Daily Archive : Friday February 22, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 21-year-old Schaumburg woman was arrested around 2:35 a.m. Feb. 9 at Meacham Road and McConnor Parkway in Schaumburg and charged with DUI, traffic violations, battery and resisting a peace officer.


    Man gets 10-year sentence for his 11th DUI

    A 42-year-old former West Chicago man will have years to sober up and think about how his failure to put down the bottle has cost him his freedom. Michael J. Picon recently was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to an April 2012 DUI — his 11th in the last 20 years in DuPage, Kane and Rock Island counties.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Elgin firefighter John Tobin has written a book about the Ben Franklin Variety Store fire that killed three Palatine volunteer firefighters 40 years ago.

    Firefighter writes book about fatal fire that shaped his life

    Elgin firefighter John Tobin thought writing about the tragic fire that shaped his life would prove therapeutic. The West Dundee man plans to retire this year, and figured putting together a collection of photos and memories would be his “final swan song.” But his self-published book, “The Day Death Visited a Small Town: The Story of Tragedy and the Dismantling of a Small Town Fire Department,”...


    Vernon Hills pageant applications available

    Applications for the 2013 Vernon Hills pageant are available at www.vernonhills.org or at Vernon Hills village hall, 290 Evergreen Drive.


    Blackhawks set record for most wins with a point

    Michael Delaney

    Wheaton man convicted of neighbor’s 2009 stabbing murder

    A DuPage County jury rejected a Wheaton man's self-defense claim and found him guilty of first-degree murder Friday for fatally stabbing a neighbor with a steak knife nearly four years ago. Michael Delaney, 49, was convicted in the June 2009 death of Micheal Scalzo after about 5˝ hours of deliberation. The jury of seven women and five men deemed the killing "cold, calculated and premeditated,"...


    Sex assault case revived against ex-NIU officer

    A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted a former Northern Illinois University police officer accused of sexually assaulting a student in October 2011. The indictment follows the firing of former NIU Police Chief Donald Grady for the mishandling of evidence in the initial case.


    Ad offering child for $1,000 was a joke

    Police in Manitowoc, Wis., say a Craigslist ad offering to sell a 4-year-old boy for $1,000 turned out to be a teenager's joke. Authorities took the ad seriously when it was placed last week.


    Illinois prisons reintroduce early release program

    llinois prison officials announced a revamped sentence-reduction plan Friday, again offering early release to inmates who behave behind bars, more than three years after corner-cutting on a previous program freed hundreds of violent prisoners and almost cost Gov. Pat Quinn an election.

    Drew Peterson

    Drew Peterson enters Stateville prison

    Less than 24 hours after screaming out his innocence in court, Drew Peterson entered the maximum-security Stateville prison outside Joliet early Friday. Prison officials said he could eventually be moved after an evaluation period.

    Deborah Conroy

    Two proposals target DuPage County Forest Preserve District

    Two state lawmakers from DuPage County have separately looked to the DuPage County Forest Preserve District as a way to save local taxpayers money, either by taking away board members' salaries or dissolving the district altogether.

    Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire that killed a woman Friday in West Chicago.

    Investigators probe fatal West Chicago fire

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Friday morning house fire that killed a 41-year-old woman in West Chicago. The fire broke out about 11 a.m. in the living room of a her home, West Chicago Fire Chief Robert Hodge said. The victim was identified by family as Stacey Mittman, who bought the house at age 18 after graduating from Wheaton North High School, said her father Leo Mittman.

    Beverley Seaver

    Diamond Lake D76 candidates share improvement proposals during interviews

    Candidates for the Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 school board shared ideas for a local marketing plan, stressed the need for improved staff evaluations, proposed a senior-citizen outreach effort and suggested offering more foreign language choices to students.

    Michael Angarola

    Angarola named Mt. Prospect Officer of the Year

    Mount Prospect police named Michael Angarola its Officer of the Year. The midnight shift officer is noted for being proactive and has been responsible for 109 self-initiated arrests. The village also honored the three runners-up: officers Michael Brady, Scott Filipek and Lee Schaps.


    Treatment ordered for Streamwood man charged with DUI

    Prosecutors on Friday upgraded to a felony the DUI charges against a Streamwood man found slumped over his steering wheel Monday. His blood alcohol later at the police station registered almost five times the legal limit to drive, authorities said.

    Sarah Jerome

    District 25 superintendent announces retirement

    After more than six years with Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 and more than 45 years in education, Superintendent Sarah Jerome announced her retirement on Thursday night. "It is work that I have loved, partnerships that I cherish, and relationships that have given my life meaning," Jerome wrote in a letter to staff on Friday.

    Pat Brady

    GOP committeemen call special meeting to oust Brady

    State central committeemen have called a special meeting to try to oust Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage. Brady told the Daily Herald Friday that he learned of the closed door March 9 meeting through a phone call from Jerry Clarke, Congressman Randy Hultgren's former chief of staff and 15th District committeeman. According to party rules, five...

    Associated Press/Sept. 18, 2012 Then-Gov. Chris Gregoire makes her way down a set of stairs at the Hanford Vitrification Plant in Richland, Wash. Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

    Six Hanford nuclear tanks leaking

    Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday.

    Fran Volz has been creating snow sculptures in his yard for 25 years. This year, he moved from Arlington Heights to Elgin and created a neighborhood buzz with his first sculpture, a 7˝-foot-tall Jesus. He spent the first day making blocks of snow and stacking them. Then the next two days were spent using his homemade tools to carve and sculpt the figure.

    Moving picture: Elgin sculptor carves snow Jesus

    Elgin resident Fran Volz had Jesus in his yard. Until he melted, anyway. The well-known snow sculptor brought Jesus to life several weeks ago when there was plenty of snow to work with, and caused a sensation in his new neighborhood. The former Arlington Heights resident was a hit with his projects there, and now Elgin-area visitors enjoy his work as well.


    District 214 holds special needs workshops for parents

    Parents of students with special needs are invited to two informational workshops presented by the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Student Services Department and the Parent Advisory Council in conjunction with the Illinois State Board Parent and Educator Partnership.

    Associated Press file photo House Speaker John Boehner is in a game of brinksmanship with President Obama.

    Wall Street holds its nerve as spending cuts near

    The Dow Jones industrial average has gained 6.8 percent since the start of the year as investors largely ignored the latest installment of Washington's budget drama. The Dow Jones climbed close to its record level at the start of the month and the Standard & Poor's 500 notched up a streak of seven straight weeks of gains, before easing back this week.

    Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich.

    Some patients won’t see nurses of different race

    In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo insisted that black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn. Now two black nurses are suing the hospital, claiming it bowed to his illegal demands.


    Natural gas gains on outlook for cold weather

    Natural gas futures rose in New York, heading for the first weekly gain since mid-January, on speculation that a cold end to winter will spur demand for the heating fuel.

    Kane County Chief Judge Judith Brawka

    Brawka says Kane County must prepare for concealed carry

    Chief Judge Judy Brawka told Kane County lawmakers they need to start preparing for concealed carry as soon as possible. That includes deciding if guns should be allowed in public buildings, such as the courthouse. If not, what do you do with people who show up with guns?

    Mateusz “Matt” Rybarski

    Addison-area man goes missing

    DuPage County sheriff's office officials said Friday they are looking for a 21-year-old man who went missing from his Addison-area residence this week. Authorities are looking for Mateusz "Matt" Rybarski, a Lake Zurich High School grad who was last seen by family members Monday at his residence in unincorporated DuPage County near Addison, authorities said.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has not yet decided whether to appeal the concealed carry ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Ruling leaves Illinois grappling with concealed carry

    A federal appeals court on Friday narrowly rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that found the state's concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional, leaving lawmakers in the only state that still prohibits concealed carry grappling with how to proceed. The 5-4 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave state Attorney General Lisa Madigan the option of appealing to the U.S.


    Judge keeps Naperville referendum on ballot

    Naperville voters will once again decide whether they will elect their city council members at large or by districts. DuPage Circuit Judge Bonnie Wheaton on Friday rejected a last-ditch effort by a resident to keep the referendum question off the April 9 ballot. As a result, Naperville voters will be asked "Shall the city of Naperville elect city council at large instead of part of the councilmen...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Sean Garrett Hallaron, 31, of Florida, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a single-car crash at 9:53 p.m. Sunday near Harter and Finley Roads in Sugar Grove, according to a sheriff's report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone broke a mailbox in the 19N0-99 block of Woodview Parkway near Hampshire, causing $150 damage, between 9:10 and 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff's report. The victim told deputies that this is the third time this year that the mailbox has been damaged.

