Daily Archive : Monday February 18, 2013


    From left: Bob, Andrew, and Tom Zengeler accept the Seven Seals Award from Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch at a meeting of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary.

    Zengeler Cleaners awarded top honor for winter coat work

    Zengeler Cleaners in Libertyville recently received the Seven Seals Award, the highest honor given to civilians by the Department of Defense. The award was created to publicly recognize Americans who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to those that have been called to serve in the armed forces.

    A five-day Radio Workshop allows students to learn about the industry and broadcast on-air in one of the many camps, workshops and programs North Central College in Naperville will offer this summer.

    North Central taking summer camp registration

    Parents can register their children and teens for a variety of camps ranging from athletics to fine arts as part of North Central College's 2013 Summer Camps and Workshops. Registration for camps is under way and a 10 percent discount is available for those who sign up by May 6. Camps begin in early June, and many are available through July and early August.

    The Hoffman Estates village board approved a contract Monday for a $39,000 fireworks show at this year's Northwest Fourth Fest.

    Hoffman Estates approves fireworks contract

    After discussion at three meetings, the Hoffman Estates village board decided to let Melrose Pyrotechnics shoot off the fireworks again at this year's Northwest Fourth Fest despite criticism of the quality of last year's show. Trustee Ray Kincaid, the only "no" vote, said he felt that the board wasn't comparing "apples to apples."

    The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg is taking over management of the four branches of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA, according to a letter its director sent to supporters this month. It's part of a nationwide effort to consolidate smaller Ys.

    Schaumburg, Elgin-area YMCAs prepare to merge

    The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg has taken over management of the four branches of the Prairie Valley YMCA in the Elgin area, a precursor to a formal merger planned for completion within the next two years. Gary Bublitz, president and CEO of the Campanelli Y, informed the Friends of the Campanelli Y of the change late last week.

    The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is towed into Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island, Ala., Thursday.

    Coast Guard: Cruise ship fire caused by a leak

    A Coast Guard official said Monday that a leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days. Now investigators will try to learn more about the cause, the crew's response, and why the ship was disabled for so long.


    Russian team wins World Ice Fishing Championships

    The Russian team took gold in the World Ice Fishing Championships in central Wisconsin. Eleven teams from around the world competed Saturday and Sunday on Big Eau Pleine Reservoir near Wausau. The U.S. team took fourth, after winning the gold medal in 2010 at Boom Lake near Rhinelander. It finished 11th last year in Kazakhstan. The top U.S. finisher was Chad Schaub of Michigan. Schaub won his...


    Illinois marks the anniversary of Korean War's end

    The state of Illinois is commemorating the 60th anniversary this year of the end of the Korean War by making information available each month about the state's involvement in the conflict.The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, along with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is sponsoring the initiative.

    Father Manny Borg of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Elk Grove Village disperses ashes to a commuter at the Cary Metra Station Wednesday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Ashes to Go, Valentine activities, and rockets.

    Vincent TeRonde

    Lake Zurich gives 'last chance' to veteran police officer involved in alcohol-related crash

    Despite being accused of drunk driving after an off-duty crash last year, Lake Zurich police officer Vincent TeRonde has been allowed to keep his job. TeRonde, a longtime volunteer leader of the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign in the village, received a rare "last chance employment agreement," according to documents obtained from Lake Zurich police through a Daily Herald Freedom of...


    New York fugitives captured in Elk Grove Village

    Two fugitives from western New York were captured in Elk Grove Village Saturday. Cara Dickey, a former Buffalo teacher, served a three-year prison sentence for rape after having a sexual relationship with a student at her school. Authorities said Dickey cut her ankle monitoring bracelet and failed to report to the state department of corrections. Dickey was found with Candice Brighon, another...


    Antioch Rescue Squad contract extension comes with a warning

    It's now or never for the Antioch Rescue Squad. Antioch village officials agreed to extend a new 91-day contract to the troubled Antioch Rescue Squad but said it had better get its act together.

    Ralph Dantino

    Geneva alderman Ralph Dantino dies of cancer

    Geneva 5th Ward Alderman Ralph Dantino died Monday, as a result of the cancer he had fought for several years. "He was concerned about those who maybe didn't have a voice. He was a good neighbor and a good friend," said fellow Alderman Dean Kilburg. And "Dancing With the Geneva Stars" organizer Carolyn Hill called him an inspiration, fulfilling his commitment even when he had just gotten out of...

    The Elgin Tower Building needs to pass elevator inspections Tuesday or tenants on the upper floors will have one week to pack up their things and leave.

    Elgin Tower Building elevators still in operation, inspection is Tuesday

    The elevators inside the 85-year-old Elgin Tower Building are allowed to operate, at least for now. The historic building's two manually operated elevators faced condemnation because they're overdue for their annual inspection. The city deadline to have it done was 4 p.m. Monday. But Elgin Community Development Director Marc Mylott lifted the deadline because the building's leadership has...

    Lisa Davis

    $2 million bail for Westmont woman charged with killing husband

    A Westmont woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband during an argument was ordered held Monday on $2 million bail, authorities said. Lisa Davis, 42, faces first-degree murder charges in the Friday slaying of 49-year-old David Davis. She would have to post $200,000 to bond out.

    John Lehman

    Deputy chief picked to lead Aurora Fire Department

    Aurora's deputy fire chief has been tapped by the mayor to become the department's next fire chief. John Lehman, a 26-year veteran of the Aurora Fire Department, still e confirmed next month by the city council.

    Michael Delaney

    Trial set for Wheaton man accused of fatally stabbing neighbor

    A Wheaton man plans to argue self-defense when he stands trial this week in the stabbing death of his neighbor Micheal Scalzo. Michael Delaney, 49, is accused of killing the 40-year-old victim in a June 21, 2009, confrontation on the 700 block of Crescent Street in Wheaton. "We're looking forward to our day in court so our client can show his innocence," DuPage County Assistant Public Defender...

    Jaime Aguirre

    Four charged in Villa Park home invasion

    Four men were arrested Monday and charged in a home invasion and armed robbery that took place last week in Villa Park. A victim told police that he called for a female escort shortly before the Feb. 12 home invasion. A woman and four men showed up at the apartment on the 700 block of West Roy Drive, where they held three people against their will using a knife and a handgun for four hours while...

    Country singer Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.

    McCready’s ex: Anyone close could see it coming

    Mindy McCready threatened to kill herself after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program days before she apparently killed herself, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.


    Schaumburg power loss linked to transformer

    A blown transformer caused a brief power outage in southwest Schaumburg Monday night.


