Daily Archive : Tuesday March 19, 2013


    Ellen Correll

    Grayslake District 46 OKs teacher layoffs

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members made a dent in a projected $2.2 million deficit for 2013-14 by eliminating about 15 full-time classroom instructors and dismissing four full-time special-ed teachers. Superintendent Ellen Correll said principals and others spent about four weeks discussing the recommended cuts. "I wish we could keep everything," Correll said. "I wish there was no...


    District 300 leaders grill online charter school reps

    Community Unit District 300 is one of 18 districts that received a charter school proposal from Virtual Learning Solutions, a nonprofit, in February. Board of education members considered the application Tuesday during a public hearing and continued their discussion in closed session. Board members and administrators spent nearly three hours grilling charter school board secretary Ted Dabrowski...


    Judge upholds firing of Drew Peterson’s son

    A judge has upheld the firing of Drew Peterson's son as a police officer.DuPage County Judge Terence Sheen ruled Monday that Oak Brook fire and police commissioners acted appropriately in firing Stephen Peterson.

    A proposal before the Illinois General Assembly would let some psychologists prescribe medicine.

    Illinois psychologists want ability to prescribe drugs

    Illinois psychologists support a bill that would allow them to prescribe drugs, saying patients now have to wait too long to get medicine. The state's psychiatrists are against the measure, saying it would potentially allow people with virtually no medical training access to a prescription pad. An Illinois Senate panel has given early approval to psychologists, and a vote on the Senate floor...

    Ed Sullivan

    Illinois concealed carry debate marches on slowly

    Proposals to limit where Illinoisans could carry concealed guns have reached as many as 50 as Democrats continued Wednesday to push for test votes ahead of a possible comprehensive bill. Illinois House lawmakers Wednesday shot down ideas that would limit people to concealing just one gun, require $1 million insurance policies for gun carriers and mandate reporting private gun sales to the state...

    The 1933 Essex Terraplane used by the Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger.

    Dillinger car going on display at Indy airport

    John Dillinger's getaway car will be on display at the Indianapolis International Airport for the next two years. The 1933 Essex Terraplane was used by the Depression-era bank robber and folk hero in March and April 1934 until he and his brother crashed the car in a farm field.

    Jessica Sempek and Scott Stewart, founders of Hospice Hearts Sanctuary, outside their home in Penfield.

    Couple wants shelter for hospice pets

    Scott Stewart has witnessed the anxiety hospice patients suffer when they don't know what's going to become of their beloved pets. Unfortunately, he said, too many dying patients have to give up their pets when they go into hospice care and don't see them again. "What happens to some of these animals is they end up in kill shelters or somebody in the family puts them down," he said.

    Terry Link

    Bill would ban smoking on college campuses

    A suburban lawmaker's proposal to ban smoking on Illinois college campuses moved one step closer to becoming law after being narrowly approved 7-5 in a Senate committee Tuesday.

    Ashwin Jayswal, the uncle of Anandkumar Jaiswal, speaks during a news conference Tuesday at which police announced an increase in the reward for information that may help find the person responsible for the Streamwood man's murder Saturday during a robbery.

    $25,000 reward offered for info in Streamwood clerk's murder

    The reward for information leading to an arrest in the weekend murder of a Streamwood gas station clerk has been raised to $25,000. The announcement came Tuesday after a funeral in Bartlett for 24-year-old Anandkumar "Andy" Jaiswal, who was stabbed to death in a robbery early Saturday morning while working at the Thornton's gas station in Streamwood. Ashwin Jayswal said his nephew came to the...


    Aurora council starts talking contracts for Music Garden

    Construction of the Music Garden at RiverEdge Park in Aurora is complete, so now the city is moving on to another phase of development to ready the park for its June 14 grand opening. A couple contracts the city council began considering Tuesday involve getting the Music Garden's furniture, fixtures and equipment in place and ready to go before it hosts Blues on the Fox on June 14 and 15, said...


    Elburn man charged with St. Patrick’s Day DUI

    An Elburn man who celebrated St. Patrick's Day in downtown St. Charles was charged with DUI after police say he hit several signs and almost running down two St. Charles police officers.

    Firefighters try to help a police officer who crashed his car into a pole Tuesday night at Algonquin Road and Briarwood Drive.

    Arlington Hts. officer hits pole after ‘medical event’

    An Arlington Heights police officer had a "medical event" Tuesday evening, and the police vehicle he was driving rolled into a light pole in Mount Prospect, firefighters said.

    Brian Williams on the set of “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” in New York. ABC, CBS, NBC evening newscasts had 11 percent fewer viewers because of the time change and longer days.

    News ratings plummet with time change

    NEW YORK — Despite a busy week with the selection of a new pope, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts collectively had 11 percent fewer viewers than the week before — and a glance outside the window reveals the primary reason why.

    People inspect a car destroyed in a car bomb attack close to one of the main gates to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses major government offices and the embassies of several countries, including the United States and Britain in Baghdad on Tuesday.

    Bombings in Iraq kill 65 a decade after invasion

    Insurgents sent a bloody message on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, carrying out a wave of bombings across the country Tuesday that killed at least 65 people in the deadliest day in Iraq this year.The nearly 20 attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, demonstrated in stark terms how dangerously divided Iraq remains more than a year after American troops withdrew.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and sponsor of a proposed assault weapons ban, learned Tuesday her bill will not be part of the initial gun control measure the Senate will debate next month.

    Assault weapons ban won’t be in Dems’ gun bill

    An assault weapons ban won't be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban's chances of survival now are all but hopeless. The ban is the most controversial firearms restriction that President Barack Obama and other Democrats have pressed for since an assault-type weapon was used in the December massacre at an elementary...

    This May 20, 2005, photo shows storage bunkers at the U.S. Army Depot in Hawthorne, Nev. Seven Marines from a North Carolina unit were killed and several injured in a training accident at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

    Pentagon bans 60mm mortar round after deaths

    A mortar shell explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during a training exercise in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapon worldwide until an investigation can determine its safety, a military official said Tuesday.

    Phillip J. Dillon

    Elgin homeless man charged with sexual assault

    Phillip J. Dillon, 48, an Elgin homeless man, was arrested and charged with sexual assault and attempted sexual assault of two female acquaintances in separate incidents March 3 and March 17, authorities said.

    The forest preserve district wants more visitors to enjoy the beauty of Crabtree Nature Preserve.

    Forest Preserve District seeks to get residents back to nature

    A 192-page report sets a new direction for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that focuses on how to improve recreation in a way that's compatible with nature. Among the plans are upgrades to local forest preserves including Rolling Knolls and Crabtree in northwest Cook County.

    Some Winfield trustees say Costco and Meijer are interested in parcels in a recently rezoned area along the north side of Roosevelt Road, west of Winfield Road.

