Daily Archive : Tuesday February 26, 2013


    Monica Ray

    Suburban artist wins a berth in comics contest

    High-end cooking has its “Top Chef,” fashion design has its “Project Runway,” and now the growing field of web comics has its own reality TV-style online show — and the suburbs are going to be represented. Monica Ray, the 22-year-old creator of Phuzzy Comics — an autobiographical twice-weekly strip — beat out more than a thousand other applicants for the...

    Wheeling High School’s jazz band 1, directed by Brian Logan, won Class 3A at Jazz in the Meadows Feb. 23 at Rolling Meadows High School. As well, two Wheeling musicians also tied for best soloist in Class 3A — trombonist Cesar Mendoza and David Robertson, trumpet.

    90 schools compete in Jazz in the Meadows festival

    Another year, another great day of music at Jazz in the Meadows. More than 90 schools competed in the daylong jazz festival held for 28 years at Rolling Meadows High School. Here are the final scores in each class.

    Natalie Jansen and Brooke Spencer, both seniors at Aurora University, help make blankets Thursday for children in need.

    Aurora University students craft handmade blankets for kids

    Aurora University students and employees came together Thursday for the 11th year of a project meant to provide warmth, security and comfort — by way of blankets — to children in hospitals and homeless shelters. During the annual Blanket Lunch Hour, volunteer “blanketeers” cut and tied fleece pieces into 54-inch square blankets to be donated to the Carol Stream Chapter of Project Linus, a...

    Several of the buildings along the north side of West New York Street in downtown Aurora are included in a new redevelopment agreement that can reimburse a development company owned by Aurora resident Vernon LaVia up to $750,000 for building acquisition, renovations and construction of a riverside addition, public plaza and deck. This is the city’s second attempt at using tax increment financing district funds to help create a “Restaurant Row” along the street.

    Aurora revives ‘Restaurant Row’ with funds for new developer

    Aurora will renew attempts to turn New York Street west of the Fox River into a “Restaurant Row” under an agreement that will reimburse a local developer up to $750,000 for property acquisition, renovations and construction of a public deck and plaza.

    Michael Todd

    Attacker not guilty by reason of insanity

    A Cook County judge ruled Michael Todd, a 55-year-old homeless man, is not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing of another homeless man outside the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in December 2008. The ruling came Tuesday after Judge Kay Hanlon heard testimony from experts who interviewed Todd and reviewed his extensive psychiatric history.

    Dean Suominen’s 2008 Dodge Charger was totaled in a January 2012 crash in which police say he was driving 142 mph on Ogden Avenue in Naperville. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI and reckless driving.

    Naperville driver accused of going 142 mph pleads guilty

    A man accused of driving 142 mph when he crashed on Ogden Avenue in Naperville pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless driving and DUI charges. Dean Suominen, 37, of Shorewood, was sentenced to two years of court supervision and 100 hours of community service. “He completely annihilated his vehicle” but wasn’t seriously hurt, a prosecutor said in court.

    State Rep. Jim Sacia, a Pecatonica Republican, argues concealed carry legislation while on the House floor Tuesday in Springfield. He likened statewide gun limits to forced castration.

    Impassioned legislators debate concealed carry

    The firestorm over concealed weapons moved to the Illinois House floor Tuesday, sparking Republican complaints that an extraordinary legislative process set up by majority Democrats would restrict the right to carry guns in public rather than allow it, as a federal court has ordered. “We are under a court order. We have a reasonable bill that complies with the court order and its...

    An Illinois House committee voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday, setting up a showdown in the full House.

    Gay marriage moves to state House on 6-5 vote

    Illinois House lawmakers set up a potential final showdown over legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. A committee gave preliminary approval to same-sex marriages by a 6-5 vote, and now it moves to the state House. “It will help families share love and commitment with each other,” said state Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat. The Senate has already approved legalizing same-sex...

    Actor Steve Sparks shovels snow dressed as the Statue of Liberty in front of Liberty Tax in Lombard, Tuesday.

    Snow tapers; advisories continuing into morning

    A heavy, wet snow that began early Tuesday canceled nearly 700 flights, mucked up commutes and canceled activities throughout the suburbs with northern counties hit the hardest. Snow advisories are continuing into Wednesday morning, although snow began to taper off by Tuesday evening, leaving some areas of Lake County with more than 10 inches of snow and southernmost areas with closer to 4 inches.

    Linda Moore

    Linda Moore out as Grafton Twp. supervisor

    Grafton Township will have a new supervisor in May. One-term incumbent Linda Moore lost Tuesday's Republican primary to Pam Fender, a two-term Huntley trustee. That means Fender will represent the party in the consolidated election in the spring, instead of Moore. Reading from a prepared statement, Moore said she was disappointed with the results but thankful to all of her volunteers and...

    Toby Shaw

    Shaw top vote-getter, Dresang ahead for second spot in Elgin primary

    Toby Shaw was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary for a 2-year seat on the Elgin City Council, according to unofficial election results. For the second-place spot, Craig Dresang was ahead of Chindavanh Keomuongchanh by just 12 votes. Shaw and the second top vote-getter will square off in the April 9 election. Shaw got 507 votes, or 40 percent of 1,266 votes cast, with all precincts reporting...

    Sharon Langlotz-Johnson

    Langlotz-Johnson slate pulls off near sweep in Palatine Twp.

    The majority of voters agreed that the Doing Things Better for Palatine Township slate of candidates will do just that. With all 69 precincts reporting, unofficial results in the Republican primary show Sharon Langlotz-Johnson received 52 percent of the vote over two-term Supervisor Linda Fleming. Five of the Doing Things Better group's six candidates also won.

    Edward Bugg

    Edward Bugg the frontrunner in Aurora Ward 9 primary

    A small number of voters who turned out Tuesday in Aurora combined to make Edward Bugg the front-runner in the Ward 9 aldermanic primary, but the second- and third-place candidates finished only three votes apart in unofficial election results. Bugg tallied 131 of 290 votes cast in DuPage, Kendall and Will counties, while Marge Linnane got 67 and Matt Harrington had 64, according to unofficial...


    Addison resident dies in fire

    A resident of an Addison apartment died early Monday morning in a fire. Addison firefighters were called to an apartment building on the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue about 12:45 a.m. The victim's name has not been released.


    GOP side of primary too close to call

    With 97 percent of precincts reporting in the Chicago-area 2nd Congressional District, only a few votes separated Republicans Paul McKinley of Chicago and Eric Wallace of Flossmoor.


    City Clerk Wayne Motley wins mayoral primary in Waukegan

    Veteran Waukegan City Clerk Wayne Motley won a three-way showdown in the Democratic Party’s mayoral primary, edging out state Sen. Terry Link and Alderman Sam Cunningham, unofficial results showed.

    Tom Burleson

    Sadness, not anger, grips Crystal Lake DUI victim over new arrest

    One could understand if Tom Burleson of Crystal Lake reacted with outage, or even joy, at the news that the man who had killed his family in a 1999 DUI-related crash had been arrested again Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence. Instead, Burleson said, "I was sad, disappointed, and there was a sense of relief. Sad because he didn’t learn his lesson. He’s fallen back into his old...

    In this rendering provided by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II is shown cruising at sea. The ship, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is planning to build in China, is scheduled to sail in 2016.

    Billionaire launches plans for Titanic replica

    An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for the famously doomed ship’s namesake Tuesday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. He said construction is scheduled to start soon in China.

    Damaged remains of the hot air balloon that crashed in Luxor, Egypt, lie in a field at the site of the accident Tuesday. The hot air balloon flying over Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world’s deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt’s ailing tourism industry.

