial festivities at Thursday's board meeting. “We have a lot to celebrate,” said Jessica Thunberg, director of community engagement and outreach. Events marking the 100th year of the district's existence will span the whole school year and include a...


    Hanover Park to shop around for Springfield lobbyist

    Despite the mayor's defense of the village's Springfield lobbyist, Hanover Park trustees still want to see what other firms have to offer. The board agreed Thursday to put out a request for proposals from lobbyists that would represent Hanover Park before state lawmakers. Trustee Bill Cannon said that should have been done before the village inked another deal with its current lobbyist last...

    Catalin Colcer, 3, and Alex Sorescu of Joliet enjoy the teacup ride while taking a selfie Thursday at St. Zachary Church’s Augustfest in Des Plaines.

    Augustfest underway in Des Plaines

    Augustfest, the big Des Plaines festival sponsored by St. Zachary Church, began Thursday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10, on the church grounds, two blocks east of Elmhurst Road at 67 W. Algonquin Road. The festival, which is celebrating its 30th year, includes carnival rides, entertainment by festival bands, children’s games, bingo, casino games, cash raffle, and food and drinks.

    Caroline Kacena, whose son died from a heroin overdose, and Tim Ryan, who himself is a recovering heroin addict who just lost his son Nick to a heroin overdose last week, demonstrate how to use Naloxone during Thursday's training session at Wheatland Salem Church in Naperville.

    Dad of teen who overdosed trains parents to use antidote

    Nick Ryan, 20, died Aug. 1 of an apparent heroin overdose in Hinsdale, but his father, a former heroin addict himself, hosted a Naloxone training session Thursday because he said it doesn't have to be that way. “A week ago today was the last time my son was alive. Coulda, woulda, shoulda,” Tim Ryan said Thursday during the training session. "I know he's in a better place."

    A new state law would let drivers keep their licenses if pulled over for minor stops.

    New law means you can keep your license after violation

    A small consolation is coming for lead-footed drivers caught speeding. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a new law soon that will let people who get pulled over for minor traffic violations keep their driver's licenses. “This is going to let them get on with their lives,” said state Sen. Mike Noland, an Elgin Democrat and author of the so-called “sign and go” law.


    Chicago man gets 5 years for $1M phone thefts

    A Chicago man who admitted he stole more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Gunn accessed online accounts of dozens of Verizon’s customers in New Jersey and elsewhere and placed unauthorized orders for smartphones, accessories and other electronic products.


    More turns permitted in BG:
    Buffalo Grove drivers take note: The village no longer restricts turning right from southbound Lexington Drive onto westbound Armstrong Drive between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekdays.


    Second corpse in 3 years found in Chicago home

    Authorities have discovered the decomposed body of a man in a Chicago home where his mother’s body was found in similar condition three years earlier. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that police found the body of 47-year-old Ronald Opilka on Tuesday. Neighbors had called their alderman to complain about an odor coming from the home.

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Chicago police outside a downtown high-rise office building following a shooting inside the building Thursday, July 31. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that 40 State Police troopers will be dispatched to Chicago to help the police department round up dangerous fugitives as part of an effort to combat an annual rise in violent crime during the summer.

    Illinois State Police troopers to help Chicago

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that 40 State Police troopers will be dispatched to Chicago to help the police department round up dangerous fugitives as part of an effort to combat an annual rise in violent crime during the summer.

    With mimes, music and more, Cantigny Park’s French Connection Day highlights the culture of France, which played a big part in the life of founder Robert R. McCormick.

    Cantigny celebrates its French connection

    Cantigny Park’s annual French Connection festival celebrates all things French from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. “We’ve got a large variety of activities that makes this very welcoming for the whole family,” said Cantigny Park Communications Manager Jeff Reiter.

    Children have fun in the sprinkler in Mount Prospect on July 5.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 4.


