Daily Archive : Wednesday March 9, 2011


    David Broder, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Illinois native, died Wednesday of complications from diabetes.

    Award-winning columnist David Broder dead at 81

    David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington, Va., of complications from diabetes.

    Schmid's, a downtown Glen Ellyn business for 44 years, will be closing its doors March 19. Children often would sit in the store's miniature Volkswagen Beetle, which is modeled off its old delivery car.

    Schmid's closing after 44 years in Glen Ellyn

    Schmid's has been a mainstay in downtown Glen Ellyn for 44 years, from its beginnings as a pharmacy to its emergence as a gift shop. Loyal customers regularly return to sample a piece of fudge while their kids have a seat in the store's miniature Volkswagen Beetle, modeled after the store's former delivery car.

    Richard Wilkie

    Lisle candidate assailed for ‘anti-Navistar' stance

    A group calling itself Jobs for Lisle has made it its job to prevent a Lisle village board candidate from getting elected.

    The Algonquin Road bridge over Salt Creek in Rolling Meadows is in line for a $1.6 million rebuilding project to begin next week because inspectors last year deemed it “structurally deficient” and in “critical” need of repairs.

    Critically deficient bridge in Rolling Meadows getting fixed

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is reducing lanes on Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows next week to repair a bridge over Salt Creek. The bridge was one of several featured in a special report on bridge safety by the Daily Herald in December that showed one out of every 13 bridges in the six-county metropolitan Chicago region is deemed “structurally deficient” by inspectors.

    Lawmakers are considering relaxing some of the state's smoking laws.

    Casinos, bars could allow smoking again

    Bars, casinos, strip clubs and even American Legion Halls could once again allow smoking indoors if the lawmakers keep pushing legislation to allow it. A House committee Wednesday approved two proposals that would roll back provisions of the state's indoor smoking ban. A House committee Wednesday approved two proposals that would roll back provisions of the state's indoor smoking ban.

    Kristopher Sanchez

    Roselle man gets 10 years for Itasca Fest stabbing

    A Roselle man pleaded guilty to armed violence and was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for stabbing a man at Itasca Fest last summer.

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed a death penalty ban into law Wednesday. “It is impossible to create a perfect system, one that is free of all mistakes,” Quinn said.

    Quinn abolishes death penalty

    Tom Nicarico, whose 10-year-old daughter Jeanine was raped and murdered after being abducted from their Naperville home, watched Gov. Pat Quinn online Wednesday as he told reporters about his decision to abolish the death penalty.

    Wheeling native Haley Reinhart performs “Blue” in front of the judges Wednesday night on “American Idol.”

    Wheeling native gets mixed reviews on ‘Idol'

    Haley Reinhart can count two “American Idol” judges firmly in her corner this week after belting out a soulful version of “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes. Both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez liked Reinhart's performance. Randy Jackson? Not so much. “It was a little boring if I'm being honest,” Jackson said. “It was a little sleepy.”

    Carla Oglesby, the indicted deputy chief of staff for former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, is collecting unemployment, according to a spokeswoman for Stroger successor Toni Preckwinkle.

    Indicted former Stroger aide collecting unemployment

    Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wants to be treated the same way he treated employees in his administration — at least where unemployment benefits are concerned. According to the office of President Toni Preckwinkle, who succeeded Stroger in December, the county is contributing to pay unemployment to Carla Oglesby, the Stroger campaign spokeswoman and deputy chief of staff...

    Associated Press Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama,seen here in January, speaking on the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese control in Dharmsala, India, said today that he will give up his political role in Tibet's government-in-exile, shifting that power to an elected representative.

    Dalai Lama wants to end political role

    The Dalai Lama told Tibetans he wants to end his role as the political head of their government in exile.


    MHS officials push case for school upgrades

    With less than a month until the April election, Mundelein High School administrators met with a small group of local residents Wednesday night to explain why they've proposed extending the district's debt to fund facility improvements.


    Dist. 200 OKs short-term borrowing

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 has given the OK to the option of short term loans up to $12 million as it remains waiting for the state's payments, which are now about $8 million behind.


    Radio woes trigger safety concerns in Naperville, Aurora

    Problems with a new radio system continue to plague emergency response teams in Naperville and Aurora and may be putting police and firefighters in jeopardy. The Naperville firefighters union this week filed a “safety concern” with the city.


    Elgin council approves responsible bidder ordinance

    The city of Elgin will soon work under the guidelines of a revised responsible bidder ordinance after a vote by council members at the committee of the whole meeting Wednesday night. The ordinance was first brought up several years ago by unions advocating a more detailed definition for “responsible bidder” when it came to city contracts.

    Donna Leetz of Elgin attempts to open the doors that once led to a front porch in her historic home. Leetz will be awarded a $20,000 historic architectural rehab grant from the city to help reconstruct the original front porch with cedar wood and historic columns. The house, which also functions as a funeral home, was built in 1886.

    Elgin will award $100,000 for historic rehabs

    Elgin city council members agreed to award $100,000 in grants to six local owners of historic homes during the Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday night. The money is allocated through the 50/50 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Program, now in its 16th year.

    Alex Attiah Woodland Elementary D50

    Finance focus of Woodland forum

    Finances dominated a Wednesday night forum with candidates running for a board seat at Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50.


    15 arrested at underage drinking party

    Fifteen people were arrested at an underage drinking party near the city of McHenry over the weekend.

    Brian Dugan, DuPage County, for the murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico of Naperville in 1983.

    The 15 men spared from the death penalty

    When Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty Wednesday, he also commuted the death sentences of 15 men on death row in Illinois.


    Cops: Caretaker stole, forged patient’s check

    A Crystal Lake woman faces felony charges after police say she stole a check from an elderly woman she was caring for and wrote it out to herself.


    RMSH student wins state journalism award

    Rolling Meadows High School senior Alexandria Johnson, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Pacer, has been named 2011 Illinois Scholastic Journalist of the Year by the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA).


    Clothing trapped in closed cleaners available

    A new owner has taken over White Water Cleaners in Arlington Heights, and anyone with clothes there can claim them.

    Joseph Biedermann

    Civil trial begins for man acquitted of stabbing his neighbor to death

    A civil trial charging a Hoffman Estates man with the wrongful death of Terrance Michael Hauser began Wednesday with echoes of the criminal trial, in which a jury acquitted Joseph Biedermann of murdering Hauser. Biedermann, 32, claimed he stabbed Hauser in self-defense after Hauser brandished a medieval-style dagger and threatened to sexually assault him, during the early morning hours of March...


    Wayne trustees candidates have plenty of experience

    Four candidates are seeking three trustee seats in the village of Wayne. We'll look at why they're running, what they hope to accomplish and new ideas they have.

    The Bull & Bear tobacco shop in St. Charles.

    St. Charles tobacco shop fights to keep smoking area

    The Bull & Bear tobacco shop at 1 W. Illinois St. in St. Charles, files suit against its landlord.

    Barry Krumstok was appointed Rolling Meadows’ new city manager by the city council this week. Krumstok has served as the city’s assistant manager since 2006 and its interim city manager since his predecessor, Sarah Phillips, stepped down in December.

    Rolling Meadows makes it official: Barry Krumstok is new manager

    Barry Krumstok was named Roling Meadows' new city manager this week. Krumstok, a longtime city employee, has been acting city manager since his predecessor, Sarah Phillips, resigned in December.

    Marni Yang

    Witness says he took Yang to practice shooting

    A friend of Marni Yang testified Wednesday that Yang owned a 9 mm pistol, and he took her to a shooting range to practice with it at least twice.


