Daily Archive : Friday March 23, 2012


    Lizbeth Arreola

    Nine Northwest suburban students named Golden Apple Scholars

    Golden Apple has selected a record 135 Illinois high school students that it will groom to be the top teachers of the future. Nine of them are from the Northwest suburbs.

    This picture is of a city sculpture in downtown Spokane, Washington. I thought it looked really cool with the lights of the cars passing behind.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 19th.

    Carole Pankau

    Senate panel rejects taking illegal immigrants out of All Kids

    Illinois Senate Democrats put the brakes on a plan from state Sen. Carole Pankau, an Itasca Republican, that would have kept illegal immigrants out of the state's All Kids program, which provides health care for children.

    Tony Castelluccio, owner of Tony's Barber Shop in Wauconda, cuts the hair of longtime client Art Billen.

    Moving Picture: 50 years of Wauconda barbershop stories

    Tony Castelluccio may have cut more hair in Wauconda than anyone. Working out of Tony's Barber Shop on Main Street since 1964, his shop is a collection of memorabilia both on his walls, and in the stories he tells of customers who sat in his chair. "“Hard to believe that I'm working on, in some cases, four generations of families. I've done grandfathers," he says in this week's Moving...


    Lightning strikes South Elgin-area house

    A two-story house on Falcons Trail south of McDonald Road west of South Elgin was struck by lighting Friday afternoon, the South Elgin Fire Department reported.


    Robberies, burglaries boost crime numbers in Aurora

    The number of major crimes committed in Aurora last year increased slightly from 2010s 32-year low, according to statistics released this week. Increases in the number of robberies and burglaries brought the total up, but fewer murders, criminal sexual assaults and aggravated batteries occurred in 2011 than the previous year.


    FDIC seizes Wilmette bank

    On Friday the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. shuttered Covenant Bank & Trust in Rock Spring, Ga., and Premier Bank, based in Wilmette.


    Emanuel says indicted legislator shouldn’t be on ballot

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he thinks the name of a state representative arrested on federal bribery charges should not be on the November ballot.

    Allison Zak, 19, of Schaumburg, found dead in her dorm room at Illinois State University on Thursday of an undiagnosed seizure disorder, was active in the ISU marching band.

    Schaumburg ISU student died of seizure disorder

    Two students, a 19-year-old Schaumburg woman and 19-year-old Wilmette man, were found dead in unrelated incidents in their respective dorm rooms at Illinois State University late Thursday. Allison C. Zak, a sophomore from Schaumburg, died from an undiagnosed seizure disorder, McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said. Zak had been found unresponsive by her roommate in Manchester Hall at 9:30...


    Three charged in West Chicago synthetic pot bust

    An undercover crackdown on synthetic marijuana led to the arrest of three men at two West Chicago gas stations, police said Friday. Officers made the arrests after executing search warrants Thursday at Shell gas stations on the 100 block of North Avenue and 1300 block of South Neltnor Boulevard, according to a news release.

    Jose D. Rodriguez

    Lawsuit filed in Oak Brook DUI crash that injured mom, two girls

    A lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of two 6-year-old girls and an Oak Brook woman who were badly injured in head-on crash last fall. The lawsuit filed in Cook County court names Jose D. Rodriguez of Cicero. Prosecutors say he had a blood-alcohol level of .137 the legal threshold is .08 when he crossed the centerline on York Road in...

    Michael J. Janczewski

    Charges: Lisle man slashed girlfriend’s face

    A Lisle man has been charged with knifing his girlfriend and a male family member -- both in the face. Michael J. Janczewski, 27, was arrested after the alleged attack at 6:29 p.m. Tuesday at his apartment on the 2900 block of Wellington Avenue.

    David Braun

    Buffalo Grove man accused of having child porn

    A 51-year-old Buffalo Grove man has been charged with three counts of aggravated child pornography after police served a search warrant on computers in his home, authorities said Friday.

    Robert Easter will take over as University of Illinois president on July 1.

    A Q&A with the new U of I president

    Robert Easter has been at the University of Illinois since the early 1970s as a student, faculty member and administrator, but hell take over as president in July under difficult circumstances.

    Keenan Kassar, president of Students for a Better Illinois, protests University of Illinois President Michael Hogan and his former chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, on March 12 in Urbana.

    Turmoil has cost U of I on some fronts

    The past three years have been trying for the university. A 2009 admissions scandal drove out Hogans predecessor and a chancellor. Recently, a dean of admissions resigned under pressure over efforts to improperly boost the law schools image. And the new athletic director has fired three high-profile coaches in less than four months.

    The grass football field at Vernon Hills High School will be replaced with artificial turf, Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 announced this week.

    District 128 board inks deal for turf funding at Vernon Hills High

    School officials and a volunteer group have secured the financial backing needed to equip Vernon Hills High Schools football field with artificial turf. The final piece of the roughly $800,000 puzzle came from the Vernon Hills Park District, which has pledged $100,000 toward the project in exchange for reserved time on the field.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Michael T. Berg of Batavia was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:06 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of South Kirk Road, according to a police report.

    Emily Caliendo

    4 Fox Valley area students named Golden Apple Scholars

    Emily Caliendo, a 2010 graduate of Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, is among the winners of this year's Golden Apple Awards given to young people who have shown a committment to pursuing a career in education. The award was given to 135 high school graduates and college students across the state. Three other Fox Valley-area students were also recognized.


    Hanover Twp. holds Spring Break Open Gym

    Parents looking to keep their children busy during spring break can take advantage of Hanover Townships Open Gym spring break program March 26-29.


    Mount Prospect man scammed out of $2,400

    An elderly Mount Prospect man was scammed out of $2,400 last week after getting a call that his grandson had been arrested and needed bail. He became suspicious when the caller demanded an additional $5,000, and checked with his daughter, who said his grandson had not been arrested and in fact, was in school.


    Arlington Hts. residents hide in basement bathroom during burglary

    Residents who were living in the basement of their home while it was being remodeled hid in a locked bathroom as burglars searched the premises about 4:50 a.m. Thursday, Arlington Heights police said. While the residents were talking with the police dispatcher after dialing 911, the burglars, who had already broken into the basement, tried to open the bathroom door.


    Circus at Fremont library

    The North Central O Gauger Model Railroad Club is sponsoring The Circus is Coming to Town on Saturday and Sunday at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 Midlothian Road, Mundelein.


    CLC speech team success

    The College of Lake County speech team earned a bronze medal and team members also earned medals in individual events at a regional tournament on March 17.


    Electronics collection

    You can discard old electronics April 14 at Mundeleins commuter train station, 205 N. Archer Ave.


    New principal in District 59

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 has named a new principal for Ridge Family Center for Learning. Michele Ramsey will replace Principal Barbara Zabroske, who will retire at the end of the school year.


    Woodland science fair success

    Some Woodland Elementary District 50 middle school students will participate in a science fair state competition May 5 at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

    Candido Chavez-Barreto

    Palatine man charged with sex assault, child pornography

    A 44-year-old Palatine man was held on $200,000 bail after police discovered images on his cell phone showing him engaging in sexual acts with a minor. Candido Chavez-Barreto has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, child pornography and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

    Robert Appel was Elgin Community College’s second president, serving from 1971 to 1975.

    Former ECC president Appel dies

    Former Elgin Community College President Robert Appel died this week in Batavia. He served at ECC in the early 1970s.

    Michael Noland

    Will state make it harder to approve toll hikes?

    State Sen. Matt Murphy Friday won preliminary approval for a plan that would eventually require future toll hikes to be approved by eight members of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority board. Murphys proposal was one of a number of suburban plans heard by a Senate subcommittee Friday morning, with mixed results.

    A digital terrain model of the so-called Western Bypass of Route 31 in downtown Algonquin.

    IDOT reviewing grading bid for Western Bypass

    State transportation officials might soon award a bid for mass grading work in the construction of the so-called Western Bypass in Algonquin. Ryan Incorporated Central, a Wisconsin company with an office in Elgin, submitted a bid of $4.89 million, the lowest among six that came in March 9, Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell said. The bypass will divert major traffic from...

    Associated Press/Feb. 23, 2012 A diesel pump at a gas station, in Lake Oswego, Ore. Americans have pumped less gas every week for the past year. It’s a slide that’s now longer than the decline seen during the recession.

    Stuck with high gas prices, drivers pump less

    During those 52 weeks, gasoline consumption dropped by 4.2 billion gallons, or 3 percent, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse. The decline is longer than a 51-week slide during the recession.

    Michael G. Kiery

    Pawnshop records lead to arrest in Villa Park burglary

    Pawn shop records helped Villa Park police arrest a man suspected of stealing a MacBook computer and other electronics from a home earlier this week, authorities said Friday.

