Daily Archive : Thursday February 14, 2013



    Grafton Township to refund problematic donation

    A Huntley neighborhood group that sent money to the wrong food pantry by mistake, will receive a refund, the Grafton Township Board agreed Thursday night. But a move for the township to punish itself by donating $1,300 to the Grafton Food Pantry, which should have gotten the neighborhood group's money in the first place, went nowhere. As a result, township is only expected to refund the donations...


    Wheeling worker hospitialized after accident

    A worker at a Wheeling factory was flown by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after his hand was caught in a machine.

    With photographs of their late husbands on the coffee table, Wendy Doyle Diez, left, and Laura Tully Dennis explain how they came together to start the Chicagoland Young Widowed Connection. The group hosts a Valentine & Wine event Saturday in Glenview.

    Valentine’s Day never the same for those widowed young

    The pressure to make Valentine's Day the most romantic experience can be overwhelming for some couples. It can rev up the loneliness for those without a special someone. So how does the Chicagoland Young Widowed Connection observe Valentine's Day?

    Lake County Forest Preserve Environmental Educator Jen Berlinghof, right, shows fellow employees Rachel Kosmal and Jenny Sazama how to tap sugar maple trees at Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods.

    Summer drought won’t stop Maple Syrup Hikes at Ryerson

    A sure sign spring is on the way is the tapping of sugar maple trees at Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods. The annual Maple Syrup Hikes will be offered Saturdays and Sundays, March 2-17, providing visitors with a tour, and taste, of the process.


    Scrappin’ and craftin’:

    The Antioch Junior Woman’s Club presents the second “Scrappin’ and Craftin’ the Day Away” event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the VFW hall, 75 North Ave.

    Frank Engel of Hampshire has helped to restore the historic windmill that will be installed along Route 31 in Elgin.

    Historic windmill returning to Elgin

    A historic, 65-foot-tall windmill dismantled nine years ago is being reconstructed and will serve as an educational site at Foundry Park in Elgin. The windmill was built in 1922 and sat on Larkin Avenue until 2004, when the homeowners donated it to the Elgin Area Historical Society. “There were several places that we looked at, and (Foundry Park) was by far the best place that we could put it,"...

    A cruise ship disabled for five nightmarish days in the Gulf of Mexico finally docked with some 4,200 people aboard late Thursday, passengers raucously cheering the end to an ocean odyssey they say was marked by overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors. About four hours later, the last of the passengers had gotten off the ship.

    Passengers slog home after 'horrible' Gulf cruise

    Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were on the move early Friday, some checked into the comfort of hotels, others on buses or headed to charter flights home after five numbing days at sea on a ship paralyzed by an engine-room fire. "I want a hot shower and a daggum Whataburger," said Deborah Knight, a 56-year-old passenger from Houston.

    The Illinois Senate approved same-sex marriage Thursday, sending the plan to the House.

    Senate approves same-sex marriage on Valentine’s Day

    The Illinois Senate voted to approve same-sex marriage Thursday, capitalizing on national support from its most famous former member, President Barack Obama, and pushing the legislation to the Illinois House on Valentine’s Day. The measure was approved by a 34-21 vote. Lawmakers in the House could start an effort to send the legislation to Gov. Pat Quinn as early as next week.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, has pushed for a Valentine's Day vote on gay marriage.

    Gay marriage vote on Valentine's Day?

    The Illinois Senate today once again could debate giving same-sex couples the right to marry. The Democrat-controlled Senate has already given preliminary approval to the plan over the objections of Republicans, and Senate President John Cullerton has touted the idea of sending gay marriage legislation to the Illinois House on Valentine's Day. “We're expecting a vote tomorrow,” said...

    Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, seen here last October, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison and immediately taken into custody Thursday.

    Dixon bookkeeper who stole $53 million gets 20 years

    A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

    David Bogenberger

    Lawsuit filed over alcohol-related death of NIU student

    The Palatine family of a Northern Illinois University freshman who died last November, reportedly after an alcohol-related hazing incident at his fraternity, filed suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages, according to a news release sent out late Thursday afternoon.

    Police Chief Robert Marshall

    Naperville police chief: Downtown liquor enforcement is working

    Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall is just five months into his revamped downtown enforcement plan and he and city leaders are already calling it a success. The reassignment of several police officers into the downtown and the “buy-in” and cooperation from bar owners, they say, has all but eliminated the more violent crimes that made headlines last year. “Our bar owners,...

    Oakbrook Terrace city officials say they'll work with historical society Director Bob Shanahan and his group to save a Sears Roebuck Homart home from the wrecking ball.

    Oakbrook Terrace working to save Sears house

    Oakbrook Terrace City Council members have expressed a willingness to work with the recently formed Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society to save a vintage Sears Homart home that the city had slated for demolition. “At this time, the consensus looks like we're not going to demolish the house,” Mayor Tony Ragucci said.

    This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes.

    NASA: Asteroid will come close Friday but miss Earth
    A close encounter of the rocky kind is set for Friday when an office building-size asteroid will speed past the Earth faster than a bullet and closer than some communications and GPS satellites. It will be the nearest recorded brush with a space rock so large, NASA scientists said last week.


    Aurora library taking action to halt DVD thefts

    Library takes action to combat library thefts

    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday en route to appear in court charged with murder.

    Amputee Olympic star Pistorius charged in slaying

    Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer’s Olympics. Pistorius buried his face in the hood of his workout jacket as officers escorted him from a police station after his arrest in the shooting death...

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had little good to say about a new plan by Senate Democrats to head off severe spending cuts in two weeks.

    Consequences of failure laid out in budget fight

    A new plan by Senate Democrats to head off severe spending cuts in two weeks met an icy reception from Republicans on Thursday as administration officials stepped forward to lay out the biting consequences that could come if no deal is reached soon: thousands of air traffic controllers sidelined, the on and off idling of meat plants nationwide, slashed food aid and nutrition education for...

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he’ll vote against ending debate on Chuck Hagel’s nomination if the White House doesn’t tell them whether Obama spoke to any Libyan government official during the assault and requested assistance for the American personnel at the mission.

    Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

    Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation’s next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama’s actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Obama accused Republicans of playing politics with national security during wartime, and Democrats vowed to revive the nomination...

    Cecil Smith

    Cecil Smith accepts job as top cop in Sanford, Fla.

    Elgin Deputy Police Chief Cecil Smith has accepted the job of police chief in Sanford, Fla., the city that made national headlines in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting a year ago. Smith, 51, a 25-year-veteran of the Elgin department, said his last day in Elgin will be March 15. He starts his new job April 1.

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows fugitive former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. Officials say the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as Dorner's. San Bernardino County Sheriffís spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 that the identification was made through Dornerís dental records. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File)

    Burned remains ID’d as fugitive ex-cop Dorner

    Officials said Thursday that the burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner, said the identification was made through Dorner’s dental records.


    Squirrel damage leads to big car bills

    Has your car been "squirreled" this winter? That’s the term Schaumburg resident Julie King uses for the costly sabotage the tree-dwelling rodents can inflict on vehicles not parked in a garage. Squirrels chewing through the wires of her car have cost her a total $700 this season from two separate incidents only 10 days apart.

    Jean Mooring and her husband, Paul ,were among the first advocates of the Illinois Prairie Path in the 1960s. Since that time, they worked to maintain a section of the path near their home in Glen Ellyn.

    Longtime Glen Ellyn volunteer transformed Prarie Path

    Jean Mooring is being remembered by family and friends for her passion for environmental issues — from the moment she arrived in the suburbs, until her very last days. The longtime Glen Ellyn volunteer was instrumental in helping transform an abandoned railroad right of way into what would become the Illinois Prairie Path, a 61-mile trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding that...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men were charged with three counts of battery after they reportedly attacked a 46-year-old man in the Cube bar inside the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, breaking his nose and possibly detaching a retina. They also battered two security agents, reports said.


    South Elgin ballot battle heads to court

    A former South Elgin trustee, who lost a bid last month to remove some trustees from the April ballot, wants a judge to take another look at his objections. Gary Hyman filed suit, arguing the village's electoral board erred when it denied his objections to Trustee Bill DiFulvio's nominating petitions. A judge will hear arguments on Feb. 25.


    Buffalo Grove community blood drive March 2

    The Buffalo Grove Blood Commission is holding their quarterly community blood drive on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Buffalo Grove Park District Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive.


    Schaumburg Township Democrats remain off April ballot

    A Cook County judge Thursday upheld the majority ruling of the Schaumburg Township electoral board removing four Democratic candidates from the April 9 ballot. But onetime township trustee candidates Mike Murray, Carolyn A. Quinn, Zuhair Nubani and highway commissioner candidate Michael Lenehan are considering whether to take their case to a state appellate court.


    Elk Grove Village Mayor touts town’s affordability

    Elk Grove Village offers residents the best bang for their buck, declared Mayor Craig Johnson at this week’s village board meeting. Village staff recently surveyed eight comparable communities to determine what it costs the owner of a $300,000 home to live there and found Elk Grove to be the least expensive.