    Chicago man pleads not guilty in daughter's death

    A Chicago man charged in the 2008 stabbing death of his 9-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty.


    Judge: U. of I wrongly withholding student names

    CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled that the University of Illinois can't use a federal privacy law to withhold the names of college applicants on a list of politically connected students at the heart of an admissions scandal.

    Brian Nord

    Crime spree ends with empty gas tank

    A 31-year-old St. Charles man was arrested after stealing a BMW that was left running in a parking lot, later stealing a vacuum from a Kohl's store and finally ditching the BMW when it ran out of gas, according to police.

    James Mandarino leaves the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows Tuesday morning just before his trial begin this week on police brutality allegations.

    Video shown in Streamwood police brutality case as trial continues

    Prosecutors showed a video of a Streamwood police officer beating a motorist following a traffic stop last year to open day two of the officer's trial at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows.


    Report: Excessive nutrients damaging Great Lakes

    A resurgence of soupy blue-green algae blooms in the Great Lakes is an ominous sign of suffering water quality that poses health risks for people who depend on the lakes for drinking water, food and recreation, according to a U.S.-Canadian report released Wednesday.


    Army band in Arlington Park lot Friday

    One of the U.S. Army bands will be in the parking lot of Arlington Park Friday morning, prac ticing for their appearane in Saturday's Chicago St. Patrick's Day parade.

    Monica Clark

    D300 incumbents seek continuity; challengers want fresh start

    The two challengers in the race for Community Unit District 300 say fresh ideas are needed to get the district through troubling times. But incumbents argue consistency in leadership is paramount to maneuvering through a budget deficit at the same time that the district transitions to a new superintendent. There are six candidates for four, 4-year seats.


    Streamwood man accused of selling Bernie Madoff’s ID

    A 43-year-old Streamwood man has been charged with theft after selling Bernie Madoff's prison identification on eBay.

    Naomi Suh

    Bolingbrook woman charged at South Elgin spa

    Naomi Suh, 44, of Bolingbrook, is charged with prostitution out of a South Elgin "spa."

    A residents watches from his porch during street flooding in the Mid City section of New Orleans due to heavy thunderstorms that came through the area Wednesday, dumping as much as four inches in one hour.

    Severe weather flips cars, rips roofs in Southeast

    Winds whipped by a line of severe weather tore roofs off buildings, overturned cars and caused minor injuries as the system trudged across the Southeast on Wednesday.


    Mexico arrests suspect linked to U.S. agent's death

    Federal police have arrested another suspected drug cartel member for alleged links to last month's attack in Mexico that killed one U.S. agent and wounded another, authorities said Wednesday.

    Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi fly the green flag at they drive past foreign journalists in Janzour, 12 miles West of Tripoli. Libya.

    Oil installations ablaze in Libya as battles rage

    A giant yellow fireball shot into the sky, trailed by thick plumes of black smoke Wednesday after fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi set two oil installations ablaze and inflicted yet more damage on Libya's crippled energy industry.


    Holder hails St. Louis marshal killed in shootout

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday hailed the courage of a federal marshal killed during a shootout with a St. Louis felon, the second on-duty shooting death in a month for an agency that had gone years without one.

    An emergency vehicle stands by near the runway as space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    Space shuttle Discovery back on earth for good

    Discovery ended its career as the world's most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece.

    Jared Lee Loughner

    Judge sets competency hearing in Loughner case

    A federal judge on Wednesday scheduled a May 25 hearing to determine if the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage that critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is competent to stand trial.


    Spokane MLK Day bomb suspect tied to hate group

    A man tied to a white supremacist organization was arrested Wednesday on charges that he left a sophisticated bomb along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route in Spokane.

    Chicago Bears great Dick Butkus will be among the current and former star athletes traveling to Rosemont this weekend to participate in the Chicagoland Sports Collectibles Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

    Sports stars aligning in Rosemont for collectibles show

    Current and past sports stars like Derrick Rose, Ernie Banks, Dick Butkus and Clay Matthews are coming to Rosemont this weekend for the Chicagoland Sports Collectibles Show.

    Matthew Hicks

    Des Plaines cop hearing will be closed

    The Des Plaines Police and Fire Commission has opted to bar the public and press from disciplinary hearings for police Sgt. Matthew Hicks later this month. Hicks' defense cited the sensitivity of anticipated testimony involving medical information about his wife.


    North Aurora seeks bids for village hall renovation

    North Aurora is seeking bids for renovating its village hall, including expanding into the former police station area.

    Louis Bianchi

    Bianchi seeks to toss charges against him

    Embattled McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi had his final court hearing Wednesday before his March 21 corruption and misconduct trial, and his attorney again pushed to have the charges dropped. Bianchi also pleaded not guilty to a new set of charges that he improperly used his office to reduce penalties or eliminate charges for family members and those politically connected to him. A...


    Tri-Cities police reports

    A laptop computer for the Arcada Theatre's ticket booth in downtown St. Charles was reported stolen late last week, according to a police report.

    Edward Tousana

    Batavia 4th Ward hopefuls have ideas for business

    Where the candidates for Batavia City Council Ward 4 stand on improving the town's business climate.

    Vivian Schiller

    NPR chief executive quits over hidden camera video

    NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday under pressure, a day after an undercover video showed one of her executives on a hidden camera calling the tea party racist and saying the news organization would be better off without taxpayer money.

    Protesters gather at the "Today, I Am A Muslim, Too" rally to protest against a planned congressional hearing on the role of Muslims in homegrown terrorism, Sunday in New York.

    Testimony doesn't match furor over terror hearing

    Family members of two young men who were inspired to terrorism, with deadly consequences, plan to tell Congress that the men were victims of brainwashing by radical elements in local Muslim communities, according to prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press.


    White House not at 'decision point' on Libya

    Searching for answers as Libya's fighting raged on, President Barack Obama's national security team on Wednesday weighed how to force Moammar Gadhafi from power and halt his brutal crackdown on those rebelling against his regime.

    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

    Obama nominates Locke to be ambassador to China

    Hoping to make China more friendly to American business, President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated as his top envoy to Beijing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American to serve in that diplomatically and commercially important assignment.


    Senate rejects rival GOP, Democratic budgets

    The Democratic-led Senate on Wednesday emphatically rejected a budget-slashing House spending bill as too draconian. It then immediately killed a rival Democratic plan that was derided by moderate Democrats as too timid in its drive to cut day-to-day agency budgets.

    Flags frame the crash site of United Flight 93 at the temporary Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

    Flight 93 families seek money for 9/11 memorial

    Families of those who died on United Airlines Flight 93 said Wednesday they hope Congress won't forget the heroism displayed aboard the hijacked flight as it considers giving more federal money for a 9/11 memorial at the crash site in Pennsylvania.


    Dance team makes history

    The Wauconda High School varsity dance team recently took two second place trophies in the lyrical and open dance competitions, becoming the first team from the school to place at the state tournament.


    Stevenson High forum scheduled

    The candidates for seats on the Stevenson High School board will talk to students and community members about the issues facing the district at a March 15 forum.


    Mayfield open house

    State Rep. Rita Mayfield will host an open house and reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at her office, 120 N. Genesee St., in downtown Waukegan.

    The village of Schaumburg and Schaumburg Park District announced Wednesday they are in negotiations with a businessman who would hold community events at Alexian Field this summer and bring in a new minor league baseball team to the stadium in 2012. The move comes after the stadium’s former occupant, the Schaumburg Flyers, were evicted last month by a Cook County judge.