    Fiery balloon accident kills 19 tourists in Egypt

    Smoke poured from a hot air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the blazing gondola leaped to their deaths.Nineteen people were killed Tuesday in what appeared to be the deadliest hot air ballooning accident on...

    Former state Rep. Robin Kelly finds a supporter in Yolanda Stratton as she campaigns Tuesday at an IHOP in Matteson.

    Kelly wins primary in ex-Rep. Jackson’s district

    Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC. The nomination all but assures that she’ll sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the district is...

    Metra thinks free rides and selling the disadvantages of driving — especially in bad weather — will boost passenger numbers.

    Metra offers freebies to entice new riders

    Metra's giving away free rides to attract 2 percent more passengers in 2013. But will a marketing campaign do the job when passengers are shell-shocked from fare hikes and really just want on-time service? "Metra makes life easy" is the new mantra.

    Based on his questions Tuesday, Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. sounded as if he supported a law that would let police take DNA from those arrested, but not convicted, in hopes of using it to solve old cases.

    Court appears conflicted over DNA sampling

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases. Justices seemed conflicted over whether police have a right to take genetic information from people who have only been arrested without getting a judge’s...

    An Afghan solider, left, stands guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, in this Jan. 26, 2012, file photo,

    Taliban attacks not down after all

    The American-led military coalition in Afghanistan backed off Tuesday from its claim that Taliban attacks dropped off in 2012, tacitly acknowledging a hole in its widely repeated argument that violence is easing and that the insurgency is in steep decline.

    Dr. Rebecca Johnson, a cancer specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is the lead author of a new study that shows advanced breast cancer cases have increased slightly among young women. Johnson herself was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer at age 27, 17 years ago. Her cancer was caught early.

    Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

    Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.

    The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense after weeks of partisan acrimony over President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Pentagon in a time of budget-cutting and evolving threats from terrorism to cyber warfare.

    Senate confirms Hagel as defense secretary

    A deeply divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Republican Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s next defense secretary, handing President Barack Obama’s pick the top Pentagon job just days before billions of dollars in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts hit the military.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Damon C. Parham, 19, of Elgin, was arrested just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and charged with possession of cannabis and felony possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, according to a police report. Parham was in the back of a parked car along with three other people when police conducted an investigative stop. Parham told police he was smoking cannabis and had a bag of cannabis on him.

    Cattle feed in a snow covered pasture near Lecompton, Kan., Tuesday. Every inch of snow is good news for the drought-plagued Plains.

    Experts: Twin storms won’t end drought in Plains

    The blanket of snow covering much of the Great Plains after two big storms in less than a week may provide some relief for parched areas, but it’s no “drought-buster,” experts said Tuesday. States like Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma have been among the hardest hit by the drought that at one point covered two-thirds of the nation.

    Traffic is at a complete standstill waiting for the highway to reopen on Tuesday in Amarillo, Texas. I-40 westbound was reopened and traffic began moving at noon. The blizzard that hammered the nation’s midsection broke a 120-year-old record in Amarillo for one-day snowfall in February with 19.1 inches.

    2nd major snowstorm paralyzes parts of Midwest

    For the second time in a week, a major winter storm paralyzed parts of the nation’s midsection Tuesday, dumping a fresh layer of heavy, wet snow atop cities still choked with piles from the previous system and making travel perilous from the Oklahoma panhandle to the Great Lakes.


    VHHS to get new principal in 2014:

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday named Jon Guillaume as Vernon Hills High’s next principal.


    MHS Orchesis show:

    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis Club presents its Term 3 show Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.


    D73 progress report presentation:

    The Hawthorn Adequate Yearly Progress Committee encourages the community to attend a parent information meeting and round table discussion about APY issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is requesting municipal water from Warrenville so the district can construct a fleet maintenance building at Blackwell Forest Preserve.

    Forest preserve seeks Warrenville water for garage plan

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are hoping to convince Warrenville that a district request for municipal water shouldn’t be tied to the city’s desire for new trails. The forest preserve district is planning to construct a fleet maintenance building at Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville. The planned $7.6 million, 29,000-square-foot garage is slated to be built near McKee Marsh off...


    ‘Marlon Brando at Brainerd’:

    “Marlon Brando at Brainerd”, a fundraiser for the Brainerd Community Center is being held at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Improv Playhouse Black Box Theatre, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Liberty Square mall, Libertyville. Improv Players will present an evening honoring the legendary actor’s tenure in Libertyville.

    David Skeberdis outside his Aurora townhouse with one of his birds in October 2012.

    Judge won't throw out charges in Aurora bird hoarding

    A judge Tuesday declined to dismiss animal-hoarding charges against a man accused of keeping nearly 500 dead and living birds inside his Aurora home. Defendant David Skeberdis' attorney argued the case should be dropped because city officials didn't advise his client on how to come into compliance with animal welfare guidelines or give him time to do so.

    Richard Ecklund

    Kane prosecutors want to seize cash, coins after $2.7M pot bust

    Kane County prosecutors want two suspects in a $2.7 million marijuana bust in late 2012 to forfeit nearly $28,000, along with cashiers checks and silver bars and coins. Authorities say these items were used as currency in a drug operation that snared five people, including two from Batavia and two from Sugar Grove.


    Developer may seek funding help for downtown Wheaton project

    Wheaton officials say a developer is expected to seek assistance from the city for costs associated with a proposed project to demolish the former downtown Jewel store and build a three-story medical office building on the long-vacant site. Talks with Mokena-based Location Finders International Inc. indicate the developer will seek about $1.1 million in tax increment financing from the city’s...

    Patricia Kelly, left, Ted Lonis, center, and Kevin Wallace, right, are candidates in the race for Bartlett village president.

    Candidates for Bartlett village president talk business

    The three candidates for Bartlett village president agree that there is a need for more businesses in the village, and each has different ideas on how to approach economic development. Ted Lonis said he is concerned about the small amount of sales tax revenue and would like to see a more well-rounded mix of businesses in Bartlett. Kevin Wallace said he would like to see more involvement by the...

    Wally Frasier, left, Steve Lentz and Robin Meier are running for mayor in Mundelein.

    Investigation dogged Frasier's last days as Mundelein police chief

    In the days before current mayoral candidate Wally Frasier resigned as Mundelein's police chief in 1992, village officials investigated widespread sexual harassment allegations in the department and were taking steps to demote the veteran cop, a Daily Herald inquiry has revealed. Frasier wasn't accused of harassment personally. Rather, officials questioned why Frasier didn't stop the alleged...

    Linda Lynch

    Judge says no video testimony from Cardamone’s mom

    A judge has denied prosecutors’ request for video testimony from an ailing Aurora gym owner accused of forging her son’s work schedule to bolster his defense against abuse charges. DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman made the ruling Tuesday after a defense attorney said Linda Lynch plans to appear for her April 23 trial, despite health issues that previously kept her from attending court. “She’s...

    Elk Grove High School is the only District 214 school that does not have an artificial turf field.

    Elk Grove H.S. still searching for artificial turf partner

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 is still looking for an organization to share the cost of installing an artificial turf field at Elk Grove High School, while the other five schools in the district have all gotten new fields in the past two years. The district has not been able to find a group willing to share the $1 million cost of installing a new field at EGHS.

    Federico Trevino

    Man receives 2 years probation after pleading to lesser charge

    A South Elgin man who was initially charged with several felonies in threatening his daughter with a gun after she moved out recently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to two years probation. Federico Trevino, 51, had faced up to three years in prison and must also pay a $2,010 fine.

    Actor Steve Parks shovels snow dressed as the Statue of Liberty in front of Liberty Tax in Lombard, Tuesday.

