Daily Archive : Saturday March 16, 2013


    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, from West Virginia, second right, wave from the steps of the U.S. Capitol when Kirk returned for the first time Jan. 3 since he suffered a 2012 stroke

    Iran work shows Kirk adjusting to life post-stroke

    In his first major appearance this year outside the halls of Congress, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk had a succinct message to convey. "I have one message for the dictators in Tehran, I'm baaack,'" Kirk called out to the attendees of the AIPAC 2013 policy conference. He was met with a roaring standing ovation. Kirk's dedication to Iran sanctions reveals how the senator is...


    Man identified in Hampshire rollover

    One person was killed in a rollover crash Saturday afternoon along New Lebanon Road in DeKalb County, authorities said. The victim was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over at 1:35 p.m. just south of Route 72 and just west of the line between Kane and DeKalb counties, Hampshire fire officials said. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police say the man in this surveillance photo is responsible for the stabbing death of a gas station clerk and a robbery early Saturday morning in Saturday.

    24-year-old gas station clerk dies in Streamwood stabbing

    A gas station clerk was stabbed and killed during an apparent robbery early Saturday in Streamwood, police said. Authorities identified the victim as 24-year-old Anandkumar Jaiswal of the 0-100 block of North Park Boulevard in Streamwood.

    The Babiarz family of Wheaton is trying to win a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to transport daughter Cammy.

    Van contest focuses on people with disabilities

    We're used to seeing suburbanites competing for prizes on 'American Idol,' 'Biggest Loser,' 'The Amazing Race' and such. But the local folks with disabilities vying to become a National Mobility Awareness Month 'Local Hero' all could use the prize of a new accessible van.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) of Slovakia celebrates scoring a goal during the Hawks’ win against the Stars Saturday night in Dallas.

    Toews, Hossa lead Blackhawks’ 8-1 rout of Stars

    Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to an 8-1 rout of the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists as eight Blackhawks scored two or more points and Chicago boosted its road record to 12-1-2 with a dominant win on the second stop of a four-game road trip.

    Patricia Dunne of Detroit photographs The Chicago River being dyed green Saturday ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago.

    Revelers mark St. Patrick’s Day

    In downtown Chicago, thousands along the Chicago River cheered as workers on a boat dumped dye into the water, turning it a bright fluorescent green for at least a few hours in an eye-catching local custom.

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin drinks from a 7-Eleven Super Big Gulp on stage while speaking Saturday at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Earlier in the week a New York judge struck down a ban proposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end the sale of sugared sodas larger than 16 oz.

    CPAC stages early GOP auditions for 2016 election

    Thousands of activists who packed into suburban Washington's Conservative Political Action Conference gave Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul a narrow victory over Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in their unscientific presidential preference poll. Paul had 25 percent of the vote and Rubio 23 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 8 percent.

    Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody won't return after coaching the Wildcats to a 13-19 record this season and failing to make the NCAA tournament in his 13 seasons.will not be back, ending a 13-year run in which the Wildcats raised expectations but failed to reach their first NCAA tournament.

    Northwestern moving on without Carmody

    Bill Carmody had 13 years to get Northwestern into the NCAA tournament for the first time, and it never quite worked out. That was enough for athletic director Jim Phillips, who called the coach Saturday morning and let him go after a long tenure during which the Wildcats raised expectations but failed to reach their biggest goal. "Look at 13 years. Athletic success does matter. It should...

    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon speaks Jan. 23 at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland.

    Buffett gets $120 million while bank payouts hand Dimon nice raise

    Warren Buffett's cash hoard will pile up $120 million faster each year and Jamie Dimon will get a $1.85 million raise now that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., American Express Co. and U.S. Bancorp are boosting payouts.Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is one of the biggest holders of Wells Fargo, which increased its dividend 20 percent.


    Barrington boy hit by train in ‘good spirits’ despite losing foot

    A Barrington fifth-grader struck by a train Friday lost a foot in the accident but is recovering and in "good spirits," a school official said Saturday. "It's such a miraculous situation," Barrington Unit District 220 spokesman Jeffrey Arnett said.

    Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah scores over Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes Friday. Under a New Jersey proposal bettors would put a one-day team together and compete for a pool of cash.

    New Jersey to let casinos accept bets on fantasy teams

    New Jersey is allowing casinos in Atlantic City to offer fantasy sports betting in a pilot program that will be announced Monday.The state Division of Gaming Enforcement has told casinos it will allow them to accept entry fees from gamblers and pay out winnings from the casino cash cages.


    North Chicago officer suspected in fatal crash

    Authorities have arrested a North Chicago police officer suspected of driving the wrong way on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive and causing a crash that killed two people.

    Sister Johanna Murphy, on the eve of turning 100, visits with the Rev. Martens Emeh, pastor of St. Peter church in Geneva.

    Geneva’s St. Peter School will celebrate nun’s birthday

    When students and staff gather in the St. Peter School gymnasium at 2 p.m. Wednesday for a birthday party, the Geneva Fire Department may be hoping there won't be any lit candles. Why? It would take 100 of them to adorn a cake to honor former Principal Sister Johanna Murphy.

