Daily Archive : Friday January 25, 2013


    Adam Paluch of Mundelein was taken by the Nazis as a child, and sent to the notorious Majdanek prison camp in Poland.

    Moving Picture: Mundelein Holocaust survivor finds past

    It took 45 years, but Adam Paluch finally found out who he was. The Mundelein man is a holocaust survivor. "The Dolebski family that raised me said I was a Jew, this bothered me and I started to run away from home to look for my true family," Paluch said, "But I didn't know my name, I didn't know where I was born, when I was born, nothing."

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com The Maine South High School dance team hold up their first place trophy in the 3A division at the Competitive Dance State Finals on Saturday in Bloomington.

    Maine South, Crystal Lake Central champs at state dance contest

    The Illinois High School Association debuted its state championship in its newest sport on Saturday, and suburban teams dominated. Suburban teams took the top three medals in the competitive dance finals on Saturday in both the large and medium school divisions.

    Neuqua Valley High School takes the floor in the state dance preliminaries on Friday in Bloomington. Neuqua advanced to the Division 3A finals.

    Suburban teams advance in state dance competition

    Suburban high schools are well-represented among the 30 competitive dance teams heading into the IHSA's first state championships on Saturday in Bloomington. Ninety schools competed Friday, but only one-third of them are alive going into the finals.

    Scott Metlicka, a flautist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, plays for patients at Sherman Hospital. Being part of the ESO's “Musicians Care” program is very rewarding, he said.

    ESO musicians bring comfort to Sherman patients

    An estimated 3,500 patients at Sherman Hospital in Elgin have enjoyed the weekly "Musicians Care" program offered by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra since it began in November 2010. Musicians visit the hospital every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.


    Cary school board race draws a crowd

    All four incumbents up for re-election to the Cary District 26 school board are trying to keep their positions. But five challengers are hoping to unseat them. The crowded school board race brings together a passionate group of individuals hoping to right a financially struggling district that cut art, music and education during the 2010-2011 school year to save money.


    Sprinklers douse Elk Grove factory fire

    An automatic sprinkler system helped extinguish a fire at a manufacturing plant in Elk Grove Village Friday, authorities said. The fire started in a paint spraying room about 5 p.m. at Advanced Valve Technologies, located at 800 Busse Road.

    Jane Smiley

    Author Jane Smiley coming to Arlington Hts. on Tuesday

    The Arlington Heights Memorial Library and the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre are hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley on Jan. 29. The author of "A Thousand Acres", "Moo" and "Private Life," will read from her works and be interviewed. Free, but guests must register.

    Wally Frasier, left, Steve Lentz and Robin Meier are running for mayor in Mundelein.

    Mundelein mayoral candidates talk ways to improve village

    When it comes to improving life in Mundelein, the three candidates in the town's mayoral race cited customer service and the ongoing redevelopment of the downtown area among their priorities. Mundelein Park District Trustee Wally Frasier and village Tustees Robin Meier and Steve Lentz are candidates to replace Mayor Kenneth Kessler, who is stepping down.

    Mike Stalka of Amaya out of Aurora clears snow at the Foundry Business Park in St. Charles after a minimal snowfall early Friday morning.

    Why an inch of snow still set a record

    Chicago didn’t get much snow Friday, but it was record-breaking nonetheless.The 1.1 inches that settled on Windy City streets and sidewalks marked the latest first seasonal snowfall of at least an inch in the Midwest metropolis since at least 1884, when records were first kept, National Weather Service forecaster Matt Friedlein said. The previous record was set on Jan. 17, 1899.

    Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an ice rescue near Vernon Hills on Friday.

    Man on ATV falls through ice on Wauconda lake

    Firefighters rescued a man whose all-terrain vehicle crashed through the ice on Bangs Lake in Wauconda, authorities said. Wauconda Fire District officials said they were called to the lake at 10:18 p.m. Thursday and found the 30-year-old Wauconda-area resident clinging to one of the ATV tires about one-half mile from shore.

    Sgt. Scott Kristiansen poses as a solicitor as he checks to see if drivers are using mobile devices while driving north through the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Rt. 83 in Buffalo Grove. Kristiansen used unorthodox tactics to boost safety.

    Much honored Buffalo Grove traffic sergeant retires

    This week, Buffalo Grove honored a man who has been synonymous with traffic safety in village. Sgt. Scott Kristiansen retired this month after serving the department for more than 30 years.


    Car breaks down on tracks, struck by train

    An outbound Metra train struck an unoccupied car near the Des Plaines train station during the Friday evening rush hour, authorities said. The vehicle broke down as it was crossing the tracks about 5:30 p.m., but the driver was able to get out safely before the train hit the car, according to the Des Plaines Fire Department.


    Lindenhurst-Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce launches buy local initiative

    The Lindenhurst-Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to participate in its "Shop Think Buy Local" initiative.

    A rendering of what the old Ziegler’s Ace Hardware store in downtown West Dundee would look like if it’s converted into the Fox Performing Arts Center.

    Architect misses deadlines for arts center idea

    Rick Browne, a local architect who partnered with West Dundee to convert an abandoned hardware store into a regional performing arts center, has missed a pair of deadlines in which he was supposed to update the village about the project's progress. That, in turn, is trying the patience of some village leaders.

    Lisa Boehm holds a portrait of herself when she was a young ballerina in this 2005 photo.

    Ballet teacher Boehm’s 100th birthday feted in Elgin

    A group of Elgin residents is organizing a centennial celebration to honor the late ballet dancer and teacher Lisa Bohem on Sunday — which would have been her 100th birthday — at the Elgin History Museum.


    Vandals shred tires in Hanover Park

    Hanover Park police reported that vandals slashed tires on more than 50 vehicles in the past week.


    E. Dundee garage fire put out quickly

    Firefighting crews quickly extinguished a garage fire in East Dundee Friday morning, authorities said. Officials from the East Dundee Fire Protection District said crews were dispatched at 6:55 a.m. to the 100 block of South Van Buren Street, and upon arrival, found a single-story detached garage/wood working shop with light smoke showing. It was soon after extinguished.

    Marcus Brewton

    Waukegan man arrested on drug, gun charges

    Waukegan police said Friday they recovered drugs and a weapon after a search of a man's house spurred by complaints from area residents. Police arrested and charged Marcus Brewton, 31, of the 2100 block of Western Avenue, with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and unlawful use of a weapon.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals burned a hole through the playground slide at Dryden Elementary School, 722 S. Dryden Place, Arlington Heights. The cost to replace the slide is $1,800. The damage was discovered on Jan. 23.

    Gustavo Villarreal

    Police charge man in fatal Aurora hit-and-run

    The man police believe was driving during a fatal hit-and-run Monday in Aurora now faces four criminal charges for leaving the scene of the accident, authorities said Friday. The crash killed 57-year-old Theresa M. Burns of Des Plaines.

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o pauses during an interview with ESPN on Jan. 18. Te’o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax.

    Dr. Phil to interview man accused of creating Te’o hoax

    Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with the man alleged to have concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. A "Dr. Phil Show" representative confirmed on Friday the interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo,

    Illinois had its debt rating cut one level to A- by Standard & Poor’s, which threatened to downgrade the state again after lawmakers’ failure to bolster the nation’s worst-funded pension system.

    S&P rating makes Illinois the country’s worst state

    Illinois' already disastrous financial situation worsened Friday as another credit rating agency downgraded its rating to the worst of any state in the country, blaming lawmakers' ongoing failure to resolve a multibillion-dollar pension crisis. "We believe that legislative consensus on reform will be difficult to achieve given the poor track record in the past two years," analysts said.


    Six Flags to hire 3,000+

    Six Flags Great America announced it is hiring more than 3,000 seasonal employees ranging from entry-level to management-level positions, including paid internships.


    Hoffman Estates teen charged with stealing $584 in liquor

    Hoffman Estates police have charged a Hoffman Estates teen with stealing almost $600 in liquor from Mariano's while her 2-year-old son was riding along in the shopping cart.


    Sports association benefit scheduled

    The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association has scheduled its annual benefit for Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Knauz Classic Car showroom at 775 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff.


    Island Lake preparing for pot law

    With state lawmakers talking about possibly legalizing marijuana for medical use, Island Lake officials on Thursday took steps to prepare for proposals to open distribution facilities.


    Dist. 68 race now uncontested

    The race for a spot on the Green Oaks-based Oak Grove Elementary District 68 school board will be uncontested with the withdrawal of one of the candidates.

    Joseph L. Lopez Jr.

    Mount Prospect man captured

    Authorities arrested a Mount Prospect man Friday who they considered armed and dangerous following a domestic incident earlier this week. Joseph L. Lopez Jr., 34, of the 1400 block of Brownstone Court, was taken into custody without incident at 10 a.m. Friday at his apartment. He was charged with two counts of aggravated domestic battery.

    Lisa Madigan

    Arlington Hts. man, brother guilty in gas scam

    An Arlington Heights tax expert pleaded guilty to conspiring with gas station owners to cook the books and avoid paying millions in state sales tax. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the fraud involved $5 million.

    Joseph “Joey” Frase

    Grayslake man succumbed to cold, coroner says

    Grayslake resident Joseph "Joey" Frase, who was last seen early Sunday and whose body was found Tuesday morning near Campbell Airport, succumbed to the cold, according to Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd. Rudd said hypothermia was the cause of death for Frase, 20, who was last seen leaving a party in a Round Lake subdivision west of the airport.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks during a Thursday news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.

    Politicians lead varied pushes for new gun laws

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is among several prominent Democrats following President Barack Obama's lead in pushing for tougher gun laws. In Washington on Friday, Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Chicago reintroduced the Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement Act, which is designed to hinder the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data.Illinois' other U.S. senator, Republican Mark Kirk,...

    President Barack Obama has picked the now-top national security aide Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff.

    Obama picks foreign policy aide as chief of staff

    President Barack Obama announced Friday that his new chief of staff is longtime trusted aide Denis McDonough, whom the president described as a close friend unafraid to deliver straight talk.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, is the new chairman of the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

    Durbin to head defense spending subcommittee

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he will chair the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

    Teachers walk the picket line last week outside Grayslake Middle School. The union strike lasted three days in Grayslake Elementary District 46.

