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    House Speaker John Boehner

    Boehner proposes face-to-face talks with Obama

    Republicans invited to a White House meeting with President Barack Obama on the troubling national debt are trying to build up pressure for trillions in spending cuts in exchange for any increase in the government's ability to borrow.

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    An angry judge chastised ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday for "smuggling" testimony into his political corruption retrial that the judge had previously ruled inadmissible.

    Blagojevich denies trying to sell Senate seat

    An angry judge chastised ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday for "smuggling" testimony into his political corruption retrial that the judge had previously ruled inadmissible.

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    Billy Gardell, who portrays Chicago police officer Mike Biggs on the hit CBS series “Mike & Molly,” brings his stand-up comedy act to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    TV star talks about his hit show, family life and heading to Schaumburg

    Billy Gardell of television's "Mike & Molly" headlines June 3 and 4 at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Gardell discusses starring in a hit sitcom and gives a preview of his stand-up comedy act.

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    Matt Berklan, 15, of Libertyville is working on his final Eagle Scout project before reaching the Boy Scouts’ highest honor. Berklan is collecting sports gear to donate to kids in Tanzania. One of his collection boxes is at the Libertyville Civic Center.

    Libertyville Boy Scout collects sports gear

    Eagle Scouts are supposed to demonstrate service and leadership in their communities. But as Matt Berklan works on his final project before becoming reaching the Boy Scouts' highest honor, he is using his service and leadership skills to help children.

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    Concerns about the safety of two drain covers has forced Itasca Park District to close the wading pool at its water park.

    Safety concerns close Itasca wading pool

    Itasca Water Park is going into the summer swim season without one of its key features. A wading pool will stay closed until further notice because it has two drain covers named in a voluntary product safety recall.

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    Illinois lawmakers debate state legislation at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday.

    Lawmakers send Lake casino, track slots legislation to Quinn

    The suburbs' future as a major gambling hub in the state and region now rests in the hands of Gov. Pat Quinn, who will determine the fate of legislation to allow 1,200 slot machines at Arlington Park and a new casino in Lake County.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened to veto an electric rate increase passed by the Illinois Senate Tuesday.

    Bill allowing higher electric rates goes to Quinn

    The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a plan for raising electric rates to pay for one of the nation's largest projects to modernize the power grid, despite the governor's opposition.

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    Wheaton residents are upset about some of the proposed improvements of Kelly Park, which is located on the southwest corner of Main and Elm Streets.

    Wheaton’s Kelly Park project still on schedule

    A controversial project to renovate Kelly Park in Wheaton remains on schedule as the park district awaits preliminary reviews of the plan from city and DuPage County officials.

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    Former Streamwood police officer James Mandarino and his wife, Sophie Mandarino, leave the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows after his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

    Mandarino gets probation, avoids jail

    Former Streamwood police officer James Mandarino was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months probation and 150 hours community service, but no time behind bars, for repeatedly beating a driver with a metal baton.

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    Longtime Wheaton resident Smykal dies

    Ralph Smykal, a longtime Wheaton resident who was the fourth generation in a line of homebuilders, has died. He was 82.

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    An Ingleside woman has been charged with drug induced homicide after allegedly supplying heroin that killed a Grayslake man in early April. Linda Armstrong, 35, of the 35000 block of Louise Place, is being held in Lake County jail in lieu of $1 million bond after being charged with drug-induced homicide last week.

    Ingleside woman charged in overdose

    An Ingleside woman has been charged with drug induced homicide after supplying heroin to a Grayslake man who died in early April, police said.

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    Karen McConnaughay

    McConnaughay: County work is ‘amazing’

    Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay delivered a response to a lawsuit filed against her last year alleging she gave a slew of raises to employees without the county board's knowledge.

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    Michelle Mussman

    What your lawmakers are saying
    What suburban lawmakers are saying about the new proposed state budget.

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    The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    'Recurrent requesters' would wait longer for info

    People who file piles of requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act would have to wait longer for responses from public bodies under legislation that's cleared the General Assembly.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn 'absolutely' will sign workers' compensation

    Gov. Pat Quinn says a major overhaul of Illinois workers' compensation system will mean "significant saving" for the state.

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    “Self-Made Man,” installed at State and River streets in Batavia, was created by Bobbie Carlyle. The bronze statue weighs about 750 pounds.

    Third suspect in Batavia statue toppling turns self in

    The third suspect in the toppling of a downtown Batavia statue turned himself in Tuesday morning more than a month after the $35,000 statue was damaged.

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    Des Plaines schools locked down after gun scare

    Plainfield School and Maine West High School were put on lockdown Tuesday after a man displayed what was thought to be a handgun during an argument with high schoolers.

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    State Sen. Michael Noland, a Democrat from Elgin

    Congressional map sent to Quinn amid GOP protests

    A new congressional map — stretching and skewing a number of traditional Republican strongholds in the suburbs — is sent to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.

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    Large liquor company considering Arlington Hts.

    If liquor retailer Binny’s opens a large store near Arlington Heights and Rand roads, it could devastate local businesses that already hold Arlington Heights liquor licenses, say liquor store representatives.

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    Video gambling still stalled for now

    If Quinn signs off on the huge gambling proposal approved by the Senate Tuesday, the Illinois Gaming Board will get the task of regulating the new system and handling the licenses for new casinos and slot machines at race tracks.

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    Addison man dies in fireworks accident

    An Addison man was killed Monday night by an exploding firework, according to police.

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    Illinois Senate approves congressional map

    The Democrat-controlled Illinois Senate has approved new congressional districts that try to erase Republicans election gains.

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    Teen gets supervision for damaging Mount Prospect lawns

    A 19-year-old Des Plaines man pled guilty to criminal damage to property and was sentenced to 18 months supervision for driving over lawns in Mount Prospect.

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    Details of gambling expansion legislation

    The massive gambling plan awaiting action by Gov. Pat Quinn is one of the most complex pieces of legislation lawmakers approved this year. Here’s a look at some of the details.

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    Great Lakes man sentenced to prison for sexual abuse

    A 21-year-old man from Naval Station Great Lakes has pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage girl he met on a social networking site last year.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel pleased with vote on casinos

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's pleased the Illinois Senate has approved legislation that will allow for a casino in the city.

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    Sponsor: Ill. workers' comp overhaul still alive

    Backers of a failed plan to overhaul the Illinois workers' compensation system prepared Tuesday to try again, while the possibility of simply eliminating the system loomed in the background.

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    How lawmakers voted
    How suburban state senators voted on gambling expansion, which passed on a 30-27 vote and now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for action.

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    Elk Grove Village fire personnel work the area of Greenleaf Avenue and Busse Road with gas sniffing devices and other equipment to make sure a gas leak had been fully cut off. A major leak in the area forced the evacuation of employees from local businesses Tuesday morning.

    Route 83 reopens following gas leak in Elk Grove Village

    Route 83 in Elk Grove Village was closed for about 90 minutes during Tuesday morning's rush hour because of a gas leak.

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    Chicago launches computer program for poor kids

    The city of Chicago and Comcast are entering what they say is the first partnership of its kind to provide discounted computers to low income children and give their families Internet service for a drastically reduced rate.

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    D300 contract awaits board approval

    Hundreds of teachers laid off from Community Unit District 300 earlier this year could return to work in the fall under a new contract between the teachers union and school board. Members of the Local Education Association of District 300, or LEAD 300, the union that represents about 1,250 teachers, voted in favor of the one-year contract Tuesday.

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    Tri-Cities police reports

    • A resident of the 47W200 block of Beith Road near Maple Park reported $2,301 worth of unauthorized charges made on an account between April 30 and 8 a.m. May 11, reports said.

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    Islamic school says it has no interest in Hubble

    A Realtor who showed up at an auction for the old Hubble Middle School site was not authorized to do so on behalf of the school, officials say.

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    Fire claims disabled woman near Crystal Lake

    A disabled woman was killed in an early morning fire Tuesday near Crystal Lake, officials said. Firefighters were called to a house in the 1800 block of Route 176 in unincorporated Nunda Township at 5:56 a.m. Margaret M. Komperda, a 64-year-old amputee who used a prosthetic leg, was trapped inside. Neighbors, including an off-duty firefighter,tried to get inside to save her but the flames were so...

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    Prosecutor: DNA, fingerprints tie suspect to Elgin rape

    Rodney McGowan, 42, of the 1000 block of North Monticello Avenue, Chicago, is on trial for criminal sexual assault, home invasion and aggravated battery of an Elgin senior citizen. He could face 30 years in prison if convicted.

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    Bill Foster

    Foster explains decision to run in 11th

    Bill Foster said no one, fellow Democrats included, should be surprised he’s opted to run for the new 11th Congressional District created by the statewide remapping process.

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    Grant to fund Elk Grove park project

    The Elk Grove Park District has been awarded an Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development Grant of $343,000 to redevelop the 7.8-acre Fountain Square Park on Gibson Drive in Elk Grove Village.

