Daily Archive : Monday August 25, 2014


    International Plaza in Arlington Heights is part of a TIF District that may be redeveloped under a new developer recommended by the village board's committee of the whole Monday night.

    Arlington Heights selects developer for troubled site

    Arlington Heights has picked a developer to plan redevelopment at Tax Increment Financing District 4, located near the intersection of Golf and Arlington Heights roads and the International Plaza shopping center.

    Security guards at the visitor entrance to Fort Lee, Va. A female soldier with a gun inside a key building at a Virginia Army base turned the weapon on herself and killed herself, but didn't wound any others as the heavily trafficked base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.

    Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

    An enraged soldier barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia Army base, threw objects around the office and then fatally shot herself in the head Monday as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, authorities said. The soldier, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, according to a news release...

    A.J. Hepner, 10, of Colfax, watches for directions from a judge while showing a pygmy goat at the McLean County Fair in Bloomington.

    Illinois family loves showing goats

    A hundred kids later, Carol and Eric Hepner still love each other and the goats that brought them together.Carol was 13 and Eric was 11 when they met while showing goats. They became friends, then fell in love and married after college.“I actually started judging the pygmy goats at the McLean County Fair when I was 16 years old. Of course, he and I had already met at a goat show a few years...

    Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store Sunday in American Canyon, California, after an earthquake. Quidit and her husband were woken up in the early morning hours by the store's alarm company and immediately drove in to begin clean up. The 6.0-magnitude quake caused six significant fires, including at four mobile homes, Napa Division Fire Chief Darren Drake said.

    Post-quake gas leak inspections to last days

    NAPA, Calif. — The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.

    Richard Schmelzer

    Grandson charged in slaying of 85-year-old East Dundee woman

    The grandson of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman has been charged with her stabbing death last month. Richard Schmelzer, 41, was taken into custody this afternoon in Frisco, Texas. He is charged with two counts of murder in the death of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington. “They arrested him when he came out of the house at about 4:05 p.m. today. He was checking mail,” East Dundee...

    PAUL VALADE/pvalade@dailyherald.com The Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym in Libertyville are slated for demolition this fall.

    Brainerd demolition contract vote delayed

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday delayed hiring a company to demolish the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym — but it’s hardly a stay of execution for the historic buildings. A Michigan firm was the lowest bidder for the job, but questions about federal safety violations and other issues formally raised by a Chicago-area labor group prompted...

    Dark clouds, as seen in this panoramic photo from the Meijer parking lot in Rolling Meadows, hang low in the sky as a quick moving storm moved through the area early Monday afternoon.

    Storms cause flight cancellations, delays; maybe rain overnight

    A band of thunderstorms that traveled through the area in early afternoon caused delays at both airports and a severe thunderstorm watch has been extended for some areas through 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

    Francisco Sosa

    Gurnee-area man accused of drug crimes

    Cocaine and marijuana confiscated in a bust last week near Gurnee led to multiple charges filed against one man.


    2 Elgin High students charged with bringing pellet gun to school

    Two students at Elgin High School were charged with disorderly conduct after displaying a pellet gun at the school Monday morning, police said.

    Sonny T. Costello, Elgin man accused of exposing himself and making threats outside a school.

    Police: Elgin man exposed himself, threatened people

    An Elgin man was arrested Monday on charges he exposed himself and threatened people outside an Elgin school, police said. Just before 2:30 p.m., Elgin police were called about a person acting in a threatening and irrational manner in the parking lot of St. Laurence School, police said in a news release.

    This is a nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut that sold for $3.2 million. About 100 to 150 copies are believed to exist, but only a handful of them in top condition. The book just sold received a seldom-seen 9.0 on a 10-point scale used to measure vintage comic books’ condition.

    Rare Superman comic book fetches a record $3.2 million

    A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman’s comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million. New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday’s record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It’s believed to be the highest price ever paid for a...

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections Oct. 26 as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.

    Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions.News: In a statement on his website, President Petro Poroshenko said snap elections would be held Oct. 26. Poroshenko said the dissolution, which was prefigured by the breakup of the majority coalition last month,...

    Michael Brown Sr. yells out as the casket is lowered during the funeral service for his son Michael Brown in Normandy, Mo.

    Michael Brown's family says he was a 'gentle soul'

    The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that unfolded Monday was about much more than the black 18-year-old who lay in the closed casket after being shot to death by a white police officer. The emotional service sought...

    The Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League team arrives back home to Chicago on Monday.

    Jackie Robinson West team returns to city

    Chicago’s champion Little League team was welcomed home with fire trucks soaking their plane with water and the cheers of hundreds gathered at an airport gate. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars captivated the city over a month as they battled to capture the U.S. Little League World Series. Their stock remained high despite failing to win the world championship.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said, “You people in Illinois make New Jersey blush.”

    Biden, Christie campaign in Illinois governor’s race

    The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat’s challenger, Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Owner Janet Trefethen, right, and president Jon Ruel, left, talk about the earthquake damage to the historic winery building, seen in the background, dating from 1886 at Trefethen Family Vineyards Monday in Napa, Calif. The winery is hopeful they can save the building after San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday.

    Renewed calls for early-warning system after quake

    In the coming years, Californians could have valuable seconds of warning before earthquakes such as this week's wine country temblor strike, allowing trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects. Earthquake early warning systems that provide such notice are in place in Mexico and Japan. But California...

    Jesse Vega

    State rep: Find out what happened in Elgin Mental Health Center escape

    A state legislator is calling for an investigation into security procedures following last month’s escape of a prisoner from Elgin Mental Health Center. “An alarming security breach happened here, and the public, a month later, is still in the dark as to how this occurred,” said State Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin. An 8-hour manhunt led to the arrest of Jesse Vega, who was...

    Joel Munoz of Waukegan, left, has a wax hand mold made by Gershom Rangai of Leaping Lizards Entertainment on Monday, the first day of classes at the College of Lake County. CLC Student Activities offered free pizza, popcorn, sandwiches and soda pop, as well as a climbing wall and free wax hands.

    College of Lake County uses free food to welcome students back to campus for new school year

    College of Lake County students crowded the Grayslake campus’ main lobby patio to grab free submarine sandwiches, pizza, and soda pop on the first day of classes. It was part of Welcome Week presented by the Student Life activities group.


    Entries sought for Teen Film Fest

    Original films of seven minutes or less are wanted for the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Teen Film Fest, slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the library’s Teen Place, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Categories include comedy, drama, action, documentary, horror and animation. Any film that exceeds the seven-minute limit will not be accepted.


    Repairs done at John Kuester Manor:

    Lake County Housing Authority crews Monday finished repairs on a malfunctiong door buzzer system at the three-story John Kuester Manor apartment for residents 55 and older, Executive Director David Northern said.


    Warren college info night:

    All Warren Township High School senior students and their families are encouraged to attend the annual College Application Kick-Off presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the O’Plaine Auditorium.


    Monarch festival in Waukegan:

    The Waukegan Public Library presents the fifth annual Monarch Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Clayton and County streets in downtown Waukegan.