    Rand Road, where Deer Park Town Center is located, was among the areas that Deer Park officials believe wasn’t adequately patrolled under the former contract with Kildeer police.

    Deer Park to sue Kildeer for breach of contract

    Deer Park officials have authorized their attorney to sue the village of Kildeer for breach of contract and fraud over a contract for police service which Deer Park terminated in November. Kildeer Village Administrator Michael Talbett said his village had not been served and that he couldnt comment on a lawsuit he hadnt seen.

    Phillip Rinn

    Aurora man pleads guilty to breaking dog’s teeth

    Phillip Rinn, an Aurora man who did jail time in the 1990s for dragging his dog to death behind a vehicle, pleads guilty to animal cruelty for knocking out his dog's teeth in a 2010 attack. Rinn faces one to three years in prison when he is sentenced May 10, but probation also is an option.

    Chris Nybo

    Could suburban ‘lame ducks' play key role in reforms?

    At least 12 suburban state lawmakers won't be facing election in the fall because of primary defeats Tuesday or retirements, possibly freeing them up to take controversial votes that maybe would have been considered too politically risky if they were facing re-election in November. Unlike last year, when a handful of lame-duck Democratic lawmakers helped approve an income tax hike, most of the...


    Storm causes home to collapse, killing one person

    Severe storms that raked southern and central Illinois with tornadoes, large hail and heavy rain were blamed Friday for a home collapse that killed one person and injured two others.


    Chicago rally denounces federal contraceptive rule

    More than 400 demonstrators gathered at Chicagos Federal Plaza on Friday to protest a new federal rule requiring health insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.


    Prospect Hts. commander now deputy chief

    Commander Al Steffen, a 22-year veteran of the Prospect Heights Police Department, has been promoted to deputy chief and will be sworn in on Monday, the village announced Friday.


    Chicago to expand rigorous academic program

    At a news conference on Friday at a school on the citys South Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the number of schools with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will be nearly doubled.

    Lakemoor officials have agreed to spend $165,000 to restore and paint the inside and outside of the village’s only water tower in late April.

    Lakemoor to drain, repaint inside and outside of village water tower in late April

    Lakemoor residents will be asked to use less water for about three weeks in late April after officials agreed to repaint the villages only water tower. Mayor Todd Weihofen said the water tower on Darrell Road near Route 120 has been rusting lately, and is in need of repainting and restoration on the inside and outside of the tank.

    Frank Napolitano

    Bartlett trustee key to aggregation defeat

    Bartlett trustee Frank Napolitano, who has been vocal in his disapproval of allowing village officials to negotiate with companies besides ComEd for their municipalitys electricity supply, said Thursday he wasnt surprised a referendum on the issue failed this week.

    Even with aggregation, ComEd will continue to own the power lines, like these along Kingswood Drive in North Aurora.

    Suburbs working to flip switch on electrical supply

    Though suburban residents voted largely in favor of Tuesdays electricity aggregation referendum, the process of translating that into customer savings wont be as quick or simple as flipping a switch. Officials in many suburbs are getting to work researching how to obtain the lower rates the majority of their residents asked them to find.

    Deavonte Cain

    $50,000 bail set for teen in Bartlett shooting

    A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 Friday for the Bartlett teen charged in Tuesday night’s shooting outside a Bartlett elementary school. Deavonte Cain, 17, of the 300 block of David Court, must post $5,000 to be released. He turned himself in to police shortly after a 17-year-old high school student was shot while walking on Oneida Avenue near Bartlett Elementary School, authorities...

    Kane County officials normally squirrel away $1 million of gambling proceeds from the Grand Victoria casino.

    Kane County announces $1 million for grant recipients

    Kane County's Riverboat Subcommittee announced more than $1 million in grants for outside agencies. Local food banks and other charities throughout the county will receive the money for capital, environmental and capital projects. The full county board must still approve the grants.


    Teacher who lived with student wins DCFS appeal

    A Hoffman Estates High School math teacher who resigned after school officials learned a male student lived in her apartment for a month has won an appeal against the findings of an investigation of her actions by the Department of Children and Family Services. "She's a Samaritan," her attorney said, adding he believed her actions had been misconstrued.

    President Barack Obama answers a reporter’s question about the death of Trayvon Martin, Friday, March 23, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

    Obama says shooting death of Fla. teen a ‘tragedy’

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a Florida suburb a “tragedy” on Friday and said that “every aspect” of the case that has rallied civil rights activists should be investigated.


    Calling all Dundee historians: Photos sought of East Dundee building

    East Dundee officials still havent heard from anyone who might have an old photograph of the building at 302 Main Street. So Im putting the word out again.


    Elgin 2011 projected deficit might turn into a surplus

    A projected 2011 budget deficit of $1.74 million in Elgin's general fund doesn't seem to have panned out. Preliminary numbers for Elgin's total revenues and expenditures, reported to bond rating agencies, show a $1.26 million surplus in the general fund. Auditors are working to confirm those numbers now and City Manager Sean Stegall said actual year-end numbers should be ready in the next month.

    Blackberry Farm’s fifth annual 5K Spring Gallop will take off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31.

    Running season starts with 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm

    Mother Nature is running a fever of record-breaking proportions. But this wacky warm weather has also brought more people outside, and sooner. For runners, that means longer and perhaps more frequent runs without the choking pain of frost-cold air penetrating your lungs. Next Saturday, March 31, the fifth annual 5K Spring Gallop is run...

    Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to USAA employees during a campaign stop at USAA, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in San Antonio.

    Santorum’s best shot: Winning Iowa caucus — again

    WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum is falling so far behind Mitt Romney in the race for Republican delegates that his best chance might be in states that voted weeks ago.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

    FACT CHECK: Say what? Odd campaign pronouncements

    WASHINGTON — Silly-season pollen seems to have infected the campaign trail. On the Democratic side, the excitable Vice President Joe Biden made the jaw-dropping claim that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was unsurpassed in its audacity by anything that has happened since the 16th century — that’s right, for 500 years.

    Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann owes more than $1 million from her unsuccessful bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.

    Bachmann owes $1 million in campaign debt

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann owes more than $1 million from her unsuccessful bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.Bachmann detailed her finances through late January in a federal campaign report filed this week. The report had been due Feb. 20.

    In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near the rig that drills into the shale at a well site in Washington, Pa. The company is one of many drilling and “fracking” in the area to release natural gas. The leading Republican presidential hopefuls have cast President Barack Obama as an environmental extremist whose policies have put him out of touch with the needs of ordinary Americans. It’s a characterization that may resonate with GOP primary voters, but it has surprised environmental activists, many of whom say they are let down by Obama’s record on their issues.

    GOP’s claims about Obama puzzle environmentalists

    NEW YORK — Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a gift to environmentalists. Newt Gingrich calls Obama “President Algae” for supporting research on biofuels. And Rick Santorum says Obama’s environmental views constitute a “phony theology” that prioritizes the earth over people.

    In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo provided by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, Sgt. Robert Bales takes part in exercises at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. It is still not known if Bales, who allegedly massacred 17 Afghans, was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, but even if he had been that alone would not have prevented him from being sent back to war. The Army diagnosed 76,176 soldiers with PTSD between 2000 and 2011. Many returned to the battlefield after mental health providers determined their treatment worked and their symptoms had gone into remission. The case of Bales has sparked debate about whether the practice needs to be re-examined. The Army is reviewing all its mental health programs and its screening process in light of the March 11 shooting spree.

    Army: PTSD treatable; some diagnosed return to war

    SAN DIEGO — It is still not known if the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghans was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — but even if he had been, that alone would not have prevented him from being sent back to war. The Army diagnosed 76,176 soldiers with PTSD between 2000 and 2011. Of those, 65,236 soldiers were diagnosed at some stage of their deployment.

    Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, poses for the camera on in this May 20, 2007 file photo. An EU official said Thursday March 23, 2012, a total of four members of the Assad family, along with eight government ministers, will be targeted in the latest round of sanctions aimed at stopping the violent crackdown on members of the Syrian opposition.

    EU imposes sanctions on Assad’s wife, relatives

    BRUSSELS — EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions Friday on Asma Assad, the stylish, British-born wife of the Syrian president, banning her from traveling to European Union countries and freezing any assets she may have there.

    New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly

    Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups

    NEW YORK — Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities.


    Official: No sign French suspect had al-Qaida ties

    PARIS — French authorities have no evidence that al-Qaida commissioned a French gunman to go on a killing spree that left seven people dead, or that he had any contact with terrorist groups, a senior French official said Friday.


    Syrian activists: Clashes near Turkish border

    BEIRUT — Syrian government forces fired machine guns and mortars Friday in fierce clashes with rebel army defectors in a town near the Turkish border, a Syrian activist group reported, as European Union foreign ministers imposed sanctions on the wife and three other close relatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


    US-Pakistan talks to restart after airstrike probe

    BRUSSELS — The United States and Pakistan will resume talks on the possible reopening of supply routes to Afghanistan after Pakistan completes its probe into an airstrike that killed 24 of its soldiers, a senior U.S. official said Friday.