    Burglaries reported in Mount Prospect

    Several burglaries took place in the evening hours between Feb. 13 and Feb. 16 in Mount Prospect neighborhoods bordered by Central Road, Golf Road, Main Street and Meier Road.


    Missing Downers Grove man found dead

    A missing Downers Grove man was found dead Sunday in downstate Pope County. William Foley was last seen leaving his IT job in Lombard at 1 p.m. Feb. 6.

    Man-made snow coats a ski run next to barren ground under a chairlift at Shawnee Peak ski area in Bridgton, Maine. Scientists point to both scant recent snowfall in parts of the country and this month’s whopper of a Northeast blizzard as potential global warming signs. It may seem like a contradiction, but the explanation lies in atmospheric physics.

    Climate contradiction: Less snow, more blizzards

    With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow. That could be a sign of global warming, too, experts said. How can that be? The answer lies in atmospheric physics

    Debbie Halvorson

    Halvorson upset over SuperPAC money

    Former Congressman Debbie Halvorson is blasting another top candidate in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over superPAC money. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA has run ads that target Halvorson.

    Rusty Meyers II

    Antioch Township men charged in drug arrest

    Two men were charged with drug offenses last week after Lake Villa police using a search warrant said they found a marijuana-growing operation at their home in Antioch Township. Christopher N. Jansen, 45 and Rusty Meyers II, 20, face charges after police found 10 marijuana plants, 163 grams of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia in the home where they live, police said.


    Congressman calls for voter intimidation probe in Cicero

    Congressman Luis Gutierrez and a candidate for Cicero town president are calling for a probe of voter intimidation allegations.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A researcher examines pieces of a meteorite in a laboratory in Yekaterinburg on Monday. Researchers have determined that the small stone-like pieces found near Lake Cherbarkul in the Chelyabinsk region are pieces of the meteorite that exploded over the region Feb. 15.

    Russian scientists recover meteor fragments

    Scientists have found more than 50 tiny fragments of a meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains, and preliminary tests are turning up information about its contents. However, local residents seem more interested in the black market value of the fragments. As they search for their own pieces of the meteor, sales offers already are filling the Internet, and police are warning all...

    This is “Untitled,” by Reed Skocz of Prospect High School.

    Teen art work will grace The Hub at Arlington library

    Artwork made by four area teens has been chosen for The Hub, the new teen area at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library set to debut in April. "Teens are a huge market for us," says Debbie Smart, library trustee. "We've seen a real void in the community with the closing of the Teen Center."


    CLC hosting local food seminar

    Benefits of locally grown food, the College of Lake County's expanding campus farm and season-extension techniques such as hoop houses will be covered in a free lunchtime seminar set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 on the Grayslake campus.


    Dine-A-Palooza coming Feb. 20

    The Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau presents an evening of great food and drinks, and live entertainment, at Dine-a-Palooza, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Schaumburg.


    Westfield plans to be discussed

    The Vernon Hills village board on Tuesday informally will consider various variations and approvals associated with a proposed $40 million to $50 million upgrade of the Westfield Hawthorn mall.


    Forest district seeks input

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District hosts an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Antioch Township Center, 1625 Deep Lake Road, Lake Villa, to gather public input on two master plan concepts involving recreation improvements and habitat restoration for five forest preserves in north-central Lake County.


    Different takes on waste pickup, recycling for Grayslake businesses to be aired

    The merits of awarding a contract to a single hauler for pick ups of trash and recyclables from businesses in Grayslake are expected to be debated during a special meeting on the issue Tuesday at the village hall. Supporters say such a move can save money for businesses but opponents contend a franchise will lead to higher costs.

    Attorneys Joel Brodsky, left, and Steven Greenberg confer outside the Will County courthouse during the second day of jury deliberations in Drew Peterson’s murder trial last September. Now Brodsky has filed a defamation suit against Greenberg, who says Brodsky did a shoddy job of defending Peterson.

    Warring Peterson lawyers take fight to court

    Drew Peterson's wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's 2012 trial. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg will come to a head Tuesday at a hearing where the defense will argue Peterson deserves a new trial...

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Jesse Jackson says son under medical supervision

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his former congressman son is under strict medical supervision as he struggles with bipolar disorder "compounded by the stresses" of his legal troubles. The elder Jackson released a statement Monday thanking those who have prayed for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his family.


    Roadway to Chicago business development reopened

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday visited Chicago's South Side, where a roadway to a business development was reopened. The Pullman Park roadway deteriorated after flooding in 2008.

    Incumbent Kristina Kovarik, left, and Trustee Kirk Morris are running for Gurnee mayor in the April 9 election.

    Gurnee mayoral candidates Kovarik and Morris differ on budgeting

    Gurnee's two mayoral candidates have differing perspectives on how budgeting is done for village departments, adding to the list of their disagreements on the issues. Beyond village government budgeting, Mayor Kristina Kovarik and her challenger in the April 9 election, Trustee Kirk Morris, have opposing ideas on a village marketing campaign, red-light cameras and term limits.


    Fraternity sued by Palatine family issues statement

    The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity has issued a statement after being named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the family of Palatine High School graduate who died Nov. 2, reportedly after an alcohol-related hazing at a Northern Illinois University chapter.

    The Carol Stream Library board is expected to discuss a potential sale of its 7˝-acre Kuhn Road property Wednesday.

    Is Carol Stream Library Board on verge of selling Kuhn Road property?

    The sale of a 7˝-acre site once intended for a new library in Carol Stream could be imminent. The Carol Stream Library Board is expected to discuss a potential sale of the property Wednesday during the closed session portion of its monthly board meeting, according to an agenda posted Monday.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Ryan T. Graf, 29, of Elgin, was arrested after a traffic stop just before 4 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of North Randall Road and later charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification card, possession of ammunition without the identification card, possession of marijuana, disobeying a traffic sign and driving without a license, according to...


    Certificates lead to great careers

    For the past decade, labor experts have outlined the need for education beyond high school to compete in nearly every industry. With 36 million workers in our country having attended college without completing a degree, certificates are another way to earn a marketable credential.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Stephanie M. Baldyga, 21, of St. Charles was charged with public intoxication, at 2:27 a.m. Friday in the 0-99 block of Simpson Street, according to a police report.


    Warehouse in East Dundee to come down

    By summer, the former Doederlein Lumber Co. could be just a memory. East Dundee officials have acquired the aging yellow warehouse along the Kane County bike path and plan to demolish it after Feb. 20. Months later, the main building along Railroad Street may be reduced to rubble and replaced with upscale apartments.

    Reeva Steenkamp poses on set during the shooting of the reality show “Tropika Island of Treasure.” The model and reality TV celebrity was shot and killed at Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius’ home Feb. 14.

