Daily Archive : Monday July 28, 2014



    Hoffman Estates man charged with stalking

    A 23-year-old Hoffman Estates man was ordered held on $15,000 bond Monday after authorities say he stalked his former girlfriend. Prosecutors say Lukasz Pabluczuk followed the woman 15 miles from the Schaumburg company where she works to Schiller Park, where police arrested him about 10:41 p.m. Saturday.

    Michael G. Platt

    Palatine man charged with murder after punch victim dies

    A Palatine man accused of throwing a punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man during an altercation outside a bar is in custody on a newly filed charge of first-degree murder, police said this afternoon. Michael Platt, 35, previously faced a charge of aggravated battery stemming from allegations he struck Ryan Flannigan on July 18 in the village's downtown. Flannigan, who never regained...

    House on the 100 block of S. Hager Avenue in Barrington where a 7-month-old Barrington girl was starved to death in January, authorities say.

    Charity covers funeral for Barrington infant who starved to death

    The 7-month-old Barrington girl who authorities say starved to death in January as a result of mistreatment by her parents, will be laid to rest Thursday at a service organized by a nonprofit group. “I think it’s important that we come to her funeral and honor her life to make sure she’s not forgotten again,” said Susan Walker, founder of Rest in His Arms.

    Rescue personnel work at the scene of an fatal accident Monday involving a motorcycle and a vehicle at Roselle Road and Hartford Drive in Schaumburg.

    Police ID Hoffman Estates man killed in Schaumburg crash

    A motorcyclist killed in a crash with another vehicle in Schaumburg Monday afternoon has been identified by Schaumburg police. Wayne Grothe, 23, of Hoffman Estates was riding a motorcycle when it collided with a four-door Taurus driven by a 77-year-old Schaumburg woman just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Roselle Road and Hartford Drive, police said in a release.


    Highland Park doctor accused of faking pot paperwork

    IIllinois regulators allege a suburban doctor misled a 79-year-old patient by issuing a bogus medical marijuana certification for a $250 fee, according to a formal complaint filed Monday. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation filed the complaint against Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, who has a practice in Highland Park. It's the first such complaint against a doctor since...

    Joanne Kroll and her neighbor Stanley Reynolds look over the Rolling Meadows property near their homes where several old-growth trees were cut down over the weekend.

    Despite neighbors' protests, Rolling Meadows says owner can cut down trees

    Some Rolling Meadows residents are mourning the loss of old-growth trees cut down Friday and Saturday from property in their northwest side neighborhood, but city officials say the land's owner was within his rights. Neighbors especially wanted three centuries-old oaks at 4500 Fairfax Ave. saved.

    A report says falsified work logs at Metra led to payroll problems at the commuter rail agency.

    Report: Falsified work logs at Metra caused problems

    Falsified work logs at Metra led to some employees being paid for work they didn't do and others not getting paid when they showed up, a report released Monday says. But the commuter rail agency blasted the Illinois executive inspector general's report as a waste of time that documented a practice that was once widely used and was abandoned by Metra three years ago.

    Kelvin A. Perry

    Lake County counselor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen

    A former program director for a Lake County youth home pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl earlier this year at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Kelvin A. Perry was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender in exchange for his guilty plea to the class 1 felony, court records show.

    Jesse Vega

    Judge: Elgin Mental health escapee to get fitness test

    A judge Monday ordered a man who authorities say escaped custody of the Elgin Mental Health Center and led police on an eight-hour manhunt earlier this month to undergo a fitness test next week.

    Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water and apparently struck by lightening Sunday in Los Angeles. Lightning struck 13 people, killing one, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California.

    Rare storm at California beach hard to see coming

    A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror. The phenomenon so rare that lifeguards lack an emergency warning system struck Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles’ popular Venice Beach, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring a dozen others.

    The record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is headed toward completion without the consent of Donald Sterling, seen here, capping three months of controversy over the billionaire owner’s racist comments.

    Judge OKs record-setting $2 billion sale of Clippers

    Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive...

    Relatives help Hazem Eshbair, who lost two of his children, killed along with eight other people, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip Monday. Israeli and Palestinian authorities traded blame over the attack and fighting in the Gaza war raged on despite a major Muslim holiday.

    Be ready for ‘prolonged’ Gaza war, Netanyahu says
    Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

    In this photo taken on Sunday, medical personnel work inside a clinic taking care of Ebola patients on the outskirts of Kenema, Sierra Leone. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.

    New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. Now health workers are scrambling to trace those who may have been exposed to Sawyer across West...

    Kyle Goro

    Slapping bartender cost Naperville man more than $400

    It was the drink Kyle Goro was never served that ended up costing him the most. Goro, 26, of the 1200 block of Lakewood Circle in Naperville, pleaded guilty recently to slapping a bar manager in the face and pushing a bouncer during an April 20 skirmish at Bar Louie, 22 E. Chicago Ave. in downtown Naperville.

    Autumn Leaves, an assisted-living/memory care facility at 190 Geneva Road in Glen Ellyn, will offer 46 beds.

    Glen Ellyn expecting new businesses in next few months

    Glen Ellyn’s business community will get a little bigger in the next few months with several establishments scheduled to open, offering goods and services ranging from Mexican food to pet supplies. Here’s a quick look at some of the new businesses.

    President Obama greets musician Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House, where he presented her with a 2013 National Medal of Arts.

    Ronstadt gets answer to ‘When Will I Be Loved?’

    Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she’s been asking for decades: “When Will I Be Loved?” The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day.”


    District 50 digital tool:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 has introduced a digital tool, known as a dashboard, to monitor and communicate district goals to the public.


    Lincolnshire Nite Out:

    Lincolnshire police will host the annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at North Park.


    Runoff, flooding presentation:

    The League of Women Voters Lake County and Faith in Place will present “Stormwater From the Ground Up” from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.


    Gurnee officer manager sentenced for taking $80,000 from employer

    A Gurnee woman who worked for a Rolling Meadows attorney pleaded guilty to stealing from her boss, court records show. Carmen Strothers, 50, was sentenced to 30 months probation and ordered to play $37,000 restitution, according to court records.

    Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, right, and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller have crafted a bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care that would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

    Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17 billion

    A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said steps will be taken to determine if anyone fined for receiving red-light camera tickets deserve their money back after an unexplained spike in citations given out to drivers.

    Furor engulfs Chicago’s red-light camera system

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city’s red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances. Eight aldermen have asked the city’s top watchdog to launch a probe into the ticket surge, and private attorneys are gathering information for a possible class-action lawsuit.

    Alger Sanchez

    No bond for suspects accused of shooting toddler

    A judge has ordered two Chicago men held without bond Monday on charges connected to the shooting of a 3-year-old boy hit in the abdomen and hip. The two men — 19-year-old Alger Sanchez and 22-year-old Anton Aseves — face two counts each of attempted first-degree murder.

    Kathy King, manager of animal-assisted therapy at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, with one of the dozens of dogs that visits patients to cheer them up during recovery. The hospital is looking for more dogs and handlers to join the program.

    Northwest Community Hospital looking for more therapy dogs, handlers

    Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Hospital is looking for more furry friends, and their owners, to join its animal-assisted therapy program that helps cheer up patients as they recover. “A loving dog can assist in reducing a patient’s stress, pain, anxiety and loneliness," officials said.

