Daily Archive : Thursday February 21, 2013


    In this courtroom sketch, Drew Peterson angrily address the court and Will County Judge Edward Burmila during his sentencing Thursday for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Furious Peterson sentenced to 38 years

    Drew Peterson — the swaggering Bolingbrook police sergeant who gained notoriety after his fourth wife vanished — lost his characteristic cool in court Thursday, screaming out his innocence before a judge sentenced him to 38 years in prison for the murder of a previous wife. "I did not kill Kathleen!" Peterson shouted, leaning into a courtroom microphone and emphasizing each of the...

    Tom McReynolds clears snow from a neighbors’ house in Wichita, Kans., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of Wichita buried under 13 inches of still-falling snow, but winter storm warnings stretched eastern Colorado through Illinois.

    Images: Snow in the plains coming to the suburbs
    The snow that has pounded Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri over past few days is headed towards Chicago and the suburbs. 4-6 inches of snow is expected on Friday.

    Michael Moreno

    Prosecutors: Rage fueled fatal Naperville crash

    Michael Moreno was so enraged about a rush-hour traffic spat that he killed an unsuspecting motorcyclist while trying to chase down another driver, prosecutors alleged at his bench trial. But Moreno's attorney says the cause of the crash is in dispute and eyewitnesses gave conflicting accounts. The 32-year-old Plainfield man faces charges in the June 13, 2012, crash that killed Gerald Puglise,...


    Dist. 25 special ed study creates concern

    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 began what likely will be a several-year process of reviewing its special education program by hearing an outside report that was met with concern from board members as well as staff and parents. “It is not a blueprint for cutting staff; it is not a blueprint for anything,” said board member Charles Williams. “Anyone who says anything else is spreading...

    Pledges to the New Philharmonic Orchestra totaled $20,000 five days after a pledge drive began, College of DuPage officials said Thursday.

    $20,000 in pledges so far for orchestra

    Less than a week after pledge cards were sent to supporters of the New Philharmonic Orchestra at the College of DuPage, the 36-year-old professional orchestra is beginning to get some of the financial support college officials say is necessary to keep it performing.


    Woman admits leaving baby to die on road

    An Illinois woman believed to be the mother of two infants found dead in the trunk of an impounded car admitted Thursday to leaving another baby girl to freeze to death along a rural roadside nearly five years earlier.


    Classes called off across Fox Valley

    The Emergency Closing Center website has listed school closings for several Fox Valley schools for Friday, due to the expected snow.


    Lombard uses new borrowing method to fund stormwater, road projects

    The village of Lombard will be using a new method of borrowing to fund $10 million worth of stormwater management and road construction projects this year under a plan trustees approved Thursday night. The money will support an ongoing flood relief project at Terrace View Pond on the village's northwest side as well as upgrades to a pumping station on Route 53 that could improve stormwater...

    Wichita Police work an accident during a snow-packed morning commute in Wichita, Kan., Feb. 20, 2013. Hundreds of snow plows and salt spreaders took to the highways of the nation’s heartland Wednesday, preparing for a winter storm that could dump up to a foot of snow in some regions and bring dangerous freezing rain and sleet to others.

    Southern Illinois among areas hit by storm so far

    Powdery snow bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, leaving as much as 17 inches in some places, shutting down airports, schools and state legislatures. The storm system swirled to the north and east Thursday night, its snow, sleet and freezing rain prompting winter storm warnings from Kansas to Illinois.

    Dorian Luzaj

    Woodridge drug dealer gets 20 years

    A Woodridge man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for operating a Chicago-area drug ring. Dorian Luzaj, 29, of the 6300 block of Winston Drive, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of cannabis trafficking on Thursday morning.

    A car is stuck in a ditch after spuning out on Interstate 70 East near Lake Saint Louis, Mo., on Thursday. Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation’s midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, making major roadways all but impassable and shutting down schools and state legislatures. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast for southern Missouri, southern Illinois and Arkansas.

    Snow forecast drops slightly, but still a messy morning expected

    The National Weather service dropped its expected snowfall total for tonight and tomorrow a little bit, but a winter advisory is still in effect. It says the storm might drop 5 inches of snow in some spots, but more like 3 inches on average. Wind and ice might be the bigger problems, especially for the morning rush. And there could be a period of heavy snowfall in a short period of time.

    John Spira

    St. Charles man’s disappearance still a mystery

    DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba said Thursday that sheriff's detectives are still seeking the public's assistance in the search for John Spira, who went missing under suspicious circumstances six years ago.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ryan J. Griffin, 23, of St. Charles, was arrested Sunday on charges of public drunkenness, according to a police report. Officers arrived at a tavern downtown for a report of a man who had been asked to leave the establishment for being highly intoxicated and bothering other customers.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney addresses the press at his daily news briefing at the White House Thursday.

    Obama calls GOP leaders as budget cuts loom

    Signaling an attempt to break an impasse, President Barack Obama on Thursday placed calls to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the looming spending cuts set to kick in on March 1. Neither side reported progress, however, and aides taunted each other with Twitter messages.

    Health officials said Thursday this season’s flu shot was only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the most common and dangerous flu bug.

    Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people

    It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    Abigail Villalpando

    Slain Aurora teen hit 7 times with hammer, reports show

    Aurora police documents detail events that led up to the death last month of Abigail Villalpando, an 18-year-old senior at West Aurora High School. She was hanging out with two male friends Jan. 31 when one of the teens attacked from behind, hitting her seven times in the head with a hammer, documents show. Three men are charged in connection with the murder, the city's first since late 2011.


    Nekritz delivers bad news to Dist. 15 officials

    The budget crisis in Illinois — and subsequent trickle-down effect on schools — has gotten so bad, that Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials can't help but sometimes laugh.


    Cook County jail officers charged

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday that the sheriff's office has arrested two of its own correctional officers following an internal investigation. Officer Delphia A. Sawyer, 31, of the 8700 block of Covington Drive in Justice, and officer Pamela R. Bruce, 30, of the 00-99 block of East 87th Street in Chicago, were charged with obstructing justice, perjury, official misconduct and...


    Streamwood man charged in attack

    A Streamwood man whom police described as a known gang member has been charged with criminal damage to property and battery and is being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement after previously being deported to Mexico, according to police reports.


    Businesses coming back to Rand Road in Arlington Hts.

    Several new businesses will be opening along the busy Rand Road corridor that runs through Arlington Heights this spring, officials say. The revitalization on Rand Road is part of what officials said is a pickup in new businesses around the village as the economy continues to recover.

    David Northern

    Lake County Housing Authority CEO resigns

    Leadership at the Lake County Housing Authority changed Thursday with the departure of longtime Executive Director/CEO David Northern Sr. Northern had served since 2002 as head of the quasi-governmental agency that handles public housing for much of Lake County. He resigned to take a job out of state.

    Investigating officer Hilton Botha has been replaced as the lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

    S. Africa police names new Pistorius investigator

    Ahead of a judge's decision on whether to release Oscar Pistorius on bail, South African police on Thursday appointed a new chief detective in the murder case, replacing a veteran policeman who was himself charged with attempted murder. The sensational twist in the state's troubled investigation fueled growing public fascination with the case against the double-amputee Olympian.

    Police rope off the scene of a shooting and multi-car accident on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas early Thursday

    Police: Hotel altercation sparked Vegas shooting

    Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran the red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside.

    Tammy Duckworth

    Duckworth: Western O’Hare access tough sell, but doable

    Local leaders shared concerns and hopes for the Elgin O'Hare Expressway extension Thursday with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. The newly elected lawmaker said she supports the idea of a western terminal.

    Longtime Bensenville Fire Protection District Batallion Chief Larry Karp is stepping down this month to become chief of a small fire department in Washington.

    Bensenville fire district veteran moving west

    Bensenville Fire Protection District Batallion Chief Larry Karp is ready to settle into a recliner after 28 years on the job. But he'll be settling into a recliner in the Pacific Northwest and his fire radio won't be far behind. Karp, 50, officially will retire from the Bensenville district on March 7. On March 28, he will begin his new $62,500-a year job as chief of the Quilcene Volunteer Fire...

    Chindavanh Keomuongchanh

    Elgin candidates talk taxes, fees

    Nine candidates vying for a two-year seat on the Elgin City Council will square off in a primary election on Tuesday. During a recent Daily Herald endorsement interview, they shared their views on taxes and fees in Elgin.