    Taken from on-scene video security camera footage, Warrenville police are trying to identify this man who approached a women with a knife Saturday.

    Warrenville cops search for knife-wielding suspect

    Warrenville police Saturday asked the public for help identifying a man who approached a woman with a knife. The victim fled after encountering the suspect near her vehicle about 9:25 p.m. Friday on the 2S500 block of Route 59, authorities said.

    Jacob Tidwell, center, and his friends Donavan Mock, left, and Preston Vasquez react Saturday to a band during Savannahís 189-year-old St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    Irish official skips Savannah to avoid all-men meal

    Eamon Gilmore, who as deputy prime minister and foreign minister is essentially Ireland's No. 2 politician, made stops in Atlanta and New Orleans — where St. Patrick's Day crowds and parades pale in comparison to the nearly 200-year-old celebration in Savannah, which boasts that its parade is the nation's second-largest.

    Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist walks in Berlin to attend a military ceremony. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last surviving member of the main plot to kill Adolf Hitler and who once volunteered to wear a suicide vest to assassinate the Nazi dictator, has died.

    Notable deaths last week

    A roundup and capsulization of notable deaths occuring in the past week around the world.

    Vernon Hills 2012 queen Natalie Chiarello, Little Miss Valerie Burda and Junior Miss Brianna Bolotin get ready to march in the Lake Villa St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday.

    Images from St. Patrick’s Day parades

    There's something about St. Patrick's Day that puts everyone in a mighty good mood. And the best part is, you don't have to be Irish to celebrate. St. Patrick's Day may be Sunday, but parades, concerts and theater productions kept the fun going all weekend long.

    Associated Press/Dec. 1, 2009 An inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise

    Antarctic tourism has grown from fewer than 2,000 visitors a year in the 1980s to more than 46,000 in 2007-08. Then the numbers plummeted, bottoming out at fewer than 27,000 in 2011-12.The Rhode Island-based International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators doesn't have its final 2012-13 figures yet but estimates close to 35,000 visitors this season.

    Nickolas Poole

    Driver charged after chase ends at Elgin police station

    A Fox River Grove man led authorities on a chase for more than 25 miles early Saturday before he stopped at the Elgin Police Department and was arrested, officials said. Nickolas Poole, 28, of Center Street, was charged with aggravated fleeing, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and driving on an expired license, among other offenses.

    Pope Francis waves to the journalists Saturday attending his first public audience, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

    Pope explains name, urges ‘church for the poor’

    Pope Francis: "Oh how I would like a church which is poor and for the poor!"

    A tour bus carrying a college's women's lacrosse team to a game went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach and the driver and sending others to hospitals, authorities said.

    Pa. lacrosse team bus crashes; pregnant coach dies

    A tour bus carrying a college's women's lacrosse team to a game went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach and the driver and sending others to hospitals, authorities said.

    Bob Welsh of Crest Hill, dressed as St. Patrick, marches down Mill Street on Saturday near the beginning of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naperville.

    Naperville St. Patrick’s parade spreads Irish spirit

    Despite chilly temperatures, the tradition of the St. Patrick's Day Parade carried on Saturday morning in downtown Naperville for participants marching or riding on floats and spectators lining the streets in smaller numbers than in warmer years. The annual parade brought Scouts, veterans, businesspeople and even St. Patrick himself down Mill, Jefferson, Main and Water streets in a display of...


    St. Patrick’s Day lottery winnings claimed just in time

    Three Chicago-area relatives stepped forward only three days before $1 million in lottery winnings they're set to receive from last year's St. Patrick's Day drawing would have expired, Illinois Lottery officials said. The winning ticket was sold at a Wood Dale gas station during a St. Patrick's Day raffle promotion last year. The names of the winners are not yet being released, but officials said...

    Cars drive through Kahramana Square Wednesday in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Ten years on, Iraq still grapples with war’s legacy

    It's hard nowadays to find anybody in much of the country who hasn't lost a friend or relative to the bloodletting that followed the U.S.-led invasion. The Bush administration had hoped the war that began with airstrikes before dawn on March 20, 2003 — still the previous evening back in the States — would quickly rid Iraq of purported weapons of mass destruction, go after extremists...

    Supporters of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga gather Saturday outside the Kenyan Supreme Court as his party files a case alleging massive fraud during the country’s March 4 election, in Nairobi.

    Tear gas in Kenya as prime minister files suit

    Downtown Nairobi carried the scent of tear gas Saturday after police threw canisters at Prime Minister Raila Odinga's supporters who gathered despite warnings from police. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said the supporters were not demonstrating or being violent when the police lobbed the tear gas.

    Associated Press/December 12, 1991 Mohammed Rashed, center, convicted of the 1982 PanAm jetliner bombing, listens to his unidentified PLO interpreter, left, during his appeals court hearing in Athens, Greece.

    Airline bomber about to be released from prison

    Mohammed Rashed slipped a bomb beneath the jetliner seat cushion, set the timer and disembarked with his wife and child when the plane touched down in Tokyo. The device exploded as Pan Am Flight 830 continued on to Honolulu, killing a Japanese teenager in a 1982 attack that investigators linked to a terrorist organization known for making sophisticated bombs. Rashed will be released from federal...