    Images: Tuesday snow in the suburbs
    A strong winter storm out of the plaines hit the suburbs on Tuesday and is expected to leave 3 to 6 inches of snow before it's done.


    Oakton lecture spotlights African Jews during Black History Month

    What it means to be an African Jew is the topic of a free event 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave. (Room P103). Though fewer than 2 percent of the world’s nearly 14 million Jews live in Africa, some Jewish communities there are among the oldest in the world, originating more than 2,700 years ago.

    James Ealy

    Attorney: Bankruptcy motive for Lindenhurst murder

    Prosecutors want to introduce evidence that could show James Ealy was financially broke when he allegedly killed his boss at the Lindenhurst Burger King in 2006 and robbed the restaurant. Lake County assistant state’s attorneys Jeff Pavletic and Stephen Scheller asked the court to admit into evidence a 2002 federal bankruptcy that Ealy filed with his wife.

    Eric Chung

    Cab driver accused of kidnapping, sex assault gets $2 million bond

    A Cook County judge set bond at $2 million this morning for 29-year-old cabbie Eric Chung, who is accused of kidnapping and sexual assault in separate incidents involving two women he picked up in Prospect Heights.

    Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler

    Schuler gets raise in 6-1 vote

    The Kaneland school board gave Superintendent Jeff Schuler a nearly 11 percent raise Monday night, with only board member Tony Valente voting against it. "I thought that it was hard to ask the community to pay more ... without getting programs back," such as activity busing and librarians for every school.


    .38 Special set to play at Northwest Fourth Fest

    The Hoffman Estates finance committee unanimously approved a $34,000 contract Monday for a performance by the band .38 Special at this year’s Northwest Fourth Fest. The show, which will take place on Saturday, July 6, on the main stage, will cost $30,000. The $4,000 balance will cover additional stage production and other rider expenses.

    Andrea Danks, a representative for North Shore Gas, delivers boxes of carbon monoxide detectors to Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Saschko, left, and Grayslake Fire Chief John Christian at the Mundelein Fire Department. North Shore Gas donated the First Alert detectors to the two departments to be given to residents in need.

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    North Shore Gas is donating Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors to the villages of Mundelein and Grayslake to call attention to the need for every resident to have a working carbon monoxide detector in their home as required by Illinois law


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Streamwood police arrested a 57-year-old woman after she reportedly went to her upstairs neighbor to complain that the neighbor’s guest rang Bravo’s doorbell by accident, demanding that the guest go back downstairs and ring her friend’s doorbell, and throwing or spitting food into the neighbor’s apartment.


    Hanover Township candidates forum March 11

    Candidates for Streamwood village president, Streamwood trustee and Hanover Township trustee will appear at a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S. Park Blvd. in Streamwood.


    Des Plaines, Park Ridge ink deal for 911 service

    The Des Plaines City Council recently approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Park Ridge to provide emergency dispatch services to Park Ridge for two years at a yearly cost of $1.25 million.


    Dixon teachers say they’ll go on strike Thursday

    The Dixon teachers union says “very little progress” was made in negotiations that went past 2 a.m., and classes for the district’s 2,781 students will be canceled Thursday.


    Waukegan grocer sentenced for benefits fraud

    A Waukegan grocer has been sentenced to more 2½ years in prison for defrauding U.S. food-stamp and nutrition programs out of more than $800,000. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says the scheme by Khaled Saleh and his wife included buying goods earlier obtained at other stores by those with government benefits.


    Chicago court could close 1 day a week with cuts

    One of the country’s busiest federal courts could close one day a week without a deal in Washington to avert spending cuts. That’s the warning Tuesday from the clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


    Quinn replaces 3 SIU board members

    Gov. Pat Quinn has named named Sandra Cook of Collinsville, Melvin Terrell of Chicago and Lee Milner of Springfield to the SIU board of trustees.


    Kane County board member, Bloomingdale attorney appointed to state panel

    Gov. Pat Quinn's office has announced more than two dozen appointments to state commissions.

    Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists upon arrival at Pyongyang Airport, North Korea, Tuesday. The American known as “The Worm” arrived in Pyongyang, becoming an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

    Rodman worms his way into North Korea

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — on Tuesday to a country with possibly the world’s strictest dress code: North Korea. Arriving in Pyongyang, the American athlete and showman known as “The Worm” became an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.


    Maryville hosts prayer event to oppose same-sex marriage

    The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Hispanic Catholics will sponsor an evening of prayer Feb. 27 at Maryville, that includes a call to Illinois legislators to preserve the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

    Tom Grieger, former Daily Herald director of photography, in downtown Arlington Heights in March 1964.

    Legendary Daily Herald photo director Tom Grieger dies

    As the Daily Herald's director of photography for 20 years, Tom Grieger shaped the award-winning photo staff the paper enjoys today. “Tom was the architect of the Daily Herald photo department,” said Editor and Senior Vice President John Lampinen. “He recruited and mentored an award-winning staff. He set high standards for ethics and photojournalistic excellence. And he led with...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two individuals were charged in Des Plaines with city ordinance sale of tobacco to a minor during a routine tobacco compliance check. Thirty-two other stores passed the compliance check when an undercover teen tried to purchase tobacco products.


    Lakemoor trustee candidate kicked off ballot files to run for village president

    Two Lakemoor trustee candidates have been removed from the April 9 ballot after their nomination petitions revealed they didn't have enough signatures. Kimberly Beach and Joseph Enright both lost hearings with the Lakemoor election board regarding their village board candidacy. Both had 49 signtures, but 50 were eneeded to run for office.

    David Brummel

    Mayor: Warrenville focusing on flooding, development

    A soon-to-be completed study of the way a nearby dam operates could help ongoing efforts by several agencies to alleviate flooding in the Warrenville. The analysis of Fawell Dam — which DuPage County operates along the DuPage River’s west branch in the McDowell Grove Forest Preserve — was among several issues Warrenville Mayor David Brummel talked about in his state of the City address. The mayor...


    Village of Buffalo Grove considers accepting credit cards

    Buffalo Grove residents may have the option of paying bills from the village using a credit card. This week, the village board, in a committee of the whole meeting, discussed that possibility. One of the issues debated was whether the residents should absorb the fees the village would incur for offering the service.


    Wauconda board candidates talk priorities in April 9 election

    Controlling the costs of services, economic development and transparency are among the top campaign issues for Wauconda’s trustee candidates.

    Ozzie visits Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford as the the hospital kicks off its Loving Tails animal therapy program that Ozzie and his owner, Karen Stephenson, in which they will participate.

    Rockford hospital offers pet therapy

    If you see a canine helper comforting a patient at Rockford Memorial Hospital, think of Mellany McDuffa.McDuffa worked at the hospital for 25 years before she passed away in September. She was passionate about dogs, especially her Westie named Jack who visited her at the hospital during her treatment for ovarian cancer.At the time, hospital officials behind the scenes had been preparing to start...


    Jail, probation deal for woman in 1957 murder

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman accused of killing her infant daughter nearly 56 years ago has reached a plea deal that calls for 45 days in jail.A judge accepted the plea agreement Monday for 76-year-old Ruby Klokow.Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe De Cecco recommended the jail term plus 10 years probation for Klokow, citing her advanced age and health as factors.


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    Dawn Patrol: Messy winter day all day; boyfriend saves Antioch family

    Man faces DUI charge after serving time for fatal DUI crash. Boyfriend credited for saving Antioch family. Wheeling woman makes it to "Biggest Loser" finals. Winter storm watch in effect. DuPage forest preserve commissioners oppose consolidation. Illinois' senators split on Obama’s nomination. Hawks extend wins to 19. Bulls’ shooting continues to struggle.