    Poll Vault: Are you a union member?

    Are you or have you ever been a member of a labor union? What do you think of union influence in politics? Labor unions fought for many benefits we now take for granted, such as workplace safety and overtime laws, but are they still necessary?

    Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brian Church, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are accused of plotting Molotov cocktail attacks during last year’s NATO summit in Chicago.

    Defense seeks dismissal of NATO summit terror charges

    Lawyers for three men accused of plotting to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters with Molotov cocktails during last year's NATO summit in Chicago filed a motion Friday seeking the dismissal of terrorism charges in the case. In their filing, the defense team included a 25-page memorandum arguing that the definitions of terrorism in Illinois' statute are so broad and ill-defined...


    Chicago police say homicides down so far in 2013

    Chicago police say there have been 22 percent fewer homicides in the city so far this year compared with the same period in 2012. The city ended 2012 with 506 homicides, the first time the total topped 500 since 2008.


    Illinois flu deaths up to 58

    State health officials say Illinois flu activity continues to be high in a season where the virus struck earlier than usual. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Friday that 534 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with the flu this season and 58 have died.


    Former rec supervisor to get $10,000 from Island Lake

    Seven months after being found not guilty of starting a bar fight, Island Lake's former recreation supervisor will get $10,000 from the village to cover back pay. Karen Luebbers had been placed on unpaid leave following a December 2010 fight at a local tavern. That suspension continued until she was reinstated in June 2011.


    Northwest sububan police blotter

    In Bartlett, thieves stole a designer watch valued at $8,500 out of a walk-in closet during a party at a home on Keim Trail around 4:50 p.m. Jan. 8.

    Tracie Wilcox, right, of Schaumburg, has organized a fundraiser Saturday night in Arlington Heights for melanoma research. Her husband, Eric, left, is fighting skin cancer.

    Melanoma fundraiser Saturday night in Arlington Hts.

    A fundraiser for research to fight melanoma is being held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Murphy's of Arlington Heights, 1609 W. Campbell St. The fundraiser was organized by Tracie Wilcox of Schaumburg, whose husband of more than 13 years, Eric Wilcox, has been fighting melanoma since March 2010.


    Kane County CASA breaks $1 million mark for endowment

    Kane County CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, recently concluded a two-year campaign to raise $1 million for an endowment fund. It hit $750,000 in donations and fundraising, triggering a part of a grant and $400,000 overall in donations from a St. Charles foundation to get to $1.2 million. CASA does not receive funding from the courts or government.


    Cuban-themed fundraiser in Barrington Saturday

    "Hot Night in Havana," a fun fundraiser for the local non-profit Hands of Hope to provide fresh water wells in Zambia, will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in the showroom of Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram at 660 W. Northwest Highway in Barrington. The $90 tickets for a night of Cuban food, drink, dancing and music (tropical attire optional) can be bought at...


    Authorities seize cyanide from Woodridge home

    Authorities found an unspecified amount of potassium cyanide Thursday during a well-being check on the 2200 block of Wharf Drive in Woodridge, police said Friday. The toxic substance prompted a response by hazardous material crews, which determined there was no danger and cleaned up the area.

    People play hockey at Frontier Park in Arlington Heights. The April election of people to oversee parks like this one is uncontested in Arlington Heights now that an 18-year-old Buffalo Grove student’s nominating petitions have been ruled to lack sufficient signatures.

    18-year-old Arlington Hts. park board candidate thrown off ballot

    A Buffalo Grove High School student has been thrown off the ballot for Arlington Heights Park District Board, making the April election an uncontested race, according to the Cook County Clerk's office. The Cook County electoral board ruled on Thursday afternoon in favor of the objectors.

    At the Hearts Of Valor Ball, active military members are always among the guests of honor. Here they are in 2012.

    Founders of Heart Of A Marine Foundation help veterans

    In the nearly nine years since Lance Corporal Phillip Frank of Elk Grove Village was killed in Iraq, his parents have remade their lives in service to active military, veterans and their families. The Heart of a Marine Foundation, which assists military members in all branches of the service, is a force of nature in its own right. "It's truly a joyous experience," says Roy Frank.


    Hearts of Valor Ball
    Details of the Hearts of Valor Ball on Feb. 16


    Heart Of A Marine Foundation
    Heart Of A Marine Foundation

    About 250 parents, teachers and others heard Round Lake Area Unit District 116 Superintendent Constance Collins give a presentation on possible restructuring plans earlier this month. She said the way education is delivered to students must change because of consistently poor academic performance.

    District 116 to decide restructuring plan meant to boost academic achievement

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 board members will be asked to approve a plan that would alter how education is delivered to students in an effort to boost academic performance, officials say. District 116's seven-member board will decide on a restructuring plan during a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Round Lake High School's library media center.

    Mark A. Hoen

    Naperville man charged with setting off explosion at neighbor’s home

    A Naperville man was arrested Friday on charges he set off an explosive device at a neighbor's front door. Mark Hoen, 22, is accused of leaving the device -- described in court records as an "aerial mortar firework" -- outside a home on the 300 block of Prairie Knoll Drive.


    Wheaton eyes requirements for group-care homes

    A nonprofit organization is pressing Wheaton to change its requirements for group-care homes, prompting a backlash from some neighbors. Wheaton-based STARS Family Services already has obtained city council approval for a special-use permit to build a group home to house developmentally disabled adults as part of a planned unit development at the southeast corner of Cross Street and Union Avenue.


    School vaccine requirement expanding in Illinois

    Junior high and high school students will be required to receive a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis for next school year. The Illinois State Board of Health recently approved the expanded requirement for the Tdap vaccine, which was recommended by the state health and education officials. Students must either show proof of having received the vaccination, must have an...


    Woodridge condos evacuated after toxic chemical found

    Police called to make a well-being check in Woodridge discovered a small amount of what they believe to be of the toxic chemical potassium cyanide inside the man's apartment. Authorities evacuated nearby residents for about three hours Thursday while the chemical was removed.

    19-year-old Eric Dompierre, right, who has Down syndrome and is the kicker for the Ishpeming High School varsity football team, arrives on the field for the first day of practice at the Ishpeming Playgrounds in Ishpeming, Mich. Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.

    Suburban schools: Disabled sports directive a surprise

    Local officials have yet to receive U.S. Education Department letters requiring schools to include students with disabilities in sports programs, or provide equal alternatives. Elgin Area School District U-46 officials were among those unaware of the new mandate as of late Thursday. Patrick Mogge, director of school and community relations, said the impact on the athletic budget is still unknown.

    Sled dogs Poncho, left, and his blind brother Gonzo are hooked up for a run at the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, in Jefferson, N.H. Poncho has taken to helping his blind brother on regular runs.

    Blind NH sled dog thrives with brother’s help

    When Gonzo started tripping over his food dish three years ago, no one could explain or stop the Alaskan husky's quickly advancing blindness. But a veterinarian offered some simple advice: "Run this dog." Gonzo, one of 120 dogs at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel, was happy to comply. With help from his brother, Poncho, he soon resumed his place pulling a sled all over New Hampshire's North Country to...

    Tony Blair

    Tony Blair another costly guest for Judson University

    Elgin's Judson University will maintain its reputation for bringing big-name leaders when it hosts Tony Blair for its World Leaders Forum April 12. University officials are not releasing details, but Blair is in an elite group of speakers who are able to charge upward of $200,000 per event. “It's a great thing that you can come to Elgin, Illinois, and see speakers of that caliber,”...


    Biden heading to Virginia to push gun control

    Vice President Joe Biden is taking the White House's campaign for gun control on the road to Virginia.

    Jason Smith, 36, an exterminator, has been charged with strangling 35-year-old Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, who was found bound and burned in her city row home on Monday.

    Exterminator charged with strangling Pa. doctor

    Jason Smith, 36, was charged with murder, arson, abuse of a corpse and risking a catastrophe in the slaying of Dr. Melissa Ketunuti, 35, of Philadelphia.

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will spend this weekend in prison as a penalty for 14 parole violations, a state spokesman said Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Kilpatrick is to report to the Detroit Reentry Center Friday afternoon and will be released from custody early Monday.

    Ex-Detroit mayor to spend weekend in prison

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted in 2008 for obstruction of justice, will spend this weekend in prison for 14 parole violations, a state corrections spokesman said Friday.

    This 2001 file photo provided by the Washington Police Department shows the missing poster of Chandra Ann Levy, of Modesto, Calif. A judge is holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Levy. Neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have revealed the purpose of the hearings, which have been taking place in Washington behind closed doors. Several media organizations, including The Associated Press, are petitioning to open the proceedings.

    Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying

    A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of intern Chandra Levy.

    Rhode Island speaker of the House Gordon Fox, center, speaks with Ray Sullivan, campaign director for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, right, in the House Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Legislation to allow gay marriage in the state passed a House vote Thursday.

    R.I. gay marriage bill faces uncertain future

    Legislation that would make Rhode Island the 10th state to allow gays and lesbians to marry faces an uncertain future despite being overwhelmingly approved by the state House.

    Carol Stream Park District could end up paying DuPage County more than expected for its portion of a flood relief project earmarked for Armstrong Park — which has been delayed due to a lengthy state permit review process.

    Carol Stream could pay more for flood project

    Carol Stream Park District may have to pay DuPage County more than expected for stormwater storage space at soon-to-be constructed flood reservoirs in Armstrong Park. But this week, DuPage County Stormwater Management Department Director Tony Charlton said it was unfair to say project costs have risen, since the first price estimate — which he labeled as $330,000 — was likely a...


    Arlington Hts. group to honor man for work with immigrants

    A man whose work in the immigrant community dates back nearly three decades will be honored for his tireless efforts at a fundraiser benefiting the less fortunate.


    Countries grapple with the role of women in combat

    From France's Joan of Arc, to female resistance fighters of World War II and the black-clad women warriors of the Viet Cong, popular history is filled with stories of women fighting alongside men in epic struggles. In many modern armies, however, ground infantry combat is still largely a male preserve. But change is afoot.