    President Barack Obama walks past Marine One and heads to the Oval Office Friday at the White House after returning from a trip to the Chicago area.

    Obama heads to Middle East with low expectations

    President Obama arrives in Jerusalem on Wednesday for his first trip to Israel as president. His first priority will be resetting his oft-troubled relationship with now-weakened Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and evaluating the new coalition government Netanyahu laboriously cobbled together.

    Demonstrators in Paris chant slogans during a march Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the revolt against the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.

    High-ranking Syrian general defects from army

    A high-ranking general in the Syrian army defected on Saturday with the help of rebels and said morale is low among those still fighting for President Bashar Assad as the civil war enters its third year.Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf told Al-Arabiya TV that many of those still with Assad's regime have lost faith in it.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Spring Grove man was arrested March 10 at Hough Street and Route 14 in Barrington and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, felony DUI, driving while license suspended, traffic violations, and illegal transportation of alcohol, police said.


    Swiss tourist gang-raped in central India
    Associated PressNEW DELHI — A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said Saturday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians.

    Above, Tracie Nauertz, 23, of Carol Stream gets hands-on experience with a Mexican black king snake on Friday at the 21st annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park racecourse in Arlington Heights.

    Pets are main event at weekend expo

    The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo opened Friday at the Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights, but there are still two full days to enjoy. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

    Peggy Babcock

    Dist. 15 candidates examine strides made in communication

    When a slate of challengers defeated the incumbents in the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board race two years ago, communication and relationships — or a lack thereof — were a hot campaign topic among the victors. The Daily Herald recently asked the nine candidates running for four open seats about whether the board has made strides in that regard. Here are their answers.

    Betty Zirk

    Could lack of funds force Grafton Twp. to shut down?

    Grafton Township will likely shut down by mid-April, because there won't be enough money to pay bills or to make the employee payroll by then, Township Supervisor Linda Moore warned Friday.

    Upper from left, John Rabchuk and Raymond Rogina, and lower from left, Jotham Stein and Jake Wyatt are candidates for St. Charles mayor.

    Charlestowne Mall key issue for St. Charles mayoral candidates

    Mayoral candidates agree Charlestowne Mall's near-dead status is the main probelm on the east side of St. Charles. But they all differ on how to fix that problem. In two candidate forums and an endorsement session with the Daily Herald, the candidates have all laid out their game plans.



    North Central feeling elite

    For his last game at Gregory Arena, North Central College senior Derek Raridon went with the storybook ending.

    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson, right, gets double-teamed by Simeon's Jaylon Tate, left, and Russell Woods during the Class 4A boys basketball state finals at the Carver Arena in Peoria Saturday.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Simeon boys basketball
    Stevenson and Simeon faced off in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday night in Peoria.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green claps for his team.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Edwardsville, boys basketball
    Stevenson won 60-49 over Edwardsville in a Class 4A state semifinal boys basketball game on Friday, March 14 at Carver Arena in Peoria. The Patriots will face Simeon for the championship on Saturday night.

    The Waubonsie Valley AAA Step team takes part in the Illinois Drill Team Association State Championships, held at University of Illinois Assembly Hall Saturday.

    Images: IDTA state finals
    Images from the Illinois Drill Team Association State Championships Saturday in Champaign.

    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson lines up to shake hands with Simeon’s players following the Patriots’ 58-40 loss in the Class 4A state finals at the Carver Arena in Peoria on Saturday.

    Simeon finishes 4-peat against Stevenson

    Simeon and Duke-bound senior Jabari Parker won their fourth straight Class 4A championship Saturday night in Peoria, outlasting a Stevenson program that was making its first title-game appearance 58-40 at Carver Arena.


    Saturday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Saturday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Jonathan Toews scores a goal against Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen on Saturday night. Toews and Marian Hossa each had 2 goals in the rout.

    Hawks put a big hurt on Stars 8-1

    Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa led the way with 2 goals each as the Blackhawks embarrassed the Dallas Stars 8-1 Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Hawks (23-2-3) won nearly every battle and came up with most loose pucks in easily dismantling the Stars.

    White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy maintains a positive attitude and also leads by example.

    White Sox have their share of leaders

    There's no doubt the loss of A.J. Pierzynski leaves a leadership void in the White Sox' clubhouse. But with captain Paul Konerko, Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn still on the roster, the Sox are going to be just fine on, and off, the field.


    Schaumburg stops CL South

    Jenna Eaker had a goal and an assist, and Amanda Kelly and Sarah Kozlowski also found the back of the net as host Schaumburg earned a 3-0 victory over Crystal Lake South on Saturday in nonconference play. Tressa Palcheck earned the shutout in goal for the Saxons.Conant 3, D-C 0: The host Cougars scored twice in the first half to earn a nonconference victory against Dundee-Crown.


