Daily Archive : Saturday February 23, 2013



    Man convicted in 2003 Elgin drug murder seeks new trial

    A 41-year-old man convicted a decade ago of murdering of an Elgin drug dealer made his case for a new trial Wednesday, arguing that hearsay statements from others involved in the crime were improperly admitted into court. Darren Denson, formerly of Chicago, is serving a life prison sentence for the February 2003 murder of Kyle Juggins, 32, who was stabbed and shot in a west side apartment in...

    The air traffic control tower at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago could be shut down if lawmakers fail to avert federal spending cuts next month.

    Fed cuts could shut Illinois airport control towers

    Air traffic control towers could be shut down at nine Illinois airports, including the Aurora Airport, DuPage Airport and the Waukegan Regional Airport, if no deal is reached in Washington to avert federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday. "There's going to a ripple effect. It's going to cause delays everywhere," said one suburban pilot.

    Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable, center, receives the Spirit of Maryville Award from Sister Catherine Ryan, executive director Maryville Academy, during Maryville Academy's 2013 Guardian Medallion Award Gala on Saturday night at the JW Marriott in Chicago.

    Daily Herald columnist receives Maryville spirit award

    Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable received the Spirit of Maryville Award Saturday during Maryville Academy's seventh annual Guardian Medallion Award Gala held at the Marriott in downtown Chicago.That spirit is about "respecting and nurturing the dignity of each young person who comes to Maryville," Maryville Academy Executive Director Sister Catherine Ryan said.

    David McArdle

    Law firm donated $6,000 to Island Lake candidates

    The law firm that represented four Island Lake trustees during a nasty political battle in 2011 has donated a hefty sum to the candidates running against Mayor Debbie Herrmann and her allies, state records show. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood and McArdle gave the group running as the "For the People" slate $6,000 on Feb. 6, campaign disclosure reports revealed. Partner David McArdle explained the...

    Kyle Larson's car is on fire as he slides down the track with Regan Smith after being involved in a crash at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday.

    33 fans injured when car sails into fence at Daytona

    NASCAR fans were injured Saturday when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands when a car flew into the fence on a frightening last-lap accident in the second-tier Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. "It was freaky. When I looked to my right, the accident happened," said Rick Harpster of Orange Park, Fla.

    French actor Gerard Depardieu speaks Friday at the opening ceremony of the Illusion movie theater after its restoration in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship last month and Saturday he registered as a permanent resident of the city of Saransk.

    French actor Depardieu takes up Russia residency

    French actor Gerard Depardieu has a new permanent address in Russia.Depardieu had sought Russian citizenship as part of his battle against a proposed super tax on millionaires in France.

    Voters in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will determine the fate of the Jefferson Early Childhood Center in the April 9 election.

    Jefferson plans get mixed reviews at Dist. 200 forum

    A proposed $17.6 million tax increase to replace the Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Wheaton is drawing fire from some for its price tag and praise from others who say a change is long overdue. Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 is seeking voter approval April 9 to borrow $17.6 million to build a new Jefferson and demolish the existing structure at 130 N. Hazelton Ave. If the referendum...

    National Rifle Association President David Keene

    NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

    The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won't work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration — ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.


    100 passengers rescued from Dallas Zoo monorail

    Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says as many as five extension ladders at a time were used to remove the passengers Saturday.


    Two scuba divers die off Monterey coast

    Emergency crews were sent to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve around 2:45 p.m. Friday where they found lifeguards performing CPR on one of the divers, said state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant. Lifeguards and firefighters used a boat to get to the second diver floating just offshore.


    Hunter acquitted of killing man mistaken for bear

    An Oregon hunter has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a Marine reservist from California he says he mistook for a bear.

    Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges a cheering crowd of faithful and pilgrims during his second-last Angelus prayer last Sunday from the window of his apartment at the Vatican.

    Reshaped papacy raises questions for church future

    As the first pontiff in six centuries to step down, Benedict has carved a new path for his successors who decide they cannot rule for life. But scholars say the repercussions could reach beyond just changing how pontiffs leave.


    Anti-communist oaths persist despite court rulings

    It has been just shy of 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington state law barring members of the Communist Party from voting or holding public-sector jobs is unconstitutional. Evidently, that is not enough time to remove it from the books.

    Marty Waitzman, Linda Moore and Pam Fender, all GOP candidates for Grafton Township supervisor

    Primary in Grafton Twp. to include supervisor, other contests

    The Republican primary coming up in Grafton Township on Tuesday will feature several offices, including the one at the very top of the ticket.

    Associated Press/February 2012 Maria Susana Flores Gamez, after being crowned Sinaloa Woman 2012 in Culiacan, Mexico.

    No escape from narcos for Mexican beauty queen

    If you had asked her that February weekend, the new Sinaloa Woman would have said the future she'd chosen was clear: a calendar of pageants as far away as China, a chance to compete for the coveted Miss Sinaloa title, and then, Miss Mexico.But Susy, as she was called, had chosen another path at the crossroads of power and beauty in a state known for drug lords and pageant queens. It was a fateful...


    Iran says it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’

    Gen. Hamid Sarkheili, a spokesman for the military exercise, said the Guard's electronic warfare unit spotted signals indicating that foreign drones were trying to enter Iranian airspace. Sarkheili said Guard experts took control of one drone's navigation system and brought it down near the city of Sirjan.

    A Michigan deposit is shown Saturday printed on a beverage in Detroit. Michigan lawmakers want to crack down on can and bottle smugglers they say are scamming Michigan for undeserved recycling refunds, corrupting a generous 10-cent per container payback policy once infamously portrayed in a “Seinfeld” episode and which beverage officials now claim costs the state millions of dollars annually.