    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comChicago Bears Zach Miller hauls in Jordan Palmer's touchdown pass in the second quarter tying-up the game 14-all against Philadelphia at Soldier Field in Chicago. Here he celebrates with his teammates.

    For openers, QB corps quite impressive

    All the Bears' quarterbacks looked good in the preseason-opening shootout with the Eagles Friday night at Soldier Field.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates a touchdown with tight end Zach Miller (86) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Ola knows it’s put up or shut up

    Coach Marc Trestman did not divulge whether suspended tight end Martellus Bennett would be back with the team on Sunday when they return to training camp practices at Olivet Nazarene University because he said that decision has not been made yet.

    Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana (62) meets at the mound with catcher Adrian Nieto before Quitana was replaced during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

    Sox drop fourth straight, fall to Mariners 4-1

    Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory. Zunino moved into a tie for the major league lead in home runs by a catcher with his 18th of the season. Zunino’s opposite-field drive to right off Jose Quintana in the fifth gave Seattle a 3-1 lead and came after Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie dropped a popup from Logan Morrison. Kendrys Morales added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.


    Cougars win thriller

    A marquee matchup in the Midwest League’s Western Division did not disappoint, as the Kane County Cougars won a 6-5 thriller over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.The Cougars (28-19, 73-44) won their first 1-run game in the last six tries with the victory over the Kernels (27-20, 58-59).


    Boomers avoid sweep

    The Schaumburg Boomers avoided a home sweep at the hands of the Washington Wild Things with a 5-4 win Friday night.

    Chicago Bears Zach Miller hauls in Jordan Palmer’s touchdown pass in the second quarter.

    Images: Bears vs. Eagles preseason
    Images of the Chicago Bears' 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in preseason football at Soldier Field in Chicago Friday night.

    Tiger Woods shot a second straight 74 and missed the cut by 5 strokes Friday in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

    Woods’ woes only get worse

    The 96th PGA Championship is only at the midway point, but its two weekend rounds will be lacking something. Tiger Woods won’t be around when the pursuit of front-running Rory McIlroy resumes on Saturday. Woods missed the cut after shooting his second straight 74 in Friday’s second round at Valhalla, and that could well mean the end to a dismal, injury-filled season for golf’s long-time No. 1 star. He still has a long way to go to recover from the back problems that bothered him all season and required surgery March 31. His 6-over-par 146 total at Valhalla was 5 strokes above the cut line to play the final 36 holes of the last major championship of 2014.


    Cubs hoping to find value in new pitcher Turner

    The Cubs made a trade Friday, obtaining right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins for two minor-league pitchers. Turner will be added to the 25-man roster when he arrives at Wrigley Field. Turner is a former first-round draft pick of the Detriot Tigers.

    Cubs second baseman Javier Baez hit 3 home runs in his first three major-league games.

    Cubs’ Javier Baez has Wrigley Field crowd buzzing

    There definitely was a fresh buzz around the ballpark early Friday as Cubs fans eagerly anticipated the Wrigley Field debut of second baseman Javier Baez. In the three games at Colorado this week, Baez hit 3 home runs, including 2 Thursday. In Friday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Rays, he singled once and struck out four times.

    When WNBA star Becky Hammon was named an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and became the first woman in history to join an NBA coaching staff on a full-time basis, some negative comments attached to the online stories about Hammon were so typical that they’re well beyond cliché, according to Patricia Babcock McGraw.

    Expect feisty Hammon to prove naysayers wrong

    The blowback directed at Becky Hammon is tired and cliche. And unfair. Of course a woman can coach men. Also news of the Chicago Sky, Chicago Bandits and the Chicago Red Stars.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 9

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 9 racing at Arlington International.

    Northwestern running back Venric Mark (5) was suspended by school officials Friday and will miss the first two games of the season for coach Pat Fitzgerald’s team.

    Northwestern suspends running back Mark

    Northwestern senior running back Venric Mark has been suspended for the Wildcats first two football games this fall for a violation of team policy, school officials announced Friday.

