Daily Archive : Sunday March 3, 2013



    Elgin man killed in Barrington Hills crash

    An Elgin man was killed and four others hospitalized Sunday after a four-vehicle crash in Barrington Hills, officials said. Ronald Ziolo, of Elgin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, officials from the Cook County medical examiner’s office said early Monday. An autopsy is scheduled for later today, officials said.

    Phyllis Szczesny crosses the intersection at Northwest Highway and Lee Street in Des Plaines near the train station last Tuesday, Feb. 26. It could all happen again this Tuesday, March 5.

    New winter storm warning: Big snow Monday night into Tuesday

    The National Weather Service says a winter storm could bring up to 10 inches of snow to northern Illinois tonight and Tuesday. The service has issued a winter storm warning that starts at 3 a.m. Tuesday and lasts throughout the day. Forecasters say snow is expected to be heavy from late Tuesday morning through early Tuesday evening with 1 to 1 ½ inches falling an hour. Weather service officials...


    Durbin, Quinn fire up Kane County Democrats at annual dinner

    Two of the state's top Democrats joined with their Kane County allies Sunday for a pep rally and finger-pointing in Aurora Sunday. A chorus of boos rained down when Sen. Dick Durbin began his remarks for the annual Kane County Democrats Truman Dinner. But Gov. Pat Quinn got every union member and rep to stand and be applauded in the end.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the Budget Address to a joint session of the General Assembly on the House floor at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, March 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Budget: State’s unpaid bills could more than double in the next 5 years, watchdog group says
    SPRINGFIELD — Almost 10 years ago, Mike Baker and his family moved from Carpentersville to Schaumburg because he thought services offered at the local schools would benefit his son Bryan, who has autism.Baker says he’s glad he and his wife made the decision. Bryan, now 14, likes his school and teachers and is doing well.“It had to be my son first,” Baker said.

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves the King Edward VII hospital following a one-day stay caused by a stomach ailment, London Monday, March 4, 2013. The 86-year-old queen fell ill Friday and was being treated at Windsor Castle until Sunday, when she was moved to a central London hospital as a precaution. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Queen Elizabeth leaves hospital after stomach bug

    Queen Elizabeth II left the London hospital where she’d been treated for the symptoms of a stomach infection Monday, following a brief and rare hospitalization for the 86-year-old head of state. A smiling Elizabeth walked unassisted out of King Edward VII Hospital Monday afternoon before saying goodbye to staff. She was then driven away in a motorcade.

    Members of the Satmar Orthodox Jewish community grieve over the coffins at the funeral for two expectant parents who were killed in a car accident Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A driver struck the car early Sunday morning, killing both parents. Their baby, who was born prematurely, died early Monday morning.

    Baby born after parents killed in NYC crash dies

    A community spokesman says a baby delivered after his parents were killed in a Brooklyn hit-and-run accident has died. The spokesman says the child died around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Police are searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled the scene of the accident early Sunday.

    Lisa Koziol-Ellis

    Elgin murder victim's sister: To know her was to know love

    While police continue their investigation into Elgin's first homicide of 2013, family and friends are remembering Lisa Koziol-Ellis as loving, accepting and unique. The 33-year-old Elgin woman was found dead in her townhouse early Saturday morning. “She was an amazing, caring person who did everything possible to put everyone else before herself and let us all know how much she loved...

    A 35-year-old man was killed Saturday night when a motorcycle slammed into the side of his car near the intersection of Lake Street and Wheaton Road in Roselle. The motorcycle's 19-year-old driver also was killed.

    Roselle, Bloomingdale men killed when motorcycle slams into car

    Two men were killed and a 13-year-old boy injured after a motorcycle collided with a car Saturday night in Roselle, police said. Brian Wojcik, 19, of Bloomingdale, and David Phillips, 35, of Roselle, died from injuries suffered in the crash, according to Roselle police.


    No injuries in Batavia warehouse fire

    No injuries were reported in a large fire at an Aldi’s warehouse in Batavia that took officials several hours to extinguish early Saturday morning, officials said. Six fire trucks and 32 personnel responded to the large fire and were not cleared from the scene until nearly 3 a.m., the release said.

    Nature guide June Melber, right, shows a pail collecting syrup from a maple tree Sunday during the Maple Syrup Hike at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods.

    Maple syrup tastings part of Ryerson hikes

    Visitors to the Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods Sunday tapped into the knowledge of experts on sugar maples.They also had a chance to savor the taste of real maple syrup, as opposed to the over-the-counter stuff, which substitutes high fructose corn syrup.It was part of the Maple Syrup Hikes, which will be offered Saturdays and Sundays over the next two weekends.

    Danny Solovastru, of Morton Grove, dresses like SpongeBob as he jumps out of the frigid water during the 2013 Palatine Polar Plunge Sunday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

    Teams brave icy water for Polar Plunge in Palatine

    On a bitingly cold Sunday, more than 300 people lined up to jump into an icy pond at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine as part of the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser, which benefits Special Olympics Illinois.

    This image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Center in Baltimore. A baby, born with the AIDS virus, appears to have been cured scientists announced Sunday.