    Bar association offers free call-in legal advice

    Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association offer free legal advice as part of the association's Call-A-Lawyer program, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb.16.

    The former Grand Station restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights.

    New Asian restaurant opening in former Chin’s

    A new restaurant will open in downtown Arlington Heights this spring in the former Chin’s, a piece of good news for the village as it works to fill other vacant restaurant locations. “The recession had a tremendous impact on restaurants throughout the region,” said John Melaniphy, business and development coordinator for the village. "We're way better off than a couple years...

    Sarah McClarey, top left, and Cindy Rodriguez deliver 10 dozen roses and gifts to victims of domestic violence and their children at a Northwest suburban safe house Thursday.

    Valentines for domestic abuse survivors

    More than 100 women who are victims of domestic abuse got a special surprise this Valentine’s Day. Operation Shelter Cupid — a program started by Sarah McClarey after her own experience in a women’s shelter — delivers a dozen red roses to women living in domestic violence shelters or transitional housing on the holiday each year.

    Marion Flaman

    Schaumburg principal to join Japan delegation

    The principal of Schaumburg’s Thomas Dooley Elementary School, home to an innovative Japanese-English dual-language program, will be among the delegates on a visit to Japan and its earthquake-ravaged Fukushima region next month. Marion Flaman, who is herself half-Japanese and visited her grandparents in the region as a child, will be a member of the U.S.-Japan Council’s leadership delegation from...

    C. Andrew Searle

    Mundelein High chooses new business manager

    A longtime local resident has been hired as Mundelein High School’s next business manager. C. Andrew Searle will replace Gary Lonquist, who’s set to retire June 30. Lonquist has guided the district’s financial planning for seven years.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Matthew C. Zemater, 24, of North Aurora, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:16 a.m. Thursday in the 0-99 block of South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, according to a police report. He was also charged with speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle


    Fox Valley police reports
    Terrence T. Williams, 17, of the 100 block of College Street, Elgin, was charged with criminal damage to property for breaking a plate-glass window at the Larkin Center in Elgin at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, police reports said.

    A bridge in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has started to break away from the approach at its western end, with a 4-inch drop. The bridge takes Fox River Trail users across the river.

    Fabyan preserve bridge won’t be saved, may not be replaced

    Though not all officials are happy that there is no clear plan for what will follow, the 100-year old portion of the bridge that connects the east and west sides of the Fabyan Forest Preserve will be demolished. And odds are it won't be replaced because that would cost millions of dollars the forest preserve doesn't have, officials said. Some how, opponents are now on board with the plan.

    Linda Lynch

    Prosecutors want video testimony from Cardamone’s mom

    Citing reports of her declining health, prosecutors have asked for videotaped testimony from the mother of a former Aurora gymnastics instructor convicted of inappropriately touching 14 students at the family’s gym. Linda Lynch, 62, is scheduled to stand trial in April on charges she and gym office manager Andrea Arndt forged schedules presented at Michael Cardamone’s 2005 trial to make it look...


    Court rejects Wheaton candidate’s write-in bid

    Wheaton has won its legal fight to prevent a would-be city council candidate from conducting a write-in campaign. After deciding Frank Garcia can’t prove he’s lived in Wheaton long enough to legally qualify to serve on the council, the city’s electoral board last month removed his name from the ballot. But Garcia sought to pursue a write-in campaign in his bid for an at-large seat against former...


    SHS community backs app, survey shows:

    Stevenson High School community members strongly support the idea of an app for smart phones or tablets that would have information about sports and programs and allow communication with the school, survey results showed.


    Scholarships available:

    The Friends of Volo Bog is offering two scholarships of $1,000 each to students interested in pursuing an environmental career.


    Recruiting for open air market:

    Small business owners involved with producing specialty crops, baked goods, cheeses, meats, preserved foods, coffee, smoothies, and other beverages as well as concessions, specialty retail items, and musicians are invited to learn about French and farmers market opportunities at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.


    Concussion panel discussion:

    The Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn hosts a town-hall meeting on concussions on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


    Schaumburg District 54 examining sports offerings

    A committee of parents, coaches, principals and administrators is expected to recommend to the Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board this spring what types of sports to offer at the junior high level. The panel will consider both adding new sports and eliminating sports that fail to to attract enough participants.

    A volunteer fastens a sponsor banner to a fence along Main Street while preparing for the 2005 Batavia fireworks show. The committee that organizes the show says unless it can raise $50,000 by May 1, there will not be a show this year.

    Batavia fireworks in jeopardy over lack of money

    If you want to see a fireworks show in Batavia this Fourth of July, open your wallet now.The committee that organizes the show says if it doesn't have $50,000 in its bank account by May 1 it likely won't do a show. “We definitely don't want to downsize,” said Susan Stark, a Batavia alderman who volunteers with the committee. The committee has $4,500 now. And May 1 is when it has to...

    Construction continues Wednesday on the Illinois Accelerator Research Center at Fermilab in Batavia. The federal laboratory is the subject of a new documentary, “Fermilab: Science At Work.”

    New documentary explains why Fermilab is still relevant

    Fermilab explains itself, through the eyes of its scientists, in a new documentary about the particle-physics laboratory. "The process (of discovery) is just as much fun, maybe more fun, than the 'Eureka!' moment," says physicist Bonnie Fleming.

    Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo” Guzman

    Cartel kingpin Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1; first since Capone

    Authorities in Chicago are naming a drug kingpin in Mexico as the city's Public Enemy No. 1 — a label first given to gangster Al Capone and one that hasn't been used since Prohibition. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is being singled out for his role as leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which supplies the bulk of narcotics sold in the city, according to the Chicago Crime...

    Michael P. Infelise

    Registered sex offender arrested at Carol Stream school

    A registered sex offender was arrested in Carol Stream this week for attending children’s after-school activities with his girlfriend and her daughter, authorities said. Michael P. Infelise, 29, of the 1300 block of Terry Road in Glendale Heights, was arrested Wednesday at Heritage Lakes Elementary School and charged with one felony count of presence within a school zone by a sex offender.

    Wayne A. Sobczak

    Retired Antioch rescue chief agrees to have paramedic license reduced

    Retired Antioch Rescue Squad Chief Wayne Sobczak is not legally allowed to be a paramedic for one year as punishment for failing to address misconduct within the organization he oversaw, state officials confirmed Thursday. Under the voluntary license reduction agreement Sobczak reached with the Illinois Department of Public Health in late 2012, Sobczak will retain his basic emergency medical...

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel calling on suburban lawmakers to help with gun-control quest

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is enlisting suburban state senators' help in his push for tougher gun control legislation. Republican Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale told the Daily Herald that he was among “several” suburban senators contacted by Emanuel and asked to “help in strengthening the sentencing laws for those who intentionally, illegally use a firearm.”

    Philip Buhrke, 17, has an electrocardiogram done Thursday at West Aurora High School. Buhrke who is a runner and in the marching band, had the same test done two years ago. “I really think that this is really helpful for the students and the athletes, he said.

    Cardiac screenings at West Aurora

    West Aurora High School physical education teacher Meghan Hill hopes to reach her goal of screening 2,000 high school students for signs of heart problems. Each student will receive an electrocardiogram screening Thursday or Friday as part of the Young Hearts for Life program, which conducts tests at about 30 area high schools.

    Authorities say William Foley of Downers Grove has been missing since Wednesday, Feb. 6. He last was seen in Lombard.

    Downers Grove police seek missing man

    A 55-year-old Downers Grove man last seen Feb. 6 at his job in Lombard remains missing Thursday, authorities said, and police are asking for assistance in locating him. William Foley last was seen at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at his job in Lombard, and his family reported him missing when he did not return home from work, Downers Grove police said.

    NIU President John G. Peters prepares to place a wreath in 2011 in memory of the five students killed on Feb. 14, 2008. A memorial wreath-laying is scheduled for 3 p.m. today.

    NIU marks 5-year anniversary of shootings

    After a gunman opened fire at Northern Illinois University five years ago today, the school vowed to move "Forward, Together Forward." And that's just what it's done. But the tragedy, and the young lives lost, will never be forgotten. "That day is forever part of the fabric of Northern Illinois University,” said university spokesman Paul Palian.

    About 1 in 9 younger women who’ve had sex have taken the morning-after pill, according to the first government report to focus on use of emergency contraception since it was approved in 1998.

    Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

    About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago. The results come from a survey of females ages 15 to 44. Eleven percent of those who’d had sex reported using a morning-after pill. That’s up from 4 percent in 2002.

    Curator Bob Bostock, a former Nixon aide who designed the original Watergate exhibit, left, and co-curator Frank Gannon, tour “Patriot. President. Peacemaker,” a new special exhibit opening Feb. 15 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif.

    Documents detail Nixon, Clinton ties

    n the final months of his life, Richard Nixon quietly advised President Bill Clinton on navigating the post-Cold War world, even offering to serve as a conduit for messages to Russian President Boris Yeltsin and other government officials, newly declassified documents show.