    ‘Hope for Sal’ fundraiser Saturday in Palatine

    The second annual "Hope for Sal" fundraiser concert will be held Saturday at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. The concert benefits Prospect Heights native Sal LoCascio, an alum of Hersey High School in Arlington Heights who was injured in a ski accident on Dec. 12, 2011, in Colorado that left him paralyzed.


    Visitation set for Lindenhurst teen killed in crash

    Visitation is Friday for Ashley Seay, 17, of Lindenhurst, who with 16-year-old Joel Wittkamp of Antioch died in a one-vehicle crash this week.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jacob M. Laurance, 18, of Elgin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with retail theft, police records show. Police said Laurance took merchandise valued at $550 from a store in the 800 block of South Randall Road on Feb. 15. The merchandise included a tent, canopy, air mattress and backpack. Laurance was identified via the store's video surveillance. Laurance appeared Thursday morning in Kane...

    William C. Tinkler

    Judge: Elgin animal hoarding suspect fit for trial

    A judge declared an Elgin man fit to stand trial on charges of animal cruelty and neglect after dozens of dead animals were found in a van at a home he rented in fall 2012. The attorney for William Tinkler, 60, argued that he suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome from serving in the Vietnam War.


    Vernon Hills hockey team to host St. Baldrick’s event

    The Vernon Hills Capitals hockey team in Vernon Hills will host a St. Baldrick's Foundation BaldGames head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Glacier Ice Arena, 670 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills.


    ECC moves ahead with land acquisition

    Elgin Community College officials are moving forward with plans to purchase the last 41 acres of the former Spartan Meadows Golf Course from the City of Elgin. ECC trustees voted to approve the $8 million purchase during a special meeting Wednesday.

    State Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat, on Thursday introduced a bill to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois.

    Lawmakers file bill to regulate ‘fracking’ in Illinois

    Illinois would have the strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling in the nation under a bill introduced Thursday and drafted with the help of industry and environmentalists, supporters said. The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act would require oil and gas companies to test water before, during and after drilling — and then hold them liable if contamination was found after...


    Illinois Medicaid cuts fall short of projections

    Illinois officials say savings from cuts to the state's Medicaid program have fallen short by $464 million, about 30 percent of the expected $1.6 billion in cuts to the health program for the poor. The federal government has denied permission to carry out some planned cuts.


    South suburban man killed in Colorado snowmobile crash

    LEADVILLE, Colo. — The Lake County, Colo., coroner has identified a man from the South suburbs who was killed in a snowmobile accident Monday on Fremont Pass in central Colorado.


    Chicago expanding residential recycling program

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced that blue cart recycling services will begin in March and April for 131,000 additional households.


    Students challenged to make air quality video

    High school students in the Chicago area have a few more weeks to get entries in for a contest to produce a public service announcement on the importance of improving the city's air quality. The video contest is being sponsored by the Illinois Partners for Clean Air, and the first place prize is $3,000.


    Judge allows overheard conversation in murder case

    A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that a Mount Prospect police detective overhearing a cell phone conversation between two people eventually charged in the 2010 murder of Jean Wettecamps did not violate the state's evesdropping statute. The conversation took place between Edwin Paniagua, 18, and Marko Guardiola, 39, charged with first-degree murder in Wettecamps' July 21, 2010 murder.


    Five charged with illegally importing honey

    Authorities claim the honey was mislabeled to indicate it was from other countries to avoid paying antidumping duties, or it contained antibiotics not allowed in honey sold in the U.S.

    Gov. Pat Quinn rings the replica Old Main Bell at Illinois State University in Normal on Thursday after announcing a $54 million capital investment to build a new fine arts complex on the campus. Reacting during Founders Day 2013 are ISU seniors Abby Vombrack, center, a theater education major from Buffalo Grove, and Austin Robbins, an arts technology and fine arts major from Bolingbrook,

    ISU getting $54 million to build fine arts complex

    The project includes renovating three buildings and constructing new space for instruction and performance. Gov. Pat Quinn was on the Normal campus Thursday morning to announce the state funding. He says it will create 775 construction jobs.


    Palatine restaurant shut down for two weeks

    A Palatine restaurant where authorities say illegal drug sales have taken place has agreed to sanctions and its business license being suspended for two weeks. Attorneys for Palatine and Tacos Y Mariscos La Presa Inc. reached the agreement Wednesday under which the business was found guilty of violating village ordinances.


    Community shred day in Waukegan

    A free community shred day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the city of Waukegan parking Lot D, 100 N. Sheridan Road.


    Prospect High students learn from local CEOs

    Five students from Prospect High School in Mount Prospect recently met with local CEOs and talked about what it takes to launch and run a business. The "CEO Roundtable" was part of the ongoing Young Entrepreneurs Academy program at the school.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a 1999 Volvo semi-cab in a business lot at 2000 Elmhurst Road in Elk Grove Village between Jan. 28 and Feb. 6. Value was estimated at $20,000.

    Michael Kochan

    Wheaton man guilty of child porn charge

    A Wheaton man faces up to seven years in prison after admitting he downloaded child pornography. Michael Kochan, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated possession of child pornography stemming from his September arrest.

    Mary Black, left, incumbent Suzanne Branding, center, and Trustee Tom Poynton, right, are candidates in the April 9 race for Lake Zurich mayor.

    Lake Zurich approves drinking water well repairs

    Lake Zurich officials have agreed to spend a maximum of nearly $105,000 for work on a deep well in a continuing effort to make sure the village's drinking water system remains reliable. Lake Zurich officials also have been toying with the idea of replacing the wells by seeking a connection to a Lake Michigan drinking water supply. It's an issue the village's mayoral candidates have weighed in on...


    Bartlett approves chronic nuisance ordinance

    Landlords will be held more responsible for the actions of their tenants in Bartlett due to a chronic nuisance ordinance passed by the village board Tuesday night. The ordinance states that if certain "serious crimes" are committed on the same property on three seperate occassions in a 12-month period, the police chief can declare the property a "chronic nuisance," and demand that the owner...

    James (Jim) Dietz, left, and Daniel A. MacGillis, right, are candidates in the race for Round Lake Mayor in the 2013 Election.

    Round Lake mayor hopefuls look to village’s future

    James Dietz, a land surveyor who is seeking a second term as the top elected official in Round Lake is soft-spoken and deliberate. He's being challenged for the mayor's job by Daniel MacGillis, a musician, has a booming voice and is more animated. The pair give their views on a variety of issues facing the village.

    Julian Flores-Ledezma

    Man gets 10½ years for molesting landlord’s young daughter

    A man rooming with an Aurora family used a toy to lure his landlord's young daughter into his bedroom and sexually assault her, he admitted in court Thursday. DuPage County Judge John Kinsella called the crime "despicable" as he sentenced Julian Flores-Ledezma to 10 ½ years in prison. "I hope you reflect upon the disgusting nature of this crime and the damage you've done to an innocent child,"...


    Charges dismissed against Hanover Park teen

    A Cook County judge dismissed misdemeanor disorderly conducts charges against an 18-year-old Hanover Park girl who was among four teens who authorities say were involved in a hoax threat directed at hoffman Estates High School. Court clerk's records show a judge dismissed charges against Markeisha N. Jones Wednesday.

    Vice President Joe Biden hoped to rally support for White House gun-control measures while speaking at a conference Thursday in Danbury, Conn., just a few miles from the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings of Dec. 14.

    Biden urges action on gun control

    Speaking at a conference on gun violence a dozen miles from the scene of the Connecticut school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden tried to rally support Thursday for the Obama administration's gun control proposals. Biden said the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown fundamentally altered the debate over gun control.

    The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines would get a 20-mile buffer from any new Chicago casino under a bill proposed by state Rep. Marty Moylan

    Does Rivers need a buffer from a Chicago casino?

    As lawmakers debate whether to expand gambling in Illinois, state Rep. Marty Moylan is trying to keep any new Chicago casino from being built within 20 miles of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Mount Prospect police have charged Wheeling and Des Plaines men in connection with the theft of camera equipment from Northwest Assembly of God Church, 900 N. Wolf Road, around 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

    Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block, left, and Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, demonstrate light saber moves during class in San Francisco on Sunday.

    Star Wars fans feel the force at lightsaber class

    A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

    Meghan O’Brien of Huntley, who has never smoked, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at age 30.

    Huntley woman to climb Hancock for her sister

    In September, 30-year-old Meghan O'Brien had just moved to Chicago and was excited to start a new teaching job. But just weeks into her school year, she was admitted to the hospital for what doctors initially thought was pneumonia. Tests revealed Meghan had stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. "We thought for sure that whatever it was we could cure it or try to treat it," said Meghan's older...

