Daily Archive : Thursday August 21, 2014


    The poor condition of Long Grove’s covered bridge is forcing village officials to discuss whether to renovate or replace it.

    Long Grove debating whether to renovate or replace iconic covered bridge

    By Bob Susnjara

    Long Grove’s more than 100-year-old covered bridge is so attached to the village that its image is part of the official government logo. But the one-lane bridge’s poor condition has sparked talk about a replacement over Buffalo Creek. “It’s historic, which makes it charming and part of historic Long Grove, but we have to be concerned about the bridge that’ll...


    Attorney says abuse suit against cleared priest “is alive”

    The man accusing Catholic priest Joseph Wilk of sexual abuse will continue his lawsuit against the former Schaumburg pastor, despite the Archdiocese of Chicago recently reinstating the priest to good standing and removing him from a list of abusive clergy, his lawyer said Thursday. “This case is alive,” attorney Patrick F. Bradley said. “There is so much reasonable cause (to...


    Arlington Heights drowning death ruled accidental

    The death of a 12-year-old girl in Arlington Heights has been ruled an accident after an autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner.


    Vernon Hills police say several reports of public indecency under investigation

    Vernon Hills police are investigating several reports of public indecency in the past two weeks at various locations in the village.

    Forget about that $50 in your old I-PASS account? Now's the time to retrieve it as the Illinois tollway launches a drive to connect drivers with their long-lost cash.

    Tollway to let you know about cash in old I-PASS accounts

    Forget about that $50 in your old I-PASS account? Now's the time to retrieve it as the Illinois tollway launches a drive to connect drivers with their long-lost cash.

    A sport utility vehicle struck two storefronts Thursday in the Evergreen Plaza shopping center in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Only minor injuries when SUV hits storefront in Arlington Heights

    A sport utility vehicle drove into the front of two stores before noon Thursday in Evergreen Plaza in downtown Arlington Heights. Police Sgt. Greg Czarnecki said when the crash happened about 11:40 a.m., several pedestrians were walking on the sidewalk, but they were able to avoid being struck by the Toyota RAV4 SUV, whose driver was making a turn in the parking lot.

    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right and his former vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, arrive for a dinner Thursday at the Union League Club in Chicago.

    Ryan says he’d love to see Romney run again

    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP’s former nominee at one point that the “third time’s the charm.” Appearing with Ryan in Chicago, Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan “wouldn’t be a bad president” himself.

    Former Bears lineman James “Big Cat” Williams, left, and Sen. Mark Kirk compare hand sizes Thursday in Libertyville during the recording of a public service announcement about cyberbullying.

    Anti-bullying campaign gets big boost from senator, former Bear

    Former Chicago Bears lineman James "Big Cat" Williams joined U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Thursday in Libertyville to film a public service announcement for an anti-bullying campaign. The 6-foot, 8-inch Williams said he, too, was bullied as a youth. "I wasn't always this size," he said.

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Could online voter registration affect election outcome?

    Illinoisans started registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications is beginning to grow. About 100 people apply every day now, and Illinois Board of Elections Executive Director Rupert Borgsmiller expects that to keep growing ahead of the Oct. 7 deadline to register to vote on Nov. 4.

    Kisha Summeries, mother of baby Joshua. holds a picture marking the anniversary of her son’s death in Zion at a prayer service held in his honor Thursday.

    Slain 5-month-old Zion boy recalled at prayer vigil

    Joshua Summeries was remembered in a prayer vigil outside his Zion home Thursday night, exactly one year since the 5-month-old boy was killed by his mother’s boyfriend. Police, Zion residents and others banded together after he initially was reported to be kidnapped. “In his short life, there are things we can be grateful for,” said Pastor Mike McDowell of Christ Community...

    Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery specializing in the traditional dessert treat with the distinctive ringed shape, soon will open at Mount Prospect’s Randhurst Village shopping center.

    Nothing Bundt Cakes soon to open at Randhurst

    The newest location of Nothing Bundt Cakes will open soon in the Randhurst Village shopping center in Mount Prospect. The bakery is part of a chain that includes nearly 100 outlets in 21 states.


    No suspect in shooting death of Chicago 9-year-old

    Outraged public and community leaders were offering a reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the death of a 9-year-old, in what has almost become a ritual in Chicago. Antonio Smith was shot at least twice and killed Wednesday afternoon, not far from where he lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the city’s South Side.

    Nikki Jones, of Spanish Lake, Mo., holds a button Thursday in support of Michael Brown while visiting near where he was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.

    Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard’s arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside. The quietest...

    Woman from West Point carry water on their heads as they sell water to fellow residents in one of the areas where the Ebola virus has claimed lives in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday.

    Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

    Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia’s capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

    Several trucks of the Russian aid convoy are searched at the Russian inspection zone inside a border control point with Ukraine in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Thursday.

    Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

    Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, generators and sleeping bags for desperate civilians in the besieged city of Luhansk began moving through Ukrainian customs after...

    Palestinian mourners chant angry slogans as they attend the funeral of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing who were killed in early morning Israeli strikes, in the Rafah refugee camp, Southern Gaza Strip, Thursday.

    Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

    Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. The pinpoint pre-dawn attack on Hamas’ inner sanctum was launched minutes after the men emerged from tunnel hideouts, a security official...

    Gabriel Campos-Troncozo

    Aurora man gets 7 years for assaulting child

    An Aurora man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal for sexually assaulting a child he knew, prosecutors said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter



    IDOT cuts positions amid hiring scandal

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, stung by a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring amid a tough re-election campaign, announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 transportation agency jobs at the center of the dispute.

    Jose Saul Zavaleta-Gonzalez

    8-year prison term for Aurora child sex assault

    A 21-year-old Aurora man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after admitting to raping a child he knew. Jose Saul Zavaleta-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to assaulting the child, who was younger than 12, between August 2011 and June 2013 and must register as a sex offender. He faced up to 30 years in prison.

    Mia’s Cantina in downtown Mount Prospect will be one of the participating venues in the Summer Slide Pub Crawl, the new event organized by the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association.

    Mt. Prospect downtown group adds new event to its roster

    The Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association began roughly a decade ago as a kind of support group for local business owners, but now it is a seasoned organizer of successful community events. Its newest event, the Summer Slide Pub Crawl, will take place this weekend.


    Nine-year sentence for robberies in Palatine, Wheeling

    A Cicero man pleaded guilty Thursday to burglarizing several businesses in Palatine and a jewelry shop in Wheeling. In exchange for his guilty plea, Vantrell Jackson, 24, was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

    Construction is scheduled to begin Monday on the Barrington Village Center, a 25,000-square-foot retail development at Hough and Main streets in downtown Barrington.

    Barrington developer denies poaching local businesses

    Developers behind the long-awaited retail project at Hough and Main streets in downtown Barrington are denying local building owners’ claims they’re trying to poach businesses to fill the 25,000-square-foot space.

    A pedestrian bridge installed over Higgins Road last November was named transportation project of the year by the American Public Works Association.