    From left to right, Bryce Traylor and Corey Oswald, both 14, wait in line to enter InfoCision Stadium for the LeBron James homecoming Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. James is being welcomed back Friday night by the city where he first bounced a basketball. James grew up in Akron and has maintained a strong connection with his hometown. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    LeBron James welcomed home by Akron

    For a chance to see LeBron James, Rodneka Price drove seven hours and stood in line for another six.“I might cry when I see him,” she said.James is being welcomed back Friday night by the city where he first bounced a basketball. The NBA superstar is being celebrated with an event expected to draw more than 25,000 people to InfoCision Stadium. James grew up in Akron and has maintained a strong connection with his hometown.


    Barrington bows out of Legion regional tournament

    Barrington’s boys of summer saw their season come to an end on Friday at Sycamore Stadium in Terre Haute, Ind. The Illinois state champion American Legion baseball team suffered its second straight loss in Great Lakes regional play Friday morning, falling to Newburgh, Ind., 6-4.

    With his innovative offense, expectations are rising for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles and the Bears play tonight at Soldier Field.

    For Bears and Eagles, expectations remain high

    With the National Football League preseason underway, Mike North believes the NFC North division offers some big challenges for the Chicago Bears. He also shares his views on the Cleveland Cavaliers and wants to see baseball increase scoring by getting rid of the defensive shift.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman, talking with quarterback Jay Cutler, must be a joy for the media that covers the team.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: What’s not to like about Trestman?

    It's hard not to be a fan of Bears coach Marc Trestman. Unless of course he fails to take them to the promised land.


    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Owner Ed Simboll, left, shows Mayor Tom Rooney around his establishment prior to the ribbon cutting at Bigby’s Pour House in Rolling Meadows Friday.

    Bigby’s Pour House in Rolling Meadows holds grand opening

    Bigby’s Pour House, a craft beer bar in Addison, on Friday celebrated the opening of its new Rolling Meadows site at 1649 Algonquin Road.

    A Bank of America sign in Philadelphia.

    Illinois banks grapple with concealed carry law

    Unlike schools, hospitals, government buildings and buses, where concealed weapons are still prohibited, the law does not prohibit guns in banks, leaving it up to the institutions themselves to decide.

    A Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks buck turmoil weighing on global markets

    As anxieties have risen in recent days, money has been flowing from around the world into U.S. Treasurys, the perennial safe haven for spooked investors.U.S. stock markets bucked the trend Friday as investors snapped up shares that had been beaten down in recent days. The buying surged late in the day on reports that Russia had ended military exercises near Ukraine. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 1.1 percent, its biggest gain since March. The index remains 3.4 percent below its record high set July 16.

    Marijuana is arranged for a photograph inside the Evergreen Apothecary in Denver, Colorado.

    Washington pot sales reach $3.8 million

    The state of Colorado has collected $34.9 million in all marijuana taxes, fees and licenses since recreational sales became legal in January. That number includes medical marijuana taxes.About $221 million worth of recreational pot was sold in May in Colorado, the state reported in July.

    A farmer drives his tractor Tuesday past a soybean field toward grain storage bins near Ladora, Iowa.

    Cool summer should mean record harvest

    During the lifetime of the average U.S. farmer, who’s 58, corn yields have more than tripled from a national average of 44 bushels per acre in the 1950s to nearly 150 bushels per acre in recent years.Average corn yields set a record in 2009 with 164.7 bushels per acre. The USDA previously estimated 165.3 bushels per acre this year, and some analysts are speculating about exceeding 170 bushels per acre.

    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs, including the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

    GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire

    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire. The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.