    The AMC Randhurst 12 will soon be serving alcoholic drinks in larger cups after Mount Prospect trustees agreed to the theater's request to alter its liquor license, a move the cinema's operators said will make it more competitive.

    Mount Prospect OKs larger beers, cocktails at movie theater

    The AMC Randhurst 12 will soon be serving alcoholic drinks in larger cups after Mount Prospect trustees agreed to the theater's request to alter its liquor license, a move the cinema's operators said will make it more competitive. Under the measure approved by a split village board, the theater can serve mixed drinks in 12-ounce cups, up from 8 ounces, and beer in 20-ounce cups, up from 16 ounces.

    Batavia police and the Kane County bomb squad were at the Batavia post office early Thursday to investigate a report of a suspicious package. It was later determined the package contained weightlifting weights.

    Suspicious package turned out to be weightlifting weights

    A bomb scare at the Batavia Police has been called of and employees of the U.S. Post Office were allowed to return to work. The contents of a suspicious package turned out to be weights.

    In tough economic times, people stay in the workforce longer and look to plastic surgery procedures as ways to compete in a younger environment, says Dr. Loren S. Schechter.

    Plastic surgery provides lift in our saggy economy

    Our economy still looks a little droopy. It could use a lift or at least an injection of good news. Plastic surgeons are happy to oblige. The number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures jumped 5 percent to 14.6 million in 2012, according to statistics released this week by the Arlington Heights-based American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    Darrick T. Yarbrough

    Third suspect in Antioch Game Stop armed robbery agrees to plea deal

    The last of three men who robbed an Antioch Game Stop in 2011 has accepted a plea deal with the Lake County State's Attorneys Office, attorneys said Thursday. Darrick T. Yarbrough, 52, of Waukegan, will plead guilty to one count of armed robbery in front of Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti on Feb. 26, defense attorney Robert Ritacca said. Yarbrough was prepared to plead guilty Thursday, but...

    A plea for help penned in 1836 by the commander of the besieged rebel Texas forces at the Alamo, in which he vowed “Victory or Death,” returns to the old Spanish mission Friday.

    'Victory or Death' letter returns to the Alamo

    A plea for help penned in 1836 by the commander of the besieged rebel Texas forces at the Alamo, in which he vowed "Victory or Death," returns to the old Spanish mission f Friday. William Barret Travis' famous letter to "the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," will get a police escort from the state archive in Austin to the Alamo. The weathered, single-page letter will go on display...


    Bodies found in fire-damaged Chicago apartment
    Associated PressAuthorities in Chicago are investigating the deaths of two women who were stabbed before the building they were in was set on fire.Firefighters found the women’s bodies Wednesday in a bathroom of the burning apartment building in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.

    A visitor arrives at the Hotel Cecil, where police say the body of a woman was found wedged in one of the water tanks on the roof was that of a missing Canadian guest. Investigators used body markings to identify 21-year-old Elisa Lam, police spokeswoman Officer Diana Figueroa said late Tuesday. A maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel found the body earlier in the day after guests complained of low water pressure.

    Body of Canadian woman found in LA hotel water tank

    Canadian tourist Elisa Lam had been missing for about two weeks when officials at the historic Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles found her body in a water cistern on the hotel roof. Guest complaints about low water pressure prompted a maintenance worker to make the gruesome discovery Tuesday, and officials were trying to determine if the 21-year-old was killed or if her death was just a bizarre...


    Feds indict 4 in 2009 salmonella outbreak

    A federal grand jury has indicted four people in a 2009 salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut processing plant. The indictment unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia charges four employees with Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America. The charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, obstruction of justice and others related to contaminated or misbranded food.


    AP: Breedlove likely pick to lead NATO

    Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the top U.S. Air Force commander in Europe, is the likely choice to become commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, a senior NATO official said Thursday.


    No. 2 House Democrat: Bickering must come to end
    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Congress must "put aside ideological constraints" and resolve differences over taxes, budget and spending.

    Copy of Fort Wayne’s original 1794 fort.

    Old fort in Fort Wayne needs new roof

    A nonprofit group that operates a reproduction of Fort Wayne's early 19th century fort is seeking donations to help replace its worn-out roof. Historic Fort Wayne has pledges of more than $36,000 for replacing the Old Fort's roof, but the project will cost up to $60,000.


    Keeping someone’s trust harder than it looks

    Our Ken Potts says that putting our trust in someone else is always risky, but accepting that trust from someone else is even harder.

    A car bomb shook central Damascus on Thursday, exploding near the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party and the Russian Embassy, eyewitnesses and opposition activists said.

    53 killed in Damascus car bomb

    A car bombing near Syria's ruling party headquarters in Damascus killed 53 people on Thursday, according to state media, while mortar rounds exploded near the army's central command in the city. It was the third straight day of attacks on the center of the capital, among the deepest and fiercest on the heart of Bashar Assad's seat of power during the civil war.

    Fritz is a male, 4-year-old Schnauzer weighing about 19 pounds. He has diabetes and is in foster care. Call (847) 290-5806 to make arrangements to meet him.

    Plan a party for your pooch and his pals

    Several years ago, my niece Priscilla threw a princess-themed birthday party for her dog, Lily. It was a masquerade party of sorts, with all of us humans and canines dressing as princesses. My dog's crown made it only to the front door where, with a shake of her head, it fell to the floor. The birthday girl, however, resplendent in pink, kept hers on until she'd greeted all of her guests. We had...


    Defense wants jurors to see Beason crime scene

    A judge in central Illinois has set an April 1 hearing date to consider a request from defense attorneys who want jurors to see the scene where five members of a Beason family were killed in 2009. WJBC Radio reports that attorney Daniel Fultz submitted a motion asking the judge to allow the trip for jurors who will hear the case against Christopher Harris. Harris and his brother have pleaded not...

    Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek just broke the University of Minnesota women's record for career goals (42) and career points (135) by a defenseman.

    Buffalo Grove native trying for red, white and blue jersey

    Megan Bozek's natural ability and dedication have propelled her from a 19-month-old lacing up her first pair of skates to co-captain of the No. 1-ranked University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team — and a hopeful Olympian. She just broke the team record for career goals and points by a defenseman, and soon hopes to trade in her maroon and gold sweater for the red, white and blue. "It's...

    Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday,

    Chicago district disappointed in ex-congressman

    Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election — even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave.

    The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage, a step that could be a major political victory for advocates of same-sex unions.

    Obama weighs stepping in on gay marriage case

    Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage — a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

    Pope Benedict XVI, left, was well aware of the problems in the internal governance of the Catholic Church, having spent nearly a quarter-century in the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But he never entered into the Vatican’s political fray as a cardinal — and as pope left it to his No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to do the job.

    Vatican feuds, fiefdoms, betrayals await next pope

    Ordinary Catholics might not think that dysfunction in the Apostolic Palace has any effect on their lives, but it does: The Curia makes decisions on everything from church closings to marriage annulments to the disciplining of pedophile priests. After 35 years under two "scholar" popes who paid scant attention to the internal governance of the Catholic Church, a chorus is growing that the next...

    Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi leave the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday.

    Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in campaign case

    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors.A few hours later, his wife, Sandra Jackson, pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal...


    Small jet crash kills 5 in eastern Georgia

    Authorities were investigating after a small jet crashed off the end of a runway after landing in eastern Georgia, killing five people and injuring two.

    The Naperville Heritage Society is searching for someone to replace the recently retired Peggy Frank as president and CEO of the organization.

    Naperville Heritage Society awaits new leader

    The next president and CEO of the Naperville Heritage Society will have 44 years worth of Peggy Franks' shoes to fill, but those conducting the search are confident their next leader will take the society and Naper Settlement to new heights. Franks, the organization's only other president and CEO, retired at the beginning of the year. Steve Grosskopf, chairman of the heritage society's search...

    Kevin Grouwinkel

    Downtown redevelopment at forefront of Mt. Prospect board race

    The candidates running for three open seats on the Mount Prospect village board say that while their village has done a decent job weathering the economic storm, attracting new businesses to town should be a priority in the years to come. Six people are running for the open seats — three incumbents and three newcomers.