    Mother says she forgave man who held boy in bunker

    The mother of an Alabama boy held for days in an underground bunker said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that she forgave her son’s captor early in the standoff and asked authorities not to harm him. Jennifer Kirkland’s son, Ethan Gilman, was a captive for six days in rural Midland City, Ala., before FBI agents entered the bunker and killed 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes.

    Lindsae MacDuff holds an automatic weapon at the Gun store in Las Vegas, which has built a permanent “shotgun weddings” chapel, because nothing makes a memory quite like the sound of gunfire. Never known for its understatement or good taste, Sin City is bucking the national trend of avoiding flippant gun promotions after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.

    As others pull back, Vegas amps up gun promotions

    Never known for its understatement or good taste, Sin City is bucking the national trend of avoiding flippant gun promotions and instead is embracing tourists’ newfound interest in big guns. The newest crop of outlandish Valentine’s Day offers is no exception. Capitalizing on the state’s relaxed gun laws, shooting ranges offer an armory of military-grade weapons that aren’t accessible in other...


    Women’s security raised by American Indian leader

    The president of the National Congress of American Indians says security is the top goal of tribal leaders and is urging the House to pass the Violence Against Women Act.


    Residents can learn more about proposed waste transfer plan in Round Lake Park

    Groot Industries Inc., will host a public informational meeting regarding a proposed waste transfer station in Round Lake Park. The session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Park School, 400 W. Townline Road, Round Lake.

    Science teacher Doug Mathias gives a vial with a DNA sample to Chavontaye Bush at Danville High School in Danville.

    Students hooked with hands-on lab work
    It looks like chicken and tastes like chicken. Now Danville High School sophomore Chavontaye Bush is on a scientific quest to discover whether the meat in her school’s chicken quesadillas is, in fact, chicken. “I hope it’s not something else,” Bush said with a smile, as she prepared a small tissue sample for DNA purification in her New Tech biology class this week.


    Hacker compromises Wisconsin health care records

    A southeastern Wisconsin health care provider says about 43,000 patient records may be at risk because of a computer hacker. Froedtert Health says a virus allowed access to a staff member’s computer, which compromised patient files that include personal information. Froedtert says there’s no evidence the information has been accessed or misused, but the health provider sent letters to...


    Ill. family’s syrup making mistaken for meth lab

    A southern Illinois family is finding their homemade maple syrup operation anything but sweet after investigators swarmed their property, mistaking their sap collection for a meth lab. Laura Benson tells KFVS-TV that drug agents showed up at her home near Anna on Wednesday morning saying they fielded a report that a meth-making operation was on the Union County property.

    Jim Reynolds, 66, right, and wife, Karen Reynolds 57, were held captive by fugitive Christopher Dorner inside a condo at Mountain Vista Resort. The couple said Dorner bound them, put pillow cases over their heads and fled in their purple Nissan. When he did, Karen Reynolds managed to get to her cellphone and call 911.

    Mistakes ultimately ended ex-LA cop’s rampage

    He styled himself as a Rambo-like guerrilla, someone trained to outwit and outshoot the police at every turn, and while Christopher Dorner left no doubt he could be unforgivingly violent, when it came to keeping ahead of the law during his deadly rampage, he made one mistake after another.

    President Barack Obama was set to talk about enlarging early childhood education programs such as Head Start during a stop Thursday in Georgia.

    Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

    President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don’t sidestep a budget meltdown. Obama was set to talk about enlarging early childhood education programs such as Head Start during a stop Thursday in Georgia.

    The race for a 4-year term as Lombard village president features Keith Giagnorio, Moon Khan and John Novak.

    Village president candidates pitch long-term ideas for Lombard

    Candidates for Lombard village president made their pitch to a couple dozen residents during a candidate forum hosted by local chapters of the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. Keith Giagnorio, Moon Khan and John Lotus Novak each discussed their long-term goals for the village and explained why they would be the best candidate to bring about those results.


    IU seismographs detected N. Korea’s nuclear blast

    An Indiana University seismologist says equipment IU operates as part of a Midwestern earthquake-monitoring network detected this week’s nuclear test in North Korea. IU operates seismographs in a network of about 70 such devices in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky that track the North America continent’s seismic activity.


    Man accused in 1989 killing of teen honor student

    A man who was about to be released from an Illinois prison after serving time on a drug conviction is now being held on charges he killed a teenage honor student nearly a quarter century ago. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors in southwestern Illinois have charged 51-year-old Carlos Garrett with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Willis. Her partly...

    José Torres

    U-46 superintendent commits $10,000 matching donation for scholarships

    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres challenged the community to come up with $10,000 for student scholarships that he will match. Last year 21 students received the $1,000 Superintendent's Scholarship. Torres plans to give up to $50,000 during his time with the district. The application is due March 7 and available for U-46 seniors.


    McHenry man charged with marijuana possession

    A 26-year-old McHenry man was arrested anc charged with posession of marijuana following a tip that said the man was a known dealer.

    Pan-European police agency Europol is coordinating a continentwide fraud investigation amid allegations of an international criminal conspiracy to substitute horse for more expensive beef. The scandal has uncovered the labyrinthine workings of the global food industry, where meat from a Romanian slaughterhouse can end up in British lasagna by way of companies in Luxembourg and France.

    UK: Horse drug may have entered human food chain

    Six horse carcasses that tested positive for an equine painkiller may have entered the human food chain in France, Britain’s food regulator announced Thursday — and the agency’s chief said horsemeat tainted with the medicine may have been sold to consumers “for some time.”

    South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius starts in the men’s 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.

    Pistorius lived out dream by running at Olympics

    Only six months ago, Oscar Pistorius was running circles around the track at the Olympic Stadium, a shining example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity as he competed at the London Games despite losing both of his legs when he was a baby. He didn’t win a medal, but the “Blade Runner” reveled in his Olympic moment. Now Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend...

    President John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket, which is among items to be auctioned Sunday.

    JFK memorabilia draws hundreds to Mass. town

    A preview of John F. Kennedy memorabilia including notes by his special assistant on the day the president was assassinated is drawing hundreds of people to the northern Massachusetts town of Amesbury. David Powers, who died in 1998, was Kennedy’s assistant and close personal friend of his and his wife, Jackie. Powers also was the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and...

    Eduardo Perez of Hanover Park, a senior at Elgin High School, has accepted a four-year scholarship to Stanford University. Here he's pictured with his acceptance letter. Eduardo is on the varsity track, swim and soccer teams.

    'Drive to be successful' leads Elgin High teen to Stanford

    The backpack Elgin High School senior Eduardo Perez carries around school isn't like that of most of his classmates. For starters, it's packed with 34 pounds of books and notes - all of them color coordinated by subject. It's that kind of organization and dedication that have made Eduardo a success at just about everything he's tried in high school, and earned him a full ride to Stanford...


    Dawn Patrol: Senate talks same-sex marriage; teacher faces pot charge

    Dawn Patrol: State Senate may debate same-sex marriage today. Police say Warren teacher caught smoking pot at Antioch High. American Airlines, US Airways agree to merge. Grand Victoria OK with video gambling in Elgin. Ex-Carol Stream mayor upset over sign name change. Naperville Township abates $500,000 in property taxes. Palatine restaurant likely to stay open despite drug sale. Antioch passes...

    James Cecille and Billie Roth.

    Roth, Cecille in rematch for Streamwood president

    The 2013 village president's race in Streamwood, between two longtime incumbents of the village board, asks voters to choose between a potential source of new ideas and an established leader who believes attention to details is essential to keeping services running smoothly. Village President Billie Roth is facing a challenge from Trustee James Cecille, who she defeated when first elected to the...

    Libertyville public works employees repair potholes along Florsheim Drive in Libertyville last year. The village is about to embark on an unparalleled season of road repairs.

    Voter approved tax hike fuels unparalled road repair season in Libertyville

    While motorists remain concerned with winter travel, Libertyville officials are gearing up for an unparallelled season of road work. The village expects to spend about $4.7 million on "shave and pave" projects and reconstruction this year -- nearly five times the normal annual schedule. Voters last March approved a tax hike to pay for the $20 million multi-year program.


    Elk Grove youth scholarship applicants sought

    The Elk Grove Youth Committee is now accepting scholarship applications for 2013. The committee, in partnership with Elk Grove Village and the Elk Grove Parks Foundation, will be issuing three $1,000 scholarship awards — two supported by the village and one by the parks foundation — recognizing qualifying high school seniors for outstanding leadership, community participation, and service in the...



    Wolves rally, then fall to Checkers in overtime

    The Chicago Wolves rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn a point in the standings, but the Charlotte Checkers netted the game-winner in overtime en route to a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Allstate Arena.Andrew Gordon, Anton Rodin, and Darren Haydar scored for the Wolves, who have dropped back-to-back contests for the first time since Dec. 27 and 29.