    Hachette Book Group calls off deal to buy Perseus

    NEW YORK — Hachette Book Group said Thursday it has scrapped its proposed three-way deal that would have had it buying the publishing division of the Perseus Book Group, while selling Perseus’ client-service business to leading distributor Ingram Content Group.Hachette said the deal was scuttled after the three sides failed to resolve all the issues needed to complete the complex transaction. The three had jointly announced the deal in June.Hachette, whose authors include James Patterson, J.K. Rowling and Malcolm Gladwell, has been in contentious negotiations with Amazon.com, which has slowed shipments, reduced discounts and removed pre-order buttons for numerous Hachette releases.Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus could have increased its bargaining position with Amazon, which is reportedly seeking a larger cut of e-book sales and numerous other changes in contract terms. Perseus has a wide range of nonfiction imprints and has partnerships with The Daily Beast and The Weinstein Company, among others. Its books have included H.G. Bissinger’s “Friday Night Lights” and Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Problem from Hell.”


    China billionaire buys L.A. Land for foray into Hollywood films

    Dalian Wanda Group, which controls the second-largest U.S. cinema chain, won the bid for a piece of land in Los Angeles as the Chinese company sets its sights on Hollywood.

    Yields on $850 million of 2019 notes issued by Marfrig, a supplier of hamburger meat to Oak Brook based McDonald’s Corp., fell 0.1 percentage point yesterday, the biggest drop in six weeks, to 7.26 percent.

    Putin’s beef ban boosts McDonald’s supplier bonds

    Rising tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Ukraine are giving a boost to Brazilian meatpackers in the bond market. Russian officials called on countries including Brazil to boost food exports after President Vladimir Putin countered U.S. and European sanctions by banning their agricultural exports.


    FDA agent: Ga. plant waited to disclose salmonella

    A federal investigator says officials at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose any of their products had tested positive for salmonella as authorities rushed to find the source of a deadly national outbreak.


    San Francisco man gets prison for insider deal

    A San Francisco man was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison for using insider information five years ago to profit off The Walt Disney Co.’s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment.

    Bloomberg News The Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) logo on an advertisement at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia. Malaysian Airlines will be delisted after sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd. offered to buy out minority shareholders in a restructuring plan for the national carrier that suffered two disasters this year.

    Malaysia plans overhaul of national airline

    Malaysia’s state investment company said Friday it plans to remove struggling Malaysia Airlines from the stock exchange, making it fully state-owned before a far-reaching overhaul of its business. Malaysia Airlines has been hit by two major disasters this year, which added to its longstanding financial woes.

Life & Entertainment


    Bargain plants require extra pampering to thrive

    Q. Many nurseries are offering great deals on plants now that the busy season is over, and I would like to take advantage of them. Can they can survive if planted in the heat of summer?


    Are you ready to accept you’re “that” girl in love triangle?
    Q. I met a guy in 2011 and we fell madly in love. At the time he had a girlfriend and she was pregnant, but I was OK with it.

    Matthew Brumlow reprises his role as the pioneering country singer/songwriter Hank Williams in American Blues Theater's remount of its hit 2013 show, “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.”

    Brumlow shines as Hank Williams in 'Lost Highway' remount

    “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” is a very good time. The toe-tapping and hand-clapping that greeted American Blues Theater's remount of its hit 2013 show testifies to that. But for all that enthusiasm expressed by the opening night crowd, I wager no one at Greenhouse Theater Center had as good a time as the cast. That's especially true of the pitch-perfect Matthew Brumlow — reprising his role as Williams — and the superb ensemble of actor-musicians who co-star as Williams' backing band, The Drifting Cowboys.


    Theater events: Tour Janus’ Walkabout fest in Elgin

    Janus Theater Company hosts its seventh annual short play festival, Walkabout: Theater on your Feet, this weekend in Elgin. Plays will be performed at the Elgin Public House, Side Street Studio Arts, Al’s Cafe and Blue Box Cafe, all within walking distance of each other. Also, Light Opera Works revives "Fiddler on the Roof" this week in suburban theater.

    Andi (Briana Evigan) and Sean (Ryan Guzman) team up for a big dance competition in “Step Up All In.”