    Scientists: Baby born with HIV apparently cured

    A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

    This diagram shows the location of a new school Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build east of the Oak Brook Public Library at the village-owned Sports Core.

    School building costs worry Oak Brook residents

    A handful of Oak Brook residents expressed concerns Saturday about the potential cost of approving a pair of referendum questions on the April 9 ballot that would clear the way for Butler Elementary District 53 to build a new school to replace its two existing facilities. Voters in the district are being asked this spring to approve a tax increase that would allow the district to seek a $15...

    Vice President Joe Biden embraces Rep. John Lewis, as they prepare to lead a group across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Sunday. They were commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when police officers beat marchers when they crossed the bridge on a march from Selma to Montgomery.

    Biden leads re-enactment of voting rights march

    The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans’ votes haven’t stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls.

    The race begins as Lake County Board Member Pat Carey, left, and State Senator Melinda Bush, right, take their shopping carts to collect food during the 15th Annual Race for Hunger Monday at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Antioch. This year’s five-minute race benefitted local food pantries.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features the last snowstorm of February, the first maple syrup festivals of March, and more than one Polar Plunge event.


    Zion teens charged in infant son’s death

    Two Zion teenagers have been charged in relation to the beating death of their infant son, officials said. According to Zion police, a 5-month-old boy died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and his father is being held on $2 million bond. The mother has been charged with endangering the life of a child and bond was set at $100,000.

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admits he was fully convinced he was going to win when he sat down to watch returns the night of November’s election.

    Romney: Heart told him he’d win, until he saw Fla.

    Mitt Romney says his heart said he was going to win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be. The GOP nominee tells “Fox News Sunday” that he knew his campaign was in trouble when exit polls suggested a close race in Florida. Romney thought he’d win the state solidly.


    Dist. 214 college financial aid program on March 19

    District 214 will present its annual free Financial Aid Night for juniors and their parents March 19 at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights, hosted by veteran college counselor John Hammond of Wheeling High School.

    After years of searching for her “Holy Grail,” longtime Cubs fan Sue Kren offered the winning bid for this zero from the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard.

    DuPage residents' Cubs memorabilia items will be on TV Monday

    While they haven't actually seen a Cubs World Series, two DuPage County collectors have a program from one, a zero from the Wrigley Field scoreboard and lots of other souvenirs that will be part of the new "A Piece of the Game" TV show.

    Elgin police continue to investigate the slaying of 33-year-old Lisa Koziol-Ellis. Authorities say the woman was found dead in her home early Saturday morning by her husband.

    Elgin police seek help solving city’s first homicide of 2013

    Police were releasing few details Sunday about the slaying of a 33-year-old Elgin woman found dead in her townhouse early Saturday morning, but expected to hold a news conference later in the day to update their investigation. Investigators are not yet certain whether the killing of Lisa Koziol-Ellis was a targeted or random act, said Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault.

    “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, left, interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman, just back from a visit with North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un.

    Dennis Rodman: NKorea leader wants Obama to call

    North Korea’s young leader has riled the U.S. with recent nuclear tests, but Kim Jong Un doesn’t really want war with the superpower, just a call from President Barack Obama to chat about their shared love of basketball, according to ersatz diplomat Dennis Rodman, the ex-NBA star just back from an improbable visit to the reclusive communist country.

    Demolition experts watch as the home of Jeff Bush, 37, is destroyed Sunday, after a sinkhole opened up underneath it late Thursday evening swallowing Bush, 37, in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night.

    Most of Fla. house over sinkhole demolished

    Crews on Sunday razed more than half of the Tampa-area home perched over a huge sinkhole that swallowed a man three days ago, managing to salvage some keepsakes for family members who lived there.

    Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo on Sunday.

    Kerry says US releasing millions in aid to Egypt

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250 million in American aid to support the country’s “future as a democracy.”

    According to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a research organization based in Washington, wealthy families are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades, even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates. Seen here is the Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington.

    Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high

    The poor rich. With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington, Friday, following a meeting with President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts.

    Spending cuts seem here to stay
    The spending cuts are here to stay if you believe the public posturing Sunday. The Senate’s Republican leader Mitch McConnell called them modest. House Speaker John Boehner isn’t sure the cuts will hurt the economy. The White House’s top economic adviser, Gene Sperling, said the pain isn’t that bad right now.

    Youths celebrate an Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sunday. Benedict XVI’s opened what is known as the “sede vacante” or “vacant see,” the transition period between papacies when a few key Vatican officials take charge of running the church.

    Cardinals get down to work in pre-conclave talks

    Cardinals from around the world have descended on Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of the conclave to elect Benedict XVI’s successor as pope. Topping the agenda: Vatican scandals, Benedict’s remarkable decision to resign and efforts to keep Christianity relevant in today’s world.

    Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday they want answers from the Obama administration about what happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September. They said they are willing to oppose the nomination of a new CIA director John Brennan until they get them.

    McCain, Graham warn on CIA nominee vote

    Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain say they want answers from the Obama administration and are willing to oppose the administration’s choice to be the new CIA director until they get them.

