Daily Archive : Thursday September 4, 2014


    From left, Assistant Village Manager David Strahl, Trustee A. John Korn, Trustee John Matuszak, Trustee Steven Polit and Trustee Richard Rogers view Levee 37 flood prevention work in Prospect Heights.

    Flood control projects in Prospect Hts., Wheeling nearly done

    The Levee 37 project along the Des Plaines River and the basins and pumping station at Heritage Park in Wheeling near Buffalo Creek promise to go a long way toward mitigating a constant source of irritation for Mount Prospect residents who live near the river. On Tuesday, some village board members joined staff to examine progress on both projects, which are expected to be completed by the end of...

    Kim Phan

    Carol Stream woman held in West Chicago hit and run

    A Carol Stream woman is being held in DuPage County Jail on $35,000 bail, accused of hitting a pedestrian with her car and leaving late Wednesday near West Chicago.Kim H. Phan, 57, of the 700 block of Carol Stream is charged with felony failure to report an accident involving personal injury.


    Man wants Zimbabwe’s president deposed for defense

    Lawyers for a Chicago man accused of illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers say Zimbabwe’s president should be deposed for his defense. C. Gregory Turner wants a federal judge to order Robert Mugabe to give videotaped evidence supporting his defense against charges he lobbied lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe’s president and other regime members.

    Roy Leonard

    Chicago broadcasting legend Roy Leonard dies

    Roy Leonard, the beloved radio broadcaster and host of WGN-TV’s “Family Classics,” died Thursday night, according to WGN’s Dean Richards. “I can’t believe reporting this (sic). WGN legend Roy Leonard has died," Richards wrote Thursday night on Facebook.

    Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.

    Garth Brooks hits the stage in Rosemont

    Garth Brooks spoke to fans and reporters before kicking off 11 shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont in his first return to the Chicago area in 17 years. “It's been, like, 1,000 years,” he said. Fans quickly snatched up tickets for the Grammy winner's 11 Rosemont shows, though some remain available on Ticketmaster.com and other sites.

    A student uses the 'Aakash' tablet computer to search the Google Web page during a news conference in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. India plans to sell tablet computers operating on Google Inc.'s Android system for students for as low as 1,100 rupees ($22) as Asia's third-biggest economy aims to boost usage of computers. Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

    Dist. 158 parents worry kids can access porn on tablets

    Parents came to the Huntley-Algonquin School District 158 board meeting Thursday to express frustration after they say their children were able to access pornographic images on school district-issued computer devices. “I saw completely inappropriate, obscene images, and then some,” parent Jennifer Kinney told the school board.


    Three shot during Aurora restaurant robbery

    Three people were shot Thursday night during an attempted armed robbery at a KFC restaurant in Aurora, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m. at 1350 E. New York St., police said.

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District's former headquarters along Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville was engulfed in flames Thursday. Firefighters from Libertyville, Mundelein, Gurnee, Countryside, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Round Lake and others battled the blaze throughout the afternoon.

    Fire engulfs former Lake County forest district HQ

    Two days before it was scheduled to be demolished, the Lake County Forest Preserve District's former headquarters in Libertyville was engulfed in flames Thursday afternoon. “It was supposed to happen anyway,” said Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani. “It just happened a little bit earlier.”

    Mundelein Elementary District 75 teachers and supporters on Wednesday evening walked from Carl Sandburg Middle School to the district office on Route 45 in support of the negotiating team. Contract talks between the school board and teachers may be nearing a conclusion.

    Progress cited in contract talks for Mundelein District 75 teachers

    Teachers and officials in Mundelein Elementary District 75 say they are close to a contract agreement. Talks have been ongoing since the beginning of the year and in June were referred to mediation. The contract ended June 30. "We hope to come to an agreement soon," said school board member Wells Frice.

    Holes and slashe are visible in this kayak bottom that, according to agency experts, were made Wednesday by the bite of a great white shark off the coast of Plymouth, Mass.

    Shark attack petrifies Massachusetts kayakers

    A pleasant trip by two Massachusetts kayakers to check out some cute seals turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark.

    Unmarked Military vehicles burn near the village of Berezove, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, after a clash between pro-government troops and Russian-backed separatist militia. Separatist rebels have made major strides in their offensive against Ukrainian government forces in recent days, drawing on what Ukraine and NATO says is ample support from the Russian military.

    Ukraine’s leader: Careful optimism on peace talks

    Ukraine’s president expressed “careful optimism” Thursday that a peace deal could be reached with Russian-backed separatists at their upcoming talks, even as he and NATO leaders agreed that Moscow should be punished for its role in the insurgency. President Petro Poroshenko said he was ready to order a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine if a deal is signed at scheduled talks...

    President Barack Obama, fourth from left, is seated at a table with, from left to right: France’s President Francois Hollande, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, as they discuss Ukraine at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seated at rear left.

    U.S. and UK seek partners to go after Islamic State

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed fellow NATO leaders Thursday to confront the “brutal and poisonous” Islamic State militant group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria — and urged regional partners like Jordan and Turkey to join the effort as well.

    Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit, from citizens or the federal government. The Los Angeles Police Department agreed to set up their $33 million early warning systems after the so-called Rampart scandal in which an elite anti-gang unit was found to have beaten and framed suspected gang members. The system was then implemented in 2007.

    Departments use technology to ID troubled officers

    Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such “early warning systems” are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or —...

    Ferguson Police Capt. D. McBride orders protesters back to the sidewalk at a demonstration in front of the police station in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 30, for Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer three weeks earlier. Protesters ignored his order, instead moving further up the driveway.

    A closer look at the Ferguson Police Department

    Many Ferguson residents say the federal intervention announced Thursday is long overdue, citing long-held suspicions about racial profiling and police brutality. Their complaints are shared by others in the predominantly black inner suburbs of St. Louis known collectively as North County. Here’s a closer look at Ferguson, its neighbors and small-town police work in the shadow of a major...

    Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Florrissant, Mo., Aug. 20. The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

    Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe

    The Justice Department launched a broad investigation Thursday into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. The investigation, which goes beyond an existing federal probe into the Aug. 9 shooting, will look for patterns of discrimination within the predominantly white department and focus on how...

    Health worker’s spray each other with disinfectant chemicals after they worked with a suspected Ebola virus death in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday.

    U.S. to provide $75 million to expand Ebola care centers

    The American aid agency announced Thursday it would donate $75 million to fund 1,000 more beds in Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and buy 130,000 more protective suits for health care workers. West Africa’s struggling health systems have buckled under the pressure of an Ebola outbreak that has already killed about 1,900 people.


    Riopell: Democrat calls Rauner ‘carnival barker’ over tax plan

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released another ad this week aimed at the suburbs and touting his plan to freeze property taxes. Former Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan responded on behalf of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, calling Rauner a “carnival barker” and arguing the Winnetka businessman’s vague plans are "impossible to do."

    Saying goodbye to Metra’s former chief Alex Clifford has cost about $1.3 million.

    Metra spent $1.3 million to oust former chief Alex Clifford

    The hot-button separation agreement with Metra's ex-CEO Alex Clifford comes to about $1.3 million, the agency revealed today. About half is salary and benfits but another half went to lawyers and consultants. Clifford exited in 2013 amid a patronage scandal that brought down two former board chairman.


    Opponents of Batavia industrial plan to city: Start over, you missed deadline

    Batavians opposed to building the Prairie Commons industrial park on the east side of Kirk Road, across from their homes, say the city has to start the approval process again, as the city council missed a deadline for voting on a recommendation. The group has also hired a lawyer, and is investigating city records about the matter.

    The exterior of this 1891 home is the epitome of the Queen Anne style. The interior is an eclectic blend of old house charm and new house living. The house has a personality unto itself. Peek into the old horse barn behind the house and imagine life before the automobile.

    Art meets history in Elgin’s annual House Tour

    Now in its 33rd year, the annual Historic Elgin House Tour is an opportunity to experience firsthand just a few of the reasons why Elgin was named “Best Place to Buy an Old House” in 2009 by This Old House magazine. The tour is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and features six homes located along Elgin’s prestigious Douglas Avenue.

    Jose A. Resendez

    Two men arrested after shooting in Carpentersville

    Two men were charged in connection to a shooting that took place early Sunday in Carpentersville. Christopher T. Abellan, 27, of the 300 block of Crystal Street, Cary, was charged with attempted murder while Jose A. Resendez, 26, of the 800 block of Doral Drive in Marengo, was charged with aggravated battery of a firearm, court records show.


    Tour of Arlington Hts. bike ride on Saturday

    Rotary Club will be hosting its first Tour d’Arlington bike ride through the streets of town on Saturday. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be donation boxes to collect money for polio eradication, a major Rotary cause.

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

    Workers at Juno Lighting Group in Des Plaines on strike for second day

    Workers at Juno Lighting Group in Des Plaines remained on the picket lines for a second day Thursday in their protest for higher wages. “We want some respect, some dignity," said Malaquias Gutierrez, one of the workers on the picket lines Thursday. "They’re giving us a raise that is not enough for the cost of living. It’s a misery what they’re trying to offer us as a...

