Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

The Daily Herald is a daily newspaper both owned and published by Paddock Publications, Inc. First published in 1872, the Daily Herald is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill.The third largest newspaper in Illinois, the Daily Herald serves an area of about 1,300 square miles that includes Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. The largest suburban newspaper in the Chicago area, the Daily Herald covers local and national news, as well as neighborhood and community events in the more than 90 communities it serves. Family owned and operated by the Paddocks for four generations, the Daily Herald started expanding in the late 1960s, growing from a weekly paper to five days a week and, finally, daily in 1981. It expanded its coverage area in the late 1980s and since 2000 has experiencd a growth in circulation of almost 20 percent in the suburban Chicago market. In 2010, the Daily Herald received a total of seven awards from the Inland Press Association's national journalism competition. Three of the awards were first place prizes in the areas of community leadership, explanatory journalism in the large-newspaper category (circulation over 75,000), and sports photography. In 2002, reporter Rukmini Callimachi was a finalist for the AP Managing Editors (APME) International Perspective Awards for a story and photographs that told about the lives of area immigrants through their own words. John Lampinen is Senior Vice President/Editor and Daniel E. Baumann is the Publisher.

Articles from December 16, 2008

A Caring Environment
Each weekday, Ecumenical Support Services for the Elderly opens its doors to welcome older adults. In its three locations in central DuPage County, seniors some with cognitive or physical limitations find a place where they can pursue hobbies...
Add Another Corrupt Governor - with Lake County Ties - to List
In recent days, youve probably heard the list of corrupt Illinois governors. Three have been incarcerated in the last 35 years Otto Kerner, Dan Walker and George Ryan. There was a fourth infamous governor Lennington "Len" Small who had a Lake...
Beale Airmen Do Jobs to Make All of Us Safe
Byline: Dona Fair Army & Air Force Hometown News Service The extremely tight security surrounding this remote air base in northern California seems out of place for the son of a Carpentersville couple stationed here. Earthtone buildings with...
Bears: Cardinals Fans for a Day
Byline: Bob LeGere rlegere@dailyherald.com Bears players who watched the Vikings-Cardinals game Sunday hoping for a Minnesota loss and a better playoff chance for themselves didnt get the desired result. "I watched every second of it," tight...
Beck, Chargers Post Win over Pucher, Knights
Byline: Bob Gosman Daily Herald Correspondent As late as the seventh and eighth grades, Dundee-Crown senior guard Jeff Beck played center. "I know more about post play than some other guards," he said. "I still like to mix it up with the big...
Beck's 20 Lead D-C to Victory
Byline: Bob Gosman Daily Herald Correspondent As late as the seventh and eighth grades, Dundee-Crown senior guard Jeff Beck played center. "I know more about post play than some other guards," he said. "I still like to mix it up with the big...
Big Picture
Northern Trust to cut 450 jobs CHICAGO Northern Trust Corp. said Monday it will eliminate 450 jobs next year to help save as much as $60 million because the bear market has reduced its revenue from overseeing client assets. The bank will take a...
Bond Set at $1.5 Million in Friend's Stabbing
Byline: Charles Keeshan ckeeshan@dailyherald.com A McHenry man remained behind bars at the McHenry County jail late Monday on charges he stabbed a teenage friend to death with a fork during a weekend altercation. Victor Bandala-Martinez, 20,...
Building Blocks Continue for NU
Byline: Lindsey Willhite lwillhite@dailyherald.com Beware. Another sign of the Northwestern basketball apocalypse occurred Monday night. First came a fistful of Associated Press Top 25 votes. In this weeks poll the Wildcats received 7 points...
Bulls Don't Want to Squander Opportunity against Bobcats
Byline: Mike McGraw mmcgraw@dailyherald.com When December began, it was tough not to notice how the Bulls schedule fell into two succinct categories. First came eight games against teams that were at or below .500, followed by a very difficult...