    White Sox starting pitcher John Danks is not expected to make his first Cactus League start until March 4.

    White Sox will take things slow with Danks

    Coming back from shoulder surgery, White Sox left-hander John Danks threw for first time in spring training on Thursday. A healthy Danks would give the Sox six good starters, but general manager Rick Hahn is not looking to trade any of his pitchers.

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, right, hasn’t scored a goal in nine games, but he’s still tied for third on the team with 12 points.

    Blackhawks’ Sharp not worried about ‘slump’

    Patrick Sharp has been in worse slumps, if that’s what you want to call it. Sharp’s not sure that what he is in the midst of even qualifies as a slump. His 12 points leave him tied for third on the Blackhawks in scoring. “I’m still producing offensively at the same clip I normally do, it’s just Kaner (Patrick Kane) is doing the scoring and I’m getting the assists instead of the other way around," Sharp said.


    Rollins toughs out a 1st-round win

    Looking a little the worse for wear, Hersey senior Hunter Rollins managed to overcome several visits with the medical staff to outlast No. 11 Alex Anaya (Downers Grove South, 39-7) to win his opening match of the wrestling state tournament late Thursday night at Assembly Hall.


    Schaumburg claims regional crown

    She won three straight IHSA regional championships as a standout forward for the Barrington girls basketball team in the early 1990s. Now Ashley Berggren has won one as a head coach. In her fourth season at Schaumburg, Berggren watched her No. 10-seeded Saxons outscore No. 3 Willowbrook 18-3 in the third quarter and pull away to a 60-39 triumph in the Class 4A Schaumburg regional title game.


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


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


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


    Wheaton North’s Calkins will get his time to shines

    When you are surrounded by the big boys of the DuPage Valley Conference, sometimes you kind of get lost in the shuffle. Kegan Calkins is one of those guys. Oh sure, the Wheaton North junior won the 113-pound conference title a few weeks ago, but here, at the 76th annual state wrestling championship in Champaign, Calkins is blinded by all the stars that reside in his weight class.


    Zion-Benton too big a challenge for Grayslake North

    Jumping from Class 3A to Class 4A was not going to be an easy task for the Grayslake North girls basketball team this season. Despite being one of the smaller schools in Class 4A this season, the sixth-seeded host Knights found themselves in the regional championship game Thursday night against No. 3 Zion-Benton. For three quarters, Grayslake North hung tough with the Zee-Bees, who took a 55-54 lead into the fourth quarter. But that would be the end of the road for the Knights, as the Zee-Bees went on a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter in a 74-58 victory for the regional title. Zion-Benton (19-9) will face No. 2 Fremd (25-7) at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Libertyville sectional semifinals.

    St. Charles East’s Amanda Hilton puts up a shot over Geneva’s Sami Pawlak during Thursday’s regional championship game in St. Charles.

    Geneva pulls away from St. Charles East

    Geneva and St. Charles East’s girls basketball teams ended up playing 12 of the most entertaining quarters of basketball you could ask for this season, two teams with contrasting styles that could not possibly have been more evenly matched. When Amanda Hilton scored on a floater with a second left in the first half of Thursday’s Class 4A St. Charles East regional championship game, the Saints took a 29-28 lead to halftime and the cumulative score of the teams’ three games stood at St. Charles East 179, Geneva 178. The final two quarters, however, the Vikings proved in emphatic fashion why they still set the standard of excellence for area girls basketball. Geneva turned up its defensive pressure, used its athleticism and height to frustrate the Saints’ top scorers, and outscored St. Charles East 35-10 in the second half to win a fifth straight regional championship, 63-39.

    Naperville Central celebrates their wins of the girls Class 4A regional final basketball game over Benet Academy 44-42, Thursday in Lisle.

    A dream comeback for Naperville Central

    Andy Nussbaum looked as awestruck as anyone in the Benet gym. “If I'm dreaming right now,” the Naperville Central coach said with a wide grin, “don't wake me up.” Seemingly out of it down 15 in the third quarter, still trailing by 8 with two minutes left, No. 3 seed Naperville Central rallied to stun No. 6 Benet 44-42 in Thursday's final of the Class 4A Benet regional.Jamie Cuny lobbed to Victoria Trowbridge for the go-ahead layup with 8.1 seconds left. Benet hurried it up the court, but Christen Prasse's 3-pointer for the win was too long as time expired.


    Marmion, Kaneland off to strong starts at state

    Jake Field drew a blank in his sectional final last weekend. A late 5-point swing turned around what looked like championship finish, but instead turned into a 13-12 defeat to Nick Gasbarro of Marist. One week later, the Marmion senior was playing it close once again, this time with Terry Calkins (Maine South, 31-5) only this time, he closed out a more important match with a fall at 5:53 to book a spot opposite No. 2 Jordan Northrup (Harlem, 41-1) in a 126-pound quarterfinal bout at the 76th state wrestling championships.


    Aurora Central falls at buzzer

    Lisa Rodriquez has been to the mountaintop when it comes to high school athletics. The Aurora Central Catholic senior was a sprint-relay state champion two years ago at Aurora Christian in track and field. Thursday night in Westchester, Rodriquez, a returning member of the ACC Class 2A state-trophy girls basketball team, hit arguably the biggest shot of her career to tie Nazareth in the waning seconds of the St. Joseph Class 3A regional championship. But the heroics Rodriquez authored were eclipsed at the buzzer as Nazareth senior guard Kayla Freeman hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Roadrunners past the Chargers 47-44.

    Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith (1) steals the ball from Lakes’ Nicole Mogged during Thursday’s Class 3A basketball regional final in Lake Villa.

    How sweet it is for Vernon Hills

    The kissing of the championship plaque, which had everything to do with a tradition started last year and nothing to do with it being Valentine’s Day, capped a sweet night for Vernon Hills. And on a day to show appreciation for those who mean a lot, Sydney Smith made sure to acknowledge li’l Haley Lieberman, who’s got heart. The Cougars blocked 6 shots, including 4 in the opening quarter, en route to a 65-34 win over host Lakes in the teams’ Class 3A regional final Thursday night.

    Stevenson's Kari Moffat holds up the regional championship plaque while the rest of her teammates celebrate after the Patriots beat Palatine in the Class 4A regional final at Wheeling on Thursday.

    Stevenson pulls together against Palatine

    A total team effort from Stevenson's girls basketball team added up to another 20-win season and a second straight regional championship. Sophomore Taylor Buford led the Patriots with a career-best 22 points and 11 rebounds as No. 5 seed Stevenson upended No. 4 Palatine 47-35 in a Class 4A regional final Thursday at Wheeling. And Stevenson got the job done without a key player. “We were missing our all-area guard (Sophia Way),” said Stevenson coach Tom Dineen, who's produced four straight 20-win seasons with the Patriots. “Other kids stepped up big-time, in a big way. Dineen said Way has, “some lingering concussion issues. It's been an ongoing process.” Stevenson (20-8) next plays No. 1 seed Rolling Meadows (26-3) at 6 p.m. Monday in a Libertyville sectional semifinal.


    Annoreno, Cullen easy first round winners

    Under the spotlight for the first time since shining here one year ago, Sal Annoreno opened defense of his Class 3A state wrestling championship with a spirited and determined performance in his first round bout as the 76th state tournament got under way in Champaign Thursday night.

    Kelly Langlas of Wheaton Warrenville south,left, and AnnaBell Lansdowne of York go for a rebound during the York at Wheaton Warrenville South Class 4A girls basketball regional final.

    Defensive switch key to WW South win

    A minor adjustment defensively and a strong dose of Meghan Waldron was all Wheaton Warrenville South need to capture another regional championship.

    Streamwood girls basketball coach George Rosner admires the regional championship plaque his team won Thursday night, beating South Elgin 54-34 in the Class 4A final at Streamwood. It’s the Sabres’ first regional crown since 1988, a team which was also coached by Rosner.

    Streamwood’s 25-year wait is over

    The last time a Streamwood girls basketball team won a regional championship, most of the current Sabres’ parents weren’t even married yet, head coach George Rosner didn’t have any grey hair, one of his current assistant coaches was a budding sophomore star on the team and the price of gas was 75 cents per gallon. While we’ll likely never see gas prices like that again, the Sabres’ 25-year wait is officially over. Senior Deja Moore set the tone, junior Hannah McGlone cleaned the glass like a professional window washer, and senior Jessica Cerda closed the door as the Sabres dominated South Elgin from start to finish in a 54-34 win in the championship game of the Class 4A Streamwood regional Thursday night. The regional crown is Streamwood’s first since 1988, when the Sabres finished a run of four straight regional titles. “I don’t know if I’d say it’s been a fast 25 years but it doesn’t feel like 25 years since I held one of these,” said a jubilant Rosner, clutching the newly cut down net. “It feels great. I’m so proud of the girls. They wanted this bad.”


