Daily Archive : Wednesday September 3, 2014


    Workers picket in occasional rain Thursday outside Juno Lighting in Des Plaines. Some 400 workers went on strike Wednesday, calling for higher wages.

    Workers on strike at Juno Lighting Group in Des Plaines

    Some 400 production and maintenance employees of Juno Lighting Group in Des Plaines hit the picket lines Wednesday after rejecting terms of an tentative contract agreement, officials said. “It's about whether or not people can live on $10 or $11 an hour and have to have two or three jobs and never pass time with their families,” said Richard Monje, a union organizer. “It's about...


    Police: Chicago woman tried to kidnap boy at O’Hare

    Chicago police say a woman snatched a 2-year-old boy at O’Hare International Airport and tried to run away with him. Police say 24-year-old Olachi Etoh of Chicago is charged with aggravated kidnapping and misdemeanor battery after the Tuesday afternoon incident.

    Surprised to see her favorite pizza place dissed by an East Coast pizza ranking, Hoffman Estates mom Laurie Sorman picks up a Lou Malnati’s deep-dish cheese pizza for her daughter Bethany’s 16th birthday on Wednesday.

    Pizza truce over as East Coast poll takes shot at Chicago

    Last fall, Marc Malnati got Jon Stewart to appologize for ripping Chicago-style pizza, admit that Lou Malnati's pizza was "very tasty," and call for a truce in the pizza wars. Now comes a new shot.

    Elgin Police Officer Jason A. Lentz, left, shows the spoils of a drug bust in 2008. Lentz was placed on leave last month after he allegedly posted on Facebook that a Missouri police officer “did society a favor” when he shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

    Elgin officer on leave, Facebook comments under investigation

    Elgin Police Officer Jason A. Lentz was placed on leave after he was accused of posting on Facebook that a Missouri police officer “did society a favor” when he shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. “The city’s action in placing Lentz on administrative leave pending a full investigation is indicative of the seriousness of the impropriety the city is...

    Jerry Slowik on TV at a “watch party” a local bar held for him, his family and his friends when his “Jeopardy” matches were broadcast.

    Ex-Arlington Heights 'Jeopardy!' champ facing sex assault charges

    A former “Jeopardy!” champion from Arlington Heights is now facing charges for sexual assault of a minor and will not appear on the show's annual Tournament of Champions, which tapes later this month.

    The Yellow Box Community Christian Church in Naperville is offering its new 1,200-seat auditorium and other spaces in its $8 million, 18,000-square-foot addition for use by community groups, Campus Pastor Shawn Williams said.

    Naperville church offers spaces ‘for sake of our community’

    Yellow Box Community Christian Church in Naperville has built out; now it can reach out.“Our heart as a community has never been inward-focused,” Campus Pastor Shawn Williams said. “We want to be a church that exists for the sake of our community.”


    Chiropractor, wife sentenced for health fraud scheme

    A former Lake in the Hills chiropractor and his fitness instructor wife were recently sentenced to federal prison for a $1 million health fraud scheme, officials said.


    Schaumburg, Elgin YMCAs merge

    The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg and the four branches of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA recently merged to become one YMCA organization called the Golden Corridor Family Young Men’s Christian Association.

    Janet Kilkelly , left, and Carla Wyckoff, right, are candidates for Lake County Clerk in the 2014 general election.

    Lake County clerk candidates tout their experience

    The two women running for Lake County clerk have vastly different professional backgrounds — and each says her resume makes her better suited for the job.

    Elk Grove Village police responded to a bank robbery Wednesday morning at First Merit Bank on Higgins Road. FBI officials believe the robbery was committed by a man suspected in six other robberies since February 2013.

    ‘Hooded bandit’ bank robber strikes again,- this time in Elk Grove

    A bank robbery suspect dubbed the “hooded bandit” struck again Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village, authorities said. FBI officials believe it’s the seventh time the suspect has robbed banks in the Northwest and West suburbs since February 2013.

    Bernard Gavrin was reported missing in Saipan while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Some of his remains and personal effects were recovered in 2013 and DNA from a family member helped confirm his identity. It was announced Wednesday Gavrin will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 12.

    Soldier missing since World War II identified

    The remains of a soldier missing in action since World War II have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, a Department of Defense office said Wednesday.


    Motorcyclist dies, passenger hurt after Aurora accident

    A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger severely injured after being struck by a car Tuesday night in Aurora, police said.

    Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe. He vigorously vowed to come to the defense of NATO allies that fear they could be Vladimir Putin’s next target.

    Obama calls Ukraine ‘a moment of testing’ for West

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday harshly condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe and pledged that NATO will protect allies who fear they will be Moscow’s next target. Standing on Russia’s doorstep, Obama declared “this is a moment of testing” for the Western alliance to stand up to the Kremlin.

    A new runway has led to unexpected noise for communities surrounding O’Hare International Airport.

    Suburban lawmakers press to speed up O’Hare noise review

    A trio of lawmakers put more pressure on the FAA to update how it measures airplane noise, claiming current standards are outdated and unreliable. The move comes amid complaints from residents in the new O'Hare flight pattern.

    Aid worker Nancy Writebol discusses her recovery from the Ebola virus in this image taken from a video taken Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Writebol was infected with the virus while in Libera.

    Ebola survivors: Hospital staff exposed in Africa

    The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn’t have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses safe, a missionary couple told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    A Geneva man surrendered to police who responded to the 200 block of Syril Drive Wednesday after a report the man appeared intoxicated and was armed.

    Geneva man surrenders to police after standoff

    A Geneva man surrendered to police around 1 p.m. Wednesday after officers spent several hours trying to get him to come out of a house on the 200 block of Syril Drive, Cmdr. Julie Nash said. Police and a Kane County SWAT team had blocked off the area. Three nearby schools were placed on soft lockdown, authorities said.

    A juvenile lobster is returned to the water by scientist Diane Cowan during a survey of the lobster population on the shore of Friendship Long Island, Maine. Scientists say the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than more than 99 percent of the world’s oceans. The temperature rise is prompting fears about the future of one of the Atlantic’s most unusual ecosystems and the industries it supports.

    Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

    Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists say.

    A North Korean woman walks on the peak of Mt. Paektu in North Korea’s Ryanggang province. Unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have — until recently — been unable to conduct on-site studies.

    Team seeks N. Korea volcano secrets

    More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have — until recently —...

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group.

    Slain U.S. journalist was also an Israeli citizen

    Israel confirmed on Wednesday that slain American journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, while President Barack Obama vowed to build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the extremist group that carried out the videotaped beheading.


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    Lawsuit filed against bus company, driver, in O’Hare crash

    A Waukegan woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company and the driver of a bus involved in a crash at O’Hare International Airport.Talipha Charles, 52, was one of 14 passengers on a shuttle bus that crashed Friday morning into a concrete median on I-190 near the terminals at O’Hare, according to a news release from Clifford Law Offices of Chicago.

    An ice cream eating contest is just one attraction for kids at the fourth annual United Fall Fest from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Campton Hills. Other attractions are a large area where kids can play on inflatable obstacles, a storyteller and a 7 p.m. showing of the Disney movie “Frozen” on an outdoor screen.