    Schaumburg picks new team for Alexian Field

    Schaumburg is negotiating with a new operator of Alexian Field, planning to reach an agreement for that person to bring a new minor league baseball team to the stadium, replacing the recently evicted Schaumburg Flyers.

    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake mayor to sue trustees over ‘power grabs’

    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann says she’ll go to court to fight the village board’s continuing efforts to erode her powers.

    The future site of RiverEdge Park sits just north of downtown Aurora along North Broadway Avenue.

    Aurora accepts state grant for downtown park

    Five months after Gov. Pat Quinn announced an $8 million grant for the music garden at Aurora’s RiverEdge Park, Aurora City Council approved a plan detailing how the grant will be received. But the plan was not approved without some questions of why the project is depending so heavily on public funding and why it has become so expensive.

    Mark Turk

    Dist. 88 candidates talk about funding concerns

    Candidates for DuPage High School District 88 talk why they want to run and how to deal with the district's defecit, including negotiations with teachers.

    Charles Cermak

    Island Lake candidates split on mayor’s performance

    Not surprisingly, the candidates running for seats on the Island Lake village board are split about Debbie Herrmann’s performance as mayor.


    UI Extension launches manure hauling project

    The University of Illinois Extension is launching a project to keep horse manure out of landfills. The "Changing Manure Streams" project will be offered in Lake, McHenry and northern Cook counties.


    Ind. woman faces 17 counts of animal cruelty

    A northwestern Indiana woman faces animal cruelty charges after police found 17 dogs and the carcasses of 15 other canines in her feces-filled home.


    NW Side school cleared out

    Students complaining of itching during an art class at a school on Chicago's northwest side prompted a call to the fire department.

    Singer Taylor Swift is set to return to Rosemont for two concerts in August at the Allstate Arena.

    Taylor Swift heading back to Rosemont

    Tickets to country superstar Taylor Swift's Aug. 9 and 10 shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 11.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Catholic Church praises Quinn, this once

    As a Catholic, Gov. Pat Quinn and the church haven’t always found themselves on the same sides of issues. Wednesday was an exception. The governor signed legislation banning the death penalty in Illinois on Ash Wednesday, the holy day that Catholics begin their Lenten season. Quinn’s forehead was not marked with ashes from last year’s palm fronds as he signed the legislation formally putting an...

    Michael Pones

    Volo candidates discuss public safety concerns

    Candidates vying for seats on the Volo village board agreed there is always something that can be done to keep residents safer.


    Lake Co. forest district officer injured in crash

    A Lake County Forest Preserve District police officer was injured during an accident with a pickup truck in Gurnee, officials said Wednesday.


    Mundelein cousins get probation in car burglaries

    A pair of cousins from Mundelein were placed on probation for 18 months Wednesday after they admitted to a series of car burglaries.


    Schaumburg candidates to appear at forum

    Schaumburg’s mayoral and trustee candidates will speak at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

    David Broder a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Illinois native died Wednesday of complications from diabetes.

    Washington Post columnist David Broder dead at 81

    David Broder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post political reporter and columnist whose even-handed treatment of Democrats and Republicans set him apart from the ideological warriors on the nation's op-ed pages, died Wednesday. He was 81.

    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia

    Suburban lawmaker pushes for school consolidation commission

    A suburban lawmaker’s proposal to study the possible consolidation of school districts progressed through a House committee Wednesday. Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia’s legislation would create a commission that would include state lawmakers, school principals and representatives from teacher, school board and special-education organizations.


    County will look harder for new ZBA member

    The McHenry County Board held off on appointing Charles Eldredge to the zoning board of appeals. The planning and development committee had recommended Eldredge move from an alternate member to a full member, but county board members ask that the position be posted.


    Rosemont village board approves Balmoral off-ramp

    The Rosemont Village Board today unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Tollway Authority to build a $25 million off-ramp on the northbound Tri-State Tollway at Balmoral Avenue.


    Municipal piers coming to Fox Lake Lakefront Park

    Fox Lake officials have been looking to put in a municipal pier in downtown Fox Lake for years, and now there’s a chance it might happen.


    Compromise ends hunger strike in Greece

    Nearly 300 immigrants in Greece ended their six-week hunger strike Wednesday after reaching a compromise with the government to delay deportation proceedings against them, supporters of the protest said.

    Grace Quinn, 8, of St. Charles sits with siblings and friends curbside on Main Street in downtown St. Charles for a previous St. Patrick's Day parade. This year's parade steps off at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    St. Charles parade marks St. Pat's Day

    St. Charles will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 12. A variety of performers, military re-enactors, marching bands and musicians will be featured.

    Kevin Combest of Bandito Barney's shares a laugh with friends before the St. Patrick's Day parade and Big Wheel races in East and West Dundee last year. This year's parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

    Dundee St. Pat's parade renamed, rerouted

    Gerard Dziuba previews the annual Dundee St. Patrick's Day Parade, which takes place Saturday, March 12.


    McHenry County recycling drive

    On Saturday, March 12, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will conduct their monthly recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, foam packaging and batteries from 9 a.m. until noon at the Metra Station parking lot, 4005 Main St., McHenry.


    MCC to host March concerts

    Two March concerts at McHenry County College will feature the popular Second Sunday Concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, with woodwind quintet Winds Off The Lake and a special St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring Irish music and dance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

    The impeached former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich says he doesn't have enough money to mount a defense for his retrial.

    Blagojevich asks to cancel retrial

    The impeached former governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, asked a judge on Wednesday to cancel his retrial and promptly sentence him on the sole conviction from his first trial, arguing that money woes prevent him from mounting an ample defense.


    Youth choir to perform at Marklund

    For the fifth year in a row, the Youth Choir from Naperville Presbyterian Church will perform for Marklund clients at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Marklund Hyde Center, 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva.

    The Rev. M.E. Eccles, associate rector with St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights offers the imposition of ashes to Rita Sliwa of Arlington Heights just before she got on the train headed to Chicago at the downtown Arlington Heights Metra station on Wednesday, March 9th.

    Suburban commuters receive ‘Ashes to Go'

    Rev. Emily Mellott and other Episcopal clergy stood under patio umbrellas in a misty rain at the Lombard Metra station beginning at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning to place ashes on the foreheads of commuters as part of an effort in the Episcopal Diocese throughout the suburbs to bring Ash Wednesday to busy suburbanites.


    Fox Lake man sentenced for fraud

    A Fox Lake man is sentenced to 54 months in prison for running a Ponzi scheme.

    Kristin Krol, left, and Tom O’Hara, both from Lombard, receive ashes from Rev. Emily Mellott before getting on their train Wednesday.

    Suburban commuters receive ‘Ashes to Go’

    Rev. Emily Mellott and other Episcopal clergy stood under patio umbrellas in a misty rain at the Lombard Metra station beginning at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning to place ashes on the foreheads of commuters as part of an effort in the Episcopal Diocese throughout the suburbs to bring Ash Wednesday to busy suburbanites.


    Palatine Jaycees to hold dueling pianos fundraiser March 18

    The Palatine Jaycees will hold a fundraiser from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Hotel Indigo, 920 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine. It will benefit several area nonprofit groups including Women in Need Growing Stronger.


    Lasagna trail leads police to fugitive in Italy

    He avoided Italian police for a decade on the run, but couldn't resist his wife's lasagna. Police say Giancarlo Sabatini went into hiding in 2000, shortly after being given a 3-year, 8-month prison sentence in a cocaine trafficking case.


    Wheaton to hire downtown consultant

    Wheaton finds money in its budget to pay for a downtown consultant. Whether the consultant works through the Downtown Wheaton Association or not, however, remains up in the air.