    Busse Woods bridge named national transportation project of year

    A safe passageway that gets cyclists and joggers from one side of Busse Woods to another near Elk Grove Village is getting some national recognition. The 280-foot-long, 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge installed last year over Higgins Road has been named transportation project of the year by the American Public Works Association.

    Kurt Tenopir, the new principal at Fremd High School, welcomes sophomore student Karla Carmona Navarrete on the first day of school.

    Classes resume in High School District 211

    Classes resumed Thursday after summer break in Palatine-Schaumburg Township High School District 211, the largest high school district in the state. The district’s schools include Conant and Hoffman Estates high schools in Hoffman Estates, Fremd and Palatine high schools in Palatine and Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg.


    5-year term for man who threw chair at officer

    A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for throwing a courtroom chair at a Joliet police officer just as jurors in a civil rights trial announced a verdict in the officer’s favor.

    Students in Barrington High School’s new coding class will learn how to make their own mobile acts and take on other programming tasks.

    Barrington High students up to code

    A year after it brought innovation to the classroom with how students learn about business and entrepreneurship, Barrington High School is doing it again, this time with a focus on computer programming. About 125 students are taking part in the school’s first coding class, a rare course opportunity for students their age, according to Barrington Unit School District 220.


    Chicago man charged in girlfriend’s shooting

    A Chicago man is in jail after his girlfriend was shot in each of her legs during an argument. Chicago police say 20-year-old Kenny Scott is charged with attempted first-degree murder.


    Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling

    Republican Bruce Rauner and other supporters of political term limits asked the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to jump into the debate about whether the question can go to voters this fall, just a day before the deadline for approving the November ballot.

    Twinkies were invented in Schiller Park in 1930.

    Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie

    Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history. The Schiller Park plant’s employees were stunned by the news.

    Daisy Porter-Reynolds

    Aurora library tabs new director from Arlington Heights

    The deputy director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has been named executive director of the Aurora Public Library and will begin her new duties in late September. Daisy Porter-Reynolds will replace Eva Luckinbill, who has served as executive director for the past 15 years. Luckinbill, who played a key role in securing the site for the new downtown library and is overseeing its...


    2014 Equity Jeff Award nominees
    The complete list of equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for 2013-2014.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, seen here in an appearance last month, said Thursday that U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can be contained it cannot be defeated without...


    Native plant sale:

    More than 50 species of native trees and shrubs are available for purchase through the nonprofit organization Conserve Lake County.

    Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig receives a gift from Elgin Community College President David Sam during the opening of the Education and Work Center Thursday.

    Harper, ECC hold tours of joint Education and Work Center

    The long-awaited Education and Work Center officially opened in Hanover Park Thursday. State lawmakers and village officials turned out for a ceremony and tours of the renovated space housing the center in a shopping center on Barrington Road. Both Harper College and Elgin Community College will operate the facility for at least the next three years.

    Wheaton North High School Principal Matt Biscan gets freshman Cara Parker headed in the right direction during the first day of classes Thursday.

    Rainy, but bright start to school year for Dist. 200 students

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 students had a gloomy, rainy start to the 2014-15 school year Thursday, but district officials said it didn’t affect the excitement of the first day of classes. “Everything went really, really well and despite the weather this morning we had a great start to the school year and we’re looking forward to our new superintendent starting...


    Rosemont murals portraying Mexican historical figures to be unveiled Saturday

    A formal unveiling ceremony of new murals designed and painted by high school-aged Rosemont students takes place Saturday.


    Palatine Legion group hosts pancake breakfast Sunday

    The Sons of the American Legion will hold its monthly pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine, to raise funds for Legion Family Charities. The organization will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes and French toast, along with sausages, ham, scrambled eggs, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.

    Latoya M. Baines

    2012 Batavia stabbing murder case set for January trial

    A Jan. 12, 2015, jury trial date has been set for Latoya M. Baines, a woman accused of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in April 2012. Baines, 26, faces 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted of killing Gerald Jackson, 25, in Batavia's first murder since 2004.


    10th Dems internship:

    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats grass-roots political organization is accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Internship Program.

    Terrence A. Kennedy

    Elgin police: Man demanded money for pizza before attacking cop

    An Elgin man was being held on $500,000 bail after being accused Wednesday of assaulting a police officer in his garage. Elgin police say a man accused the officer of having pepper-sprayed him in the past, and demanded money to buy pizza for his children, before attacking the officer.

    Baseball Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey is pictured with catcher Kem Kemler in Elgin 1877. Comiskey later owned the Chicago White Sox and built Comiskey Park — a Chicago icon for 80 years.

    The summer of 1914: Top news stories in Elgin

    What do gumball machines, saloons, race cars and doctors have in common? They were all among the top news stories in Elgin 100 years ago. Here's a look at the top headlines in the summer of 1914.


    Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley’s killer

    The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues as they scramble to identify him.


    Firefighters called to Gurnee Donuts for second time this week

    Firefighters were called to Gurnee Donuts for a second time this week on a report of a possible fire. Employees at a business near the store in the Grand Mill Plaza reported they smelled smoke in the ceiling about 11 a.m. Wednesday, fire officials said.

    Work is expected to start next summer on a project to address flooding and improve the overall environmental quality of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve in Addison.

    Oak Meadows Golf Preserve to get $16 million in improvements

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is moving ahead with a roughly $16 million project that will increase stormwater storage, create new wetlands and improve the overall environmental quality of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve in Addison.

    Maria Serban, 7, of South Elgin, has juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Earlier this year Maria was hospitalized but returned to school in April. A fundraiser to help her family with medical expenses is Saturday in Elgin.

    Fundraiser Saturday for girl, 7, suffering from arthritis

    It started as a sore throat and mild fever on a Friday last December. By Sunday morning, now 7-year-old Maria Serban couldn’t get up from bed, her mother Elena Serban said. “She started to scream, 'Mommy, it hurts, it hurts,' ” said her mother, Elena Serban, of South Elgin. Maria, a second-grader at Willard Elementary School in South Elgin, was diagnosed with juvenile...


    Illinois gets $300 million in Bank of America settlement

    Illinois will receive $300 million of a national $16.65 billion settlement between the government and Bank of America over the bank’s role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

    A U.S. official said that ransom demands for American journalist James Foley were sent to Diane and John Foley, seen here talking to reporters Wednesday.

    Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

    A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros — in ransom for his release.

    After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday.

    Foley’s death isn’t changing views in Congress

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers’ minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It’s equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

    Journalist James Foley receives applause from students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Mass. Foley had been released a month prior after being detained for six weeks in Libya. Students at the school had written government leaders to work for his release.

    Reporter’s death galvanizes anger, little action

    The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.

    Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber. A spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse aid organization said that Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa, was released from the hospital Thursday.

    2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

    Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, where the scene Thursday was festive and celebratory — a stark contrast to the sterile, rushed atmosphere that marked their arrival nearly three weeks ago.