    Mark Richter, who was Lake Zurich Middle School North’s principal for five years, is leaving for a similar job in Glenview.

    Lake Zurich Middle School North principal leaves for Glenview

    Mark Richter is moving on after 11 years at Lake Zurich Middle School North. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 Superintendent Michael Egan addressed Richter’s tenure at the middle school after his hiring was announced Monday by Glenview Public School District 34. “Mark has made positive contributions to our learning community in all of his roles,” Egan said in a statement.

    Artist Rahmaan Statik works on the portrait of Emiliano Zapata, a famous Mexican revolutionary figure depicted on a 15- by 300-foot mural being painted in Rosemont. Statik is working with a group of local students to install the mural across from the Rosemont Recreation Center.

    Rosemont students, Chicago artist partner to create mural of Mexican culture

    A group of young Rosemont artists and a Chicago muralist are bringing some color, and pride, to the sides of formerly drab brick industrial buildings near the Rosemont Recreation Center. The 15-by-300-foot mural is a reflection of Mexican culture.


    New lunch payment system for Geneva schools

    A new payment system is coming this fall for school lunches in Geneva. It will allow parents to add money to students' accounts practically right up to lunchtime. Plus they will be able to monitor what their kids are buying and check nutritional content.

    Juan Gomez

    Rosemont man sentenced for 1997 sexual abuse

    A 44-year-old Rosemont pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a girl in 1997 and was sentenced to three years in prison, court records show. At the time, an arrest warrant was issued for Juan Gomez who was taken into custody in August 2013 after his arrest for possessing a fraudulent identification card.


    Wheeling restaurant holding fundraiser for GiGi’s Playhouse

    Spears Bourbon-Burgers-Beer in Wheeling will host a fundraiser for GiGi’s Playhouse as part of its grand opening Wednesday, July 30. Gigi's Playhouse provides educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families for individuals with Down syndrome.

    Julio Flores-Robles

    Arlington Heights man gets 3 years for abusing 5-year-old

    An Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a young girl, court records show. Julio Flores-Robles, 40, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, according to court records.


    Des Plaines man sentenced to prison for exposing himself

    A 26-year-old Des Plaines man and registered sex offender who was on probation for exposing himself to children in April 2013 pleaded guilty Monday to sexual exploitation of a child. In exchange for his guilty plea to the class 4 felony, Austin Hamilton was sentenced to one year in prison.


    Niles man arrested on fifth DUI charge

    A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for a Niles man charged with his fifth DUI Sunday, prosecutors said. Marvin Martinez-Guerrero, 31, could face up to 15 yeas in prison if convicted.

    Miller Petting Zoo owner Dennis Rushing packs up the animals as he cleans up Monday after the end of the Lake County Fair at the fairgrounds in Grayslake.

    Did rain-free run boost Lake County Fair attendance?

    The 86th annual Lake County Fair closed Sunday and though final attendance hadn't been tallied, fair officials were optimistic. There were no rain days and new additions such as professional lawn mower racing were said to be crowd favorites.

    Trevor Labak

    Schaumburg boy described as “true outdoorsman”

    Schaumburg police are conducting an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy found unresponsive in his home early Saturday morning, but authorities say the cause appears to be medically related. Trevor Labak, who attended Hoover Elementary School in Schaumburg, was rushed to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates after being found unresponsive at 5 a.m., said Schaumburg police...

    John Rednour, former director of the DuQuoin State Fair, was been fined $5,000 for soliciting and accepting free beer tickets for the event.

    Illinois fair managers fined for free beer tickets

    Two state fair managers took scores of free beer tickets to use at annual events, violating a ban on accepting gifts, according to a report released by the Illinois inspector general’s office Monday.

    McHenry County Division of Transportation Maintenance Superintendent Edward Markison stands in the salt dome at a facility in Woodstock.

    Communities scramble to find road salt

    Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt after last winter’s record frigid temperatures and snowfall depleted supplies.It’s likely the price will be much higher — possibly double what they paid last year — if they are able to find any vendors willing to sell them road salt.


    More Illinois state workers making over $100,000

    A published report has found that more than 10 percent of Illinois government employees made more than $100,000 in 2013 — up 1,600 from a year earlier.


    Suspect killed after scuffle with Chicago officer

    Chicago police say an off-duty officer on his way home from work shot and killed a suspect while trying to stop a suspected break-in.


    Illinois coal exports dip in 2013 after sharp rise

    The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says that about 12 million tons of Illinois coal was exported in 2013. That’s down from the 13 million tons exported in 2012, but far more than the 5.5 million tons exported in 2011 and 2.5 million tons in 2010.

    Burt, right, a capuchin monkey, rides Sccoby Blue, as Bobo rides Sasha, during the Banana Derby Friday at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a 7-year-old cop-for-a-day, a high school actress who beat a brain tumor to retake the stage, and several photos from the Lake County Fair and the Dupage County Fair.

    President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, walk through Lafayette Park from the White House in Washington, to attend a church service Oct. 27, 2013. President Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is on his mind now.

    Obama gets emotional over Malia going to college

    President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind. Malia barely reached up to her father’s shoulders when they moved to the White House nearly six years ago with her mother, little sister and grandmother. At 16, she stands nearly as tall as her 6-foot-1 dad and is visiting college...

    Regina Harrell, 9, holds her dog, Roscoe, outside her home, in North Augusta, S.C. Regina was taken from her home and her mother charged with a felony after her mother, Debra Harrell, left her alone to play at a nearby park while she worked at McDonald’s.

    S. Carolina mom’s arrest sparks child care debate

    Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out? Harrell’s answer to that question got her arrested. She spent 17 days in jail, temporarily lost custody of her girl, thought she lost her job, and still faces 10 years in...

    Nine-year-old Drew McCarthy of Antioch rides Party with help from instructors Lindsey Weick and Marle Novacnik during the annual Family Summerfest and Participant Horse Show Event hosted by Partners for Progress in Wauconda. The programs’ riders with special needs showcased their riding skills for family and friends.

    Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids

    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has...

    The Prospect High senior girls took on the junior girls in the powder puff football game. That may have been the only football game the senior class won that year.

    Prospect Class of ’74 plans anniversary

    In 1974, some 535 seniors graduated from Prospect High School — including the future mayor of Arlington Heights, Tom Hayes — filled with optimism and excitement for the future. Little could they have predicted the future, and just how much technology and the digital age would impact their lives — for the better. Now they're getting together to share memories.

    Young pet lovers attend the 2013 University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Open House in Urbana. This year’s open house, set for Sunday, Oct. 5, will feature all kinds of possible pets, from snakes to dogs and horses.

    Tips on selecting the right pet for you and your family

    “How do you persuade your parents to get a pet?” asked a young patron attending Vernon Area Library’s “Write Away” program.

    Alfonso Gonzalez of Lake Villa pretends to fly like Superman on the Cliff Hanger ride at a previous Lake Villa Days. This year’s 81st celebration will take place July 31 to Aug. 3 at Lehmann Park.

    Music, water fights highlight Lake Villa Days

    Lake Villa Days will take place from 6 p.m. to mignight Thursday, July 31, and Friday, Aug. 1; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 2; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Lehmann Park, 148 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa.