    Swallow your ‘I told you so’ and relish friend’s fresh start

    Q. Ten years ago my (then) best friend married a woman who was beautiful, but controlling, isolating, manipulative, deceitful, etc. They have one kid. She filed for divorce last week after having an affair with her wealthy boss, and she is moving out of state with the boss, leaving my friend stuck in a really nasty custody battle.


    2 prison locked down over flu cases

    Two Illinois prisons are keeping inmates locked in their cells because of flu outbreaks.

    Des Plaines City Clerk Gloria Ludwig gets some grip tips from GolfTEC pro Tom Portera at the Feb. 24 Ladies Night at Golf Center Des Plaines.

    Women tee up at Des Plaines golf night

    The brisk winter night air didn’t deter a dozen golfers for the first Ladies Night at Golf Center Des Plaines on Thursday, Feb. 24. Golfers were invited to an evening on the range, and wine and appetizers in the River Room.


    Harvey teen dies of shaken baby syndrome

    A 17-year-old suburban girl who was shaken as a baby in 1993 has died from the injuries she suffered. Authorities in Cook County say Makeda Oyeyinka of Harvey had spent most of her life in state care after suffering from shaken baby syndrome.


    Dist. 214’s Brain Gym gets your mind moving

    If you tend to be forgetful, if you have trouble focusing, if you are feeling stuck with certain tasks and if your kids are driving you crazy, District 214 Community Education offers a one- day class that may help.


    Barrington Countryside fire district OKs donation to support group

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District board of trustees, at its Feb. 21 meeting, approved a $600 donation to a regional nonprofit group that provides field support services to more than 50 fire departments in Northeastern Illinois and Southeastern Wisconsin.

    Rev. Emily Mellott waves to commuters on the train as it pulls out of the Lombard station Wednesday. She was on hand to distribute ashes to commuters on Ash Wednesday.

    Images: Ash Wednesday in the suburbs

    A new traffic study shows that Chicago ranks third in congested commutes in the country. Experts say we lose 40 hours a year sitting in traffic and could oftentimes ride a bike faster to work.

    Chicago ranks third for worst commute

    Chicago once again can claim the unfortunate title of being among the top cities in the United States for traffic congestion, ranking third behind Los Angeles and New York. The new study released this week shows that we spend more than a month every year sitting in traffic.

    Pastor Joel Osteen stops in Chicago to talk about plans to bring his “A Night of Hope” to U.S. Cellular Field. “I'd rather take a portion of the scripture and have them understand it, rather than read them a bunch of scriptures that they may not understand,” Osteen says.

    ‘Pastor Joel' to pack Cell; local churches split on him

    A wildly popular and sometimes controversial preacher, Joel Osteen will undoubtedly fill U.S. Cellular Field with his faithful followers this summer. Yet, Osteen sometimes draws criticism from other Christians, who say he misinterprets the Bible.


    Elk Grove Village tackles business park vacancies with new tool

    Elk Grove Village is gearing up to launch a new online resource for businesses looking for vacant properties in town.

    Kim Opsahl

    Economy a factor in Oak Grove District 68

    Finances haven’t been as urgent an issue in Oak Grove Elementary District 68 as in some other areas, but falling enrollment and property values means board members will have to be vigilant, candidates for the school board say.



    Tiger will win again, but when?

    It’s fair to say now that I was wrong about how much his scandal would affect Tiger Woods on the golf course. As in, way wrong. At the time I didn’t grasp the depth of his transgressions, or that it would ultimately cost him his family.

    Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis scores the game winning goal in a shootout past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during Wednesday game in Tampa, Fla.

    Blackhawks lose in shootout

    On a night when Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 42nd goal, the Tampa Bay Lightning broke out of a puzzling offensive funk before finishing off the Blackhawks with a little pizazz. Martin St. Louis scored in regulation, then delivered the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory that ended a season-high four-game losing streak.

    Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer writhes in pain after getting injured during the second half of thel game against the Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C.

    Boozer hurt in Bulls win

    Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 20 points apiece and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-84 on Wednesday night, a victory dimmed by Carlos Boozer's leg injury.

    Angels catcher Bobby Wilson tags out Marlon Byrd of the Cubs during their spring training game at HoHo Kam Park on Monday in Mesa, Ariz. Byrd has two years remaining on a three-year deal he signed last season.

    Cubs, Byrd looking for more consistency

    Marlon Byrd quickly found a few ways into the hearts of Cubs fans last year. He hit a 3-run homer in his first at-bat of the regular season (while making sure to run quickly around the bases, demonstrating a knack for “playing the game right”). He made several diving catches in the outfield to gain Gold Glove consideration.

    Penn State's Talor Battle looks to the basket during the first half against Illinois in an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa.

    Big Ten getting ready to say goodbye to talent-rich Class of 2007

    After the 2006-07 college basketball season ended, the Big Ten needed a boost to its national reputation. Yes, Ohio State made it all the way to the 2007 NCAA championship game, but team leaders Greg Oden and Mike Conley ran off to win the NBA lottery after their lone year in school.


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    Calhoun won’t pursue NCAA matter:Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun said Wednesday that he will not “pursue any further action” concerning the NCAA’s sanctions against him and his program for recruiting violations. Calhoun, who apologized to the university and his current players in a statement in late February, made his comment about deciding against an appeal after the Huskies’ 79-62 victory over Georgetown in the second round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.Three Southern Illinois players plead guilty:Three members of the basketball team at Southern Illinois University have pleaded guilty to battery charges. The Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale reports that 20-year-old Troy Lee Long and 21-year-olds Mykel Antwain Cleveland and Eugene Teague entered the pleas Wednesday at the Jackson County Courthouse. It was their first appearance on the charges. Associate Judge Christy Solverson fined each player $150 plus court costs. Teague received 90 days of court supervision. Long and Cleveland each received six months’ court supervision.Former OSU player sent Tressel e-mails:The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that a former Ohio State football player is the lawyer who sent e-mails to football coach Jim Tressel last spring telling him that players were selling memorabilia. The newspaper, citing three unidentified sources, reports that Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero sent the e-mails. Cicero lettered in football at Ohio State in 1983, when Tressel was an assistant coach, according to The Columbus Dispatch. In a statement released Wednesday Cicero says he voluntarily cooperated when an Ohio State attorney asked him to meet with university representatives and the NCAA about e-mails he exchanged with Tressel.The university on Tuesday suspended Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined him $250,000 for failing to notify the school about the players’ involvement.Etc.:The Chicago Fire lost to D.C. United 1-0 in the second match of the Carolina Challenge Cup at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. For the second consecutive preseason match the Fire played down a man after Fire forward Diego Chaves was sent off for a challenge on D.C. United midfielder Fred.— After needing to win two playoffs to reach the World Cup, the U.S. women’s soccer team can leave the Algarve Cup with some much-needed confidence. Lauren Cheney tied the score in first-half stoppage time with a 6-yard volley, Heather O’Reilly got the go-ahead goal in the 55th, and the Americans beat Iceland 4-2 at Fairo, Portugal, for their eighth Algarve Cup title. At the World Cup in Germany, the Americans will open against North Korea on June 28, then play Colombia on July 2 and Sweden on July 6.


    One special win for Schaumburg

    Three years ago, Brandon Bolger was a Daily Herald All-Area guard helping a Schaumburg team coached by Bob Williams to a boys basketball sectional final. On Wednesday night, Schaumburg sophomore Kyle Bolger was trying to prevent Williams’ Niles West team from reaching a sectional title game.