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    Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

    A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m.

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    Palatine to restore contaminated gas station site to green space

    Palatine is preparing to start environmental remediation work on a shuttered gas station located in the heart of downtown. The contaminated site will be restored to green space.

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    Andrea Will

    ‘Andrea’s Law’ goes to Quinn

    Convicted first-degree murderers who are released from Illinois prisons could soon have to appear on a registry for life, a proposal stemming from the 1998 murder of Batavia’s Andrea Will.

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    Jason A. McGee

    Wheaton man charged in pharmacy robberies

    A Wheaton man has been charged in connection with armed robberies at pharmacies in Glen Ellyn and Winfield.

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    A car crashed into a home at the intersection of Fox Chase Blvd and Huntington Road in St. Charles about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

    Driver injured after car hits house in St. Charles

    One person was injured after one car crashed into a home in the 1600 block of Fox Chase Boulevard early Tuesday. The as-yet unidentified 57-year-old driver of the vehicle was expected to turn at the intersection of Fox Chase and Huntington Road in St. Charles, but drove through it, onto the lawn, missing several trees, before he hit a parked car in the driveway.

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    Stocks end down month on an up note

    New hopes that a deal would prevent Greece from defaulting on its debts led the stock market to end a down month on an up note. An unexpected drop in consumers' confidence in the U.S. economy kept the gains in check.

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    Volunteers walk through a devastated Joplin, Mo. neighborhood Monday, May 30, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city May 22, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 139 people.

    9 days after tornado, rebuilding begins in Joplin

    Home Depot employees in orange vests were busy helping customers Tuesday in the parking lot of the Joplin store flattened just nine days ago by a tornado.

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    Illinois Senate floor next up for gambling expansion

    The Illinois Senate floor will host the next showdown between those who want to expand gambling for billions of dollars in new revenue and those who claim the proposal won't deliver what it promises.

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    Rescue personnel work on a bus that overturned Tuesday in Bowling Green, Va., killing four people and injuring many more, state police said.

    Bus company in Va fatal crash cited for violations

    The company that operates the bus that overturned on a Virginia highway, killing four and injuring several others early Tuesday, has been involved in several accidents over the last two years. It also has been cited for 46 violations for drivers being fatigued, which police believe contributed to this crash.

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    Tribal Law and Order Act at a glance

    The Tribal Law and Order Act, signed by President Barack Obama last summer, seeks to give tribes greater authority and additional resources to combat reservation crime.

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    House to reject debt limit increase without cuts

    The GOP-led House is poised to reject a bill Tuesday to increase the nation's debt limit without the big spending cuts that Republicans are demanding. The move is intended as an embarrassing reminder to Democrats that increasing the government's ability to borrow is tied to such reductions.

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    President Barack Obama stands with John Bryson, his nominee to be the next Commerce Secretary.

    Obama selects businessman Bryson for Commerce post

    President Barack Obama has tapped energy executive John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, putting a businessman at the helm of an agency tasked with boosting U.S. exports and promoting American business around the world.

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    IDOT executive used cocaine, drank on job

    State inspectors say a former high-ranking official with the Illinois Department of Transportation used cocaine and vodka on the job while meeting with a woman whom he told he would help find a state job.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A male robber grabbed a gold necklace from a man’s neck after the victim answered a knock at his condominium door on the 1100 block of East Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights around 1:40 a.m. May 29 and opened the door. The robber and an accomplice ran east through the complex. Value of the necklace was estimated at $50.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Arlington Heights woman was arrested by Mount Prospect police during a theft of over-the-counter drugs at a Dominick’s on South Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect, then charged with a similar theft at a Des Plaines Dominick's, Des Plaines police said.

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    Study: Link of virus chronic fatigue false alarm

    Two new studies say a link between a virus and chronic fatigue syndrome probably was a false alarm, the latest possible culprit that could fall by the wayside.

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    General Mills plans new Ind. distribution center

    One of the world's largest food companies plans to open a new distribution center next year in northeastern Indiana.

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    Gov't cuts rates for hard-to-insure patients

    The government is cutting premiums by up to 40 percent in nearly two dozen states and implementing other changes to make it easier for people with pre-existing medical conditions to get health insurance.

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    Egyptians decry 'virginity tests' on protesters

    Activists and bloggers are pressing Egypt's military rulers to investigate accusations of serious abuses against protesters, including claims that soldiers subjected female detainees to so-called "virginity tests."

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    Milwaukee police ID infant killed over weekend

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police have identified the infant who died over the weekend in a suspected homicide.Police said Tuesday the boy was 10-month-old Derrick Marquez. He died Saturday evening of apparent blunt-force trauma.

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    Consumer confidence falls unexpectedly in May

    NEW YORK — Americans are losing faith that the economy will keep improving, according to a monthly survey.

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    Broadway beams its offerings via movie screens

    Movie theaters in the next few weeks will be filled with stories about misbehaving pandas, heroic mutants, superheros with magic rings and a comedy of mistaken identity led by a man playing a woman. Typical summer fare, right? Well, not exactly when it comes to that comedy.

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    Big Ten Network changes name

    The Big Ten Network is changing its name to BTN.

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    Casinos, workers' comp in play at session's finale

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers are considering a massive, last-minute gambling expansion and maneuvering over the fate of workers' compensation system.Higher electric rates and new congressional districts are also on the table Tuesday, which is supposed to be the final day of the spring legislative session.

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    This great-horned owl, an improbable daytime sighting, easily won “bird of the day” honors during a recent hike at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Cantigny bird-watching expedition a hoot

    St. Charles Cub Scouts who went on a bird-watching expedition at Cantigny Park got a pleasant and highly unusual surprise.

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    Forget getting punk’d or TP’ed. A St. Charles youth group has come up with a new prank — flamingo-ing their friends and neighbors. But don’t call the police to complain of vandalism — it’s all for a good cause. The playful prank is a fundraiser for the group’s summer mission trip.

    Flamingos doing good on Fox Valley lawns

    To help finance the annual summer mission trip, one St. Charles youth group is drawing on the fundraising power of some 1950s-era cultural icons.

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    Woodland students plant garden

    When Woodland Elementary West second-graders head to their school garden June 2 and 3, they’ll be doing a lot more than digging in the dirt.

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    Carol Simler, PADS executive director, shows off the newly remolded client service center at its facility in Wheaton.

    Revamped DuPage center helps homeless build skills

    Just in time for its 25th anniversary, DuPage PADS this month marked the opening of its renovated campus in Wheaton – a one-stop shop where the county's homeless can find support, education and job skills. “The whole goal is to provide hope in individuals' lives,” Executive Director Carol Simler said.

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    Members of Men in Pink celebrate crossing the finish line at the Avon Walk. Members are Jim Bednar, left, Jim Leonard, Brian Guest, Mike Goffman, Fred Alvarez, peeking over everyone’s shoulder, and Christopher Sprague.

    ‘Men in Pink’ support Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

    Jim Leonard of Arlington Heights and Jim Bednar of Prospect Heights are good friends who share a common link: Both lost their mothers to breast cancer. They've formed the first all-male team to support the Avon Foundation walk in the Chicago area.

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    In Guatemala City, John Vanden Brink demonstrates how X-ray diagnostic equipment will serve Guatemalans in remote regions. Behind him are Bruce Baumberger and Carlos Frum, Rotary District Governor and District Governor-elect, respectively, of northeastern Illinois-based Rotary International District 6440; and Jorge Aufranc, Past District Governor of Rotary International District 4250.

    Suburban Rotary clubs help Guatemala

    Local Rotarians pitched to help Guatemalans isolated in poverty-struck regions to have access to sorely needed diagnostic X-ray services.

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    Experts say cellphones are possibly carcinogenic

    LONDON — An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies.

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    Oil up 2 percent on weaker dollar, gas prices down

    Oil rose about 2 percent Tuesday after a sharp drop in the dollar and reports of pipeline problems in the Midwest.

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    Young sea lion dies at Miller Park Zoo

    Officials at Miller Park Zoo are trying to figure out what caused the death of a young California sea lion that was brought to Bloomington less than two months ago.

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    Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt, front and center, along with members of his department, hold a piece of the World Trade Center with which they plan to make a firefighters memorial.

    Carpentersville secures money, artifact for 9/11 memorial

    Earlier this year, the Carpentersville Fire Department put out word that it needed $15,000 to pay for a memorial dedicated to local firefighters and to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Well, the department has met that goal — and then some.

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    Grain futures mixed, livestock prices mostly rise

    Grains futures traded mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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    From left, Dean Carlson, Julie Deka, Jay Benz and Rob Hartwig smile through the whipped cream.

    B.G.H.S. takes fundraising to new heights

    Students in Buffalo Grove High School’s three Freshman Advisories sponsored two fundraisers and a raffle this spring, in support of Kay’s Animal Shelter in Arlington Heights.