    Girlfriend’s mom: Why did he do this?

    The family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend wants answers, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model. June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, asked in a newspaper interview published Monday: "Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?"

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford gets help from Linda Dahms of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry while competing in the Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at the Jewel grocery store in Batavia. The event was sponsored by the Kane County Farm Bureau and pitted Rutherford against State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, who was competing for Food for Greater Elgin. The two were seeing who could amass the most expensive bill while collecting nonperishable food for five minutes.

    Rutherford, McConnaughay raise money for food pantries

    The 12th Annual Kane County Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Challenge Monday in Batavia featured state Treasurer Dan Rutherford competing for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, and State Sen. Karen McConnaughay competing for Food for Greater Elgin.

    IdaLynn Wenhold, left, executive director of KidsMatter in Naperville, chats with Marion Ruthig, who started I Support Community. Wenhold believes that the video Ruthig’s organization will shoot of KidsMatter may be the best way to reach the hearts of donors.

    New website connects donors with nonprofits through video storytelling

    Marion Ruthig had been a CPA for 12 years when she saw a video of Hesed House, a nonprofit in Aurora that serves the homeless. The video so inspiried her that she left her job to start I Support Community, with a mission to create videos of other nonprofits to let them tell the story and give a way for people who want to get involved to research organizations where they might volunteer or make...

    With a few craft supplies, you can create a bird feeder and attract a little wildlife to your backyard.

    Make your own feeder and become a backyard birder

    Our Stephanie Penick has fond memories of watching wild birds with her children and building feeders with her son. Today, she shares her tips for backyard birding.

    The Milky Way spreads across the night sky over Mormon Row, a historic settlement in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo.

    The Milky Way is just one of many galaxies
    A student in Katherine Crawford's fifth-grade class at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein asked, "How are other galaxies discovered?"

    Charles Amrich, left, and Debbie Herrmann are running for mayor in Island Lake.

    Amrich, Herrmann differ on Island Lake hall plans

    Island Lake's mayoral candidates disagree on plans for a new village hall and police station on land adjoining Water Tower Park. Ex-mayor Charles Amrich says village leaders should stop investigating the viability of a new municipal center, citing concerns about the economy. Incumbent Debbie Herrmann said the current building is in need of expensive repairs, and she believes the board needs to...


    U.A.E. to buy drones, Army jeeps in $1.4 billion defense deals

    The United Arab Emirates said it will spend $1.4 billion on jeeps, unmanned aircraft and missiles, and plans further defense deals as Persian Gulf countries bolster their armies.


    Woman accused of biting off boyfriend's tongue

    Prosecutors in northern Illinois say a domestic quarrel ended with a woman biting off a large portion of her boyfriend's tongue. Elaine Cook of Skokie is charged with aggravated domestic battery. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/XHs0Uz ) that she was ordered held Sunday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

    Nancy Jensen, second from left, looks on as her son Joe, 2, is given a special treat of a little TV time at their home in Seattle.

    Study: Better TV might improve kids’ behavior

    Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior, the study authors and other doctors said."It's not just about turning off the television.

    A researcher examines pieces of a meteorite in a laboratory in Yekaterinburg Monday.

    Russian scientists test meteor fragments after chelyabinsk blast

    More than 50 meteor fragments are being examined after an explosion over Chelyabinsk last week sent shock waves across Russia's Urals region, shattering glass and injuring more than 1,200 people.Scientists found 53 fragments ranging in size from 1 millimeter to 1 centimeter (0.4 inch) near Chebarkul Lake, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the city of Chelyabinsk, Alexei Ishchenko, a member of...


    Palestinians rally for prisoners held in Israel

    Palestinians blocked roads and held marches across the West Bank on Monday to protest the fate of thousands of their countrymen held in Israeli jails and demand the release of four detainees on hunger strike.

    In this photo released Friday by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, center, poses for a photo with his daughters, Maria Gabriela, left, and Rosa Virginia at an unknown location in Havana, Cuba.

    Ailing Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba

    President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery, his government said, and his supporters staged upbeat street celebrations to welcome him home while he remained out of sight at Caracas' military hospital.


    Forecast: Rain in the afternoon turns to snow late tonight

    Temperatures today will be a little warmer than average, reaching a high of 49 degrees, but don't get comfortable, as the forecast calls for rain and snow.

    realclearpolitics.com David Corn

    Mother Jones reporter wins Polk for Romney story

    The reporter for Mother Jones magazine who broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks that 47 percent of Americans "believe they are victims" is among the winners of the 64th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism.David Corn, Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief, received the political reporting prize for his work, which shook up the campaign when he reported on...

    Cardinal Francis George appears Friday night in his first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer.

    Cardinal George going to Rome next week

    Chicago's Cardinal Francis George says he plans to leave Feb. 26 for Rome in preparation for a conclave to choose the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church.George spoke at Mass on Sunday at St. Bride Church on Chicago's South Side. Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world last week when he announced he would resign the papacy. He officially steps down Feb. 28. WMAQ-TV reports Cardinal George called...

    Sean Robinson of Elgin, a junior at Burlington Central High School, is in the first class of Elgin Community College's new college readiness initiative, the Transitions Academy. The program aims to prepare current high school students for life in college.

    New ECC program gets students ready for college

    Sean Robinson, an Elgin resident and junior at Burlington Central High School, is one of about 50 high school students participating in Elgin Community College's latest college readiness initiative. Transitions Academy brings together an ethnically diverse group of students across the four high school districts within ECC's boundaries. “It's a good opportunity for me to be successful in...

    Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps Friday in court in Pretoria, South Africa, at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    Pistorius cancels future races in wake of murder charge

    Oscar Pistorius' agent has canceled all future track races so the double-amputee Olympian can focus on the murder charge against him, underscoring the possibility the disabled sports icon might never again run competitively on his famous carbon fiber blades. Pistorius is defending himself against allegations he murdered his model girlfriend by shooting her several times in his upscale house on...


    Buffalo Grove board candidate will run as write-in

    A Buffalo Grove village board hopeful taken off the ballot last month is making a comeback as a write-in candidate. Jeffrey Battinus, who was removed from the race Jan. 7 by the Buffalo Grove Electoral Board, is challenging three incumbents in the April 9 election.

    President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform at a Las Vegas high school. The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an overhaul of their own. It won’t be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.

    Obama offering immigration plan as backup

    The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama wants to "be prepared" in case the small bipartisan group of senators...