    Syrian regime urges opposition, refugees to return

    Twin car bombs in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights have killed eight people, activists said Friday as the government called on those who fled the country during the civil war to return, including regime opponents.


    Boomers announce early season promos

    How better to endure the bitterly cold weather that's at last arrived this winter than to dream of the warm, sunny baseball season ahead? The Schaumburg Boomers have just announced their promo and giveaway scheduled for the first half of their sophomore season.


    Des Plaines resident receives valor award

    Des Plaines resident Jose Ortiz is a good guy to have around in a tough situation. Ortiz, who on Nov. 30 stopped a bank robbery in progress, was honored for his quick thinking and selfless actions by the Des Plaines city council this week with a Citizen's Award of Valor.

    Jan. 31, 2005: Army Major Tammy Duckworth rolls herself up during physical therapy at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Duckworth lost both legs when the helicopter she was in was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade during a mission near Baghdad on Nov. 12, 2004.

    Images: A look at women's military service

    Through the years, women's roles in wartime have evolved — not that women ever have been inclined to just stand by. In World War II, members of the Women Army Corps worked in a support capacity, while in Iraq and Afghanistan women have served closer to the front. Here's a collection of images showing some of the ways women have served their country in the U.S. military.

    During the invasion of Panama in 1989, U.S. Army Capt. Linda L. Bray became the first woman to lead US troops in battle. Commander of the 988th Military Police, she engaged in a firefight with elite Panamanian Special Forces unit inside a military barracks and dog kennel. Hanging on the wall are bayonets taken from AK47s captured during the attack along with her MP brassard or armband.

    1st woman to lead in combat ‘thrilled’ with change

    Former U.S. Army Capt. Linda L. Bray says her male superiors were incredulous upon hearing she had ably led a platoon of military police officers through a firefight during the 1989 invasion of Panama. After her story became public, Congress fiercely debated whether she and other women had any business being on the battlefield. More than 23 years later, the Pentagon's longstanding prohibition...

    Anti-government protesters demonstrate during a march near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Egyptian opposition protesters are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic regime.

    With protests, Egyptians mark uprising anniversary

    Two years after Egypt's revolution began, the country's schism was on display Friday as the mainly liberal and secular opposition held rallies saying the goals of the pro-democracy uprising have not been met and denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.


    Dawn Patrol: 2nd Maine West coach fired; McHenry County fugitive caught

    District 207 fires second Maine West coach. Sen. Kirk working on bipartisan gun control. Authorities nab McHenry County's No. 8 fugitive. Cameras approved in Lake County courts. Elburn woman gets seven years in fatal DUI crash. "America's Got Talent" auditions draw from suburban competition. Hossa, Kane do it again for Blackhawks. Bulls land Noah, Deng on all-star team.

    Drum maker Jay Ferguson with a set of drum he created at his home in Charleston.

    Charleston man creates custom drum sets

    Jay Ferguson keeps two alternate sets of business cards to meet the needs of his vastly different vocations. One business card is for the Ferguson Law Office in Mattoon, where he works as an attorney with his father, Mark. The other card is for his Home Grown Drums business, through which he makes customized drums for fellow percussionists.


    Fatal Ind. fire likely caused by portable heater

    WARSAW, Ind. — Fire officials in northeastern Indiana say a house fire that killed one person appears to have been started by a portable heater used to thaw out frozen pipes.The Kosciusko County Fire Investigation Team said Thursday that Wednesday’s blaze at a lake home in Warsaw apparently started in the home’s basement, where the portable heater had been set up.


    Milwaukee archdiocese says it’s headed toward insolvency

    MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it is going broke and wants a bankruptcy judge to allow it to suspend payments to attorneys and consultants.


    13 communities win historic preservation grants

    SPRINGFIELD — Thirteen Illinois communities will share more than $138,000 in federal historic preservation grants. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the recipients Thursday. The U.S. Department of the Interior grants pay for up to 70 percent of a project’s costs. The rest is covered by local funds. Quinn says the partnership will help history “come alive” in the selected communities.


    Federal jury awards Harvey policeman $600,000

    A Harvey police officer forced to patrol in an unsafe squad car because of his opposition to the city's mayor has been awarded $600,000 by a federal jury.


    Homicide victim was state epidemiologist

    Relatives have identified a woman found slain in her Madison apartment as an epidemiologist who worked for the state Division of Public Health.


    Chicago skyline could get new towers at Wolf Point

    The Chicago skyline could get some new additions. City planners have given approval to a three-tower development at a bend in the Chicago River known as Wolf Point.

    Retiring Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, center, stands with village Trustee Joe Farwell, from left, Trustee Bert Rosenberg, Trustee Tom Hayes, state Sen. Matt Murphy, Trustee John Scaletta, Trustee Carol Blackwood and Trustee Mike Sidor at the annual Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce dinner on Thursday.

    Arlington Heights chamber celebrates new leaders, awards

    The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce celebrated a night of new officers and award winners with dinner for nearly 300 people on Thursday night. Cindee Manaves was named Business Volunteer of the Year. Fitness 19, 1601 W. Campbell St., was named Emerging Business of the Year. Village Bank & Trust, which has several locations in Arlington Heights, was named Business of the Year. Metropolis...

    This is a photo of frozen grass by our downspout earlier this week.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of January 21st.


    Joakim Noah reacts after being fould during the first half of the Bulls’ victory over Golden State on Friday.

    Noah appreciative of all who helped him

    It took a few different countries, the largest city in America and a little bit more to turn Joakim Noah into an NBA all-star. So after being named to the team for the first time, Noah took to Twitter for a stream of thanks to people from his past.

    Carlos Boozer, left, looks to a pass against Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins, of Latvia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. The Bulls won 103-87.

    Early surge paves way to rout
    The Bulls set the tone early and rolled to an easy 103-87 victory over Golden State. The Bulls led 30-11 in the first quarter and their lead never dropped into single digits the rest of the way. Kirk Hinrich scored 25 points, while all three front-line starters recorded double-doubles.


    Timothy Christian defeats Glenbard South

    After picking up two early fouls in the first quarter of Friday's game against Metro Suburban Conference rival Glenbard South, Timothy Christian center Connor VanderBrug was itching to get back on the court.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Conant comes through with clutch win

    Going up against Mid-Suburban League West co-leader Palatine, Conant's girls basketball team kept its late-season momentum flowing on Friday night in Hoffman Estates. The Cougars put together one of their top defensive efforts of the season and won for the fifth time in six games as they stopped the visiting Pirates 40-28.


    IC Catholic Prep wins easily

    Led by Demetrius Carr's 21 points, IC Catholic Prep beat Guerin 71-47 Friday in the Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division. Joining Carr in double figures were Clark Brinkman with 17, Sean Sutton with 14 and Rhashaun Epting with 13. Paired with St. Edward's 68-64 win over Montini, IC (16-4, 6-1) is in a first-place tie with the Broncos in the SCC Gold.

    In this July 10, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong throws out his water bottle in the last kilometers of the climb toward Station les Rousses, France, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France.

    Lance Armstrong to help ‘clean up cycling’

    AUSTIN, Texas — An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to “clean up cycling,” though it’s the sport’s governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead. In letters sent this week between attorneys for Armstrong and USADA, and obtained by The Associated Press, USADA attorney William Bock requested Armstrong testify under oath by Feb. 6, but the cyclist’s attorney, Tim Herman, responds that Armstrong cannot accommodate that schedule.Last week, Armstrong admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.Herman’s letter said Armstrong intends to appear before the International Cycling Union’s planned “truth and reconciliation” commission. Herman says the cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency should take the lead in cleaning up the sport.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian 74, Keith School 30: Jon Vislisel scored 19 points and had 9 rebounds and Stuart Wolff added 12 points and 8 rebounds as the Lions (13-7, 7-3) won in the Northeastern Athletic Conference. Dan Turpin added 9 points for Harvest and Zach Alston pulled down 10 rebounds.Westminster Christian 48, IMSA 38: Colin Brandon had 16 points and Will Woodhouse added 15 as the Warriors (11-10, 4-3) won in the NAC. Sam Carani added 10 points for Westminster.Rockford Christian 47, Burlington Central 35: Bryce Warner had 9 points for the Rockets (6-13, 4-1) in the Big Northern East.


    St. Edward upends Montini

    The Green Wave joined the Gold rush Friday. The Gold Division of the Suburban Christian Conference boys basketball race is up for grabs with 3 games left in the wake of host St. Edward's 68-64 comeback victory over first-place Montini. Montini led 31-23 at halftime, but St. Edward (17-4, 5-2) kept the Broncos guessing by switching defenses with regularity throughout the second half. The Wave forced 8 of Montini's 16 turnovers in the third quarter to draw even, 41-41, heading to the final period.

    St. Charles East’s Cole Gentry (44) and Jake Asquini celebrate their double-overtime win over Geneva after Friday’s game in Geneva.

    St. Charles East survives Geneva in 2 OTs

    Geneva coach Phil Ralston said he repeatedly urged his Vikings to "make your own magic happen." Instead St. Charles East pulled a crucial victory out of its hat. Held to 2 points through regulation play Friday, guard Dom Adduci scored 10 points in two overtime periods in the Saints' 58-53 double-overtime victory. Dropping host Geneva to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division, St. Charles East (13-7, 6-2) pulled within a half-game of idle 7-2 Larkin.


    Jacobs comes back to beat Crystal Lake South

    After giving up 35 points in the first half, which included a 70-footer at the buzzer by Crystal Lake South's Eric Schiller, Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle used the 10-minute intermission to preach defense. The Eagles heeded Hinkle's halftime words of wisdom. Holding South to 16 points and 6 field goals during the final 16 minutes, Jacobs rallied from a 35-29 halftime deficit to post a 55-51 victory in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Crystal Lake Friday night.


    Lake County roundup

    Alex Fracek owned the glass for Antioch's girls basketball team Friday night. The junior forward grabbed 24 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end, and scored a team-high 13 points, as the Sequoits defeated visiting Round Lake 56-37 in North Suburban Prairie Division action.