    Michael Bregy

    Superintendent explains why he issued snow day for Friday

    Michael Bregy, superintendent of Community Unit School District 300, defended himself against criticism that he made the wrong call by authorizing a snow day for Friday.


    Man on ATV falls through ice in Antioch

    A man riding his ATV on a lake in Antioch fell through thin ice and had to be rescued Friday afternoon, authorities said. Rescue crews were called to Lake Marie at 1:05 p.m. to find the victim, described as a man in his 30s, clinging to his ATV and up to his chest in water about 50 feet from the shoreline.


    Naperville residents feel happy, safe but need traffic help

    Naperville residents say they're largely happy with the quality of life and services in their city, but still have concerns with traffic and congestion, according to the first HYPERLINK "http://www.naperville.il.us/citizensurvey.aspx"citizen survey since 2008. The city on Friday released the results of the eight-page survey that was distributed to 2,500 random households. Of those, 1,581...

    Under new foreclosure rules in Illinois, lenders must send a specific notice of the sale date to individual homeowners, instead of just advertising it in newspapers.

    State Supreme Court issues rules on foreclosures

    Mortgage lenders in Illinois will have to prove to judges that they've offered underwater homeowners a variety of options — including modifications to their loans — before foreclosing, the state Supreme Court said Friday. The new rules will "ensure homeowners who have been thrown out of work during the years of a troubled economy are aware of their rights and where to turn for help,"...

    Fremont Intermediary School students Lucy Gustafson, left, and Kelsey Hassan were among those who participated in the school's Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The event raised $20,514 for the American Heart Association.

    Fremont students jump way to $20,000

    Students at the Mundelein area's Fremont Intermediate School raised $20,514 for the American Heart Association this month as part of the school's annual Jump Rope for the Heart event. The fundraising event aims to engage students through jumping rope while encouraging them to improve their health and to help peers with heart-related issues, officials said.

    Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    Oscar Pistorius gets bail as murder trial looms

    In an agonizingly slow announcement, a magistrate allowed Oscar Pistorius to go free on bail Friday, nine days after the Paralympian was arrested in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. After a near two-hour explanation of his ruling, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair set the bail at $113,000. The magistrate said Pistorius must hand over his passports and also turn in any...

    Mary Black, left, Suzanne Branding, center, and Thomas Poynton, right, are candidates in the race for Lake Zurich mayor.

    Lake Zurich mayoral candidates offer suggestions for improving community

    Lake Zurich's three mayoral candidates have each come up with what they consider to be a good idea that no one else is discussing to help better the community if they are elected. Incumbent Suzanne Branding is being challenged by Trustee Tom Poynton and Mary Black in the April 9 election. All three have addressed issues ranging from downtown redevelopment to the possibility of bringing Lake...

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond lead their delegations Friday during a bilateral meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defense Ministers Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

    Up to 12,000 troops may stay in Afghanistan

    The U.S. and its NATO allies revealed Friday they may keep as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends next year, largely American forces tasked with hunting down remnants of al-Qaida and helping Afghan forces with their own security.


    Chicago looks to boost travel through airports

    The organization created to boost Chicago tourism is getting an additional $5 million to promote access to the city through O'Hare and Midway international airports. Choose Chicago was formed during Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first year in office.


    Lawsuit by coach fired for sex book dismissed

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former South suburban high school guidance counselor and girls basketball coach who was fired after writing a racy book. Bryan Craig was fired by the Rich Township High School District 227 on Sept. 18.

    Lake Zurich's Tyler Raineri is one of three finalists in a nationwide contest that attracted 3.8 million submissions for new Lay's potato chip flavors. His sriracha chip — flavored by the Asian-style hot sauce — is up against a cheesy garlic bread chip and chicken and waffles chips.

    Chip recipe could be $1 million winner for Lake Zurich man

    Lake Zurich's Tyler Raineri has at least a million reasons why he hopes you'll like his idea for a flavored Lay's potato chip. Raineri's sriracha chip is one of three finalists in a nationwide contest that attracted 3.8 million submissions for new Lay's flavors. His creation is matched up in the finals against cheesy garlic bread chips, and chicken and waffles chips.


    South Suburban College gets state funds to expand

    South Suburban College in South Holland will receive more than $40 million in state money to build an addition that will help improve its health curriculum.


    Zoo institute seeks to better engage youth

    A new educational institute at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is launching several initiatives to better engage young people in science learning.


    Poplar Creek set to appoint new library board trustee

    Mary Prosser, who is running unopposed for a seat on the Poplar Creek Public Library District Board, could get an early start on the role next month. Prosser is expected to be appointed March 21 to fill a spot left vacant by Amy Ellis, who resigned in January.


    Chicago homicide suspect caught in Memphis

    Eddie Jackson was arrested without incident Thursday. Jackson was wanted in the fatal stabbing of Marlon Vaughn on a Chicago street Jan. 22.


    East Dundee’s lawsuit over Walmart dismissed — for now

    A judge has shot down - for now - a lawsuit filed by East Dundee to prevent Walmart from receiving special tax aid if it moves to Carpentersville. However, the judge gave East Dundee a month to refile its lawsuit with Walmart added as a defendant.


    Free chemical waste collection Monday in Gurnee

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will host an appointment only household chemical waste collection Monday at its facility, 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee. The event is for residential waste only and business waste will not be accepted. It is free for Illinois residents only.


    Schaumburg hires electric aggregation consultant

    Schaumburg trustees have approved a contract with Independent Energy Consultants to serve as the village's consultant as it begins the process of aggregating electrical services for residents and businesses.The village also is in the process of scheduling public hearings on its plan of operations and governance before alternative electric suppliers are considered.


    Route 53 work starts Monday

    Daily shoulder work and partial ramp closures for the removal and replacement of sign panels along Interstate 290/Route 53 from Thorndale Avenue to Route 12 will begin Monday, Feb. 25, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. After April 1, there will also be overnight lane closures, weather permitting.


    Lindenhurst hosts open house on water supply

    Lindenhurst is hosting an open house regarding planning for future water supply from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lake County Forest Preserve District operations building, 19808 W. Grand Ave. This is the second of two meetings to provide residents with information on the village's current drinking water supply system and its efforts to secure a permanent solution.

    The gun range housed at the old Kane County Sheriff’s Office on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva is no longer usable.

    Contamination leaves Kane Co. deputies with no shooting practice

    The current shooting range used by Kane County Sheriff's officers to meet their mandated training qualifications is under 18 inches of lead-contaminated water. Sheriff Pat Perez pushed county board members for a new facility Friday, but board members said it should be part of a jail expansion, a costly item for taxpayers.

    The Des Plaines Park District and Don Miletic, superintendent of Business and Golf Operations, have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

    Des Plaines Park District honored for financial reporting

    The Des Plaines Park District and Don Miletic, superintendent of Business and Golf Operations, recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 21st year in a row.

    Crew members with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. work on a drilling platform near Mead, Colo. On Thursday in Illinois, two downstate lawmakers introduced a hydraulic fracturing regulatory bill drafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups.

    ‘Fracking’ opponents rap Quinn for supporting bill

    A coalition of Illinois residents opposed to high-volume gas and oil drilling is criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn for supporting a bill that would establish regulations for the practice. A group called "Stop the Frack Attack" issued a statement Friday urging Quinn to instead support a two-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

    Left to right, Colette Knierin, 6, Cade Knierin, 9 and Lilly Berta, 6, work together to clear the driveway on Friday before school after an overnight snow in Naperville.

    Freezing drizzle continues, but no more snow expected

    A light, freezing drizzle is expected to continue for the next few hours, but no more snow is anticipated this weekend, a spokesman for the National Weather Service said Friday afternoon. "We are not looking for any real accumulation of anything," said meteorologist Gino Izzi. A National Weather Service winter weather advisory has been canceled, Izzi said. There will be no snow on Saturday.

    All incoming Maine Township High School District 207 freshman and sophomore students must purchase Google Chromebooks from the district as part of a new program that will eventually eliminate the need for physical textbooks in the classroom.

    District 207 replacing textbooks with Chromebooks

    All incoming Maine Township High School District 207 freshman and sophomore students must purchase Google Chromebooks as part of a new program that will eventually eliminate the need for physical textbooks. "Instead of filling their backpacks with expensive, heavy, print textbooks, freshman and sophomore students will instead purchase a lightweight Chromebook computer along with electronic books...

    This is a map of the Shoe Factory Road/I-90 Bicycle and Pedestrian Project, which will be paid for, in part, by federal funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. A consultant will likely be chosen by the end of this year, but construction may not begin until 2015 or 2016.

