Daily Archive : Friday March 22, 2013


    Todd Stroger waves goodbye to an audience member as he presided over his final meeting as Cook County Board president.

    Ex-Cook County Board president wants to return

    A familiar name in Chicago politics has expressed an interest in replacing convicted Commissioner William Beavers on the Cook County Board. Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he will reach out to Democratic Party committeemen over the weekend to determine how much support he may have.


    Fuel spill in Batavia kept out of creek

    A semitrailer truck Friday afternoon spilled about 50 gallons of diesel fuel that ended up in Batavia's stormwater sewer pipes, according to a news release from the Batavia Fire Department. Batavia firefighters were called at 1:58 p.m. to Kirk and Douglas roads, authorities said, after the truck's drive shaft broke apart, tearing off the fuel connections between the truck's two saddle tanks.

    Rihanna, in the middle, posed with the BHS-TV students who made the video that won Barrington High School the pop star's appearance there.

    Rihanna worth the wait? Barrington students say yes

    There are plenty of celebrities most kids would give up a day of school to see, but pop star Rihanna proved her popularity when students in Barrington gave their entire first day of spring break to see her. More than 2,000 high school and middle school students waited another 3½ hours for the singer to arrive.

    Fire personnel work at the scene fire along Weber Drive in the Valley View subdivision on Friday night.

    House fire breaks out in Valley View

    Firefighters are battling a fire in the 6N500 block of Weber Drive, in the Valley View subdivision near St. Charles. According to fire radio scanner reports,flames are showing from a two-story frame house believed to be unoccupied.

    Sami Samir Hassoun

    Would-be bomber apologizes in letter

    A young Lebanese immigrant awaiting sentencing for putting a backpack he thought held a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field has said in a letter to his judge he drank "all day, every day" for months before the attempted attack.

    Waukegan Regional Airport’s air-traffic control tower will be closed April 7 because of federal government cutbacks.

    Sequester triggers shutdown of Waukegan airport tower

    The FAA finalizes its list of air traffic control towers that will be affected by the congressional stalemate known as the sequester. The hammer fell on Waukegan Regional Airport, but the DuPage Airport and Aurora Municipal Airport were spared.

    A maintenance worker sweeps up debris beside a message board sign that fell Friday on a family, killing a child and injuring the mother and two other children in the terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala.

    Birmingham airport sign falls, killing boy

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family Friday, killing a 10-year boy and injuring other family members.


    Ex-Lakemoor man faces child sex assault charges

    A former Lakemoor man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, authorities said. Nathan Tuggle, 34, also faces a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to a news release on Friday from the McHenry County sheriff's office. His bail has been set at $75,000.

    GOP House Majority Leader Al Carlson of Fargo strongly urges legislators to vote their convictions when voting for division A of SB2303 during floor debate Friday.

    N. Dakota lawmakers define life as starting at conception

    Lawmakers on Friday took a step toward outlawing abortion altogether in the state by passing a so-called personhood resolution that says a fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. The House's approval sends the matter to voters, who will decide whether to add the wording to the state's constitution in November 2014.


    Two teens charged in Wheeling residential burglaries

    The Cook County State's Attorney's Office has charged a 17-year-old Wheeling boy with two counts of residential burglary and petitioned a second teenager to juvenile court for the same burglaries and an attempted residential burglary, according to Wheeling police.


    RTA sues Kankakee over tax incentive program

    The agency that oversees mass transit in the Chicago area filed another lawsuit Friday against Kankakee, the latest volley in a legal battle over that city's effort to attract businesses with tax incentives that the Regional Transportation Authority contends are costing it tens of millions of dollars.

    Jenny Perez

    Dozens gather to mourn Palatine family killed in crash

    With every gentle knock on the front door, Lupe Perez feels both comfort and dread. Knowing how many people loved her mother, sister and nephew brings the Palatine woman solace. But the steady stream of condolences also means this isn't a nightmare from which to wake. Angelina Felix, 57, her daughter, Jenny Perez, 19, and grandson Roberto Perez, 2, were killed Thursday.