    Craig Steichen, left, of Bartlett and his son, Matt, of St. Charles, brought wounded veterans with them on their mission to visit all 32 NFL stadiums in 15 weeks.

    Father, son visit all 32 NFL stadiums with veterans

    When Craig Steichen of Bartlett and his 29-year-old son Matt decided to not only attend a football game at all 32 NFL stadiums, they wanted to focus on more than the game. The duo brought wounded veterans along with them to each stadium. "These guys are now my best friends," Matt said.


    North Chicago brochure criticized as racially offensive

    The North Chicago Police Department is being criticized for a brochure that some say is peppered with stereotypes of blacks. The brochure, given to participants in the North Chicago Citizen Police Academy last week, features a smiling black man handcuffed in an orange prison jumpsuit, with another portrayed as bug-eyed and slack-jawed in a mug shot.


    The Bulls’ Luol Deng keeps the ball inbounds despite pressure from the Cavaliers’ Shaun Livingston (14) in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.

    Defense fails Bulls in loss to Cavaliers

    Cleveland played without all-star point guard Kyrie Irving because of a sore knee, but the Cavs had more than enough, as Tom Thibodeau likes to say, and knocked off the Bulls 101-98 on Tuesday at the United Center. The Cavs snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Bulls.

    Lake Zurich’s Maria Schroeder slides safely into third base last season against Stevenson.

    Three cheers for Lake Zurich’s Bradley-bound Schroeder

    A Daily Herald All-Area third baseman since her freshman year, athletic Lake Zurich junior Maria Schroeder has verbally committed to play Division I softball for the Braves, who compete in the Missouri Valley Conference.


    Area regional games rescheduled

    Tuesday’s snowstorm postponed all Fox Valley area regional boys basketball games. Here’s the updated schedule:Class 4A South Elgin regional — Elgin vs. Larkin, Wednesday, 6 p.m., followed by St. Charles East vs. St. Charles North.Class 4A Jacobs regional — Crystal Lake South vs. Crystal Lake Central, Wednesday, 6 p.m., followed by Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs.Class 4A Rockford East regional — Rockford Jefferson vs. DeKalb, Wednesday, 6 p.m., followed by Huntley vs. Rockford East.Class 4A York regional — York vs. Lyons, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Bartlett vs. Leyden, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.Class 3A Burlington Central regional — Burlington Central vs. Hampshire, Wednesday, 6 p.m., followed by Rochelle vs. Sycamore.


    North Central, Wheaton prepare for NCAA Tournament

    The North Central men’s basketball team seems to be hitting its stride, and it couldn’t come at a better time for coach Todd Raridon’s team. No stranger to high-pressure games, the Cardinals are heading into the NCAA playoffs on an eight-game winning streak with the last three coming against nationally ranked opponents.


    Detroit tops Loyola 76-75 on late layup

    Jason Calliste’s layup as time expired gave Detroit a 76-75 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday night.Loyola had pulled ahead 75-74 on Jeff White’s layup with 9 seconds to play.

    Minnesota's Austin Hollins dunks in the closing minute of their 77-73 win over Indiana in an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

    Mbakwe, Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73

    Indiana was starting to settle in again at No. 1 after weeks of shuffling at the top of the national rankings in this wildly unpredictable season of college basketball.Trevor Mbakwe and Minnesota stepped forward, flexed their muscles and did their best to push the Hoosiers out.

    Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alonzo Gee, right, makes a pass while being defended by Chicago Bulls’ Richard Hamilton during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Gibson bummed about knee sprain

    Usually when Taj Gibson describes an injury to reporters, it’s a sprained ankle or plantar fasciitis, and he claims to be a quick healer. After suffering a left knee sprain on Sunday in Oklahoma City, Gibson isn’t sure what to think.

    Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin games against Denver Broncos offensive tackle Adam Grant Thursday night in the first preseason game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Flexibility could be key for Bears’ McClellin

    If the Bears are considering moving defensive end Shea McClellin to middle linebacker as the successor to free-agent-to-be Brian Urlacher, they could find some talented pass rushers in this year's draft. BYU's Ziggy Ansah is one of the most intriguing. He has played football for just three years but is a unique athlete.

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee, right, makes a pass while being defended by Chicago Bulls' Richard Hamilton during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Bulls continue slide, fall to Cavs

    Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Bulls with a 101-98 victory on Tuesday night.


    Hawks eager for Madison rematch

    Just a few days after ending the regular season against one another, No. 4 seed Madison Area Technical College and No. 5 seed Harper College will meet in the NJCAA Region IV tournament quarterfinals. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but snow changed that plan to Wednesday.


    Harper, COD to battle in Region IV tourney

    In any sport, it’s tough to beat any team three times in one season. That is what No. 5 seed College of DuPage will try to accomplish at 7 p.m. Wednesday when it travels to the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine to take on No. 4 seed Harper College in NJCAA Region IV men’s basketball tournament quarterfinal action.

    He finished the season with the Baltimore Orioles, but slugger Jim Thome doesn’t have a team — yet. The 42-year-old former White Sox DH said he’s staying in shape and waiting for a call.

    Thome still looking for major league job

    When he was traded late in the 2009 season, the White Sox told Jim Thome he's be welcome back in the organization when his playing days ended. The 42-year-old Thome is still looking for a job, but his age and health might force him into retirement.


    Snow forces rearranged schedule for MSL teams

    Tuesday’s snow is making for a busy Wednesday for Mid-Suburban League teams, St. Viator and Maine West in the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs.


    St. Charles North sets 3 team records at state

    When St. Charles North boys swimming coach Rob Rooney got around to changing the record boards at the North Stars’ swimming pool this week, he had more than a little work to do. St. Charles North set three team records during the state swim meet at New Trier. Two of the three records were set during Friday’s prelims. First Austin Stepella, David Chokran, Nick Kowaleski and Kyle Gannon swam 1:34.39 in the 200 medley relay. A day later, that quartet swam only marginally slower – 1:34.48 – and finished fourth. That quartet set the stage for a special Saturday for the North Stars.

    Bartlett graduate Haley Videckis is enjoying a stellar freshman season at Arizona State.

    Jacobs grad Tamburrino exceling at Roosevelt

    Jacobs alum Maria Tamburrino has made a name for herself in the Roosevelt University women’s basketball program. Tamburrino, a three-sport athlete who earned 10 varsity letters at Jacobs, was the fifth recruit in the young history of the Roosevelt women’s program. She’s in her junior year at the Chicago school. Tamburrino has played a big role in Roosevelt’s quick success. In only the third year of the program, the Lakers, an NAIA school, recently won the CCAC regular-season conference title and the CCAC tournament championships. These are the first conference championships for the school in any sport.

    St. Francis senior McKenna Kelsay committed to play volleyball at Illinois next season.

    Illinois ‘felt right’ to Kelsay

    Bruce and Mary Kelsay are going to need to buy some two-toned shirts to keep up with their daughters’ Big Ten affiliations.

    Because of Tuesday’s snowstorm, Glenbard West would have to play three games in three days if it reaches Friday’s Class 4A Hoffman Estates regional championship game.

    Snow throws regional schedules for a loop

    Just when the boys basketball playoffs were starting to heat up, Tuesday’s winter storm threw a cold, wet blanket over the entire area. very DuPage area team scheduled to play on Tuesday had its game postponed because of the heavy snow that arrived during the afternoon. In its wake athletic directors and coaches hoped to find a reasonable solution for rescheduling backed up games.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, celebrates with teammates including Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring the winning goal during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers Monday in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2.