    Hoffman Estates bike path will improve connectivity

    A new bike path and route coming to Hoffman Estates through federal funding will provide more "continuity and connectivity" for Northwest suburban bicyclists, says Mike Hankey, the village's director of transportation. The project will include the paving of an existing trail in the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve; the creation of a north-south paved path along the Canadian National railroad tracks...


    F-35 fleet grounded after engine crack found

    The Pentagon says it has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade.

    U.S. Postal Service cycling team leader and 2004 Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, and teammate George Hincapie, right, ride the victory lap on Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, France. Lawyers for Armstrong say the Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against the cyclist.

    Justice Dept joins suit against Lance Armstrong

    The Justice Department joined a lawsuit Friday against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong that alleges the former seven-time Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service.


    No one injured in basement fire near Grayslake

    The cause of a fire in an abandoned home in unincorporated Lake County near Grayslake is under investigation, fire officials said. The Grayslake Fire Protection District was notified at 10:39 a.m. of the fire near Winchester Road and Highway 83. Upon arrival at the home in the 29000 block of North Ivanhoe Road, firefighters found an abandoned farmhouse with a fire actively burning in the basement.

    A line of Boeing 787 jets parked nose-to-tail at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

    Boeing proposes 787 battery fix

    Boeing attempted a major step Friday toward getting its 787 Dreamliners flying again, proposing a fix for the plane's troubled batteries that could allow the flights to resume as early as April, congressional officials said.The next question is whether the Federal Aviation Administration will agree to let the planes fly even though the root cause of a battery fire in one plane and a smoking...

    Cuba’s President Raul Castro

    Cuba’s Raul Castro hints at retirement

    "I am going to resign," Cuban President Raul Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev."I am going to be 82 years old," Castro added, the hint of a smile on his face. "I have the right to retire, don't you think?"

    Heavy snow made for slow traffic early Friday morning along Diffley Road in Eagan, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. A major snowstorm that buried parts of the Midwest grazed Minnesota, where two to three inches of snow snarled the morning commute in the Twin Cities area.

    Snow slows commute across Midwest, buries Plains

    A snowstorm left behind varying amounts of snow and ice across the Midwest, but those areas affected were united by one thing Friday morning: difficult travel conditions. Powerful wind gusts created large snow drifts on many roadways, making navigating the slick conditions a challenge. Accidents and slide-offs were reported from Kansas to Michigan as the storm pushed east Friday.


    FDA approves targeted breast cancer drug

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind breast cancer medication that targets tumor cells while sparing healthy ones.


    Federal court sends Illinois gun law back to legislature
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan lost a bid for a rehearing of a federal appeals court decision to void a state law prohibiting people from carrying loaded guns outside their homes or usual places of business.

    Mike Wolfe of Bartlett takes advantage of the fresh snow to do some cross country skiing at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles Friday.

    Images: Snow in the Suburbs
    The blizzard that slammed Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and the Dakotas lost much of its punch when it hit the suburbs Friday. Most towns received 3 to 5 inches of new snow.

    Rihanna arrives at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills in 2009.

    Rihanna to visit Barrington High School March 22

    Singer Rihanna will make her long anticipated appearance at Barrington High School on Friday, March 22 — the first day of spring break. Nevertheless, students from the high school will be able to attend the appearance, which coincides with Rihanna's visit to the Chicago area for a concert at the Allstate Arena.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Ralph Ward cuts the hair of longtime customer Don Meyer of South Elgin Wednesday at Ralph's Barber Shop in Elgin. He is likely the oldest working barber in the area and turns 80 years old on Friday.

    Elgin barber, 80, back at work after 2 strokes

    When longtime Elgin barber Ralph Ward suffered back-to-back strokes last August, he knew one thing — he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible. True to his word, Ralph stunned everyone by going to work part-time just before Thanksgiving. After a few weeks, he was back to working his usual 40 hours a week. "I wouldn't know what else to do anyhow," he said.

    Colette Knierin, 6, Cade Knierin, 9, and Lilly Berta, 6, work to clear the driveway before school Friday after an overnight storm dumped several inches of snow on Naperville.

    Walking in a DuPage wonderland
    Snowstorm hits DuPage.

    Kevin Rehberg

    Carpentersville to put board meetings online

    Times have changed in Carpentersville, to the point officials are eager to stream the village board meetings online. Civility rules the meetings these days and it's one of the reasons Trustee Kevin Rehberg was behind the move to get them online. "I wanted to put a good example out there to what elected officials are doing now, compared to what they were doing before," Rehberg said.


    Performers sought for “13” at Libertyville Improv

    IP-Elite, the musical theater performance component for teens at Improv Playhouse, is seeking performers in grades 8 to 12 for the musical "13." Auditions for all roles are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 6, at The Improv Playhouse Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Rehearsals begin March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. The performance is May 17 to 19.


    Kids can learn healthy habits at Hoffman Estates event

    The Hoffman Estates Park District is hosting an event to introduce healthy habits to kids. "Health-e-Kids" will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the gym at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Rd.

    A majority of the Winfield village board is pushing a plan to rezone parts of Roosevelt Road to clear the way for possible commercial redevelopment.

    Winfield trustees push for Roosevelt rezoning

    Frustrated by the Winfield plan commission's failure to make a recommendation about rezoning Roosevelt Road, a majority of village trustees supportive of redeveloping parts of the road are moving ahead without the commission's opinion. Four of the six village board members on Thursday night went against the advice of the town's attorney and staff members by pushing a plan to rezone more than a...


    Walker’s health secretary Smith resigns
    Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith has resigned.Gov. Scott Walker announced the resignation and appointed Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades as secretary of the department that is in charge of overseeing the state's Medicaid programs.Smith had been at the forefront of Walker's opposition to the federal health care law and had testified before Congress on that issue.


    NW Ind. megachurch faces foreclosure filing
    A northern Indiana megachurch mired in financial woes tied to church leaders' spending on travel and compensation is facing a foreclosure request by an Illinois bank.Court records show that First National Bank of Illinois filed a mortgage foreclosure case Tuesday against the Family Christian Center, Senior Pastor Steve Munsey and the Internal Revenue Service.


    Plath a draw for IU library 50 years after death

    Two years before poet Sylvia Plath died, the director of Indiana University's Lilly Library purchased some of her papers for $352.66, equivalent to about $2,700 today. Those 94 items, and the several others that the IU archive later acquired, comprise one of the library's most popular collections.Even 50 years after the author's suicide — she died on Feb. 11, 1963 — Plath remains a...


    German home-school parents appeal asylum ruling

    A couple who fled Germany with their five children over fears they would lose custody for not sending them to school has asked a federal appeals court to grant them asylum in the U.S. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike claim in court documents that German schools are anti-Christian and the couple believe God wants them to teach their children at home. Germany's government requires students to attend a...

    Once a rising star in the ranks of the Utah Highway Patrol, Officer Lisa Steed has taken a stunning fall from grace based on allegations that she booked dozens of people for DUIs when they hadn’t been drinking at all.

    Utah trooper accused of making bogus DUI arrests

    During her 10 years as a Utah state trooper, Lisa Steed built a reputation as an officer with a knack for nabbing drunken motorists in a state with a long tradition of teetotaling and some of the nation's strictest liquor laws. Steed used the uncanny talent — as one supervisor once described it — to garner hundreds of arrests, setting records and becoming the first woman to become...


    Medical copter crash in Okla. Kills 2, hurts 1

    Emergency officials in Oklahoma City say a medical helicopter crashed next to a nursing home and retirement community, killing two people and critically injuring a third.

    Indian paramilitary force soldiers stand guard outside a metro station in New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Security in the capital has been beefed up following a twin blast in southern Indian city of Hydrabad on Thursday, killing 16 people and injuring 117 others.

    Indian police search for evidence in bomb attack

    Indian police are investigating whether a shadowy Islamic militant group was responsible for a dual bomb attack that killed 16 people outside a movie theater and a bus station in the southern city of Hyderabad, a police official said Friday.


    Rape and killing of 3 young sisters shocks India

    Police were searching villages in western India on Friday for suspects in the rape and killing of three young sisters, as Indians still angry over the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December face another heinous sexual attack.


    Adolf Hitler stumping for votes in Indian election

    Adolf Hitler is running for election in India. So is Frankenstein. The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names, and the ballot for state elections Saturday is proof.

    Tow truck drivers clean up and tow away cars involved in a drive-by shooting on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

    Police on hunt for SUV involved in Vegas shooting

    Police searched Friday for a Range Rover with dark tinted windows and custom rims that set off a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip when someone in the luxury SUV opened fire on a Maserati in a scene that onlookers described as worthy of an action flick. Three people were killed and at least six more were injured in what marked the latest in a series of violent episodes in Las Vegas in recent...