    Several towns near O’Hare International Airport have agreed to put advisory referendum questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

    Suburbs putting new O’Hare noise on ballots

    As complaints about increased airplane noise from O’Hare International Airport grow louder, more towns are voicing their displeasure by putting advisory referendum questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. The completion of a new runway in October has upset thousands of area residents. “This is obviously an issue that needs to be addressed,” Bensenville Village President Frank Soto...

    The Lombard Historical Society is marking the 175th anniversary of the completion of the Peck Homestead with a three-day celebration this weekend called Peckapalooza.

    Lombard Historical Society hosting Sheldon Peck celebration

    This weekend the Lombard Historical Society is marking the 175th anniversary of the completion of the Peck Homestead -- which was built by artist and radical abolitionist Sheldon Peck in the 1830s -- with a three-day celebration called Peckapalooza. Events include a members-only preview of two new exhibits Friday evening, an afternoon filled with free kids' games, crafts and house tours Saturday...

    Miles Evans, left, is an avid photographer who will be displaying some of his work at this weekend’s Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts. His mom, Julie, says Miles focuses primarily on capturing nature.

    Fostering a love of art at Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts

    Fourteen-year-old Miles Evans, a photographer with Down syndrome, will be one of many artists displaying his work this weekend at the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts at Lake Ellyn Park. Here's what you need to know about both Miles and the fest.

    New Antioch Elementary District 34 Superintendent Jay Marino visits teacher Sarah Meyer’s first grade class at Hillcrest Elementary School in Antioch on the first day of classes Thursday.

    First day of classes in Antioch District 34 features visit from new superintendent

    New Antioch Elementary District 34 Superintendent Jay Marino visited Hillcrest Elementary in Antioch as part of his tour of district schools on the first day of classes Thursday.

    The city of Chicago plans to host another watch party for fans of Jackie Robinson West, the team playing in the Little League World Series.

    Chicago plans another Jackie Robinson watch party

    The city of Chicago plans to host another watch party for fans of Jackie Robinson West, the team playing in the Little League World Series. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city will host the watch party Thursday evening as the baseball team plays the Taney Little League squad from Pennsylvania, which lost Wednesday 8-1 to Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas. The mayor says the team’s hard work...

    Iyanla Vanzant, right, consoles Shirley Scale, a resident at the Canfield Apartments, at the shrine to Michael Brown where he was shot and killed on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

    Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

    There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Then Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of rioting have convulsed the St. Louis suburb for more than 10 days. Why Ferguson?

    Protester Hana Kato, of Tacoma, Wash., holds a sign that reads “Arrest Darren Wilson” as she attends an evening rally Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wilson has been identified as the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an event that has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

    Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

    A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.


    Affordable housing project begins in Chicago
    U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro was in Chicago to break ground on a new public housing project. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Willie Cochran and officials from Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. joined the Obama administration official.


    ‘Walking Dead’ star part of traffic safety push

    Illinois officials will trot out a TV star to emphasize holiday traffic safety. Michael Rooker — who played Merle Dixon on the hit television series, “The Walking Dead,” will introduce a video series for an upcoming traffic safety campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Wisconsin police given $28 million in surplus military gear

    Records show the Pentagon has given police agencies in Wisconsin more than $28 million in surplus military gear in the past decade, including assault rifles, grenade launchers and mine-resistant trucks.


    Card cheat who used invisible ink gets casino ban

    NEW LONDON, Conn. — A New Jersey man who marked cards with invisible ink that he could see with special contact lenses has been banned from Connecticut’s casinos.Bruce Koloshi, of Summit, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday to the 10 months he served since his arrest last September at Mohegan Sun.

    John W. Kline

    Wonder Lake man denies child sex assault accusation

    A Wonder Lake man pleaded not guilty to charges he molested two Round Lake children on Valentines Day. John W. Kline, 68, of the 3200 block of Lakeshore Drive, is free from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $500,000 bail, authorities said.

    Displaced Iraqis settle at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Some 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State’s rapid advance began in June, and thousands more have died. The scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the U.N. to declare its highest level of emergency last week.

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Some questions and answers about the mission, which began Aug. 8:


    Traffic delays expected on Aurora’s Reckinger Road

    Traffic on Reckinger Road at Farnsworth Avenue on Aurora’s east side will be limited to right turns on Friday as part of the city’s water main reconstruction project. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., motorists on both eastbound and westbound Reckinger Road approaching Farnsworth Avenue will be prohibited from going straight across or turning left onto Farnsworth.

    Associated Press/freejamesfoley.org, 2012 Journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley. The journalist was embedded with members of the Indiana Guard’s 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq in 2008.

    Slain journalist spent time with Indiana troops

    The American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State extremist group had gone to Iraq with Indiana National Guard soldiers during a 2008 deployment.

    President Barack Obama said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is “appalled” by Foley’s killing.

    U.S. special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held,...

    The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line,

    Indiana passenger rail extended 4 months

    The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line, it said Wednesday.

    Bugs will be the star attraction on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the free Bug Fest event taking place at Lippold Park, Red Oak Nature Center and a half-mile stretch of the Fox River Trail in between.

    Bug Fest set for Saturday in Batavia, North Aurora

    Did you know a honeybee visits 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey? Or that dragonflies can fly up to 50 mph? Learn about these and other insects on Saturday, Aug. 23, when the Fox Valley Park District holds its fifth annual Bug Fest at Lippold Park in Batavia.


    U-46 parent summit offers tools to better engage in child’s education

    Elgin Area School District U-46 will host a Parent Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Larkin High School to educate parents of elementary school students about how to engage and participate in their child’s education.


    Heavy rain falling over DuPage County; western suburbs

    Thunderstorms are producing heavy rainfall totals over aras in the western suburbs, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said. Westmont and Lisle have recorded about an inch-and-a-half of rain since 3 a.m., while Naperville has recorded about 1.2-inches. Meteorologists said storms will linger until about 11 a.m., this disperse, but return this afternoon into this evening.


    Dawn Patrol: UBERx driver sued over crash; Cubs game resumes today

    Giants’ rain-delay protest upheld; Cubs game will conclude today. Crash forces evacuations in Hoffman Estates. Deceased cabbie’s son sues UberX driver. Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse. Metra could get extra RTA money for improvements. Wauconda merchants upset about event parking.

    Bryan Bednarek, who lives in Arlington Heights, holds the world record for fastest clapper.

    World's fastest clapper hails from Arlington Heights

    Bryan Bednarek takes a deep breath, relaxes his shoulders and claps. This isn't mild-mannered applause. This is supersonic clapping, the kind that puts the Arlington Heights 23-year-old in a category all his own. Bednarek is the world's fastest clapper. "We are obligated to put that on the Internet," Rob Scallon says of his friend's record-breaking clapping.


    Bat bite puts theatergoer on rabies treatment program

    A woman who was bitten by a bat Sunday at Palatine's Cutting Hall is now on a rabies treatment program. Joan Walsh says she felt something scratch her inner thigh shortly after sitting down in her seat and then another sharper scratching on her finger.