    Bartlett wins by shutout

    Bartlett 4, Montini 0: Kaitlyn Brohan found the back of the net twice as she led the Hawks (1-2) to their first victory of the season. Josie Dombrowski added a goal and an assist while Mariah Martinez rounded out the scoring off of a feed from Melissa Mershon. Amanda Lozada preserved the shut out in goal as she turned away 3 shot attempts.Conant 3, Dundee-Crown 0: The Chargers (0-2) were unable to hold off Conant’s attack as they fell in nonconference action on the road. Allison Bakewell recorded 4 saves in goal while Shannon Feld made 8 stops for the Chargers.


    St. Charles North perfect at Battle of Burgess

    St. Charles North's Jud Huxtable was still trying to get his bearings straight early Saturday morning during the inaugural Battle of Burgess at Geneva. Huxtable came to life late in the North Stars first game in the three-game round robin tournament, scoring the game winner as the final seconds ticked off the clock to beat Naperville Central, 6-5. He would also add two goals in the tournament finale, to lead the North stars to a 7-2 victory over Geneva. Although a champion was not officially crowned, the North Stars won the tournament with a 3-0 record, as they also defeated crosstown rival, St. Charles East, 8-3.

    Neuqua Valley’s Nick Bushelle leads the 3200 meter run at the Upstate Eight Conference in Batavia on Saturday, March 16.

    Lake Park gets a big bounce

    The value of "big and bouncy" apparently can't be overestimated in track and field.


    Edwardsville edges Proviso East for third place

    Edwardsville's Armon Fletcher hit 2 free throws with 10.6 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 57-56 win against Proviso East in the Class 4A boys basketball third-place game Saturday at Carver Arena.


    Ruggles reigns from arc

    They call him King of the Hill. Wheaton Academy sophomore Josh Ruggles claimed that title Saturday at the Three-Point Showdown at the site of the IHSA boys basketball finals, Carver Arena in Peoria.


    Palatine goes the distance to win MSL indoor

    Palatine's Tess Wasowicz and Liz Cox finished 1-2 in the 1,600 meters and both had legs on the winning 3,200 relay as the Pirates won the Mid-Suburban League girls track and field invitational on Saturday at North Central College in Naperville. Palatine finished with 94 points, including a meet-best 50 in the distance events, to edge second-place Schaumburg (85) and third-place Prospect (65). Barrington (52), Hersey (42) and Hoffman Estates took places fourth through six.


    Balanced approach suits Fremd at MSL indoor

    Fremd's balanced approach worked well in Saturday Mid-Suburban League indoor boys track and field inviational on Saturday at North Central College in Naperville. The Vikings scored in all five categories — sprints, distance, hurdles, relays and field events — to earn a 1-point margin over runner-up Schaumburg in the team race. Fremd finished with 67 points, Schaumburg with 66. Prospect (57), Barrington (52), Elk Grove (44) and Palatine (43) rounded out a tightly bunched top six.


    Waubonsie V. overcomes Geneva’s halftime lead

    Kristen Dodson was the beneficiary of some gorgeous pinpoint passing. The Waubonsie Valley junior made Geneva pay as a result. Dodson scored twice — exactly nine minutes apart — in the second half to lead the Warriors' girls soccer team past Geneva in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover match in Aurora. With the Waubonsie Valley grass field unusable, the match was held on the synthetic surface at Metea Valley.

    Neuqua Valley’s Nick Bushelle wins the 3200 meter run at the Upstate Eight Conference in Batavia on Saturday, March 16.

    Relays help St. Charles North take 4th

    Here was Grant Loess' chance at redemption. He took advantage of it.

    Morgan Park’s Kyle Davis, middle, celebrates with former coach Che Chapel and teammates after the Mustangs’ 63-48 win over Cahokia in Saturday’s Class 3A state championship game in Peoria.

    Balanced effort powers Morgan Park

    Morgan Park received contributions from up and down its lineup this season. It was no different in the Class 3A boys basketball state title game on Saturday, as the Mustangs had four players score in double figures in a 63-48 win against Cahokia at Carver Arena.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo enjoyed the experience of playing for Team Italia in the World Baseball Classic.

    Cubs’ Rizzo refocused after enjoying time with Team Italia

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo returned to the team Saturday, fresh of a nice run with a surprising Team Italy squad in the World Baseball Classic. Rizzo said he relished the experience playing for his ancestral country, where baseball is making inroads.

    It’s hard to imagine veteran Brian Urlacher being the right guy for the situation the Bears find themselves in at middle linebacker.

    Can Urlacher still help Bears?

    Rest assured that Bears GM Phil Emery is not interested in bringing back Brian Urlacher as a mascot, and will hand Urlacher a new contract only if it suits the Bears in 2013 and beyond.


    Allen, all-frosh roster embrace the challenge at Harper

    After a succesful high school coaching career with stops at Lake Park and Burlington Central, Cray Allen decided he wanted more. "It's college," the first-year Harper softball coach said of his most recent endeavor, which begins with Sunday's scheduled doubleheader at Prairie State College.

    Indiana’s Will Sheehey, left, and Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Wisconsin tops Indiana 68-56 in B10 tournament

    Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help No. 22 Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.

    Bartlett’s Hurshel Ross, Lake Park’s Scott Filip and Bartlett’s Aaron Everson compete in the third heat of the 55-meter dash prelims at the Upstate Eight Conference indoor meet at Batavia on Saturday.