    Swenson, Wauconda air it out vs. Round Lake

    All Austin Swenson was missing was the football helmet and pads. If those long, pinpoint passes delivered by the Wauconda senior looked familiar, they should have been. The all-area quarterback showed off his throwing accuracy on the basketball court in Wauconda's 71-42 win over visiting Round Lake on Friday night. Swenson finished the North Suburban Prairie Division contest with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. He was constantly grabbing defensive boards and peeking downcourt to hit a teammate in stride. Kodey Thomas was often on the receiving end.

    Grayslake North guard Nick Carmody shoots over Grayslake Central defender Alex Lennartz at Grayslake North on Friday.

    Grayslake North handles familiar foe

    Grayslake Central's Danny Reed poured in a career-high 29 points, and Grayslake North's AJ Fish just about matched him with a career-high 28 points. The difference in the game came by way of support. Reed didn't get much help in the scoring department from his teammates while Fish saw two of his teammates finish in double-figures. The Knights used the balance of Nick Carmody's 15 points and Danny Mateling's 11 points to neutralize Reed's monster night and coast to a 72-57 victory over Grayslake Central.


    Dundee-Crown downs Cary-Grove

    His preference is to be called Jack. But using the full first name certainly works better in situations such as Friday night, when the Dundee-Crown public address announcer referred to him as "Action" Jackson Buckley during the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball game against Cary-Grove. Buckley's name was heard only once for scoring a basket. However, the 5-foot-10 senior guard was named the player of the game by D-C coach Lance Huber after his 7 rebounds and other hustle plays sparked a 52-39 victory in Carpentersville.


    Meadows hangs on against Boyd, Elk Grove

    Rolling Meadows faced one of the toughest defenses its has seen this season Friday night at Elk Grove. Turns out the Mustangs can play some pretty good D' themselves. In what Meadows guard Sami Kay called "probably the most physical game we've played all year," one that saw three Grenadiers foul out, the Mustangs held off a frenetic second-half rally by the home team to score a 60-51 Mid-Suburban East win. Rolling Meadows (22-1, 8-0) clinched a second straight appearance in the appearance in the Mid-Suburban League title match and owns a 2-game lead in the East over Elk Grove (15-9, 6-2) with two games to play.


    Wheaton Academy zones out ACC

    Paul Ferguson jokes that his players' eyes get real big when they see a zone defense.

    Patti Kennedy

    Plenty of upside to this Hersey ‘W’

    This Hersey girls basketball win, 52-38 over Prospect, was for Patti Kennedy. As she stood at half court before the game, Kennedy was remembered for her 19 seasons as Hersey's girls athletic director. After assistant principal of student activities John Novak and Hersey girls basketball coach Mary Fendley spoke, the retiring Kennedy took the microphone on Friday night in the Hersey Carter Gymnasium. She said how much she enjoyed dealing with all the ups and downs in the business. "But mostly ups," she said. Then she looked toward the Hersey players. "And right there," she said, pointing their way, "are the ups."


    Batavia wins battle of 3s over St. Charles N.

    Batavia junior guard Liza Fruendt and St. Charles North's senior backcourt tandem of Alex Silverman and Natalie Winkates turned the North Stars' gym into their own personal playground Friday night. The trio combined for 15 3-point baskets — 11 of them coming in the second half — during their Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls basketball game.

    Fremd’s Emily Pinderski is congratulated by her teammates after her performance on the uneven parallel bars at the Mid-Suburban League meet at Palatine on Friday.

    Fast start fuels Fremd in MSL meet

    Fremd wasted little time in setting the tone at the Mid-Suburban League girls gymnastics meet Friday. The Vikings threw a knockout punch in the first two events and didn't look back. Fremd opened by scoring a 37.60 on vault and followed by hitting a 37.65 on bars. The 1-2 combo propelled Fremd to the MSL title with 148.275 points at Palatine. Prospect took second with 143.675 points, followed by the host Pirates (143.075), Conant (141.25), Barrington (140.525), and Schaumburg (140.175).

    Brandon Havenga pf Glenbard East tries to block a shot from Mike Blaszczyk of Naperville Central during the Glenbard East at Naperville Central boys basketball game Friday.

    Naperville Central reverses the result

    The first time Naperville Central's boys basketball team faced Glenbard East, the Redhawks didn't look like they belonged on the same court.In Friday night's rematch, Naperville Central looked like a champion. There's still a bunch of work to do, but the Redhawks put themselves back in play for the DuPage Valley Conference title by handing Glenbard East its first league loss. With Friday's 68-47 win over the visiting Rams, Naperville Central sits a game out of first place in the DVC behind Glenbard East and West Aurora.


    St. Viator meets the challenge from Ulis, Marian

    St. Viator coach Mike Howland didn't need to look at a scouting report to know how to stop state-ranked Marian Catholic. Spartans junior point guard Tyler Ulis victimized the Lions for 37 points his freshman year, and 38 points last season. On Friday night at Cahill Gymnasium, St. Viator "held" Ulis to 30 points and the Lions' own junior star, Ore Arogundade was every bit as good in pouring in 27 points and leading the Lions to a 66-61 ESCC win.


    Cary-Grove chasing McHenry in FVC tournament

    McHenry put the finishing touches on a strong first day at the 2013 Fox Valley Conference wrestling tournament Friday by sending 13 of 14 into today's semifinals to help keep its division rival Cary-Grove at bay when the competition came to a close at Jacobs Friday night. The top two clubs in the Valley division are separated by 10 points (90-80) when action resumes today at 9 a.m., while Crystal Lake South stands third overall with 68 points, followed closely by Huntley which is one point behind the Gators in fourth.


    Neuqua clinches share of UEC Valley

    Bryce Menendez lingered on the postgame bench to get a cut bandaged up. A little beat up, Neuqua Valley could use a break. Playing their third of four games over a tough eight-day stretch, the No. 3 Wildcats beat Bartlett 51-39 on Friday in Naperville to clinch at least a share of the Upstate Eight Valley championship. Neuqua (22-2, 10-0) hosts South Elgin tonight, then gets a welcome four-day break from game action. "We look tired," Neuqua coach Mike Williams said. "It's been like an NBA schedule, and Allison (Hedrick) and Bryce don't get much rest. We have this game Saturday, and then a game next Thursday, so we'll have time to rest our legs."


    Elgin takes down Larkin again

    Elgin guard Kristin Tayag did something that makes all coaches cringe at the end of games. As the Maroons' girls basketball team nursed a 6-point lead with 15 seconds left with Larkin looking for any type of break, Tayag missed her second free throw and to the dismay of Maroons' coach Dr. Nick Bumbales, who grabbed his head in disbelief, she picked up the long rebound and chucked it right back up. Luckily for the Maroons, Tayag's 3-point shot from the top of the key was a clean swish. All doom was forgotten and the heave held up as the final basket in Elgin's 44-35 Upstate Eight River win over crosstown rival Larkin at Chesbrough Field House Friday night.


    Swanson still rolling for Vernon Hills

    Vernon Hills' boys bowling team had history on its side with an eighth straight trip to the boys bowling state bowling tournament at St. Clair Lanes in O'Fallon on Friday. The last two years, the Cougars rolled to the runner-up spot. This year, simply making it to state turned out to be a great accomplishment, and Vernon Hills is tied for 18th place with Dixon (5,818 pins) after Friday's action. Minooka leads the field after the first 6 games with an impressive 6,488 and holds a 50-pin lead over second-place O'Fallon (6,438). Lockport was a close third (6,422) and Belleville East was fourth (6,417).


    Grant, Libertyville lead the way after NSC’s first day

    It looks like it will be another fight to the finish between defending champion Grant and Libertyville for the North Suburban Conference wrestling title Saturday. After the first day of competition in the 14-team tournament Friday at Stevenson, the Bulldogs hold a 101 to 92 lead over the Wildcats as Grant has 11 wrestlers in the semifinals. Libertyville has 10. Saturday's second-round consolation matches get underway at 10 a.m. followed by the semifinals at approximately 11:15 a.m. First, third, and fifth-place matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. Warren heads into the second day with a third-place score of 62.5 points and six semifinalists followed by Lake Zurich (54 points) in fourth, and the host Patriots (43 points) in fifth.


    Everything but the outcome suits Warren

    After coming tantalizingly close to upsetting the North Suburban Lake Division champion Zee-Bees on Friday night in Zion, Warren's girls basketball team took an upbeat approach to a 60-58 loss that would not have occurred had the Blue Devils been able to handle Zion's full-court pressure and make their free throws.


    Batavia proves too much for Kaneland

    It was an unanswered run of 36 points scored in a variety of manners. After falling behind longtime former conference rival Kaneland by double-digits after the opening two matches of a regular-season wrestling dual-meet finale, Batavia more than met the Knights' challenge.


    Harrell’s 3 beats St. Francis at buzzer

    With all due respect to Aurora Christian junior Johnathan Harrell's past game-winning shots, they can't touch the one he pulled off Friday. Harrell's off-balance, fadeaway 3 from the left corner as the clock wound down to 0:00 Friday gave the Eagles a 54-53 win over visiting St. Francis, knocking the Spartans out of first place in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura slaps hands with fans as he is introduced during SoxFest on Friday.

    White Sox optimistic again, but should they be?

    Fans at SoxFest always start the weekend worried about the upcoming season, but they won't find a White Sox team feeling the same way. Excited about a new manager and a more relaxed atmosphere, players and staff alike pointed out that every year there are clubs that surprise.


    Grayslake North wins FVC crown

    Sarah Littleton shot a six-game series of 1,182 Friday to lead Grayslake North to the Fox Valley Conference girls bowling championship at Raymond's Bowl in Johnsburg.The Knights shot 5,278 as a team. Second place Grayslake Central had a 4,991 and third place McHenry a 4,907.Littleton's best game was a 235. She also had a 231 and a 202.Kait Christiansen had a 1,075 for Grayslake North, while Catherine Kowalski scored a 1,054. Jess Vaughn had 987 and Made Bertermann 980 to lead the Knights to the title.Grayslake Central was led by Kendal Roemer with a 1,045, which was good for fifth place overall.Sarah Polsgrove shot a 1,040 for the Rams with Josie Taylor coming in at 1,003. Katie Adkins had a 952 and Ilona Katsman a 951.Jacobs finished fourth with a 4,818. The Golden Eagles were led by a 1,009 from Lyric Dodson.Dundee-Crown, led by a 1,012 from Angela Tripp, was sixth with a 4,724 and Huntley came in seventh with a 4,636. Amy Antczak led the Red Raiders with a 1,018.Johnsburg's Allison Boelter, who finished ninth overall, had the high game of the day with a 267.