    Taliban bomber kills 5 rival militants in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A government official and militant spokesman say a Taliban suicide bomber has attacked a rival group’s headquarters in northwest Pakistan, killing at least five fighters.Friday’s attack on Lashkar-e-Islam’s headquarters occurred in the Tirah Valley, a remote part of the Khyber tribal area that has seen previous clashes between the two groups.

    Sharon Binger points to a crack in the basement of her home in Clintonville, Wis. Binger said it was caused by vibrations and booms that city officials are unable to explain.

    Did micro-quake cause Wisconsin's mystery booms?

    A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 1.5-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday just after midnight in Clintonville, a town of about 4,600 people about 40 miles west of Green Bay.

    “Everybody has been like Romeo at one point in their life,” says Dan Stromquist, who plays opposite Meghan Hays in the College of DuPage production.

    COD students tackle story of doomed lovers in ‘Romeo and Juliet'

    Actors memorize lines. They learn sword fights. But replicating the naively of youth, that's a challenge. There's a purity — an unlearned love — that takes the stage with the ill-fated young lovers "Romeo and Juliet" in College of DuPage's latest production. The quintessential love story opens Thursday at the McAninch Arts Center Theatre 2 in Glen Ellyn.


    Dawn Patrol: Arrest in Bartlett shooting, rain all day

    A Bartlett teenager is charged in a shooting near a Bartlett elementary school. The $12 billion tollway program could cost another $500 million. A lawsuit alleges Lake County jail mistreatment. Police seek a missing Leydon Township man. Our sports writers talk to Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access members.


    Lisle pianist to add Latin flair to COD jazz concert

    Move over wind section, theres a new guy in town. Local artist and pianist Jose Valdes joins the DuPage Community Jazz Ensembles oversized big band for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at College of DuPages McAninch Arts Center. The addition of Valdes means a focus on the piano in an ensemble that...


    9th GOP candidate’s website hacked

    Voters who wanted to know more about the Republican vying to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District this November were in for a surprise when visiting his campaign website recently.


    Woman sues Harvey over untested rape kits

    A woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Harvey and a former police chief for allegedly failing to submit a rape kit to state officials for testing after she was sexually assaulted in 2007.


    Ind. judge to hear Sugarland deposition

    INDIANAPOLIS — A central Indiana judge is set to hear arguments in a motion seeking to compel Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of the country duo Sugarland to submit to depositions next week in lawsuits over August’s deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

    Lt Governor Sheila Simon

    Simon to chair lieutenant governor’s association

    A group of lieutenant governors has named Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon as its chairman. The Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association announced Simon’s post during a policy conference in Washington this week.


    Investigations of tollway theft continue

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Tollway Inspector General is cracking down on employee theft and misconduct. Ten investigations resulted in disciplined employees for theft of toll payments or misconduct. Eight of those employees have resigned or been fired. Cases that qualify will be sent to the appropriate state’s attorney for criminal prosecution.

    Allen Wandling, of Belleville, Ill., with Confederate Col. William P. Rogers sword from the Battle of Corinth, Miss. Wandling, a serious Civil War memorabilia collector, bought the sword from a man in Joplin, Mo., and spent four years tracing the story of the sword.

    Belleville man visits Confederate grave

    BELLEVILLE — When Allen Wandling held the old Confederate sword over the grave of its owner in Corinth, Miss., he swore he felt the hair on his arms stand on end.“It was spooky,” he said.He was standing at the grave of Col. William P. Rogers, who fell in the Battle of Corinth on Oct. 4, 1862.


    Ind. man arrested after brother found dead in home

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Police in Terre Haute have arrested a 46-year-old man on charges in connection with the death of his brother who was dead for several weeks before being discovered.Police arrested Byron Sutton of Terre Haute on Thursday of a charge of altering a crime scene.


    Services Friday for Wisconsin soldier

    HAZEL GREEN, Wis. — Friends and family will say goodbye Friday to a Wisconsin soldier who died in Afghanistan as the U.S. Department of Defense investigates his death.


    Smokestacks coming down at old S. Ind. ammo plant

    CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — Crews are taking down a row of 150-foot-tall smokestacks that were part of a power plant at a closed military munitions facility in southern Indiana.


    Crash shuts down South Bend apartment building

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Authorities say 12 people have been forced from a South Bend apartment building that was damaged when a car plowed into it.


    Teen arrested for downtown Indianapolis shootings
    Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the weekend shootings of five teenagers along the city’s downtown canal.


    Illinois surveying museum starts capital campaign

    SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln’s National Museum of Surveying in Springfield has started a capital campaign to pay off its $1.3 million mortgage and fund educational programs.


    Govt. to keep info on Americans with no terror ties

    The U.S. intelligence community will now be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines. Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to immediately destroy information about Americans that was already stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.

    Women sing hymns during a service at the Light of the World Christian Church temple in Silao, Mexico, Thursday. Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Mexico Friday, a decade after his predecessor’s last visit.

    Vatican: Pope will bond with Mexico on first trip
    Pope Benedict XVIs arrival in Mexico on Friday will reveal his ability to communicate with a people whose passionate adoration of his predecessor threatens to overshadow the pontiffs message of peace and continuing faith for a country shaken by horrific drug violence, the Vaticans ambassador pledged on the...

    Wearing a hoodie and holding a rose, James Gilchrist of Orlando, Fla., attends a rally for Trayvon Martin, the teen shot by George Michael Zimmerman while on Neighborhood Watch patrol, Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Sanford, Fla.

    Social media aids angst over Trayvon Martin case

    ORLANDO, Fla. — It started a couple of weeks ago with just a few cryptic messages on Twitter and other social media websites: Where is the justice? and R.I.P. TrayvonMartin.A day later, nationally-syndicated radio host Michael Baisden sent out a message to his 65,000 Twitter followers and 585,000 Facebook fans, adding a few details.

    According to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for regular unleaded gas Thursday in the Chicago metropolitan region was $4.45 per gallon. It was nearly a dollar less per gallon a month ago.

    Poll Vault: How many mpg does your vehicle get?

    What does it cost you to fill up your car these days? Michelle Holdway drives a Saturn Ion; the little car still requires a $60 fill-up. Her husband's CR-V requires a $70 fill-up. But a deputy managing editor here has a Toyota Prius with an MPG in the 50s.

    Sean Payton visited Naperville and joined the Naperville Central football team in a Kenny Chesney video in 2010.

    Naperville ex-players, Pradel backing Sean Payton

    His NFL sainthood on hold for a year, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton still walks on water in his hometown Naperville. From Mayor George Pradel to former Central football players who appeared with Payton in a 2010 Kenny Chesney music video, the city is lining up behind its fallen hero. "He's such a super guy to know," Pradel said.

    Krystal Vezzetti, who raised $1,293, gets her head shaved by Sarah Hoth of the Hair Cuttery, during the St. Baldrick's head shaving event at Schaumburg High School Thursday.

    St. Baldrick's fund-razors to fight cancer succeed in suburbs

    With a bag of freshly cut hair in her lap and tears dripping down her face, a newly bald Erin Falsey held her sister's hand and smiled. She and her classmates at Schaumburg High School raised more than $103,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

    Melinda Bush

    Education groups spend big in 31st Senate race

    Education-related organizations already are proving to be top donors to the candidates seeking a 31st Senate District seat in Lake County. Republican Joe Neal has received significant cash from Stand for Children Illinois while Democrat Melinda Bush has collected donations from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and its Lake County branch.



    Friday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity girls badminton meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s boys gymnastics scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity boys gymnastics meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Dan Wheeler,left, hits one at Connor Richardson of Neuqua during the St. Charles North vs. Neuqua Valley boys volleyball game Friday.

    Neuqua Valley overcomes St. Charles North

    There are big matches or games on every teams schedule. They might have asterisks drawn next to them. The Neuqua Valley boys volleyball team had one of those Wednesday against Naperville North, winning in three sets. When St. Charles North came to Neuqua on Friday night, Wildcats coach Erich Mendoza had to remind his team to reset its focus on the North Stars.

    Naperville North’s Billy Suta performs his pommel horse routine, during the Ralph Krupke Boys Gymnastics Invitational at Lake Park East High School.

    Wheaton wins Krupke

    The Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics received contributing scores from eight gymnasts and won Fridays Ralph Krupke Invitational at Lake Park handily with 154.550 points.