    Senior 800 excellence from Rachford, Sullivan helps Bartlett to third

    Track announcer Skip Stolley stated that Saturday's Upstate Eight Conference Indoor Championships at Batavia was the largest indoor meet of its kind in Illinois. Yet with all those athletes running and jumping, here were Bartlett seniors Connor Rachford and Mitch Sullivan finishing first and second in the 800-meter run.


    Boys gymnastics / Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from Lake County's boys gymnastics teams this spring.

    Mundelein boys gymnastics team members Cameron Mueller, left, Jacob Petri and Colin McCarthy.

    Mundelein musters up attempt at 20th state meet appearance

    Mundelein's boys gymnastics program has withstood the test of time. Going back to their first Elite Eight appearance, when they placed seventh in 1988, the Mustangs have pretty much been a mainstay at the IHSA state meet. There have been a few peaks and valleys along the way, but Mundelein is expecting to hit a major milestone in May with its 20th Elite Eight appearance.

    Chicago Fire midfielder Bobby Convey (11) knocks down Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Fire earn first point of season in tie

    The Fire managed to earn their first point in three games this year despite remaining scoreless, tying Sporting Kansas City 0-0 on Saturday


    Cubs club 4 homers in win over Royals

    Alfonso Soriano connected for one of three first-inning homer against Bruce Chen and a Cubs split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Saturday.

    Jenna Szczesny of Barrington, middle, celebrates her goal in the second half against visiting Neuqua Valley on Saturday.

    Barrington blanks Neuqua Valley

    Two of the state's best girls soccer programs, Neuqua Valley and Barrington, met Saturday in a nonconference breakfast special on the turf at Barrington Community Stadium. With goals on either side of the half from the sophomore duo of Kelsey Muniz and Jenna Szczesny, the host Fillies outlasted their guests 2-0 in the season opener for both of these high-profile Class 3A teams.


    Samardzija pitches three-hit ball for Cubs

    Jeff Samardzija scattered three hits over five scoreless innings for a Cubs split squad in a 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

    Ohio State's Aaron Craft reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Chicago. Ohio State won 61-58. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Craft leads Ohio State past Spartans, 61-58

    Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State, 61-58 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.


    Strong effort from BG’s Kavalerchik at Niles West

    David Kavalerchik knew he needed get stronger. So the Buffalo Grove gymnast spent the entire off-season working out at a local gym lifting weights. Kavalerchik's hard work paid dividends as he packed on nearly 20 pounds of muscle and increased his strength. The Buffalo Grove senior got a got a huge bonus on Saturday at the Niles West Invitational in Skokie, when he scored a career-best 8.70 on the rings to finish first out of 69 competitors.

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (19) dives into the end zone for a touchdown while dragging Houston Texans defensive back Quintin Demps, right, during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Stallworth, a free agent, was hospitalized Saturday, March 16, 2013, with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Stallworth injured when balloon hits power lines

    NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said.

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Bulls blitz Warriors in impressive rout

    Luol Deng scored 23 points, Carlos Boozer had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the Bulls bounced back from their most lopsided loss of the season to whip the Golden State Warriors 113-95 on Friday night.

    Notre Dame's Eric Atkins (0) moves between Louisville's Russ Smith (2) and Peyton Siva (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big East Conference tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, in New York. Louisville won 69-57. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    No. 4 Louisville beats No. 24 Notre Dame 69-57

    Russ Smith scored 20 points and Peyton Siva added 12 to lead No. 4 Louisville to a 69-57 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame on Friday night, the third straight year the Cardinals beat the Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

    Nebraska's Shavon Shields and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Thomas leads Ohio State past Nebraska 71-50<

    DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, helping No. 10 Ohio State rout Nebraska 71-50 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.The Buckeyes turned a close game into a runaway with an impressive 30-5 spree spanning halftime that included a little bit of everything. LaQuinton Ross connected on three consecutive 3-pointers, Aaron Craft made a couple of nifty passes and Thompson had two jams to go along with a 3-pointer.Thomas closed it out with a strong reverse dunk that lifted the Buckeyes to a 54-28 lead with 12:01 left. The junior forward flexed and yelled after the big slam led to a celebration on the Ohio State sideline.Ross finished with 11 points for the Buckeyes (24-7), who have won six straight games and seven of eight overall. Brandon Ubel had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers (15-18).


    Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, questions witnesses during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington last March 7. Regulators are weighing changes to make it easier to eject bankers who knowingly skirt money-laundering rules.

    Fed’s Dallas president says big banks should be broken up

    The 12 largest financial institutions hold almost 70 percent of the assets in the nation's banking system.


    Illinois community rallies to save beloved toy store

    The Once Upon a Toy store in Edwardsville has been treasured by many of the 24,000 residents of this college town outside St. Louis. And now, when the shop needs the biggest lift of its life, the community has rallied to the rescue.

    LED bulbs seem to be the future of home lighting: They save electricity, they’re durable and they don’t contain mercury, which compact fluorescents do. But having them pump out white light like any old light bulb is sort of like using a computer as a doorstop.