    People walk outside the Taj Mahal hotel, which was one of the targets of the 2008 terror attacks by a small group of Pakistani militants in Mumbai, India, Thursday. At least three Indian states with large Muslim populations have been put on alert in the wake of a video release where the leader of Al-Qaida says the terrorist group has expanded into India.

    Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

    Promising to “storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder,” al-Qaida announced Thursday it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent. The announcement by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri brought few signs of increased security in India even after the government ordered states to be on alert. Instead,...

    A trained crash driver and a mannequin on a motorcycle stage a crash test Thursday as part of a training exercise for the Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County at the former Lake County fairgrounds in Grayslake. Police from throughout the suburbs participated.

    Cars crash, metal crunches and tears -- but it’s all in the name of police training in Lake County

    A specially trained police team staged four automobile crashes Thursday in Grayslake as part of a training exercise for suburban investigators.

    Rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, wave its brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at Taftanaz air base in Idlib province, northern Syria.

    Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaida on doorstep

    For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaida fighters are hunkered down on Israel’s doorstep, and Israelis in the lush, hilly Golan Heights who have long considered Syrian President Bashar Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous — that they could become the militants’ next target.

    It was smooth sailing for vehicles using the new Route 31/Algonquin Bypass after it opened Thursday.

    Algonquin Bypass now open to all

    The Route 31/Algonquin Bypass opened Thursday. The roadway takes motorist to the west of downtown. Few motorists took advantage of the new route early in the day, but the road should see an increase in traffic as word gets out about the opening.

    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel said, “We wanted to create a bipartisan proposal that does take advantage of some Republican ideas and is cognizant of Democratic concerns, and use it to transform the whole delivery system.”

    Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs

    Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let states take the lead in controlling health costs. Individual states would set their own targets to curb the growth of health care spending. If they succeed, they’d pocket a share of federal Medicare and Medicaid savings, ranging from tens of millions to $1 billion or...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Several police depatments have reported results of their Labor Day holiday traffic crackdowns. Elk Grove Village Police, for example, conducted increased traffic enforcement Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, making 269 traffic stops and finding 367 seat belt violations.

    The website for HealthCare.gov apparently was hacked, but the Obama administration said no public information was taken.

    Hackers break into HealthCare.gov

    Hackers successfully breached HealthCare.gov, but no consumer information was taken from the health insurance website that serves more than 5 million Americans, the Obama administration disclosed Thursday. Instead, the hackers installed malicious software that could have been used to launch an attack on other websites from the federal insurance portal.


    Citizens police academy:

    The Lake County sheriff’s office is accepting applications for a citizens police academy.


    Hawthorn Woods family fest:

    Hawthorn Woods residents are invited to attend the annual Hawthorn Woods Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Aquatic Center.


    Gurnee Sept. 11 remembrance:

    Exchange Club of Gurnee will host an annual Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony Sunday at Viking Park bandshell on Old Grand Avenue.


    ‘Fill the Drums’ event:

    Woodland Elementary District 50’s Middle School Marching Wildcats band will join forces with the Warren Township High School Marching Blue Devils and the Viking Middle School band to perform their marching routine in exhibition style at 7 p.m., Sept. 9.

    Bryson T. Crenshaw

    18-year sentence for 2011 shooting in Carpentersville

    A Carpentersville man was sentenced to 18 year in prison Thursday after admitting to shooting a man in 2011 that he mistakenly believed was in a rival gang. Bryson T. Crenshaw, 24, faced up to 30 years in prison for attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He also was ordered to pay $6,000 restitution for the victim's medical expenses.

    This is the gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma investigators released a report Thursday into the flawed execution of Clayton Lockett, who gasped and writhed on a gurney as it took 43 minutes for him to die.

    Oklahoma report: Executioners need more training

    Oklahoma turned to a 15-year physician and a medical technician with 40 years’ experience to put Clayton Lockett to death, yet his execution still went awry. Now, investigators are recommending more training for executioners, blaming Lockett’s flawed, lengthy lethal injection on April 29 on poor placement of intravenous lines and a warden’s decision that modesty was more...

    Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges and school board President Jackie Romberg said a proposal to install cellphone towers at two junior high schools is off the table.

    No cell towers at Dist. 203 schools

    Cellphone towers will not be coming to the properties of two junior high schools in Naperville Unit District 203 any time soon. A proposal from AT&T to install towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs is off the table, officials said Thursday. “Our superintendent will always bring alternative revenue sources to the board that he thinks are viable for our community, but at this point in...

    A Georgia grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children, on Thursday, showing prosecutors believe he intentionally left his son in a hot car to die.

    Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder

    More than two months after his son’s death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday. A Cobb County grand jury indicted Justin Ross Harris on multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates that...

    ASSOCIATED PRESS 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.

    Stolen photos of stars find ‘safe harbor’ online

    Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. The Internet would be less sleazy, but pre-screening more content might also mute its role as a megaphone for exposing abuses in government, big companies and other powerful institutions.


    Township officials host residents, visiting agencies

    An open house for residents is scheduled Saturday at Elgin Township offices on McLean Boulevard.


    Schaumburg student receives NLEAFCF scholarship

    Danielle Perri, of Schaumburg, is one of 23 recipients nationally of The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation Scholarship. Perri's father, Joseph, was permanently injured in the performance of his duties as a Schaumburg police officer in January 2000.

    Some members of the Barrington High School Special Olympics sports teams, including student athletes, head coaches and peer coaches, pose for a photo during a Barrington Area Unit District 220 school board meeting at Barrington High School Tuesday night.

    Barrington Dist. 220 Special Olympics team honored

    Some members of the Barrington High School Special Olympics track and field, basketball and soccer teams were honored at this week’s meeting of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 school board. The after-school program has been growing steadily since it was introduced by Shandra Nosal, who started the track and field team six years ago.


    Northwest suburban high schools make Daily Beast list

    Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools have been named to The Daily Beast’s list of top high schools for 2014.

    The Schaumburg Park District’s new dog park, scheduled to open Oct. 1, has inspired the concern of a nearby Hoffman Estates resident over the safety of its water feature for both pets and people. The pond will be encircled by a fence before opening day.

    Hoffman Estates resident questions dog park pond's safety

    A Hoffman Estates resident with a public safety background is questioning the use of a detention pond for dogs to swim in at a Schaumburg dog park scheduled to open Oct. 1. Marc Kovitz said the depth, water quality and lack of monitoring make it a hazard to both pets and people. “I just believe why take the risk?” Kovitz said.

    Joan Rivers, second from left, in 1961 with her Second City troop.

    Images: Joan Rivers Through the Years
    Images of the television and comic personality Joan Rivers, who passed away Thursday. Perhaps the self-deprecating humorist is best known for her appearances on late-night television, but in recent years made personal appearances and collaborated with her daughter Melissa on various projects.

    Jennifer Nere

    New trial denied in Wheaton heroin overdose death

    A Summit woman found guilty last month of supplying her friend with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012 in Wheaton now faces between six and 30 years in prison.DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin Thursday denied Jennifer Nere’s attorney’s request for a new trial and scheduled Nere’s sentencing for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15.

    Ronald J. Brainer

    Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to home invasion, attempted arson

    A 22-year-old Hoffman Estates man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a home invasion in January in Elgin and to attempted arson in Hoffman Estates in December. In exchange for his guilty plea, Ronald J. Brainer was sentenced to six years in prison, court recrods show.

    Rodney W. Boyette

    Elgin man gets 7 years prison for Kane area robberies

    A 51-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Subway in Carpentersville last November. Rodney W. Boyette, who also was charged with armed robberies in North Aurora, South Elgin and St. Charles, also must pay restitution.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Vinyl records, a flat-screen TV, Wii gaming system, laptop computer, 10 swords, a hunting knife, rifle, shotgun and a bottle of vodka were stolen between 7 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. Aug. 29 from a home on the 43W900 block of Base Line Road near Sugar Grove after someone broke the glass doors on the porch to gain entry, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Melissa Rivers announced Thursday that her mother, Joan Rivers, died Thursday in New York. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.

    Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

    Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at...


    Suburban doctor pleads guilty to drug, fraud charges

    Suburban doctor Sathish N. Babu pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing narcotics and falsely billing Medicare for services he didn't provide. Babu, 47, of Bolingbrook, operated a home-visiting physician's office in Arlington Heights and Darien.

    Erin Nwachukwu, right, hugs her friend Yosef Smith during orientation day at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. Nwachukwu, 16, says it’s been difficult for her generation to keep the faith through multiple political scandals, a recession and various shootings — including the recent shooting of a young man in Ferguson, Missouri. “We need more people who are setting a good example,” she says.

    Study: Millennials less trusting than Gen X was

    They’re often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they’re still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today’s youth are often more skeptical of the country’s institutions than the young generations that preceded them. The Millennials also are as mistrusting of other people as the gloomy “slackers”...

    Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara works in a lab near vertebrae from a Dreadnaughtus schrani at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Scientists hope the immense dinosaur from Patagonia will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

    Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

    Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur — a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants — have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or “fearing nothing.” Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

    Doctors from Cook County’s Stroger Hospital in Chicago and medical personnel from the U.S. Navy check out a patient in the trauma unit at the hospital. A program launched in late spring has Navy doctors, nurses and medics training at the hospital because patients arriving there often have the same types of wounds that are common in combat.

    Stroger Hospital trains Navy doctors for battle

    The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan. Although the wounded man lay in a modern American hospital, saving his life would be no different than caring for a soldier wounded by a bomb...

    Hundreds of dogs and their owners are expected to attend Dog Days of Dundee at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

    Bring your four-legged friend to Dog Days of Dundee

    Dogs and cats are a part of the family, and they’re invited to a get-together in the park. Dog Days of Dundee is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Admission is free.


    Bond denied for 71-year-old suspect in 1992 murder

    Bond was denied today for a man charged with strangling a 15-year-old boy and dumping his body in a Skokie Cook County Forest Preserve more than 20 years ago. Robert Serritella, 71, was charged with the 1992 murder of David Chereck, following a lengthy joint investigation by the Cold Case units of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police...

    Associated Press Donald Hoffman has been charged with aggravated murder Thursday in the slayings of four men who were found in separate homes earlier this week.

    Ohio man charged with killing 4 in different homes

    An Ohio man was charged with aggravated murder Thursday in the slayings of four men who were found in separate homes earlier this week. Donald Hoffman has been in custody since Tuesday, when police say he walked into the department alone and provided officers with information that led to two of the bodies. Two others had been found a day earlier.

    While construction will start next month, another $50,000 must be raised to fully fund the planned Veterans Memorial at Depot Park in Roselle.

    Work poised to start on Roselle Veterans Memorial

    While additional fundraising is needed, the group working to bring a Veterans Memorial to downtown Roselle is moving ahead with plans to break ground next month.

    Frank D. Brandle

    Carol Stream man accused of throwing woman to ground in Naperville

    A Carol Stream man is facing charges of battery and disorderly conduct after he is accused of throwing a woman to the ground in downtown Naperville, authorities said. Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said Frank D. Brandle, 23, also yelled “obscene, offensive and sexually explicit comments” at the woman, whom he encountered about 1 a.m. Sunday near Jackson Avenue and Main Street.

    Artis Senior Living hopes to open a one-story, 72-unit memory care facility on Route 59 in Bartlett.

    Bartlett considers memory care facility on Route 59

    Artis Senior Living wants to build a memory care facility on half of a 10-acre site in Bartlett. After trustees grilled developers about the fate of the other half, Artis representatives have presented a list of nearly a dozen desirable neighbors, including retailers, offices and single-family homes.

    Nicole Kneeland-Woods hands St. Charles 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis a hard hat and shovel Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for The Quad in St. Charles.

    St. Charles breaks ground on upgraded mall

    Groundbreaking for infrastructure upgrades at the former Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles is bringing new hope for business owners on the east side of town. City officials joined with mall ownership for the first visible phase of work to transform the mall into The Quad Wednesday afternoon.


    Israel to remove disputed footbridge in Jerusalem

    Israel has agreed to dismantle a wooden footbridge at a Jerusalem holy site that is at the heart of a key Mideast dispute, a senior Israeli official said Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the footbridge between the Western Wall and the religiously sensitive Temple Mount taken down, the official told The Associated Press.


    Disturbance at detention center where 32 escaped

    A violent disturbance broke out involving more than 20 teens at the same Nashville juvenile detention center where more than 30 escaped earlier this week. About 28 teens — some of whom had also escaped during Monday’s massive breakout — were involved in the latest incident that began Wednesday night, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson...


    Former Chicago officer gets 15 months in prison

    A former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for extorting a tow truck driver and selling guns to a convicted felon.


    Illinois police investigate fatal hit-and-run

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Illinois State Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist dead in Granite City.Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said Wednesday the police have identified a person of interest in the Aug. 28 crash that killed 54-year-old cyclist Richard Thomas. Authorities say he died of his injuries in a St. Louis hospital the next day.


    Jimmy Carter to speak at Illinois College

    JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak next month at a liberal arts college in central Illinois. The (Springfield) State Register-Journal (http://bit.ly/1uB6tPL) reports the former president will be on campus at Illinois College on Oct. 14. A spokesman for the Jacksonville-based school, Todd Spann, says details of Carter’s visit will be worked out later.


    Arizona man waives hearing in half-brother’s death

    PITTSFIELD, Ill. — An Arizona man accused of stabbing his half-brother to death in western Illinois has waived a preliminary hearing.The Quincy Herald-Whig reports 28-year-old Joseph M. Coffman of Fort McDowell, Arizona, waived the scheduled hearing Wednesday in Pike County.He has not entered a plea and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 23.


    Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

    INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he’s getting his own Internet radio talk show.White announced Wednesday that he would begin doing a weekly show Sept. 17 on the Indiana Talks network. His radio show comes after White started a blog last month.


    Designer purse costs solid waste official his job

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — A northern Indiana solid waste board has ended its longtime executive director’s contract following accusations he misled the board about a designer purse he purchased for a subordinate.


    Indiana Legion dedicates new headquarters Sunday

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s largest veterans organization is moving its state headquarters after 88 years in its current downtown Indianapolis location.


    Man arrested in death of his infant daughter

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man faces preliminary murder and neglect charges stemming from his 3-month-old daughter’s death from traumatic head and leg injuries.Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Schafer was arrested Wednesday after an autopsy showed his daughter died from blunt-force trauma injuries and her death was ruled a homicide.


    Budget shortfall postpones Wisconsin Army National Guard drills

    MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of Wisconsin Army National Guard members won’t be participating in drills this weekend, as they have traditionally done the first weekend of September.


    Fast-food workers in Milwaukee join wage protest

    MILWAUKEE — Several dozen fast-food workers in Milwaukee have gathered in the rain in the latest demonstration for a higher wage. The employees Thursday joined hundreds of workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco bell and other fast-food chains who are expected to walk off their jobs nationwide to support an hourly wage of at least $15.


    Dawn patrol: Officer on leave for Facebook comments; Fatal crash

    Elgin officer on leave, Facebook comments under investigation. Motorcyclist killed, passenger seriously injured in Aurora crash. Hoffman Estates man upset after being intentionally crashed into. Lawmakers want O’Hare noise standards reviewed sooner. Former “Jeopardy!” winner gets booted after charges. LITH chiro and wife sentenced for fraud. Castro likely out for season with...

    Grayslake Trustee Jeff Werfel, left, and village resident John Wylie are competing for a Lake County Board seat in the Nov. 4 election. Wylie and Werfel both live in the Prairie Crossing subdivision.

    Residents of Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing subdivision compete for county board

    Two Grayslake residents who live in the same subdivision and have a history of community involvement are competing against each other for a regional political office. Republican Jeff Werfel and Democrat John Wylie are vying for the District 6 County Board seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Pat Carey of Grayslake.

    Libertyville plans to proceed with plantings and landscaping along Peterson Road. The next segment in a continuing streetscape improvement will concentrate near the intersection with Route 21, where a two-year road widening project recently wrapped up.

    Improvements planned for Libertyville road streetscape

    The next segment in Libertyville's continuing streetscape improvement along Peterson Road will shift to the east where recently completed road work affected businesses for the past two construction season. "We're trying to add some attraction to the corridor for those who commute and frequent the businesses," said Heather Rowe, the village's economic development coordinator.

    Brianne Cannataro, 10, of Schaumburg practices tap dancing at The Edge Dance Academy in Palatine. Brianne, who's also a straight-A student, is one of just three dancers chosen to represent the United States in December at the World Tap Dance Championship.

    Ferrarin: Dancer heading to world championships

    Brianne Cannataro tap dances whenever — and wherever — she can. In the grocery store. At the hospital visiting her sick grandma. In the dentist's waiting room. In school hallways. And everywhere throughout her house in Schaumburg. That kind of passion has made Brianne one of just three dancers selected to compete for Team USA at the World Tap Dance Championship in Germany.

    Republican Bob Dold, left, and Democrat Brad Schneider, right, are candidates for 10th Congressional District.

    Dueling TV ads hit the air for Dold, Schneider

    Dueling TV ads have hit the air in the suburbs' highest-profile battle for Congress as U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider tries to outline his Democratic Party credentials with voters and Republican Bob Dold tries to strike a more middle-of-the-road tone.


    Mt. Prospect gauging interest in bike/pedestrian bridge over Northwest Highway

    The village of Mount Prospect has reached out to several other local governments to see if there’s interest in building a bike/pedestrian bridge over Northwest Highway. As envisioned, the bridge would connect Melas Park, which is south of Northwest Highway, with Meadows Park on the north side.


    Carol Stream cracking down on tree removals

    Carol Stream officials have begun enforcing the village’s requirement for property owners to remove dead, damaged or infested trees from their private property. Courtesy notices already have been sent to some residences with dead trees, Community Development Director Bob Glees said. Another round of notices is expected to be sent this week.


