Daily Archive : Wednesday January 16, 2013



    New Lake County stormwater chairman named

    Bannockburn Village President Jim Barkemeyer has been named chairman of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission board, succeeding Stevenson Mountsier, who stepped down from the county board in 2012.


    See Oscar-nominated short films in Barrington

    On Saturday, Feb. 23 — a day before the Academy Awards — Barrington-area movie lovers will be able to see all 10 nominees in the best animated short film and best live action short film categories at The Catlow theater. The animated films will start at noon, followed by the live action films at 2 p.m.


    Dist. 33 teacher's union approves setting date for strike

    The teachers union for West Chicago Elementary District 33 authorized their negotiators Wednesday to set a strike date. The measure passed by 96 percent during a vote at a membership meeting for the Elementary Teachers' Association of West Chicago. “The teachers are frustrated,” said union spokeswoman Mary Catherine Kosmach. “They want the board to meet us instead of threatening...

    Maria and LaJason Parker, listen to their son Jayrin, 10, play the drums, as his sisters Jyah, 6, center, and Jalae, 12, also look on at the Greater Shiloh Baptist Church in Danville, Ill.

    Musical Danville family loves sports

    You could say Maria and LaJason Parker grew up together. They were neighbors and classmates as children, and they started dating when both were freshmen at Danville High School. "We got married in 2007, and we've been together ever since," LaJason said. On any given Sunday, the five members of the Parker family can be found in the sanctuary of Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, performing with the...

    Deborah Gomez

    Mom of bound kids gets probation

    A Northlake woman was sentenced Wednesday to one year of probation after two of her children were found bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Kansas. Deborah Gomez, 43, and her husband, Adolfo Gomez, 52, formerly of Bensenville and Naperville, have been in custody since they were arrested June 13.

    The Carol Stream Library Trustee Jim Bailey, right, pleads his case Wednesday as Trustee Dominick Jeffrey listens Wednesday. The board censured Bailey.

    Carol Stream library board censures trustee

    With a hotly contested election just months away, the fractured Carol Stream Public Library board censured one of its members Wednesday — perhaps triggered by statements he made in a Daily Herald article. In the Jan. 9 article, Trustee Jim Bailey called former library employee Elaine Wierdak — the longtime girlfriend of Trustee Dominick Jeffrey -- “a patsy.”

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operated by All Nippon Airways Co., which made an emergency landing, stands on the tarmac Wednesday at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.

    FAA rules Boeing Dreamliners must be grounded

    The main battery beneath the cockpit of the Boeing 787 forced to make an emergency landing in Japan was swollen from overheating, a safety official said Thursday, as aviation regulators worldwide joined the U.S. and Japan in grounding the technologically advanced aircraft because of fire risk. The 787 is Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane.

    Grayslake Middle School teacher Wendy Chiswick looks for support from passing motorists as teachers walk the picket line near the school Wednesday. Teachers from Grayslake Elementary District 46 went on strike after talks with the board broke down Tuesday night.

    Grayslake D46 teachers striking for second day; negotiations to resume Thursday

    Grayslake Elementary District 46's teachers strike heads into its second day on Thursday, while union and district representatives are set to return to the bargaining table to resume contact talks. The walkout, which began Wednesday, affects some 325 teachers and 4,000 students at seven schools.

    Suzy Yehl Marta, left, discusses a project with Laurie Olbrisch.

    ‘Rainbows’ founder spent 30 years helping kids heal

    Suzy Yehl Marta, the founder of Rainbows for All Children, whose mission 30 years ago to help children struggling with divorce or the death of a parent grew into a worldwide movement, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer. "Suzy's life work was helping families as they faced some of their toughest challenges, such as death of a parent, divorce or deployment," said David Christian II, Rainbows'...

    Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake mayor criticized for Internet post

    An Island Lake trustee candidate is criticizing Mayor Debbie Herrmann for promoting a website that attacks her political opponents and ridicules some local residents. The site, sourgrapesgang.com, labels some Herrmann critics as "whackadoos." It's also filled with "half-truths" about the candidates opposing Herrmann and her allies, said village board hopeful Mark Beeson, who is running against...


    Carol Stream man charged with robbing Elgin bank

    A 30-year-old man from Carol Stream has been charged with robbing an Elgin bank Tuesday morning, according to the FBI. Jeremy Evans appeared in federal court Wednesday and was ordered to be held until his next court appearance by Magistrate Judge Michael Mason.

    Donald Berthiaume

    Wauconda firefighter pleads not guilty in sex abuse case

    A veteran Wauconda firefighter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he had inappropriate sexual contact for nearly four years with someone under the age of 13. Donald Berthiaume, 41, of the 2500 block of Fish Hook Way, was stoic when Lake County Judge George Bridges explained he could spend up to 14 years in prison if he is found guilty on any of the 12 counts of aggravated criminal sexual...

    Federal agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly served search warrants Wednesday at the Schaumburg police department after the arrests of three village police officers on drug-related charges.

    Arrested Schaumburg cops to appear in court Thursday

    Three Schaumburg police officers arrested by federal authorities Wednesday are scheduled to appear in a DuPage County courtroom Thursday morning reportedly facing multiple felony charges. The officers, sources indicate, were taken into custody in DuPage County on allegations they sold illegal drugs as well as charges of armed violence. The arrests are a part of a long-running investigation by the...

    Associated Press/Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 Nicole Andreacchio, second right, who is seven months pregnant, waits in line to receive the swine flu vaccine from the Montgomery County Health Department at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, Pa.

    Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy

    NEW YORK — A large study offers reassuring news for pregnant women: It’s safe to get a flu shot.The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths. Getting the flu while pregnant makes fetal death more likely, the Norwegian research showed.

    With Campton Hills rejecting the Kiva Recovery Center to be built at the former site of Glenwood School for Boys on Silver Glen Road, the project is headed for the Kane County Board.

    After no vote, rehab plan will go to Kane County instead

    Officials representing the Kiva Recovery Center, rejected by Campton Hills trustees, said they plan to take their proposal to the Kane County Board. Kiva had asked to be annexed into the village, which gave trustees the ability to negotiate numerous conditions. "We regret that the majority of the village board was unable to separate fact from fear,” a Kiva attorney said.

    The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is revealed at media previews for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Maybe it was the brand new, bright red Chevrolet Corvette gleaming in one corner, or the elegant BMW coupe in the other, but car companies were positively giddy this week as the North American International Auto Show opened in Detroit.

    Images: 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Images from the 2013 North American International Auto Show. Highlights of the 2013 edition of the Detroit event are the premiere of a 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Ford Atlas truck, the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and much more.

    James Ealy

    After more than five years, Ealy trial slated for April

    A Lake Villa man who has remained in Lake County jail since being accused of killing his boss in a Lindenhurst Burger King in 2006 will finally have his day in court. Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes said both sides should view April 15 as the "real trial date" for James Ealy, 47, who is charged with murdering manager Mary Hutchison.

    Associated Press/Dec. 6, 2011 An Occupy Wall Street activist places tape on a boarded up house during a tour of foreclosed homes in the East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Fewer homes repossessed in 2012

    Lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as the pace of new homes entering the path to foreclosure slowed and banks increasingly opted to allow troubled borrowers to sell their homes for less than what they owed on their mortgage.

    This Dec. 2, 2009, courtroom sketch shows Tahawwur Rana, who will be sentenced Thursday for aiding a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.

    Terrorist label key in sentencing

    A Chicago businessman prosecutors say is a terrorist who supported the group behind an attack often called India's 9/11 faces decades in prison Thursday if a federal judge rejects defense arguments that he is a compassionate man who was duped by a friend.

    Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks, right, meets with resident Mike Jensen and his family during last year’s Celestial Celebration banquet. This year’s event, highlighted by the awarding of ‘Shining Star’ honors, takes place Feb. 1.

    Mount Prospect honoring its ‘Shining Stars’

    Mount Prospect's annual Celestial Celebration community banquet is approaching, and the centerpiece once again will be the presentation of the Shining Star awards. The awards honor people and organizations that made important contributions to village life in the past year.

    An Afghan security guard walks at the scene after an attack by militants Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Marine pleads guilty to urinating on Afghan corpse

    A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpse of a dead Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement, although a military judge called for a much harsher sentence.