    Review: ‘Smart’ LED bulbs controlled by iPhones

    LED bulbs seem to be the future of home lighting: They save electricity, they're durable and they don't contain mercury like compact fluorescents. Philips has produced the first kit of LED bulbs whose color and brightness can be wirelessly controlled from your iPhone. I tested the Philips bulbs and, in descending order of "smarts," I tried out some GreenWave Reality bulbs whose brightness can be controlled by an app. I also looked at a cheap off-brand color-changing bulb that comes with a remote control.

    Twitter Inc., the Web-based social messaging service, is developing a mobile music application that will let its users play and share songs on Apple Inc. devices, people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Twitter plans mobile music app using SoundCloud service

    Twitter Inc., the Web-based social messaging service, is developing a mobile music application that will let its users play and share songs on Apple Inc. devices, people with knowledge of the matter said. The app will stream music from SoundCloud Ltd., a Berlin- based audio-sharing service, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the plan hasn't been announced.

    The Leap Motion computer controller is designed for people to use while seated and moving their hands just a few inches from the screens of laptops and personal computers.

    Leap Motion out to be next big think in computer control

    Leap Motion hopes to unseat the best-known motion controller to date: Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect, which is used primarily for video games. Leap Motion is designed for people to use while seated and moving their hands just a few inches from the screens of laptops and personal computers.

    In this image provided by Roku, the Netflix Player by Roku is shown. The device enables Netflix subscribers to stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV. (AP Photo/Roku)

    Review: Roku 3 remedies problems of stupid smart TVs

    Just about every one of these "smart TVs" is pretty stupid, with clumsy interfaces, limited choices and sometimes painful set-up processes. The most recent one I grappled with, a Panasonic, had me debugging DHCP problems. If you don't know what that means, trust me, you're better off. By contrast, the $100 Roku is a model of simplicity and choice, with a relatively painless set-up process and a new, easier-to-navigate interface.


    What to do with the world’s fastest Internet service

    oogle's gigabit initiative, called Google Fiber, has sparked a round of questions across the tech industry. Is Google looking to become an Internet service provider? Does it simply want to spur other ISPs into providing faster service? And, finally, why gigabit Internet — what does Google expect people to do with the world's fastest broadband service?

    Former NBA basketball great Shaquille O’Neal talks Monday with Brian Solis at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

    Lots of tech but few breakout hits at SXSW confab

    For all the talk of space travel, the wearable gadgets, marketing stunts and lavish parties, something was missing at this year's South By Southwest Interactive Festival: the next "hot app." This year, though, chatter focused on hardware rather than software, and on big ideas rather than coming out parties. The most-used mobile app was the festival's own application, which helped attendees keep track of South By Southwest's barrage of panels,

    Donald Conkey, 15, checks his smartphone Monday while doing homework in his bedroom in Wilmette. A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project says more teens are using smartphones as a main means of accessing the Internet — more so than adults.

    Report: More youth use smartphones as route to Web

    A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 78 percent of young people, ages 12 to 17, now have cellphones. Nearly half of those are smartphones, a share that's increasing steadily — and that's having a big effect on how, and where, many young people are accessing the Web. The survey, released Wednesday, finds that one in four young people say they are "cell-mostly" Internet users, a percentage that increases to about half when the phone is a smartphone.


    Wrapp CEO Winbladh talks gifts, Facebook and mobile payments

    Social girfting is a great proposition for retailers trying to get more customers into their physical stores. That's a main goal for Hjalmar Winbladh, chief executive of the social gifting service Wrapp, who saw his customers redeem more than 1 million digital gift cards in the 2012 holiday season alone. The company offers free and paid gift cards from partners such as Sephora, GameStop and Banana Republic to its customers.

    Regional and rural wireless providers are backing several bills in Congress that would let consumers unlock mobile phones and tablet computers without carriers’ permission. Big phone companies often land exclusive rights to offer the hottest devices, and U.S. rules currently prohibit altering software to let new phones from one carrier to work on other networks.

    iPhone the prize for small carriers backing unlocked devices

    Regional and rural wireless providers are backing several bills in Congress that would let consumers unlock mobile phones and tablet computers without carriers' permission. Big phone companies often land exclusive rights to offer the hottest devices, and U.S. rules currently prohibit altering software to let new phones from one carrier to work on other networks.


    Netflix’s US customers get Facebook-sharing tool

    A long-awaited coming attraction has finally arrived for Netflix's U.S. subscribers. They will now be able to automatically see what their Facebook friends have been watching on the Internet video service, as long as they are willing to open a peephole into their viewing habits, too. The sharing tool announced Wednesday is rolling out 18 months after Netflix Inc. introduced the feature to its international subscribers.

Life & Entertainment

    Áthas plays Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake Saturday.

    Weekend picks: Get your green on at parades, special events

    St. Patrick's Day parades and special events, such as Áthas playing Irish tunes at the Raue Center, are happening all over the suburbs this weekend. Acclaimed jazz guitarist Larry Carlton performs a special show Saturday at the Montrose Room in Rosemont. It's a murder mystery of very British proportions in “Doomsday Abbey,” featuring renditions of Gilbert and Sullivan songs, at Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts.