    Glen Ellyn ready for Sounds on the Street

    Glen Ellyn residents will get the chance to end their summer with a bang and a bite at Friday’s Sounds on the Street festival. The free event takes place on Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street, and will feature live music. Guests also will get the chance to purchase food and drinks from several restaurants along that stretch and take them outside to enjoy during the...

    Residents who live on Amberwood Drive sued after District 155 built new bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School, saying the structure was too tall and too close to houses. An appellate court also ruled Wednesday that the district needed to go through the city of Crystal Lake’s zoning process before breaking ground.

    Appellate court: Dist. 155 bleachers needed city permission

    An appellate court on Wednesday upheld a judge's ruling that Community Unit School District 155 officials should have gone through Crystal Lake's zoning process before building a bleacher expansion at Crystal Lake South High School last summer. Property owners near the bleachers, including McHenry County State's Attorney Lou Bianchi, sued last year. The matter is back in court Friday.

    Joshua Malombo

    Arrest warrant issued for Beach Park man wanted in connection with shooting

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a potentially armed and dangerous Beach Park man wanted in connection with a shooting last week, authorities said Wednesday. The Lake County Sheriff’s office obtained the arrest warrant for Joshua Malombo, 27, who faces charges alleging he fired shots inside a residence near Green Bay and Wadsworth roads Aug. 29.

    Members of the Northwest Water Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Des Plaines as a customer. Seated in the back row are Des Plaines officials: Mayor Matt Bogusz, left, Director of Public Works and Engineering Tim Oakley and City Manager Mike Bartholomew.

    Northwest Water Commission votes to add Des Plaines as customer

    The Northwest Water Commission has approved a plan to sell up to 5 million gallons of water a day to Des Plaines — a deal city officials negotiated over the past year to try to lessen the impact of Chicago’s water rate hikes. “I think it’s a good venture for everybody,” said Palatine Village Manager Reid Ottesen, one of the commission’s five voting...

    Wauconda resident Dirk Leahy talks to the village board in February. New rules for public comment have been proposed.

    Wauconda could limit public comment, impose penalties

    Wauconda officials have developed new rules for public comment at village board meetings in an effort to keep procedings civil.


    Lake Zurich police say beer cans found near where teenager hit by freight train

    Beer cans were found near a 15-year-old boy who was hit and injured by a freight train in Lake Zurich, according to police. Investigators are trying to determine how the cans wound up where the boy was found about 5:35 a.m. Monday.



    Football Focus: Week 10 Preview
    See the Football Focus week ten preview. Host Joe Aguilar visits Batavia and speaks with head coach Dennis Piron about the challenge of moving to Class 7A and facing the defending state champion powerhouse Mount Carmel in a first-round playoff game.


    Girls cross country: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the upcoming girls cross country season from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    After seven years with the Chicago Sky, all-star center Sylvia Fowles (34) will play in the WNBA Finals. The Sky travels to Phoenix to take on the Mercury on Sunday in Game 1.

    Sky players pinching themselves on eve of WNBA Finals

    Believe it or not Sky fans, after nine seasons and plenty of heartache, the Sky is about to tip-off play in the WNBA Finals. Patricia Babcock McGraw, who has covered the franchise from its beginning, talks with the team's head coach and key players as they prepare for the bright lights against the Phoenix Mercury.

    While Cubs officials say they will hold the line on ticket prices for 80 percent of the seats at Wrigley next season, the other 20 percent will see an average increase of 6 percent in 2015.

    Cubs raise 2015 season-ticket prices on best seats

    Cubs fans will have to send their money in earlier this year if they want to renew their season tickets. The Cubs also said that while 80 percent of season-ticket prices will stay the same or be reduced, there will be increases of 6 percent on seats in prime locations at Wrigley Field.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Sept. 5

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

    Hayden Nelson

    Football: Week 1 MVPs

    South Elgin senior quarterback Hayden Nelson and Naperville North junior safety Joe Zitella have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their football performances in Week 1.


    Girls tennis: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Thursday, Sept. 4.


    Girls volleyball: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Thursday, Sept. 4.


    Girls swimming: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school girls swimming results from Thursday, Sept. 4.


    Girls golf: Thursday’s results
    Results of girls golf meets from Thursday, Sept. 4.


    Boys soccer: Thursday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Thursday, Sept 4.


    Boys golf: Thursday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Thursday, Sept. 4.


    Bayer, Benet get another shutout

    Eventually, Benet probably will give up a goal this season. For now, though, the Redwings are going to enjoy this shutout streak.


    Norton finds a little magic for Wheaton North

    A little bit of magic in the shooting boots of Dan Norton proved the difference and spoiled the day for tourney host Lake Park, which fell 1-0 on Thursday to Norton and his Wheaton North mates at the Norm Hillner Classic at the Lancers’ West Campus Stadium


    Girls golf / Lake County roundup

    Myra Peterson shot a 41, Surya Vijayasankar added a 42, and Stevenson’s girls golf team edged Vernon Hills at Vernon Hills Golf Course on Thursday.Stevenson’s 177 was three strokes better than Vernon Hills’ total.Vernon Hills’ Faith Jung was the medalist with a 40.Libertyville d. Deerfield: At Deerfield Golf Club, Maggie Piazzi earned medalist honors for the second day in a row, as her 40 led the Wildcats (165), whose 10-stroke win hiked their record to 7-0.Libertyville, which won for the third time in as many days, also counted Jessica Lovinger’s 41 and 42s from Simone Mikaelian and Megan Sturonas.“All six played well,” said Wildcats coach Greg Petersen, also noting the play of Reilly Burnetti (44) and Sara Keefe (46). “They were focused on finishing.”Mundelein d. Highland Park: At Countryside, the Mustangs (189) got a win over the Giants (202).Mundelein’s Megan Wiese and Jennifer Dimitriou shared medalist honors with 45s.Johnsburg d. Grant: Kylie Diana shot a 49 for the Bulldogs in their 195-223 loss.


    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Libertyville’s boys soccer team won its third straight game with a 1-0 win over Glenbrook South in nonconference action in Glenview on Thursday.Sam Kratzer scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Trey Touhey in the 61st minute. Sam Muchmore earned his second straight clean sheet with 3 saves. Vernon Hills 2, St. Catherines 1: At Carthage College, Chris White scored both goals for the Cougars (4-3), and Brennan Reback recorded the win in net with 5 saves.Deerfield 1, Stevenson 0: The Patriots (2-2-1) surrendered the game’s only goal in the second half.Wauconda 1, Crystal Lake Central 0: Hector Sanchez scored off an assist from Eric Berg in the opening half for the Bulldogs (3-3), who will play in the championship game of their own tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday against Marian Central.Shane Purcell earned the shutout with a 9-save effort.Lakes 2, Maine East 1: The Eagles’ Zach Espinosa scored on a penalty kick and assisted on Dave Milostan’s goal.Jack Monson made 10 saves in goal for Lakes (1-3-1), which captured its first win of the season.Lake Forest 2, Niles West 0: Parker Marsh and Keegan Filkin scored for the Scouts, with Matthew Mick and Paul Passalino picking up assists.Jan Roessler notched the shutout for Lake Forest (3-3).

    Roger Federer, of Switzerland, hits a backhand to Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Federer saves 2 match points, reaches U.S. Open semis
    Clearly frustrated by his play and opponent, Roger Federer whacked his racket on the top of the net after a missed volley. Moments later, he barked at the chair umpire: “What’s wrong with you, man?”Not long after that, Federer found himself in the precarious position of twice being one point from defeat.Steady as ever, even at 33, Federer held on. Coming all the way back from a two-set deficit, and saving two match points along the way, Federer edged 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011.

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids Green Bay Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

    Seahawks dominate Green Bay 36-16 to start season

    The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks started 2014 the same way they finished last season, with a convincing blowout win. Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers’ up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season.


    Boys golf / Lake County roundup

    Ryan Magee fired a 37, and Mundelein’s boys golf team shot a 160 in edging host Warren (169) at Bittersweet Golf Club on Thursday.Mundelein also counted John Lentz’s 38, Tyler White’s 42 and Brett Parola’s 43.Warren was led by 42s from Orlando Avila, Matt Moran and Luke Maan de Kok.Lake Zurich d. Zion-Benton: At Lake Barrington Shores Country Club, the host Bears (171) beat the visiting Zee-Bees (183), as Matt Gadomski earned medalist honors with a 37.McHenry d. Grayslake North: At Renwood, the Warriors posted a 153 to beat the Knights (173).Jon Cesario paced Grayslake North with a 40.Lake Forest d. Antioch: On Wednesday at Lake Bluff Golf Club, Sam Brush’s 35 led the host Scouts (154) to the North Suburban Conference win.Antioch (177) was led by Dillon Kreutzer’s 42.


    Big-league bats help Cougars to 4-3 playoff win

    The Kane County Cougars advanced to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs Thursday night with a 4-3, 13-inning victory over Wisconsin at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Jeimer Candelario drove in Trey Martin with a game-winning single.