    Smugglers still cashing in on Michigan can refund

    Michigan lawmakers want to crack down on can and bottle smugglers they say are scamming Michigan for undeserved recycling refunds, corrupting a generous 10-cent per container payback policy once infamously portrayed in a "Seinfeld" episode and which beverage officials now claim costs the state millions of dollars annually.


    Fire damages Fox Lake furniture repair shop

    An early morning fire damaged a furniture repair shop in Fox Lake Saturday. Firefighters were called at 1:44 a.m. to battle the blaze at Furniture Doctor, 34 E. Grand Ave. No one was injured and officials are trying to determine the amount of damage.

    This year’s “Dancing With The Geneva Stars” couples raised $12,710 for the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and the Geneva Academic Foundation.

    ‘Dancing With The Geneva Stars’ ends 5-year run

    After five very successful, fun years, the annual "Dancing With The Geneva Stars" fundraiser will be no more, columnist Dave Heun says.


    Suburban Chicago pastor accused of sexual assault

    A suburban Chicago pastor is being accused of sexually assaulting a child. Authorities say the Rev. Donald Jung of the Second Baptist Church in La Grange was arrested and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.


    Chicago jail officers accused in beating of inmate

    Two officers at the Cook County Jail are accused of having two jailed men beat another inmate. Prosecutors said correctional officers Pamela Bruce, 29, and Delphia Sawyer, 31, ordered the February 2012 attack after the victim shouted insults at them.

    Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss

    Notable deaths last week
    Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready.The former country star apparently took her own life last week at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities say McCready died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot to the head. She was 37, and left behind two young sons.

    Pete Livorsi of Buffalo Grove, right, helps Neikos Fultz of Aurora begin to learn scuba diving Saturday in the East Aurora High School pool. Triple Threat Mentoring and S.T.A.R.S. International offered scuba lessons to about 15 urban teens who otherwise may never experience such an expensive hobby.

    Scuba training ‘unique experience’ for Aurora teens

    A program that aims to change the lives of at-risk teens by teaching them scuba diving got its feet wet Saturday in Aurora. S.T.A.R.S. International, a Lake in the Hills-based nonprofit, gave lessons in the East Aurora High School pool to about 15 teens involved with Triple Threat Mentoring. "At first, when I went in, I wasn't used to breathing underwater," said Neikos Fultz, a 16-year-old East...

    Palatine Fire Chief Scott Andersen talks about the ultimate sacrifice given by three fallen volunteer firefighters, John Wilson, Richard Freeman and Warren Ahlgrim, who perished during a fire rescue on Feb. 23, 1973. Roughly 200 people, including firefighters from several suburban departments, attended a ceremony Saturday at the Firefighters Memorial in downtown Palatine to honor their memory and commemorate the 40th anniversary of their deaths.

    Fallen Palatine firefighters remembered 40 years later

    An Honor Guard procession, the placing of a wreath, the forlorn wail of a lone bagpipe playing, and the mournful knell of bells Saturday marked the sacrifice given by three fallen volunteer Palatine firefighters, John Wilson, Richard Freeman and Warren Ahlgrim, who perished during a fire rescue on Feb. 23, 1973.


    YWCA Elgin seeks nominations for women leaders

    Page 3The YWCA Elgin will host its 30th annual Leader Luncheon Thursday, May 9, in Streamwood. This event is attended by hundreds of area leaders, business representatives and volunteers who acknowledge and honor women in the Elgin area that have made significant difference in the community.


    GOP primary key in shaping fractured Palatine Township board

    Between disagreements over salaries, road district budgets and seemingly simple policies, Palatine Township officials don't often reach a consensus. Tuesday's Republican primary election is, in a way, a reflection of that discord with 18 candidates — 11 of them vying for four open trustee seats — believing they can best lead the board.

    Associated Press/Jan. 18, 2009 A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits parked in front of a crowd of people peering through the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Border Field State Park in San Diego.

    What does a ‘secure’ border look like?

    The 1,954-mile border with Mexico is more difficult to breach than ever. San Diego is but one example. Two decades ago, fewer than 4,000 Border Patrol agents manned the entire Southwest border. Today there are 18,500. Some 651 miles of fence have been built, most of that since 2005.

    People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court in Washington last October as the court embarked on a new term.

    DNA privacy gets first Supreme Court test

    Privacy advocates say there are more effective ways to get DNA to solve crimes that don't raise constitutional concerns.


    Man rescued from Hoffman Estates pond after ice breaks

    A trio of Hoffman Estates police officers and one of the town's top firefighters helped rescue a man who'd fallen into a partially frozen pond early Saturday, authorities said.

    June Steenkamp, center, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, arrives for her funeral Tuesday in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Steenkamp family has struggled with it’s own grief and harbors misgivings about efforts by the Pistorius family to reach out to them with condolences.

    Pistorius’ slain girlfriend’s family grieves, wonders

    Mike Steenkamp, Reeva's uncle, told The Associated Press that the family of the double-amputee athlete initially did not send condolences or try to contact the bereaved parents, but had since sought to reach out in what he described as a poorly timed way.

    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, right, and his sister Aimee, left, are driven to a relatives home in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Pistorius was released on bail and will return to court June, 4, 2013 to face charge a charge of pre-meditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

    Grief besets family of Pistorius' slain girlfriend

    Far from the courtroom drama that has gripped South Africa, the family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend has struggled with its own private deluge of grief, frustration and bewilderment. The victim's relatives also harbor misgivings about efforts by the Olympian's family to reach out to them with condolences.