    Maize, Leyden win in Tennessee

    Leydens nationally-ranked softball team was playing many miles away on Friday from the Rosemont Stadium, where it won its opening game on Wednesday against Niles West. But the Eagles got the same winning result at the Gordonsville tournament in Cookeville, Tenn. on Friday. Senior Morgan Maize pitched 4? innings of the five-inning contest to get a 5-3 win over Livingston County (Tenn.).

    The opportunity to continue playing quarterback helped Prospect senior Sam Frasco choose Augustana.

    Frasco finds fit at Augustana

    Sam Frasco had an opportunity to follow in his dad's football footsteps and play at North Central College. But the Prospect senior quarterback felt better about how he fit in at Augustana and gave the Rock Island school a commitment.

    The Cardinals announced Friday that ace Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder.

    Cardinals ace Carpenter out indefinitely

    Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals ace will be sidelined indefinitely. The Cardinals made the announcement Friday, after Carpenter was evaluated in St. Louis this week.

    Geovany Soto drives in two runs with a single against the Colorado Rockies on Friday during the fifth inning of a spring training game in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Big day for Soto as Cubs outslug Rockies

    Geovany Soto homered twice and drove in five runs, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 10-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Soto had three hits, including a pair of two-run homers off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.

    Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Green, was killed in a shooting rampage on Jan. 8, 2011, that left six dead and 13 injured, including former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

    Overflow crowd pays tribute to scout's slain daughter

    Matt Kemp homered among his 3 hits and drove in 4 runs for an overflow crowd that was at the ballpark to help raise money for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund, leading Los Angeles in a 17-4 rout of the White Sox in a split squad game.

    Xavier’s Jeff Robinson and Baylor’s Perry Jones III battle for a loose ball Friday during a NCAA tournament South Regional semifinal game in Atlanta.

    Baylor holds off Xavier, 75-70

    Quincy Acy picked up the slack for his roommate to help push Baylor to another regional final.The 6-foot-7 senior had a double-double on an off night for the sharpshooting Brady Heslip as the Bears moved their attack inside to beat Xavier 75-70 Friday. "I think I got a little of that magic from him," Acy said.

    North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller goes up for a shot against Ohio forward Reggie Keely, left, and guard Walter Offutt Friday night in NCAA tournament action.

    Ohio takes North Carolina to OT before falling 73-65

    Harrison Barnes scored five of his 12 points in overtime and the top-seeded Tar Heels escaped a huge upset with a 73-65 victory over 13th-seeded Ohio on Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

    New Larkin softball coach Anne Vogt at practice in Elgin.

    Vogt knows the challenges she faces at Larkin

    When Anne Vogt crouched down to catch warmup pitches from Kiernan Schock at Larkins home opener on March 15, she understandbly had a bit of a flashback. I was thinking, I havent done this on this field during a game since 1992, Vogt said. Vogt was one of the best softball players to ever play in the Fox Valley area. Her game was solid offensively and defensively and she was, as coaches love to put it, a student of the game. Its no wonder Vogt has made softball her life. Its always been her passion and after playing at ECC and Judson University, she started putting her knowledge to work as both a privtae instructor and as the head coach at ECC for 12 years.


    Dundee-Crown tops Sycamore

    Dundee-Crowns softball team won for the second time in three games this season on Friday, defeating Sycamore 5-1 on the road.

    Rockford Boylan’s Emma Krahmer, left, and teammate Abby Reed rush the ball for possession and collide with Cary-Grove’s Jackie Holtz in the first half on Friday in Cary.

    Rockford Boylan outlasts Cary-Grove

    Playing a tough early season nonconference schedule, Cary-Grove girls soccer coach Ray Krystal doesnt concern himself with wins and losses. He just wants to see his team improve and prepare for Fox Valley Conference and postseason play. So, even after visiting Rockford Boylan defeated the host Trojans 2-1 Friday night, Krystal still likes the progress of his team.

    Rolling Meadows senior point guard and Mid-Suburban East player of the year Brian Nelms will join an Illinois Wesleyan program which just reached the NCAA Division III Final Four.

    Meadows’ Nelms picks Illinois Wesleyan

    A trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four gave Illinois Wesleyan a nice assist in its recruiting efforts of Rolling Meadows senior point guard Brian Nelms. The four-year varsity player, two-time Daily Herald all-area pick and Meadows career assist leader found Wesleyan to be the perfect fit as his college home.


    Fremd finds its offense

    Fremd's offense had struggled this season, but the Vikings found plenty of it in a 7-0 victory over Hoffman Estates in Mid-Suburban West girls soccer on Friday.


    Chicago Express clips Kalamazoo Wings

    The Chicago Express killed off eight Kalamazoo power plays en route to a 4-3 win at Wings Stadium on Friday night.

    St. Viator vs St. Rita in the 2012 Boys State Hockey Championship game at the United Center in Chicago on March 23rd, 2012.

    Images: St. Viator vs. St. Rita, hockey state championship
    The St. Viator High School boys hockey team lost 5-0 to St. Rita High School for the state hockey title Friday night at the United Center.

    Tennessee coach Pat Summitt hasn't been herself this season, and many fans are asking her to retire.

    Volunteers fans want Summitt to step down

    This NCAA Tournament run could be the last for legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.

    Bulls guard John Lucas III, right, is congratulated by teammate Joakim Noah after a score during the second half of Monday's win over Orlando.

    Bulls content to stand pat for stretch run

    Other NBA contenders have been adding players this week for the stretch run. For now, the Bulls are focused on getting a couple of current players, Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton, back from injury. There appear to be no immediate plans to add Rasual Butler or anyone else.

    West Chicago’s Justin Olson shoots from down low, as he is defended by Marmion’s Sam Tonner during action at West Chicago early this season.

    Boys lacrosse / Scouting DuPage County, Tri-Cities

    Taking a look at the boys lacrosse season ahead for teams in DuPage County and the Tri-Cities area.

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks, who is on the team’s disabled list while recovering from two back surgeries, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with DUI and four other misdemeanor counts

    Ex-White Sox closer Jenks faces DUI charge

    After leaving a Fort Meyers, Fla., nightclub early Friday morning, Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks was arrested for DUI, destruction of personal property and leaving the scene of an accident. According to a report by CBSSports.com, Jenks told Lee County sheriff's police he was driving erratically because "I took too many muscle relaxers." He was charged with five misdemeanors in all, and the arrest was made at 3:43 a.m.

    Joakim Noah, shown here at right with Carlos Boozer, hosted an NCAA tournament viewing party Thursday night for the Florida-Marquette game.

    College loyalties put to test among Bulls

    The Bulls' air-tight team chemistry was put to the test on Thursday. Joakim Noah hosted a gathering to watch the NCAA Tournament, which put him in the same room with rookie Jimmy Butler during the Florida-Marquette game, which featured the two players' former schools.

    Stevenson forward Katie Krejsa shows a great touch with either foot, which has led to her overall knack for scoring Patriots goals.

    Krejsa puts Stevenson on firm footing

    Stevenson forward Katie Krejsa has good shooting skills with either foot, and her overall scoring knack bodes well for Stevenson's girls soccer team.


    Girls soccer: Scouting Lake County

    A team-by-team look at the girls soccer season for Lake County schools.


    Boys volleyball/Scouting Cook County
    A look at the teams and players and their outlook for the boys volleyball season for the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West, St. Viator and Leyden.

    Hersey senior setter Matt Cayton’s stellar four-year varsity career has him on the verge of breaking the school’s career record for assists.

    Cayton a standard-setter for Hersey

    Hersey senior Matt Cayton has set a tone for success for the boys volleyball program. Cayton should break the program's career assist record very soon, but his main goal is to lead the team to big accomplishments this season.

    There’s still no return date set for Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who is recovering from a concussion.

    Hawks captain Jonathan Toews skates for third straight day

    The roller-coaster ride that has been Jonathan Toews recovery from a concussion took a good turn Friday. Toews and Marcus Kruger (upper body) skated after practice Friday. It marked the third straight day on the ice for the Blackhawks captain. When you get him on the ice in consecutive days, you have a little more hope, coach Joel Quenneville said.

    Vancouver’s Alex Burrows hits Duncan Keith, left, in the face as Patrick Sharp tries to break them apart Wednesday at the United Center. On Friday, the NHL suspended Keith five games for a hit on the Canucks’ Daniel Sedin.

    Blackhawks’ Keith suspended 5 games

    The Blackhawks have had to deal with Jonathan Toews being out of the lineup for 15 games and counting. Now another one of its stars, defenseman Duncan Keith, will have to watch from the sidelines as well after the NHL announced Friday that Keith has been suspended for 5 games for his elbow to the head of Vancouvers Daniel Sedin in the first period of the Hawks 2-1 overtime victory Wednesday at the United Center.

    After seven NFL seasons, including one with the Chicago Bears, running back Marion Barber has decided to retire.