    Arnie Biondo

    DuPage County forest director says he was forced out

    The departing executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District says it wasn’t his decision to leave. Arnie Biondo says he was enjoying “every minute” of his tenure with the district until he received an Aug. 4 letter informing him he could either retire early or be terminated without cause. “It wasn’t mean or nasty,” Biondo said Wednesday.

    Jodie Hartman

    Lake Zurich to reduce interest payments on downtown-related debt

    Lake Zurich's strong credit rating should result in better-than-anticipated savings for taxpayers from a debt refinancing, officials said. Finance Director Jodie Hartman told the village board that "we’re looking at about $400,000 in savings over the next 10 years.”

    A $678,175 project to install artificial turf on a grass field next to the Barry Recreational Center in Rosemont begins this week.

    Field turf project next to Rosemont rec center begins this week

    A project to install artificial field turf at a 1.3-acre grass field next to the Barry Recreational Center in Rosemont begins this week. The village is contracting with J.E.M. Morris Construction Co. to do the $678,175 project — offset by a $176,800 state Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant received in April.


    Waubonsee’s new budget includes new field house, renovations

    The Waubonsee Community College board Wednesday approved a $96 million budget for fiscal year 2015. It is less than last year's budget, and projects a $9 million deficit between revenue and spending attributable to a major building project for which it had set aside money in previous years.

    Judy Baar Topinka, left, and Sheila Simon are candidates for Illinois comptroller in the 2014 general election.

    Simon calls for increased efficiency by comptroller

    Sheila Simon, Democratic candidate for comptroller and current lieutenant governor, tells the Daily Herald editorial board she'd end a consumer affairs office that duplicates services available in other state offices but would not necessarily merge the comptroller and treasurer as opponent Judy Baar Topinka suggests.

    A traffic signal to be installed at Gregg’s Parkway and Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills will be coordinated with another a bit farther east in advance of a new Menards store expected to open next summer.

    Traffic signal to be installed on Gregg’s Parkway in Vernon Hills

    A traffic signal to be installed on Gregg's Parkway and Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills will be coordinated with another one to the east in advance of the new Menards store expected to open next summer. The store at Gregg's Parkway and Milwaukee Avenue was approved last month, but village officials and neighboring residents continue to meet on landscaping and traffic issues.


    10th Dems internship:

    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats grassroots political organization is accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Internship Program.

    The Kathryn Bender Memorial Foundation’s Run for Healthy Hearts helps buy mobile ECG equipment that allows the Young Hearts for Life program to visit high schools and test teens for undetected cardiac conditions.

    Young Hearts for Life: How screenings may help save our children

    Kathryn Bender couldn’t know it, but her death may have saved Christopher Storm’s life. In her memory, thousands of teens are screened annually for undetected cardiac disorders. One such screening led to the diagnosis of Storm's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. "If (the screening) hadn’t found this disease, I would be another student who could have collapsed with no warning,"...


    Police: Body of woman found in Wisconsin apartment

    Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found hidden in a Milwaukee-area apartment. The Cudahy Police Department said Tuesday the woman was found “concealed” in an upstairs apartment on Aug. 13. A search warrant says the mummified body was wrapped in a blanket and covered with paperwork.



    Scouting the Willowbrook Warriors

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    Scouting the Neuqua Valley Wildcats

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    Scouting the Naperville North Huskies

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    Scouting the Naperville Central Redhawks

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    Hampshire’s Nick Mohlman greets Nick Kielbasa after a touchdown last season.

    New coach, new look for Hampshire offense

    Some of new football coach Mike Brasile’s schemes will look familiar to Hampshire football fans. Others might take an adjustment period. Hampshire’s first new coach in a quarter of a century will run the same 4-2 defensive front as predecessor Dan Cavanaugh, who in his final season led the Whip-Purs to a 6-4 overall record, a third-place finish in the Fox Valley Conference’s Fox Division and a playoff berth.

    Jacobs’ Cody Ferencz (21) celebrates after recovering a fumble against Dundee-Crown last season.

    Jacobs ready to reload

    Jacobs coach Bill Mitz has been around the block enough times to know one player does not a team make. That’s why the 32nd-year coach is confident his Golden Eagles not only can withstand the graduation of last year’s consensus area player of the year — quarterback Bret Mooney, now at Colgate — they can again thrive.

    Jordan Flint

    Bartlett wants to be more defensive

    The Bartlett football program isn’t used to missing the playoffs like it did in 2013 for only the only the second time in 14 years. Of course, the coaching staff isn’t used to starting seven sophomores like they did a year ago either.Of those seven sophomores, five started on defense. Such inexperience was partly to blame for un-Bartlett-like averages of 29.4 points and 330 yards allowed per game, a minus-4 turnover margin and an eventual 4-5 finish.

    New head football coach Dragon Teonic runs a Larkin practice.

    Teonic era begins at Larkin

    The Larkin football program begins the 2014 season in a precarious position from a participation standpoint, but new coach Dragan Teonic believes that corner has already been turned. Hired in May after he spent four years turning struggling Hersey into a playoff team, Teonic isn’t concerned that the Larkin program has only 48 players between the varsity and sophomores combined, so few, in fact, that the two groups will play together as a varsity team on Friday nights. Those who don’t get enough playing time on Fridays will compete in junior varsity games on Saturday mornings.

    White Sox’s Gordon Beckham, who has a .221 batting average this season, has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels.

    Sox trade Gordon Beckham to Los Angeles Angels

    Before Wednesday night’s game against Baltimore at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if any August waiver trades were in the works. “Yeah, I think it’s a possibility,” he said. “You never know until you match up. But there certainly is that possibility.” One day later, Hahn traded second baseman Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Safety Chris Conte is expected to see his first preseason action Friday night when the Bears visit the Seahawks.

    Bears' safeties to get long look against Seahawks

    With starters getting their most extensive playing time of the preseason Friday night against the Seahawks in Seattle, several Bears will have the opportunity to prove they belong with the first team once the regular season begins. The safety positions provided the most wide-open competition when training camp began in late July. And, according to coach Marc Trestman, no final decisions have been made.

    Costa Rica midfielder Ariel Rodgriguez, front left, tackles United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, right, during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013.

    Confusion over Jones continues

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsFrank Yallop took the middle road Thursday.The Chicago Fire coach and director of soccer said he doesn’t know if U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has signed with Major League Soccer.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and relief pitcher Hector Rondon celebrate after defeating the Giants in a continuation of a rain-suspended baseball game that began Tuesday and ended Thursday.

    Cubs get win they had, then lose

    The long strange trip that was the Cubs-Giants series finally ended Thursday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had to wait two days, but they finally prevailed in the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game, 2-1. The Giants came back to win the regularly scheduled game.


    Boys golf: Thursday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Thursday, Aug. 21.


    Cougars’ winning streak hits 11

    A 7-3 victory over the visiting Clinton LumberKings extended the Kane County Cougars’ winning streak to 11 games. The victory also was a franchise-record 51st home win.


