Daily Archive : Thursday March 14, 2013


    Shawn W. Techen

    Round Lake Park man charged with assault near school

    A Round Lake Park man has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon after threatening to stab another man outside of a school, authorities said. Shawn W. Techen, 39, of the 500 block of North Greenwood Avenue, was arrested Tuesday following an altercation on Greenwood Avenue, just north of W.J. Murphy School, Round Lake Park Police said.


    7 congressmen support gay marriage in Illinois

    Seven Democratic Illinois congressmen are urging support of a gay marriage bill in Springfield. Congressmen Luis Gutierrez, Danny Davis, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider and Bill Foster sent a letter calling for "basic legal protections to all Illinois families." It cites growing public support.


    Lambs Farm needs volunteers for Popcorn Days

    Grab your most comfortable shoes, wear a smile and join Lambs Farm for the 5th Annual Popcorn Days fundraiser on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. Volunteers are needed to collect donations at storefronts and intersections in the North and Northwest suburbs. In appreciation, bags of caramel popcorn provided by The Popcorn Factory will be offered to donors. Volunteers are asked to work...

    Sandra Rogers

    Sandra Rogers gets 61 years in prison for 2003 hammer attack

    The sentence issued Thursday by a Lake County judge means Sandra Rogers will likely spend the rest of her life behind bars for trying to kill her ex-husband and his wife nearly a decade ago. Judge John Phillips sentenced Rogers, now 56, to 61 years in prison for the May 19, 2003 attack on Rick Rogers and Angela Gloria in their Lincolnshire home.

    Keith Giagnorio, Moon Khan and John Lotus Novak are running for Lombard village president in the April 9 election.

    Budget process splits Lombard village president candidates

    Call it additional oversight or micromanagement, the method for reviewing and developing the village budget is one issue that divides along political lines in Lombard. Village president candidates Keith Giagnorio, Moon Khan and John Lotus Novak offered their thoughts on the issue during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald, splitting over whether each of the village board's six...


    Houses, restaurant and park proposed for land in Island Lake

    Houses, a lakeside restaurant and public park space are among the amenities in a proposed development unveiled Thursday night before the Island Lake village board.

    Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday.

    Rubio touts ‘idea’ of America; Paul dubs party ’moss-covered’

    Republican U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul argued today for lower taxes as they presented distinctly different styles in wooing their party's base ahead of possible 2016 presidential bids.

    Linda Campos- Moreira

    U-46 candidates split on charter school support

    The six candidates in a race for Elgin Area School District U-46 school board agree better communication will help improve the district's image, forge strong relationships with its unions, avoid future lawsuits and engage the community. Where the candidates' platforms differ is on charter schools. Frank Napolitano and Gary Percy spoke in favor of charters while current board President Donna...

    Carol Stream police and firefighters clear a home of wreckage Thursday afternoon after a minivan crashed through the wall of the house on the 600 block of Bluff Street.

    Minivan crashes into Carol Stream house

    A minivan left the street Thursday afternoon, rumbled through backyards, and smashed through the wall of a house in Carol Stream, authorities said. The car entered the home's living room and dining room, before it came to a stop in the kitchen, but five residents who were home at the time — including two children — were unharmed.

    Joe Walsh

    Walsh to begin at WIND radio March 25

    It's officially a deal. WIND AM 560 Thursday announced that former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh will join the station's lineup March 25, hosting a show each weekday from 7 to 9 p.m. "There are few politicians in Illinois or anywhere in the country that garner as much attention as Joe Walsh," General Manager Jeff Reisman said in a news release. He described the McHenry Tea Partyer, who lost a...

    A Ronald McDonald House is scheduled to open in 2015 near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. It will be the first such facility in the West suburbs.

    'Vision' unveiled for Winfield Ronald McDonald House

    With fundraising gearing up for the first Ronald McDonald House in the West suburbs, potential donors now can see what the house may look like when it debuts in 2015 near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Cadence Health, which is partnering with the nonprofit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to construct a fifth house in the Chicago area, has released a...


    Both sides release final offers in Dist. 94 contract dispute

    With contract talks at a standstill, the West Chicago High School District 94 school board and the union representing support staff employees on Thursday released details of their final contract offers. The school board says it added about $100,000 in salaries and benefits to its previous proposal, but the sides were unable to reach an agreement in four hours of negotiations Wednesday night,...

    Jordan A. Mallegni

    Antioch teens accused of burglarizing vehicle

    Antioch police said Thursday they arrested two teens this week who were caught stealing from a man's vehicle. And police are asking residents of the Red Wing, Neuhaven and Clublands subdivisions who had portable electronic devices removed from their vehicles within the last two years to contact them, since several items were recovered during the course of the investigation that may be theirs.

    William Beavers

    Beavers lied about campaign money, prosecutors say

    A powerful Chicago politician fond of playing slot machines spent thousands of dollars from his campaign coffers at a casino and then falsely declared he'd spent it on authorized campaign expenses, a prosecutor told newly seated jurors Thursday.


    Cost of police misconduct surpasses $27 million budgeted

    With three new settlements this week and more lawsuits pending, Chicago's price tag for legal claims against its police force is climbing and has already surpassed the $27 million the city set aside for this year. The city council agreed to settle three lawsuits this week for nearly $7 million. That's on top of the more than $32 million aldermen signed off on weeks ago in two police misconduct...

    Continuing his effort to end political gridlock with Congress, President Barack Obama comes to Capitol Hill to meet with the Senate Republican caucus Thursday. From left to right, he is greeted by Sen. Susan Collins, Minority Whip John Cornyn and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Senate GOP tells Obama to tone down the attacks

    Polite yet firm, Senate Republicans told President Barack Obama on Thursday to tone down his political attacks and prod Democratic allies to support controversial changes in Medicare if he wants a compromise reducing deficits and providing stability to federal benefit programs.

    Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker is a leading candidate to be the next U.S. Commerce secretary.

    Possible Commerce pick leaves Chicago school board

    Businesswoman Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education Thursday amid speculation that the longtime ally to President Barack Obama could be named the next U.S. Commerce secretary. Pritzker was a top fundraiser for Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, serving as his finance chairwoman in 2008, and is considered a leading candidate to run the Commerce Department.

    Raul Sauceda-Cervantes

    20-year sentence after Aurora shootout, murder

    A Marseilles man pleaded guilty to murder during a cocaine deal gone bad in 2008 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Raul Saucedo-Cervantes, who turns 33 on Friday, had been held at the Kane County jail for more than four years on $3M bail while the case was pending. The matter was set for trial on April 15. A co-defendant was sentenced to 46 years in prison last year.


    Bensenville woman trying to get to work killed by train

    A 56-year-old Bensenville woman was struck and killed Thursday morning by a Metra train, authorities said. Police said the woman was crossing the train tracks around 7:40 a.m. just west of Main and Addison streets when she was struck by an eastbound Milwaukee District West Line train. The victim was identified as Gail Przybyla, who was crossing the tracks to get to her job at a day care center.

    In this image made from video provided by CTV, Pope Francis, center, celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    New style of papacy: Pope Francis pays hotel bill

    On his first day as shepherd of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis picked up his luggage at a Vatican hotel, personally thanked each member of the staff and even paid his own bill. Then, at his first Mass, he delivered a short, unscripted homily — in Italian, not the Latin of his predecessor — holding the cardinals who elected him responsible for keeping the church strong.