    South Korean Army's multiple rocket launcher fires live rounds during an exercise at Fire Training Field in Cheorwon, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. North Korea is upgrading one of its two major missile launch sites, apparently to handle much bigger rockets, and some design features suggest it is getting help from Iran, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.

    N. Korea warns US commander in S. Korea over drills

    North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea on Saturday of "miserable destruction" if the U.S. military presses ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month. Pak Rim Su, chief of North Korea's military delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone, sent the warning Saturday morning to Gen. James Thurman, Pyongyang's...

    Smoke and flames billow from a burning vehicle following a shooting and multi-car accident on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The Las Vegas Strip became a scene of deadly violence early Thursday when, authorities say, someone in a black Range Rover opened fire on a Maserati, sending it crashing into a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least six injured.

    Rapper, cabbie meet violent end together in Vegas

    Kenny Cherry was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Taxi driver Michael Boldon was a family man who hailed from Michigan; and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, came from a loving Washington state family and was well regarded in her community.


    Police: Report of gunman at MIT is unfounded

    BOSTON — Police in Massachusetts say a call reporting a gunman on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus was unfounded and that there is no threat to public safety.

    Workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation work around a a tank farm where highly radioactive waste is stored underground near Richland, Wash.m in 2004. Six underground radioactive waste tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Inslee made the announcement after meeting with federal officials in Washington, D.C. Last week it was revealed that one of the 177 tanks at south-central Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation was leaking liquids. Inslee called the latest news "disturbing."

    6 leaking tanks are Hanford nuke site's latest woe

    Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country's most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.


    Illinois firms must verify status of temp agencies

    The state of Illinois is reminding businesses using temporary workers that it is their responsibility to check whether those temp agencies are licensed.


    U of Ill. Students consider Assembly Hall fee

    University of Illinois students will vote next month on a $25-per-semester fee administrators hope will raise funds to help pay for Assembly Hall renovations.


    Feds approve Illinois managed care plan

    More than 135,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid will be assigned to a managed care health plan by early next year, if they don't opt out of a new program to coordinate their care.

    Redflex is on the outs in Chicago over a corruption probe.

    Suburbs on the fence over Redflex scandal

    Is there suburban fallout from the mishaps of red-light camera vendor Redflex? The company is embroiled in a scandaliover perks extended to a Chicago official. While one local official thinks it's worth a review, another says Redflex is competent.

    The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Libertyville quietly has been helping Lake County residents in need since opening in November but will celebrate its grand opening Monday. It’s located at 1125 S. Milwaukee Ave. in the Greentree shopping center.

    Need prompts grand opening of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Libertyville

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society said an increased need for food, clothing, rent, and other assistance in Lake County and northern Cook County prompted the charitable group to open a thrift store in Libertyville. A grand opening and blessing is scheduled for Monday.


    Three sue for injuries during severe storm at Cougars volunteer event

    Two St. Charles East High School students, along with a recent NIU graduate, have sued the Kane County Cougars and a catering company, arguing negligence in their response to an August 2012 severe storm that blew through the stadium. The three were injured, two severely, by flying debris, according lawsuits filed in Kane County this week.

    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. 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 Michigan water to the...

    The New York City Council is considering a proposal to create an emergency rat mitigation program for storm-impacted neighborhoods. But some experts aren’t so sure that Sandy’s supposed rat surge is for real.

    Rat tales abound in NYC after Superstorm Sandy

    At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn't help but wonder: What will become of all the rats? Four months later, that's still a mystery. TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and fleeing the waterfront for brownstones, but the city's health department said rodent complaints actually had...



    Saturday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Saturday as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


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

    On Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine, linebacker Manti Te’o answered questions from a throng of reporters about his dead girlfriend that didn’t actually exist.

    Fiasco has taught Te’o a great deal

    Saturday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o took another step in his journey away from an embarrassing and bizarre saga that has exposed him and his family to intense scrutiny.


    Make it six straight state titles for Montini

    For the Montini wrestling team the issue of dynasty has been eclipsed by a sense of its enduring legacy. Since the IHSA expanded wrestling to three classes during the 2008-09 season, the Lombard high school is the sole program to win a team dual-meet state championship in the middle tier. Lincoln-Way West, Sycamore and Geneseo were the Broncos' latest victims as Montini stormed to its fifth straight Class 2A title Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Montini also won a Class AA championship in the final year of the two-class arrangement.

    St. Charles North’s Kyle Gannon swims to a fifth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle during the boys state swimming finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday.

    Marmion, St. Charles N. finish top 10 at state

    For a final act in this year's boys state swim meet, Marmion's 400-yard freestyle had something special to show those remaining at New Trier's swimming pool. The Cadets, seeded fourth heading into finals from Friday's prelims, dropped more than a second off that prelim time, finished third in the race and secured a seventh-place finish the best for a Marmion team since the 2008-09 team placed fourth. "I'm really proud of our guys," Marmion coach Bill Schalz said. "We kind of struggled last year and I threw down the gauntlet to them that we were not going to rest for sectionals. If we coming to statem we were going to come to swim well."


    Okafor, Whitney Young a tough matchup for Benet

    Benet's boys basketball team faced top-notch competition all season long. It didn't get any easier on Saturday. Against nationally-ranked Chicago Public League champion Whitney Young and 6-foot-11 center Jahlil Okafor — regarded as the No. 1 junior player in the country — the Redwings simply couldn't match up. The Dolphins will enter the Class 4A playoffs as the favorite to win the state title on the heels of Saturday's 61-46 victory over Benet in the 18th Annual McDonald's City-Suburban Showdown at House of Hope Arena in Chicago.


    Nashville upsets St. Thomas More for Class 2A crown

    Erica Brown scored 14 points Saturday night to lead Nashville to its first girls basketball state championship, a 42-29 upset of top-ranked St. Thomas More of Champaign in the Class 2A title game at Redbird Arena in Normal.