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    A sturgeon swims in an aquarium in the Danube River port city of Tulcea, Romania. Sturgeon thrived in the Danube River for 200 million years. Archaeologists have found wooden sturgeon traps in the ruins of Roman fortresses on the river’s banks. Fishermen, unrestrained after the collapse of order in Eastern Europe in 1989, trapped them before they could reproduce. Now, environmentalists are trying to head off a European Union plan to deepen shipping channels that they fear could eliminate the last shallows where the sturgeon deposit their eggs — dooming the fish to vanish in its last stronghold in Europe.

    Sturgeon’s death highlights threat to ancient fish

    Sturgeon have thrived in the Danube for 200 million years, migrating from feeding grounds in the Black Sea to Germany (1,200 miles) upstream. First they were threatened by traps, then pollution and now environmentalists are trying to head off the latest threat: a European Union plan to deepen shipping channels in the Danube that they fear could eliminate the last shallows where the sturgeon...

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    Rod Blagojevich is set to return to the witness stand for a third day today at his political corruption retrial, which is now heading into its fifth week of testimony.

    Blagojevich to resume testifying for 3rd day

    Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is set to return to the witness stand for a third day Tuesday at his political corruption retrial, which is now heading into its fifth week of testimony.

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    Barrington officials are seeking financial assistance for an underpass at the Canadian National Ry. tracks at Northwest Highway and Lake Zurich Road.

    Barrington still after Canadian National underpass funding

    Barrington Village President Karen Darch is continuing t0 search for funding to build an underpass at the Canadian National tracks, despite a recent legal defeat to require CN to foot part of the bill. “It’s still critical to have a grade separation, and we’re working on it,” Darch said.

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    Roadwork has begun on a resurfacing project along I-90 between Barrington Road and the Elgin Toll Plaza.

    Funding cuts mean lighter summer roadwork in the suburbs

    If you’re fuming in gridlock along I-90 this summer, take comfort in the fact it could be much worse. For many drivers in the West and Northwest suburbs, the 2011 construction season is relatively ligh. This year, “we have $192 million worth of work,” tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said.

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    Potts: Couples must discuss religious differences

    In 1957, only 6 percent of Americans married someone of a different faith or religious orientation. More recent research suggests that now more than 17 percent of Protestants, 38 percent of Roman Catholics and 22 percent of Jews now marry outside their faith.

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    Grief camp helps children with loss

    Conley Outreach Community Services has announced this year’s “Good Grief Day Camp, Your Unique Grief Journey.”

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    Pamela Rose and Windy City Country

    Concerts in the Park come to St. Charles
    The St. Charles Park District brings the summer Concerts in the Park series to St. Charles’ historic downtown for families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and some fabulous music.

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    Stevenson places 16th in national science contest

    Stevenson High School finished 16th in its category at the recent National Science Olympiad Tournament.

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    Get your “Passport to Adventure” and check out the Bison exhibit at the Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center in St. Charles.

    Stay busy with ‘Passport to Adventure’

    Page 2Looking to take a family adventure this summer without even leaving the county? Try the “Passport to Adventure” museum program.

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    Swami Satya Niranjan

    Learn to meditate Tuesday in Geneva
    Submitted by LivingWellOn Tuesday, May 31, renowned meditation master Swami Satya Niranjan, known as Bagmarji, from Pune, India will present “Discovering Meditation in Daily Life: The Easy Way” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, 1803 W. State St., Geneva.

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    Citizens for Conservation Mighty Oak Award winners at the organizations 40th annual anniversary meeting.

    Citizens for Conservation present awards

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    Lake Zurich High has math whizzes

    Lake Zurich High School has some mathematicians who can be considered some of the best in the United States.

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    Fittest Loser contestant Jayne Nothnagel at Push Fitness in Schaumburg at the end of the contest.

    Competitor loses weight, gains an education

    It’s the nights that are going to be different for Jayne Nothnagel. Nothnagel, a 52-year-old customer service representative from Bloomingdale, lost 42 pounds over three months as a contestant in the Fittest Loser Challenge, held by the Daily Herald and sponsored by Push Fitness of Schaumburg. While losing the weight, she gained an education on what to eat and what not to eat, as she continues...

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    Bike path slated for Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow is working to build a bike path that will connect the village to the Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary and the Fox River trail sytem.

Sports

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    Stevenson's Stefan Boes, right, hugs Zachary Kravitz after beating Warren in the regional final boys volleyball match Wednesday night at Lake Forest High School.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    Daily Herald photojournalists capture some terrific images from a wide variety of prep sporting events. Theses are the best of the best from the week ending May 28.

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    Vernon Hills players Robbie Applebaum, left, Mikey Kelly, Joseph Ho and David Swanson celebrate after defeating Libertyville in three games during the boys high school volleyball sectional final Tuesday at Warren.

    Vernon Hills believes

    Vernon Hills (35-4) will take its first boys volleyball team to the state tournament after rallying to beat Libertyville 19-25, 25-18, 25-18 to win the Warren sectional Tuesday.

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    Fremd?s Kira Heggeland, middle, celebrates her goal with teammates Rebecca Freeman, left, and Elise Kotsakis during the Barrington Class 3A girls soccer supersectional Tuesday.

    Fremd wins a classic

    Fremd is heading for the girls soccer Final Four this weekend after defeating Mid-Suburban League rival Barrington 2-1 Tuesday night before a big crowd at the Fillies' home pitch. The Vikings are back in the Class 3A semifinals after a two-year absence. Coach Steve Keller's club will face Granite City at 7 p.m. Friday at Naperville Central High School in the second of two semifinal matches that day.

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    Wheaton Academy celebrates their win over St. Francis in the Class 2A Benedictine supersectional girls soccer match Tuesday in Lisle.

    Wheaton Academy overcomes St. Francis

    Sports can be about dominant play. Sports can also be about moments. On Tuesday at the Class 2A Benedictine University girls soccer supersectional, it was about moments. Wheaton Academy moments.St. Francis showed consistent, strong offensive pressure against the Warriors defense for most of the game. But 2 goals with less than 14 minutes to play gave Wheaton Academy a 2-0 victory and its second trip to the state finals in the last three seasons.

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    Naperville North celebrate their win over York in the Class 3A Benedictine supersectional girls soccer match Tuesday in Lisle.

    Naperville North earns invite to state

    Zoe Swift hopes to get a lot of RSVPs to her invitation. The Naperville North sophomore is looking for a big turnout from her fellow Huskies when the girls soccer team plays in the Class 3A semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday. Naperville North students should know the way; cross-town rival Naperville Central is hosting the Final Four this year. “I hope our whole school comes,” Swift said after the Huskies defeated York 2-1 in Tuesday’s supersectional.

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    Tuesday’s softball results
    Tuesday’s games*Class 2A Seneca supersectionalLisle 6, momence 0Lisle 201 021 0 —6-10-1Momence 000 000 0 —0-1-22B: L: Riley. WP: Houda (21-2). LP: Boicken.*CLASS 2A SUPER-SECTIONALSLisle 6, Momence 0Alton Marquette 9, Olympia 4*CLASS 1A SUPER-SECTIONALSSchlarman 10, Dwight 5Calhoun 4, Griggsville Perry 2*

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    Tuesday’s girls soccer results
    Tuesday’s matches*CLASS 3A SUPERSECTIONALSAT BARRINGTONfremd 2, barrington 1Fremd 1 1 —2Barrington 0 1 —1Scoring — Frm: Heggeland (UA), Basten (J.Freeman); Bar: Pfeiffer (FK).Goalkeepers — Frm: Norris; Bar: Pedersen.*AT ELK GROVEconant 1, loyola acad. 0Conant 1 0 —1Loyola Acad. 0 0 —0Scoring — Con: Van de Linde (Raetzman).Goalkeepers — Con: Fillingim; Loy: Stevens.*at BenedictineNaperville North 2, York 1York 1 0 —1Naperville North 1 1 —2Scoring — Y: Whitcomb. NN: Swift (PK); Swift (Drendel). Goalkeepers — Y: Landsdowne (3). NN: Green (4). *Class 2A supersectionalsAt BarringtonmARIAN CENTRAL 4, LAKES 0Lakes 0 0 —0Marian Central 1 3 —4Marian Central — Thomas (LeFevour), Koffler (LeFevour), Thomas (Bottorff), Thomas. Goalkeepers — Lks: Fitzpatrick (7 saves); MC: Wiszowaty (2 saves).*at BenedictineWheaton ACADEMY 2, sT. fRANCIS 0St. Francis 0 0 —0Wheaton Academy 0 2 —2Scoring — WA: Witt (Thomas, Cherry), Witt (Thomas). Goalkeepers — SF: Distusa (3). WA: Morency (8)*