    The Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society uses the annual variety series as a fundraiser to support efforts to preserve the historic Lombard church. The series begins Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Lombard chapel preservation society to host a variety series

    The Maple Street Chapel is a historic American Gothic landmark built in 1870. It was Lombard's first church - it served as the village hall and its bell summoned the fire department. It is lovingly preserved by the Maple Street Chapel Preservation Society. The chapel will host a variety series of three outstanding programs for 2013.


    Ill. woman killed same day sister sat behind Obama

    An 18-year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister had sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.


    Robbery brings shame for Urbana barber

    James Winston looked straight into the eyes of the young man who robbed him and had a reaction that one might not expect. "I felt so humbled and so ashamed," said the 63-year-old barber, who was robbed in his southeast Urbana shop last week. That's because Winston had once been a young criminal himself. Fueled by drug addiction as a younger man, Winston committed a series of crimes, including...


    Dawn Patrol: Westmont woman accused of killing husband

    Westmont woman charged with stabbing husband to death; no injuries in Palatine house fire; at 50, no reason to doubt Jordan; Blackhawks close to best NHL start ever; "Wicked" returning; two Bulls get All-Star points.

    Twin brothers Idries, right, and Jamil Abdur-Rahman discussed their TV appearance this season on “The Amazing Race.” The two also discussed the challenges they faced as African-Americans, Muslim and obstetricians at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

    Weekend in Review: Libraries go digital; Doctors on 'Amazing Race'
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Twin doctors from Lake County compete on "The Amazing Race'; suburban libraries go digital; District 211 students get iPads; IEPA finds no problems at Wheeling auto auction site; rescued puppies groomed for new homes; car crashes into Streamwood basement; and Westmont woman charged in husband's stabbing death.

    Rita Moon Kin, of Aurora, gets an eyeful of art during the “Fabulous Fakes” show Sunday at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery in Naperville. The exhibit runs through March 2.

    Fabulous Fakes exhibit in Naperville give artists freedom to copy

    One of the more amusing pieces in the Naperville Art League’s latest Fabulous Fakes exhibit is as impressive for its title as the painting itself. “Klimt Eastwood” is a watercolor portrait of Clint Eastwood in the style of Gustav Klimpt. The painting is on display with about 40 others in one of the art league’s most popular exhibits, which will remain on display until March 2.

    Schaumburg D-Day and Battle of the Bulge veteran Jim Butz has been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal. The medal will formally be awarded to him March 1.

    Schaumburg D-Day veteran to be knighted by the French

    As a skinny little kid during the Great Depression, Jim Butz listened to the distant sound of train whistles and wondered if he’d ever see anything beyond Akron, Ohio. On March 1, the now 88-year-old Schaumburg man will be named a Chevalier, or knight, of the French Legion of Honor at the French consulate in Chicago for the role he played in liberating France in 1944 and '45. “I have...

    Stephen Davis, the new chairman of the DuPage Airport Authority Board, is no stranger to efforts to improve the facility in West Chicago.

    Wheaton resident takes charge of DuPage airport board

    Stephen Davis is no stranger to the efforts to improve DuPage Airport and reduce its reliance on property taxes. The 55-year-old Wheaton resident already has served nearly nine years on the airport authority board. During that time, he agreed with former board Chairman Dan Goodwin’s push to have the West Chicago airport run like a business. “My goal is to continue the reforms and the...

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gina Stramaglio of the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and her crew, 1st Lt. Paul Paskell, co-pilot, right, and Senior Airman Mike Danilowski, boom operator. On Jan. 27 the team conducted the first U.S. refueling mission in support of French fighter planes battling al-Qaida in Mali.

    Prospect grad saving dogs, in between tanker refueling flights

    Gina Stramaglio, a Prospect High School grad, is flying refueling tankers for the Air Force in support of French forces fighting in Mali. But in her spare time, she's working to save dogs housed in a falling-down, abandoned school near her European base. The shelter sometimes runs out of food and “the local ladies have to carry five-gallon buckets of water a couple of hundred yards to water...

    Workers continue progress on a new runway on the south side of O’Hare International Airport, set to be commissioned in 2015.

    Are O’Hare modernization talks ready for takeoff?

    Seems like it was just yesterday American and United Airlines made nice with Chicago - dropping a lawsuit over O'Hare expansion and agreeing to restart negotiations in March 2013. Oh wait - that's next month. So what's up? March talks, causing what they didn't say to be most interesting to me. "The city of Chicago remains committed to implementing the OMP and has made great progress doing so,"...

    The Oz witches Glinda (Chandra Lee Schwartz) and Elphaba (Jackie Burns) get into a major spat after Dorothy Gale’s house crash lands in Munchkinland, in Broadway in Chicago’s 2010 production of the blockbuster musical “Wicked.” The show returns to Chicago Oct. 30 for a limited run.

    ‘Wicked’ returns to Chicago

    Broadway in Chicago announces the return of "Wicked" to Chicago on Oct. 30, for an eight-week run at the Oriental Theatre.


    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, right, sits with coach Joel Quenneville during a pre-season practice.

    GM Bowman deserves some credit for Blackhawks’ run

    The Blackhawks are on fire and no team in the NHL has approached their level of consistency thus far, but the NHL doesn’t hand out rings in February. Still, GM Stan Bowman deserves a long-awaited pat on the back. He has taken a beating in Chicago the last couple of years, unfairly so, after having to purge half a Cup-winning team due to salary-cap malpractice.


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


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


    Scouting area girls basketball sectionals
    Here's a look at Class 3A and 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals involving teams from DuPage County.

    Lamont Ross of Lisle goes up for two points in action against Westmont in Class 2A regional boys basketball on Monday in Westmont.

    Win over Westmont special to Lisle

    For a Lisle Lion there is perhaps no finer win than a win over Westmont.

    Streamwood’s Hannah McGlone and Deja Moore (23) hug after the Sabres defeated Cary-Grove Monday in the Class 4A sectional game in Rockford.

    Streamwood nips Cary-Grove in sectional semifinal

    There's an adage in basketball that never rang truer than it did here Monday night. Shooters shoot. And Streamwood senior Jessica Cerda is a shooter. Never mind the fact Cerda was 0 for her first 10 on 3-point attempts. When the game was on the line, the Chicago State recruit hit nothing but the bottom of the net. With the Sabres trailing Cary-Grove and less than 4 minutes to play, Cerda put the 0-for-10 behind her by burying the go-ahead 3-pointer, lifting the Sabres to a thrilling 45-44 win over the Trojans in the first semifinal of the Class 4A Rockford East sectional.