    An Argentine flag waves from a stand displaying calendars of former Pope Benedict XVI outside the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    New pope tied up in Argentina’s ‘dirty war’ debate

    It's beyond dispute that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, like most other Argentines, failed to openly confront the 1976-1983 military junta as it kidnapped and killed thousands of people in a "dirty war" to eliminate leftist opponents. But human rights activists differ on how much responsibility Pope Francis personally deserves for the Argentine church's dark history of supporting the murderous...

    John Savage

    Cop charged with transmitting HIV

    A Cicero police officer was formally charged Thursday with criminally transmitting HIV, authorities said.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Pope Francis greets Secretary of State cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, right, as he celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals inside the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Thursday.

    New pope’s views bind simplicity with ‘complexity’

    At gatherings of Latin American bishops, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was often a star speaker about economic inequities in a profit-driven world. He also has used the forums to warn fellow church leaders about drifting from core Catholic values and teachings. The twin messages are now expected to frame the beginning of the papacy of Pope Francis.

    Bill and Martha Roberts sit at their kitchen table in 2008 with the family room, converted from a carport, in the background. They bought one of the first homes in Rolling Meadows for about $19,000 in 1962 at a time when Kimball Hill was putting 20 of them up a week.

    Rolling Meadows loses one of its first residents

    Martha Roberts was one of Rolling Meadows' first residents, and she worked tirelessly to interest others in the city's history and museum. "She had a marvelous amount of energy," said May Bass, her longtime friend and colleague at the Rolling Meadows Historical Museum. "She always wanted us to branch out more, to do more outreach and bring more people in. She just pushed the boundaries more than...

    Elaine Nekritz

    House backs older retirement, limit on pension amount

    The Illinois House on Thursday moved to the Senate plans to raise the retirement age for public employees and limit how much of their salaries can count toward their pensions. Hours after those votes, a House committee approved a larger package of reforms. The ultimate fate of all of the proposals remains cloudy as lawmakers continue to throw elbows and fight for position in the well-worn debate..

    Adviser Stan Zoller works with members of the Rolling Meadows High School student newspaper, The Pacer, prepare the next issue. Zoller recently learned he will not have a job at the high school next year.

    Rolling Meadows High School loses well-known journalism teacher

    A popular and nationally-recognized journalism teacher at Rolling Meadows High School was told he doesn't have a job next year, but school officials said the award-winning program he helped build will continue. Stan Zoller, who has been the journalism adviser for student newspaper The Pacer at Rolling Meadows High School for eight years, was told last week that he would not be asked back for his...

    Outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, poses with his successor, Xi Jinping, after Xi was elected to the presidency at a plenary meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing Thursday.

    China’s Xi caps rise to take on myriad challenges

    Xi Jinping caps his rise to the helm of China at a time when calls are mounting for bold leadership to tackle faltering economic growth, unbridled corruption and a severely befouled environment that endanger his Communist Party's legitimacy.

    Shane Siefert

    Suit filed in death of Barrington Hills toddler

    A Barrington Hills mother whose 2-year-old son died in 2011 after a child's dresser fell on top of him is suing the furniture's manufacturer and local distributor. Lisa Siefert, who already fought successfully to have the dresser model recalled, is seeking compensatory damages through the suit filed Thursday on behalf of her son, Shane.

    James Rydland

    Kane judge delays suit against West Aurora Dist. 129

    A judge rules that a lawsuit filed against Aurora School District 129 Superintendent James Rydland and other school offiicals by a student who was sexually abused by a former band director should be put on hold the Kane County State's Attorney's Office conducts a criminal investigation.

    Erin Merryn speaks after receiving the “Champion for Children Award” from the Children’s Advocacy Center.

    Merryn to speak at Schaumburg volunteer awards

    Erin Merryn, the Schaumburg activist who inspired the 2013 "Erin's Law" to protect children from sexual abuse, will be the speaker for Schaumburg's Volunteer of the Year Luncheon on Tuesday, April 16.


    Wauconda woman guilty of misdemeanor DUI in fatal crash

    A Cook County judge acquitted a Wauconda woman of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in a fatal 2011 Christmas Eve crash in Chicago. But the judge found Christine Ahn, 30, guilty of the lesser charge of misdemeanor DUI following Ahn's bench trial this week at the George Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago.


    Employee stole from Mt. Prospect nonprofit, police say

    A Bolingbrook woman who worked for a Mount Prospect not-for-profit organization has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $15,000 from her employer.


    Des Plaines residents may reclaim financial assets

    Think the state of Illinois owes you some money? Des Plaines residents will have the opportunity to find out and reclaim personal financial assets during I-Cash Day Wednesday, March 27, at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St.

    Investigator Todd Radek, center, is congratulated by Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, after receiving the 2012 Officer of the Year award from the Arlington Heights Rotary Club and Arlington Heights Police Chief Gerald Mourning, right.

    Investigator honored as Arlington Hts. officer of the year

    Investigator Todd Radek was awarded the plaque Thursday naming him the 2012 L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year for the Arlington Heights Police Department.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

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    Diane Mercadante, director of pastoral ministry at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, talks about the new pope while standing by an elevator with a mosaic of St. Francis.

    St. Francis students applaud pope's name choice

    Pope Francis and his historic choice to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi is drawing praise from a high school in Wheaton that also bears the name of the humble friar. "There's a real love for St. Francis of Assisi and a real commitment at St. Francis High School to living that way, so to see a pope take that name, that's very exciting for us, that we are kind of walking the same way,"...

    A man wearing a black and gray scarf covering most of his face robbed a bank Thursday morning in Winfield, authorities said.

    Bank robber strikes in Winfield

    A man wearing a bulky black and gray scarf over most of his face robbed a bank Thursday morning in Winfield, authorities said. The suspect entered the Fifth Third Bank branch at 1N111 County Farm Road about 11:50 a.m. and demanded money from a teller, according to the FBI.Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.


    Chinese manufacturing firm moving to Schaumburg

    The ACIC Group and Hunan Chinasun Pharmaceutical Machinery Co. are partnering to create Venus Pharmaceutical Machinery, which will manufacture and assemble pharmaceutical machinery and equipment in Schaumburg. The business is expected to open this summer, and the $5 million investment will create 30 new jobs in the community.

    This 2011 image shows a real CMS proton-proton collision in which four high energy electrons (green lines and red towers) are observed in a 2011 event. The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson but is also consistent with background Standard Model physics processes. Physicists say they are now confident they have discovered a long-sought subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.

    Physicists say they have found a Higgs boson

    In what could go down as one of the great Eureka! moments in physics — and win somebody the Nobel Prize — scientists said Thursday that after a half-century quest, they are confident they have found a Higgs boson, the elusive subatomic speck sometimes called the "God particle."

    Richard Anderson

    College of Lake County fires worker believed to be illegal immigrant

    College of Lake County board members voted this week to fire an employee who was suspected of being an illegal immigrant. She was a children's learning center worker at CLC, officials.


    Des Plaines man pleads guilty to burglarizing unlocked vehicles

    A DeA Des Plaines man, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to stealing computers from a car parked on We Go Trail in Mount Prospect, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to similar charges involving cars in Des Plaines. Frank Sabo, 26, was sentenced by a judge in the Skokie courthouse to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the Des Plaines burglaries, which occurred in October. That...


    Special needs photo ops with Woodfield Easter Bunny

    The Woodfield Mall will make its Easter Bunny available for photo opportunities with special needs children from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, March 24. Those hours will feature a subdued environment that includes stopping in-mall music and escalators near the photo set, dimming the lighting, eliminating lines through the use of a numbering system and special activities geared toward the needs of the...