    ACLU: Philadelphia cops wrongly arrest videotapers

    The complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union was drawn up on behalf of a college student who was charged with disorderly conduct for using his cellphone to record police during a large altercation. His cellphone was later confiscated and the video erased, the lawsuit said.

    Members of the Perry County Sheriff Office respond to the scene at Hazard Community College on Tuesday night.

    Two killed in shooting at Kentucky college

    A gunman enraged by a domestic dispute bought a gun and fatally shot his former girlfriend and her uncle and severely wounded a 12-year-old girl in the parking lot of a small southeastern Kentucky college, police said Wednesday.


    Alabama, Mississippi could see snow accumulations

    Forecasters say accumulating snow could hit Alabama, Mississippi and other areas of the South that have been dealing with days of soaking rains.

    The booking photo of Andrew Martin, 23.

    Cleveland Clinic nurse accused of murder-hire plot

    An Ohio man hatched a plot to kill a woman he was in a home-ownership dispute with, authorities say, by approaching an emergency room patient at the renowned hospital where he worked as a nurse with the question, "Ever killed anyone?"

    Associated Press/Courtesy of NASA, March 10, 2008 A simulated Orion crew module mock-up is being unloaded in a hangar in Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. for testing.

    NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

    Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA's new Orion crew capsule, officials said Wednesday. This so-called service module will be based on Europe's supply ship used for the International Space Station.


    Program at Drury Lane teaches girls self-esteem
    The Robert Crown Center for Health Education will host a "Happy to be Me" program in Oakbrook Terrace to help girls develop self-esteem and a positive body image.

    Firefighters work to free a woman who fell part of the way down the 20-foot wall Wednesday and got stuck between two buildings in Portland, Ore.

    Rescuers free woman wedged between two buildings

    Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell and became stuck in a narrow opening between two buildings Wednesday morning.


    Write-in candidate in Batavia 7th Ward

    Steve Holland filed his notice to run as a write-in candidate for the 7th Ward in Batavia in April. If nobody else runs, Holland would take the post currently held by Alderman Dawn Tenuta, who is not seeking re-election. No one else filed petitions to be placed on the ballot.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter


    South Elgin cat rescuer awaits verdict

    A decision may be at hand for a South Elgin woman charged with breaking a local law by running a rescue cat operation out of her home. Carol Schultz was ticketed last fall and accused of violating a village ordinance that prohibits running an animal shelter in a residential area. Following a hearing Saturday, her attorney said she expects a written decision by Feb. 9.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    Cook County Board steps into gun fray

    The Cook County Board is considering an ordinance requiring gun owners to report the theft of any firearms within 48 hours or face a $1,000 fine. The board also approved a resolution urging the legislature to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and close a gun-show loophole. Suburban commissioners voted against the resolution.


    Chicago pension fund might drop weapons holdings

    SPRINGFIELD — The Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund board plans to vote tomorrow on whether to divest itself of holdings in firearms manufacturers. Investments Director Carmen Heredia-Lopez said the fund’s $9.5 billion portfolio includes about $146,000 invested in Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.


    Schaumburg Township ballot loses one candidate (so far)

    The Schaumburg Township electoral board on Wednesday bounced from the April ballot one of five Democratic candidates facing objections over their mandatory statements of economic interest. The panel could remove the rest Monday when it reconvenes to make a decision on a second set of objections, this one claiming all five candidates were slated to run by an Democratic official who wasn't the...


    Voters may have say on Longmeadow Parkway as tollway

    Voters may get to decide whether the Longmeadow Parkway project should proceed as a tollway. Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he could support the project only if voters agreed they would pay a toll to fund the $117 million project. The toll being considered is $1.50 during rush hours and $1 during off-peak times.


    Triune wins relief from birth control mandate

    A judge has granted an Oak Brook company temporary relief from a state requirement that its employee health insurance plan covers birth control. DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Terence Sheen granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday in favor of Triune Health Group.


    Durbin submits names to fill court vacancies

    Sen. Dick Durbin has given to the White House the names of seven people he'd like considered for federal court vacancies in Chicago. There are currently three openings on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


    Prospect Hts. mayor, aldermen differ over possible gambling expansion

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer says he's pleased an "upscale" cafe is considering three sites in the city for one of its next locations, but a pair of city aldermen suggest putting the brakes on liquor licenses that can lead to more video gambling in the community. The establishments would be open only to people over 21, and Helmer described them as "wine bars" that "look pretty sharp."


    U of I might raise cost of room and board

    Later this month trustees at the University of Illinois will consider an increase of 2 percent to almost 7 percent in the cost of student housing on its three campuses.


    $15 million loan to help Chicago replace aging pipelines

    The city of Chicago is getting a $15 million low-interest loan to help replace aging drinking-water mains and pipes. Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that Chicago will receive the loan from the state's $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative.


    Earth and Ocean restaurant, acclaimed chef coming to Randhurst

    Mount Prospect's Randhurst Village is about to increase its rapidly spreading restaurant footprint. On Tuesday, the village board approved a liquor license for E & O Food and Drink, which plans to open Earth and Ocean restaurant in the revamped shopping center by Feb. 11.


    2 prosecutors suspended in deadly arson case

    The Cook County state's attorney has suspended two prosecutors for not charging a father for threatening to set his children on fire months before he actually committed the crime.

    Louis P. Hoerauf

    Lake Zurich man accused of molesting children

    A Lake Zurich man is in custody after being charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, according to a news release from the McHenry County sheriff's office.


    Tech campus gets new boss:

    Steve Clark has been named the new executive director of the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, oficials announced this week.


    Family genealogy meeting:

    Family genealogy will be the topic of the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    Grandwood Park water meeting:

    A meeting to discuss Grandwood Park's future water supply is set for Tuesday, Jan 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Community Center at 36630 N. Hutchins Road, Gurnee.

    Mark McDonald

    No free legal advice for former official in DuPage forest preserve theft

    Mark McDonald will have to hire his own attorney to fight theft and corruption charges after the former DuPage County Forest Preserve District administrator was denied a taxpayer-funded lawyer Wednesday. McDonald, 53, of Wheaton, had asked Judge Blanche Hill Fawell for a public defender because of "insufficient funds" to continue paying his private defense team.


    Coffee with Yingling:

    State Rep. Sam Yingling will meet with constituents and listen to their thoughts during a visit to Something's Brewing, 82 Center St., Grayslake, on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.


    Ex-Naperville school worker guilty of 4,500-pound copper theft

    A man who stole 4,500 pounds of copper from a school while working for Naperville Unit District 203 has been ordered to pay restitution of $3,400. James Logan, 53, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty Monday to theft over $500. He can avoid the felony conviction if he completes a new "pretrial diversion" program for first-time offenders.


    McHenry board may ask voters to elect chairman

    A coterie of McHenry County Board members are starting a movement in hopes of getting voters to weigh in on the selection of the next county board chairman. Friday morning, the board will hold a special meeting in which members are expected to take a vote on whether to establish a referendum that would let the public choose the next county board chair.

    The lights are on Tuesday at Goldman Sachs” headquarters in New York.

    Goldman Sachs’ net surges on investment banking

    Revenue for the fourth quarter rose to $9.24 billion, 53 percent higher than in the same period a year ago, beating analysts' estimates of $7.97 billion.


    DuPage road projects get financial boost from state

    DuPage County is going to receive $3.65 million in additional state funding to help pay for four major road projects along 55th Street, 75th Street, Fabyan Parkway and Gary Avenue. The announcement comes just weeks after county board Chairman Dan Cronin had discussions with Gov. Pat Quinn about improving DuPage's road system.


    Kane Co. wants to begin Anderson Road construction this fall

    Kane County transportation officials said they plan to begin construction on the long-awaited Anderson Road overpass this fall provided Elburn finalizes plans with a developer. The $22 million overpass is expected to usher in a wave of development in the area because it will provide relief from train traffic that plagues Elburn for up to three hours a day.

    Island Lake police officers would be sent to calls by out-of-town dispatchers if village officials decide to outsource the service.

    Could dispatchers be replaced in Island Lake?