    Catching rising theater talent at Oakton Community College

    Catch rising theater talent at Play On, a Chicago-based playwriting festival, from Tuesday, July 29 to Thursday, 31, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Now in its sixth year, Play On features six original one-act plays written and directed by community college students, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

    Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Wheelock, right, with Mayor Thomas Poynton, while he was lauded for 35 years of service during a recent village board meeting.

    Lake Zurich fire chief recognized for 35 years of village service

    Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Wheelock has been lauded for reaching a longevity milestone as a village employee. Mayor Thomas Poynton said Wheelock's 35 years as a village employee "marks a rare achievement."


    Indiana surgeon faces attempted murder charges

    A northern Indiana judge has set a February trial date for a surgeon accused of plotting to murder his ex-wife and make it look like a suicide. Forty-eight-year-old Gregory Konrath is being held on a $25,000 at the Miami County Jail on one count of attempted murder. A judge last week set a Feb. 2, 2015, trial date for Konrath.

    Knight Camden Brown shows a weapon to Ruby Benefield, 8, of Westmont, as the group Variety Children’s Charity teamed with Medieval Times in Schaumburg on Sunday to offer knight training to children with special needs.

    Children with special needs go through knight training at Medieval Times

    Medieval Times in Schaumburg, with help from Variety of Illinois Children's Charity, gave children with special needs a chance to train like knights Sunday. The children learned how to swing a sword, watched an actual sword fight and became honorary knights themselves. “We’d wanted to do something with Medieval Times for a long time, so this is really exciting for us,” said...


    Beijing, Chicago architects to design Lucas Museum

    Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas’ new museum to be built along Chicago’s lakefront.The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Monday that Beijing-based MAD Architects would be the principal designer for the site, while Chicago’s Studio Gang would design the landscape and a bridge to the city’s Northerly Island.


    U.S. cities clean up after powerful storms

    Communities across the U.S. are cleaning up after strong storms destroyed homes, knocked out power for thousands of people and toppled power lines and trees.Authorities in East Tennessee say there were no reports of any deaths or injuries from Sunday’s storms, though at least 10 homes were destroyed.


    Connecticut man accused of shooting pet turtle

    Authorities say a Connecticut man shot to death his girlfriend’s pet turtle. Sgt. Louis Diamanti, Stonington’s animal control officer, says 31-year-old Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home.Police had responded after a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead...


    Benefit of cancer probe with less erection risk examined by FDA

    A device used in Europe to treat prostate cancer with lower rates of erectile dysfunction raised concerns from U.S. regulators over data the company says shows it prevents the disease’s return.The device, called Ablatherm, is manufactured by EDAP TMS SA, a French company. It’s an alternative to traditional surgical and radiation treatments, and uses a robotic arm to insert a...


    Police investigate deaths of family of 5 in Maine

    Officials say they have recovered a shotgun from an apartment in southern Maine where a family of five was shot to death. Detectives say murder-suicide is one of the scenarios being investigated following the discovery of the bodies Sunday afternoon. The official determination will be made by the state medical examiner’s office, which is conducting autopsies Monday in Augusta.Investigators...

    A birding group pauses to observe a bog at Glacial Park in McHenry County, where several great egrets were foraging and a bittern was seen briefly. The 3,200-acre Glacial Park is one of the key pieces of open land that comprise Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, itself a collection of federal, state, county and private parcels.

    Hackmatack refuge gives birders a chance to explore new territory

    If you like birding, you’ve probably heard something about Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the newly established preserve that straddles the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Hackmatack is a wonderful opportunity for suburban birders to explore the first and only national wildlife refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.


    Trial to start in Wisconsin kidnapping case

    A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures is about to go to trial. Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. Her trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Madison. She could face life if convicted.


    Training of new Gary police officers delayed
    A Fraternal Order of Police leader says the city of Gary is dragging its feet in hiring additional officers, raising concerns among the rank and file in the wake of the fatal shooting of a patrolman.Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson has said putting more police on the streets is a priority, but officers don’t believe that’s the case, FOP Lodge 61 President Sam Abegg told the Post-Tribune...


    New law expands Illinois Holocaust commission

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Quinn signed Senate Bill 3129 on Sunday at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie. The new law increases the number of commission members from 18 to 22 and makes one of the commission members a student.


    More Illinois counties could join camera program

    Half a dozen counties in a central Illinois judicial district could soon join a 2-year-old pilot program that allows cameras in select state courtroom.A request to participate should be submitted to the Illinois Supreme Court by this fall, with the high court likely to give its approval, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Schmidt told Springfield’s State Journal-Register.


    Cahokia Mounds excavators make interesting find

    Experts say student archaeologists excavating the Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois have made an interesting find that could reveal information about Native American religious beliefs. The students, from the University of Bologna in Italy, found a bundle of whelk shells and bird bones tied together.“Most of what we find are fragments of pottery shards and little bits of arrow points and...


    Woman killed in Wisconsin lawn mower accident
    Authorities say a 65-year-old southern Wisconsin woman has died after a riding lawn mower accident. Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says deputies were called to a home Saturday afternoon in the town of Janesville, where they found a woman partially trapped under a small riding lawn mower that was tipped upside down.


    Lollapalooza looms, so do Chicago traffic woes

    One of the country’s most popular music festivals starts in Chicago in a few days and that means traffic headaches for some motorists.Sections of some roads in downtown Chicago are already being closed as Lollapalooza organizers set up for the three-day event that starts on Friday.


    Police: 1 man charged in Chicago train robbery

    Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, pulling out a gun and robbing passengers of wallets, phones and jewelry.Chicago police said Sunday that Michael A. Taylor of Chicago is charged with four felony counts of robbery with a firearm and two felony counts of aggravated assault in the July 16 incident.


    Developmental center closure could take time

    A week after a federal court ruled the state of Illinois could move forward with closing a developmental center in southern Illinois, state officials said there’s no timetable for shuttering it. The Warren Murray Developmental Center in Centralia serves about 250 residents.

    The stones from the old altar at the St. Joseph Catholic Church building in Ridgway are the only salvageable part of the old church after it was destroyed by a tornado Feb. 29, 2012.

    Ridgway church rebuilding after tornado

    Every beginning has a foundation, and the building of a new Catholic Church to replace one destroyed in the Leap Day Tornado two years ago has its. “The foundation is going reasonably well,” said the Rev. Steven Beatty. “So far so good.” The new church, being built to replace the St. Joseph Catholic Church lost to the deadly tornado, is being built on the site of the...


    Wisconsin prisons struggling with inmate rehab
    Wisconsin’s criminal justice system is doing an average job, at best, at rehabilitating prisoners, according to most voters who responded to a recent Marquette University Law School poll.The poll released last week asked 804 registered Wisconsin voters to rate how they think the system is doing at turning inmates into contributing members of society.

    Dan Lobbes, left, the Conservation Foundation’s director of land preservation, and foundation President/CEO Brook McDonald with Inland Real Estate Group’s President Anthony Casaccio, center.

    Inland Real Estate recognized for environmental efforts

    Inland Real Estate Group was honored with a Special Recognition Award by The Conservation Foundation for managing the sale of a sensitive area of land along the Fox River.