    Small fire breaks out at Batavia retirement center

    Firefighters extinguished a small fire Thursday inside a bathroom wall at a Batavia retirement center, authorities said. Crews were dispatched to The Holmstad retirement center, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, at 12:24 p.m. for reports of a structure fire, according to the Batavia Fire Department.

    Michael Egan

    Retroactive raise for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 Superintendent Michael Egan

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95's superintendent has received a retroactive raise because board members say he's met performance goals. Following school board approval, Egan signed a contract amendment March 1 giving him a 2.6 percent raise retroactive to the beginning of the current academic year. His annual base salary went from $193,000 to $198,108 with the hike retroactive to July 1.


    Stevenson extends year by one day:

    Stevenson High School's school year will be extended one day due to the snow-related cancellation of classes March 5, Principal Troy Gobble announced Thursday.


    Dancenter North poms clinic:

    Dancenter North will offer a special poms clinic on April 14 and 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., at their studio at 540 North Milwaukee Ave. in downtown Libertyville.


    ‘Brando at Brainerd’:

    "Marlon Brando at Brainerd", a fundraiser for the Brainerd Community Center, is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Improv Playhouse Black Box Theatre, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., in the Liberty Square mall, Libertyville.


    Gurnee trustee announces memorial:

    Gurnee Trustee Kirk Morris, who is running against incumbent Kristina Kovarik for mayor on April 9, accounced plans for his long-stalled Heores of Freedom Memorial at a political event this week.

    Mike Nerheim

    Lake County prosecutors to be reorganized into new, specialized divisions

    Lake County's criminal prosecutors will be divided into divisions that focus on specific aspects of the law, such as gangs and cybercrime, officials announced Thursday. The reorganization of the state's attorney's office will begin April 1. It follows interviews State's Attorney Michael Nerheim conducted with every employee.

    Chief Illiniwek performs at halftime during a football against Purdue on Nov. 11, 2006, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

    U of I students back Chief in campus vote

    CHAMPAIGN — He may not be coming back, but it is clear Chief Illiniwek still has strong support among University of Illinois students.


    Bartlett on right road with street resurfacing

    Bartlett's three-year street resurfacing project is going down the right road. Bids for the second year of work came in about $494,000 less than anticipated.They also came in below estimate last year, and now officials think they could get 75 miles of road resurfaced at a cost they once thought would get only 40 miles done.

    Rich Heim

    Six candidates say they’ll bring something different to Glenbard

    Six candidates, including three incumbents, say they would each bring something different to the Glenbard High School District 87 board if elected in April. There are four open seats on the board — each with a four-year term. Current Board President Rich Heim, and board members Tom Voltaggio and Bob Friend are seeking re-election. Also running are newcomers Jennifer Jendras, a parent of two...


    Dist. 220 chief stars in student-made mystery

    Reprising his well-remembered and much-loved role as himself, Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard is the main protagonist of yet another student-made video, this one a full-fledged drama about his anguished search for a kidnapped bobblehead of himself.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Willie Akins III, 30, of Elgin, was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, court records show. Akins sold between 6 and 7 grams of cocaine for $200 to a police confidential informant in separate incidents April 29 and May 24 in the 200 block of Heine Avenue, according to a police report. Both transactions were documented with audio and...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Robert H. Rivers-Teague, 23, of Markham, was charged with criminal trespass at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia, according to a police report.


    Dawn Patrol: Suburbs react to pope; Roskam meets with Obama

    Dawn Patrol: Local religious leaders, faithful see Pope as heart of humility. Roskam, Obama exchange less jovial in Capitol meeting. Construction revs up on Jane Addams. Competing pension plans move forward. Negro league veterans talk to Woodland students. DuPage County Forest Preserve may revise horse adoption policy. Algonquin teen guilty but mentally ill in dad's death. New additions two big...

    Jonylah Watkins was shot while her father changed her diaper in a parked car.

    Services set for slain baby

    A funeral will be held next week for a 6-month-old Chicago girl killed in a shooting that police believe targeted her father. Services for Jonylah Watkins' are to be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the New Beginnings Church in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn.


    Quinn: Brother devastated after losing coaching job

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the administration of his alma mater has let down students and alumni by firing his brother, who was a longtime basketball coach. John Quinn was let go this week as Fenwick High School's head basketball coach but is still on the faculty.

    Gypsy moth caterpillars can strip trees bare and leave them vulnerable to further insect attacks or disease.

    Presentations set on gypsy moth treatment

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said gypsy moth presentations will take place March 18 in Montgomery, March 26 in Lemont, March 27 in Lisle and April 2 in Wheaton. Each will detail treatment plans for the area.


    Deaths outpace births in 58 Illinois counties

    New census estimates show that more than half of Illinois' 102 counties have more deaths than births. The census calls it a "natural decrease" that in many cases reflects an aging population.


    Oswego officer charged after disturbance, standoff

    An Oswego police officer is being accused of walking into a Channahon pizzeria with his gun tucked into his waistband and shouting at employees while off duty.

    Construction is starting this week on permanent restrooms at Central Park in downtown Naperville.

    Naperville’s Central Park finally getting washrooms

    Naperville's Central Park will have long-sought after washrooms by Memorial Day weekend. Construction will begin this week on the permanent structure approved by city council members last week at a cost of $247,850.

    Caroline Kennedy, left, will return to Naperville next month to promote her new book, “Poems to Learn by Heart.”

    Caroline Kennedy bringing new book to Naperville

    Caroline Kennedy has a special place in her heart, and tummy, for Lou Malnati's pizza. She also really enjoys the reception she gets whenever she visits Naperville as part of a book tour. So it's no surprise that Kennedy will be making her fourth such appearance next month when she visits North Central College to read from her new children's poetry collection, "Poems to Learn by Heart."


    Images: Pope Francis newspaper front pages worldwide
    Newspaper front pages from around the country and the world announced the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, Pope Francis. A variety of different headline approaches and picture angles appear, and the Argentine papers don't play it up as much as you might think. Front pages courtesy of the Newseum.


    Carnival flying stranded Dream passengers home

    Passengers from the Carnival Dream were heading to the airport Thursday instead of sailing home after an on board generator problem halted their trip in the latest maintenance headache for the world's largest cruise line.

    Dewey Pierotti

    DuPage forest district dabbling in search for new director

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners next week are planning to brainstorm ideas to determine what traits they would like in the district's next executive director. They've been without one for nine months. "I would not want us to leap into a search process without having a list of criteria of what we're looking for," commissioner Shannon Burns said.


    No one injured in DuPage County garage fire

    No injuries were reported in an early morning fire in a garage near Downers Grove. The blaze cause extensive damage, authorities said, but the three occupants of the home escaped safely.

    The Hoffman Estates Fire Department has been awarded $164,960 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program to help pay for operations and safety.

    Hoffman Estates fire department receives grant

    The Hoffman Estates Fire Department has been awarded $164,960 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters grant program to help pay for operations and safety. Fire departments that have received money from the grant program in the past have used it to purchase response and personal protective equipment, training and vehicles.


    Many of 32 Golden Apple finalists from suburbs

    Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the high school level, including many from the North and West suburbs. The finalists were selected from a pool of 510 nominations; 10 winners will be announced in May.

    A computer generated likeness of an armed robbery suspect in Schaumburg, based on witness descriptions.

    Suspect sought in Schaumburg armed robbery

    Schaumburg police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in the armed robbery of a loan office Wednesday morning. A man wearing a mask reportedly entered the 1st Loans office at 900 S. Roselle Road at 11:50 a.m. March 13, displayed a silver colored folding knife and escaped with a small amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery.