    Lambs Farm theater production:

    Lambs Farm’s participants will perform their theater production of “Into the Woods Junior” at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    Students at Lake Zurich Middle School South and four other buildings without central air conditioning were sent home early Monday under a new excessive-heat policy.

    District 95 puts new excessive heat plan to use on the first day of classes

    It didn't take long for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials to tap into a new heat policy designed for school buildings without central air conditioning. “Yes, how ironic that we had to institute the extreme heat procedures on the first day after a relatively cool summer,” District 95 spokeswoman Jean Malek said.

    Michael Szot

    Geneva man pleads not guilty in DUI deaths
    The 21-year-old Geneva man charged with drunken driving in a July 19 crash in Naperville that killed two passengers pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated driving under the influence of drugs.

    Luis Hernandez

    Four plead not guilty in Addison heroin bust

    An Elgin man and his two sons, along with an Addison man, all pleaded not guilty Monday to felony drug trafficking charges carrying a sentence of between 15 and 60 years in prison. Luis Hernandez, 47, of the 200 block of Comstock Drive, Elgin, and his two sons, Jose Hernandez, 27, and Andres Hernandez, 24, both of the 10 block of Lynch Street, Elgin, each are charged with unlawful manufacture or...


    Biden stumps for Quinn, higher wages

    Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago to make a push for the minimum wage and fundraise for Gov. Pat Quinn. Biden participated Monday in a discussion with business owners, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Quinn about raising wages.


    3 charged in shooting death outside Chicago club

    Chicago police announced Monday that 19-year-old Deandre Hughes and 23-year-old Bianca Young face first-degree murder charges in the Aug. 3 death of 31-year-old Martrell Ross. An unidentified juvenile has been charged with murder as well.

    Jose Rebollar

    Judge denies Round Lake gang member’s request for less prison in fatal shooting

    A Lake County judge denied a request to reduce the prison time for a gang member convicted in May of being responsible for the 2012 murder of a Zion teen outside a minimart. Judge Daniel Shanes said Monday the 38-year prison sentence given to Jose Rebollar was appropriate.

    Dominick Pulli, owner of Bubs Subs sandwich shop in Algonquin, is opening Chicago Grill, which sells Gene and Jude’s-style hot dogs, on Randall Road in Lake in the Hills.

    Bubs Subs owner serving up hot dogs at Chicago Grill

    As a child, Dominick Pulli, owner of Bubs Subs in Algonquin, used to visit Gene and Jude's in River Grove for the ideal hot dog. Now Pulli is hoping to create a similar memorable experience for customers along the Randall Road corridor with his own hot dog joint, Chicago Grill in Lake in the Hills.

    A 1935 ad from the Fox Valley Hatchery shows raising chicks was big business in Elgin.

    Chickens in Elgin? Not so rare 100 years ago

    Elgin’s current city ordinances are quite to the point when it comes to maintaining farm animals in the city. “Cows, horses, pigs or chickens” and other such creatures are simply not allowed. This may change slightly in the near future as Elgin considers joining other communities in allowing chickens to be raised within the city. Here’s a look at how the 1907 city...

    Josh Kerber of West Chicago gets behind the wheel of his new truck, donated by the AFFI Warrior Program and local firefighters, while his son Joshua looks on.

    Wounded veteran gets new truck at Cougars game

    Friday’s Kane County Cougars game offered more to celebrate than just the team’s win over the Clinton LumberKings. Members of the AFFI Warrior Program and local firefighters presented a new truck to a deserving Illinois wounded military veteran, Josh Kerber of West Chicago.


    Chicago Little Leaguers returning to city

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will welcome the Jackie Robinson West All Stars back home after a run that enthralled the city. Emanuel’s office released a statement saying the mayor will be at Midway International Airport Monday afternoon to welcome the team.


    Buffalo Grove street closures for Labor Day weekend race

    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Friends of the Parks Foundation will be hosting its annual 5K and 10K race, the Buffalo Grove Stampede, on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 31. The race begins and ends at Mike Rylko Community Park near the Spray ‘N Play entrance, located at 951 McHenry Road.

    Joshua Paul, front, pictured here with his fiance, Jeff Bolek, is being remembered for his outgoing demeanor and caring personality. Paul died Aug. 18 after being involving in a traffic stop with Carpentersville police.

    Carpentersville man’s death after traffic stop remains a mystery

    Details surrounding the unexpected death of a Carpentersville man after a routine police traffic stop last week are still sketchy, but authorities said Monday the man had a medical condition that was not apparent. Joshua Paul, 31, died Aug. 18 at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Authorities have not revealed the cause of death, and Paul’s death is being investigated by the Illinois...

    The Chicago team lines up to shake hands after an 8-4 loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday.

    Chicago team defies the odds with run in LLWS

    Despite the loss, the story of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team — an all-black, inner-city team named after the selfless pioneer who broke the color barrier in the big leagues — might just resonate beyond their noisy trip through the tournament.


    Quinn vetoes bills that would have regulated UberX, Lift other apps

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed two related bills that would have placed statewide rules on the unregulated industry that connects passengers and drivers through a smartphone app. The governor vetoed the measure Monday, saying it would've prevented local governments from adopting rules that fit their communities.

    John S. Smolinski

    Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire heroin overdose death

    A Wood Dale man has been charged with drug-induced homicide regarding the death last month of a 26-year old Lincolnshire resident. John S. Smolinski is held in Lake County jail on $500,000 bail in connection with the death that was reported July 28.

    Nicole Jacobsen

    Former District 76 teacher accused of abusing student told to take plea deal or go to trial

    Lake County prosecutors told a former Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 teacher she has until Sept. 17 to accept a plea deal for molesting a student in 2010 or her case will go to trial. The ultimatum came Monday after the trial of former West Oak Middle School teacher Nicole R. Jacobsen, now 43, of Barrington, was delayed again. The trial has been delayed multiple times since she was charged...

    Westin Bolin

    Father just wants to know fate of missing Elk Grove Village man

    Police are searching for an Elk Grove Village man who’s been missing for almost two months. Westin Bolin, 26, was last seen June 27 near John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Brantwood Avenue. Neither family nor friends have heard from him since. “At this point, I’m just trying to see if he’s still alive,” said his father, Brent Bolin.


    Chicago police shoot, kill 2 Sunday night

    Chicago police officers shot and killed two armed men in separate incidents on Sunday night on the city’s South Side, the department said.


    Police: Southern Illinois plant explosion kills 2

    Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois. Granite City police tell television stations KMOV and KTVI that the bomb squad has been sent to the Totall Metal Recycling plant. They say that officials fear more explosions, perhaps from live ammunition rounds.


    Some Illinois schools closing early in heat
    Schools in some central Illinois towns will close early as high heat and humidity continue to linger across the state. The National Weather Service on Monday issued heat warnings for all of Illinois except the extreme northern counties.


    New Illinois law protects bears, cougars and wolves

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law adding black bears, cougars and wolves to Illinois’ list of protected species.All three species still are rare in Illinois, but wildlife officials expect them to become more common and wanted a way to protect them.


    Blade from power saw impales Houston worker

    A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was still conscious Monday morning when he was transported to a hospital with at least part of the blade still embedded in his body.

    Maryville staff member Linda Leonard buys some zucchini from students selling their own homegrown produce at Maryville Academy.

