Daily Archive : Wednesday October 10, 2012


    Republican Pat Fee, left, opposes Democrat Stephanie Kifowit for the 84th state House District in the Nov. 6 election.

    Concealed carry divides 84th House hopefuls

    Both candidates for the 84th state House seat say they hold firearm owners identification cards, but Stephanie Kifowit and Pat Fee say they would vote differently on a plan to allow concealed carry in Illinois. Fee said she supports concealed carry, while Kifowit says she would vote against it. “Right now, I need to represent the voters of the 84th District,” said Kifowit, a 40-year-old Marine...

    Huntley Education Association co-presidents Chris Laird, left, and Julie McLaughlin are applauded as they and other HEA representatives walk into the Huntley Unit District 158 headquarters in Algonquin to talk with school board members to discuss the terms of teacher contracts on Wednesday.

    Huntley teachers meet with mediator

    Teachers in Huntley Unit District 158 showed solidarity with their union leaders by wearing green and congregating before a scheduled mediation session Wednesday -- the first between the school district and the Huntley Education Association. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is our contract, and together we will get this solved,” said Julie McLaughlin, the union co-president, before...

    Serendipity band member and lead singer Josie Treffy, 15, of South Elgin, sings for her fans at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

    Images: Serendipity the all-girl band
    The all-girl band Serendipity. Singer Josie Treffy, 15, of South Elgin, drummer Daniella Ballarino, 16, of Mount Prospect, guitarist Anneliese Schulz, of Elk Grove Village, singer / keyboard player Lizzie Petitt, 15, of Arlington Heights, and bassist Haley Blomquist, 15, of Elk Grove Village.

    Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, candidates in the 8th Congressional District, debated at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night.

    Suit takes center stage in Walsh-Duckworth fight

    At Tuesday evening's raucous 8th District debate, Congressman Joe Walsh distributed copies of a wrongful termination suit filed against Duckworth by a former Illinois Veterans Administration employee. That suit was dismissed, though a similar amended suit later was filed and is pending.

    Miles Kuschel checks his herd, which has lost several calves to wolves, on his ranch near Sebeka, Minn. Farmers have long complained about wolves wreaking havoc on their livestock and have been clamoring for states to allow hunting. Now, with government removal of Great Lakes wolves from the endangered species list in January, hunters in Wisconsin and Minnesota are preparing for the states’ first organized wolf hunts.

    Wisconsin, Minnesota ready for first wolf hunts

    For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie. The tables are about to turn: Both states plan to launch their first organized wolf hunts in the coming weeks.


    New attorney chimes in on Drew Peterson’s behalf

    An outside attorney has filed a motion in Drew Peterson’s case, claiming the former police officer’s conviction of murdering his third wife should be overturned because of mistakes made by his attorneys during the trial.

    Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, left, opposes Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District in the Nov. 6 election.

    Biggert questions AARP neutrality, quits debate

    Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert has dropped out of a radio debate with Democratic challenger Bill Foster that was set for Oct. 16, claiming a co-sponsor didn’t appear neutral. Biggert questioned information from AARP and the organization’s logo appearing in liberal-sponsored television advertising and mailers that attacked her. She announced her withdrawal from the debate in...

    Rescue workers have freed a construction worker trapped in the rubble for about 12 hours after a parking garage collapsed at a Florida college. He was brought to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.

    Victim rescued from collapsed Florida garage

    Rescue workers have freed a construction worker trapped in the rubble for about 12 hours after a parking garage collapsed at a Florida college. He was brought to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.


    Candidates debate education funding at Schaumburg forum

    In a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs Wednesday night, it’s perhaps only to be expected that the issue of Illinois’ establishing a reliable funding stream for education should get the biggest spotlight. Different approaches to reaching this goal were shared by the Democratic incumbents and Republican challengers in the 44th and 56th District state House races...


    Financial forecast shows Dist. 15 surplus by 2016-17

    What a difference a year can make. It wasn’t that long ago that Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials painted a dismal five-year financial outlook. But a new forecast released Wednesday showed reserves will remain at a healthy $53.8 million come 2016-17. The difference? The new, four-year teachers contract reached over the summer. “I can’t overstate the partnership between the...


    Elgin considers residential sprinklers

    The Elgin City Council on Wednesday gave preliminary approved to building codes that would require sprinkler systems in residential housing, but may not affect new construction for decades. The council considered adoption of the International Code Council’s 2012 model building and life safety codes during the committee of the whole meeting. But when it comes to residential sprinklers, the...

    Republican Michael Carbone, left, opposes Democrat Terry Wilke for Lake County County Board District 16 in Nov. 6 election.

    Lake County Board candidates debate Fort Sheridan plan

    Two men running for the Lake County Board in the Round Lake area differ on how to go about creating public access for a golf course previously owned by the Army at what is now the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve near Highland Park. Republican Michael Carbone is challenging incumbent Democrat Terry Wilke in the county board District 16 race.


    Group’s campaign prompts Elgin policy discussion

    The city of Elgin is considering a formal policy discouraging public requests for proclamations that are political or “highly controversial.” Residents have spoken during council meetings in recent months urging the group to pass a resolution in support of an amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting the use of corporate, special interest and private money in politics, including...

    Michael McGue

    Union says strike vote possible at Grayslake District 46 next week

    Lake County Federation of Teachers President Michael McGue says stalled contract talks at Grayslake Elementary District 46 may lead to union members taking a strike vote next week.

    Debra Parenti, associate superintendent for finance and operations for District 214 talks about Elk Grove High School’s sound-insulated ceiling Wednesday during tours of the school’s multimillion dollar renovations that were finished in August.

    Elk Grove High shows off renovations, soundproofing

    Students and staff members helped show off the newly renovated and soundproofed Elk Grove High School on Wednesday afternoon, the end result of years of effort and millions of dollars worth of work. “I feel like it helps motivate kids when you have a nicer school,” said student Gaby Vaca. “In the classrooms you don’t hear the airplanes anymore, and it’s so much easier to have gym with air...


    Naperville’s revenues on the rebound, officials say

    Sales tax revenues in Naperville already have eclipsed the previous high set in 2007, officials say, and the holiday shopping season hasn’t even begun. That’s not the only good news for city council members beginning to prepare next year’s budget: the city’s income tax revenues have passed $12 million for the first time since 2009 and revenue from real estate transfers also has started to climb,...

    Robert Spence

    Kane branch courts to reduce hours due to fewer tickets

    Beginning, Dec. 1, the Aurora and Elgin branch courts will be closed every other Friday and the Kane County branch court in St. Charles will be closed on Mondays. Chief Judge Robert Spence said the move is about using resources more efficiently because traffic tickets, misdemeanors and ordinance violations in branch courts are down at least 30 percent since 2007 as cities have fewer officers on...


    Cronin: DuPage townships not target of consolidation

    Talk of having DuPage County become “a laboratory” for local government consolidation has some township officials nervous about being part of the experiment. But county board Chairman Dan Cronin insists his plan to ask state lawmakers to make it easier to consolidate some local taxing bodies isn’t part of a move to eliminate townships. “My focus is not on township government,” Cronin said.

    Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who was the top security official at the consulate in Libya, testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other Americans.

    Republicans hammer State witnesses on Libya attack

    Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail the Obama administration’s early response to the killing of the ambassador and three other Americans there.

    John S. Gates Jr.

    Emergency declaration fizzles at RTA

    Regional Transportation Authority board directors aren't buying arguments that empty desks in the auditing and IT departments justify emergency spending. The board quashed a request to approve more than $400,000 in “emergency” contracts with two consulting firms to help out while there are staff vacancies.

    Suzi Schmidt

    Schmidt not guilty of criminal damage, trespassing charges

    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt was found not guilty of walking onto her neighbor’s land and puncturing a bag of chicken feed during a dispute, Lake County Judge George Strickland ruled Wednesday. However, a civil order of protection against her remains for now. “I’m happy this part is over, though it’s sad that it had to turn out this way,” she said.


    Bartlett considers new garbage contract

    Bartlett officials next month are expected to approve a five-year garbage collection contract with its current hauler, Republic Services. Officials say residents will play slightly more than in some neighboring communities, but receive extra benefits.