    John Strauss

    Campton Hills trustee hopefuls differ on administrator

    Campton Hills trustee candidates agree the village needs to hire a village administrator, but differ on whether the person should be part- or full-time. Four people are seeking three, four-year seats on April 9.


    Gov’t: Thousands of illegal immigrants released from jails

    The Obama administration reversed itself Thursday, acknowledging to Congress that it had, in fact, released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from immigration jails due to budget constraints during three weeks in February.


    Boehner turns down invitation for Vatican visit

    House Speaker John Boehner says he's turning town President Barack Obama's invitation to be in the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis. The Ohio Republican says in a statement that he'd like to go, but it's impossible with his duties including the budget debate and hosting the Irish prime minister at the Capitol.


    Court removes judge from Whitey Bulger’s trial

    The judge who was set to preside over the trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was removed from the case Thursday by a federal appeals court that found his background as a former federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias.

    A framegrab from the May 17, 2012, video published by Mother Jones. Bartender Scott Prouty recently told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz that he lost sleep and struggled for weeks before deciding to release the recording of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments about “47 percent”.

    Man who recorded ‘47 percent’ remarks speaks out

    The bartender working the private fundraiser where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made his comments about "47 percent" of Americans says he didn't make the secret recording as a political partisan. In his first public interview, Scott Prouty tells MSNBC that he struggled for weeks before deciding to release the recording.

    Jeanne Ives

    Ives: Gay couples trying to “weasel their way into acceptability”

    State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, is drawing heat for telling a Catholic Conference of Illinois radio show last month that same-sex marriages are "disordered" and couples are trying to "weasel their way into acceptability."


    Officials: Fla. lawyer at center of $300M scheme

    The man who authorities say masterminded a scam to use a veterans charity as a front for an illegal gambling operation worth nearly $300 million was a well-known attorney who once ran a marathon in a suit as a publicity stunt.


    Fla. charity probe to next focus on campaign money

    The next phase of an investigation into a veterans charity accused of being a front for a $300 million gambling operation will focus on the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on lobbying and campaigns donations, authorities said. Nearly 60 people were charged in the probe so far and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll stepped down after being questioned by investigators.

    Black smoke from a car bomb attack is seen in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March, 14, 2013. A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by what appeared to be a coordinated assault by gunmen who battled security forces in the Iraqi capital, according to officials.

    Attackers kill 22 in coordinated Baghdad assault

    A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by a coordinated assault by gunmen who raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets. The attack left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded.

    Shootings at two different businesses in the village of Herkimer, N.Y., left four people dead and at least two wounded, according to police, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

    Cops kill suspect in deadly NY shooting rampage

    Police in upstate New York stormed an abandoned building Thursday morning where a man suspected of a deadly shooting rampage at a car wash and barbershop had been holed up, killing him after he fired on an FBI dog. The 64-year-old suspect, Kurt Myers, had been inside since Wednesday afternoon.

    In this picture taken March 3, 2013, Argentina’s cardinal Jorge Bergoglio drinks “mate,” a traditional local beverage, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Pope’s one lung shouldn’t affect duties

    The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock. And Francis will have to do it all with just one lung. The Argentine pontiff lost the greater part of one lung to a teenage infection. "He feels it today," says his authorized biographer Sergio Rubin. "He's a little bit slowed by it, but he's OK."


    Improved budget conditions leads Libertyville officials to phase out natural gas tax

    Citing an improved financial condition, Libertyville officials have phased out the remaining 2 percent of a natural gas tax. Originally instituted at 5 percent in September 2009, the charge was among a trio of new or increased utility taxes to raise revenue during a tough budget time. Village trustees said the natural gas tax was intended to be temporary.


    Millburn bypass plans cleared for next step

    The first part of the process to build a bypass of the "Millburn Strangler" is nearing an end with a public hearing next week. The selected alternative involves a 1.5-mile bypass west of the existing Route 45, which jams up because of closely spaced traffic signals at Millburn and Grass Lake roads. A recently approved environmental study and other project details will be available for review and...

    Gregory D. Rich

    Former South Elgin man get 3 years in prison after 5th DUI arrest

    A former South Elgin man was sentenced to three years in prison last week after his fifth DUI arrest. Gregory D. Rich, 55, took police on a short chase in late December in Hampshire where he neared 100 mph before crashing into a ditch. He admitted to drinking a half bottle of brandy and an open bottle was found in his vehicle, according to court records.

    Gary Robb and his wife, Fran, sit in their Rockford home and talk about the heart transplant Gary received in April 2009.

    Heart transplant connects man, mother

    The heart that beats in Gary Robb's chest will connect him forever to Patty Duerkop, nearly 250 miles away in northern Wisconsin. Robb, 72, received a heart transplant in 2009 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., after suffering for years with congestive heart failure. The donor was Duerkop's only son, 16-year-old Andrew Duerkop, who died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.


    Wisconsin population growing since 2010 census

    A new U.S. Census Bureau report says Wisconsin's population is growing. The latest figures show the state's population grew by about 39,000 since the 2010 census to about 5.7 million residents. Dane County experienced strong growth with nearly 40 percent of the state's increase attributed to that county.


    Chicago officer shoots man carrying assault weapon

    A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic dispute call has shot and killed a man who confronted officers with an automatic assault weapon. A police statement says the man emerged from a room and pointed the weapon at the officers inside an apartment building on the city's West Side.


    Wisc. Prosecutors: Babysitter videotaped abusing infant

    Prosecutors in central Wisconsin say they have videotaped evidence of a babysitter beating a 4-month-old boy. Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Cronin, of Rothschild, is facing felony child abuse charges. A criminal complaint filed in Marathon County says the infant's father installed a secret video camera because he was concerned that Cronin wasn't carefully watching his children after the baby's...


    Ex-Indiana-pastor told girl Jesus approved of their tryst
    The former pastor of a northwestern Indiana megachurch awaiting sentencing for a sexual relationship with an underage parishioner allegedly told the girl Jesus Christ approved of their tryst. Federal prosecutors included letters former First Baptist Church pastor Jack Schaap wrote to his victim in their sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday in federal court in Hammond.

    John Strauss

    Campton Hills trustee hopefuls differ on administrator

    Campton Hills trustee candidates agree the village needs to hire a village administrator, but differ on whether the person should be part- or full-time. Four people are seeking three, four-year seats on April 9.

    Kate Fry, currently co-starring in Writers’ Theatre’s “The Letters,” reunites with “Letters” director Kimberly Senior for Writers’ 2014 production of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.”

    Writers’ Theatre announces 2013-14 season

    Writers' Theatre in Glencoe announces a 2013-2014 season comprised of world and regional premieres and a revival of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" starring Kate Fry.

    Lynne Johnson

    Aurora Ward 10 hopefuls view budgeting differently

    The 12-member Aurora city council will have at least four new faces come May, and one of them will represent Ward 10 on the city's far east side. The race to become the next Ward 10 alderman features a substitute teacher and a lawyer competing for the seat to be vacated by Alderman Lynda Elmore, who is not seeking re-election.

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd Wednesday from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

    What will happen on Pope Francis' first day?

    The pomp surrounding his selection was just the beginning of an exceptionally busy few days for Pope Francis. A look at the first night — and what comes after. The selection: From the moment of uttering "I accept" in Latin, in front of his fellow cardinals in the Sistine Chapel, the job is his, and it starts instantly. According to tradition, his first act is declaring his choice of name as...

    Snow-capped mountains stand on the horizon behind newly built homes at the Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.’s Four Seasons housing development in Beaumont, California.