    Amrich’s slate reporting big donations in Island Lake

    In the hotly contested race for political control of Island Lake, mayoral candidate Charles Amrich's slate has received significantly more financial help than the team led by incumbent Debbie Herrmann, state records show.


    Chicago man arrested on child pornography charges

    Authorities say they've arrested a Chicago man on child pornography charges after finding 2,500 images and videos on his computer — some of which were of children as young as 1-year-old.

    Lawrence Hanson and Mary Gaborek are running for mayor in Antioch.

    Antioch mayor defends “indecisiveness” accusation from opponent

    Antioch mayoral challenger Mary Gaborek said indecisiveness by her opponent shows a lack of leadership for the village. She said incumbent Larry Hanson has taken too long to make major decisions, resulting in Antioch lagging behind other towns. Hanson denies the allegation and said his track record shows issues are being addressed.

    Antonio Gomez

    Aurora man pleads guilty to sexual assault of children

    An Aurora man pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child. The victims were girls who were younger than 13 at the time of the crime, according to Kane County prosecutors.

    Dean DeBiase

    Jill Biden unavailable, so College of Lake County picks Dean DeBiase to speak at commencement

    After striking out with Vice President Joe Biden's wife and the U.S. education secretary, College of Lake County has selected a successful graduate and author to give this year's commencement address.Dean DeBiase, co-founder and CEO of Reboot Partners in Lake Forest, said it will likely be an emotional talk for him.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole two small lawn mower engines and an air compressor valued at $2,000 out of a 2008 Ford truck and stole all four doors on the 500 block of South Vermont Street in Palatine between 11:30 p.m. March 16 and 8:15 a.m. March 18.


    Bartlett Library candidate says she wasn’t invited to forum

    Out of the four candidates running for Bartlett Public Library District trustee, Francine Byron was the only one who did not speak at a candidate forum hosted by the Bartlett Woman's Club on Thursday. Byron said in an email Friday that she "had not received an invitation to speak." She said she attended the event and was surprised to see the other candidates speaking. She later found an email in...

    Patrick Kennedy

    Fremd graduate credits high school teachers for success at Stanford

    High school graduates may not often keep in touch with their alma mater or former teachers.But Patrick Kennedy credits his Fremd High School teachers for where he is today.


    Prosecutors turn to social media:

    The Lake County state's attorney's office has launched Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Mark Lewis

    Suspect in sister's Naperville slaying mentally unfit for trial

    A Lakemoor man accused of bludgeoning his sister to death in Naperville was found mentally unfit for trial Friday. Mark Lewis, 53, will be sent to the Illinois Department of Human Services for treatment at a secure facility, according to Will County prosecutors.


    Kane job training agency shows questionable track record, officials say

    The agency that helps Kane, Kendall and Dekalb County residents re-enter the workforce when they lose a job fell under scrutiny this week for how the expense of millions in federal dollars has or hasn't translated into jobs in recent years.


    Police release traffic stats:

    Lincolnshire police made two arrests and issued eight tickets during a special drunken-driving enforcement program last weekend, authorities announced Thursday.


    Event benefits Lake County Haven:

    Redeemer LIFE Church is hosting Springfest, a special family event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Hawthorn Middle School North, 201 W. Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills.


    Grant Township forum:

    The Grant Township Republican Club will sponsor a nonpartisan forum for the candidates of the village of Fox Lake and Grant Township on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Two Batavia men were charged with possession of cannabis (between 2.5 grams and 10 grams) at 10:33 p.m. Thursday at Full Moon Bar and Grill, 113 S. Batavia Ave. Police said Matthew J. Simon, 27, of the 1100 block of Essex Court and Adam C. Benner, 22, of the 1100 block of Hanover Drive, were charged.


    Reputed ‘Killing Crew’ leader sentenced

    The 27-year-old leader of a South Side crack-cocaine ring that called itself "The Killing Crew" has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.