    Saturday’s Campton Hills United Fall Fest continues growth

    The fourth annual United Fall Fest will be held Saturday in Campton Hills. What began as an effort to bring residents together after the divisive push toward incorporation has now grown into an all-day festival, highlighted by bands, food, a bags tournament, 5K run, car show and huge area where kids can play on inflatable obstacles.


    Rolling Meadows carnival this weekend

    The Rolling Meadows Rotary Club and the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce will host a three-day carnival this weekend at the Meadow Marketplace Shopping Center.

    Juan C. Ramirez

    Elgin man gets 9½ years for raping child

    A 45-year-old Elgin man has been sentenced to 9½ years in prison for the 2011 rape of a child he knew well. Juan C. Ramirez pleaded guilty last week to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, according to Kane County prosecutors and court records.


    Prescription drug collection event

    Want to get rid of your unwanted or unused prescriptions? The Lake County sheriff’s office has set up three collection points, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 27.


    Kane Co. sticks with riverboat reductions in first test

    Kane County Board members showed they will hold the line on cutting internal and external riverboat grants Wednesday. Given the chance to dip into riverboat reserves, Executive Committee members instead reduced other grants to add funding for one more Aurora-based request.


    Vintage baseball game on deck

    Hainesville will travel back in time to 1864 this weekend with the 1864 Civil War Encampment & Small Skirmish, plus a vintage babseball game.


    Naperville aims for bar rules ‘fair to everyone’

    Naperville City Council members who are trying to make downtown night life safer are hearing concerns that potential liquor regulations may be overbearing on bars outside the downtown. “It seems like downtown Naperville is the problem. Why am I being penalized?” said Spencer Javorek, owner of Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Naperville. “I’m not violating. I am following...


    Hoffman Estates man upset over traffic bump

    A Hoffman Estates man says he is “in a lot of pain” and his vintage 1965 Mustang is banged up after a scary encounter with another motorist on I-355. Frank Geraldi said he was taking advantage of Tuesday morning’s “perfect weather” and decided to take his Mustang show car for a spin to a meeting in Joliet. He said he never could have anticipated what happened...

    Officials confirmed this week that a Mariano’s Fresh Market is moving into the former Dominick’s location at 1212 S. Naper Blvd., near 75th Street in Naperville.

    Mariano’s coming to Naperville

    Mariano’s Fresh Market has found its way to Naperville. A company spokesman confirmed via email Tuesday that the upscale grocer’s parent company, Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., has signed a lease with Bradford Real Estate Companies for a space in the city’s Fox Run Square shopping center.


    Gurnee lands new finance boss

    Brian C. Gosnell will be the next Gurnee finance director, officials announced Wednesday. Gosnell, who has been Round Lake Beach’s finance boss since 2011, will start in Gurnee on Sept. 22 and replace the retiring Diane Lembesis.

    Erin DeLuga, Wheeling High School’s associate principal of instruction, with her daughter Emma, 2.

    Wheeling High School goes ‘Back 2 School’ in style

    Wheeling High School is pulling out all the stops for the “Back 2 School Bash” on Saturday, Sept. 6, but at its core are a pair of teachers and their young daughters with Down syndrome.

    Palatine’s Christine Gates will attempt an Ironman triathlon — 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run — Sept. 7 in Madison, Wisconsin.

    In honor of others, Palatine’s Gates to compete in Wisconsin triathlon

    Palatine's Christine Gates will compete in the Ironman race in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sunday, Sept. 7. Her effort in the grueling race will be made more tolerable by knowing it is benefitting others.


    Sign up for Sunday school and church picnic at Christ Lutheran

    Join the fun outside on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Christ Lutheran Church, 41 S. Rohlwing Road in Palatine, for the Sunday School sign-up and Church Picnic Extravaganza. At 11:30 a.m., after the inspirational 10:30 a.m. worship service, there will be games, a moonwalk, face painting and food/refreshments - all to celebrate the beginning of another Sunday School Year.

    Health workers spray the body of an amputee suspected of dying from the Ebola virus with disinfectant, in a busy street in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday.

    WHO: New Ebola fears mount in Nigeria

    An ill doctor in southern Nigeria exposed dozens of people to the Ebola virus by continuing to treat patients before his death, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday as it announced the toll across West Africa had surged above 1,900 fatalities. Officials in Nigeria had believed that Ebola was largely contained within Africa’s most populous country after a sick traveler from...

    A column of destroyed Ukrainian military vehicles are seen near the village of Novokaterynivka, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Ukrainian troops have over the past week suffered a string of major military losses in their offensive against Russian-backed separatist rebels, losing large swathes of territory and having hundreds of soldiers captured.

    Putin’s peace plan: Ukraine withdraws from east

    A day before a NATO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his own peace plan for eastern Ukraine, calling on the Russian-backed insurgents there to “stop advancing” and urging Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the region.


    Hanover Township seeking volunteers for creek cleanup

    Volunteers are needed to clear debris from a stretch of Willow Creek through east Elgin and a nearby park Sept. 13. Hanover Township, the Elgin chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley are hosting the cleanup. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and really make a difference,” league President John...


    Hoffman police, fire softball fundraiser Sept. 27

    Hoffman Estates’ police officers and firefighters will hold their second annual Shootz & Ladderz Softball Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Cannon Crossings, 1675 Nicholson Drive, in Hoffman Estates. Proceeds will go toward new Citizens Fire Academy equipment for the fire department.

    Director Bill Stilton is closing the doors on Encore Theatre after 17 years of operation. He said he’s ready to do something new.

    Libertyville’s Encore Theatre prepares for its final season after 17 years

    When the Encore Theatre's 16th season came to a close, Director Bob Silton had some news for the local youths who bring several shows to the stage each year. At the cast party for the final show, "Shrek: The Musical," Silton revealed that the upcoming 2014-15 season will be Encore's last. "It went completely dead quiet," Silton said. "There were a lot of tears."

    Leon Brown listens to evidence during a court hearing for him and his brother, death row inmate Henry McCollum Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Lumberton, N.C. On Tuesday, a judge overturned the convictions of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, in the 1983 rape and murder of the 11-year-old girl, citing the new evidence that they are innocent.

    After 3 decades, NC man freed from prison

    One of North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmates was freed from prison Wednesday, a day after a judge overturned his conviction because of new DNA evidence in the case. His half brother also had his conviction in the 1983 rape and murder overturned on Tuesday.

    The Kansas City Police Department investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the Woodbridge neighborhood, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in south Kansas City, Mo.

    Police: 3 killed, 2 hurt in Kansas City shootings

    Kansas City police are investigating if a man arrested Wednesday in the assault of hotel guests in the north of the city was involved in the earlier fatal shooting of three people and critical wounding of two others on the south side of town.

    Theodore Wafer was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman who appeared on his porch before dawn.

    Detroit-area man gets 17 years in porch shooting

    A suburban Detroit man was sentenced Wednesday to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman who appeared on his porch before dawn. Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder in the Nov. 2 death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Before he was sentenced, the Dearborn Heights man apologized to her family, saying he killed a woman who was “too young to leave this...


    Number of child immigrants at border declining

    The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States is continuing to drop.