    Trustees: Costco, Meijer interested in Winfield

    Less than two weeks after Winfield's village board rezoned a stretch of Roosevelt Road, trustees who supported the controversial decision say Costco and Meijer are interested in redeveloping the properties. Trustees Tim Allen and Jay Olson said they have had multiple conversations since September with a site selector for Costco and Meijer about the possibility of one or both of the retailers...

    Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Tuesday

    Pope Francis urges protection of creation, weak

    Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass on Tuesday, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest and to let tenderness "open up a horizon of hope."


    Controversial hire reaping financial gains for Kane Co.

    Kane County Animal Control revenues are up by about $20,000 compared to this same time last year, creating a justification for the recent hiring of a political ally to Chairman Chris Lauzen. While stating how bad the finances have been in the agency, health department officials believe animal control will be in the black by the end of the year, and able to make the payment on its building. The...


    Customs drug dog hits on opium packages near O'Hare

    A drug dog checking shipments at the International Mail Facility near O'Hare International Airport hit on packages Monday afternoon containing more than 30 pounds of opium-soaked materials valued at almost $500,000.


    Capital projects drive up proposed Geneva budget Adding third floor to parking deck is one of them

    Geneva unveiled a preliminary 2013-14 budget Monday that includes increases in spending on capital items, such as water and sewer infrastructure and a third level on the commuter parking deck.


    Millburn bypass public hearing:

    The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Lake County Division of Transportation will host an open house public hearing on Route 45 and the Millburn bypass from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Millburn Middle School, 640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst.


    Gurnee Days honoree nominations:

    Nominations are sought for this year's Gurnee Days honoree.


    Career fair in Gurnee:

    A career fair will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Columbia College of Missouri-Lake County, 1225 Tri-State Parkway Suite 506, Gurnee.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy — both from Huntley — were arrested and charged March 11 with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. The teens were released to their families and will be petitioned into McHenry County juvenile court.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone drove a vehicle through a lawn at the intersection of Amherst and Bonnie courts near St. Charles between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to a sheriff's report.

    A billboard at routes 12 and 59 in Fox Lake bears a sign supporting Mayor Ed Bender and his slate that the village attorney has determined violates the village’s election sign ordinance because of its size.

    Mayor’s oversized billboard causing controversy in Fox Lake election

    A billboard in Fox Lake promoting the re-election campaign of Mayor Ed Bender violates the village's election sign ordinance and must be removed, the village attorney has determined. However, Bender said he disagrees and will ask the Lake County State's Attorney's Office for clarification about the sign that went up about two weeks ago. The billboard is on private property at routes 12 and 59.

    St. Irene School Principal Maureen White is all smiles Tuesday after learning she was receiving the prestigious Diocesan Bishop Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award.

    St. Irene leader wins Principal of Year award

    With her prayer book in her purse, St. Irene Catholic School Principal Maureen White thought she was headed to church Tuesday to join students for the Stations of the Cross. So she naturally seemed a little confused when she spotted the red balloons inside the Warrenville church and signs reading, "You are a rock star" and "You are our hero."

    Former Oak Brook Police Officer Stephen Peterson attends a hearing before village officials in 2010.

    DuPage judge upholds firing of Drew Peterson’s son

    The village of Oak Brook had sufficient grounds to strip Drew Peterson's son of his police badge based on his conduct after his father's fourth wife went missing in 2007, a judge has ruled. DuPage County Judge Terence Sheen upheld Stephen Peterson's firing in a written decision Monday, saying it was "in no way arbitrary or unreasonable for (the village) to conclude that Officer Peterson exhibited...

    Kathy Battistone

    Downtown development, Lake Michigan water keys for Lake Villa, candidates say

    Candidates running for three, 4-year seats on the Lake Villa village board agree that plans for downtown redevelopment and Lake Michigan water are evolving issues that should benefit the community. The race features three incumbents and a former longtime board member.


    Gavin District 37 again borrows from Libertyville District 70 in unique arrangement

    Libertyville District 70 will loan Gavin District 37 $500,000 in anticipation of property tax receipts in a short-term pact said to benefit both districts. Libertyville gets a higher return than it would on a certificate of deposit and Gavin gets a lower interest rate than it would at the local bank.

    Edward Bugg

    Aurora Ward 9 candidates share economic development ideas

    The two candidates remaining on the April 9 ballot for Ward 9 alderman in Aurora both are focused on economic development, but Edward Bugg and Marge Linnane approach the issue from different perspectives. Bugg and Linnane were the top two vote-getters in the Feb. 26 primary and now are squaring off in the general election to represent the region on Aurora's far southeast side. Bugg takes a...

    A cheese truck trailer involved in an early morning crash at Reinking Road and Route 20 in Pingree Grove is hauled away from the scene near Marshall Road.

    Route 20 closed after truck overturns

    Route 20 in unincorporated Kane County was closed into the late afternoon Tuesday after a semitrailer carrying a load of cheese overturned near Elgin. There were no injuries.

    Palatine benefits from diversified neighborhoods, good schools, transportation resources, and more, but its housing challenges are plentiful, according to the “Homes for a Changing Region” report that examines housing in five Northwest suburban communities.

    Housing report: Palatine a “desirable community,” but still faces challenges

    Palatine benefits from diversified neighborhoods, good schools, transportation resources, a strong retail base and an expanding downtown core, but its housing challenges are plentiful. Those are the findings of the 132-page "Homes for a Changing Region" report that examines housing in five Northwest suburban communities.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

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    Mitzi Gaynor starred in the 1958 film musical “South Pacific.” For a short time, Gaynor lived with her grandmother in Elgin.

    Mitzi Gaynor: Superstar, one-time Elgin girl

    "Oh, honey," Mitzi Gaynor told us, "it's hard to be Mitzi Gaynor. I drive myself crazy worrying and hoping all the time, and I never want to disappoint anyone." Count us definitely not disappointed. Especially when we found out that the legendary dancer/singer/actress, star of screen and stage, lived in Elgin as a little girl.


    Rutherford to speak in Schaumburg Saturday

    The Schaumburg Township Republican Organization will host Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford as its third speaker in the monthly "Meet Your Next Governor" series. The breakfast meeting will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Chandler's Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

    Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire talks to students at Elgin High School about the history of Hanover Township.

    Hanover Township promotes services during Local Government Week

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    Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday released a speech endorsing giving illegal immigrants a shot at citizenship, but then backtracked from the position, offers shifting explanations — and illustrating the political explosiveness of the issue within a Republican party eager to reach out to Hispanic voters.

    Rand Paul: Immigration reform needs conservatives

    Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that illegal immigrants should be allowed to become U.S. taxpayers and ultimately get a chance to become citizens, a significant step for the Tea Party favorite amid growing Republican acceptance of the idea.