    Receptionist Lessie Calvert sits behind her desk surrounded by freeze-dried animals at Anthony Eddy’s Wildlife Studio in Slater, Mo. Animal lovers from across the country call on Anthony Eddy and his team to faithfully preserve their beloved departed pets for posterity through a freeze-drying process that can take up to a year before they are painstakingly preserved and returned to their owners.

    Taxidermist preserves man’s best friend

    Growing up on the family farm, Anthony Eddy learned early on not to get too attached to animals, including household pets. His devoted customers are a different story. Pet lovers across the country count on the taxidermist to faithfully preserve their pets, even if it means shelling out thousands of dollars and waiting more than a year for the pets' return.


    Easter Bunny coming to Gurnee Mills

    Gurnee Mills invites families to capture a springtime memory in a visit with the Easter Bunny in Grange Hall next to Bed Bath and Beyond from March 7 through March 30.

    Pakistani check the site of a bomb blast in Karachi on Sunday. Pakistani officials say the bomb blast has killed dozens of people in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims.

    Car bomb kills 37, wounds 141 in southern Pakistan

    A car bomb exploded outside a mosque on Sunday, killing 37 people and wounding another 141 in a Shiite Muslim dominated neighborhood in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi — the third mass casualty attack on the minority sect in the country this year.


    St. Patrick adds 5-day preschool

    The Early Childhood Program at St. Patrick School, 15020 Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth, will add a new five-day program to its preschool program, beginning in August.


    Conference on Prophet Muhammad at CLC

    Learn about the Prophet Muhammad during a conference hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on Thursday, March 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

    Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien had been Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader until he resigned last week from his position as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, a departure prompted by a newspaper report about unnamed priests’ allegations he acted inappropriately toward them.

    Accused Scottish cardinal admits sexual failings

    A Scottish cardinal on Sunday acknowledged having engaged in unspecified sexual misbehavior, apologized for his actions, and promised to stay out of the church’s public life in a statement that comes at an awkward time for the Vatican.

    Winfield village board members on Thursday are expected to approve plans to rezone residential parcels along Roosevelt Road, west of Winfield Road. Several candidates in the village trustee race oppose the move.

    Roosevelt rezoning divides Winfield candidates

    Three candidates hoping to gain control of the Winfield Village Board are condemning a push by the board’s current majority to rezone a stretch of Roosevelt Road. But the trio say they won’t try to immediately undue the zoning change if they and a political ally running for village president all get elected.

    Tommy Dvorak of Antioch exits the waters of Lake Michigan on Saturday during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Sunrise Beach in Lake Bluff.

    Polar plunge in Lake Bluff for a good cause
    The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Saturday at Sunrise Beach in Lake Bluff benefited Special Olympics Illinois. Participants who raise at least $75 in donations get the chance to jump into the icy water, receive a Polar Plunge sweatshirt and participate in a post-plunge party.

    The Lombard Fire Department aims to have three ambulances staffed and ready to respond to medical emergencies at all times, but when personnel falls below 16 firefighters on a shift, one ambulance remains unstaffed.

    Tighter budgets, staffing straining suburban fire departments

    Mounting pension obligations and tightly drawn budgets are straining staffing at many suburban fire departments, including some that already are shorthanded and others that regularly send firefighters across borders to help other towns. In a “do more with less” world, four of 10 suburban fire departments surveyed are running at least one firefighter short of authorized staffing, which could cause...

    Former Des Plaines mayor Tony Arredia, left, 3rd Ward Alderman Matthew Bogusz, center, and 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten, right, are vying for the Des Plaines mayoral seat on April 9.

    Des Plaines mayoral hopefuls differ on city finances

    Des Plaines' past financial decisions and future solvency has been a hot topic in the mayoral race pitting two current aldermen against a former mayor. Ward 3 Alderman Matt Bogusz, Ward 6 Alderman Mark Walsten and former mayor Tony Arredia are vying for the seat on April 9.


    Request for student information stirs FOIA controversy in West Chicago

    A Freedom of Information Act request for student contact information filed during the final month of contract negotiations between West Chicago District 33 and its teachers union is pointing out some inconsistencies between FOIA regulations and federal laws meant to protect student privacy.


    Sometimes you’ve tried enough to quit

    Whether it’s learning a new skill, a job, a marriage, or our “great ambition,” our Ken Potts says there comes a time in each of our lives when we’ve got to question the sanity of continuing to try. In the midst of such re-evaluating, however, we often are at a loss as to exactly how to make such a decision.

    Dori Eldridge of Naperville won first prize in our February Photo Finish contest with this image of an altercation between two American tree sparrows.

    Naperville woman wins Photo Finish contest with shot of squabbling sparrows

    Dori Eldridge is one of those people who always seems to be outside, no matter the season, toting her camera. “My neighbors think I’m a lunatic,” the Naperville woman says, “because I’m always on my belly taking pictures of snowflakes or bugs.” So it’s a good bet people who know her weren’t surprised to see Eldridge in the dead of winter sitting in a chair on her back patio while carefully...


    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff (23) blocks a shot attempt by Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw (65) in front of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period Sunday in Detroit. If realignment takes place the way it’s being outlined, the Hawks and Red Wings will meet just twice per season.

