Daily Archive : Tuesday January 29, 2013



    Lake County sheriff’s citizen police academy course starting March 7

    The Lake County sheriff's office has announced the next Citizen Police Academy course will start March 7.


    Naperville candidates discuss downtown safety

    After a tumultuous 2012 in downtown Naperville, which included a grisly murder, multiple stabbings and several fights, the 11 city council candidates in the April 9 election are offering a variety of proposals to return the area to a more family friendly environment. Police Chief Robert Marshall, who has made cleaning up downtown his top priority, has begun enacting a multifaceted enforcement...


    Chicago men charged with Arlington tire theft

    Arlington Heights police recover six tires stolen from an Arlington Heights auto dealership in Chicago where they arrested Terry Haygood, 39, and Abel Villarreal-Garcia, 40, on theft and burglary charges.

    Mike Burke of Vernon Hills enjoys the unseasonably warm weather Tuesday while sitting with his Huskies at the dog exercise area in the Lake County Forest Preserves along Route 176 east of Wauconda. He brings them there six times a week, rain or shine.

    Rain could have been worse; today will be

    Tuesday started with record-breaking temperatures and ended with less rain than expected in advance of the cold front that will send us back to normal January weather today. Temperatures reached 60 degrees at O'Hare International Airport at 6:50 a.m., and peaked at 63 degrees at 1:27 p.m., making it the warmest Jan. 29 in history. "We've got a lot of reports of between one and 1½ inches," a...


    Cary-Grove parents question simulated gunshots in drill

    Some parents are questioning a decision to have a safety drill Wednesday at Cary-Grove High School that will include simulated gunshots in the hallway. The blank shots will come from a starter's gun fired at the end of the 15-minute "code red" drill, said Jeff Puma, director of communications for Community High School District 155. “If we can save just an additional kid because he hears (a...

    Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie, left, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham are coming back to Rosemont in June.

    Fleetwood Mac to headline Allstate

    The online presale for tickets to Fleetwood Mac's return to Rosemont begins Wednesday. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac will return to Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, June 14, playing radio staples like “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams” and “Landslide.”

    Sandra Rogers

    Battle lines drawn in sledgehammer attack trial

    Sandra Rogers finally had her day in court Tuesday, nearly 10 years after she was arrested in the sledgehammer attack on her ex-husband and his new wife in their Lincolnshire home. Prosecutors said Sandra Rogers swung the hammer in the attack, while defense attorneys claimed it was the boyfriend of her then-teenage daughter, Robin, who attacked Rick Rogers and Angela Gloria on May 19, 2003, and...

    Three Schaumburg police officers face drug conspiracy charges in DuPage County. They are, from left, Matthew Hudak, Terrance O'Brien and John Cichy.

    More cases dismissed involving accused Schaumburg cops

    The dominoes continued to fall Tuesday as Cook County prosecutors dropped charges against two more defendants whose cases involved undercover Schaumburg police officers arrested in DuPage County earlier this month on drug conspiracy charges. “We're happy that the state did the right thing,” said Diangelo Beasley's attorney, Cook County Assistant Public Defender Rachel Baker.

    This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows an authentic 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years after its owners were mistakenly told it was a fake. The nickel is one of only five known and expected to sell for $2.5 million or more in an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in Schaumburg on April 25.

    Nickel likely to fetch millions at Schaumburg auction

    A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to an auction in Schaumburg and bidding is expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted. The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, but it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake,...


    Teenage girl shot to death in Chicago

    A teenage Chicago girl who attended presidential inauguration activities in Washington earlier this month was shot to death. Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday at a city park and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made.

    Adam Belmont enters the courtroom Tuesday at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and sex assault charges in the Dec. 15 death of his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Van Meter in her Woodridge apartment. His arraignment is the third in DuPage County to be photographed and video recorded.

    As cameras roll, Woodridge murder suspect pleads not guilty

    Woodridge murder suspect Adam Belmont on Tuesday became the third DuPage County defendant to have his arraignment photographed in court. With cameras rolling, Belmont, 23, of Northlake, pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 15 slaying of his former girlfriend, Alyssa Van Meter, 25.

    Bartlett was recently named the fourth-safest town in the nation by the real estate research firm NeighborhoodScout.

    Real estate research firm: Bartlett fourth-safest town in U.S.

    Residents of Bartlett live in the fourth-safest town with a population of more than 25,000 in the United States, according to the national real estate research firm NeighborhoodScout.The firm recently determined through an analysis of 2011 FBI statistics and data from the U.S. Census Bureau that the chance of becoming a victim of crime in Bartlett is 1 in 135, compared to the U.S. average of 1 in...

    Judy Abruscato

    Wheeling mayoral candidates debate use of TIF districts

    Wheeling's five tax increment financing districts promise to be an issue in the April mayoral election, where former trustee Pat Horcher and Trustee Dean Argiris are challenging incumbent Judy Abruscato. The candidates met with the Daily Herald this week and offered differing ideas on the use of TIF districts and their potential as economic development tool for the village

    Authorities remove a cage of birds from the home of Dave Skeberdis in Aurora last October.

    Aurora man wants hoarding charges dismissed

    An Aurora man who was found to have nearly 500 birds inside his feces-filled home says the hoarding charges against him should be dismissed. The attorney for David Skeberdis contended in a Tuesday court filing that Aurora authorities didn't follow the law in charging him with the misdemeanor and impounding the parakeets, cockatoos and other birds in his home.

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only remaining Republican member of President Barack Obama’s first-term Cabinet, is leaving the Obama administration.

    LaHood Leaves, another vacancy in Obama Cabinet

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who lifted the profile of distracted driving as a national safety concern, is stepping down, presenting President Barack Obama with another Cabinet vacancy at the start of his second term. The former congressman from downstate Illinois is one of only two Republicans who served in Obama's Cabinet.

    Sen. John Kerry was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate to become President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state, replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

    The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote Tuesday was 94-3.

    Rod Blagojevich was convicted of numerous corruption charges in 2011, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

    4 of Illinois’ last 7 governors went to prison

    Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption. His departure from prison follows a rich, if ignominious, history in Illinois of ex-governors arriving in and departing from prison. Of Illinois’ last seven governors, four have ended up going to prison. They are:

    This halfway house on Chicago’s West Side is where former Gov. George Ryan is believed to be headed for Wednesday after his release from a Terre Haute, Ind., prison.

    Ryan faces changed world after prison

    When former Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on Wednesday after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption. Ryan, who is headed to a halfway house in Chicago, will encounter an Illinois that has enacted reforms meant to thwart the kind of wheeling and dealing the Republican...


    A look at life in a halfway house after prison

    Former Gov. George Ryan — who’s served more than five years in federal prison on wide-ranging corruption convictions — is expected to be released to a halfway house before he can return to his home. Attorneys say he’ll live, at least for a little while, at a facility in Chicago through a work-release program.Here’s a look at what life is like for a typical resident of a halfway house:


    Fox Lake mayoral candidates say hiring economic development director the top priority

    Both candidates running to be Fox Lake's next mayor said their number-one priority would be to bring in an economic development director. Incumbent Mayor Ed Bender and his challenger, Donald "Donny" Schmit, agreed during a recent candidate endorsement interview at the Daily Herald that the hiring is a requirement to generate business in the village.


    Loyola University student accused of rapes

    A freshman at Chicago's Loyola University has been charged with criminal sexual assault in the rape of two female classmates in their dorm rooms. Colin Cahill Kennedy was arrested after the two 18-year-old women reported the attacks to campus police.

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

    Chicago’s top cop encouraged after Obama meeting

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says he was encouraged after meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington. McCarthy and other law enforcement officials were in Washington earlier this week to discuss gun control and gun violence.

    Retired Infantryman Brendan M. Marrocco attends a news conference Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Marrocco received a transplant of two arms from a deceased donor after losing all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq.

    Soldier with new arms determined to be independent

    Brendan Marrocco insisted on rolling his own wheelchair into a news conference using his new transplanted arms. Then he brushed his hair to one side. Such simple tasks would go unnoticed in most patients. But for Marrocco, who lost all four limbs while serving in Iraq, these little actions demonstrate how far he's come after a double-arm transplant.

    Ian Clough, left, CEO of DHL Express, Elk Grove resident Mark Evans, center, of Pizza 4 Patriots, and Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday help load boxes that will hold thousands of Chicago-style pizzas headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.