    Multicultural fundraiser dinner in Schaumburg Sept. 13

    Metropolitan Asian Family Services, a nonprofit multicultural and multiethnic organization, will hold its annual fundraiser dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at India House Banquet Hall, 1521 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. The evening will include a fashion show by Prinbyprina and music.


    Gurnee police say missing girl found with mom in Springfield

    A missing 7-year-old Gurnee girl has been found safe and her mother is charged with two counts of child abduction for taking the girl downstate without permission. Siomara Alvarado, 37, of Gurnee, was arrested in Springfield, authorities said.

    Resident Sherri Oslick, an attorney, addressed Naperville City Council Tuesday asking for an ordinance specifying where cats and dogs sold in stores can come from.

    Naperville delays action on regulating puppy sales

    Puppies will continue to be on the minds of the Naperville City Council and city staff members as they research whether the city should limit the sale of dogs from so-called puppy mills, as the majority of 21 speakers Tuesday night asked them to do. “We are not crazy animal activists; we simply want Naperville to continue its fine reputation of excellence and local compassion without the...


    High school slated for closing has 12 students
    The first day of the school year saw only 12 students show up at a Chicago high school. Dyett High School is scheduled to close next year, and the Chicago Public Schools allowed students who wanted to graduate from the school to continue to attend classes there this year.


    Climatologist says August warmed up in Illinois

    The Illinois state climatologist says that after a cooler-than-usual July the summer finally turned warmer in August. And the season has been one of the wettest on record.

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    Kirk: US must take hard line against Islamic State

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the United States should take a hard line against the Islamic State group. Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist. It also warns President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the group continue there’ll be continued violence.


    Police mum on search for missing Indianapolis baby

    Police aren’t saying what investigators found when they searched the home of an Indianapolis couple whose 6-week-old son was reported abducted last week.


    Girl who survived 19 stab wounds back in school

    he 12-year-old girl who nearly died after she was stabbed 19 times in Waukesha is back in school. A spokesman for the girl’s family says it has been a summer of doctor’s appointments, surgeries, specialists and recovery.


    Police: Chicago man in SUV runs over baby

    A Chicago man has been charged with battery after police say he hit his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son before running over her 8-month-old daughter’s leg with an SUV.


    Police: Chicago man stabbed woman 22 times

    A Chicago man has been charged with killing his girlfriend by stabbing her 22 times with a steak knife. Hector Rivera was ordered held without bond on the first-degree murder charge Tuesday.


    Chicago mayor to sign minimum wage executive order

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to sign an executive order that requires city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees a $13-an-hour minimum wage.


    Officials: 1 dead, 14 hurt in Wisconsin bus crash

    Authorities say a car collided with a school bus carrying high school athletes near Pulaski, killing a passenger in the car and injuring 14 people.

    Dan Wilcoxen, left, of Peru, secures his handmade Boy Scout totem pole on a trailer with help of his scouting friend, Wilbur Williamson of Bloomington.

    Peru man builds totem pole for camp

    On Aug. 12, Dan Wilcoxen of Peru drove his pickup truck 100 miles southwest to pick up a flatbed trailer near London Mills and tow it back to his home. His friend from Bloomington, Wilbur Williamson, backed the trailer into the driveway and helped load Wilcoxen’s handmade 20-foot totem pole onto the trailer. It required old-time ice tongs, some pipes, boards, heavy chains and screws to...

    Elgin Fire Chief, John Fahy

    Elgin eases residency requirements for some staff members

    Elgin’s corporation counsel and chief financial officer, along with other top-level city staff members, are no longer required to live in town. The city council also lifted the requirement for the directors of human resources, information technology services, public works, the water department, and building maintenance superintendent.

    Human Rights Watch, a leading international watchdog, said Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014, new evidence indicates the Islamic State fighters killed between 560 and 770 men captured at Camp Speicher, near the city of Tikrit — a figure several times higher than what was initially reported.

    Group: Islamic militants killed 770 Iraqi troops

    Militants from the Islamic State group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran a military base north of Baghdad in June, a leading international watchdog said Wednesday.

    Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq’s beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the “heart” of the church and that the church is proud of them.

    Pope to Iraqi Christians: You are church’s heart

    Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq’s beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the “heart” of the church and that the church is proud of them.

    Under the shadow of the Islamic State group threat, governments from France to Indonesia are moving aggressively to block would-be jihadis from taking their fight to Syria and Iraq.

    Governments work to stop jihadis going to Syria, Iraq

    New laws make it easier to seize passports. Suspected fighters are plucked from planes. Authorities block finances and shut down radical mosques. And behind the scenes, Silicon Valley firms are under increasing pressure to wipe extremist content from websites as Western intelligence agencies explore new technologies to identify returning fighters at the border.

    Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday as two news organizations seek the release of any possible juvenile records for the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot by a police officer last month.

    Lawsuits seek Ferguson victim’s juvenile records

    Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday when a judge considers two media requests to release any possible juvenile records of the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month. Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, so it’s not known if Brown was arrested before he legally became an adult. Police have said Brown had no adult...

    Some Illinois farmers say this year's corn harvest could be later — and more expensive — than usual.

    Some Illinois farmers predict later corn harvest

    Some Illinois farmers say this year's corn harvest could be later — and more expensive — than usual. The Quincy Herald Whig reports wet, cloudy days and cooler temperatures have slowed the crop's progress. Adam Kestner farms in western Illinois and is vice president of the Adams County Farm Bureau. At the start of growing season he expected an early harvest because farmers were able...

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground, a key step in the longstanding plan to build the project.

    EPA oks FutureGen plan for CO2 storage

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it has approved permits for the FutureGen clean coal project to store carbon dioxide underground, a key step in the longstanding plan to build the oject. FutureGen plans to store carbon dioxide, a greenhouse linked to climate change, after capturing it from a power plant in western Illinois.


    13 civilians killed in bus attack in eastern Syria

    BEIRUT — A Syrian government airstrike hit a bus carrying civilians in eastern Syria on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people, most of them children, opposition activists said. But the government in the capital, Damascus, blamed the Islamic State group for the incident, describing it as “yet another massacre” committed by the extremist group.


    1937 Cord takes top honors from Duesenberg Club

    A car that’s been in one family for 53 years won the best of show award Sunday from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club. Judges selected a 1937 Supercharged Cord Phaeton with cool orchard green paint and a black top as the finest of more than 200 classic cars that gathered for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.

    Visitors line up for wine tasting at last year’s Festival of the Vine in downtown Geneva.

    Rock out while sipping and snacking at Festival of the Vine

    Geneva’s Festival of the Vine, which began as a celebration of all things grown on a vine, has evolved into a destination for foodies. But music lovers will find plenty to enjoy as well. The festival opens Friday, Sept. 5, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 7, in downtown Geneva.


    Dawn Patrol: 30 years for killing baby; Trial delays frustrate family

    Arlington Heights man charged with shooting at vehicle. Family frustrated by trial delays in Naperville man's death. Downtown Wheaton vacancy rate drops as new businesses move in. Zion man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing 5-month-old baby. Police: 2 more possible student victims of Gavin South teacher come forward. DuPage forest board may have violated law in hiring executive director.