    Separating Hawks, Wings is just criminal
    It is criminal to think that Gary Bettman is going to take the Red Wings away from the Blackhawks if realignment is passed, giving them the opportunity to play only twice a season.


    Will Cubs’ bench brigade be more than a punch line?

    The Cubs are hoping for more versatility from their bench players this season. Former White Sox infielder-outfielder Brent Lillibridge is in spring training as a nonroster player, and he seems to have a real shot at making the team.

    The Indiana Pacers’ George Hill is fouled by the Bulls’ Marquis Teague as he goes up for a shot during Sunday’s second half in Indianapolis.

    Thibs’ moves almost pay off for Bulls

    Tough to tell what was the more surprising sight on Sunday: Derrick Rose sitting on the Bulls bench for the first time this season or Vladimir Radmanovic playing 11 minutes in the second quarter. With Rose watching and an unconventional lineup playing, the Bulls put up a fight against Indiana before dropping a 97-92 decision at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    The Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert pushes back Bulls center Joakim Noah during Sunday’s first half.

    Bulls come up short in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 31 points and George Hill added 20, leading the Indiana Pacers past the Chicago Bulls 97-92 in a Central Division showdown Sunday night.Indiana (38-22) has won seven of its last eight games, going 6-1 since the All-Star break, and holds a four-game lead over second-place Chicago.The Bulls were led by Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler, who each had 20 points for a team that was missing four important players with injuries.The difference was clear. Chicago fell behind late in the first quarter and spent most of the rest of the game trying to play catch-up.The Bulls finally tied the score at 72 on Luol Deng’s 8-footer early in the fourth and again at 80 when Butler made two free throws with 7:04 left.


    Fire routed by Galaxy

    The post-David Beckham era is off to a rousing start for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mike Magee scored three times and the Galaxy beat the Chicago Fire 4-0 in the first game of the season for the two-time defending MLS champions. Magee volleyed home a deflected cross in the 38th minute, converted Robbie Keane’s pass in the 68th and finished a rebound in the 74th. Keane then finished the scoring in the 80th minute.

    In this Sunday March 3, 2013, photo provided by ABC television “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, left, interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman, just back from a visit with North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un, in studio in New York. Kim Jong Un doesn’t really want war with the superpower, just a call from President Barack Obama to chat about their shared love of basketball, says erstwhile diplomat Rodman.”He loves basketball. ... I said Obama loves basketball. Let’s start there” as a way to warm up relations between U.S. and North Korea”, Rodman said.

    Maybe we shouldn’t discount Rodman’s diplomatic powers

    The world is both laughing and crying about Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea, but maybe he's the perfect guy to disarm Kim Jong Un.

    Viktor Stalberg celebrates a goal by Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane against Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, center, and defenseman Brian Lashoff (23) that tied the game at 1-1 with just 2:03 remaining.

    Kane, Crawford stretch Blackhawks’ streak to 22 games

    Led by Corey Crawford’s four-star goaltending, the Blackhawks ran their record point streak to start the season to 22 games on Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Red Wings in a shootout. Patrick Kane tied the game 1-1 on a power play with 2:02 to play in regulation then scored the only goal in the shootout. “Just amazing what’s going on,” Kane said.


    Roster seems set, but Mitchell may soon loom

    There's not much competition for jobs on the White Sox' 25-man roster this spring, but outfielder Jared Mitchell and infielders Conor Gillaspie and Brent Morel are playing well in the Cactus League. Any or all three of the players could make a positive impact off the Sox' bench this season.

    Blackhawks right wing Viktor Stalberg (25) celebrates a goal by teammate Patrick Kane (88) Sunday against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, center, and defenseman Brian Lashoff.