    Dawn Patrol: Chicago greats in Hall of Fame; Lisle man killed in crash

    Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing; 'emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown; Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash; Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs; Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest; firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire


    Addison woman shot during Indiana robbery attempt

    Police say a mother and her two daughters were shot during an attempted robbery in Hammond. Hammond Police Lt. Rich Hoyda says two men tried to rob a 41-year-old woman Sunday morning while she was in the car with her daughters, ages 15 and 12.


    District 211 saves millions fighting tax appeals

    Since 1998, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 has spent $1.06 million fighting the tax appeals of commercial property owners, winning back $12.25 million from settled and withdrawn challenges. "We believe it is our duty and our responsibility," Superintendent Dan Cates said.

    Actors Mark Ruffalo, left, and Chris Hemsworth compare biceps during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday in San Diego. Ruffalo, who plays the Incredible Hulk, and Hemsworth, who plays Thor, were on hand to introduce footage of “Avengers: The Age of Ultron,” the second film in the franchise.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: number of homeless students on rise; Hall of Famers gave Sox, Cubs fans something special; Lisle motorcyclist dies in crash; 2 wounded in drive-by shootings in Aurora; IDOT has moved up timeline for Pingree Grove work; Libertyville park closer to $2.5million sale; and a fund has been created in honor of Arlington Heights woman who died while saving boy from...

    Proposed improvements to the Brunner Family Forest Preserve in West Dundee are expected to begin later this year. The $675,000 project includes a 3.5-mile trail and accessible fishing area along the Fox River.

    West Dundee preserve getting new trail, fishing access

    Long-awaited improvements that will make Brunner Forest Preserve more accessible to the public are coming later this year, with the construction of the longest single trail ever built by the Kane County Forest Preserve District. The 741-acre preserve has been open to the public since the district bought the property in 2008. However, with few land improvements, the property has a public stigma of...

    Wauconda Park District officials could decide next month whether to place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to fund a $4.75 million expansion of the Wauconda Community Center. District officials say the expansion is needed to keep up with the growing population and demands on the facility.

    Voters may decide on Wauconda Community Center expansion

    A $4.75 million expansion plan could nearly double the size of the Wauconda Community Center — but it would first need voter approval. The Wauconda Park District’s proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old building in Cook Park.

    Construction continues as heavy traffic flows on I-290/53 southbound toward the Thorndale exit in the Elk Grove Village area.

    Why this is the worst summer construction season ever

    Late for day care. Late for work. Late for meetings. Crawling along I-355. At a standstill on I-90. Sweating on Route 31. Weeping on the Elgin O'Hare (not) Expressway. Is this the worst summer for traffic ever? “It is one of the worst and it is only going to get worse,” University of Illinois at Chicago expert Steve Schlickman predicted.


    Can she re-establish trust in this relationship?

    Q. I’m 26, he’s 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. But I messed up and hurt him. He ended the relationship and moved out. Over the last two months, I’ve tried to repair the relationship, including going to weekly counseling.He says he still loves me but isn’t sure...


    Jose Abreu, at left with shortstop Alexei Ramirez, is carrying on the strong lineage when it comes to White Sox first basemen.

    White Sox second to none at first base

    Historically, the White Sox have been known as a franchise successful at throwing the baseball. You won’t find many years over the last decade or so that would be considered thin pitching seasons. Usually, the Sox have excelled in that area. In fact, since 2003, no team in baseball has made more quality starts than they have. They’re good for 1,029 of them over that time. It’s rare that we go into a season with great concern over the pitching staff. More often than not, it’s a point of comfort.


    Competition gets Houston, Mills fired up

    The head-to-head battle bewteen second-year offensive right tackle Jordan Mills and fifth-year defensive left end Lamarr Houston has been the most entertaining and physical matchup through the first four days of Bears training camp, and the competiton is making both players better.

    Cubs starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first major-league win Monday night, stopping the Rockies on 5 hits over 7 innings.

    Cubs’ Wada earns first big-league win

    With all the talk of the left-handed pitchers the Cubs will be facing this week, their own lefty did a pretty nice job Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first major-league victory by working 7 innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball.


    Cubs work out trade for Barney to Dodgers

    The Cubs managed to get something for Darwin Barney after all. They traded the second baseman Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with a cash consideration in exchange for a player to be named later. Barney was designated for assignment last week.


    Boomers top Crushers 2-1

    The Schaumburg Boomers claimed a fifth consecutive victory by sliding past the Lake Erie Crushers 2-1 on Monday night. All of the offense came in the third inning.


    Late run drops Cougars 2-1

    For the second straight day, the Kane County Cougars (22-23, 67-39) surrendered a deciding run in the ninth inning Monday to fall 2-1 to the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats are looking to bounce back from last season’s 5-7 finish.

    Fitzgerald ready to get Northwestern back on track

    Heading into his ninth year in Evanston, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has also gotten used to a tradition of often being mentioned as one of the league’s also-rans.“We’re not a preseason type of a place, I guess,” Fitzgerald said.

    Frank Thomas spoke from the heart and stole the show Sunday during his emotional Hall of Fame induction speech.

    Frank Thomas was head of the class at Cooperstown this year

    When it came to entertaining Hall of Fame induction speeches, Frank Thomas stole the show at Cooperstown on Sunday. White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor was there, and he says Thomas scored even more points by backing off his anti-steroids crusade.

    Marquess Wilson looks like he’s serious about winning the job as the Bears’ No. 3 wide receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

    Bears WR Wilson grabbing some attention

    After a rookie season spent mostly watching, Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson appears to be on the verge of becoming a major contributor in what has become one of the NFL's most explosive offenses.

    Hall of Famer Bob Gibson had words of praise for newly enshrined Frank Thomas, here holding his plaque during Sunday’s induction ceremony, saying he wonders how he would have pitched to the White Sox great.

    Hall of Famer Gibson appreciates Big Frank

    None other than Bob Gibson believes Frank Thomas is one of the great hitters in the history of baseball. “There’s certain hitters who can spit on a pitch and say that’s a ball, and if he says it’s a ball it’s a ball,” Gibson said of Thomas. “His eye was that good. He said, ‘If it’s not my pitch, then I’m not swinging.’ He would take a walk. Frustrating for the pitcher."

    Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the effort to unionize unfolded.

    Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the players’ push to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the story unfolded.


    Mike North video: Bears’ defense needs to keep step with offense
    Since the teams in the NFC North division this year are all capable of putting up some numbers, Mike North thinks it will be more about which defense can stop the high scoring offenses the best.


    Kasper: Every broadcaster has to find comfort zone

    I am a preparation fiend. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that. And every year I try to tighten up and streamline that process, which can become onerous if you let it overwhelm you. The last thing you want to be thinking about once the game starts is, “Did I prepare properly for this game?” Ultimately, it comes down to comfort, and every broadcaster is different. I used to try to know every little detail about each player before we ever hit the air. But that takes an exorbitant amount of time and it also created some tunnel vision, making it more difficult sometimes to focus on the big storylines of the game.


    Motorola Mobility’s former campus in Libertyville.