    Juanita Tudor Lowrey, 86, poses with a photo of her father, Civil War veteran Hugh Tudor on Tuesday in Kearney, Mo. Lowrey received pension benefits related to her father’s Civil War service until she was 18 after her father died when she was 2 years old.

    AP: Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

    If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.

    Darin L. Evans

    Elmhurst church ‘heartbroken’ over sex charges against ex-youth minister

    An Elmhurst congregation is "heartbroken and devastated" following the arrest of a longtime youth minister accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen churchgoer, a pastor said Tuesday. "Unfortunately, he had this secret side none of us knew about," said the Rev. Jim Lennon of West Suburban Community Church.

    Rachel Nieva of Maine East takes part in the solo rounds at the Illinois Drill Team Association state championship.

    Suburban spirit teams win at Illinois Drill Team Association state championships

    Several suburban schools brought back trophies from the annual Illinois Drill Team Association competition held Saturday in Champaign.

    Linda Fernandez, left, of West Chicago, and Gabriela Vargas, of Glendale Heights, share what Pope Francis means to them and the Hispanic community at St. Mary’s Parish in West Chicago.

    Latino Catholics eye new pope with excitement

    Congregants packed West Chicago's St. Mary's Catholic Parish for the first Sunday Mass since former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Argentina, was named pope. For the predominantly Mexican congregation, enthusiasm for Pope Francis included a symbolic affinity for his name as well as more practical excitement for a pope of their culture.


    Elk Grove, Wheeling report traffic crackdown results

    As part of St. Patrick's Day traffic crackdowns funded with grant money, the Elk Grove Village and Wheeling police departments reported these results: Elk Grove police March 14-17, conducted 12 hours of enforcement in identified areas, stopped 40 vehicles and issued 46 seat belt citations, one disobeying a traffic control signal citation and one improper use of an electronic control device...

    The Elburn village board voted 5-1 Monday and reversed its ban on video gambling.

    Elburn OKs video gambling

    The Elburn village board voted 5-1 Monday and reversed its ban on video gambling. Trustee Ken Anderson cast the only "no" vote. "How does this improve the quality of life in Elburn?" he said. Trustee William Grabarek changed his vote from one he made in September 2009, satisfied that the state has come up with adequate regulation of video gambling. "I'd like to see how it goes," he said, and...

    Roman Golash

    District 211 board hopefuls differ on six-figure pensions

    A recent report by Daily Herald Tax Watchdog Jake Griffin that 42 percent of Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 retirees received pensions of $100,000 or more last year prompted very different reactions by the five candidates for the district's school board.


    Forum tonight for Arlington Hts. District 25 candidates
    The five candidates for the four open seats on the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board will participate in an open forum tonight, Tuesday, sponsored by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.


    Early morning fire damages Naperville house
    No injuries were reported early Tuesday morning when a fire began in the attic of a house on the 800 block of Raintree Drive in Naperville. Firefighters said a resident reported smelling smoke at 1:32 a.m. but indicated there was no sign of fire. While the first crews were en route, the resident called back to report flames in the attic.


    Court sides with student in case over textbook sales

    The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law. In a 6-3 opinion, the court threw out a copyright infringement award to publisher John Wiley & Sons against Thai graduate student Supap Kirtsaeng, who used eBay to resell copies of the publisher's copyrighted books that his...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Elk Grove Village man was charged in Arlington Heights with felony aggravated after his vehicle hit the car in front of him at a red light on westbound Algonquin Road, police said. He was charged with the felony because he has at least two previous DUI convictions, police said.

    James Seevakumaran

    Police: Fla. college student plotted an attack

    A University of Central Florida student who pulled a dorm fire alarm in the middle of the night had a more sinister plan than sending students scurrying out into the night, authorities said. Campus police said Monday that 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran — who shot himself in the head as officers arrived, before any other students were hurt — was armed with two guns, hundreds of...

    Wayne A. Sobczak

    Former Antioch Rescue Squad chief: I took the fall

    Retired Antioch Rescue Squad Chief Wayne Sobczak said he was the "sacrificial lamb" when punishment was handed out in the wake of misconduct allegations involving the squad last year. In his first public statements about the controversies, Sobczak said squad officials were victims of political sabotage, but added that he and the rest of the squad are still loved by the community.


    Parents, son fined for party that led to Wisc. crash

    A Waukesha County couple and their teenage son have agreed to pay reduced fines for hosting a drinking party that led to a crash that killed three young people. Prosecutors agreed to drop some of the 26 citations issued to Scott and Charlene Wetzel, of Pewaukee, and their son, Jason, for supplying alcohol to underage guests last July.


    Cook County sheriff says jail nearly full

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the Cook County jail is nearly full and he's worried about what the busy summer months will bring for the Chicago facility.


    Ind. doctor’s 2011 disappearance now a cold case

    The 2011 disappearance of a northwestern Indiana doctor who's presumed dead has become a cold case police actively investigate only when they get tips. Seventy-two-year-old ophthalmologist Promila Mehta-Paul was last seen on March 21, 2011, in a surveillance video showing her making a deposit at a Highland bank.


    Park Ridge receives distinction for preservation

    Pasrk Ridge has received federal recognition for its efforts toward historic preservation.


    Workers who are blind to staff Ill. call center

    An Illinois government agency's call center is now being staffed by people who are blind or visually impaired. The state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Monday a two-year, $1.35 million contract with the nonprofit Chicago Lighthouse.

    Rob Komosa was able to control his wheelchair by using a sip-n-puff device after the 1999 Rolling Meadows High School football accident that left him a quadriplegic. He died Saturday night at age 30.

    Not life he planned, but paralyzed Komosa made impact

    A couple of days before he died of respiratory failure, Rob Komosa talked about how he couldn't wait until science found a cure for his spinal injury. Then, he'd be able to trade in his wheelchair-accessible van. "Hopefully i get cured & instead of a new van, it can be a corvette," the former Rolling Meadows High football player wrote on Facebook.

    Wheeling’s Danni Allen takes home the grand prize on “The Biggest Loser” after having lost 121 pounds in the past three months.

    Dawn Patrol: ‘Biggest Loser’ from Wheeling; online school grilled

    Wheeling's Danni Allen wins Biggest Loser. Elgin Area U-46, Naperville District 203, St. Charles District 303 all grill execs of online charter school. Neighbor charged in Elgin murder has criminal background. Mayor of Rosemont makes Cubs an offer. Lake County prepares for huge road construction season. Aurora's smash and grab' burglar strikes again. Hawks beat...

    Rescuers and others gather at the site of a bus accident in Ratnagiri district, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Tuesday. The bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15, police said.

    Bus falls off bridge in India, killing at least 37

    A bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off a bridge in western India early Tuesday, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15, police said. The overnight bus was carrying passengers from the beach resort state of Goa to Mumbai.