    Harvest Christian dumps Alden-Hebron

    Sometimes a win can be motivated not by skill or game plan, but by intangibles. Monday night in a Class 1A Westminster Christian regional play-in game in Elgin, Harvest Christian had a host of them to choose from. Behind door No. 1 was the flu bug. Behind door No. 2 was the fact that Harvest learned of a back injury to 6-foot 7 Jon Vislisel and his 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game that will keep him out the rest of the postseason. Couple that with door No. 3, its worst loss of the season to Faith Lutheran last Friday, and it was evident the deck was stacked against the Lions. The Lions instead (17-10) used those subplots to fuel their first regional playoff win in school history, which they did behind an inspired cast of characters led by senior Stuart Wolff, whose 17 points and 14 rebounds helped No. 4 seed Harvest Christian snag a 52-41 win over No. 5 Alden-Hebron.


    Benet’s Abello sides with Illinois

    It didn't take long for Stephanie Abello to make an impact on Benet's softball team. Her college decision came quickly, too.


    Brunner, Aquin end Westminster Christian’s run

    For one quarter Monday night the Westminster Christian girls basketball team shut down and frustrated Freequin Aquin and its star, Sophie Brunner. But much of the final 24 minutes belonged to the Bulldogs. Westminster held Brunner scoreless and forced Aquin into 8 turnovers in the first quarter to lead 10-5. Brunner then scored 9 points in the second quarter to lead the Bulldogs on a game-changing 12-0 run as Aquin ended the Warriors' season 57-39 in the Class 1A DeKalb supersectional.

    Cory Windle of Aurora Christian goes up for 2 points against Somonauk in Class 2A regional action Monday in Westmont.

    Aurora Christian’s on the move

    Aurora Christian was moving the basketball, and the Eagles are moving on in the playoffs.

    Fremd guard Brianna Lewis drives around Zion-Benton player T.T. Maggett during the girls basketball game between Fremd and Zion-Benton in the Class 4A sectional semifinals at Libertyville High School Monday.

    Images: Class 4A girls sectional basketball at Libertyville
    Libertyville High School hosted the Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals with Rolling Meadows playing Stevenson and Zion-Benton taking on Fremd on Monday, Feb. 18.

    Rolling Meadows guard Jackie Kemph drives for a layup against Stevenson guard Kari Moffat during Class 4A sectional semifinal play Monday at Libertyville. Kemph had a game-high 23 points.

    Kemph, Meadows match improved Stevenson

    Jackie Kemph's game bests of 23 points and 11 assists vaulted Rolling Meadows (27-3) past Stevenson 58-47 and into Thursday's Libertyville sectional championship game, which will be an all-Mid-Suburban League battle. The Mustangs will face No. 2 Fremd, a 55-54 winner over No. 3 Zion-Benton, at 7:30 p.m. at Libertyville.

    St. Charles North’s Quinten Payne soars in for a dunk against Streamwood — one of countless jams the athletic senior has thrown down the past three years for the North Stars.

    No questions about what ‘Q’ has meant to Poulin, N. Stars

    Known to many as "Q," Quinten Payne has made quite an impact on the St. Charles North's basketball program since his arrival as a sophomore two years ago. After averaging 12.3 points and 5 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Payne earned all-Upstate Eight Conference River Division honors for the second straight season a year ago while scoring 17 points and snaring 6.7 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-4 guard has saved the best for last during his senior campaign this season.

    Streamwood’s Hannah McGlone keeps the ball away from Cary-Grove’s Olivia Jakubicek with seconds to play Monday in the Class 4A sectional game in Rockford.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Streamwood girls basketball
    Cary-Grove matched up against Streamwood in a Class 4A girls sectional game Monday night at Rockford East.


    Scouting Class 3A dual team wrestling

    Here's a look at Tuesday's Class 3A dual-team wrestling sectionals, from the perspective of Barrington and Conant.


    Bulls’ Rose takes another step toward return

    Media members were not given a glimpse of Derrick Rose on Monday. But coach Tom Thibodeau and a couple players confirmed that Rose did some 5-on-5 full court scrimmaging, another important step in his recovery from ACL surgery.

    The Bulls’ injured point guard Kirk Hinrich finally has completed his rehab and should be in the starting lineup Tuesday night in New Orleans.

    Hinrich returns to Bulls in time for tough stretch
    Kirk Hinrich expects to be back on the floor after missing seven games with a right elbow infection. Nate Robinson has played well all season when filling in, but the Bulls do miss Hinrich's defense and slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio. The Bulls went 2-5 in the games Hinrich missed, although it was a road-heavy stretch against quality opponents.


    Bulls tipoff
    New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena, 7 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet-plusRadio: ESPN AM-1000Update: The future Pelicans (19-34) got off to a rough start but turned things around when SG Eric Gordon finally returned from a knee injury. They’ve gone 12-9 since Jan. 5. Gordon (16.4 ppg) missed the last two games before the break with a hand injury but is expected to play against the Bulls. Rookie No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis is averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. New Orleans’ top scorer is long-range shooter Ryan Anderson at 17.1 ppg, while PG Greivis Vasquez is at 13.9. The Hornets beat the Bulls at the UC 89-82 on Nov. 3 without Gordon or Davis. The Bulls have won four straight in New Orleans.Next: Miami Heat at the United Center, 7 p.m. Thursday — Mike McGraw

    Associated Press Ever the pessimist, Detroit manager Jim Leyland, center, likes his team but insists the Tigers can't take it easy with the improved talent on the Indians, White Sox and Royals.

    AL Central update: Leyland sees gap closing on Tigers

    Not surprisingly, the Detroit Tigers head into the upcoming season as the overwhelming favorites to win the AL Central. The Tigers have won back-to-back division titles, they welcome back Victor Martinez this season and they added Torii Hunter. Still, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said there's no reason for the Tigers to be overly confident. Scot Gregor has the details on the Tigers, and he also takes a closer look at the free-spending Indians and the risk the GM took in Kansas City this winter.

    St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund celebrates a goal against Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo in the third period Sunday. The Canucks lost in a shootout, 4-3, and now face the Blackhawks at the United Center.

    With Canucks in town, Hawks can make history

    While the 12-0-3 Hawks can tie the league mark on Tuesday for most consecutive games with a point to start the season, some players are so focused on taking it one game at a time that many of them had no idea they were closing in on Anaheim's record of 16 games.


    Sky signs free agent guard Zoll

    The Chicago Sky has signed guard Sharnee' Zoll to a contract for 2013, head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced Monday."Sharnee' brings great energy and pace to the court, along with the necessary poise," Chatman said. "She will add to an already exciting guard tandem of Courtney Vandersloot and Epiphanny Prince. What I like the most is her tremendous fire and passion to improve, not only herself but also every player around her."

    Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) is plus-8 after 15 games, ranking him second among Blackhawks defensemen behind partner Johnny Oduya, who is plus-10.

    Defenseman Hjalmarsson nails it for Hawks

    On a Blackhawks team filled with top defensemen, many people believe Niklas Hjalmarsson might be the best of the bunch right now."I don't know about that," Hjalmarsson said. "It's fun to hear those kinds of things, but there are a lot of good d-men here on our team. I'm just trying to do my best every game and just trying to help the team win. That's all I'm thinking about."Hjalmarsson, who is nicknamed the Hammer, is off to a terrific start. He is plus-8 after 15 games to rank second among defensemen behind partner Johnny Oduya, who is plus-10. He has blocked 37 shots, which ranks second on the team to Brent Seabrook's 44.

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips says he believes his flashy style turned Gold Glove voters against him last season.

    NL Central update: Gold Glove, closers and more

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said he may have lost the Gold Glove to the Cubs' Darwin Barney because managers and coaches, who vote for the award, don't like his flashy style of play. Bruce Miles offers a closer look at those comments other notes from around the NL Central.

    Nobody's done it better this season than Miami's LeBron James, left, here being guarded by Dwight Howard in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game.

    Passing out NBA's midseason awards

    All-Star weekend is never complete without some midseason NBA awards. Here's a look at whether a Bulls player can take the defensive award, if anyone can keep LeBron James from MVP and if there will be a first-time winner for coach of the year.

    Haley Becker, front, is joined by, from left, Libertyville assistant track and field coach Bill Etnyre, Libertyville head track and field coach Tom Bizosky, and Becker’s dad and mom, Bryan and Peggy.

    Spinell a finalist for classy hockey award

    Ten male student-athletes who excel both on and off the ice in the NCAA have been selected as finalists for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey. One of them is Lake County's very own Steven Spinell, a senior defenseman for Miami of Ohio from Vernon Hills.

    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, shown here with manager Dale Sveum, right, will have an MRI exam on a lat muscle he strained during a batting practice session.

    Cubs’ Garza to have MRI; Campana traded

    Cubs right-hander Matt Garza will undergo an MRI to determine the extendt of a lat-muscle injury he suffered Sunday during a live batting-practice session. The Cubs also traded center fielder Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of 17-year-old minor-league pitchers.

    Runners leave the starting line during the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

    Registration for Chicago Marathon starts Tuesday

    Registration for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is set to begin Tuesday at noon. The race is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2013. The registration fee is $175.

    Rena Ranallo

    St. Edward’s Ranallo earns academic all-state honor

    St. Edward senior Rena Ranallo was one of 26 students selected to the 2012-13 all-state academic team sponsored by Caterpillar, the Illinois High School Association announced Monday.The 13 male and 13 female honorees of the IHSA’s top academic honor were chosen from a group that included over 450 students throughout the state. “This is a tremendous honor and I hope every student who was nominated takes a great deal of pride in all that they have accomplished,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. “These students are the embodiment of what it means to take advantage of the entire high school experience. I am thankful to Caterpillar for providing the all-state academic team platform to honor and congratulate them.”Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student by the February deadline. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade-point average on 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years and demonstrated outstanding citizenship. The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, representatives of the Illinois Activities Directors Association and representatives of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association. One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA board of directors divisions were selected initially, while the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from any division in the state.The all-state academic team members will be honored at a banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington on April 15.Ranallo has been a three-sport athlete at St. Edward, competing in volleyball, basketball and soccer.

    Los Angeles Laker owner Jerry Buss, right, walks out onto the court during the NBA championship ring ceremony as Kobe Bryant, left, and Derek Fisher look on. Buss, the Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 80. Bob Steiner, an assistant to Buss, confirmed Monday that Buss had died in Los Angeles.

    Jerry Buss, Los Angeles Lakers’ owner, dies at 80

    Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the `80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday, his assistant said. Buss died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Bob Steiner, his assistant. He was 80.

    Vernon Hills senior Alli Tran has earned a spot on the IHSA All-State Academic Team.

    Vernon Hills’ Tran earns academic all-state honor

    Vernon Hills senior Alli Tran was one of 26 students selected to the 2012-13 all-state academic team sponsored by Caterpillar, the Illinois High School Association announced Monday. The 13 male and 13 female honorees of the IHSA's top academic honor were chosen from a group that included over 450 students throughout the state.


    Mike North video: Mike goes 1 on1 with MJ

    Mike North talks about when he went to the Michael Jordan fantasy basketball camp and played some basketball with MJ.

    East Team's Luol Deng from Great Britain of the Chicago Bulls, left, and West Team's James Harden of the Houston Rockets go after a loose ball during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday in Houston.

    Deng scores 10, Noah 8 as West beats East in All-Star Game

    The Bulls' Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, on the losing East squad, got some playing time in the NBA All-Star Game and some scoring opportunities — who didn't in the 143-138 dunkfest? Well, Kevin Garnett wound up not scoring a point for the East team, but Deng scored 10 and Noah scored 8.


    Kellie Bell

    Huntley's Bell builds out her own niche in construction

    Kukec's People features Kellie Bell, who owns and operates Huntley-based Forrest Construction Group Inc., which marks its 10th year. Despite being one of the few women owners of a construction firm, she has survived a tough economy and plans to expand her firm.


    CUB: Alternative power suppliers get A for savings, but problematic

    Consumer watchdog Citizens Utility Board issued a report Monday that focused on the deals with alternative electric suppliers, including municipal aggregation offering the best. But consumers are warned of possible ripoffs.

    Exterior view of the mostly vacant shopping center on Kirchoff Road, now to be called Meadows Marketplace.

    Uncle Joe’s to move into old Rolling Meadows Dominick’s site

    It's been Rolling Meadows' biggest disappointment for nearly a decade — the empty Dominick's grocery store in the heart of downtown on Kirchoff Road. But on Monday Mayor Tom Rooney delivered the good news: A new grocery store is coming by October. "By the end of 2013 this saga, the most rotten downside of Rolling Meadows, should have a whole new face on the outside and the inside," the mayor said.


    Chick-fil-A opens Thursday in Mount Prospect

    Chick-fil-A will open its new Mount Prospect location Thursday with the chance for 100 adults to win free meals for a year as the chain marks the 10th anniversary of its signature grand opening celebration. The restaurant at 950 North Elmhurst Road opens at 6 a.m. Feb. 21, but patrons can begin lining up outside up to 24 hours earlier for the chance to win one Chick-fil-A meal a week for the next 52 weeks.

    NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are talking about combining their companies.