    MCC gets federal grant to expand manufacturing programs

    McHenry County College will use a nearly $600,000 federal grant it was recently awarded to train those who became unemployed after their jobs moved out of the country, as well as veterans and others who are unemployed and underemployed, in high-wage, high-skill manufacturing jobs, officials said.


    Schaumburg PTA blood drive Oct. 23

    The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is helping Heartland sponsor a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the board room at the Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Administration Center at 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Anyone between the ages of 17 and 75 who weighs at least 110 pounds can participate.


    Naperville plans to lower property taxes for 3rd year

    The average Naperville homeowner can expect to pay about $35 less next year on the city portion of their annual property tax bill. During a recent budget workshop, a majority of council members tentatively approved a $46.6 million levy, a decrease of 2.6 percent from last year.


    What are you doing on 10-11-12?

    So what are you doing on Thursday? Not you, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan — we already know you’re a little busy with that debate thing. But others may be marking, in some way, the fact that Thursday is a special day, numerically speaking: It’s 10-11-12.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ashley M. Pomplin, 24, of Geneva, faces two counts of battery, for an incident at her home at 1:37 a.m. Oct. 4, according to a police report. Police say she hit a man in the face and neck with her fist, and that she bit someone in the neck and left knee. She was also charged with criminal damage to property for damaging a cellphone.

    The Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action at Aurora University is often the site for cultural gatherings such as this 2011 celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The university will be expanding the Wackerlin Center to add a larger space for such gatherings.

    Aurora University to build gathering place

    The Wackerlin Center for Faith in Action has long been Aurora University’s venue for Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations, Passover seders and discussions about international events. The university now will be expanding the building to add a larger space for such discussions. “We would use the new space for everything from packing gift boxes to send overseas to working with students in...

    A fire truck blocks the road at Spring Creek and Ridge roads in Barrington Hills while crews battled a four-alarm fire Wednesday morning just north of the intersection.

    Two injured in four-alarm blaze near Barrington

    Two were injured Wednesday as firefighters from the Barrington area and several nearby departments battled a barn fire Wednesday morning on Ridge Road in Barrington Hills, authorities said. The four-alarm blaze was reported about 8:20 a.m. and fire crews from as far away as Hampshire were called in to assist or cover for other departments on the scene.


    Inverness church to hold Fall Festival, Oktoberfest on Oct. 20

    Holy Family Catholic Community will hold its first Fall Festival and Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the parish, 2515 Palatine Road, Inverness. The Fall Festival begins at 1 p.m. and features activities such as crafts, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, dancers and live entertainment.


    Police reports
    Javier Valdivia, 33, of the 400 block of Prospect Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents. Valdivia was arrested at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after police pulled him over for improper lane usage in the 0-99 block of Wilcox Avenue, according to police reports. In a search of his vehicle, police found...

    Democrat Brenda Rodgers, left, opposes Republican Sandy Wegman in the race for Kane County Recorder in November.

    Rodgers opposes Wegman for county recorder

    Democrat Brenda Rodgers hopes to unseat incumbent Sandy Wegman in the position of Kane County Recorder. Wegman, a Republican, is seeking her fourth 4-year term and said working with her staff to develop an online system from the ground up has been a great accomplishment. Rodgers, a former Elgin city council member, said she wants to create awareness about the office and offer seminars to people...

    Corinne Pierog

    Oberweis, Pierog say they won’t extend income tax increase

    Letting a temporary state income tax increase expire when it is supposed to is something both Jim Oberweis and Corinne Pierog, opponents in the 25th District state senate race, can get behind.

    Dave Barry

    DuPage County District 6 hopefuls divided on youth home closure

    The six candidates running for the three District 6 seats on the DuPage County Board agree the county should strive to offer quality services with less money. But they are divided on whether measures like the board's controversial decision last year to close the county youth home are the right way to do this.

    Gary Lonquist

    MHS business manager Gary Lonquist to retire in June

    Mundelein High School business manager Gary Lonquist will retire in June 2013. He helped guide the school into calmer financial waters after years of poor fiscal management by previous administrators.

    John Lawson and Michelle Mussman

    Mussman, Lawson address special-needs funding

    Candidates often argue that social issues must take a back seat to the severity of the state's financial woes. But Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman and Republican challenger John Lawson both say state funding for special-needs children and adults is too important to be deferred. “It’s extremely important and needs to be part of the conversation right now,” Mussman said. “It needs to be part...

    Joe McMahon

    Kane to hold ‘No Refusal’ patrol before Halloween, Thanksgiving

    The Kane County State's Attorney's Office will hold "No Refusal" DUI events on the weekend before Halloween and also the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is one of the biggest party nights of the year.

    Adam B. Hearn

    Wrestling move prompted Naperville stabbing, defense says

    A Lombard man who was kicked out of a Naperville bar for smoking in the women’s restroom used justifiable force when he knifed a bouncer to escape a “guillotine chokehold,” his attorneys said in court Wednesday. Adam Hearn, 33, is on trial for attempted murder and armed violence in the March 2011 stabbing of security guard Sean Brutto at BlackFinn American Saloon.


    Adler Center open house

    The David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville hosts its autumn open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.


    Cemetery walk turns back time

    Learn about Round Lake area history and meet some of its early settlers during a historic cemetery walk and ride at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Costumed characters will greet participants at four different locations in this journey through time.


    Picnic shelter permits

    Oct. 15 is the first day to purchase a picnic shelter permit for event dates in 2013 for any of 31 Lake County Forest Preserve picnic shelters.


    Choral concert at MHS

    The Mundelein High School’s autumn chour concert will begin at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

    The Syrian passenger plane that was forced by Turkish jets to land Wednesday at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, stands on the apron.

    Turkish F-16s force Syria-bound plane from Moscow to land

    Turkish F-16 jets forced a passenger plane traveling from Moscow to Damascus to land after intelligence reports said it was carrying cargo banned by civil aviation rules, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

    Pakistani women hold banners Wednesday during a protest condemning the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani doctors successfully removed a bullet Wednesday from the neck of a 14-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, a government minister said. Banner bottom right reads, “The Taliban is afraid of an unarmed girl.”

    Shooting of Pakistan girl activist sparks outrage

    Schools shut their doors in protest and Pakistanis across the country held vigils Wednesday to pray for a 14-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman after daring to advocate education for girls and criticize the militant group. The shooting of Malala Yousufzai on Tuesday in the town of Mingora in the volatile Swat Valley horrified Pakistanis across the religious, political and ethnic...

    Geneva teachers turn their picket signs in at the end of a protest Tuesday night before a Geneva school board meeting.

    Geneva teachers union wants help from parents, residents

    The Geneva Education Association has stepped up efforts to get residents, especially parents of schoolchildren, to get the school board to settle a new contract for teachers.

    Elizabeth Escalona, 23, sits in a courtroom Monday during a sentencing hearing in Dallas. Escalona pleaded guilty in July to injury to a child and is facing up to life in prison. A doctor has testified that the Texas mother glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall and beat the toddler so badly that she suffered significant brain trauma and bleeding inside her skull.

    Sister seeks leniency for mom who glued child’s hands to wall

    DALLAS — The sister of a Dallas mother who beat her toddler and glued the child’s hands to a wall is asking a judge for leniency — even as she acknowledged her own fury over the attack.Margaret Escalona took the stand Wednesday at a sentencing hearing for Elizabeth Escalona.

    Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, accompanied by her attorney Bert Rein, right, talks to reporters Wednesday outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely.

    High court questions Texas affirmative action plan

    Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not offer her a spot in 2008.

    Hawthorn Elementary North ELL teacher Loretta Pittman is all smiles after being honored by Office Max with the “A Day Made Better” award in Vernon Hills.

    ELL teacher receives ‘A Day Made Better’ award

    Tuesday, Oct. 2 dawned like most others for Hawthorn Elementary North ELL teacher Loretta Pittman — that is, until representatives from the local Office Max store burst into her classroom to surprise her with “A Day Made Better.”

    “Hop On” by Stephanie Toral will be on display at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville.