    Man charged in shooting death of Indiana teen

    A 20-year-old South suburban accused of shooting through the window of Calumet City home has been charged in the death of a 15-year-old Indiana girl. Eric Anthony Brown of Calumet City was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ashaya Miller and aggravated battery in the wounding of a 19-year-old man.


    Illinois expands vacant home program

    The state of Illinois is expanding a program that subsidizes homebuyers interested in vacant houses in certain cities. The additional cities are Belleville, Blue Island, Champaign, Cicero, Crest Hill, Joliet, Lockport, Lynwood, Melrose Park and Peoria. Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Maywood, Park Forest and South Holland were already part of the program.

    Groundhog Club Co-handler Ron Ploucha holding the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring during the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pa.

    Ohio prosecutors indict Punxsutawney Phil

    Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.


    People, organizations recognized by commission

    The Elgin Image Advisory Commission Thursday night announced the 12 winners for its Image Awards, which recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the city.

    Randy Suchy

    Judge dismisses wrongful death lawsuit in 2011 Geneva dam drowning

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a Naperville man who drowned in August 2011 trying to save his girlfriend's child from the boil created by the Geneva Dam on the Fox River. The attorney for William Suchy, brother of the late Randy Suchy, promised an appeal.

    Julie A. Newberry

    Elgin police charge two with prostitution

    An Elgin man and a Carpentersville woman were arrested Thursday night in Elgin and charged with prostitution, according to a police report.

    Chinua Achebe, left, with his wife Christie Achebe on campus in Providence, R.I.

    Achebe, 82, inspired generations of Nigerian writers

    Chinua Achebe's death at the age of 82 was announced Friday by his publisher. His works inspired countless writers around the world, though the literary style of "Things Fall Apart," first published in 1958, particularly transformed the way novelists wrote about Africa.

    Armed Myanmar police oficers provide security Thursday around a smoldering building following ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila, Myanmar.

    Buddhists, Muslims clash in Myanmar

    Myanmar's president declared a state of emergency Friday in a central city shaken by sectarian bloodshed that has killed at least 20 people, as thousands of minority Muslims fled and overwhelmed riot police crisscrossed the still-burning town seizing machetes and hammers from enraged Buddhist mobs.

    Philippe Jernnard of La Rochelle, France.

    Man found in cockpit wasn’t a pilot

    A 61-year-old French man was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport and charged with impersonating a pilot after airline officials found him in the cockpit of a plane scheduled for takeoff, police said Friday.

    Michael Morrison

    Warrenville cops make arrest in assault case

    A Warrenville man has been charged with aggravated assault for approaching a woman while wielding a knife last week, police said Friday. Michael Morrison, 50, of the 29W500 block of Country Ridge Drive, was arrested Thursday after a six-day investigation.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals broke four boards on two benches in Valley View Park on Westridge Boulevard in Bartlett around noon March 15. Damage was estimated at $500.

    Steven Mandell, formerly known as Steven Manning, is an ex-Chicago police officer who was once sentenced to death and later had the ruling overturned. He is in jail on murder-for-hire and extortion charges.

    Buffalo Grove man now faces murder-for-hire charges

    More charges are filed against an ex-cop who once served time on Illinois' death row in relation to an extortion and murder plot he was arrested for in October 2012. Steven Manning, 61, of Buffalo Grove, is facing new charges related to a potential second victim and plotting to destroy evidence. The new charges include conspiracy to commit kidnapping, illegal gun possession, possession of a...

    Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross is pushing for a tougher balanced budget amendment.

    State House GOP wants new balanced budget amendment

    As the state remains about $9 billion behind in paying its bills, House Republican Leader Tom Cross and other GOP lawmakers are calling for a more stringent balanced budget amendment to the Illinois Constitution. The proposal would cut off paychecks for lawmakers and statewide officials if the Illinois Auditor General determines the budget is unbalanced. "The goal here is to put the pressure on...