    Jen School students expand from growing vegetables to selling them

    Students returned l to the Jen School on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines to find their vegetable garden bursting with fresh produce. In fact, the garden is turning out so much the school is opening a farmers market. “The garden truly is an extension of the school,” Anne Craig says. “It’s not just the planting, cultivating and harvesting that offers so...

    Juan Cuellar

    55-year sentence to stand in Willowbrook murder

    A DuPage County judge Monday refused to reconsider the 55-year sentence he handed down earlier this month to a Willowbrook man found guilty of murder. Juan Cuellar, 25, will be 78 when he completes his sentence for the 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes.

    Mike Malone of the Overpasses for America group readies some protest signs on the Great Western Trail footbridge over I-355.

    Pyke: Are I-355 traffic delays the protesters' fault?

    Protester-related delays on I-355. Accidents at rail crossings. The mailbag is full and it's time to share what everyone's talking about. "It was a Friday and most of us commuters simply want to get home quickly and safely,” one reader says about the protests on bridges over tollways.


    Hawthorn Woods construction trailer fire under investigation

    No injuries resulted from a fire that broke out in vacant construction trailers over the weekend in Hawthorn Woods, authorities said.


    Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting

    Tensions that flared after a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown have started to ease. Here’s a look at key elements of the Aug. 9 shooting and the unrest that followed in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson


    State investigating Chinese buffet restaurants for worker abuses

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is working with the state’s Department of Labor to investigate complaints of worker abuse at a number of buffet-style Chinese restaurants. Officials from Madigan’s office said “the majority” of the complaints came from employees of eateries in northeast Illinois, but not exclusively.

    Brad Setter of Westmont is a member of the College of DuPage’s Pride Alliance.

    Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations

    College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the community," Setter said. "It provides crucial health and wellness services to thousands of men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS,...

    Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens, third from left, and Chicago muralist Rahmaan Statik, fourth from left, joined local student artists on Saturday to unveil three murals they created near the Rosemont Recreation Center. The murals depict images of Mexican history and culture.

    Rosemont unveils student-created public art

    Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens joined teenage artists from the village Saturday to celebrate their efforts to liven the community and honor their heritage. The young artists, along with Chicago muralist/instructor Rahmaan Statik, spent the past several weeks creating three 100-foot by 15-foot murals near the Rosemont Recreation Center on Barry Street.


    Ferguson students return to school after shooting
    More than 11,000 students in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer killed an unarmed black 18-year-old returned to school Monday after more than a week of missed classes.


    Streamwood removing extra 200 ash trees

    Streamwood will pay a contractor an extra $61,650 to remove more emerald ash trees by the end of the year. About 200 trees infected by a tiny beetle native to Asia are slated to fall in the next few months, public works crews say.


    Two new Des Plaines businesses get public funds

    Des Plaines aldermen have approved giving two new downtown businesses $15,000 each to make interior renovations under the city’s business assistance program.


    Streamwood police continue at library

    Streamwood police will continue to provide security services to the Poplar Creek Library's main branch at a rate of about $5,000 a month, officials said. Their presence puts library patrons at ease after concerns with a handful of unruly visitors, Administrative Librarian Pat Hogan said.

    Aiden Wilbanks of Huntsville, Alabama, poses for a photo with a Lego Captain America while visiting the Comic Con convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: An Aurora University student is facing charges sex abuse charges; a theater owner hopes to revitalize the Des Plaines Theatre; a Naperville woman was killed in an Aurora crash; ECC makes good use of its sophisticated digital forensics lab; Chicago Comic Con took over the convention center in Rosemont; a helicopter made an emergency landing on a Hanover Park...


    Apple River fort to host event on pioneer tools

    Fans of Illinois history will get a chance to see how early settlers made tools and bullets. The Apple River Fort State Historic Site is hosting an event next Sunday to show off the tools of the trade used in the 1830s by pioneers in northwestern Illinois. That includes how families used tools to carve furniture and build cabins. The daylong event will also include games.


    Chief Illinois justice talks to incoming law students

    The Illinois Supreme Court’s chief judge is among the justices touring the state’s nine law schools to talk about and administer a pledge of professionalism. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Chief Justice Rita Garman spoke to incoming class of about 160 students at the University of Illinois law students last week.


    Truck fatally drags moped driver in South Bend

    Police in South Bend have been searching for a pickup truck they say fatally dragged a moped driver underneath the truck for nearly two blocks. Police say 53-year-old Quenton Freeman and a woman were on the moped when it was hit from behind on a street on the city’s south side.


    Fire officials: Man pulled from Lake Michigan

    Evanston fire authorities say an elderly man has been pulled from Lake Michigan in critical condition.The Chicago Sun-Times reports Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says the man was rescued from the lake in Evanston on Sunday.


    Retired Wisconsin deputy held in slayings of wife, sister-in-law

    A Fitchburg police lieutenant says charges are likely early this week against a recently retired Dane County sheriff’s deputy accused of fatally shooting his wife and sister-in-law. Lt. Todd Stetzer says Andy Steele is being treated at a hospital for injuries consistent with a suicide attempt. Fitchburg police say Steele is suspected of killing 39-year-old Ashlee Steele and 38-year-old...


    Indiana highway worker killed when hit by tire rim

    State safety officials are investigating the death of a northwestern Indiana county highway department worker who was killed when a tire rim blew off a road grader. The Benton County coroner says 45-year-old Stephen Etter of Oxford was working to repair a split tire rim on the vehicle when it flew off and struck the front of his body.

    It may be common, but it’s hard to ignore a male indigo bunting. Watching the common birds carefully, even in our backyards, will sometimes reveal fascinating and surprising behaviors.

    Even ‘common’ birds are worth watching

    Our Jeff Reiter says bird watchers take great joy in finding unusual birds. But, he says, there's a lot to be learned from the more common members of the bird world, too.


    Veterans nonprofit plans 30 Joliet apartments

    An Illinois nonprofit group is converting four apartment buildings into veterans housing in Joliet. The Herald-News reports Veterans Housing and Employment Assistance is holding a town meeting Tuesday to discuss the plan to provide 30 apartments for veterans. Two of the buildings are currently occupied and two are under construction.


    Dawn Patrol: Hot, oppressive today; Chicago cheers Little Leaguers

    Near-record heat (that will feel even worse) expected today. Chicago celebrates its Little-Leaguers. Carpentersville man who died after traffic stop recalled. Aurora University student charged with sexual abuse. Jimmy Clausen gets the Bears backup QB job.

    The Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva hopes to provide 75 million meals per year to people in need by 2020, as opposed to 50 million meals per year now.

    Food bank trying to help suburbanites struggling even with jobs

    Leaders of the Northern Illinois Food Bank say the organization provides about 50 million meals a year to hungry people all over the suburban areas it serves. But the Geneva-based Food Bank wants to increase the number of meals it provides to 75 million annually by the year 2020. "We’re trying to spread the word about how many of our neighbors need food assistance," CEO Julie Yurko said.

    The small Lake County village of Bannockburn was shocked by the sudden resignation of two-term Mayor James Barkemeyer after it was learned he had been investigated on sex abuse claims. “This is something you never see coming,” one village official said.