    Trainer Gary Nielsen of Youtside Fitness Club teaches a new “social fitness” class at Wing Park in Elgin.

    Outdoor fitness program launches in Elgin

    Those who want to get their fix of fresh air while working out — come sun, rain or snow — can do that through Youtside Fitness Club new outdoor fitness program in Elgin. The program debuted with three Chicago locations in April. Elgin is the first suburban location.

    Glenn Ryback, left, and David Stolman, right, are candidates for Lake County treasurer in the 2014 general election.

    Lake County treasurer candidates envision changes

    With the retirement of Robert Skidmore, the Lake County treasure's post for the first time since 1998 will be open. Buffalo Grove Republican David Stolman, a Lake County Board member for 22 years including two years as chairman. He faces Democrat Glenn Ryback, a Wadsworth village board member since 1993 who is serving his second term as village president.

    This rendering depicts the future Centegra Hospital-Huntley that would house 128 beds, a women’s center and an emergency department. The $233 million, 360,000-square-foot facility is being built near Haligus and Algonquin roads.

    Centegra opens new clinic for Sun City residents

    Residents of Sun City senior living community in Huntley now have access to an on-site clinic providing treatment for common illnesses, vaccinations and preventive care. Centegra Health System recently opened the walk-in clinic, located inside The Wellness Center at 12920 Del Webb Blvd., to exclusively serve Sun City residents. “They can drive their golf carts right up to the...

    All are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for Richard A. Welton Village Plaza at 11 a.m. Saturday on Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee. Welton had the village’s longest tenure as mayor, from 1973 to 2001. The plaza will be on a 1-acre site owned by the village.

    Plaza groundbreaking to honor former Gurnee mayor

    Gurnee's longest-serving mayor will be honored Saturday during a groundbreaking ceremony for a plaza that'll be named for him on a site where he began his political career.


    U-46 still filling administrative, support staff vacancies

    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are still interviewing candidates to fill a few administrative vacancies, including a fine arts coordinator and special education director. While more than 130 new teachers were hired this school year, the district still needs dozens of support staff a week after the start of classes. The goal is to fill the vacancies by month end.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions during the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Annual Luncheon Thursday, Aug. 28, in Chicago. Quinn and his opponent Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner appeared separately before the group for 25 minute moderated Q&A sessions.

    Governor candidates talk wages, vets

    The candidates for Illinois governor kicked off the post-Labor Day campaign season Tuesday, with Gov. Pat Quinn publicizing his efforts to live on a minimum wage budget and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner hammering the Chicago Democrat’s record on veterans. With roughly two months until the November contest, the candidates are expected to ramp up efforts in one of the most competitive...


    Illinois woman rescued after day stuck in mud

    White County officials have rescued a woman who spent more than a day trapped in mud near the Little Wabash River. The White County Sheriff’s Department said Monday it found 39-year-old Amy Chitwood of Carmi stuck near the river after responding to a call from a fisherman. He contacted police Sunday about what he thought was a dead body on the river bank.



    When it comes to fly fishing, the words just flow

    In the often colorful world of writing about the great outdoors, Mike Jackson won't apologize for his loving treatment of the gentle art of fly fishing.

    Bears linebacker Lance Briggs went on the offensive Wednesday when discussing his excused absence from Monday's practice.

    Imrem: Bears, Briggs serve up some controversy

    Defensive star Lance Briggs went on the offensive, offensive guru Marc Trestman went on the defensive and the Bears' controversy officially became a "gate." Maybe you heard that Briggs received permission to take a personal day and skip Monday's practice. Maybe you also heard — though apparently Bears management didn't until after the fact — that Briggs went to California for the opening of his Double Nickel barbecue restaurant.

    Metea Valley’s Lexie Lobdell celebrates a point with teammates Mikalia Dowd and Alyssa Jepson, right, against Neuqua Valley.

    Images: Prep Sports Images of the Week
    See some of the best images of the week in high school sports. Daily Herald photographers this week covered cross country, golf, and girls volleyball.

    The Chicago Sky celebrates after defeating the Indiana Fever 75-62 in Game 3 of the WNBA Eastern Conference basketball finals Wednesday in Indianapolis. The Sky to advance to the WNBA Finals.

    Sky headed to WNBA Finals after beating Fever 75-62

    With a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line, Allie Quigley came through when her Chicago Sky teammates needed her the most. Quigley scored 24 points and hit several big shots to help lead the Sky to a 75-62 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. She had 10 of her points in a key second quarter stretch that gave Chicago the lead for good.

    Lance Briggs asked coach Marc Trestman for a personal day months ago and it was granted. Briggs missed Monday's practice to open a restaurant in California.

    Bears' Briggs tackles day off controversy

    Lance Briggs and coach Marc Trestman took turns on Wednesday explaining the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker's absence from practice Monday so that he could attend the grand opening of his restaurant in California. “Over 12 years (with the Bears,) I've poured my heart out on the field every game and every play,” Briggs said. “If you're questioning whether I care more to be there than to be here, my history has always spoken for me.”


    Girls tennis: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Girls volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Girls swimming: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls swimming results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Girls golf: Wednesday’s results
    Results of girls golf meets from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Girls cross country: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school girls cross country results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Boys soccer: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Boys golf: Wednesday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Wednesday, Sept. 3.


    Boys cross country: Wednesday’s results
    Here are high school boys cross country results from Wednesday, Sept. 3.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comJorge Soler of the Chicago Cubs hits an double during the third inning of Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

    Baez, Soler on center stage for Cubs

    With Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo both possibly out for the season, Cub manager Rick Renteria will miss having a lineup with those two all-stars along with Javier Baez and Jorge Soler. Renteria, however, said opportunities will abound for other players.

    St. Edward’s Cecile Rapp, right, hits the ball past South Elgin’s Renee Rush during volleyball action at St. Edward on Wednesday evening.

    Aggressive St. Edward downs South Elgin

    The South Elgin girls volleyball team has an array of talent along its front row, but St. Edward made it difficult for the Storm to pass the ball to those hitters in Wednesday’s nonconference sweep in Elgin. Fueled by a combination of aggressive serving by Samantha Boydston and efficient hitting from players like 6-foot-3 senior outside hitter Cece Rapp (7 kills), talented sophomore Dominique Washington (7 kills) and junior hitter Megan Barth (4 kills), the Green Wave snapped a 9-9 tie in Game 2 to complete a 21-19, 21-13 victory.

    Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    White Sox fall to Twins 11-4

    Kennys Vargas homered for the second consecutive night and Eduardo Nunez had four hits as the Minnesota Twins defeated the White Sox 11-4 on Wednesday.The Twins broke loose for five runs in the fifth inning to break a 3-all tie and set up Trevor May (1-4) for his first major league win. Vargas’ RBI single and Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple did the bulk of the damage for Minnesota.


    Boys golf / Lake County roundup

    Boys golfGrayslake Central d. Hampshire: At Stonewall Orchard, Michael Murdy earned medalist honors, shooting a 40, to lead the host Rams (174) to a 12-stroke victory.Grayslake Central also counted Josh Schneider’s 44 and 45s from Kyle Reynolds and Tommy Triggs.Deerfield d. Evanston: At Deerfield, Jacob Krugman’s even-par 36 paced the host Warriors (161) against the Wildkits (173).


