Daily Archive : Thursday January 10, 2013


    Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant.

    Long Grove Fulbright student takes on science of addiction

    Rachel Cliburn remembers combing through a scientific journal during her sophomore year at Baylor University, the authors page piquing her interest. "I thought, 'it's someone's job to actually do this, just to find stuff out?'" Rachel said. "'That could be me!'" The Long Grove native has since embraced life as a researcher, and last year she was named a Fulbright student. The 22-year-old now...

    Bartlett resident and veteran James Dexter is shaving his facial hair and getting a new haircut to raise money for the Bartlett Veterans Memorial.

    Local vet shaving beard, cutting hair for Bartlett memorial

    A local veteran known by his friends as “a bearded man” is shaving his facial hair and getting a “high and tight” haircut to raise money for the Bartlett Veterans Memorial. Lifelong Bartlett resident James Dexter said he wanted to do something fun to help with fundraising for the village's veterans memorial. “I was just looking for a way to reinvigorate fundraising...


    Barrington opposition slate declared invalid for spring ballot

    While Barrington's April 9 village board election isn't yet decisively uncontested, it became increasingly likely Thursday that voters won't see more than one choice per seat on the ballot. The village's electoral board declared the nominating petitions of trustee candidates James Magnanenzi, Michael Kozel and JoAnn Fletcher invalid because they didn't include the required statements of economic...

    Bill Madole

    Libertyville man embodied 'greatest generation'

    William Madole was known for dedication to his hometown of Libertyville. Madole, 86, who died Monday, served on the village board from 1978 to 1987 and from 1989 to 1992. He also headed the Lakeside Cemetery Association for 15 years and helped plan, raise funds and install the veteran's monument there. “I can't think of one person who did more for this community than Bill Madole,”...

    Twenty-six-year veteran teacher Melanie Dixon speaks Thursday night during the West Chicago District 33 board meeting. Dixon was one of 23 teachers who spoke in support of their union, which remains locked in contract negotiations with the board.

    West Chicago school board sets deadline in teacher contract talks

    The West Chicago District 33 school board announced Thursday night it intends to implement its last contract offer to the teachers union if the two sides cannot come to agreement before the board's meeting Feb. 21. Board President Chris Scheck said the board will provide official notice to the teachers union of the board's intent to implement its offer unless resolution is reached within six...

    According to the Illinois Gaming Board, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines collected $416 million from gamblers in 2012. more than any other casino in Illinois.

    Rivers Casino tops revenue list in Illinois

    After its first full calendar year of operation, the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines remains at the top of the Illinois gambling scene with revenues nearly double the next-highest grossing casino, the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. State Rep. Marty Moylan, who was Des Plaines' mayor until Dec. 31, attributed the Rivers Casino's success to a mix of quality, location and novelty. The casino, which...

    Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson could be sentenced in February.

    Drew Peterson's lawyers could both argue, testify

    Some of Drew Peterson's lawyers could end up both making arguments and testifying during a hearing next month on the former police officer's request for a new trial.


    Body found in Kenosha drainage ditch

    Kenosha police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a drainage ditch on the city's north side.

    Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer of Microsoft, holds a prototype Windows smartphone with a flexible OLED display during Samsung’s keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday.

    Samsung shows bendable phone screen

    By showing off a phone with a flexible screen, Samsung is hinting at a day when we might fold up our large phone or tablet screens as if they were maps. The Korean electronics company provided a glimpse of such a device at a keynote speech Wednesday at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas. It’s an annual showcase of the latest TVs, computers and other consumer-electronic devices.

    Jeffrey T. Daeschler

    LHS band director on paid leave, but officials won’t say why

    Libertyville High School band director Jeffrey T. Daeschler has been on paid administrative leave since November, District 128 officials have confirmed. But district officials won’t say why, citing legal privacy concerns. “It is a personnel matter which we are not able to discuss,” Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said.


    Teens in critical condition after crash with stolen car

    Two runaway teenagers who police said stole a car in Elgin are in critical condition in a Rockford hospital after crashing head-on with another vehicle in Loves Park Wednesday. The car was reported stolen to Elgin police on Tuesday.

    Geoffrey Carreiro

    Geneva Twp. clerk candidate bumped from ballot after challenge

    The Geneva Township electoral board Thursday night said clerk candidate Geoffrey Carreiro did not have the requisite number of valid signatures, so he was removed from the ballot. Carreiro said he will run as a write-in.


    McHenry County sees rash of copper thefts

    Copper is a hot item for burglars in McHenry County. Sheriff Keith Nygren is asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles and people after several incidents in which burglars forced entry into homes and then stole copper piping.

    President Joe Biden, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, meets with Sportsmen and Women and Wildlife Interest Groups and members of his Cabinet Thursday in Washington. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as part of the effort he is leading to develop policy proposals in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

    Biden, NRA clash over new gun control proposals

    Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.


    With future unclear, Island Lake residents defend dispatchers

    As Island Lake officials negotiate a possible contract with the union representing the town’s police dispatchers, a handful of residents on Thursday urged the village board to retain the employees and not outsource the service.

    Minneapolis Police Chief Renee Harteau addresses a Regional Gun Summit news conference hosted by Minneapolis Major R.T. Rybak, right, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, left, Thursday in Minneapolis.

    Minneapolis, Milwaukee mayors hold gun summit

    With the gun control debate heating up nationally, several mayors, police chiefs and prosecutors from around the Upper Midwest gathered Thursday and said strong community partnerships, interagency collaboration and greater access to data on firearms are keys to preventing the violence they see every day.


    State prisons reintroducing early release program

    Illinois prisons are preparing to introduce a more restrictive early-release program to replace one that was halted three years ago amid public outcry over inmates serving just fractions of their sentences.

    Michael Buhrman

    Carjacking trial may proceed without missing engineer

    A nuclear engineer accused of carjacking a woman at gunpoint could stand trial in DuPage County even though he’s still missing. Authorities have been looking for Michael Buhrman, 32, since his disappearance in September. Police say his home appeared “staged” to make it look as if he was abducted or otherwise met with foul play.


    Authorities investigating body found north of Antioch

    The search for a missing person ended Thursday morning with the discovery of a body north of Antioch, which the Lake County coroner’s office has confirmed is a 42-year-old Antioch man. Antioch Police Chief Craig Sommerville released a statement earlier Thursday that said the body found fit the description of the missing man, who ABC 7 reported is a Waukegan police officer.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a 2008 silver Yamaha motorcycle valued at $8,000 out of an apartment building basement in Arlington Heights. And in Prospect Heights, thieves stole an unlocked white 2000 Ford Windstar van with the engine running to warm up out of an apartment lot. Value was estimated at $3,000.

    A sign in the entry of the the Mayo Clinic Health System hospital in Mankato, Minn., spells out visitor restrictions that have been implemented to curb the spread of influenza. Mayo Health Systems recently put the restrictive policy in place in 15 hospitals in southern Minnesota and South Dakota because of the flu outbreak.

    Flu season hits early and, in some places, hard

    From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers have limited visitors, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to handle the feverish patients. Flu season in the U.S. has hit early and, in some places, hard.


    Vehicle equipment violations targeted:

    Waukegan police will increase enforcement of motor vehicle equipment violations during the week of Feb. 4 with an emphasis on no front license plate, no rear registration plate light, and license plate cover violations.


    County officials to gather Friday:

    Lake County Board members will meet Friday in a committee-of-the-whole session to discuss their strategic plan and to review the agenda for next week’s board meeting.


    SUV burst into flames:

    Two men were injured early Thursday after the car they were traveling in struck a guard rail and burst into flames.

    Pakistani police officers and local residents gather at the site of a bomb blast that targeted paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area in Quetta, Pakistan, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 40 others, according to police, Thursday.

    Bombings kill 115 people in Pakistan

    A series of bombings killed 115 people across Pakistan on Thursday, including 81 who died in twin blasts on a bustling billiards hall in a Shiite area of the southwestern city of Quetta.


    Rose wins law enforcement award:

    The Illinois Association of Law Enforcement Executives announced Thursday that Mundelein Police Chief Ray Rose has been selected as the 2012 Illinois Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

    Supporters of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez chants slogans during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Hundreds of cheerful supporters rallied outside his presidential palace Thursday in an alternative inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing.

    Venezuela holds symbolic inauguration for Chavez

    Nothing shows the extent of Hugo Chavez’s grip on power quite as clearly as his absence from his own inauguration Thursday. Venezuela gathered foreign allies and tens of thousands of exuberant supporters to celebrate a new term for a leader too ill to return home for a real swearing-in.