    An unexploded rocket from a Syrian warplane, in the neighborhood of Karam Alqasir, near Aleppo International Airport, in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. A car bomb near the Damascus headquarters of Syria’s ruling party killed scores on Thursday, while a government airstrike on a rebel field hospital in southern Daraa left several dead, opposition activists and state media reported.

    Activists report shelling near Damascus airport

    Syrian warplanes and artillery hit targets near Damascus International Airport on Friday following a particularly bloody day of attacks in the capital that killed dozens and struck deep into the heart of the city.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international force or an American one.

    Panetta, NATO partner, differ on troop numbers

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his NATO counterparts are considering leaving 8,000 to 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but a dispute arose Friday between the U.S. and German defense officials over whether that contingent would be an international force or an American one. The conflicting accounts came as NATO defense ministers gathered here to discuss the endgame of the 11-year-old...

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called for parliamentary elections setting the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27, with the last round to be held in June, in an effort to settle down mounting frustration over continued turmoil on the streets.

    Egypt opposition warns elections will add tensions

    Egypt's president called multi-stage parliamentary elections beginning in April but a key opposition leader warned Friday that the vote may only inflame tensions unless there are serious political talks first. President Mohammed Morsi set the start of a staggered, four-stage voting process for April 27 ending in June.

    Palatine firefighters work at the Feb. 23, 1973 scene of the Ben Franklin store fire that killed three volunteer firefighters.

    Palatine firefighters' 1973 deaths still felt today

    Volunteer firefighters Warren Ahlgrim, Richard Freeman and John Wilson died in the Feb. 23, 1973, fire at the Ben Franklin five-and-dime store in Palatine, their emptied air packs no match against carbon monoxide. Their deaths still are being remembered by a department that refuses to forget past tragedies if it means keeping today's members safe. "It was the brave thing to do. But in retrospect,...


    Latest list of schools closed in suburbs
    Thursday's storm that dumped about 3 inches of snow on the suburbs has caused some schools to close. For the latest list, see www.emergencyclosingcenter.com .


    Young Wolf Park on the run to glory

    Six years ago, Julio Mercado created the Wolf Pack Junior Running Club, and it's been full-speed ahead ever since. Based at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, the Wolf Pack offers opportunities for children ages 5 to 18 to get involved in the sport of running and enjoy the benefits. "Through running, I wanted to provide local kids with ways to get active and be...


    Dawn Patrol: Messy snow outside; Fox Valley schools closed

    Forecast calls for snow turning to sleet, rain this morning. Some Fox Valley schools will be closed. Hawks want the record tonight. Naperville road rage trial continues. Slain Aurora teen was hit 7 times with hammer. DuPage orchestra already receives $20,000. West Chicago Dist. 33 contract is official.

    Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim swore-in the all-volunteer Case Review Board and the Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. The Board is independent of the Assistant State’s Attorney’s office and will review cases and make recommendations.

    Lake County wrongful-conviction review panel sworn in

    Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim didn’t waste any time convening a volunteer panel that’ll review cases involving possible wrongful convictions. Nerheim went to his fourth-floor office in the Lake County building Thursday afternoon with the case review board’s six members shortly after they were sworn in as special assistant state’s attorneys by Chief Judge Fred Foreman. Nerheim said the...


    River Trails schools honored for eco-friendly activities

    Two schools in Mount Prospect-based River Trails School District 26 have been named as state finalists for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award, which recognizes schools that make significant efforts in the areas of conservation and environmental awareness.

    A Palatine High School parent recently snapped a picture of Bill Cosby wearing PHS gear in an effort to gain support for a Friday night fundraiser.

    Bill Cosby shows support for Palatine High

    A Palatine High School parent recently snapped a picture of a well-known actor wearing PHS gear in an effort to gain support for an upcoming fundraiser. In the photo, Bill Cosby sports a red Palatine High School sweatshirt and baseball cap. Four VIP tickets and meet-and-greet passes for Cosby's upcoming show at the Chicago Theater will be auctioned off Friday night.


    Man’s dysfunction in an uncivil society
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Probably two of the biggest contributors to injury and death to people in this country are guns and automobiles. When gun violence occurs, there is often a tendency to focus on the gun rather than the person. Do we attempt to outlaw automobiles every time someone commits injury to another with a car?


    Learn whole story of honey bee industry
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Feb. 17's Daily Herald article — "Bee shortage stings" — does not tell the entire sad story about what is happening in the honey bee industry.

    Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley and Michelle Dockery portrays Lady Mary in a Season 2 episode of the Emmy Award-winning “Downton Abbey.”

    Poll Vault: What TV shows are you hooked on?

    Michelle Holdway just discovered "Downton Abbey" and went on a weekend marathon watching Season 1 on demand. What TV series, new or old, have you just gotten hooked on?

    A girl leaps on the beach near Bonita Springs, Florida on March 25, 2010.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 18th.

    Palatine firefighters at the scene of the Ben Franklin store fire in Palatine on February 23, 1973. That fire killed three Palatine firefighters.

    Images: 40th anniversary of the Ben Franklin fire in Palatine.
    4O years ago on February 23, 1973, three Palatine firefighters died fighting a fire at the Ben Franklin store in Palatine.


    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa reaches to stop a pass by San Jose Sharks as the Blackhawks win 2-1 at the United Center on Friday.

    Hossa hopes Hansen learns from hit

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe reaction of Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault to Jannik Hansen's one-game suspension for elbowing Marian Hossa in the back of the head did not sit well with the Blackhawks' star winger.Vigneault told reporters in Vancouver that he was surprised Hansen even got a penalty."Of course, their coach is going to protect his player, that's how it is," Hossa said Friday. "Their coach wouldn't like it if it happened to their player. He would have reacted differently.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Aurora Christian's Ryan Suttle is hoisted by teammates Jake Gelbato, left, and Cory Windle to be the first to cut the hoop after their Class 2A regional win over Immaculate Conception in Westmont on Friday, February 22, 2013. Suttle sunk the game winning shot.

    Suttle saves Aurora Christian at buzzer

    Ryan Suttle knew all the angles. Off an inbounds play with 6.4 seconds left and the score tied, the senior guard was in the right place at the right time to rebound Cory Windle's missed 3-point shot and score in one motion. The basketball fell through as the horn sounded for a 59-57 Eagles victory over top-seeded IC Catholic Prep on Friday in the Class 2A Westmont regional final. "I just saw Cory going up for the shot and I knew that if he missed it's going to be backside and it was going to be a long rebound. I just put myself in the right position. I was just there at the right time, I guess," said Suttle, who scored a game-high 21 points with 7 rebounds for the third-seeded Eagles. Aurora Christian (19-11) moves to the Byron sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against 29-0 Winnebago, a 62-52 winner over Oregon. The Associated Press' No. 2 team in 2A, Winnebago beat the Eagles 70-57 on Jan. 29 in Aurora.

    Kendale McCullum of Larkin goes up for a rebound Friday night at Neuqua Valley.

    Neuqua Valley humbles Larkin again

    Though the Upstate Eight Conference did not officially term Friday's matchup between River Division winner Larkin and Valley Division winner Neuqua Valley a true championship game, the players knew better. "It definitely felt like that," Wildcats senior guard Jabari Sandifer said.And Neuqua Valley definitely played like that. The Wildcats left no doubt as to which boys basketball team was tops in the UEC during the regular season. They opened the third quarter on a 20-4 run and turned a 5-point halftime lead into a 71-52 blowout. Sandifer and 6-foot-4 senior Pat Kenny each contributed 6 points during the decisive third-quarter push. Kenny, who led all scorers with 21 points, finished with 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Sandifer scored 20 points to go with 4 blocks, 3 steals and 3 assists.

    The bench gives Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad a hand after Saad scored the second goal in the 3rd period as the Blackhawks win 2-1 against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Friday.

    Hawks enter record book with win over Sharks
    It seemingly has been a different guy standing out every night for the now record-setting Blackhawks. On Friday night, it was rookie left winger Brandon Saad stealing the spotlight. Saad scored short-handed at 2:24 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Hawks a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. “I think it means more to all you guys than it does to us, but it’s a great accomplishment,” said winger Viktor Stalberg.

    St. Charles East’s Will Shanel swims the 200-yard medley.

    Wild ride for St. Charles North in state meet prelims

    Welcome to the pool at New Trier High School, swimming fans. For your own safety, we recommend that you buckle yourself in securely for the boys swimming and diving state meet. Yes, Friday's preliminaries were turbulent, but ultimately also well worth the trip for area teams and individuals. "We enjoyed the ride," said St. Charles North coach Rob Rooney. "We had some great swims, some really great moments. And we had some swims we'd like to have back, but that's true to what the state meet usually is. You get ready, you do your best, and if there's disappointment, you've got to put it behind you."