    Teams gunning to break Blackhawks' streak

    Everybody wants a piece of the Blackhawks. That's what happens when you've gone the first 19 games of the season without a loss in regulation. The Hawks (16-0-3) are coming off games against Columbus and Edmonton, two of the weaker teams in the NHL, but they were tough 1-goal battles because everyone wants to be the team that ends the streak. “You can tell that every team is ready for us,” said winger Marian Hossa. “They try to be the first to stop this team and you can feel it.

    Jalil Anibaba, top, could be starting at right back for the Fire in Sunday’s season opener at Los Angeles.

    Will Pause or Anibaba grab Fire’s back line spot?

    If Fire coach Frank Klopas knows who he will start at right back in Sunday’s season opener at two-time defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles, he isn’t telling. Our soccer expert, Orrin Schwarz, takes a closer look at the two most likely options: veteran Logan Pause and the more athletic Jalil Anibaba.

    Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster worked two scoreless innings Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game at Fort Myers, Fla.

    Ex-Cub Dempster makes first start for Boston

    Former Cubs ace Ryan Dempster made his first start of the spring for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, pitching 2 hitless and scoreless innings. We take a look at several ex-Cubs.

    Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans, right, has averaged 17 points per game during the school’s nine-game win streak. Evans, who played at Neuqua Valley High School, is the leading scorer and rebounder for the 18th-ranked Billikens.

    Evans, Crews lead charge for No. 18 Saint Louis

    ST. LOUIS — Beating a pair of Top 25 schools last week put Saint Louis back on the national map. Rather than lobby to have his interim label removed, coach Jim Crews is reveling in the moment.There’s been no drop in production from the team assembled by the late Rick Majerus that ended the school’s 12-year NCAA tournament drought last spring and is poised for a repeat bid. Atop the Atlantic 10 after knocking off VCU and Butler last week, the No. 18 Billikens are ranked for the first time this season and have won nine in a row heading into Wednesday night’s game against Saint Joseph’s.“I don’t know if there’s a better feeling right now,” said junior Dwayne Evans, a 6-foot-5 forward who starred at Neuqua Valley High School. “It’s a real exciting time. You can tell spirits are so much higher in practice.”The 58-year-old Crews, whose last taste of Division I head coaching was getting fired at Army three weeks before fall practices began in 2009, has kept the program humming. No matter how successful this season ends, he’s under no illusion he’ll be on the bench next season.“Coaching has been very, very good to me,” Crews said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’ve been out of coaching the last couple years and you know what, I’ve loved that, too. My job and my commitment is to the players to help out under a difficult situation. The future is never as clear as we all seem to think its’ going to be.”The school is in no hurry to clarify matters, either. It has nothing to do with Crews’ middling 375-353 record over 25 seasons.“We’ve all totally committed to do whatever we can to help this group right now,” athletic director Chris May said. “We’ve all agreed as soon as the season’s over, we’ll sit down and talk about the future.”Saint Louis (21-5, 10-2) is 4-1 against Top 25 teams this season, the most ever for the school. The biggest was a rout of No. 9 Butler last month that finished with fans mobbing the court. The Billikens beat the Bulldogs again at Indianapolis last week, this time ranked as the No. 15 team.“The kids have certainly had a lot of things thrown at them, including real life stuff,” Crews said. “They’ve done a tremendous job of sticking together and it’s certainly has been enjoyable. I had no idea which direction it was going to go, we try to keep it pretty simple around here.”Evans leads the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg), and is averaging 17 points during the winning streak. Junior guard Jordair Jett is averaging 12 points during the run, and is among six players averaging seven or more points.Just like under Majerus, who died in December after being hospitalized for several months, the Billikens have one of the stingiest defenses in the country, with opponents averaging 57 points. VCU didn’t reach double figures until 4:08 to go in the first half, Richmond totaled 10 baskets and 46 points, and Butler had 23 turnovers in the first meeting, that school’s highest total in nine seasons.Majerus’ methods, proven though sometimes unorthodox, have stuck with a team that features eight juniors and seniors.“Nothing that coach says, you’ll never forget it,” Evans said. “We talk about that every day. Just little things that make you remember.”Then again, Crews has been in charge since late August, with former Loyola University Chicago head coach Jim Whitesell on staff as an associate head coach for the Billikens.Crews, the man who played on Indiana’s unbeaten title team in 1976, led mid-major Evansville to four NCAA appearances. While he didn’t field a winner in seven seasons at a service academy with a long history of losing, he is putting all that experience on the table in St. Louis.Crews has no complaints about the way it ended at his last stop, reportedly over yelling at a cadet, remembering the positives from his tenure at Army.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Nestor Molina throws during a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Sox top Rangers; Darvish sharp

    Yu Darvish struck out two while retiring all six White Sox batters he faced Tuesday in his first spring start before Chicago scored 11 runs over the next two innings in a 14-8 win over the Texas Rangers.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson throws before the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Jackson pitches 2 scoreless in debut with Cubs

    Edwin Jackson pitched two scoreless innings in his first outing with the Cubs, and they beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Tuesday.

    Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria cut short a news conference outside of the team’s spring training facility after he was peppered with questions about his reduced payroll and breakup of last year’s team.

    Marlins owner: I fulfilled my promise to fans

    Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's three-day public relations campaign to patch things up with angry fans brought him to spring training Tuesday for an interview session that included several testy exchanges before the owner cut it short.Many project the Marlins to lose 100 games only a year after they were the talk of baseball and touted as playoff contenders. This year’s payroll is expected to be less than $45 million, compared with $90 million in 2012. “I fulfilled my promise in the new ballpark last year,” he said. “It didn’t work. So what do you do? Go back again and lose more games? We needed to do something to beef up the organization.”

    Bubba Watson, who won the green jacket at the 2012 Masters in a sudden-death playoff, also won the admiration of a caddie’s wife when he made good on a bet.

    A touching story: Bubba, a palm tree at Augusta and a ring

    MARANA, Ariz. — The artistic, majestic wedge out of the trees and onto the 10th green at Augusta National. The tearful celebration. Slipping into that beautiful green jacket for the first time in Butler Cabin. The trophy presentation. Bubba Watson finally had a chance to catch his breath when he sat down for dinner to honor the latest Masters champion.And that’s when it hit him.“We’re all upstairs at the dinner and he said, ‘Dude, do you realize what this means?’” caddie Ted Scott recalled. “And we’re thinking, ‘Yeah, Bubba. You’re the Masters champion. This is a pretty big deal.’ He stops dead in his tracks and he says, ‘I’ve got to buy Paul that ring.’ ”Paul Tesori, the caddie for Webb Simpson, was listening to the playoff on the radio while driving home to Florida when Watson made his incredible escape and beat Louis Oosthuizen with a par. Tesori smiled when he thought about the ring and wondered if Watson even remembered his promise.Leave it to Watson to have instant recall of such an insignificant moment compared with the magnitude of winning the Masters.There are 350 varieties of more than 80,000 plants at Augusta National, but only one palm tree on the golf course. It now takes on new meaning for Watson, a reminder of how he ruined a caddie’s bet with his wife over a wedding ring and made up for it by winning a green jacket.It all started when Simpson had an extra ticket for the practice round that he gave to Tesori’s wife, Michelle. Tesori was so excited about her first trip to the Masters that, as they drove to Augusta and he raved about the beauty of the golf course, he served up a challenge.“I said, ‘Honey, one of the cool things is that there’s one palm tree on the property and half the players don’t even know where it is. If you can find the palm tree, anything you want is yours,’ ” Tesori said.She had been asking about a diamond ring that cost $10,000 and would complete her wedding band. Tesori figured he would buy it whenever Simpson won his next golf tournament, but he got caught up in the moment and offered that as the reward.They played nine holes that Wednesday with the regular group — Watson, Simpson and Rickie Fowler. Jason Day joined them on the first tree, but his wrist was a little sore and so the Australian left them after three holes.The lone palm at Augusta is tucked away to the right of the green on the par-3 fourth hole. This was the big moment.And that’s when Tesori made his first big mistake.“Paul was talking to Bubba about it and I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is not a good idea,’ ” Simpson said.Sure enough, Watson had no clue about the only palm at Augusta National. And when he heard the deal Tesori had with his wife, Watson couldn’t help himself.“My best recollection is Bubba being his normal self and throwing Paul under the bus,” Fowler said. “There are certain secrets Bubba can keep if they need to be kept secret. But if it’s something along the lines of a bet, and nothing that can hurt you too bad — like a $10,000 ring — that’s out the door.”Watson found the palm and began making a scene, his voice getting louder as he pointed to the tree.Tesori urged him to keep it down, which only egged on Watson, who continued to raise his voice and point to the palm. Tesori’s only hope was that his wife was far enough back in the crowd and couldn’t see — or hear — what Watson was doing. But when the caddie reached the green and looked to the left, he was doomed.“I found my wife in the crowd,” he said. “She’s got her arms up in the air in a V formation, jumping up and down. And Bubba thinks it’s the greatest thing in the world.”Tesori felt otherwise.“His face ... he looked like he was in shock,” Scott, the caddie, said.