    Palatine man hospitalized after towhhouse fire

    A 41-year-old Palatine man was hospitalized Thursday from injuries he suffered in a fire late Wednesday in the 1300 block of Knollwood Drive, Palatine Fire Department officials said in a news release.


    Report: Candidates, parties dwarfed SuperPACs’ legislative spending

    SuperPACs contributed money in key statewide suburban races in the 2012 elections, but the money paled in comparison to the money spent by the candidates themselves or political parties, according to a new report.

    Sergio Tinajero

    Fox Valley police reports
    Sergio Tinajero, 52, of the 0-99 block of Robin Road, has been accused of molesting a girl younger than 13 for nearly two years, according to a police report. Officials said Tinajero knew the girl and that the activity took place at a Carpentersville home from August of 2010 through this past June.

    Jerzy Orczyk

    Glenview man faces felony charge in Maine Twp. accident

    A 60-year-old Glenview man who had a blood alcohol content more than four times the legal limit is facing felony charges for crashing into two cars and seriously injuring another driver Sunday afternoon in unincorporated Maine Township, the Cook County sheriff’s office said in a news release Thursday.


    Hoffman Estates hires four new firefighters

    For the first time in nearly five years, the Hoffman Estates Fire Department has hired new firefighters. The four new employees started on Monday, and will be sworn in during a village board meeting on Jan. 21. "We're happy to see some new hires start here," said Chief Robert Gorvett.


    Des Plaines water main break closes streets

    A water main break will result in the closure of two streets in Des Plaines from 11 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, until 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, so that repairs can be made, city officials warned late Thursday. Oakton Street will be closed between River Road and Lee Street, and White Street will be closed between Lincoln Avenue and Riverview Avenue.

    Wladyslaw Krawiec, of Cary, won a $175,000 lottery game the same day he lost his job. Krawiec, who is married, said he plans to invest his winnings.

    Lottery win means Cary man can “relax a litle”

    A Cary man won a $175,000 lottery the same day he lost his job. Six days before Christmas, Wladyslaw Krawiec, a carpenter, went to work earlier in the day, only to be told to go home. On the way home, Krawiec asked God for “a little bit of help” and stopped at a gas station to check his Lucky Day Lotto ticket from the previous night’s drawing. As it turned out, his ticket matched all five numbers.

    Frank Soto

    Bensenville mayor, allies face ballot challenge

    Members of a political slate in Bensenville, including current Village President Frank Soto, could be kicked off the April 9 ballot on Friday if an electoral board agrees with objections from a rival political party.

    Sean Carney

    Former Lake Villa school board member critical of Grayslake District 46 officials

    Grayslake Elementary District 46's elected officials have taken a scolding from a former school board member who served in the Lake Villa area. Sean Carney voiced his less-than-flattering opinion of the District 46 board during public comment time during a meeting this week.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is surrounded by reporters after testifying at a House committee hearing on pension reform at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield earlier this week.

    Ill. governor seeks to overcome pension setback

    After singling out Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension crisis as the most important issue of his governorship, Pat Quinn could only watch this week as his latest self-imposed deadline evaporated with almost no progress in a Legislature over which he has little sway. The governor suffered perhaps the worst fallout from this week’s lame-duck session.


    Naperville North student remembered for smile, spirit

    Whether he was helping a fellow student struggling with a math problem or politely clapping for a golf teammate’s shot, “Mikey” Gustafson gave his all and did it with a smile on his face. Friends, family, teachers and teammates are missing that helpful smile this week as they mourn his death.

    Ford’s SYNC connection and entertainment system is tested inside a Ford Fusion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ford’s SYNC connects the car stereo and navigation system to a user’s mobile device.

    Carmakers let app developers drive innovation

    Googling the nearest gas station, sending email from your smartphone, or booking a table at a restaurant: Those are all things you shouldn’t do while driving. But so many drivers have grown accustomed to their on-the-go tasks that automakers are increasingly trying to make those things easier to pull off with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.

    Tracy Haugabook

    Elgin man faces sexual assault charge

    Tracy Haugabook, 32, of the 0-100 block of Times Square in Elgin, was being held on $75,000 bail Thursday morning after being charged with criminal sexual assault, Kane County court records show.

    Daniel Baker

    Baker explains 2010 murder in grammatically flawed, rambling letter

    The motion convicted murderer Daniel Baker filed in court this week was a grammatically flawed and rambling letter in which he said victim Marina Aksman asked him to come to her Vernon Hills home to “have sex/talk.” In the letter obtained by the Daily Herald, Baker said he found Aksman murdered by her daughter, Kristina, and that he took the blame because he “felt bad” for...


    Wallet-sized marriage certificates available

    Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Thursday new wallet-sized certificates tailor-made for same-sex couples with a civil union, married couples with two different last names or any couple who wants to carry proof of their union.

    Heidi Wennstrom

    Oak Brook’s Butler District 53 names new superintendent

    A longtime Northwest suburban school administrator, Heidi Wennstrom, has been named superintendent of Oak Brook’s Butler Elementary District 53. She will assume her new duties July 1, replacing Sandra Martin at the helm of the high-performing district that serves roughly 435 students at one elementary school and one junior high. Martin is retiring after 10 years in the superintendent’s post. "She...

    Voters in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will be asked in April to approve a tax increase to allow the district to demolish the Jefferson Early Childhood Center and replace it with a new facility.

    District 200 to seek voter approval for new early childhood center

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will seek voter permission in April to raise taxes and issue $17.6 million in bonds to finance construction of a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center. In a 6-1 vote, the school board agreed to place a referendum question on the April 9 ballot asking voters whether the district should issue bonds to fund the total project cost at 130 N. Hazelton Ave. in...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Chad E. Perry, 33, of Geneva, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on charges of driving while license suspended after a traffic stop at 11 p.m. Wednesday at West State Street and Willow Lane near Geneva, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel plans gun control ordinance

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s working on a gun control ordinance for the city of Chicago after an assault weapons ban stalled in the Illinois General Assembly.


    Downstate Air Force base snubbed as tanker site

    An Air Force base in southwestern Illinois won’t be considered as a site for the military’s next generation of aerial refueling tankers, and federal lawmakers from the state aren’t happy about it.


    90 Illinois children died of neglect, abuse in 2012

    Neglect and abuse killed 90 children across the state last year, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said Thursday, and almost half were infants who died in unsafe sleeping conditions.

    This Sept. 21, 2011, memo posted on the White House website shows then-Office of Management and Budget director Jack Lew’s signature. Lewís nomination for Treasury secretary means a new signature could soon be coming to the dollar bill. Not that you’ll be able to read it.

    Obama jokes Lew’s loopy signature nearly cost him

    President Barack Obama is joking that Jack Lew’s nomination as treasury secretary nearly fell through because of Lew’s loopy signature.

    The real-life sister-brother combo of Allison Elkins (playing Reno Sweeney) and Jake Elkins (playing Billy Crocker) headline this weekend's Winter Stage production of “Anything Goes,” with four shows at the Fox Valley Park District's Prisco Center.

    'Anything Goes' sings with high-seas hilarity in Aurora

    There's something magical about seeing a vintage show come to life, when yesterday's classic is transformed into a fresh-yet-familiar masterpiece by talented new performers. That would certainly describe the upcoming Winter Stage performance of “Anything Goes,” set for four performances Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13, at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora.

    Due to the unusually mild winter so far, tulips begin to sprout on the corner of Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway.

    That's right — a tulip sighting on Jan. 9

    It's the second week of January, but spring flowers are showing their green stems in Arlington Heights. Richard Hentschel, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, said it's the first case he has heard this winter of flowers sprouting out of the ground so soon. The mild winter and last summer's weather makes it possible, he said. “I'm going to guess this is an isolated...

    John Gilliam

    Police stop Des Plaines area burglary in progress

    Cook County Sheriff's Police stopped a burglary in progress Tuesday and caught a suspect implicated in another burglary in the area, authorities said. John W. Gilliam, 35, of Chicago, has been charged with felony residential burglary and appeared in bond court Wednesday. Bond was set at $100,000.


    Des Plaines will buy used fire truck

    After discussing the pros and cons of purchasing pre-owned versus new equipment, the Des Plaines City Council agreed this week to buy a used aerial ladder truck from Lake Zurich for $400,000.

    Developers of the old Applied Composites building site on North Sixth Street in St. Charles will build 102 townhouses and 28 homes. Key votes Monday night from two aldermen and the mayor led to the project approval.

    St. Charles officials explain Lexington Club reversal

    St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte and Aldermen Jim Martin and Jon Monken were key votes in a reversal of fortune for the controversial Lexington Club residential development Monday night. Now they are explaining their positions for the first time. “It wasn't what I wanted,” Martin said. “I was looking for something closer to 100 total units and a reasonable financial contribution...