    Sexual abuse allegations against Bannockburn mayor shock suburb

    Shock barely describes Bannockburn’s reaction to the abrupt resignation of Mayor James Barkemeyer last week amid reports he had been investigated for sexually abusing minors, a village official said Sunday. “This is something you never see coming,” said David Korer, a village trustee and its rights of way commissioner. “When we heard it, to say it took your breath away was...

    John Trione, of Lake Geneva, who’s been flying balloons for 17 years, prepares his balloon called “Dear John” for launch at the 2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features lots of photos of the first day of the new school year, some rain and mud photos, and a colorful benefit run picture.


    Brandon Ostrander stands in the cooling rain during a St. Edward practice.

    MSC should provide St. Edward more level playing field

    It’s the dawn of a new era for St. Edward football and the outlook has never been brighter. The Green Wave fought the good fight for decades against larger private schools like Montini, Marian Central, St. Francis, Marmion and now-shuttered Driscoll in the Suburban Catholic Conference and its expanded successor, the Suburban Christian. The odds were usually against the Elgin Catholic school, which has an enrollment of 406 students, according to its website.

    Streamwood’s Cole Segar (4) tries to pull in a pass against Batavia last season.

    Stronger Streamwood hoping for better results

    A former Northern Illinois lineman himself, Streamwood football coach Mark Orszula recognized off-season weight training would be vital if the Sabres hope to improve upon last year’s 1-8 record. Streamwood was pushed around in the trenches far too often — the offense gained an area-low 819 rushing yards while the defense surrendered 1,849 on the ground — and the only way that ends is by pushing back with equal force.

    If nothing else, Friday's 34-6 loss at Seattle makes it easier for Bears coach Marc Trestman to convince his team that there is still much work to be done.

    Rozner: Bears' feet firmly back on ground

    Marc Trestman preaches humility, and the Bears should be all sorts of humble after last week's beating at the hands of the champs. “We have to keep it all in perspective. I think our team does. We're humble enough to know we have work to do,” Trestman said. “What we saw out there (in Seattle) is correctable, but we have to clean up our football in all three phases.”


    Girls tennis: Monday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Monday, Aug. 25.


    Girls volleyball: Monday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Monday, Aug. 25.


    Girls golf: Monday’s result
    Results of girls golf meets from Monday, Aug. 25.


    Boys golf: Monday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Monday, Aug. 25.


    Boys soccer: Monday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Monday, Aug. 25.

    Andy Murray waves to the crowd after defeating Robin Haase on Monday during the opening round of the U.S. Open in New York.

    Murray cramps, Djokovic coasts at U.S. Open

    Spinning in 70 mph second serves and grabbing at his hamstrings, Andy Murray gritted his way through cramps to win his first-round match against Robin Haase in five sets at the U.S. Open. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic breezed past U.S. Open novice Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

    Jason Gregoire (12) is back to lead Cary-Grove this fall.

    FVC Valley will be a dogfight again

    Jacobs is determined to prove last year’s undefeated Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title was just the beginning of a long reign. Cary-Grove is out to claim its eighth FVC title in 11 seasons, thereby proving its 2013 second-place finish was an anomaly, not the new norm.While the head-to-head matchup between those teams in Algonquin in Week 7 will go a long way to deciding a champion, other hungry teams like deep Huntley, playoff-seasoned Dundee-Crown, reworked Crystal Lake South and improving McHenry won’t concede a thing to the Golden Eagles or Trojans.

    Scott Sanders/ssanders@dailyherald.comGlenbard South varsity football team works out Thursday morning. Head coach Jeremy Cordell gives instructions during practice.

    MSC teams embracing change

    Welcome aboard. That’s the message from the Metro Suburban Conference to the seven schools joining the league this year, doubling its size and creating an eclectic mix of talent across the sporting spectrum. Football becomes the first sport to reap the benefits.

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah runs past Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal in the Oct. 5 game last season. Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns in Nebraska’s 39-19 win.

    Illini look to shore up Big Ten-worst run defense
    Illinois gave up rushing yards in bunches in 2013.In a 60-35 loss to Ohio State the total was 441 yards and five touchdowns. Against Indiana, 371 yards in a 52-35 pounding. And against Washington, 273 yards in a 34-24 loss. That’s one of the big reasons the Illini coaches talk about the need to start fast Saturday against Youngstown State.

    Maria Sharapova returns a shot to Maria Kirilenko on Monday during the opening round of the U.S. Open in New York.

    Sharapova returns to U.S. Open, wins 1st-rounder

    A year after a most painful absence, Maria Sharapova returned to her winning ways at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The fifth-seeded Sharapova overcame a few wobbles with her serve tosses and took the final 10 games Monday night, beating longtime friend Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-0 in the first round at the U.S. Open. The 2006 champion missed last year’s tournament because of an injured right shoulder.

    Montini coach Chris Andriano will lead his team into a new conference, the Chicago Catholic League Green.

    Change of scenery for Montini, St. Francis

    After all the preamble about the Suburban Christian Conference splitting up, it’s time to play some football.

    Libertyville’s Eryka Jones, center, and Alex Basler, right, lead cheers during the Wildcats’ victory Monday at Hersey.

    Basler, Libertyville connect at Hersey

    With her match-high 11 kills, Cornell recruit Alex Basler served as the cleanup hitter for Libertyville’s girls volleyball team on Monday night at Hersey. When the match was over, the visiting Wildcats had hit a home run with their 25-11, 21-25, 25-19 victory over 11-time defending Mid-Suburban East champion Hersey in both teams' season openers at the Ken Carter Gymnasium.


    Cougars sting Bees 8-3

    The visiting Kane County Cougars returned to their winning ways Monday night, scoring 5 straight runs late in the game for an 8-3 victory over the Burlington Bees. The Cougars (42-22, 87-46) are just 1 shy of tying the franchise record for victories in a season.

    Jimmy Clausen

    Trestman just felt Clausen better choice

    Veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer's preseason passing numbers were solid, but he still lost out to Jimmy Clausen in the numbers game.


    Mikaelian, Libertyville prevail

    At the 15-team, Lake County girls golf invitational at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan on Monday, Libertyville took first place with a 341.


    Lake Forest, Stevenson go 1-2 at county invite

    Lake Forest won the Lake County Invitational for the first time in a couple of years with a team score of 148, while Stevenson carded the second spot with a better fifth score to edge Deerfield after both finished at 150.


    Offensive lines measure up in MSL West

    Expect the best Mid-Suburban West football teams to lay it on the line this fall. The offensive lines will be the key to success for most teams in the MSL West this season. Each of the top teams have multiple starters back on their lines, while Fremd, Barrington and Schaumburg have size to go with that experience.


    Dundee-Crown shuts out Harlem

    Dundee-Crown 2, Harlem 0: It only took 5 minutes for the Chargers (1-0) to notch their first goal of the season, and it was all thanks to Andrew Janikowski, who helped D-C open the season with a nonconference win.