    Report: OfficeMax, Office Depot in merger talks

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are talking about combining their companies.

    Workers take down a billboard of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius endorsing a product in Johannesburg last week. Nike joined the exodus, saying Monday it has no plans to use Pistorius in future ad campaigns.

    Nike: No plans for Oscar Pistorius in future ads

    Nike said Monday that it has no plans to use Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in future ad campaigns after the South African sports star was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

    This is what appears to be Burger King’s Twitter account after it was apparently hacked Monday. Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday, the fast-foot company’s Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald’s logo, and the account tweeted that it had been sold to rival McDonald’s.

    Burger King plans apology after Twitter hack

    Burger King said Monday that it reached out to Twitter to suspend its account after an apparent hack. Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday, the fast-food company's Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald's logo.

    U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, right, and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton posed after a news conference on Feb. 14 to announce the merger of their airlines.

    In path to American’s merger, 1 CEO had to leave

    The 14-month battle for control of American Airlines came down to two men who got their start there. Doug Parker and Tom Horton were friends and rivals who years later found themselves vying for control of what will be the world's largest airline. This is a story of behind-the-scenes dealings, public posturing and finally one man giving up his dream.

    Former former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling

    Bidding under way for Schilling's bloody sock

    Bidding is under way for the bloody sock worn by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in the 2004 World Series, which he put up for sale after the high-profile collapse of his video game company. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, said bidding opened at $25,000 and was up to $32,500 by Monday. Live bidding will take place in New York City on Saturday. The sock — stained when Schilling pitched on an injured ankle during the second game of the World Series that the Sox went on to win — had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.


    Reader’s Digest parent seeks bankruptcy protection
    The parent company of Reader's Digest has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years, saying it needs to cut its debt so it can keep restructuring.RDA Holding Co. says it will keep publishing during the bankruptcy. It is aiming to be out of Chapter 11 within six months.

    A 75-year-old Indiana farmer figured out a way to benefit from a high-technology product, soybeans that are resistant to weed-killers, without always paying the high price that such genetically engineered seeds typically bring. In so doing, he ignited a legal fight with seed-giant Monsanto Co. that has now come before the Supreme Court

    High-stakes fight over soybeans at high court

    Vernon Hugh Bowman seems comfortable with the old way of doing things, right down to the rotary-dial telephone he said he was using in a conference call with reporters.But the 75-year-old Indiana farmer figured out a way to benefit from a high-technology product, soybeans that are resistant to weed-killers, without always paying the high price that such genetically engineered seeds typically bring. In so doing, he ignited a legal fight with seed-giant Monsanto Co. that has now come before the Supreme Court, with argument taking place Tuesday.


    Locust swarms invade northern sudan growing areas in crop threat

    Locust swarms invaded crop-growing areas in northern Sudan in the last few days and more groups of the pest insects are likely to form, the United Nations said.At least six swarms were present on Sudan's Red Sea coastal plains, the UN's Rome-based Food & Agriculture Organization wrote yesterday in a report on its Locust Watch website. Several swarms moved west into northern Sudan's interior, attacking winter crops and fruit orchards, the report showed.

    President Barack Obama sang the praises in his State of the Union speech of a bill to help more homeowners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take advantage of low interest rates and refinance their mortgages. But while the bill could gain traction in the Democratic-controlled Senate, it faces a rough road in the GOP-run House.

    Mortgage bill faces tough road in Congress
    A sharply divided Congress isn't likely to jump at President Barack Obama's challenge for quick passage of a mortgage refinancing bill that supporters say could help millions of homeowners save big each year and boost the economy.Obama praised the legislation in his State of the Union speech last week, saying the proposal would help more homeowners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take advantage of low interest rates and refinance their loans. Even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, Obama said, too many families that have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being turned down.

    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$ A foreign exchange broker works in front of a screen displaying the current dollar to yen rate as an American and Japanese, flag are displayed at the office in Tokyo, Monday

    Asia stocks mixed, Japan’s Nikkei up as yen falls

    Japan's benchmark stock index jumped Monday after Group of 20 finance officials refrained from directly criticizing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government for trying to force down the yen. Other Asian stock markets were mixed.Currency policy was centerstage at the weekend meeting in Moscow of finance ministers and central bankers from the world's 20 biggest advanced and emerging economies. Japan's currency was of particular interest because Abe has repeatedly said that he wants a cheaper yen to help manufacturers compete. Japanese exporters have long been unhappy with the yen's rise due to its status as a safe haven.The absence of criticism left Abe room to pursue his agenda, analysts said.

    Disneyland in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong has turned a profit for the first time since it opened in 2005, theme park officials said Monday.

    HK Disney turns first profit since 2005 opening

    Disneyland in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong has turned a profit for the first time since it opened in 2005, theme park officials said Monday. The park earned 109 million Hong Kong dollars ($14 million) in 2012 and its revenue rose 18 percent to HK$4.27 billion ($550 million).The park's losses had steadily narrowed from HK$1.6 billion in 2008, the year it started disclosing financial figures, to HK$237 million in 2011.


    Oil falls toward $95 on US, Europe growth fears
    The price of oil fell to near $95 a barrel Monday after U.S. industrial production weakened and Europe remained mired in recession.Benchmark crude for March delivery was down 28 cents to $95.58 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.45 to finish at $95.86 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday.Brent crude, used to price many varieties of foreign oil, rose 9 cents to $117.75 per barrel in London.

    Leslie Grosshauser and Sammy recently opened S&L Tri-CycleFitStudio in St. Charles.

    Indoor cycling, fitness studio spins into St. Charles

    At the age of 50, an entrepreneur is launging her own fitness business in St. Charles. She provides indoor cycling and fitness classes.


    Blog at center of entrepreneur’s growth strategy

    Most business owners don’t blog. They don’t see themselves as content generators. But Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to a business owner who says her blog is part of her growth strategy.

Life & Entertainment


    This picky eater discovering all kinds of new foods

    As my trainer, Josh Steckler, explained the contents of Push Fitness eating plan booklet to me, I kept waiting for him to get to the page with the pasta and bread. Bad news, Mel. There isn't one. The diet is pretty much gluten-free. “Uh oh. This is going to be a problem,” I thought to myself.


    Undescended testicle usually drops on its own
    In about one-third of premature and approximately 3 percent of full-term male infants, one or both of the testicles have not completely descended into the scrotum by the time the child is born. The scrotum appears visibly underdeveloped or smaller on the affected side. This is known as an undescended testicle.