    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Boys soccerWarren 3, Wheaton-Warrenville South 0: At Barrington, Matt Russell had a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils, who led 2-0 at halftime.Alex Fratila and Ivan Esquivel also scored for Warren (2-1-3), while Jack McKearnan and Anthony Castrejon contributed assists. R.J. Hill made 2 saves in earning the shutout.Lake Zurich 3, Crystal Lake South 0: At Barrington, the Bears won to improve to 3-1.Crystal Lake South dropped to 2-2.Grayslake North 2, Grant 1: At Grant, the Knights overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to win the tournament game and improve to 4-1, as senior Fernando Sanchez scored the winning goal off an assist from junior Julian Jimenez with about 15 minutes left.Senior defender Lucas Buckels netted the equalizer with senior Fernando Sanchez earning the assist.“We started the second half a little shaky, but the maturity and character among the group showed through,” Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. “The boys calmed themselves down and began to create some nice goal-scoring chances.”Grant’s Manuel Garcia scored on an assist from Felipe Nolasco in the first half. Bulldogs keeper Nick Heidenthal was credited with 14 saves.


    Meadows advances to semifinals

    Rolling Meadows’ Sal D’Acquisto scored twice in the first 20 minutes to help kick-start a 2-0 victory against Lake Forest on Wednesday, helping propel the Mustangs boys soccer team to the semifinals of the Northside College Showcase.


    Girls volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Girls volleyballLakes d. Deerfield: McKenna Lahr slammed 8 kills and chalked 4 digs, as the Eagles won 25-15, 25-8 in nonconference action.Lakes also got contributions from Izzy Huntington (5 kills, 2 aces), Maddie Demo (15 assists) and Megan Behrendt (2 kills, 13 digs).Highland Park d. Antioch: The Sequoits fell 25-11, 14-25, 25-17, despite Marissa Grant’s 12 assists, 6 kills and 3 blocks.Antioch’s Hannah Haley had 6 kills and 5 blocks.


    Piazzi paces another Libertyville victory

    Maggie Piazzi led a balanced attack, and Libertyville’s girls golf team stayed undefeated Wednesday. Piazzi, a returning junior playing in the No. 4 spot, earned medalist honors with a 41 at Bittersweet Golf Club in leading the Wildcats to a 167 and convincing win over host Warren (198).


    Furlong’s big finish helps Antioch top Grayslake C.

    Thomas Furlong dove head long — and connected. Antioch’s senior midfielder scored with an off-balance diving header for the game-winning goal Wednesday, lifting the host Sequoits to a 3-2 nonconference win over previously unbeaten Grayslake Central.

    Referees delay Batavia's game because of lightning last Friday against Oswego. The teams resumed on Saturday and finished a thriller won 40-38 by the Panthers.

    No shortage of excitement during football’s opening week

    Labor Day weekend included a little bit of everything for everybody.


    New Trier tops Wheeling in Showcase

    Spencer Farina turned the second match of group play in favor of New Trier with a timely strike two minutes before intermission to send the Trevians on their way to a 3-1 victory over Wheeling on Wednesday night in Northfield.


    Olt homers in Cougars’ win

    The visiting Kane County Cougars’ victory Wednesday night reflected the entire season as it displayed solid pitching, clutch hitting and consistent defense in a 7-3 decision over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium.


    St. Viator handles Regina

    St. Viator improved to 5-2 with a 25-12, 26-24 over Regina in a nonconference girls volleyball match on Wednesday in Wilmette.


    Resilient McDonald bounces back for Barrington

    Bailee McDonald is one of the top rebounders for coach Babbi Barreiro’s Barrington girls basketball team. The Fillies senior knows how to rebound in other ways, too. McDonald, who came back from foot surgery earlier this summer, was not exactly thrilled with her score of 50 in a Mid-Suburban League tri-meet last week against Prospect and Palatine at Makray Memorial. How did she rebound? How about a career-best and medalist round of 39 at Rob Roy Golf Course in Prospect Heights on Wednesday afternoon?


    Libertyville, Lakes’ Schardt set winning tone in county meet

    There were a lot of young runners making some pretty huge contributions to their girls cross country teams Wednesday afternoon at the Lake County/Art Campbell Invitational. Led by freshman teammates Melissa Manetsch (fifth) and Avryl Johnson (eighth) Libertyville ran to the championship of the 18-team meet on the 3-mile Lakewood Forest Preserve course 82-91 over runner-up squad Lake Forest. Lakes junior Kortney Schardt was the individual champion in 18:21 as she pulled away from Vernon Hills junior Vivian Overbeck down the final stretch to win by seven seconds.

    Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after winning the first set against Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Serena Williams beats Pennetta, into US Open semis

    After a bad-as-can-be start, dropping the first three games, Serena Williams quickly turned things around and stretched her U.S. Open winning streak to 19 matches to get back to the semifinals.Considered the best server in women’s tennis, the No. 1-seeded Williams was broken twice in a row at the outset Wednesday night, before taking complete control for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

    Larkin quarterback Elijah Hernandez tiptoes in for a score in the first half against McHenry Saturday at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Don’t count Bartlett out over one loss

    Following Saturday’s 17-7 loss to Huntley, Bartlett quarterback Jordan Flint reminded his teammates via Twitter that “85 percent of Bartlett football teams have lost their first game and still made playoffs.” Flint is right. No area team has a better track record of making the playoffs after losing its first game than Bartlett.

    Safety Ryan Mundy is expect to start Sunday for the Bears in their opener against Buffalo.

    Game of musical chairs for Bears at safety

    The ongoing evaluation at safety will go on a little longer for the Bears, who intend to rotate three or four players at the safety positions Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.

    Stevenson’s Sammie Oh runs to victory during the Lake County/Art Campbell Invitational on Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Stevenson’s Oh wins Lake County invite

    The heat was on Wednesday afternoon for area boys cross country runners as 14 teams lined up for the Lake County/Art Campbell Invitational at Lakewood Forest Preserve. When all was said and done, Stevenson senior Sam Oh rolled to first place in 15:29.2, helping the Patriots finish fifth as a team. Barrington held off Grayslake Central 64-76 for top team honors under some pretty balmy running conditions on the 3-mile course while Highland Park outdistanced Mundelein by a narrow 106-109 margin for third place.


    Football Focus: Week 2 Preview
    See this preview of week two of the high school football season.Host Joe Aguilar focuses on the Bison of Fenton, and how they adjust to playing near O'Hare Airport.


    Gavin, Kavanagh power a Prospect win

    Dave Krzepicki, a staff member at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, said recent renovations at the course have made it “in great shape for optimal scoring.” Prospect seniors Grant Gavin and Jack Kavanagh would almost assuredly agree. The Knights teammates both fired 38 Wednesday as Prospect (160) outpointed Buffalo Grove (172) and Conant (173) in an extremely competitive early Mid-Suburban League match.