    Crystal Lake South opens with win

    Crystal Lake South d. Marian Central: The Gators not only survived the heat at The Swamp in their season opener, but the Hurricanes as well in a tough 25-23, 25-20 nonconference win. Senior Carly Nolan paced CLS with 8 kills and 3 aces while Cassy Sivesind notched 26 assists and 2 blocks. Abby Marchewka added 10 kills as well.

    Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen, falling just short of the goal line in Friday’s loss at Seattle, came up the winner in the battle to back up Jay Cutler.

    Clausen puts in the work, wins the job

    Quarterback Jimmy Clausen hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since the 2010 season, and he didn't sign with the Bears until June. So he had a lot of catching up to do to learn the playbook, but the 26-year-old has outperformed Jordan Palmer to win the No. 2 job behind Jay Cutler.


    Beating Wilmington no Small task for IEC rivals

    Starting his second year coaching football in the Interstate Eight Conference’s Small division, Westmont’s Otto Zeman has quickly learned the league hierarchy. “Every year you’ve got to beat Wilmington,” he said.


    Daily fantasy football creates big-dollar industry

    When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books.


    Cougars enjoying remarkable turnaround

    Before I begin looking ahead to the upcoming high school football season — which kicks off Friday night at a prep stadium near you — I want to take one last look back at the summer of 2014.

    Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon celebrates with catcher John Baker after the Cubs defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Friday.

    Cubs’ Rondon gaining attention with every save

    Amid the hype and hoopla over Javier Baez's arrival and the anticipation of more prospects arriving, one under-the-radar player has been relief pitcher Hector Rondon, who has stepped up and run with the job as Cubs closer. “Yeah, I’m really happy for getting 20 saves,” Rondon said. “I’ve not experienced being in that position. I say thanks to the organization and to the manager giving me an opportunity.”


    USC player jumps from second floor to save nephew

    Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool.


    No official word yet on Wisconsin’s starting QB

    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against No. 13 LSU, while at least one of his best players says Tanner McEvoy will get the start for the 14th-ranked Badgers.

    Appalachian State players carry coach Jerry Moore off the field after they upset No. 5 Michigan 34-32 in Ann Arbor.

    Michigan shrugs off bad memories of Appalachian St.

    Staring at the Wolverines atop their 2014 schedule is Appalachian State, which stunned the sports world in 2007 by knocking off No. 5 Michigan at the Big House.

    An NFL investigation determined Richie Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin.

    Bucs bringing in Incognito for a visit

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if Richie Incognito is a good fit for their struggling offensive line. Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Monday he was going to meet with one of the central figures of the bullying scandal that engulfed the Miami Dolphins last season.

    Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been in the NFL’s drug program, which includes alcohol, since a DUI arrest on Aug. 12, 2011.

    Broncos kicker apologizes for suspension

    A contrite Matt Prater apologized to the Denver Broncos and their fans for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy by drinking beer, resulting in a four-game ban to start the season.

    At a school that has a tradition of producing great running backs, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah already is one of the greatest.

    Nebraska RB Abdullah eager to win a championship

    Ameer Abdullah's 1,690 yards last season were the most by a Nebraska player since Ahman Green went for 1,877 in 1997, and he strongly considered entering the NFL draft as an underclassman. But he came back for one more season — not to set records but to win, and win big.

    J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman who has never taken a collegiate snap, will start at quarterback for Ohio State on Saturday.

    Meyer not kidding when he says Buckeyes are good

    A week after the loss of three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is going through final preparations for the Buckeyes’ opener on Saturday against Navy. He says his team is ready. “Oh, yeah. If you have good players, a good team (then you’re excited),” he said.


    Indiana making football games more fan-friendly

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana is making football games more fan-friendly.On Monday, athletic director Fred Glass announced changes that will be in place this season.The most notable addition for Saturday’s season-opener against Indiana State will be the new 200-foot long “ribbon” board in the north end zone. Glass says it will provide more in-game information and entertainment. The board cost $300,000, roughly half of which was paid for by Indiana’s media rights partner, Learfield Sports.Fans parking in the Purple Lot will no longer contend with gravel after the school spent $6.8 million to pave the lot and add grass. Glass says the lot will actually add spaces rather than cut them, too.And when Maryland visits Sept. 27, cellphone users should benefit from a newly installed antenna that should upgrade connectivity.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller watches from the sidelines last season. Miller, among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, reinjured his throwing shoulder during practice and is out for the 2014 season.

    Braxton Miller’s surgery set for Tuesday

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says standout quarterback Braxton Miller will have season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. Miller tore the labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder a week ago. The operation will be done by noted surgeon James Andrews.

    U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard says he was eager to share the highs and lows of his life and career, including his battles with Tourette’s syndrome, and hopes to inspire others.

    U.S. goalie has a book deal

    American soccer hero and international celebrity Tim Howard has advanced to the next round of fame: a book deal. Howard has penned a memoir that will be published Dec. 9 by HarperCollins Publishers. The publisher said Monday that “The Keeper” will be available in adult and young adult editions.

    Michael Matthews of Orica GreenEdge celebrates his victory Monday at the finish line of the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta.

    Matthews wins 3rd Vuelta stage, takes lead

    Michael Matthews of Australia sprinted to victory on a hot and sunny third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday to take the overall lead of the three-week grand tour.


    Sox to Eaton: Tone down reckless style of play

    Adam Eaton is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday and be back in the White Sox' lineup vs. the Indians. The Sox are hoping the reckless center fielder learns how to control his aggressive style of play and stay healthy.


    Wheeling to host national softball tourney

    The Amateur Softball Association will hold its men’s Class A 16-inch national slow pitch championship tournament at Wheeling’s Heritage Park beginning Friday. The draw for the 32-team tournament will be held Thursday evening with the first games scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the newly renovated park, which features four synthetic turf fields under the lights.


    Mike North video: Little League World Series
    Mike North is wondering with all the money made by the Little League World Series, why couldn’t they have paid for all the parents of South Korea and Jackie Robinson West of Chicago to attend.

    Burlington Central’s Trevor Davison will be relied on in the Rockets’ backfield this season.

    Experienced Burlington Central ready to win

    Senior-laden Burlington Central is built to win now. A roster of 45 is stocked with 28 seniors so experienced players litter the lineup. Four of five offensive linemen return and the entire starting defense consists of members of the Class of 2015.


    Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons in hopes of creating a new, publicly traded company headquartered in Canada.

    Burger King buying Tim Hortons for about $11B
    Burger King confirmed Tuesday that it struck a deal to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for about $11 billion, a move that could help give the fast-food company a stronger foothold in the coffee and breakfast market. The corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada, which may also help Burger King lower its taxes. Burger King and Tim Hortons said the chains will continue to be run independently and that Burger King will still operate out of Miami.


    Islamic State militants seizes air base in Syria, group says

    Islamic State militants seized a Syrian air base, dislodging forces loyal to President Bashar al- Assad from the their last stronghold in the northeastern Raqqa province. The al-Qaeda breakaway group, which is also fighting government forces in Iraq, stormed the Tabaqa air base after battles that began last week, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the daily developments of the civil war. The government moved its aircraft to other bases, it said.


    Napa quake seen costing up to $4 billion as wineries shuttered

    The earthquake that struck northern California yesterday will lead to economic losses of as much as $4 billion, fueled by damaged wineries and shuttered businesses that rely on tourists.