    Dietary supplement may ease stress response in some people

    In a previous column, I discussed the effects of stress on health, but not everyone responds to stress in the same manner. Although we live in a society where stress seems to be lurking on every street corner and hiding behind every tree, some people respond to chronic stress more intensely than others. These folks are the ones who probably need more help. One of the more potent dietary supplements for combating the effects of stress is omega-3 fat. Increasing omega-3 fats in the diet, especially docosahexanoic acid and phosphatidylserine can reduce stress hormone levels in both animals and humans.

    Whole Foods' healthy eating specialist Tatyiana Baukovic, left, discusses food choices with Fittest Loser contestants Greg Moehrlin, Marianne Costales-Roman, Joe Gundling and Megan McCarthy-Cook.

    Contestants chew over new way to approach food

    Shopping, chopping, planning, preparing and eating followed by more shopping, chopping, planning, preparing and eating. So goes the nutritional life of the Fittest Losers. They've completed their first full week of workouts, both with their trainer and cardio on their own. In between they've been trying to wrap their heads around a completely new way of thinking about food.

    Sicilian Chicken Soup with Bowtie Pasta is one of 125 recipes in "The Soupbox Cookbook."

    ‘Soupbox’ book brimming with healthy recipes

    I'm a big soup fan from way back. Decades ago, Grandmother Mauer guided me through the soup-making process and soup helped me on my weight-loss journey. So I could barely wait to page through "The Soupbox Cookbook: Sensational Soups for Healthy Living" (Race Point Publishing, $27).

    Sicilian Chicken Soup with Bow-tie Pasta is one of 125 recipes in “The Soupbox Cookbook.”

    Sicilian Chicken Soup with Bow-tie Pasta
    Sicilian Chicken Soup with Bowtie Pasta

    Seth MacFarlane is putting everything into hosting the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday.

    Seth MacFarlane putting all he’s got into Oscars

    Seth MacFarlane might be the hardest working man in show business. Right now he's getting ready to host Sunday's Academy Awards, where he's also a nominee for the original song for his hit movie "Ted." He's producing and writing three animated TV shows, plus voicing many of their key characters. "I'm a little exhausted," the 39-year-old confessed in a recent interview.

    This publicity film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Bruce Willis as John McClane, left, Jai Courtney as his son Jack, center and Sebastian Koch as Komarov in a scene from “A Good Day to Die Hard.” Since Thursday the film has brought in $33 million at the box office.

    New ‘Die Hard’ scores with $25 million debut

    Bruce Willis' action sequel "A Good Day to Die Hard" debuted as the weekend's top draw with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday. The 20th Century Fox release raised its domestic total to $33.2 million since opening Thursday for Valentine's Day to get a jump on the long President's Day weekend.

    Sunscreen was thought to block vitamin D levels, but most people don’t use enough it to have an impact.

    Your health: What’s your vitamin D level?
    Learn how to increase your vitamin D levels and what may lower them. Also, iImages in the media have long been blamed for low self-esteem among women, but a new report claims that the written word — specifically, "chick lit" — might be just as damaging.

    1951 Ford F-7 Big Job

    Highway calls for 1951 Ford F-7 big rig

    A workhorse like Barry Rittenhouse's 1951 Ford F-7 Big Job is capable of accomplishing mighty tasks. Despite the strong potency, this rolling tool of the trade never had the chance to be put to the max.

    Dr. Matthew Coppola, a primary care physician who treats a number of geriatric patients, has begun speaking at facilities on the topic of bullying in your golden years.

    New efforts to curb bullying among seniors

    Bullying knows no age limits. We’re accustomed to stories about childhood bullies, but similar behaviors are occurring among seniors in independent retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and community centers. “People in these places bully each other, although we don’t always perceive it as such,” said Dr. Matthew Coppola, a primary-care physician who treats a number of geriatric patients.


    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 2

    Mike Kenefick and Mickey Weldon of Salt Creek Park District's Waist Management team mixed it up with some outdoor exercise by participating in a snowshoeing class.

    Weather doesn't deter some teams

    With the unpredictable weather these past weeks, Community Challenge teams got creative with their fitness routines. Though some chose to stay indoors, most teams found ways to mix some excitement into their new workout routines.

    Some people have a harder time than others waking up early.

    How to become a morning person

    Chip Colonna of Collierville, Tenn., is a morning person. Awake and out of bed by 4:15 a.m. Workout at 4:30. Out the door by 6, and arrives to his office at 6:30 a.m. As director of marketing at Terminix, he's a firm believer in the adage: the early bird gets the worm. “Getting up allows me time to get organized and that translates into a more efficient, productive day,” he explains. And that makes Colonna a happy man. Indeed, according to new research conducted at the University of Toronto, morning people are not only markedly happier than their non-morning counterparts, but are also healthier and more positive in attitude.

    Miguel Orallana of Window World installs a door as homeowner Blakeslee Crumbliss, with her 6-month-old son Owen, look on. She is preparing her Washington, D.C. house for rental.

    Unexpected landlords face a steep learning curve

    With the real estate market in recovery, many homeowners moving from small homes, townhouses or condominiums may consider holding on to their first property as a rental investment while purchasing a new property.


    Health, fitness apps make smartphones an exercise tool

    MapMyRide, MapMyRun, Livestrong, Run4Good, MyFitnessPal — they’re all part of an exploding arena of health and fitness applications for smartphones. The trend, which falls under the umbrella of Health 2.0, an international tech movement, is proving an obsession for programmers at code-a-thons, as well as users who get hooked on tracking their workouts, calorie intake and weight loss.

    You can ward off germs and bacteria by improving your overall immune system.

    Boosting immune system will help you avoid colds, flu

    Chances are, you’ve recently had family members or co-workers sick with a cold or the flu. This time of year seems to bring on sickness as often as the weather changes. Although you might not be able to totally avoid getting sick, maintaining a resilient immune system may lessen the severity, duration and frequency of illness. There are natural ways to boost your immune system and overall health.



    Editorial: The search for compromise on gun control

    A Daily Herald editorial says the circumstances may be right to find reasonable compromises to control gun violence.


    Republicans plagued by good news

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Hey, it was a tough night for Republicans. Their big voices on the radio and in motel breakfast rooms have little recourse but to raise the volume.


    In defense of Obama’s drone war

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The nation’s vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama’s drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood.


    Caught by traffic camera in EGV
    Letter to the editor: A central Illinois man writes about his disgust with the red light traffic cameras in Elk Grove Village. "Please don’t allow a red light money pit program to continue in Elk Grove Village," he writes.


    Cuba Twp. crews are to be commended
    Letter to the editor: Christine Burke of Lake Barrington has kind words for the Cuba Township highway department. "They consistently do a great job in keeping our roadways safe," she writes.


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