    Sharp drop in homes lost to foreclosure in February

    The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell 11 percent from January and declined 29 percent from February last year, tumbling to the lowest level since September 2007, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said today.


    Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody hugs Reggie Hearn after an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Iowa Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Chicago. Iowa won 73-59. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Was Northwestern loss swan song for Carmody?

    Northwestern's showdown against Iowa at the United Center was the final game on Thursday's Big Ten tournament program. The question following the Wildcats' 73-59 loss to the Hawkeyes is: was it also the final game of head coach Bill Carmody's 13-year run of the Northwestern basketball program?

    Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman (11) reacts after scoring as Marquette's Junior Cadougan (5) walks by during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in New York. Notre Dame won 73-65. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Notre Dame beats Marquette to reach Big East semis

    Pat Connaughton scored 18 points on six 3-pointers and Jack Cooley had two big offensive rebounds in Notre Dame's game-changing run as the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish beat No. 12 Marquette 73-65 on Thursday night to reach the Big East tournament semifinals for the fourth straight year.

    Patrick Kane scores against Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergi Bobrovsky, of Russia, in the shootout in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Blackhawks won 2-1.

    Kane reaches milestone as Hawks end brief skid

    Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky showed why he was the NHL's first star for last week, but in the end Corey Crawford got the best of him and the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky made 39 saves through overtime, but it was the Blackhawks escaping Nationwide Arena with a 2-1 win in a shootout on Thursday night. "I like how we got back on track here tonight,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters.


    Thursday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Thursday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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

    Patrick Kane, right, scores the game-winning goal against Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergi Bobrovsky Thursday in Columbus.

    Hawks get back to winning ways

    Patrick Kane set up Johnny Oduya's goal late in the second period and then got the decisive score in the shootout, leading the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots to help the Blackhawks end a two-game losing streak after they set an NHL record by getting at least a point in each of their first 24 games


    Neuqua offense outdoes Waubonsie Valley

    There were times during Thursday's boys water polo match between Waubonsie Valley and host Neuqua Valley that the offense of either team was completely halted in its tracks.


    Fremd tops Conant for share of West lead

    Emma Hoffman led Fremd with 4 goals, Samantha Barry had 3 and Mandy Borre and Tori Boldt had 2 apiece to help the host Vikings edge Conant 12-9 in Mid-Suburban West girls water polo action Thursday.Carmen Rosas had 4 goals for Conant, and Angela Skittone had 3.Fremd (6-1, 2-0) and unbeaten Barrington (6-0, 2-0) are tied for the MSL West lead.Barrington d. Hoffman Estates: Catherine Byron had 3 goals and five more Fillies had 2 each in an 18-5 victory over the visiting Hawks.Ÿ In other games Thursday, Palatine topped Schaumburg 12-3 and Wheeling handled Rolling Meadows 14-3.Hersey (3-0, 2-0) and Wheeling (3-3, 2-0) are tied for the MSL East lead.

    Fremd’s Luke Stark defends against Conant’s Jon Burke during the Vikings’ MSL West victory Thursday.

    Fremd rebounds at Conant

    Needing a bounce-back game, Fremd got exactly that Thursday at Conant. The defending Mid-Suburban League champs had dropped their West Division opener against Palatine on Tuesday and wanted to avoid an 0-2 divisional start with Thursday's game against the Cougars, who are expected to be one of the top teams in the league. Fremd, an elite eight state qualifier last spring under coach Brian Newby, met the challenge. The Vikings allowed a tying goal with about five minutes left, answered quickly with one of their own and then managed to keep it scoreless the rest of the way in a tense 8-7 victory.

    Benet pitcher Molly Moran has a dislocated knee is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

    Until it forges a new future, Benet still relives the past

    It's been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and how fitting was it last week when Benet's softball team tweeted a photo of outdoor practice in 8 inches of snow. Is there a team more itching to go than Benet? Doubtful. There was no more stunning score in last year's softball playoffs than Benet's 1-0 regional loss to Neuqua Valley. Not so much the result, but that Benet was shut out. Benet senior Maeve McGuire still isn't over it.

    Northwestern’s Reggie Hearn (11) drives past Iowa’s Mike Gesell during the first half.

    Images: Northwestern vs. Iowa Men’s Basketball
    Images from the Northwestern vs. Iowa game at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Thursday. Northwestern lost 73-59.

    Iowa's Adam Woodbury (34) and Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio (4) battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Iowa tops Northwestern 73-59 in Big 10 tournament

    Devyn Marble scored 19 points to help Iowa hold on for an important 73-59 victory over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night.

    Dominican Republic players celebrate their 3-1 win over the United States during a second-round game of the World Baseball Classic in Miami, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Dominicans beat United States in WBC, 3-1

    The visiting team on the scoreboard, the Dominican Republic made itself at home by beating the United States 3-1 Thursday night to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic.


    St. Charles North impresses at Conant

    St. Charles North trampled over team after team last season while marching into the 3A girls soccer state championship match, where it came up just short against Naperville North. The Huskies ended up winning it all with a goal in the 120th minute. This season, with nearly everyone from that squad back, the North Stars look to reach the final weekend of the season once more — and on Thursday night, coach Ruth Vostal's team opened the season in fine style with an impressive 2-0 victory over host Conant in Hoffman Estates.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson, left, of Sweden works for the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets’ Colton Gillies during the second period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blackhawks returned to their winning ways, 2-1 in a shootout.

    The Bulls’ Carlos Boozer, left, fouls Kings guard Tyreke Evans.

    Will Thibs’ work-harder vow cure what’s ailing Bulls?
    Watching the Bulls stumble to a 7-12 record since Feb. 1, it would be reasonable to believe they need better health right now more than harder work. But after the Bulls suffered a 42-point loss in Sacramento late Wednesday night, coach Tom Thibodeau promised to drive his players harder to prepare for games.


    Hockey realignment has Detroit, Columbus moving east

    The NHL map is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west."We're thrilled, absolutely thrilled," Blue Jackets executive John Davidson said on a telephone conference call Thursday.

    Geneva’s Allie Pospisil is working to get her shot put distance to 36 feet in her senior season.

    From figure skating to shot put, here’s something for everyone

    The road to becoming an Olympic athlete is not for the squeamish. Figure skater Derek Wagner, who will be a freshman at Geneva High this fall, has pictured himself securing that very goal.


    Scouting Stevenson vs. Edwardsville

    Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal preview: Stevenson vs. Edwardsville


    Payne to hold shooting camp

    Former area basketball coach and current Elgin Community College athletic director Kent Payne will conduct a “Nothing But Shooting” basketball camp on Saturday, March 23 at ECC.The camp is for boys and girls ages 8 and up and will run from 10 a.m. to noon.Cost is $30.For further information or to register, contact Payne at (630) 251-0980 or by email to kpcwgroup603@gmail.com.

    Bartlett’s Lindsay Rockensock, right, and Oswego’s Lisa Dano tangle as they compete for the soccer ball Thursday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    Growing process continues for young Bartlett

    There will be a few growing pains this season for the Bartlett girls soccer team. The Hawks' roster has just one upperclassman — junior starting goalkeeper Amanda Lozada — after several players from last season's team decided not to come out this season. The inexperienced Hawks dropped their second consecutive game of the season's opening week Thursday evening, a 3-0 loss to Oswego at Millennium Field.

    Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw drives around Rockford Boylan’s Drew Gaurke on Tuesday in the Class 4A NIU supersectional.