    Dancing trumps depth in latest 'Step Up'

    Every dance number in “Step Up All In,” whether it takes place in a bar, a boxing ring or a Las Vegas gladiatorial arena, is a battle sequence. The mostly male crews — whose routines are a mix of break dancing, Bob Fosse musicals and Chippendales routines — mime hitting and shooting each other. In one impressively vulgar moment, the dancers simulate urinating on their opponents. The moral of all this macho territorial marking? That dancing is love.

    Elisabeth Moss, who portrayed a detective in “Top of the Lake,” is among a handful of actors rumored to appear in the next installment of the HBO anthology series “True Detective.”

    Moss on ‘True Detective’: ‘It’s a fantastic show’

    LOS ANGELES — Elisabeth Moss won’t say whether she’ll be joining the second season of “True Detective,” but she calls HBO’s mystery series “a fantastic show.” The 31-year-old “Mad Men” and “Top of the Lake” star is among a handful of actors rumored to appear in the next installment of the anthology series. Its second season will take place in California and is distinct from the Emmy-nominated first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Moss said in an interview Thursday that she’s been “a fan of HBO since the get-go” and has “seen everything” on the network. But she wouldn’t discuss whether she’s up for a role.She was promoting her role in the indie film “The One I Love,” which also stars Mark Duplass and is set for limited release Aug. 22.

    Cassidy Stay, the lone survivor of a family massacre in Texas, paraphrased a quote by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts school of wizards from the Harry Potter books, during a public gathering days after the shootings last month. Stay said: “Happiness can be found even in darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.” Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has sent Stay a letter and package.

    JK Rowling reaches out to Texas shootings survivor

    The teenage survivor of a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of her parents and four siblings at their suburban Houston home has drawn the attention of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Rowling’s publicist says the British author sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package.

    Miley Cyrus performs in concert at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

    Miley both naughty and nice in return to Nashville

    Two 20-something women arrived at Miley Cyrus’ homecoming concert with identical bedazzled shirts that read, “R.I.P. Hannah Montana.” Look no further than that for the official theme to Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. Thursday’s show was a little bit pop concert, a little bit late-night pay cable and a little bit great. But the surprising thing, after the former teen television star raised such a lather last year, is how tame the show actually is.

    “The View” co-hosts, Jenny McCarthy, left, and Sherri Shepherd will say farewell to the daytime talk show in an episode airing Monday.

    Shepherd, McCarthy to share their last ‘View’ Monday

    Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are saying goodbye to “The View” next week. ABC says their final appearance as co-hosts of the daytime talk show will air Monday.


    Art from Bill Watterson’s comics return up for auction

    DALLAS — Artwork from “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson’s three-day return to comics will be auctioned to benefit Parkinson’s disease research.Watterson collaborated with “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephan Pastis for the three comic strips in June after a long absence from the funny pages. The strips will be sold Friday by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, with each expected to sell for more than $10,000.Heritage says the three-strip arc follows Pastis’ alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a second-grader. At Watterson’s request, the artwork is being sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a charity established in honor of cartoonist Richard Thompson, who has Parkinson’s. The proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.“Calvin and Hobbes” ended in 1995.

    An Arkansas judge who disclosed confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron has agreed to a lifetime ban from the state bench.