    Vernon Hills’ McNamara takes adjustment in stride

    By the time this season is over, Vernon Hills junior Connor McNamara might look like a lifetime member of the quarterback club. McNamara grew up a running back. He never played anything but running back while climbing the ranks of youth football.


    Girls volleyball / Northwest roundup

    Hersey’s girls volleyball team, seeking a 12th straight Mid-Suburban East title, opened its bid in 2014 with a 25-20, 25-17 victory at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. Gabri Olhava led the Huskies’ attack with 7 kills, followed by Liz Fuerst (4), Zoe Strozewski (4), Caity Strozewski (3) and Kelly Hill (3).


    Browne, Buffalo Grove serve up a winner

    It’s still early in the season but Buffalo Grove senior Monica Browne has already had time to improve in one area. And it really paid off on Thursday night. “At the very start of the season, I was having a tough time keeping my serve consistent,” she said.” And I know missed serves can bring the team down after a big run.” Sure enough, the Bison made a huge run from a 15-6 deficit on Thursday night at Elk Grove and then it was up to Browne to take the service line. With the score tied 20-20, she delivered for the final 5 points to give the Bison a 25-11, 25-20 victory in the Mid-Suburban League East season opener.


    Boomers rally for 8-7 walk-off win

    The Schaumburg Boomers concluded the regular season in grand fashion, scoring a 9-8 walk-off victory to sweep the visiting Normal CornBelters.


    St. Charles North rolls by Naperville Central

    Despite having won 7 of its first 8 matches, St. Charles North girls volleyball coach Lindsey Hawkins felt something was missing last weekend during the team’s 4-1 finish at the Plainfield North Tournament. That changed Thursday during the North Stars’ impressive 25-12, 25-16 nonconference victory over Naperville Central (1-1).


    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, Sept. 4

    Girls volleyball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, Sept. 4

    Grayslake golfer Ireland Dunne puts on the 10th hole during the high school girls golf match between Grayslake and Marengo on Thursday at Brae Loch Golf Course in Grayslake.

    It’s a Dunne deal: Grayslake has girls golf

    The Grayslake Central Rams and Grayslake North Knights finally have a squad of female golfers, but the team can’t come up with a nickname.


    Conant picks up confidence, momentum against Huntley

    An opening-minute goal from Chase Hermanson, followed by a sublime strike from the Conant senior condemned Huntley to its third defeat in tournament play Thursday night at the Norm Hillner Classic at Lake Park’s West Campus. Hermanson scored the game-winner before the clock struck one minute, then fired in his second of the match, and seventh of the season at 8 minutes as the Red Raiders (0-4-1) endured a tough start on the way to a 5-0 loss.


    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, Sept. 4

    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, Sept. 4

    Sarah Morosan of Buffalo Grove checks out her winning time in the 50-yard freestyle during the first varsity meet held in Buffalo Grove’s new pool Thursday.

    Buffalo Grove makes a splash in new home

    It turned out to be a truly grand opening for Buffalo Grove’s girls swimming team. To begin the Mid-Suburban League’s series of dual meets, the Bison hosted Hoffman Estates in their new pool Thursday. Anyone visiting the impressive structure will have a hard time believing it occupies much of the same space as the previous pool, the Aquadome.

    Larkin’s Juan Reyes turns as he battles for the ball with Batavia’s Daniel Zagoren Thursday in Batavia.

    Batavia duo sinks Larkin

    Ian Larson and Nick Konopacki became teammates just a season ago. Now, they’re looking like they’ve played together for years.

    As The Scorecard sees things, quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears look like a playoff team.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears

    If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.


    Waubonsie Valley shows its character

    The Waubonsie Valley girls volleyball team showed Thursday night at Hinsdale Central a trait that will help it the rest of the season if the Warriors continue to use it.


    Scouting Week 2 Tri-Cities football games
    Week 2 football game previews for the Tri-Cities coverage area.


    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Scouthing this weekend's DuPage County football games.

    If Andy Wilkins was hoping to make a good first impression with the White Sox, well, it hasn’t gone so well. Called up from Class AAA Charlotte on Sunday to replace Adam Dunn, who was traded to the Oakland A’s, Wilkins arrived with some eye-popping credentials.

    Wilkins working hard to fill Dunn’s shoes

    After trading Adam Dunn to the A's Sunday, the White Sox might be shopping for a new designated hitter in the off-season. For now, minor-league slugger Andy Wilkins is trying to show the Sox he can fill the role.

    Mundelein’s team-building trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was a big hit.

    Mundelein happy to take the plunge — together

    Mundelein's summer team trip took them to the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Coach George Kaider and the players believe it'll help prepare them for the rigors of football in the North Suburban Lake.


    Football: Scouting Week 2, Lake County
    Here's a look at Week 2 of the high school football season for the teams of Lake County.

    Bears safety Chris Conte (47) is fully aware of how fans feel about him, but he says all he can worry about is doing his job.

    Conte knows it won’t be easy with Bears fans

    Safety Chris Conte will be back on the field in Sunday's season opener, following off-season shoulder surgery and a concussion two weeks ago, but he's not sure how he'll be received by fans at Soldier Field, who may have blamed him for more than his share of the defense's problems last season.

    Cam Newton, who will be a gametime decision on Sunday, is a risky play according to fantasy football writer John Dietz

    Some tips for when fantasy football trade winds blow

    Sitting down to breakfast the other day, I heard a “buzz, buzz” coming from the table. Turns out it’s my son’s cellphone with a trade offer coming through: “Dietz, I will give you Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston for A.J. Green.”


    U.S.tops Ukraine to finish basketball worlds group perfect

    The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.The only thing standing between them and Barcelona was a game against Ukraine, and it took them a little while to get into it.The U.S. national team eventually pulled away to win it and finish pool play unbeaten, getting 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.


    Football / Week 2 scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at the Week 2 football matchups involving the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Bills RB Fred Jackson is 33 years old, but the Bears may have their hands full if they aren’t true to their assignments Sunday at Soldier Field.

    Bears can’t let Spiller, Jackson get loose

    The No. 1 priority for the Bears' defense in Sunday's season opener is slowing down the Buffalo Bills' running game, which features Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller and was No. 2 in the league last year in yards.

    Barrington’s Michelle Linden competes against Elk Grove Village’s Jelena Vujanic at No. 1 singles in last season’s MSL tournament at Rolling Meadows. Both players return for their teams this fall.

    Girls tennis / Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from the girls tennis team in the Mid-Suburban League and nearby schools this fall.

    Kyle Ware of South Elgin crashes over Tommy Fink of St. Charles East during Week 1 action.

    Scouting Week 2 football in the Fox Valley

    Previewing Week 2 football action in the Fox Valley.

    Mike Olt watches his two-run home run during a game against the Pirates in April. Olt finished up an injury rehab assignment by playing first base for the Kane County Cougars in Game 2 of their Midwest League playoff series against Wisconsin. On Friday, the Cubs will recall him to the major-league roster. Olt has been playing for the Cubs’ Class AAA Iowa affiliate, where he was sent July 22 after struggling at the plate.

    Olt eager to rejoin Cubs

    Third baseman-first baseman Mike Olt finished an injury rehab assignment Thursday night with the Kane County Cougars in their Midwest League playoffs. Olt began the season with the Cubs but was demoted to Class AAA Iowa after batting .139. He said Thursday he's eager to get back and readty for a fresh start.

    FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) passes under pressure from Oklahoma State linebacker Josh Furman (14) during an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. Things didn't come nearly as easy for the Heisman winner, and the FSU offense will need to play much better if the Seminoles are to win the first College Football Playoff. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

    Lawyer: Florida State investigating Jameis Winston

    An attorney says Florida State is investigating the sexual assault case involving Jameis Winston in an effort to determine if the Seminoles quarterback violated the student code of conduct policy.Baine Kerr, one of the attorneys for the woman who said Winston sexually assaulted her, said Thursday the university interviewed his client “early last month.” He says “an investigation is ongoing.”

    The loss of cornerback KeiVarae Russell while Notre Dame determines whether five football players were involved in academic fraud has given Cole Luke a chance to show what he can do. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore played solidly in the opener, with Rice completing only two passes against him, one for a 2-yard gain. Irish coach Brian Kelly said he was pleased with Luke’s play. “I thought he played with confidence. I really liked just his demeanor. I think that’s really big at that position,” he said.

    Notre Dame’s Cole Luke makes most of opportunity

    The loss of cornerback KeiVarae Russell while Notre Dame determines whether five football players were involved in academic fraud has given Cole Luke a chance to show what he can do.The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore played solidly in the opener, with Rice completing only two passes against him, one for a 2-yard gain. Irish coach Brian Kelly said he was pleased with Luke’s play.“I thought he played with confidence. I really liked just his demeanor. I think that’s really big at that position,” he said.

    Marin Cilic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the U.S. Open. The 14th-seeded Croat won 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He said he ingested it unintentionally from a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.

