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  • Muslim parents: Our kids are not terrorists, and we don't want them to fall prey to terrorists Mar 20, 2015 3:03 PM
    Muslim parents and leaders say they don't want their children being labeled “terrorists” by association with fanatics who use a shared religion to justify their fanaticism. They also recognize Muslim youth could fall prey to extremist elements online and via social media. “One of the things we talk about is responsible behaviors online,” said Gihad Ali, youth programs director for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “What not to say. What things to look out for. What are some of the traps, some of the red flags of so-called online friends.”

  • Gurnee teen’s perspective on ISIS Mar 20, 2015 2:54 PM
    “For suburban kids, ISIS is actually brutal looking,” said Gurnee teen Rayyan Samdani, 15, a freshman at Warren Township High School. “If I catch myself reading things like sites saying ISIS is pure Muslim and they are implementing real Islam, then I just exit it because I know that’s not real Islam. I am living the real Islamic life, not what ISIS is saying it is.”

  • Mosque leaders to kids: Beware of ‘Google sheiks’ Mar 20, 2015 2:55 PM
    Sheikh Hisham AlQaisi, imam of Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, encourages face-to-face interaction between Muslim adults and youths about the perils of the Internet. “What we’ve been trying to do is promote a culture of, if you’ve got a question, talk to a person ... bring it to your imam, your parents, and talk about it there, rather than jumping on an open forum,” he said. Here is what he and other leaders are doing to combat fanatics from preying on Muslim youth.

  • Leaders in Villa Park break fast together for Ramadan Jul 15, 2014 3:13 PM
    Community leaders from Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook and across DuPage County gathered Friday night for a breakfast of sorts -- an iftar meal in celebration of one of the nights of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “It’s a very good get-together of local community leaders in the spirit of caring and sharing,” said Moon Khan of Lombard, who attended the event.

  • Weekly U.S. unemployment benefit claims fall to 339,000 Jan 2, 2014 8:56 AM
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 8,500 to 357,250.

  • Report: States more lax than feds on judge rules Dec 4, 2013 8:05 AM
    Associated Press WASHINGTON — All 50 states and the District of Columbia have more lax financial disclosure rules for their high court justices than the disclosure requirements for federal judges, according to an analysis from a watchdog group. Illinis is only one of a dozen states that posts at least some of the financial disclosure information online for public view. In three states — Montana, Utah and Idaho — Supreme Court judges do not have to publicly report their personal financial interests, said the report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity. Idaho, though, has recently proposed changing its rules to require judges to report income sources, gifts and travel reimbursements. Other states, such as California and Hawaii, were praised for putting disclosure reports online for the public. The center examined three years of records for the states’ highest-ranking judges. Disclosure rules vary by state. In Kentucky, for example, judges are not required to provide the names of the companies in which they have a financial interest. Instead, the report said, ownership is reported in broad categories such as “insurance,” “entertainment” and “energy.” “Despite the almost universally dismal requirements on disclosure, we still were able to identify conflicts,” said John Dunbar, the center’s manager for the project. California was ranked as the state with the strongest disclosure requirements. Yet, the report said a California Supreme Court justice didn’t recuse herself from a 2012 decision to turn away an appeal filed by a couple against Wells Fargo — even though the justice owned shares in the company worth between $100,000 and $1 million. Justices are only required to report the value of income and investments in ranges, not specific figures. The justice, Kathryn Werdegar, joined five other justices in voting to deny review of the case involving predatory lending accusations. A fellow justice with financial ties to Wells Fargo recused himself from the vote. A court spokesman says that Werdegar’s 2012 acquisition of Wells Fargo stock was inadvertently omitted from the court’s conflicts list and that the court is reviewing its procedures to prevent “similar errors in the future.” Some states don’t include financial information about spouses or require any disclosure of gifts to judges. Others have gift limits but with loopholes. The center cited Iowa, which allows these judges to receive gifts worth any amount for their wedding or for their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries. The report also highlighted the case of Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Hudson Goodson, who reportedly accepted a $50,000 trip to Italy from an attorney who does business with her husband. The attorney also represents the head of Tyson Foods in Arkansas, the report said. The justice has recused herself from Tyson-related cases dating back to 2011, and a spokeswoman said she will continue to recuse from Tyson cases. Stephen Gillers, an ethics professor at New York University School of Law, says the appearance of impartiality is as important as actual impartiality. “When we do allow gifts, and many jurisdictions allow them, the fallback position is to require disclosure,” Gillers said in an interview. “It’s important not only to future litigants but also to the public in jurisdictions that elect judges.” Only a dozen states post at least some of the financial disclosure information online for public view, said the center. Those states were: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming.