    Wolves notch win No. 500

    Right wing Darren Haydar’s 3-point performance and goaltender Matt Climie’s 38-save shutout led the Chicago Wolves to the franchise’s 500th American Hockey League win — 3-0 over the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night at Carver Arena.


    Meadows prepares for super challenge from Evanston

    First-year Rolling Meadows girls basketball coach Ryan Kirkorsky has the Mustangs in uncharted waters aftre winning a sectional championship on Thursday. Now they'll try to make another big splash on Monday night in Skokie. The state-ranked Mid-Suburban East champs (28-3) will try to reach the state finals for the first time in school history when they face Evanston (27-3) in Monday's Niles West supersectional at 7:30 p.m.


    Marmion takes 2nd in state

    The Marmion wrestling team had virtually no margin for error. For a program which had never even had an individual state qualifier until its seventh season in existence, the Cadets' appearance in the Class 3A dual-team state finals against four-time champion Sandburg was yet another milestone achievement for the 11-year old team. But the Cadets' hopes of terminating Sandburg unraveled as the defending champion Eagles blitzed Marmion with 32 unanswered points en route to a 38-17 victory Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

    Mundelein’s Connor Black celebrates after setting a national record in the 100-yard butterfly of 46.71 in the boys swimming state finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka on Saturday.

    Mundelein’s Black shatters butterfly national record

    Mundelein senior Connor Black completed a breathtaking weekend at the Illinois high school boys swimming state meet by setting a national record of 46.71 in the 100-yard butterfly.

    Bob Groseth

    Back at the high school level, Groseth’s still getting it done

    Bob Groseth, until recently Northwestern University's men's swimming head coach, recently made his return to the high school coaching ranks. Seeing his Libertyville team excel at the state meet this weekend was no surprise for one Daily Herald sports staffer.

    Adam Stacklin of Waubonsie Valley reacts to his second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle during the boys state swimming finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday.

    ‘Amazing’ Zito second at state

    At the state swimming meet on Saturday, Nick Zito of the Addison Trail-Willowbrook co-op team went in to the finals seeded first after swimming a 1:51.22 in Friday's prelims. He even dropped time Saturday, but his 1:50.05 wasn't quite enough to top New Trier's Jae Park, who touched in 1:50.04.

    Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright (11) — who is from Aurora — controls the ball against DePaul guard Charles McKinney (32) during the game Saturday night in Rosemont. Connecticut won 81-69.

    UConn beats DePaul 81-69

    Shabazz Napier scored 28 points, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun added 17 apiece, and Connecticut beat DePaul 81-69 on Saturday night. The Huskies (19-7, 9-5 Big East) got all they could handle from one of the league's worst teams after squeezing by Cincinnati in overtime, but they still came away with their seventh win in nine games.

    Benet is seeded No. 2 at the Class 4A Bolingbrook sectional.

    Scouting the DuPage County Class 4A boys basketball sectionals

    Taking a look at Class 4A boys basketball sectionals in DuPage County.

    Wheaton Academy is the No. 1 seed at the Class 3A IMSA regional.

    Scouting the DuPage County Class 3A boys basketball sectionals

    Here's a look at the Class 3A boy basketball postseason, from the perspective of teams in DuPage County.

    Michael Hamann of Cary-Grove swims the backstroke during the 200-yard individual medley finals Saturday at New Trier.

    Cary-Grove’s Hamann 4th in IM

    While the time or the place may not have been to the liking of Cary Grove senior Michael Hamann, the fact that he made his own kind of history Saturday was more than satisfying enough. With his fourth place finish in the 200 individual medley at the IHSA state championships held at New Trier, the Penn-bound Hamann became the first swimmer from Cary Grove to medal in three straight state meets and the first with a top 6 finish.

    Conant’s Jonathon Burke cools down after finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle during Saturday’s state finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He finished third in a lifetime-best 4:29.90.

    Big finishes for Conant’s Burke, Barrington

    Conant senior Jonathon Burke finished third in the 500-yard freestyle in the boys swimming state finals, and Barrington senior Kyle Ujiiye placed fifth in the 100 butterfly to help the Broncos finish 12th in the team race.

    Burlington Central’s Alison Colby (42) goes hard to the hoop past Plano’s Clarisa Martinez (33) during the Rockets’ Class 3A regional championship win.

    Girls basketball/Scouting the Class 3A Hofman Estates supersectional

    Vernon Hills (29-2) will face Burlington Central (27-4) at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Class 3A Hoffman Estates girls basketball supersectional. Here's a preview of the game.

    Geneva’s Nate Navigato, pictured dunking on a fast break against St. Charles East earlier this season in Geneva, heads into regional play Monday after scoring 23 of his team’s 36 points in a win over Bartlett Friday night.

    Everyone shares a goal next week — survive and advance

    There are a few weeks of the year that I enjoy a little more than most. This coming week is one of them. Monday night signals the opening tip-off of the Illinois High School Association's annual basketball tournament at gymnasiums throughout the state. It's America's Original March Madness with a 4-day head start this time around that I like to call, "February Frenzy."

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose works out before the Bulls' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Any validity to Reggie Rose rant?
    Reggie Rose doesn't speak for younger brother Derrick, and he probably chose the wrong avenue for venting frustration this week. Does he have a point, though? It's possible Reggie Rose voiced criticism of the Bulls that Derrick shares, but is too polite to express.


    Blackhawks in great spot to add for playoffs

    The Blackhawks' great start has given GM Stan Bowman every opportunity to go for it this season. He has plenty of young players he can use as trade bait if he wants to add a couple major pieces before the playoffs.