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    Tuesday’s boys volleyball results
    Tuesday’s matches*vernon hills d. libertyville 19-25, 25-18, 25-18Serving — VH: Kubacki 15-15, Opitz 14-14 (2 aces), Swanson 10-10 (1 ace); Lib: Kopacz 14-14, Handrich 12-13, Cooper 10-11, Zacher 9-10; Attacking — VH: Robinson 17-23 (12 kills), Niemczewski 10-13 (10 kills), Kelly 14-16 (8 kills), Kubacki 10-14 (6 kills), Ho 4-4 (4 kills), Opitz 5-5 (1 kill); Lib: Tassler 16-20 (12 kills), Handrich 17-20 (7 kills), Bonamarte 10-13 (4 kills), Leatherwood 15-18 (4 kills), Vidovich 8-10 (4 kills); Setting — VH: Opitz 73-76 (34 assists); Lib: Kopacz 67-72 (27 assists); Digs — VH: Swanson 10, Appelbaum 7, Kubacki 6, Robinson 6, Kelly 5; Lib: Cooper 9, Zacher 5, Kopacz 4, Leatherwood 4; Blocks — VH: Kubacki 3, Opitz 3; Lib: Bonamarte 3 assisted, Kopacz 3 assisted, Vidovich 3 assisted (1 solo).*IMSA sectional finalNaperville north d. Wheaton Warrenville South 25-21, 22-25, 25-23Naperville North — Boryca (17 digs); Witmer (11 kills, 4 blocks, 7 digs); Cheatham (7 kills); Loughlin (5 kills).WW South — Luhrsen (15 kills, 6 digs); Jaeschke (11 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs); Priest (37 assists).*Schaumburg sectional finalGlenbard West d. lake Park 25-21, 25-21Glenbard West — Lawson (7 kills, 2 blocks); Lepold (12 kills, 7 blocks, 4 digs); Thomas (3 kills, 4 blocks); Glotzbach (4 assists, 1 kill); Emanuel (17 assists, 2 aces, 2 digs); McGinnis (10 idgs, 2 aces); O’Dea (5 digs, 3 aces); Smith (2 kills, 1 block); Zaccaria (2 kills, 2 blocks).Lake Park — Keesecker (11 kills, 2 blocks); Burke (2 blocks); Shegal (3 kills); Ciaglia (3 kills); Bolnius (9 digs); McCown (22 assists). *Belleville West sectional finalEdwardsville d. Neuqua valley 19-25, 29-27, 25-21*SUPERSECTIONALSAT IMSANaperville North d. Wheaton Warrrenville South 25-21, 22-25, 25-23*AT BELLEVILLE WESTEdwardsville d. Neuqua Valley 19-25, 29-27, 25-21*AT REAVISSt. Rita d. Riverside-Brookfield 25-23, 29-27*AT ST. IGNATIUSOak Park-River Forest vs. St. Ignatius 25-17, 25-23*AT WARRENVernon Hills d. Libertyville 18-25, 25-18, 25-18*AT SANDBURGSandburg d Marist 25-23, 25-16*AT SCHAUMBURGGlenbard West d. Lake Park, 25-21, 25-22*AT NILES NORTHNew Trier d. Glenbrook Naperville North, 25-19, 25-22*

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    Tuesday’s baseball results
    Tuesday’s games*CLASS 4A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPAT NEW TRIERNew Trier 13, Niles West 3*CLASS 2A SUPER-SECTIONALSTeutopolis 4, Pleasant Plains 1*CLASS 1A SUPER-SECTIONALSTremont 6, Meridian 5Lanark Eastland 5, Woodland 4Carrollton 10, Hartsburg Emden 0*

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    Chicago Fire technical director Frank Klopas will be the team’s interim coach, following this weekend’s firing of Carlos de los Cobos.

    Klopas gets chance to coach his picks

    Chicago Fire technical director Frank Klopas met the media Tuesday for the first time since he was named interim head coach, replacing the fired Carlos de los Cobos.

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    The Cubs put left fielder Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after he strained his left quadriceps trying to beat out a groundball.

    Soriano optimistic he'll be back soon

    Both the Cubs and left fielder Alfonso Soriano seemed optimistic Tuesday that Soriano's stint on the disabled list would last no longer than 15 days.

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    Cubs closer Carlos Marmol walks off the field after giving up 6 runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night.

    It keeps getting worse for Cubs

    Just when it looked like the Cubs were going to turn a stirring eighth-inning rally into a victory over the Astros Tuesday night, closer Carlos Marmol imploded and gave up 6 runs in the ninth, and Houston walked away with a 7-3 victory.

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    White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber improved to 4-3 with Tuesday night's victory at Boston. His ERA is 3.06.

    Humber continues to impress for White Sox

    Phil Humber came through again for the White Sox in Tuesday night's 10-7 win at Boston. In the process, Humber showed he deserves to keep his spot in the starting rotation.

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    Salak in as Blackhawks’ backup goalie

    The Blackhawks appear to have settled on a new backup goalie for 2011-12 with the signing Tuesday of Alexander Salak.

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    LeBron James dribbles as Peja Stojakovic defends during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Miami.

    James scores 24, Heat take Game 1 over Dallas

    LeBron James scored 24 points for his first win in five finals-game appearances, Dwyane Wade added 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Game 1 of the title series Tuesday night.

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    Lisle graduates to East Peoria

    Bekka Houda took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Lisle beat Momence 6-0 in the Class 2A Seneca softball supersectional on Tuesday.

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    Naperville North stuns WW South

    As the sixth-seeded team in the IMSA sectional, the Naperville North boys volleyball team was a long shot to make it to the state tournament.But on Tuesday the Huskies punched their ticket to state by completing a sweep of the top three seeds with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23 over first-seeded Wheaton Warrenville South for the sectional championship. The Huskies had beaten Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South in their last two tournament matches. It was the first time the Huskies (28-11) had beaten the Tigers (36-3) in four tries this year.Naperville North will face Oak Park-River Forest at 1 p.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals at Hoffman Estates.“This is the greatest feeling in the world just beating Wheaton because they’re a great team,” said Naperville North libero Danny Boryca, who came up with 17 digs. “And we’re going to state. We couldn’t ask for more.”“These last few matches, we’re playing the way we knew we could,” said Shane Witmer, who led the Huskies with 11 kills, 4 blocks and 7 digs. “We knew it would take a good match to beat them and we played well. “In the first game on Tuesday, both teams were spectacular, keeping everything in play, returning the hardest shots and matching each other point for point through most of the match.There were 14 ties and five lead changes before the Huskies took the lead for good at 17-16 on a Witmer kill. He followed with an ace that created the first 2-point lead of the game.Wheaton Warrenville South kept a lead through most of Game 2 and it was ahead 21-16 when the Huskies mounted a comeback and threatened to end the match in two games when they tied the score at 22-22. But a dramatic kill by the Tigers’ Eric Luhrsen and a couple of Huskies errors sent the match to three games.This time the Huskies were out ahead through most of the game, building a 5-point lead. But it was the Tigers’ turn to come back as they took the lead at 17-16 on an ace by Thomas Jaeschke.The Huskies regained the edge until it was tied again at 23-23 on a kill by Michal Stefanski of the Tigers. But Naperville North held on and won 25-23.“We battled back and fell a little bit short,” said Wheaton Warrenville South coach Bill Schreier. “But Naperville North had something to do with that. They played well. In Game 3 we let them go on an early run and they were keeping the ball in play. Naperville North is meeting expectations now, and that’s what it’s all about.”Luhrsen led the Tigers with a match-high 15 kills and 6 digs. Jaeschke had 11 kills, 3 aces and 8 digs. David Priest had 37 assists.For Naperville North, Henry Cheatham had 7 kills and Ryan Loughlin added 5. Steve Massoni registered 30 assists.“We got into a rhythm a few weeks ago in a match against Glenbard East on senior night,” said Naperville North coach Nate Bornancin. “It was the first time all season we had our entire lineup on the floor. We weren’t supposed to win these past three matches, so it would be great if we could keep on rolling. We have that attitude that no one is going to stop us.”

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    Batavia’s Voland overcomes injuries

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    Northwest/ Class 4A sectional baseball previews
    A preview of Class 4A baseball sectionals at Barrington and Glenbrook South.

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    Geneva junior Ashley Santos has committed to Marquette to play college basketball.

    Geneva’s Santos committs to Marquette

    With a long list of colleges offering Geneva’s Ashley Santos a chance to play basketball at their school, it wasn’t a surprise that the athletic, versatile junior guard would eventually play Division I college basketball. Now Santos knows where.

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    St. Charles North pitcher Amanda Ciran is congratulated after her first win of the year against Plainfield Central. She has 19 more since then and will put her 20-1 record on the line Thursday against Leyden in the sectional semifinals.