    Kaitlyn Daly

    A memorable night for Naperville North

    No matter the outcome, Naperville North planned to remember Friday night's DuPage Valley Conference girls gymnastics meet at Glenbard East. Then the Huskies surprised favored Glenbard North to win Naperville North's first DVC championship in 10 years. The Huskies scored 137.725 to the Panthers' 136.875.


    Big finish helps Stevenson’s Wittert to NSC crown

    Saving the best game for the last one of the day sure worked out for Ashley Wittert. The Stevenson senior rolled a 235 final game. That moved her from third place, 58 pins back, straight to the North Suburban Conference girls bowling individual championship on Friday. Wittert did much the same thing a couple of years ago as a sophomore and went on to advance out of the sectional for a trip to state. In the team competition, Zion-Benton rolled to an NSC title with 5,383 pins to top runner-up Stevenson (5,163) and third-place Wauconda (5,061) at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.

    Geneva’s Abby Novak, right, glides past Streamwood’s Hannah McGlone during a varsity basketball game at Streamwood on Friday night. Geneva won 54-43.

    Geneva tops Streamwood, bottles up UEC River

    The Streamwood girls basketball team usually likes it when an opponent plays a zone defense. But Friday night was not a night the Sabres would hit the like button. Geneva, which played a man-to-man defense against Streamwood in a 53-45 loss to the Sabres on Dec. 12, came out in a 2-3 zone Friday at Streamwood and challenged the Sabres to knock down outside shots. Streamwood didn't. Geneva overcame two starters fouling out and a 3-for-11 free throw performance in the fourth quarter to hold off the Sabres, 54-43, in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division game. The win brought the Vikings (13-10, 7-2) back into a virtual tie for the River lead with the Sabres (17-5, 8-2). The Vikings still have River games with Larkin today, then Elgin and St. Charles North next week while Streamwood plays Larkin and Batavia next week.


    Finishing flair lifts Hersey at Prospect

    Hersey boys basketball coach Steve Messer has been disappointed at times this season with the Huskies' ability to close out games. "We would sustain good intensity for the most part, but things would slip away from us," said Messer. "Tonight we finished the game like I knew we could." The Huskies upended Mid-Suburban East Division leader Prospect on Friday night at Jean Walker Fieldhouse 63-56.


    Elk Grove pulls one out at Rolling Meadows

    Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows each had its own motivation for their Mid-Suburban East boys basketball game Friday on the Mustangs' court. The Grens had just snapped a 5-game losing streak earlier in the week against Streamwood but were still hoping to get back in the MSL East title picture. Meadows was trying to put a 17-point offensive performance against Prospect last week in the rearview mirror. And both teams played with the effort and focus needed to accomplish those goals. In the end, Elk Grove (10-10, 5-2) was able to ride the 16-point fourth quarter outburst by Austin Amann and 8 points from Joell Melendez and escape with a 51-48 victory. Coupled with Hersey's win at Prospect, the Grens trail Prospect by just 1 game.


    Kym, Libertyville keep it intense

    Sometimes, energy from senior night can wane after the opening minutes. But Dana Kym and her closest Libertyville pals kept up the intensity for 32 minutes Friday night. Kym popped in 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to spark the host Wildcats to a 45-28 victory over Mundelein.

    Mundelein High School takes the floor in the 3A division of the Competitive Dance State Preliminaries on Friday in Bloomington.

    Images: State Dance Prelims-Northwest and North Suburbs
    The preliminary round of the IHSA Competitive Dance competition took place in Bloomington on Friday, January 25th. Northwest and north suburban Schools performing and looking to advance to the finals were Libertyville, St. Viator, Fremd, Mundelein, Lakes, Warren, Grayslake North, Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills.


    Potnick’s 24 points power Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove senior guard Luke Potnick scored a game-high 24 points to help the Bison claim a 54-47 Mid-Suburban East victory at Wheeling on Friday.Senior forward Kevin Newman contributed 10 points, Steve Soifer had 8 and Andrew Apel 6 for the Bison (9-10, 4-3).Junior guard Jeremy Stephani had a team-high 15 points for Wheeling (4-16), and senior guard Kameron Hill had 12.Maine West 58, Maine East 31: The host Warriors delivered a 15-3 scoring edge in the first quarter to win a Central Suburban North matchup in Des Plaines.Allante Bates scored a game 16 points, Tom Kukec had 11 and Jamal Sherman had 9 as Maine West (11-9) did not allow a Blue Demons player to score in double digits.

    Waubonsie Valley High School performs in the 3A division of the Competitive Dance State Preliminaries on Friday in Bloomington.

    Images: State Dance Prelims- DuPage and Fox Valley
    The preliminary round of the IHSA Competitive Dance competition took place in Bloomington on Friday, January 25th.DuPage and Fox Valley Schools performing and looking to advance to the finals were Naperville Central, Waubonsie Valley, Downers Grove North, Fenton, Downers Grove South, St. Charles North, Neuqua Valley, Jacobs, South Elgin, Batavia, and Larkin.


    Bolger-Lundquist tandem excels for Schaumburg

    For the past three seasons, Schaumburg coach Matt Walsh has known he could count on Kyle Bolger and Jimmy Lundquist. The duo didn't let Walsh down Friday in Barrington, where the pair combined for 34 points in the Saxons' 46-40 Mid-Suburban West victory over the Broncos.


    Murray advances to final after winning grueling semifinal

    In the final moments of a grueling semifinal win over Roger Federer, with the clock about to strike midnight, Andy Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. This will be a rematch of their U.S. Open final.


    A-Rod may miss season

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery.

    Tiger Woods smiles as he waits to hit his second shot on the seventh hole of the north course at the Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in San Diego.

    Just like old times for Tiger

    Tiger Woods made it look easy on a dreary day at Torrey Pines and wound up in a place he hasn't been in five years.He had the 36-hole lead by himself at one of his favorite PGA Tour stops.


    Hampshire holds off Woodstock North

    Hampshire's boys basketball team certainly didn't play its best game of the season, but the Whip-Purs found a way to win. Shane Hernandez scored 24 points as Hampshire held on to beat Woodstock North, 65-62, Friday night in Woodstock. Tyler Crater added 16 for Hampshire in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action in Woodstock. The Whips swept 2 games in Woodstock this week after beating Woodstock Tuesday night.

    Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Lindstrom has agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox.

    White Sox agree to 1-year for reliever Lindstrom

    The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Matt Lindstrom that includes a club option for 2014. The deal was announced on Friday. Lindstrom will receive $2.3 million next season. The White Sox can then pay him $4 million in 2014 or buy him out for $500,000.

    Images from the Grayslake Central at Grayslake North boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 25.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Grayslake North, boys basketball
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted the Grayslake Central Rams for boys basketball action on Friday, Jan. 25.


    The winner, and still champion in the MSL East, is BG

    In a setting befitting a prize fight, the heavyweights of Mid-Suburban East boys swimming slugged it out on Friday as Prospect hosted Buffalo Grove at Wheeling High School. The Bison and Knights had both defeated each of their previous four East opponents, so the divisional championship belt was hanging in the balance. Oddly, though there was no clear knockout blow delivered as the Bison held on for a 94.5-91.5 victory to wrap up their second straight East title.

    Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Bulls’ 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

    Hinrich scores 25 to lead Bulls past Warriors

    Kirk Hinrich scored a season-high 25 points, hitting six of seven three-pointers in the Bulls' 103-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Nate Robinson added 22 points off the bench in the Bulls' third straight victory.

    Naperville Central hosted Glenbard East Friday night for boys basketball.

    Images: Glenbard East vs. Naperville Central, boys basketball
    Naperville Central hosted Glenbard East Friday night for boys basketball.

    St. Charles East’s Cole Gentry and Jake Asquini celebrate their double-overtime win.

    Images: St. Charles East vs. Geneva, boys basketball
    The St. Charles East Saints won 58-53 in OT against the Geneva Vikings for boys basketball action on Friday, Jan. 25.

    Head basketball coach Lisa Bluder, now in her 13th season at Iowa and 29th overall, picked up her 600th career win Saturday when the Hawkeyes upset No. 11 Purdue.

    600 wins later, Iowa’s Bluder keeps on going

    Women's Watch talks with Iowa basketball coach Lisa Bluder on getting her 600th career win in her 29th season of coaching college basketball.


    College scouting reports
    No. 2 Michigan (18-1, 5-1) at Illinois (15-5, 2-4)When, where: 5 p.m. Saturday, Assembly HallTV: BTN Radio: WIND 560-AMSummary: The Illini are 2-2 vs. ranked teams this season. The Wolverines are familiar with Illini coach John Groce, whose Ohio team upset Michigan in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Illini don’t want to lose a third straight home game, but UM is averaging 78.7 ppg and winning by an average of 19.6 ppg. Govoner Vaughn, the first African-American letterwinner for the Illini in 1957-58 season, will have his No. 35 jersey retired Saturday.Northwestern (12-8, 3-4) at Nebraska (10-10, 1-6) When, where: 2 p.m. Saturday, Bob Devaney Sports CenterTV: ESPNU Radio: WGN 720-AMSummary: Folling an impressive upset over No. 12 Minnesota, the Wildcats take their 5-1 road record to Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers dropped a 71-51 game to Illinois.DePaul (10-8, 1-4) at Pittsburgh (16-4, 4-3) When, where: 3 p.m. Saturday, Petersen Events CenterTV: The U Too (WCIU-DT2) Radio: WSCR 670-AM Summary: Pitt has won four of its last five, but DePaul snapped a seven-game losing streak last season against the Panthers.Detroit (12-8, 4-3) at Loyola (12-7, 2-4)When, where: 3 p.m. Saturday, Gentile Arena TV: CSN Radio: www.loyolaramblers.comSummary: The Ramblers, looking for their third straight win, face a Detroit leading Horizon League scoring with a 78.6 ppg mark.UIC Flames (12-8, 3-4) at Wright State (14-6, 5-2)When, where: 6 p.m. Saturday, Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, OHSummary: Raiders are 8-0 at home while Flames are 2-5 on road.Northern Illinois (4-13, 2-3) at E. Michigan (9-10, 2-3) When, where: 1 p.m. Saturday, EMU Convocation CenterRadio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM Live video: EMUEagles.com Summary: NIU has won three of its last four MAC road games.