    Motorola sells Libertyville campus; tech park planned

    The former Motorola Mobility campus in Libertyville has been sold for $9.5 million to a commercial real estate firm at a fraction of its market value of $37.1 million. Rockville, Md.-based Beco Management Inc. said Monday it plans to invest another $50 million in renovations to create a multiuse technology park modeled after the firm’s similar project in Charlotte, N.C.

    Trulia jumped 15 percent Monday after the real-estate listing service Zillow said it plans to buy it for $3.5 billion.

    U.S. stocks unmoved by mergers, economy

    U.S. stocks were little changed Monday, after erasing an earlier loss, as merger activity and optimism over corporate earnings offset concern over crises abroad before a Federal Reserve policy decision.

    In a victory for airlines and their workers’ unions, the House rejected consumers’ complaints and passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

    House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    In a victory for airlines and their workers’ unions, the House rejected consumers’ complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added. The bipartisan legislation would roll back federal regulations that since 2012 have required ads to most prominently display the full ticket price. Under the bill, the base price could be the figure most prominently shown in ads and ticket-selling websites as long as taxes and fees are displayed separately, such as in footnotes or pop-up ads.

    CEO of the Aurora-based OSI Group Sheldon Levin apologized for food issues, at a news conference in Shanghai, China, Monday.

    Aurora meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards

    An Aurora-based meat supplier said a Chinese unit embroiled in a safety scandal has fallen short of its requirements for maintaining high standards. The president of OSI Group, David McDonald, said Monday an investigation of complaints that its China unit, Husi Food, sold expired beef and chicken still is under way. McDonald declined to give details of what investigators have found.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell discusses the improved health of the Social Security and Medicare funds at a news conference in Washington Monday.

    Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

    Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year’s estimate. Meanwhile, Social Security’s massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, officials say, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger.

    Red Lobster signage at a restaurant in Yonkers, New York, U.S., Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it’s getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants.

    Red Lobster goes vertical on plate to push quality

    Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it’s getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants.The changes mark the latest attempt by the struggling seafood to stop a years-long sales decline as it embarks on a new era. On Monday, Darden Restaurants Inc. said it completed its sale of the chain to investment firm Golden Gate Capital, despite contentious protests from activist investors.

    Southwest Airlines Co. may have to pay a $12 million penalty to the U.S. government for operating “numerous flights” in 2009 after being notified that repairs to its airplanes didn’t live up to federal regulations.

    Southwest Airlines fined $12 million for inadequate crack repair

    Southwest Airlines Co. may have to pay a $12 million penalty to the U.S. government for operating “numerous flights” in 2009 after being notified that repairs to its airplanes didn’t live up to federal regulations.The repairs to the aluminum skin of the planes were done by a Southwest contractor, Everett, Washington-based Aviation Technical Services Inc,


    Pornography publisher Flynt selling his original Hustler Store

    Pornography publisher Larry Flynt is selling his original Hustler store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.“We constantly review all of our businesses, and if a transaction makes sense strategically and financially, we will consider acting on it,” Arthur Sando, a spokesman for Flynt Management Group LLC, said in an e-mail. The store is in escrow, he said.

    Devin Wenig, president of Marketplaces for eBay Inc.,

    Ebay to try selling auto mechanics’ services in new offeringc

    EBay Inc. plans to experiment with selling auto mechanics’ services alongside car parts, said Devin Wenig, president of the marketplaces business, in an expansion of the e-commerce company’s offerings. “EBay will start a small test this fall in a couple of U.S. cities” for providing mechanics’ services, Wenig said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. He declined to be specific.

    Mitul Gandhi

    Des Plaines tech firm is real gem for entrepreneur

    Kukec's People features Mitul Gandhi was part of a family of jewelers in India. He said he was the so-called black sheep. Instead of jewelry, he gravitated toward technology. Now, he's the co-founder and chief architect of Des Plaines-based SeoClarity.


    Tyson Foods tosell Latin America assetsaAmid foreign losses

    Tyson Foods Inc. agreed to sell poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million as the largest U.S. meat producer shrinks its foreign operations and focuses on the expansion of its prepared foods segment. JBS’s Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. unit will acquire the Mexican assets while Sao Paulo-based JBS will buy the Brazilian business, Tyson said today in a statement.


    Comic-book convention organizers clash over name

    Organizers of two of the biggest comic-book conventions in the country are clashing over their names. A lawyer for San Diego Comic-Con has issued a cease-a-desist letter to organizers of Utah’s Salt Lake Comic Con demanding them to drop “Comic Con” from the name.


    Japan to step up sanctions against Russia
    Japan is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, and a ban on Crimean imports. He said the steps are in line with measures taken by European Union and Group of Seven nations.


    UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria

    he U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and is reminding all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.A presidential statement approved Monday targets two terrorist groups: Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the most powerful Syrian rebel groups; and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has seized a wide swath of territory in eastern Syria and western Iraq and now calls itself the Islamic State.


    Hbo pushes web expansion as Bewkes seeks to fend off Murdoch

    Jeff Bewkes is looking to the Internet to accelerate growth at his prized TV network, HBO, as he seeks to demonstrate to investors that Time Warner Inc. is worth more on its own than with Rupert Murdoch.HBO, home to “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” may expand a $49-a-month trial introduced last year with Comcast Corp., people with knowledge of the plan said last week. The pilot, and a similar one from AT&T Inc., offers Web access paired with HBO and limited basic TV.

    A sale pending sign posted in front of a home for sale in Quincy, Mass.

    Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

    Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago. Sales have been slowed by a mix of meager wage growth, rising home prices, and mortgage rates that rose steadily through the end of last year.


    Airbus Said to Drop Order for Six A380 Jets With Japan’s Skymark

    Airbus Group NV has agreed to drop an order for six A380 superjumbos by Japanese low-cost airline Skymark Airlines Inc., said people familiar with the decision, in a blow to a program that’s struggled to keep customers.Skymark can no longer afford the aircraft, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions remain private. Negotiations between the two sides continue about compensation, and options range from delaying delivery to outright cancellation, another person close to the talks said.The only Japanese airline to order the double-decker model, Skymark initially signed a firm contract for four A380s in 2011, and later came back for two more. The aircraft, the biggest and most expensive commercial airliner, has a list price of $414 million per unit, though customers get discounts and the jet would have been cheaper in 2011.Pulling the Skymark order extends a drought for the A380, which has failed to attract a new airline customer in two years and came away with no new business this month at the Farnborough Air Show, typically a forum for deals. Chicgo-based Boeing competitior Airbus’s most loyal customer for the aircraft is Emirates, with 50 in service and a total of 140 on order, almost half the backlog.Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath declined to comment, while officials at Skymark were not immediately available to comment outside regular business hours. Airbus Group, based in Toulouse in southwestern France, reports earnings on Wednesday.Les Echos previously reported that Airbus and Skymark had decided to cancel the order, without saying where it got the information.To contact the reporters on this story: Andrea Rothman in Toulouse at aerothmanbloomberg.net; Chris Cooper in Tokyo at ccooper1bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammelbloomberg.net


    Activists target mid-sized firms as 2014 activity set for record

    Activist shareholders are increasingly targeting mid-sized companies as investor disruption looks set to reach record levels in 2014, law firm Linklaters LLP said in a report today.Investors such as Bill Ackman and Dan Loeb, who seek to shake up the way companies do business, started 272 campaigns against companies in the first six months of 2014, putting this year on track to beat last year’s total of 520 campaigns, the report said.