    Dawn Patrol: Former Schaumburg cop released; Grayslake jobs on line

    Last of accused Schaumburg cops released on bond. Man gets 15 years for Aurora outlet mall robbery. Fifteen teachers' jobs in jeopardy in Grayslake Dist. 46. Suburban residents protest same-sex marriage at state capitol. Hawthorn mall improvements OK'd by Vernon Hills. Mundelein candidates divided on video gambling. Investigators looking at speed, weather in fatal Antioch Township crash. Nursing...

    José Torres

    Education report: Less property taxes, better-paid teachers

    Education funding needs to get away from property taxes, school curricula should be decided at the national level and teachers should be better-paid. These are among the recommendations in a report released this week after two years of work by a blue-ribbon panel that included Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres.

    The Carol Stream Library Board has received a $1,225,000 offer for its Kuhn Road property where a nursing home facility is proposed. The board plans to counter the offer. The property is listed at $1.8 million.

    First offer puts nursing home on Kuhn property

    A developer has expressed interest in building a nursing home facility on a vacant 7 1/2 acre piece of property owned by the Carol Stream Public Library, officials said Wednesday. Representatives from Lombard-based Alter 360, a realty firm representing the nursing home company, sent the library an offer to buy the land for $1,225,000, Board President Mike Wade said. The property at 2N540 Kuhn...



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

    The Wheaton Warrenville South bench cheer on their teammates during the Class 4A girls basketball sectional final against Wheaton North played at Bartlett High School, Thursday.

    WW South rallies to defeat Wheaton North

    Diamond Thompson isn’t always vocal about asking for the ball. So her coach did the demanding for her Thursday.

    Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph, left, hugs teammate Jenny Vliet after the Mustangs topped Fremd in the Class 4A Libertyville sectional final Thursday.

    Rolling Meadows marches on

    As the state-ranked Rolling Meadows girls basketball team prepared for the Class 4A Libertyville sectional last Saturday, music was blasting on the speaker system as the Mustangs went through a practice scrimmage in its own gym. “That really helps,” said Mustangs junior forward Jenny Vliet. “That's what sounded like here in the gym. It's really loud.” Vliet quietly went about her business Thursday night in the championship game against No. 2-seeded Fremd. Amid a late fourth-quarter rally by the Vikings, she made four huge free throws which helped the top-seeded Mustangs put away a 59-50 victory for the biggest win in the program's postseason history.

    Vancouver Canucks right wing Zack Kassian, who started the season with the Chicago Wolves, tries to get off a shot Tuesday against Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery.

    Now Canucks, ex-Wolves loved playing in Chicago

    The Chicago Wolves are watching three of their players see signnificant ice time for the NHL's Vancouver Cancuks. Jordan Schroeder, Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian began the year in Chicago, but after the NHL lockout ended, they moved up.


    Bolingbrook thwarts Neuqua Valley

    Illinois’ long-awaited matchup of Class 4A girls basketball titans — Bolingbrook vs. Whitney Young — became a reality Thursday night. Neuqua Valley made a run at ruining the Hinsdale Central supersectional matchup between the teams that have split all five Class 4A titles, but the Wildcats couldn’t hit the shots down the stretch to make Bolingbrook sweat.

    Huntley’s Sam Andrews hugs teammate Haley Ream, who holds the Class 4A sectional championship plaque after the Red Raiders defeated Streamwood Thursday in Rockford.

    Huntley holds off Streamwood, heads to super

    Huntley followed a familiar script in winning the Class 4A Rockford East girls basketball sectional championship Thursday night. The Red Raiders opened up a first-half lead, then fought off a determined second-half run to come away with the victory. Thursday night it was Streamwood, whittling a 10-point deficit down to 2 twice in the fourth quarter. But the Sabres could never get over the hump and Huntley held on for a 45-41 victory. The sectional title is the first in program history and the Raiders' 25 wins ties a school record. Huntley (25-6) will face Wheaton Warrenville South in the Dundee-Crown supersectional on Monday. WWS (29-3), beat Wheaton North 53-45 Thursday to win the Bartlett sectional, the Tigers' first sectional title since 1997. Monday's winner will advance to the Class 4A Final Four at Redbird Arena in Normal next weekend to play either Rolling Meadows or Evanston in the state semifinals.


    Montini shakes off Glenbard South

    When playing three-time defending Class 3A champion Montini, an off shooting night can spell trouble. With their defense at peak intensity, the top-seeded Broncos stormed to a 58-29 victory against Glenbard South at Thursday’s Nazareth sectional final.


    Brownridge, Jefferson too much for St. Charles East

    Waubonsie Valley’s boys basketball team could not be playing any better at the most important time of the season.


    Batavia comes from behind, beats Lake Park in OT

    Batavia senior basketball player Jake Pollack had a big fourth quarter Thursday at Lake Park without even scoring a point.

    D.J. Richardson started slow Thursday but finished with 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois' ugly 64-59 win over Penn State. The win was the fifth straight for Illinois (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten). But facing a team that hadn't won since late December, it didn't come easy.

    Illini win slug match over Penn State

    D.J. Richardson started slow Thursday but finished with 18 points and hit a pair of key free throws late in Illinois' ugly 64-59 win over Penn State. The win was the fifth straight for Illinois (20-8, 7-7 Big Ten). But facing a team that hadn't won since late December, it didn't come easy.


    Elgin slips past East Aurora

    When East Aurora dared any player not named Arie Williams to seal the game from the free-throw line, Elgin junior guard Ryan Sitter accepted the challenge and helped complete a 58-55 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory in Aurora Thursday.


    Streamwood nips South Elgin

    Whether or not Streamwood decides to let its season end at South Elgin next week is one thing, but for regular-season purposes the Sabres would like to copy Thursday’s night win in South Elgin for the Class 4A regional that begins Monday. The Sabres’ 51-48 win over the Storm in an Upstate Eight crossover had a little bit of defense, a little bit of Zach Harris in the second quarter, a little bit of Cole Seger in third, and a lot of optimism as the fifth-seeded Sabres will return to South Elgin for Monday night’s regional quarterfinal against No. 4 Elgin at 6 p.m.

    Vernon Hills’ Haley Lieberman kisses the sectional championship plaque after she and her teammates topped Regina Dominican in the Class 3A final at Vernon Hills on Thursday.

    Another net gain for Vernon Hills

    Alina Lehocky and Meri Bennett-Swanson kept jumping, finessing, fighting and grabbing rebound after rebound. But all that mattered for the two Vernon Hills seniors was what they held so tightly following the top-seeded Cougars' 42-30 win over No. 3 Regina Dominican in the teams' Class 3A sectional final at Vernon Hills on Thursday night.


    Metea Valley stifles St. Charles North

    Metea Valley and St. Charles North have plenty in common besides meeting in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover Thursday night in Aurora. Both teams head into regional play next Monday night with a play-in game. If they can win that game, they each advance to play their rival the following night — St. Charles East for the North Stars and Waubonsie Valley for the Mustangs. The teams both found some positives from their final tune-up. The North Stars liked their fast start, a 19-point first quarter that had them leading until midway through the second quarter. But the Mustangs finished the first half strong including a 7-0 run in the final minute to break a 26-26 tie. Metea Valley led the entire second half, extending the final margin to 62-53 after the North Stars had pulled as close as 2 points in the fourth quarter.

    LeBron James and the Heat had little trouble getting past the Bulls, who had an off-court situation to deal with before the game.

    Rose sides with Bulls over brother on roster

    The Bulls keep saying all parties are on the same page regarding Derrick Rose's conservative comeback from ACL surgery. That may be true, but apparently. Rose's older brother Reggie is reading from a different chapter. Reggie Rose complained about the Bulls' inactivity at the trade deadline a few hours before an 86-67 loss to Miami.

    Heat center Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

    Hinrich sits again

    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was one and done when it came to his sore right elbow. Hinrich missed the seven games before the all-star break with an elbow infection, returned to the lineup on Tuesday at New Orleans, then was sidelined again Thursday against Miami. Nate Robinson started in his place.

    Glenbard North’s Colton Wagner, right, defeats Notre Dame’s Tyler Tsalis in the 170-pount match during the Class 3A wrestling sectional at Lake Park Tuesday.

    A decision the IOC should wrestle with

    As area wrestlers planned a joyous trip to the IHSA individual state tournament last weekend in Champaign, a faceless bureaucracy four thousand miles away crushed their dreams.


    Boomers gig a boon for T.J. Nall

    Seven minutes is all it takes T.J. Nall to walk from the front door of his home in Roselle to home plate at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium. So the opportunity to become the Boomers pitching coach seemed to be a perfect homecoming for the former Schaumburg High School star who pitched in the minor leagues for nearly a decade.

    Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen, right, guards Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah during their game Thursday night in Chicago.

    Heat beat Bulls 86-67

    LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 86-67 Thursday for their season-high ninth straight win. James also had seven assists in another big performance after seeing his franchise-record run of scoring at least 30 end at seven games the previous night in Atlanta.

    Vernon Hills’ Haley Lieberman kisses the sectional champions plaque.

    Images: Vernon Hills vs. Regina Dominican, girls basketball
    Vernon Hills won 42-30 over Regina Dominican in the Class 3A girls basketball sectional final on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Vernon Hills.


    Bears’ Trestman busy catching up

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman admits he's got a lot of catching up to do on NFL personnel after spending the past five seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League.

    Burlington Central senior Camille Delacruz celebrates with the Class 3A sectional championship plaque Thursday night after the Rockets’ 49-26 win over Sterling in the championship game at Genoa-Kingston.

    Elite Eight for Burlington Central

    The Burlington Central girls basketball team sure picked a good time to play its best game of the season. And now the stage lights get just a little brighter for the Rockets. Freshman Shelby Holt hit three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game and the Rockets' defense was relentless in a 49-26 win over Sterling Thursday night in the championship game of the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston sectional. The win puts the Rockets (27-4), winners of 12 straight, in Monday's 7:30 p.m. Hoffman Estates supersectional oppoosite defending Class 3A state runner-up Vernon Hills (29-2), a 42-30 winner over Regina Dominican Thursday in the VH sectional title game. Monday's game will mark the first time a Burlington Central basketball team, boys or girls, has played in an IHSA Elite Eight game. The 1984 Rockets also won a sectional title, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in Class A. The 1987 team lost to St. Edward in the program's only other sectional final appearance.

    Huntley’s Sam Andrews, left, and Haley Ream pressure Streamwood’s Deja Moore in the closing seconds of the game.

    Images: Huntley vs. Streamwood, girls basketball
    Huntley won 45-41 over Streamwood in the Class 4A girls basketball sectional final at Rockford East on Thursday, Feb. 21.

    Meghan Waldron of Wheaton Warrenville South heads to the basket against Wheaton North.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, girls basketball
    Wheaton North lost 53-45 to Wheaton Warrenville South Thursday night in the Class 4A girls basketball sectional final at Bartlett High School.

    David Chokron swims the breast stoke leg of the 200-yard medley relay for St. Charles North at sectionals last Saturday.

    St. Charles N. aims for top-five finish

    It is far too simplistic to say that the state meet, which takes place this weekend at New Trier, is the only meet that matters in boys swimming. But it is the meet for which all the work is aimed. Swimmers have been churning yards in practice, keeping training logs, writing down and memorizing goal times — all with this weekend in mind. The regular season does matter — and for swimmers who have not qualified for the meet that begins with today's prelims and concludes with Saturday's finals — the next regular season is vitally important. But all eyes point to one weekend in February, when the state's fastest put on their fastest suits, shave their heads and get ready to propel themselves toward state glory. All three of the top area teams — St. Charles North, St. Charles East and Marmion — have strong representation at this weekend's meet. If none of them have aspirations of lifting the state title, that's perhaps a measure of how strong New Trier's team is. But there are still plenty left to achieve.


    Tygart: Agency lobbied to join suit against Armstrong

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has lobbied the Justice Department to join a whistle-blower lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong filed by his former teammate Floyd Landis.The Justice Department has not announced whether it will join the case.The letter accuses Armstrong of committing fraud against the U.S. Postal Service, which sponsored most of his teams when Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.USADA chief executive Travis Tygart wrote Attorney General Eric Holder on Jan. 14, saying “fraud and other crimes were committed.” The letter was first reported Thursday by Velonews.com, and The Associated Press independently obtained a copy, the day after Armstrong announced he would not speak under oath with USADA investigators, citing possible legal exposure in the whistle-blower case and others.


    Strittmatter humbled by latest honor

    Zach Strittmatter said 45-minute naps are the key. How else could the Batavia senior have the time to do all he does, at such a high level?

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham throws during spring training baseball in Phoenix, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Sox will stick with Beckham — for now

    Gordon Beckham returns as the White Sox' starting second baseman this season after agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract in January. If Beckham doesn't get it going with the bat this year, it could be his final season on the South Side.

    Stevenson senior James Lichtenstein takes the plunge in today’s diving state preliminaries at New Trier. He’ll be joined by sophomore teammate Blake Ripes, who won the sectional meet Saturday at Vernon Hills.

    Scouting boys swimming and diving state meet / Lake County

    Here's a look at Lake County competitors in action this weekend in the boys swimming and diving state championships at New Trier.


    Rose says he believes Bulls trying to win title

    Bulls star Derrick Rose says he believes the organization is trying to win a championship. Rose, who’s recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, says in a statement that management’s goals “have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”


    Pitcher pinch-hits in the post for Lake Zurich

    When numbers are low, some coaches are forced to jump into practices to serve as an extra body. Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher does that, with a twist. He's been practicing with his team because multiple players, including Ryan Roach, Matt Moon, Jack O'Neill, Mike Travlos, John Repplinger, Dave Brown and Brad Kruse, have gone down with injuries or illnesses in recent weeks.


    Necessity forces lineup inventiveness at Mundelein

    There's been a bright side to the injuries and illnesses that have forced continuous changes to the lineup at Mundelein. The Mustangs, who lost four straight games earlier this month, are feeling better about their depth as a few reserves have proved their value lately while getting more than just spot duty.

    Jack Deichl

    Deichl, Gardner complete campus plans

    Two more Daily Herald All-Area football players have made college commitments. Libertyville senior quarterback Jack Deichl has signed a letter of intent with Wisconsin-Whitewater, while Grayslake North senior offensive lineman Geoff Gardner has inked with West Virginia State.

    Chicago Cubs infielder Darwin Barney makes a catch during spring training baseball Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Barney solid choice at second for Cubs

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney won the Gold Glove for his defensive work last season. The Cubs would like to see Barney improve his offensive numbers. Barney is a player who confounds those who try to place a "value" on his contributions to the Cubs.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, here scoring against Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider during a shootout, says it would be “kind of cool” to own the NHL team record for most games to start a season without a loss in regulation.

    With record at hand, Hawks want to grab it

    All season the Blackhawks have downplayed the fact they haven't lost a game in regulation.Now that they can set the NHL record on Friday night against San Jose with a 17th straight game to start the season with at least 1 point, the Hawks figure what the heck, let's go for it."To be honest with you, game 15 it didn't seem like many guys were talking about it, but before last game a lot of us were sitting in the locker room and you start thinking about it a little bit," winger Patrick Kane said. "We tied the record and now I think a lot of guys want to do it."


    Hawks tickets? Dig deep, because they’ll cost you
    How much would it cost to attend a Blackhawks game this weekend? A lot.

    Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) will get his fourth straight start in goal Friday when the Hawks host the San Jose Sharks.

    Crawford ready, but Hawks will start Emery

    Goalie Corey Crawford has been cleared to return, but he won't be in the net against the San Jose Sharks Friday night when the Blackhawks go for the NHL record of 17 games to start the season of getting at least 1 point. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Ray Emery would start for the fourth game in a row even though he missed practice Thursday attending to a family matter. Brent Seabrook also will play Friday after missing the Vancouver game.


    Hossa returns to practice feeling ‘much better’

    Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa was back at practice Thursday, just two days after getting clocked in the back of the head by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen. Hossa said he did not suffer a concussion and would like to play Friday against San Jose at the United Center.Hansen received a one-game suspension from the NHL for the reckless play."I felt pretty good this morning," Hossa said following practice on Thursday. "Obviously he surprised me with the punch from behind. He hit me pretty hard in the back of the head. I was shaky right after, that's why I didn't return. I didn't feel right. But with the day off it kind of settled down and today I feel much better."

    From left, Lakes seniors Jake Kohler, Direll Clark and Justin Bergeron have played a huge part in the team’s record-setting season this winter.

    Lakes trio evolves — and excels — together

    There was the ball hog, the short kid, and the role player, who wasn't even sure, by the way, what role was best for him. Direll Clark, Jake Kohler and Justin Bergeron have come a long way in their four years at Lakes. But the most important thing for them is that they've made the trip together.

    Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle will retire at the end of the season after 50 years as a basketball coach.