    Karen Darch

    Darch delivers State of Barrington address

    Two years shy of Barrington's 150th anniversary, Village President Karen Darch Monday gave her address on the state of the village in 2013. At Monday's village board meeting, Darch described the accomplishments of the past year in terms of both "ABCs" and by the numbers.



    Red Stars upset league leaders, 2-0

    The Red Stars were seeking their first win of the season and got it in high fashion with a 2-0 defeat of co-league leaders Portland Thorns (6-2-1, 19 pts) in front of 12,446 fans at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday. Zakiya Bywaters scored in the first half for Chicago (1-4-2, 5 pts), while Jackie Santacaterina added one in the second half.


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


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


    Tuesday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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


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

    St. Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova scores against Middle Tennessee in the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Saint Mary’s beats Middle Tenn 67-54 in First Four

    Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points on Tuesday night, and Saint Mary's got a good start on its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, beating Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the First Four.

    The Dominican Republic's Miguel Tejada (4) catches a foul ball hit by Puerto Rico's Jesus Feliciano during the seventh inning of the championship game of the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Unbeaten Dominicans win World Baseball Classic 3-0

    Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double in the first inning that held up, and the Dominican Republic capped a dominant, unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night.


    Barrington, Fremd pick up West wins

    Catherine Byron and Karly Meckert had 6 goals apiece, Sam Gavars had 4 and Kayla Widdowson had 2 as host Barrington remained unbeaten in Mid-Suburban West girls water polo with a 20-10 decision against Palatine.

    The return of Derrick Rose, here working out before the Bulls’ game Monday against the Denver Nuggets, is yet to be determined.

    Catching up on some issues concerning Bulls
    Taking Tuesday off seemed to be a wise move for the Bulls, since they essentially used six players in Monday's overtime loss to Denver. In the meantime, here are some relevant questions on injured players and the outlook for the home stretch.


    North Central wants to enjoy trip to quarterfinals

    The seniors at North Central couldn't ask for much more from their final collegiate home game.

    Stevenson’s Cameron Green, left, defends Simeon’s Kendall Pollard during the Class 4A state championship game Saturday in Peoria.

    Green blossoms quickly in Stevenson’s whirlwind finale

    Stevenson sophomore Cameron Green had a daunting assignment in the Class 4A boys basketball team: facing Simeon standout Jabari Parker. Like the rest of his teammates, Green wasn't about to back down from the challenge.


    Lake Park enjoys a good home meet

    Lake Park wants to prove that it belongs among the elite teams in the state this season.

    Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum, center, takes starting pitcher Scott Feldman out of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in th fourth inning Friday, March 15, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (93) listens in. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Cubs in better spot? Sveum thinks so

    The Cubs trotted out a lineup Tuesday that's likely to be pretty close to their lineup for the April 1 season opener at Pittsburgh. Manager Dale Sveum said this year's starting eight provides for four left-handed hitter against right-handed pitchers and players who excel on defense.


    Bad backs have plagued White Sox in recent years

    Tyler Flowers was back in the starting lineup Tuesday, but the White Sox' new starting catcher is still concerned about some lower back stiffness he developed late last week.


    Baker, Stewart both get bad news about MRIs

    Cubs pitcher Scott Baker and third baseman Ian Stewart have suffered injury setbacks that will cost them spots on the opening-day roster. Baker's surgically repaired elbow is hurting, and Stewart continues to have problems with his left quadriceps.

    White Sox starting pitcher John Danks delivers against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning Tuesday at Goodyear, Ariz.

    Starting to look iffy for White Sox’ Danks

    John Danks was hit hard again Tuesday, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings against the Reds. The horrific outing was just another sign Danks is not going to be ready to break camp late next week and open the regular season on the White Sox' 25-man roster.


    Metea Valley works quickly for 1st win

    It did not take long for Metea Valley to record its first victory of the season — 34 minutes, to be exact. The Mustangs registered a 25-15, 25-18 victory at Hinsdale Central on Tuesday night in the boys volleyball season opener for both schools.

    North Carolina A&T guard Jeremy Underwood (3) celebrates after they defeated Liberty 73-72 in a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Underwood led North Carolina A&T with 19 points. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    A&T Aggies finally win an NCAA game, make tourney

    Jeremy Underwood came off the bench to score 19 points, leading North Carolina A&T past 21-loss Liberty 73-72 on Tuesday at the First Four, ending an NCAA winless streak at nine games.


    Naperville Central looks deep on defense

    The Naperville Central boys water polo team scored 8 unanswered goals en route to a 13-7 win over visiting Waubonsie Valley on Tuesday, but it was the Redhawks' defense that was the focus of postgame comments.

    Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) looks to pass as Robert Morris forward Lucky Jones (22) and Mike McFadden defend during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Robert Morris stuns defending champ Kentucky in NIT

    Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night.


    Vernon Hills reloads at Prospect

    At the end of the first match of the season, established veterans Michael Heinz and Ryan Opitz of Vernon Hills noted the absence of graduated seniors Thomas Robinson and Martin Niemczewski. Frankly, no one will sorry for the Cougars this year. That's because coach Chris Curry's teams just seem to reload every year. Opening night of volleyball season saw both Vernon Hills and home-standing Prospect make their share of early mistakes. Vernon Hills used the steady serving of Opitz, the hitting of Heinz and the blocking of Max Spiglanin to post a 25-21, 25-17 win over the young Knights.


    Kane leading the way with back-to-back 3-point games

    Patrick Kane is on a tear, coming off back-to-back 3-point games to lead the Blackhawks with 16 goals and 37 points in their 29 games.


    Christian Liberty eager for indoors opener

    Are you ready for some softball? With the adverse weather conditions canceling all outdoor action since March 11 when the season was supposed to open, Christian Liberty will kick things off on Thursday with a game against Regina. Snow, rain or cold will not be a factor. The game will be played indoors at 3:30 p.m. at the new Rosemont Dome. It is part of the fourth annual Indoor High School Spring Jamboree hosted by Jim Goranson's Illinois Bash.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Gooderll, left, walks with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, far right, and Dolphins CEO Mike Dee during the annual NFL footbal meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Owners pass 2 rules changes

    NFL owners approved two rule changes Tuesday to enhance player safety. They might not vote on a proposal to ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders.

    Illinois’ Brandon Paul, the team’s most consistent shooter all season, will lead his team against Colorado in first-round action Friday in the NCAA tournament.