    Montini can be beaten — but it’s not likely

    We’re finally here. The three-month marathon that is high school basketball season becomes a sprint now. Regionals are this week, and the action really starts heating up next week in sectionals. Before we go further, let’s take a look at the four burning questions on my mind this playoff postseason


    Huntley makes quick work of Belvidere North

    Huntley faced a tall order, playing for a regional title against the top seed on its home floor. No problem. The undaunted third-seeded Red Raiders raced out to a 14-2 lead and coasted past Belvidere North, 60-41, to win the Class 4A Belvidere North girls basketball regional championship Thursday night. Huntley (23-6) will play Harlem, a 45-42 winner over Hononegah, in Tuesday’s Rockford East sectional semifinal. The regional title is the second in the last 3 years for Huntley and sixth in program history.


    Burlington Central clinches share of BN-East

    Burlington Central sapped all the suspense from its division-clinching boys basketball victory over North Boone on Rocket Hill Thursday night. Central celebrated Senior Night and clinched a share of its first Big Northern Conference East Division title since 2007-08 with a 65-30 trouncing of the Vikings. All eight seniors and 15 of the 16 players on Central’s roster scored. The Rockets (12-13, 10-1) bolted to a 27-3 lead after a quarter and were never threatened by North Boone (5-19, 2-9), which committed 14 turnovers before Burlington Central committed its first.

    Although Brian Urlacher’s play has declined, the Bears have no apparent heir at middle linebacker.

    No reason to change Bears’ defense

    There will be plenty if changes for the Bears under Marc Trestman, but the new head coach and his defensive coordinator, Mel Tucker, believe there will be a familiarr look to the defense in 2013,especially if unrestricted free agent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is back for another season.


    Wheaton North ousts Elk Grove in OT

    At 5-foot-3, Wheaton North guard Reilly Stewart doesn’t get many chances to crash the boards. She got her opportunity Thursday night at the girls Class 4A regional championship against host Elk Grove and made the most of it. With the No. 3-seeded Falcons clinging to a 1-point lead in the waning moments of overtime, the senior fought her way to the basket to rebound a Grenadiers miss with just 4.7 seconds left. Her free throw moments later helped give Wheaton North a 60-58 win and its first regional title since 1997. The Falcons advance to meet Schaumburg in Tuesday’s Bartlett sectional semifinal.


    Bulls’ Rose proceeds with caution

    After the Bulls playing in Boston on Wednesday, Derrick Rose continued his dialogue with the media and mentioned the thing that’s most holding him back from returning to game action.


    Rolling Meadows nets regional triumph

    Rolling Meadows wanted to make sure that the failure the Mustangs had in the regional title a year ago wouldn’t be repeated Thursday. Done. The Mustangs put the clamps on Hersey in the second half to pull away for a 53-37 victory for the Class 4A regional title at Mundelein. It was the first regional title for Rolling Meadows (26-3) in 10 years and moved them into Monday’s sectional semifinal at Libertyville against Stevenson.


    Dramatic triumph for Wauconda’s Tortorice

    Wauconda’s Devon Tortorice may look back on his opening-round match in the wrestling state tournament Thursday afternoon and realize his thrilling victory over No. 9 Randy Meneweather (37-10, Washington) might be that little something extra to fuel a long run in the Class 2A bracket. The senior’s breathtaking 2-1 triumph in OT kept his hopes alive, sending him into today’s quarterfinals at Assembly Hall against Creed Jones (Mattoon, 33-5) when the second day of competition gets under way at 8:30 a.m.

    Lisle High School hosted Immaculate Conception High School Wednesday night for boys basketball.

    Anybody can win at Westmont

    The consensus at the Class 2A Westmont boys basketball regional: It’s wide open.

    Images from the York vs. Wheaton Warrenville South girls Class 4A regional final basketball game on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

    Images: York vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, girls basketball
    York lost 60-46 to Wheaton Warrenville South in the Class 4A girls basketball regional final in Wheaton on Thursday.

    Streamwood celebrates their first regional title since 1988.

    Images: Streamwood vs. South Elgin, girls basketball
    Streamwood won 54-34 over South Elgin in a Class 4A girls regional basketball final Thursday night in Streamwood. This was the Sabres' first regional title since 1988.

    Maddie Versluys

    Westminster Christian claims 1A sectional crown

    Claire Speweik remembers the feeling after last season’s sectional title game. The Westminster Christian junior didn’t want that same feeling Thursday night. So Speweik and her teammates erased all doubts quickly. Westminster forced Morgan Park Academy into 12 first-quarter turnovers and led by double figures after 8 minutes. The Warriors then cruised to a 45-28 victory to claim their first sectional championship at their own Class 1A sectional.

    Geneva’s Sami Pawlak and the rest of the starters leap off the bench as the final second ticks off the clock.

    Images: Geneva vs. St. Charles East, girls basketball
    Geneva won 63-39 over St. Charles East in a Class 4A girls regional basketball final Thursday night in Streamwood.


    Girls gymnastics / State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's girls gymnastics state meet, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League.


    Improvement’s the common denominator for Schaumburg, Palatine

    When Palatine visits Schaumburg on Friday night with a trip to the Mid-Suburban League title game hanging in the balance, no one expects a replay of when the teams first met this season, way back in December.

    Ohio State's Lenzelle Smith Jr., right, works for a rebound against Northwestern's Kale Abrahamson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Northwestern can’t hang on to knock off Ohio State

    Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State used a late 12-0 run to beat Northwestern 69-59 on Thursday night, the Buckeyes’ 32nd consecutive home win against the Wildcats.

    Naperville Central players celebrate their win.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Benet Academy, girls basketball
    Naperville Central won 44-42 over Benet Academy in Class 4A girls basketball regional final on Thursday in Lisle.

    Jon Macnider smiles widely as the Schaumburg girls hand him the state championship trophy in November, 2010. Macnider came through like a champion after undergoing balloon kyphoplasty to treat a spinal fracture.

    True to form, Macnider takes temporary setback in stride

    Running has been a significant part of Jon Macnider’s life. A three-day layoff from running could seem to be an eternity for someone like Macnider. So, one can imagine the distressing thoughts Macnider had in the fall of 2010 about thoughts of a longer or even permanent layoff from something which has provided him with so much joy.


    Wrestling: State tournament scouting, Lake County

    Here's a look at the wrestling state tournament from the perspective of teams in Lake County.


    Campuses buzzing with Lake County talent

    It’s been a good week for buzzer-beaters involving former Lake County basketball stars. Former Mundelein star Ben Brust and former Warren standouts Brandon Paul and Nathan Boothe all made last-second plays that sent college basketball fans into crazy frenzies.

    Former Warren coach Chuck Ramsey runs practice Wednesday at College of Lake County, where he’s now leading the men’s program.

    Same Ramsey, but some very different challenges

    Former Warren coach Chuck Ramsey is getting used to life in the college ranks as he takes over the College of Lake County program following a standout career at the high school level.


    Carcillo back at practice

    Daniel Carcillo returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right knee in the season opener at Los Angeles.Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he wants to have Carcillo participate in a few more practices before he plays in a game.“I thought he looked pretty good, though,” Quenneville said. “I thought he skated well and talking to him he said he felt good as well. He’s further along than we anticipated, so we’ll keep pushing him and get him in a couple more skates to get a better idea when (he plays).” Carcillo hopes to be ready sooner than later.


    New Yankee Youkilis says feud with Chamberlain past history

    TAMPA, Fla. — Kevin Youkilis agrees with Joba Chamberlain: Any tension between the new teammates is in the past.Youkilis took part in his first workout with the New York Yankees on Thursday and addressed past feuding with Chamberlain over tight fastballs.After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees, the reliever left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January he had not heard back, then revealed earlier this month he had received a text.“You guys have written a lot about it, and I think it’s just something you guys keep going on and on about,” Youkilis told reporters Thursday. “But we’re here at spring training as a team and ready to play. I hope the only drama this year we create is walk-off home runs and hits.”Youkilis and Chamberlain, who was taking part in the second day of workouts for New York’s pitchers and catchers, didn’t cross paths Thursday. Both are looking forward to seeing each other.“At some time, we’ll all sit down and talk, but things all are going to be OK. Don’t worry,” Youkilis said.After spending 8½ years in Boston and winning a pair of World Series titles, Youkilis was traded from the Red Sox to the White Sox in June.Youkilis was part of a pre-spring training session at the Yankees’ minor-league complex. Youkilis took batting practice and also stopped at Steinbrenner Field, New York’s spring training home, and talked with manager Joe Girardi.A three-time all-star, Youkilis figures to be the Yankees’ starting third baseman for at least the first half of the season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. Youkilis agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract in December.“I’m just going out there and try to play,” Youkilis said. “I’ll never be Alex Rodriguez. Alex Rodriguez is one of the best hitters of all time. But I could be a good major-league player that can help a team win.”Youkilis joins Babe Ruth, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon as Boston players who made the switch to the Bronx.“It’s funny,” Youkilis said. “There’s been Yankees’ fans that yell at me and say stuff at the field, and there’s been Yankees fans that bought me beer at the Super Bowl last year. I was in line, and they were nice to me. So, it’s kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing.”The Red Sox are set to open at Yankee Stadium on April 1.“To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, and you look at all the stuff I’ve piled up in my house, to say I’ll just throw it out the window is not true,” Youkilis said. “I’ll always be a Red Sox. That’s part of your history, it’s part of your life. And you can’t change that. It was great years in Boston. One bad half year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there.”