    Bears running back Barber retires

    A day after the Bears signed free agent running back Michael Bush, last year's backup running back Marion Barber announced his retirement. Barber finishes his career with 4,780 rushing yards on 1,156 carries over 99 games. He scored 53 touchdowns and also caught 179 passes for 1,330 yards and 6 TDs.

    Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the third green Friday during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill.

    Tiger Woods takes the lead at Bay Hill

    Tiger Woods is in a place he hasn't been in more than two years — in the lead on the PGA Tour going into the weekend. Woods ran off four straight birdies early in his round Friday and made short work of the par 5s on his way to a 7-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Jason Dufner at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Ex-Colts’ Jeff Saturday has agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers, sources with knowledge of the negotiations say.

    Center Jeff Saturday agrees to 2-year deal with Packers

    The Green Bay Packers made a rare reach into unrestricted free agency to find a new anchor for their offensive line, agreeing to a two-year deal with veteran free agent center Jeff Saturday on Friday.

    Olivia Javornik Waubonsie/Metea Valley and Izzy Kane of Naperville North battle for the ball during girls lacrosse Thursday in Aurora.

    Images: Waubonsie-Metea Valley vs. Naperville North, girls lacrosse
    The Waubonsie-Metea Valley High School girls lacrosse team hosted the Naperville North High School girls Thursday in Aurora.

    Wide receiver Reggie Gray of the Chicago Rush grabbed 5 touchdown passes from quarterback Rush Michna against the Orlando Predators at Allstate Arena Thursday.

    Gray’s 5 touchdowns propel Rush over Orlando, 51-49

    After struggling for the first 10 minutes of the game, the Chicago Rush put together an impressive 50 minutes of football Thursday night to beat the Orlando Predators 51-49. Reggie Gray secured 5 touchdown receptions for the Rush as quarterback Russ Michna's unit put together eight consecutive scoring drives to take control of the game. Our chemistry is second to none, Gray said of his relationship with Michna.


    Thursday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls badminton meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    The state says Rivers Casino offered awards to a small number of people in the Illinois self-exclusion gambling program.

    State fines Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino $25,000

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has been fined $25,000 for offering awards and trying to attract a small number of self-proclaimed gambling addicts from an Illinois self-exclusion program. Gene O'Shea, spokesman for the Illinois Gambling Board, said the board fined the casino after it admitted the violations.


    Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

    The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week.


    Navistar abandons Delaware plan
    Lisle-based Navistar International Corp. has become the latest company to abandon plans to require its shareholders to bring any legal action against it exclusively in Delaware, after legal challenges and opposition from investor advisory groups. At least four other companies also have deleted similar requirements from their corporate bylaws since they were among the dozen companies sued over the provision in February. The bylaw change had called for Delaware’s Chancery Court, one of the country’s top venues for corporate disputes, to be the exclusive forum for most shareholder lawsuits the companies might face. For more news, subscribe to our free daily email newsletter, the Daily Herald Business Edge, by going to www.dhbusinessledger.com and clicking on “subscribe.”


    Guggenheim to move some workers out of Lisle

    Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago and New York-based financial firm, which acquired Clayton Securities in Lisle in 2009, now plans to move some of its employees out of Lisle. But they say the office here will remain open and there are no layoffs planned.


    Lending Solutions expands to Naperville

    Elgin-based Lending Solutions Inc., a call center provider to financial institutions nationwide, said Friday that it will open a Naperville office in early June and add up to 200 more workers. After the expansion, the company could have more than 400 workers, said company spokesman Bill Hultstrand. Much of the work comes from about 300 credit unions and banks and we service their customers 24/7, said Hultstrand.

    Traders Christopher Cornette, left, and Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks edge up for day but down for week

    For the week, the Dow Jones industrial average was off 152 points, the worst in a month despite reports of strengthening in the U.S. jobs market and better corporate profits.


    Oil near $106 amid mixed global growth signs

    Oil prices rose to near $106 a barrel Friday in Asia, after a big tumble the day before, amid mixed signs about the strength of the global economy and crude demand.


    Doctors pressure FDA for nonprescription birth control pills

    The Food and Drug Administration is considering expanding the list of drugs that can be bought without a prescription, an opening birth-control advocates are seizing to reignite debate over reproductive rights.

    Associated Press Workers work on a new home Friday in Mechanicsville, Va. Sales of new homes fell in February for the second straight month.

    New-home sales fell in February

    Sales of U.S. new homes fell in February for the second straight month, a reminder that the depressed housing market remains weak despite some improvement. The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales dropped 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 313,000 homes. Sales have fallen nearly 7 percent since December.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by Rep. Nick Rahall II, D-W.Va., and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, to urge the Republican leadership to take up the bipartisan Senate transportation bill.

    Highway bill becomes House Republican headache

    A bill that Republican leaders were promoting as the centerpiece of their job-creation agenda has instead turned into one of their biggest headaches, thanks largely to tea party conservatives who want to get the federal government out of transportation programs and hand them over to the states. The House and Senate are heading toward a showdown next week that could result in a cutoff of federal highway and transit aid to states just as the spring construction season starts.

    Election judges in North Pekin, in Tazewell County await voters after trimming one-eighth of an inch off of ballots in Pekin's 25th precinct. Tazewell County was one of about 25 counties in the state reporting problems with similar ballots.

    Addison graphics company printed oversized ballots

    Winnebago County wants to be reimbursed by an Addison graphics company that produced oversized ballots that caused problems all over Illinois during Tuesday's primary election. County Clerk Margie Mullins tells the Rockford Register Star that the county shouldn't have to pay for thousands of ballots made by ABS Graphics.

    President Barack Obama stands with Jim Yong Kim, his nominee to be the next World Bank President, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. Kim is currently the president of Dartmouth College.

    Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization’s top post. Obama said Kim, a Korean-born physician and pioneer in the treatment of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis, has the breadth of experience on development issues needed to carry out the financial institution’s anti-poverty mission. “It’s time for a development professional to lead the world’s largest development agency,” Obama said Friday morning during a Rose Garden ceremony. Obama was joined by Kim, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who first recommended that Obama consider Kim for the World Bank post. The 187-nation World Bank focuses on fighting poverty and promoting development. It is a leading source of development loans for countries seeking financing to build dams, roads and other infrastructure projects. Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has always been headed by an American. But developing countries, who have long sought to gain more power in the organization, have planned an unprecedented challenge to Obama’s pick and are expected to put forward as many as three other candidates. However, Kim is still expected to succeed outgoing President Robert Zoellick, who announced in February that he was stepping down. The actual selection will be made next month by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. The United States, as the world’s largest economy, has the largest percentage of the votes. Kim is expected to travel around the world on a listening tour to rally support for his nomination ahead of the board’s vote. Senior administration officials said Obama took a strong personal interest in filling the World Bank vacancy after current President Zoellick announced in February he was stepping down. Obama and his advisers considered more than a dozen candidates, including well-known figures in the administration. But in the end, officials said, Obama pushed for a nominee with broad development experience and was particularly drawn to Kim’s innovative work fighting the spread of AIDS and tuberculosis.“Jim has truly global experience. He has worked from Asia to Africa to the Americas, from capitals to small villages,” Obama said. “His personal story exemplifies the great diversity to our country.” Former President Bill Clinton also weighed in with support for Kim during Obama’s deliberations. In a statement, the former president applauded Kim’s nomination. “Jim Kim is an inspired and outstanding choice to lead the World Bank based on his years of commitment and leadership to development and particularly health care and AIDS treatment across the world,” he said. Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank always has been headed by an American. Developing countries have long sought to gain more power in the World Bank as well as its sister lending organization, the International Monetary Fund, which always has been headed by a European. While U.S. and European officials have voiced support for those efforts, the status quo remains, with France’s Christine Lagarde holding the top spot at the IMF and Kim’s candidacy for World Bank president all but certain to prevail. The actual selection will be made next month by the World Bank’s 25-member executive board. The United States, as the world’s largest economy, has the largest percentage of the votes. Developing nations are expected to put forward as many as three candidates, including Jose Antonio Ocampo, a Columbia University professor who had been finance minister for Colombia, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister.


    Texas company recalling some sausage products

    A Central Texas company has recalled more than a ton of ready-to-eat sausage products due to possible listeria contamination. The product was sold in Illinois over the internet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says no reports have been received of anyone getting sick from eating items recalled by Southside Market & Barbeque of Elgin (EL'-ghin), about 20 miles east of Austin.

    Bank of America says it has begun a pilot program offering some of its mortgage customers who are facing foreclosure a chance to stay in their homes by becoming renters instead of owners.

    BofA to offer rentals as foreclosure alternative

    Bank of America says it has begun a pilot program offering some of its mortgage customers who are facing foreclosure a chance to stay in their homes by becoming renters instead of owners. The “Mortgage to Lease” program, which was launched this week, will be available to fewer than 1,000 BofA customers selected by the bank in test markets in Arizona, Nevada and New York.