    These Stevenson sophomores play more like seniors

    Stevenson's top three sophomores have been anything but sophomoric this season and are looking to keep it that way at the state finals in Peoria.

    Nebraska's Shavon Shields drives past Purdue's Anthony Johnson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Nebraska holds off Purdue 57-55 in Big Ten

    Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska beat Purdue 57-55 Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. The Cornhuskers (15-17) hung on after Purdue's Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds and will meet No. 10 Ohio State in the quarterfinals on Friday.

    It would probably serve both Brian Urlacher and the Bears best if the parties could come to an agreement on a new contract.

    Urlacher, Bears need each other

    The Bears are desperately short of quality linebackers, and eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is looking for a job. So what's the delay?

    Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, back left, round the base after a home run as Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks looks at the ball during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Angels rough up Danks

    Mike Trout homered and scored three runs, Howie Kendrick and Albert Pujols each had two hits Thursday and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up John Danks in a 12-4 win over the White Sox.

    Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo throws out Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Capuano on a sacrifice bunt in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Castillo triples, Cubs beat Dodgers 8-1

    Catcher Welington Castillo hit a two-run triple off Chris Capuano in the first inning Thursday, leading the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.

    Players on the Michigan bench celebrate a basket-and-a-foul call.

    Images: Michigan vs. Penn State Men’s Basketball
    Images from the Michigan vs. Penn State game at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Thursday. Michigan won 83-66.

    Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba (6) probably will start Saturday at Sporting Kansas City as the team deals with injuries on its back line.

    Fire defense suffering a world of hurt

    The injury woes continue to pile up for the Chicago Fire defense.

    Jared Mitchell (29) of the White Sox had a chance to flash his speed and power in spring training.

    Pay close attention to these Sox prospects

    The White Sox' farm system never seems to get much love from national publications, but 12 rookies played in meaningful games last season. This year, beat writer Scot Gregor says prospects such as Jared Mitchell, Simon Castro, Josh Phegley and Nestor Molina have a chance to contribute.

    Illinois’ Brandon Paul reacts after hitting the game-winning shot Thursday against Minnesota in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. Illinois won 51-49.

    Paul’s buzzer-beater rescues Illini

    Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago on Thursday. “In that situation you just have to see what the defense is giving you,” said Paul, a senior from Warren High School in Gurnee. “I’ve been in those situations.”

    Associated Press Illinois' Joseph Bertrand (2) dunks over Minnesota's Joe Coleman (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Thursday in Chicago.

    Paul jumper lifts Illinois over Minnesota, 51-49

    If he has hit a bigger shot than this, Brandon Paul couldn't remember it. He'd have a hard time matching it. Paul nailed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and finished with 25 points to lead Illinois to a 51-49 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday. "I didn't want to lose. We worked too hard to get to this point," Paul said.

    Penn State’s Nick Colella falls as he defends Michigan’s Nik Stauskas Thrusday during the second half of an opening round game at the Big Ten tournament Thursday at the United Center.

    Michigan beats Penn St 83-66 at Big Ten tourney

    Trey Burke scored 21 points and No. 6 Michigan beat Penn State 83-66 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, avenging a shocking loss to the Nittany Lions during the regular season. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nick Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals on Friday.

    Illinois head coach John Groce helped his team get to the next round of the Big Ten Tournament with a win Thursday over Minnesota. Up next: Indiana.

    Groce’s perpetual motion moves Illini forward

    Television doesn't do Illini head coach John Groce justice. You have to stay with him for a few minutes at a time to appreciate his perpetual motion. The man appears to be possessed by intensity. He coaches the Illini with a clenched jaw rather than clenched fists."The biggest thing is just trying to be positive with them, " Groce explained. "Just trying to give them energy."

    Illinois’ Brandon Paul is swarmed by teammates after making the game-winning shot.

    Images: Illinois vs. Minnesota Men’s Basketball
    Images from the Illinois vs. Minnesota game at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the United Center in Chicago Thursday. Illinois won 51-49 on a last-second shot from Brandon Paul.


    Linebacker Morris rejoins Chicago Rush

    The Chicago Rush have reacquired linebacker Kelvin Morris for the upcoming Arena Football League season, team officials announced.

    Rolling Meadows junior guard Jackie Kemph, here getting to the basket in the Mustangs’ Class 4A state semifinal victory in Normal, has been named Gatorade’s Illinois girls basketball player of the year.

    Kemph selected Gatorade’s Illinois Player of the Year

    The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, has announced Rolling Meadows junior guard Jackie Kemph as its Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green and Rockford Boylan’s Jim Bridges battle under the basket Tuesday in the Class 4A NIU supersectional. The Patriots meet Edwardsville in Friday’s 8:15 state semifinal in Peoria.

    Sixth sense says Simeon will be tough to beat

    The IHSA will be hoping this weekend's Class 3A and 4A boys basketball state tournaments are devoid of the controversy that has marred last Saturday's 2A title-game win by Harrisburg over Seton Academy. An opportunity for history to be made could bring some welcome attention back to the Peoria Civic Center when the big schools are finished late Saturday night. Simeon and Duke-bound star Jabari Parker are trying to match the state record of four straight titles set by Peoria Manual and Sergio McClain from 1994-97. But, as always, there are plenty of other intriguing storylines as we enter the sixth year of four-class basketball. So, let's get on with our sixth year of tourney predictions, starting with Class 4A.


    Mike North video: Hawk and Stone feud
    Mike North thinks Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone should realize how lucky they are to be announcing baseball.  He wants them to spend more energy on making the game interesting to the fans and less on disagreements between themselves.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah looks to go to the basket against Sacramento Kings center Cole Aldrich during the first quarter Wednesday night.

    Bulls have a night to forget in Sacramento

    The Bulls were simply buried by the lowly Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, falling behind by an astonishing 44 points in the third quarter en route to a 121-79 loss. The 44 points were the largest deficit of Tom Thibodeau's coaching tenure. Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, of all people, summed it all up by tweeting, “Is that Sac vs. Chi score right?”

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, looks to go to the basket against Kings center Cole Aldrich Wednesday night in Sacramento. The Bulls lost 121-79.

    Kings crush Bulls 121-79

    Tyreke Evans had 26 points and seven assists in the Sacramento Kings' most lopsided victory of the season, a 121-79 rout of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The Kings opened the second quarter with a 26-4 run against the lethargic Bulls to hike their lead to 34 points. It was an almost error-free first half for the Kings, who committed just one turnover and took a 65-36 lead into intermission.

    Rutgers’ Austin Johnson (21) draws a foul as Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant (22) attempts to score Wednesday night in New York. Notre Dame beat Rutgers 69-61 in Big East tourney play.

    No. 24 Notre Dame tops Rutgers at Big East tourney

    Pat Connaughton scored a season-high 21 points and led Notre Dame's impressive show from 3-point range as the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish beat Rutgers 69-61 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament. Tom Knight had a career-high 18 points for sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-8), which will face third-seeded and 12th-ranked Marquette in the quarterfinals Thursday night.


    JK Shin, president and head of IT and mobile communications for Samsung Electronics, presents the new Samsung Galaxy S 4 during the Samsung Unpacked event in New York Thursday.

    Samsung refreshes iPhone-challenging Galaxy line

    Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III. Samsung trumpeted the much-anticipated phone's arrival Thursday at an event accompanied by a live orchestra while an audience of thousands watched the theatrics unfold on a four-level stage at Radio City Music Hall.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. stocks climbed, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward a record high, as jobless claims unexpectedly dropped last week.