    Cilic upsets Berdych in 3 sets in U.S. Open quarters

    Marin Cilic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal in more than four years, upsetting sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in straight sets at the U.S. Open.The 14th-seeded Croat won 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Cilic missed last year’s U.S. Open because of a doping suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He said he ingested it unintentionally from a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy.

    Karyna Bihel of Warren, left, is congratulated by Halle Roach of Libertyville, after finishing second to Lake Forest’s Elizabeth Zordani during the North Suburban Conference girls tennis meet last season. Bihel and Roach figure to play key roles for their teams again this fall.

    Girls tennis / Scouting Lake County

    Here's what to expect from the high school girls tennis team of Lake County this fall.

    Libertyville goalkeeper Sam Muchmore, right, blocks a kick by Stevenson’s Dean Lim last season. Both players are back in action for their teams this fall.

    Boys soccer / Scouting Lake County

    Here's what to expect from the boys soccer teams of Lake County this fall.

    Libertyville’s Macey Neubauer swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay during the girls swimming state finals last fall at New Trier. The quartet placed ninth, and Neuebauer is back for the Wildcats and coach Erik Rogers this fall.

    Girls swimming / Scouting Lake County

    Here's what to expect from the high school girls swimming teams of Lake County this fall.

    Lake Zurich’s Kristie Houghton (1580) and Wheaton Warrenville South’s Natalia Boettcher (7134) compete in the Class 3A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria last fall.

    Girls cross country: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the girls cross country season ahead, from the perspective of teams in Lake County.

    Grayslake Central runner Jack Aho crosses the finish line during the Lake County Invitational on Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Boys cross country: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at the boys cross country season ahead, from the teams in Lake County.

    South Elgin’s Sam Czuprynski competing at the Elgin Invite cross country meet at Lords Park in Elgin on Tuesday.

    Girls cross country: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the girls cross country season for 2014 in the Fox Valley.

    Cary-Grove’s Melissa Rose is one of the top returning breaststroke swimmers in the state.

    Girls swimming: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the girls swimming season for 2014 in the Fox Valley.

    Burlington Central’s Clay Musial is a returning state qualifier who finished in 26th place in the Class 2A state finals at Detweiller Park in Peoria last season.

    Boys cross country: Scouting the Fox Valley
    Scouting the boys cross country season in the Fox Valley.

    Jacobs’ Ashley Kosy returns a volley during the Huntley girls tennis sectional last season.

    Girls tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2014 girls tennis season in the Fox Valley.

    Larkin’s Alex Cruz is unable to get the ball past Dundee-Crown goalkeeper Jose Gonzalez in regional play last season at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Boys soccer: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2014 boys soccer season in the Fox Valley.

    Abby Ponte is part of the reason St. Charles North is excited about the upcoming season. She is one of 10 divers on the North Stars roster.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls swimming

    Here's a look at the high school girls swimming season ahead for the Tri-Cities area.

    Lorenzo Estrada, left, and Nathan Carey return this fall at St. Charles North and Batavia, respectively.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys soccer

    Preview of the 2014 Tri-Cities boys soccer season

    Geneva’s Brooke Nusser is the first for Geneva to cross the finish line in the regional at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Saturday, October 22.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls cross country

    Previewing the 2014 Tri-Cities area girls cross country season.

    Nora McClure is back after going 24-14 last year at No. 1 singles for Batavia.

    Scouting Tri-Cities girls tennis

    Scouting the 2014 Tri-Cities area girls tennis season.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles East’s Michael Gerkin won the 3200-meter run at the Kane County boys track meet in Streamwood Friday.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area boys cross country

    Previewing the 2014 Tri-Cities area boys cross country season.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Ben Hecht of Glenbard West runs in the 4x800 meter relay during the class 3A Glenbard North boys track sectional finals Friday.

    Scouting DuPage County boys cross country

    Here's what to expect from the boys cross country teams of DuPage County this fall.

    Tiffany Chen of Naperville Central plays against Anusha Pai of Neuqua Valley in girls varsity tennis, Wednesday.

    Scouting DuPage County girls tennis

    An overview of DuPage County girls tennis this season.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com ¬ Jack Cordes of Waubonsie Valley and Kyle Kenagy of Benet work for control of the ball during in boy soccer action in Lisle, Thursday.

    Scouting DuPage County boys soccer

    A quick look at DuPage County boys soccer.


    Scouting DuPage County girls cross country

    A look at DuPage County girls cross country this season.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Phoebe Havenaar of Naperville Central goes up for a block during the Naperville North at Naperville Central girls volleyball gameThursday.

    Big money, big smarts and a summer’s worth of success

    We’ve got some catching up to do. Here’s an effort at due diligence on some things that went down during the summer.


    Boys soccer: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the upcoming boys soccer season from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Palatine’s Graham Brown (2090) and Buffalo Grove’s Kevin Salvano (1866), here competing in last fall’s state meet, will be the leaders on teams with high hopes again this season.

    Boys cross country: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at the upcoming boys cross country season from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus Maine West, St. Viator, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    Fremd’s Saki Takumiya extends her backstroke start underwater during last year’s state meet prelims at New Trier.

    Girls swimming / Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from the high school girls swimming teams of the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator this fall.

    Palatine’s Kelly O’Brien, right, heads for a sixth-place finish at last fall’s state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. A similarly successful track season helped put O’Brien among the elite distance runners in Illinois.

    Steady gains puts Palatine’s O’Brien among state’s best

    Palatine junior Kelly O’Brien didn’t waste much time in establishing herself as one of the best. As a freshman, O’Brien was an alternate for Palatine at the 2012 Class 3A state meet and watched the race from the sidelines. One year later, O’Brien was not only in the race but ended the day with a state medal. She finished sixth at last year’s Class 3A state meet. It was quite a leap forward for O’Brien, and it didn’t stop there as she earned two more state medals at the Class 3A state track meet in May.

    Conant’s Zach Dale is looking for a bright finish to what has already been a standout high school cross country and track career.

    Promising final prep chapter in Dale’s tale

    Conant’s Zach Dale had a breakout year last season, and this year the Cougar senior is ready to take it to the next level. Dale proved to be one of the best runners in Illinois last season, capturing the Mid-Suburban League title, finishing second at the Schaumburg sectional, and then taking fourth place in Class 3A. This year Dale is ready to take his act to the national stage.


    Mike North video: Where will the Bears finish?
    With the leniency of head coach Marc Trestman, Mike North thinks the Bears will have a tough year. He makes his prediction for the NFC North standings.


    U.S. basketball wraps up No. 1 seed with win over Dominican Republic

    They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.First, they had to take care of Bilbao.The Americans wrapped up the No. 1 seed in their group Wednesday, improving to 4-0 at the Basketball World Cup with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic.Kenneth Faried, whose shooting percentage dropped after he missed three shots, scored 16 points for the U.S. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench and added 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.The Americans will finish Group C play in Bilbao on Thursday against Ukraine — when U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach against longtime friend and former NBA coach Mike Fratello — before playing their round of 16 game Saturday night in Barcelona against the fourth-place team from Group D, which is still to be determined.A few wins there and they would play for gold in Madrid, but nobody was looking past step one.“Obviously we have to take care of here. Nothing’s given,” forward Rudy Gay said. “We’ve worked hard, we’ve been tested and we’ve overcome that, and also got some pretty big wins.”The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament — and they were “held” to 98 points in their other two games. Even after having to overcome a halftime deficit in one game, they came in averaging a tournament-best 103.3 points and were winning by 35.7 per game.All 12 players scored, and the ones who weren’t in the game were up cheering when back-of-the-bench centers Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond hooked up on an alley-oop in the final minutes.“I believe everybody felt pretty good how they played tonight,” Cousins said. “That’s what we’re going to need to continue this path.”The Americans led by only three points after one quarter but had no trouble extending that as the game went on, as the Dominicans’ willingness to push the pace simply played into the Americans’ hands.Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament to 78.4 percent after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.Victor Liz scored 15 points for the Dominican Republic (2-2), which will face Turkey on Thursday, still in position to advance.The Dominicans played without Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia, who entered the day’s play tied for fourth in the tournament with 21 points per game. He appeared to turn an ankle late in the Dominicans’ victory over Finland on Tuesday, and though he finished the game, was walking gingerly Wednesday as he went to the bench after his teammates had come out to warm up.“They were short-handed. We knew that,” Krzyzewski said. “I thought we did a good job tonight.”The Americans ended up winning nearly as easily as their 105-62 exhibition victory on Aug. 20 in New York, though the Dominicans hung with them a little longer than that night.The U.S. lead was just 25-22 as the Dominicans attacked fearlessly but didn’t have any answer for the Americans’ bigs. Faried had three straight baskets, a couple of them powerful dunks, and Anthony Davis knocked down a jumper to turn a seven-point lead into a 44-29 cushion.Gay got the final four points of the half, making a pair of free throws after he was clobbered intentionally on a breakaway by Edward Santana, then banking in a jumper that make it 56-41.A 25-point third quarter was followed by 25 more in the fourth, capped by a series of dunks down the stretch. DeMar DeRozan finished with 11 points, and Davis and James Harden each had 10 as the U.S. shot 56 percent.Cousins said the Americans were a little sluggish early and still have to start their games better, but nobody was complaining about the finish.