    Scott Sanders/ssanders@dailyherald.com ¬ Glenbard South varsity football team works out Thursday morning. Running drills

    Lisle savors a Week 1 win

    It’s just fun to listen to Lisle coach Paul Parpet Sr. talk football. “They threw a good, hard punch at us early,” he began summarizing Lisle’s 33-21 opening-night win at Peotone.

    Welington Castillo looks over Starlin Castro, bottom, after Castro injured himself after sliding safely into home plate during the first inning Monday. The Cubs will allow Castro to hope against hope that he can play again this season, but they’ve effectively shut him down for the year after an MRI and X-rays on Castro’s left ankle revealed a high-ankle sprain.

    Castro likely out for season with ankle sprain

    The Cubs won't officially say shortstop Starlin Castro is done for the season, but the all-star likely won't play again until 2015. Castro suffered a high-ankle sprain sliding into home plate in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Brewers.

    FILE - This is a May 20, 2014, file photo showing Chris Kirksey of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. Browns rookie linebacker Kirksey has shrunk _ incredibly. A glitch in the popular Madden 15 video game has reduced Kirksey from a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder to a 14-inch player, running around on the field among giants. (AP Photo/File)

    Browns LB Kirksey shrunk by video game glitch

    Browns rookie Chris Kirksey is the incredible shrinking linebacker.A glitch in the popular Madden 15 video game has reduced Kirksey from a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder to a 14-inch player, running around on the field among giants. Kirksey has always played the video game with his brothers and friends and he’s taken the mistake — and attention he’s gotten from it — in stride.

    Dallas Cowboys practice squad player defensive end Michael Sam (46) jogs on the field during team practice Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Sam’s 2nd chance comes on Dallas practice squad

    Michael Sam waded through a crowd of reporters and was settling in front of yet another bank of cameras when someone asked if this was what it was like in St. Louis.“The heat?” Sam said, drawing laughter from two dozen or so people surrounding him as he stood in front of a large Dallas Cowboys star on a wall just outside the locker room.


    Boomers break franchise record for wins

    The Schaumburg Boomers earned their 60th win of the regular season, rallying past the Normal CornBelters 4-2 on Wednesday to set a team record for wins.


    Boys soccer / Top 20
    St. Charles East, Naperville Central and Benet have the top three spots in the Daily Herald's preseason ranking of the top boys soccer teams.


    NIU women’s basketball to play in Las Vegas

    The Northern Illinois University women’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule includes the program’s first trip to Las Vegas since the 1988-89 season and its first game at a Southeast Conference foe since 1995 when it heads to Missouri.


    Kreps joins UIC men’s basketball staff

    Former UIC Flames basketball star Robo Kreps will join head coach Howard Moore’s staff as a graduate manager.


    Mike North video: Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge
    After being challenged by Tim Doyle, Jen Patterson Boynton and Andy Furman, Mike North takes the ice bucket challenge.


    A CVS pharmacy in Mount Prospect prominently displays a smoking cessation promotion. The company said Wednesday it has ended sales of tobacco products and begun a stop-smoking campaign with the American Lung Association.

    CVS stops tobacco sales as pharmacies jockey for edge

    CVS customers around the suburbs Wednesday started seeing promotions asking, “Ready to quit?” as part of the retailer's new stop-smoking campaign with the American Lung Association after tobacco products were completely removed from CVS shelves. While the Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain led the way to help reduce smoking, other leading health-related retailers remained on the sidelines, including Deerfield-based Walgreens.

    Businessman James Beach, whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette, said he’s embarrassed by the way the confrontation unfolded.

    Recline rancor: Passenger recalls seat dispute

    The businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he’s embarrassed by the way the confrontation unfolded and regrets his behavior. But don’t expect James Beach to stop using the Knee Defender, a $22 gadget that attaches to a passenger’s tray table and prevents the person in front from reclining. He just plans to be nicer about it.

    North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc., the drugmaker spun off from Abbott Laboratories last year, and Google Inc.’s Calico will spend as much as $1.5 billion to tackle age-related diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. See here is AbbVie’s signature drug Humira.

    Google’s health startup forges venture with AbbVie

    Google’s ambitious health startup is teaming up with North Chicago-based biotechnology drugmaker AbbVie in a $500 million joint venture that will try to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

    Demonstrators display a banner that reads, “Short Term Jobs, Unemployment, Precarious, It will Burst,” during a march on June 16 in Paris of part-time and temporary arts workers, striking artists and theater personnel, known as “intermittents,” to protest government plans to reform the unemployment benefits insurance agreement.

    Europe’s job market has strengths the U.S. doesn’t

    Compare unemployment rates, and America’s job market looks much stronger than Europe’s. The U.S. rate for August, being released Friday, is expected to be a near-normal 6.1 percent. In the 18 countries that use the euro currency, by contrast, it’s a collective 11.5 percent. Yet by some measures, Europe is doing better. It’s been more successful in keeping people working, letting the disabled stay on the job and boosting the proportion of women in the workforce.

    Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe’s central bank will provide more support to the flagging region. Seen here is a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday.

    Tech stocks drag Wall Street lower

    The relief that greeted reports of a possible cease fire in Ukraine faded on Wall Street, as a slide in Apple and other technology stocks tugged the U.S. stock market to a small loss Wednesday. News that that Russia and Ukraine were close to reaching a cease-fire agreement rippled through markets early, lifting stocks in Europe and pushing up oil prices. In the U.S., the stock market headed higher at the start of trading then sagged in the afternoon.

    Andrew Madoff

    Andrew Madoff dies of cancer in NYC

    Andrew Madoff, Bernard Madoff’s last surviving son, died of cancer on Wednesday, his lawyer said. Andrew Madoff and his brother, Mark, both worked on a trading desk at Bernie Madoff’s firm, a side of the business that wasn’t directly involved in their father’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

    Arlington Heights resident Peter Cahill, CEO and founder of LifeLine Response, discusses the company's smartphone app that can summon aerial drones to the scene of an attack.

    New app will fly drone to your emergency situation

    The sky is no longer the limit for an Arlington Heights man and his Chicago-based firm which developed and patented a personal security smartphone app. The latest innovation of LifeLine Response founder Peter Cahill and his team is the ability for their app to automatically summon an aerial drone, as well as police, to the scene of an attack or emergency.

    A row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. Chrysler Group LLC reported its best August for U.S. vehicle deliveries in 12 years, while Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. also posted results that surpassed analysts' projections.

    Chrysler leads gains in best. auto-sales monthsSince 2006

    Chrysler Group LLC reported its best August for U.S. vehicle deliveries in 12 years, while Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. also posted results that surpassed analysts' projections. Chrysler sales rose 20 percent, Nissan deliveries rose 12 percent, and Ford's gained 0.4 percent. Chrysler forecast an annualized sales pace for the market in August of 17.4 million, including medium- and heavy-duty trucks that typically account for at least 200,000 annual sales.


    FDA: Little evidence to support testosterone drugs

    The Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are beneficial, though the agency is also unconvinced by recent studies suggesting the hormone carries serious risks.