    Stephanie Toral to show works in Adler exhibition series

    This past September, the David Adler Music and Arts Center started displaying the works of a different artist every month in its first “Adler Center Exhibition Series.” Libertyville artist Stephanie Toral is next to display her works.

    Republican Don Castella, left, is challenging Democratic incumbent Terry Link in the 30th state Senate District race.

    Link, Castella discuss ideas to boost state economy and employment in Senate District 30 race

    Democratic state Sen. Terry Link and Republican challenger Don Castella have very different ideas on how to improve the state's economy and boost employment in the race for the Senate District 30 seat in portions of Lake and Cook counties.


    Power outage delays paper delivery; digital meter lifted

    A power failure overnight significantly delayed production of Wednesday's Daily Herald and late deliveries are expected this morning. As a result, the Daily Herald has removed its digital meter to allow unfettered access to online content.

    The last campaign got the glory. This one is the grind. For all the many ways that President Barack Obama’s bid for a second term is different from his first, the one that stands out now is the feel at the finish.

    For Obama, this time, it is ‘grind it out’ mode

    The last campaign got the glory. This one is the grind. For all the many ways that President Barack Obama’s bid for a second term is different from his first, the one that stands out now is the feel at the finish.


    Ex-head of military team in Libya: security weak

    WASHINGTON — The former head of a 16-member U.S. military team in Libya says the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador was killed, was never able to get the number of forces it needed to protect the compound.

    At Stanley’s Ale House in South Elgin, patrons can drop a bottle cap into the oversized plastic bottle to vote for their presidential choice. Votes will be tallied with others across the country until Nov. 4.

    Vote with your bottle cap at South Elgin restaurant

    Besides casting a paper ballot for the November presidential election, local diners can vote with bottle caps for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama in South Elgin. The “Fork Over Your Vote” poll is tallying the preferences at independent restaurants across the country, including at Stanley’s Ale House where patrons can put beer bottle caps into giant beer bottles in the restaurant lobby during their...

    Costumes, games and a climbing wall all will be part of the annual Spooktacular Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 14, in downtown Lombard.

    New Zombie Walk melds with Lombard’s Spooktacular fall festival

    The Lombard Historical Society is calling all the living and undead to its newest fundraiser involving zombies. The first Zombie Walk will challenge participants to make it through a milelong course on the Great Western Trail and Main Street in Lombard surviving several obstacles with lifelines intact. “We did end up toning it down a bit so families would be welcome, too,” said Jeanne Schultz...

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with supporters during a campaign stop on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

    Building on momentum, Romney renews push for Ohio

    Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House.


    Purdue plans adding 100 engineering professors

    Purdue University is hiring more than 100 new engineering professors as part of an effort to move the school to the top of the engineering field The plan also aims to boost undergraduate engineering enrollment 10 percent within the next five years. Undergraduate enrollment in Purdue’s College of Engineering grew by 17 percent between 2006 and 2011 to nearly 7,100, resulting in more students...


    Hazardous chemcial removal complete in Wisconsin

    Contractors have completed the removal of thousands of gallons of hazardous chemicals from an abandoned factory in Washington County. The emergency cleanup by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began Sept. 12 at the former Niphos Coatings metal plating factory in a residential neighborhood in the village of Slinger.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is driven from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno’s downfall.

    Sandusky headed to prison, but scandal persists

    Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away. Victims face a lifetime of healing. Penn State is laboring under severe NCAA penalties. And at least four civil lawsuits have been filed against a university shamed by scandal, with more likely to come.

    Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, left, leaves a court in Moscow, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed Yekaterina Samutsevich of the jailed Pussy Riot group, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

    Moscow court frees 1 of 3 jailed punk band members

    MOSCOW — A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

    President Barack Obama speaks The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

    Democrats on edge amid Obama debate fallout

    It’s more than President Barack Obama’s lackluster debate performance that has some Democrats on edge a month from Election Day. Party loyalists, in Washington and in battleground states, are fretting that Obama’s campaign has been slow to rebound after Republican Mitt Romney’s commanding debate.

    Dr. Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University photographed in his lab on campus in Durham, N.C. in 1996. Lefkowitz along with American Brian Kobilka have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry it was announced early Wednesday morning Oct. 10, 2012. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two researchers Wednesday “for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors.”

    Two U.S. scientists win Nobel chemistry prize

    STOCKHOLM — Two American researchers won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for studies of protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals like danger or the flavor of food. Such studies are key for developing better drugs.

    This image from NASA-TV shows the capture of the Dragon capsule by a robot arm on the International Space Station as they passed over the South Atlantic Ocean early Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. It’s the first official delivery by the California-based SpaceX company under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The contract calls for 12 such shipments.

    SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station

    A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. The SpaceX cargo ship, called Dragon, eased up to the orbiting lab, and station astronauts reached out with a robot arm and snared it. Then they firmly latched it down.

    This file courtroom sketch shows Mark Basseley Youssef, right, talking with his attorney Steven Seiden in court. Youssef, who was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East, is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

    Man behind anti-Muslim film to appear in court

    LOS ANGELES — A California man with many aliases who was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East is expected to be asked by a judge Wednesday whether he violated his probation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

    Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, right, listens to a commander during his tour of the military along the border with Syria in Hatay, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday Turkey was prepared to counter any threats from Syria. “Every kind of threat to the Turkish territory and the Turkish people will find us standing against it,” Erdogan said.

    Turkey vows more force against Syrian shelling

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s military chief vowed Wednesday to respond with more force to any further shelling from Syria, keeping up the pressure on its southern neighbor a day after NATO said it stood ready to defend Turkey.


    Panetta: U.S. sends forces to Jordan

    BRUSSELS — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

    Airport police monitor the entrance of Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Yongda Huang Harris, 28, flying from Japan to Boston, was arrested Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, during a stopover at Los Angeles International Airport, wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants, and traveling with a suitcase full of weapons, leg irons, a smoke grenade, a gas mask and a biohazard suitd, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

    Feds: Man at LA airport had weapons, smoke grenade

    A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

    Visitors to The Field Museum’s Grainger Hall of Gems can marvel at this diamond and platinum necklace, circa 1914.

    Gold holds higher value than diamonds

    Students in Katherine Crawford’s fifth-grade class at Mundelein’s West Oak Middle School asked, “What's worth more, diamonds or gold?” Due to gold's standard and measurable value, experts say it is definitely worth more than diamonds, which have too many variables.

    Arie Friedman, left, opposes Julie Morrison in the 29th Senate District in the Nov. 6 election.

    State senate candidates Morrison, Friedman differ on income tax rates

    Two state senate candidates have different opinions on what to do about an Illinois income tax increase that's been in effect since 2011. Democrat Julie Morrison says the tax should be allowed to expire as planned, while Republican Arie Friedman contends it should be repealed. They are candidates in the 29th Senate District.

    Sherri Griffith, left, and Karen Yarbrough.

    Cook recorder of deeds candidates agree on overhaul

    They may be battling it out in November, but both candidates for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds agree that the office needs a complete overhaul. State Rep. Karen Yarbrough, a Democrat, and Republican Sherri Griffith, a sales and marketing professional, say the website needs to be revamped, new software needs to be put in place and more staff efficiencies need to be made.

    Century Walk Corp. President Brand Bobosky unveiled the new Grinch statue Tuesday at the Naper Boulevard Library.

    Grinch takes up residence outside Naper Boulevard Library

    His heart may be two-sizes too small but the Grinch’s library card is just as big as yours. And now he’s registered in Whoville and Naperville. Naperville’s Century Walk Corp. unveiled it’s 42nd piece Tuesday, a life-size bronze sculpture of the Christmas-stealing Grinch and his faithful dog Max, just outside the Naper Boulevard Library

    United States 8th Congressional District candidates Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth debated at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night. Here moderator Paul Green manages the proceedings.

    Dawn Patrol: Hot Duckworth-Walsh debate; Six Flags roach caution

    Joe Walsh, Tammy Duckworth debate with crowd's help in Rolling Meadows. Six Flags in Gurnee halts cockroach-eating contest. Teen arrested after crash into Glen Ellyn home. Schaumburg police say 911 call about shots fired a false alarm. Aurora firefighters get small raises. Libertyville fire hurts one.