    Pole vaulter Darren Niedermeyer makes a jump while working out at the Lewis University Field House.

    Moving Picture: Local pole vaulter has Olympic hopes

    Competing against some of the best athletes in the world is nothing new to Darren Niedermeyer, the youth sports coordinator at the Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg. The 30-year old Schaumburg native competes in pole vault at the national and international level, and his goal is to compete in the Olympics. "I've competed in Japan, I've competed all over Europe, I've competed in Brazil," Niedermeyer...

    A lower counter in a cherry wood finish, two new work stations and a LED screen displaying village events were added to the front desk at Lombard village hall during a recently completed $65,000 renovation. The painting above the desk also received a facelift.

    Lombard front counter, painting now complete

    Visitors to Lombard village hall will notice renovations to the front counter customer service area now are complete, and a painting of historic sites in town is back above the desk. The $65,000 renovation included a lower counter for easier resident access and a cherry wood finish to match village hall renovations completed last year. The work has been getting reviews, said Carl Goldsmith,...


    Aurora police probe attempted child abduction

    Aurora police are investigating an attempted child abduction in which a man who was not wearing pants made a sexually explicit comment to two girls on the city's west side , authorities said. The man was inside a car described as a newer, black Toyota Camry when a 5-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl were walking home from school about 2:40 p.m. near Laurel Drive and Robert Street, authorities...


    The winners of our 2013 Readers' Choice Awards

    You have spoken and the winners of the Daily Herald's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards have been chosen. Our readers voted on the “best of the best” places to shop, dine and live. We received more than 9,000 electronic ballots in our four-week Readers' Choice promotional campaign, intended to identify the top businesses in a wide range of categories.

    Mike Baker of Schaumburg and his son, Bryan, 14.

    Caring in action: Organization wants more understanding, resources

    Mike Baker of Schaumburg is one of the passionate parents involved in the Schaumburg Autism Society, what he calls "a simple parent support group." Their aim: To help each other as parents understand their autistic children, and push hard for opportunities to be created that help them lead happy, productive lives."

    Winfield Village President Deborah Birutis has vetoed a village board decision to rezone parcels along Roosevelt and Garys Mill roads. Trustees say they plan to overturn the veto.

    Birutis vetoes Winfield zoning change

    Accusing four Winfield trustees of taking an "illegal" vote to rezone parcels along Roosevelt Road, Village President Deborah Birutis has vetoed the move. However, the board members who approved the zoning change say they have the votes needed to overturn Birutis' veto.

    Elzbieta Plackowska, who is charged with fatally stabbing her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was baby-sitting, appears before DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman with her attorney Mike Mara during her Nov. 21 arraignment.

    More DNA tests ordered in Naperville child slayings

    Prosecutors can run DNA tests on a pair of suspected bloodstains found at a Naperville home where two children were stabbed to death in October, a judge ruled Friday. The stains were on a kitchen drawer and on the handle of an exterior sliding-glass door at the home where 7-year-old Justin Plackowski and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski were slain, DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin said.

    Col. David W. Maxwell holds a news conference at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va., on Friday, March 22, 2013 regarding a murder-suicide that occurred on Thursday night that resulted in the deaths of three Marines. A Marine killed a male and female colleague in a shooting at a base in northern Virginia before killing himself, officials said early Friday.

    Three dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

    A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two of his colleagues before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said. The Marine's colleagues were a man and a woman. Military officials did not release a motive or the identities of those slain.

    The DeKalb County sheriff’s office said, Jenny Perez, 19, was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant north on Peace Road near Freed Road Thursday morning when her vehicle traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic. Police say Perez was in the car with her mother, Angelina Felix, 57, and Perez’s 2-year-old son, Roberto Perez. All were killed when their car collided with a truck.

    Dawn Patrol: 3 in Palatine family killed; Rihanna in Barrington

    Three generations of Palatine family killed in crash. Rihanna to visit Barrington High School today. General Assembly to toss around pension reform one last day before spring break. District 214 will raise, then freeze fees. 12-sentence in Batavia rape, domestic attack. Bulls struggle again.