    Thousands of pizzas heading to troops

    Thousands of Chicago-style pizzas are headed overseas to members of the military in time for Super Bowl Sunday.The nonprofit group Pizza 4 Patriots has been sending pies to service members since 2008. Their mission is to bring service members the comforts of home while they’re deployed. Gov. Pat Quinn has partnered with the group and DHL Express for the project.

    The candidates in Warrenville’s mayoral race have differing views on whether Fawell Dam near Naperville should be removed to address flooding problems upstream in Warrenville.

    Warrenville mayoral candidates debate flooding

    The candidates in Warrenville's mayoral race have differing views on whether Fawell Dam near Naperville should be removed to address flooding problems upstream in Warrenville. "We're doing a lot more in terms of flood mitigation and prevention than what taking the dam out would do," said incumbent David Brummel, who is being challenged by Michael Hoffmann.

    Judy Abruscato, Wheeling village president, and Nick Helmer, mayor of Prospect Heights, chat before talking to the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. Both painted optimistic pictures of their local economies.

    Leaders say Wheeling and Prospect Heights are doing well

    Municipal leaders always try to put on a good face when recounting the past year for business leaders. But the reports Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer and Wheeling Village President Judy Abruscato gave the Wheeling/Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday were particularly cheery.


    Glen Ellyn rejects crackdown on some businesses

    A proposed Glen Ellyn ordinance seeking to regulate jewelry and electronics stores in an attempt to crack down on the sale of stolen goods has been rejected. The village board unanimously voted down the proposal this week after hearing from local business owners who said it would have been too burdensome to comply with the village regulations.

    Mexican immigrant Roberto Garcia, center, and son Alan, left, look at wrist watches while shopping in Los Angeles Monday. Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security.

    Obama on immigration overhaul: ‘Now is the time’

    Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders. He hailed a bipartisan Senate group on a similar track but left unresolved key details...


    Naperville board upholds referendum question

    Naperville voters will once again have a say regarding the system into which they vote their elected officials. The three-member Naperville Electoral Board Tuesday unanimously dismissed a resident's objection to a local group's attempt to ask residents whether they prefer an at-large or ward-based election system.

    Paul Mulcahy

    Lake in the Hills mayoral candidates mostly see eye-to-eye

    Bill Dustin and Paul Mulcahy, the two candidates for Lake in the Hills village president admit they are quite similar. Both feel the village is on the right track. Neither points to any major problems.

    Hai V. Pham

    Restitution ordered in $160,000 Naperville theft

    A Texas man avoided prison but must pay restitution for stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from a Naperville company. Hai Pham, 51, of Houston, pleaded guilty Friday to felony theft and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis.


    Stevenson speechmaking:

    The Vernon Area Public Library and the Stevenson High School Foundation will host a program about the witty speechmaking of former Illinois Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson II on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    Mary Black, left, incumbent Suzanne Branding, and Trustee Tom Poynton are candidates in the race for Lake Zurich mayor in the April election.

    Lake Zurich downtown redevelopment addressed by mayoral candidates

    Three Lake Zurich mayoral candidates are addressing how best to spark a long-stalled redevelopment of the village's downtown. Mayor Suzanne Branding faces Trustee Tom Poynton and political newcomer Mary Black in the April 9 election. Downtown redevelopment is one village issue the candidates say is often raised by residents, they said during a Daily Herald editorial board interview Tuesday.


    Energy savings discussed:

    The village of Libertyville hosts an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 to discuss a federal energy grant program that can help save residents up to $1,750.

    A lettuce worker washes romaine lettuce in Salinas, Calif. Leafy green vegetables were the leading source of food poisoning over an 11-year period, federal health officials say.

    Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

    A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.


    Lake housing authority lauded:

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials again have lauded a local agency.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Anthony H. Bruno, 32, of Streamwood, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08, and improper lane use after a traffic stop at 11:33 p.m. Jan. 20 at Route 25 and May Lane near St. Charles, according to a sheriff's report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Anthony H. Bruno, 32, of Streamwood, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08, and improper lane use after a traffic stop at 11:33 p.m. Jan. 20 at Route 25 and May Lane near St. Charles, according to a sheriff's report.


    ECC Alliance for College Readiness wins college national award

    Elgin Community College was recognized Tuesday with the 2012 Bellwether Award, education's equivalent to football's Heisman Trophy. The Community College Futures Assembly chose ECC over hundreds of other schools, declaring its college readiness initiative the top instructional program in the country. "It underscores what we've been doing for a long time, indicating to people that partnership...


    Power Point class:

    A Microsoft PowerPoint 2012 computer class is set for Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9:15 a.m., at the Antioch Public Library, 757 N. Main St.

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson

    Freeport drops trespassing charge against Jackson

    The city of Freeport dropped trespassing charges against the Rev. Jesse Jackson and 13 other protesters at the request of Sensata Technologies. The civil rights leader participated in a workers protest in October at the Sensata plant.


    Former ethics official fined for breaking ethics law

    A former member of the Illinois panel that conducts hearings on alleged ethics violations has been fined $2,500 for attending a prayer breakfast and fundraiser for a political candidate, according to an ethics commission report released Tuesday.

    Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno speaks to lawmakers during an executive committee hearing earlier this month at the Capitol in Springfield. The Lemont lawmaker receives a $27,477 stipend for her leadership post.

    GOP state senators get extra work, pay after losses

    Republicans in the Illinois Senate hold a dubious distinction: Because of a November shellacking, every one of them will have a caucus or leadership post — and the accompanying stipend — in this legislative session.

    Melinda Bush

    Legislators join Firearms Working Group

    Fifteen freshman members of the Illinois General Assembly will be part of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon's new Firearms Working Group. Simon announced the members on Tuesday. Simon says the group will meet with people on both sides of the gun control debate to better inform legislation.

    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns is seeking a fourth term.

    Challenger McQuillan takes on incumbent Burns

    Challenger Bob McQuillan and Mayor Kevin Burns discuss how they would lead Geneva as its next top official.

    The Palatine Park District is turning the dilapidated former Camelot School in Palatine into green space known as Meadowlark Park. The property, which previously had been the site of unsuccessful subdivision proposals, was bought by the district for $1.7 million.

    Palatine Park District takes over former Camelot School property

    With village officials shooting down multiple proposals to turn the dilapidated former Camelot School in Palatine into a subdivision, the property instead will become green space known as Meadowlark Park. The Palatine Park District recently acquired the 12 acres near Dundee Road and Northwest Highway for $1.7 million. "Parcels of that size are few and far between," Executive Director Mike Clark...

    Susanne Russell

    Two held after St. Charles bust nets cocaine, marijuana

    Two St. Charles residents face felony drug charges after a state police unit searched their home and seized two ounces of cocaine and two pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of between $6,500 and $11,100. Michael Stellwagen, 42, and Susanne Russell, 52, are due in court on Feb. 6, according to court records.


    ECC readiness initiative up for award

    Elgin Community College's Alliance for College Readiness initiative has been recognized on a national stage for being a "cutting-edge, trendsetting" program. ECC is a finalist for the Community College Futures Assembly Bellwether Award, which has recognized noteworthy programs across the country since 1995. Five representatives of the college will give a presentation at the assembly Jan. 28 in...

    Three-year-old Madalynn Kerley with her sister Melody, 4, and mother Michelle, all of Palatine, enjoy the swing at North School Park in Arlington Heights .

    Images: Warm Weather on Tuesday
    Images of warm weather in the suburbs of Chicago on Tuesday. Temperatures soared into the sixties, nearing the all-time record for the warmest January day ever in the suburbs. More seasonable temperatures in the teens and twenties are expected to return later this week.

    National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the country must focus on boosting security at schools, enforcing existing gun laws and taking more steps to deny guns to people with mental illnesses.

    NRA says more gun control not a serious proposal

    Banning some assault weapons and requiring background checks for all firearms purchases aren't a serious attempt to reduce gun violence, a top National Rifle Association official warned Tuesday as Congress geared up for the year's first hearing on the subject.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Hugo Ramirez, 19, of the 500 block of West Dempster Street, Mount Prospect, was arrested at a condominium building in Arlington Heights and charged with felony burglary and felony possession of burglary tools. Police reports said he pried the coin box on a laundry machine and opened several storage lockers. A witness phoned 911.