    Dow rises 10 days running; S&P 500 nears record

    The Dow Jones industrial average has reached another milestone, recording its longest winning streak since 1996. The index rose for the tenth straight day Thursday, gaining 83.86 points to close at 14,539.14. That's an increase of 0.6 percent.


    Expect more short-term Caterpillar layoffs, union says

    A union that represents Caterpillar Inc. workers says short-term layoffs at Peoria-area plants will continue. The layoffs started in January and were expected to end in April.

    Keynote Speaker Lee A. Daniels delivers his speech during the Daily Herald Business Ledger's Annual Awards for Business Excellence.

    Business Ledger honors suburban companies

    Despite the seemingly insurmountable problems facing Illinois, 20 suburban businesses and organizations were recognized Wednesday evening as examples of why the state's business engine still runs strong. The companies and groups were honored during the 23rd Annual Awards for Business Excellence presented by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

    Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has a deal with Crown Publishers to do a book that will provide a “behind-the-scenes” account of the financial crisis.

    Geithner has book deal, release scheduled for 2014

    Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has a book deal. Geithner has an agreement with Crown Publishers, an imprint of Random House, Inc. Crown announced Thursday that Geithner's book, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2014 and will provide a "behind-the-scenes" account of the financial crisis.

    In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, photo, workers at a floral import company prepare flowers for distribution to flower resellers throughout the country, in Miami. A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months, pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild. The producer price index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February from January, the Labor Department said Thursday, March 14, 2013. That's up from 0.2 percent in the previous month. Wholesale gas prices increased 7.2 percent. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    U.S. wholesale prices rise 0.7 pct. on gas spike

    A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months, pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild. The producer price index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February from January, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 0.2 percent in the previous month. Wholesale gas prices increased 7.2 percent.

    A crowd of job seekers attends a health care job fair, Thursday in New York.

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid reach 5-year low

    Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 332,000. That reduced the four-week average to 346,750, the lowest since the week of March 8, 2008, three months after the Great Recession began.

    A sale pending announcement sits atop a for sale sign in a home’s yard in Richardson, Texas.

    U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.63 percent

    The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage rose this week to its highest level in seven months but remains near historic lows. Low mortgage rates have helped support the gradually recovering housing market. Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year fixed loan rose to 3.63 percent from 3.52 percent last week.


    Oil rises despite ample crude supplies

    Oil prices rose Thursday ahead of the release of employment data in the U.S. although the increase was kept in check by ample crude supplies and worries about the eurozone economy. Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 12 cents to $92.64 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 2 cents to close $92.52 on the Nymex on Wednesday.

    A woman chats with her fellow investor at a private securities company Tuesday in Shanghai, China.

    Asia stocks cautious despite strong US retail data

    sian stock markets mostly retreated Thursday as caution prevailed despite a ninth day of gains on Wall Street and a bump up in U.S. retail sales. Stocks in Hong Kong fell as a result of investor disappointment as the annual National People's Congress in Beijing heads toward its conclusion without having announced policy moves to stimulate the economy. The Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent to 22,395.50.

    Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making.

    China accuses Coca-Cola of misusing GPS equipment

    Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.

    Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, left, and Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson from the TV series, “Downton Abbey.”

    Comcast, networks collaborate on TV binge week

    The nation's largest cable company is planning a television "watchathon" for the last week of March, collaborating with several television networks to make entire series available for free on demand. The Comcast Corp.'s plan encourages binge viewing, where people spend hours catching up on television series they may have missed the first time around and serves as a grand look into what may be the future of TV viewing.

    Carl Keen, who serves as chairman of the developmental nutrition program at the University of California, Davis, poses in one of the schools laboratories in Davis, Calif. Keen, whose position is funded by the candy giant, Mars Inc., said his laboratory’s findings have pushed science forward through establishing that nutrients in cocoa powder can lower heart disease risk.

    Brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade?
    When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient. "I was like, `Whoa,"' said Sarah Kavanagh, a 16-year-old from Hattiesburg, Miss., who wanted to know how an oil that contains a chemical also found in flame retardants got into her favorite sports drink. After she posted a petition on Change.org asking Pepsi to remove it, more than 200,000 people signed.

    President Barack Obama’s motorcade is seen on Independence Ave., on the return trip to the White House in Washington, Wednesday.

    How budget cuts could affect you

    Government agencies are already taking steps to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. More than half of the nation's 2.1 million government workers, for example, may be furloughed. At the Pentagon alone that could mean 800,000 people who will lose a day's pay each week for more than five months; other federal agencies are likely to furlough several hundred thousand more for a varying number of days.

    Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.

    Poll finds attitude shift among working moms

    Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey. In the Pew Research Center study being released Thursday, researchers saw a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they'd prefer to work full time; 37 percent said that was their ideal, up from 21 percent in 2007. The poll comes amid a national debate on women in the workplace ignited by top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who writes in a new book about the need for women to be more professionally aggressive.

    A coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. A record number of U.S. counties _ more than 1 in 3 _ are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs elsewhere.

    Census: Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying

    A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression.

Life & Entertainment

    Adam (Jim Sturgess) makes out with Eden (Kirsten Dunst) even though they are from different worlds only feet apart in the science-fiction romance "Upside Down."

    Inventive imagery can't right tepid 'Upside Down'

    Dann reviews the spectacular-looking but emotionally lacking new science-fiction romance "Upside Down" starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. He also reports on Reel Film Notes with a shout-out to Buffalo Grove filmmaker Steven Feinartz and one to his Movie Club partner Raymond Benson.

    Actor Jim Parsons arrives during the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest in Los Angeles honoring “The Big Bang Theory.”

    ‘Big Bang’ cast celebrates success

    What a difference four years have made. When the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" first appeared at PaleyFest in 2009, their sitcom wasn't even among the top-40 rated shows in the United States. Last week's first-run "Big Bang" episode topped the list in viewers most coveted by advertisers, those ages 18-49; and it was the second most-watched show overall (behind "NCIS") with more than 20-million viewers.

    Actor Ed Asner has been released from the hospitalized.

    Ed Asner released from area hospital

    Ed Asner's publicist says the 83-year-old actor is out of a Chicago-area hospital after being diagnosed with exhaustion. Publicist Charles Sherman says Asner was released Thursday and plans to fly home to Los Angeles. He likely will postpone some performances of his touring one-man stage show.

    The Ides of March headline Lincolnshire's Viper Alley on Friday, March 15.

    Music notes: Viper Alley fetes Ides of March

    What better way to spend the Ides of March than seeing the Ides of March Friday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. It's St. Patrick's Day weekend, which means Chicago's Celtic-punk band the Tossers will be delivering another of its scorching live shows at Metro. Closer to home, jazz great Larry Carlton takes the stage in Rosemont.

    A 911 operator (Halle Berry) plays cat and mouse with a serial killer in the thriller "The Call."

    Women-in-jeopardy thriller 'The Call' gets extra scary treatment

    Brad Anderson's "The Call" may be a piece of manipulative, sensationalistic female survival claptrap. But it's taut and suspenseful high-grade manipulative, sensationalistic female survival claptrap. This movie makes no apologies for being a well-executed woman-in-jeopardy thriller. It boasts several squirm moments and a scary jolt rivaling Alan Arkin's shocker lunge in "Wait Until Dark."

    Singer Michael Buble and his wife, Argentine TV actress Luisana Lopilato, are their expecting their first child.

    Future dad Michael Buble now focused on family

    Michael Buble has sold millions of albums, but as he readies the release of his newest project, he's less concerned with his future sales, thanks to his wife's pregnancy. "I'm nervous and excited, and truly I think it's given me great perspective," the singer said at the music video shoot for his new single, "It's a Beautiful Day."