    Jacobs’ Hinkle master of the one-liner

    According to Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Hinkle, there are two things in the world that are never ugly. "Babies and wins," something the coach will never refute. And according to Jim, after the last day of school in June, you'll find him poolside. "Not at basketball camp," Hinkle says, smiling. Hinkle, 71, will retire from coaching after this season, his 50th as a basketball coach. He's won 539 games (136-87 in 17 years at Jacobs) and five conference titles. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

    Fremd senior Dennis Kostidis will race in the 200 freestyle, the 100 fly and both freestyle relays in Friday’s state meet prelims.

    Boys swimming: State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's boys swimming state meet, from the perspective of teams from the Mid-Suburban League and Maine West.

    Conant’s Jonathon Burke has a word with coach Brian Drenth after cooling down following his MSL-winning effort in the 500 freestyle at Barrington.

    Conant’s Burke pleased with pole position for 500

    There are no points awarded for being the top qualifier in any event for this weekend's boys swimming state championships at New Trier. But there are certain perks to gaining such a distinction, and Conant senior Jonathon Burke is enjoying them. Burke had the fastest effort in last week's sectionals in the 500-yard freestyle, which means in Friday's state qualifying heats, he'll have a center lane in the final heat.

    Bears officials say they have nothing but respect for middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, but it remains to be seen what they will offer him to return for his 14th season.

    Bears ‘respect’ Urlacher but will they pay him?

    General manager Phil Emery says the Bears will never slight seven-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, but that doesn't mean they'll break the bank to retain the unrestricted free agent.

    The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to the United Center in March, and all tickets have been sold out.

    Big Ten men’s basketball tourney sold out
    The 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, scheduled for March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago, is now sold out, conference officials announced Thursday.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com South Elgin’s Nicholas Hasemann wins the 200-yard freestyle at the sectional swim meet at St. Charles East on Saturday.

    South Elgin’s Hasemann ready for final state meet

    For South Elgin senior boys swimmer Nick Hasemann, it's all about the physics. Hasemann, who placed fourth in the state last year in the backstroke, has worked hard at perfecting his underwater technique this year. "I've improved my under-waters," he said. "My technique is better. I'm doing a lot of strength work and I should be able to pull a lot more water and move faster through the water. I have the ability to pull more water and my core strength helps keep my body in line instead of all over the place. If you travel in a straight line you will travel faster through the water." Hasemann is back at the state for the fourth and final time this weekend at New Trier High School. He'll swim the backstroke and 200.


    Mike North video: Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard

    Mike North wants you to email him about who would you rather have on the Bulls, Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard? Email him at mike@northtonorth.com

    Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton fields a groundball in the outfield during a spring-training workout in Jupiter, Fla.

    Here’s surefire way to spark Cubs or Sox

    Even if it means trading Chris Sale or Starlin Castro to get Giancarlo Stanton to Chicago, the White Sox and Cubs should be bidding against each other to make it happen.


    Benet won’t have to share ESCC title

    Benet (24-4, 7-1) won for the 100th time in the last four years and also wrapped up the outright championship in the East Suburban Catholic Conference with the 48-47 win Wednesday in Lisle.


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    Scot Gregor ranks the AL’s top first basemen:1. Albert Pujols, Angels2. Prince Fielder, Tigers3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays4. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox5. Paul Konerko, White Sox


    George, Carmel stop Marian Central

    Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team ended its regular season on a high note Wednesday night.Junior center Jack George scored 17 points to lead three players in double figures, as the Corsairs defeated host Marian Central 49-34 in nonconference action.Carmel (12-13), which won for the fourth time in its last five games, also received 12 points from Michael Barr and 10 from Nickai Poyser.The Corsairs are seeded sixth in the Class 3A Antioch sectional. They open the state tournament Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against No. 11 Johnsburg in the Ridgewood regional.

    Schaumburg players from left, Jimmy Lundquist, Kyle Bolger, Ryan Kase and Bobby Green hold the Mid-Suburban League championship trophy.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Prospect, boys basketball
    The Prospect High School boys basketball team hosted and lost in OT 43-40 to the Schaumburg High School boys Wednesday, February 20th, for the MSL title.

    Glenbard East teammates storm the floor after their win over West Aurora in double overtime.

    Images: Glenbard East vs. West Aurora, boys basketball
    Glenbard East won in OT against West Aurora in boys basketball on Wednesday, Feb. 20.


    A new Chiquita Brands/Fresh Express plant is about to open on the refurbished former site of Duraco Products in Streamwood.

    Fresh Express to be Streamwood’s largest employer

    Fresh Express, a division of Chiquita Brands, is about to become Streamwood's single largest employer when its new plant begins operations on the former Duraco Products site. More than 700 employees will work at the facility at 1109 E. Lake St., which consolidates the functions of four separate sites in Franklin Park.

    In this 2006 file photo, Steve Thom of North Aurora moved to a window to make a cellphone call at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Cell phone users at that time were finding it difficult to get a good signal inside the new convention center. AT&T recently installed a 4G update to the system that now distributes antennas throughout the facility to improve service.

    New technology helps Schaumburg Convention Center

    When the Schaumburg Convention Center opened in 2006, a major problem that popped up almost immediately was wireless connectivity. There wasn't any. Participants at meetings held inside the center just couldn't get any reception on their mobile devices. Many had to find a window or doorway just to get a signal and make a call.

    Marty Cooper led the Motorola team in 1973 to create the first cellphone, called the DynaTac.

    ‘Father’ of the cellphone honored 40 years later

    Marty Cooper, who led a Motorola team in the 1970s that developed the world's first cell phone, was honored this week with a prestigious award from the National Academy of Engineering during an event in Washington, D.C. The 84-year-old retired engineer is still an avid techie and predicts what will happen now to the industry.

    A United Airlines Boeing 787 takes off for its first scheduled commercial flight from Houston to Chicago, with more than 200 customers on board Nov. 4, 2012, in Houston at Bush International Airport.

    United Airlines drops 787 through June 5

    Chicago-based United Airlines cut the grounded Boeing 787 from its flying plans at least until June and postponed its new Denver-to-Tokyo flights on Thursday, as airlines continued to tear up their schedules while the plane is out of service. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a battery fire in one plane and forced the emergency landing of another plane last month. The world's 50 787s have been grounded since Jan. 16.

    Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, announces plans to build the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine at the Ford Cleveland Engine Plant on Thursday in Brook Park, Ohio. Ford is moving production of a popular small engine from Spain to Cleveland as sales of four-cylinder motors continue to rise.

    Ford boosts small-engine production in US

    Ford is preparing for a day in the near future when a small four-cylinder engine will be the motor of choice in most of its vehicles, perhaps even in pickup trucks. Demand for the company's 2-Liter turbocharged engine is growing so fast in North America that Ford announced plans Thursday to start building the engine late next year at a factory near Cleveland.

    A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in Glenview last month. Five of the biggest U.S. banks have cut struggling homeowners’ mortgage balances by $19 billion, part of a total $45.8 billion in relief provided under a landmark settlement over foreclosure abuses.

    5 big US banks have cut mortgage debt by $19 billion

    Five of the biggest U.S. banks have cut struggling homeowners' mortgage balances by $19 billion, part of a total $45.8 billion in relief provided under a landmark settlement over foreclosure abuses. More than 550,000 borrowers received some form of mortgage relief between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, according to a report issued Thursday.


    Oil prices drop below $94 per barrel

    Oil fell below $94 a barrel Thursday as disagreement among U.S. Federal Reserve officials about its super easy monetary policy weighed on prices ahead of the release of a report on U.S. crude inventories. Benchmark crude for April delivery was down $1.64 to $93.58 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost $1.88, or 2 percent, to finish at $95.22 a barrel on the Nymex Wednesday.


    IU professor patents tweet-analyzing software

    An Indiana University professor has received a patent for his software that analyzes millions of tweets to predict where the stock market is headed.WTHR-TV reports IU associate professor Johan Bollen and his fellow researchers spent years working on the software. Financial institutions and retailers have expressed interest in the program. The software sorts and scans a half-billion tweets per day to measure the country’s collective mood.

    Nike Inc. has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner from South Africa charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend.

    Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius

    Nike Inc. has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner from South Africa charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend.Pistorius, who became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Olympics at last year's London Games, is accused of intentionally killing model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and that the shooting was accidental.

    Mandiant founder and CEO Kevin Mandia.

    Is Mandiant a ‘digital Blackwater’?