    Kane keeps Blackhawks’ streak alive

    DETROIT — Patrick Kane had a couple shots that simply could not be stopped.Just like the Chicago Blackhawks.The Hawks extended their NHL-record season-opening points streak to 22 games Sunday when Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation. The Blackhawks earned an extra point when the star forward scored the only goal in a shootout of a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.“Just amazing what’s going on,” Kane said.Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves to help Chicago win a ninth straight game. “He had several big saves, particularly right after they scored to go up one,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He kept us in there to make it a one-goal game and gave us a chance.”The Blackhawks have earned at least a point in 28 straight games — dating to a March 25, 2012 loss in regulation to Nashville — to tie the second-longest streak in league history. They’ve matched Montreal’s multi-season points run from the 1977-78 season and trail only Philadelphia’s streak of 35 straight games with at least a point during the 1979-80 season.“It’s impressive,” Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard acknowledged after making 32 saves. “They’re finding different ways to do it every single night.”It looked like Chicago’s sensational streak of success might end when Detroit’s Tomas Tatar broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and Howard stopped every puck that came his way.Kane and Crawford had other ideas.“We keep finding a way to keep ourselves in the game or win it at the end,” Kane said.The Red Wings hurt their chances by getting called for delay of game twice toward the end of regulation for putting the puck out of play.Chicago took advantage of the first of two late power plays with forward Viktor Stalberg getting more of the puck than Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey did, pushing it to Kane to set up a one-timer that made it 1-1.Kane scored from the bottom of the right circle and pivoted toward the crowd, shouting with joy as he pumped his gloves toward the banner-filled rafters.“He knew the importance of it to get us to overtime,” Quenneville said. With a sold-out crowd on its feet for a shootout at the end of an entertaining afternoon of hockey, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was denied on a low attempt by Crawford’s pads on the first attempt. Jonathan Toews then went high and couldn’t get a shot past Howard’s glove.Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner made some nifty moves next, but couldn’t keep the puck and for that, Crawford looked thankful as the two met face to face on the ice.Kane then stole the show, slowly skating toward Howard and lifting his right skate off the ice twice before flipping a wrist shot past him to make the fans at Joe Louis Arena sigh.“He’s got great skill,” Howard said.On Detroit’s third attempt in the heart-pounding shootout, Henrik Zetterberg couldn’t extend the game.“I don’t think we were close to perfect and we almost beat them anyway,” Zetterberg said.The Red Wings had chances to win in regulation, and in overtime, but Crawford was effective in his return to the net.Crawford slid to his left to get a piece of Johan Franzen’s shot with 1:40 left in overtime, and the two talked about the play during the subsequent break.Both teams were inches away from scoring in the final seconds of overtime, with Detroit’s Brendan Smith just missing an opportunity to the left of the net and Kane’s shot squirting past Howard before it trickled just to right of the other net.The Blackhawks dominated the first period, but Howard — and his teammates — prevented them from scoring on two power plays. The second period was evenly played, then Detroit finally got a shot past Crawford at 2:43 of the third.Patrick Eaves got to a loose puck behind Chicago’s net, pushed it to Joakim Andersson, whose sharp pass set up Tatar perfectly on the side of the net to beat Crawford.


    Elgin CC advances to region title game

    Hampshire graduate Alex Dumoulin scored 29 points and Carly Saraceno added 14 points Saturday as the Elgin Community College women’s basketball team defeated Illinois Valley 65-62 to advance to the Region IV District K championship game.

    Patrick Kane's fast start this season has led to 26 points in 22 games with a plus-10 rating. He ranks 6th among NHL scoring leaders.

    Verdi goes one-on-one with Hawks winger Patrick Kane

    In his sixth season with the Blackhawks, it seems as if Patrick Kane has been around forever. But the electric forward is only 24. He can do it all, and has done a lot, but Kane says he won’t be satisfied until he does more. In an extended Q&A, Kane explains to Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi why he has a chip on his shoulder this season.

    Alex Gonzalez bobbles a sure double-play ball in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.

    A decade later, Cubs nightmare alive and ill

    In the unlikely event you had managed to forget, fear not because the anniversary of the 2003 Cubs will be all over your television this season. The networks are already referencing Game 6 in preseason previews and reinforcing the notion that one fan is to blame for that horrific collapse.


    Girls basketball/Final Top 20 rankings
    Here is the final Daily Herald Top 20 of the girls basketball season, with Rolling Meadows No. 1, Vernon Hills No. 2 and Montini No. 3.

    Joakim Noah, right, shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez during the second half Saturday at the United Center. Noah has played 86 minutes in the Bulls’ last two games, and the team has another contest Sunday.

    Noah talks about heavy workload

    Joakim Noah treated the line as a joke, but it sounded like a cry for help. After playing 41 minutes in Saturday’s win over Brooklyn, on the heels of a 45-minute outing against Philadelphia and with a trip to Indiana looming on Sunday, Noah was asked about dealing with such a heavy workload. “It’s not really right after the game, but it’s the next morning that’s usually the roughest,” Noah said after the 96-85 win over the Nets. “We have a great coach, but he doesn’t understand the whole rest thing yet.”

    Marian Hossa is a consummate professional who gives his all on every shift and represents the Blackhawks and his sport with distinction, according to Bob Verdi.

    Verdi: Like Sandberg & Payton, Hossa now Chicago icon

    Like other Chicago icons such as Walter Payton or Ryne Sandberg, no job in his sport is too dirty or small for Marian Hossa. He is simply, as Blackhawks historian Bob Verdi describes, a virtuoso who craves the red light instead of the limelight. Verdi has more on the superstar who will play his 1,000th National Hockey League game Sunday in Detroit.


    This is an Anheuser-Busch InBev ad meant to counter a lawsuit that accuses the brewer of cheating consumers out of the stated alcohol percentage by adding water just before bottling its beers. The ad points to charitable donations of drinking water the company makes to relief organizations responding to disasters.

    Splashy A-B ads tackle lawsuit over watery beer

    The maker of Budweiser is using splashy newspaper ads to poke fun at a lawsuit that alleges its beer is watered down.In full-page ads in U.S. newspapers nationwide Sunday, Anheuser-Busch InBev shows one of the 71 million cans of drinking water it has sent to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations in disasters. "They must have tested one of these," the ad says.

    Companies are rushing to describe the impact of higher Social Security taxes that took effect in January. Cash-strapped shoppers are spending less, many U.S. firms warned in earnings announcements over the past few weeks. And where ever people chose to cut back, those companies would feel the pinch.