    U.S. stocks climbed on Monday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index briefly above 2,000 points for the first time. The index closed with its second record high in a week.

    S&P 500 touches another milestone

    The stock market notched another first on Monday as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week. The move was the latest milestone in a five-year rally for U.S. stocks, which are enjoying a late-summer revival after dipping earlier this month on concerns about geopolitical tensions in Russia and the Middle East.

    Employees of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce go about their work Monday, around the water-soaked boxes of materials. The office got about 4 inches of water over the weekend — the second time their office has been flooded.

    Arlington Heights chamber office flooded, closed

    The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce office is closed “until further notice, due to flooding,” according to an email sent Monday morning. Chamber officials wrote that they will answer emails while the office is closed, and that they hope to be back in business within 24-48 hours.

    Topgolf is building its second suburban location at the northwest corner of I-88 and Route 59 in Naperville. The 65,000-square-foot golf entertainment venue is expected to open late next spring with 102 hitting bays on three floors.

    Topgolf bringing ‘bowling meets darts meets golf’ to Naperville

    Topgolf will break ground this week on its second suburban location where golfers — and non-golfers — of all skill levels can play competitive games best described as “bowling meets darts meets golf,” spokeswoman Adrienne Browne Chance said. “Players basically hit micro-chipped balls that track the accuracy and distance of shots,” she said.


    Guilty plea in California meat recall case

    A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge.The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 77-year-old Robert Singleton,


    Republicans redefine obstruction on nominees

    A catch to the terrific Twitter-based compiler of all things related to judicial nominations, Mansfield2016, who has a new chart showing that even after the “nuclear option” reform in the Senate last fall, President Barack Obama’s federal court nominees still wait longer for confirmation than their predecessors under previous presidents.

    Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, evidence that the housing sector is struggling to gain traction more than five years into the economic recovery.

    Sales of US new homes fall in July

    Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, evidence that the housing sector is struggling to gain traction more than five years into the economic recovery. The Commerce Department said Monday that new-home sales fell 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 412,000. The report also revised up the June sales rate to 422,000 from 406,000.


    Congo says Ebola virus kills 13 in separate African outbreak

    The Democratic Republic of Congo said as many as 13 people have died of Ebola in a separate outbreak from the one raging in three West African nations. It is the sixth reported outbreak in that country since 1976. Laboratory tests in two cases were positive for Ebola in a remote village in the northwestern corner of the country, and 11 other deaths are suspected of being from the virus, said Lambert Mende, the country's information minister, in a telephone interview yesterday.

    BOC Aviation ordered 82 jets from Chicago-based Boeing, including 30 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft like this one from American Airlines.

    Boeing wins $8.8 billion aviation order on Asian demand

    Boeing Co. won an order for 82 jets from BOC Aviation Pte valued at $8.8 billion in list prices as Asian aircraft leasing companies boost their fleet amid a surge in travel demand across the continent.BOC Aviation ordered 50 737 Max 8 and 30 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft from Boeing, the lessor, a unit of Bank of China Ltd.

    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. surged to a record high after announcing a deal to bring Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. coffee brands such as Maxwell House to its home brewing system.

    Keurig soars after deal to bring Kraft coffees to machines

    Keurig Green Mountain Inc. surged to a record high after announcing a deal to bring Kraft Foods Group Inc. coffee brands such as Maxwell House to its home brewing system. distribution pact.

    An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was diverted to Phoenix while the online attack on the company’s PlayStaton Network service was happening,

    Sony network hit by attack, exec’s flight diverted

    Sony’s PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack.Separately, an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was diverted to Phoenix while the online attack was happening.

    Ann Inc., the owner of the Ann Taylor fashion brand, should consider alternative strategies including a sale to gain more money for shareholders, two investment funds said.

    Funds: Ann Taylor chain owner should consider sale

    Ann Inc., the owner of the Ann Taylor fashion brand, should consider alternative strategies including a sale to gain more money for shareholders, two investment funds said.


    Newsletters still an effective business tool

    Back in the not-so-long-ago day, glossy four-color newsletters with high production and mailing costs were an integral part of many small business marketing campaigns.They still are, says Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

    Dr. Laren J. Garfield and his wife Marlene run a dental practice in Buffalo Grove.

    Buffalo Grove dentist runs his practice with a family feel
    Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: I feel so fortunate to be in the dental industry in today’s time. So many advancements have been made in the last 20 years and I enthusiastically embrace them. While working at Mt. Sinai Hospital and running a satellite office in Chicago, I opened my dental practice in Buffalo Grove in 1991. A year later, my wife heard our 5 year old son answer the phone and say, “No, my daddy doesn’t live here anymore.” That was when I realized that working seven days and four ights a week was too much for a family man. I cut back to just working at my Buffalo Grove office and it was the best move I ever made. I was able to make my own schedule so that I could coach both my son and daughter in Little League, basketball, soccer and be present at many school functions.Q: What made you start your business?A: I chose the field of dentistry because I loved the sciences and always wanted to be in the health field. I felt that dentistry would allow me to fulfill both dreams and spend time with my family.Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: Today I find dentistry to be so rewarding because with technology I can improve people’s oral health, improve their smiles and give them greater quality of life. With the recent research linking oral health to cardiac disease, cancers and other systemic diseases, I feel I have so much to offer my patients. Plus, in today’s world there is no reason for patients to go toothless. Dental implants have become the new standard of dentistry. I am enthralled with technology. It allows me to use cad-cam dentistry to make crowns in 2 hours, use digital X-rays to reduce radiation exposure, and detect cavities at their earliest stages with a laser tool. I can show patients what the inside of their mouths look like using my intra-oral camera. Now they just don’t take my word when a problem exists, because they can see it themselves. My latest tool is an instrument that allows me to give painless injections!Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?A: So many patients are dental phobic due to past experiences, or growing up in a time of no technology or pain control. For this reason I spend quality time with each patient to help educate them, answer questions, address concerns and work with them in partnership to decide the best options to take. I spend time developing relationships so that my patients trust me and know that I have their best interest as my priority. Perhaps this is what gives our office a family feel. It helps that my wife Marlene is our office manager and greets each patient by name as they walk through the doors. I am happy that after retiring from teaching, she actually wanted to work in my office. Thus, our motto “we treat you like family.”Q: What keeps you up at night?A: Really nothing!Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?A: A tip for a new dental graduate would be to find an outstanding mentor who still loves dentistry.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?A: The biggest obstacle in running a dental practice- successfully surrounding yourself with a team who shares your same vision.• Every Monday we feature a small suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

    Steve Ginsburg

    Chocolate drink turns into a sweet racing business for Buffalo Grove company

    Kukec's People features Steve Ginsburg of Deerfield, who owns and operates Buffalo Grove-based RAM Racing and founded the Hot Chocolate Race.

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    Aaron Paul, left, Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston pose at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre.

    'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' the big Emmy winners

    “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday's Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like “Orange Is the New Black.” The ceremony's emotional high point came with Billy Crystal's restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams. “He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said.

    Katherine Heigl arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre.