    Kaneland rallies to win NI Big XII outright

    If it's late in the basketball season and Kaneland is playing at Rochelle, chances are it's a big game. And the Knights are making a habit of winning those big games. After beating the Hubs two years ago on their homecourt in the final game of the season to win the Northern Illinois Big XII title, Kaneland repeated history with a 69-66 history Friday to claim this year's championship.

    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com Connor Black of Mundelein reacts to his time in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA State Swimming Prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka Friday.

    Black attack: Two state records fall for Mundelein senior

    Mundelein senior Connor Black is the fastest swimmer in Illinois high school history. In Friday's state preliminaries at New Trier High School, he qualified first to Saturday's finals with record efforts in both the 50 free (19.80) and the 100 butterfly (47.20).


    Crystal Lake Central dominates Huntley

    The notion that Huntley boys basketball coach Marty Manning made after the Red Raiders' 54-37 loss to Crystal Lake Central in the "unofficial" Fox Valley Conference championship game Friday night may be hard to disagree with. But Red Raiders' senior guard Bryce Only, playing in his last game at Huntley, took it further. On a night where CL Central never switched from a tight man-to-man defense and held the Red Raiders (17-8) to a 29.1 percent clip on 14 of 48 shooting while lighting up Huntley with a 54 percent clip on 42 shots, Only, who scored 9 points, said it bluntly.


    Martin’s shooting touch helps Viator to senior-night win

    After last summer, St. Viator's Patrick Martin seriously considered giving up playing basketball his senior year to concentrate on baseball. But after some long thought and soul-searching, Martin decided he wanted to play hoops in his final year. On Friday, in his final home game and on senior night, Martin showed that his decision was sound, nailing three huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help lift the Lions past Mt. Carmel 71-62.

    Katherine Harry of DePaul women's basketball team has recorded over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in four years for the Blue Demons.

    Mom of DePaul senior the epitome of dedication

    Women's Watch looks at the unique bond DePaul senior center Katherine Harry and her mom Kate share through basketball. Kate has been to all but two of Katherine's games, and she lives seven hours away in Missouri.

    Glenbard South’s Chaun Rickette (3), eyes the basket for a pair of his 16 first quarter points against Fenton.

    Rickette, Glenbard South stagger Fenton

    By the end of the first quarter, Chaun Rickette was on pace for 64 points and 12 steals. He slowed down, of course, but the Glenbard South junior guard made his point. Rickette's rocket of a start led the Raiders' boys basketball team to Friday's 58-41 Metro Suburban Conference victory over Fenton in Glen Ellyn.


    Burlington Central outright BN-East champ

    Burlington Central threw a block party to start its celebration of an outright Big Northern Conference East Division boys basketball title Friday night at Richmond-Burton. Six-foot-9 junior Duncan Ozburn and 6-5 seniors Moter Deng and Dan McCurdy made it clear there would be no easy strolls down the lane to the basket by combining for 6 first-quarter blocks. And when Central wasn't swatting shots it was significantly increasing the degree of scoring difficulty for defending BNC East champion R-B. Sharing the ball offensively and one of the primary defensive responsibilities also played into the visiting Rockets' objective to make sure they didn't share the championship. As a result, they were posing for pictures at Lou Ramirez Gymnasium after a 60-42 victory extended their winning streak to seven games and capped a recovery from an 0-7 start to the season.

    Dennis Kostidis of Fremd competes in the 100-yard butterfly during the boys swimming state meet prelimiinaries at New Trier High School on Friday.

    Ujiiye, Barrington stay busy at state meet

    Barrington senior Kyle Ujiiye might be a little bit tired, but he certainly isn't bored. He'll be facing a very busy day of competition in Saturday boys swimming and diving state meet finals after advancing to the championship heat of the 100-yard butterfly and taking legs of all three Barrington relays, which will compete in the consolation heats as the finals session begins at 1 p.m at New Trier High School. "It looks like I'll have another full meet program," he said, "and I wouldn't want it any other way."


    St. Thomas More, Nashville will battle for 2A crown

    Shay Harre scored 19 points and had 6 rebounds Friday night as Nashville ran away with Walther Lutheran, 50-29, in the Class 2A girls basketball state semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal. Shannon Rennegarbe added 10 points and 7 rebounds for Nashville (33-2).

    Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg, center, celebrates with Andrew Shaw, left, and Patrick Kane after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blackhawks set NHL record with 2-1 win over Sharks

    The Blackhawks set an NHL record for the best start to a season, beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Friday night to give them at least one point in their first 17 games.Blackhawks rookie Brandon Saad scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie. Chicago (14-0-3) won its fourth straight game to break a mark set by the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who earned points in their first 16 games.

    Offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey of Chadron State, shown here at the Senior Bowl game, is among the talent being watched closely at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week. Gilkey graduated from Aurora Christian, where he played under former NFL star Don Beebe.

    Aurora Christian’s Gilkey on verge of reaching NFL dream

    Once bullied so unmercifully that he transferred high schools, Aurora Christian graduate Garrett Gilkey,a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle, is competing at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianaplois and planning to take his game to the NFL next season.


    Cary-Grove downs Woodstock North

    Cary-Grove 57, Woodstock North 47: Dean Lee had 15 points and Jason Gregoire added 14 to lead the Trojans (12-14) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover victory. Tyler Szyldo added 12 points for Cary-Grove.CL South 56, Grayslake North 52: Austin Rogers had 23 points and Nick Geske added 11 to lead the Gators to an FVC crossover win. Max Meitzler added 10 points for Crystal Lake South.

    Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson (2) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Bulls won 105-75.

    Easy victory for Bulls just what doctor ordered
    Under coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls have been a good bounce-back team. So after taking a big hit from the Heat on Thursday, the Bulls took a run off the wrestling ropes and flattened Charlotte 105-75 with owner Michael Jordan looking on from the front row.


    Dundee-Crown blows out Hampshire

    Jackson Buckley gave the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team momentum heading into halftime Friday night with a half-court buzzer beater. The energized Chargers rode that momentum and dominated the second half, outscoring Hampshire by 21, to beat the Whip-Purs 61-35 in the second place Fox Valley Conference crossover game in Carpentersville.

    Neuqua Valley hosted Larkin Friday night for boys basketball.

    Images: Larkin vs. Neuqua Valley, boys basketball
    Neuqua Valley won 71-52 over Larkin Friday night for boys basketball in Naperville.

    Adam Stacklin of Waubonsie Valley reacts to his time in the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA State Swimming Prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka Friday.

    Addison Trail’s Zito makes big splash in state prelims

    At least in one respect, this is no tall tale: Addison Trail's Nick Zito is your top qualifier for today's state championshp finals in the 200-yard individual medley at New Trier High School. He propelled all 6 feet, 8 inches of his frame to an eye-opening 4-second drop from his previous best, finishing in 1:51.22 in Friday's boys swimming and diving state meet preliminaries.


    Ledinsky saves the day for Jacobs

    With the game still undecided, Jacobs senior forward Nick Ledinsky made sure the Golden Eagles would end the regular season with a victory with some late game heroics at both ends of the court. Ledinsky, who nailed a 3-pointer to give the Golden Eagles the lead for good, 52-49 with 2:36 remaining, blocked am 18-footer from Woodstock's Jordan Turner at the buzzer. The end result was a Jacobs 54-52 win over the Blue Streaks in a battle of third place teams in Fox Valley Conference crossover boys basketball action in Algonquin Friday night.


    Geneva edges Bartlett

    In both teams' final tune up before the postseason, patience was the name of the game for the visiting Geneva Vikings and the host Bartlett Hawks in the boys basketball fourth-place Upstate Eight Conference crossover action on Friday night. There were few turnovers, 12 combined, but it was the play of Geneva sophomore Nate Navigato, who led the Vikings to a 36-34 win over the Hawks.

    Glenbard South’s Chaun Rickette eyes the basket for a pair of his 16 first quarter points against Fenton.

    Images: Fenton vs. Glenbard South, boys basketball
    Glenbard South hosted Fenton Friday night for boys basketball in Glen Ellyn.

    Michael Hamman of Cary-Grove reacts to his time in the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA state swimming prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka Friday.