    Philippe Jernnard, a 61-year-old French man was arrested Wednesday March 20, 2013, at Philadelphia International Airport and charged with impersonating a pilot after airline officials found him in the cockpit of a plane scheduled for takeoff.

    Police: Man found in cockpit at Philly airport

    A 61-year-old French man was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport and charged with impersonating a pilot after airline officials found him in the cockpit of a plane scheduled for takeoff, police said Friday. The crew of a US Airways flight bound for West Palm Beach, Fla., found Philippe Jernnard of La Rochelle, France, in the jump seat behind the pilot on Wednesday evening and removed...


    Police: Ga. infant killed while pushed in stroller

    A young boy opened fire on a woman pushing her baby in a stroller in a Georgia neighborhood, killing the 1-year-old boy and wounding the mother, police said. The woman, Sherry West, told WAWS-TV that two boys approached her and demanded money Thursday morning. Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said the boys are thought to be between 10 and 15 years old.

    German socialite Viola Drath. Drath’s husband, Albrecht Muth, who is charged in his wife’s August 2011 death, has refused to eat. He’s now unable to sit or stand on his own and is at risk of death. The fasting promoted a judge this week to indefinitely postpone the trial, which was scheduled to start this coming Monday in D.C. Superior Court.

    Hunger strike hinders DC murder trial plans

    The already-bizarre criminal case of a slain German socialite and journalist has been brought to a virtual standstill by her husband's refusal to eat, which has left the defendant unable to sit or stand on his own and at risk of death. It's the latest twist in the case against Albrecht Muth, a fellow German expatriate whose behavior has ranged from odd to obstructive since he was charged with the...

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks outside the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School in Chicago, Thursday, March 21, 2013, about the planned closing of public schools. The city of Chicago began informing teachers, principals and local officials Thursday about which public schools it intends to close under a contentious plan that opponents say will disproportionately affect minority students in the nation’s third largest school district.

    Parents, union to fight Chicago school closings

    Chicago Public Schools officials ended months of speculation when they released the list of 54 schools the city plans to close, but the pushback against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief is likely just starting to ramp up. As word of the schools on the long-awaited closings list trickled out Thursday, parents, teachers and community members — some furious, some in tears — vowed...

    Emergency personnel on the scene of a crash and shootout with police involving the driver of a black Cadillac with Colorado plates in Decatur, Texas, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Investigators from three Colorado police agencies rushed to Texas to determine if a man identified as a parolee, who was critically wounded by Texas police after a harrowing 100-mph car chase, is linked to the slaying of Colorado’s state prisons chief.

    Texas shootout may tie to Colo. prison chief death

    Investigators from three Colorado police agencies rushed to Texas to determine if a man identified as a parolee, who was critically wounded by Texas police after a harrowing 100-mph car chase, is linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prisons chief. The black Cadillac the suspect drove, with Colorado license plates, matched the description of a car spotted outside Tom Clements' home in...

    President Barack Obama, right, pauses for after laying a wreath during his visit to the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. Standing behind Obama are from left to right, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, left, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Chairman of the Memorial Avner Shalev.

    Obama ending Israel visit with symbolic stops

    Wrapping up a three day visit to Israel, President Barack Obama paid respects to the nation's heroes and to victims of the Holocaust, solemnly reaffirming the Jewish state's right to exist. Accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, Obama laid wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak...


    Syria’s Assad vows to clean country of extremists

    DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian president vowed on Friday to rid the country of Muslim extremists whom he blamed for a suicide blast the previous evening that killed dozens of people, including a top Sunni preacher who was a staunch supporter of Bashar Assad.


    Sectarian violence kills at least 20 in Myanmar

    The death toll from a vicious explosion of sectarian bloodshed in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar rose to at least 20 on Friday, as the president declared a state of emergency, thousands of minority Muslims fled, and overwhelmed riot police crisscrossed the ruined streets of a still-burning city seizing machetes and hammers from angry mobs.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers.

    Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

    Democrats who vowed a crackdown on guns after the horrific Newton, Conn., school shooting are touting prospects for Senate passage of expanded federal background checks, even as they acknowledge there isn't enough support to restore a ban on assault-style weapons. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a measure likely to be debated in his chamber next month will include tougher...


    Corn herbicide with active ingredient banned

    Wisconsin agriculture officials say corn herbicides containing isoxaflutole can't be sold or used in Wisconsin. Lori Bowman is director of the Bureau of Agrichemical Management. She says there's been some recent misinformation that led agribusinesses and farmers to believe otherwise. Bowman says "Balance", "Corvus", and other products with this active ingredient are not registered for sale or...


    Illinois to lead 5-state high-speed locomotive buy

    The Federal Railroad Administration has chosen Illinois to lead a group of five states hoping to buy high-speed rail locomotives for more than $800 million.


    Urlacher’s brother runs for mayor in Mettawa

    Brian Urlacher isn't the only member of his family looking for a new place to work. The former Bears linebacker's younger brother, Casey, is running for mayor in the tiny Lake County village of Mettawa. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the 33-year-old Urlacher is running against Trustee Jeff Clark in the community of about 550 residents.


    Jury awards $843,000 for senior’s hip fracture

    A Cook County jury has awarded close to $843,000 to an elderly woman who fell and broke her hip at a Chicago nursing home. The award was returned Wednesday in the negligence lawsuit filed against Kenwood Healthcare Center after 87-year-old Ida Mae Brown fell in 2008. The facility since has been renamed.


    Illinois sees decline in tuberculosis cases

    Illinois health officials say last year saw a record low in the number of tuberculosis cases in the state. There were 347 cases of TB reported in the state in 2012. The Illinois Department of Public Health says that was a decline from 359 cases the previous year.


    Restitution hearing rescheduled for ex-Walker aide

    A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker will find out next month how much restitution he owes following a conviction on a theft charge. Timothy D. Russell pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from a nonprofit group that Walker appointed him to lead back when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive.


    Indiana schools chief, mayors seek more funds from senate

    The two groups most likely to benefit from changes made by House Republicans to the state budget asked Thursday that the Senate Appropriations Committee maintain new funding for roads and schools, and maybe find a little more.


    Ind. bus slaying victim had filed protective order

    A northern Indiana woman who was pulled off of a city bus and fatally shot along a busy street had recently obtained a protective order against her ex-boyfriend — the man police say killed her. Court documents show that Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, 49, had filed for a protective order Tuesday against Kenneth Knight, but the Journal Gazette reported it did not appear Knight had been served with...


    Indiana 911 caller: Woman’s body in creek seemed battered Indiana 911 caller: Woman’s body in creek seemed battered

    A man who called 911 after finding the nude bodies of a woman and her two children in a southern Indiana creek told dispatchers the woman's body appeared battered.

    Clockwise from upper left: Michael Camerer, Vince Carbonaro, Angelina Filippo, Aaron Reinke, Dennis Nolan and Michelle Hughes.

    Bartlett trustee candidates debate utility taxes

    The one incumbent in the race for Bartlett trustee, Dennis Nolan, is standing his ground over voting to approve the new utility taxes last June, saying cuts in public works and the police department were not acceptable alternatives. The other five candidats, however, have other ideas for how the village could raise the necessary money.

    A tiger at the Milwaukee County Zoo on March 8th as it stares at the outside of the enclosure and got close to the glass.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 18th.



    Franklin leads San Diego St past Oklahoma 70-55

    Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points, James Rahon had 17 and San Diego State beat Oklahoma 70-55 on Friday night to earn its third NCAA tournament victory.

    United States midfielder Graham Zusi (19) and Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo (8) go up for a header during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Snow job: Americans beat Costa Rica 1-0 in storm

    On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Clint Dempsey scored early in his first start as the American captain and the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup.