    On the heels of two referendum defeats last year, Arlington Heights Park District officials are discussing how to approach needed park renovations with a tight budget. One suggestion involves redirecting grant money intended to improve one park to a centrally located facility, like the Olympic Indoor Aquatic Center.

    $2.5 million grant puts Arlington Heights Park District in a bind

    Arlington Heights Park District officials plan to question legislators in Springfield about redirecting a $2.5 million state grant as they prepare for the expense of renovating several parks with a tight budget in the wake of two failed referendums last year.


    Vermilion County sees fewer crows

    DANVILLE -- Fewer crows are making Vermilion County their home this winter.A recent Audubon Society bird count found only 121,500 crows in the east-central Illinois county. That’s almost half the number recorded a few years ago. At one time, the population was more than 250,000.

    NVIDIA’s portable handheld gaming device, the Project Shield, is on display at the NVIDIA booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

    Images: Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
    If you're into the latest and greatest gadgets and cutting edge technology, then you'll love all of the devices being shown at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


    Arlington Heights woman killed in Wheeling crash

    A 55-year-old Arlington Heights woman was pronounced dead early Thursday following a traffic accident involving a semitrailer truck in Wheeling, authorities said.


    Man chokes back tears as he pleads not guilty in fatal drug sale

    Brian Stedronsky, 33, of Ingleside, teared up Thursday morning as he pleaded not guilty to charges of drug-induced homicide in Lake County court. Stedronsky and his mother, Carolyn, are accused of supplying Fentanyl to Jeffrey Ferris. Ferris, 30, of Ingleside, took the powerful pain reliever then died in September.

    Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a post-sentence motion in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The hearing is expected to delve into the legal challenges filed by Sandusky’s lawyers, including their claim that a deluge of prosecution materials swamped the defense. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

    Judge hears arguments on Sandusky trial fairness

    A judge has heard arguments from Jerry Sandusky's attorneys about the fairness of his trial but did not issue a ruling. The proceeding Thursday in central Pennsylvania related to Sandusky's claim that his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare for his molestation trial.

    This undated publicity photo provided by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows Daniel Day-Lewis, center, as Abraham Lincoln in a scene from the film “Lincoln.” The film was nominated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 for 12 Academy Awards, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

    Images: Oscar Nominations
    The Civil War saga "Lincoln" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Also among the 9 nominees for best picture Thursday: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark...

    A killer whale surfaces through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec Tuesday. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod of about a dozen trapped orcas find open water. Now a village leader says the whales appear to have reached safety after the floating ice shifted on Hudson Bay.

    Locals say shifting sea ice frees trapped whales

    A Canadian village leader says about a dozen killer whales that were trapped under sea ice appear to have reached safety after the floating ice shifted on Hudson Bay.

    Paul Salopek on the desert flats in Djibouti. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Paul Salopek has taken the first steps in a 21,000-mile journey from Ethiopia to Argentina expected to last seven years.

    From Ethiopia to Chile: Day 1 of a 7-year walk

    On the eve of an unimaginably long walk — one that starts in Africa, winds through the Middle East, across Asia, hops over to Alaska, goes down the western United States, then Central and South America and ends in Chile — one question nagged journalist Paul Salopek: Should he take his house keys?

    An India woman lights candles in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in remembrance of a young woman who was gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. The case has sparked protests across India by women and men who say India’s legal system doesn’t do enough to prevent attacks on women.

    Lawyer: Police beat New Delhi gang rape suspects

    Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for one of the men said Thursday, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India.


    Specter of Benghazi drives U.S.-Afghan talks

    The attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya last year has become a factor driving the White House decision on how large a force to leave in Afghanistan after 2014 — and a specter hanging over talks between the Afghan president and the United States.

    This combination photo provided by the Kurdish Cultural center in Paris shows the three victims “executed” in Paris. Fidan Dogan, left, Sakine Cansiz, center, and Leyla Soylemez. Cansiz was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

    France: 3 Kurdish women ‘executed’ in Paris

    Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. The news prompted angry crowds of Kurds to flood into the area.


    Dawn Patrol: Bensenville toddler found

    No deal, no strike in West Chicago District 33; Walsh holding statewide meetings; ruling on DuPage court cameras; Palatine woman gets 5 years for collision; Grayslake Dist. 46 makes case as strike date looms; Bulls lose to Bucks for second time.


    Police investigating robberies of cabbies

    Chicago police are investigating a string of robberies of cab drivers by young women.In an alert, the department says about six or seven women between the ages of 16 and 20 have been robbing the cab drivers at knifepoint this month.


    Chicago police arrest man, find AK-47 in his home
    Chicago Police responding to a landlord's report that a tenant had pointed a gun at him found an AK-47 assault rifle and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition in the tenant's home.


    Woman allegedly used dying mom’s ID to buy car

    A northeastern Indiana woman faces theft and other charges alleging that she used her dying mother's driver's license and other identification to buy a car.


    Lawsuit filed after Illinois trooper’s death

    An attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the widow of an Illinois State Police trooper who was killed in a tractor-trailer crash.


    Grant gives Dist. 300 access to new instruments

    When Carpentersville Middle School band director Michael Kasper ran across "Blue and Green Music," an arrangement for middle school concert bands based on Georgia O'Keeffe's painting, he wanted his own students play it. The problem was no one at CMS owned a vibraphone, and the percussion instrument in the mallet family was an integral part of the piece. Thanks to a $9,500 grant from the...

    Backers of a community center plan believe the auditorium of the former Libertyville High School, known as the Brainerd building, would be a showcase for local theater groups and other activities.

    Brainerd group asks for tax hike question delay

    A strategy to ask Libertyville voters if they would be willing to hike property taxes to convert a former high school into a community center will be deferred until March 2014. The Libertyville village board tabled a resolution that would have put an advisory question on the April 9 ballot, after project supporters said a better course would be to wait a year and present voters with a binding...

    Familiar with the mug shot routine, lifelong criminal Robert Maday posed for these police photos after his most recent arrest. The Elk Grove Village native was convicted Wednesday on multiple charges stemming from his 2009 escape that dominated news coverage in the suburbs.

    Reality of lengthy prison terms robs crimes of romance

    We often get sucked into the romance of criminals who rob banks, escape from prison or otherwise capture the public imagination. But, as the case of suburban bank robber and escape artist Robert Maday proves, these crooks do nothing that merits admiration. “We are a society that is fascinated by crime and by people who commit crimes,” says Kirk Miller, chair of the sociology...


    St. Viator’s Kevin Hammarlund, at right shooting against Fremd defender Tom Cordell at Wheeling, has shown a knack for doing exactly what his team needs him to do.

    Superlative standouts, and unsung heroes

    Here are some of the players - both established standouts and less obvious individuals - who figure to shape the conference races in the Northwest suburbs as the boys basketball season approaches the stretch run.


    Fresh frosh faces bode well for Rolling Meadows

    You can’t blame Rolling Meadows for being excited about what the future holds for a youth-dominated boys swimming team showing plenty of potential. Turns out the present isn’t bad, either. The Mustangs took top honors in the freshman invitational at Leyden on Saturday, the second straight year they’ve won the meet. Rolling Meadows finished with 232 points, ahead of runner-up York (200).


    Thursday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Thursday as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Thursday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Thursday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Thursday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Thurdday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Thursday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Palatine’s Donnelly reflects on mission accomplished

    Tyler Donnelly has accomplished his football mission at Palatine, and he looks forward to spending more time with his young family in the future.


    Montano, Fenton line up to beat Elmwood Park

    Fenton forward Sidney Montano has her own unique style when it comes to shooting free throws. Montano starts well back of the foul line, spins the ball while taking a step forward to get some momentum and then shoots it. She says that being able to walk into the shot helps her get into a rhythm and by doing this “it goes in better.”


    Glenbard East makes WW South work for win

    Glenbard East made Wheaton Warrenville South do something it didn’t want to do Thursday night.

    Despite its boys basketball team's success, Glenbard East could leave the DuPage Valley Conference for the Upstate Eight.