    Surprise matchup for St. Charles North

    It’s not the matchup that St. Charles North’s softball team expected, but it’s a challenge nonetheless.The North Stars return to their second sectional in three years Thursday when No. 2 seed St. Charles North (28-3) meets No. 6 Leyden (27-7) at 4:30 p.m. at Schaumburg.The winner plays the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 1 Elk Grove (31-4) and No. 5 West Chicago (21-10).Leyden reached the sectional by upsetting No. 3 seed Conant Saturday while the North Stars knocked off Lake Park 11-1.“We realize that, at this point, anyone still playing is good enough to win it all, so Leyden definitely has our respect and attention ... especially after beating Conant,” North Stars coach Tom Poulin said.Leyden brings an ace in Morgan Maize (24-4), who also has Katie Ryan-type power at the plate. Just like Batavia’s Ryan, Maize has 18 home runs this year including a pair to key the upset of Conant. She has driven in 77 runs.“We will have to be sure not to let her impact the game with her bat,” Poulin said.While Sydney Russell and Taylor Russell both homered Saturday, the North Stars caused more headaches for Lake Park coach Tom Mazzie with all their speed and ability to put pressure on the defense. “When you have that balance of lefty-righty and speed you can do whatever you want,” Mazzie said. “It keeps the defense guessing. There were times we came in and they fired it through the infield, there were times we stayed back and they bunt. They took exactly how we played and went to the weak spot. It’s tough.”Poulin wants to see more of the same Thursday.“We will need to force them to make plays defensively and put some pressure on them with our team speed,” Poulin said. “Honestly, we are looking to have the same approach we have had all season. Just being focused on the next task at hand, pitch by pitch, inning by inning. If we can get our speedsters on and set the table for the middle to bottom of our order, we should have success.”Those speedsters, Sydney Russell (.455 average, 20 runs) and Loren Cihlar (.390 average, 27 runs), have given power bats Taylor Russell (.470, 6 home runs, 42 RBI), Ashley Seering (.469, 6 HRs, 38 RBI) and Annie Korth (.351) many RBI opportunities. The bottom of the order also has come through plenty of times this year starting rallies.“We like our lineup from 1-9,” Poulin said. “That has been our game plan all along. Hopefully we drive the ball and get them moving around the bases, but if needed we can manufacture some runs as well. We have developed the ability to win games with multiple styles, so the girls are confident in themselves and each other. We will need it all against a quality pitcher and team like Leyden.”One of the ways the North Stars can win games is a 2-0 type game with an ace like Amanda Ciran, who has only lost 1 game, to Geneva. She’s 20-1 and held Lake Park to 1 run in 6 innings Saturday with 4 strikeouts.Ciran has 130 strikeouts this year and a 0.96 ERA but said she is just as happy letting her defense get the outs.“I don’t want to strike everybody out, I want to show our defense,” Ciran said. “I want to show how good we are.”“We were awesome on defense and our offense was awesome as well,” Taylor Russell added after the Lake Park win. “Our team chemistry is at a high right now. Amanda is doing awesome and I’m glad to see as a team we are collectively doing well. It’s awesome to see.”It’s also awesome for the senior-dominated team to close out their careers on a high note after last year’s disappointing end. These four-year varsity players are 107-29: 23-12 as freshmen, 27-10, 29-4 and now 28-3.“I don’t know if last year will ever be forgotten,” Ciran said of the regional loss to York. “It is definitely in the back of our minds. It’s definitely propelling us this year. We don’t want that to happen again. We want to go far. We don’t want to lose at all. We want this to be a streak. We have two games going, let’s go get some more.”

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    Bobby Thorson leads Kaneland into its first sectional today.

    Kaneland, Marmion could meet for title

    There’s a few more area baseball teams still alive heading into sectional play this week than there is in softball.While St. Charles East takes its 27-10 record across town to play upstart Glenbard West in the Class 4A St. Charles North sectional Thursday, two area 3A teams head west to Rochelle.Kaneland, fresh off its first regional title in school history, meets Marian Central at 4 p.m. Wednesday.The following day Marmion will play Belvidere North. The winners play Saturday.Kaneland and Marmion take similar records to Rochelle — 21-10 for the Knights and 20-8 for the Cadets — and they both have an ace who just pitched Saturday, Bobby Thorson for Kaneland and Tim Tarter for Marmion.Luckily for coaches Brian Aversa and Dave Rakow, they also have pitching depth. Aversa can turn to either Drew Peters, who tossed a perfect game at IMSA last week, or Kyle Davidson who came on strong late in the year, while Rakow has Tyler Friel fresh off 7 shutout innings in a regional semifinal win over Crystal Lake Central.Kaneland won its regional title 2-1 over Sycamore, which is the type of “scratching out a run” baseball that Marmion can play too. “When we are playing well that’s the kind of baseball we play,” Rakow said of the team’s 4 stolen bases Saturday and aggressive baserunning. “We don’t try to hit home runs or play for big innings all the time. We try to chip away, chip away.”Jordan Meyer is one of 4 left-handed hitters in Marmion’s lineup. He’s been part of consecutive regional champions and is looking forward to the chance to get that first sectional crown.“It was good to get there last year,” Meyer said of the sectionals. “And to do it again, we are turning it on at the right time.”The same could be said of St. Charles East’s next opponent, Glenbard West. The Hilltoppers are seeded No. 14 and are just now back to .500 at 18-18, but with a win Thursday they can take out both St. Charles teams in the span of six days.Glenbard West upset St. Charles North 8-5 in 11 innings in a game that started Friday and ended Saturday, and then added another upset over No. 6 York on Monday.As usual, Saints coach Dave Haskins has options to use on the mound. Ace Wes Benjamin will have four days rest after needing only 73 pitches to shut out Geneva on Saturday. Dan Ditusa, Johnny Hondlik and Kyle Manske are all available if Haskins chooses to save Benjamin for what could be a matchup with No. 1 seed and state-ranked Lyons in the sectional championship on Saturday. Lyons meets No. 5 Glenbard North Wednesday in the other sectional semifinal.Haskins scouted Glenbard West Monday and was impressed with Ben Krusen, who threw one inning of relief after pitching six innings against St. Charles North on Friday. Krusen also was the star at the plate in that win over the North Stars with a 2-run home run to tie the game in the seventh.“They have a solid ace,” Haskins said of Krusen, who the Saints beat in last year’s regional semifinals. “He’s about 83, 84 (mph) and has a hard breaking ball.”Haskins said he would decide which of his pitchers to start after watching Lyons and Glenbard North play.“I’m kind of tossing back and forth. I haven’t made a decision yet because it also includes the supersectional,” Haskins said of the potential Monday game and the chance to bring back his Thursday starter. “We’re prepping our three lefties to be ready to go.”

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    Streamwood and pitcher Dalton Lundeen will take on Rockford Boylan today in the Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinals.

    Baseball/Scouting Class 4A DeKalb sectional

    Class 4A DeKalb sectionalMatchups: Streamwood (28-6) vs. Boylan (26-5), today at 4 p.m.; Cary-Grove (27-9) vs. Dundee-Crown (24-13), Thursday at 4 p.m.How they got here: Streamwood defeated 7-2 and South Elgin 5-4 in 11 innings to win the Hoffman Estates regional; Dundee-Crown defeated DeKalb 8-7 and Huntley 1-0 to win the Huntley regional; Cary-Grove defeated Crystal Lake South 8-3 and Prairie Ridge 9-0 to win the McHenry regional; Boylan defeated Guilford 4-3 and Hononegah 7-6 to win its own regional.Streamwood vs. Boylan: June baseball is new to Streamwood, which cleared a huge hurdle Saturday by outlasting rival South Elgin to win the first baseball regional title in school history. The Sabres gained confidence last summer when they charged all the way to the state championship game. Now, they hope to keep the momentum rolling. “Saturday was the toughest mental and emotional game that they’ve played all season,” Streamwood coach Steve Diversey said of his players. “Getting that first monkey off their back was huge. I think they think the sky is the limit for them.”Villanova-bound left-hander Josh Harris (6-2, 3.18 ERA, 104 strikeouts) pitched 6 innings Saturday and could be available to close against Boylan, Diversey said, but the starter will be picked from among junior lefty Dalton Lundeen (6-1, 2.30, 60), junior Dominick Tatone (4-0, 2.40, 24) and senior Richie Gorski (4-1, 1.91, 15). Lundeen tossed a complete game in the regional semifinal and pitched an inning of relief in the title game.“We’ll have to assess how our guys are feeling and make a decision from there,” Diversey said Tuesday. The co-champions of the Upstate Eight River will face the Titans, who won their first regional since 2007 on the heels of a NIC-10 Conference championship. Mark Garton slugged a 2-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift Boylan past Guilford in the playoff opener.“They’re going to be a tough team from what I can gather,” Diversey said. “They’re not going to get cheated at the plate. I haven’t been able to find out much about their pitching, but everybody’s got a No. 1 and a No. 2. We need to play the best that we can and anything at this point is a bonus. There’s no tomorrow if you lose, so let’s not make this our last.”Cary-Grove vs. Dundee-Crown: These fellow members of the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference met twice during the regular season. Dundee-Crown won the first game 5-4 on a walkoff single by sophomore catcher Dylan Kissack, thereby snapping a 7-game win streak for the Trojans at the time. Cary-Grove returned the favor with a 9-4 win behind Ohio State-bound Matt Panek’s 3-hit effort. The 6-foot-2 left-hander will face the Chargers again Thursday barring anything unforeseen, Cary-Grove coach Don Sutherland said Tuesday. The Cary-Grove staff also includes senior Kevin Weber, who has come on strong since a sore shoulder delayed his season debut until April 9, not to mention talented hurler John Spoelstra (6-2). Weber scattered 7 singles, struck out 6 and walked 2 in a shutout of Prairie Ridge in the regional title game. “They all have rest and they’ve all pitched well,” Sutherland said. “If one falters, we’ll go with the next one. Dundee-Crown is an awfully good hitting team, maybe the best in the sectional, so you need good pitching.”