    Payroll tax hike: Killer whale or red herring?

    Companies are rushing to describe the impact of higher Social Security taxes that took effect in January. They paint a bleak picture. Cash-strapped shoppers are spending less, many U.S. firms warned in earnings announcements over the past few weeks.

    An earth mover works on a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Augusta, Ga. One of the plant’s existing reactors is shown in the background.

    Some leaders souring on nuclear power costs
    As the cost of building a new nuclear plant soars, there are signs of buyer’s remorse. The second-guessing from officials in Georgia and Florida is a sign that maybe the nation is not quite ready for a nuclear renaissance. On top of construction costs running much higher than expected, the price of natural gas has plummeted, making it tough for nuclear plants to compete in the energy market.

    Karen Barworth, vice president at Navsys, walks through an unoccupied work area in the satellite company’s lab in Colorado Springs, Colo. The defense contractor has cut its workforce in half because of the uncertainty over the federal budget.

    US economy hamstrung by Washington’s brinksmanship

    The automatic spending cuts that hit on Friday total about $85 billion, but the economic damage created by two years of showdowns is far greater. And there’s no end in sight: Temporary resolutions funding the government expire on March 27. May brings another debt ceiling standoff.


    How to build up your executive qualities

    At first, the idea of executive presence may sound like a bunch of fluff, but research has found a connection between it and job promotion. If you are perceived as a leader, your chances of being promoted increase. Plus, people want to follow a leader who is genuine, competent and decisive. Your executive presence could benefit you and those around you.


    Work Advice: Let’s talk about stress, baby

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. A reader asks if it's inappopriate for human resources workers to form close relationships with co-workers.

    A sale pending is outside a home in Mount Lebanon, Pa. After years in the doldrums, the housing market appears back on track. Home sales and prices are up, and mortgage rates remain near historic lows, reinvigorating the appeal of homeownership. But qualifying for a home loan remains a hurdle for anyone without a solid personal balance sheet.

    6 tips on getting finances in shape to buy a home

    Qualifying for a home loan remains a hurdle for anyone without a solid personal balance sheet. “Now the requirements are much stricter,” says Erin Baehr, a certified financial planner in Stroudsburg, Penn. “You have to have the right income, you have to have the right credit score and you have to have the right down payment to get the best rates out there.”

    Beacon Interactive Systems CEO, ML Mackey, right, speaks Monday with software analyst Karen Waters at the company office in Cambridge, Mass. While Mackey’s company waits to see if her federal contracts are slashed starting Friday, she’s seeking new customers to make up for the revenue Beacon Interactive Systems stands to lose.

    How budget cuts might affect small businesses

    Small businesses across the country can expect to feel some pain if $85 billion in federal budget cuts go into effect on Friday. Many companies are already being affected by the cuts, particularly those with federal contracts or that are subcontractors. Government agencies have been holding back on signing new contracts.


    Recalls this week: motor scooters, battery packs

    Motorized scooters that can unexpectedly accelerate and battery packs that can overheat are among this week’s recalled products. Other recalls include coffee makers that can overheat and mattresses that can pose a fire hazard.Motor ScootersDETAILS: Motor Scooters with Hello Kitty graphics made by Zhejiang Qunying Vehicle Co. and distributed by Dynacraft BCS Inc. The battery-operated City Scooters are pink and black with Hello Kitty graphics on the front panel, footboard, and rear fenders. They were made between Sept. 9, 2012 and Dec. 3, 2012. Model number “8801-03” and the date of manufacture, formatted as “YYYY/MM/DD,” are printed on a data label on the underside of the scooter’s center platform. Serial numbers for the recalled scooters have the letters “QYCEI” followed by a six-digit number in the following range: 000001 through 014456. The serial number can be found etched on the underside of the scooter’s center platform near the data label. They were sold at Toys R Us stores and Toysrus.com nationwide from Oct. 2012 to Jan. 2013.WHY: The scooters can accelerate suddenly while in use, causing the rider to lose control and fall.INCIDENTS: Nine reports of the scooters accelerating unexpectedly, including three minor injuries that include a bloody nose and bruises.HOW MANY: About 5,200.FOR MORE: Call Dynacraft at 800-551-0032 or visit www.dynacraftbike.com, and click on Owners, then select Warnings/Recalls.Battery PackDETAILS: Ryobi Lithium 18-volt 4Ah Battery Packs made by Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. and imported by One World Technologies Inc. They have model number P108 and part number 130429028. The battery pack is green, silver and black. “Ryobi” and “Lithium+18V” are printed in white lettering on both sides of the battery pack. The model and part number can be found on the data plate located on the bottom of the battery pack. They were sold at Home Depot stores and online at Homedepot.com, and at other retailers from Sept. 2012 to Dec. 2012.WHY: The battery pack can overheat and burst while on a charger, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.INCIDENTS: Four reports of battery packs overheating, resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.HOW MANY: About 54,200 in the United States and 2,200 in Canada.FOR MORE: Call One World Technologies at 800-597-9624 or visit www.ryobitools.com and click on Important Safety Information at the bottom of the page for more information.Coffee MakersDETAILS: Jerdon Style model CM12B one-cup coffee makers, with date code 1217. The coffee makers are black and have an oval, red indicator light above the on/off switch. The coffee maker brews a single, eight to 12-ounce cup of coffee. The phrases “FIRST CLASS” and “JERDON” are printed in white letters on the front of the product. The model and date code are imprinted on a nameplate located on the bottom of the coffeemaker. They were sold from July 2012 to Jan. 2013.WHY: The coffeemaker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. .INCIDENTS: Four reports of coffee makers overheating. No injuries have been reported.HOW MANY: About 6,000.FOR MORE: Call Jerdon at 800-223-3571 or visit www.jerdonstyle.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page for more information.Lanyards