    Judge banned for releasing Charlize Theron’s adoption details

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge who disclosed confidential details about an adoption involving actress Charlize Theron has agreed to a lifetime ban from the state bench.If the state Supreme Court approves the settlement, Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio will be suspended with pay for the remainder of 2014 and then leave office. The move stems from a series of actions by Maggio, who also was accused of making off-color remarks in an online forum.The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission alleged that Maggio, using the pseudonym “geauxjudge,” entered an online forum of Louisiana State University sports fans and shared details from Theron’s 2012 adoption of a baby in the same court division where he served. In Louisiana, “Geaux” is a common spelling for “Go,” based on the French pronunciation of those letters.“Did she get herself a black baby?” another person in the forum asked.“Yep,” geauxjudge replied.Theron’s publicists did not reply to emails seeking comment after the settlement was released Wednesday. The actress, who recently appeared in “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” told MailOnline in a story published in May that Maggio had several details wrong.“This stuff happens and you try not to let it get to you. That’s on him. It reflects on him,” she said then.In return for his stepping aside, the state disciplinary commission dropped its look at an ethics complaint that ended with Maggio paying a $750 fine to settle allegations he received improper campaign contributions.The commission also alleged that in a 2009 post about divorce, Maggio said he was tired of hearing complaints that husbands work all the time while a wife withholds sex and becomes unattractive and non-supportive. “What did she think was going to happen ...,” he wrote.In 2012 he suggested that people can beat a drunken-driving charge by not cooperating with police, and also expressed a desire to obtain evidence photos from a case involving a cheerleader accused of sex with a minor.The state disciplinary panel opened an investigation March 3 after the Blue Hog Report website noted a series of posts appeared to be coming from Maggio. Maggio subsequently tried to delete or edit some of the material.The panel said information from various posts linked “geauxjudge” to Maggio: He’s an Arkansas judge who attended Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi, and has a daughter who played golf for LSU and Texas A&M University.“Your statements online were not anonymous,” the panel said.The disciplinary panel dropped its look at Maggio campaign contributions traced to a nursing homeowner with a case pending in the judge’s court.Maggio, in a statement Wednesday, thanked Conway-area voters.“I ask that you do not define me by the sanction levied today, but instead look at my record of presiding over one of the busiest dockets in the state,” wrote Maggio, who had been a circuit judge 13 years.

    Actor Robert Englund, better known as Freddy Krueger, will appear in full makeup for the first time at a horror convention at Flashback Weekend in Rosemont.

    Freddy Krueger among highlights of Rosemont horror convention

    Horror fans: Get ready for a screamin' good time. The Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention returns this weekend at Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont. And in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven's iconic original “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” star Robert Englund, decked out in his full Freddy makeup, will be the main attraction this year.

    The Bees Knees is one of the prohibition-era moonshine cocktails at The Still Bar and Grill in Bartlett.

    Bartlett's The Still spotlights moonshine and more

    The owners of Village Bar & Grill in Buffalo Grove opened The Still Bar & Grill in Bartlett in June, serving a fresh menu of barbecue and moonshine-based cocktails. The family-friendly space also offers plenty of options for kids, including the chicken fingers the spot at the Buffalo Grove Golf Club has become known for.

    Jeff Smith, Max Clayton and Seth Danner star in the Marriott Theatre's 70th anniversary production of Leonard Bernstein's 1944 Broadway musical “On the Town.”

    Marriott goes 'On the Town' with dance-heavy classic

    Leonard Bernstein's classic 1944 Broadway musical "On the Town" about three sailors with 24-hours of shore leave in New York City receives a rare revival at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), left, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Rupert MacKenzie (Grant O’Rourke) are the main players in Starz’s new TV series “Outlander,” premiering Saturday.

    Starz’s ‘Outlander’ brings novels to life vibrantly

    There’s an odd believability you find inside “Outlander” that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept from 1945 back to 1743, plopped into a strange and alien existence, including marriage to a dashing Scottish warrior, even as she struggles to return to “modern” times and the husband she left behind. Premiering on the Starz network at 8 p.m. Saturday, “Outlander” is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular novels.

    Susan Peirce, founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, bonds with a rescued horse at the Red Bucket Equine Rescue in Chino Hills, Calif. Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money or both. When the recession started, some people had to dump their horses and discontinue donations to horse charities.

    Abandoned horses keep flooding overtaxed rescues

    Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Although hundreds of nonprofits nationwide care for thousands of horses, resources are stretched thin. When the downturn started seven years ago, some owners got rid of their horses, many donors discontinued contributions to horse charities and adoptions plummeted.