    Boomers close trip with 9-7 win

    The Schaumburg Boomers concluded the final six-game road trip of the season with a 9-7 victory over the Normal CornBelters to claim their 50th win. Schaumburg has won at least 50 games in all three years of existence.


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    Scouting the IC Catholic Prep Knights

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    Scouting the Hinsdale Central Red Devils

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    Scouting the Glenbard West Hilltoppers

    A big reason why Glenbard West’s developed into an elite football program is because of its punishing ground game. So what’s the message in the Hilltoppers’ championship at the Red Grange Summer Classic 7-on-7 tournament? Time will tell, but the Hilltoppers aren’t about to become “Air West.”


    Scouting the Glenbard South Raiders

    As Glenbard South’s football team raced to a program-record 10 straight wins to start last season, nothing seemed to slow an explosive offense. This season the early focus shifts to the defense.


    Scouting the Glenbard North Panthers

    You simply don’t replace a football player like Justin Jackson. Glenbard North won’t even try.


    Scouting the Glenbard East Rams

    The Glenbard East Rams have fashioned a new motto. No excuses. “It’s about winning football games now,” said coach John Walters. “We feel like we have guys in places to win.”


    Scouting the Fenton Bison

    Fenton’s football team discovered a winning formula last season when it shifted to a power running game on offense. The Bison don’t plan on messing with success.


    Scouting the Downers Grove South Mustangs

    Downers Grove South’s football team is putting everything on the line. With Erik Swenson leading the Mustangs, who could blame them?


    Scouting the Downers Grove North Trojans

    Downers Grove North football coach John Wander shows no hesitation rating quarterback David Edwards and defensive lineman E.J. Phillips among the state’s elite players. Piecing together the rest of the team, however, won’t be so easy.


    Scouting the Benet Redwings

    Disappointment morphed into motivation for Benet’s football team. Coming off a state semifinal appearance in 2012, the Redwings looked like worldbeaters while racing to a 6-0 record last season. The final four games of the season? Not so memorable.


    Scouting the Addison Trail Blazers

    Leaning on inexperience the last couple of football seasons, Addison Trail’s endured its share of growing pains. Now it’s time to dish out some pain.


    Hart, Huntley seeking a better result

    Football is a results-oriented sport so it doesn’t matter to Huntley coach John Hart that it was by a razor-thin margin his team finished 4-5 and missed the playoffs last year. It only matters to him that they missed.

    Chicago's Pierce Jones (23) makes the catch on a fly ball by Philadelphia's Jack Rice for the final out of a a 6-5 win over Philadelphia in an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Chicago Little League team advances to U.S. title game

    Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City. "Keep cheering," Butler said Thursday night after the biggest victory of his baseball career. "We hear you. It's working. Make it louder." Joshua Houston hit a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Jackie Robinson West Little League held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.


    Things are looking up for Harper

    It’s not often the Harper women’s volleyball team finds itself near the bottom of the first NJCAA Division III poll of the year. That’s where the 10th-ranked Hawks are this fall — but maybe that’s a good thing. “I like that,” Hawks coach Bob Vilsoet said of his team’s poll position. “We have nowhere to go but up.”


    Crystal Lake South shoots for playoff return

    There is no superstar on this year’s Crystal Lake South football team, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the absence of graduated quarterback/receiver/safety Austin Rogers, a two-time all-area football and basketball player, the Gators will approach things a bit differently as they try to rebound from last year’s rare playoff miss.


    This could be a special year for Cary-Grove

    All signs point to 2014 being one of those special seasons for the Cary-Grove football program. Following a 7-4 campaign in which the Trojans lost in a second-round playoff game by a touchdown to Rockford Boylan (12-2), they return 16 starters with a wealth of experience. Three returnees — safety/slot back Matt Sutherland, fourth-year varsity lineman Michael Gomez and three-year lineman Trevor Ruhland, a Notre Dame recruit — started in 2012 for Cary-Grove’s Class 6A runner-up.

    Sylvia Fowles (34), Elena Delle Donne (11) and Epiphanny Prince missed a combined 37 games for the Sky this season. With all three healthy, it’s possible coach Pokey Chatman’s squad could upend top-seeded Atlanta in the WNBA playoffs.

    Sky could be dangerous in playoffs

    Chicago Sky playoff primer: In a season that was the exact opposite of last year, Sky is hoping for opposite results in playoffs.

    Running back Chase Bandolik carries the ball during football practice at Hersey.

    Hersey hoping to stay on top

    What a difference a year has made for Hersey. Just 12 months ago, the Huskies had not won a conference championship in 37 years. At the same time, Joe Pardun was the defensive coordinator for the Huskies. Fast forward, and Hersey is now defending MSL East co-champion while Pardun has become the head coach as Dragan Teonic is now in charge at Larkin.

    Senior quarterback Amani Dennis is one of several capable and experienced starters back in action for Wheeling this fall.

    Returning talent has Wheeling feeling confident

    This could be the breakthrough year that Wheeling and coach Brent Pearlman have been waiting for. Wheeling has not made the state playoffs since 2008 and has only qualified twice in the last 17 years. Yet there is reason for optimism this season, despite just finishing 2-7 last year. The Wildcats return the area’s second leading rusher season in Isaac Branch, who gained 991 yards on 174 carries for a 5.7 average. Branch has been drawing plenty of interest with his speed and inside running ability.

    Ben Dickey, right, figures to be a prominent component in St. Viator’s passing attack after an impressive junior season last fall.

    St. Viator anticipates winning blend

    As he begins his third season directing the St. Viator football program, Brandon New could not be more pleased with the chemistry of his team. “In my 16 years of coaching, this has been one of my most enjoyable group of kids to work with,” said New, who led the Lions to a playoff berth in his first season. “They possess great leadership skills, they are men of character and they are pretty good athletes. too.”


    Leyden aims to take flight with Pajor

    Running their usual conventional offense, Leyden football coach Tom Cerasani expects the Eagles to run the ball about 60 percent of the time. That means the ball will be in the air the other 40 percent of the time. And that should be a good thing. “We do expect to be very strong throwing the ball this year,” Cerasani said.


    Prospect hopes to come of age quickly

    Youth will be served at Prospect this year. Prospect, which was 1-8 last year after making the playoffs the previous eight consecutive years, will count on youthful enthusiasm as it hosts Glenbrook South for the season opener on Aug. 29. The Knights will have 28 juniors and sophomores on their opening-day roster, with as many as 14 of those starting.

    Schaumburg Justice Macneal-Young celebrates running for a touchdown against Glenbard West in last season’s Class 7A state quarterfinals.

    New, younger era begins for Schaumburg

    How does a team replace nearly 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns? That is the question facing Schaumburg and coach Mark Stilling as the Saxons head into this season without last year’s all-area team football captain and athlete of the year, quarterback Stacey Smith. “The obvious answer is you don’t replace a guy like him,” Stilling said. “Stacey is one of a kind. We have to be different, and and be better in other areas.”