    Dayan Viciedo, right, is greeted in the dugout by Paul Konerko following his 2-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May in the fourth inning Wednesday. He has big power, without a doubt, but Viciedo is also prone to lengthy slumps sparked by big swings and high strikeout totals so he could be traded at any time.

    Will Viciedo stay or will he go?

    With an eye toward 2015, the White Sox are looking at several young players over the final month of the current season. Dayan Viciedo is one current player that is trying to prove he belongs, but the Sox are auditoning other options like Michael Taylor.


    Crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in 2010. BP PLC already has agreed to pay billions of dollars in criminal fines and compensation to people and businesses affected by the disaster. But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling could nearly quadruple what the London-based company has to pay in civil fines for polluting the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 spill.

    Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines

    BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier concluded that the London-based oil giant showed a “conscious disregard of known risks” during the drilling operation and bears most of the responsibility for the blowout that killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of oil over three months.

    Spectrem Group President George H. Walper Jr., left and Managing Director Cathy McBreen during a meeting at the Lake Forest office.

    Wealthy minorities using more technology to learn about investing

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Lake Forest-based Spectrem Group's survey on how wealthy Hispanics, Asians and African Americans use new technology to get investment information.

    Stocks fell a third day Thursday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its longest slump since June, as energy producers sank with oil prices to overshadow new stimulus from the European Central Bank.

    Stocks flat as oil drop offsets ECB stimulus

    A slump in oil prices weighed on the stock market Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight loss. Stocks had started the day higher after the European Central Bank surprised investors by announcing that it had cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low and planned to purchase asset-backed securities in an effort to stimulate the region’s ailing economy. Investors were also cheered by some encouraging reports on the U.S. economy.

    Chicago police place Tyree Johnson in handcuffs as they remove protesters from the middle of 87th street between a McDonald’s and a Burger King on Chicago’s South Side Thursday. Johnson, who has worked at McDonald’s for 22 years and makes $8.45 per hour, was willing to be arrested as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the fast food industry’s workers.

    Striking fast-food workers block Chicago street

    A few hundred fast-food workers and their supporters blocked traffic on a busy South Side street between a McDonald’s and a Burger King on Thursday morning until police moved in and took nearly two dozen into custody.


    Average US 30-year mortgage rate holds steady

    WASHINGTON — The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate this week remained at a 52-week low of 4.10 percent for the third straight week.Mortgage company Freddie Mac also said Thursday the average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, slipped to 3.24 percent from 3.25 percent. At its 52-week low of 4.10 percent, the rate on a 30-year mortgage is down from 4.53 percent at the start of the year. Rates have fallen even though the Federal Reserve has been trimming its monthly bond purchases, which are intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low. The purchases are set to end in October. The low rates appear to have boosted U.S. home sales. Also, moderating increases in home prices such as occurred in July should help support sales by making homes more affordable. Real-estate data provider CoreLogic reported Tuesday that home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. Greater affordability has helped the housing market recover over the spring and summer after sales and construction fell earlier this year. Sales of existing homes rose for a fourth straight month in July to their strongest pace in nine months. And a measure of signed contracts also increased in July, suggesting that final sales will rise further in coming months.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.5 point, unchanged from last week. The fee for a 15-year mortgage fell to 0.5 point from 0.6 point. The average rate on a five-year adjustable-rate mortgage was stable at 2.97 percent. The fee stayed at 0.5 point. For a one-year ARM, the average rate edged up to 2.40 percent from 2.39 percent. The fee dipped to 0.4 point from 0.5 point.

    The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level since January, as exports of autos, telecom equipment, industrial machines and semiconductors rose, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

    U.S. trade gap narrows in July

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level since January, as exports of autos, telecom equipment, industrial machines and semiconductors rose.The trade deficit fell 0.6 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted $40.5 billion, from $40.8 billion in June, the Commerce Department said Thursday.Exports climbed 0.9 percent to a record $198 billion. Imports also rose, climbing 0.7 percent to $238.6 billion, as shipments of food, beverages and autos from abroad increased.Imports of oil products increased, but rising domestic production reduced the trade deficit in petroleum to its lowest in more than five years.The trade deficit with China rose to a monthly record of $30.9 billion.The combination of rising imports and exports suggest increased spending by consumers and businesses, which generally points to the possibility of solid economic growth in the second half of 2014.“The decline in the trade deficit is encouraging and echoes what the activity surveys are telling us, namely that economic growth remains strong,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. Ashworth projects that the economy is on track to expand at an annualized clip of at least 3 percent in the third quarter.Trade deficits subtract from gross domestic product, so a narrowing deficit should help boost growth. The trade deficit’s drag on the economy lessened in the April-June quarter, after having hurt GDP in the first three months of the year.Exports fell 9.2 percent in the first quarter, likely because of slower growth in Europe and China. At the same time, imports rose and the resulting gap contributed to the economy shrinking at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent in the first three months.Overall, the trade deficit lowered growth by 1.6 percentage points in the first quarter. The economy shrank at a 2.1 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, the worst showing since the recession.Exports rose in June to $195.9 billion, the previous record high. Imports shrank 1.2 percent that month to $237.4 billion. The lower trade deficit figures helped reduce the drag on economic growth in the second quarter, as the economy improved at an annualized clip of 4.2 percent.Still, the trade deficit has widened in the first seven months of this year to $295.3 billion, up from $282.2 billion during the same period in 2013. Imports have risen faster than exports. In 2013, the trade deficit declined by 11.4 percent. That reflected in part a boom in U.S. energy production that cut into America’s dependence on foreign oil, while boosting U.S. petroleum exports to a record high.The nation’s trade balance in oil has continued to improve this year. The U.S. had a petroleum trade deficit of $119.8 billion in the first seven months of this year, down from $144.7 billion last year.

    U.S. workers’ productivity increased in the April-June quarter after a big decline in the first quarter while their labor costs edged down slightly.

    U.S. worker productivity up 2.3 percent in 2Q

    WASHINGTON — U.S. workers’ productivity increased in the April-June quarter after a big decline in the first quarter while their labor costs edged down slightly.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That represented a large rebound from the first quarter when productivity fell at a 4.5 percent rate. Unit labor costs edged down 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter, a significant moderation from an 11.6 percent surge in the first quarter.Gains in productivity mean workers can be paid more without worsening inflation.The new estimates for productivity and labor costs were revised from initial estimates a month ago that productivity rose 2.5 percent in the second quarter and unit labor costs were up 0.6 percent.The changes were based on revisions the government made in its initial estimate of overall economic output, as measured by the gross domestic product. The government last week estimated that the GDP grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the spring quarter, a slight revision from its initial estimate of growth of 4 percent. Other factors such as hours worked and compensation costs also underwent revision between the first and second reports on productivity.Greater productivity is the key factor determining rising living standards. It enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices, which can boost inflation.Over the past 12 months, labor costs have risen a modest 1.7 percent. That is well below the long-run average of 2.8 percent and suggests that wages and salaries are not rising fast enough to spur inflation. The Federal Reserve keeps close watch on productivity and labor costs for any signs that inflation may be accelerating.In the past 12 months, productivity has increased just 1.1 percent, below the long-run average of 2.2 percent.Productivity growth surged in 2009 and 2010 in the aftermath of the recession. Companies did trim output as demand plunged, but the job cuts came even faster, driving productivity higher as fewer workers did more. Productivity grew 3.2 percent in 2009 and 3.3 percent in 2010.But in the past three years, productivity growth has averaged just 0.7 percent per year, which remains far below the norm. Economists are divided over whether that is a temporary stumble, or the new norm.


    Stocks open higher after ECB boosts stimulus

    U.S. stocks are opening higher after the European Central Bank pledged more stimulus to help the region’s ailing economy, boosting the outlook for global growth. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,104 in early trading Thursday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,002. ECB President Mario Draghi said in a press conference that the bank would start purchases of asset-backed securities and covered bonds in October. The bank also cut its benchmark interest rate.In the U.S., a private survey showed businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August. PVH, the owner of Tommy Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, rose $11.25, or 10 percent, to $128.38 after the company reported earnings that exceeded analysts’ expectations.

    Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the total number of people receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years.

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid at still-low 302K

    Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the total number of people receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years. Applications for unemployment aid rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    Payroll processor ADP on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 said that private employers added 204,000 jobs in August, down from 212,000 in July, which was revised slightly lower.

    US companies add jobs at solid pace in August

    U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to a private survey, the fifth straight month of solid gains. Payroll processor ADP said Thursday that private employers added 204,000 jobs last month, down from 212,000 in July, which was revised slightly lower.

    The European Central Bank has cut its interest rates and announced a new stimulus program that involves buying financial assets, a bid to salvage a weak economic recovery. ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would start purchases of private sector financial assets in October.