    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

    11 teammates testified in case against Armstrong

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles.

    Fire coach Frank Klopas hopes to have the fans bring their pregame party into Toyota Park.

    Fire players warm up to fans

    Chicago Fire fans, coach Frank Klopas has a request: Cut short your pregame tailgating and bring the party inside Toyota Park for the players’ pregame warmups. “We have great fans, and sometimes it’s difficult getting in early,” Klopas said, “but having people from the warmup there, it’s a big advantage for our players, to have that kind of atmosphere.”

    The San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan is congratulated by Marco Scutaro (19) after Pagan hit a solo home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

    Giants beat Reds 8-3, series even at 2

    Angel Pagan led off the game with a home run, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval connected later and Tim Lincecum came out of the bullpen to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday, evening their NL division series at 2-all.

    Matt Forte is upended by Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis during the first half of the Bears’ victory Sunday. Forte was part of a running game that amassed 214 yards.

    Wootton starting to make more of an impact

    Bears defensive end Corey Wootton bounced back with a big effiort, including a sack and forced fumble, against the Jaguars after a couple down weeks.


    Libertyville completes perfect Lake run

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team wrapped up the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship Wednesday night with a 25-15, 26-24 win over visiting Lake Forest.The win on senior night hiked the Wildcats’ record to 20-4 and completed a 6-0 run for them through the NSC Lake. Several seniors contributed to the victory that clinched Libertyville’s second division title in three years.Brooke Donovan contributed 2 aces and 9 digs, while Kristen Webb had 19 digs. Cindy Zhou dished out 16 assists. Taylor Zant and Julia Smagacz registered 7 and 5 kills, respectively, and Haley Becker chipped in three for the Wildcats. Dana Kym slammed a pair of kills.Vernon Hills d. Antioch: Shannon Nugent had 6 kills and 3 blocks, and Jenn Claussen also pounded 6 kills for the Cougars in their 25-19, 25-16 win.Jasmine Tamalunas served 13 of 15 with an ace and set 28 of 31 with 8 assists for Vernon Hills, which improved to 11-17 and 4-1 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Erin Munoz and Nugent (1 ace) served 9 of 9 and 7 of 7, respectively. Tori Smith was 6-of-6 serving and 23-of-24 setting with 6 assists.“We have been spending a lot of time working on defense, and it paid off tonight,” Cougars coach Abbie Gutzmer said. “Our team defense was spot-on, and we were able to capitalize on offense. Also, (we had) another good day serving.”Antioch (17-11, 3-2) received 3 kills from Madeline Johnson. Sam Falco added 3 blocks and 2 kills, and Marissa Grant served 3 aces.“Not a good night for the Sequoits,” Antioch coach Glen Heitman said. “We made the game too easy for Vernon Hills with over 30 unforced errors.”Lakes d. Grant: A monster match from Emily Aigner propelled the Eagles to a 27-25, 20-25, 25-19 win that lifted their record to 17-5 and 5-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Aigner had 17 kills, 3 blocks, 14 digs and 1 ace. Sarah Horner added 8 kills and 15 digs for Lakes.Grant got 11 kills from Brooke Buckley. Mallory Gizowski and Anna Panasenko each had 4 blocks. Gizowski and Beka Couch added 5 kills apiece, and Taylor Rossi served 5 aces. Gizowski had 3 aces.Zion-Benton d. Mundelein: Ashley Dolin and Yasmeen Johnson each had 3 kills for the Mustangs in their 25-17, 25-23 loss.Madi Wilcox delivered 3 aces and dished out 11 assists for Mundelein (7-15, 1-5) in its North Suburban Lake finale.


    Lake Zurich’s Foote finds a future at Indiana

    Lake Zurich left-hander Austin Foote recently accepted a scholarship offer from Indiana University, making him the second Bears baseball player who is committed to a Big Ten school. Catcher Anthony Drago, Foote’s classmate, decided this past summer that he would attend the University of Illinois.


    Leyden picks up nonconference win

    Junior outside hitter Kelly Murphy (6 aces, 6 kills) and freshman outside hitter Emily Steininger (5 kills) led Leyden’s girls volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-17 victory over visiting Elmwood Park in the nonconference match on Wednesday.

    Senior quarterback Quinn Baker (9) has been one of the leaders of the 7-0 Cary-Grove football team this season.

    Seaburg has Cary-Grove back in familiar position

    The title picture in the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division has taken on a familiar blue tint. Cary-Grove won FVC titles every fall between 2004-09 under hall of famer Bruce Kay, who retired after the 2010 season. After a two-campaign title drought, second-year coach Brad Seaburg and his staff have the Trojans undefeated (7-0, 4-0) and zeroed in on a return to the FVC Valley throne.


    Wednesday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Wednesday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    New York Yankees’ Raul Ibanez (27) is mobbed by teammates at home plate Wednesday after he hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning in Game 3 of the American League division baseball series. The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2.

    Ibanez homers twice, Yanks sting O’s in 12th

    NEW YORK — Raul Ibanez lined a ninth-inning home run while pinch hitting for slumping Alex Rodriguez, then hit a leadoff homer in the 12th, giving the New York Yankees a stunning 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their AL division series. Batting for baseball’s highest-paid player, Ibanez homered to right-center with one out in the ninth inning off major league saves leader Jim Johnson to tie it at 2. He then hit the first pitch from Brian Matusz leading off the 12th. Phil Hughes will start for the Yankees on Thursday night in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore.Baltimore had won 16 straight extra-inning games, and had been 76-0 when leading after seven, before the Yankees stung them.“It was a great experience. We do it as a team. We stay after it,” Ibanez said. “I’m blessed to come up and have the opportunity like that. We do it together. it’s about a team and about winning.”Ibanez got that chance after Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the decision to bat for Rodriguez — the first time A-Rod had ever been pinch-hit for in a postseason game, according to STATS LLC.“You’re going to be asked a lot of questions if it doesn’t work,” Girardi said.Rodriguez has 647 career home runs — he’s chasing the all-time record of 762 by Barry Bonds — but was just 1 for 12 with no RBIs and seven strikeouts in this series when Girardi pulled him.The brash, young Orioles appeared poised to move within a game of their first trip to the AL championship series since 1997.But Ibanez hit a 1-0 pitch into the seats, setting off a raucous celebration in what had been a demoralized Yankee Stadium crowd. Rodriguez led the cheers, raising an arm in the dugout and high-fiving injured star Mariano Rivera.Now the Yankees could put away the Orioles for good.After their 10-game July lead was cut to zero in early September, the Yankees repelled every Orioles charge. The teams were tied 10 times in the final month but New York ended up atop the division.New York won the opener in Baltimore scoring five runs in the ninth off Johnson. The Orioles won Game 2 and rode Miguel Gonzalez’s pretty performance to a 2-1 lead in the ninth. But The Yankees limited Baltimore to one hit after Manny Machado homered in the fifth. Ryan Flaherty homered earlier for the Orioles.Robert Andino was doubled off second after leading off the ninth with a single and advancing on a sacrifice.Boone Logan got one out in relief of Hiroki Kuroda, who gave up two solo homers in 8 1-3 innings. Closer Rafael Soriano pitched 1 1-3 innings and David Robertson went two, finishing off his outing by bumping into and tagging Andino to end the top of the 12th.Derek Jeter tied the score with an RBI triple in the third for the Yankees. Jeter, limping because of a sore ankle, came out after eight innings.

    Joe Kotch

    Football MVPs, Week 7

    Glenbard East senior quarterback Joe Kotch and Cary-Grove senior defensive back Zach Marszal have earned MVP honors from the Daily Herald for their performances in Week 7 of the high school football season.

    St. Charles East’s Kevin Kurtz and East Aurora’s Danny Miranda fight for possession.

    St. Charles E. rolls to UEC title

    It’s been a team effort to take St. Charles East to the top of the Upstate Eight Conference soccer standings, and the Saints punctuated that in the first UEC crossover championship game Wednesday night in St. Charles.