    French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia’s ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire’s harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea off coast of France. France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow’s actions in neighboring Ukraine,

    France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

    France is suspending the delivery of a hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow’s actions in neighboring Ukraine, President Francois Hollande’s office said Wednesday. The announcement comes a day before the start of a NATO summit and after months of pressure on France from allies to suspend the sale amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

    Amazon.com Inc.’s announcement last week that it would pay $970 million in cash to buy Twitch Interactive Inc., a hugely popular game-streaming service that is just over three years old, marks a key moment for telecommunications policy in the U.S. But the reason might be unexpected.

    Amazon’s plan to storm cable industry’s castle

    Amazon.com Inc.’s announcement last week that it would pay $970 million in cash to buy Twitch Interactive Inc., a hugely popular game-streaming service that is just over three years old, marks a key moment for telecommunications policy in the U.S. But the reason might be unexpected.

    Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars. As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn’t what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo.

    Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries

    As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn’t what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there’s no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy.

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. rose for a third straight week as the lowest interest rate on a 30-year loan in more than a year encouraged Americans to refinance.

    Mortgage applications in U.S. rise for a third straight week

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. rose for a third straight week as the lowest interest rate on a 30-year loan in more than a year encouraged Americans to refinance. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index increased 0.2 percent in the period ended Aug. 29 after a 2.8 percent advance the prior week, the Washington-based trade group reported today.

    Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro (left) has replaced Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez.

    Maduro replaces Venezuela’s longtime oil chief

    President Nicolas Maduro has replaced Venezuela’s longtime oil boss and economic czar, sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for pragmatic reforms to tackle a deep economic crisis. Rafael Ramirez had served as oil minister and president of the state-run oil giant PDVSA for more than a decade, earning a reputation as a loyal servant of the late Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution.

    DJ Lee Executive Vice President of Samsung presents a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 during his keynote at an unpacked event of Samsung ahead of the consumer electronic fair IFA in Berlin, Wednesday.

    Samsung unveils new phone with side display

    Samsung’s new smartphones aren’t getting bigger, but one will have a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps. The Galaxy Note Edge was announced at a trade show in Berlin on Wednesday, alongside the new Galaxy Note 4 phone, which lacks the side screen, and a virtual-reality headset called Gear VR.

    Lisle-based Navistar International Corporation has announced a third quarter 2014 net loss of $2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a third quarter 2013 net loss of $247 million, or $3.06 per diluted share.

    Navistar reports third quarter results

    Lisle-based Navistar International Corporation has announced a third quarter 2014 net loss of $2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to a third quarter 2013 net loss of $247 million, or $3.06 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $2.8 billion, essentially flat versus the third quarter of 2013.

    Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in Gotham

    Netflix snags deal for ‘Gotham’ television series

    Netflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series “Gotham” worldwide following its first season. The highly anticipated show, which will start its initial season on Fox on Sept. 22, occurs in Gotham City and depicts an orphaned Bruce Wayne and future Commissioner James Gordon. Stars include Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith.


    Dollar hasn’t heard it’s alright to fight the Fed

    The U.S. government bond market has allegedly unshackled itself from the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve and is instead at the benign mercy of the European Central Bank. If that’s true, no-one told the U.S. dollar.

    AT&T Inc. and DirecTV, banking on becoming the new owners of Houston Regional Sports Network LP, don’t want to give Comcast Corp. information about their deal with two professional sports teams to buy the network.

    Comcast wants network papers from AT&T, DirecTV

    AT&T Inc. and DirecTV, banking on becoming the new owners of Houston Regional Sports Network LP, don’t want to give Comcast Corp. information about their deal with two professional sports teams to buy the network.

    Chrysler says its U.S. sales last month rose 20 percent over a year ago for its best August in 12 years.

    Chrysler August U.S. sales up 20 percent

    Chrysler says its U.S. sales last month rose 20 percent over a year ago for its best August in 12 years. The numbers are a sign of a strong month as dealers sell off 2014 models to make room for new ones.

Life & Entertainment

    Collette Amabile blends fresh mint, coconut milk and lime juice into a refreshing Mom-to-be Mojito Smoothie.

    Mom-To-Be Mojito Smoothie
    Collette Amabile adds basil and mint to her Mom-to-be Mojito.

    Collette Amabile blended anchovies with basil to come up with a pesto for a shrimp salad. She serves it with a virgin mojito smoothie.

    BAM! (Basil-Anchovy-Mint) Pesto
    Collette Amabile serves her virgin mojito smoothie with her shrimp salad.

    Garth Brooks begins his stretch of 11 concerts at 7:30 Thursday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Tickets still available for Garth Brooks’ Rosemont shows

    Country superstar couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood begin their stretch of 11 concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, and cheap tickets are still available.

    Tara Riley of Arlington Heights

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Garden bounty inspires mystery basket ideas

    This summer tomato plants have taken over my small garden plot. I love a good BLT sandwich and, as I gathered the ingredients to make yet another one, I started thinking ... What else could I do with bacon, lettuce and tomato? Then it hit me: I was looking at mystery ingredients for the first Cook of the Week Challenge recipe matchup. It didn't stop there. Another pairing used Pure Leaf Peach Tea, pork ribs, apricots and radishes. So, how did the first week go?

    Volunteers help the Young Hearts for Life screenings at area high schools, such as this screening at Benet Academy in Lisle in 2013.

    Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives

    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

    Joan Rivers’ family says she is “being kept comfortable” in the hospital.

    Family: Ailing Rivers being ‘kept comfortable’

    Joan Rivers’ family says the comedian has been moved from intensive care into a private room, where she is “being kept comfortable.” No further details were released Wednesday on Rivers’ condition. On Tuesday, the family confirmed she was on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after going into cardiac arrest last Thursday.

    Courtesy of Christine PalumboA compartmentalized lunch box featuring cubed feta cheese and fresh grapes.

    Thinking inside the box makes lunches healthier

    Even though she’s only 10 years old, Brianna Yu is already health conscious of what she eats. When she brings a lunch to school, she packs it in a compartmentalized lunch box that’s designed to remind children of the basic food groups.

    Miranda Lambert garnered nine nominations for the 48th CMA Awards.

    Miranda Lambert has record-tying 9 CMA nominations

    Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations. Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th CMA Awards. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.

    Jamie Andrade of Elk Grove Village

    Round 1, challenge 1: BLT with tomatoes from Whole Foods Market, plus no more than six ingredients
    Tara Riley and Jamie Andrade take on bacon, lettuce and tomatoes in the Round 1, Challenge 1 of the Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Jamie Andrade took traditional BLT ingredients and turned them into a Southern-touched salad of fried green tomatoes and bacon aioli.

    Fried Green Tomatoes with Tomato Bacon Aioli
    Jamie Andrade pairs fried green tomatoes with a baconny aoli and microgreens for her take on a BLT.

    Joan Huenecke of Palatine created barbecue sauce from peach tea and apricot spread. A peach tea vinaigrette dresses her radish salad. She serves it with corn dusted with parmesan cheese.

    Round 1, Challenge 2: Pure Leaf Peach Sweet Tea, pork ribs, apricots and radishes
    Cook of the Week Challenge contestants Joan Huenecke and Pam Larson work magic with Pure Leaf Peach Sweet Tea, pork ribs, apricots and radishes.