    Rolling Meadows’ Peyton Dezonna lays out to bring down Batavia quarterback Micah Coffey last season in Class 6A playoff action. Dezonna is one of two returning defensive starters for the Mustangs.

    Intriguing developments at Rolling Meadows

    Quarterback development has always been a huge asset for Rolling Meadows. When Tony Garoppolo was playing, Jack Milas was waiting and stepped in very well. AAfter Milas, Bobby Suchecki stepped up last year and threw for 1,952 yards. Now it is RJ Matucci’s turn.

    Jason Kradman

    Kradman, Maine W. embrace opportunity

    It’s his first season at Maine West, but new coach Jason Kradman wants to see the Warriors compete with the best in Central Suburban North.“As a program, our goal is to take it one game at a time,” said Kradman, who coached Miami Beach (Fla.) High School to the program’s first back-to-back 7-plus win seasons.


    New profile, same attitude for Elk Grove

    Elk Grove and Larry Calhoun will be exploring new territory this year. Calhoun, who is in his third year as head coach for the Grenadiers, will be finding out what life is like without Adam O’Malley, who’d even started at quarterback the year before Calhoun arrived. “It was a big loss for all of us,” said Calhoun of O’Malley’s departure. “But we have a couple of guys that we think will be pretty good in their own right.”

    Quarterback Jeff Mayes, here celebrating a touchdown against Wheeling last year with teammate Baldemar Camacho, is one of nine returning starters on offense for the Hawks.

    Hoffman Estates has experience on its side

    Experience and Hoffman Estates football have not been used in the same sentence for a long time. But this year, coach Mike Donatucci is seeing that factor working in favor for his Hawks.

    Dionte Neustadter is part of a solid offensive skill-position group at Palatine this fall.

    High hopes for promising Palatine

    Football is thriving at Palatine. While many teams are suffering from declining participation, Palatine has 68 players on its varsity team this season, the highest number in recent memory. And with those numbers, Palatine is hoping to get back on track this year. The Pirates finished 4-5 a year ago and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

    Speedy senior Darius Burchette figures to lead the way in Fremd’s backfield behind an impressive group of linemen.

    Smaller roster has big expectations at Fremd

    For Fremd and coach Lou Sponsel, the hope is that there will be addition through subtraction this season. “There will be a much smaller roster number,” said Sponsel, who had 98 players on his roster last year and has 59 this season. “The kids that made it through this year want to be here. We really upped the ante in the off-season and the players here have really bought in.” Perhaps no one more than Darius Burchette, who has been on the varsity team since his freshman year. A running back, Burchette, who has blazing speed, had seen just limited action in his first three years. But Sponsel figures that will all change that season.


    Reloading’s the plan for Conant

    At first glance, with just six starters returning, you’d think Conant might be looking at a rebuilding year. Not so, according to head coach Bill Modelski. “In theory that doesn’t really bode too well,” Modelski said. “But our junior class is very talented and frankly speaking, we could be as good as last year.”

    Christian Liberty’s Jack McMahon, here picking up yardage last season, figures to be a key player in his senior year with the Chargers.

    New era for Daniels, Christian Liberty

    It’s the beginning of the new era for Christian Liberty football this season. The Chargers have turned the program over to first-year coach Dave Daniels, who was the offensive coordinator at Guerin Prep in River Grove the last two seasons.


    Buffalo Grove aims to measure up

    Buffalo Grove has won just four games in the last three years. But coach Mike DiMatteo says he feels the Bison can turn things around this year. “We have a chance to be pretty competitive if we stay injury-free,” DiMatteo said. “Injuries buried us last year. Last year by the second game of the season, we were playing a JV offensive line because of injuries.”

    Dylan Abel figures to have a role in a capable and deep Barrington backfield this fall.

    Barrington’s big on sustaining success

    After a deep run in the playoffs last year, expectations are high in Barrington this season. “We have a lot of guys back,” said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez, who returns 15 starters from a team that went 10-2 last year before bowing out in the Class 8A quarterfinals to Stevenson. “As these guys know, words are hollow. We want to hold ourselves to a high standard on how we play the game.”


    Kougias eager to start living the dream at Grayslake Central

    New Grayslake Central boys basketball coach Kosta Kougias joked about how he probably would have dealt with Kosta Kougias as a high school player. “If I had me today in practice, I probably would have thrown me out more than once,” Kougias said with a laugh. In all seriousness, Kougias’ background as a high school student at Prospect and his unique trek into high school teaching and coaching will give him an interesting perspective for the new job that officially became his last week.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker in a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

    Jackson lands on DL; Cubs to 'assess and evaulate'

    The Cubs placed beleaguered pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right-lat strain. Jackson, who is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA, said he knows he must do better when he returns. He is nearing the midpoint of a four-year, $52 million contract.


    Cubs prevail in suspended game

    After delays totaling 6 hours and 31 minutes running from Tuesday to Thursday, the Cubs and San Francisco Giants finally finished their suepended game Thursday everning before the regularly scheduled night game. Major League Baseball upheld a Giants protest, forcing the game to be resumed.

    Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a “commitment” to his family. The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.

    Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from US team

    Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national team because of a “commitment” to his family.The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates running back Dion Lewis (28) scoring a touchdown on a pass, during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Manziel, Browns agree he’s not ready to start

    On one knee and far from the action, quarterback Johnny Manziel leaned on his orange helmet and watched.This is his new position.As Browns starter Brian Hoyer worked with Cleveland’s first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills Thursday, Manziel, for now relegated to the second string, observed from the side. He took mental notes as he waited for his turn.


    Mike North video: Betting on Little League games
    Even though Mike North does professional handicapping, he doesn’t think a betting line for Little League games is a good idea.



    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.

    The Jewel-Osco data breach is one of the latest cases where consumer credit or debit card information or even their medical information has been stolen. Consumers can take steps to protect themselves, while various industries are finding more ways to help.

    After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks?

    What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

    The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

    Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

    Bank of America’s record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. But consumer advocates say relatively few people will be helped relative to the devastation triggered by the mortgage bonds, which fueled the worst financial crisis since the 1930s and threw millions of homes into foreclosure.

    Associated Press Sears said Thursday that its second-quarter loss widened as it continues to deal with weak sales.

    Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping. The company, which operates Sears and Kmart, said it plans to do more cost-cutting to right the ship. That includes closing more stores beyond the 130 that it had announced earlier this year.

    The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low.

    Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at a record high

    The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago.


    Acco Brands board approves $100 million stock buyback

    Lake Zurich=based Acco Brands Corp.’s board of directors have approved a stock buyback of up to $100 million in shares of its common stock.Acco President and CEO Boris Elisman said the proceeds from the buyback would be used to pay down debt, make long term investments and “pursue strategic opportunities that may arise.”

    Michael Carpanzano

    Bolingbrook chamber director resigns

    Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Carpanzano has resigned to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector, the chamber announced Thursday.

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. spurned a $9 billion offer from Dollar General Corp. in favor of a lower bid from Dollar Tree Inc., saying it was concerned the Dollar General deal wouldn’t be able to pass antitrust hurdles.