    Irving Berlin

    Elmhurst College celebrates music of Irving Berlin

    Whether it's "White Christmas," "God Bless America," "No Business Like Show Business" or any of his scores of other hits, Irving Berlin's songs are deeply woven into the fabric of American culture. "I Love a Piano," a lively tribute to Berlin and his music, will be performed beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at Elmhurst College's Mill Theatre.


    Lake Park: Both questions must pass to build pool

    If voters give mixed signals on the building of a new swimming pool for Lake Park High School, the school has formally vowed not to proceed with the project. Two questions will appear on the April 9 ballot — one authorizing the school district to borrow $8 million to build the pool and another to increase taxes to cover the estimated $380,000 needed annually to maintain it. If one fails,...

    The inaugural Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon sold out in 14 hours Monday on the first and only day of online registration. The Nov. 10 races will feature 3,500 total competitors.

    Naperville marathon sells out in one day

    Naperville's first marathon and half marathon sold out in about 14 hours, proving to organizers the community is ready and excited to run. Online registration opened at 6 a.m. Monday and closed before 8:30 p.m. when all slots were filled, said Bob Hackett, one of five race directors for the Nov. 10 events. "We were pleasantly surprised that it filled up as quickly as it did," Hackett said...

    Then Buffalo Grove Village President Elliott Hartstein, left, and Park District Board President Don Hedlund are given a personal tour of the Raupp Museum by Curator Debbie Fandrei after an expansion is completed in September 2002.

    Buffalo Grove’s Raupp Museum gets $149,250 grant

    The Raupp Museum, operated by the Buffalo Grove Park District, will get a state grant to rehabilitate and add to one of its most popular exhibits. The Buffalo Grove Park District will receive a grant for $149,250 toward the Raupp Museum's Buffalo Grove Crossroads Exhibit, formerly the Town Square Exhibit.

    Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons. That puts him outside the orthodoxy embraced by many of his fellow Republicans but inside a widening circle of national security thinkers — including President Barack Obama.

    Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination

    Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons. That puts him outside the orthodoxy embraced by many of his fellow Republicans but...


    Wreckage believed to be US F-16 found in Adriatic

    The Air Force says Italian rescue teams have recovered debris from the Adriatic Sea that is believed to belong to a U.S. F-16 fighter jet that went missing on Monday after taking off from a base in Italy.


    Lawmaker looks outside VA to fill mental care gap

    Veterans who have trouble getting timely mental health care from Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics should also have access to thousands of health care providers who care for military personnel and their families, says Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. "We can double overnight the number of providers for those who are in need," Miller said. "Eighteen...

    Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River Monday, a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

    Ships idle for Miss. River oil cleanup after crash

    Freight barges were idled among some 50 vessels stacked up Tuesday along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River that was closed as crews worked to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg, Miss., since a barge carrying thousands of gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge and began leaking before...

    Court of Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, ordered former Akron, Ohio police Capt. Douglas Prade, 66, be set free based on new DNA test results that prove his innocence. Prade spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife’s murder. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Lew Stamp, File)

    Ohio police captain exonerated of ex-wife’s murder

    A former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing was exonerated Tuesday by a judge who said that new DNA tests proved his innocence and that no reasonable jury that saw the test results would have convicted him.


    Residents in unincorporated Warren Township to get a second try at aggregation question

    Some voters in Warren Township may do a double-take when they see a question regarding electrical aggregation on their ballots April 9. What they'll see in April, with the exception of a single word, will be the same question that was handily approved in November by 60 percent of those who voted.

    Ines Fernandes da Silveira, aunt of victim Taise Carolina Vinhas da Silveira, 27, cries in front the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. All the elements were in place for the tragedy at the Kiss nightclub early Sunday. The result was the world’s worst fire of its kind in more than a decade, with 231 people dead and this southern Brazilian college town in shock and mourning.

    Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

    There was no alarm, no working fire extinguisher, no sprinkler and almost no escape from the nightclub that became a death trap for more than 200 Brazilian college students. As investigators began poking through the rubble and families mourned their dead, the university city in southern Brazil tried to understand how the Sunday morning blaze that killed 231 people could have been sparked in the...

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) processes firearm transaction documents from firearms dealers no longer in business, no matter the condition of the documents, such as this fire and water damaged document, at their National Trace Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

    After gun crime, weapon history takes time to find

    In the fictional world of television police dramas, a few quick clicks on a computer lead investigators to the owner of a gun recovered at a bloody crime scene. Before the first commercial, the TV detectives are on the trail of the suspect. Reality is a world away. There is no national database of guns. Not of who owns them, how many are sold annually or even how many exist.


    Music promoter inks exclusive deal with Lake County Fairgrounds

    A deal struck Monday is intended to brand the Lake County Fairgrounds as a go-to venue between the big cities of Chicago and Milwaukee for music and other entertainment. Mark Khayat, owner of Austin's Saloon & Eatery, which includes the 750-seat Fuel Room, has exclusive entertainment rights at the Grayslake facility for five years.

    President Barack Obama boards Air Force One, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Las Vegas to give a speech about immigration.

    Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

    Seeking swift action on immigration, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to rally public support behind his proposals for giving millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, as well as making improvements to the legal immigration system and border security. The president will launch his push in a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, a day after a bipartisan group of senators...

    A French soldier guards the Timbuktu airport, in northern Mali. Backed by French helicopters and paratroopers, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al-Qaida-linked militants who ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages.

    Malian military: In control of city of Timbuktu

    As French and Malian soldiers held control of the fabled desert city of Timbuktu following the retreat of Islamist extremists, Tuareg fighters claimed Tuesday that they seized the strategic city of Kidal and other northern towns.

    A girl looks at a display on assessment about impact of supposed nuclear attack on Seoul at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. North Korea appears all set to detonate an atomic device, but confirming the explosion when it takes place will be virtually impossible for outsiders, specialists said Tuesday.

    Confirming North Korean nuclear test almost impossible

    North Korea appears all set to detonate an atomic device, but confirming the explosion when it takes place will be virtually impossible for outsiders, specialists said Tuesday. The best indication of a test will be seismic tremors and abnormal radiation in the air, but even that can be masked if North Korea wants to. In all likelihood the first word of the test will come from Pyongyang itself,...


    Timbuktu, ancient seat of Islamic learning

    Timbuktu, the fabled desert city where retreating Muslim extremists destroyed ancient manuscripts, was a center of Islamic learning hundreds of years before Columbus landed in the Americas. It is not known how many of the priceless documents were destroyed by al Qaida-linked fighters who set ablaze a state-of-the-art library built with South African funding to conserve the brittle, camel-hide...

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com, August 2012 The empty Coultrap Elementary School, which started life in 1923 as Geneva’s high school, will be demolished, the school board decided Monday.

    Old Coultrap school has to go, Geneva board decides

    The old, empty Coultrap Elementary School should be demolished, the Geneva school board decided Monday, despite pleas from several people to delay the vote so they could come up with a plan to keep it. "I think you have rammed this down our throats," said Terry Emma, Geneva History Center executive director, whose children attended the school.

    A bar code attached to a marijuana plant at a grow house in Denver. The bar codes are assigned to each plant and follow it through the growing and distribution process. Washington state is considering the use of a similar tracking system.

    Wash. vows to try to keep weed in state — but how?

    So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state's legal pot within its borders. But Gov. Jay Inslee insists there are ways to prevent the bulk smuggling of the state's newest cash crop into the black market, including digitally tracking weed to ensure that it goes from where it is grown to the stores where it is sold.

    Liberty High School cheerleader Shelli Ormond, center, gets a high five from Sparkles member Alaina Obert, left, as Sparkle Addie Knuffman, right, claps after cheer in Liberty

    Cheerleaders work with students

    Addi Knuffman and Alaina Obert concentrated to get the moves just right. They clambered on to the knees of Liberty High School cheerleaders, first sitting, then standing, carefully balanced and waving their silver poms wearing big smiles. The two 5-year-olds, along with 21-year-old Katie Hugenberg, are adding some extra spark to the cheerleading squad thanks to the Sparkle Effect.


    Investigators search landfill for homicide victim

    Police detectives, cadaver dogs and back hoe operators are searching a Menomonee Falls landfill for the remains of a homicide victim.


    Illinois accuses 14 of unemployment benefit fraud

    Fourteen Illinoisans are accused of defrauding the state by collecting more than $400,000 in unemployment benefits even though they had jobs. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced indictments against the 14 defendants Tuesday.