    Manufacturer expanding NE Indiana operations

    A manufacturer plans to expand its operations in northeastern Indiana, possibly adding up to 120 workers over the next few years. Busche Enterprise Division Inc. says it will spend about $17 million to buy, expand and equip a 36,000-square-foot factory near its headquarters in the Noble county town of Albion.


    U.S. Stock futures little changed ahead of report on home sales

    U.S. stock futures were little changed ahead of a report on new-home sales as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index headed for its biggest weekly drop of the year.Micron Technology Inc. fell 2.8 percent after reporting a third consecutive quarterly loss as sluggish demand for personal computers dragged down chip prices. KB Home slumped 16 percent after reporting first-quarter revenue that missed estimates. Zynga Inc. lost 2.3 percent after the chief executive officer said he will sell shares in a secondary offering.S&P 500 futures expiring in June fell less than 0.1 percent to 1,388.50 as of 9:05 a.m. in New York. The benchmark index is down 0.8 percent for the week. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures lost 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 12,986.“The market is catching its breath a little,” Jim Russell, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based head equity investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, which oversees about $103 billion, said in a telephone interview. “The data that came in yesterday is consistent with moderate slowdowns that are occurring in Europe and China. The market is keying off some of that slowdown. A few percentage-point pullback is going to prove to be healthy and be the pause that refreshes.”U.S. stocks retreated yesterday as manufacturing contracted in China and Europe and FedEx Corp. tumbled amid a disappointing forecast. The S&P 500 slumped 1.2 percent in three days. The gauge is still headed for its longest monthly rally since September 2009 as economic data topped forecasts and the European Central Bank disbursed more than 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) to lenders.New-Home SalesNew home sales rose to a 325,000 annual rate in February from 321,000 the previous month, according to a Bloomberg News survey of 78 economists ahead of a Commerce Department report at 10 a.m. New York time. That would be the fastest since December 2010.Micron Technology fell 2.8 percent to $8.47. A glut of memory-chip production has sent prices tumbling, making it harder for Micron and its competitors to stay profitable. The picture may improve if the bankruptcy of Japan’s Elpida Memory Inc. reduces industry output, said Alex Gauna, an analyst at JMP Securities LLC in San Francisco.KB Home, the Los Angeles-based homebuilder that targets first-time buyers, sank 16 percent to $9.48. Revenue in the first-quarter was $254.6 million, falling short of the average analyst estimate of $328.6 million.Zynga dropped 2.3 percent to $13.44. Mark Pincus, the chief executive officer of the social-gaming company that held its initial public offering in December, said he will sell shares worth about $227 million in a secondary offering.Accenture Plc gained 1.1 percent to $64.20. The world’s second-largest technology-consulting company raised its full- year earnings forecast to at least $3.82 a share, beating analysts’ average projection of $3.80.


    Bankruptcies hit people challenging health insurance rule

    Facing “a very tight monthly budget” after the recession hurt his Michigan solo law practice, John Ceci has cut back on movies and restaurant meals, drives a 1996 Honda and has higher priorities than health insurance.“I would prefer to purchase a new car rather than pay a monthly health-care premium,” Ceci said in a court affidavit after suing to block President Barack Obama’s health-care law, which requires most people to have insurance by 2014. “I cannot afford both.”The recession hit Ceci hard enough that, 13 months before his March 2010 lawsuit to overturn the insurance requirement, he filed for bankruptcy relief from almost $120,000 of unpaid balances on 20 credit cards, according to court records.As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to review the health- care law next week, Ceci’s case is one of three lawsuits, filed by 11 individual plaintiffs, in which federal appeals courts have ruled on the insurance mandate. Four of the people who objected to getting health coverage, including Ceci, have gone to bankruptcy court to discharge debts they couldn’t pay, court filings show.Questions about who foots the bill for treating the uninsured are key to the Obama administration’s defense of the individual mandate. While people challenging the law say they want to choose how to manage their own medical and financial affairs, some may be gambling that they won’t need expensive care, said Michelle Mello, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.Future Needs“Is it a choice about making an arrangement about how to pay for your future needs, or is it deciding that you have higher priorities and you’re just going to take your chances?” Mello said in a telephone interview. “And is part of taking your chances that somebody else may wind up paying your bills?”Few people can afford to pay thousands of dollars out-of- pocket if stricken by “bolt-from-the-blue” injuries or ailments, the government said in court briefs. The cost of treating people without insurance, it said, is passed to others in the form of higher prices and costlier insurance premiums.“Every individual is always at risk of requiring health care, and the need for particularly expensive services is unpredictable,” the administration said in its Supreme Court appeal.Underscoring the importance of insuring against catastrophic costs, the government argued, health-care expenses contribute to more than six out of 10 personal bankruptcies.‘Obama Apologists’“That’s the argument advanced by the Obama apologists,” Robert Muise, a lawyer representing Ceci, said in a telephone interview. “It’s utter nonsense to say we can trash the Constitution because there are some people who have had bankruptcies.”The health-care debate involves “very difficult policy questions that have to be resolved,” said Muise, a co-founder of the American Freedom Law Center, which describes itself as a Judeo-Christian public interest law firm. “But they have to be resolved in a way that’s acceptable under the Constitution.”A bankruptcy filing briefly threatened the Supreme Court’s review of the insurance mandate.Mary Brown, one of the original participants in the lawsuit at the court, shut down her Florida auto repair shop and filed for bankruptcy in September, listing about $4,700 of unpaid medical bills among $60,000 of unsecured debts.Coverage RequirementA trial judge had said Brown could challenge the coverage requirement, even though it hasn’t taken effect, because she had to make financial preparations now that could endanger her business. After her shop closed, lawyers fighting the insurance mandate had to get the Supreme Court’s permission to add new plaintiffs to the case.


    U.K. Supreme Court refuses to consider appeal on solar subsidies

    The U.K.’s Supreme Court refused to allow the government to backdate cuts in solar subsidies.The court refused to consider an appeal by the government, which followed a ruling by the Court of Appeal preventing earlier-than-planned tariff cuts, according to an e-mailed statement from the court today.The decision means the government can only reduce subsidies for solar-power projects from this month, rather than last December.To contact the reporter on this story: Marc Roca in London at mroca6bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Amanda Jordan at ajordan11bloomberg.net


    Russia raises crude oil duty by most in year after Urals gains

    Russia, the world’s biggest oil producer, will increase its export duty on most crude shipments by 12 percent from April 1, the biggest gain in a year, after Urals prices climbed to the highest level since 2008.The standard duty will jump to $460.70 a metric ton, or $62.85 a barrel, from $411.20 a ton in March, according to an order signed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and published today on the government website. The discounted rate on some Eastern Siberian and Caspian Sea oil will rise to $241.50 a ton from $204.40 this month.Russia bases the export duties on the average Urals crude price from the 15th day of one month to the 14th of the next. Urals, Russia’s benchmark export blend, averaged $123.53 to a barrel during the most recent period, Alexander Sakovich, a Finance Ministry adviser, said by phone on March 15. In the previous monitoring period, the crude price averaged $112.22, according to the ministry.On March 1, Urals exceeded $125 a barrel, the highest since July 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It has since declined.The government lowered the crude tax rate in October, applying a coefficient of 60 percent, down from 65 percent, and unifying the duty on most refined products at 66 percent of that levy. Without that reduction, the April crude duty would have set a record, exceeding the previous high of $495.90 a ton in August and September of 2008.The duty for middle distillates and heavy products will rise to $304 a ton next month from $271.40 in March.A gasoline tax that Putin imposed from May to counter domestic shortages will increase to $414.60 a ton, from $370.10 this month. That is 90 percent of the crude duty. The government may raise the duty on liquefied petroleum gases such as butane and propane to $158.60 a ton from $157.30 this month.


    Fiat to temporarily close plants due to strike

    ROME — Italian automaker Fiat says it will temporarily close a couple of its plants in the country next week as a result of a month-long strike by a key group of drivers that it warns is getting more tense.Fiat said Friday that the Pomigliano plant near Naples that is making the new Panda subcompact will close next Monday and Tuesday, while another plant in southern Italy will be closed for three days next week.A strike by drivers of the multi-tiered vehicles that transport cars against government measures that have raised fuel prices has forced Fiat to cut production and is hurting its market share.Fiat says the strike is worsening, citing acts of intimidation against non-striking drivers and fires set to vehicles.