    Hamann, Hasemann make finals

    Cary-Grove senior Michael Hamann came into his final weekend of swimming for the Trojans with one very simple philosophy. "The way I look at it," the Penn-bound Hamann said, "if you have a lane you have a shot and I have just that now, a shot." The 200 individual medley was the race that Hamann figured would be his best opportunity for a finals swim and after the prelims of the 82nd state swimming and diving championships at New Trier, Hamann has his shot. In the final preliminary heat of the race, Hamann swam second to Nick Zito of Addison Trail, swimming a personal best 1:51.53 seeding him third for Saturday's finals. Hamann, who is trying to become the first three-time medalist in school history, is just .31 out of the top spot.

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, left, grabs a rebound as Charlotte Bobcats' Brendan Haywood, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Balanced scoring leads Bulls past Bobcats 105-75

    Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and the Bulls beat Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats 105-75 Friday night. With Jordan looking on from the end of the Charlotte bench, the Bulls jumped out to a 38-19 lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back. Jordan, the Bobcats' owner and former Bulls star, left his seat with about 3 minutes left in the first half and didn't return.

    Connor Black of Mundelein reacts to his time in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA State Swimming prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka Friday.

    Images: Boys State Swimming prelims
    The boys IHSA State Swimming prelims were held Friday, Feb. 22 at New Trier High School in Winnetka. The Swimming and Diving finals begin at 1:00pm on Saturday.


    Watson last top-10 seed left

    And then there was one.One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship until Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10 remaining at Dove Mountain.


    Papelbon says Phillies lacked leadership last season

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    Ryan says Rangers will still be competitive

    While the Texas Rangers were unable to re-sign five-time All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton, failed to lure pitcher Zack Greinke to Texas and traded Michael Young, Nolan Ryan still expects the team to be very competitive this season because of how they recovered after the disappointment of the early part of free agency.


    Aquin, Mount Pulaski to play for 1A title

    Senior all-stater Sophie Brunner hit a jumpshot with six seconds left to play Friday afternoon, lifting top-ranked defending state champion Freeport Aquin to a 39-38 win over Annawan in the Class 1A girls basketball state semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Burlington Central freshman Kayla Ross cuts a piece of the net Thursday after the Rockets’ 49-26 win over Sterling in the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston sectional championship game.

    Future looking bright for Burlington Central, Huntley

    That surreal feeling became real for the girls basketball players, coaches and fans from Burlington Central and Huntley Friday morning. They may have waked up looking for someone to pinch them to make sure, but the reality is the Rockets and Red Raiders are playing in supersectionals Monday night. Man, how times have changed — at least for this year. We're not talking about two programs here that make a habit of playing basketball on the last Monday of February. To the contrary, this is just Central's second supersectional, and the last one came in 1984, when most of the current Rockets' parents were still in high school themselves. And for Huntley, well, this is totally uncharted waters for the Red Raiders.

    Chicago White Sox's Jeff Keppinger, left, talks with Brent Morel during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Will Keppinger stand as Sox third baseman?

    Scot Gregor ranks the AL’s top third basemen:1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers2. Evan Longoria, Rays3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers4. Kyle Seager, Mariners5. Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays9. Jeff Keppinger, White Sox

    HEfootball_1ne010907MW COOK Photo0573400 Mark Welsh Photos ///// News conference announcing the name, logo and coaching staff of the new Continental Indoor Football League team that will play at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. It will be coached by former Chicago Bear lineman Steve "Mongo"

    Slaughter opens home season with ex-Illini QB at controls

    Head coach Steve McMichael believes dual-threat quarterback Juice Williams, a former Fighting Illini star, can help lead his Chicago Slaughter team back to the Indoor Football League playoffs, starting with Sunday's home opener at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Ian Stewart looks like the Cubs pick to open the season at third base.

    Third base job is Stewart’s to lose

    Third baseman Ian Stewart is trying to shake the injury bug and return to the form that led Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer to trade two young players for him in December 2011.

    Chicago Bandits pitcher Monica Abbott, who tossed a no-hitter and notched 14 wins last season, will return for her third NPF season with the Bandits, who play in Rosemont.

    Ace Abbott returns for 2013 Bandits season

    With back-to-back Pitcher of the Year titles in hand, Chicago Bandits ace Monica Abbott has re-signed for the 2013 season, general manager Aaron M. Moore announced Friday."Monica is the exact definition of an Ace and we're thrilled to have her back," Moore said. "Monica wants the ball when the game is online and I think her teammates feed off of her emotion in the circle."

    FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, reacts during a press conference for the women's World Cup ski races in Aspen, Colo. Vonn is on the mend after surgery to repair two shredded knee ligaments from a crash at the world championships in Austria. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)

    Vonn ahead of schedule after knee surgery

    Lindsey Vonn's right knee is healing quicker than her feelings over a world championship race she says should have been called off.

    Danica Patrick walks to her hauler in the garage area during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Danica brings new eyes to NASCAR and Daytona 500

    The big boys brought their little girls to see NASCAR's shining star.Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson all took their daughters to meet Danica Patrick this week at Daytona International Speedway.It was the ultimate backstage pass.


    Hinrich out tonight vs. Bobcats

    Kirk Hinrich is sidelined again for the Bulls. The veteran point guard is sitting out Friday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats because of an ongoing problem with his right elbow.


    Christian Liberty’s Moriarty repeats as 1A 3-point champ

    Jess Moriarty didn't lose her touch in 12 months. After winning the IHSA 3-point shooting contest as a freshman, the Christian Liberty guard defended her title on Friday. Moriarty told Chargers coach Steve Rowland she wasn't as nervous heading into the competition this time at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. Maybe until she got to Friday's shootout.

    Will the Lakers survive the drama and struggles with center Dwight Howard and guard Kobe Bryant?

    What’s next for the Lakers with Kobe & Howard?

    How will the Los Angeles Lakers deal with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard for the future? Mike North wants to know, and he thinks the best result would help the Houston Rockets. And Bulls ans, he wants to know if you would rather have Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard on the Chicago Bulls?

    Rolling Meadows players Jackie Kempf, left, hugs Jenny Vliet after the game.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Fremd, girls basketball
    Rolling Meadows won 59-50 over Fremd in the Class 4A girls basketball sectional final on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Libertyville.


    Aerial view of the Paddock Printing Center in Schaumburg.

    Daily Herald announces appointments for digital

    Paddock Publications Inc., publisher of the Daily Herald, Friday announced the appointments of two managers to strengthen its growing digital operation. Stuart Paddock III has been named vice president/director of digital and information technologies. Pete Rosengren, a former Paddock director of interactive media sales, will return as director of digital sales.

    Associated Press/ Jan. 10, 2009 The Microsoft logo at the company’s exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    Microsoft’s Azure storage service suffers outage

    The software maker says its Azure service went down shortly before 4 p.m. EST Friday. The breakdown prevented Azure customers from accessing files kept in Microsoft's data centers.


    Discover CEO Nelms gets $9.91 million in 2012 pay

    Discover Financial Services Co. says its Chairman and CEO David Nelms received compensation valued at $9.92 million in the credit card company's 2012 fiscal year. That is a 28 percent drop from the prior year, and reflects lower stock awards.

    Residential houses and apartment blocks in the Brixton district of London.

    Moody’s downgrades Britain’s rating from AAA to AA1

    Treasury chief George Osborne said the blow only redoubled his resolve "to deliver our economic recovery plan," based on deep spending cuts.Moody's said "subdued" growth prospects and a "high and rising debt burden" were weighing on the British economy.

    Associated Press/Feb. 15, 2013 President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago last week. The president and congressional Republicans each seem content with the political ground they hold and are prepared to let across-the-board spending cuts take effect on March 1.

    Administration warns of impact of broad budget cuts

    The Obama administration is painting a dire portrait of the many ways the public will feel the effects of automatic federal spending cuts due to begin March 1.

    The Caterpillar plant in Des Plaines.

    Caterpillar considers closing Pennsylvania plant
    The York Distribution Center in Springettsbury Township employs 250 people.


    Vanderbilt Capital to pay New Mexico $24 million

    New Mexico would be paid more than $24 million under a settlement negotiated with the Chicago-based financial firm of Vanderbilt Capital Advisors to resolve claims in an alleged pay-to-play scandal involving state investments. If approved by a court, the settlement announced Friday would provide the State Investment Council with $20 million and the teacher pension fund with $4.25 million.


    Illinois Supreme Court issues rules on foreclosures
    The Illinois Supreme Court is issuing a new set of rules addressing how mortgage foreclosures are handled in the state.The court says the rules announced Friday are aimed at avoiding abuses during the foreclosure process.

    A trader works Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow bounces back from 2-day slide

    Strong earnings from big U.S. companies pushed the Dow Jones industrial average to a rare triple-digit gain Friday, but the S&P 500 index still posted its first weekly loss of the year.