    “NCIS” star Mark Harmon is one of the celebrities participating in “Stand Up to Cancer,” airing on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

    Stars 'Stand Up to Cancer' again

    Numerous celebrities have stood up for a certain cause, and Mark Harmon intends to be among them again. The star of CBS' typically top-rated drama “NCIS” joins other celebrities for “Stand Up to Cancer,” which will be simulcast by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. “I really don't know anybody who hasn't been affected by cancer one way or another, and this is a group that has worked really hard to accelerate research and awareness," Harmon said.

    Food Editor Deborah Pankey wears orange to support Northern Illinois Food Bank's Hunger Action Day on Sept. 4.

    From the Food Editor: Taking up the fight against hunger

    Next time you're at the grocery store, the mall, your child's football game, take a look around and consider this: one of the people you walk passed will go to bed hungry. The Northern Illinois Food Bank and food banks across the country ask people and businesses to “Go Orange” on Thursday, Sept. 4, to generate awareness of hunger in our communities.

    The trick to chopping the beef for your own burgers is to cut it into 1-inch chunks, then freeze it for about 15 minutes until it is just firm. These partially frozen chunks chop perfectly in the processor without becoming overworked.

    Chopping your own meat yields best burgers ever

    I'm not going to tell you how to dress your burger. I'm not going to tell you what sort of bun to put your burger on. I'm not really even going to tell you very much about how to cook your burger. But I am going to tell you how to make the best burger. Ever. It starts with sirloin tips.

    Pam Larson of Mundelein turned apricots and peach tea into a chutney for ribs and added radishes to a slaw to accompany the meat.

    Apricot Chutney Ribs with Radish/Broccoli Slaw
    Pam Larson of Mundelein turned apricots and peach tea into a chutney for ribs and added radishes to a slaw to accompany the meat.

    Tara Riley partnered tomatoes from Whole Foods Market with vegetables from her garden and Fontina cheese to make a BLT pizza.

    Tara’s BLT Pizza
    Tara Riley turns bacon, lettuce and tomato into a pizza that can be cooked in the oven or on the grill.

    Joan Huenecke of Palatine created barbecue sauce from peach tea and apricot spread. A peach tea vinaigrette dresses her radish salad. She serves it with corn dusted with parmesan cheese.

    Peach Flavored Sweet Tea and Apricot Ribs
    Joan Huenecke of Palatine created barbecue sauce from peach tea and apricot spread.

    The trick to chopping the beef for your own burgers is to cut it into 1-inch chunks, then freeze it for about 15 minutes until it is just firm. These partially frozen chunks chop perfectly in the processor without becoming overworked.

    Super Savory Chop-Your-Own Burgers
    Grinding meat for your own burgers is easier than you think.


    Siblings speak up with advice for parents

    As parents we know that every child is different. No two are alike, even if they are siblings. We hopefully treat them fairly and give each one the support they need. But what happens when one child needs significantly more time, attention and energy because of a special need?

    Justin Anderson demonstrates his marble run.

    Building your own marble run is fun, and low-cost

    My family is fascinated with marble runs and the like. The last time we went to the DuPage Children’s Museum, we watched their kinetic ball sculpture — which looks like a complicated marble run — for a good 20 minutes. There’s something magical in the science behind such seemingly simple engineering, and so many concepts to be explored while building your own contraptions.

    Garlic chives thrive best in full sun and moderately rich soil.

    Garlic chives: Ornamental, tasty, sometimes weedy

    Is it a weed or a garden plant? Garlic chives are among those plants — paulownia tree, Jerusalem artichoke, mint and anise hyssop are others — that can parade under either guise.

    Dave Wakeling and the English Beat will perform in the suburbs this weekend.

    Music Notes: Veteran U.K. punks to perform in suburbs

    The Members, a veteran U.K. punk band that is touring the U.S. for the first time in decades, will make a stop in Lombard this weekend. Meanwhile, another beloved band from the punk era, the English Beat, will perform at two shows in Evanston.

    Another example of a pregnancy workout is arm curls while sitting on a stability ball: Keep palms facing forward, with eight- to 10-pound dumbbells in each hand. Lift the weight toward your shoulders, with the elbows tucked to the sides. Exhale as you bring the weights up on a count of three. Then bring the weights back down with the same count of three. Repeat for three rounds of 10 to 12 repetitions.

    No need for that pregnant pause

    If you’re a mom-to-be bent on keeping up your workout routine, the trick is to consult your doctor, know your limit and have a plan for each trimester.

    Ballet instructor Joana Machado instructs young girls at her House of Dreams dance studio in Crackland, one of the roughest neighborhoods of downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. “We see all kinds of stories here. From girls who haven’t showered in days, who don’t know how to brush their teeth, who are locked inside their homes all day,” said Machado. “I feel always responsible for their lives, always worried about what may happen.”

    Girls from Brazil’s favelas find escape in ballet

    Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Twice a week, more than 20 girls, ages 5 through 12, board a Volkswagen van for a 10-minute ride to class, where they put on pink or black tights and ballet shoes donated by a dancewear store.

    Tank, “Stronger”

    R&B singer Tank unbalanced on ‘Stronger’

    Tank made a mark in R&B over the years for earnestly pouring his heart out on ballads such as “Maybe I Deserve” and “Please Don’t Go,” as well as writing songs for Jamie Foxx, Aaliyah and others. Showing passion is Tank’s strong suit, but the singer lacks some of that fervor on his latest release, “Stronger.”



    Editorial: Goal should be openness without censure

    Elected officials should be open, transparent and effective with the public and their fellow board members, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Illinois’ untaxed pensions not fair
    An Inverness letter to the editor: One the ads in Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election campaign shows a lady saying that there’s “no way” she would vote for Bruce Rauner because he paid a lower effective federal income tax rate on his $53 million income than she paid on what we’re to assume was her more modest income. In Mr. Rauner’s case, that totaled taxes of $10.1 million, or 19 percent.


    Church must be more transparent
    A Cary letter to the editor: I am so glad to have seen your Aug. 24 editorial regarding the reinstitution of Joseph Wilk, a priest in Schaumburg. Often we who work for the cause of survivors of abuse get very frustrated with the limited coverage from the Chicago media, but our hats are off to you for bringing additional attention to what the Archdiocese of Chicago has done and failed to do.


    No solutions offered, only complaints
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In a recent speech at the Illinois State Fair to more than 1,000 Democrats, Rep. Tammy Duckworth compared companies that are moving their headquarters to other countries to soldiers who abandon their posts, calling them deserters.


    Race didn’t matter in JRW achievement
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his memorable “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It included his dream that “one day little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.” Still, on Aug. 28, your newspaper reporting on the Little League United States Champion referred to the Jackie Robinson West team as the “all-black team” from Chicago.


    Elgin must get serious about 2015 budget
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Again on Aug. 13, the Elgin City Council bent over and folded their cards approving the GVC proposed lease agreement changes.


    Look at democracy in Mideast with vigilant cynicism

    Columnist Richard Cohen: America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. Today, that new life looks depressingly like the old one.


    Chilling statistics belie short-term economic optimism

    Columnist Dana Milbank: On my first day back in Washington, the Congressional Budget Office threw cold water on my tranquillity. Its semiannual report on the federal government’s fiscal health was downright bone-chilling.


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