    Rockford air traffic reaches pre-recession levels

    Officials at the Chicago Rockford International Airport say passenger traffic last year returned to pre-recession levels.


    Unemployment forms available in Spanish, Polish

    Illinois applications for unemployment benefits are now available online in Spanish and Polish. Department of Employment Security officials say online applications are preferable to paper ones because of accuracy and efficiency.


    Gary man allegedly killed 2 men who gave him ride

    Northwestern Indiana authorities have charged a Gary man with murder for allegedly fatally shooting two men who gave him a ride from a gasoline station.


    State names Illinois Honor Roll schools

    The state board of education says 624 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll list for academic progress and consistent high performance in 2012.

    Two South Elgin firefighters bring out a hose line after battling a fire Monday on the 900 block of Kane Street in South Elgin. Firefighters said a dog may have sparked the fire by jumping for a pizza box on a stove, knocking the stove’s burner setting to the “on” position.

    Dawn Patrol: Schaumburg cop fallout; gays in Boy Scouts?

    Cook County dismisses drug cases involving charged Schaumburg cops; suburban Boy Scout leaders react to proposal on gays in scouting; Round Lake Dist. 116 to revamp grade-school learning; U-46 considers making Veterans Day a school day; dog jumping for pizza sparks South Elgin fire; Butler scores 19 in Bulls victory.


    Gracie Gold competes during the senior ladies free skate program Saturday in Omaha.

    Gold goes from anonymous to famous in 4 minutes

    On any given day, Gracie Gold of Elk Grove Village could have been found training on the ice at rinks in Glen Ellyn or Vernon Hills, skating fairly anonymously under the watchful eye of her coach, Alex Ouriashev. Not anymore. Not after the 17-year-old pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of women's figure skating on Saturday. "It was amazing," Gold said afterward.


    Deng lobbies to coach Butler in slam-dunk contest

    Several Bulls players have been pushing for second-year forward Jimmy Butler to play in the rookie-sophomore game during all-star weekend. The discussion kicked up a notch when the topic shifted to the possibility of Butler taking part in the slam-dunk contest, especially from teammate Luol Deng.

    Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.

    Thomas scores 25 to lead No. 11 Buckeyes past Badgers

    Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin 58-49 on Tuesday night.The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.

    Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not on the list. He declined to directly address in any detail Tuesday questions about a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps.

    Ray Lewis claims steroid report is 'stupidity'

    Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not on the list. He declined to directly address in any detail Tuesday questions about a Sports Illustrated report that he sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed up his recovery from a torn right triceps.

    Bulls forward Jimmy Butler shoots over Charlotte’s Jeff Adrien during Monday night’s victory over the Bobcats.

    Butler, Deng on floor together for Bulls?

    With the Bulls facing an uncertain future, trying to revamp a high-priced roster, a new revelation emerged on Monday. Maybe Jimmy Butler is a shooting guard who could play alongside Luol Deng long-term. During the 93-85 victory over Charlotte, Butler spent most of the second half at the position. Butler isn’t convinced he’s a full-time two guard, but he jumped all over the idea of playing at the same time as Deng.

    Through six games, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has made all the right moves and found the right minutes for his players. The Hawks will try to extend their strong start to 7-0 Wednesday night at Minnesota.

    Hawks have right formula behind 6-0 start

    You don't get to be 6-0 by pure luck. The Blackhawks have had a few bounces go their way but their franchise-record 6-0 start can be traced to a number of things they've generated themselves: improved goaltending by Corey Crawford, strong special teams play, and the use of four lines and six defensemen, which keeps the Hawks' best players fresh, allowing them to play at a top level.


    Kohler paces Lakes victory

    Jake Kohler scored 13 points, and Lakes’ boys basketball team defeated host Carmel Catholic 46-40 Tuesday night.Lakes improved to 17-6 with the nonconference win. Kohler led the way in the defensive battle, coach Chris Snyder said. Justin Bergeron contributed 10 tough points and TJ Edwards played a strong fourth quarter with 8 points to help lead the Eagles to the win.Carmel fell to 8-12 with its third straight loss.


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


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


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


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


    Rolling Meadows clinches in MSL East

    After playing in only one Mid-Suburban League girls basketball championship game in 30 years, Rolling Meadows is now going to the showcase game for the second season in a row. With an 85-29 victory over visiting Wheeling, the Mustangs (23-1) clinched the MSL East on Tuesday with a 9-0 record and one game left on Friday. Meadows will host Fremd (21-7, 7-2) for the MSL crown a week from today.

    Conant’s Katie Lomas, left, and Fremd’s Catherine Ernst chase after a loose ball during Tuesday’s game.

    Fremd repeats in West

    Fremd senior starter Catherine Ernst admitted she was a little nervous when the Vikings were nursing a 4-point halftime lead at Conant on Tuesday night. “We knew we had to take a step back, take a deep breath and come back out making the hustle plays,” she said. The defending Mid-Suburban League West champs did exactly that.They kept the pressure on for all 16 minutes and now there’s no pressure at all in terms of the divisional race. That’s because the Vikings clinched their fourth straight West crown by posting a 42-20 decision while second-place Palatine fell to Schaumburg 52-51.


    Wheaton Academy charges past IC

    Basketball teams will conduct “charge” drills where a defensive player plants square in front of an oncoming offensive player. This drill typically occurs in practice. In Tuesday’s Wheaton Academy and IC Catholic Prep boys game it played out live.


    Bolger paces Schaumburg victory

    Schaumburg 49, Glenbrook South 41: Senior guard Kyle Bolger led the way for the host Saxons (12-8) in a nonconference victory with 21 points.


    Geneva closing in on another title

    Geneva 48, Elgin 38: The Vikings (15-10, 9-2) inched closer to another Upstate Eight Conference River Division title behind 17 points from Sami Pawlak and 9 from Sidney Santos.

    Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw, left, drives on Glenbard West’s Corey Davis on Tuesday night in Lincolnshire.

    Stevenson blocks out Glenbard West

    A couple of Nathan Marcus’ future football coaches at Vanderbilt University came to watch the all-state tight end play basketball at Stevenson on Tuesday night. Another dandy was on display for Vandy, too. Matt Morrissey, an all-state football player himself, and his Stevenson teammates prevailed in an appropriately physical battle. The Patriots received a game-high 21 points and 8 rebounds from sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson in a 61-47 nonconference win that stretched their winning streak to six games.


    Aurora Christian falls to No. 3 Winnebago

    Winnebago 70, Aurora Christian 57: The Eagles fell at home to the #3 ranked squad in Class 2A. Johnathan Harrell led Aurora Christian with 25 points and Ryan Suttle added 14.


    Glenbard West takes strong first step toward redemption

    Glenbard West gymnasts Amber Broucek, Sarah DeStefano and Mia Connolly may be freshmen, but they knew the cold, hard story even before the season started.

    Michaela Robert of Naperville North on the vault during the Neuqua Valley girls regional in Naperville Tuesday.

    Neuqua Valley does well, Naperville North does better

    Neuqua Valley girls gymnastics coach Jo Ann Pschigoda had been waiting all season for the Wildcats to put it all together. The Wildcats scored a season-best 135.2 points at Tuesday’s Neuqua Valley regional but fell short of Naperville North, which claimed the regional title with 137.925 points. Sandburg/Stagg co-op was third with a 127.4 and Andrew was fourth with a 127.175. “We did have a few bobbles, but the thing is they kept working,” Naperville North coach Chris Stanicek said. “I think they’re confident and they’re where they need to be right now with the right mindset, with their routines and their conditioning.”