    Wheaton Academy stuns Marmion in 2 OTs

    Marmion stunned Wheaton Academy late in Wednesday’s Suburban Christian Conference boys soccer match. Then the Warriors returned the favor.

    St. Edward’s Alex Semler leaps into the arms of teammate Efrain Franco after scoring a goal on Elgin Academy in the first half of a Class 1A Westminster Christian regional semifinal on Wednesday.

    St. Edward crosses up Elgin Academy

    The Elgin Academy keeper simply had no chance. St. Edward sophomore Joe French and senior Johnny Shepherd collaborated on a perfect cross moments before halftime for the Green Wave. Shepherd easily guided the flawless feed into the Elgin Academy net with two-plus minutes remaining before halftime of the schools’ Class 1A Westminster Christian boys soccer regional semifinal on Wednesday. Coming only a few minutes after freshman Alex Semler scored off an Elgin Academy misplay, the 2-goal run in 2 minutes, 10 seconds was the difference as the Green Wave advanced to the Friday’s championship game with a 4-2 win.


    Walding helps Lake Zurich serve Stevenson a loss

    Lake Zurich junior Kristen Walding started her team’s serving effort against powerful Stevenson and didn’t surrender that role until it was 11-2 as the Bears handled Stevenson 25-16, 25-22 in a match on the Patriots’ home floor.


    Healthier Harpers hangs on against COD

    Besieged by injuries this season, the Harper College women’s soccer team had struggled to a 4-9 record this season. But with the NJCAA Region IV tournament just around the corner, Hawks coach Dwayne Cruz is seeing things take a turn for the better as he’s now in charge of a nearly compeltely heathy roster. That made a difference Wednesday as Harper edged College of DuPage 2-1 in Palatine.

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich brings the ball upcourt during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chicago. The Bulls won 92-88.

    Kirk Hinrich makes good ‘first’ impression with Bulls

    Kirk Hinrich not only had a successful return to the Bulls on Tuesday, he also seemed to mesh well in the backcourt with Richard Hamilton. Both players are hoping to stay healthy after injury-marred seasons.


    Boys cross country / Scouting conference meets, Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys cross country conference meets, including Saturday's Mid-Suburban League championships at Busse Woods.


    Girls cross country: Scouting conference meets, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's girls cross country conference meets, including the Mid-Suburban League championships Saturday at Busse Woods Forest Preserve.

    Palatine’s Jeremy Velinski hurdles Barrington’s Fernando Telles during the Pirates’ 1-0 MSL West-clinching victory last Thursday.

    MSL Cup: Palatine at Buffalo Grove

    Palatine travels to Buffalo Grove for a 7 p.m. Thursday contest to decide the Mid-Suburban League's overall boys soccer champion in the 36th MSL Cup.


    St. Francis hoping to build ‘athletic jewel for the community’

    When it’s all said and done, St. Francis’ new football stadium will be anything but spartan. The 55-year-old college prep school is beginning a campaign that will spend upward of $4 million on updating and adding to the facility, said St. Francis president Tom Bednar.


    More at stake in Naperville than bragging rights

    The focus of this year’s Wes Spencer Classic will have a bit of a twist.Instead of primarily focusing on the historic rivalry between Naperville North and Naperville Central, Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference game at North Central College will be all about getting in the playoffs.


    North Central remains atop rankings

    In a sport in which consistency and a strong steadiness creates champions, the North Central College men’s cross country team has been all that and more. For the fifth straight week the Cardinals find themselves atop the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division III regional rankings.

    In this 1985 photo, “Saturday Night Live” actor Billy Crystal, in character as “Fernando,” center, is flanked by host Alex Karras and musical guest Tina Turner during a rehearsal. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77.

    Alex Karras, former NFL lineman, actor, dies at 77

    Alex Karras was one of the NFL’s most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s. And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom “Webster” or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in “Blazing Saddles.”The rugged player, who anchored the Detroit Lions’ defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, died Wednesday. He was 77.


    Burke’s return boosts Michigan

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For about three weeks, Michigan fans wondered whether Trey Burke was going to turn pro.If he did, the Wolverines would enter this season with a major hole to fill. If Burke stayed, Michigan would be among the favorites for the Big Ten title — and possibly an extended NCAA tournament run.There didn’t seem to be any middle ground.Burke decided to put off the NBA and remain with the Wolverines, and sure enough, his team enters the 2012-13 season amid high expectations. With Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jordan Morgan also back — and a highly touted recruiting class arriving — Michigan looks ready to contend for another conference crown after sharing the title last season.

    St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal beats the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper to first base for an out Wednesday during the seventh inning of Game 3 in Washington.

    Carpenter pitches Cards past Nationals 8-0 for 2-1 lead

    Chris Carpenter was every bit the postseason ace he’s been in the past for the St. Louis Cardinals. Taking the mound for only the fourth time in 2012, missing a rib after surgery to cure numbness on his right side, the 37-year-old Carpenter pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and leading the Cardinals past the Nationals 8-0 Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    Fishing expert Ron Lindner recently spoke with outdoors columnist Mike Jackson about some new success he's encountered with the Little Action Mac pre-rigged worms.

    Another means to an end

    Mike Jackson has never been a big fan of trolling, but Freshwater Hall-of-Famer Ron Lindner tells him that the Little Action Mac pre-rigged plastic worm has worked like a charm with walleye fishermen trolling on Lake Erie.


    NHL, union resume talks to try to resolve lockout

    The NHL and the players’ association are talking again as the lockout reaches its 25th day. The sides are meeting Wednesday in New York. On Friday, they held an unannounced meeting in Toronto to discuss where they were and how to move the process forward.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received strong support from general manager Phil Emery, who likes the passion and leadership he sees in Cutler.

    Bears GM stands behind his quarterback

    Bears general manager Phil Emery, speaking to the media Wednesday for the first time since training camp, defended quarterback Jay Cutler's sideline antics and suggested any discussions of a contract extension for coach Lovie Smith would have to wait until after the season.


    Mike North video: Top Ten Ginger Athletes All Time

    Mike North and the Tasty Trade studio folks discusses chocolate chip cookies, New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and the top red headed athletes.

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson pumps his fist after Detroit Tigers’ Omar Infante hit into a double play to end the top of the third inning Tuesday during Game 3 of an American League division series in Oakland, Calif.

    Anderson pitches A’s past Tigers to avoid sweep

    These Oakland Athletics never count themselves out — down and doubted is their dogma. Brett Anderson outdueled fellow postseason first-timer Anibal Sanchez and the upstart A’s were stellar on defense all over the diamond, avoiding another playoff sweep by Detroit by beating the Tigers 2-0 Tuesday night in their AL division series. The A’s cut their deficit in the best-of-five matchup to 2-1.


    Shoppers crowd Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Deal reported for new Woodfield investors

    Sacramento, Calif.-based California Public Employees' Retirement System has agreed to invest about $500 million for a 50-percent stake in Schaumburg-based Woodfield Mall, according to a news report.


    Wal-Mart to accelerate small store growth

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains. “This gives us the opportunity to build more stores for less money,” Bill Simon, president of Wal-Mart’s U.S. division told Wall Street analysts gathered at a meeting near its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.


    Dow falls 128, with Chevron and Alcoa leading way

    Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 128 points, its steepest loss since late June.


    Heating costs to rise this winter as cold returns

    Fuel prices will be relatively stable, but customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles in the U.S., Japan, Europe and elsewhere around the world for a faulty power-window switch — the latest, massive quality woes for Japan’s top automaker. The recall, announced Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010.

    Huge window switch recall hampers Toyota comeback

    The largest recall in Toyota's 75-year history could undermine the carmaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. The company on Wednesday recalled 7.43 million cars, trucks and SUVs worldwide to fix faulty power window switches that can cause fires. The recall affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010 around the world including the Camry.

    New homes are under construction in Edmond, Okla. Nearly all regions of the United States are reporting that stronger housing markets have helped boost economic growth since the middle of August, according to a survey relased Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The Fed says growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another. Rising home sales helped lift home prices.