    If Glenbard E., W. Aurora leave, DVC will see change

    Since forming in 1975, the DuPage Valley Conference has been a model of consistency.We've seen it competitively through the 64 IHSA team state titles won by the league, not to mention the countless individual titles. Every year the DVC figures prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of the state's top athletic conferences.Perhaps more compelling is the consistency of the DVC field itself. Glenbard North, Naperville Central, Naperville North, West Chicago and Wheaton North have been members since the league's inception. Changing names and sites aside, some form of Wheaton Warrenville South High School also has been a member since 1975. Glenbard East joined in 1983 and West Aurora came aboard in 1997. Glenbard South was an original member for more than 20 years before leaving in 1996.There's a clear identity in the DVC. Pride and prestige abounds among the eight schools.Depending on gut-wrenching upcoming decisions, however, the face of the DVC might change.This is the second in a series of columns addressing the fluid condition of conference makeups in DuPage County. At the heart of the change is the DuPage Valley Conference.Before the holiday break we addressed the recent past. To refresh the memory, next school year West Chicago will join the Upstate Eight Conference while Lake Park, currently in the UEC, takes West Chicago's spot in the DVC.Now that the holidays are over, a whole new batch of changes may be on the horizon. On Monday West Aurora's school board voted unanimously to leave the DVC and join the UEC beginning in the 2014-15 school year.Because the UEC invited West Aurora and Glenbard East as a tandem, it's now up to Glenbard East to decide on a move. If the Rams choose to stay in the DVC, it's very possible the UEC will not take West Aurora on its own.Where is Glenbard East with the process?A Monday conversation with Glenbard East principal Josh Chambers revealed quite a bit. First, Chambers said he and his coaches are firmly behind moving to the UEC. Through my own talks with Rams coaches, I've sensed the same attitude.Second, there was a turnout of about 30 people at a community forum before the holiday break at Glenbard East, and those who spoke voiced concern about increased travel in the UEC. A legitimate concern, but Chambers believes it is not a deal-breaker in the quest to leave the DVC.“It's something we understand, and that's the kind of input we need from the parents,” Chambers said. “I still believe most people are in favor of the move.”Chambers scheduled a second community forum for Jan. 22, after which he'll present the gathered information to the District 87 school board. If all goes according to plan, Chambers hopes the school board votes on leaving the DVC for the UEC at the board's Jan. 28 meeting. A vote at that specific meeting is important because the UEC placed a decision deadline of Jan. 31 on Glenbard East and West Aurora. Based on the work done by Chambers, Rams athletic director Omar Davis and the entire Glenbard East team, the board vote may be an easy one.And what about the DVC? League bylaws require two years notice to leave the conference, but we're already in the middle of the 2012-13 school year. Will this year count toward the two-year notice and allow the two schools to join the UEC in 2014-15? It's a question the DVC Board of Control has yet to address.Reached by email on Wednesday, board of control president David Claypool, Wheaton Warrenville South's principal, wrote that the board of control has not formed a firm deadline but will discuss the situation during its Jan. 16 meeting. Claypool acknowledged the two-year stipulation but stressed the bylaws do not specify if that means two years from Aug. 1, Dec. 1 or any other date.

    Patrick Kane had only 4 goals and 12 points on the Hawks' woeful power play last season. During the extended off-season caused by the NHL lockout, Kane studied tape with the intent of improving his power-play production.

    Hawks must amp up power play

    It's no secret the Blackhawks' power play was dreadful last season. The power play was so bad it forced coach Joel Quenneville to shake up his staff, with Mike Haviland being relieved of his duties and Jamie Kompon, a power-play specialist, hired away from Los Angeles. Patrick Kane was part of the problem — and he knows it. Kane had only 4 goals and 12 points on the power play and spent a good portion of the off-season watching tape of what went wrong.

    Jamie Cuny of Naperville Central takes a shot during the Naperville North at Naperville Central girls basketball game Thursday.

    Naperville C. just gets a win

    Andy Nussbaum knows wins aren’t judged for style points. If he forgot, he was reminded of it Thursday morning by another sage coach. “I heard (New England Patriots coach Bill) Belichick on the radio today,” said the Naperville Central coach, “and he was saying ‘This time of year we’ll do whatever we have to do, adjust our gameplan to attack team’s strengths, get a win and go on to the next week.’ That’s kind of the way I felt tonight. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.” Nussbaum’s No. 7 Redhawks, down 1 to visiting Naperville North at the half, tightened up defensively to start the second half and pulled away for a 53-43 win.

    Larkin’s Derrick Streety moves the ball against St. Charles East during a varsity game in Elgin on Thursday night.

    Larkin tops St. Charles East for 10th straight win

    Despite the absence of injured Saints guard Kendall Stephens, Larkin did not take St. Charles East lightly in Thursday’s Upstate Eight River boys basketball test in Elgin. The Royals blitzed the depleted visitors with a 10-0 run to open the game and were never threatened again in a 67-53 victory, their 10th straight and second of the season against St. Charles East. “We just had to come out flying, come out playing hard,” said Larkin guard Quantice Hunter, who scored 4 of his game-high 21 points during the opening siege. “Even though they didn’t have their star player, Kendall, we just wanted to play like it was just a regular, big game for us right here.”


    Cary-Grove dominates Dundee-Crown

    Earlier this week, Cary-Grove wrestling coach Ryan Ludwig felt his wrestlers could benefit from a few new adjustments. The Trojans took a chain wrestling approach and it paid dividends Thursday night in Carpentersville. In total domination, the Trojans (17-4, 6-1) won all but 2 matches in a 54-6 Fox Valley Conference dual meet win over Dundee-Crown. Six matches resulted in pinfalls, via Michael Underwood (138), Patrick O’Malley (182) and Mike Cullen (120) while the other two Cullens, at 106 and 113, were victorious as well. Garret Glueck (152) and Jeremy Dermont (285) also looked solid in their matches.


    Progress report: Carmel has improved

    Lips pursed, armed crossed and standing a few feet away, Carmel Catholic girls basketball coach Kelly Perz listened as Claire Ogrinc tried answering a question modestly. As Ogrinc pondered whether she thought her game has improved since the beginning of the season, Perz smiled and nodded repeatedly. “I’m just trying to see the floor a lot more, trying to get my teammates open,” Ogrinc said. “I think that works. My teammates are making a lot of good passes and setting a lot of good screens.” Know who’s also gotten better? Carmel. The Corsairs handed visiting Grayslake North just its second loss of the season Thursday night, getting a game-high 17 points from Ogrinc in a 46-37 nonconference victory. Kathleen Felicelli added 13 points and 7 steals, and Kayla Quinn grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 6 points for the winners.


    Browns hire Rob Chudzinski as new coach

    Rob Chudzinski's first head coaching job will be with the team he loved as a kid. Chudzinski, who spent the past two seasons as Carolina's offensive coordinator, has been hired by the Cleveland Browns as their sixth full-time coach since 1999.


    West Chicago rallies past West Aurora

    A young team grew up a little on the road Thursday night in Aurora.

    Kaneland’s Tom Van Bogaert puts up a shot in the lane against Rochelle during Thursday’s game in Maple Park.

    Kaneland overcomes Rochelle’s perimeter game

    The outlook for Kaneland looked bleak at the intermission.


    St. Edward falls to Walther Lutheran

    Walther Lutheran 50, St. Edward 36: Rena Ranallo scored 11 points to lead St. Edward in a Suburban Christian loss at home. Olivia Walschot added 7 points for the Green Wave (1-18, 0-6), while Cece Rapp and Kathleen Duffy had 6 points each.

    Savanah Uveges

    Uveges’ return lifts South Elgin past Burlington C.

    Talk about a triumphant return. Cleared by her doctor earlier in the day to play after being sidelined for 6 months rehabbing a torn ACL, South Elgin junior guard Savanah Uveges served notice Thursday night she’s ready to get back to being her all-area self. Playing somewhat limited minutes in her first game competition since July 14, Uveges was, well, Uveges when it counted most. She scored 7 of her 11 points and had 2 key rebounds in the fourth quarter as the Storm held off Burlington Central 44-41 in nonconference girls basketball action on Rocket Hill.


    Northwestern beats cold-shooting Penn State 70-54

    Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said his team hadn't shot as well as it could in losses to Michigan and Minnesota in its last two games before facing Penn State on Thursday night. It was a different Wildcats team that took the floor in Happy Valley, as Dave Sobolewski scored 18 points and Jared Swopshire added 17 to pace Northwestern in a 70-54 Big Ten Conference victory against cold-shooting Penn State.


    Tennessee Tech defeats Eastern 77-73

    Jud Dillard scored 34 points to help Tennessee Tech slip by Eastern Illinois 77-73 Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.


    Focused Naperville Central gets win it wanted

    The Naperville Central wrestlers had talked for some time about how much they wanted to knock off their cross-town rivals. On Thursday night they got their chance and they proved they were more than ready.

    Grayslake North wrestler Ian Pearce wins the 182-pound bout against Grayslake Central on Thursday at Grayslake North.