    Island Lake's police dispatchers could learn Thursday if they'll be replaced by an out-of-town agency. The village board will host a special meeting at 8 p.m. at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., to discuss if police dispatch services should be outsourced to the Lake Zurich Police Department or the Lake County sheriff's office.

    Passengers get help from the All Nippon Airways ticket counter at Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday. ANA canceled its flight from San Jose to Tokyo Wednesday morning after authorities grounded all flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

    Grounding of 787s adds to scrutiny of new plane

    Boeing's troubles with its newest airplane got worse on Wednesday after an emergency landing prompted Japan's two biggest airlines to ground all their 787s for safety checks.

    Alejandro DeLaCruz

    West Chicago teen gets 4 years for robbery attempt, stabbing at picnic

    A teen accused of stabbing a man during a picnic at a West Chicago park is going to prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery. Alejandro DeLaCruz, 17, of West Chicago, was sentenced to four years Wednesday after admitting his involvement in the June 2012 attack.

    President Barack Obama announced measures Wednesday in a broad effort to reduce gun violence that includes proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.

    Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

    Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

    Jacquie Duginske, an administrator in Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300, is among the growing number of teachers to gain national certification.

    District 300 teachers reflect trend toward national certification

    Jacquie Duginske and Jamie Soprych were recognized by Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 for becoming nationally board certified -- a process that is becoming more common in school districts in the suburbs, the state and nation.

    The CTA plans big-time improvements for stations and tracks by issuing bonds.

    RTA vote allows CTA borrowing

    RTA directors are giving the CTA a green light to borrow $1 billion over the next three years for improvements, overriding some suburban directors' fears that funding for Metra and Pace would suffer if the CTA couldn't pay back its loans.

    Associated Press/Jan. 18, 2009 Workers install security barricades near Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington before President Obama’s first inauguration. Obama’s second inauguration figures to be significantly smaller than the record-breaking turnout of 2009.

    Tight security, protests expected at inauguration

    Inauguration preparation is a constant balancing act of ensuring airtight security while simultaneously moving massive crowds around the city. Officials say they're determined to correct some of the logistical headaches of 2009.

    French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech Wednesday during the New Year wishes ceremony to members of Parliament, at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

    French troops march toward Mali militants

    The head of France's military said it is plausible that the extremists would be willing to hide behind civilians. Guillaud said the militant groups have a history of taking human shields and France would do its utmost to make sure civilians are not wrongly targeted.

    People gather outside the Provincial assembly during a pro-democracy protest Wednesday in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan’s leaders received a powerful one-two punch Wednesday after the Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in a corruption case and a firebrand cleric leads thousands of protesters in another day of anti-government demonstrations in the capital.

    Pakistanis protest killing of 15 in village raid

    About 3,000 people gathered outside the house of the governor of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Peshawar. They said gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed homes and fatally shot the villagers.

    Egyptians stand in rubble Wednesday after an eight-story building collapsed in Alexandria, Egypt.

    Apartment building collapses in Egypt, kills 25

    An eight-story apartment building collapsed Wednesday in the port city of Alexandria, killing at least 25 people in the second deadly accident to hit the country in as many days, according to police and health officials.

    BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday.

    Americans believed among hostages in Algeria

    In what could be the first spillover from France's intervention in Mali, Islamist militants attacked and occupied a natural gas complex partly operated by energy company BP in southern Algeria on Wednesday. Two foreigners were killed and possibly dozens of others, including Americans, were taken hostage.

    People who eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses.

    Fruits, vegetables deliver healthy living

    "What is the most eaten fruit in the USA?," asked a student in Jen Janik's third-grade class at Big Hollow Elementary School in Ingleside. The top-selling fruit in the third quarter of 2012 was berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and currants), which brought in an average of $3,755 each week to grocery stores.


    Fund established for recovering Elk Grove High grad

    Friends of Shannon Peters, a recent Elk Grove High School graduate who remains in critical condition after being hit by a car last week, are trying to raise funds to help the Peters family pay for her medical bills.

    This is a screen grab of new shooting a game for mobile devices tied to the National Rifle Association. The game is no longer being labeled suitable for preschoolers. “NRA: Practice Range” changed its age recommendation this week from 4 years and up to at least 12 years of age, with an added warning that the game depicts realistic violence.

    White House on NRA ad: ‘Repugnant’

    The White House says a National Rifle Association video that makes reference to President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly."

    Joe Willard

    Huntley detective named McHenry County officer of the year

    A Huntley police officer who cracked two complicated cases has been named McHenry County Officer of the Year. Detective Joe Willard, 35, who has been on the force for 11½ years, said it was an honor just to be nominated. "You don't expect to have recognition, you just do your job and you do it to the best of your ability," he said.

    This photo is included in a new documentary titled “Skokie: Invaded but not Conquered,” which was produced by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. It will air next week on WTTW Channel 11.

    New documentary examines neo-Nazis’ attempted march in Skokie

    The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center has produced a new local documentary that focuses on the attempted neo-Nazi march in Skokie in the late 1970s. "Skokie: Invaded, but not Conquered" will premiere 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, on WTTW Channel 11.


    Reception kicks off exhibit at CLC

    A Members Exhibition, featuring a diverse collection of 92 artworks by artist members of the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, will open at the College of Lake County Friday, Jan. 18 and run through Feb. 24.


    UK police accused of wrongly taking DNA of gay men

    While it is not illegal in the U.K. to collect genetic material from adults, Britain's DNA database — one of the largest in the world, with some 6 million samples — has long been a magnet for controversy. Human rights advocate Peter Tatchell says gay men convicted years ago under Britain's now-defunct gross indecency law may have had their rights violated recently by British police...


    Marine faces charges for urinating on corpses

    A U.S. Marine was set to face court martial Wednesday for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and then posing for photos with the corpses.


    Decision on charges expected in St. Louis shooting

    Charges could be filed Wednesday morning in the shooting at a downtown St. Louis business school, a spokeswoman for the city's circuit attorney said. Susan Ryan, spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, said the office was reviewing a report from police. "We will have an announcement by late-morning," Ryan said.


    Police: Top Russian mafia boss slain in Moscow

    One of Russia's top crime lords was gunned down Wednesday in Moscow in what police described as a war between two powerful mobs over lucrative construction projects, allegedly including ones for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


    Rescuers free woman wedged between 2 buildings in Portland

    Portland firefighters cut a hole through concrete and used an air bag and a soapy lubricant to free an Oregon woman who fell part of the way down a 20-foot wall and got herself stuck between two buildings Wednesday morning.


    Detective: Prankster registered as Obama in 2008

    A Pennsylvania detective is trying to figure out how an apparent prankster was able to fill out a 2008 voter registration card signed "Barack H. Obama."

    Lombard Trustee Bill Ware will be sworn in tonight as acting village president, filling the second half of the term vacated by the death last August of longtime Lombard Village President William J. “Bill” Mueller.

    Leadership shifts in Lombard as Ware becomes acting president

    It's time for another change of leadership in Lombard. Trustee Bill Ware takes over the acting village president role today from Trustee Peter Breen, whose shift filling the seat vacated by the death of longtime Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller is up. Breen served the first half of the remainder of Mueller's term beginning Oct. 2, when the board settled on how to temporarily fill the...

    Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church leaders plan to begin using its bells as a call to prayer as well as in celebration and in mourning.

    Ss. Peter and Paul's bells will sound again in Naperville

    More than 27 years have passed since the historic bells of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church have pealed through downtown Naperville. Thanks to a generous gift bequeathed to the church from two former longtime patrons, the two historic bells and one new bell will chime again this spring. The 167-year-old parish is restoring the two bells in its tower and adding a third to commemorate what Pope...


    $7.25 million lottery winner from Batavia announced

    A Batavia woman won more than $7 million on a Lotto ticket purchased in Batavia. "They're good people," 7-Eleven store owner Rick Niedfeldt said of the winning family. "The neighborhoodd seems to be happy that someone from the neighborhod won."


    New assistant police chief in Barrington

    Barrington officials have promoted police Sgt. David Dorn to the rank of assistant police chief and patrol officer John Burke to the rank of sergeant. The office of assistant chief — previously deputy chief — has remained unfilled for three and a half years for budgetary reasons, Police Chief Jerry Libit said.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Leaders of Wheeling and Prospect Heights, which together own Chicago Executive Airport, are at odds over who should lead the board that governs the facility.