    Reds, blues dominate Emmy Awards red carpet

    Lena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday. And neutrals, too. On Team Red were Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looked a bit pinched in a tight Carolina Herrera, and Christina Hendricks in a gaudy, one-shoulder Marchesa with yards and yards of draping fabric, loud floral embroidery at the waist and a plunging neckline.

    Co-executive producer Thomas Schnauz, from left, Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk pose in the press room with the award for outstanding drama series for “Breaking Bad” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Images from the 66th Emmy Awards show

    “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable series retain the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series like “Orange Is the New Black.” The ceremony’s emotional high point came with Billy Crystal’s restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams. “He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said.

    Gail Mancuso accepts the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for her work on “Modern Family” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre.

    One suburban Emmy winner: ‘Modern Family’ director

    Among the nominees at the Emmy Awards were a number of actors, directors and writers with connections to the suburbs. Of the suburban nominees for television’s most prestigious awards, one won: Gail Mancuso, of Melrose Park and River Forest, for directing for a comedy series (“Modern Family”).


    List of winners from the 66th Emmy Awards

    List of winners at Monday’s 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:• Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.• Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX. • Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Allison Janney, “Mom,” CBS. • Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC. • Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS. • Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO. • Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS. • Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Stephen Moffat, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.• Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven,” FX. • Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.• Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Adam Bernstein, “Fargo,” FX. • Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” PBS.• Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven,” FX.• Miniseries: “Fargo,” FX. • Movie: “The Normal Heart,” HBO. • Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” HBO. • Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “67th Annual Tony Awards,” CBS.• Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central. • Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC. • Directing, Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective,” HBO. • Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC. • Writing, Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.• Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS. • Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC. • Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC. • Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

    Robin Dearden, from left, Bryan Cranston, Michelle Dockery and Christina Hendricks arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre.

    Images: Fashion at the 2014 Emmy Awards

    Lena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday. And neutrals, too.

    Actor Pat Healy grew up in Arlington Heights and Lake Zurich.

    Zombie, minister, nerd: Actor from Arlington Hts. does it all

    Pat Healy, who grew up in Lake Zurich and Arlington Heights, built a career as a Hollywood actor with roles on TV shows like “NYPD Blue” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” plus movies such as “Cheap Thrills,” “Rescue Dawn” and “Magnolia.” “Versatility is important, but the most important thing in my career has been tenacity," he said. "You hang in, and things not only get better, but they’re better than they were before.”

    1994 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara Edition

    ‘Jurassic’ Jeep produces dinosaur-size enjoyment

    “Jurassic Park” was released in 1993. One look at Bob Hattenhauer’s Jeep and you would assume he was a fan from Day One. You’d be wrong. He just got around to watching the film in 2007.

    A victory for “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston at Monday’s Emmy Awards would give him a tie with four-time best drama actor champ Dennis Franz.

    ‘Modern Family,’ Bryan Cranston aim at Emmy record

    Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV’s top awards and new records year after year. The 66th prime-time Emmys, airing at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC with host Seth Meyers, are full of such possibilities, including a fifth best comedy series trophy for “Modern Family” that would tie it with all-time sitcom champ “Frasier.” Also, Netflix’s freshman comedy series nominee “Orange is the New Black” and sophomore drama series contender “House of Cards” could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

    Miley Cyrus said the high of winning awards and memorable performances doesn’t last long, unlike her charity work.

    Miley Cyrus: ‘I’m in constant gratitude of life’

    Miley Cyrus said when she stole the night at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, she didn’t realize her impact and influence. Now, the singer says she wants to use her powers for good. The 21-year-old is assisting the Hollywood homeless center My Friend’s Place by launching a Prizeo campaign, urging her feverish fans to donate to the cause assisting homeless youth. Cyrus brought a member of the center as her date to Sunday’s VMAs at The Forum in Inglewood, California, letting him accept her award for video of the year.


    Why limiting high fructose corn syrup is a good idea

    The debate over the health effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have been going on for decades. On one side you have the food manufacturers who state that HFCS is “… metabolized at about the same rate (as other sugars) and are indistinguishable by the body.” On the other hand there is an increasingly large body of research demonstrating that high fructose corn syrup may contribute to insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, hypertriglyceridemia and high blood pressure.

    Third-graders go over a math lesson with their teacher. Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.

    Kids’ brains reorganize as math is mastered

    Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.The take-home advice: drilling your kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off.

    Kitchen in Chelsea model at Arlington Market in Arlington Heights.

    Chelsea model home opens at Arlington Market

    The Chelsea model home wowed visitors at the grand opening of Arlington Market, a new-home community with an urban flair in a prime Arlington Heights location. The community by M/I Homes offers three, two-story floor plans with two to three bedrooms.

    Paisley backs away from social issues and strikes up a party on his 10th studio album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.” However, that doesn’t mean he suddenly starts to play it safe.

    Brad Paisley returns to happier themes

    Brad Paisley backs away from social issues and strikes up a party on his 10th studio album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.” However, that doesn’t mean he suddenly starts to play it safe. Musically, Paisley’s arrangements continue to emphasize intricate musicianship and turn-on-a-dime ensemble play, while his lyrics use witty wordplay to explore the many ways people try to escape their problems and improve their lives.

    Michelle Dockery, an Emmy nominee for lead actress in a drama series for “Downton Abbey,” here at the 66th Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception on Saturday, enjoys the pre-Emmy festivities.

    Nominees share Emmy-day rituals, perspectives

    Most everyone was still a potential winner as nominees stepped out this weekend to celebrate in advance of Monday’s Emmy ceremony. Festivities began early Saturday afternoon, with the annual BAFTA L.A. TV Tea event, which brought out nominees from “Downton Abbey.” “It’s great fun because you get to see everyone before the big day,” said actress Michelle Dockery, who portrays the Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley. Some stars even shared their Emmy-day rituals, too.

    After an impressive debut album, Ariana Grande impresses again on her sophomore album, “My Everything.”

    Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' is everything

    This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth, and be amazing yet again. Maybe it's easier said than done, but Ariana Grande manages to pull off the feat with her sophomore release “My Everything,” the successor to last year's near-pop perfection “Yours Truly.” Admittedly, Grande's sophomore effort doesn't go in a radically different direction (she was on the right path to begin with), but big changes are there.

    50 Cent, center, with G Unit members Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd released “The Beauty of Independence” at midnight Monday.

    G Unit surprises fans, digitally releases 6 songs

    G Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year’s biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: they digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped “The Beauty of Independence” extended play at midnight, mirroring Beyonce’s successful surprise release of her self-titled album last year. The 50 Cent-led group disbanded over the years and last released “T.O.S: Terminate on Sight” in 2008.

    “Butterflies tend to go away with the first laugh,” said Seth Meyers, who is serving as master of ceremonies when “The Prime-Time Emmy Awards” airs at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC.

    Seth Meyers prizes his new role as Emmycast host

    Seth Meyers is no stranger to live television. For years he anchored “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live.” Nor is playing host on TV an alien experience. Since February, he has occupied NBC’s “Late Night” host chair. So Meyers isn’t sweating his new role as master of ceremonies when “The Prime-Time Emmy Awards” airs at 7 p.m.Monday on NBC. “Butterflies tend to go away with the first laugh,” he said brightly, “so you try to make that happen as early as you can.”