    When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didn't have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets. He pulled together a 76-page report based on seven years of his company's work and produced the most detailed public account yet of how, he says, the Chinese government has been rummaging through the networks of major U.S. companies. The report also shows the balance of power in America’s cyberwar has shifted into the hands of the $30 billion-a-year computer security industry.


    United Stationers declares 14 cent dividend

    United Stationers' board of directors declared a 14 cent per share dividend payable on April 15 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15.


    Joint Commission to offer primary care medical home certification

    The Joint Commission announced it is now offering a new Primary Care Medical Home certification option for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.


    UOP technology to modernize refinery in Kazakhstan

    UOP LLC said its technology has been selected by the largest refiner in Kazakhstan to help it upgrade its facility and boost the production of gasoline and diesel.


    Healy Family Holdings names new Chief Executive Officer

    Healy Family Holdings, best known for its Turtle Wax car care brands, appointed Steve Knoop as chief executive officer.


    Two Allstate board members to retire

    The Allstate Corp. said Joshua I. Smith and W. James Farrell will not seek re-election to the company's board of directors at Allstate's annual stockholders meeting on May 21.


    Sixteen Gallagher brokers receive Power Broker honors

    Sixteen Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. retail insurance brokers have been recognized today as Power Brokers by Risk & Insurance magazine.

    Lego’s sales soared 25 percent last year thanks in part to its new series of building blocks designed for girls.

    Lego sales soar on demand for new girls’ series
    Lego's sales soared 25 percent last year thanks in part to its new series of building blocks designed for girls. The privately owned company said Thursday that on revenue of $4.2 billion its net profits grew 38 percent, to $1 billion. The company, based in western Denmark, said the Lego Star Wars and Lego Ninjago series remained among the more popular, but it was a novel rollout for girls, Lego Friends, that sold better than expected — to the extent that production units were unable to keep pace with demand.

    Boeing has developed a plan that it intends to propose to federal regulators to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner’s batteries that have kept the planes on the ground for more than a month, a congressional official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    Source: Boeing to propose 787 battery fix to FAA

    Boeing has developed a plan that it intends to propose to federal regulators to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner's batteries that have kept the planes on the ground for more than a month, a congressional official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner is expected to present the plan to Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, in a meeting on Friday, the official said.


    Wal-Mart’s 4Q profit up 8.6 pct; outlook wary
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reporting an 8.6 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit. But the world's largest retailer offered a subdued outlook as its low-income shoppers continue to be squeezed by economic challenges.Wal-Mart says it earned $5.6 billion, or $1.67 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31. That's up from $5.16 billion, or $1.50 per share, a year earlier.


    Markets rattled by Fed policy concerns

    An unexpected indication from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it is considering how to bring an end to its super-easy monetary policy rattled markets Thursday. While supposedly riskier assets such as stocks and the euro sank, the perceived safer financial assets, such as the dollar, the Swiss franc and the German bund, were in demand.

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media at NATO headquarters, in Brussels, Thursday.

    NATO chief urges countries to halt defense cuts

    The head of the NATO military alliance is urging member countries to stop cutting their defense budgets in response to tough economic times, saying continued reductions will compromise safety. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says defense cuts across the alliance are "a matter of concern."

    A security guard walks past the entrance of The Boston Globe building in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

    NY Times again prepares to sell Boston Globe

    The New York Times Co. said Wednesday that it is putting The Boston Globe and its related assets up for sale four years after it called off a previous attempt to sell the newspaper.Mark Thompson, the Times' chief executive, said in a statement a sale would be in the best long-term interests of both properties, "given the differences between these businesses and The New York Times."

    A coalition of investors said Wednesday that it filed a shareowner proposal that would split the chairman and CEO roles held by James Dimon at JPMorgan Chase since 2006.

    Investors seek to split JPMorgan CEO, chairman
    A coalition of investors said Wednesday that it filed a shareowner proposal that would split the chairman and CEO roles held by James Dimon at JPMorgan Chase since 2006. The group holds about $820 million in JPMorgan shares and includes the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan, the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, Hermes Equity Ownership Services and the NYC Pension Funds.

    NBC host Savannah Guthrie, left, with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on the “Today” show, Wednesday as Mayer introduces the website’s redesign. Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and linger for longer periods of time.

    Yahoo redesign aims to make site more inviting

    Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and stay longer. The long-awaited makeover of Yahoo.com's home page is the most notable change to the website since the Internet company hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO seven months ago. The new look debuted Wednesday in the U.S., although it could take a few more days before everyone starts to see it. It's the first time Yahoo has redesigned the page in four years.

    Shark fin soup at a restaurant in Hong Kong. China’s suppliers of shark fin, abalone, pricey liquor and other luxury items have been taking a beating since new leader Xi Jinping ordered officials to cut out lavish living.

    Anti-waste call sobers up China luxury food market

    China's suppliers of shark fin, abalone, pricey liquor and other luxury items have been taking a beating since new leader Xi Jinping ordered officials to cut out lavish living.The Ministry of Commerce said Wednesday that business for high-end caterers in Beijing has plunged 35 percent since Xi's order two months ago. Xi, who took power in November as Communist Party general secretary, ordered the elimination of banquets and other pomp that has alienated a public that is struggling with high living costs.

    Actor Norbert Torok rehearses as the crew watches during the filming of a commercial for a new PepsiCo product called Kickstart, a carbonated drink that is part juice with Mountain Dew flavor.

    Don’t have time to eat breakfast? Drink it

    If you don't have time to sit down for a bowl of cereal in the morning, companies are hoping you'll want to drink your breakfast. As companies struggle to grow cereal sales in the U.S., Kellogg and General Mills are preparing to roll out breakfast drinks. At an industry conference Wednesday, Kellogg CEO John Bryant said one way the company will redefine cereal is with its "Breakfast To Go" milk-based drink, which will be rolled out nationally this year.

Life & Entertainment


    Lunch matters — a lot

    In our family, school lunches consist of a sandwich (three different kinds, of course), a salty snack, a sweet snack and a drink, all placed in a properly labeled paper sack. It's not complicated. But precision is required. That's why the kids want Mom to make their lunches. Mom is the queen of precision.


    Nick Cave mellows on new Bad Seeds album

    After the furious "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!" and a pair of swaggering records from primal side project Grinderman, fans of Nick Cave may have expected another slab of guitar distortion and sex and death from the first Bad Seeds album in five years. Instead, "Push the Sky Away" delivers spare strings and electronic loops — and sex and death.

    Iceage, “You're Nothing”

    Iceage prove worth on sophomore CD

    The second album from the four Danish lads known as Iceage is an even more caustic slab of brooding punk than their blindsiding first record. "You're Nothing" rails against excess, manufactured pressure and the general decimation of morality.

    Associated Press Actor Ben Foster will replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play “Orphans.” LaBeouf left the production Wednesday due to creative differences.

    Ben Foster replaces Shia LaBeouf on Broadway’s ‘Orphans’

    A day after LaBeouf stepped away from the play that would have marked his Broadway debut, he was replaced by Foster. After LaBeouf left the production on Wednesday due to creative differences, Foster was picked. After the change was announced, LaBeouf tweeted: "Ben Foster is a beast. He will kill it" in all capital letters.

    Former Spice Girls band member Melanie Brown is joining the judges’ panel of “America’s Got Talent.” Brown, also known as Scary Spice during her time with the 1990s pop group, will take her seat alongside Howie Mandel and Howard Stern when the variety competition show returns for its eighth season this summer on NBC.

    Ex-Spice Girl Brown named new ‘Talent’ judge

    NBC says former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is joining the judges' panel of "America's Got Talent." Brown, also known as Scary Spice during her time with the 1990s pop group, will take her seat alongside Howie Mandel and Howard Stern when the variety competition show returns for its eighth season this summer on NBC.

    AJ Young, 23, from Chicago, holds a prop Oscar before walking on stage during rehearsals for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday.

    Students replace models as Oscar trophy carriers

    You know those tall, leggy beauties that normally carry the Oscar trophies so the stars can present them? They've been replaced this year by aspiring filmmakers. Six college students from across the country won a contest to help present the Oscar statuettes this year. "Why can't we have people who actually care about film and are the future of film be the trophy presenters?" said Neil Meron, co-producer of this year's Academy Awards.

    Antonio (Luke Ganalon, right) learns about spirituality from a faith healer (Miriam Colon) in “Bless Me, Ultima.”

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ an earnest tale

    "Bless Me, Ultima," the book, is a widely read and critically acclaimed piece of Chicano literature that also has been quite divisive since its publication in 1972. "Bless Me, Ultima," the movie, is a mostly gentle and tastefully photographed depiction of a young boy's coming of age in rural 1940s New Mexico.