    Wheeling, Prospect Heights at odds over airport leadership

    Leaders of the two communities that own Chicago Executive Airport are at odds over who should head the facility's governing board. Prospect Heights' mayor introduced his choice for the job Monday, angering Wheeling's village president, who has her own candidate in mind.

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, left, welcomed home Capt. Robert Mikyska, right, and Staff Sgt. Timothy St. Clair (not shown) and thanked them for their military service before Tuesday's county board meeting.

    Kane Chairman Lauzen sees 50% success rate in first initiatives

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is having a hard time ushering through his first initiatives. Lauzen unsuccessfully tried to change the structure of the county board to add a deputy chairman. Some of the old guard painted Lauzen as trying to bring partisanship to a traditionally non-partisan board. "We really want to remain nonpartisan. We're splitting ourselves up, and I don't like...

    Bus drivers and supporters walk a picket line in front of a bus depot in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students trying to find other ways to get to school.

    NYC school bus drivers, aides go on strike

    NEW YORK — More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and aides went on strike over job protection Wednesday morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school.

    Five used military style rifles are all that is available in the rack that usually has over twenty new models for sale at Duke’s Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. Store manager Mike Fiota says the few there are on consignment from individuals. President Barack Obama is expected to announce measures Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, on a broad effort to reduce gun violence that will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.

    Obama to unveil gun violence measures Wednesday

    President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.


    String of attacks across Iraq kill at least 31

    BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives blew himself up outside the offices of a major Kurdish party in northern Iraq early Wednesday, the deadliest in a wave of morning attacks that killed at least 31 people across the country.


    France in ‘direct combat’ in Mali within hours

    BAMAKO, Mali — French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat “within hours.”

    A man mourns the death of his family member in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Hundreds of villagers from northwest Pakistan protested Wednesday the killing of 18 of their relatives in an overnight raid that they blamed on security forces, displaying the bodies of the victims in the provincial capital.

    Pakistanis protest killing of 18 in village raid

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Several thousand people rallied Wednesday in northwestern Pakistan, denouncing the killing of 18 local villagers in an overnight raid they blamed on security forces and displaying the victims’ bodies in the provincial capital in a sign of protest.

    Jeffrey Braiman and Lisa Stone

    Buffalo Grove mayor files police report against Lisa Stone

    Buffalo Grove Village President Jeffrey Braiman said he has filed a police report against former Trustee Lisa Stone. The report was filed Sunday, hours after he received a 2:30 a.m. phone call from Stone, who was recalled in 2010 after a stormy term that began in 2009. The report said Braiman told police that “the situation with Ms. Stone appears to be escalating.”

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March, an Obama administration official said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaving cabinet

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill, will step down in March, Obama administration officials said Wednesday. Salazar has run the Interior Department throughout President Barack Obama's first term.

    Remnants of a helicopter that crashed onto a construction crane is seen on the ground by a burned out car in London, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour Wednesday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air as it smashed to the ground. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said.

    2 dead, 13 hurt after helicopter crashes in London

    A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said.

    Elaine Nekritz

    What would teacher pension shift do to your taxes?

    How much would it cost average suburban homeowners to have the state's pension obligations for teachers shifted to them? It turns out, about $160 more a year, an analysis shows.


    S. Ind. man accused of selling drugs through mail

    A southern Indiana man faces multiple drug charges alleging that he bought prescription drugs from overseas sellers and resold them in the U.S. through the mail.Twenty-year-old Christopher Collard of Jeffersonville was arrested Monday on drug possession and dealing charges.


    Man accused of fleeing deadly SUV wreck with house
    A man is jailed in southwestern Illinois on charges that accuse him of fleeing after accidentally hitting a house with his SUV and killing the 73-year-old man inside the home.Prosecutors in Madison County charged 24-year-old Jacob Fickle with failing to report an accident involving personal injury or death.


    Geneva school board picks up pace on selling Keslinger Road site

    The Geneva school board is finally putting the "for sale" sign on 28 acres on which it once hoped to build a maintenance building and bus storage.


    Dawn Patrol: Grayslake Dist. 46 strike begins; Lisa Stone accused

    Grayslake District 46 teachers on strike; Buffalo Grove mayor calls police on Lisa Stone; Campton Hills rejects drug rehab center; O'Hare human heads claimed; Schaumburg chief's accuser pushes back; man gets 30 years in Villa Park Home invasion; Libertyville-Vernon Hills Dist. 128 fires band instructor; Rose closer to game time.

    Volunteer Anita Pontious puts some cans in the cart for Richard Hale of Glen Ellyn during his visit to the food pantry at the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton Tuesday.

    1 in 5 in suburbs in or near poverty

    At least one in five people living in the six suburban counties were poor or living near poverty in 2011. “It’s the highest number we’ve seen,” said Amy Terpstra, assistant director of Social IMPACT Research Center who helped research the report. “It’s increased a lot since 2000. It’s hard to imagine that so many of our neighbors are struggling to make...


    Schaumburg Twp. hopefuls criticize board benefit cuts

    Schaumburg Township board members voted against raising their pay and to cut off future access to taxpayer-funded insurance benefits to help return their latest tax levy to 2009 levels. The moves already have sparked debate between the Republican incumbents and a slate of Democratics challenging them in the April 9 election.


    Rolling Meadows rejects ballot question on Meacham Road

    The Rolling Meadows City Council on Tuesday rejected launching a hurry-up effort to put a referendum on widening a rural section of Meacham Road on the April ballot but kept the possibility open for future elections.

    Timothy Schloneger

    Algonquin hires village manager from Lockport

    Algonquin officials hired a new village manager Tuesday night, one they hope will be around for at least as long as their current village manager, who is retiring after 21 years. Schloneger did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting, but said in a statement that he said he’s excited to get to work.


    Errors won’t force Roselle candidates off ballot

    All the candidates in the races for Roselle village president and trustee should keep their spots on the April ballot despite filing errors made by several of them, a local electoral board has decided. Roselle’s electoral board on Tuesday overturned a series of objections to the nominating paperwork of four candidates seeking election.


    Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) knocks down Toronto Raptors forward Quincy Acy, bottom right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Toronto. The Bulls won 107-105 in overtime.

    Deng makes sure third time's the charm

    Drawing up plays in late-game pressure situations is not so easy with Derrick Rose out of the lineup and it took Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau a few tries to get it right on Wednesday in Toronto. Luol Deng eventually hit a 16-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulls a 107-105 win.

    Notre Dame issued a release Wednesday saying a story about Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.

    Notre Dame stands by Manti Te'o's story

    A story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the school said Wednesday. “This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about," Te'o said.


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


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


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


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

    Hersey’s boys divers — front row from left Tucker Fenwick, Jack Kintzle, Danny Obyrlacz and Joey McGovern, with team captain Mat Obstoj above — have outscored each of their dual-meet opponents this season.

    It’s team first as Hersey divers excel

    In high school diving, every athlete is different. Which makes Hersey’s collective success on the boards that much more impressive. Coached by Tom Schwab, the Huskies are closing in on a measure of excellence that demands acknowledgement: With just a couple of meets left on the boys’ schedule this season, the Huskies divers are within reach of outscoring every opponent they’re to face this school year in a dual setting. That includes both boys and girls groups, who both face excellent competition from their Mid-Suburban League foes throughout the season.


    Harper works OT for win against Wright

    What many hoped would be an easy Harper College men’s basketball victory turned out to be anything but. Still, the Hawks collected their first North Central Community College Conference victory of the season at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine — the hard way, defeating Wright College 75-72 in overtime Wednesday.


    Hampshire’s road warriors win again

    The road was friendly to the Hampshire boys basketball team once again Wednesday. Playing their eighth straight game away from home, the Whip-Purs gained separation from Johnsburg with a 19-5 run that bridged the first and second quarters and used a team effort to maintain their lead throughout an eventual 49-40 victory in the Fox Division of the Fox Valley Conference.


    Illinois State falls to Wichita State

    Cleanthony Early scored 16 points to lead Wichita State over Illinois State 74-62 Wednesday night.


    Fish, Grayslake North rally past Woodstock

    A.J. Fish scored a game-high 19 points, and Grayslake North’s boys basketball team rallied to hand visiting Woodstock its first loss in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play.