    Former baseball manager Bobby Valentine has a new job, this time as the athletics director at a small university in Connecticut, where he grew up.

    Valentine accepts A.D. job with university

    Bobby Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University, the latest stop in a career that has included managing baseball teams in the U.S. and Japan, running restaurants and overseeing his hometown’s police force.

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o runs a drill Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

    Do NFL teams really care if Te’o is gay?

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has become one of the most complicated draft prospects in NFL history. Monday only added to the complexity for teams like the Bears. The question was whether he could do so well enough to make talent evaluators forget the story of his manufactured girlfriend. Another controversy followed Te’o to the combine: NBC Sports’ Mike Florio reportedly said on Dan Patrick’s radio show that NFL teams want to know what Te'o's sexual orientation is.

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has managed to push a lot of the right button this season, and has his team playing at the top of its game.

    Cup-minded Hawks’ message to NHL loud & clear

    Mike North believes the Chicago Blackhawks have enough talent to win the Stanley Cup. All the pieces are in place for success and head coach Joel Quenneville is making it look easy, North says.

    Vernon Hills’ Haley Lieberman kisses the championship plaque after the Cougars defeated Regina Dominican in the Class 3A sectional final in Vernon Hills.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball and state swimming.


    Glenbard South wins at home

    Class 3A regional host Glenbard South (9-17) enjoyed its own court, to the tune of a 62-38 win over No. 17 seed Payton. Heading the No. 15 Raiders were Alex Jeske and Chaun Rickette with 12 points apiece and Tim Marshall with 9.


    Bolingbrook falls to Whitney Young in OT

    Linnae Harper had been here with Bolingbrook before, so she had a succinct message for her Whitney Young teammates in the huddle before overtime. “This thing’s not going to a second overtime,” the Dolphins senior told her teammates. “I was having flashbacks to last year.”And it didn’t. A year after its four-overtime epic with Bolingbrook on the same floor, Whitney Young blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, but recovered to win 61-60 in overtime in Monday’s Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectional.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa begins to celebrate after scoring the winning goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin during the overtime period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Oilers
    Images of the Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime win Monday night over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks added to their record of the best start to a season in the history of the NHL - Nineteen games with a point, and yet to suffer a loss in regulation.


    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by fellow members of the House GOP leadership, responds to President Barack Obama’s remarks to the nation’s governors about how to fend off the impending automatic budget cuts.

    Obama rejects plan for more say in spending cuts

    President Barack Obama brushed off a Republican plan Tuesday to give him flexibility to allocate $85 billion in looming spending cuts, wanting no part of a deal that would force him to choose between the bad and the terrible. Three days out and no closer to any agreement, both parties sought to saddle the other with the blame for the painful ramification of the across-the-board cuts set to kick in Friday.


    Tribune hires advice on potential newspaper buyers

    Tribune Co., the publisher that emerged from bankruptcy at the end of last year, said it hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Evercore Partners Inc. as financial advisers after receiving unsolicited interest in its newspapers.

    FILE PHOTO Comcast, which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, said Tuesday it's increasing the speed of its Internet packages with some speeds doubling.

    Comcast to double Internet speeds in March

    Comcast, which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, said it will double the speeds on its Internet service for local customers.

    Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, an employee waves to passing motorists while holding a sign to advertise for Liberty Tax Service in Los Angeles. With tax season in full swing, a newly released poll says an overwhelming majority of adults don’t believe it is ever OK to cheat on their income taxes, with most citing personal integrity as the biggest reason why.

    Poll: 87 percent say never OK to cheat on taxes

    Are we really that honest? With tax season in full swing, a newly released poll says an overwhelming majority of adults don’t believe it is ever OK to cheat on their income taxes, with most citing personal integrity as a reason to be truthful.

    Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation’s five major Internet service providers.

    Music, movie industry to warn copyright infringers

    Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they’re innocent can protest — for a fee.

    Home Depot Inc., the largest U.S. home improvement retailer, said Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 32 percent, beating expectations, helped by strong U.S. sales and the cleanup related to Superstorm Sandy. This follows smaller rival Lowe’s Cos. results Monday, which also beat expectations.

    Home Depot leads Dow average higher

    A jump in home sales and strong earnings from Home Depot helped the Dow claw back more than half of its losses from Monday. Improving consumer confidence also brought back buyers to the market. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 115.96 points, or 0.8 percent, to 13,900.13.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is seen on a monitor on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. The Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policies are giving key support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment, Bernanke told Congress.

    Bernanke signals continued support for low rates

    The Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policies are giving key support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment, Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Tuesday. Bernanke signaled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.

    The new Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont will seat 700 inside and 300 in the outdoor beer garden.

    Rosemont’s Hofbräuhaus grand opening is March 18

    Hofbräuhaus Chicago, an authentic German microbrewery, beer hall and restaurant, will celebrate its grand opening Monday, March 18, in MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5500 Park Place.


    Landauer declares 55 cent quarterly dividend

    Landauer Inc. announced its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 55 cents per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The dividend will be paid on April 3 to shareholders of record on March 8.


    CNH board of approves merger plan

    Agricultural and constriction equipment manufacturer, Burr Ridge-based CNH Global N.V. said its board of directors has approved the company’s proposed merger with NewCo, a subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A.In addition, the board agreed on recommendations for the company’s 2013 Annual General Meeting of shareholders. The Board has set the general meeting date as April 5.Plans for the merger were announced last November. Under the terms, shareholders of CNH — other than Fiat Netherlands Holding N.V. -- will receive 3.828 common shares of NewCo for each share of CNH. The effectiveness of the CNH Merger is subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including the approval by the shareholders of CNH and the satisfaction of all requirements for the admission to listing on the New York Stock Exchange of NewCo shares, the company said in a release.The CNH Merger will be submitted for approval to the CNH shareholders at an special meeting of shareholders. The notice of call of the extraordinary CNH shareholders’ meeting will be disclosed pursuant to applicable law and regulation.The board also finalized proposals to be put to the company’s shareholders at its annual general meeting. Among the proposals was a recommendation that the shareholders re-elect the current directors. In addition, the board will recommend that no regular dividend be paid in 2013 based upon 2012 financial results. The Board also approved the CNH 2012 Statutory Accounts that will be presented to shareholders at the annual meeting.


    AAR sells 10 aircraft to Malaysian Airline System

    AAR Corp. and its joint venture partner have completed the sale of 10 Boeing 737-400 aircraft to Malaysian Airline System Berhad.