  • Bullying victim friends group walks from Chicago to N.J. Nov 11, 2013 9:06 AM
    The family of the Rutgers University student whose suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people paid their first visit Sunday to the bridge where he took his life. Members of Tyler Clementi’s family crossed The George Washington Bridge to New York City to help raise awareness about the dangers of bullying. Clementi’s mother, Jane, and brother, James, linked arms and walked with Ronnie Kroell and Elliot Dal Pra London, co-founders of The Friend Movement, who had walked from Chicago to New Jersey in Tyler’s memory as part of a bullying awareness campaign. More than 50 others, wearing purple or sporting purple ribbons, joined them to cross the span that connects Fort Lee, N.J., to upper Manhattan. The 18-year-old Rutgers freshman jumped to his death in 2010 after finding out his roommate had used a webcam to spy on him kissing a man in their dorm room. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, spent 20 days in jail after being convicted of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and witness tampering. He is appealing. Ravi was not charged with causing Clementi’s death, but the Clementi family has said they believe Ravi’s behavior was a factor, especially in light of tweets he sent that were part of the case against him. Clementi’s mother told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Sunday’s visit to the scene of her son’s death was a painful one. “Obviously, it’s a symbol of great sadness for me and my family but it is also a symbol that we can have hope,” Jane Clementi said. “Just looking around and seeing all the support we have, that’s what everyone has. Everyone has that support. We have to just look to that and reach out to that.”

  • 2 men killed in Vietnam, 1 from Illinois, to be buried at Arlington Sep 24, 2013 7:19 AM
    The bodies of two men killed in Vietnam are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., will be buried Monday.

  • CUB: Illinois residents waste $1.4B on data plans Jun 19, 2013 11:10 AM
    Illinois residents using mobile phones are wasting $1.4 billion a year by signing up for the wrong cellphone data plan, according to a consumer advocacy group's study released Tuesday. In a news release, the Citizens Utility Board said that the analysis found that the difference between the amount of data paid for and the amount actually used added up to about $194 a year for smartphone users and about $30 a year on traditional wireless phones.

  • Louisville Slugger exhibit features Lego stadiums Jun 17, 2013 7:59 AM
    A baseball-themed exhibit built entirely from Legos is attracting adults and children to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. The exhibit occupies a large space inside the museum and is filled with baseball-themed art, including a 58,000-piece model of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

  • Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels Jun 14, 2013 8:04 AM
    President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.

  • Top moments in high school sports Apr 30, 2013 2:29 PM
    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

  • Trio of retailers to settle FTC “faux” fur charges Mar 19, 2013 11:24 AM
    The FTC said Tuesday that Neiman Marcus and two other retailers have agreed to settle charges that they claimed certain products were made of "faux" fur when they actually contained real fur. In addition to the upscale department store operator, the retailers include Inc. and Eminent Inc., doing business as Revolve Clothing.

  • Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Jan 1, 2013 1:00 AM
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from boys and girls basketball.

  • Muslims use social media to counter anti-Islam messages Sep 28, 2012 12:23 PM
    Suburban Muslims are reacting in a positive manner, including with social media, to the controversial movie slandering Islam's Prophet Muhammad and a locally started Twitter campaign to counter advertisements in New York City subways maligning the word "jihad." "I think it's a brilliant way to use social media. ... It's the most peaceful way," said a mother of three.

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 6:46 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • Suburban Muslims rush to aid Pakistan flood victims Aug 25, 2010 12:01 AM
    The catastrophic floods in Pakistan has sent shock waves through Chicago's suburban Muslim communities, who are donating unprecedented amounts of supplies and cash, say officials with area relief agencies.

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