    U.S. nuclear production rises as reactors in south boost output

    U.S. nuclear-power production rose 0.5 percent as energy companies increased output by reactors in South Carolina and Georgia.Generation grew by 415 megawatts to 80,577, or 79 percent of capacity, according to filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and data compiled by Bloomberg. Output was 5.4 percent below a year ago with 19 of 104 U.S. reactors offline.Progress Energy Inc. boosted production by the 710-megawatt Robinson 2 reactor, 58 miles (93 kilometers) northeast of Columbia, South Carolina, to 48 percent of capacity from 6 percent. The unit started two days ago after being shut for refueling Jan. 18.Southern Co. increased output from the 876-megawatt Edwin I. Hatch 1 reactor in Georgia to 53 percent of capacity from 35 percent. The unit resumed service March 21 after shutting for scheduled refueling and maintenance Feb. 13. The 883-megawatt Hatch 2 was at full power at the site 74 miles west of Savannah.Reactor maintenance shutdowns, usually undertaken in the U.S. spring or fall when energy use is lowest, can increase consumption of natural gas and coal to generate electricity. The average refueling down time was 43 days in 2011, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute.


    Hitachi, Samsung lose bid to dismiss Nokia lcd price-fix case

    Hitachi Europe Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Co. lost a bid to have a U.K. court throw out an antitrust lawsuit filed by Nokia Oyj over the price of liquid- crystal displays.A judge ruled in favor of Nokia in a London court today, allowing the company to proceed with the price-fixing dispute that has been going on since 2009.The European Union fined five companies, including AU Optronics Corp., 648.9 million euros ($859.6 million) in 2010 for fixing the price of liquid-crystal display panels. Sharp Corp., Samsung and five other manufacturers in December agreed to pay $538.6 million to settle U.S. antitrust claims filed by indirect purchasers.“We are pleased that the High Court rejected cartel participants’ attempts to strike out these suits on procedural grounds,” Mark Durrant, a spokesman for Espoo, Finland-based Nokia, said in an e-mailed statement. “We will continue to pursue the actions against cartel participants.”Nokia in 2009 filed lawsuits in the U.K. and U.S. over the price fixing.The case is Nokia v. AU Optronics, High Court of Justice Chancery Division, No. HC09C04421.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company in Shanghai, China, Friday.

    Mounting global growth concerns push markets lower

    Fears of an intensifying global economic slowdown pushed markets lower on Friday, when new surveys showed a contraction in the manufacturing sector in China, a bellwether for world demand as it produces and exports a huge amount of consumer goods. An index compiled by HSBC of manufacturing activity in the worlds second-largest economy fell to 48.1 points in March from 49.6 in February.


    ECB’s Draghi: Greece needs stable politics

    Debt-laden Greece can pull out of its downward spiral but needs a stable political situation to overcome the crisis, the head of the European Central Bank has said. Greece is expected to hold general elections in late April or early May after negotiating a massive deal for additional rescue loans from eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund and a debt restructuring with private bond holders.

    Tugboats pull the crippled tanker Exxon Valdez towards Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in this April 5, 1989, file photo after the ship was pulled from Bligh Reef.

    Exxon Valdez sold, likely destined for scrap heap

    The notorious Exxon Valdez tanker, responsible for one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history two decades ago, has been bought by an Indian company almost certainly to be scrapped for its steel and spare parts. Best Oasis Ltd. would not disclose the price or purpose of its purchase, but it buys old ships solely to dismantle them, reuse salvageable material and discard the rest.

    Michelle Chesney-Offutt, in her home before leaving for work as an insurance customer service representative.

    For long-unemployed, hiring bias rears its head

    Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason, but Michelle Chesney-Offutt said a recruiter told her why she lost the chance to pitch for an information technology position. The 54-year-old, who had been laid off from her IT job in Illinois, said the recruiter who responded to her online resume two years ago liked her qualifications and was set to schedule an interview. But he backed away, she said, when he learned she had been out of work for 13 months.

Life & Entertainment


    Eliminate water source to deal with mold

    Q. I have had mold buildup on the walls of my master bedroom, and I have been managing it by washing it down every year or so. But it comes back even though I keep it ventilated. It is the only room in the house with this problem. It tends to be damp and the other rooms are dry.


    A sinkhole in the backyard

    Q. I have a sinkhole in the backyard next to my well house. We had a drought seven years ago and my well also got dry, so I stopped using well water. Do you think the well is filling up with water and causing the ground to become soft in the spot, and is starting to cause a sinkhole? What do you suggest I do?


    Powdered lime helps pesky crawl space problems

    Q. Is there any benefit to using lime in a crawl space other than for odors? Is it a deterrent for spiders, snakes, mice, etc.? What type of lime is used? If it goes under the vapor barrier, won’t the moisture from the ground mix with it and produce heat that will ruin the vapor barrier’s effectiveness?


    Confusion over tripped breakers

    Q. I was having trouble with a garbage disposal that was jammed. Can you tell me why the breaker tripped twice and then everything was back to normal?


    How to insulate rim joists

    Q. What are rim joists, and how do you insulate them? Our home was recently inspected and the buyer asked that we pay for the repairs. Is this something I can do myself?


    Arts agenda
    Arts agenda items for Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.


    Too many roof vents can disrupt proper air flow

    HomeFix column by Dwight Barnett


    Difference in performance of sump pumps relates to model, brand

    HomeFix column by Dwight Barnett


    Arts agenda
    Registrations are now open to for the summer-long Suburban Chicago's Got Talent contest. Talented amateurs are sought to register for the first elimination round from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights.


    Arts agenda

    Lennar Corp. has extended its St. Patrick’s Day sale through the end of the month at Trafalgar Woods in Morton Grove. This is the he Atwood model.

    Builders take steps to make new homes more affordable

    The housing market has certainly changed over the past few years with trends emerging out of the weak economy. With builders taking steps to make their houses more affordable, there are a number of things potential buyers can look for when they want to open the door to a new home.


    How to stage your house for sale

    Are you one of the millions of people planning or trying to sell your home? Have you wondered how you could make your house more appealing than the other houses down the street that are also for sale? Well, let's talk about some ways that might be helpful."Staging your home" is a phrase that you have most likely heard many times, but what does it mean? Well, like a stage ready for a performance, it needs to look good. "Clean" and "neat" are the two words that best suit a staged look, so that means getting the carpet professionally cleaned, if necessary; add area rugs over parts that are stained or worn. Don't try to lie about the quality and worth of the home, but do try to make it look as presentable and appealing as possible.

    More and more families are becoming multi-generational as adult kids are returning home to live with their parents.

    How to parent when grown-up kids return home

    For numerous reasons, increasing numbers of adult children are marching back home, returning after college graduations, military deployments, divorce, lost jobs and home foreclosures.According to a 2010 Pew Research Center analysis of census data about the return of the multigenerational family household, a mix of social and economic factors contributes to this phenomenon. While older adults and other groups played significant roles in molding the statistics, it was the younger crowd the Boomerang Generation that was key. In 1980, only 11 percent of adults, ages 24 to 39, lived in a multigenerational family household that contained at least two adult generations or a grandparent and at least one other generation. By 2008 that number grew to 20 percent, the report showed.

    The votes are in and our readers have chosen downtown Naperville as of of the best in the suburbs.

    Your choices for the best in the burbs

    Which towns have the best downtown atmosphere? Well, according to the thousands of Daily Herald readers who voted in this year's Readers' Choice survey, downtown Naperville is one of the best. Find out who 6,000 readers voted for in a wide variety of categories from the best places to shop for wine to the best water parks to even the best dentists.

    Nikki Weber’s dining room was designed by Paul Udris and Edie Sebesta of U+B Architecture & Design, Inc.

    Turning a traditional Cape Cod into a spacious, modern home

    Fresh from living in a tiny flat in England, Nicholas and Nikki Weber were awestruck at the big yards surrounding suburban Twin Cities homes. "We rented an apartment in London, and the only green space was a window box," said Nikki.

    Linda (Delicia Dunham) and Kate (Cynthia Shur Petts) discuss why one of them receives more mail than the other in Clockwise Theatre's “Palmer Park,” which is playing in Waukegan.

    ‘Palmer Park' thoroughly researched but rarely riveting

    Clockwise Theatre's production of Joanna McClelland Glass' "Palmer Park" often feels more like a documentary or a high-horse lecture on residents trying to maintain a carefully integrated Detroit neighborhood in the late 1960s and early 1970s rather than a fully involved drama.

    Contestant Erika Van Pelt was eliminated from “American Idol” on Thursday.

    Another ‘Idol' finalist trimmed from the contest

    Erika Van Pelt didn't cut it on “American Idol.” The 26-year-old disc jockey from South Kingstown, R.I., who dramatically chopped off her hair before Wednesday's evening of Billy Joel tunes, was eliminated from the Fox singing contest. Van Pelt didn't persuade the show's judges to rescue her from dismissal Thursday with a last-chance rendition of Whitney Houston's “I Believe In You and Me.”

    Medieval Times in Schaumburg introduces its first all-new production in five years.