    Illini, Paul look to finish strong in NCAAs

    CHAMPAIGN — Illinois ran out of the gate to start this season, a hot-shooting surprise that opened 12-0 just months after imploding in a way that made observers wonder whether the Illini might carry the effects for some time.They were in those opening weeks one of the best shooting teams in the country. Just about everybody, it seemed, could hit a jump shot.Since then, though, Illinois’ shooting has been a miss as often as it’s been a hit. In their last four games, the Illini have hit just under a third of their shots, and lost three of four.The one player capable of carrying the team offensively over that span has been Brandon Paul. The senior guard from Gurnee’s Warren Township High School has averaged 20 points over those four contests. He hit the jumper at the buzzer that delivered the only win, in the Big Ten tournament opener over Minnesota.Illinois, as first-year coach John Groce said, has several players who could get hot. But Paul is the shooter most likely to make seventh-seeded Illinois (22-12, 8-10 Big Ten) dangerous when it opens the NCAA tournament Friday in Austin, Texas, against the East Region’s No. 10 seed, Colorado (21-11, 10-8 Pac 12).If a team’s shooters can find their touch, “That’s always dangerous this time of year,” Groce said.In his four seasons at Illinois, Paul has often been the player with that hot hand. He lit up Ohio State for 43 points as a junior, the third-best game in Illini history.In his first three seasons at Illinois, Paul has been a charismatic shooter, an entertainer equally capable of a dazzling night or a big miss that ends an important possession just a few seconds in than the leader and consistent producer fans have begged him to be.He produced a humorous YouTube video about life as a student-athlete that has been viewed almost 90,000 times. His Twitter account is popular among Illini fans, in part for jabs at his Twitter-averse teammate Joseph Bertrand.But there is a real sense with Paul that this team better get something good done in his one last shot. While sticking when they speak publicly to the one-game-at-a-time mantra, Paul and his teammates have quietly worn wrist bands all season stamped with the date of the NCAA tournament’s first game: 3-19-13.“We have prepared ourselves for this the whole season,” he said.His motivation might lie in what happened a season ago.The win over Ohio State in January 2012 proved to be the high point, just before the nightmare began. The Illini won only twice more while losing a dozen, and Bruce Weber paid with his job.Paul said he didn’t pay much attention Sunday night as Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats became a No. 4 seed in the West region. Paul was still too busy waiting for Illinois’ name to be called. But he said he talked with his old coach last week.“He’s done a great job with that program over there,” Paul said. “I’m glad that everything worked out for them.”As it has for the Illini.Last season’s long, slow slide brought Groce to town. And it set up a dynamic between coach and players that quickly cured most concerns. Inheriting a team of jump shooters — Paul, D.J. Richardson, Bertrand and Tyler Griffey, among others — he told them to shoot. And keep shooting, even when they miss.“Our coaches wouldn’t let us doubt ourselves,” Paul said. “They’ve trusted us the whole time.”That trust then brought Illinois through another tough stretch this season.After that hot start, the Illini slumped hard. Their defense softened, that shooting went cold and the Illini opened the Big Ten season 2-7. They fell so far back in the pack that, in a year when the conference is even tougher than normal, many wondered whether another collapse was about to happen.Instead, Illinois piled up five straight wins, starting with an unthinkable 74-72 upset of then-No. 1 Indiana.

    Jefferson High School librarian Diana Inch posted the winning NCAA tournament bracket in the 2011 Yahoo.com's online contest in Jefferson, Ore. The odds of completing the perfect bracket by picking the higher-seeded team are 35 billion to 1.

    March Madness bracketology: it's a numbers game

    Need some help with your March Madness brackets? Professor Michael Magazine, who teaches a class called Bracketology at University of Cincinnati, appreciates the art and science of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket. He's also among the millions of Americans who take part in the country's largest office pool — where all you need is a pen, a copy of the bracket and $10 or $20 to get in on the action.

    The Anaheim Ducks and center David Steckel (20) trail the Blackhawks by just five points in the Western Conference standings.

    Collision course: Ducks, Hawks set themselves apart

    When the Blackhawks look in the rear view mirror, all they see are the Anaheim Ducks trying to gain on them. Everyone else in the Western Conference is out of sight, but the Ducks are flying high with a 21-3-4 record. The two teams meet Wednesday night at the Honda Center separated by only 5 points in the West standings.


    Mike North video: Brad Stephens talks Cubs with Mike North

    Mike North discusses, with Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens, the possibility of the Chicago Cubs moving to a brand new "Wrigley Field" in strategically located Rosemont after they made an offer of 25 acres of land.

    Former Golden State Warriors forward Malcolm Thomas, here defending against the Knicks, has signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls.

    Bulls add another backup big man

    The Bulls signed former San Diego State forward Malcolm Thomas to a 10-day contract on Tuesday. Thomas played well for the Bulls' summer league squad last year in Las Vegas.


    Red Stars set 25-player NWSL roster

    The Chicago Red Stars have set their 25-player roster for the 2013 National Women's Soccer League season. The club, which opens regular-season play April 14 against Seattle Reign FC at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, completed its roster with the signings of Lydia Vandenbergh, a discovery player selection, and Rachel Quon, the team's first pick in the second round of the inaugural NWSL College Draft.

    Gonzaga, who celebrated after winning the West Coast Conference Championship against Portland on March 2, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    NCAA tourney offers more chalk than parity

    Mike North wants to hear others admit the truth about the NCAA men's basketball tournament: the parity really isn't there as so many claim. He says the No. 1 seed for Gonzaga was deserved, but also contends the Final Four will be predictable.

    Prospect’s Devin Checuga, left, and Wheeling’s Kyle Noel battle for control of the ball during Monday’s water polo match at Wheeling High School.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from Class 3A and 4A supersectional and state final boys basketball, boys gymnastics, indoor track, girls soccer and water polo.


    Barthel eager for the challenge at Hersey

    Julia Barthel has been an assistant to Hersey girls basketball coach Mary Fendley for the past 15 seasons. Now, she will play a big role assisting all the girls sports teams at Hersey. Barthel has been named the school's girls athletic director. She follows Patti Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) dives to make a save against Colorado Avalanche right wing P.A. Parenteau (15) during the first period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Avalanche
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Blackhawks won 5-2.


    The U.S. Supreme Court grappled with the limits on patients’ lawsuits against drugmakers, questioning a $21 million award to a woman who suffered debilitating injuries after taking a painkiller.

    Patients’ generic-drug lawsuits questioned by U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court grappled with the limits on patients' lawsuits against drugmakers, questioning a $21 million award to a woman who suffered debilitating injuries after taking a painkiller. Hearing arguments today in Washington, the justices debated whether to reinforce a two-year-old ruling that shielded generic-drug companies from claims that they failed to warn about possibly dangerous side effects.

    A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of Twinkies to a pair of investment firms, one of which has said it hopes to have the cakes back on shelves by summer.

    Twinkies sale approved by judge

    A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the sale of Twinkies to a pair of investment firms, one of which has said it hopes to have the cakes back on shelves by summer. Hostess Brands Inc. is selling Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and other brands to Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. for $410 million.