    Rookie Saad making quite an impression

    Brandon Saad is called "man-child" by his Blackhawks teammates for a number of reasons.As veteran defenseman Duncan Keith put it: "He's about 20 years old in a 40-year-old man's body — hairy, heavy, big and strong. He's a grown man already."Saad was also one of the top penalty killers at Rockford the first half of the season, so it was no surprise when Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was using him to kill penalties Friday after Dave Bolland went down with an upper body injury.The rookie left winger wound up scoring the winning goal short-handed early in the third period.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery takes the ice after winning over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Friday.

    Hawks zeroed in on one thing: Stanley Cup

    Now that the Blackhawks have the NHL record for most points in consecutive games to start a season, what do they do for an encore? To borrow from White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson: “Don’t stop now, boys.” “That’s the goal we have in here (winning the Stanley Cup), there’s no question about that,” Hawks winger Viktor Stalberg said.

    Larkin and Kendale McCullum (10) take the top seed into the Class 4A South Elgin regional.

    Boys basketball/Scouting the Fox Valley Class 3-4A postseason

    Scouting the Class 3A and Class 4A boys basketball postseason in the Fox Valley.


    Brunner’s 33 leads Aquin to Class 1A title

    Freeport Aquin all-state senior Sophie Brunner put her final mark on Illinois girls Class 1A basketball Saturday in a big-time way. Brunner, who is signed with Arizona State, exploded for 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 55-46 win over Mount Pulaski in the IHSA state championship game at Redbird Arena in Normal.


    Loyola falls to Kent State

    Chris Evans scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday in Kent State’s 70-63 victory over BracketBusters foe Loyola.Kris Brewer added 14 points and was 3 of 3 from the 3-point line for the Golden Flashes (15-12), who also got 13 from Randal Holt and 12 from Darren Goodson.Christian Thomas led the Ramblers (14-14) with a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas, a sophomore, was 11 of 19 from the floor.Loyola opened the game on a 20-9 run capped by Jordan Hicks’ 3-pointer, but Kent State rallied to lead 38-33 at halftime. The Ramblers couldn’t get closer than four points down the rest of the way.The Ramblers still hold a 3-2 lead in the all-time series, which began with a 96-55 victory during the team’s 1962-63 NCAA championship season. Saturday’s game was the first between the schools since 1996.

    Manti Te'o wants everyone to know he's over the embarrassment of an online hoax, and he's ready to focus on football.

    Te'o doing tough balancing act at NFL combine

    Manti Te'o wants everyone to know he's over the embarrassment of an online hoax, and he's ready to focus on football.


    Eastern Illinois holds off Northern 59-47

    Morris Woods had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and Eastern Illinois held off Northern Illinois for a 59-47 BracketBuster victory Saturday.


    Valbuena homers, Cubs beat Angels 11-2

    Luis Valbuena got off to a great start in his bid to win more playing time with the Cubs, hitting a home run that helped the Cubs beat a Los Angeles Angels split squad 11-2 Saturday in the spring training opener for both teams.


    Bradley tips Illinois-Chicago 63-62

    Jake Eastman's basket with nine-tenths of a second to play Saturday gave Bradley a 63-62 nonconference victory over Illinois-Chicago.

    Harold Baines extended his career by 12 years thanks to the designated hitter rule that was adopted by the American League in 1973.

    Plenty of players’ careers extended thanks to DH

    The upcoming season marks the 40th anniversary of the American League adopting the designated hitter. As Harold Baines points out, the DH allows older, injury-plagued stars to keep on playing.

    Chicago Cubs' Carlos Zambrano and Cincinnati Reds catcher Paul Bako watch Zambrano's solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Why the NL doesn’t need the DH – ever

    The designated hitter isn't going anywhere, but Daily Herald sports reporter Bruce Miles is glad the National League has held out. Forget the old and tired strategy arguments. Some pitchers have been just plain fun to watch.

    Mundelein’s Connor Black leaves the starting block as he sets state and national record with a time of 46.71 in the 100-yard butterfly during the boys state swimming finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka Saturday.

    Images: Boys State Swimming Finals

    The boys IHSA State Swimming finals were held Saturday, Feb. 23 at New Trier High School in Winnetka.


    Sox rough up Kershaw, win spring training debut

    Clayton Kershaw got off to a shaky start in his spring debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 9-0 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Junior Meghan Waldron of Wheaton Warrenville South will lead her teammates against Huntley Monday night in the Class 4A Dundee-Crown supersectional.

    Girls basketball/Scouting the Class 4A Dundee-Crown supersectional

    Wheaton Warrenville South (29-3) will take on Huntley (26-5) in the Class 4A Dundee-Crown girls basketball supersectional Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Carpentersville. Here's a look at what to expect as the Tigers and Red Raiders vie for a spot in next weekend's IHSA Final Four at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Kyle Larson, left, slides to a stop near Regan Smith (7) after a wreck at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Stewart wins at Daytona after scary last-lap crash

    Tony Stewart won a chaotic Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway that ended with a frightening last-lap crash that appeared to injure fans when rookie Kyle Larson's car sailed into the fence that separates the track from the seats.

    Montini and sophomore Kelsey Bogdan (1 will take on Chicago Phillips Monday in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central supersectional.

    Girls basketball/Scouting the Class 3A Hinsdale Central supersectional

    Montini (33-1) will look to take the next step toward a fourth straight Class 3A state championship Monday at 6 p.m. when the Broncos face Chicago Phillips (17-11) in the Hinsdale Central supersectional. Here's a look at the game.