    Lake County roundup

    Grayslake North’s girls basketball team netted its 22nd win, a program record, by defeating host Waukegan 60-32 Tuesday night.The Knights dominated each quarter, leading 30-11 at halftime. Brittney Thibeaux led the scoring with 19 points. Kendall Detweiler had 12 points, and Emily Dugan added 10 for Grayslake North (22-2).Vernon Hills 53, Antioch 43: Sydney Smith scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and added 4 assists, as the Cougars (23-2, 11-0) clinched the North Suburban Prairie Division championship.Lauren Webb added 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Alina Lehocky tallied 7 points and 5 rebounds.Antioch (15-10) was led by Carly McCameron, who came up strong in the paint, scoring 11 points and pulling in a team-high 13 rebounds. Megan Borries hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to shoot her way out of a recent shooting slump. She also helped lead the Antioch offense, which gained a lead late in the fourth quarter before succumbing to the Cougars. Grayslake Central 46, Johnsburg 31: The Rams improved their record to 16-9 and 9-1 in the Fox Valley Fox Division, as Morgan Dahlstrom led the way with 14 points.Carson Sparkman added 12 points for Grayslake Central.Libertyville 41, Lake Forest 25: Haley Hoeksel scored 13 points, and Olivia Mayer added 10, as the visiting Wildcats improved to 11-13 and 6-5 in the North Suburban Lake.Lakes 49, Grant 27: The Eagles dominated every quarter on Senior Night, leading 14-6 after the first quarter, finishing the half up 27-11 and ending the third ahead 37-20.Lakes improved its record to 15-11 and 9-2 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Lakes seniors Dayna Olson, Nicole Mogged, Shelby Trkla, Amanda Smith and Terese McMahon started.“Each of these kids has started during the season and I am comfortable playing any of them,” Eagles coach Pete Schneider said. “It was fun to see them all playing together. These kids are a big part of the turnaround of Lakes’ women’s basketball. They have put the time in and support each other very well. This team is not done yet. We have some unfinished goals.McMahon scored 15 points, shooting 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Trkla added 8 points.Michelle Filip and AnaRose Hebein scored 6 points apiece for Grant (9-15, 4-7).

    Glenbard West’s Dikiria Washington, right, drives on Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson.

    Images: Glenbard West vs. Stevenson, boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted and won 61-47 over the Glenbard West Hilltoppers for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Lincolnshire.

    Although Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has said he hasn't used performance-enhancing drugs since 2003, an investigation by the Miami New Times uncovered his name and those of dozens of other sports stars from a patient list belonging to a Miami clinic that sold HGH, anabolic steroids and other drugs.

    A-Rod implicated in PED use again

    Alex Rodriguez denied a newspaper report that accused him of buying human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from a Miami-area clinic. The Miami New Times, an alternative weekly, reported Tuesday that it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal from a clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch.

    Conant’s Katie Lomas, left, and Fremd’s Catherine Ernst chase after a loose ball.

    Images: Fremd vs. Conant, girls basketball
    The Conant High School girls basketball team hosted the Fremd High School girls on Tuesday, January 29, in Hoffman Estates.

    Naperville Central’s Nicky Lopez and West Aurora’s Matt Dunn collide while going for a rebound in the third quarter.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. West Aurora, boys basketball
    Naperville Central visited West Aurora in a boys basketball matchup Tuesday night in Aurora.


    Fremd absorbs beam bobbles; Meadows' Johnston excels

    Fremd wobbled a bit at the finish, but the Viking were able to keep it together. Fremd cruised through the first two events on the vault (36.475) and bars (36.775) and looked to be headed for an impressive score. The beam (34.825) put a dent in the Vikings’ attack, but they survived four falls in winning a 21st consecutive regional title with 143.525 points at their own gym in Palatine. Lake Park took second with 136.275 points, followed by Rolling Meadows (130.575), and Maine West (115.175). Fremd advances to its own sectional next Monday at 6:30 p.m.


    Dundee-Crown gets past McHenry

    A basketball player need not be a prolific scorer to be a catalyst, a lesson Dundee-Crown senior Jack Buckley imparted for the second straight game in Tuesday’s 44-40 victory over visiting McHenry. Dundee-Crown (14-5, 5-2 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division) led 37-25 entering the fourth quarter, but McHenry (9-10, 2-5) trimmed the deficit to a point on senior guard Korey Partenheimer’s strong drive from the left elbow with 1:03 remaining.


    Larkin brushes aside South Elgin

    Ask the Larkin boys basketball team what’s going on Friday night in Elgin, the Royals will tell you what’s up. They’re well aware of their matchup with crosstown rival Elgin at Chesbrough Field House. But think again if the Royals had the opposite approach for South Elgin, nor the idea of taking the Storm lightly. Even with a freshman-laden Storm team 10 games under 500, Larkin considers South Elgin a rival and the Royals wanted to deliver a clear message. Consider a 70-51 Upstate Eight crossover win in Elgin a message sent, as Kendale McCullum spearheaded a defensive attack and led the Royals with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals.


    Seniors step up as Hersey rolls

    In an emotional pregame ceremony at Ken Carter Gymnasium, Hersey celebrated the accomplishments of its seven senior players. But the upperclassmen didn’t let the festivities stop there. Led by Ashley Raulli, who Huskies coach Mary Fendley said “had the best game of her career,” Hersey defeated visiting Elk Grove 39-22 on senior night to move into a second-place tie with the Grens in the Mid-Suburban East.


    All-around success for Stochl; Great start for Carmel

    Making another trip to the girls gymnastics state meet would be something special for Warren’s Becky Stochl next month at Palatine High School. Stochl reached the preliminaries last year on vault, and she’s well on her way to repeating the feat — and then some. Stochl started the state series by qualifying in all four events and the all-around Tuesday night at the Glenbrook North regional in Northbrook. Three-time defending state champion Carmel Catholic captured the regional championship with 144.85 and Warren was runner-up at 134.85. Carmel senior Lauren Feely flew to top honors in all four events and the all-around (38.325).


    WW South goes toe to toe with Fenwick and wins

    Meghan Waldron has probably been asked about her team’s injuries about 1,000 times this season. It was hard to avoid that theme Tuesday. And once again, Waldron and Wheaton Warrenville South won a game of attrition. With both teams missing two injured starters, the No. 4 Tigers built a 14-point lead on Fenwick through three quarters, then held on for a 65-63 win in Wheaton.


    Willowbrook ends skid, gets 20th win

    Willowbrook’s girls basketball team decided to make its 20th victory of the season a decisive one.


    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 49, Marengo 40: The Big Northern East champion Rockets got 10 points each from Sam Pryor and Becca Gerke to stay perfect in the league. Kayla Ross added 9 points while Shelby Holt and Ally DeTamble had 8 each for Burlington Central (20-4, 11-0).Geneva 48, Elgin 38: The Maroons outscored Upstate Eight River co-leader Geneva 19-9 in the second half but it wasn’t enough. Kristin Tayag had 13 points and Anna Eckholm added 10 for Elgin (8-17, 1-10).Hinckley-Big Rock 47, St. Edward 38: Clarissa Ramos and Katie Swanson had 10 points each for St. Edward in this nonconference loss. Chelsea Gnan added 8 points for the Green Wave (2-22).


    Hero time: Fish, Grayslake N. edge Rolling Meadows

    One of A.J. Fish’s biggest fans is little Kennedy Grunloh. It was easy to see why the 3½-year-old daughter of Grayslake North coach Todd Grunloh is among those who have admired Fish’s athletic feats at the school. And Tuesday night was another memorable one when Rolling Meadows visited for a boys basketball nonconference game. Fish was honored beforehand for breaking the 1,000-point mark in his career with 28 in Friday’s win over Grayslake Central. That career-high didn’t last long as the 6-foot-3 senior hit his last 10 shots from the field and scored 23 of his 29 points after halftime as the Knights (13-7) held on for a 66-64 victory.

    Naperville Central’s Nicky Lopez and West Aurora’s Matt Dunn collide while going for a rebound in the third quarter on Tuesday, January 29.

    West Aurora rallies by Naperville Central

    West Aurora came out in its same white home uniforms for the second half Tuesday night of its DuPage Valley Conference game with Naperville Central, but the Blackhawks looked like an entirely different team. That same West Aurora squad that made 7 of 26 field goal attempts for 26.9 percent shooting in the first half canned 8 of 10 in the third quarter and 10 of 13 in the fourth for a blistering 78.2 percent mark in the second half. The Blackhawks needed that sizzling shooting to hold off a determined and improving Naperville Central team 57-52, maintaining their tie for the DVC lead with Glenbard East.


    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 63, North Boone 24: Ryan Ritchie had 11 points and Moter Deng added 9 as the Rockets (7-13, 5-1) rolled to an easy Big Northern East win. Reed Hunnicutt added 8 points for Burlington Central.Westminster Christian 35, Faith Lutheran 18: Will Woodhouse scored 12 points to lead the Warriors to a nonconference win in a game that was called at halftime due to condensation in Faith Lutheran’s gym from the rainstorm. Colin Brandon added 8 points for Westminster (12-11), which won its fifth straight.