    Wednesday’s boys water polo results
    Wednesday’s summaries*Schaumburg 23, Rolling Meadows 3Schaumburg 5 7 7 4 —23Rolling Meadows 0 1 1 1 —3Schaumburg — Carr 7, Gergen 5, Kwatowski 2, Chen 2, Race 2, Kohel 2, Luke 2, HalingRolling Meadows — Fitzsimons 2, Schmid*St. Viator 9, Fremd 8Fremd 0 4 2 2 —8St. Viator 2 1 2 4 —9Fremd— Degla 3, Espito, French, Kinaman, Heldinssen, SchroederSt. Viator — Cleary 3, O’Connor 2, Boyer 2, Imhoff, SolerGoalkeepers — Fr: Plichta (8 saves). StV: Bansfield (12 saves)JV — Fremd 10, St. Viator 3.*St. Charles East 18, Metea Valley 11SCE — Mason 8 goals, 6 steals; Schultz 3 goals, Seuscheck and Ballweg 2 goals.Metea — Vass, Weber, Gidlow all scored 3 goals. JV score: St. Charles East 19, Metea Valley 9


    Wednesday’s girls water polo results
    Wednesday’s games*Fremd 12, St. Viator 3St. Viator 1 1 0 1 —3Fremd 4 5 1 2 —12St. Viator — Mallof 2, ShoverFremd — Zambelli, Matuszewski 5, Orlowski, Delprado, Nielsen, Xenakis, Kennedy 2Goalkeepers — Nolan (StV) 13, Conrath (Fremd) 9*mundelein 20, palatine 3Mundelein — Jones 7, Honda 3, Davidson 3, Philbrick 2, Barron 2, Allie Boothe, Amanda Boothe, GarciaJV: Mundelein 13, Palatine 1*stevenson 17, latin 7Stevenson 7 3 4 3 —17Latin 0 2 3 2 —7Stevenson — McCook 3, Montijo 3, Lowry 2, Hass 2, St. John 2, Gartenberg 2, Hou, Kanaris, Moschovas.Latin — Henderson 6, HirshmanGoalies — Stev: Michalowski (8 saves); Latin: Patiath (9 saves)*Naperville Central 15, Andrew 3Naperville Central — Kerth 8, May 2, Stanley 2, Gunn, Nervig, Susin. Andrew — Wrobel 2Goalkeepers — NC: Campbell (8 saves)


    Wednesday’s boys basketball results
    Wednesday’s summaries*Class 3A Woodstock North sectionalAurora Central 41, Marian Central 38Aurora Central Catholic — DeMeyers 3 1-3 7, Harreld 3 3-5 11, Fernandez 2 2-4 6, McEachern 2 0-1 4, Kaminski 2 0-0 6, Brauweiler 0 0-0 0, Czerak 0 0-0 0, Medgyesi 1 0-0 2, Andujar 0 2-4 2, Meyers 1 0-0 3. Totals 14 8-16 41.Marian Central Catholic — Everly 1 2-4 4, Krol 5 5-8 15, Daily 0 3-4 3, Welch 2 0-0 4, Radecki 0 0-0 0, St. Clair 1 0-0 2, Price 2 0-0 4, Ricchuito 1 0-0 2, Mercurio 1 1-2 3, Skaleski 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 12-19 38.Aurora Central 11 6 13 11 —41Marian Central 9 5 10 14 —383-point field goals: (AC) Harreld 2, Kaminski 2, Meyers.Fouled out: (MC) Price.*Class 4A Jacobs sectionalRockford Auburn 60, South Elgin 46South Elgin — Maestranzi 3 0-0 6, Sutter 7 3-3 19, Gagic 1 0-0 3, Hattendorf 0 0-0 0, Gardner 6 2-2 14, Franks 1 0-0 3, Duarte 0 1-2 1, Downing 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 6-7 46.Rockford Auburn — Strickland 5 0-0 13, Ford 4 3-3 11, Foote 4 2-5 12, Van Fleet 3 4-7 10, Hicks 4 2-2 10, Ferguson 2 0-0 4, Rideout 0 0-0 0, Turner 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 11-17 60.South Elgin 13 2 10 21 —46Rockford Auburn 13 14 16 17 —603-point baskets: SE — Sutter (2), Gagic, Franks; RA — Strickland (3), Foote (2).Fouled out: SE — Sutter.*Class 4A East Aurora sectional semifinalsGlenbard East 67, Downers Grove South 62Glenbard East — Hill 6 8-8 21, Miller 6 6-6 22, Bailey 6 1-2 15, York 1 0-0 2, Kinney 0 0-0 0, Bridges 0 0-0 0, Priebe 1 0-0 2, Walsh 1 2-2 5. Totals 21 17-18 67.Downers South — Wilbut 6 2-3 14, Millison 3 2-2 9, Riauka 4 4-7 12, Jurgutis 4 0-0 10, Honn 7 3-4 17, Lithio 0 0-0 0, Hroma 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 11-16 62.Glenbard East 17 14 14 22 —67Downers South 17 10 13 22 —623-point baskets: GE: Miller 4, Bailey 2, Hill, Walsh; DGS: Jurgutis 2, Millison.Fouled out: GE: Priebe.*Class 3A Ridgewood sectional semifinalRidgewood 64, Fenton 53Fenton- Montano 8 3-7 19, Wallace 4 2-2 11, Piotrowski 4 0-0 10, Shimanek 3 0-0 6, Payne 1 0-0 2, Moriarty 1 0-0 2, Fritz 1 0-0 2, Palumbo 0 1-2 1, DeGuia 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-11 53.Ridgewood- Mazurczak 7 7-7 25, Caravia 3 10-12 16, P. Mroz 5 0-0 13, Portera 3 1-2 7, A. Mroz 1 1-2 3, Machavarapu 0 0-0 0, Sienkiewicz 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 19-23 64.Fenton 16 11 13 13 —53Ridgewood 18 13 11 22 —643-point baskets: F: Piotrowski, Wallace. R: Mazurczak 4, P. Mroz 3. *CLASS 4A SECTIONAL SEMIFINALSAt Barringtonmundelein 50, deerfield 43Deerfield — Fenton 0 0-0 0, Schur 3 4-4 12, Sternberg 1 1-2 3, Watts 1 0-1 2, Carney 7 6-9 24, Sacks 1 0-0 2, Marks 0 0-0 0, Wallace 0 0-0 0, C. Kasten 0 0-0 0, N. Kasten 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 11-16 43.Mundelein — Head 5 0-2 13, Ri. Knar 2 0-0 6, Sawvell 1 5-6 7, Ro. Knar 6 4-4 17, S. O’Brien 2 0-0 5, Gandolfi 1 0-0 2, Brune 0 0-0 0, Delgado 0 0-0 0, Wiegold 0 0-0 0, DeGuia 0 0-2 0, K. O’Brien 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-14 50.Deerfield 12 8 13 10 —43Mundelein 4 17 20 9 —503-point baskets: Deer: Carney 4, Schur 2; Mund: Head 3, Ri. Knar 2, Ro. Knar, S. O’Brien. Fouled out: Deer: Fenton, Sternberg; Mund: S. O’Brien.*AT NEW TRIERSCHAUMBURG 56, NILES WEST 48Niles West — Younatham 4 0-0 10, Herth 2 2-2 7, Logan 1 0-0 2, Biser 2 0-0 4, Pierce 5 2-2 14, Sagett 3 0-0 7, Gibson 0 0-0 0, O’Connor 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 4-4 48.Schaumburg — McDonald 5 9-10 20, Spandiary 5 0-0 10, Bolger 3 6-6 12, Kempema 5 0-0 10, Lundquist 1 2-2 4, Mallett 0 0-0 0, Lane 0 0-0 0, Bielanski 0 0-0 0, Faleni 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 17-18 56.Niles West 2 22 11 13 —48Schaumburg 17 13 12 14 —563-point baskets: NW: Younatham 2, Pierce 2, Sagett, Herth; Sch: McDonald.Fouled out: NW: Younatham.