    Winger Patrick Kane (88), has 7 points in the first four NHL games for the Blackhawks.

    Fast start by Kane gives Hawks a big lift

    Patrick Kane has vowed before to take his game to the next level, but now he's backing up his words with action. With 2 more assists on Thursday, including his much talked about behind-the-back pass to Marian Hossa for the game-winning goal in overtime, Kane has 7 points in the Blackhawks' first four games.If going to play in Switzerland during the lockout is what Kane needed to gain that added confidence, the Hawks must be glad he went.


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    White Sox agree to deal with RHP LindstromCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Matt Lindstrom that includes a club option for 2014.The deal was announced on Friday. Lindstrom will receive $2.3 million next season. The White Sox can then pay him $4 million in 2014 or buy him out for $500,000.The 32-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 46 games with Baltimore and Arizona last season. He was traded to the Diamondbacks on Aug. 26 for left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders and a player to be named later.

    Members of the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association, responding to a proposal by the Cubs calling for the city to lift some landmark restrictions as part of a plan to renovate Wrigley Field, have come out with their own proposal. They want to see digital signs installed to raise revenue for the Cubs, city and community in exchange for protecting their views of the historic ballpark.

    Wrigleyville Rooftop owners make pitch to save views

    A week after Chicago Cubs officials unveiled their $300 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field over a five-year span, members of the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association revealed a proposal that they believe will generate millions in revenue while protecting their view of the historic ballpark. Here is a report on their proposal, and a video link to their plan as well.

    In a photo provided by ESPN, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o pauses during an interview with ESPN last week in Bradenton, Fla.

    Spellman's Scorecard: Te'o a Bear? There are much bigger needs

    If Manti Te'o is availabale when the Bears draft, should they take him? Mike ponders that and much more in this week's Scorecard.

    Lakers center Dwight Howard hasn't helped his Los Angeles team to a winning record just yet, and Mike North isn't sure he ever will.

    How do you expect a champion to respond?

    Serena Williams is a champion on the court, but is she off? Dwight Howard isn't a champion in either place, and Mike North wonders why any team would want a player like Howard. He also wonder if White Sox general manager Rick Hahn have have an answer at SoxFest when he's asked why he let A.J. Pierzynski leave town.


    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights is apparently in talks to merge with another hospital system, but mum's the word on which system that would be.

    New chapter in Northwest Community merger talk history

    Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Healthcare is seeking another health care partner for a possible merger or other alliance, but a representative stopped short of providing names. Such talk isn't new: Documents from October 2005 showed that Evanston, Highland Park and Northwest Community hospitals had discussed a potential merger as far back as 1996.

    Mark Peters of Santa Clara University plays poker during the MBA Poker Championship and Recruitment Weekend at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

    MBAs play poker in Vegas to win job at Caesars

    Forget the firm handshake and networking chit chat. Business students who want a job at Caesars Entertainment need to work on their poker faces. Nearly 300 Master of Business Administration students and alumni anted up for a three-day Texas Hold `em poker contest last weekend in hopes of hauling in a corner office. Hiring managers and corporate executives schmoozed with candidates during breaks in the action.


    After online push, Gatorade to remove controversial ingredient

    PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints.Molly Carter, a spokeswoman for the company, said Friday that the removal of brominated vegetable oil was in the works over the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient.


    Exxon passes Apple as most valuable company

    Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.

    rader William Lawrence works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

    S&P 500 in longest winning streak since 2004

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,500 on Friday for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007, lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks.

    The space that housed the Old Country Buffet restaurant at Spring Hill Mall will be home to Flaming Grill and Buffet. The new eatery has more than 250 items on its menu, including sushi, a West Dundee first.

    Buffet coming to Spring Hill Mall

    Flaming Grill and Buffet has signed a lease to move into Spring Hill Mall. The restaurant, which serves more than 250 items, is moving into the space Old Country Buffet occupied for 18 years. The new restaurant will offer Italian, American, Chinese and Japanese food. It would be the first place in West Dundee to offer sushi, a mall official said.

    In this Sunday, July 8, 2007, file photo, Governor Chris Gregoire watches a presentation during a special live broadcast for Boeing employees and friends, at Qwest Field, in Seattle. The Boeing 787 was a plane that promised to be lighter and more technologically advanced than any other, but once production started, the gap between vision and reality quickly widened. The jet that was eventually dubbed the Dreamliner became plagued with manufacturing delays, cost overruns and sinking worker morale.

    From the start, Dreamliner jet program was rushed

    The 787 Dreamliner was born in a moment of desperation. It was 2003 and Boeing — the company that defined modern air travel — had just lost its title as the world's largest plane manufacturer to European rival Airbus. Its CEO had resigned in a defense-contract scandal. And its stock had plunged to the lowest price in a decade. Two years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, financially troubled airlines were reluctant to buy new planes. Boeing needed something revolutionary to win back customers.

    Deputy USAID administrator Donald Steinberg tours the Danang Airport in Vietnam.

    AP Exclusive: Possible government bid rigging probed

    The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible contract rigging by the general counsel at the government agency that distributes foreign aid, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Memos from the inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development also reveal that there was evidence that Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg tried to interfere with an internal investigation.

    Procter & Gamble said Friday that its fiscal second quarter net income more than doubled and boosted its profit outlook as the maker of Tide and Pampers took back market share.

    Procter & Gamble fiscal 2Q profit jumps

    Procter & Gamble said Friday that its fiscal second quarter net income more than doubled and boosted its profit outlook as the maker of Tide and Pampers took back market share. The increases are good news for the world's largest consumer products maker, which has had to win back business lost to competitors, in some cases because it raised prices too much.

    Toy maker Hasbro says its fourth-quarter revenue failed to meet expectations because of weaker-than-expected demand over the holidays. It plans to cut about 10 percent of its workforce and consolidate facilities to cut expenses. The stock dropped more than 4 percent in premarket trading Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

    Hasbro 4Q revenue misses, to cut jobs

    Toy maker Hasbro said Friday that its fourth-quarter revenue failed to meet expectations because of weaker-than-expected demand over the holidays. It plans to cut about 10 percent of its workforce and consolidate facilities to reduce expenses. The stock dropped more than 4 percent in morning trading.


    Stocks gain, boosted by P&G, Starbucks earnings

    Stocks rose on Wall Street in midday trading Friday after Procter & Gamble and Starbucks posted strong earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30 points to 13,855 as of noon Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 advanced three points to 1,498. The Nasdaq gained eight points to 3,138.


    Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

    President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board.

    Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November, but sales for the entire year were the best since 2009. The Commerce Department said Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, that new-home sales fell 7.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000. That’s down from November’s rate, which was the fastest in 2½ years.

    U.S. new-home sales fell in Dec., sales for year up

    Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November but for the entire year were the best since 2009. The Commerce Department said Friday that new-home sales fell 7.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 369,000. That's down from November's rate of 398,000, which was the fastest in 2 ½ years.

    The area of the Aldridge Business Center at 804-812 E. Park Ave. in Libertyville is proposed for redevelopment.

    Redevelopment of Libertyville industrial area proposed

    A Chicago developer wants to redevelop 20 acres of an industrial area south of Route 176 on the east side of Libertyville to include the first speculative buildings in the village in several years. Bridge Development Partners, a privately owned commerical real estate company says upgrades to the Aldridge Business Center would modernize dated facilities.


    Halliburton 4Q tops Wall Street expectations

    Halliburton's net income for the fourth quarter fell 26 percent because of a decline in North America, where drilling activity slowed and the company has been forced to charge lower prices for its services. Still, the results beat Wall Street expectations and shares rose nearly 5 percent.


    United falls on Buckingham downgrade as hubs lag

    United Continental Holdings Inc. tumbled the most in more than two months after Buckingham Research Group cut its rating to neutral and said fares at two hubs are curbing the carrier's profit margins. The shares slid 3.1 percent to $24.75 at 10:46 a.m. in New York trading. An earlier drop of 4.7 percent decrease was the largest on an intraday basis since Nov. 14.


    Davos: European crisis not over by a long shot

    A top Chinese diplomat says he thinks Beijing's dispute with Japan over islands claimed by both countries can be "controlled" soon.Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, China's envoy to the U.N. in Geneva, said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos that his country hopes the new Japanese government will "take the right measures to overcome the difficulty in relations with China and bring relations back on track."


    Starbucks profit climbs as US cafes thrive

    Americans still need their Starbucks fix even in the weak economy. The Seattle-based coffee chain said Thursday its profit rose 13 percent in the latest quarter in line with Wall Street expectations. Results were boosted by a 6 percent increase in global sales at cafes open at least a year, a key metric of health.

    TV screens show Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S III at an electronic shop in Seoul, South Korea.

    Samsung 4Q profits top forecasts on Galaxy sales

    Samsung Electronics Co. said quarterly profit soared 76 percent, boosted by the popularity of its Galaxy smartphones, which outsold the iPhone for a fourth straight quarter. But the company said Friday it expects earnings to decline during the current quarter because of seasonally low demand for consumer electronics. It is also leaving its 2013 capital expenditure at the same level as last year at 23 trillion won ($21.5 billion), underlining uncertainty about the global economy and declining demand for personal computers.


    Kia Motor’s profit tumbles on strong won

    Kia Motors Corp. said Friday its fourth-quarter operating profit was halved as the won's rise erased overseas earnings and production was disrupted by a strike. South Korea's second-largest car maker said its October-December operating income plunged 51 percent from a year earlier to 404.3 billion won ($376.4 million).

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs speak during Jacobs’ keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings for the last quarter of 2012 slipped, even as the world’s largest software maker showed modest progress adjusting to a shift away from the personal computers that have been its financial foundation for decades.