    Streaking Stevenson wins fourth straight

    Stevenson’s girls basketball team is in the midst of another winning streak. The Patriots defeated visiting Grayslake Central 36-23 in nonconference action Wednesday night, as Alex Elzinga scored a game-high 11 points. It was the fourth straight victory for Stevenson (13-7), which had a nine-game winning streak earlier this season.

    Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat Toronto 107-105 in overtime on Wednesday night, their eighth victory in nine meetings against the Raptors.

    Boozer scores 36 points, Bulls beat Raptors in OT

    Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat Toronto 107-105 in overtime on Wednesday night, their eighth victory in nine meetings against the Raptors.


    Prairie Ridge edges Crystal Lake South

    Crystal Lake South simply ran out of time. Battling back from a 19-point second quarter deficit, the Gators fell short as Prairie Ridge held on a for a 45-44 win in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action at PR Wednesday night. “I was really disappointed with the start of the game and the effort,” said South coach Matt LePage. “Our ballhandling was terrible and we didn’t handle the pressure. In the end we didn’t shoot the ball well and our free throw shooting was terrible. It is frustrating because we have lost so many close games. The effort was there and we didn’t give up.”

    Crystal Lake South’s Gaby De Jesus (22) passes to teammate Kianna Clark as McHenry’s Laura D’Angelo falls on her back Wednesday in Crystal Lake.

    Crystal Lake South keeps pace in FVC Valley

    It’s an old cliché but Crystal Lake South girls basketball coach Kyle McCaughn knew it was poignant, especially as his team prepared to play McHenry Wednesday night. “We know that the next game is the most important game,” McCaughn said. “Friday wouldn’t matter if we don’t come out tonight and play like we can.” Now Friday becomes a little more than important. The Gators took care of business Wednesday, beating McHenry 45-24, to set up a first-place showdown at Cary-Grove on Friday, with Huntley coming to Gator Alley next week. CLS, Cary-Grove and Huntley are all currently tied for first place in the Valley with 1 league loss each. CL South beat Cary-Grove 45-43 on Dec. 7.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Gabi Alfaro shoots past CICS Ellison’s Briana Stamps in the second quarter on Wednesday in Aurora.

    Rodriguez returns, Aurora Central Catholic snaps skid

    The road back into the Aurora Central Catholic lineup hasn’t been easy for Lisa Rodriguez, and understandably so.

    Wauconda’s Ricky Sidlowski, right, tries to steal the ball from Carmel’s Cullen Barr on Wednesday night in Wauconda.

    Carmel provides big trouble for Wauconda

    With 21 turnovers as a testament, the Carmel boys basketball team had big trouble with Wauconda’s full-court pressure Wednesday night. But the host Bulldogs had even bigger trouble with Carmel’s bigs. The tall tandem of 6-foot-9 center Jack George and 6-foot-6 forward Cullen Barr teamed up to dominate the paint and push their way around for more than half of Carmel’s points in the Corsairs’ 50-40 nonconference victory over Wauconda. George pumped in a game-high 16 points while Barr added 15 points to help Carmel improve to 6-9.


    Wolves win fourth straight

    Left wing Brett Sterling's 2 goals helped the Chicago Wolves earn their fourth straight victory 4-1 over the Texas Stars Wednesday night at the Allstate Arena.


    Flames top Ramblers at the buzzer

    Gary Talton hit a driving layup with 1.7 seconds left Wednesday night, lifting Illinois-Chicago to a 61-59 win over city rival Loyola.


    Cary-Grove falls to McHenry

    McHenry 63, Cary-Grove 58: Tyler Szydlo jhad 17 points and Dean Lee added 16 but Cary-Grove came up short in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division contest Wednesday night. Steve Plazak added 12 points for the Trojans (9-8, 1-3).


    Plackett gains national honor, and other news

    Congratulations are due Jeff Plackett. The coach of the Naperville Central girls water polo team was recently named Illinois 2012 coach of the year by the National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association. He earned Illinois High School Association coach of the year honors last fall.

    Former Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is joining the Bears. According to multiple sources, DeCamillis will replace Dave Toub as special teams coordinator and also serve as assistant head coach.

    Toub shares details of his Bears interview

    Special teams coordinator Dave Toub has left the Bears after nine excellent seasons to take the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he had some interesting things to say about Jay Cutler and Devin Hester before he left. The Bears also have reached a deal with former Dallas Cowboys coach Joe DeCamillis to will also serve as special teams coordinator and as assistant head coach.

    Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) of Sweden eye the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Oduya happy to be back with Hawks

    When the Blackhawks offered Johnny Oduya a three-year contract worth $10.15 million as a free agent last summer, the veteran defenseman jumped at the chance to stay in Chicago.


    St. Edward’s Madden in top form

    St. Edward senior gymnast Abby Madden showed Wednesday night she’s ready for the postseason. Competing as an individual at a meet between Batavia, Oswego and DeKalb at Oswego, Madden won three events and placed first in the all-around competition in her final regular-season meet before IHSA regionals begin the week of Jan. 28.

    Images from the Carmel at Wauconda boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

    Images: Carmel vs. Wauconda, boys basketball
    The Wauconda Bulldogs hosted the Carmel Corsairs for boys basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Wauconda.


    Northern Illinois blown out by Ohio

    Walter Offutt scored 19 points and Ohio used a 20-2 run in the first half to defeat Northern Illinois 81-63 in a Mid-American Conference game Wednesday night.

    Images from the Montini vs. Downers Grove North boys basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

    Images: Downers Grove North vs. Montini, boys basketball
    The Downers Grove North Trojans hosted the Montini Broncos for boys basketball action on Wednesday.

    Images from the CCIS Ellison vs. Aurora Central Catholic girls basketball game Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

    Images: CICS Ellison vs. Aurora Central Catholic, girls basketball
    CCIS visited Aurora Central Catholic for a girls basketball matchup Wednesday night in Aurora.

    Jeff Levesque of Glenbard West guards Herman DeGuia of Fenton during the 10th annual Glenbard West boys basketball Christmas Classic, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in Glen Ellyn.

    Levesque a welcome addition to Glenbard West

    Nothing like a two-year starter returning to your lineup. Glenbard West’s boys basketball team knows the feeling after senior Jeff Levesque finally saw court time after slowly coming back from a stress fracture in his foot.

    Crystal Lake South’s Gaby De Jesus passes to teammate Kianna Clark as McHenry’s Laura D’Angelo falls on her back.

    Images: McHenry vs. Crystal Lake South, girls basketball
    McHenry visited and lost 45-24 to Crystal Lake South for a girls basketball matchup Wednesday night in Crystal Lake.

    Eric Ilich directs players on the first day of practice last August at Hoffman Estates. Ilich is out as the Hawks’ head coach after one season.

    After one season, Ilich is out at Hoffman Estates

    After one season, Eric Ilich has resigned as head football coach at Hoffman Estates. There was no reason given for the resignation. Ilich tendered his resignation to athletic director Steve Lacni earlier this week. Ilich also met with the Hoffman Estate players to inform them of his decision. “In any coaching assignment there are challenges,” said Ilich in an email to the Daily Herald. “And Hoffman Estates is no different. At Hoffman there is a willingness by the kids to defeat the challenges faced. I enjoyed the process of working toward the future, figuring out what was best for every single player in the football program.”


    Chicago Fire acquires Rapids’ Larentowicz

    It had been a fairly quiet off-season for the Chicago Fire — until Wednesday.


    Nats trade Morse to Seattle in 3-team deal

    The Washington Nationals traded power-hitting Michael Morse to Seattle on Wednesday in a three-team deal that moved catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to Oakland.

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2011 file photo, Oregon's head coach Chip Kelly smiles before the Pac 12 championship football game against UCLA in Eugene, Ore. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Kelly after he originally chose to stay at Oregon. Kelly becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens, File)

    After all the drama, Chip Kelly is leaving Oregon for Philly

    Oregon faces a future without Chip Kelly after all. The team's enigmatic coach of four years surprised the Ducks with an early morning phone call Wednesday to say he was leaving to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, just a little more than a week after he told Oregon he was staying.