    South Elgin's Sam Sutter leaves the court after the Storm's 60-46 loss to Rockford Auburn Wednesday in the Class 4A Jacobs sectional semifinals.

    Rockford Auburn puts away South Elgin

    South Elgin started fast and finished strong. It was the middle two quarters that proved fatal to the Storm.

    Zach Miller of Glenbard East drives the ball during the Glenbard East vs. Downers Grove South game at East Aurora Wednesday.

    Glenbard East cool in the clutch

    Zach Miller has all the attributes of a coach’s son. The Glenbard East senior guard pumped in a game-high 22 points and converted four free throws over a crucial 12.2-second span to keep Downers Grove South at bay at the Class 4A East Aurora boys basketball sectional semifinals on Wednesday night.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Ryan Harreld, left, and Joey Mceachern celebrate a victory over Marian Central during sectional play at Woodstock North High School on Wednesday evening.

    DeMyers’ block sends Aurora C. to sectional finals

    By turning in the defensive gem of the night, Aurora Central center Robert DeMyers saved the game for the Chargers and may have created a new statistic at the same time. “I’d call it a block-slash-steal,” DeMyers said after his heroics helped vault Aurora Central to a 41-38 victory over Marian Central (14-17) in the Class 3A Woodstock North sectional semifinals.

    Zach Miller of Glenbard East drives the ball.

    Images: Glenbard East vs. Downers Grove South boys basketball

    Schaumburg’s Kyle Bolger drives to the basket against Niles West.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. New Trier, boys sectional semifinal basketball

    Mundelein coach Dick Knar celebrates after the Mustangs’ win over Deerfield in the sectional semifinal play Wednesday night at Barrington High School.

    Mundelein heads off Deerfield

    It just seems right that Leavon Head wears a headband. In fact, Mundelein’s senior point guard says it wouldn’t be a heady move, so to speak, to be without it.

    Zach Miller of Glenbard East lets out a scream after their big win. This took place during the Glenbard East vs. Downers Grove South at East Aurora game Wednesday.

    Glenbard East sends a reminder

    Glenbard East had a collective question for the Class 4A East Aurora sectional Wednesday night. Remember us? As a No. 3 seed, you’d think the Rams might garner consideration as a favorite to claim the program’s first sectional title since 1964.

    South Elgin’s Martin Duarte holds on to a loose ball.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Rockford Auburn boys basketball

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Robert DeMyers, right, and Marian Central’s Ben Krol scramble for control of a loose ball.

    Images: Aurora Central Catholic vs. Marian Central Catholic boys basketball

    Mundelein head coach Dick Knar celebrates after their win over Deerfield.

    Images: Mundelein vs. Deerfield boys basketball

    South Elgin’s Sam Sutter walks to the bench during the final seconds of Wednesday’s sectional semifinal loss to Rockford Auburn.

    Sutter blazes a trail for South Elgin

    Fifty years from now when South Elgin senior guard Sam Sutter is sitting in his rocking chair remembering his high school glory days, a smile will come to his face when he thinks about the trail he helped blaze in March of 2011.

    Schaumburg’s Kyle Bolger drives to the basket against Niles West during Wednesday’s sectional semifinal at New Trier.

    Sizzling start fuels Schaumburg

    Schaumburg had the kind of amazing start that would have finished most teams. Niles West had other ideas after giving up 22 of the first 24 points of Wednesday night’s Class 4A New Trier boys basketball sectional semifinal in Winnetka.


    Ridgewood holds off Fenton in fourth quarter

    The adrenaline-fueled fourth quarter Ridgewood rode to victory on Wednesday night was too much for the relentless Fenton Bison to overcome. The Bison (11-20) cut the Rebels lead down to 2 points after three quarters, but Ridgewood hung tough for a 64-53 win at home in a Class 3A sectional semifinal in Norridge.


    Mike McGraw’s game tracker
    Bulls 101, Bobcats 84Can’t lose Booz: Carlos Boozer’s production has dropped in recent weeks, but the Bulls didn’t want this. Boozer suffered a sprained left ankle late in Wednesday’s win thanks to a Kwame Brown flagrant foul. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but Boozer figures to miss a few games. The good news is backup Taj Gibson is playing well, with 14 points against Charlotte.Fourth quarter stretch: The Bulls led by 6 at the end of three quarters, then pulled away thanks in part to Kyle Korver, who scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth. Derrick Rose also had 20 points.Vinny assistance: The Bulls got some unexpected good news when Boston lost at home to coach Vinny Del Negro and the Clippers. Don’t laugh, the Bulls did the same thing in December. The Bulls now trail the Celtics by just 2 games in the loss column for first place in the East.


    Tim Sassone’s game tracker


    Marquette improves NCAA tourney odds

    Darius Johnson-Odom scored 11 points, including 2 big 3-pointers in the final minutes, and Marquette beat No. 20 West Virginia 67-61 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.The 11th-seeded Golden Eagles (20-13) advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face third-seeded and 14th-ranked Louisville (23-8) tonight.Marquette came into the conference tournament considered the last of the 11 Big East teams that could get a bid into the NCAA Tournament’s field of 68. It seems the wins over Providence and West Virginia seem to have made that an almost certainty.Kevin Jones had 15 points for the Mountaineers (20-11), the defending tournament champions who went on to the Final Four.UConn 79, Georgetown 62: Kemba Walker scored 28 points in another stellar performance, leading No. 21 Connecticut past No. 22 Georgetown 79-62 and into the Big East quarterfinals.Many consider Walker a favorite for national player of the year honors, yet he wasn’t even a unanimous first-team All-Big East selection — at least one opposing coach left him off his ballot. And when the conference announced its player of the year Tuesday, it was Notre Dame star Ben Hansbrough who stepped up to the microphone and accepted the award.“I think someone took a vacation and didn’t tell us and has been gone five months. That’s one theory of mine,” replied UConn coach Jim Calhoun, when asked how Walker could be overlooked among the five best players in the league.“Whether we have a player of the year or not,” Calhoun continued, “I think he’s the best player in the country, and that should be more important.”St. John’s 65, Rutgers 63: Big East commissioner John Marinatto issued a statement about 40 minutes after No. 17 St. John’s victory, admitting two errors made by the veteran officiating crew.A wild last minute had two lead changes, 2 turnovers that were called, 2 that weren’t and 2 missed free throws finished with Justin Brownlee of St. John’s (21-10) taking a couple of extra steps, stepping out of bounds and throwing the ball into the stands while the final 1.7 seconds ticked off the clock.Cincinnati 87, South Florida 61: Yancy Gates (10-for-11) was nearly perfect from the field, scoring a career-high 25 points and leading 25th-ranked Cincinnati (25-7) to a rout of upstart South Florida (10-23) in the Big East tournament.Automatic berths:Jamal Olasewere scored 7 of his 31 points in overtime and Long Island University (27-5) earned its first NCAA Tournament bid in 14 years with an 85-82 overtime victory over two-time defending champion Robert Morris (18-14) in the Northeast Conference title game. ... Devon Beitzel scored 13 of his 27 points over the final five minutes, and Northern Colorado (21-10) are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time with a 65-60 win over Montana (21-10).