    Associated Press Recording artist Lil Wayne was hospitalized on Friday night, March 15 and reps confirmed he was “recovering.” A person close to the superstar rapper’s camp who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed to The Associated Press that Lil Wayne had a seizure.

    Lil Wayne ‘recovering’ in hospital after seizure

    Lil Wayne has been hospitalized, but according to his camp and his official Twitter account — he's OK. The multiplatinum rapper was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Friday and reps confirmed he was "recovering." He apparently tweeted to his fans from his official account on Friday night: "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love."


    Divorce settlement has little impact on mortgage obligation

    Q. My brother is going through a divorce. He wants to give his future ex-wife the house and forget about it. If he still has his name on the mortgage, is he still responsible for the payments?

    Cyndi Lauper at the open house for the upcoming musical “Kinky Boots,” featuring music written by her, at the Al Hirshfeld Theatre in New York.

    Cyndi Lauper just wants to have fun on Broadway

    Writing her first musical turned into a time machine for Cyndi Lauper. As the Grammy Award winner began work on the exuberant "Kinky Boots," it took her back to her childhood, where she was likely to be found listening endlessly to cast albums on a record player.

    Costumed actors shamble along the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, promoting the Halloween premiere of the AMC television series “The Walking Dead.” Clemson University English professor Sarah Lauro says people are more interested in zombies when they’re dissatisfied with society as a whole.

    Researcher: Zombie fads peak when society unhappy

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Zombies seem to be everywhere these days.In the popular TV series “The Walking Dead,” humans struggle to escape from a pack of zombies hungry for flesh. Prank alerts have warned of a zombie apocalypse on radio stations in a handful of states. And across the country, zombie wannabes in tattered clothes occasionally fill local parks, gurgling moans of the undead.Are these just unhealthy obsessions with death and decay? To Clemson University professor Sarah Lauro, the phenomenon isn’t harmful or a random fad, but part of a historical trend that mirrors a level of cultural dissatisfaction and economic upheaval.Lauro, who teaches English at Clemson, studied zombies while working on her doctoral degree at the University of California at Davis. Lauro said she keeps track of zombie movies, TV shows and video games, but her research focuses primarily on the concept of the “zombie walk,” a mass gathering of people who, dressed in the clothes and makeup of the undead, stagger about and dance.It’s a fascination that, for Lauro, a self-described “chicken,” seems unnatural. Disinterested in violent movies or games, Lauro said she finds herself now taking part in both in an attempt to further understand what makes zombie-lovers tick.“I hate violence,” she said. “I can’t stand gore. So it’s a labor, but I do it.”The zombie mob originated in 2003 in Toronto, Lauro said, and popularity escalated dramatically in the United States in 2005, alongside a rise in dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq.“It was a way that the population was getting to exercise the fact that they felt like they hadn’t been listened to by the Bush administration,” Lauro said. “Nobody really wanted that war, and yet we were going to war anyway.”The mid- to late-2000s also saw an uptick in overall zombie popularity, perhaps prompted in part by the release of post-apocalyptic movies including “Dawn of the Dead” and “28 Days Later.”As of last year, Lauro said, zombie walks had been documented in 20 countries. The largest gathering drew more than 4,000 participants at the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, N.J., in October 2010, according to Guinness World Records.“We are more interested in the zombie at times when as a culture we feel disempowered,” Lauro said. “And the facts are there that, when we are experiencing economic crises, the vast population is feeling disempowered. ... Either playing dead themselves ... or watching a show like ‘Walking Dead’ provides a great variety of outlets for people.”But, Lauro pointed out, the display of dissatisfaction isn’t always a conscious expression of that feeling of frustration.“If you were to ask the participants, I don’t think that all of them are very cognizant of what they’re saying when they put on the zombie makeup and participate,” she said. “To me, it’s such an obvious allegory. We feel like, in one way, we’re dead.”

    Snorkelers traverse the popular Silfra rift in Iceland. Despite its near-freezing temperatures, Silfra has become a popular site for divers.

    Snorkeling in wintry Iceland frigid, but inspiring

    The air above the Silfra rift in Iceland was freezing and the water in it was only a couple degrees higher, just warm enough to be liquid. Going under was a small shock to the skin — but stunning to the eyes. The weak light of a grayish Icelandic winter day transformed into an intense glow of blues and greens, offset by brown and golden sand and rocks. From above, Silfra is just a dull ditch between dark chunks of lava; from below, an extravagant, eerie maze.

    “The Average American Marriage” by Chad Kultgen

    Book offers dark, crass view of married life

    If you are looking for profanity, "The Average American Marriage: A Novel" offers it in abundance. If you want a narrator's undying obsession with sex and frequent graphic depictions of it, you have found it. If it's an easy, entertaining, done-in-an-afternoon read you're in search of, here it is. If, however, the title has fooled you and you're in search of a happy ending, turn away.

    Janelle Monae says she’s an avid thrift shopper, namedropping stores like Little Five Points, Ragarama and Poor Little Rich Girl as her favorites in her Atlanta hometown.