    Blackhawks want to make history in June

    The Blackhawks set a record Friday night, but they are hardly impressed with what they've done so far. They know the real test comes in the postseason.

    Aurora Christian’s Ryan Suttle howls with excitement after the Eagles’ win over Immaculate Conception.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. Immaculate Conception, boys basketball
    Aurora Christian won 59-57 over Immaculate Conception in a boys basketball matchup Friday in Westmont.

    Patrick Sharp gives Brandon Saad a hand after Saad scored in the third period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Sharks
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. The San Jose Sharks at the United Center in Chicago. With a 2-1 victory, the Blackhawks set a record with the best start to a season in the history of the NHL - Seventeen games with a point, and yet to suffer a loss in regulation.


    Associated Press/Sept. 21, 2010 The President Truman, a large cargo ship, passes under the Bayonne Bridge in Bayonne, N.J., as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, third left, front, and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, fourth left, front, listen with others, as Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey talks about plans to raise the height of the bridge to accommodate the larger next generation of cargo ships.

    Panama Canal project will bring huge ships to Eastern ports

    East and Gulf coast ports are jockeying against one another, scrambling to accommodate so-called "post-Panamax" ships: massive vessels that can traverse an expanded Panama Canal. The $5.25 billion project is expected to be completed in 2015 and will nearly triple the size of ships that can travel the canal.

    Google reportedly is working on plans for a string of Apple-like retail stores, presumably as showcases for the company’s mobile devices, among other products.

    Is Google ripping off Apple by opening own stores?

    Steve Jobs must be going thermonuclear in his grave. The Wall Street Journal, following the blog 9to5Google, reports that Google is working on plans for a string of Apple-like retail stores, presumably as showcases for the company's mobile devices, among other products. The move would make sense on multiple levels.

    Brain surgeon Ali Alaraj talks about the first time he viewed the brain using the CAVE2.

    Future science: Using 3D worlds to visualize data

    Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3D glasses can do all that and more.In the system, known as CAVE2, an 8-foot-high screen encircles the viewer 320 degrees. A panorama of images springs from 72 stereoscopic liquid crystal display panels, conveying a dizzying sense of being able to touch what’s not really there.As far back as 1950, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury imagined a children’s nursery that could make bedtime stories disturbingly real. “Star Trek” fans might remember the holodeck as the virtual playground where the fictional Enterprise crew relaxed in fantasy worlds. The Illinois computer scientists have more serious matters in mind when they hand visitors 3D glasses and a controller called a “wand.” Scientists in many fields today share a common challenge: How to truly understand overwhelming amounts of data. Jason Leigh, co-inventor of the CAVE2 virtual reality system, believes this technology answers that challenge.“In the next five years, we anticipate using the CAVE to look at really large-scale data to help scientists make sense of that information. CAVEs are essentially fantastic lenses for bringing data into focus,” Leigh said.The CAVE2 virtual world could change the way doctors are trained and improve patient care, Leigh said. Pharmaceutical researchers could use it to model the way new drugs bind to proteins in the human body. Car designers could virtually “drive” their new vehicle designs.Imagine turning massive amounts of data — the forces behind a hurricane, for example — into a simulation that a weather researcher could enlarge and explore from the inside. Architects could walk through their skyscrapers before they are built. Surgeons could rehearse a procedure using data from an individual patient.But the size and expense of room-based virtual reality systems may prove insurmountable barriers to widespread use, said Henry Fuchs, a computer science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who is familiar with the CAVE technology but wasn’t involved in its development.While he calls the CAVE2 “a national treasure,” Fuchs predicts a smaller technology such as Google’s Internet-connected eyeglasses will do more to revolutionize medicine than the CAVE. Still, he says large displays are the best way today for people to interact and collaborate.Believers include the people at Marshalltown, Iowa-based Mechdyne Corp., which has licensed the CAVE2 technology for three years and plans to market it to hospitals, the military and in the oil and gas industry, said Kurt Hoffmeister of Mechdyne.In Chicago, researchers and graduate students are creating virtual scenarios for testing in the CAVE2. The Mars flyover is created from real NASA data. The brain tour is based on the layout of blood vessels in a real patient.Brain surgeon Ali Alaraj remembered the first time he viewed the brain using the CAVE2. “You can walk between the blood vessels,” said the University of Illinois College of Medicine neurosurgeon. “You can look at the arteries from below. You can look at the arteries from the side.... That was science fiction for me.”Would doctors process information faster with fewer errors using CAVE2? That’s the question behind a proposed study that would compare CAVE2 to conventional methods of detecting brain aneurysms and determining proper treatment, said Andreas Linninger, UIC professor of bioengineering, chemical engineering and computer science.But it’s not all serious business at the lab. In his spare time during the past two years, research assistant Arthur Nishimoto has been programming the CAVE2 computer with the specifications for the fictional Starship Enterprise. He now can walk around his life-size recreation of the TV spacecraft.

    As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

    Commercial cyber spying offers rich payoff

    For state-backed cyber spies such as a Chinese military unit implicated by a U.S. security firm in a computer crime wave, hacking foreign companies can produce high-value secrets ranging from details on oil fields to advanced manufacturing technology. This week's report by Mandiant Inc. adds to mounting suspicion that Chinese military experts are helping state industry by stealing secrets from Western companies possibly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie, left, talks Wednesday with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as Mayer introduces the website’s redesign. Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and linger for longer periods of time. The long-awaited makeover of Yahoo.com’s home page is the most notable change to the website since the Internet company hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO seven months ago. The new look will start to gradually roll out in the U.S. early Wednesday.