    As Cubs launch caravan, optimism takes hold

    The Cubs kicked off their annual winter caravan Wednesday in preparation for the weekend's fan convention downtown. Team president Theo Epstein sounded an optimistic note, saying it's always "postseason or bust."

    The Chicago Bears will introducee Marc Trestman as their new head coach at a news conference Thursday. Trestman has five years of head coaching experience in the CFL, and 17 years of experience in the NFL as an offensive coordinator or quarterback coach.

    New Bears coach has supporters, detractors

    The consensus is that the Bears are getting a cerebral, innovative offensive mastermind in new head coach Marc Trestman, but there are those who doubt that he has what it takes to lead an NFL team.

    Although new Bears head coach Marc Trestman will likely call the plays from the sideline, the Bears have hired former New Orleans Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

    Saints’ Kromer joins Bears as offensive coordinator

    New Bears head coach Marc Trestman's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach will be Aaron Kromer, formerly the Saints' O-line coach and their interim head coach for the first six games this season.

    After winning two CFL titles with the Montreal Alouettes, Marc Trestman was hired by the Chicago Bears on Wednesday to be their head coach.

    Bears hire CFL’s Trestman as new head coach

    Marc Trestman, the Montreal Alouettes head coach the last five years in the Canadian Football League, has been hired as the 14th head coach in Bears history after an extensive search by general manager Phil Emery that included 13 candidates.

    After 17 years in the NFL and five years with the Montreal Alouettes, 57-year-old Mark Trestman is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

    Like Walsh, NFL took its time to promote Trestman

    Marc Trestman took a long time to become an NFL head coach, but there is a prominent precedent of someone who had to wait for a chance before demonstrating greatness.

    Can new Bears head coach Marc Trestman turn quarterback Jay Cutler into a quarterback who can lead his team to the Super Bowl?

    Too much to ask Bears, Trestman to win Super Bowl?

    What we know for certain is that Bears GM Phil Emery has fired a coach who completely ignored the offense and the quarterback in favor of a man who will be all about the offense and the quarterback. That's a change for the better.


    Outdoors notes: WGN’s Cullerton was one of the best

    Mike Jackson pays tribute to longtime outdoors radio host Bill Cullerton, and offers an update on the local fishing scene. He also shares a remarkable story behind the arrests of two men charged with poaching deer after game wardens in Wyoming tracked them down from some litter they left behind.


    Dueling shows force anglers to make a choice

    Two January fishing shows - one in Rosemont, one in Schaumburg - give idle anglers a choice when it comes to preparing for the warmwater season.


    Mike North video: Armstrong talks with Oprah

    Lance Armstrong goes on with Oprah because he knew it would be a safe way to deliver his news. He would never appear with a sports interviewer because the questions would be too tough for him. Mike North hasn't even seen it yet but doesn't know why anyone should bother.

    Although new Bears head coach Marc Trestman will likely call the plays from the sideline, the Bears have hired former New Orleans Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Kromer and Trestman previously worked togetherwhen they were on the Oakland Raiders coaching staff.

    Saints’ Kromer joins Bears as offensive coordinator

    New Bears head coach Marc Trestman's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach will be Aaron Kromer, formerly the Saints' O-line coach and their interim head coach for the first six games this season.

    What the Bears need now is more defensive linemen like William “Refrigerator” Perry.

    It’s time for Bears to beef up defensive line

    Get rid of the Bears' defensive staff, too, and replace them with coaches who prefer linemen with some body fat on them.


    Hip surgery for Marshall

    Bears record-setting wide receiver BrandonMarshall is expected to have arthroscopic hip surgery, which is considered minor and will sideline him for 2-4 weeks.


    Kristine Wilson

    Daily Herald honors eight award winners

    Eight employees of the Daily Herald will be honored Thursday for work excellence and for commitment to the community during 2012.

    The Army’s solar array at White Sands, N.M.

    Army’s largest solar array dedicated in New Mexico

    The $16.8 million array includes nearly 15,500 sun-tracking solar panels spread across 42 acres. It will be capable of producing 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — enough to meet about 10 percent of the need of the missile range.

    A United airlines passenger plane takes off at Newark Liberty International airport in Newark, N.J.

    United tries again to raise airfares

    United Airlines is trying again to raise prices after a similar move failed earlier this month.

    Gold ingots are on display during a press conference of Germany’s Central Bank Wednesday at their headquarters in Frankfurt.

    How do you move 700 tons of gold? Very quietly

    The high-stakes, high-security plan is to move the precious metal — 374 tons kept in vaults in Paris and 300 tons stored at the New York Federal Reserve Bank — to the Bundesbank in Germany's financial center over the next eight years.

    A Boeing 787 domestic flight to Tokyo was canceled on Wednesday after a computer wrongly indicated there was a problem with the Boeing 787's brakes.

    Boeing drags Dow Jones lower

    More problems for Boeing's 787 sent the aircraft maker's stock down sharply Wednesday, dragging the Dow Jones industrial average lower.

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, gestures Wednesday as he talks about proposals to reduce gun violence.

    CDC to study violence in media

    The White House pressed most forcefully for a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. No connection was suggested between bloody entertainment fictions and real-life violence. Instead, the White House is calling on research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence.

    Signage for the Livestrong Foundation at the charity’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Nonprofits and charities are wary of any tax law provision that could limit the charitable deduction.

    Charities worry new tax law will reduce donations

    The limits on deductions are part of the new tax law Congress passed on New Year's Day. They reduce the value of all itemized deductions for individuals making more than $250,000 and married couples making more than $300,000.

    An Occupy Wall Street activist places tape on a boarded up house during a tour of foreclosed homes in the East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Goldman, Morgan Stanley pay $557 million in mortgage case

    About 220,000 people whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 are eligible for payments under the deal with the two banks, the Fed said.

    In this Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, photo, a construction worker works at a new home under construction in Chicago. Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remained unchanged January from December at the highest level in nearly seven years, but builders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their prospects for sales over the next six months.

    U.S. homebuilder confidence steady near 7-year high

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders held steady in January at the highest level in nearly seven years, but builders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their prospects for sales over the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday held at 47, the same as in December and the highest reading since April 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.

    Lower gas costs offset more expensive food and higher rents to keep a measure of U.S. consumer prices flat last month.

    U.S. consumer prices unchanged in December

    Lower gas costs offset more expensive food and higher rents to keep a measure of U.S. consumer prices flat last month. The Labor Department said Wednesday that food prices increased 0.2 percent in December from November. Rents and airline fares also rose. Gasoline prices fell a seasonally adjusted 2.3 percent.


    Poker player convicted in $1.2 billion U.K. fraud

    Greek businessman Achilleas Kallakis, known as "The Don" on the international poker circuit, was convicted of defrauding lenders and using the proceeds to pay for trophy property, private planes, a yacht in Monaco, luxury cars, helicopters and artwork, prosecutors said.

    Wendy’s reported fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, that topped Wall Street estimates but a 2 percent rise in revenue came up short of expectations. It reaffirmed its earnings guidance for fiscal 2013.

    Wendy’s 4Q adj. profit tops Wall Street’s view

    Wendy's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street's view, even as a key indicator of sales at North American restaurants dipped slightly. The hamburger chain also maintained its fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings forecast that was above analysts' estimates.

    American Airlines made a profit in the fourth quarter of 2012, a big turnaround from a year ago, as it slashed labor costs and reaped other benefits from its trip to bankruptcy court.

    American Airlines cuts labor costs, posts 4Q profit of $262M

    American Airlines made a profit in the fourth quarter, a big turnaround from a year ago, as it slashed labor costs and reaped other benefits from its trip to bankruptcy court. Parent company AMR Corp. said Wednesday that net income was $262 million compared with a loss of $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.


    Greenhill hires UBS’s Cuise in Chicago focusing on industrials

    Greenhill & Co., the independent advisory firm that added at least seven managing directors in 2012, hired UBS AG's Stephen Cruise in Chicago to focus on industrials.


    Budvar secures Budweiser trademark in Britain

    State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a British court has rejected for good Anheuser-Busch's request to have Budvar's Budweiser trademark declared invalid in the country, the latest ruling in a long legal battle over the brand name.