    Smiles all around for Wheeling

    As Chris Pierro, Nate Majkowski, Nick Riccardi, Kameron Hill and Nate Laude walked off Wheeling's floor Tuesday night, they were all smiles. And they had plenty of reason to be happy. The Wildcats overcame an 8-point second half deficit and got a game-winning free throw from Majkowski before Maine West's potential game-winning shot glanced off the rim at the buzzer to give Wheeling a 43-42 victory.


    Huntley stays unbeaten in FVC Valley

    With Huntley's boys basketball team trailing Prairie Ridge in the second quarter, Marty Manning called a timeout. The Red Raiders' coach got in his players' faces about their intensity, or lack thereof. The Raiders responded with a 12-0 run and eventually cruised to a 56-30 home victory Tuesday night. Jake Wagner scored 12 points, and Amanze Egekeze added 10 as Huntley improved to 13-6 overall and 7-0 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division.


    Walther Lutheran runs past St. Edward

    The St. Edward boys basketball team didn't want to play a fast-paced game Tuesday night against Walther Lutheran. It happened though and it cost the Green Wave. The Broncos picked up the pace late in the first quarter to rally from an 18-9 deficit to beat the host Green Wave, 75-54.


    Crystal Lake S. shoots past Cary-Grove

    Crystal Lake South boys basketball coach Matt LePage just needed to look at the shot chart and the assist statistic to crack a smile. Sharing the ball to get high percentage shots, the Gators connected on 20 layups and collected 18 assists in posting a 67-54 Fox Conference Valley Division win over Cary-Grove in Cary Tuesday night.


    Lemon Jr. leads Bradley past Illinois State 83-77

    Walt Lemon Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting Tuesday night, helping Bradley snap its losing streak against intrastate rival Illinois State with an 83-77 win.

    Bill Bellecomo, left, will replace Tony Monken, right, as Vernon Hills’ head football coach.

    By design, Bellecomo will direct the action at Vernon Hills

    Those football plays that li'l Bill Bellecomo used to carve in his yard are long gone. They left an indelible mark, however. "My old man used to catch me in the back yard drawing them up in the dirt," Bellecomo, Ray Bellecomo's boy, said with a laugh. Not that Bellecomo will draw up a play from his boyhood days when he directs Vernon Hills' football team in the fall. But suffice it to say, he will draw on experience, from his days as a kid, to his days as a football player at Willowbrook High, to his years as an assistant coach studying under three highly successful high school head coaches.

    Westminster Christian’s Maddie Versluys goes up for a score against Ottawa Marquette Academy Tuesday in Elgin.

    Westminster Christian makes it 10 straight

    Westminster Christian girls basketball coach Ken Flickinger wasn't the happiest guy in town with the way his team played defense in the first half Tuesday night. So the Warriors did something about it, and their coach was all smiles by game's end. Westminster held Ottawa Marquette Academy to just 12 points in the final 16 minutes and turned a 1-point halftime advantage into a 20-point win, beating the Class 2A Crusaders 54-34 in nonconference action in Elgin. The win was the Warriors' 10th straight and ran their season record to 21-4. They can tie the school record for wins in a season set by last year's sectional finalist with a win at Keith Country Day in the regular-season finale Friday. Westminster is the No. 1 seed in next week's Class 1A Harvest Christian regional.

    Westminster Christian’s Libbie Atchison scores.

    Images: Westminster Christian vs. Ottawa Marquette, girls basketball
    Westminster Christian hosted and won 54-34 over Ottawa Marquette in a girls basketball matchup Tuesday night in Elgin.

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was all smiles during media day Tuesday for Super Bowl XLVII. He has been accused of using a banned substance while he was recovering from an injury this season.

    No cause to worry over latest Super Bowl distraction

    Will the Ravens be distracted by the banned-substance controversy involving Ray Lewis? Not any more than a double-homicide controversy distracted them 12 years ago.

    Left winger Brandon Saad (20) has impressed Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville this season despite going scoreless on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

    Quenneville likes what he sees from Saad

    Brandon Saad may be scoreless through five games, but he isn't going anywhere right now. Coach Joel Quenneville likes what he has seen of the 20-year-old left winger on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and what he brings to the ice.

    The Arlington Million will return on Aug. 17 as part of Arlington International Racecourse's 2013 stakes schedule. Little Mike, at right, won the 30th Arlington Million last season.

    Arlington releases stakes race schedule

    The International Festival of Racing will return to Arlington International Racecourse on Aug. 17 with the 31st running of the Grade I Arlington Million. Track officials released a 2013 thoroughbred racing schedule Tuesday that includes 25 stakes races worth $5.5 million.


    Fire giving McKenzie a second look

    Rauwshan McKenzie will get a second look with the Chicago Fire, coach Frank Klopas said Tuesday.


    Bears hire Purdue assistant to coach linebackers

    New head coach Marc Trestman continued to fill out his staff Tuesday by hiring former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesan as the Bears' linebackers coach.

    Brian McBride, the Arlington Heights native who traveled the world as a key member of the U.S. National soccer team, is still giving back to the game. His soccer academy is training the next generation of players, and he’s a part of the Fox Soccer broadcast team for games in Europe.

    Now retired, McBride still gets his kicks from soccer

    Brian McBride walks briskly into a local Starbucks, fresh from a workout, his familiar broad smile beaming. Retirement seems to agree with him. The former U.S. soccer star still keeps his hand in the game, as Orrin Schwarz details in this report on the Arlington Heights native.


    Boys basketball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet (19-3), West Aurora (16-3) and Neuqua Valley (20-2) are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 boys basketball rankings.

    The NFL Super Bowl XLVII NFL football game logo is seen past the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on the face of an office building. New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to play in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

    Katrina’s scars harder to see as Super Bowl looms

    New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles. To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming to town for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell likely won’t have an easy time in the Big Easy with New Orleans hosting the Super Bowl. Saints coach Sean Payton has asked fans to lighten up and welcome the commissioner.

    This won’t be a fun week for NFL’s Roger Goodell

    With the Super Bowl being in New Orleans this year, the timing couldn't have been worse for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. His football decisions have been a bit off the mark, and Mike North thinks New Orleans Saints fans will be pretty vocal about their disapproval. North also weighs in on whether Tiger Woods is ready to win the Masters again.

    Vernon Hills’ Meri Bennett-Swanson drives to the basket against Benet Academy during the 23rd Annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School on Monday.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball, wrestling and gymnastics and swimming.


    ASSOCIATED PRESS This screenshot provided by Kraft shows the Super Bowl teaser advertisement for Volkswagen called “Get In. Get Happy.”

    Super Bowl advertisers tease viewers

    Super Bowl advertisers are learning the art of the tease. Supermodel Kate Upton appears in an online Mercedes-Benz video in a low-cut top. An unknown man wakes up with his face covered in smeared lipstick and his hands bound in furry handcuffs in a Gildan Activewear clip. And “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan seemingly curses in a spot for Kraft’s Mio flavored drops. “Hey, can you say (bleep) on TV?” he says in the spot titled “Bleep.”

    Abbott Laboratories

    Abbott says North Chicago facility not affected by layoffs

    Abbott Laboratories confirmed Tuesday that an unspecified number of layoffs have been taking place as the news buzzed across pharmaceutical message boards online. “They almost entirely relate to previously announced actions,” said Scott Stoffel. “We're not providing additional detail.” Last October, Abbott announced it would cut about 550 jobs globally — including about 100 from its headquarters in Libertyville Township and a Des Plaines office — while “several hundred” more layoffs were expected in 2013.

    Hostess Brands Inc. Twinkies snacks sit on a shelf inside the company’s outlet store in Peoria.

    Hostess set to announce bidder for Twinkies

    The indestructible Twinkie appears to be one step closer to a comeback. Hostess Brands is close to announcing that it has picked two investment firms as the lead bidders for its Twinkies and other snack cakes.

    U.S. stocks advanced, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a five-year high, as companies including Pfizer Inc. and Valero Energy Corp. reported earnings that beat estimates.

    Stocks advance, pushing Dow toward 14,000

    Pfizer helped keep the stock market rally alive Tuesday. The drugmaker's stock gained after posting strong earnings, pushing the Dow closer to 14,000. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 73 points to close at 13,954.42 points, ending higher for the seventh day in eight.

    The Key to Success dinner at Cotillion Banquets.