    Grayslake North, barely, beats Central

    When Grayslake North meets crosstown rival Grayslake Central on the wrestling mat, a close finish seems almost inevitable. That was the case again Thursday night as the host Knights were barely able to hold off the Rams in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division dual meet which also happened to be senior night. Starting at 160 pounds, Grayslake North built a 31-15 lead with three matches remaining. But it took a dramatic finish in the final bout for the Knights (12-3, 4-1) to hold on for a 31-28 victory over the pesky Rams (11-11, 3-2).


    You’ll see all types in coaching

    What does demeanor really mean when it comes to coaching?

    Kaneland’s Connor Fedderly tries to drive the baseline as he is defended by Rochelle’s Aaron Mehrings.

    Images: Rochelle vs. Kaneland, boys basketball
    Kaneland hosted Rochelle in a boys basketball matchup Thursday night in Maple Park.

    Naperville Central hosted Naperville North Thursday night for girls basketball.

    Images: Naperville North vs. Naperville Central, girls basketball
    Naperville Central hosted and won 53-43 over Naperville North Thursday night for girls basketball.

    St. Edward sophomore basketball player Jordan Paz was honored before a varsity contest against Walther Lutheran at Elgin on Thursday night. Paz is undergoing treatment for Leukemia, and school personnel arranged an “Orange Out Night” to offer support. Fans donned orange shirts, and team members from both sides formed a receiving line for Paz and her family to enter center court amid cheers and a standing ovation.

    A St. Edward hero

    St. Edward sophomore basketball player Jordan Paz was honored before the Green Wave’s varsity contest against Walther Lutheran in Elgin on Thursday night.Paz is undergoing treatment for Leukemia, and school personnel arranged an “Orange Out Night” to offer support. Fans donned orange shirts, and team members from both sides formed a receiving line for Paz and her family to enter center court amid cheers and a standing ovation.


    Lisle splits in conference tuneup

    The Lisle wrestling team knows the postseason looms. Going into Thursday night’s Interstate Eight Conference competition against Manteno and Herscher, the league meet was just nine days away.


    Bulls know they must play better at home

    The Bulls have to wonder what happened to their home-court advantage. After losing to Milwaukee on Wednesday, their record at the United Center dropped to 10-9. Sacramento has a better record at home.

    Bears_10SP080106MJ COOK Photo0527176 Photo by Mark Black ///// Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub works with his players during the Chicago Bears 2006 training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

    Toub explores if the grass may be greener elsewhere

    Dave Toub is exploring other options while he waits to find out whether he has a job with the Bears, either as their new head coach or as their returning special teams coordinator under whoever is hired to succeed Lovie Smith.

    Austin Amann, left, has helped Elk Grove a 4-0 mark in the MSL East.

    Marquee matchup in MSL East as 2nd half awaits

    It’s been three weeks since the last Mid-Suburban League game, but with holiday tournaments in the rearview mirror, the second half of the season is upon us with conference play resuming Friday night.

    Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson (2) falls as Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) recovers the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 92-75 (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

    Boozer, Robinson jazzed about possible Supersonics return
    It’s way too soon to pop any corks in the Pacific Northwest, but the potential return of the Seattle SuperSonics definitely had the NBA world buzzing on Wednesday. Bulls guard Nate Robinson is a Seattle native. He Tweeted a Sonics logo in the afternoon, then scored 13 points in the first quarter against Milwaukee.

    St. Viator’s Charlie Wood powers ahead in the varsity 200-yard freestyle, winning in 1.58.57 against Notre Dame at St. Viator on Thursday.

    St. Viator has fun while making progress

    St. Viator boys swimming coach Mary Ruffin is an outspoken advocate for her sport, but she recognizes some of the challenges that go with the territory. “It’s a sport that can have some monotony, with all the time you have to spend in the water training,” she said. “But I like this team — you can tell they’re having fun. You see them hanging together at the wall between sets, then somebody says something, and I see smiles. I can’t always tell what’s been said, but I know they’re enjoying themselves. That’s really important. “It’s hard work, so it’s important to remember that you’ve also got to have fun with it.” If winning is fun, St. Viator had plenty of it Thursday. The Lions hosted a Notre Dame program that’s just getting its feet wet and came away with decisive wins on both the varsity (78-15) and JV (68-12) levels.

    Lake Zurich’s Ryan Roach battles for a loose ball against North Chicago’s Marzhone Bryant last season. Roach is among the scoring leaders for the Bears this year.

    Lake Zurich is making its point(s)

    Lake Zurich's improved offense is party responsible for the team's recent successes, such as Tuesday's 53-50 victory over Warren.

    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson earned second-team all-tournament honors for his efforts at Proviso West over the holidays.

    Ambrose, Stevenson find Proviso West to be a fine fit

    Stevenson's boys basketball team had a great experience at Proviso West's finish in its first visit, finishing 3-2 and coming within 1 win of playing for the championship.

    Notre Dame safety Matthias Farley, left, stands behind safeties coach Bob Elliott during practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Miami Dolphins' training facility in Davie, Fla. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Alabama on Monday, Jan. 7, in the BCS national championship NCAA college football game. Farley was a soccer player before transitioning to football, first as a wide receiver and now a starting safety for No. 1 Notre Dame. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Irish fans, recruits left wondering about Kelly

    News that coach Brian Kelly had interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles one day after the Irish were thoroughly beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the BCS title game caught just about everyone by surprise.

    Notre Dame receiver DaVaris Daniels, a recent Vernon Hills grad, picks up a first down as he’s tackled by Purdue safety Max Charlot in September in South Bend, Ind.

    Daniels flying high after quick recovery at Notre Dame

    Vernon Hills prodcut DaVaris Daniels had a hugely succesful football season at Notre Dame, rebounding from midseason injury to become one of the Irish's most productive players in the recent national championship game.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Cubs Luis Valbuena hits a seventh inning homerun to right field driving in multiple rbi runs at the crosstown classic, White Sox vs the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

    Cubs re-sign Valbuena for a year

    The Cubs on Thursday said they have reached agreement on a one-year deal with infielder Luis Valbuena for $930,000. Valbuena saw most of his action at third base last year. The Cubs also announced their list of nonroster invitees to spring training. Former White Sox infielder Brent Lillibridge is among the invitees

    Huntley’s Amanze Egekeze, shown here during the championship game of the 2011 Jacobs Holiday Tournament, has returned to action from injury for the Red Raiders.

    Egekeze’s return should boost Huntley

    Already on a 4-game winning streak, the Huntley boys basketball team grew stronger when 6-foot-7 junior forward Amanze Egekeze returned to the lineup Tuesday. The returning all-area and all FVC Valley performer scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a nonstarting role in Huntley’s fifth straight win — a 55-42 victory against Crystal Lake South. It was Egekeze’s first action of the season following surgery in late September to address patellar tendinitis. A consultation with his doctor gave him the peace of mind to play freely in his debut.


    New Father’s Club making a difference in St. Francis community

    Schools strive to create a family environment. Over the holidays St. Francis’ family got a little larger. A pair of St. Francis dads, Frank Pecora and Brian Flood, started a “Spartans Father’s Club.” The group meets monthly for camaraderie, to build a tuition assistance fund and, as Pecora noted recently, “serve the needs of the St. Francis community and the community at large."


    Here’s a look at players Sox invited to camp

    With spring training drawing closer — White Sox pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 12 — 20 nonroster players received invites to Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday.Right-handed pitchers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso agreed to minor league contracts, as did left-hander David Purcey, catcher Bryan Anderson, infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson and outfielder Stefan Gartrell.The Sox also invited 13 minor league prospects to spring training: right-handed pitchers Erik Johnson and Jacob Petricka, left-handers Daniel Moskos and Scott Snodgress, catchers Michael Blanke and Kevan Smith, infielders Seth Loman, Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez, Marcus Semien and Andy Wilkins and outfielders Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker.Gray was invited to camp in 2011 and the 31-year-old reliever wound up pitching in 6 games for the White Sox during the regular season, allowing 4 earned runs in 131⁄3 innings.Gray was 6-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Twins last season.Anderson, a left-handed hitter, batted .250 in 10 games with the Cardinals last season, Bell batted .173 in 21 games with the Diamondbacks and Tolleson batted .183 in 29 games with the Orioles.Among the minor leaguers receiving invites, Thompson comes in as the Sox’ No. 2 prospect behind outfielder Courtney Hawkins, last year’s first-round draft pick.Thompson, 21, batted .254 with Class A Winston-Salem last season and led the Carolina League with 90 RBI while tying for first with 22 home runs. He also hit .280 in 14 games with AA Birmingham and .167 in 6 games with AAA Charlotte.Sanchez, 20, is rated as the White Sox’ No. 3 prospect after batting a combined .323 at Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte last year.Johnson, 23, is the No. 4 prospect. A second-round draft pick in 2011 after a standout collegiate career at Cal-Berkley, Johnson was 6-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 17 combined starts for Winston-Salem and A Kannapolis in 2012.Walker, 22, is the Sox’ No. 5 prospect. He batted .267 and stole 56 bases in 111 games with Winston-Salem and Kannapolis last season.