    State Farm’s plans to add significant office space in Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix have made some state leaders curious about the company’s intentions but a spokeswoman for the insurance firm said it has no plans to leave its Bloomington headquarters, pictured here.

    State Farm says it’s not moving HQ

    State Farm Insurance Co. says it isn't moving its headquarters from Bloomington, despite recent media reports that the Illinois-based company is adding major office space in Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix. News reports last week in Dallas and Atlanta about large amounts of office space State Farm is getting ready to occupy in those cities led to media speculation and questions from Illinois politicians about the company's plans.

    French farmers hold a placard as they demonstrate Monday in support of the cooperative Lur Berri group, which includes Spanghero society, which is identified by French Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon as a major culprit in the use of horse meat in food products, in Aicirits, France.

    Ireland: Plant sent horse labeled ‘beef’ to Czechs

    An Irish slaughterhouse has been caught labeling horse meat as beef and shipping it to a company in the Czech Republic, Ireland's government said Friday, in the latest crackdown on alleged fraud in Europe's month-old scandal.

    Coca-Cola Co. signage is displayed the window of a restaurant as patrons dine in San Francisco.

    Coca-Cola’s female board nominee reflects company diversity

    Coca-Cola said today that Care USA Chief Executive Officer Helene Gayle, 57, will stand for election in April. She would be one of three women and three blacks on a board that includes an Hispanic and will have an average age of 66 if she is elected.

    Erin Birt

    Wheaton attorney provides array of family services

    As a young girl, Erin Birt says she asked a lot of questions and talked a lot. She is now the owner of The Law Firm of Erin Birt & The Birt Group offers a variety of family law and court approved services such as divorce options, court approved divorce-related mediation and court approved DUI risk education, DUI classes, and DUI/substance abuse group treatment.


    Most charges dismissed against ex-Blackwater execs

    The federal prosecution of five former employees of the private security firm Blackwater has collapsed after the defendants said they were acting at the direction of the CIA by providing five automatic rifles as gifts to King Abdullah of Jordan.

    In this 2009 photo, an Early County, Ga. Sheriff’s car sits parked in front of the the Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Blakely, Ga. A federal grand jury indicted four employees of a peanut company, Wednesday, linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds. The indictment was unsealed in federal court in Georgia and charges four employees with Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America.

    Feds indict 4 in peanut butter salmonella outbreak
    A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history.The 76-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia. It charged the former employees of Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America with conspiracy, wire fraud, obstruction of justice and others offenses related to contaminated or misbranded food.

    Traders work the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday

    Oil snaps 2 days of steep losses, gains modest

    The price of oil broke two days of steep losses Friday and scrambled back to close to $93 a barrel after official predictions that economic growth in Europe would pick up pace in the second half of the year. Ample supplies kept gains in check.


    Wal-Mart outlook gives glimpse of economy
    As the fortunes of many Americans go, so goes Wal-Mart, so goes the economy.Even as the world's largest retailer on Thursday reported an 8.6 percent rise in fourth quarter profit during the busy holiday shopping season, it offered a weaker forecast for the coming months. The problem? The poor and middle-class Americans Wal-Mart caters to — and who are big drivers of spending in the U.S. — are struggling with rising gas prices, delayed income tax refunds and higher payroll taxes.


    EU hopeful eurozone will start growing in 2013

    The European Union predicted Friday that the economy of the 17 member countries that use the euro will see its fortunes improve as the year goes by even though it expects the recession to last longer than it previously thought. In its winter forecast, the EU Commission, the EU's executive arm, said the eurozone is likely to contract a further 0.3 percent this year, in contrast to its prediction last November of 0.1 percent growth.


    Heinz 3rd-quarter net income dips
    Food maker H.J. Heinz says its fiscal third quarter net income fell 5 percent as gains in emerging markets were offset by costs related to selling a frozen food business in China.The company is in the process of being bought by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $23.3 billion.


    Dollar holds on to gains after Fed report
    The dollar is holding on to most of its gains after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's considering slowing or ending its efforts to support the economy.Some of the Fed's policymakers fear that the bank's bond-buying program could cause inflation. If the Fed curtails the program, it could lead to higher U.S. interest rates and a stronger dollar.


    U.S. consumer prices flat in January for 2nd month

    U.S. consumer prices were flat last month, the latest sign inflation is in check. That could give the Federal Reserve leeway to continue its efforts to stimulate growth.The consumer price index has risen 1.6 percent in the 12 months ending in January, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down from a 2.9 percent pace a year ago.


    Gov’t downsizes amid GOP demands for more cuts

    Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they've already gotten much of both.Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 recession and as the anemic recovery continues.

    In this Thursday, April 26, 2012, file photo, a Safeway online shopping advertisement is shown at a Safeway store in San Francisco. Grocery store operator Safeway said Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, its customer loyalty program helped its fourth-quarter net income jump 13 percent in the fourth quarter, far surpassing expectations.

    Safeway 4Q net income jumps

    Grocery store operator Safeway said Thursday its customer loyalty program helped its fourth-quarter net income jump 13 percent in the fourth quarter, far surpassing expectations. Shares jumped more than 13 percent in afternoon trading on the better-than-expected results.

    U.S. consumer prices were flat last month, the latest sign inflation is in check. That could give the Federal Reserve room to continue its efforts to stimulate growth. The consumer price index has risen 1.6 percent in the 12 months ending in January, the Labor Department said Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. That’s down from a 2.9 percent pace a year ago.

    US consumer prices flat in January for 2nd month

    U.S. consumer prices were flat in January from December for the second month in a row, the latest sign inflation is in check. That could give the Federal Reserve leeway to continue its efforts to stimulate growth. The consumer price index has risen 1.6 percent in the 12 months ending in January, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down from a 2.9 percent pace a year ago.\

    A man uses the Google Chromebook Pixel laptop computer after an announcement in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Google is adding a new touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.

    Google adds new touch to line of Chrome laptops

    Google is adding a new and more expensive touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple. The Chromebook Pixel unveiled Thursday includes a nearly 13-inch display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger. That duplicates a key feature in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of the world's leading operating system for PCs.


    World markets rebound after 2 days of losses

    World stocks mostly rebounded Friday from two days of doldrums sparked by fears the Federal Reserve would withdraw monetary stimulus. European markets were helped by a better-than-expected German business confidence survey.

    An unidentified woman answers questions on a job application at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla

    Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remained at a level consistent with modest hiring.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 8,000 to 360,750, the highest in six weeks. A department spokesman said heavy snowstorms in the Northeast didn't affect the total.

    home is for sale in Glenview U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign that the housing market is sustaining its recovery and helping bolster the economy.

    US home sales rise to 2nd-highest pace in 3 years

    U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign that the housing market is sustaining its recovery and helping bolster the economy.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 0.4 percent in January compared with December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million. That was the second-highest sales pace since November 2009, when a temporary home buyer tax credit had boosted sales.

    A “for sale” sign outside a home in Glenview, Ill. 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.

    US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.56 pct

    The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week but remained near historic lows. Low mortgage rates have helped support the slowly recovering housing market.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan increased to 3.56 percent from 3.53 percent last week. That's still near the 3.31 percent reached in November, which was the lowest on record dating to 1971.

    Foreigners speak with sales person at a Koryolink cellphone rental booth, asking about mobile phone service at Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    NKorea to allow mobile Internet for foreigners

    North Korea will soon allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from their cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices in its second relaxation of controls on communications in recent weeks. However, North Korean citizens will not have access to the mobile Internet service to be offered by provider Koryolink within the next week.Koryolink, a joint venture between Korea Post & Telecommunications Corporation and Egypt's Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding SAE, informed foreign residents in Pyongyang on Friday that it will launch a third generation, or 3G, mobile Internet service no later than March 1.The announcement comes just weeks after North Korea began allowing foreigners to bring their own cellphones into the country to use with Koryolink SIM cards, reversing a longstanding rule requiring most visitors to relinquish their phones at customs and leaving many without easy means of communication with the outside world.

    Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., center right, stands with his family for a ceremonial photo with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center left, in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol after the new 113th Congress convened in Washington.

    Gov't downsizes amid GOP demands for more cuts

    Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they've already gotten much of both.Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 recession and as the anemic recovery continues.This recent shrinkage has largely been obscured by an increase in spending on benefit payments to individuals under "entitlement" programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits. Retiring baby boomers are driving much of this increase

    All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 "the Dreamliner" parks on the tarmac at Haneda airport in Tokyo. Japanese investigators have identified the causes of fuel leaks and other problems with Boeing's 787 but are still investigating the more serious battery problem that forced an emergency landing in January and the worldwide grounding of the jets.