    Yahoo redesign aims to make site more inviting

    Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and stay longer. The long-awaited makeover of Yahoo.com's home page is the most notable change to the website since the Internet company hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO seven months ago. "We think this will be the new foundation for Yahoo," said Mike Kerns, the company's vice president of product.

    HTC Corp. introduced its new flagship HTC One smartphone at a launch event in London Tuesday.

    HTC shows off new phone for ‘One’ line

    HTC Corp., the struggling Taiwanese maker of smartphones, is taking a page from longtime partner Microsoft Corp. as it launches a new phone under the One brand. The phone runs Google Inc.'s Android software, but HTC is grafting its own home screen on the phone, one that's similar to that of Microsoft's Windows Phone software.

    A video wall showing New York city police officers an interactive map of the area, security footage from nearby cameras, if there are high radiation levels and whether any other threats have been made in New York. The Domain Awareness System, known as “the dashboard,” instantaneously mines data from the NYPD’s vast collection of arrest records, 911 calls, more than 3,000 security cameras city-wide, license plate readers and portable radiation detectors and aggregates it into a user-friendly, readable form.

    NYPD, Microsoft create crime-fighting tech system

    The Domain Awareness System, known as "the dashboard," instantaneously mines data from the NYPD's vast collection of arrest records, 911 calls, more than 3,000 security cameras city-wide, license plate readers and portable radiation detectors and aggregates it into a user-friendly, readable form. The project could pay off in more ways than one.

    Marguerite Joseph can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook. The 104-year-old Michigan woman’s granddaughter says Joseph is unable to list her real age on the social media site.

    Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

    Marguerite Joseph can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook. The 104-year-old Michigan woman's granddaughter says Joseph is unable to list her real age on the social media site.

    FILE - In this March 5, 2010 file photo, an Oscar statue stands on the red carpet outside the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The 85th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, file)

    On Twitter, a peanut gallery mocks the Oscars

    You can simply tune into the Oscars. Or you can watch them with the peanut gallery on Twitter. While Hollywood parades in tuxedos and gowns, grandly celebrating itself, a freewheeling cacophony of quips and sarcasm — something like a digital, million-times multiplied version of those balcony Muppet onlookers, Statler and Waldorf — will provide a welcome and riotous counter-narrative to the pomp.

    Microsoft Corp. retail store employees and guests mingle at a pop-up Microsoft Store during Microsoft’s annual meeting of shareholders, in Bellevue, Wash. Longtime users of Hotmail, MSN and other Microsoft email services will start noticing a big change: When they sign in to check messages, they’ll be sent to a new service called Outlook.com.

    Review: Microsoft email better, not revolutionary

    Longtime users of Hotmail, MSN and other Microsoft email services will start noticing a big change: When they sign in to check messages, they'll be sent to a new service called Outlook.com. You might be thinking, isn't Outlook the software Microsoft Corp. makes for people to use email at work? Indeed it is, but Microsoft is now adopting that brand for personal, Web-based email services as well.

    Joseph Wright, associate vice president for research-economic development at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Wright’s college has installed two Nexus pay pads, which scan fingerprints and detect hemoglobin to allow people to buy from select shops on campus. About 50 students and four faculty members at the school are enrolled in the pilot program that uses biocryptology — or one’s fingerprint and hemoglobin — in place of cash or credit cards.

    New fingerprint technology tests for pulse too

    Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief. What they probably didn't see coming was that one such technology would make its debut not in Silicon Valley or MIT but at a small state college in remote western South Dakota, 25 miles from Mount Rushmore.

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    This recently listed home is in the family-friendly Forest Estates neighborhood in Palatine.

    Forest Estates home in Palatine

    This beautiful family home only recently made its debut to the market, offering an abundance of space and nice touches that make it unique and special. A brick and siding colonial-style home in Palatine, it has a large finished basement that now contains a pool table, weight room and an extra television viewing area for the kids.

    Robert Pattinson and Kristen star in “The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” The film took home seven Razzies on Saturday night, including one for Stewart who was named worst actress.

    ‘Twilight’ feels the bite of Razzies

    The "Twilight" team finally has earned some love — or loathing — from Team Razzies. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2" was picked Saturday as last year's worst picture by the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for Hollywood's lousiest movies on the eve of the Oscars.

    People have lunch Thursday beneath Oscar posters at Kate Mantilini restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 85th Academy Awards are Sunday.

    Big studios behind swag-fueled Oscar push

    Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even "Lincoln" turkey roasting pans. That's just some of the largesse doled out by the studios to voters for awards presented earlier this season — each with the potential to influence the outcome of Hollywood's most important awards, Sunday night's Oscars.

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 picture, Louis Gossett Jr. arrives at a screening of “Nine” in Los Angeles.

    Louis Gossett Jr. on post-Oscar heartbreak

    Louis Gossett Jr. has been in the acting game for a long time. In 1953 a 17-year-old Gossett made his Broadway debut in "Take a Giant Step." His first turn on the silver screen came as Beneatha Younger's bourgeois suitor, George Murchison, in the 1961 classic film "A Raisin in the Sun." Gossett talks about how his life changed after his Oscar win, his battle with alcoholism and why he walked out of "Django Unchained."

    Lee Gregory, Ryan MacPherson and Suzan Hanson star in Chicago Opera Theater's production of the opera "The Fall of the House of Usher" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

    Weekend picks: Chicago Opera Theater stages Poe's 'Usher'

    Chicago Opera Theater presents Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher” at the Harris Theater starting Saturday. Chicago singer-songwriter Michael McDermott returns to the Montrose Room in Rosemont Saturday for a special “all request” show. Newcomer Three Brothers Theatre revives Reduced Shakespeare Company's “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan.

    One good way to teach kids humility is compliment them when they act in humble ways, says Steven Mesmer, who with his wife, Cyndi, both pictured with their five children, founded a counseling center in Crystal Lake.