    Vince A. Sicari, a South Hackensack, N.J.

    NJ’s highest court to hear ‘joking judge’ appeal

    A judge in New Jersey is asking the state’s highest court to have a sense of humor.Attorneys for Vince A. Sicari plan to argue in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday that the part-time municipal court judge should be allowed to keep his other paying gig as a comedian.Sicari is appealing a 2008 state ethics committee ruling that he can’t continue working as a paid entertainer while on the bench.


    NE Indiana auto parts supplier lays off 130

    A northeastern Indiana auto parts maker has laid off 130 workers after losing a contract.Contech Castings spokesman Robert LaCourciere tells kpcnews.com and The Journal Gazette its Auburn plant laid off about half of its workforce on Friday after losing the contract last week. He says the jobs paid $10 to $15 per hour.

    The reflection of a pedestrian seen in the window, with a sign at a money exchange bureau, in London, Monday

    Italian election inconclusive; global markets drop

    Italy emerged from elections Tuesday with no clear winner, driving markets around the world markedly lower as investors worried that one of Europe’s biggest economies would be unable to build a governing coalition that can stay the course on unpopular austerity measures. A day after polling ended, the election remained close as Italians awaited the final official results. European leaders pleaded with politicians in Italy to quickly build a government to continue to enact reforms to lower Italy’s critically high debt and spare Europe another spike in its four-year financial crisis.

    The political standoff over the U.S. budget is slowing the U.S. economy — more so than any hesitance by Americans to spend freely.

    AP survey: US budget impasse holding back economy

    The political standoff over the U.S. budget is slowing the U.S. economy — more so than any hesitance by Americans to spend freely.That consensus emerges from the latest Associated Press Economy Survey just as the budget impasse in Washington is about to trigger automatic spending cuts across the economy.

    Associated Press Postman John Lahmert delivers mail in rural Otaki, New Zealand. New Zealand is considering cutting letter deliveries from six days a week to three as global demand for postal services dwindles.

    World’s postal services struggle with lower demand

    Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on. “I looove them,” she declares, as the driveway at her tree-lined home in rural New Zealand briefly becomes a catwalk. “They’re cool.” or now, a boom in Internet shopping is helping keep alive moribund postal services across the developed world.


    Oil falls on economic jitters, Italy election

    BANGKOK — Global economic jitters and the prospect Italy will reignite Europe’s debt crisis dragged oil down to near $92 a barrel Tuesday.Benchmark crude for April delivery was down 89 cents at $92.22 per barrel at midafternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 2 cents to settle at $93.11 on Monday.Markets were rattled by the possibility of political paralysis in Italy after near-complete results in crucial national elections showed no clear front-runner. The uncertainty bodes ill for the nation’s efforts to pass the tough reforms it needs to overhaul its debt-laden economy. That could reignite Europe’s long-simmering crisis of confidence in the euro common currency.Adding to the downbeat mood were weak manufacturing figures from China on Monday and looming spending cuts in the U.S. as political leaders in Washington remain at odds over how quickly to trim the budget deficit. In London, Brent crude was down 82 cents at $113.62 on the ICE futures exchange.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline was down 3.7 cents at $3.227 a gallon.— Heating oil dropped 2.6 cents to $3.072 a gallon.— Natural gas rose 2.5 cents to $3.439 per 1,000 cubic feet.

    Associated Press A Summit County Sheriff’s Deputy wheels defendant Richard Beasley to the elevator at the conclusion of testimony in his murder trial in Summit County Court on Monday.

    Prosecutors to present Ohio Craigslist evidence
    Prosecutors plan to begin laying out evidence that robbery and identity theft were the motives behind attacks two years ago in Ohio that left three men dead and a fourth wounded, all lured by phony Craigslist job offers.The alleged triggerman, Richard Beasely, has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of aggravated murder, kidnapping and other charges.

    The International Herald Tribune, one of the most enduring brands in journalism history, is getting a new name: The International New York Times.

    IHT to be rebranded International New York Times
    The International Herald Tribune, one of the most enduring brands in journalism history, is getting a new name: The International New York Times. The rebranding of the 125-year-old paper announced Monday comes as The New York Times Co. looks to focus on its flagship brand and expand its presence overseas. The name change will become official later this year. The newspaper plans to add an unspecified number of columnists and reporters.

    United States Fish and Wildlife biologist Kayla Dibenedetto attempts to catch an oiled Brown Pelican at Grand Isle, La., in this June 5, 2010 file photo.

    Trial resumes over 2010 Gulf oil spill
    A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breeches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness Tuesday at a trial involving another Gulf Coast catastrophe: the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.Robert Bea, an expert witness for the plaintiffs who sued BP PLC and other companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, will share his theories about what caused BP’s Macondo well to blow out on April 20, 2010, provoking an explosion on the Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and spewed an estimated 172 millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf.

Life & Entertainment


    Should high school seniors be allowed a coed campout?
    A group of high school friends want to go camping. Within this group, there are two couples. The mother of one of these four kids insists on going along and now several of the kids are considering canceling the event. Is this other mother, who doesn't have a problem with the campout, viewing it wrong?

    Barbara Walters will be returning to “The View” on Monday.

    Barbara Walters returning to ‘The View’ on Monday

    Barbara Walters says she’s returning to “The View” on Monday. She’s been sidelined for several weeks. But now she’s “had enough rest and it’s time to come back,” Walters reported by phone during Tuesday’s edition of the ABC talk show.

    About 200 family and friends gathered for the funeral of country music star Mindy McCready in her southwest Florida hometown.

    Mindy McCready’s funeral held in southwest Florida

    Family and friends have gathered for the funeral of country music star Mindy McCready in her Florida hometown. About 200 were present Tuesday at the Crossroads Baptist Church. McCready’s music played in the background and her image was shown on a large screen behind the altar.

    Seth MacFarlane drew larger audiences to the Oscars Sunday, but says he probably won’t return as host.

    One and done at Oscars for Seth MacFarlane

    It looks like it’s one and done at the Oscars for Seth MacFarlane. The “Family Guy” creator was asked on his Twitter account whether he’d consider hosting the Academy Awards again and he replied: “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.”


    Confronting woman who flirts with your husband not necessary

    Reader wants to know if she should confront a woman who shamelessly flirts with her husband. She trusts her husband, but doesn't know if she should let the flirter know what she is doing is wrong and desperate.

    “Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Charlie Leduff

    'Autopsy' takes grim look at Detroit

    Detroit has long been the poster child for urban blight. Charlie LeDuff, who grew up in Detroit and made his mark as a Pulitzer Prize winner for The New York Times, later returned home to immerse himself in his city's despair. His book, “Detroit: An American Autopsy,” captures the sights, sounds and smells of a crumbling, once-proud metropolis that he views as the template for other American cities in decline.

    Marius Stan, a senior computational energy scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, talks about his secret hobby — as an actor on AMC's “Breaking Bad.”

    Argonne scientist moonlights as 'Breaking Bad' actor

    He's spent years contributing to important, high-level science projects — helping make nuclear power safer and improving the durability of energy products. Yet, what's made Argonne National Laboratory scientist Marius Stan famous is his side job — a small, recurring role as Romanian car wash owner Bogdan Wolynetz on "AMC's “Breaking Bad” — and his eyebrows.

    Gloria Steinem, left, and Marlo Thomas, from the program “Makers: Women Who Make America,” a three-hour PBS documentary about the fight for women’s equality airing Tuesday.

    ‘Makers’ shows women’s place is in U.S. history

    The fight for women’s equality first had to argue that it was a fight worth having. Apparently the same goes with giving the movement recognition: “Makers: Women Who Make America” is billed by PBS as an unprecedented account of women’s changing lives and the impact on U.S. society over the last 50 years.