    “Out of Order: Stories From the History of the Supreme Court” by Sandra Day O'Connor

    Former justice pens history book about the Court

    For an institution so seemingly steeped in tradition, the nature of the Supreme Court has changed and evolved drastically over its lifetime. That's the main takeaway from a new book by former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the job. "Out of Order: Stories From the History of the Supreme Court" is readable, accessible and full of riveting anecdotes, even if the level of detail may occasionally bore the casual reader.

    Two magicians (Steve Buscemi, background, and Steve Carell) try to hold on to their tacky act in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”

    Magic sorely lacking in ‘Burt Wonderstone’

    The only incredible thing about "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is the way it makes Steve Carell so thoroughly unlikable. In a film about magic tricks, this is the most difficult feat of all. There's no inherent decency to Burt Wonderstone, a selfish and flashy Las Vegas magician who once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), but now finds his act has grown outdated and unpopular.


    Book notes: Jodi Picoult signs ‘Storyteller’ Saturday

    Best-selling author Jodi Picoult reads from and signs copies of her newest book, "The Storyteller," at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Libertyville High School. She then heads to Lisle for a signing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kennedy Junior High School.

    Musician Jim James thinks music is a spiritual force that can unite humanity. He’s taking that message and his new album to the South By Southwest Music Festival this week.

    Jim James of Morning Jacket takes spiritual message to SXSW

    My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James thinks music is a spiritual force that can unite humanity. He's taking that message — and his new solo album "Regions of Light and Sound of God" — to the South By Southwest Music Festival this week.

    The Virgins, “Strike Gently”

    The Virgins fall short on ‘Strike Gently’

    The best thing about the New York quartet The Virgins is Donald Cummings' adept angular guitar playing. In spots it's pleasantly reminiscent of Richard Hell's inventive work in television, or even the David Byrne/Jerry Harrison combination in Talking Heads — and it's clear there's a post-punk New York aesthetic that The Virgins are mining. It is, after all, their hometown.

    Bon Jovi, “What About Now”

    Bon Jovi offers self-help, catchy choruses

    Why does Bon Jovi crank out an unending string of relentlessly upbeat, unavoidably catchy songs in the style that made the Jersey boys famous 30 years ago and kept them there 'till now? Because they can.



    Endorsements: Brown, McConnell, Shaw, Warren for District 95 school board
    The Daily Herald endorses Kathy Brown, Scott McConnell, John Shaw and Lisa Warren for the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 Board of Education.


    Endorsement: Suess for Wheaton City Council, North District
    The Daily Herald endorses Philip Suess for the Wheaton City Council North District.


    Endorsements: Walter, Schuberg, Anderson for Elburn village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Jeff Walter, Patricia Schuberg and Ken Anderson for Elburn village board.


    Endorsements: Chamberlin, Nerge, Swanson for Dist. 127 school board
    The Daily Herald endorses Russell Chamberlin, Suzanne Swanson and Douglas Nerge for Grayslake Dist. 127 school board.


    Endorsement: Whittington, Saeed for Lombard village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Dan Whittington for District 1 and Muzammil Saeed for District 3 on the Lombard village board.


    Endorsements: Kazmier, Ficke-Bradford, Farley and Geier for Dist. 220 school board
    The Daily Herald endorses Penny Kazmier, Sandra Ficke-Bradford, Wendy Farley and Christopher Geier for Barrington Unit District 220's board of education.


    Endorsements: Fonte, Pojack, McRoberts for Glendale Heights village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Sharon Fonte (Dist. 2), Chester Pojack (Dist. 5) and Bryan McRoberts (Dist. 6) for seats on the Glendale Heights village board.


    Endorsements: Gorman, VanOstenbridge, Wood for East Dundee village board
    The Daily Herald endoses Rob Gorman, Paul VanOstenbridge and Kirstin Wood for East Dundee Village Board.


    Endorsements: Hanley, Wilbrandt, Pflanz for West Dundee trustee
    The Daily Herald endoses Patrick Hanley, Daniel Wilbrandt and William Pflanz for West Dundee village board.


    The boilerplate gap

    Columnist Michael Gerson: A serious budget, of course, lies somewhere in the vast gap between the Ryan and Murray budget proposals. And much about the Republican future will depend on taking the part of the budget document that many conservatives regard as boilerplate and turning it into a governing agenda, demonstrating a concern for the common good


    News decisions involve more than hits and clicks

    Columnist Jim Slusher: I promise not to devote yet another entire column to coverage of the April 9 election, but I couldn't help shuddering at a true fact that emerged during an editors' discussion on measuring the popularity of particular stories.


    Where’s the beef?

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Here's an idea for Rep. Paul Ryan, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Stop crowing about the sequester cuts at the same time you're flapping in faux panic about the effect of the cuts. Instead of trying to force-feed rancid austerity down the throats of the American public, sit down with President Obama and congressional Democrats and work on a fiscal recipe that empowers the middle class.


    Optical illusions

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The media love optics, and no one understands this better than President Obama. Thus, he invited a gang of Republican senators to din-dins at the swank Jefferson Hotel. Upon exiting, senators were greeted by a hungry throng of reporters and photographers, their appetites whetted no doubt by the cold. How was it? What happened? Did you bond?


    Media myopia in Rome

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Scandal surely has diminished the Vatican's moral authority, but 2,000 years of history suggest it will adapt and survive. In the meantime, any evaluation of its present situation must also include recognition of the immense good that individual Catholics and the church do.


    Hold back our elected leaders’ pay
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: All the elected officials are doing is wasting all our tax dollars and time instead of getting things done that they were elected to do. I bet you would hear them screaming loudly about not getting their salary!


    Time for Brady to step down
    A Beach Park letter to the editor: Pat Brady shouldn't be voted out; he should step down. This is the guy that has presided over the unraveling of the Illinois Republican Party to the point of irrelevance.


    Two top candidates for Elgin council
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I want to endorse Steve Knight for Elgin City Council. He has lived in Elgin 13 years, and since being downsized from an IT job, has been one of the best volunteer guys I have seen in Elgin.


    Concealed carry hearing one-sided
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: If you want to see unfair politics and heavy handedness, just go to a concealed carry hearing in Chicago. I attended the hearing on Feb. 22 and thought it looked more like a Soviet show trial than a forum for hearing both sides of an issue.


    Kirk’s words need no translation
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The front page of the March 1 Daily Herald had a picture of both Illinois Senators, Kirk and Durbin, and a quote from each of them regarding the looming federal budget cuts.


    Don’t make COD something it’s not
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: We could continue this quixotic quest to make College of DuPage something it's not or look at the plain facts: this is a community college. President Breuder's on a $290,000 mission to make our well-known local campus into a hybrid — something more than a community college, something less than Northwestern University.


    Lawmakers’ religion shouldn’t matter
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In response to Ronald B. Maciaszek’s Feb. 19 comments about how he won’t support legislators who vote against their religion, I would like to say that I thank God for legislators who represent all their constituents and understand what separation of church and state really means.


    All Americans are entitled to vote
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The Voting Rights Act does “perpetuate racial entitlement.” It perpetuates the right to vote regardless of race. That is its purpose, and it’s the right thing to do in America. The Supreme Court should agree with Scalia and extend the Voting Rights Act.


    Obama’s tactics harming America
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: President Obama is fundamentally trying to change America by making us all the same. This is not what our Founders envisioned when they drafted the Constitution. He is undermining our institutions that install good character — marriage, the family,


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