    Microsoft’s 2Q earnings dip despite Windows 8 lift

    Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings slipped, even as the world's largest software maker showed modest progress adapting to a shift away from the personal computers that have been its financial foundation for decades.The results announced Thursday are the first to include Windows 8. The program is a dramatic overhaul of the Microsoft Corp. operating system that powers most PCs. Windows 8 came out Oct. 26 with slightly more than two months left in Microsoft's fiscal second quarter.


    ECB: banks to repay early $183 billion in loans

    Banks in the eurozone will pay back early (euro) 137.2 billion ($183 billion) of the huge injection of cheap, three-year emergency loans they received from the European Central Bank about a year ago. The ECB launched the unprecedented lending operation at the end of 2011, loaning out a bit over (euro) 1 trillion in two batches as it sought to relieve stress on banks at the height of the debt crisis in the 17 countries that use the euro.


    Japan’s consumer prices fall for fourth year

    Japan's consumer prices fell in 2012 for the fourth straight year, highlighting the central bank's challenge in fighting deflation as its governor Friday reaffirmed plans for aggressive monetary easing. Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa told reporters that it would take substantial effort to achieve a 2 percent inflation target, announced earlier this week, aimed at breaking a prolonged spell of falling prices that are thought to be discouraging business investment and stalling recovery for the world's third-largest economy.

    Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman

    Source: Morgan Stanley CEO will get a pay cut

    Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman will get a pay cut for 2012. A person familiar with the situation says the bank plans to trim Gorman's pay from its 2011 level due to a lackluster stock performance and other corporate growth measurements.

    An oil pump works at sunset in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain.

    Oil rises above $96 despite growing stockpiles

    The price of oil topped $96 per barrel Friday despite ample stockpiles of crude amid signs of growth in the world's two largest economies. Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 31 cents to $96.26 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 72 cents to finish at $95.95 a barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.

    An engineer checks communication cables in the Media Gateway (MGW) lab simulating translation between disparate telecommunications networks, in Ericsson’s research and development center in Budapest, Hungary.

    Will smart machines create a world without work?

    They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider." Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

    This publicly distributed illustration from 1812 shows frame-breakers, or Luddites, smashing a loom.

    Luddites: They raged against the machine and lost

    Their name is synonymous with futile attempts to roll back technology — and with fuddy-duddies who can't figure out how to use the iPhone. The Luddites were British textile artisans who 200 years ago smashed the mechanized looms they thought threatened their jobs.

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    Book notes: Dennis Rodman signs new children’s book at Anderson’s
    Former Chicago Bulls star and NBA Hall of Fame member Dennis Rodman reads from and signs copies of his new children's book, "Dennis the Wild Bull," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.


    How to react to news that her daughter is dating a woman?

    Her 20-year-old college daughter announced this week that she was seeing a woman. She has never had a relationship with a boy, or a girl for that matter, so this was a complete shock to her mother. Carolyn Hax gives advice on how to react next.

    Cathy Rigby returns to Chicago in the title role of the musical “Peter Pan” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 10.

    Is Cathy Rigby ready for final flight as ‘Peter Pan’?

    On a previous tour, Cathy Rigby claimed that she would bid farewell to the musical role of "Peter Pan." Yet, she is on the road again as Peter in a new tour that comes to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a two-week stint starting Wednesday, Jan. 30. "I changed my mind," Rigby said with a laugh. So again the former Olympic gymnast and former ABC Sports commentator is singing "I Won't Grow Up" as Peter Pan.

    Gary Allan, “Set You Free”

    Gary Allan delivers edgy new album

    Gary Allan shows younger country singers the difference between true emotion and posturing on his searing new album, “Set You Free.” Allan avoids all Nashville trends and clichés, as he has for most of his 17-year recording career. Instead, he digs deep into edgy songs that balance pain and self-reckoning with gritty determination and, ultimately, a hard-earned transcendence.

    Stephanie Binetti (in red) leads the ensemble in the production number “Buenos Aires” from “Evita” in the world premiere revue “Now & Forever: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    Marriott's Lloyd Webber revue abounds with talent

    "NOW & FOREVER: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" makes a sparkly and talent-filled world premiere debut at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Yet as a revue, the shiny and polished singing and dancing parts don't always hang well together.


    Vaccines: Elusive flu a challenge to thwart
    The flu shot, it might be said, is the black sheep of the vaccine family. In good years, people ignore it because they think the flu is no big deal. In bad years — like this one — they complain that it doesn’t work well enough.But the biggest problem, says Dr. Gregory Poland, a leading vaccine researcher, is that scientists are still scrambling to understand the elusive virus and come up with a better alternative. And that means that every flu season, officials confront the challenge they’re facing this year as deaths and hospitalizations mount: pleading with the American people to rally behind their best line of defense.“Like every single man-made product, influenza vaccine is imperfect,” said Poland, head of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic. “But I liken it to seat belts. Who would want to be in a crash without a seat belt?”The truth is that the flu shot, with all its imperfections, is as vexing to scientists like Poland as it has been to the general public.Federal officials estimate that this year’s flu vaccine is only about 60 percent effective. That’s better than nothing, notes Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the Minnesota health commissioner. But, he admits, “I think we’re all in agreement that we need a much better vaccine.”Poland, who has studied vaccines for 25 years, says there are plenty of reasons that a particular vaccine might not work.“Not all people respond to all vaccines,” he said. In his own research, for example, he found that 10 percent of children have little or no response to the measles vaccine, apparently due to a genetic quirk.Age makes a difference, too. Scientists have discovered that the older we get, the weaker our immune systems become. As a result, they don’t respond as well to vaccines, which are designed to rev up the immune system to fight off disease.It’s even trickier when it comes to the flu, Poland said. Unlike measles, the flu virus changes constantly — so it becomes a moving target for vaccine designers.When the flu vaccine goes into production, often early in the year, scientists have to guess which strains will be circulating among the general population six to nine months later. And by that time, the virus might have changed again.“It’s why we have to give (a different) vaccine every year,” Poland said.Eventually, Poland says, that should change. Scientists are working on what some call the “Holy Grail” of flu shots — a universal vaccine that would have to be given only two or three times in a lifetime.Those vaccines, which are in early testing, target microscopic bits of the influenza virus that don’t change from year to year. But realistically, he said, it might take up to 10 years before a universal flu vaccine is ready for prime time.In the meantime, Poland says, new flu vaccines have come on the market designed especially for older patients (with quadruple the regular dose) and the needle-averse (a micro-shot). And future flu vaccines might be available by patch.But until they find a way to eliminate the annual flu shot, he said, they’ll always encounter resistance.“You hear people say, ‘It’s just the flu ... I’m not going to get the vaccine unless I hear that it’s a really bad year,’” Poland said.“And this weighs on me heavily. Every year, people have to die and be hospitalized before the population tends to take it seriously.”Ehlinger says it’s a tough message to get across, but flu shots aren’t just about individual protection.“It’s not just about you getting protected, but the people around you,” he said.Studies have shown, for example, that vaccinating children can lower the risk of disease among their grandparents.“Our message is that we need to take flu seriously because it is a serious illness,” said Ehlinger. “And the best protection that we do have, although it’s not perfect, is flu vaccine.”


    Alzheimer’s: Does treatment work to slow brain disease?
    WASHINGTON — It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone’s brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer’s disease.And it’s not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient’s skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.A dramatic shift is beginning in the disappointing struggle to find something to slow the damage of this epidemic: The first U.S. experiments with “brain pacemakers” for Alzheimer’s are getting under way. Scientists are looking beyond drugs to implants in the hunt for much-needed new treatments.The research is in its infancy. Only a few dozen people with early-stage Alzheimer’s will be implanted in a handful of hospitals. No one knows if it might work, and if it does, how long the effects might last.Kathy Sanford was among the first to sign up. The Ohio woman’s early-stage Alzheimer’s was gradually getting worse. She still lived independently, posting reminders to herself, but no longer could work. The usual medicines weren’t helping.Then doctors at Ohio State University explained the hope — that constant electrical stimulation of brain circuits involved in memory and thinking might keep those neural networks active for longer, essentially bypassing some of dementia’s damage. Sanford decided it was worth a shot.“The reason I’m doing it is, it’s really hard to not be able, sometimes, to remember,” Sanford, 57, said from her Lancaster, Ohio, home.Her father is blunter.“What’s our choice? To participate in a program or sit here and watch her slowly deteriorate?” asked Joe Jester, 78. He drives his daughter to follow-up testing, hoping to spot improvement.A few months after the five-hour operation, the hair shaved for her brain surgery was growing back and Sanford said she felt good, with an occasional tingling that she attributes to the electrodes. It’s too soon to know how she’ll fare; scientists will track her for two years.“This is an ongoing evaluation right now that we are optimistic about,” is how Ohio State neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Rezai cautiously puts it.More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias, and that number is expected to rise rapidly as the baby boomers age. Today’s drugs only temporarily help some symptoms. Attempts to attack Alzheimer’s presumed cause, a brain-clogging gunk, haven’t panned out.“We’re getting tired of not having other things work,” said Ohio State neurologist Dr. Douglas Scharre.The new approach is called deep brain stimulation, or DBS. While it won’t attack Alzheimer’s root cause either, “maybe we can make the brain work better,” he said.Implanting electrodes into the brain isn’t new. Between 85,000 and 100,000 people around the world have had DBS to block the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The continuous jolts quiet overactive nerve cells, with few side effects. Scientists also are testing whether stimulating other parts of the brain might help lift depression or curb appetite among the obese.It was in one of those experiments that Canadian researchers back in 2003 stumbled onto the Alzheimer’s possibility. They switched on the electrical jolts in the brain of an obese man and unlocked a flood of old memories. He didn’t have dementia, but the researchers wondered if they could spur memory-making networks in someone who did.Alzheimer’s doesn’t just steal memories. It eventually robs sufferers of the ability to do the simplest of tasks. A healthy brain is a connected brain. One circuit signals another to switch on and retrieve the memories needed to, say, drive a car or cook a meal.At least early in the disease, Alzheimer’s kills only certain spots. But the disease’s hallmark gunky plaques act as a roadblock, stopping the “on” switch so that healthy circuits farther away are deactivated, explained Dr. Andres Lozano, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital whose research sparked the interest.

    Singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for driving his Chrysler too fast through a school zone in Maine and has paid the levy.

    ‘American Pie’ singer fined for speeding in Maine

    "American Pie" singer Don McLean has been fined $400 for driving his Chrysler too fast through a Maine school zone. McLean's lawyer says he was driving 43 mph in an area that has a limit of 15 mph when school zone warning lights are flashing and 45 mph when they're not. He argued that the lights were off, but police said in Rockland District Court on Thursday that they were on.

    Jeremy Irons, a host of “Shakespeare Uncovered,” an inventive series tracing the origins of six of the writer’s plays through a combination of history, new analysis and selected scenes.

    Shakespeare, his work, come to life in PBS series

    Jeremy Irons has a suggestion for "Downton Abbey" fans: Give William Shakespeare a try, too. Irons is among the prominent hosts of "Shakespeare Uncovered," an inventive series tracing the origins of eight of the writer's plays through a combination of history, new analysis, selected scenes — and, for Irons, a gallop on horseback across a fabled battlefield.

    Matt Damon hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday after opening the show as a kidnapper, tying Kimmel, background right, to a chair with duct tape and gagging him with his own tie, as guests Nicole Kidman, left, Gary Oldman and Amy Adams appeared as guests. For years, Kimmel has joked at the end of his show that he ran out of time and was unable to bring Damon on as a guest. Kimmel was the silent one Thursday.

    Matt Damon ‘hijacks’ Kimmel’s ABC show

    Matt Damon had his revenge. The butt of a long-running joke on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actor opened Thursday night's show as a kidnapper who tied Kimmel to a chair with duct tape and gagged him with his own tie. "There's a new host in town and his initials are M.D.," Damon said. "That's right, the doctor is in." Kimmel was the silent one Thursday, watching from the back of the stage as Damon did his job.

    Rodriguez was the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was. Malik Bendjelloul's Oscar-nominated documentary “Searching For Sugar Man” tells his story.

    'Sugar Man' tells the tale of rocker Rodriguez

    "Searching For Sugar Man" reveals the true story of 1970s musician Rodriguez — just Rodriguez — whose soulful melodies and lyrics should have catapulted him to the top of the charts, But his album tanked and Rodriguez disappeared. The documentary is now on DVD.


    Theater events: Fox Valley Rep opens with comedy whodunit

    Successful artist Jack devises a plot to kills his art dealer after he discovers the man has tricked him in the comedy whodunit “The Art of Murder,” which is the season opener for Fox Valley Repertory. Jeeves and Wooster return to First Folio Theatre and Drury Lane strolss down "Sunset Boulevard" this week in suburban theater.

    Flourless chocolate cake is a tempting ending at The Capital Grille in Lombard during Chicago Restaurant Week.

    Suburban eateries put best meal forward during Chicago Restaurant Week

    Doesn't honey mustard tequila Napa cabbage slaw salad, followed by baby back ribs with whiskey baked beans and spicy jalapeño cornbread sound tempting? Impossible, you say — think of the cost! But the meal, from Prairie River Restaurant in Itasca, is just one of many reasonable prix fixe menu options at suburban restaurants during Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs Feb. 1-10.


    Book notes: Anderson’s hosts Robert Crais

    “Suspect” author Robert Crais reads from and signs copies of his latest suspense title at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Last year, Dick Van Dyke presented the Life Achievement award onstage to Mary Tyler Moore at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. This year, he will receive that award.

    Dick Van Dyke receiving SAG’s Life Achievement Award Sunday

    Of Dick Van Dyke’s many talents, the most remarkable may be the moment you think about him, you smile. The affable actor, singer and dancer has that effect on audiences. His colleagues think highly of him, too. They’re bestowing upon him the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27.

    Mango Chicken Salad comes with a fruity vinaigrette at Bacchus Nibbles in Lake Zurich.

    New Lake Zurich location breathes life into Bacchus Nibbles

    For 20 years Bacchus Nibble occupied an aging building at Quentin and Rand roads in Kildeer. Late in 2013 the owners moved a few miles west to Route 22 (Main Street) and Rand Road in Lake Zurich. This new spot at 800 W. Main St., blew me away. Yes, it sits in a strip mall; but don't hold that against it. It boasts a visible corner spot and a patio that will allow al fresco dining in warmer weather.


    Chicago Restaurant Week 2013 participants
    Here's a list of the suburban restaurants participating in Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs Feb. 1-10. Check the individual restaurant's website for hours and menus.

    This CD cover image released by Blue Note Records shows "No Beginning No End," a release by Jose James. (AP Photo/Blue Note Records)

    James delivers on ‘No Beginning No End’
    After a lackluster 2010 U.S. recording debut, Jose James has returned with “No Beginning No End.” The album, eventually released by Blue Note, spotlights his songwriting skills and a unique musical persona that comfortably navigates between neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop and jazz.

    For years, singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé pursued music on the side while she studied neuroscience at the University of Glasgow. She’s now on her first U.S. tour.

    Singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé strives for authenticity

    You may not know Emeli Sandee name, but if you’ve been listening to Rihanna or Alicia Keys lately, there’s a good chance you know her work. Sande wrote the bonus track “Half of Me” on Rihanna’s 2012 album, “Unapologetic,” and co-wrote three songs on Keys’ latest, “Girl on Fire.” In addition to those big-name collaborations, the 25-year-old Scottish singer has a best-selling debut album, “Our Version of Events,” in the United Kingdom. She brings her powerhouse vocals and piano-driven songwriting to the U.S., where she is currently on her first stateside tour.


    Electrical problem found after close of escrow

    Q. I sold my house five months ago. The buyers hired a home inspector, and I paid for the repairs that were requested. But now they're complaining about electrical problems that were not reported by their inspector.


    Fiscal cliff deal gives new life to old scam

    Q. I received an email last week stating that the deal to keep the U.S. from falling off the "fiscal cliff" includes a provision that makes all homeowners and renters eligible to receive up to $1,000 from the federal government to pay their utility bills. Is it a scam?


    Resolving to ‘go green’ this new year

    Did you make New Years' resolutions? Have you broken them all yet? One of the most popular DIY resolutions this year involves "going green" or saving energy around the home. Here are our favorite tips.


    IRS to simplify deduction process for home offices

    If you're one of the millions of homeowners and renters who work or run a business from the place you live, here's some good news on taxes: The Internal Revenue Service wants to make it easier for you to file for deductions on the business-related use of your home.

    Erin Alsakhria works out during a Power Hour class at Title Boxing Club in Schaumburg.

    Boxing-inspired workout a hit with moms

    A boxing-inspired workout that combines bouts of cardio and boxing exercises with short periods of rest are becoming more and more popular. We talk to several moms who are using it to get back in shape after having children.

    The first family to buy a house on Carol Crest Drive in Sleepy Hollow Manor 46 years ago still lives on the block.

    Sleepy Hollow’s first neighborhood

    It’s no coincidence that Carol Yucuis lives on Carol Crest Drive in Sleepy Hollow Manor. Developer Floyd Falese named the street after her years ago when she and her husband Charles purchased the first lot on the block in the new subdivision.



    Editorial: Giving the discussion on suburban housing a new shape

    A Daily Herald editorial highlights a new report on suburban housing that emphasizes cooperation among communities and the use of demographic data in planning developments.


    Sign code as a weapon

    Columnist George Will: A drearily familiar dialectic is on display in Norfolk, Va.: Government is behaving badly in order to silence protests of other bad behavior. It is violating the Constitution's First Amendment, stifling speech about its violation of the Fifth Amendment, as it was properly construed until 2005.


    New lawmakers sure to fall into old ways
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: The sad reality, however, is that after a brief, token period of frustration and indignation, all will fall right into line with the self-serving, hidebound and corrupting system for which Illinois is nationally infamous.


    Don’t let hospital abandon commitment
    A letter to the editor: It is crucial that the leaders and residents of Waukegan refuse to support Vista's proposal to move more resources to a new hospital while the needs of so many people continue to go unmet.


    State pension solution: bankruptcy
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: For the past several weeks, the taxpayers of this state have been deluged with information about how bad the state debt is, and the largest contributor is the pension provisions of state workers and teachers. Well, Gov. Quinn, the credit rating of Illinois keeps getting worse and worse because the legislators and you are not able to craft a solution.


    Watch for hypocrisy in Democratic Party
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: I suspect that the Democratic Party as led by Mr. Obama will predictably become interested in big-money influence sometime in 2015 — conveniently in advance of the next presidential election. At that time, I wonder if we will remember the hypocrisy of this moment. I'll bet big money we don't.


    Celebrities deserve no pity for choices
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: On Fox Chicago news the other morning, the anchorwoman made it sound like it was some kind of honor that Kim Kardashian's baby would be born the same month of as Prince William and Kate's baby. What an insult to Kate and the prince to be associated with Kim Kardashian.


    Stand up for traditional marriage
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Lawmakers cannot operate in a spiritual vacuum. Our country and Constitution were based on a very firmly defined set of Judeo-Christian precepts that were meant to direct our legislative decisions.


    Gloomy prognosis for next two years
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The Illinois General Assembly started its new session and for the next two years there will be little done to improve Illinois.


    State should keep pension promises
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: This is in response to pension benefits described by Rep. Nekritz. She refers to teachers who receive a pension of $95,000 upon retirement. I doubt many have received that, as the average pension in the state, as quoted by the Daily Herald, is $45,000.


    Inaugural: Time to get back to work
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Using the inaugural as the starting gate, all hail to the chief. Now let's all get down to work and together craft what's best for all citizens of this great country.


    No disputing reality of global warming
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a recent letter, Donn Dears disputes global warming on the grounds that British Met Office data show no such warming. However, this conclusion was made by the London Daily Mail, an article the Met Office called "misleading."


    Didn’t envision weapons of today
    An itasca letter to the editor: Dear Congress: In this year 2013, it is time you all get your heads out of the sand. And start working for the people of this country. We all know what happened on Dec. 14, 2012. But do you know what happened the following day?


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