    Jaguars fire Mularkey after team’s worst season

    The Jaguars fired coach Mike Mularkey on Thursday after just one season, the worst in franchise history. The move came 10 days after Khan fired general manager Gene Smith.

    Star NFL linebacker Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013.

    Researchers: NFL's Seau had brain disease

    Junior Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday. The NIH said the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries."

    Zach Miskovic, Wolves defenseman, is the latest homegrown hockey player to suit up for the Chicago Wolves. With the NHL lockout over, the 27-year-old defenseman figures to see more action with the Wolves.

    Miskovic at home with the Chicago Wolves

    After a decade on the road pursuing his hockey dreams, Chicago Wolves defenseman Zach Miskovic is back home. Miskovic, a native or River Forest, signed with the Wolves last summer after playing junior hockey, getting a college education and playing for Hershey in the American Hockey League. “Being the local team, hometown for me, was a great option," he said. "I'm more than excited to be back in Chicago playing."

    Josh McAuley

    Basketball: Week 6 MVPs

    West Aurora senior center Josh McAuley and Metea Valley senior Lori Obendorf have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their recent basketball performances. McAuley earned first-team honors at Pontiac, where he helped the Blackhawks reach the championship game. Obendorf produced 28 points and 13 rebounds in helping the Mustangs to a tournament championship in the title game against host Oswego East.


    NIU Huskies announced 2013 football schedule

    After a record-setting season that included the first BCS appearance in MAC history, Northern Illinois announced its 2013 nonconference schedule and its lineup of MAC opponents for next season. Northern Illinois, the defending champions of the Mid-American Conference, will play five games in Huskie Stadium in 2013, beginning with the home opener Sept. 21 versus Eastern Illinois. The Huskies’ nonconference schedule begins with a rematch versus Iowa in the 2013 season opener on Aug. 31 in Iowa City.

    Bandits catcher Kristen Butler is returning for her second season with the Chicago franchise. Butler had 10 home runs last season for the NPF club.

    Chicago Bandits bring back catcher Butler

    The Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league have re-signed catcher Kristen Butler for the 2013 season, team officials announced this week.“We are happy to have Kristen back with us,” Bandits general manager Aaron M. Moore said. “Kristen provides some much-needed pop from the right side of the plate for us and she also brings a nice veteran presence. We’re looking for her to at least duplicate what she did in 2012. If she does that, our lineup will continue to get stronger.”


    Mike North video: Bears’ Coaching Search Continues

    Mike North wonders when Phil Emery went from seeming extremely capable to confused. The Bears coaching search seems to be in total disarray.  Why don't they just go after Brian Kelly instead of all this endless line of candidates?


    St. Viator tops Glenbrook N. for win No. 10

    Ore Arogundade and Patrick Martin each scored 16 points for St. Viator as the Lions (10-3) defeated Glenbrook North 67-65 in a nonconference boys basketball game on Wednesday night in Arlington Heights.Glenbrook North (7-7) was led by seniors Jason Markus (20 points), Andrew McAuliffe (18) and Kurt Karis (16) at the Cahill Gymnasium.


    No. 14 Butler tops Saint Joe’s 72-66 in A10 debut

    Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Bulldogs to a 72-66 win over Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night.


    Georgia Tech loses to No. 20 NC State 83-70

    Georgia Tech lost to N.C. State 83-70 on Wednesday night after allowing 21 points and 10 assists to Wolfpack guard Lorenzo Brown.


    No. 11 Florida thumps Georgia 77-44 in SEC opener

    The No. 11 Gators opened league play with a 77-44 victory over short-handed Georgia on Wednesday night.


    McLemore leads No. 6 Kansas past Iowa State in OT

    Sixth-ranked Kansas beat Iowa State with an 97-89 overtime victory.


    Kirk leads No. 25 New Mexico over No. 24 UNLV

    Alex Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 25 New Mexico to a 65-60 win over No. 24 UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West opener for both teams.


    No. 7 Syracuse holds off Providence 72-66

    Syracuse overcame 3-for-21 shooting from 3-point range to escape their last Big East visit to Providence with a 72-66 victory on Wednesday night.


    Seton Hall outlasted by No. 3 Louisville, 73-58

    Seton Hall stayed lost 73-58 Wednesday night to No. 3 Louisville.


    The MP6000 scanner/scale could be coming soon to a retailer near you. It will more easily scan bar codes on products and even accept your loyalty card or coupons directly from any smartphone or tablet. Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions plans to unveil the device early next week.

    New store scanners may work with our smartphone, tablet

    Whether you have a cashier or go to the self-checkout lane at the grocery store, you may start using your smartphone or tablet on the same scanner that weighs your produce or scans the milk, Anna Marie Kukec writes in her eBuzz column. Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions plans to unveil the new device early next week.


    5 Illinois health networks approved for Medicare program

    The largest Catholic health system in Illinois has gained approval from the federal government to run a so-called accountable care organization, part of a program aimed at controlling costs and improving quality in Medicare. Presence Health, formed in 2011 by the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, will operate one of the five newly minted ACOs. The others are Alexian Brothers, Champaign-based Christie Clinic, Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Union and Independent Physicians ACO of Chicago.

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with current White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew in the East Room of the White House Thursday, after announcing he will nominate Lew as the next Treasury secretary.

    Obama picks Lew for Treasury as fiscal issues loom

    For 30 years, Jack Lew has had a hand in some of the biggest economic deals negotiated in Washington. What awaits him if he’s confirmed as treasury secretary could far exceed any challenge of the past — a triple-decked potential crisis that will test his experience the moment he opens his office door on the third floor of the Treasury Building

    U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest level in five years, amid better-than-estimated data on Chinese exports.

    Stocks gain, pushing S&P 500 to five-year high

    The Standard and Poor’s 500 closed at another five-year high Thursday after the stock market got a boost from reports suggesting the outlook for economic growth may be improving. The S&P 500 rose 11.10 points to 1,472.12, its highest close since December 2007.

    Supervalu Inc. says it reached a deal to sell five of its biggest grocery chains — Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market — for $100 million in cash plus more than $3 billion in debt.

    Supervalu sells Jewel-Osco to Cerebrus group

    Supervalu Inc. says it reached a deal to sell five of its biggest grocery chains — Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market — for $100 million in cash plus more than $3 billion in debt. The sale to AB Acquisition, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, will include 877 stores. The group will acquire the stores for $100 million in cash, and the new company will assume $3.2 billion in existing debt.

    House Speaker John Boehner, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, right, will lead Republican efforts in the looming battle with the White House and congressional Democrats over borrowing and spending.

    Q&A: Obama lacks clear edge in next fight with GOP

    President Barack Obama had a clear political edge in his fight with Republicans over the fiscal cliff, and used it to his advantage. In the upcoming battle over federal borrowing and spending, the leverage will be more evenly divided and the outcome less predictable.


    Deere recalls ATVs over fire risk

    Deere & Co. is voluntarily recalling 4,650 of its utility all-terrain vehicles because a fuel line can separate, causing a risk of a fire.


    Hawaiian Air tops on-time rankings, American last

    Rankings of the largest U.S. airlines for on-time arrivals in November:1. Hawaiian Airlines, 94.05 percent2. AirTran Airways, 91.28 percent3. Delta Air Lines, 90.55 percent4. Mesa, 88.44 percent5. US Airways, 88.06 percent6. Alaska Airlines, 87.29 percent7. American Eagle, 86.58 percent8. Southwest Airlines, 86.02 percent9. Virgin America, 85.95 percent10. United Airlines, 85.49 percent11. ExpressJet, 83.99 percent12. SkyWest, 82.77 percent13. Frontier Airlines, 82.08 percent14. JetBlue Airways, 81.94 percent15. American Airlines, 79.64 percentAverage of all airlines, 85.73 percentSource: Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics


    Federal Reserve pays government $88.9 billion

    The Federal Reserve says it paid the federal government a record $88.9 billion in 2012. The central bank earned the money from the Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities it has purchased to drive interest rates lower and boost the economy.