    How to raise confident yet humble kids

    Parents today make considerable efforts to raise confident kids with healthy self-esteems. But what about humility? How can parents build up their child's self-confidence without fostering attitudes of arrogance or entitlement? And in our increasingly competitive culture, is developing humility as a character trait even on most parents' radars?

    A pair of shoes designed by Tom Ford in 2012 are displayed at the "Shoe Obsession" exhibit at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum.

    No longer mere accessory, shoes strut to center stage

    Shoes are having a 21st-century moment as they've pushed from mere accessory to the center of the fashion stage. Sexuality, social status, fashion IQ: The reasons for our shoe obsession are many, but one thing's for sure: more, and more avant-garde, designers are taking on the feet. “Everyone likes buying shoes. You don't have to take your clothes off or be a model size to wear them,” said Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure.

    People enjoy a sunny day at the Isla Verde Beach in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A good tip for all Puerto Rican beaches is to go early in the morning when the water is calm and there are no crowds.

    5 free things to do in Puerto Rico

    There may have been a time when Puerto Rico was a cheap getaway but those days are long gone. Puerto Rico is heavily dependent on imported goods and fuel and that's reflected in prices from a taxi ride from the airport to the mojito at your hotel. There are, of course, cheaper options. There are also things to do, including the country's many beaches, that don't cost anything at all.

    Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in “The Master.”

    DVD previews: Catch 'The Master,' 'Chasing Mavericks'

    New DVDs coming out this week include "The Master" with Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman and "Chasing Mavericks."

    Betty Adams in Passau, Germany, with the MS Bolero, a Viking River Cruises ship. Adams took a cruise on the Danube River with her husband Glenn Adams. The Adamses were glad to have travel insurance to cover costs when their travel plans got scrambled.

    Travel insurance saves cruise after missed flight

    Everything was fine as the small plane taxied down the runway. But then the pilot stopped, turned the plane around and took us back to the terminal. Heavy rain had closed a runway in Boston, and our plane had no clearance to land. The scene was set for what travelers most dread: A missed flight, caused by events beyond your control, that threatens an entire vacation. Lucky we had travel insurance.


    HECM’s success depends on reversing negative perceptions

    This article will look at overcoming problems that prevent HUD/FHA from attracting more of the seniors for whom the HECM program was intended. There are millions of them whose lives would be enriched with HECMs who haven't taken them. The purpose of the HECM program is to help senior homeowners finance their retirement, not to deplete all the equity in their homes at the outset of retirement.


    Some readers don’t like my advice

    Q. Why did you tell that man to make out a will to add his companion's name to the title on their house? Everyone knows that goes to probate.


    Some foundation wall cracks are cause for concern

    Q. Our home is on a hillside and was built with a walkout basement. recently, I've noticed cracks in the basement foundation walls.


    Guidelines for difibrillator use will limit liability

    Q. Our association is considering installing a portable Automated External Defibrillator in the fitness center of our association. We would also train our staff as to the use of the AED. However, we are concerned about liability. Are there any guidelines you can describe?

    This warm and inviting space, visible from the moment you walk in the front door, welcomes all who enter. No longer in an unfinished state, this remodeled space is ready to serve up some happy family memories.

    Dining room turned into multipurpose masterpiece

    Nadia and Paul's dining room had great bones -- tons of space and natural light, a beautiful wooden floor, a fireplace, crown molding and even recessed lighting. But this room was suspended in an unfinished state, lacking a cohesive design and wasting its true potential.



    The Soapbox

    Today's Soapbox honors an inventor from Motorola, reflects on positive economic activities for Glen Ellyn, Streamwood and Rolling Meadows and touches other topics from electrical aggregation to special education.


    Biden shotgun advice is dangerous
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Vice President Biden's emotional advice and example that people could keep a shotgun in their homes for protection most likely will get you killed and your wife and children raped, murdered and your home burned down.


    New case may fix Citizens United mistake
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Citizens United case, crazily, said corporations have a "free speech" right to spend unlimited sums of money influencing our elections, as if corporations were people. They aren't.


    Obama no friend to the middle class
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: President Obama made it the centerpiece of his re-election campaign to promise the middle class tax breaks while sticking it to the rich and powerful. So what did he do? He allowed the 2 percent payroll tax cut to expire.


    Gay marriage is about loving commitments
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to receive the legal protections and benefits of making such loving commitments and deserve the same respect accorded straight marriages. We believe its time.


    Hypocrisy abounds in gun debate
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Jesse Jackson calls gun supporters terrorists, while he has bodyguards to protect him. Hollywood celebrities made millions of dollars acting in violent movies, but now advocate gun control. Years ago, Rosie O'Donnell berated Tom Selleck for having guns until he reminded her that she had an armed bodyguard protecting her children. Chicago Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel do not want any guns in Chicago, but they and the aldermen are fully protected.


    Get to the heart of problems: broken families
    A Palatine letter to the editor: When are we going to put political correctness aside and confront the real cause of so many social ills in today's culture? These include poverty, drugs, gangs, addictions, promiscuity, drive-by and mass shootings, respect for life, one-parent families, school dropouts, lack of job skills and many others.


    Strong candidate in Aurora Township
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I have known Paul Greviskes for well over 20 years. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the Kane County Board for at least 16 years. Paul served the community well during his time on the county board and now as a Fox Valley Park District trustee.


    School expenses not worth Herald’s fuss
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Jake Griffin is out of his mind complaining about all these school districts attending a conference in Chicago and spending too much money. The districts did not incur any airfare costs to attend this event, I think it was on a weekend so people volunteered their time.


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