    How the Fed compiles the Beige Book, at a glance

    Eight times a year, the Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book, a snapshot of business conditions in each of the Fed’s 12 regional bank districts. The findings are all anecdotal; there are no numbers. The Beige Book is updated two weeks before each meeting of the Fed’s policymaking meeting in Washington.Staffers at each of the 12 regional banks compile the information. They do so after contacting businesses, economists and other financial experts by phone, through questionnaires and email. The businesses range from retailers and home builders to hotels and restaurant owners. The idea is to detect trends in consumer spending, manufacturing and real estate, among other areas. Consumer spending is particularly important because it accounts for about 70 percent of gross domestic product. GDP is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. The staffers also conduct separate monthly surveys of manufacturers in each region. The staff of each Fed region pays particular attention to that region’s major industries. For example, in the Atlanta Fed region, which includes Florida, staffers focus in particular on tourism. The energy industry is highlighted in the Dallas Fed region report; farming is prominent in the Kansas City Fed region. The regional staffs compile the responses into 12 regional reports. Each regional report appears in the Beige Book, along with an introductory section that summarizes the findings of all the regions. The writing of the introduction is rotated among the 12 regional banks. The report becomes part of the information discussed by the Federal Open Market Committee. That’s the group, composed of Fed board members in Washington and regional bank presidents, who meet eight times a year to determine the Fed’s approach to interest rates and other policies. The Beige Book is compiled slightly more than a week before it’s published. That makes it relatively current compared with many other economic indicators, which can lag a month or more behind the period they report on. The Beige Book’s formal title is the “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District.” The idea for it came in 1970 from Arthur Burns, then the Fed chairman. Before then, each of the regional bank presidents would present information at the meeting obtained from business contacts in their regions. Burns thought the information would be more useful if it were written down and presented to the FOMC members before they met. The Beige Book began life as the Red Book. The informal name changed when the color of the report’s cover changed. It was first publicly released in 1983. That’s when the Fed began releasing the reports two weeks before each policymaking meeting. It did so under an agreement with members of Congress who wanted more Fed openness.

    New homes are under construction in Edmond, Okla. Nearly all regions of the United States are reporting that stronger housing markets have helped boost economic growth since the middle of August, according to a survey relased Wednesday by the Federal Reserve. The Fed says growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another. Rising home sales helped lift home prices.

    Federal Reserve: Housing lifts growth in most US regions

    Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.


    Rhode Island pharmacy owned by Oak Brook firm suspended

    The state Department of Health has suspended the license of a Rhode Island pharmary owned by Oak Brook-based Millennium Pharmacy Systems Inc.,that supplies drugs to patients in long-term nursing facilities because it allegedly dispensed adulterated and misbranded drugs and medication without a valid prescription, among other violations. Health officials also say pharmacy staff tried to cover up some of the problems during an inspection.

    British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC and its European counterpart EADS NV on Wednesday Oct 10, 2012 abandoned a proposed merger that would have created a global defense and aerospace giant.

    Political objections derail European aerospace deal

    A deal to create a European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed Wednesday when BAE Systems and EADS NV called off merger talks in the face of government objections. The companies said they had “decided to terminate their discussions” over the proposed $45 billion tie-up because of conflicting interests between the British, French and German governments.


    Oil price slips amid gloomy economic forecasts

    The price of oil rose slightly Wednesday on another encouraging sign for the U.S. economy. The government reported wholesalers' sales were up for the first time in four months. Benchmark crude gained 42 cents to $92.81 per barrel at midday in New York. The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Tuesday on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.

    U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal for the job market.

    U.S. job openings dipped in August from July

    U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal for the job market. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July’s openings were also revised lower. In a positive sign, employers hired 4.39 million people in August — the most since May.

    Prospect Heights is trying to sell three pieces of land totaling 12 acres on Palatine Road, including one with this vacant building.

    Back to the drawing board for Prospect Hts. arena land

    After neighbors complained, an asphalt company has withdrawn plans to build a plant on the land Prospect Heights once set aside for an arena. “You can’t say it’s a major disappointment,” said Mayor Nick Helmer. “In this business you’ve got to listen to people. Would you want an asphalt plant two blocks from your house?”


    Red Cross launches first Spain crisis fund

    The Spanish Red Cross on Wednesday launched its first-ever campaign for donations to help Spaniards hit by economic crisis, in a sign of how needy this nation has become. The Red Cross and other aid groups say soaring unemployment and government austerity measures are leaving tens of thousands of people in need of food and financial help.


    U.S. wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in August

    U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in August and their sales rose for the first time in four months. The gains could provide a boost to the still-weak economy. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in August after a 0.6 percent increase in July.

    Fast-food operator Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday its third-quarter net income rose by 23 percent, serving up a winning combo of across-the-board sales gains in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its China market. The owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains also raised its earnings guidance for the year.

    Yum Brands upbeat about China division

    The owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains predicted Wednesday its fast-growing China business will serve up another round of strong profit growth next year despite a slowing economy in its most important overseas market. Yum Brands Inc. executives also foreshadowed more menu rollouts in the coming year at its flourishing Taco Bell business in the U.S.


    Costco profit tops analysts’ estimates as prices drive traffic

    Costco Wholesale Corp., the largest U.S. warehouse-club chain, posted fiscal fourth-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates as low prices drove sales.Net income in the quarter ended Aug. 31 rose 27 percent to $609 million, or $1.39 a share, from $478 million, or $1.08, a year earlier, the Issaquah, Washington-based company said today in a statement. Analysts projected $1.31, the average of 25 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    Tourists walk through a parking lot in front of a pier where a cruise ship is docked in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Trade groups say the flourishing cruise ship industry injects about $2 billion a year into the economies of the Caribbean, the worldís No. 1 cruise destination, but critics complain that it produces relatively little local revenue because so many passengers dine, shop and purchase heavily marked-up shore excursions on the boats or splurge at international chain shops on the piers.

    Caribbean cruises leave wave of bitter merchants

    Tourists emerge by the hundreds from a towering, 16-deck megaship docked at the Caribbean’s newest cruise port. They squint in the glare of the Jamaican sun, peer curiously at a gaggle of locals beyond a wrought-iron fence and then roar out of town on a procession of air-conditioned tour buses. Few stop to buy T-shirts, wooden figurines or beach towels from the dozens of merchants lining the road outside the fence, or visit the colonial-era buildings that dot the town.


    Gov’t warns motorists about counterfeit air bags

    Car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years may have had dangerous counterfeit bags installed, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.Only 0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet is believed to be affected, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. But industry officials briefed by the government said tens of thousands of car owners may be driving vehicles with counterfeit air bags.


    U.S. futures mixed as earnings season begins

    Stock futures are mixed a day after the U.S. earnings season kicked off. Dow Jones industrial futures are down 7 points to 13,405. The broader S&P futures are up 1.1 points to 1,437. Nasdaq futures have tacked on 2.25 points to 2,736.25.

    John Ackerman inspects harvested pumpkins on his farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Morton, Ill.

    Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought

    Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation’s pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation’s heartland The drought forced thousands of ranchers to sell off cattle because pastures were too dry to graze, and corn and soybean farmers watched their plants wither in the summer sun. But John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared “fantastic” for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.

Life & Entertainment

    The Capitol Steps brings its touring show "Take the Money and Run for President" to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Oct. 12.

    Weekend picks: Capitol Steps skewer politics at Paramount

    Expect plenty of comic sketches taking aim at both political parties when The Capitol Steps perform “Take the Money and Run for President” Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The energetic pop band Dot Dot Dot gets the party started Friday at Durty Nellie's in Palatine. Oktoberfests abound this weekend: Check out the 10th annual Fox Valley Oktoberfest in Batavia and Long Grove's annual Oktoberfest.

    “This Book is Full of Spiders” by David Wong

    Wong returns in ‘This Book is Full of Spiders’

    David Wong wakes up with a horrific spiderlike creature biting his leg that only he can see. In “This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It,” the nightmare is just beginning for Wong. The story is told primarily from his point of view, and it’s not clear right away if what he’s seeing is real or if it’s in his twisted imagination. Wong is also listed as the author of the book, and that adds an extra level of madness to the proceedings.