    NIU decides to dump Patton

    Northern Illinois fired men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton on Wednesday. Patton posted a 35-83 record during his four seasons at the DeKalb school.

    Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, arrives for negotiations with the NFL Players Association involving a federal mediator in Washington, Wednesday.

    Union seeking more financial data than NFL offered

    Players' union leader DeMaurice Smith indicated Wednesday that NFL owners have lowered from $1 billion to $800 million the amount of additional revenues they want to take off the top of their $9 billion business.


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    Minnesota (17-13) vs. Northwestern (17-12)When: 1:30 p.m. at Conseco FieldhouseTV: ESPN2Radio: WGN 720-AMThe skinny: Eight days after the Wildcats bounced the Gophers 68-57 at Welsh-Ryan Arena, they meet again in the Big Ten tournament opener. Both teams will be shorthanded. Not only is NU starting guard JerShon Cobb doubtful with his hip/groin injury (he practiced tentatively Tuesday), senior forward Mike Capocci is out due to a concussion suffered at his apartment. He has seven staples in the back of his head. That leaves the Wildcats with just eight scholarship players. Minnesota should still be without senior point guard Al Nolen, whose broken foot hasn’t healed as rapidly as everyone hoped.Advancement: The winner gets top-ranked Ohio State at 11 a.m. Friday (ESPN) in the first quarterfinal.— Lindsey Willhite


    Garza struggles; Byrd stays red-hot

    Bruce Chen is happy Melky Cabrera is getting big hits for his team these days instead of against him.

    "I would be dumbfounded (if Illinois didn't make the NCAA Tournament), to be honest," coach Bruce Weber said.

    Weber: Surely we'll make NCAAs

    Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Illinois coach Bruce Weber has questions. Will Jereme Richmond's banged-up shoulder hold up?


    It’s almost time for anglers to get down to business

    I figure maybe two weeks at the most before local anglers get to flex their muscles. Of course, I have been known to be wrong about these things.

    Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty is wheeled away on a stretcher after taking a hit by Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara.

    Montreal player fractures vertebra, has concussion

    Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra from a frightening hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara that will not draw further discipline from the NHL.


    Peavy takes ‘good step in right direction’

    Barry Zito allowed just two base runners with a hit and a walk over 5 shutout innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.


    Red Bulls, Dynamo appear to be class of MLS East

    Someone is keeping score. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that Reader Kim will save these look at Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference and remind me of them in November.

    Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton will not be back for a fifth season with the Huskies.

    NIU won't bring back basketball coach

    Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton will not be back for a fifth season with the Huskies. The school announced the move Wednesday in a statement from athletics director Jeff Compher.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes a snap, with Chicago Bears guard Chris Williams providing blocking during the NFC Championship game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. ¬ FILE PHOTO

    Draft experts see Bears filling O-line need first

    Include ESPN’s NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. among the many who believe the Bears’ greatest need this off-season is an offensive lineman. “Offensive line is the big issue, be it a tackle or interior presence,” Kiper said Wednesday. “They’ve got to protect (Jay) Cutler. You’re not going anywhere unless Cutler is upright."

    White Sox center fielder Alex Rios collected 29 doubles last season and 21 home runs, but his second-half numbers fell off compared to his totals before the all-star break.

    With his all-around tools, Rios a key fixture for Sox

    Following a dismal start with the White Sox after being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Rios stepped it up last season and showed his five-tool skills.

    Elwood Bar & Grill manager Liz Markle clears a table with a view of Ford Field in Detroit, home to NFL football's Detroit Lions.

    It's not just players who will take a hit if NFL stops

    Beyond the rich players and even wealthier team owners arguing over how to divvy up $9 billion in revenue a year, the people who would suffer most if there's no NFL season this year are those whose jobs, businesses and even charity work depend on games.


    With the labor movement suffering an epic defeat in Wisconsin and perhaps other states, union leaders plan to use the setback to fire up their members nationwide and mount a major counterattack against Republicans at the ballot box in 2012.

    Wisc. defeat could rally unions in 2012

    With the labor movement heading to an epic defeat in Wisconsin and perhaps other states, union leaders plan to use the setback to fire up working people nationwide and mount a major counterattack against Republicans at the ballot box in 2012.

    Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he doesn't think the recent jump in oil prices is hurting the U.S. economy — at least, not yet.

    Exxon CEO says oil prices not yet hurting economy

    Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he doesn't think the recent jump in oil prices is hurting the U.S. economy — at least, not yet. The head of the world's largest publicly traded oil company said that in 2008, when oil surged to near $150 per barrel, Americans didn't change their driving and spending habits until gasoline prices topped $4 per gallon. Average gas prices peaked at $4.11 in July that year.

    Motorola Solutions' Arlington Heights campus remains in limbo as the Chinese government Wednesday delayed a sale of the company's networks business to Nokia Siemens.

    Motorola Solutions' Arlington Heights campus remains in limbo

    Motorola Solutions Inc.'s campus in Arlington Heights will continue to remain in limbo as the Chinese government said Wednesday it will take longer to decide on the sale of Motorola's networks business to Nokia Siemens Networks.


    Stocks edge lower as bull market enters 3rd year

    The two-year anniversary of the fastest bull market since the 1950s ended on a down note.


    House panel votes to repeal new FCC Internet rules

    A Republican-controlled Congressional panel has voted to repeal new Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic on their broadband networks.

    H&R Block Inc. on Wednesday posted a net loss for its fiscal third quarter, but offered positive data on the first part of tax season.

    H&R Block posts 3Q loss; tax season figures rise

    H&R Block Inc. on Wednesday posted a net loss for its fiscal third quarter, but offered positive data on the first part of tax season.

    Carlos Slim is still the world's richest man, according to Forbes magazine's annual tally.

    World's richest are almost $1 trillion richer

    The global ranks of billionaires grew by 199 people in the past year, but none came close to unseating Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, who added $20.5 billion to his coffers, according to Forbes magazine's annual tally.

    JPMorgan Chase executives discussed downgrading their internal credit rating for Tribune Co. just hours after the media company completed a leveraged buyout the bank helped finance.

    JPMorgan e-mails show concerns about Tribune deal

    JPMorgan Chase executives raised concerns about the credit risk at Tribune Co. one day after it helped finance a leveraged buyout of the media company, according to e-mails presented in court Wednesday.


    Auto industry guards against hacking

    Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar?


    Medtronic resolves FDA warnings over 2 factories

    Medtronic Inc., the world's largest medical device company, said Wednesday it has resolved two warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration over lax oversight at two manufacturing plants, clearing the way for new product approvals.

    Desmond Wright delivers a dolly load of seafood from wholesaler Classic Seafood to a restaurant in Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Wholesale inventories and sales rise in January

    Businesses at the wholesale level added to their stockpiles in January and their sales jumped by the largest amount in 14 months. But the spike in sales was partially influenced by rising oil prices.


    Mortgage applications spike; home sales still weak

    The number of people applying for a mortgage jumped last week. But analysts cautioned that the increase was likely driven by investors, not first-time homebuyers who are needed to help housing markets recover.

    Walgreen Co. said Wednesday it is leaving the pharmacy benefits management business.

    Walgreen selling pharmacy benefits unit for $525 mil.

    Walgreen Co. said Wednesday it is leaving the pharmacy benefits management business, selling that operation to Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. for $525 million in cash and freeing it to focus on its drugstore network, the largest in the United States.


    Navistar swings to 1Q loss on costs

    Vehicle and engine maker Navistar International Corp. said Wednesday it posted a loss in the fiscal first quarter due to costs related to the integration of two units.