    Report: Jerry Buss hospitalized with cancer

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized with cancer. The Times says Buss has spent time in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and that several current and former Lakers players, including Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, have visited him.


    Nadal cruises into Brazil Open quarterfinals

    Rafael Nadal beat Joao Souza 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Open, the Spanish star’s second tournament since returning from a left knee injury.

    Chicago Cubs' Carlos Marmol loses the grip on a ball during a baseball spring training workout Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Marmol happy to still be with Cubs

    Carlos Marmol is entering the final year of a three-year, $9.8 million. The 2008 All-Star is certain to be trade bait for the rebuilding organization near the July 31 trade deadline if the Cubs are out of contention.

    Kevin Cheveldayoff displays the Turner Cup that the Wolves captured in 2000 when they defeated Grand Rapids. Cheveldayoff was 27 when he was hired to run the Wolves, who won two titles in the International Hockey League and two more in the American Hockey League during his tenure. On Saturday night at the Allstate Arena, the Wolves will honor Cheveldayoff, who is the general manager of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, by raising a banner for him before their game against Lake Erie.

    Wolves’ Levin calls Cheveldayoff ‘smartest hockey guy I ever met’

    Saturday will be a banner night for former Chicago Wolves general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. The team will honor him with a banner-raising ceremony before Saturday night's game at the Allstate Arena. The Wolves won four championships under Cheveldayoff.


    Dream season ending on big stage

    Perhaps the biggest difference between club and high school gymnastics is that club focuses on the individual while high school emphasizes team. That team effort, along with talent and depth, has resulted in beyond a doubt the best gymnastics season in Tri-Cities history as Geneva will compete in this weekend’s IHSA state finals for the first time in program history, along with St. Charles co-op, which will make its fifth appearance.

    Kaneland’s Zach Theis, pictured wrestling Geneva’s Jake Anderson, is headed to state with two teammates after just missing last year.

    Conference go-around continues now with the SCC

    It’s been a twisty ride on the conference-go-round.

    St. Edward senior Abby Madden will compete in all the individual events and the all-around competition this weekend at the state girls gymnastics meet.

    St. Edward’s Madden ready for a fantastic finish

    Something significant has been missing for St. Edward senior girls gymnast Abby Madden this season. That would be older sister, Jordyn, who was her teammate and confidant the previous three seasons. Jordyn Madden, now studying at Indiana, was a four-time state qualifier. “It was hard at the beginning this season without her,” Abby Madden says. “She came to three meets at Christmas time, which was really nice. She sends texts saying good luck. I really missed her at first. It was so hard without her, but I got used to it. I’ve been competing with her since I was 5, 6 or 7. She still cheers me on. She used to be nervous and I would calm her down. Now, she calms me down because she doesn’t freak out anymore.”Older sister certainly has plenty to be proud of this season. Madden once again finds herself in the girls gymnastics state finals this weekend at Palatine High School, where she will compete in all the individual events and the all-around competition.

    Jalil Anibaba (6) is competing for the starting right back spot in preseason training with the Chicago Fire. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Klopas: Fire ahead of schedule

    With its March 3 season opener at Los Angeles just more than two weeks away, the Chicago Fire is making good progress in preseason training, coach Frank Klopas said. “I’m trying to compare last year with this point and where we are with the team, and I feel like we’re ahead,” Klopas said Thursday during a conference call from Charleston, S.C., where the Fire is in the third and final phase of preseason training.

    Matt Reed

    Basketball: Week 11 MVPs

    Junior guard Matt Reed of Libertyville and senior guard Nell Wentling of South Elgin have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in recent basketball games. Reed came of the bench and made all 8 of his shot attempts, five of them 3s, to score 25 points as Libertyville upset Mundelein. Wentling made a school record 8 three-pointers and finished with 27 points to help the Storm past Batavia in an Upstate Eight crossover.


    Mike North video: Who’s smoking what with the Bulls?

    Jay Williams said some of the Chicago Bulls smoked marijuana. Mike North wonders what was the purpose is of this being brought up and why is Fred Hoiberg is being accused first. Plenty of other guys seem more likely than him.


    It will be several months, if not years, before passengers see any significant impact from the American-US Airways merger. But other recent airline mergers suggest the trip to full integration is not always smooth.

    What an American-US Airways merger means for you

    While American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge Thursday, it will be several months — if not years — before passengers see any significant impact. Passengers with existing tickets on American or US Airways — and members of both frequent flier programs — shouldn’t fret. No changes will come anytime soon.

    U.S. stocks were little changed, after erasing earlier losses, as a drop in jobless claims and Warren Buffett’s deal for H.J. Heinz Co. tempered concern over shrinking economies in Europe and Japan.

    Stock market wavers as Europe’s economy slows

    Renewed worries about Europe overshadowed an encouraging U.S. jobs report on Thursday, leaving major stock indexes roughly where they started. Germany’s economy shrank more than expected late last year, and the slowdown in Europe’s largest economy deepened the region’s ongoing recession. That’s a troubling sign for the U.S., because sales to Europe have been a boon for American companies.

    US Airways employees assist customers at a ticket counter at the Charlotte/Douglas International airport in Charlotte, N.C. The merger of US Airways and American Airlines has given birth to a mega airline with more passengers than any other in the world and a whopping eight hubs around the United States, leading industry analysts to wonder which of those airports will emerge as winners of losers.

    Airline merger could squeeze some hub airports

    A merged American Airlines and US Airways will carry more passengers around the world than any other, but even the biggest airline flying doesn’t need eight hub airports on the ground. That means amid the hoopla of Thursday’s merger announcement, there are ew mayors, a handful of chambers of commerce leaders and lots of frequent flyers worried about what’s to come.

    Jeremy Markham

    North Central College students launch app on food

    Two North Central College students have launched their first app based on their favorite thing, food. Naperville residents Jeremy A. Markham and Kyler W. Juckins, both 20, are co-founders of DinnDinn, a so-called virtual fridge for the dishes, drinks and desserts you love or hate. This app gives you the chance to track your own, as well as those of your friends and family.

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is dipping into the ketchup business as part of $23.3 billion deal to buy the Heinz ketchup company.

    Buffett’s firm dips into $23billion Heinz ketchup deal

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is dipping into the ketchup business as part of $23.3 billion deal to buy the Heinz ketchup company. H.J. Heinz Co. says it’s the largest deal ever in the food industry. The company, based in Pittsburgh, also makes Classico spaghetti sauces, Ore-Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen meals. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and its partner on the deal — 3G Capital, the investment firm that bought Burger King in 2010 — say Heinz will remain headquartered in Pittsburgh.

    In the jigsaw puzzle of airline routes, American Airlines and US Airways are two pieces that fit together almost perfectly.

    Little overlap in American, US Airways routes

    In the jigsaw puzzle of airline routes, American Airlines and US Airways are two pieces that fit together almost perfectly. Of the 50 busiest domestic routes, the two carriers compete directly on only one: Los Angeles to Phoenix, according to OAG, a company that tracks airline routes and schedules. And on hundreds of less traveled routes, they only overlap a dozen times, mostly between their hub cities.

    After days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico in conditions some have described as dismal, most passengers aboard the disabled Carnival Triumph can look forward to an hours-long bus ride Thursday after they reach dry land.

    After days stranded at sea, now comes the bus ride

    After days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico in conditions some have described as dismal, most passengers aboard the disabled Carnival Triumph can look forward to an hours-long bus ride Thursday after they reach dry land. The company announced its plan for passengers late Wednesday as the Triumph was being towed to a port in Mobile, Ala., with more than 4,000 people on board.

    Shares of Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc. dropped in after-hours trading Wednesday after the maker Oreo, Cadbury and Nabisco said sales didn’t grow as strongly as Wall Street expected.

    Mondelez 4Q profit falls short of expectations

    Shares of Deerfield-based Mondelez International Inc. dropped in after-hours trading Wednesday after the maker Oreo, Cadbury and Nabisco said sales didn’t grow as strongly as Wall Street expected. After splitting from Kraft Foods last year, the company also says it expects 2013 revenue growth to be in the low range of its long-term growth target of 5 to 7 percent.

    Anheuser-Bush InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition.

    Corona-Bud revise deal to appease regulators

    Anheuser-Bush InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition. AB InBev is willing to sell Modelo’s Piedras Negras brewery and give perpetual rights for Corona and the Modelo brands in the U.S. to Constellation for $2.9 billion, the company said Thursday.