    Japan identifies some Boeing 787 problems

    Japanese authorities have identified the causes of fuel leaks and other problems with Boeing's 787 but are still investigating the more serious battery problem that forced an emergency landing in January and the worldwide grounding of the jets. An oil leak was caused by an improper paint job that led to a switch not working properly, while inadequate taping led to cracks in cockpit glass, and a faulty part led to braking problems, according to the Transport Ministry's investigation released Friday into problems that occurred with the 787 Dreamliner in January.the government issued orders to fix the problems with 787s operated by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, the country's two major carriers and the biggest customers for Boeing Co.'s new jet.

Life & Entertainment

    2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane may bring a cheekiness to Sunday’s show that prods younger viewers to check out the Oscars just to see what he might pull.

    Oscar guy MacFarlane aims to perk up stodgy awards

    For good or bad, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane already has enlivened the awards scene. As emcee of a broadcast notorious for its predictability and geezer audience, MacFarlane may bring a cheekiness that prods younger viewers to check out the Oscars Sunday just to see what he might pull. But just how far will MacFarlane push it? "It's a balance between not being completely dismissive of the ceremony, but at the same time, injecting a little bit of a lighter sensibility than maybe we've seen in the past," he said.

    Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, here performing at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, announced their 12-city Legends of the Summer tour beginning July 17 in Toronto and stopping at Soldier Field on July 22.

    Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z tour to make Soldier Field stop

    Put on your suit and tie: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are hitting the road together. They'll perform Monday, July 22, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Feb. 28.

    Bryan Cranston, left, plays Jack O’Donnell and Ben Affleck portrays Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

    In fact-based films, how much fiction is OK?

    There's crackling filmmaking in "Argo" — except that some of it never happened. Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio, whose film is an Oscar front-runner, never claimed their film was a documentary, of course. But still, they've caught some flak for the liberties they took in the name of entertainment. And they aren't alone — two other high-profile best-picture nominees this year, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," have also been criticized for different sorts of factual issues.


    New law targets adults who allow underage drinking

    Illinois' newly enacted social hosting law is an opportunity for parents to work with police to curb underage drinking, one suburban chief said. "I think it's a great start," Wauconda Police Chief Douglas Larsson said.

    “Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun” by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen (Bloomsbury 2012), $25, 352 pages.

    ‘Unbored’: What to do when you have nothing to do

    You're about to say you're bored, which means you're about to get into big trouble. But before you do that, why not find "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun" by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen. It might single-handedly save your whole family from complete craziness.


    Entry level buyers are often tripped up by student debt

    Though the housing market is rebounding in many local markets, there is one important segment that is not: First-time buyers are missing in action and represent a smaller proportion of overall sales activity than their historical norm.

    On her new release, jazz singer Mary Alouette brings electronica into the mix.

    Mary Alouette blends gypsy jazz with electronica

    As an opera student at McGill University in Montreal, Mary Alouette developed an interest that didn't necessarily correspond to her studies: electronic music. It took moving to Brooklyn and embarking on a career as a gypsy jazz singer to finally bring electronica into the mix in the form of a new EP, "The Lark." "Growing up doing opera, especially in Montreal, I felt like I could never reconcile the two," Alouette says, "but now they're all blending and they don't feel so segmented."

    Daniel Day-Lewis is up for a best actor honor at the Academy Awards Sunday for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the film “Lincoln.”

    Make your Oscar picks
    Here are the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, which will be announced during the ceremony Sunday, Feb. 24.


    Wayne Shorter Quartet offers daring improvisations

    Saxophonist Wayne Shorter ranks among jazz's greatest composers, but when his quartet performs live — as on this album — his compositions are mere frameworks for daring improvisations that take off in unexpected directions without a safety net. His acoustic quartet includes three leaders in their own right — pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade — who've developed an almost telepathic interplay after 12 years together.

    Terri Lyne Carrington, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue”

    Carrington’s ‘Money Jungle’ a fresh take

    Producer Terri Lyne Carrington follows up her Grammy-winning, all-female "The Mosaic Project" by offering a fresh take on the classic trio recording "Money Jungle" — the session released 50 years ago that teamed pianist Duke Ellington, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach.


    Book notes: Glen Ellyn’s Bookstore hosts book launch reception

    Glen Ellyn author Carrie Jo Howe discusses and signs copies of her debut book, "Motherhood is Not for Babies ... A Story of Dating, Mating & Procreating," at a book launch party at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn.

    The Napa model is offered at Andare, a 55 plus age-restricted resort-style community that is part of the larger Talamore development in Huntley.

    Homebuilders target specific market segments

    Today with the most diverse group of homebuyers ever, one size does not fit all. A variety of buyers comprise today's market — active seniors, empty-nesters, young professionals, singles, young families with children and first-time buyers. And they desire different homes.


    No one disclosed foundation crack to buyer

    Q. I purchased my home about six years ago. Two years later, I removed the old carpet rolls that the sellers had left in the basement. They had been stacked in a corner, concealing part of the foundation. When the rolls were moved, a vertical crack in the foundation was revealed.

    Schaumburg resident Tim Walsh, left, plays Captain Charles Taylor opposite Frank Pete's Captain Richard Davenport in Raven Theatre's 30th anniversary revival of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Soldier's Play.”

    Suburban actors thrive in Chicago storefronts

    Anyone experienced with Chicago theater knows the talent pool is deep and wide. So wide it extends well past the city limits into the suburbs, which supply Chicago's thriving storefront scene with an invaluable resource. We caught up with several suburban-based actors — two veterans and a newcomer — currently appearing in Chicago to chat about their lives in theater.


    Local theater: Take a test drive

    Steel Beam Theatre revs up "Becky's New Car" while Three Brothers perform the Bard's greatest hits in 90 minutes, this week in suburban theater.


    Realty pros name ‘Top 10’ reasons why homes don’t sell

    Homeowners who want to sell quickly should first clean up their house, a survey says. Other big turnoffs include uncontrolled animals and odors from last night's dinner.


    Brighten up your home with wallpaper

    A little bit of wallpaper can go a long way toward making a bold statement in your home. Most DIY'ers have done a room or two in wallpaper. It's kind of fun, but you usually have to use the more subdued patterns. However, for smaller projects, you can go bolder. Here are some items we've covered with wallpaper.



    Editorial: With second chance come obligations

    A Lake Zurich cop and the Antioch Rescue Squad got second chances this week. A Daily Herald editorial's message: don't blow it.


    Time for a RINO rebellion

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: What has become glaringly clear is that RINOs need to stop being so normal and grant their better angels a sabbatical. Forget taking back the country. Start by taking back your party. Do it for your country.


    Amazon rules the sales-tax jungle

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Amazon does not burden out-of-state shoppers with sales taxes. This gives it a significant advantage over brick-and-mortar stores that must tack on such taxes. Amazon understandably likes it that way.


    Hurricane victims appreciate local help
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: A few weeks ago, you had an article that mentioned the volunteer work of Joe Rostron of Lindenhurst. I wanted to be sure to tell him how grateful I am that people like him exist


    Enforce the taxes we have in place
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Many of the so-called 47 percent are legitimate; however, what about the criminals, tax cheats and "cash only" business that pay no taxes? Why is it that the tax burdens fall only on the shoulders of the honest workers and businesses that dutifully report and deduct taxes from employees' paychecks?


    Walsh lives what he preaches
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: His intention was to clean up government where he could, and he did his best. He was the only congressman who came home every weekend during the two years he served in order to inform and be informed by his constituents. He slept on an air mattress in his office to save taxpayer money.


    Celebrate diversity among all humans
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Black History Month holds a special meaning for me. It not only defines equality for African-Americans, but it also universally welcomes cultural diversity. As American Muslims, we celebrate this month with honor toward all human beings of all races and color.


    Elgin OCTAVE hosts successful forum
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Now that the Elgin OCTAVE's city council candidate forum of Jan. 12 is behind us, it is fair to say that the event was a positive success. We would like to thank the following candidates for their participation: Roy Chapman, Andrew Cuming, Mike DeBrocke, Jason Dusenbery, Craig Dresang, Terry Gavin, Cody Holt, Rosemarie Kahn, Tom McCarthy, John Prigge, Carol Rauschenberger, Toby Shaw and Larry Wegman.


    Smart for gay man to leave Illinois?
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: I grew up in Crystal Lake and went to University at Western Illinois. After graduation from college I left Illinois because I felt that being a gay man would not fit well in this state.


    Offended by mayor flooding remark
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: Regarding the Sugar Grove candidates, Village President Sean Michels' comment that the Mallard Point flooding was not a village problem is offensive.


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