    Report: Europe luxury destination for Chinese

    A report says Europe is surging as a popular luxury destination for Chinese millionaires. The Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2013 says France is number one and half of the top 10 destinations are European countries. They include Switzerland, Britain, Italy and Germany.


    Credit swaps in U.S. Rise as World Bank cuts growth forecasts

    A gauge of U.S. corporate credit risk rose after the World Bank reduced its global growth forecast yesterday. The Markit CDX North American Investment Grade Index, a credit-default swaps benchmark that investors use to hedge against losses or to speculate on creditworthiness, increased 0.7 basis point to a mid-price of 89.3 basis points at 8:13 a.m. in New York, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg.


    European leaders headlining annual forum in Davos

    Promoting measures to get the world economy out of its crisis mode will be the focal point of next week's annual gathering of world leaders and power brokers in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, organizers said Wednesday. Three leading European leaders, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Mario Monti, will deliver keynote addresses on how to push forward the global economic revival, according to officials from the World Economic Forum.


    Oil slips as Germany cuts 2013 growth forecast

    Oil prices slipped closer to $93 a barrel Wednesday, as Germany cut its 2013 growth forecast. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 8 cents to $93.20 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 86 cents to finish at $93.28 a barrel in New York on Tuesday. The German government cut its 2013 growth expectations to 0.4 percent from an earlier estimate of 1 percent on Wednesday, just a day after the announcement that growth in 2012 fell to just 0.7 percent from 3 percent in 2011.


    Japanese stocks lead markets lower on yen concern

    Japanese shares led markets lower Wednesday after a minister warned over an excessive fall in the value of the yen. Elsewhere, concern over U.S. budget talks caused many indexes to drop further from multiyear highs. The Japanese currency has been sold off sharply in recent weeks, and that's helped the country's main stock market clamber to 32-month highs — a lower currency makes Japanese goods potentially more competitive in the international marketplace, thereby helping the national economy to grow.


    JPMorgan reports higher earnings, finishes review

    JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank by assets, says its fourth-quarter earnings shot up 55 percent over the year. The bank made $5.3 billion after paying preferred dividends, compared with $3.4 billion this time a year ago. Per share, those earnings amounted to $1.40, blowing away the $1.16 expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

    Somalian pirates captured a Saudi supertanker with $100 million incrude oil in November 20012.

    Piracy plunges to lowest in years on $1 trillion trade route

    Somali pirates' attacks on shipping plunged last year to the lowest since at least 2007 as increased use of armed guards and naval intervention deterred incidents in an area handling about $1 trillion in trade.Attacks fell to 75 in 2012 from a record 237 in the prior year, the London-based International Maritime Bureau said in an e-mailed report today. While the number of hijacked ships fell by 50 percent to 14, the threat of vessel seizures remains as pirates wielding automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades are still seeking targets, the piracy observer said.

    Dr. Steve Sun looks over a heart monitor display in the emergency room at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.

    ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

    A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses. From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000.

Life & Entertainment

    A 1950s drawing of "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz is part of "Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit" at the Museum of Science and Industry.

    Weekend picks: Time's running out to see Charlie Brown at MSI

    You only have a few weeks left to get an up-close look at the legendary comic strip characters that Charles M. Schulz created in "Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit" at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Young Rapscallions, with drummer Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from "Superbad"), make a stop at the Montrose Room Friday. Buffalo Theatre stages Steve Martin's adaptation of “The Underpants” at College of DuPage.

    Cooking up a healthy soup filled with good-for-you ingredients can take less than 30 minutes.

    Rich greens give low-fat soup flavor, texture

    Dark leafy greens — namely collards, kale and mustard greens — are powerhouses of vitamins, fiber and other plant-based health benefits. But the taste and texture of these strong greens are a bit much for some people. One way those who don't love greens can enjoy their obvious health benefits is to mix them in with other savory flavors, like in today's recipe for Greens, Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup With Almonds.

    “Goldenheart” by Dawn Richard

    Dawn Richard’s ‘Goldenheart’ is golden

    As a member of Diddy-Dirty Money and Danity Kane, Dawn Richard was impressive. As a solo artist, she’s extraordinary. Her solo debut, “Goldenheart,” is an R&B field day of progressive, electronic and smooth sounds that play like one amazing musical adventure.

    Joan Rivers’ taped St. Charles appearance at the Arcada Theatre is now available on DVD.

    Filmed at Arcada, Joan Rivers’ St. Charles show now on DVD

    Joan Rivers' special at St. Charles' Arcada Theatre is now out on DVD. "Don't Start With Me" features her in-your-face brand of comedy.

    The first rule of drinking on a diet is, don’t. But if you plan to ignore Rule No. 1, ask for a gin maritini or find other ways to enjoy alcohol without letting it swamp your healthy intentions.

    Drinking on a diet? Those calories can add up fast

    The first rule of drinking on a diet is: Don't. Surely you've heard that Americans get way too many calories — and nutritionally empty calories at that — from alcohol. Yet if you plan to break that rule there are strategies for enjoying alcohol in more healthful ways.

    Conrad Bain, shown here in 1981 and who starred as the kindly white adoptive father of two young brothers — Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges — in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” died of natural causes Monday at his home in Calif. He was 89.

    Conrad Bain of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ dies at 89

    Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died. Bain died Monday of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. He was 89. The show that made him famous debuted on NBC in 1978.

    Tate Stevens, who won Season 2 of Simon Cowell’s “The X-Factor,” has signed a record deal with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville it was announced Tuesday.

    ‘X Factor’ winner Stevens signs record deal

    "The X Factor" champ Tate Stevens has signed a record deal. A Tuesday news release says the Season 2 winner signed a deal with Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville and is already writing and recording his major-label debut.

    Marion Cotillard has been named the 2013 Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year.

    Cotillard named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

    Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard has been named the 2013 Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year. The French actress, who won the 2007 best actress Oscar for her role in "La Vie En Rose," will be honored with a parade and roast, and given her ceremonial pudding pot, at Harvard on Jan. 31.

    Director/producer, Kathryn Bigelow, on the set of “Zero Dark Thirty,” which chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden.

    Director defends ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture scenes

    Director Kathryn Bigelow defends torture scenes in her Oscar-nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty," saying torture was an undeniable part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The film opens by declaring it's based on firsthand accounts of actual events.

    Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace in the film, “Lovelace,” directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film will be part of the lineup at the Sundance Film Festival starting Thursday.

    Independent films await Sundance opening

    PARK CITY, Utah — It’s that time of year again when a tiny ski-resort town becomes the place to be for anyone in show business — stars and directors, distribution executives, musicians, unknown filmmakers hoping that people might want to hear the stories they tell.Opening Thursday, the Sundance Film Festival takes over Park City for a week and a half every January. Anything resembling a theater is booked with screenings. Directors and their casts trudge snowy streets to introduce films and do interviews. Bars and restaurants are stuffed with people talking deals, or just talking about something crazy or unexpected they just saw on screen.“It’s almost like Burning Man. Once a year, this tiny little town that then transforms itself into kind of a crazy film city for 10 days out of the year,” said writer-director Lynn Shelton, a Sundance regular (“Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister”) who returns this year with “Touchy Feely,” starring Rosemarie DeWitt as a massage therapist suddenly struck by an aversion to touching others. “It’s crammed with people all there for one reason. Whatever relationship they have to the industry, they’re all there for the love of films.”The top U.S. showcase for independent cinema, Sundance has grown along with the do-it-yourself film world and has played a huge role in creating opportunities for low-budget filmmakers to get their work made and seen.Robert Redford added the festival in 1985 as an offshoot of his Sundance Institute that offers professional support to indie filmmakers.That first year, the festival showed a couple of dozen films. This year, Sundance is playing 119 feature films from 32 countries, culled from about 4,000 that were submitted.“It’s gotten pretty overwhelming,” Redford said. “I never dreamed when we started — we didn’t even know that we would last — and then when it lasted and grew, it became huge. I never anticipated that it would get to this size.”Now the name Sundance is almost a synonym for the possibilities of independent film. The festival helped launch the careers of filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino and has premiered such Academy Award winners and nominees as “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Precious,” “Winter’s Bone” and last year’s top Sundance prize winner, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”This year’s lineup includes Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in director Joshua Michael Stern’s film biography “jOBS”; Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Lovelace”; Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in Fredrik Bond’s romance “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”; Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen in Naomi Foner’s teen tale “Very Good Girls”; Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’ beat-poet story “Kill Your Darlings”; and Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” a follow-up to “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.”There’s also a reunion for two “Little Miss Sunshine” stars: Steve Carell and Toni Collette co-star in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Sundance premiere “The Way, Way Back.”Redford has insisted on giving documentaries equal time with dramatic features, and this year’s festival has a wild range of nonfiction topics, including Barbara Kopple’s “Running from Crazy,” a study of Mariel Hemingway and her family’s history of mental illness and suicide, including that of grandfather Ernest Hemingway; Alison Ellwood’s “History of the Eagles Part 1,” a portrait of the pop supergroup; Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”; Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl’s “Sound City,” a look at a venerable recording studio; Freida Mock’s “Anita,” a portrait of Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment; and R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton’s “The World According to Dick Cheney,” an examination of the former vice president.