    Visa President John Partridge, left, and Executive Chairman Joseph Saunders pose on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before ringing the opening bell Tuesday. Stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its longest slump of the year, as Cypriot lawmakers’ rejection of a bank levy overshadowed data showing growth in new-home construction.

    Wall Street holds its own after Cyprus ‘no’ vote

    The latest twists in Europe's debt drama weighed down the stock market Tuesday, offsetting more good news on the U.S. housing market. The Dow Jones industrial average managed a gain of just four points, while other indexes closed slightly lower.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen’s fiscal second-quarter earnings climbed 11 percent, helped by contributions from European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots, a business sale gain, and its new contract with Express Scripts Holding Co.

    Walgreen buys wholesaler stake, 2Q profit climbs

    Deerfield-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. is buying an ownership stake in another big company, this time in a deal that could increase its clout when negotiating prices with drugmakers. The company said it is expanding its supply agreement with AmerisourceBergen Corp.

    LuLulemon Athletica has taken its black yoga pants off the shelves because the sheer material reveals too much. The Canadian company said that it took the pants off its store shelves and website over the weekend.

    See-through yoga pants a pain for Lululemon

    Lululemon has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves and online after it found that the sheer material used was revealing too much of its loyal customers. The see-through yoga garb is the latest in a series of quality glitches that threatens to alienate customers who have given clothing seller a fanatical following willing to shell out $100 for the pants.

    Protesters stand in front of a banner which reads “Cyprus Says No” during a crucial parliamentary vote on a plan to seize a part of depositors’ bank savings in central Nicosia Tuesday.

    Cypriot lawmakers reject deposit seizure bill

    Cypriot lawmakers have rejected a critical draft bill that would have seized part of people's bank deposits in order to qualify for a vital international bailout.

    American Airlines and AMR Corporation, Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Horton, right, accompanied by US Airways Group Chairman and CEO Douglas Parker, testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before a Senate subcommittee.

    Airline CEOs defend merger before Senate panel

    The CEOs of American Airlines and US Airways are reassuring a Senate panel that their merger would not lead to fewer flights or lost jobs in the lawmakers' states.

    A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jet aircraft is surrounded in early January by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold.

    Influence game: Congress silent on 787 woes

    As Chicago-based Boeing, its airline customers and federal safety regulators struggled over the past two months to solve problems with the new 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued batteries, one player has been strangely silent: Congress. Despite the plane's grounding and the safety issues raised by its cutting-edge technology, there have been no congressional hearings or news conferences focusing on the problems, and little commentary from lawmakers who normally pounce at the first sign of trouble.

    The Justice Department said Tuesday it supports rewriting 26-year-old legislation that has allowed law enforcement to read a person’s emails without a search warrant so long as the email is older than six months or already opened.

    Justice: Email snooping law no longer makes sense

    The Justice Department said Tuesday it supports rewriting 26-year-old legislation that has allowed law enforcement to read a person's emails without a search warrant so long as the email is older than six months or already opened. The law has long been criticized by privacy advocates as a loophole when it comes to protecting Americans from government nooping. "There is no principled basis to treat email less than 180 days old differently than email more than 180 days old," Elana Tyrangiel, acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy, told a House Judiciary subcommittee.

    U.S. builders started more homes in February and permits for future construction rose at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years. The increases point to a housing recovery that is gaining strength.

    U.S. housing starts rise, permits at 4 ½-year high

    U.S. builders started more homes in February and permits for future construction rose at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years. The increases point to a housing recovery that is gaining strength. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000. That's up from 910,000 in January. And it's the second-fastest pace since June 2008, behind December's rate of 982,000.


    UOP to provide technology for petrochemicals In China
    UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected to provide technology to produce propylene in China.


    Edward Hospital a title sponsor of Naperville Marathon
    PRNewswireEdward Hospital in Naperville has signed a three-year agreement to be the title sponsor of the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half-Marathon. The inaugural races will be held November 10, starting and finishing at North Central College near downtown Naperville.“With its reputation as a premier provider of health care services and a leader in fitness, wellness and prevention, Edward Hospital is a perfect fit as our title sponsor,” says Bob Hackett, co-race director of the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon.Edward Hospital and Health Services President and CEO Pam Davis added the hospital is “proud and excited” to be the title sponsor. “We look forward to helping build this into one of the most prestigious long distance running events in the country,” Davis said.This year’s Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon will accommodate 3,500 runners. About 3,000 of those spots were sold out in just 14 hours during online registration in January, with about an even split among those who signed up for the marathon and half marathon.The remaining race entries are available through the Naperville Marathon Charity Partner program, which will include the Edward Foundation. As the premier charity for the event, Edward Foundation will be able to raise funds that will benefit Edward programs and services. Details of the charity program will be announced on March 25.Dr. Mike Hartmann, a physician in the Edward Emergency Department and veteran of several Ironman events, will serve as race medical director.Numerous other Edward departments will also be active and visible in race planning and on race day, including Edward Health & Fitness Center, Edward Rehab and Sports Medicine, Edward Medical Group, Edward Heart Hospital and Edward Ambulance Services.Edward Health & Fitness Center in Naperville, on the campus of Edward Hospital, will host the Naperville Marathon Races Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, which will feature Runner Packet Pick-Up and exhibitors featuring the newest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness, nutrition and health.For more information, visit www.naperville26.com.


    BridgePoint Technologies partners With Xclutel Communications

    IT consulting firm Bridgepoint Technologies has entered into a business partnership with Xclutel Communications, a provider of integrated managed telecom solutions.


    Trio of retailers to settle FTC “faux” fur charges

    The FTC said Tuesday that Neiman Marcus and two other retailers have agreed to settle charges that they claimed certain products were made of "faux" fur when they actually contained real fur. In addition to the upscale department store operator, the retailers include DrJays.com Inc. and Eminent Inc., doing business as Revolve Clothing.


    WSJ denies bribery in China

    The FBI has been investigating a purported whistleblower's allegations that the Wall Street Journal bureau in China bribed officials there to get information for news stories. Dow Jones, which publishes the Journal, became aware of the allegations last year and has concluded they are unfounded, a spokeswoman for Dow Jones said Monday. Details about the probe were first reported by the newspaper on Sunday.


    Oil nearly unchanged as traders await U.S. data

    The price of oil was stable Tuesday as traders set aside jitters about Cyprus and turned their attention to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and soon-to-be released housing data. Benchmark oil for April delivery was unchanged at $93.74 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 29 cents to end at $93.74 a barrel in New York on Monday.


    Boeing avoids strike threat as technical workers accept contract

    Boeing Co. can expect to avoid strikes through 2016 and benefit from lower pension costs after technical workers agreed to a new contract that was unchanged from one they rejected last month. The vote was 4,244 to 654, according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. The deal provides for raises of as much as 5 percent a year over a four- year contract. New workers will be switched to a 401(k)-style retirement plan from a pension plan.