    “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend” by Glenn Frankel

    New book 'The Searchers' exposes roots of a legend

    A modest hit in theaters in 1956, "The Searchers" has grown in stature to become, for many, the greatest Western ever filmed and one of the most influential movies. Yet it's always been more, thematically and culturally, than just a John Wayne movie about finding a white girl abducted by Comanche Indians. Author Glenn Frankel's "The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend" is a must-read for movie fans and anyone interested in mythmaking and the American West.


    Can your kindergarten self come out to play?

    When I am open to follow, my girls lead me back to my kindergarten self. That place where I don't care what people think about how I look, and where my happiness leaks out all over. I feel terribly self-conscious dancing in front of other people, like at wedding receptions, but at home with my girls, with the right music, I can dance and carry on, be crazy and have fun.

    Lady Gaga posted on her blog late Wednesday that she had hip surgery. She canceled her “Born This Way Ball” tour last week.

    Lady Gaga says she’s had hip surgery

    Lady Gaga says she's had surgery to fix her hip. The 26-year-old singer posted on her blog late Wednesday that she had hip surgery and it "happened so fast." She canceled her "Born This Way Ball" tour last week.

    Be prepared with healthy portable snacks to make your road trip successful.

    Healthy quick road trip snacks

    Spring Break for a lot of families brings sun, fun and road trips! The end of winter is in sight everyone! While adventurous road trips often call for the need of portable snacks, if you're not prepared, food choices can go down the drain pretty quickly. And poor food choices can actually make crabby kids even crabbier with horrible sugar swings.

    Agent Tony Mendez (director Ben Affleck), right, works with Hollywood insiders (John Goodman, left, and Alan Arkin) to help rescue Americans trapped in Iran in “Argo.”

    Tension-filled ‘Argo’ makes great viewing on DVD

    Winner of the Golden Globe and many other awards, as well as an Oscar front-runner, Ben Affleck's "Argo" tells the story of a wild, stranger-than-fiction CIA plot to get escaped hostages out of Iran. It's now available on DVD.

    Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was set to leave an upstate New York prison on Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession but head straight into federal custody in a tax case.

    Rapper Ja Rule set to leave N.Y. prison in gun case

    Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was set to leave an upstate prison on Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession but head straight into federal custody in a tax case. The rapper, who had been in protective custody at the Mid-State Correctional Facility because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion, correction officials said. His sentences were expected to run concurrently.

    Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and his wife sued SFX Financial Advisory Management Services, a subsidiary of Live Nation Entertainment, on Wednesday claiming a former employee of the financial services company embezzled more than $300,000 from them and cost them millions in lucrative contracts.

    Tyson sues Live Nation over alleged embezzlement

    Mike Tyson sued a financial services firm owned by Live Nation Entertainment on Wednesday, claiming one of its advisers embezzled more than $300,000 from the former heavyweight champ and cost him millions more in lost earnings.

    Emeli Sande won the British Album of the Year award during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday.

    Mumford & Sons, Adele among winners at Brit Awards

    British music put on a brash, confident show at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, celebrating a resurgent industry whose bands and artists are topping charts around the globe. Winners ranged from established acts such as Coldplay and Adele to world-conquering boy band One Direction, who won in the new Global Success category.Surfing English folk singer Ben Howard and chanteuse Emeli Sande each won two awards.


    How to navigate your child’s education plan, the IEP

    If you have a child with special needs in the public school system, you know the importance of an IEP. If your child isn't yet of school age, you need to become familiar with what an IEP is and what impact it will have on your child's future.

    A drug cartel kingpin known as "The Mole" (Benjamin Bratt) unloads some lead in the anemic action thriller "Snitch."

    Dull direction, killer cliches take down fact-inspired 'Snitch'

    "Snitch" shows just how far a loving father will go to free his innocent son from the slammer where's he been sentenced to 10 years. This thriller has such lazy direction and even lazier dialogue that it seems to last about that long, too. Generic characters deliver so many clichés that they never seem genuine, just actors spouting lines without a whit of conviction or personal connection.

    Dror Moreh directs an insightful look in the minds of the men who headed Israel's secret service in his documentary "The Gatekeepers."

    'The Gatekeepers' a riveting documentary

    Dann reviews Dror Moreh's insightful documentary "The Gatekeepers" that delves into the minds of six former directors of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service wing, as they reveal their memories, opinions and fears so frankly and passionately, it's like being let in on a secret conversation. Dann also explains to one reader why "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo" didn't get director nominations.


    New gins strong enough to suit a sailor

    A simple truth has gotten lost in all the chatter about trendy new American gins: The most essential gins in the world still come from Britain. Yes, yes, there are wonderful new gins made in the United States — and even France and Holland and elsewhere — but none, to my mind, has replaced such standard-bearer London drys such as Tanqueray or Beefeater or Old Raj or other British styles such as Plymouth or Hayman's Old Tom.

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is staging a promotion dubbed “A Hop Eclipse Now” that will see the brewery host more than 50 beer dinners nationwide.

    Craft breweries pushing boundaries of flavors, tastes

    Beer lovers nowadays subsist on a steady diet of alphabet soup. They need to distinguish between ESBs (extra special bitters) and IPAs (India pale ales), and to know a beer's ABV (alcohol by volume). Home brewers grapple with such abbreviations as OG (original gravity), FG (final gravity) and SRM (Standard Research Method, a system for gauging color). Now that experimentation seems to be shifting from Belgian styles to hoppy ales, the IBU — international bitterness unit — has assumed new importance.

    Jamie Lidell, “Vinyl”

    Jamie Lidell revs up the funk on new album

    British-born Jamie Lidell may have relocated to Nashville, Tenn., but his new album is anything but country. His fifth full-length release — self-produced in his home studio — is an 11-track homage to the funkadelic days of 1970s and 1980s disco pop.



    Good first steps in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg has taken a good first step toward restoring public confidence in its police department with the announcement that it has hired a Chicago consulting firm to examine how the department operates, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Random thoughts on deadlines, fiction and fraud

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Ours is a business of constant online deadlines throughout the day with that one overriding capital-D Deadline of the daily press start ever looming. So journalists know a lot about setting, keeping and missing deadlines


    Solitary confinement’s toll

    Columnist George Will: Noting that half of all prison suicides are committed by prisoners held in isolation, Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin, has prompted an independent assessment of solitary confinement in federal prisons. State prisons are equally vulnerable to Eighth Amendment challenges concerning whether inmates are subjected to "substantial risk of serious harm."


    The reckless course to gay marriage
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: We, as the people of Illinois, are about to embark on a reckless societal experiment commonly called "gay marriage."


    Insurance proof part of plate renewal
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Anyone receiving a renewal notice from Secretary of State Jesse White needs to flip over the envelope to fill out the "Mandatory Insurance Info" that appears on the back flap. To Mr. White and the people of the Secretary of State license renewal department: If Helen and her family weren't filling out this information, as required, how many others have you missed?


    Sip of water doesn’t deserve criticism
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Regarding Sen. Marco Rubio's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. I find it distasteful that the mainstream media in conjunction with the Democratic Party would try to destroy Sen. Rubio and distract from his otherwise insightful message all because he took a sip of water.


    2nd Amendment says nothing about tyranny
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Are these people somehow confusing the Second Amendment with the indictment of King George found in the Declaration of Independence: "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."


    Same-sex marriage bad for society
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I respectfully disagree with the position that the Daily Herald has taken on the same-sex marriage issue. Same-sex marriage is not good for society and children and should not become law in Illinois.


    Yes-and-no answer on car insurance
    A Cary letter to the editor: Regarding Mr. Garber's fence post question of Feb. 8: "Are people lying about car insurance?" My guess is yes and no. I think the answer is in Jesse White's office.


    Take own advice: don’t procreate
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: We can only hope that Mr. Karnas and other like minded activists take their own advise and don't procreate.


    In defense of AR-15 sales to the public
    An Aurora letter to the editor: People like Piers Morgan make the point that we don't allow people to purchase tanks or 50 caliber machine guns to defend themselves from government tyranny, so why allow AR-15s.


    We pay cost of Dems shortsightedness
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Time and again we see the Democrats create problems then claim to be the ones capable of fixing them. Case in point, they have mass produced the dollar making it a lot less valuable than it was. They have driven up the cost of energy and gasoline, their policies have raised the cost of food, and most any other product people need,


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