    Fidelity: 401(k) balances grew 12 percent in 2012

    Employee 401(k) accounts are growing fast, thanks to the surging stock market and increased contributions from workers and their employers. The average account balance grew nearly 12 percent last year, Fidelity Investments said on Thursday. The average was $77,300 at the end of 2012, up from $69,100 a year earlier, according to Fidelity, the nation’s largest 401(k) administrator.

    US Airways jets parked at their gates at the Charlotte/Douglas International airport in Charlotte, N.C.

    US Airways hopes to gain legitimacy with merger

    US Airways is poised to finally become the industry giant it has long aspired to be.The company has often been ridiculed within the aviation industry and remains a perennial afterthought among travelers. But it hopes to shed that image by merging with the larger — but troubled — American Airlines, a deal which will create the world’s largest airline.The deal is expected to be announced Thursday morning, according to four people close to the situation, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the merger.

    The merger of US Airways and American Airlines has given birth to a mega airline with more passengers than any other in the world.

    American Airlines at a glance

    AMR Corp.HEADQUARTERS: Fort Worth, Texas.HUBS: Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles.CEO: Tom Horton.YEAR FOUNDED: 1930, as American Airways; adopted American Airlines name in 1934.EMPLOYEES: 64,550.2012 REVENUE: $24.86 billion.LATEST QUARTER: Net income of $262 million in the October-December quarter. Without a tax benefit and legal settlement, it would have lost $88 million.DESTINATIONS: 260.FLEET: 617. Regional affiliate American Eagle has another 285.DAILY DEPARTURES: About 2,000 plus another 1,500 by Eagle.

    Nestle SA, the world’s biggest food and drinks maker, predicted another challenging year ahead but overcame tough global economic conditions to post a full-year net profit Thursday of 10.6 billion Swiss francs ($11.55 billion) for 2012.

    Nestle makes $11.55 billion profit in 2012

    Nestle SA, the world’s biggest food and drinks maker, predicted another challenging year ahead but overcame tough global economic conditions to post a full-year net profit Thursday of 10.6 billion Swiss francs ($11.55 billion) for 2012.With 330,000 employees worldwide and 461 factories in 83 countries, Nestle is a major buyer of food commodities such as wheat, sugar, milk and coffee and its results are a good indicator of consumer demand in various regions of the world and the health of the global economy as a whole.

    General Motors says its fourth-quarter net profit nearly doubled as it made a dizzying array of accounting moves due to tax credits and devaluing European assets.

    General Motors posts $898M 4Q net profit

    General Motors says its fourth-quarter net profit nearly doubled as it made a dizzying array of accounting moves due to tax credits and devaluing European assets.The company made $898 million, up from $468 million in 2011.GM earned 54 cents per share compared with 28 cents a year ago. Revenue grew 3 percent to $39.3 billion.

    FPepsiCo says its fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent on higher prices and strength in Latin America. The drink and snack maker’s earnings and revenue beat analysts’ estimates.

    PepsiCo 4Q results top Wall Street’s expectations

    PepsiCo says its fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent on higher prices and strength in Latin America. The drink and snack maker’s earnings and revenue beat analysts’ estimates. The results mark the end of what CEO Indra Nooyi said would be a “transitional year,” with the company embarking on a cost-cutting program and stepping up investment in its flagship brands. PepsiCo’s brands include Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Quaker.

    More than 15 million workers earn the national minimum wage, making about $15,080 a year. That’s just below the federal poverty threshold of $15,130 for a family of two.

    Obama, business groups differ on minimum wage plan

    President Barack Obama says raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour and tying future increases to inflation will boost the incomes of millions living in poverty and spur job growth by pouring more money into the economy. But business groups are not so sure. They complain that increasing the federal rate from $7.25 an hour would discourage employers from hiring new workers, hurting the very people Obama aims to help.Obama pointed out in his State of the Union address Tuesday that 19 states and the District of Columbia already have minimum wages set above the federal rate of $7.25, creating a vast wage disparity across the country.

    Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue

    Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

    Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he says, leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.” Instead of making the hard choices to fix Social Security’s financial problems, policymakers “use it as a tool of political rhetoric,” Astrue said. Astrue, 56, has headed the federal government’s largest program since 2007 — he was nominated by former President George W. Bush.

    Randi Zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO’s sis Randi Zuckerberg has book deal

    A sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a two-book deal. HarperCollins announced Wednesday that Randi Zuckerberg, a social media executive and entrepreneur who left Facebook in 2011, plans a memoir/lifestyle book titled “Dot Complicated” and a children’s story. “Dot Complicated,” scheduled for release Nov. 5, will combine personal and professional insights for the digital age, from Zuckerberg’s years as Facebook’s marketing director to becoming a mother in 2011. “Dot Complicated” also is the name of her online newsletter.

    The worst U.S. drought since the 1930s is shrinking a cattle herd that’s already the smallest since 1952 and signaling tighter beef supplies and higher costs for restaurant owners.

    Cattle disappearing amid drought signals beef rally

    Bill Donald, the third-generation owner of Cayuse Livestock Co., sold the calves he raised early last summer and cut purchases of cattle after pastures dried up. The herd grazing his land now is about 85 percent of normal.“There’s a huge cattle country that is in need of quite a bit of moisture,” Donald, 60, the former president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said by telephone from his ranch near Melville, Montana. “It’s going to take a major change in the weather patterns.”

    An art deco grand piano that sailed aboard the French ocean liner Normandie in the 1930s and spent decades inside a Buffalo mansion is up for auction.

    Rare Ruhlmann piano to be auctioned in NYC

    An art deco grand piano that sailed aboard the French ocean liner Normandie in the 1930s and spent decades inside a Buffalo mansion is up for auction. Sotheby’s in New York City expects the Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann-designed piece will sell for between $400,000 and $600,000 during an auction of 20th Century design works next month. The piano was purchased by the Butler family of Buffalo in the early 1940s and for years was displayed in the Butlers’ opulent mansion in the city. Sotheby’s says the piano is one of only six Ruhlmann pianos whose whereabouts are known and one of three that are similarly shaped.

Life & Entertainment


    Home inspector or contractor-friend

    Q. We are buying a 50-year-old foreclosure home. Before placing it on the market, the bank had it remodeled by a licensed contractor, and the work supposedly meets FHA requirements. Is a pre-purchase inspection necessary in this case? If so, should we hire a professional home inspector to evaluate the house, or would a friend who is a building contractor be just as good?

    Katie (Julianne Hough) has a secret and Alex (Josh Duhamel) has a secret crush on her in the Nicholas Sparks inspired drama "Safe Haven."

    Few sparks in Sparks' safe domestic drama 'Haven'

    The moment Katie and Alex become lovers in Lasse Hallstrom's movie based on Nicholas Sparks' “Safe Haven,” it becomes Lifetime cable channel fodder, a domestic drama rife with spousal abuse, alcoholism, attempted suicide, a shooting, and victimized women who can't take it anymore. It's as if this movie only operates in two modes: underwrought and overwrought. Can't it all just be wrought?

    The children’s show “Sesame Street” will soon pass 1 billion views on YouTube.

    'Sesame Street’ nears 1 billion views on YouTube

    Nearing 1 billion views on YouTube, “Sesame Street” is headed for Justin Bieber territory. The children’s program is closing in on the kind of rarified digital milestone usually reserved for the likes of pop stars and cat videos. “Sesame Street” will soon pass 1 billion views on YouTube and it’s celebrating the mark with a campaign to put itself over the hump.

    The songs on Carrie Rodriguez's “Give Me All You Got” reveal a toughened singer-songwriter.

    Carrie Rodriguez's latest takes singer to darker place

    All the new songs on Carrie Rodriguez's new album reveal a scarred but toughened singer-songwriter."The older you get, the more heartache you have to go through," Rodriguez says, "and I've definitely had my share since 2006."

    Fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander has pleaded guilty in New York City to molesting a woman he baited with the promise of modeling work.

    Designer admits molesting wannabe model

    A fashion designer convicted in California of molesting would-be models pleaded guilty Thursday in New York to a similar charge in a deal prosecutors said was brokered to spare victims from testifying multiple times. Anand Jon Alexander admitted to one count of criminal sexual act and was sentenced to five years for sexually assaulting a woman he baited with the promise of modeling work.


    Tips of the trade
    Tips of the trade: Antique dealers and collectors Chuck and Mary Springob offer their advice.

    Chuck and Mary Springob of Sycamore have a house, and barn, full of antiques.

    Shared love of antiques draws couple together

    When antiques dealers Chuck and Mary Springob met, they had a combined eight storage units between them. So it only made sense that when they decided to marry, they needed a large house. With a barn. "We loved the barn, but the house needed work," said Chuck Springob of the 19th century yellow farmhouse in Sycamore they bought in August 2011, just prior to their marriage in November.

    This file photo shows Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was brutally murdered near Money, Mississippi, Aug. 31, 1955.