'Burno's Inferno' Marmion Hot Spot
Byline: Christine Bolin and John Lemon cbolin@dailyherald.com; jlemon@dailyherald.com In his second year as head coach with Marmions basketball team, Rashon Burno has established his own cheering section with the students. Its called "Burnos Inferno"...
Bush Reassures Automakers Help Is on the Way
Byline: Associated Press WASHINGTON The White House gave troubled Detroit automakers public reassurances Monday that short-term government help was in the works as a key senator suggested the aid package could reach $15 billion for two companies....
Caroline Kennedy Looks to the Senate
Byline: Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. Caroline Kennedy told New Yorks governor on Monday shes interested in the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her the highest-profile candidate to express a desire for the job....
Celtics Make It 15 Straight
Byline: Associated Press BOSTON Even swimming superstar Michael Phelps had to marvel at the Boston Celtics and their NBA-record 17 championships. But the 14-time Olympic gold medalist has the defending basketball champs beat on one count. ...
Church Damage Estimate in the Thousands Two Teens Charged with Ransacking House of Worship Early Monday Morning
Byline: Sheila Ahern sahern@dailyherald.com Two 15-year-old boys were charged on Monday with vandalizing an Arlington Heights church and leaving its parishioners without a Christmas tree. "Its a mess," said Randy Thompson, pastor of Cross &...
Crowded Candidate Field Set in Naperville
Byline: Melissa Jenco mjenco@dailyherald.com Napervilles city council race will be crowded in April, but not enough to require a primary. Thirteen candidates are running for one of four 4-year terms on the council while three are vying for the...
Cubs, Sox to Meet in Vegas:
Cubs, Sox to meet in Vegas: The Cubs and White Sox will play two exhibition games in Las Vegas in March. The clubs will play on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:05 p.m. PST and Thursday, March 5, at 1:05 p.m. PST at Cashman Field. Ticket information is...
Cuts Turn Village's Deficit into Surplus
Byline: Madhu Krishnamurthy mkrishnamurthy@dailyherald.com The Hawthorn Woods village board Monday night slashed expenses to balance and approve the villages fiscal year 2009 budget, transforming a projected deficit of $131,000 into a surplus of...
'Dark Knight,' 'Slumdog' Top Chicago Critics' List
Byline: Dann Gire Daily Herald Film Critic dgire@dailyherald.com Christopher Nolans "The Dark Knight" the greatest motion picture ever adapted from the comic books and Danny Boyles India-set comic drama "Slumdog Millionaire" tied with six nominations...
Dog's Aggression to Visitors Must Be Managed for Safety
Q. My dog always barks at the mailman. This behavior has gotten more and more harsh, and I am concerned for everyone who approaches the house. Dane Leintz, Oak Brook A. While this is a relatively typical behavior, it should be taken very seriously...
Driscoll Runs Past St. Edward
Byline: John Radtke jradtke@dailyherald.com As the season goes on, many teams are going to place their focus on stopping 6-foot-4 junior standout Courtney Lindfors when they play the Driscoll girls basketball team. But the Highlanders proved...
Drug Bust Is a First for Village
Byline: Lenore T. Adkins ladkins@dailyherald.com An unusual drug bust over the weekend has become a badge of honor for Pingree Grove police. Police from the tiny village just west of Elgin made their first drug arrest Friday, Chief Carol Lussky...
DuPage County in 60 Seconds
Living window displays: The Storks Cradle in Wheaton will have live window displays from 6 to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 20. The costume department at the College of DuPage and The Upper Room Dance Studio teamed up to help create the cast...
Endangered Species Decisions Tainted, Report Says
Byline: Associated Press WASHINGTON A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political...
Fed Weighs Slashing Rates - Again
Byline: Associated Press WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve is widely expected to ratchet down a key interest rate perhaps to an all-time low to prevent the sinking economy from falling deeper into the doldrums. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke...