    Sweet Potato Buttermilk Muffins with Candied Ginger Topping

    A healthy muffin with a sweet (potato) side

    When I told my mother — a fiend for candied ginger — that I was testing a batch of these muffins, she said she wished she could fly right over and dig in. She’s not the only one. There’s just something about the combination of sweet potatoes and sweet spices that makes us happy. These muffins start with cooked sweet potatoes, which not only provide great flavor and sugar, but also a tempting moistness.

    Debbie Reynolds had to be hospitalized for an adverse reaction to a medication and was canceling several upcoming performances.

    Debbie Reynolds hospitalized, cancels shows

    A publicist says Debbie Reynolds has been hospitalized and is canceling upcoming appearances after suffering an adverse reaction to medication. Reynolds’ publicist says the singer-actress was hospitalized in Los Angeles after having the bad reaction. She is canceling shows and appearances through the end of the year.

    “Cooking Light: Real Family Food” by Amanda Haas

    From the Food Editor: New Cooking Light book, spice blends make family meals easier

    If working more vegetables into evening meals and generally eating healthier is on your to-do list, you'd be wise to pick up a copy of “Cooking Light: Real Family Food.” The magazine teamed up with Amanda Haas, founder of the popular website OneFamilyOneMeal.com to put together this colorful, breezy and helpful cookbook. My family enjoyed the Baked Penne with Turkey and the Turkey Sausage Lasagna — and both clock in at less than 400 calories a serving.

    Luke Bryan leads the 2012 American Country Awards nominees with seven nominations; Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band each earned six nods; and Eric Church and Taylor Swift garnered five nominations.

    Luke Bryan leads American Country Awards nominees

    Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year’s American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday. Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards.


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Zombie, Manson, costumes, robots and tiny art

    Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, a costume contest. racing robots and tiny works of art are among the picks by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin for The Suburbs This Weekend.

    Old-fashioned peanut butter cookies stand the test of time.

    Kitchen scoop: Memories of mom’s cookies inspire old-time peanut butter favorites

    I have such fond memories of baking these cookies alongside my mom, mixing and stirring and getting to lick a spoonful of peanut butter while the cookies baked. Then, when my girls were young, this is one of the recipes I used to teach them how to bake.


    When kids need to put on weight

    Despite an obesity epidemic in this country, many toddlers and children are underweight. Parents repeatedly ask me how to help a child gain weight in a healthful way. This is an important question because the age-old advice of milkshakes and ice cream (or in my opinion even the sugar-laden Pediasure) just doesn’t cut it, and can spark a cycle of insulin resistance that can lead an underweight child down a path toward obesity and diabetes.

    Willie Geist will be a host of the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show, where he will join Al Roker and Natalie Morales. Geist’s new job begins Nov. 12.

    Willie Geist joins ‘Today’ show

    Willie Geist will no longer have to be at work way too early. NBC News on Wednesday appointed Geist to be a host of the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show, where he joins Al Roker and Natalie Morales.


    Ask the Nutritionist: Upping your fiber intake can decrease risk of colon cancer

    Karen Collins with the American Institute for Cancer Research discusses the link between fiber intake and colon cancer and directs readers to healthier options available at Greek restaurants. We used to think that the colon cancer protection came only because of how fiber can affect carcinogens by speeding their passage and adding bulk to dilute their concentration in the gut. Now we see that fiber can also act as a “prebiotic”, supporting growth of health-promoting bacteria in the gut. Studies suggest that changes in diet can produce changes in gut bacteria within weeks.


    Tailgate challenge: Ashland Sausage Co. Polish sausage, Geneva Spice House's Vulcan's Fire Salt and canned mandarin oranges
    Contestant Terri Edmunds said as she thought about this week's tailgate party theme, she decided her recipes had to be fairly easy in preparation and cooking without sacrificing balanced flavors and bold tastes. Ron Nunes says that the secret to tailgating is to accomplish as much prep work as you can at home so that when you are in a remote environment, all you have to do is fire up the grill and have fun.

    A crowd gathers to watch contestant Michael Lalagos, of Schaumburg, as he competed in the 2011 Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge cook-off. Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 cook-off.

    Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge: Tickets to final cook-off on sale now

    The Cook of the Week Challenge wraps up in grand fashion on Nov. 1 with our four finalists facing each other in a cook-off in front of an audience of 300 or so people at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg. The cooks will have one hour to prep and cook the ingredients in the mystery box and present their plated dish o a panel of judges. Want to be there? Tickets are on sale now.


    Frugal living: Repurposing items for easy organization

    Over-the-door pocket organizers work well for more than just shoes. They’re space-savers, and the pockets can be labeled easily. Use one to organize socks, hats, gloves, scarves, school/craft supplies, pantry supplies such as lunch snacks, or bathroom essentials such as washcloths, hair products, soap and toothpaste.

    Musician Buddy Guy worries about the future of the blues. The blues great does his best to keep it going through shows, a new book and his club, Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago’s South Loop.

    Chicago’s Buddy Guy fights to keep the blues alive

    Ask Chicago guitar legend Buddy Guy about the future of the blues and he'll give a depressing — but direct — answer. "It's scary," Guy said during an interview upstairs at his club, Buddy Guy's Legends, in Chicago's South Loop. "I'm still going to play my music because I love what I'm doing, but we need all the support we can to keep the blues alive."

    The Wallflowers, “Glad All Over”

    Wallflowers uneven on 'Glad All Over'

    “Glad All Over,” The Wallflowers' first release in seven years, is an uneven return for the roots-rock band fronted by Jakob Dylan, the guy with the famous dad. While the disc flirts with greatness, especially on the two tracks featuring former Clash guitarist Mick Jones, the majority feels a little phoned in and predictable.

    Elk Grove Village’s Ron Nunes Polish sausage and shrimp skewers.

    Crunchy Asian Slaw
    Crunchy Asian Slaw: Ron Nunes

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Terri Edmunds is ready for tailgating with her Kielbasa Blitz Sandwiches, Sweet & Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Watermelon Field Goal Bites.

    Watermelon Field Goal Bites
    Watermelon Field Goal Bites: Terri Edmunds

    Kielbasa Blitz Sandwiches, Sweet and Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Watermelon Field Goal Bites were the brainchild of Round 2 contestant Terri Edmunds of Naperville.

    Sweet and Fiery Touchdown Popcorn
    Sweet and Fiery Touchdown Popcorn:Terri Edmunds

    Terri Edmunds is ready for tailgating with her Kielbasa Blitz Sandwiches, Sweet & Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Watermelon Field Goal Bites.

    Kielbasa Blitz Sandwich with Sweet and Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Field Goal Watermelon Bites
    Kielbasa Blitz Sandwich with Sweet and Fiery Touchdown Popcorn and Field Goal Watermelon Bites:Terri Edmunds

    Guests can sip a cold beer or a martini while watching sports at Bar Louie.

    Bar Louie’s Oakbrook Terrace location another winner

    When new owners took over Bar Louie three years ago, they decided to overhaul the nationwide chain by upgrading the food and drinks. Since opening in the Holiday Inn in Oakbrook Terrace in October 2011, Bar Louie has become a hangout for hotel guests and locals. The space features dark wood tables, padded leather chairs, a bank of TVS, an upgraded cocktail and martini menu and a dinner menu that goes beyond the standard bar fare.

    Fresco 21 dedicates a wall to its wines, including those Marchesi di Gresy wines featured at a wine dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

    Night life events: Special wine and dine at Rosemont’s Fresco 21

    Learn about wine making and varietals of Marchesi di Grésy at a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Fresco 21 in Rosemont. Guests will sample Piedmont-based offerings, including Langhe Nebbiolo 2010, Martinenga Barbaresco 2007, Camp Gros Barbaresco 2004 and more. Paired food offerings include sauvignon butter poached lobster tail, braised veal tortelloni, braised Wagyu beef short rib and more.

    Despite an obesity epidemic in this country, many toddlers and children are underweight. These nut-packed Energy Balls help a child gain weight in a healthful way.

    Energy Balls
    Energy Balls

    Ron Nunes turned Polish sausage and mandarin oranges into an East-meets-Midwest kebab with Crunchy Asian Slaw.