    If you want a burger from McDonald’s Corp. in China’s biggest cities, you’ll have to get one made from fish. Beef, pork and chicken items were eliminated at the U.S.- based chain, after supplier OSI Group LLC recalled all products made at its Shanghai unit yesterday. Aurora,-based OSI, which supplies customers including McDonald’s and KFC owner Yum! Brands Inc., is accused of repackaging old meat as new.

    Meat scare banishes most burgers in Shanghai

    If you want a burger from Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. in China’s biggest cities, you’ll have to get one made from fish. Beef, pork and chicken items were eliminated at the U.S.- based chain, after supplier OSI Group LLC recalled all products made at its Shanghai unit yesterday. Aurora-based OSI, which supplies customers including McDonald’s and KFC owner Yum! Brands Inc., is accused of repackaging old meat as new. The scare is fueling concerns that China has yet to gain control over the safety of its food supply, despite years of government investigations and penalties.

    A shopper browses an aisle at a Family Dollar Stores Inc. in Mansfield Texas. ollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

    Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share.


    Don’t be fooled by the Fed’s placid facade

    One of the unwritten rules of modern central banking is that, unless compelled by events on the ground, officials should refrain from making big policy changes during the summer. With many traders on holiday, any sudden moves risk destabilizing markets. Look for the Federal Reserve to abide by this rule when it meets tomorrow and Wednesday -- and the European Central Bank to do the same in early August.

    It’s game on in China, as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One becomes the first entertainment console to hit the market after the end of a 13-year ban.

    China gets Xbox as Microsoft beats rivals to $10 billion market

    It’s game on in China, as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One becomes the first entertainment console to hit the market after the end of a 13-year ban. Microsoft today began taking orders for its new game console from online retailer JD.com Inc. via Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s mobile-messaging applications. The pair of Chinese Internet companies hold exclusive rights to pre-sell the locally made Xbox One until July 30, JD.com said in a news release. The console is slated to ship nationwide in September.

    Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. says its Lake Charles Louisiana aircraft maintenance shop has signed with a major carrier and will begin employing up to 175 mechanics within the next two months. Technical services vice president Danny Martinez said he cannot release the customer’s name but it’s a top-tier company.

    AAR says air carrier deal means up to 175 jobs
    Wood Dale-based AAR Corp. says its Lake Charles Louisiana aircraft maintenance shop has signed with a major carrier and will begin employing up to 175 mechanics within the next two months. Technical services vice president Danny Martinez said he cannot release the customer’s name but it’s a top-tier company. About 70 AAR mechanics returned last week to Chennault International Airport.


    Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians’ new advice
    A drugmaker is clashing with pediatricians over new recommendations to limit use of a costly medicine for preventing serious lung problems in preemies and other high-risk children. The dispute involves new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines that say medical evidence shows the drug has limited benefits. The influential group says the drug is best suited for only very young preemies.

    Ford Motor is building four plants in China and two in India. By 2020, the automaker hopes Asia Pacific and the Middle East will account for one-third of its sales.

    U.S. companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

    Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts’ projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.


    Entrepreneurs offer tips for business startups

    Be prepared to do some bootstrapping, which in the startup world typically means providing your own money. When you have employees, get them engaged in the business. And try not to become a bank for customers who have more resources than you do.That’s the core of advice for startups from three successful entrepreneurs who were among those responding to an email I sent asking business owners for their thoughts on a variety of subjects.Starting up was one of the subjects. The three whose comments follow are Tom Walter, chief culture officer at Tasty Catering, Elk Grove Village; Kathy Miller, president, Total Event Resources, Schaumburg; and Bob Podgorski, principal, RPP Enterprises, Hoffman Estates.One way or another, each pointed to regulation, taxes, funding and staffing as issues startups must manage.Starting up “is not easy,” Miller, an event planner, responded in her email, “but nothing good is.” However, a lack of people resources often makes startup life harder.“There are many opportunities (to grow)” Miller wrote, “but the small business owner doesn’t have the manpower to take advantage of those opportunities.”Manpower nearly always is an issue. Walter, nationally known for his approach to participatory management, suggests a blend of culture, people and marketing.“Employee engagement is the leading indicator of a company’s health; finances are the lagging indicator,” Walter responded. “The best way to build a sustainable, successful organization is through employee engagement.”One of “many steps” Walter suggests is to “Have decision-makers at all levels, so that opportunities are easily transformed into revenue.”Revenue also is an issue, especially when governments need funding.Podgorski, a career guidance specialist, noted “The unsure regulatory and legislated impositions impacting business and markets.” Walter wrote about “Government regulation and taxation pressures that limit sales and (the) resulting profitability.”Although Miller covered similar ground, her message centered on “Large corporations that expect small companies to provide longer billing cycles — billion dollar companies expecting million dollar companies to fund their cash flow.”Miller’s concern is echoed by many small business owners, especially those just starting out. In spite of the standard 30-day clause on invoices, many companies, often larger ones with the clout to pay when they want, stretch payments to 60 and 90 days.“Corporations (must understand) that we are not their bank,” she wrote. “We are entrepreneurs who can save them money in other ways.”That’s one reason Podgorski emailed that startups will “need to bootstrap in the early years, make more of less, grow (through) will, brains and muscle.” Bootstrapping may not be what most new entrepreneurs envision, but creating a product, or service, takes time and money.Finding customers rarely happens quickly; selling them takes even more time.Startups, Podgorski said, “should know they will need to be highly customer centric.” In other words, no one is going to come because you’ve built a mousetrap; you have to find customers with mice.• 2014 Kendall Communications Inc. Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.

    Frank Brisbois, director of the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center at the College of Lake County.