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    Darwin Barney follows through on an RBI double as Starlin Castro watches from the on deck circle during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Astros beat Cubs, rallying for six in ninth

    Cubs closer Carlos Marmol blew his third save of the season, allowing six runs in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros beat Chicago 7-3 on Tuesday night. Matt Downs' pinch-hit, two-run double tied the game and Michael Bourn singled in the go-ahead run off Marmol (1-2).

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    Glenbard West going to state

    With a 7-point lead and six points needed for an upset victory, the Glenbard West boys volleyball team was sitting pretty in the second set against top seed Lake Park.As any No. 1 team should, the Lancers rallied to a 2-point deficit and had three shots at pulling within 1 but were held off by the Hilltoppers.Finally, Glenbard West senior Adam Lepold had the ball in his wheelhouse, spiking home a kill to give his team a stunning 25-21, 25-22 win and a berth in Friday’s state quarterfinals at Hoffman Estates.“I always dreamed about that,” Lepold said. “I’ve been playing volleyball competitively since eighth grade. To have an opportunity like that with all the fans going nuts and to put it away for your team, it feels really good.”Lepold was everywhere, recording 10 kills and 7 blocks, but none were bigger than his last two for the final points needed to close out a historic win for Glenbard West (32-7).“We’ve never been to the state tournament. We’ve never gotten past the regional before,” said Hilltoppers coach Christine Giunta-Mayer, whose team play St. Rita next. “We don’t have the experience that these other players, other coaches have, but we don’t need it if we play together. This is one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to these boys.”In the first game the Hilltoppers held a 21-20 lead and ran off three straight points to pull away. Lepold’s 2 kills were the final points of that game as well and Lake Park (30-8) had no answer for the dominant player experiencing a breakout season.“I thought Glenbard West played really well,” Lancers coach Brad Baker said. “It was just a serve-receive battle and they were a little better there and able to sideout. Their middle (Lepold), we couldn’t stop him any time he got the ball. We were doing everything we could, throwing everything we could at him and he was so dominant that it makes it easy for everyone else.”Eddie Keesecker amassed 11 kills for Lake Park and Matthew McCown had 22 assists, but the serve-receive errors Baker mentioned kept the Lancers from ever scaring Glenbard West, having held no more than a 2-point lead in the first game and never leading in the second.“We needed a couple runs,” Baker said. “We got one when we were down seven but never got the second one. Lepold from the back row finished us off ... The seniors have worked really hard and I’m proud, but it’s hard. If you don’t work hard, don’t do the right things, you’re not even going to be in these matches. They worked hard to be here and I couldn’t be prouder.”Ian Lawson tallied 8 kills for the Hilltoppers to combine with Lepold, while libero Kevin McGinnis helped start the attack with 11 digs.That led to Alex Emanuel’s 16 assists, all of which seemed to confuse the Lake Park defense, which never got its block where it should have been.“Alex Emanuel did a great job of mixing it up,” Lepold said. “They knew Ian and I from club. They know who we are. It’s great that Andrew Smith and Joe Zaccaria, other guys can put the ball away and take the heat off us. It was just a really good team effort.”

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    Alexei Ramirez tosses the ball to second base during the sixth inning at Fenway Park.

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    The way he's been pitching, a reporter told Phil Humber, people are starting to talk about him making the All-Star game. The White Sox right-hander just shook his head.

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    Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly takes a shot during the team's practice Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston. The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. Boston hasn't hoisted the Cup since 1972.

    Tested by Hawks, will Canucks win it all?

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    Marian Central stops Lakes short of state semis

    For the second time in three years, Lakes' girls soccer team put its best foot forward by earning a spot among the Elite Eight teams in the state in Class 2A. But Marian Central stopped Lakes short of earning a Final Four berth with a 4-0 shutout in the Barrington supersectional on Tuesday. Instead, the Hurricanes have earned the first trip to the state semifinals.

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    Conant sizzles vs. Loyola

    Conant midfielder Sammie Van de Linde took possession of a ball near the edge of the box in the 17th minute and curled a shot just past the outstretched fingertips of Stevens into the back of the net, and the Cougars defense did the rest in a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Loyola in Tuesday's Elk Grove girls soccer supersectional.

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    University presidents are asking for trouble by permitting big-time athletics to become the face of their brands. College sports have become a disease that can spread throughout the school.

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    Jacobs and senior pitcher Marissa Lombardo will take on Cary-Grove Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Rockford Guilford sectional

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    Stevenson’s Wilson a hit at Augustana

    It didn’t take long for Pat Wilson to make an impact for the Augustana College baseball team. The freshman first baseman who played for Stevenson High School was named to the all-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin second team.

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    Sarah Winans

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    Tom Pernice Jr. will be among 58 players competing Monday at St. Charles Country Club in a U.S. Open qualifier. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    St. Charles to host Open qualifier

    Fifty-eight players will compete Monday in the U.S. Open qualifier at St. Charles Country Club , and they include veteran PGA Tour player Tom Pernice and Scott Langley, Illinois’ NCAA individual champion of 2010.

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    Cubs put LF Soriano on 15-day DL with quad strain

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have put left fielder Alfonso Soriano on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quadriceps.The purchased the contract of outfielder Tyler Colvin from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.Soriano was hurt in the first inning Monday trying to beat out a groundball to third. He pulled up a few feet from first base, holding his left thigh.Soriano leads the team with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs. He is hitting .271.Colvin was hitting .260 with a home run and eight RBIs at Iowa. He was sent down May 16 to get more at-bats after hitting just .113 with two home runs in 62 at-bats with the Cubs.

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    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Jake DeVoy of Naperville Central celebrates his first inning home run against Hinsdale Central during boys varsity baseball action at Hinsdale central.

    Naperville Central breaks it open

    Once again, Naperville Central’s baseball team found a way. The defending Class 4A champions were pushed to the limit by Hinsdale Central on Wednesday, but a sixth-inning offensive explosion helped the Redhawks claim an 8-3 victory in the Hinsdale Central regional semifinals.

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    Kaneland wins 1st regional title

    Jake Razo was so disappointed in his 0-for-3 day against IMSA in the first round of the Class 3A Sycamore Regional last Wednesday, that Kaneland coach Brian Aversa had to send him a text message that night about staying positive for Saturday’s championship game against Sycamore.“Coach told me that I would probably have my best game in the regional championship,” the Knights’ right fielder said. “Obviously, he must be able to see the future, because I had a pretty good game today, I think.”You think?It figured that Kaneland ace Bobby Thorson would be a key when the Knights turned back Sycamore 2-1 to capture the first baseball regional title in school history, but Razo was clearly the unexpected hero and game-saver.Razo had the game-winning hit in the top of the fourth inning after Sycamore ace Jake Turner got two quick strikes on him, but barely missed on a third that was just off the plate and called a ball. Razo then broke up the scoreless game when he laced a line drive that smacked the third base bag and bounded into the outfield for a two-run, two-out single.“I’ve never hit a base in my life, but I felt like it was a good hit,” Razo said. “I just got lucky and felt really good about that.”There was no luck involved in two defensive gems that Razo also turned in that could be described as game-savers.In the first inning, he made a running grab of a line drive off the bat of Sycamore’s Zach Spiewag and doubled Mitchell Jordan off first base. But he saved the best for the sixth inning during the only serious uprising Sycamore put together against Thorson, who otherwise was in total command.Sycamore (25-11) had a rally cooking with two straight one-out singles, but when Eric Ray made it three straight by dropping a single into short right field, it sent Matt Godsinsky racing for home. Razo threw a strike to catcher Tyler Heinle, who had plenty of time to get Godsinsky.It turned out to be a huge play, because Sycamore tallied its only run moments later when Thorson uncorked a wild pitch on a third strike to Adam Dobson, allowing Spiewag to score.“My adrenaline was pumping so much when I picked up that ball and I was just watching it after I threw it, and hoping,” Razo said. “It hit Ty’s glove and luckily the guy was tagged out and it was a big play.”Thorson didn’t need a lot other help, though he did get plenty of other defensive support, including two sterling plays by third baseman Drew French.“I was really excited and all jittery today,” said Thorson, who relished the chance to secure the title for Kaneland (21-10), considering he missed that chance last year when Hampshire upset the Knights before the regional final. Thorson fanned only four batters, but went through a stretch in which he retired 12 Spartans in a row, with 11 coming on weak ground balls.“It was my curveball and cutter,” Thorson said. “When I keep those down low, no one is going to hit the ball in the air.“I just felt in a zone during that stretch and I could tell they were off balance,” Thorson added. “I could throw whatever I wanted, wherever I wanted.”Aversa was pleased that his club finally reached its goal of winning that elusive regional title.“We were out there with a purpose today and the seniors got everyone ready by telling them this was a big game and we’re not messing around,” Aversa said. “We were going to go out and play a solid baseball game and ride Bobby as far as we can.“We made some great plays today, and Razo’s catch and double-play throw in the first inning was a big play for us,” Aversa said. “And, of course, the throw to the plate was huge.”Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh saw his team’s season come to a close in the type of game these two conference rivals have had in the past.“This was the kind of game we expected, without a doubt,” Cavanaugh said. “You’ve got two senior-dominated teams and two stud pitchers on the mound.