    Iowa State guard Chris Babb (2) shoots against Notre Dame center Garrick Sherman (11) in the second half of a second-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament on Friday, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Notre Dame demolished by Iowa State, 76-58

    Freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State, showing it can do much more than just fire away from outside the 3-point line, dismantled Notre Dame 76-58 on Friday night in the NCAA tournament.

    David MacDonald, of the Wheaton CO-OP team, performs his pommel horse routine during the Lake Park High School Ralph Krupke Boys Gymnastics Invitational.

    Wheaton Warrenville co-op leaves field behind

    The IHSA boys state gymnastics meet isn't scheduled until May 10-11, but many of the best teams in the state were in Roselle on Friday for Lake Park's Ralph Krupke Invitational.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Speed breaks open game for Glenbard East

    Those who watched Friday afternoon's 2-0 Glenbard East girls soccer victory over host Willowbrook had to have wondered what it would take to break the scoreless deadlock that lasted just under 60 minutes.


    Santiago could become a starter

    As spring training nears the end, White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago still doesn't know what his role is. He could be in the bullpen or fill in for injured starter John Danks. Santiago went through a similiar situation last year.

    The White Sox are hoping that newcomer Jeff Keppinger, right, is able to set the table as the No. 2 hitter and provide more RBI opportunities for Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.

    New lineup goal for Sox: more runs

    In an attempt to manufacture more runs, the White Sox added Jeff Keppinger to hit second. And manager Robin Ventura has changed up the batting order, with Alex Rios now hitting third, Adam Dunn cleanup and Paul Konerko fifth.


    South Elgin wins two in Kentucky

    South Elgin became the first Fox Valley area softball team to actually play on Friday, and the Storm opened the season with two wins. Playing in the Lone Oak High School tournament in Paducah, Ky., South Elgin opened with a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Mountain Home, Ark., then defeated Bolton, Tenn. 11-0.

    Florida Gulf Coast's Chase Fieler goes up for a dunk against Georgetown's Jabril Trawick during the second half of a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Florida Gulf Coast stuns Georgetown 78-68

    Sherwood Brown scored 24 points and Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead Florida Gulf Coast to an incredible NCAA tournament debut, a 78-68 win over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night in the second round of the South Regional.


    Thibs would love to get Hamilton back for playoffs

    The Berto Center was quiet on Friday, but the one player left in the gym when reporters entered provided a bit of news. It was Richard Hamilton, who hasn't played since Feb. 26 because of a sore back and has been largely out of sight since then.

    Florida's Casey Prather (24) hangs on the rim after dunkingas Northwestern State's James Hulbin (33) watches during the second half of a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Florida won 79-47. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Florida beats Northwestern St 79-47

    Erik Murphy had 18 points to lead four Florida players in double figures and the Gators shut down the NCAA's highest-scoring team Friday night, beating Northwestern State 79-47 in the second round of the South Regional.

    North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston (15) pumps his fist after a basket during the second half of a second-round game against Villanova in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 22, 2013. North Carolina defeated Villanova 78-71. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    North Carolina tops Villanova 78-71

    P.J. Hairston scored 23 points, James Michael McAdoo added 17 and North Carolina unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue gritty Villanova 78-71 in the NCAA tournament Friday night, giving coach Roy Williams his 700th career victory.

    Barrington’s Molly Pfeiffer and Schaumburg’s Brooke Molitor battle for control of the ball.

    Szczesny’s hat trick lifts Barrington past Schaumburg

    A powerful display of technical, entertaining soccer — fueled by sophomore Jenna Szczesny — propelled visiting Barrington on a frigid Friday afternoon in Schaumburg. Szczesny netted a hat trick and had a foot in another goal as the Fillies recorded a 5-0 shutout over the Saxons in the Mid-Suburban League opener for both teams. Senior Emily Morin and her backline mates were airtight in front of Fillies keeper Hannah Luedtke. "It was great watching Jenna and Molly (Pfeiffer) up top, and the work rate our midfield put in today, and it really helps make things a little easier for us in the back," said Morin, the lone returning defensive starter for coach Ryan Stengren.