    Spring's the perfect time to discover the suburbs anew

    Spring has sprung, and along with it sprout new ideas for activities to explore this season. Here are a few events and venues to sample as we welcome in spring. Whether it's the new production at Medieval Times in Schaumburg or visiting with the lambs at Kline Creek Farm, there is no shortage of spring fun in the suburbs.


    Arts agenda

    Elgin Theatre Company has auditions for George S. Kaufman and Moss Harts Pulitzer Prize-winning 1930s comedy You Cant Take it With You from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Elgin Academy..

    “Mad Men” returns to AMC on Sunday.

    ‘Mad Men' returns for long-awaited 5th season

    The wait is finally over: The critically acclaimed "Mad Men" returns to AMC Sunday, March 25. Want a sneak peek and a few tiny spoilers? Tune in to find out if many of the questions will be answered.


    Book notes: Carl Hiaasen signs at Anderson's Tuesday

    Carl Hiaasen, the Newberry Honor-winning author of "Hoot," reads from and signs copies of "Chomp," his latest title for middle readers, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.


    Super handyman: Tips for stripping furniture

    A bad finish can make a beautiful project look awful. Sometimes you need to strip the old finish off a treasured piece to expose its inner beauty. We have some tips about stripping furniture to help you do the job right and with as little mess as possible.


    Home inspector: Home inspector ignored plumbing leak

    A buyer alerted his home inspector to water stains on the wall around a drain cleanout. The inspector said it wasnt a problem, but after the sale, a leak became evident. What should he do now? Barry Stone answers readers' questions about the home inspection process.


    Testing a tool to fight foreclosure

    If you're seriously underwater and headed to foreclosure, what would you say if the lender suddenly offered you the chance to remain in your home as a tenant for an extended period plus have your mortgage debt wiped away? Would you say yes?


    FHA borrowers could save through refinancing program

    An estimated 2 million to 3 million homeowners could save an average of about $3,000 a year, thanks to upcoming changes in the Federal Housing Administrations popular streamline refinancing program.


    Delicious and nutritious — 20 snacks to make for your kids

    Right around March every year, the long winter months dont seem to weigh down on us so hard and the sweet summer days with fresh food markets seem within reach. I caught myself dreaming of summer the other day and all the easy fresh fruit snacks that brings along. We might not quite be at the warm days of spring and summer yet, but that doesnt mean our creativity with kids snacks has to wait. I gathered 20 of my kids favorite snacks that use fresh fruit and veggies that you can find year round. Hope you enjoy the list and find some fresh healthy ideas!

    A short clip on the Disney Channel inspired Jerome Gabriel to try falafel. The chickpea patties are a staple of Middle Eastern cuisines.

    Falafel with Tangy Tahini Sauce
    Falafel with Tangy Tahini Sauce by Jerome Gabriel.

    A short clip on the Disney Channel inspired Jerome Gabriel to try falafel. The chickpea patties are a staple of Middle Eastern cuisines.

    Hunt for falafel a learning experience for parent and child

    Just the sound of the word ... falafel ... it sounds a little funny and its not a word you hear every day. I knew I had to find out what it was and try it for myself.Falafel is a food made of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, and sometimes fava beans and many spices. Its a common food in Middle Eastern countries and is believed to have started in Egypt.

    Your kitchen is a great place to work in favorite hues. You can get away with things here that you wouldn’t in more formal rooms.

    Spicing up your kitchen

    If it's not in the cards to renovate your kitchen, don't worry. You can still transform the look of this hardworking heart of the home just by decorating it well. Here are three tips to get you started.1. Add Zest with AccentsIt's time to harness the power of accents to make your kitchen look sensational.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors muse on election results and participants, gas prices and Sean Payton.


    Medicaid is where cutting gets serious

    It's fine that the House moved to end legislative scholarships this week, but the real budget test, a Daily Herald editorial says, got under way Thursday in the Senate with a review of Medicaid.


    The goings on at Goldman

    Columnist Susan Estrich: What is most remarkable about Greg Smiths departure from Goldman Sachs is not that he would commit professional suicide, but that in doing so he would get so much attention.


    Duplication causing high medical costs
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: Ive discovered one of the reasons medical bills have gotten so high duplication.


    Cell phone ban must include hands-free
    Kudos to our state representatives on protecting us from something that the insurance companies consider an insignificant statistic, that holding a cell phone is a greater cause of distracted driving than any other source.


    Carp nets a good idea in Illinois
    In regard to the recently published article, Supreme court wont get Involved in carp fight, I would like to voice my support of Michigans proposal to build nets in Illinois Calumet rivers.


    Thanks for stopping by, Lombard residents
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by the village hall during Open Government Week. I appreciated meeting, speaking and helping those who took time to spend a few minutes with me during Coffee With The Mayor and throughout the week in the village hall.


    We all end up paying for it
    Letter to the Editor: Apart from constitutional and moral issues, Barack Obamas edict that everyone be provided contraception and abortion and insurance companies will cover it is no different from Rod Blagojevichs edict that seniors ride free and Metra covers it. We all end up footing the bill.


    Is new Walgreens safe for Batavia?
    Letter to the Editor: Plans for a new, larger Walgreens in downtown Batavia show many conflicting points between pedestrians, motorists and bikers. A traffic study is needed to determine is this is a safe plan for our downtown.


    Don’t leave disabled out of state budget
    Letter to the Editor: Quinn has a hit list for an ever increasing number of state facility closures these days. It is of great concern to other legislators that he is stomping on the rights of vulnerable groups of people, sending them out with little or no health care coverage, and potentially creating unsafe living arrangements with his proposed closures and consolidations.


    Why we’re losing the education battle
    What does matter are results, and the amount of time students spend in solid classroom work is essential.


    Obama should take action on gas prices
    It is obvious that this administration either doesnt have a clue what do about the escalating gas prices or just dont have the political will to act.


    There’s still place for Santorum’s views
    I would like to take exception to the statement Santorum (former Sen. Rick Santorum) would turn back the clock to a time that never existed.


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    Don’t assume worst about Lisle studentsRoughly 10 years ago, I can still recall sitting in on a “town hall” style meeting regarding lights at Wilde Field. It was an attempt to garner feedback from the surrounding neighborhood and I found myself in a unique situation; I lived a block from the field and I was also a sophomore on the Lisle Football team. I was thrilled at the idea of playing under the lights.That feeling of excitement evaporated at a rapid pace during these meetings. While logical arguments were made by both sides, what bothered me most, was that adult after adult got up to the podium and made boisterous claims usually prefaced with, “The kids will do _____.” I heard everything from throwing trash in our yards, urinating in our bushes, underage drinking, partaking in drug related activities, and even bringing gang involvement into our neighborhood. All of this because of four light poles? I now teach English and coach football and basketball at Lisle High School, and think I’m qualified to speak on the type of students we have. A big reason I enjoy coming to work every day is the quality of students. Do we have some who get into trouble and make poor decisions? Of course. However, on the whole, I think we are very fortunate to have an upstanding, responsible base of students in our community. Obviously, I would love to see lights on our home field. However, there are obvious obstacles which require discussion. I will leave that to the committee and the board to decide. If the community members speak out against this endeavor, please make it for reasons other than the students. Please support the youth of this community and don’t assume that four light poles will bring out the worst in this great student body. David P. Sally LisleInsensitivity to Wil-O-Way residentsI feel the need to express my deep dissatisfaction and disappointment in Naperville Unit District 203 board’s decision to redistrict Wil-O-Way subdivision for the second time in two years while offering very few options for keeping affected families together on their educational journey — despite their stated desires to do just that. When my wife and I moved from Chicago 15 years ago with a 6-month-old baby in tow, we looked at many suburbs but chose Naperville for many reasons, mainly because of the fantastic reputation of District 203. In those fifteen years, we’ve had two more wonderful children and have moved once — from Wil-O-Way to what the board terms “West Branch” — though my plot of survey clearly states Wil-O-Way — and have put down solid roots in the community. However, due to the board’s vote this week, I’m now faced with a decision that had seemed almost unfathomable. Should I sell my house and move to a different part of Naperville so that my two teenage sons can share their high school experiences and help their younger sister with hers when she is in high school? Do I move to another city or another state to keep my family together throughout their educational journeys? Do I hire an attorney to investigate the legality of such a redistricting by the board (how can you redistrict a subdivision that doesn’t exist)? Did they consider how their vote would affect individuals, families and neighborhoods? Where did Superintendent Mitrovich come off telling others that Wil-O-Way residents are happy to be going to Naperville Central High School? He certainly didn’t ask me or anyone that I know. The Naperville 203 board proved that the world is a cold harsh place filled with unpleasant realities, hidden agendas and heartlessness. Is this the true meaning of a District 203 “education?”David Klaiber Naperville Ground rules broken on COD contract talks


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