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    Fremd hangs on against Meadows

    Fremd got a game-saving catch from Josh Jyawook and grinded out a 6-4 win against Rolling Meadows in Saturday’s regional semifinal on its home field by showing resolve, capitalizing on Mustang mistakes and turning to ace Sean Stutzman late in the game.

Business

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    ConAgra foundation gives $420,000 to 11 nonprofits

    The ConAgra Foods Foundation is giving $420,000 to nonprofits in nine states to help reduce child hunger.

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    1Q late payments on auto loans lowest since 1999

    Late payments on auto loans hit their lowest level since 1999 in the first quarter, providing more data that shows consumers have gotten a handle on their debt.

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    Home fryer maker wins high court patent case

    The Supreme Court has upheld a $5 million judgment to the maker of a patented deep fryer, but in a ruling that makes it harder to claim patent infringement.

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    In this Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, the site of the demolished Sands Hotel and Casino is seen in Atlantic City, N.J. Pinnacle Entertainment scrapped their plans to build a mega- casino on the site and is trying to sell the land where it would have gone.

    Monopoly lost: Atlantic City's rise and fall

    Four years ago, some Atlantic City casino customers were shelling out $1,000 for a brownie sprinkled with edible gold dust in a Baccarat crystal they could take home.

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    US stocks rise on hopes for new Greek aid package

    Stock index futures are pointing to a higher opening on hopes that Greece will get new aid for its debt problems.

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    Conrad Black

    High court turns down new appeal from Conrad Black

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former media mogul Conrad Black challenging his two remaining convictions on fraud and obstruction of justice.

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    Businesses putting out Elvis welcome mats

    Businesses are putting out the welcome mat this week for visitors to the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival. And this welcome mat comes with an Elvis flair. Several downtown restaurants will add Elvis-inspired items to their menus this week.

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    International Monetary Fund's Paul Thomsen, right, and European Central Bank's Klaus Masuch, center, enters theGreek Ministry of Finance in central Athens.

    Greek bailout review due in next two days

    A review of Greece's bailout program that is central to determining further aid for the debt-ridden country will likely conclude over the next 24 to 48 hours, a European official said Tuesday.

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    Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda

    Toyota's Japan production will near normal in June

    Toyota production in Japan will recover to 90 percent of pre-disaster levels in June, faster than the world's biggest automaker had projected and highlighting its power to bounce back from the supply disruptions caused by the March earthquake and tsunami.

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    Makro wholesale outlet in Johannesburg, South Africa is part of the Massmart chain.

    South African regulators allow Wal-Mart deal

    Regulators have approved Wal-Mart's 17 billion rand (about $2.4 billion) bid to buy a controlling share of a South African chain in a ruling Tuesday that culminated a fierce debate over protectionism in the country with the continent's most promising economy.

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    Home prices have reached their lowest points since the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2006, driven down by foreclosures, a glut of unsold homes and the reluctance or inability of many to buy.

    Home-price index at lowest point since 2006 bust

    Home prices have reached their lowest points since the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2006, driven down by foreclosures, a glut of unsold homes and the reluctance or inability of many to buy.

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    Oil climbs above $102 on weaker U.S. dollar

    Oil prices climbed above $102 a barrel Tuesday as talk of more financial aid for Greece helped weaken the U.S. dollar and traders worried about turmoil in Libya and the Middle East.

Life & Entertainment

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    Elegant, wooded estate

    When one drives onto this four-acre estate in unincorporated Libertyville Township, you expect to see Prince William and his new wife, Kate, step out of the grand stone and simulated stucco home to greet you on the circular drive.

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    Ask the broker: What’s the strategy when your mortgage is upside down?

    Q. With virtually everyone going negative in their homes these days, and things looking worse as time goes on, I am looking for some honest help on what to do.

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    In Consumer Reports’ recent lawn-mower tests, Honda’s HRR216K7VKA, a CR Best Buy at $400, nearly matched its top-scoring brand mate for $300 less.

    Lawn mowers that make the cut

    Just in time for the warm weather and green grass, Consumer Reports rated more than 100 mowers and tractors in its largest mower test to date. CR’s testers mowed 19.2 acres and identified more than 30 top-scoring models, including three models from Honda and Toro that retail for $400 or less.

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    It's farmers market season, and the livin' is easy

    I'm so lucky to live in Palatine where the town's farmers market opened last month. That first morning was cool and a bit gray, but the smiles on shoppers faces couldn't have been brighter. We knew it was too early in the season for bountiful spreads of sun-kissed tomatoes and tree-ripened fruit, but still we happily picked up leafy lettuce and microgreens, radishes and ribs from locally raised bigs grass-fed and organically grown seedlings for plots planned for our suburban yards.

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    ESO wraps season with award-winning pianist

    The Elgin Symphony will wrap up its 2010-11 season in spectacular fashion next weekend when the critically acclaimed Korean pianist Joyce Yang joins music director Robert Hanson and the orchestra at the Hemmens Theatre in an all-Russian program titled “Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.”

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    Biscuit bars fit for a prince

    By now we all know the dashing Prince William across the pond fancies chocolate desserts. To this fan of all things chocolate, his choice of a chocolate biscuit groom's cake seemed bold, inspiring and quite brilliant.Before the wedding I knew little about this distinctively English dessert.

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    Chef educator credits her teachers

    The adage “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” goes up in smoke when talking about Dina Altieri. She started cooking at 17, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, worked in restaurants from coast to coast, including a stint an as executive chef for a Los Angeles catering company, all before crossing into culinary academia.

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    A variety of sauces spice up any cookout. Steak with maple apple bourbon barbecue sauce, clockwise from top, chicken with Asian style vinegar sauce and tuna steak with mango mustard barbecue sauce.

    Gettin’ saucy

    Tangy or mellow, spicy or mild, barbecue sauce is the icing on the steak — or ribs, or whatever else it is you happen to throw on the grill.And just as in real estate, location is a big deal, with new attention being paid to the various regional recipes for grilling success.

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    Mango Mustard Barbecue Sauce
    mango bbq ssauce

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    Tangy or mellow, spicy or mild, barbecue sauce is the icing on the steak – or ribs, or whatever else it is you happen to throw on the grill.

    Asian-style Vinegar Sauce
    asian bbq sauce

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    Maple Apple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
    maple apple bbq sauce

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    Fans of the television show "Glee" will get a chance to see the cast belt out some of the show's most notable musical numbers at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Music events: 'Glee Live!' a homecoming of sorts

    Fans of the television show "Glee," co-created by Mount Prospect native Ian Brennan, will get a chance to see the cast belt out some of the show's most notable musical numbers during a series of live shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

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    Shrimp cocktail

    Savor the taste of shrimp cocktail

    It’s June, and that means summer is here! In North Carolina, where I grew up, summer meant weeks at the coast, playing in the sun, swimming, sailing and fresh shrimp right at the docks every evening.

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    Mount Prospect’s Dina Altieri’s tasty pork and freshly grown garden salad.

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin
    pork tenderloin

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    You don’t have to live near the coast to enjoy Shrimp Cocktail Salad.

    Shrimp Cocktail Salad
    shrimp cocktail

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    Pasta salads not all bad

    All winter, some people long for summer. They curse frost-covered windshields, slippery sidewalks and bulky clothing. But let’s face it: Summer has its own set of negatives: insects, sunburn and pasta salad.

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    You’ll be proud to serve this tasty bacon and pesto pasta salad from Aaron McCargo Jr.’s “Simply Done, Well Done” at your next barbecue or potluck picnic.

    Bacon and Pesto Pasta Salad
    pasta salad, pesto

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    Shells with Arugula, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
    pasta salad with feta

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    Chocolate Biscuit Bars
    chocolate biscuit bars

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    Sour Cream Cookies
    cookies

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    Over the years Marion Behzad has learned to adapt recipes and substitute ingredients when making some of her husband's favorite Persian dishes, like these ground meat patties.