Fence Post
Bob Frisk a true sports icon Bob Frisk is all that is right with life in general and high school sports in particular. He is a "first-class" person and a true icon. Bobs weekly columns have always been a must-read for me and many, many others. Ive...
Fence Post
Illinois needs a new state motto There should be an immediate and binding referendum put to the voters of Illinois, a straight up-and-down question: "Should the State of Illinois change its state motto from The Land of Lincoln to The Land of Stinkin?"...
Fence Post
Metra should drop fares for college kids I believe that college students should receive a student discount on the Metra train into Chicago. A student discount would help college students save money, it would be a safer way for them to travel, and...
Fox Valley in 60 Seconds
U-46 state scholars named: Two hundred and thirty Elgin Area School District U-46 high school students were named Illinois State Scholars last week. The State Scholar program is an honorary recognition that is received by approximately 10 percent...
Free Shoe Thrower, Iraqi Protesters Say
Byline: Associated Press BAGHDAD Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in anger at U.S. policies, as support for the act and the journalist flowed in from...
From the Armed Services
* Navy Seaman Recruit Michael A. Enriquez, son of Aliza Shehata of Brookfield and Angel Enriquez of Cary, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes. During the eight-week program, Enriquez completed a variety...
Geneva Officials Will Be Paid for Missed Meetings Aldermen Quash Effort to Dock Salaries
Byline: Susan Sarkauskas ssarkauskas@dailyherald.com Geneva aldermen wont be docked pay for missing city council or committee of the whole meetings after all. After a flurry of late-minute amendments was pitched and knocked down, the committee...
Gooden Likes del Negro's Style
Byline: Mike McGraw mmcgraw@dailyherald.com With his unusual chin beard and free-spirited personality, Bulls forward Drew Gooden is the type who would be comfortable taking the stage at an open-mic poetry night. Following Mondays practice at...
Goodwill's Philosophy Still Speaks to Us Today
In the spirit of the seasons celebration of peace and goodwill toward men and women, I wasnt sure how to begin todays column. Considering some unseemly distractions and news this past week that Im saddened to say received more lip service than "Merry...
Harley-Davidson Top Exec to Leave His Post Next Year
Byline: Alan Ohnsman Bloomberg News Harley-Davidson Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziemer will retire in 2009, ending a 40-year career that took him from running a freight elevator to leading the biggest U.S. motorcycle maker. Ziemer, 58, who...
Having Pair of Strong Goalies a Big Advantage
Byline: Mike Spellman mspellman@dailyherald.com The Blackhawks goaltending roulette continues. The morning after Cristobal Huet stopped 31 shots to pick up his third consecutive win, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville announced hes going back to Nikolai...
Hawks Prevail
Byline: John Leusch jleusch@dailyherald.com Hoffman Estates and St. Viators girls basketball teams were never separated by more than 4 points in the first half of Mondays nonconference game in Arlington Heights. The Hawks made sure that wouldnt...
How to Add More Green to Your Holiday
Byline: Teresa Schmedding tschmedding@dailyherald.com Christmas can be a time of great joy and great waste. Here are a few ideas for making your holidays more eco-friendly. LED lights If everyone used LED Christmas lights, wed save $160 million...
IC Football Coach Schmidt to Resign
Byline: Dave Oberhelman doberhelman@dailyherald.com Immaculate Conception varsity football coach Bill Schmidt, whose Knights won the Class 2A state title Nov. 28, will resign his position effective Jan. 1, 2009. A teacher of at-risk students...
'I Couldn't Help Him, So I Need to Help Someone Else'
Michael Beckers loved ones left their house in Prairie View on Sept. 17, 2007, with no idea that the 19-year-olds lifetime battles were about to come to a tragic end on the family couch. "I remember leaving for work, and I could hear him snoring,"...
Industrial Output Falls for Third Time in Four Months
Byline: Associated Press WASHINGTON Industrial output fell for the third time in four months in November as automakers and other manufacturers suffered from pervasive weakness not expected to ease for months even if the Detroit Three receive a...