    Security officials ask the journalists to leave the room as U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, center, and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke meet with China President Xi Jinping (not in picture) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Tuesday.

    Lew visit marks U.S.-China re-engagement

    The U.S. and China began to re-engage Tuesday on knotty issues ranging from economic frictions to North Korea's nuclear program following a months-long hiatus during President Barack Obama's re-election and China's installation of new leaders. Chinese President Xi Jinping met Tuesday with visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in the first high-level exchange between the sides in six months and the start of a series of meetings that will test the potential for cooperation between the world's first- and second-largest economies.


    Asia stocks bounce back after Cyprus scare

    Asian stock markets rose Tuesday, shaking off jitters sparked by a plan to give bank deposits in Cyprus a haircut to help fund the European country's bailout. Most benchmarks rose modestly while Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 2 percent to 12,467.18 as the yen began to drop against the dollar.

    Anti-smoking advocates and health experts hailed proposals from Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would keep cigarettes out of sight in New York City stores, while tobacco companies and smokers called it an overreach.

    Bloomberg cigarette plan gets praise, criticism

    Anti-smoking advocates and health experts hailed proposals from Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would keep cigarettes out of sight in New York City stores, while tobacco companies and smokers called it an overreach. The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the U.S., is aimed at discouraging young people from smoking.Keeping cigarettes under wraps could help,

    EBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe

    EBay CEO’s 2012 compensation nearly doubles

    EBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe's compensation nearly doubled to $29.7 million in 2012, a year that saw the e-commerce company's stock gain 68 percent thanks to growth in its namesake marketplaces business and PayPal. Donahoe's compensation was valued at $16.5 million in 2011, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

    Citigroup has agreed to pay $730 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed investors were misled by the bank’s disclosures when they purchased its debt and preferred stock.

    Citigroup to pay $730 million to settle lawsuit

    Citigroup has agreed to pay $730 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed investors were misled by the bank's disclosures when they purchased its debt and preferred stock. The investors' purchases were made from May 11, 2006 through Nov. 28, 2008.

    The Federal Reserve Building in Washington. Don’t expect the Federal Reserve to let up in its drive to keep stimulating the economy with record-low interest rates. Not yet, anyway.

    Fed likely to back low-rate policies despite gains

    The U.S. economy is strengthening on the fuel of more job growth, rising home prices and solid retail sales. Just don't expect the Federal Reserve to let up in its drive to keep stimulating the economy with record-low interest rates. Not yet, anyway. That's the view of economists as Fed policymakers hold a two-day meeting that starts Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Fed will issue a policy statement and update its economic forecasts, and Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference.

    A bottle of black raspberry flavored Fruitwater. Coca-Cola is introducing a line of fruit-flavored seltzer waters called Fruitwater on April 1.

    Coca-Cola puts fizz, flavor in new Glaceau water

    Coca-Cola is taking bottled water and doing what it does best — giving it some bubbles and flavor. The Atlanta-based company confirmed Monday that it would introduce a line of zero-calorie, carbonated, fruit-flavored waters called "Fruitwater" starting April 1. The drink will be part of Coca-Cola's Glaceau unit, which makes other pricier bottled waters such as Vitaminwater and Smartwater.

    Ryanair has made the biggest-ever order of Boeing planes by a European airline, announcing Tuesday it will buy 175 aircraft in a major boost for the U.S. aerospace giant.

    Ryanair gives Boeing a boost with big order

    Ryanair has made the biggest-ever order of Boeing planes by a European airline, announcing Tuesday it will buy 175 aircraft in a major boost for the U.S. aerospace giant. Neither side disclosed the purchase price for the 737-800s, but budget carrier Ryanair said it did negotiate a bulk discount off the total list price of $15.6 billion. Industry analysts said Ryanair almost certainly was paying less than half price, meaning a total bill below $8 billion, or $45 million per aircraft.

    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., appears before the House Rules Committee to testify on his partyís budget proposal, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday.

    Congress works on budget for both 2013 and future

    Congress is finally cleaning up its unfinished budget business for the 2013 budget year with a bipartisan government-wide funding bill. But even as that measure heads toward approval, the House and Senate are gearing up for divisive votes that will underscore sharp differences on a bigger problem: how to fix the nation's long-term deficit woes.

    Lego is building its first factory in China as part of a plan to move production closer to Asia, its fastest growing market.

    Lego plans first China factory as Asian sales leap

    Lego is building its first factory in China as part of a plan to move production closer to Asia, its fastest growing market.The Danish maker of colorful plastic building blocks for children said it's investing at least $130 million in the new plant. Construction will start in 2014 and it will be fully operational by 2017. The factory will be located in Jiaxing, 67 miles southwest of Shanghai, where Lego is planning an Asian distribution center.

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers.

    U.S. builder confidence falls on weak supply, labor

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that increased demand for new homes is exceeding supplies of ready-to-build land, building materials and workers. In the short term, those constraints could slow sales. But builders' outlook for sales over the next six months has reached its strongest point in more than six years. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday fell to 44 from 46 in February.

Life & Entertainment


    Night life events: Free Bacardi sampling at Gatsby's

    Try out the various flavors of Bacardi — free — at Gatsby's sampling event Friday, March 22. The Arlington Heights sports pub also offers other drink specials, too. Also, Tilted Kilt in Elgin hosts a GNO event on Thursday, March 28.

    “Tooth & Nail” by Billy Bragg

    Billy Bragg blends themes big and small

    Billy Bragg's new album, "Tooth & Nail," deals with weighty matters — love, death, the meaning or meaninglessness of life — but the heaviness is usually leavened with wit and cheek.

    Judy Annis makes homemade cheese-filled ravioli for Christmas dinner and extra to freeze and enjoy into the new year.

    Cook of the Week: Italian upbringing, adventurous spirit fuels Elgin cook

    Judy Annis remembers traveling to her grandparent's house for Sunday dinner and watching her mom and grandma cook It was a little difficult at first to find out from her mom how to replicate the Italian dishes. "She was the type of cook who would say you eyeball it. No recipes were ever written down in an Italian family. You put this and that together and voila! There it is," the Elgin mom said.


    Berenice’s Anise Biscotti


    From the Food Editor: New cookbook makes Passover easy

    Cooks today have so many more Passover options than they did even 10 years ago. "Passover Made Easy" is full of recipes for the holidays and year-round. There are 60 triple-tested recipes in all — along with prep tips, plating advice and color photos. In other news, food writer Wilbert Jones lectures on the foods of ancient and modern Africa on Saturday, March 23, at Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts in Chicago.

    Actress Katie Holmes on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Allure magazine.

    Katie Holmes hoping for a more ‘peaceful’ 2013

    Katie Holmes doesn't talk about her split from actor Tom Cruise, but she does say she hopes this year is better than the last. The actress tells Allure magazine she wants 2013 to be "a peaceful year for a lot of people."