    Mom developed shortcuts to feed family

    Marion loves to cook but explains she began out of necessity to feed four children and her husband. While working fulltime she chose the path of least resistance, “the fastest and easiest way! I cooked whatever was in the pantry or refrigerator. I didn't have time to go shopping to look for exotic ingredients.”

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    “A Drop of the Hard Stuff” by Lawrence Block

    Scudder returns in ‘A Drop of the Hard Stuff’

    Longtime fans of the classic private eye Matthew Scudder will be glad that author Lawrence Block has resurrected him for another mystery in "A Drop of the Hard Stuff."

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    My Morning Jacket — Bo Koster, left, Carl Broemel, Jim James, Tom Blankenship and Patrick Hallahan — released their much-anticipated new album, "Circuital," Tuesday.

    Jim James leads My Morning Jacket on new journey

    Jim James is on a spiritual quest of sorts, and you're invited to listen in. Old records, religion, philosophy and James' perpetual yearning for understanding all color My Morning Jacket's much-anticipated new album, "Circuital," released Tuesday.

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    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and a fellow "Jersey Shore" cast member have been involved in a minor traffic accident in Italy.

    Jersey Shore' star Snooki in Italy fender bender

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and a fellow "Jersey Shore" cast member have been involved in a minor traffic accident in Italy.

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    Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the “Call of Duty” franchise, Activision is launching “Call of Duty: Elite,” an online platform for the game, later this year.

    Activision bets on online play for 'Call of Duty'

    Activision knows it's more fun to blast on-screen enemies into oblivion with friends, so this fall it's launching an online service for its "Call of Duty" games that's part Facebook, part player matchmaker and part organized sports. The service officially launches on Nov. 8 with "Call of Duty: Elite," Activision said Tuesday.

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    London Broil is among the many classic meat options available at Palm Court in Arlington Heights.

    Palm Court sticks to what it does best

    A stalwart of the Arlington Heights restaurant scene for more than 30 (yes, 30) years, Palm Court relies on its expertly executed cuisine and sophisticated but not stuffy space to keep diners coming back.

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    'Men of A Certain Age' cast members, Scott Bakula, left, Ray Ramano, center, and Andre Braugher pose together at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards.

    Romano matures with 'Men of a Certain Age'

    On Wednesday's return of "Men of a Certain Age," mild-mannered party-store owner Joe has a confusing brush with his ex-wife. Terry, the failed-actor-turned-car-salesman and perennial bachelor, seems ready to settle down with his new girlfriend. And Owen, who runs his father's struggling car dealership, makes a pivotal decision about his career.

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    Hackers post phony Tupac story on PBS website

    PBS officials say hackers have cracked the network's website, posting a phony story claiming dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent "Frontline" investigative news program on WikiLeaks.

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    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform in Lincolnshire this weekend.

    Loeb balances music, motherhood

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb's career has included movies, television, children's music and fashion since she hit it big in the 1990s with her song "Stay (I Missed You)." Loeb will perform in Lincolnshire on June 3.

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    Cinnamon provides depth to Persian ground meat patties known as kotletes.

    Persian Patties — Kotletes
    patties

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    Cabbage, nuts, onion and cilantro go into Marion Behzad’s Asian-style slaw. To save time in the kitchen, she tosses it with store-bought dressing.

    Mom’s Asian Slaw
    slaw

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    Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston was rushed to a hospital after crashing his personal watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge.

    Hip-hop singer stabilzed after crash

    Hip-hop singer Sean Kingston remains hospitalized after crashing his watercraft into a Miami Beach bridge. Publicist Joseph Carozza said Tuesday there were no updates on 21-year-old Kingston's condition. On Monday, the publicist said Kingston had been stabilized and moved to the intensive care unit at Miami's Ryder Trauma Center.

Discuss

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    Inching toward budget sanity

    With the Illinois Senate’s Memorial Day vote to approve a budget, Springfield is finally inching its way toward a responsible approach to state finances. But, a Daily Herald editorial says, there are still miles to go.

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    What Obama is doing to Israel

    For two and a half years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them. He declared that the Arab-Israeli conflict should indeed be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”

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    Doping is a matter of conscience, not law

    The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that trying to police the use of performance-enhancing substances by professional athletes is pure, Sisyphean folly. I’m even more convinced that threatening to throw the accused in jail is a gross misuse of criminal statutes intended to sanction actual crimes.

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    Union leaders get generous pensions
    The retirees who are directly employed by three of the teacher unions are receiving very generous TRS pensions. In 2009 the 24 retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers received an average pension of $111,752.

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    Mt. Prospect/Prospect Hts. Relay nets $100,000
    Thanks to everyone who help make the recent 2011 Relay for Life of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights a smashing success, as the event raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

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    Lowe’s store in Arlington, not Meadows
    Sorry to hear about the experience of Don Lischalk of Palatine and the ticket he received for a red-light camera stop at Algonquin and Route 53, which probably is Rolling Meadows jurisdiction. However, the address of the Lowe’s store he wants to penalize is 990 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. City boundaries can be deceiving.

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    NCH chapel an awe-inspiring place
    The chapel at Northwest Community Hospital is a sacred place for prayer. I experienced this personally this week.All faiths are welcome but last Thursday it was filled with 10 people praying to Jesus for a precious woman in a life or death operation to remove cancer from her body. Front and center were her mom and dad. What a privilege to be there and see the legacy of faith that had been transmitted to the next two generations of this family.

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    FOI Act not meant to expose citizens to risk
    The Daily Herald editorial “Stop dimming transparency efforts,” failed to understand the crux of the Freedom of Information Act argument. The Herald correctly stated that the point of the law is to help citizens keep government accountable so as to limit corruption. This is a valid goal, and indeed, should remain the primary focus of why the law exists.

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    FISH grateful to its donors
    On behalf of the Downers Grove Area FISH Pantry, I express our sincere appreciation to the residents for the generous quantity of donations collected during the Mail Carriers Food Drive on May 14. With the assistance of members of the Compass Church and the Downers Grove North football team, we were able to coordinate pick-up and delivery of over 14,000 pounds of nonperishable food and paper products to the pantry.

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    Wage war on terror more effectively
    My prayer is that President Obama will use the termination of the hunt for Osama bin Laden to pivot U.S. strategy in order to fight the war on terrorism effectively.

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    Gospels unprovable; it’s all about faith
    Even Bible scholars, who believe every word of the Bible is truly the word of God, acknowledge that the Biblical Gospels were written at least 40, and possibly several more, years after the crucifixion when it is unlikely any of the disciples were alive. By then the letters of Paul were in circulation and may have influenced the words the writers put in Jesus’ mouth.

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    Look forward to Huntley hospital
    We look forward to the proposed Centegra hospital. It is a necessity for residents of southern McHenry and northern Kane County. We live in northern Kane County and will feel more comfortable with a qualified hospital nearby.

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    Mt. Prospect leaders to blame, not state
    Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks’ comments in response to cuts in state funding of local communities are simply laughable! After allowing the village to spend like drunken sailors during her tenure and signing contract after contract with various development companies, offering them tax relief for decades into the future, Irvana has the nerve to complain about how the state is not keeping its word to local communities?

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    If track closes, will area suffer? No
    In 1985 Arlington Park tragically burned to the ground. For four full years thereafter there was no racetrack. And not only did the surrounding area not decline during that time, it actually thrived. The Village of Arlington Heights’ own demographic data will show that property assessments increased, as did sales tax receipts which more than offset the “admissions tax” they obviously did not receive.

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    Mt. Prospect has better uses for its money
    Instead of using Mount Prospect tax dollars to harass an animal lover doing no harm to anyone, why doesn’t Mount Prospect use our tax money to rehire the police, fire and public works employees who were laid off?

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    Supports sprinklers in Arlignton Hts.
    I applaud the Arlington Heights Building Code Review Board for their due diligence in researching and recommending that all new homes be protected by automatic fire sprinkler systems. For years municipalities, including Arlington Heights, have had codes that require fire sprinklers in new commercial, multifamily residential, and industrial buildings — however, mandating fire sprinklers in new single-family homes never seems to generate much support.

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    Can U.S. afford to forgive debts?
    In Barack Obama’s speech, he said the United States would forgive the $1 billion loan Egypt owes the United States. Was this his decision, or was it voted on in the Senate and House? How can they do this when our country is struggling with our own debt?

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    Unions fail to put kids’ interests first
    A teacher friend of mine told me how she would go in early to prepare her lessons, and also stay late to grade the students’ work — until the teachers union called her in and told her not to work so hard and put in so many extra hours. She was making some of the other teachers look bad.

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    Americans made a mistake in ’08
    The Mistake was grinning a lot after he sneaked through his big health care bill. But now that some have read it, they find that it is not so good.

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    Townships are just doing their jobs
    The state of Illinois is in financial crisis with a deficit of $8.95 billion and lawmakers recently raised the state income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. Cook County’s deficit is well over $487 million and villages and cities are dealing with severe budget constraints. And yet, at a time when many of our residents are suffering financial hardships because of an adverse economy, townships are coming under fire.

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