    The speedometer of a 2013 Ford Fusion displayed at the Bob Maxey dealership in Detroit. Although current cars with high-horsepower engines can come close to the top speedometer speeds, most are limited by engine control computers. That’s because the tires can overheat and fail at higher speeds.

    Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

    Why do most cars sold in the U.S. have speedometers that show top speeds they can’t possibly reach? The answer has deep roots in an American culture that loves the rush of driving fast. The automakers’ marketing departments are happy to give people the illusion that their family car can travel at speeds rivaling a NASCAR racer. And companies often use one speedometer type in various models across the world, saving them money.


    Startup hopes investors will latch onto trends

    A Silicon Valley startup last year launched a website aimed at do-it-yourself investors who consider themselves savvy trendspotters. Motif Investing enables customers to buy baskets of up to 30 stocks each that fit various “motifs,” as the company calls them. The bigger player a company is in that investing theme, the larger its weighting is in the basket of stocks. For example, Wal-Mart makes up nearly one-quarter of the portfolio in a retail stock motif called “Discount Nation.”

Life & Entertainment

    This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Nicholas Hoult in a scene from “Jack the Giant Slayer.” The 3-D film bowed at $28 million at the box office, which is a somewhat disappointing start for a film with a $200 million price tag.

    'Giant Slayer' scares up ho-hum $28 million debut

    The Warner Bros. 3-D action extravaganza “Jack the Giant Slayer,” based on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, made just $28 million to debut at No. 1, according to Sunday studio estimates. It had a reported budget of just under $200 million. “Jack the Giant Slayer” comes from Bryan Singer, director of “The Usual Suspects” and the first two “X-Men” movies. It stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane and Stanley Tucci.


    Travelers love to share stories of terrible trips

    People have the best time sharing their worst time. Go to any cocktail party, and you’re apt to hear what a terrible experience someone had on his last flight. But little annoyances can drive people to the edge. If a flight is delayed an hour, passengers become irate. Run out of coffee on a two-hour flight and someone will write a hate letter to the airline. But let it turn into a two-day sojourn, and it makes them members of an elite crowd of survivors, which gives major bragging rights.

    Nina Shelanski, 11, and her grandfather, Jerry Schwartz, enjoy a quiet moment during a family sailing trip in Blaine, Wash. Schwartz has cared for his granddaughter while her parents took a rare vacation without her, but it can be challenging for couples looking to get away without their children to line up help from relatives or sitters.

    Planning getaway without kids can be a challenge

    In 12 years, my husband and I have had two vacations without our daughter. Once, we drove 200 miles to drop her at her godparents; the other time, her grandfather flew 850 miles on an $800 plane ticket to spell us. Oh, how we envy parents who casually plan romantic getaways sans kids. “A lot of things have to go right for parents to be able to go away together, leave their kids home and feel comfortable while they’re away,” said Stephanie Newman, a New York-based psychologist and author.

    These Chevy Corvettes and numerous other treasured autos were on display at a previous World of Wheels car show in Rosemont.

    Sunday picks: World of Wheels rolls on

    Zoom into the final day of the World of Wheels show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Today's the last day to catch blues musicians performing throughout Long Grove during the fourth annual Ice Meltin' Blues Weekend. Libertyville native Ike Reilly and his band, the Ike Reilly Assassination, will begin a residency Sunday at Chicago's Schuba's Tavern.

    “Tetra” by C2C

    French group C2C has great energy on debut

    Get ready to dance. A lot. “Tetra,” the debut album from French foursome C2C, is a multigenre, beat-driven adventure that feels good throughout all 14 tracks.

    Interactive toys — like this squeaky rubber dog bone — are entertaining for dogs. The key is to rotate the selection; like children, pets get bored when the same toys are always out.

    Games and toys can keep your pets happy

    Dogs and cats love to play, and there are scores of great toys to engage their bodies and minds. But be mindful of your pet’s breed and character when choosing games and toys, advises Victoria Wells, senior manager for behavior and training at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoption center in New York City.

    Pearl Zucherman, a member of the Fellowship Community, works on a loom in the weavery of the Fellowship, a commune-like setting in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., that takes an unusual approach to care of the elderly.

    For the aging, a commune-like alternative in N.Y.

    At the Fellowship Community’s adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks. It’s a home for the elderly in a commune-like setting — 30 miles from Manhattan — that takes an unusual approach, integrating seniors into the broader community.