    Recording artist Lil Wayne has been released from the hospital, according to associates.

    Lil Wayne leaves hospital

    Lil Wayne is out of the hospital, according to his Young Money associate Mack Maine. Mack Maine told his Twitter followers on Monday night that the multiplatinum rapper had left Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, where he had been hospitalized since last week.

    Cooking short ribs in a 300-degree oven, as with these braised ribs from “Passover Made Easy,” yields tender meat.

    Braised Short Ribs in Homemade Duck Sauce
    Braised Short Ribs

    “Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara” by Terry Brooks

    Book 2 in ‘Shannara’ trilogy is intense

    "Bloodfire Quest," the second book in the trilogy that started with "Wards of Faerie," explodes from the first page. And the action doesn't stop until the novel's cliffhanger ending. Most middle books in a trilogy have a lot of filler to stretch the story over three books. Not this one. Author Terry Brooks doesn't waste a word in this intense and exhilarating fantasy.

    How committed is Snoop Dogg to his new moniker Snoop Lion? He is using the name to release a reggae- and dancehall-focused album releasing on April 23.

    Snoop Dogg on criticism, religion and new reggae CD

    Snoop Lion won't fire back at critics who say his backing of the Rastafari movement is simply another gimmick. But Snoop Dogg will. Snoop is using the name Lion to release a reggae- and dancehall-focused album, "Reincarnated." While promoting an accompanying documentary that tracks his trip to Jamaica and exploration of Rasta culture, Snoop makes it clear that his Lion persona is less a drastic transformation than part of ongoing personal growth.

    See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the "Circus Spectacular" comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Best bets: 'Circus Spectacular' takes over Sears Centre

    See exotic animals and daring performers do amazing feats of strength, balance, timing and more when the "Circus Spectacular" plays this weekend at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Salt Creek Ballet pursues the White Rabbit when it revives its dance interpretation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. Sarah Colonna, a writer for “Chelsea Lately,” performs this weekend at Zanies in Rosemont and St. Charles.

    As undercover officer Chase McCain, players switch between multiple disguises with different abilities to hunt down Lego City lawbreakers in “Lego City Undercover.”

    ‘Lego City Undercover’ builds fun for Wii U

    "Lego City Undercover" — created exclusively for Nintendo's Wii U — forgoes the intergalactic wonder of big-budget franchises for something simple: a good old-fashioned police romp set in sprawling Lego City, a diverse metropolis where cars are made out of colorful plastic bricks and residents have interchangeable heads. As undercover officer Chase McCain, players can switch between multiple disguises with different abilities to hunt down Lego City lawbreakers.



    Endorsements: In District 11, we endorse Durante, Mallory, Strzewski; find Ott and Schwede qualified too
    The Daily Herald endorses Stephen Durante, Jim Mallory and Polly Strzewski for the Medinah Elementary District 11 school board, and recommends Dale Ott and Jeff Schwede for consideration too.


    Endorsements: Gorman, Kellenberger, Perry for Central Unit Dist. 301 schools
    The Daily Herald endorses Jeff Gorman, Jeffrey Kellenberger and Maggie Perry for the Central Unit Dist. 301 Board of Education.


    Endorsements: Pearson. Scheck, Stibal, Vishanoff for West Chicago Dist. 33 schools
    The Daily Herald endorses Christine Scheck, Brenda Vishanoff, Juliann Pearson and Susan Stibal for the West Chicago District 33 school board.


    Endorsements: Tepper, Klass, Gauthier, Strezewski for Kildeer-Countryside District 96 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Robert Gauthier, Renee Klass, James Strezewski and Marc Tepper for Kildeer-Countryside Elementary District 96 school board.


    Endorsements: Gunderson, Lauf, Nagel, Saake for Dist. 94 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Dirk Gunderson, Rich Nagel, Gary Saake and Christy Lauf for West Chicago District 94 school board.


    Endorsements: Spurling, Vyzral, McNally, Pierog for St. Charles Dist. 303 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Steven Spurling, Mike Vyzral, Corinne Pierog and Edward McNally for St. Charles school board.


    Needed: A U.S. policy on Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The Obama administration's fear of blowback in Syria — weapons falling into the hands of jihadists and other bad guys — can be avoided in only one sure way: Throw America's support behind Bashar al-Assad, the vile dictator the White House wants gone.


    The risks of retreat

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Declining national influence is a choice, and America seems to be making it. What foreign policy practitioners politely call the "churn" of events is beginning to look more like chaos.


    Health care market needs oversight

    Columnist Gene Lyons: Obamacare or no Obamacare, ever-increasing health care prices show few signs of abating. For all the fear and uncertainty the president's health insurance reform will eliminate from people's lives, it's almost incidental to the overall question of costs.


    Do the right thing for committed couples
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Illinois is very close to passing the Freedom to Marry act which would allow Jaime and me to be married. Rep. Sullivan and the rest of the Illinois can make this happen by voting yes. I hope they can find it in their hearts to do the right thing for couples like Jaime and myself, couples who are in a committed, loving relationship.


    Herald is wrong on same-sex marriage
    A letter to the editor: One questions this old friend, regarding how those enlightened souls on their editorial board who suddenly seem to be infused with a knowledge that so many other's have missed since time immortal. Were their parents and grandparents since the beginning of time simply wrong on living their lives beholden to God's clear words on this issue?


    Stop giving money to big spenders
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: President Obama continues to say he wants a balanced approach to the debt problem. Conveniently, he neglects to mention that the Republicans gave him a $600 billion tax increase on the wealthy in January. There were virtually no spending cuts. So where is the balance?


    Likeable, open, ?easy to talk to
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: My vote will be cast for Ray Rogina for mayor of St. Charles on April 9. I believe Ray will be an effective, productive, efficient mayor. As a current alderman, he has gained broad familiarity with the workings of city government and understands how best to accomplish positive things.


    Most qualified ?library candidate
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I am writing in support of Pat Graceffa for a six-year trustee position on the Sugar Grove Public Library board of trustees. For most people reading this letter, Pat Graceffa will need no introduction — or endorsement.


    Cohen World War II column insult to U.S
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Richard Cohen's editorial page column of March 12 is pathetic for the following reasons: The Soviet Union does not deserve primary credit for defeating Nazi Germany...


    Wheaton candidate’s determination
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I would like to draw your readers' attention to the April 9, election and the candidacy of Alberta Adamson for Wheaton City Council.


    Backward nation declares war
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: "An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America." No, this is not a recent newspaper headline about North Korea's threat to launch a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States.


    China’s undeclared war against America

    Guest columnist Peter Navarro: The casualties of China's undeclared trade war may be found in the unemployment lines of every city and suburb of Illinois.


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