    Palatine chamber brings out its stars for annual dinner

    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated at its fourth annual "Key to Success" Awards and Installation Dinner on Jan. 24, where more than 100 guests were in attendance. "It was a pleasure to be able to thank and award all the amazing work that is being done within our chamber," said chamber Director Mindy Phillips.

    In a Wednesday, May 19, 2010 photo, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and La. Gov. Bobby Jindal tour through the Roseau Grasses that mark the coastline of Southeast Louisiana at Pass a Loutre at the mouth of the Mississippi River where oil washed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

    Judge OKs $4 billion BP oil spill criminal settlement

    A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    People use a Bank of America ATM in Boston. Banks including JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of America seized on government payments for unemployment compensation as a business opportunity and pitched card programs to many states. However to cover the costs of the programs, banks have hit all card users with a plethora of new fees.

    Report: States force jobless to pay needless fees

    Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group. People are using the fee-heavy cards instead of getting their payments deposited directly to their bank accounts. That's because states issue bank cards automatically, require complicated paperwork or phone calls to set up direct deposit and fail to explain the card fees, according to a report issued Tuesday,

    Delinquency rates on student loans made in the past two years stand at 15 percent in the U.S. as recent graduates struggle to find jobs, Fair Isaac Corp. said.

    Overdue student loans reach ‘unsustainable’ 15%

    Delinquency rates on student loans made in the past two years stand at 15 percent in the U.S. as recent graduates struggle to find jobs, Fair Isaac Corp. said. The rate for 2010 through 2012 compares with 12.4 percent for loans made from 2005 to 2007, Fair Isaac's FICO Labs said in a statement today, citing data from October. Average student- loan debt last year rose to $27,253 from $17,233 in 2005, and almost 60 percent of bank managers surveyed in December expect delinquencies to worsen in six months, FICO said.

    U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes.

    U.S. home prices accelerate in November

    U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5 percent in November compared with the same month a year ago. That's the largest year-over-year gain in six years. Alll but one of the cities in the index posted annual gains. The largest gains was in Phoenix, where prices jumped nearly 23 percent.


    Netflix plans $400 million bond offering with eight-year notes

    Netflix Inc. plans to raise $400 million with eight-year bonds as the world's largest online video service prepares to refinance outstanding debt and boost funds for films and television shows.


    Apple unveils iPad with more memory

    Apple says it will sell an iPad with more memory than the current models available. Apple Inc. said Tuesday that the new, full-size model comes with 128 gigabytes of memory, up from 64 gigabytes. Nothing else has changed, so it will remain a fourth-generation iPad, which went on sale in November. The memory increase does not apply to the iPad Mini, which also went on sale in November.

    Ford earned $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter as sales rose in every region outside Europe.

    Ford earns $1.6B in 4Q, tops Wall Street forecast

    Ford earned $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter as sales rose in every region outside Europe. Ford's net income fell from $13.6 billion in the same quarter last year, but that figure included a big accounting-related gain. Without that gain, Ford's earnings were up from $1 billion in the fourth quarter of last year.

    Yahoo! Inc. reported fourth-quarter revenue that topped analysts’ estimates and increased annual sales for the first time since 2008 as the largest U.S. Web portal benefited from buoyant demand for online search.

    Yahoo sales top analysts’ estimates on online search demand

    Yahoo! Inc. reported fourth-quarter revenue that topped analysts' estimates and increased annual sales for the first time since 2008 as the largest U.S. Web portal benefited from buoyant demand for online search. Fourth-quarter earnings, excluding some items, were 32 cents a share, Yahoo said in a statement. Sales, excluding revenue passed to partner sites, rose 4 percent $1.22 billion. Analysts on average had projected profit of 28 cents on revenue of $1.21 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


    Oil rises as US, China manufacturing improves

    The price of oil rose Tuesday, boosted by improvements in manufacturing in the world's two largest economies. Benchmark oil for March delivery was up 29 cents to $96.73 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents to finish at $96.44 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.


    Canada, Holland: WhatsApp violates privacy norms

    Regulators in the Netherlands and Canada say that popular messaging application WhatsApp is violating internationally accepted privacy norms by stockpiling phone numbers belonging to people who don't even use the service.

    People walk by an electric stock index display of a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday.

    Asia stocks rise as Wall Street flirts with highs

    Asian stock markets posted modest gains Tuesday as the feel-good factor lingered from near-record highs on Wall Street and signs of an upswing in U.S. manufacturing.Analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said that benchmarks in South Korea and Taiwan are recuperating after recent sell-offs amid worries that the depreciating yen will hurt economic growth in those countries. South Korea release its January trade figures later this week and Taiwan reports fourth quarter economic growth.

    Fuse News Team, from left, senior editorial producer and contributing correspondent Liz Walaszczyk, senior contributing correspondent Elaine Moran, anchor Matte Babel, anchor Alexa Chung, and senior contributing correspondent Jack Osbourne.

    TV veteran developing news show for Fuse

    The Fuse television network has turned to news veteran Rick Kaplan, who has run CNN and MSNBC and produced programs like "Nightline," to develop a music news program aimed largely at people some 40 years younger than him."Fuse News" is set to debut Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern time with pre-Grammy Awards coverage. The half-hour show, originating from Fuse's studios across from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, will be repeated at midnight.


    Antigua gets OK to become copyright haven

    Americans call it piracy. Antiguans call it justice. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are threatening to strip intellectual property protections from American goods as part of a long-running trade dispute over the U.S. embargo on the tiny Caribbean nation's online gambling industry.

    Exterior view of the headquarters of Philips in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Philips profit beats analyst estimates on health-care revenue

    Royal Philips Electronics NV, the world's largest lighting manufacturer, reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates, helped by demand for medical equipment and job cuts. Earnings before interest, taxes, amortization and one-time items rose 50 percent to 875 million euros ($1.2 billion), the Amsterdam-based company said today in a statement. The estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg survey was for 866 million euros. Sales gained 6.7 percent to 7.16 billion euros.

    A beach front home that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in the sand in Bay Head, N.J.

    Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday.

    Automobiles pass a JP Morgan Chase building in New York. The financial crisis hammered banks and choked off loans to businesses and consumers. But lending has been rebounding. Mortgage and auto loans are rising. Commercial and industrial loans rose 2.2 percent in the July-September quarter of 2012 from the same period a year earlier.

    U.S. economy gets lift from housing, other tailwinds

    The U.S. economy is a study in contrasts. The housing, banking and auto industries are surging back to health and that has helped push the stock market to a five-year peak. Higher prices for homes and stocks tend to make people feel wealthier and spend more. Yet unemployment remains high and hiring modest. The end of a Social Security tax cut is shrinking already flat pay. Federal budget fights have put businesses and consumers on edge.

Life & Entertainment


    Don’t force the creation of special family memories

    This mom has a favorite song that she sings to her 9-month-old daughter. She would like to discourage other family members from singing this special song to her daughter. Is that a realistic thought?

    Cioppino is a fish stew that originated in the North Beach section of San Francisco.

    Hot bowl of fish soup melts winter doldrums

    I don't know about you, but February requires an extra bit of effort on my part in order to maintain even a semblance of good cheer. Come February my spirits need a little bolstering. The perfect antidote to my winter of discontent is a nice decadent bowl of cioppino.

    In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, actress Ashley Judd, right, and her husband, Dario Franchitti, arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre, in Los Angeles. Judd’s spokeswoman confirmed a Tuesday report from People that the 44-year-old actress and 39-year-old Scottish race car driver are ending their marriage.

    Judd announces separation from Franchitti

    Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are separating after 11 years of marriage. Judd's spokeswoman confirmed a Tuesday report from People magazine that the 44-year-old actress and 39-year-old Scottish race car driver are ending their marriage.

    In warmer weather, The Purple Pig offers outdoor dining along a gated sidewalk right off Michigan Avenue.

    Park Ridge native following in father's footsteps

    Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr grew up with a famous chef father -- Heaven on Seven founder Jimmy Bannos -- but he has stepped out of his father's shadow, earning accolades from local and national media for his culinary prowess at The Purple Pig in Chicago. Read how this Maine South High School graduate evolved into The Prince of Pork.


    Don’t be selfish with grandchild during the holidays

    Grandparents want to know if they can ask son to alternate Christmases so they can spend time with their only grandchild during the holiday. Carolyn Hax says be happy you've won the grandchild lottery and leave well enough alone.