    International Trade Center helping Lake County businesses grow
    An interview with Frank Brisbois, director of the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center at the College of Lake County.Q: Tell us about the SBDC International Trade Center in Grayslake.A: The Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center (Illinois SBDC/ITC) at the College of Lake County assists Lake County entrepreneurs and innovators start small businesses. The center also assists existing small businesses expand and grow.Our mission is to assist in job creation, support entrepreneurship, business start up, domestic and global expansion, productivity, and strengthen Lake County’s small business community. The SBDC/ITC at the College of Lake County accomplishes this through free, confidential one-on-one advising, low-cost workshops, networking opportunities and business development expertise.Q: Who does the center cater to?A: The Illinois SBDC/ITC serves Lake County small businesses from new to experienced. Our International Trade Center assists small businesses export products and grow globally. We help business owners anywhere in their business cycle.Q: Tell us a little bit about the history of the center and how it was started.A: CLC was asked to be a host institution in 1985 to serve the residents of Lake County and to build economic independence. The Illinois Small Business Development Center became part of CLC’s Workforce and Professional Development Institute in 2007. WPDI provides training, consulting, and cutting-edge courses for businesses, professionals, and the community. The SBDC added an International Trade Center in 2013 to provide export and import counseling. On an annual basis, the Center serves more than 500 businesses.Q: Many people are not aware that this is in Lake County. How are you spreading the word?A: The Illinois SBDC/ITC is part of the Workforce and Professional Institute at CLC. We are included in WPDI’s promotional pieces as well as attending networking events, presenting at community speaking engagements, chamber outings and events, social media (find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter) and local media such as the Daily Herald Business Ledger. And, of course, we promote by word-of-mouth. Our clients are our best promoters.Q: What other services do you provide?A: The Illinois SBDC/ITC provides:• Free, confidential one-on-one business advising in both English and Spanish• Assistance developing business plans and financial statements• Aid forming strategic marketing plans• Provide information on federal, state and local loan programs and angel investments• Support securing loans with local lenders and service providers• Review cash flow issues and offer solutions• Identify potential global markets• Share international trade knowledge and expertise• Access to vital business resources• Offer low-cost, interactive small business workshops, including: Starting Your Business in Illinois QuickBooks Legal Aspects of Business Ownership Start Strong Business Boot Camp Social Media for Small Business• Workshops are offered at CLC’s Grayslake and Southlake Campuses. We also offer online classes for the convenience of busy business owners.Q: Tell us about the atmosphere there.A: The Illinois SBDC/ITC’s professional office space is conducive to confidential, one-on-one advising located at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus, room T302. We also have a resource library available for clients use. Clients can access valuable small business resources, use a computer for business purposes, or steal a few moments away to plan and strategize their next business venture. We also offer advising at CLC’s Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan and Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. Advisors are also available, by appointment, at the Lake Villa Library.

Life & Entertainment

    Ian Ziering, as Fin Shepard, battles a shark on a New York City street in a scene from “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the Syfy network.

    ‘Sharknado’ sequel a must-see treat

    The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places Lower Manhattan smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But you might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    Filmmaker Karen Teune, who grew up in Carol Stream and Wheaton, appears in a scene of her film “Pour me a Drink & Tell Me a Love Story.” When not working as a production assistant on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Teune writes, directs and acts in her own independent films.

    Once a movie extra, Wheaton grad now a movie director

    When she's not working as a production assistant on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Karen Teune writes, directs and stars her own independent films. “I definitely call myself a filmmaker now,” said Teune, who grew up in Carol Stream and, later, Wheaton. “Being a production assistant is to help pay the bills, and it’s invaluable in terms of learning. A huge part of the business is meeting people . it’s definitely not glamorous stuff (to be a production assistant), but it’s huge to be a part of this ‘Parks and Recreation’ family.

    Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family’s tanning salon in Middletown Township.

    The Situation agrees to anger management classes

    The Situation will be getting lessons in anger management. Former “Jersey Shore” star Michael Sorrentino, better known as The Situation, has agreed to take the classes as part of a deal to resolve simple assault charges he faced following a July 15 fight with his brother at their family’s tanning salon in Middletown Township.

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers show why they shouldn’t be ignored on “Hypnotic Eye.”

    Tom Petty’s rock ’n’ roll triumph

    Tom Petty isn’t singing about himself on his new tune, “Forgotten Man,” but he can’t be blamed for thinking like that. The music world has moved on from the days when Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers were among its leaders. So what to do? They’ve decided to take a stand, based on the evidence of this stunning new disc. “Hypnotic Eye” is testament to the enduring power of blues-based rock ’n’ roll.


    Tips for preventing bacterial sinusitis

    Q: I’ve had four bouts of “bacterial sinusitis” over the past several months. How can I kick this infection for good?

    Costumed characters walk outside of the convention center on day 1 of the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention Thursday. Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered nearly 2,600 signatures on an online petition supporting a formal anti-harassment policy at Comic-Con.

    Comic-Con’s dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

    Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue — allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival. Geeks for CONsent, founded by three women from Philadelphia, gathered nearly 2,600 signatures on an online petition supporting a formal anti-harassment policy at Comic-Con. Conventioneers told Geeks for CONsent they had been groped, followed and unwillingly photographed during the four-day confab.


    8 new dancers join Miami City Ballet

    Eight dancers are joining the Miami City Ballet, including Raechel Sparreo of Buffalo Grove. Artistic director Lourdes Lopez says she wants Miami City Ballet dancers to be able to dance to anything, and she believes the new dancers’ experience and fresh perspective will enrich the company.

    Josh Brolin, left, writer/director Frank Miller, Jessica Alba, director Robert Rodriguez and Rosario Dawson attend the “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” signing on Day 3 of Comic-Con International Saturday in San Diego.

    Alba reveals her ‘Sin City’ dark side at Comic-Con

    Jessica Alba told the crowd at Comic-Con that she got in touch with the dark side for her return to “Sin City.” The “Fantastic Four” and “Dark Angel” star is reprising her role as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a prequel to the 2005 graphic novel adaptation “Sin City.”

    Sam Smith leads a workout. Smith, an exercise instructor and certified personal trainer, also has autism.

    Special fitness: Program caters to people with developmental disabilities

    Don't ever challenge Sam Smith to an enthusiasm contest.The 29-year-old fitness instructor has the booming voice of a radio announcer, the optimistic outlook of a cheerleader and the boundless endurance of a marathon runner. (He's finished four.) He also happens to have autism.

    Singer/actor/musician Nick Cearley has developed a new appreciation for women after playing one in the off-Broadway show “Pageant.”

    Rock musician swaps Skivvies for high heels in ‘Pageant’

    Performing as a woman in the off-Broadway spoof “Pageant: The Musical” has presented unique challenges for Nick Cearley — much like playing in his underwear with his rock band The Skivvies. The actor-musician alternates between wearing too much and too little clothing. “One day, I would really like to wear a sweater,” Cearley said with a smile. “I feel that there has to be a healthy balance somewhere, sometime, where I could actually just wear my normal clothes.”

    Barbecue, beer, heat … all those summertime staples can add up to bad breath.

    Your health: Bad breath heats up in the summer
    Nothing dims the fun season of summer more quickly than that great social buzz kill, bad breath National Fresh Breath Day is Aug. 6 and a good time to look at the breath busters of summer.

    The third annual All Camaro Car Show took place last weekend on the Volo Auto Museum grounds in Volo. The event is hosted by the Illinois Camaro Club.

    Five generations gather to share mutual admiration

    Revamped Chevrolet Camaros are hitting the streets, packing monster horsepower and insane track prowess. A growing following that adores the car’s heritage was evident at the third annual All Camaro Car Show, hosted by the Illinois Camaro Club at the Volo Auto Museum.

    Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) once again fights to survive a freak shark storm in Syfy’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

    ‘Sharknado 2’ ready to take bite out of Big Apple

    Last year, chainsaw in hand, surfer and bar owner Finley “Fin” Shepard (Ian Ziering) defended Los Angeles from deadly sharks scooped from the sea by a freak storm and rained onto Tinseltown. Syfy’s campy horror flick “Sharknado” turned into one of the biggest social-media stories of 2013. Come Wednesday, July 30, on Syfy, the freak storm strikes again, as “Sharknado 2: The Second One” crosses the continent to hit New York City.

    Iggy Azalea performs on stage at the StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. MTV said Thursday the singer featured in the summer hits “Fancy” and “Problem” will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show, scheduled for Aug. 24. The following night, Azalea will channel her inner Joan Rivers for an MTV fashion recap show under the “House of Style” banner.

    Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV

    Pop star Iggy Azalea is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards. MTV said Thursday that the singer featured in the summer hits “Fancy” and “Problem” will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show on Aug. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

    Irene Schneider in 2010 with her three donors. Brother-in-law Duane Wepking (donor 2009) is at left; next is Schneider and her siblings, Kate Braus (donor 1994) and Joe Schneider (donor 1984).

    Kidney recipient finds endless headaches in obtaining needed pills

    Born with two damaged kidneys in 1950, Irene Schneider was fortunate to have siblings and friends who, over the years, have provided her with three kidneys as hers slowly gave out.Medications keep her going. She needs six: three of them immune suppressants, and two of those expensive — $175 each per month.But, extracting them from her pharmacy has become increasingly difficult.

    Tina Ament holds onto a bungie cord connected to her guide, Kevin Streeter, as they go for a run. Ament, who is blind, is training for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

    Visually impaired athlete prepares for Ironman triathlon in Hawaii

    It is grueling enough to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles, but imagine doing all of that when you can only see a blur of light ahead of you.



    2043 can’t come quickly enough
    An Elgin letter to the editor: After hearing U.S. Attorney General speak the other day I thought to myself — the year 2043 can’t come fast enough. He spoke of how many of the people who oppose himself and the president — do so because of the color of their skin.


    It’s all about the Koch Brothers
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I must write to thank Tom Conley for his “right-on” letter. I wish I was better with words; but he said it all in his perfect letter.


    Get behind farmer’s market, Sugar Grove
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: The Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market invites you to spend that $10 weekly at our market, which is held from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the parking lot of the village of Sugar Grove.


    Change the law to end immigration abuse
    An Inverness letter to the editor: There’s been a good deal of posturing on all sides about what to do with the children here illegally from Central America, and the president has asked for the enormous sum of $3.7 billion to address the issue, but few are focused on taking the one step that will slow the flood of these children down to a trickle.


    Women still have many contraception choices
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, have stated that the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision is destroying women’s health care and depriving them of contraceptives. That is completely false. There were 20 areas of contraceptives. Hobby Lobby already covers 16 of the 20 contraceptives and will continue to do so.


    Hapless souls chasing rainbows
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Illegal immigration now covers a large segment of our news items served up by the media. However, John Q. Public sees this reportage as being worrisome.


    Another vote to throw the bums out
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Kudos to John Noll for his excellent explanation of why we need a change in the Illinois legislature.


    Don’t blame Putin; blame the missile
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Can we assume that only unskilled Russian boons fired the missile? Do average goons have the skill to fire these missiles? I will bet they don’t. I will bet it was Russian special forces that were sent to stir up trouble in the Ukraine, and as soon as they have added the territory in the north and east, they will move on to another of the old Soviet satellite states and do the same thing.


    Talk of ‘pain’ distorts public’s view of taxes
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Taxes, simply put, are payments. Do newspapers ever talk about the pain of mortgage payments? The pain of car payments? The pain of child support payments? Never. But taxes are always reported as being painful. What gives?


    Our state needs a Godzilla-sized rescuer
    A letter to the editor: By removing the district map measure from consideration on the November ballot, Michael Madigan handed the gubernatorial election to Bruce Rauner. Madigan pretty much rendered Pat Quinn “irrelevant” by having the General Assembly overturn Quinn’s veto of ComEd’s “fast-track” rate increase legislation, making Quinn appear weak and an inadequate check to Madigan’s autocratic rule.


    Nationality of victims shouldn’t matter
    A Schiller Park letter to the editor: In the wake of the passenger plane shot down in Ukraine, our president, the media and other Americans kept asking how many of the dead were Americans. I have been taught that a human life is important whether or not you are Dutch, Malaysian, African, whatever.


    Many of our ancestors followed the law
    A Palatine letter to the editor: This is in response to Mike Junge’s letter of July 11 regarding immigrants coming to the United States. He fails to mention that many are coming here illegally.


    America’s best offensive is exporting energy
    A Palatine letter to the editor: There is an alternative to wringing our hands at the lack of U.S. options or retreating to Fortress America and hoping for better days. This country is sitting on a geyser of oil and so much natural gas that many companies just flare it (i.e., burn it) off because they lack the means to transport it.


    Cartoons provide just the right commentary
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: “Pictures are worth 1,000 words” — it’s true. I am sure I’m not the only reader who finds the humor, anger, pathos, agreement and just plain joy in the choice of cartoons, as I call them.


    Letter defending Obama refreshing to read
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I am surprised that the Daily Herald actually printed the letter from Mr. Nelson on July 20 (“Criticism of Obama was fantastical”). Ninety-nine percent of letters in print are anti-Obama, pro-Republican, anti-Democrat — and, sadly, frequently full of half-truths, misstatements of fact and delusions of the writer.


    What a great thing for BG police to do
    Letter to the editor: Randy Gollay was moved and delighted that his homeotnw police deparment created a wonderful day for a 7-year-old with a heart defect. "I’m proud to list Buffalo Grove as my hometown," he writes.


    Keep tall buildings in Chicago, not here
    Letter to the editor: Suzanne Stark does not like the village board's decision to TIF the Hickory-Kensington area in Arlington Heights. "The assessed valuations in that area have declined over the last 5 years," she writes. "Must the business owners be penalized?"


    Heller Lumber an integral part of Arlington Hts.
    Letter to the editor: "As a long time business owner in Arlington Heights, I sympathize with the Heller Lumber family in regards to the TIF situation," writes John W. Glueckert Sr.


    Cardiac support group disbands NWCH chapter
    It is with regret we inform the communities served by Northwest Community Hospital that our chapter of Mended Hearts is disbanding.Members of this cardiac support group have visited patients and families in the hospital for over 20 years, offering hope and encouragement to thousands suffering from, and being treated for heart disease.All of our visitors are heart patients themselves, in one form or another. Being able to speak with someone who has “been there, done that” was a significant benefit to current patients and their families, and gives meaning to our motto, “It’s Great to be Alive, and to Help Others”. All visitors are professionally trained and accredited each year.Our group conducted monthly educational meetings, typically with speakers from the medical community covering topics related to diagnosis, treatment, prevention and lifestyle. Our meetings were open to Mended Hearts members, as well as the general public.Following a recent meeting with hospital officials, it became apparent we could not bridge the gap to support one of our group’s primary missions — visiting heart patients and their families in the hospital. This was due to a strict interpretation of HIPPA rules, as they felt these visits would violate patients’ privacy.It was explained further that this was being enforced to mitigate risk for the hospital.Mended Hearts is a national organization, founded in 1951, with over 300 local chapters serving approximately 450 hospitals, offering similar visit and educational programs.As a result, we have no choice but to disband our chapter. We will merge our membership with the Alexian Brothers Medical Center chapter in Elk Grove Village and perform our visiting services there.Mended Hearts also has chapters at: Northwestern Memorial, Chicago; Advocate Good Shepherd, Barrington; Presence Mercy, Aurora; MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn; Presence St. Joseph, Joliet and Loyola in Maywood.For more information, visit www.mendedhearts.org.Richard MorinPresident, Mended Hearts, Chapter #248


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