    Nancy Annino came into the cooking fold later in life but has embraced it and hopes to pass her knowledge and passion onto her grandchildren.

    Cook of the Week: Feeding family, friends all in a day's work

    As a young mom, Nancy Annino relied on processed and often frozen meals to feed her sons, Dustin and Daniel. After remarrying 12 years ago, Nancy discovered cooking doesn't have to take as long as she once thought. Her husband, George, helped show her that with planning, she could create meals family and friends would rave about.

    Former Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill is one of eleven celebrity contestants who will compete on the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Dorothy Hamill, Andy Dick among ‘Dancing’ stars

    A gold-medal figure skater, a country music legend and a kooky comedian are stepping their way onto “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC says Dorothy Hamill, Wynona Judd and Andy Dick are among 11 contenders for the mirrored ball on the new season of the celebrity dance competition.

    Animal rights activist and singer Morrissey said he’s canceled an appearance Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show because cast members of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” also were scheduled to appear.

    Singer Morrissey says no to Kimmel, ‘Duck Dynasty’

    The TV series “Duck Dynasty” is coming between Morrissey and Jimmy Kimmel. The singer and animal rights activist says he canceled his appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because “Duck Dynasty” cast members will be on the talk show.

    “Lord of the Dance” returns to Rosemont at the Akoo Theatre for two performances on Saturday, March 2.

    Best bets: 'Lord of the Dance' high steps into the Akoo

    Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" heralds in St. Patrick's Day feelings with its Celtic rhythms at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont. Local modern artists show their take on the ancient art of encaustic at CLC's Wright Community Gallery of Art in Grayslake. And comedian David Brenner lights up two Zanies locations this weekend.

    Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast is a savory twist on the classic breakfast/brunch staple.

    Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast
    Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast

    Try these Moroccan-inspired cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

    Moroccan Chicken Cinnamon Rolls
    Moroccan Chicken Cinnamon Rolls

    Notes of citrus and thyme make Grapefruit Risotto With Seared Scallops a date-night worthy dish.

    Grapefruit Risotto With Seared Scallops
    Grapefruit Risotto With Seared Scallops

    These fragrant Chocolate Brownie Waffles With Blackberry Sauce come together quickly.

    Chocolate Brownie Waffles With Blackberry Sauce
    Chocolate Brownie Waffles With Blackberry Sauce


    Roasted Vegetables
    Roasted Vegetables: Nancy Annino

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Nancy Annino's Spaghetti Soup.

    Spaghetti Soup
    Spaghetti Soup: Nancy Annino


    Swedish Pancakes
    Swedish Pancakes: Nancy Annino

    Rob Belushi — son of Jim, nephew of John — is making his own mark in the world of entertainment. He's currently starring in “The Joe Schmo Show” on Spike TV.

    Rob Belushi carrying on family business with TV show

    The name on Hollywood audition lists must be unmistakably eye-catching: Rob Belushi. The 32-year-old actor and comedian is the son of Wheaton native Jim Belushi and for the past decade or so an aspiring actor in his own right. Rob Belushi has guest starred on TV shows like his dad's "According to Jim" and "The Defenders." Now he's starring on the Spike TV reality program "The Joe Schmo Show" that airs on Tuesday nights.

    Italian-Style Stuffed French toast is a savory twist on the classic breakfast/brunch staple.

    A wake-up call for dinner menus

    A savvy book editor and a pair of millennial food lovers joined forces to create “Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More!” (Quirk Books, February 2013; $19.95). Co-authors Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth collaborate on the six-year-old LoveandOliveOil.com blog, which chronicles the married couple’s cooking exploits in their Nashville loft.

    “The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More” by Bruce Feiler

    Book profiles how work, play meet in the family home

    Bruce Feiler, who has a full plate as a successful writer and dad of two, decided to make improving family life his business in his new book, "The Secrets of Happy Families." Feiler's goal was to put out a playbook for families to make life more efficient, relaxed and fun. But instead of seeking advice from traditional sources, he consulted people at the top of their game in business, technology, sports and the military.

    “Crysis 3” comes with a robust assortment of multiplayer games.

    Sci-fi clichés mar superior graphics of ‘Crysis 3’

    "Crysis 3" is a gorgeous game. Its creator, the German studio Crytek, has lived up to its promises that it will set a new benchmark for computer graphics. If only all that beauty was in the service of something more interesting than another alien bloodbath. Actually, "Crysis 3" throws two types of enemies at you: the alien Ceph and the human employees of CELL, a corporation that has built a giant dome over the ruins of New York City.

    Can you tell Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable and actor Tommy Lee Jones apart? Of course you can.

    Burt's predictably grouchy about celebrity doppelganger

    “Has anybody ever told you that you look like …” We've all heard this. Quite possibly while watching Oscar coverage. Someone looks you over and then decides to share the opinion that you resemble somebody famous. “Has anybody ever told you that you look like George Clooney?” would be nice to hear, but that's not what Burt Constable gets.

    The busier you get in the city, the more you may want to travel by wheel, like this family taking a quadcycle from Bike and Roll Chicago through Navy Pier.

    Spring break, Chicago!

    If you're staying close to home for spring break, check out these fun things to do in Chicago. Most won't break the bank, and some are free.

    Children should learn that flossing is just as important as brushing.

    Encourage kids to floss every day

    Learning to brush their own teeth is a lesson all children must master. Although parents ultimately may have children who become proficient at brushing their own teeth, getting them to floss is generally more difficult.



    Editorial: The legacy of a 40-year-old tragic fire

    The ultimate legacy from a tragic fire 40 years ago that killed three Palatine volunteer firemen is what current firefighters have learned to prevent future tragedies, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Droning on about feelings

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Sensitivity training, alas, is one of the many legacies of our sundering of the family, which has led necessarily to greater dependence on third parties to instruct and order. We are unlikely to hear much about that in the next government diversity seminar and, soon enough, there will be none left to recognize that there is something wrong with this picture.


    Let gay couples marry by secular means
    A letter to the editor: Marriage is a legal contract and not a religious one. You have to get a license from the county. The person performing the marriage must be licensed by the state. You are just as legally married by a judge as by a member of the clergy as long as that judge or clergy member has a license to perform the ceremony.


    Marriage about children more than love
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: Marriage is not solely or centrally about love. It is centrally concerned with children and their connection to their biological parents.


    The oppression of human incentive
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The White House would have us worship at the altar of equality. Neomarxism a la Obama bristles at the idea that capitalism may result in the accumulation of wealth such that some may appear "more equal than others."


    Need rational talk on concealed carry
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I was very disappointed with your article, "Concealed carry recipe for disaster, transit chiefs say." The chiefs' opinion that allowing passengers to carry concealed weapons on mass transit "could" have catastrophic consequences was simply an opinion based on nothing other than a political agenda. No facts, no studies, all of which are easy to find.


    Most pro-death president in history
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Our wonderful humanitarian president, in his boundless wisdom, has determined that the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" is torture, and is never, under any circumstances, allowed, even for known terrorist assassins. This technique has never been known to kill, or even permanently injure anyone.


    The down side of trickle-up economics
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Illinois is not broke. Legislators continue to enable corporations to consider handouts, which are tax incentives and tax loopholes, as their "entitlements" at taxpayer expense. In the first six months of 2012, legislators gave $168 million in tax incentives to CME, AT&T, Museum of Broadcast History, Boeing, and United Airlines all at a time when corporations have been making record breaking profits.


    Elgin council candidate innovative
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It has been my privilege to know Toby Shaw for over 12 years. His integrity, common sense and fiscal management skills make him an excellent addition to the Elgin City Council in this upcoming election.


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