    “How Country Feels” by Randy Houser

    Houser returns with radio-ready album

    There's little coincidence that Randy Houser's new album, "How Country Feels," arrives just as the title track reaches No. 1 on the country radio charts. The Mississippi singer earned his first chart-topper with the initial single from his most radio-friendly album. Stuffed with country soul-inflected mid-tempo arrangements that highlight Houser's rich voice, there's likely a few more hits among its 15 tracks.

    Lucy Hale, who stars in the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars,” which airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, says her real passion is country music.

    ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star’s heart lies in music

    On the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars," which airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Lucy Hale's character, Aria, has a passion for fashion. In real life, Hale channels her emotions through music. The 23-year-old was among the winners in 2003 of "American Juniors," a spinoff of "American Idol," where the final five formed a vocal quintet. When they broke up, she went into acting. Now she's decided to give music another go, and she's currently recording a country album.

    Shrimp, crab, even squid can go into a pot of cioppino.

    Burhop’s Cioppino

    Folksy rock ’n’ roller Dan Tedesco performs a show Thursday, Feb. 7, at Schuba’s in Chicago.

    Music notes: St. Charles native Tedesco headlines Schuba’s

    St. Charles native Dan Tedesco will bring his driving, rootsy, folky brand of rock 'n' roll to Schuba's next week. Plus, check out the show by indie-rockers Yo La Tengo or catch Pat Benatar in St. Charles.

    The abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands sparked some speculation in the British press Tuesday about whether Queen Elizabeth II, at 86, might follow suit and step down so her son Charles could become King.

    No plans for Queen Elizabeth to retire

    One European queen has announced her retirement. Any chance Europe's most famous queen — Elizabeth II of Britain — might join her? Not likely, experts say. The spectacle of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands stepping down in April at age 75 so her 45-year-old son can become king is sparking some speculation in Britain about whether Elizabeth might follow suit so her eldest son, Prince Charles, can start his reign.

    “Suspect” by Robert Crais

    Robert Crais' 'Suspect' is action-packed, deeply touching

    Author Robert Crais unwinds the plot of "Suspect" slowly at first, devoting the first half to developing the relationship between two damaged but determined partners. But in the second half, the suspense is high and the pace blistering. Still, the best part is the interaction between Scott and Maggie (yes, a dog) as they struggle to overcome PTSD and discover that each offers the other the best chance for a new start in life.

    Taylor Swift says you can expect some of her bolder choices of late, from her music to her new, sexier image, to be incorporated in her upcoming tour. Swift kicks off her worldwide tour in Omaha, Neb., next month in support of her latest album, “Red.”

    Taylor Swift talks sexier look, new tour

    Taylor Swift has been turning heads with her new, sexy wardrobe, but the 23-year-old says it's just a reflection of getting older. Swift has people buzzing about her recent red carpet choices, which have included plunging necklines and shorter skirts. "As far as wardrobe, we have been operating from a different place," Swift said. Swift's new look is a reflection of her overall maturation, with her latest album, "Red," selling more than 3 million copies since it was released last fall.


    Penne Pasta Salad
    Penne Pasta Salad: Rose Allen

    Rose Allen kicks up the health quotient of her bean white soup with quinoa.

    Quinoa Bean Soup
    Quinoa Bean Soup: Rose Allen


    Cinnamon Bread
    Cinnamon Bread: Rose Allen

    Rose Allen re-created a quinoa soup she tried in Washington D.C.; she changed up the recipe to include white beans.

    Cook of the Week: Summer, fall harvest enjoyed year-round

    Despite the fact that temperatures have plunged and the world is encased in ice, Rose Allen still enjoys the benefits of her summer garden. "It's a joy for me to grow my own veggies. You don't need a lot of space," the Hoffman Estates woman says. "This year I grew collard greens, kale, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers. When I grow them, I know what I'm getting. Of course I don't use pesticides."

    Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. braises pork loin in milk before serving it with mashed potatoes and a creamy gravy at The Purple Pig in Chicago.

    Milk Braised Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
    Pork Shoulder

    The band fun. is up for six Grammy Awards.

    fun. caps crazy year with six Grammy nods

    The band fun. has been on a wild ride since its dark pop-rock sophomore album, "Some Nights," was released last February. They performed at an inaugural ball, and had one of last year's biggest anthems with the six-time platinum No. 1 hit "We Are Young." The group's second single and title track is a multiplatinum radio smash. And now, the band approaches the Grammys with six nominations.

    Prospect High School grad Alex Ullrich has been a Foley artist for more than a decade, performing sound effects for such films as “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

    Prospect grad creates 'Zero Dark Thirty' sound effects

    Prospect High graduate Alex Ullrich works as a Foley artist in Hollywood. He's the guy who supplies the sounds you hear in movies, cartoons and TV shows. Every sound he adds is in postproduction. "You start with a scene that's completely blank, sound-wise. By the time we're done with it, it's completely alive!" he said.



    Editorial: Crime, cops and the privilege of a pension

    A Daily Herald editorial says the case of a former Round Lake Beach police officer convicted of a sex crime is an example of why Illinois should toughen pension forfeiture regulations to include crimes committed while off duty.


    Recipe for a conservative revival

    Columnist George Will: In the rhetorical cotton candy of his inaugural address — sugary, and mostly air — Obama spoke of "investing in" rising generations, and said: "America's possibilities are limitless." He ignores the encroaching limits imposed on the nation by his policies that are funded by debt that will burden those generations.


    Questions that need asking

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: The correct U.S. response is not to go looking for wars to fight; we've been there, done that. But neither should we blithely ignore developments that may turn into threats.


    Say no to same-sex ‘marriage’
    A Barrington letter to the editor: The true agenda of gay "marriage," portraying the homosexual lifestyle as normal to our children, no matter the parents' beliefs, is not acceptable in Illinois. Call your representatives and tell them no on homosexual "marriage."


    Bouquet from proud Elgin resident
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I thank the city of Elgin for its long-range efforts to manage this city. After surveying many suburbs for over two years, I decided to make Elgin my retirement home. In the six years I have lived here, I have increasingly celebrated that decision.


    Let Biden, LaPierre debate gun control
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Like most everyone, I am deeply saddened by the massacre that occurred at Sandy Hook. But, I must say, I am growing weary with the bombardment of media attention on the topic of gun control.


    Editorial missed mark on Metra raises
    A letter to the editor: One of our goals has always been to make sure Metra is in the best position to attract and retain qualified workers by having a fair, appropriate, sustainable and competitive pay plan.


    Debt ceiling talk should be about spending
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: If there is a limit on a credit card, and that bill is not being paid, would Visa/MasterCard raise your spending limit? It's pretty simple math, President Obama, so stop your bullying and blame with remarks like "we don't want to hold a gun at the head of the American people."


    Fear of government hardly a paranoia
    An Elgin letter to the editor: On Jan. 17, Richard Cohen calls the Americans that fear their government paranoid. Well, after World War I in 1932, when the veterans that were promised a bonus camped out on the White House lawn wanting their bonus, the government responded. The president told the military to clear the lawn.


    One Muslim’s love of the USA
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: On Jan. 21, I celebrated one of the most important aspects of being free. Regardless of one's political affiliation, the pride and honor we feel in being free to choose our nation's leader is humbling. Considering in many parts of the world individuals have a choice I'm thankful I do.


    What will justices do next?
    What will justices do next?In an earlier Supreme Court decision regarding the Second Amendment and gun ownership, self-proclaimed strict constructionists arbitrarily chose to ignore the word “militia.” If the new Congress enacts laws that, in any way, limit access to arms, will those same justices choose to ignore the words “well regulated”?Donald G. Westlake Wheaton


    Rep. Roskam, do the people’s work
    Rep. Roskam, do the people’s workRecently we inaugurated President Obama for his second term. His speech referred often to “We, the People.” In this speech, the president pointed out, “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time — but it does require us to act in our time. For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.”Rep. Peter Roskam voted on Jan. 15 against the HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. This legislation was for Hurricane Sandy relief and Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke candidly and publicly about the shameless, do-nothing politics of the Republican led House of Representatives when they initially adjourned before taking the legislation to a vote. The next act we can anticipate is games about raising the debt ceiling (something which we have never failed to do) — a process that, at the minimum, will cause uncertainty around the world over whether the U.S. will pay its debts on time. Americans cannot continue to tolerate representatives who substitute “absolutism for principle.” Representative Roskam, do the people’s work.Lane R. ReedGlen Ellyn


    In support of concealed carry
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