    Label to pull song that offended Emmett Till family

    Epic Records is going to “great efforts” to take down a new Future remix leaked over the weekend with a vulgar Lil Wayne lyric that has offended the family of Emmett Till. The New Orleans rapper made a sexual reference to the beating death of Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy tortured and shot in Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman.

    John McClane (Bruce Willis), left, teams up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) to take on Russian mobsters in "A Good Day to Die Hard."

    Fourth 'Die Hard' sequel a boorish battery of the senses

    "A Good Day to Die Hard” is a shallow, heartless, witless, soulless, poorly written, flabbily edited, big-budget Hollywood blockbuster saturated with numbing spectacle and unrelenting video-game gunplay. This movie is all for the eyes and ears while paying lip service to the heart, nothing like the 1988 original, a surprisingly personal drama about a New York cop trying to save his wife.

    Singer Lady Gaga has canceled the remainder of her tour due to a hip injury that will require surgery.

    Injured hip forces Lady Gaga to cancel tour

    Lady Gaga has canceled the rest of her tour dates due to a hip injury. Live Nation Global Touring said in a news release Wednesday that Lady Gaga has a tear in her right hip that will require surgery, followed by a recovery period. The pop star’s website showed 21 dates through March 20 remaining on her “Born This Way Ball” tour schedule. Fans who have already bought tickets will receive a refund beginning Thursday.

    A buff Sylvester Stallone plays a professional hit man with an ax to grind in Walter Hill's arrested action film “A Bullet to the Head.”

    Sylvester Stallone still flexing his muscles

    Dann Gire defends his description of Sylvester Stallone's veins as “freakishly bulging.” He also interviews the two main actors of the new fantasy thriller “Beautiful Creatures” and thinks they're a gas. He also reviews the Charlie Sheen drama “A Glimpse into the Mind of Charles Swan III” and doesn't like what he sees.

    “History of the Eagles,” airing Friday and Saturday on Showtime, explores the band from its earliest years. Pictured are Don Felder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner.

    Eagles documentary takes on band's turbulent history

    Consider how unusual it is for the exact breaking point of a big-time rock band to be chronicled on film. For the Eagles, the end came abruptly at a political fundraiser in 1980. It's one of the fascinating moments in “History of the Eagles,” a documentary that airs on Showtime Friday and Saturday.

    College newspaper editor Drew (Adam Poss) emotionally manipulates his boyfriend, Gabe (Liam Benzvi), in “Teddy Ferrara,” a world premiere drama by Christopher Shinn at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    Fictionalized take on anti-gay bullying makes messy transition

    Christopher Shinn's world premiere play "Teddy Ferrara" relishes painting its characters and situations on unsettling shades of gray--so much so that hardly anyone comes off as sympathetic in this drama about the build up and aftermath of a gay student's suicide on a modern-day university campus.

    Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) falls for a mysterious new girl at school (Alice Englert) in the supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures."

    ‘Beautiful Creatures’ a Southern-fried ‘Bewitched’ for teens

    The Southern-fried supernatural romance “Beautiful Creatures” beams with the sort of genteel tweener appeal that neither the “Twilight” saga nor “The Hunger Games” quite achieves. There’s almost a sweetness in how Richard LaGravenese spins the obligatory elements of teen rebellion and romantic destiny wishfulness into an amusing tale of true love between a mortal guy and an immortal witch.


    Music notes: Local H, Waco Brothers playing this weekend

    Lake County rockers Local H perform at a free show in Palatine this weekend, and the BoDeans make a stop in Schaumburg.

    “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division,” by Peter Hook.

    Bassist delivers inside look at Joy Division

    Joy Division played only three years' worth of gigs and released a whopping total of two studio albums. Still, in that limited window of time, the four twentysomethings from Britain's industrial north helped change the landscape of post-punk rock, exerting influence not only on contemporaries such as U2 and The Cure, but also playing a role in spurring the '80s-era alternative rock movement.



    Editorial: Here’s some inspiration for gift of love

    Valentine's Day is a great day to make that pledge to lose weight through exercise and a healthy diet, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The process of talking with -- and listening to -- each other

    Colimnist Jm Slusher: People like to share their ideas about public issues, and the new commenting process at dailyherald.com ai s to help


    Dressing to the nines really says ‘be mine’

    Columnist Froma Harrop: When it comes to how we dress, there are serious gender inequities — in standards of comfort and in body exposure. Valentine's Day underscores a third that rankles just as much: inequality of effort. Go to any romantic restaurant on Valentine's Day, and observe. The girls are dressed for festivity, and the boys are dressed for walking the dog.


    Act now to get mortgage relief
    A letter to the editor: Gov. Pat Quinn launched the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network last year to ensure homeowners can efficiently and easily access all the resources they need in one place, free of charge, from a reliable and trusted source.


    Support of drug fight is ludicrous
    A Maryland letter to the editor: This prohibition policy has been the most dysfunctional, destructive and immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow. Please tell us why you support a policy that generates a job option for Chicago-area youth to become a drug dealer and then be shot dead.


    Important to salute valuable teachers
    Letter to the editor: Sajid Rahman of Streamwood says that as U-46 struggles to turn itself around, it is important to honor the outstanding teachers. "It is a matter of urgency that educators receive recognition for their dedication to help reach 'Academic Success for All.'"


    In a sea of trouble, an oasis of hope
    Letter to the editor: "As the economy has worsened, I and others have found it difficult to continue to put food on the table," writes Maisie Murray. "We feel blessed to be able to go to The Schaumburg Barn every other week to pick from stocked shelves of groceries and to share a healthy inexpensive meal and fellowship with other residents in the area."


    Bike overpass not Elk Grove’s job to do
    Letter to the editor: Ed Hauser asks why Elk Grove Village is looking to spend its tax dollars to build a bicycle overpass at Route 53 and Higgins Road. "The Cook County Forest Preserve District ... (has) created this potential hazard and it is their responsibility to alleviate or eliminate the hazard," he writes.


    What can District 54 have been thinking?
    Letter to the editor: Jack Halpin of Arlington Hts. wonders what District 54 is thinking -- first by giving22% raises to one administrator three consecutive years, and then fighting the state's attempt to penalize them for it?


    Owner responsibility key in gun debate
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A more effective approach would be to concentrate on the identification and tracking of criminals and the mentally challenged so that background checks would prohibit them from acquiring firearms. Background checks could be required for all firearm transfers including private. Gun owners need to be responsible for safe retention of their firearms.


    News decisions put negatives out front
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Jan. 30, Daily Herald: The front page leads with an in-depth article on abuses of school district money at a convention in Chicago. Jan. 30, Neighbor and Classifieds section: A brief lead article says District 211 saved over $9 million on utilities in the past eight years.


    Be glad police are armed, ready to protect us
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: If sending in SWAT teams to protect life and property is what is needed, you should be happy to live in a country where the police are armed and will do what is necessary to protect all of us, even you, without recommendation of the NRA.


    Thanks, Wheaton’s first responders
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In the early hours of Wednesday Jan. 9, we suffered a fire in our home in Wheaton. The police and firemen of Wheaton responded very quickly to our 911 call, putting out the fire in a very short time.


    Should have asked for artist’s OK
    Should have asked for artist’s OKA fellow artist sent me the Jan. 22 Daily Herald article titled “Lombard trustee touches up incomplete mural of historic sites.”I recognized the painting as one done by Vern Milem, a distinguished Lombard artist and former dean of the Chicago Academy of Finer Arts and former president of the Chicago Artist’s Guild. He taught various art classes in the surrounding communities over the years and was well-known as “Mr. Vern.” Many of his murals are displayed throughout the community. The mural is obviously not a copy since in 1983 I don’t think it was common to copy artwork that size.From the view of a professional artist I was shocked to read nothing of Ms. Fitzpatrick’s legal obligation to obtain written permission from the artist’s heirs before altering his work.All major art schools teach us that our work is protected by copyright law even 70 years after we die. Artist organizations such as the Graphic Artists Guild and the National Cartoonists Society have fought on behalf of artists’ rights of ownership of their artwork. This applies to both professional and amateur artists.For the village to rehang Vern’s mural that has been altered by Ms. Fitzpatrick is inasmuch endorsing her disregard for the copyright protection that we who make our living in the art world depend upon.I think Ms. Fitzpatrick owes both Vern’s family and artists everywhere an apology and an explanation.Brian DiskinWheaton


    Funding not part of Bill of Rights
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In his column Feb. 7, "A Shell Game of Contraception Funding," Michael Gerson writes, "In this case, the administration views access to contraception as an individual right to be guaranteed by the government." This statement pretty much sums up President Obama's view of how our country should be run.


    Treating office with dignity and respect
    There is no taxonomy for Union


    Misleading article on Lauzen sign up
    A Kane Coumnty letter to the editor: Jim Fuller's Feb. 7 article regarding Kane County Board members participation in executive committee meetings misleads readers of the Daily Herald. I have never "blocked" anyone from speaking at any meeting or "limited" any board member in any forum. The article used language that creates controversy that is merely a distraction from what matters.


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