    Amtrak’s annual losses at lowest level since 1975

    Amtrak's fiscal 2012 operating loss was the lowest in nearly 38 years, which is a sign of progress, Joseph Boardman, the railroad's president and CEO, said Thursday. The $361 million loss for the year ending Sept. 30 was down 19 percent from the previous year. The last time Amtrak losses were less was 1975.

    New research shows that the widely-used sleeping drugs remain in the blood at levels high enough to interfere with driving, which increases the risk of car accidents.

    FDA requires lower doses for sleep medications

    The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.


    Amazon adding digital music copies to CDs bought via web store

    Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer, will offer digital copies of CDs bought on its site, as it competes with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to attract music lovers choosing to store their music on the Web.The new service, called Amazon AutoRip, gives access to free MP3 versions of tracks from an initial batch of 50,000 albums, including "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," Amazon said today in a statement. The service is retroactive, so anyone who has bought CDs from Amazon since it started selling music in 1998 can claim a copy.

    Few investors have more riding on Best Buy Co.’s holiday sales than founder Richard Schulze. If they perform poorly his efforts to take the world’s largest consumer-electronics retailer private will become harder.

    Holiday sales drop seen for Best Buy may hurt Schulze buyout bid

    Few investors have more riding on Best Buy Co.'s holiday sales than founder Richard Schulze. If they perform poorly his efforts to take the world's largest consumer-electronics retailer private will become harder. He may be disappointed tomorrow, when Best Buy reports same-stores sales from Nov. 4 through Jan. 5. Mike Baker, a Deutsche Bank AG analyst, and Scott Tilghman of B. Riley & Co. expect a 2 percent drop in sales at stores open at least 14 months.


    U.S. wholesale stockpiles up 0.6 percent in November

    U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in November and their sales rose at the fastest pace since the spring of 2011, encouraging signs for economic growth.The Commerce Department says wholesale business stockpiles rose 0.6 percent in November compared with October, when inventories had risen just 0.3 percent.


    U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.40 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but remained close to record lows. Cheap mortgages have made home buying more affordable and have helped drive a housing recovery.


    Dish chairman Ergen’s motives questioned in Clearwire bid

    Dish Network Corp.'s counterbid for Clearwire Corp., which already agreed to a buyout by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel Corp., has analysts wondering about Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen's motivations.


    Job openings in U.S. rose in November, hiring little changed

    The number of positions waiting to be filled in the U.S. climbed by 11,000 in November to 3.68 million from a revised 3.67 million the prior month, the Labor Department said today in Washington. Hiring was little changed.-


    Ford doubles dividend to 10 cents

    Ford Motor Co. is doubling its quarterly dividend to 10 cents, just nine months after paying its first dividend in more than five years. The automaker said Thursday that the payout is part of its goal of delivering profitable growth for all of its stakeholders.


    Deere says sec doesn’t plan any enforcement action after probe

    Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of agricultural equipment, said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission completed an investigation of the company and doesn’t plan to pursue any enforcement action.Deere fully cooperated with the SEC, the Moline-based company said today in a statement.The company said in August 2011 it was being investigated by the SEC about a possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and that the agency requested documents related to Russia.


    Solar market to rise 22 percent in 2013, Deutsche Bank predicts

    The global solar market will rise 22 percent to 33.4 gigawatts in 2013, with gains in China, the U.S. and India more than offsetting declines in Germany and Italy, Deutsche Bank predicted today in a note to investors. The Chinese market, the second biggest in 2012, will more than double to 10 gigawatts this year from 4 gigawatts last year, Deutsche said.


    IBM gets most U.S. patents for 20th year with overseas help

    International Business Machines Corp. racked up more U.S. patents than any other company for the 20th straight year, helped by increasing contributions from its researchers in other countries.IBM's 6,478 patents in 2012 mark a record for the company, research firm IFI Claims Patent Services said in a statement. South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. and Tokyo-based Canon Inc. ranked second and third. Google Inc. took a spot in the top 50 for the first time, with 15 more patents than Apple Inc.


    Life insurer acquisitions ‘ripe for acceleration,’ Deloitte says

    Life insurers may pursue more acquisitions worldwide to add business as capital builds while low bond yields and sluggish economic growth weigh on results.


    Nokia earnings at mobile-phone business beat its forecast

    Nokia Oyj, the Finnish mobile-phone maker seeking to reverse falling sales, reported fourth-quarter profitability for its handset business exceeding its forecast, helped by recovering demand and cost cuts. The stock jumped.


    Mexico’s economy grew 4.33% In october from year earlier

    Mexico's economy expanded 4.33 percent in October from a year earlier, the national statistics agency said today on its website.


    NYC firm hit hard on 9/11 gives $10M in Sandy aid

    The New York City brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced that it will "adopt" 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and will give each family in those schools $1,000 to spend as they see fit.


    Oil up as China trade, US earnings show recovery

    Oil prices rose Thursday, propelled by a rebound in China's trade growth and an encouraging start to the U.S. corporate earnings season.Benchmark crude for February delivery was up 39 cents to $93.49 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract slipped 5 cents to end at $93.10 per barrel in New York on Wednesday on the heels of rising U.S. crude supplies.

    The Euro sculpture stands in front of the European Central Bank, in Frankfurt, Germany.

    ECB expected to leave rates at record low

    Europe's stalled economy won't get more help Thursday from the European Central Bank, which is expected to hold off cutting interest rates as it waits for financial markets to heal so that its already low benchmark rates get through to businesses and consumers.


    BMW says sales up nearly 11 percent in 2012

    Automaker BMW AG says its worldwide sales rose nearly 11 percent to a new record last year, helped by strong demand in China and the U.S. for its luxury cars.


    Investors welcome positive start to US earnings

    A positive start to the U.S. corporate earnings season and a sharp improvement in China's monthly trade helped boost world markets Thursday. Stock indexes rose after a handful of better-than-expected results from U.S. companies sparked gains on Wall Street. Consumer products maker Helen of Troy, whose brands include Dr. Scholl's and Vidal Sassoon, reported a 15 percent profit increase.

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt outside of Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

    Schmidt joins elite few to glimpse net in NKorea

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt's glimpse of the Web being used at a top university in Pyongyang makes him part of a tiny elite that has seen the Internet in North Korea.His four day visit to the North was a golden propaganda opportunity for North Korean officials striving to give one of the world's most closed societies a modern, tech-savvy face. But the images of students surfing the Web in a brightly lit, spacious computer lab were far removed from daily reality for most North Koreans.

    Shinzo Abe

    Japan revs up stimulus, aiming at economic rebound
    Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is in the final stages of drafting fresh stimulus spending reportedly totaling more than 20 trillion yen ($227 billion), rushing to fulfill campaign pledges to act more aggressively to break the world's third biggest economy out of its deflationary slump. Economy minister Akira Amari and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed details Thursday of the proposed stimulus package ahead of an announcement expected on Friday.

    A U.N. agency plays down fears of a looming world food crisis as international coordination and flagging demand have led to a drop in food prices for the third consecutive month in December.

    UN says food prices drop again

    A U.N. agency plays down fears of a looming world food crisis as international coordination and flagging demand have led to a drop in food prices for the third consecutive month in December. The food price index of the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization edged down 1.1 percent with drops in the international prices of major cereals, oils and fats. For 2012 as a whole it was down 7 percent from 2011.

    Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.

    New federal rules aim to curb risky mortgages

    Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules aimed at ensuring that mortgage borrowers can afford to repay the loans they take out.The rules being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau impose a range of obligations and restrictions on lenders, including bans on the risky "interest-only" and "no documentation" loans that helped inflate the housing bubble.

Life & Entertainment


    Arcada offering up new shows
    Tickets for Helen Reddy, The Artie Shaw Orchestra and more acts at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles go on sale Friday, Jan. 11.

    Daniel Day-Lewis on Thursday became the leading contender to win the best actor Oscar as “Lincoln,” directed by nominee Steven Spielberg. The historical drama received 12 nominations, including best picture.

    Bond, Ben and Bigelow snubbed by Oscars

    Sorry James Bond. After 50 years of faithful service to the movies, you still didn't make it to the Big Dance with “Skyfall,” your best shot at a best picture Oscar nomination in the series' history. (Academy voters opted to nominate nine films for best picture, although they could have added a tenth.) This was one of four big snubs at the Academy Awards nominations announcements Thursday.

    “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Thursday, March 28.

    'Idol' winner McCreery to play Paramount

    Tickets for "American Idol" season 10 winner Scotty McCreey's March 28 performance at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a retired music teacher dealing with his stroke-victim wife in Michael Haneke's sentimentality-stripped romance "Amour."