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General bid on antitrust concern

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. spurned a $9 billion offer from Dollar General Corp. in favor of a lower bid from Dollar Tree Inc., saying it was concerned the Dollar General deal wouldn’t be able to pass antitrust hurdles.

    People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 298,000

    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week’s figures were revised up slightly to 311,000.

    George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, walks through the kitchen of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco. Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in July to a 10-month high as low borrowing costs and an increase in inventory drew buyers.

    Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climb to 10-month high

    Purchases of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in July to a 10-month high as low borrowing costs and an increase in inventory drew buyers. Existing home sales climbed 2.4 percent to a 5.15 million annual pace, the most since September, from a revised 5.03 million pace in June, the National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington.


    Leading economic indicators in U.S. Increased 0.9% In July

    The Conference Board’s index of U.S. leading indicators, a gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months, increased 0.9 percent in July, the New York-based group said today.The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 0.6 percent. Estimates from 49 economists ranged from gains of 0.3 percent to 1.1 percent.


    United woos first-class fliers with meals added to smaller jets

    Chicago-based United Airlines will add fresh meals on shorter domestic flights, including those made by regional jets, as part of a plan to overhaul food service for travelers in premium cabins. By mid-2015, meals will replace snack boxes for business- first fliers on North American trips of more than 2 hours, 20 minutes, or 800 miles, United said today in a statement.

    An employee tests a whole Emmentaler Switzerland AOC cheese for holes in the salting cellar at the Hupfenboden dairy in Trubschachen, Switzerland, in 2011. Since Vladimir Putinís government banned many food imports from nations supporting sanctions due to the countryís role in the Ukraine crisis, neutral Switzerland finds itself with an edge in selling cheese to 142.5 million Russians.

    No brie for Moscow as cheeses stack up in France after ban

    At Alexander Krupetskov’s one-window cheese store in central Moscow, sales of products from France have tripled in the past two weeks. Shoppers are stocking up on foods set to become scarce after Russia banned a range of products from the European Union and the U.S. in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

    People walk past the oldest of Moscow’s McDonald’s outlets which was opened on Jan. 31, 1990, and closed on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    McDonald’s shuts four Moscow restaurants

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp.’s Russian business shut four Moscow restaurants yesterday at the order of a consumer-safety regulator, which said it found multiple violations of sanitary rules.The Rospotrebnadzor agency ordered several restaurants to be closed after a probe into ingredients and wastewater this week, according to the consumer watchdog’s website. McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain by revenue, has 438 restaurants in Russia.

    Scott McCann, left, and Jeremy Gilson of Nashua, N.H. have their commitment ceremony photos taken at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

    Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

    While gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo.


    Twitter caught in censorship dilemma over graphic images on site

    Twitter Inc. decided last year to make images more prominent on its site. Now, the social network is finding itself caught between being an open forum and patrolling for inappropriate content.The pattern goes like this: a major public death spreads graphic images across Twitter. Users express outrage, forcing the company to decide what to remove.

    California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

    California drought stings bees, honey supplies

    California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey. But the lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage.


    Berkshire defies short seller by adding to Chicago bridge stake

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is betting the best response to a short seller is to go long. As Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. plunged 22 percent in the second quarter, Berkshire snapped up additional shares of the engineering-and-construction firm. The purchase came days after a short seller drove down the stock price by saying that CB&I had artificially inflated earnings.


    Manufacturing slows from Europe to China on trade risks

    Manufacturing activity slowed in the euro area and China as rising political tensions threaten to weaken trade and damp the outlook for the global economy. A preliminary Purchasing Managers Index for the manufacturing industry in the euro area fell to 50.8 from 51.8 in July, London-based Markit Economics said today.


    Dollar rises to 11-month high on Fed outlook

    The dollar gained to the strongest level since September versus the euro after U.S. policy makers raised the possibility they may raise interest rates sooner than anticipated, minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July meeting show.


    Samsung told by tax man to use Apple-topping cash

    Samsung Electronics Co. is sitting on a cash pile 58 percent bigger than Apple Inc.’s war chest. The tax man has a message for South Korea’s biggest company: “Use it or lose it.” The government of President Park Geun Hye this month published initial plans for a 10 percent tax on what it says are excessive fund hoards that should either be spent on wages and investment or distributed to shareholders. The levy, which needs lawmakers’ approval, could affect Samsung, which had the equivalent of $60 billion in cash and short-term investments at the end of June. Apple had $38 billion, Bloomberg data show.


    WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    Authorities have found an unexploded World War II bomb by a highway close to Frankfurt airport and an operation to defuse it may cause flight disruptions.

    Apple Inc.’s stock soared to an all- time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth.

    Apple rises to record on optimism over new batch of products

    Apple Inc.’s stock soared to an all- time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth.Apple rose 1.4 percent to $100.53 yesterday, topping the split-adjusted record of $100.30 reached on Sept. 19, 2012, just before the iPhone 5 went on sale. The shares, which have advanced 25 percent this year, extended their gains today before the markets opened, trading as high as $100.98.

    Sheep graze in front of furnaces in Duisburg, Germany. The shaky economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter amid fears over the crisis in Ukraine and softer trade and investment.

    Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

    The shaky economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone ground to a halt in the second quarter, as the continent’s central pillars — Germany and France — were held back by weaker investment by business and by fears over the crisis in Ukraine. The German economy, the biggest among the countries that use the euro, shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 percent while no. 2 France showed zero growth for the second straight quarter.

Life & Entertainment

    A documentary filmmaker (Shane Johnson) dares demons to take his body during an occult ritual in “The Possession of Michael King.”

    Gire: 'Possession' possesses underwhelming scares

    “The Possession of Michael King” offers nothing new to the “found footage” horror canon. Its scares mostly come from visual/audio ambushes, climaxed by a disappointing and underwhelming homage to “The Exorcist.” For the record, the film's single cringe-worthy moment involves King pressing a needle into the top of a finger. He doesn't feel anything. By the end, unfortunately, neither do we.

    High school football coaches (Jim Caviezel, right and Michael Chiklis) must see their once-storied team through tough times in “When the Game Stands Tall.”

    ‘When the Game’ sticks to cliched playbook

    Perfection is impossible. That’s the message of the fact-based “When the Game Stands Tall,” a by-the-book sports drama based on the storied De La Salle Spartans, the high school football team whose 151-game winning streak, achieved between 1992 and 2003, remains a national record. But rather than explaining how this private Catholic school in Concord, Calif., and its coach, Bob Ladouceur, achieved this remarkable feat, “Game” is more interested in what happened after the streak ended.

    Quentin Earl Darrington received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination Thursday for his performance as Inspector Javert in Drury Lane Theatre’s “Les Miserables.”

    Drury Lane leads suburban theaters with 21 Jeff Award nominations

    Drury Lane Theate in Oak Brook, received 21 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations Thursday, second only to Goodman Theatre which had 23. Most of Drury Lane's nominations came for its acclaimed revival of "Les Miserables."

    Gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) drives a hard bargain in the noiry action thriller “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”

    Gire: 3-D 'Sin City' sequel a visual sucker punch

    Nine years have passed since the original “Sin City” invaded movie theaters with its adult graphic novel sensibilities sleekly translated into surrealistic, cinematic terms. “A Dame to Kill For” reunites original co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez in a visually sizzling sequel detailing the eternal human quest for money, power, sex, violence and the meaning of existence.

    “Dancing With the Stars” says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The new season launches Sept. 15 on ABC.

    Julianne Hough dances back to ‘Dancing’ as judge

    “Dancing With the Stars” says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

    At the eighth Teen Film Festival at the Arlington Height Library, Rolling Meadows High School student Luis Berrios, 18, left, hangs with the winners: John Hersey High School graduate Robert Kraybill, 18, William Fremd High School student Luike Mayo, 16, and Rolling Meadows High student Daniel Carpenter, 16.

    Gire: Congratulations to teen film fest winners

    Dann congratulates the student filmmakers who took home the prizes at the Eighth Annual Teen Film Festival sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library last weekend. Plus, he supplies his weekly list of movie events for the Northwest suburbs.

    5 Seconds of Summer — Luke Hemmings, left, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood — will make its debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 24.

    Bring on the screams: 5 MTV VMA boy band moments

    Get ready for another potential OMG boy band moment: 5 Seconds of Summer is about to make its debut on the MTV Video Music Awards. The Australian pop-punk-loving quartet of tousle-haired hunks (whose members don’t consider themselves a boy band) will make its debut Sunday on MTV’s over-the-top annual celebration. Boy bands have a long history of VMAs hysteria and much-hyped appearances. Will 5SOS be any different?

    Here’s a fun gift: a homemade kit filled with supplies to make girlie accessories from the 1980s: ribbon barrettes, friendship bracelets and friendship pins.

    Pins, bracelets, barrettes fill ’80s-inspired kit

    Don’t just send the little girls and tweens in your life back to school. Send them back to the ’80s with a craft kit full of supplies to whip up three of the decade’s most iconic accessories: ribbon barrettes, friendship bracelets and friendship pins.

    A living area utilizing trunks and bins is perfect for a shared off-campus home.

    Students learn to meld styles when they move off campus

    For college kids who move off campus, learning to accommodate to the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina who are moving into a new townhouse with a third friend. While they’d all been living together for a year already in a dorm, they wanted some organization and style help with their new college living arrangement. Here are some typical problem areas, with advice from two designers on how to solve them.

    Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), left, drags his former brother-in-law Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) along on an adventure in Iceland in “Land Ho!”

    'Land Ho!' either lovable or boorish

    Ten minutes into “Land Ho!,” viewers who still haven't warmed up to the character of Mitch would be advised to sneak out and get a refund while there's time. The comically boorish protagonist of the film is no more charming once you get to know him, and Mitch remains like one of those embarrassing uncles whose behavior must be tolerated lest it ruin the holidays.He's also the film's main attraction as one of an odd couple pair of retirees trying to have some fun before they're too old.


    Night life: Scorched Earth tap room now open
    The taproom is now open at Scorched Earth Brewing Co. in Algonquin; and a beer maker's dinner at Hopvine in Aurora includes a venison Wellington and sweet corn ice cream.

    Adam (Jamie Blackley) falls for Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) in the supernatural romance “If I Stay.”

    Gire: Don't 'Stay' for this disappointing film

    “If I Stay” turns a comatose teen's out-of-body experience into such a bland and pedestrian experience, it's out-of-mind soon after the closing credits.The moment Chloe Grace Moretz's voice-over narration dredges up the moldy philosophical chestnut, “Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans,” you know her movie won't be breaking new ground in the teens-confronting-death genre.


    Gire: 'Italy' good, but not as good as its predecessor

    If you loved Michael Winterbottom's highly improvised, 2010 comic travelogue “The Trip,” you will probably like its sequel “The Trip to Italy.” If you liked the first film, you might appreciate the second. For indeed, as Steve Coogan points out to his co-star Rob Brydon, a sequel never lives up to the original. “It feels like the second album syndrome!” he says.


    Gire: 'Are You Here' doesn't step up to the challenge

    The only way that writer/director Matthew Weiner's anemic comic buddy movie could have been saved would be if co-stars Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis departed their comfort zones and switched their stereotyped characters. Make Galifianakis the charming, self-centered horndog and turn Wilson into the nervous, manic nut job. That would have been the most daring comic role reversal since Dan Aykroyd defied expectations with John Belushi in 1981's “Neighbors.” But nooooooooooooooo!


    James Foley 1973-2014

    Editorial: A moment of silence for a brave journalist

    Remembering James Foley and the 31 other journalists killed this year while trying to keep us all informed.

    Some residents in Barrington Hills have complained about the conduct of bicyclists in their community.

    Editorial: Respect a key ingredient when sharing roadways

    The Daily Herald Editorial Board

    A Daily Herald editorial says a situation in Barrington Hills could be a cautionary tale for all communities on the need for respect and clear rules about cars and bicycles sharing the roadways


    Scandals hiding in plain sight

    Columnist Catherine Rampell: A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though.


    Contraception issue brings philosophical question
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Ms. Gringas’ letter (“Health matters are between person, doctor,” Aug. 14) touches on the old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?


    Health matters are between person, doctor
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Hobby Lobby ruling is an attack on women’s basic health care. The constitutional right is derived from an individual’s right to health care, whether the insurance company is paying for birth control, Viagra or heart medication.


    Today’s laws unfair to past immigrants
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I’m responding to the Aug. 4 letter regarding immigration from our southern border by Greg Hose (“Not border crisis, but humanitarian”). Mr. Hose doesn’t understand the meaning of country. The United States is defined by its borders, and without borders we have no country. By allowing anyone coming from our southern border to arrive here without filters and legal/medical inspections could be a recipe for virus epidemics.


    Sharks unfairly demonized in media
    A Glenview letter to the editor: This week is Shark Week. No creature has been demonized by movies, television and disinformation more than sharks. It has resulted in countless thousands of them being monstrously massacred by inhumane poachers, hunters and greedy profiteers who brutally kill them for shark fin soup. Many shark species are gravely imperiled.


    Keep Second Amendment to its original purpose
    A letter to the editor: 99 percent of people do not want to carry guns. The Illinois law that prohibited concealed carry reflected the overwhelming consensus of the people, but a federal court overturned the law so that a small group could indulge their “Dirty Harry” fantasies. There is no credible evidence that any significant number of crimes are prevented by civilians carrying guns, but innocent people have been killed or injured by vigilantes.


    Hurrah for Chicago’s winners on the field
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I firmly believe that the Jackie Robinson West Little League team could beat the Chicago Cubs on any given day — and draw a bigger crowd.


    Waukegan should back Clean Power campaign
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: There was one glaring omission of support of the Clean Power Lake County campaign: No elected officials of the City of Waukegan signed the letter.


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