    Visitors enjoy black-sand beaches and a view of the homes tucked into the waterfront of the island of Mykonos, in an area known as Little Venice. Mykonos is located in the Cyclades, a Greek island chain in the Aegean Sea.

    Greek isles: Views, beaches, sunsets and crowds

    Whitewashed houses stacked like sugar cubes on the cliffs. Colorful sunsets and black-sand beaches. Donkeys, windmills and a local winemaking tradition that goes back to ancient times. These are some of the things that stood out on a visit to the Cyclades, a Greek island chain in the Aegean Sea. Little wonder the place draws gaggles of visitors — enough to make even crowd-loving extroverts long for a peaceful island paradise.

    Clive Owen stars as an arrogant early 20th-century surgeon in Cinemax's “The Knick.”

    Cinemax's 'The Knick' just the tonic for Clive Owen

    Before there were such medical conveniences as antibiotics, there was “The Knick.” New York's Knickerbocker Hospital is the setting of the early-1900s Cinemax drama series from executive producers including Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”), also the show's director. Premiering Friday, Aug. 8, it stars Clive Owen as skilled but arrogant chief surgeon John Thackery, who uses primitive treatments — even on himself, for his drug addiction — while engaging in office politics.


    Night life: Bigby’s opening a new joint in Rolling Meadows
    Bigby’s Pour House set to open in Rolling Meadows; Bulldog Alehouse’s Monday and Tuesday specials; The Lucky Monk introduces its August beer of the month, Replicale.

    This partial shade cover featured on Woodnaturally.com shows homeowners how to add adequate shade above exterior seating areas which may receive too much direct sunlight. Partial shade covers are an excellent choice for homeowners who wish to keep portions of their deck exposed to the elements for sunbathing or container gardening.

    Ask a designer: Exploring wood’s possibilities

    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry skills for much of his life. So in any house or apartment he occupies, he finds creative ways to decorate with this natural material. To rehab an apartment in Arkansas recently, he covered the dark pine floor with coats of glossy white paint, instantly brightening the room and making it seem larger.


    Tips and tricks for cutting pipes

    Cutting wood can be done lots of different ways, but cutting pipe is a little trickier — especially plumbing pipe of any kind. There are a variety of methods you can use, but some are easier than others. Here are our best tips and tricks:


    Co-investing in real estate can raise sticky problems

    Buying a house or rental property with someone else, even if a sibling, always is a complex task. It’s often complicated when one owner wants to sell but the other doesn’t.


    Do non-permitted additions add value to a home?

    Q. Our home has a bedroom addition that was built without a permit. Now that we are selling, we want to know if the non-permitted addition adds value to the home, or will it not be considered when the property is appraised?


    Walgreens store at Route 60 and Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. Shame and force are not the tools to persuade companies to stay in the United States.

    Walgreen experience emphasizes need for corporate tax reform

    A Daily Herald editorial says Walgreen made the right decision to stay in the suburbs, but its study of an option to move overseas emphasizes the need for comprehensive reform of corporate income tax policy.


    Why government fails, and what we should do

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s performance are very much on ordinary people’s minds, politicians don’t talk much about fixing them


    Cartoon was an attempt to mislead readers
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: As a longtime subscriber, I have always read your paper from Page 1 through to the end. However, when I reached your Opinion page Aug. 2, I threw away your paper in disgust! The “political cartoon” by Arial about the fighting in Gaza was so blatantly untrue and biased that I could read no further.


    Look northward for a well-run state
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I would like to applaud and thank the Daily Herald for their Opinion editorial on Aug. 3, titled “First priority: restore our faith.” I also would like to leave this state. When we go up to Lake Geneva for the day we meet people and I ask them, “Are you from Illinois?” I receive answers like, “I would commit suicide before I moved to Illinois!”


    Respect rights of those who differ
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am in full support of Colin Collette and feel so sad that the Archdiocese of Chicago fired him for simply being who he is. I was outraged at first and even partook in the Herald online discussions. I have thought and prayed and slept on all this.


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