It's Unanimous
Byline: John Patterson and Joseph Ryan jpatterson@dailyherald.com jryan@dailyherald.com SPRINGFIELD State lawmakers voted Monday to begin an investigation of whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be removed from office while the embattled governor...
'Joseph' Casts
Dec. 16 Narrator: Savanna Hoffman Joseph: Ian Emerson Jacob: Rick Love Rueban: Shannon Lynch Simeon: Michael McCarthy Levi: Casey Ancona Napitha: Sarah Broad Asher: Anna Orzechowicz Dan: Deanna Wisniewski Zeb: Blake Grigsby...
'Joseph' Rehearsals More Fun Than Work for Kids
Byline: Ann Piccininni Daily Herald Correspondent This ticket takes travelers on a junket that jogs from the wild west to the disco dance floor to the sands of Egypt. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a story about loyalty, redemption,...
Lake County in 60 Seconds
Incoming director visits: She doesnt officially start for a few more weeks, but the Vernon Area Public Library Districts new director visited the library board Monday night. Cynthia Fuerst was greeted warmly by the board at its regularly scheduled...
Last Filings Trigger a Primary in Elgin
Byline: Harry Hitzeman hhitzeman@dailyherald.com After virtually a week of no activity, a flurry of 10 new candidates put their names in Monday to run for one of four Elgin City Council seats in April. Of those hopefuls, six are running for a...
Last Minute ... and Local More Holiday Gift Ideas from Local Retailers
Need a last-minute gift? Want to help suburban businesses and your neighbors who run them? Well, then, keep reading. * Edible Arrangements is kind of pricey. A less expensive, but equally healthy gift for any age is a fresh fruit basket or box...
Man's Bond Set at $1.5 Million in Friend's Stabbing
Byline: Charles Keeshan ckeeshan@dailyherald.com A McHenry man remained behind bars at the McHenry County jail late Monday on charges he stabbed a teenage friend to death with a fork during a weekend altercation. Victor Bandala-Martinez, 20,...
Montini Nets Spot in Rugged Shootout
Byline: Joshua Welge jwelge@dailyherald.com Jason Nichols is aware of the pedigree that comes with the McDonalds Shootout. "If you play in it, you must be one of the elite teams in the area," said the Montini girls basketball coach. Testament...
Neighbors in the News
Eagle Scout John Malandruccolo, the son of Bob and Kris, is a member of Troop 98 in Carol Stream. A graduate of West Chicagos Community High School in June 2008, his Eagle Scout project involved 468 hours of work creating more than 3,500 crosses for...
No Primary Elections in Northwest Suburbs
The imminent retirement of Schaumburgs senior village trustee was the biggest surprise Monday as filing closed for potential primary elections in four Northwest suburbs. There will be no primary elections in February in the Northwest suburbs. None...
Northwest Suburbs in 60 Seconds
Arrests in car burglaries: Three cars were broken into at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday near Central Road and Arthur Avenue in Arlington Heights, according to police. Two Des Plaines men Gerardo Ayala-Cervantes, 18, and Leaveil James Pittman, 18 ...
Obama Adds to Cabinet
Byline: Associated Press WASHINGTON President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan to serve as education secretary, insiders said Monday. Duncan has run the countrys third-biggest school district for the past seven...
Orton Just Hasn't Shown Enough Yet
As usual, the Bears most pressing off-season evaluation will have to be at quarterback. Its like that for all teams that dont have a compelling one, and especially is for the team that never has one. Is Kyle Orton the man or just a guy? Is he...
Police Reports
St. Charles * Eric Kenneth Rife, 22, of the 900 block of South Avenue, was arrested Dec. 6 and charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct after striking a vehicle exiting the parking complex at 100 Illinois St. with his hands,...
Police Reports
Algonquin * Denise M. Vincente, 44, of the 0-100 block of Hickory Lane, Algonquin, was cited for driving while license suspended and suspended registration about 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Route 62 and Hubbard Street, police said. Vincente posted a $100...