    'Amour' takes a real look at 'happily ever after'

    Dann reviews Michael Haneke's "Amour," a harrowingly realistic counterpart to every romance that ends with a "they lived happily ever after" cliché. He also talks to Naperville Central graduate Jim Hemphill about his new movie "The Trouble With the Truth" playing at Facets in Chicago. Plus, Dann asks Variety why women under 25 made "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" the No. 1 movie in America.

    A former bodyguard for Justin Bieber is suing the pop superstar claiming he is owed more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

    Ex-bodyguard sues Justin Bieber for assault, wages

    A former bodyguard for Justin Bieber is suing the pop superstar claiming he is owed more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime and that he was fired after Bieber repeatedly hit him in the chest.

    A misdemeanor driving charge against retired television movie critic Gene Shalit is set to be dismissed in Massachusetts. The hearing was continued to April 2, when the driving to endanger charge will be dismissed.

    Mass. charge against Gene Shalit to be dismissed

    A misdemeanor driving charge against retired television movie critic Gene Shalit is set to be dismissed in Massachusetts. The 86-year-old Shalit was cited in October after his vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest against a house in Lenox, in western Massachusetts. Shalit, who lives in nearby Stockbridge, wasn’t hurt. He told police he fell asleep.


    Global warming a concern for winemakers

    Warmer temperatures are a mixed blessing for winemakers. In colder climates like Bordeaux and Burgundy, more heat can increase sugars in the grapes. A three degrees centigrade increase in temperature would create more carbon dioxide in the air, aiding photosynthesis and prolonging frost-free growing seasons. The bad news is that higher temperatures can bring more droughts to the Mediterranean and California.

    Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans and Bishop Paul S. Morton will perform in a gospel concert during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans.

    Fantasia to headline Super Bowl gospel concert

    Add Grammy-winning R&B singer Fantasia to the growing list of musical acts heading to New Orleans Super Bowl weekend. Sherri Shepherd, host of ABC's "The View," and Grammy-winning gospel musician Kirk Franklin, are hosting the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration with performances by Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Winans and Bishop Paul S. Morton of New Orleans.

    The U.S. President (Daniel Day-Lewis) surveys a Union vs. Confederacy battlefield in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations.

    ‘Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations

    The Civil War saga "Lincoln" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Also among the 9 nominees for best picture Thursday: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

    Emmanuelle Riva was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in “Amour,” which received five Oscar nominations, including best picture.

    Academy shows love for ‘Amour’ with 5 Oscar nods

    "Amour," a searing portrait of old age from Austria's Michael Haneke, was lauded by Hollywood's movie elite Thursday, receiving five nominations including best foreign film and — unexpectedly — best picture. The film stars octogenarian French acting greats Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as a loving Parisian couple whose world is devastated by the wife's serious illness.

    Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris in “Les Miserables,” was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the film.

    List of 85th annual Academy Award nominations

    Complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday.


    Riccardo Muti to miss Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti will miss three concerts and a student engagement because of flu-like symptoms. The symphony said Wednesday that Muti has withdrawn from concerts on Jan. 17, 18 and 19. He will be replaced by guest conductor Edo de Waart.

    Adele is set to make her first post-baby appearance at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where she is nominated for original song for the James Bond theme “Skyfall.”

    Adele to make post-baby debut at Golden Globes

    Adele is coming to the Golden Globes. The executive producer of the show says the 24-year-old Grammy-winning pop star is set to make her first post-baby appearance at Sunday's ceremony, where she is nominated for original song for the James Bond theme "Skyfall."

    John Ortiz stars as Jackie, an ex-con trying to negotiate sobriety and a relationship with his childhood sweetheart in Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago area premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis' “The (expletive) with the Hat.”

    Fine acting defines Steppenwolf's revival of urban 'Hat'

    One thing about the provocative title of Stephen Adly Guirgis' “The (expletive) with the Hat,” it minces no words. “It announces itself,” agreed Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. “You can't walk in surprised.” No indeed. And Steppenwolf Theatre delivers a stunning Chicago-area premiere of this funny and unflinching urban fable about addiction and sobriety, love and jealousy, trust and betrayal.


    No one ever deserves to be mistreated in relationships

    She writes that she has been treated badly by men in most of her relationships. She feels she is the common denominator, so it must be mostly her fault. Right?

    An elite and diversified group of secret L.A. police officers (from left, Michael Pena, Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick and Anthony Mackie) clean up the streets in the period crime thriller "Gangster Squad."

    ‘Gangster Squad’ shoots for style over substance

    I liked the Chicago version of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" much better back when it was titled "The Untouchables." Will Bealls' screenplay to "Gangster Squad" appears to have appropriated the American western conventions from Brian De Palma's 1987 thriller, right down to the good guys' lovable, nerdy mascot purchasing the farm to cement our emotional opposition to the evil villains.

    Rapper Nas, born Nasir Jones, has been nominated for four Grammys, including best rap album for “Life Is Good.” The Grammys air Feb. 10.

    Rapper Nas making new music, aiming for Grammy gold

    When a teenage Nas opted out of street hustling to chase his musical dream, those around him found it amusing. No one laughs about the rapper now. Considered one of music's most celebrated lyricists, he's a top contender at next month's Grammy Awards with four nominations.


    Music notes: Pure Prairie League celebrates 40 years

    Country-rock favorites Pure Prairie League will play songs from throughout their 40-year career during a special show in Arlington Heights this weekend.



    Editorial: To our departing lawmakers, thank you

    Fifteen suburban lawmakers left public office when the legislative session ended this week in Springfield. We owe them thanks for their dedication to what can be a frustrating job, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Stunt shows what papers do — engage

    Columnist Jim Slusher: All right, pay attention. Ah, well, actually, I may not have to ask that of you. If a stunt pulled by a Belgian advertising agency is any indication, you're already pretty well engaged with your local newspaper.


    The wrong Republicans

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Consumer confidence has crumbled, as Republicans insist progress can't be made except when wrestling Democrats on an outcropping over an abyss. The problem isn't Republicans, exactly, but the wrong kind of Republicans — those who won't let the good kind negotiate absent a terrifying threat to everyone's well-being.


    President’s priorities on life misplaced
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: President Obama has appointed a committee to address and prevent killings similar to the recent catastrophe in a Connecticut school. Never mind the fact that our president, as a member of the Illinois legislature, voted to allow babies who survived an abortion attempt to die rather than save them.


    Bad elections start in primaries
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: I would like to provide an alternative perspective to reader Ted Zukowski's letter, "Stickers show who's not to blame."


    New hospital would be a waste
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Vista has proposed that a certificate of need be awarded for another hospital in Lake County. This is overkill in an area already saturated with health care providers. Patient


    Payers are entitled to Social Security
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Politicians often refer to my Social Security benefits as entitlement and many want to cut it. I suppose they are right in a way. I paid and paid and paid and now I am entitled to it.


    Kirk has chance to advance health care
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I sincerely hope Sen. Kirk will be remembered less for his return to the Senate, but instead, become acknowledged as someone who fought for access to quality care for all Americans, especially individuals with life-altering disabilities.


    What behavior is really unnatural?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Cardinal Francis George recently voiced his opposition to the enactment of laws authorizing same-sex marriage. He opposes such legislation because he states that same sex-marriage violates natural law inasmuch as it is contrary to nature for two members of the same sex to have a physical relationship with each other.


    Cartoon insensitive to Newtown tragedy
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I think it is most unfortunate you chose to run the Jan. 5 inappropriate cartoon of the "public servants." I'm not really sure what the cartoonist's intentions were and he has artistic freedom, but I'm disappointed in the DH's decision to run this.


    Nothing sadder than the loss of life
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I found Mr. Schulgen's Dec. 27 Fence Post letter on gun control to be extremely disturbing. What struck me most was your hypocritical argument that senseless violence will only end "by restoring God and moral values to our society."


    Media helps dumb down of society
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Regarding your "In Memoriam 2012," I was dismayed at how your publication presented the list of famous people that died in 2012. The front page prominently featured photos of six entertainment and media people and one U.S. Senator and one astronaut.


    Legislators should cancel own pensions
    A Batavia letter to the editor: According to the Dec. 8 Daily Herald, Illinois collects more than double the tax revenue of its five contiguous states. The debt crisis caused by public pensions stemmed from legislators in Springfield voting for public safety benefits, "pension sweeteners" and deferrals of state contributions.


    Assault weapon bill beyond absurd
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: In your Jan. 4 article, "Gun control proposals on hold," writer Doug Graham refers to the proposed "ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons, which includes some types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns." (HB 1263 and to a lesser extent HB 815.) Mr. Graham didn't quite tell the whole story.


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