    $20 in my pocket: Celebs also hit the thrift shops

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren't the only ones poppin' tags at thrift shops. In light of the hip-hop duo's multiplatinum, No. 1 smash "Thrift Shop," musicians including Debbie Harry, Miguel and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder discuss their adventures buying used clothes, even after their careers took off.

    Spring is leather weather and fashion trends are leaning toward a sporty vibe, such as this collarless faux-leather jacket by bar III.

    Spring is leather weather in fashion world

    It turns out spring is leather weather — at least this year. Don't be frightened: This isn't a heavy head-to-toe rock 'n' roll look. This is about leather done as easy and breezy as one would expect as we head into warmer, sunnier times. It could be a jacket, but it also could be a dress or a vest, a button-down shirt or pants.

    Jessica Chastain stars in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

    DVD previews: 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Hobbit'

    Coming out on DVD this week are "Zero Dark Thirty" and the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."


    Year-round tips to keep seasonal items in check

    Year after year, homes tend to accumulate clutter associated with holidays, special occasions and annual occurrences like tax season and back-to-school stockpiling. Here's a guide to restoring order all throughout the home and calendar year.

    This sump pump setup, which includes the battery backup power source on the right, utilizes pumps by Metropolitan Industries of Romeoville.

    Local company greatly improves sump pump technology

    The best sump pumps today use less energy, a critical feature when the power is out and the pomp is running on a battery backup. A local company also makes digital pumps with no moving parts to break. Metropolitan Industries Inc. of Romeoville has been developing and manufacturing pumps for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal use for more than 50 years.


    Eliminate ‘profit illusion’ from mortgage lending

    The subprime debacle arose out of a housing bubble within which decision-makers assumed that house prices would rise indefinitely. The profit illusion can be eliminated by requiring that reserves be set aside on each loan based on its risk. This is "transaction-based reserving," or TBR. It is common practice in the insurance industry, including mortgage insurance, where it works very well.


    Can a board transfer surplus out of the operating account?

    Q. Our homeowners association had an operating surplus at the end of the year in 2012. The board transferred the operating surplus into our capital reserve account. Is this permitted?


    A look at ground fault circuit interrupters

    Q. In the past you've written about special outlets for the garage. What should I install? I'm selling my house to my son and I want everything to be safe.



    The Soapbox

    While state and national budgets are in a crisis, some local budgeting is looking real good. Read about that and other opinions from editors in The Soapbox.


    Just don’t mention Indians anywhere
    A Wheaton leter to the editor: Regarding Burt Constable's March 10 article, "Banish the chief to rightful place in history," I think we should take Suey Park's advice along with Thadeus Andracki and make sure no mention, image or reference of the American Indian is ever incorporated into any team logo ever, anywhere in the U.S.


    Allow video gambling in Mundelein
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Recently the village board voted on allowing local bars and restaurants to install video gambling machines, the idea being that the bars and restaurants would make more of a profit with these machines installed.


    Chicago-style tactics bad for Avon
    A Hainesville letter to the editor: Shouldn't candidates feel confident enough in their own abilities that they would find it unnecessary to find a way to knock their opponents off the ballot?


    Not much hope for spending compromise
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: Friday, March 1, came and went, despite a steady drumbeat of drastic warnings about the impact of the sequester on jobs and economic growth.


    Chamber backs Kim for trustee
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On behalf of the Greater Libertyville Mundelein Junior Chamber, it is our pleasure to endorse Holly Kim for Village of Mundelein Trustee


    Washington needs reality check
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Hey, Washington. How about hitting the dictionary? Look up cooperation, flexibility, compromise, assumption and reality.


    Cut out what’s nonessential
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Instead of laying off first responders, police, firefighters and teachers, why not lay off some of the 300,000 nonessential government workers! There is no good reason to have them anyway. All they do is suck up taxpayer money.


    No one should ‘buy’ way through TSA
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: United Airlines is offering quicker access to Transportation Security Agency security processing to their "premier" customers.We all ought to be outraged by this!


    Can we be proud of being Americans?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: We used to destroy our enemies. We conquered space, won the West and overcame a Depression. We were a people who held their heads up high, and we were proud to say "I am an American."


    Let states set school policy
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I usually support the efforts Sen. Mark Kirk makes on behalf of all us, but not this time. His joint sponsorship of the "Safe Schools Improvement Act" would bring the federal government even closer to running our public schools. The governance of public education is the responsibility of the states.


    Can’t have it both ways on amendments
    A letter to the editor: The Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965, was necessary to protect voters from practices and procedures that were denying American citizens the right to vote as guaranteed by the 15th Amendment. Today, there are some who say the act is "outdated" and unnecessary.


    Obama failing in duty to protect us
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Given what has taken place, it would seem that rational citizens would question the effectiveness of Mr. Obama as a leader. If disaster lay before us, and if it is government's primary role to protect citizens, then why has our president not protected us and allowed this disaster to become reality?


    Improve the town first day in office
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I have known Ray Rogina for many years. He has the five qualities that I want in my mayor. He is a straight shooter. You always know where he stands. This is so refreshing in this era.


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