Pork Projects Are Not the Right Path to New Jobs
Most children have probably finished their Christmas lists to Santa Claus. Some elected officials, however, are still compiling theirs. Close behind Detroits wish list comes a long one from Americas mayors. Last Monday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors...
Positive Thinking Helps Wheeling Soar
Byline: Bill Esbrook Daily Herald Correspondent The power of positive thinking is keeping the Wheeling girls bowling team in the upper echelon of the Mid-Suburban League standings this season. The Wildcats didnt make the state finals last season,...
Probe of Staff Contacts Will Stay Secret for Now
Byline: Joseph Ryan Politics and Projects Editor Jryan@dailyherald.com President-elect Barack Obama said Monday he will not release a "comprehensive" internal probe of his staffs contacts with Gov. Rod Blagojevich until next week at the request...
Railroad Offers an Olive Branch Worth $4 Million
Byline: Ashok Selvam aselvam@dailyherald.com Hoffman Estates officials Monday agreed to a deal with Canadian National in which the railroad will spend nearly $4 million to address village concerns about its purchase of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern...
Recent Home and Property Sales
For a full list of property sales, visit www.dailyherald.com. Barrington $420,000; 240 Beverly Road, Barrington, 60010; Sold on Nov. 12, 2008, by Ezequiel Lopez to Eric J. Stewart and Julie Stewart. $185,500; 814 Warwick Ave., Barrington,...
Recent Home and Property Sales
For a full list of property sales, visit www.dailyherald.com. Arlington Heights $522,500; 644 S. Lincoln Lane, Arlington Heights, 60005; Sold on Nov. 12, 2008, by William R. Mussatti to Stephen Kennedy and Tina Kennedy. $480,000; 715 E. Appletree...
Recent Home and Property Sales
For a full list of property sales, visit www.dailyherald.com. Algonquin $363,000; 511 Greens View Drive, Algonquin, 60102; sold Oct. 30, by Glenn D. Garbowicz to David W. Jackson and Eddie Jo Galloway. $238,000; 1637 Arquilla Drive, Algonquin,...
Recent Home and Property Sales
For a full list of property sales, visit www.dailyherald.com. Aurora $350,000; 1368 Verona Ridge Drive, Aurora, 60506; sold Oct. 24, by Orleans Rhil LP to Charles J. Spooner Jr and Tammy M. Spooner. $254,000; 3349 Kentshire Circle, Aurora,...
Robert O. Duncan a Resident of Glen Ellyn since 1974
Robert O. Duncan a resident of Glen Ellyn since 1974 A memorial service for Robert O. Duncan, 91, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at College Church in Wheaton, Seminary and Washington streets, Wheaton. Friends may visit with the family from...
Rosary Spreads Scoring Wealth
Byline: Christine Bolin cbolin@dailyherald.com Its one thing to have your whole team clock in time, but for everyone to score at least 1 point is rare. Thats exactly what happened Monday for the Rosary girls basketball team, as all 13 healthy...
Rush Vows to Be Back
Byline: Lee Filas lfilas@dailyherald.com The Chicago Rush said they might be gone for now but that they definitely will return. Rush president Mike Polisky on Monday said he fully expects his team to take the field again in 2010 but added numerous...
Scammed?
Byline: Joe Bel Bruno and Jane Wardell Associated Press NEW YORK A federal judge has signed an order saying investors who may have been duped in one of Wall Streets biggest frauds need the protection of the Securities Investor Protection Act. ...
Schaumburg's Mueller to Join IHSBCA Hall of Fame
Attention and recognition are usually limited for assistant coaches. Schaumburgs Tom Mueller is an exception since he will receive one of the highest honors from the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association. Mueller, who has assisted...
School Board Hopeful Is Firmly against Referendum
Byline: James Fuller jfuller@dailyherald.com Perhaps the most organized group of residents opposed to a potential tax increase by St. Charles Unit District 303 might earn a seat at the table through the vacant school board position. If heEs appointed...