    Muckross Lake in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. Ireland is about 300 miles from north to south and a driving trip in the country’s western region takes you along hilly, narrow roads with spectacular views ranging from seaside cliffs to verdant farmland.

    Hitting the road in Ireland

    Many visitors to Ireland make the trip in search of heritage, tracking down ancestors in obscure villages and wandering through ancient churches, pursuing the dream of a verdant, pastoral. But on a visit to Ireland last summer, despite my Irish blood, my wife and I decided to do a road trip rather than a roots trip.

    Vacationers aboard the Carnival Breeze enjoy sunbathing at sea while viewing a movie at the Carnival's Seaside Theatre, a lido deck poolside 270-square-foot LED screen offering concerts, sporting events and other programming.

    Cruises focus more on food, families, attractions

    Cruise trends as the 2013 season gets under way are shaping up to include a bigger focus on multi-generational groups, more specialty food offerings and continued efforts to wow passengers with new onboard firsts like an aquapark, a glass walkway and a vertical garden.

    Browse more than 30 Pilsen lofts, studios and retail spaces during Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays Gallery Night.

    On the road: Stroll along Pilsen’s walking art tour

    The newest art district in Chicago offers a self-guided walking tour of more than 30 Pilsen lofts, studios and retail spaces during Chicago Arts District 2nd Fridays. Also, check out Canoecopia, the world’s largest consumer paddlesports expo in Madison, Wis. Through workshops, demonstrations and speaker presentations, you can learn everything you need to know to select the perfect gear for your style of paddling.


    Try his way before he says ‘take the highway’

    Q. I’m in a relationship with a great guy. We’re talking marriage. Everything for the most part is wonderful, except for a communication issue that has become our “repeat fight.”


    Icy vent stack may be culprit in bathroom odor

    Q. Last winter, we started getting a sewage smell in the master bathroom of our 21-year-old home. We had not had this problem before. When the weather started getting nicer in the spring and summer, the smell went away. When we had the smell, it generally built up over the nighttime hours and went away when we turned on the water to shower each morning.


    Water-saving toilets will eventually pay for themselves

    Q. Our old master bathroom toilet does not flush well and we are thinking about adding a first-floor half bath. What are the best types of toilets to get for each room and which ones save the most water?

    Gustaf Skarsgard stars as Floki in “Vikings,” History’s new drama series that premieres Sunday, March 3.

    History Channel’s ‘Vikings’ provides gore and more

    One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, “Vikings,” delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter. Yet, beyond its blunt-force trauma, “Vikings” turns out to be an adroit and even elegant surprise, simply by aping some of the basic skills of a successful cable drama.


    It's all in the details when shopping for antiques
    Debbie and Jim McArdle give tips about buying antiques.

    Chris French’s vacant condo in Washington, D.C., was staged to be more appealing to potential buyers using furniture and other items from New Vision Staging & Design.

    Start now for spring selling season

    Architect Chris French and his wife, Anya Landau French, turned up the volume on their vacant condominium apartment with designer-inspired contemporary furnishings — leather living room furniture, glass and metal side tables, a black dining room table and a fake TV. The aim of the makeover was to draw a buyer who would snap up the property.

    A beverage faucet can add convenience, style and a special feature to your prep sink and it only uses cold water.

    Beverage faucet may fit the bill

    Q. I plan on remodeling my kitchen. One feature planned is a small prep sink for my small kitchen island. I only need cold water to this sink and because of the tight area a large faucet will not fit. Any ideas on a faucet I can use? All I have seen are standard kitchen faucets.



    Editorial: The meaning of our endorsements

    On the eve of its endorsements in the upcoming local elections, the Daily Herald reminds readers why it goes to the trouble of endorsing and how it hopes its endorsements will be used.


    Michelle Obama’s wings

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Those aren’t bangs covering Michelle Obama’s eyebrows. Those are butterfly wings.


    Start reducing population growth
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: How about we get serious in the United States on that front, before our population hits 450 million in the year 2050? Let’s take these steps this year.


    Real issue is gangs, not guns
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: It is very interesting how the lead stories are often described as “more gun violence,” when the same stories last year were described as “more gang violence.”


    Special education needs its funding
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Let’s balance their school budgets another way, not on the backs of those most vulnerable and least able to speak for themselves.


    Gun rights include vast responsibility
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Our nation’s Constitution was never meant to be “fixed in stone.” It’s a living, breathing manifesto subject to change as we evolve as a nation, society and a people.


    Nongraded classrooms not a new concept
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As Glen Ellyn District 41 “rethinks old grade levels,” per the article in the Feb. 25 Daily Herald, parents need not be apprehensive of “too much, too soon” as the initiative is being considered.


    Questions for same-sex marriage foe
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I have some questions/comments about Michael J. Smith’s Fence Post of Feb. 21, “Same-sex marriage bad for society.” You indicate that the purpose of marriage is to provide a stable family structure for children, which prompts some questions:


    Gang members with valid FOID cards?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Concealed carry is in front of Illinois lawmakers again. Remember that Illinois is the last state to trust our citizens, all while three of our governors have been or are still in jail. Now Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife may be going there also. What an example of trust.


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