    Boeing Co. won a contract from OAO Aeroflot to deliver eight 777 airliners that the Russian carrier will use to expand its fleet before the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

    Boeing gets $2.2 bil. order for 777s

    Boeing Co. won a contract from OAO Aeroflot to deliver eight 777 airliners that the Russian carrier will use to expand its fleet before the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.


    Caterpillar pledges $2 mil. to fight breast cancer

    The Caterpillar Foundation plans to donate $2 million to boost awareness of breast cancer in Latin America and improve treatment of the disease.


    Carson Pirie Scott parent says 4Q earnings rise, revenue up

    Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit climbed 6 percent as a key revenue metric improved. The department store chain also provided its fiscal 2011 earnings guidance on Wednesday.


    Oil rises slightly as Libyan unrest continues

    Oil prices are slightly higher as traders await a government report on inventories, while unrest in Libya shows no signs of easing.


    Illinois corn farmers back coupons for E85 fuel

    Illinois corn farmers and the American Lung Association are teaming up to encourage drivers to use an ethanol blend to fuel up their rental cars.

Life & Entertainment

    McCarthy's in Vernon Hills will be serving up thousands of pounds of corned beef — and pouring plenty of beer — for St. Patrick's Day.

    Pubs set to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

    St. Patrick's Day may officially be March 17, but the partying starts this weekend. Put on something green and head out to one of these local bars or restaurants to celebrate the Emerald Isle with green beer, Irish food specials, live Celtic music and more.

    “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli

    'Twilight' star at Westfield Hawthorn

    "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli will be in Vernon Hills on Sunday for a meet and greet and autograph/photo session at the Westfield Hawthorn shopping center. The event will be in Macy's Court at the mall, Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue. The meet and greet will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The autograph and photo sessions will be from noon to 5 p.m.

    Sister Hazel will bring melodic alt-rock to Peggy Kinnane's Three-Day Music Fest.

    Arlington Heights music fest one of many St. Paddy's celebrations

    When Derek Hanley started thinking about how to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Irish pub, he knew that music would have to be a big part of it. “Music is so important in the Irish culture,” said Hanley, owner of Peggy Kinnane's in Arlington Heights. “And because hitting the 10-year mark is a big deal in our business, I figured we should really do something special.”

    People line up to enter the Foxwoods Theatre for a matinee showing of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Wednesday in New York.

    ‘Spider-Man’ opening delayed for overhaul

    NEW YORK — Producers of Broadway’s “Spider-Man” musical postponed the show’s official opening for a stunning sixth time, announcing Wednesday that it will not officially open until this summer, and that it will bring in a new creative team that will include visionary Julie Taymor.The delay revealed a production so trouble-plagued that it has taken itself out of the running for Tony Award consideration this year, but it will be eligible for the 2012 season. The $65 million show was scheduled to open on March 15.“The team will be implementing a new plan to make significant and exciting revisions to the production,” lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris said in a statement. “This amended schedule will allow the time necessary to execute the plan, which will include revisions to the script.”The show’s representative, Rick Miramontez, said no performances will be canceled during the overhaul.Philip William McKinley and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have joined the $65 million production to assist with new staging and rewrites. Musical consultants Paul Bogaev and sound designer Peter Hylenski are also on the new team.Bogaev, who won a Tony nomination in 2004 for his work on “Bombay Dreams,” has a history of working with rock musicians who are crafting musicals, including “Tarzan” with Phil Collins and “Aida” with Elton John. Hylenski worked on “Elf,” “Shrek” and “Scottsboro Boys,” among other shows.“Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so,” the producers said. “Julie’s previous commitments mean that past March 15, she cannot work the 24/7 necessary to make the changes in the production in order to be ready for our opening.”Taymor’s directing duties will be handled by McKinley, who directed “The Boy From Oz” (2003) and “The Night of the Hunter” (2006). Aguirre-Sacasa worked on HBO’s “Big Love” and has written for Marvel comics, and wrote the play “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” based on the Oscar Wilde novel.The stunt-heavy show was co-written by Taymor, director of the hugely successful “Lion King,” and Glen Berger, and has music by U2’s Bono and The Edge.“This is an epic ride, and the standing ovations we have seen from the preview audiences have confirmed our absolute faith in the project,” Bono and The Edge said in a statement. “We are listening and learning and, as a result, we have a couple of new songs we are very very excited about putting into the mix.”The highly unusual move to again delay the show came as “Spider-Man” continues to defy the reviews and post impressive numbers at the box office. It was the second highest-grossing show on Broadway this week, after “Wicked,” pulling in close to $1.3 million — though it was slightly down from the week before.Indeed, the scene at the Foxwoods Theatre Wednesday was in marked contrast to the turmoil in the headlines. The line to get into the matinee snaked well down a huge city block, and was filled with tourists, an entire class of schoolchildren and others clearly excited to see the much talked-about flying scenes — including an aerial battle between Spider-Man and his nemesis, the Green Goblin.Given the brisk sales, among the many questions swirling around the production Wednesday was this: If a show is bringing in so much money, why would producers want to shut it down, even for a few weeks, and lose millions?

    Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson to plead in L.A. battery case

    Mel Gibson has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors who plan to file a misdemeanor battery charge against the Oscar winner over a fight last year with his then-girlfriend, a person with knowledge of the case said Wednesday.

    Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore set to play Sarah Palin in HBO film

    Julianne Moore is set to play former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in an upcoming TV film.


    Probst returning for 2 more 'Survivor' seasons

    Jeff Probst won't be snuffing out his own torch any time soon. The "Survivor" host and executive producer will return for the next two seasons of the CBS reality TV competition, the network announced Wednesday.


    FDA approves first new drug for lupus in 56 years

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug to treat lupus since 1955, a milestone that medical experts say could prompt development of other drugs that are even more effective in treating the debilitating illness.

    Sara Evans, “Stronger”

    Sara Evans struggles on ‘Stronger'

    In the liner notes for Sara Evans' new CD, she thanks “everyone for waiting so patiently on me to make this record.” Indeed, it's been six years since the Missouri-born singer's last album. As celebrity-gossip followers know, she dealt with drastic life changes over those years.

    The annual West Suburban Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade will march in Naperville on Saturday.

    St. Patrick's Day parades this weekend

    With St. Patrick's Day falling on Thursday, many suburbs and the city of Chicago are getting an early start by holding their parades and activities this weekend. Here's a sampling of what will be happening around the area.

    Zombies are on the prowl in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” now out on DVD.

    ‘Walking Dead’ among new DVDs

    Based on Robert Kirkman’s popular comic books, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered to more than 3.5 million viewers. The six episodes of the first season gained a loyal following, and if you missed it, it's now out on DVD.

    Jeff Kinney, author of the children's book series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," poses for a portrait at his office in Boston.

    'Wimpy Kid' author keeps his day job

    Jeff Kinney has made more than enough money writing about one Wimpy Kid to live comfortably for the rest of his life. But thinking about the millions of kids he reaches each month through the popular children's website Poptropica.com makes him keep his day job.


    50 Cent donates money from Gadhafi event

    50 Cent is the latest artist to make a donation to charity after it was revealed he performed at an event linked to the clan of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    An archer battles Darkspawn demons in “Dragon Age II.”

    ‘Dragon Age II’ creates a new urban legend

    “Dragon Age II,” the latest role-playing adventure from the masters at BioWare, is radically different from the bucolic landscapes often associated with epic fantasy. Some RPG fans will find Kirkwall claustrophobic, but you can sense mysterious, often nefarious doings behind every door a feeling any urban dweller will recognize.



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