    Ask the Nutritionist: Discovering the benefits of green coffee bean extract and steel-cut oats

    Green coffee bean extract has gotten a lot of publicity as a weight loss aid but a 2011 analysis of the research on the topic found just a few small clinical trials that lasted from 4 to 12 weeks. The studies indicate GCBE may promote weight loss of one-half to one pound per week, yet we have no data about what would happen to weight if people were to use GCBE beyond 12 weeks.

    Tropical Smoothie now serves fish and chicken tacos.

    Dining events: Cafe’s new tacos a taste treat

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a new flavor in the form of hot eats — fish and chicken tacos. Choose from grilled tilapia or grilled chicken with various toppings. Also, I Dream of Falafel celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. with a holiday special.

    Sir Elton John, left, and David Furnish say they have become parents for a second time.

    Elton John, David Furnish welcome 2nd son

    Elton John and David Furnish say they have become parents for a second time. The couple say they are "overwhelmed with happiness" at the birth of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.


    Chicago rapper Chief Keef faces jail for parole violation

    Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been taken into custody after a juvenile court judge decided a video of him firing a semiautomatic rifle at a New York gun range was a violation of probation. The artist, real name Keith Cozart, was sentenced last year to 18 months' probation after his conviction on aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charges for pointing a gun at police officers.


    ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says cancer has returned

    ESPN anchor Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned. Scott announced on Twitter late Monday night that he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks but would continue to work.


    Go ahead and confront friend’s boyfriend about comments

    I can't stand my best friend's boyfriend. He's passive-aggressive and is always making snarky, spiteful comments. It's common for him to join activities in which he has no interest and then disparage anyone or anything involved.

    “If You're Never Gonna Move” by Jessie Ware

    Jessie Ware strikes right chords on EP

    Though she was first heard singing vocals for U.K. acts like Joker and SBTRKT, South Londoner Jessie Ware strikes out on her own — providing a much-needed injection into the British music scene and giving Emeli Sande some breathing space.

    British singer Jessie Ware’s five-song EP, “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” debuted in the United States on Tuesday, while “Devotion” will see an official U.S. release later this year. She plays Chicago’s Lincoln Hall Sunday.

    British R&B singer Jessie Ware hopes to find success in U.S.

    Jessie Ware's ability to capture the heat of an adolescent blush with her cool, Sade-inspired alto speaks to the gorgeous in-betweenness of her music. She is one in the latest wave of British soul chanteuses hoping to make a dent in the States this year. Her five-song teaser EP, “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” landed in the United States on Tuesday. And her debut album, "Devotion," is due in the U.S. in April.


    Fruit tops on study, but teens still not biting

    Here's some food news: fresh fruit beats out chocolate and potato chips as the snack of choice among children and those over 65. Now for some bad news: fresh produce costs are expected to climb faster than that of sugary snacks in 2013. What's a health conscious consumer to do?

    Will superstar judges Mariah Carey, left, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj pay off for Fox's “American Idol”? The show returns Wednesday for season 12.

    'American Idol' returns betting big on new judges

    "American Idol" is facing a $36 million-plus question: Will that combined paycheck lavished on superstar judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban pay off in ratings? The newcomers have their work cut out for them whether they earn it with colorful feuding or by discovering a singer who can charm America. The talent show needs every edge as its audience erodes and other contests emerge.


    Frugal living: Save money with a toaster oven

    Toaster ovens are a great alternative to regular ovens. They cost less to operate and won't heat up your kitchen as much. Using a toaster is still your cheapest option for toast and bagels, but you can bake, broil, roast or reheat foods such as sandwiches, appetizers, mini pizzas, fish, beef, poultry, desserts, etc., in a toaster oven, too.

    Cooking up a healthy soup filled with good-for-you ingredients can take less than 30 minutes.

    Greens, Sweet Potato and Chicken Soup With Almonds
    3 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth, divided 4 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into small pieces1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced½ cup onion, chopped1 cup frozen chopped collard greens (or kale or mustard greens; see note)1 teaspoon minced garlic½ cup almonds, sliced½ cup warm water1 teaspoon vegetable oil¼ teaspoon fine sea salt1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper2 teaspoons fresh lime juiceIn a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 cups of broth over high heat. Add the chicken, sweet potato and onion, and cook on high 4 to 5 minutes, until sweet potato is tender and chicken is no longer pink. Stir in frozen collards and garlic, and reduce heat to medium-low to simmer.In the bowl of a mini food processor, process the almonds, water and vegetable oil on high until almonds form a smooth paste. Set aside.Once all the vegetables are tender, add the remaining cup of broth, almond paste, salt, pepper and lime juice. Stir to blend well. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes to combine flavors. Serve immediately. Serves two (easily doubled or tripled).Cook’s note: If you can’t find frozen greens, triple-wash fresh greens and cook them in boiling water until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Chop well and use an equal amount of fresh greens as called for in recipe. Nutrition values per serving: 387 calories, 18 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 26 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 32 g protein, 50 mg cholesterol, 897 mg sodium.

    Deer pruned this yew next to the foundation of a house.

    Be a deer and prune the shrubs, will you?

    Although unconcerned with promoting plant health or aesthetics, in at least one situation deer can actually help us prune well. Picture an overgrown shrub, especially one planted too close to a home. With age and a little neglect, said shrub begins to swallow up the home, or at least block the view from a window.



    Editorial: Towns wise to prepare on medical marijuana

    A Daily Herald editorial says that despite doubts about medical marijuana, the issue is moving quickly at the state level, so towns are wise to prepare now.


    Guns without roses

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: I grew up in a home with guns, lots of them, and was taught early how to shoot, care for firearms and treat them respectfully. My father's rules were simple: Never point a gun at someone unless you intend to shoot them; if you intend to shoot, aim to kill.


    Can Hillary Clinton pace herself?

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Hillary Clinton didn't have to become the spinning top that put her in a sick bed. Even there, she noted — not without pride — her difficulty in becoming a "compliant patient." If Clinton does run for president, she must show more dedication to self-preservation. Martyrs don't necessarily make great managers.


    Driver’s license bill a disappointment
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: The recent passage of illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses in the state of Illinois is an irresponsible piece of legislation. Claims of safer roads because of the bill are hogwash.


    Aren’t we required to have a budget?
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Amazing, Froma Harrop finally got it right. In the Jan. 10 edition of the Herald she stated "raising the country's debt limit was a routine vote." If it is a routine vote, why have it in the first place? The debt ceiling is imposed to limit the amount of debt the country can absorb.


    What will the left want to debate next?
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: When people on the right want to bring the abortion issue up it is generally met with remarks from liberals such as "it's settled law," yet after numerous times in front of the Supreme Court, and 237 years of history the left seems to think debating the right to bear arms as something we should rethink.


    Hobby Lobby just one example
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The effects of President Obama's massive takeover of health care is just starting to be felt. One example is the case of Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby is a Christian-run company and follows Christian principles. Obamacare forces companies to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, specifically the morning after pill, in their health insurance policies.


    Grudging support for KIVA annexation
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: The reality is this: If Campton Hills does not annex KIVA (rehab facility) who will? The alternatives could be far worse, so it is essential that the village control this property and the integrity of its' borders. Therefore, annex it now, get it on the tax rolls, and deal with KIVA later with strict village oversight.


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