    Beyoncé smiles onstage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.

    5 memorable VMA moments — Beyonce and beyond

    They don’t call her Queen Bey for nothing. Beyonce not only stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, she used the moment to erase the cynical cloud around her family status with an adorable appearance by daughter Blue Ivy and doting husband Jay Z to finish off the night. Here are five memorable moments from the night.

    Bebel Gilberto, daughter of bossa nova giant Joao Gilberto, recently released the album, “Tudo.”

    Gilberto spreads her ‘Bebel Sound’ in new album

    Bebel Gilberto isn’t just about bossa nova. The Rio de Janeiro-raised musician — the daughter of renowned singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto and singer and composer Miucha, — describes her music simply as the “Bebel Sound,” an eclectic mix of Brazilian rhythms, soul and electronic music. “It’s music that is easy to listen to." Her album “Tudo,” released last Tuesday, includes 12 songs in Portuguese, English and even some French.

    Often considered a social enhancer by college students, alcohol now can cast a shadow over sex when there’s any suggestion that it may have dimmed a woman’s judgment.

    College hookup culture wanes amid assault alarm

    Sex and relationships are always tricky terrain for college students. Those arriving this year are finding schools awash in complaints and headlines about sexual assault and responding with programs aimed at changing campus culture that has been blamed for glorifying dorm-bed conquests, excusing rape and providing a safe haven for assailants. For many young men, it’s an added dimension in a campus scene that already appears daunting, said William Pollack, a Harvard Medical School psychologist.

    For more mindful eating, children should eat with caring adults in a happy setting and without distraction, not in front of the TV or in the car.

    As school approaches, time to focus on mindful eating

    I know I am not the only parent who, post summer vacation, vows to get their kids to bed earlier, promises to curb screen time or pledges to cut down on ice cream. So, like many of you, we are about to embark on a back-to-school reboot. As part of our reboot I intend to teach my kids about mindful eating. Nothing too “adult,” but rather simple reminders to actually taste, chew and enjoy the food they are consuming.

    It’s a good idea to schedule an eye exam for your child. One in four elementary school students has an undetected vision problem.

    Your health: Why students need eye exams
    One in four students in kindergarten through sixth grade has an undetected vision problem which can interfere with their ability to read and learn. Optometrists sayd it’s best to get your child’s eyes checked once they start kindergarten.

    1958 Pontiac Bonneville

    Randhurst Village caps successful cruise season

    Every car has a story and nowhere was that more evident than at Wednesday’s final 2014 Randhurst Village Cruise Night. One such four-wheeled star that readily stood out was Ron Barclay’s 1958 Pontiac Bonneville.

    Elizabeth Hurley plays Queen Helena, the Queen of England in a new TV drama series “The Royals,” which is currently filming and being set in London. The show is due in early 2015.

    Elizabeth Hurley takes the reigns in ‘The Royals’

    Move over Helen Mirren, there’s a new queen in town — Elizabeth Hurley. The English actress is on the British throne for new E! drama series “The Royals,” playing the fictional Queen Helena, a sharply dressed mother of three grooming her son to be king and dealing with public opinion. It’s the E! Channel’s first foray out of reality TV into scripted drama. Hurley reckons that fans of “Gossip Girl and “Dynasty” will enjoy the decadent lifestyles of these tabloid-friendly royals.

    A survey shows many Americans don’t use their vacation time. And even those that do sometimes take work emails and calls while on vacation.

    Are you a ‘work martyr’?

    About 40 percent of all Americans don’t take all of their vacation, leaving 430 million days of unused paid vacation a year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.Why? Turns out a lot of Americans have what they call a “Work Martyr Complex,” even if it costs their health, well-being and relationships.


    New devices using air pressure help treat sleep apnea

    Q: Is there a surgical fix for sleep apnea? I’ve tried CPAP and a couple of other treatments, and none of them work well for me.


    A commitment can’t be held together by threats

    At what point does the behaviour of your significant other send you packing?



    New meaning to ‘hope and change’ for Democrats
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Though I’m an independent and try to see both sides of the argument, ya just gotta love those Democrats. Every time I turn on the TV, I see ads for Big Bad Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire who doesn’t get us poor, regular folks. Why? Because he’s rich, rich, rich and has used our ridiculous tax system to pay less taxes than the liberal mindset thinks he should, even though it’s legal.


    ‘Clean energy’ is losing its meaning
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Currently no term is more abused than “clean energy.” First the coal industry stole the term “clean” as an adjective on the promise that carbon emissions can be captured as if the only thing that makes energy clean is whether carbon is emitted or not.


    Fathers, be involved in your kids’ education
    A Chicago letter to the editor: As children across our nation return to school, it saddens me to think of those who will embark on their journey without fathers to help them navigate. This is especially alarming as 24 million children live absent their biological father. I call it a journey because the route to school leads to the road of life, and children need paternal support to help navigate both.


    Hamilton’s words are welcome commentary
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Thank you, Daily Herald, for carrying the “Guest View” of Lee Hamilton. Hamilton, a former congressman from Indiana’s 9th District, is the director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. When I ran for Congress in 1965 in Indiana’s 2nd District as a Democrat, Mr. Hamilton was running for Congress in the 9th as a Republican. He won. I didn’t. And he served through 1999.


    Duckworth right on with ‘deserter’ comment
    A Barrington letter to the editor: I support Tammy Duckworth completely when she says businesses that leave the USA to employ cheap labor are deserters. Tammy is right on two counts. First, any business that leaves America is depriving our citizens of their livelihood, which deprives the business of a market for their products, and the penalty for this should be that they lose their import license for this country. So they not only destroy the economy of this country, but they will eventually lose their profitability.


    System perpetuates drug addiction
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Well, heroin use seems to be at an all-time high in these here suburbs. This is a serious problem, and sadly, the system is not set up to help


    West is turning its back on Israel
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: When anti-Semitism is so overpowering that the West condemns the only country ever to stand up to and defeat the jihadists, I can understand why Osama bin Laden predicted that the West did not have the stomach to engage in the battle and would be defeated.


    Take note of pay for some school officials
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Just read in the Daily Herald that the interim school superintendent for U-46, Kenneth Arndt, will be paid $650 dollars per day. And his second-in-command will get a salary of $210,000 per year.


    Too few movies that uplift viewers
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I disagree with movie critic HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140807/entlife/140808965/"Jocelyn Noveck regarding “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” There are too few movies that are clean and have a feel-good ending. We need more movies that are entertaining and violence free.


    Let’s give bicyclists ‘skin in the game’
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I enjoyed the article last week on bicycles vs. the village of Barrington Hills. In fact, it gave me the impetus to write a letter to the editor that I have wanted to write for some time now. Our roads are paid for, in large part, by gasoline taxes and license fees. What “skin in the game” do bicyclists have in the issue?


    Focus on issues that matter for nation
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: When I saw Lil Strom’s Aug. 20 letter headlined “Nation is troubled — so do something,” I was optimistic. Unfortunately, after an irrelevant critique of our nation’s anthem, Lil claims that the Constitution says, “For the people, of the people, and by the people.” They were in Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, not the Constitution.


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