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  • New leadership ahead for Chicago health department Dec 12, 2014 7:17 AM
    The head of the Chicago Department of Public Health is leaving for a job with a hospital network and the department’s chief medical officer has been tapped to fill the position. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Dr. Bechara Choucair (Beh-SHAR’-uh shoo’-KAYR) will leave his $177,000 post at the end of December.

     
  • Indiana man shot by police had been told to demolish home Dec 12, 2014 7:17 AM
    An 84-year-old man fatally shot by officers after he fired a shotgun outside a northwestern Indiana city hall had been ordered earlier this month to demolish his home after previously being cited for not cutting the grass or cleaning up debris.

     
  • ADM plans new IT center in Kentucky Dec 12, 2014 8:45 AM
    Agribusiness company Archer Daniels Midland says it plans to open a new informational technology center next year in Kentucky that will eventually employ about 200 people.

     
  • Sierra Club appeals FutureGen permit decision Dec 12, 2014 8:44 AM
    The Sierra Club is appealing an Illinois regulators’ conclusion that the pollution controls for the FutureGen clean-coal project are adequate. The Sierra Club said in a news release Thursday that it has filed a state-court appeal of the Illinois Pollution Control Board’s decision to allow the FutureGen project to proceed. The board last month rejected the environmental group’s claim. The coal companies working on the FutureGen project, known as the FutureGen Alliance, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Construction of the $1.65 billion FutureGen project is under way near Meredosia in western Illinois. The federal government is covering $1 billion. The money is being used to refit a coal-fired power plant. Carbon dioxide from the coal used at the plant would be pumped underground and stored.

     
  • Wholesale prices in U.S. fall more than forecast on energy Dec 12, 2014 8:45 AM
    Wholesale prices in the U.S. fell more than forecast in November, led by the biggest drop in energy costs in more than a year, signaling inflation pressures remain weak even as the world’s largest economy is expanding.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day begins; Dist. 121 apology Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    Catholics trek to Guadalupe shrine; Warren school board member apologizes over no-gay remarks; Grant student accused in stabbing; Arlington Heights murder suspect hasn't hired lawyer; Hawks win 8th straight.

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Editorial: School board disruption shows consequences of indifference to local elections Dec 12, 2014 9:39 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the controversy over remarks by a school board member emphasizes the importance of participating in local elections.

     
  • Shedd Aquarium sea otter pup named Luna Dec 12, 2014 12:30 PM
    Thousands of people voted and the tally is in: Shedd Aquarium’s sea otter pup will be named Luna. The announcement was made Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” while aquarium animal care workers introduced the pup to her new exhibit for the first time. She previously was known as “Pup 681.”

     
  • Stevenson improv troupe to perform Tuesday, Dec. 16 Dec 12, 2014 12:48 PM
    Stevenson High School’s improv troupe, the Failed Presidential Candidates, is named on behalf of the school’s namesake, Adlai E. Stevenson II — who failed not once, but twice — to become president of the United States.

     
  • Woodlands Academy Robotics Club excels in national competition Dec 12, 2014 12:48 PM
    The Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Robotics Club is hoping to receive the 3D printer it won in a recent national competition just in time for Christmas.

     
  • Culver’s of St. Charles toy drive to benefit local hospital Dec 12, 2014 1:29 PM
    Culver’s celebrates this holiday season by giving back to the community. Throughout the Chicago area, more than 30 restaurant locations will be hosting toy drives for local hospitals. As a second-year initiative, Culver’s continues its tradition of spreading holiday cheer.

     
  • Mudflows spur evacuations in Southern California Dec 12, 2014 8:55 AM
    More than 100 homes have been evacuated after rain triggered mudflows in two Southern California areas stripped bare by wildfire. Capt. Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office says mandatory evacuations have been ordered for 124 homes in Camarillo Springs, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

     
  • Danville schools start violin program Dec 12, 2014 7:17 AM
    First graders at Cannon and Northeast Magnet schools in Danville are learning reading, writing and — starting in January — violin. That’s when the school district will launch a violin pilot program for the schools’ first-grade classes. “I think it’s wonderful for students to pick up an instrument at an early age,” said Northeast Principal Kimberly Norton, who believes they will develop more than just musical skills.

     
  • ‘Bibi Fatigue’ could factor into Israeli election Dec 12, 2014 10:10 AM
    With elections on the horizon, the greatest obstacle standing between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a return to high office could be Netanyahu himself. A slew of challengers, including some of his traditional supporters, are taking aim at the longtime Israeli leader, saying that after nearly nine years in office, it is time for a new face at the top. Although opinion polls still make Netanyahu the frontrunner, “Bibi fatigue” is shaping up to be a key issue during the upcoming three-month campaign.

     
  • Family of man shot in Wal-Mart to join DC march Dec 12, 2014 10:10 AM
    The parents of a 22-year-old Ohio man fatally shot by an officer while carrying an air rifle in a Wal-Mart plan to join a weekend march in the nation’s capital to protest police violence.

     
  • Pulitzer-winning photojournalist dies in Liberia Dec 12, 2014 10:10 AM
    Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died of an apparent heart attack in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58.

     
  • NCH is first hospital in area to use da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery Dec 12, 2014 10:11 AM
    Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) surgeons made history recently in robotic surgery as they performed the first surgeries in the Chicago area using the new da Vinci XI technology.

     
  • Consumer sentiment in U.S. Rrses to almost eight-year high Dec 12, 2014 10:28 AM
    Americans’ confidence rose in December to an almost eight-year high, pointing to a pickup in holiday-related purchases. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary December index of consumer sentiment increased to 93.8, the highest since January 2007, from 88.8 last month.

     
  • Cheaper gas, food lower U.S. producer prices Dec 12, 2014 10:28 AM
    Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

     
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