School Board Votes to Uproot Some Gardens
Byline: Melissa Jenco mjenco@dailyherald.com A plan to relocate some of Napervilles garden plots to make way for athletic fields scored its first victory Monday. The Naperville Unit District 203 school board voted 7-0 in favor of two versions...
Seasonal Solace
Byline: Leanne Italie Associated Press Hard times have you down this holiday season? Take a trip to the library for some inspiration from treasured stories of Christmas past. The mortgage meltdown, job squeeze and clash between rich and poor...
Sheriff Says Democrats Are Just Too Corrupt Curran Explains Why He's Jumping to GOP
Byline: Mick Zawislak mzawislak@dailyherald.com Blasting what he described as a culture of corruption in the Democratic Party, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said his conscience wouldnt let him continue the association. Flanked by top leaders...
Shift to Thrift Changes What's Important
It read like a manifesto for the new zeitgeist, a signpost for America decking the halls with boughs of thrift and singing carols to the values of frugality: "Perhaps there is something different now. Perhaps now is an opportunity to reassess what...
Six Counties in 60 Seconds
Driver hits tree, dies: A man died after crashing a vehicle into a tree in a Naperville cemetery Monday. Naperville police responded to the single-vehicle crash near Hillside Road and Main Street around 5:21 p.m., police said. Police said the vehicle...
Skip the 'Balloons' This Tax Levy Season
Local schools are busy trying to figure out how to stay in the black next year, at a time when tax increases make many of us see red. As they work out their tax levies for 2009, some school boards show that they really get it that they see and...
Theus Gets His Walking Papers
Byline: Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. Reggie Theus got barely more than 100 games to lead the Sacramento Kings before they headed in yet another direction with yet another new head coach. Theus was fired by Sacramento on Monday after a...
This Holiday Season, Consider Giving Gifts from Your Heart
" Every good and perfect gift is from above..." James 1:17 (NIV) Christmas is a time to be celebrated, not dreaded. But many are living on a tight budget that leaves nothing more than mere pennies left at the end of each payday. This can cause...
Thomas W. Engel Sr., M.D
Thomas W. Engel Sr., M.D. Visitation for Thomas W. Engel Sr., M.D. will be from 4 to 9 p.m., with a brief memorial service at 8 p.m. today, at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee at 1...
Three of Four Will Seek Re-Election
Byline: Robert Sanchez bsanchez@dailyherald.com Three incumbents on Wheaton City Council will seek re-election this spring, while the pending departure of another councilman has resulted in a three-way contest to replace him. The filing period...
Two Teens Charged in Church Vandalism
Two 15-year-old boys were charged on Monday with vandalizing an Arlington Heights church and leaving its parishioners without a Christmas tree. "Its a mess," said Randy Thompson, pastor of Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 1122 W. Rand Road. "Everything...
Unhappy Memories with Playoff Outlook Bleak, Bears Recall Tough Losses
Byline: Bob LeGere rlegere@dailyherald.com At this point, the Bears have more regrets than hope. They still have hope that by winning their final two games they can sneak into the playoffs, either by having the Minnesota Vikings lose both of...
Vikings' Pat Williams out with Fractured Shoulder
Byline: Associated Press Defensive tackle Pat Williams will miss anywhere from 2-6 weeks with a fractured shoulder, leaving the Vikings (9-5) without their best run stopper as they prepare to face the two best rushing teams in the league with a...
Woods' Caddie Ignites Big Stir
Byline: Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. Tiger Woods caddie said Monday night he regrets his disparaging comment about Phil Mickelson at a charity dinner, saying he was making light of the Ryder Cup and his dislike for him. ...
Wrigley Winds Won't Favor Either Team in Classic
Byline: Mike Spellman mspellman@dailyherald.com Wind blowing in? Wind blowing out? In the end it wont really matter when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field on New Years Day in the Winter Classic. Thats because, just...