    East Meets Midwest Surf ’n’ Turf with Crunchy Asian Slaw
    East Meets Midwest Surf ‘n Turf with Crunchy Asian Slaw:Ron Nunes

    Mary Beth Thornton created an American-cheese sauce for grilled pork chop sandwiches. The sandwich pairs with cumin- and Chianti-infused baked beans.

    Tailgate Baked Beans
    Tailgate Baked: Mary Beth Thornton

    Mary Beth Thornton created an American-cheese sauce for grilled pork chop sandwiches. The pairs the sandwich with cumin- and Chianti-infused baked beans.

    Game day Grilled Pork Chop and Chianti Cheese Fondue Sandwich and Tailgate Baked Beans
    Game-day Pork Chop Sandwich: Mary Beth Thornton

    Michael Pennisi created a chimichurri-style sauce for beef skewers. Serve the skewers with cumin-spiced quesadillas.

    Sideline Skewers and Kickoff Quesadillas
    Sideline Skewers: Michael Pennisi

    Michael Pennisi created a chimichurri-style sauce for beef skewers and serve the skewers with cumin-spiced quesadillas.

    Kickoff Quesadillas
    Kick-off Quesadillas

    Candied ginger perks up these healthful Sweet Potato Buttermilk Muffins.

    Sweet Potato Buttermilk Muffins with Candied Ginger
    ¾-1 pound sweet potatoes (2 small or I medium)1½ cups buttermilk1 cup white whole-wheat flour1 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon table salt½ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly ground¼ teaspoon ground allspice¼ cup (½ stick) butter, room temperature¼ cup sugar¼ cup packed dark brown sugar1 large egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract½ cup chopped crystallized gingerHeat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners or lightly spray the cups with cooking spray.Prick the sweet potatoes several places with a knife. Microwave on high (or on the baked potato setting) until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then peel and, in a medium bowl, mash with a fork. You should have about 1¼ cups of mashed sweet potato. Mix in the buttermilk, then set aside.Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together both flours, the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and allspice.In another medium bowl, combine the butter and both sugars. Use an electric mixer to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla, then mix on medium speed for about 1 minute, until thoroughly combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add half the flour mixture and beat the batter on low speed just until the mixture is partly mixed. Add half the buttermilk-sweet potato mixture and mix until combined. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then mix in the remaining buttermilk mixture.Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Top it with the crystallized ginger and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan and tip on their sides on a cooling rack; this prevents the bottoms from getting soggy. Let cool 10 minutes before serving. They are best eaten while still hot.Serves 12.Cook’s note: White whole-wheat flour is available in the baking aisle of most grocers. It has all the nutrition of regular whole-wheat flour, but it is made from a different variety of wheat that produces a flour with a lighter taste, texture and color.Nutrition values per serving: 180 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated), 29 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein, 30 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium.Sara Moulton for The Associated Press

    Old fashioned peanut butter cookies stand the test of time.

    Grandma Gayle’s Peanut Butter Cookies
    Grandman Gayles Peanut Butter Cookies



    Endorsement: Quigley over Schmitt in 5th Congressional District
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Mike Quigley in the race for Congress from the 5th District.


    Endorsement: Kordik over Conroy in House District 46
    Dan Kordik of Villa Park wins the Daily Herald endorsement for state representative in Illinois House District 46 over Democrat Deb Conroy.


    Endorsement: Nekritz over Greenberg
    The Daily Herald endorses Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz in Illinois House District 57.


    Endorsement: Crespo over Juarez in House Dist. 44
    Experience and his knowledge of the issues earns incumbent Fred Crespo the Daily Herald endorsement in state House District 44.


    Endorsement: Shaw over Drury for 58th House District
    The Daily Herald endorses Mark Shaw for state representative from District 58.


    Endorsement: Saviano over Willis in House District 77
    The Daily Herald strongly endorses Republican Angelo "Skip" Saviano of Elmwood Park in the Illinois House District 77 race.


    Endorsement: McSweeney over Beaubien in 52nd House District
    David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, gains the Daily Herald's endorsement over independent Dee Beaubien of Barrington in the Illinois 52nd House District.


    Hearing an echo on foreign policy

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: I’m not arguing that Obama’s foreign policy has been perfect. I can think of a number of situations I believe he should have handled differently. But I defy anyone who heard Mitt Romney’s speech to explain how he differs from Obama, practically or even philosophically.


    Romney: Still dominating the debate

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Mitt Romney's stump speech now features populist themes. Romney has discovered his inner centrist.


    Rude drivers disrupt neighborhood
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Due to the recent railroad work on Diamond Lake Road and Rt. 83, our sleepy little neighborhood has been overrun with traffic


    Officials should uphold law on marriage
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: The virus of the “rule of man” has spread from the U.S. president’s office to the state of Illinois.


    Board member’s actions hurt Dist. 46
    A Third Lake letter to the editor: To anyone who has been following the battles in Grayslake Elementary District 46 over the last few years, Michael Carbone’s latest antics will come as no shock.


    Obama clearly failing on foreign policy
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: I recall that in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, selected Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate because of Biden’s “outstanding knowledge and experience in foreign policy.” After four years of the Obama-Biden-Clinton-Rice “touch-feely foreign policy,” how is it working out?


    President’s policies taking us backward
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: This flimflam president argues that we are better off than we were four years ago. How can that be when there are fewer people working now, more people living in poverty and more on food stamps than when he took office?


    It ain’t over until it’s over
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I have two words for those who think Barack Obama's re-election is a foregone conclusion: Thomas Dewey!


    With deer, let nature take course
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: Sooner or later a tragic accident will happen in our preserves and it may not be an animal who is shot or injured terribly. The board of the Kane County Forest Preserves should reverse its recent decision to destroy the very animals we “claim” to be preserving and let nature take its course before it’s too late.


    Judge Walters has instinct, humanity
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I have know Judge John Walters for more than 10 years and in that time uncovered more and more of his character, mainly through discussions of justice and compassion in a troubled world. His understanding of the complexities that underscore each case brought before him. His willingness to dit into that, aid him in reaching the best solution for the person accused, as well as their family and the community.


    What about those who gave up?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: So, 114,000 job growth reported. How about reporting the number of people who quit looking for work? There are millions of people who just dropped out, and this is the only reason that the unemployment number went down.


    One more reason to go with Romney
    One more reason to go with RomneyAccording to the world economic forum’s “Global Competitive Report,“ the U.S., before Obama took office, was listed as Number One. The the latest index report of Sept. 7 plunged the number to 7. That’s just another reason I’m voting for Mitt Romney.Ben PacelliItasca


    Candidates afraid to say who they are?
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Now that the elections are upon us, we have been bombarded by campaign ads, materials and the candidates themselves. After reviewing many of the candidates’ materials and talking to several candidates, I am appalled at the manner in which some of the candidates are attempting to mislead us.


    Forest candidate has handle on the issues
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: The forest preserves of DuPage County deserve the protection and leadership of Shannon Burns. She has trained with places such as the Morton Arboretum to understand land management and the protection of valuable ecosystems and open space.


    Walsh will never compromise
    I read Bill Anderson’s Aug. 24 letter accusing me of chastising Laszlo Stephen. I was not degrading him and I would not put him down. I pointed out that President Obama’s action with GM and Chrysler was a good thing. Getting rid of Osama bin Ladin was a good thing.By the way when you accused me of parroting liberal dribble I think the word is drivel; dribble is what a basketball player does.You also blamed President Obama for the Fast and Furious scandal when the program was started during the President Bush administration.Now on to Rep. Joe Walsh, the congressman who will never compromise and in my opinion is a very poor choice. When you go to Congress with a closed mind you are not doing the people of the 8th District justice.You have to be able to reach across the aisle to those who you disagree with. Working with these people is the way to get things done.Walsh’s remarks about Muslims seemed too harsh. In Libya the attack on our embassy was wrong, and there were Libyan Muslims who tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens.I think I’d rather give Tammy Duckworth a seat in Congress for two years. She may have talked about her military service, but, she never claimed to be a hero. Sen. John McCain wrote two books about his experience in Vietnam, and I respect both Duckworth and McCain. They are both heroes.Thomas CarrasElk Grove


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