    ECB surprises with rate cuts, new stimulus plan

    The European Central Bank has cut its interest rates and announced a new stimulus program that involves buying financial assets, a bid to salvage a weak economic recovery. In a press conference following a meeting Thursday, ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would start purchases of private sector financial assets in October.

Life & Entertainment

    Steve Buscemi returns as Nucky Thompson for the final eight episodes of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” Season 5 premieres Sunday night.

    'Boardwalk,' reality show begin fall TV season

    The fall TV season unofficially begins this weekend with two Sunday-night premieres. Fox kicks things off at 7 p.m. with "Utopia,” a new reality show that looks like “Survivor” by way of Sid Meier's “Civilization” video games. HBO's fifth and final season of the gangster epic “Boardwalk Empire” premieres at 8 p.m. and opens seven years after Season 4, setting its final eight episodes in the thick of the Great Depression.

    Garth Brooks announced that he’s launching his own digital sales service.

    Garth Brooks creates own digital service for music

    Garth Brooks isn’t just going digital. He’s launching his own digital sales service. Brooks announced Thursday that he’s partnered with the creators of digital pay site ghosttunes.com to release his back catalog and two new albums for about $30 and is encouraging other artists to join him in taking control of their music.

    The New York State Health Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.

    Health investigators eye Rivers' case; 'Fashion Police' on hiatus

    The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Spokesman James O'Hare said Thursday that the department is looking into “the whole matter.” Also, E! network says Joan Rivers' weekly “Fashion Police” series is on hiatus.


    Lea Thompson, Tommy Chong among new ‘Dancing’ pack

    Actress Lea Thompson, “Duck Dynasty” diva Sadie Robertson and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip are making tracks for the new season of ABC's “Dancing With the Stars.” They also include talk-show host Tavis Smiley, “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish, Olympic athlete Lolo Jones, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

    For the first time, Drake tops the nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with eight nominations.

    Drake earns 8 nominations for BET Hip-Hop Awards

    For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. Last year, the Canadian rapper and singer took home four awards, including the People’s Champ Award.


    Perez, Wallace join ‘The View’

    Actress Rosie Perez and Republican media operative Nicolle Wallace are joining ABC’s daytime chat show, “The View.” The network said Wednesday that the two will join Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on the panel for the show’s new season, beginning Sept. 15.

    Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with the movie “The Hateful Eight.” The Weinstein Company said Wednesday that production on the movie would begin in January 2015.

    Weinstein to release Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’

    Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with “The Hateful Eight.” The Weinstein Co. says it will distribute the filmmaker’s latest project — a post-Civil War Western — next year in the largest 70mm release in 20 years.

    Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy leaves town court in Schodack, N.Y., on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York.

    David Cassidy admits driving while intoxicated

    Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in upstate New York. Cassidy was charged last summer in the town of Schodack, near Albany. The Times Union reports he pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a tentative sentence of a conditional discharge that includes 50 hours of community service in Florida, his home state.

    Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies’ book about the British phone hacking scandal.

    Clooney to helm film about British hacking scandal

    Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that George Clooney will co-produce and direct the film version of “Hack Attack,” reporter Nick Davies’ book about the British phone hacking scandal. Clooney said in a statement the account has “all the elements — lying, corruption, blackmail — at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London.”


    How to travel with a lighter footprint

    Is it possible to travel green as a family? Yes, with a little forethought and some ongoing awareness. Here are some tips for lowering your carbon footprint on your next vacation.

    Keep Spriggy Safe Cost: Free Ages: 4 and up Spriggy bounces around through different safety scenarios. By answering safety questions correctly, your child will collect coins and see Spriggy bounce even higher. This app helps prevent slips and falls, burn injuries, accidental poisoning, drowning, and more.

    Kids Apps: Safety

    Teaching your kids about safety is difficult. There is so much they need to know. Below are three iPad apps that will help keep your kids safe by reinforcing the safety behaviors they are taught at home and school. 

    Robin Wright (playing a version of herself) meets with her agent (Harvey Keitel) in “The Congress.”

    ‘The Congress’ a mad, meta Hollywood trip

    A fictional studio head in Ari Folman's "The Congress" has a mad proposal for actress Robin Wright. What he wants is to scan her, to “sample” her and turn “this thing called Robin Wright” into a digital avatar that the studio can control completely. She just has to sign, never act again, and she (or specifically a younger, 34-year-old computer-generated version of her) will live on in whatever movies the studio wants wants. "The Congress” is urgent and unforgettable, but ultimately gets lost in its surrealism and turns into a metaphysical mess.


    Gire: Hollywood Palms hosts ‘No Place Like Home’ benefit

    A 75th anniversary screening of MGM’s classic musical “The Wizard of Oz” will benefit Aurora’s Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 Route 59, Naperville. The film is part of a bigger program called “There’s No Place Like Home” scheduled for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Its goal is to raise $100,000 to build a home for a single mother from Aurora.

    Michael Jai White plays an ex-soldier who investigates an attack on his sister in the action film “Falcon Rising.”

    Flawed ‘Falcon’ flies with action star White

    Ernie Barbarasha’s “Falcon Rising” is clearly intended to be the start of a franchise series about John “Falcon” Chapman, who has returned from Afghanistan a broken man suffering from traumatizing flashbacks every time he hears a loud noise. Michael Jai White plays Chapman in an action movie first: a tough but suicidal ex-soldier who takes a U.S. government agent job for the health benefits.

    Aubrey Plaza stars in the title role of the rom-com zombie tale “Life After Beth.”

    Gire: ‘Life After Beth’ a lifeless rom-zom-com

    For a romantic zombie comedy, Jeff Baena’s “Life After Beth” comes up way short on laughs, scares, action and political insights into our culture. This horror tale is, if you’ll excuse the adjective, a lifeless entry in the reanimated corpse romance genre. At least “Life After Beth” gives the always watchable Aubrey Plaza an opportunity to literally chew the scenery (particularly car seats) as the title character.

    Beverly (Dakota Fanning) is only 15 when she falls for the charms of Hollywood star Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline) in “The Last of Robin Hood.”

    Gire: Conventional ‘Robin Hood’ misses the sensational boat

    The most interesting piece of trivia to come out of the bio-drama "The Last of Robin Hood" is that Hollywood star Errol Flynn could have played Humbert Humbert in Stanley Kubrick’s classic “Lolita.” But when Flynn insisted that his real-life teenage lover, Beverly Aadland, play the title character, the role went to James Mason. This telling scene is about as good as it gets in this film, a relentlessly conventional tale of a sensational sex scandal as only Lifetime Films can sell it.

    Blake Rayne plays twin brothers separated at birth in the Elvis what-if musical “The Identical.”

    ‘Identical’ a lackluster Elvis imitator

    In Dustin Marcellino’s musical “The Identical,” the music is catchy and sounds sufficiently Elvis-like. And “The Identical” occupies a neglected niche as a family-friendly movie that isn’t geared just toward kids. But living up to a legend is an uphill battle, and the movie doesn’t ever reach those heights.

    A kid-friendly version bananas Foster uses heavy cream in place of rum and is served on waffles.

    Move over Mom: Hold the fire, not the taste in kid-friendly bananas Foster

    Jerome Gabriel hasn't been to New Orleans, but he got a chance to experience the Crescent City's cuisine at a recent dinner with acclaimed chef Darin Nesbit. Nesbit grew up in Des Plaines and now is one of NoLa's top chefs. He told Jerome how to make bananas Foster during a recent visit to Kendall College in Chicago.

    Contemplating America’s pioneers through the framework of a wagon once headed west is among many Nebraska experiences along the Oregon Trail.

    Experience the real west in Nebraska

    Why share America’s Wild West with the kids simply by watching western movies when you can experience the real deal together in western Nebraska? Following the paths of pioneers doesn’t require arduous treks or campfire cooking; drive right up to stunning natural monuments frontier western settlers noted over and over again in their diaries.



    Editorial: Task forces play key role in fighting suburban crime

    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the value of cooperation that enables suburban police departments to conduct major crime investigations efficiently and effectively.


    Where is outrage over local violence?
    A Wauconda letter to the editor:While the world was concentrating on the death of Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri, I wonder where the outrage is over the more than 214 shot and killed so far in 2014 in Chicago.


    What’s missing in a troubled world? Love
    An Antioch letter to the editor: We live in a very troubled world. Why? We all know the definition of the word -- love.


    Ominous signs from corporations
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: It is disturbing that Christian corporations seem to be given special treatment to exemption from existing law by the Supreme Court.


    Candidate will focus on bringing jobs
    A McHenry letter to the editor: The best debt and deficit reduction program is getting people back to work.


    Slusher: In memoriam, again, for brave journalists

    Columnist Jim Slusher: It appears we could be on the cusp of a horrific litany of wordless editorials for brave journalists whose only sin is their nationality and whose chief misfortune is that they seek to tell the stories of a dangerous part of the world with almost no means of self protection.


    Another government shutdown? Not gonna happen

    Columnist Byron York: A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama. More recently, Washington has been buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government. Both have come mostly from Democrats facing long odds in November’s midterms,


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