    Ohio State forward Sam Thompson (12) shoots against Iona guard Sean Armand (22) in the second half of a second-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)

    Thompson leads Ohio State over Iona 95-70

    Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's front line, and the Buckeyes ran away to a 95-70 victory over Iona in the second round of the West Regional.

    Umpires and coaches discuss the ground rules before the first pitch Friday between Wauconda and Marengo at The Dome in Rosemont.

    Wauconda hangs with Marengo in Rosemont Dome

    With Old Man Winter stubbornly refusing to release his icy grip on the area, playing softball or any other sport outdoors has been impossible this March. The Wauconda girls softball team decided that if you can't beat Mother Nature, then move indoors. The Bulldogs enjoyed climate-controlled conditions under The Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont on Friday afternoon — but Marengo spoiled the outcome with a 5-2 season-opening victory.

    In last year’s NCAA tournament, DePaul’s Anna Martin, left, wore only one knee brace. This time, the gritty Blue Demon guard will open tournament play with a brace on both knees.

    Healthy DePaul braced for NCAA tournament

    DePaul senior guard Anna Martin has come back from injury to lead DePaul to the NCAA Tournament. Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a closer look at the Blue Demons, who play Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon.

    Louie Educate

    Educate skates to All-American honors

    Sophomore forward Louie Educate of Libertyville became the first player in Utica College history to earn a spot on the American Hockey Coaches Association CCM Division III All-American East first team.

    Zach Nauert is hoping for a standout senior season at Wheeling.

    Nauert calmly sets standard for excellence at Wheeling

    Zack Nauert is calmly setting the standard for excellence in boys volleyball at Wheeling. And he also knows — depending on the sport — the importance of keeping your emotions in check. "Out on the golf course you have to be in control," said Nauert, a four-year Wildcats varsity golfer. "You can't let a bad shot or a bad hole get you down. You've got to stay on an even keel. "But it's just the opposite on the volleyball court. You can let your emotions out for everyone to see, especially after a big kill." Impressive kills and excellence in all phases of the game are something that the senior — a standout player for the Wheeling volleyball team since his sophomore year — knows quite a bit about.

    Former Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has signed a one-year deal to play for the Bears, just two days after they parted ways with veteran Brian Urlacher.

    Bears taking chance on troubled Broncos linebacker Williams

    The Bears didn't waste any time finding the player they hope will replace Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker, but it's a gamble. They signed former Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams to a one-year, $1.75 million non-guaranteed contract after a season in which he was suspended twice, once for violating the league's rule on performance-enhancing drugs and once for a second DUI arrest.

    Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough 57-49 win over Colorado in a game of wild momentum swings Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Late 3-pointers lift Illinois past Colorado 57-49

    Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough 57-49 win over Colorado in a game of wild momentum swings Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney, left, celebrates his two run home run with Luis Valbuena during the ninth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Barney homers as Cubs beat Brewers 4-1

    Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro hit consecutive homers with two out in the ninth inning to help the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday.

    With Marian Hossa out with an injury, Patrick Kane, right, logged more than 25 minutes and 32 shifts against Anaheim on Wednesday.

    Quenneville defends use of Kane while Carcillo sits

    Patrick Kane, a minus-4 against Anaheim on Wednesday, was gassed after the game, but Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville refused to blame fatigue for the poor performance from his right winger, especially in the last six minutes when Anaheim scored 3 goals to wipe out a 2-1 Hawks lead."Not at all, no," Quenneville said Friday. "We made some mental mistakes in that game. I think Kaner played a good game. We're not looking to point fingers at his situation."

    Marian Hossa got injured against Colorado on Monday with what is believed to be a shoulder injury. He likely will not play when the Hawks take on Los Angeles at the United Center next week.

    Looks like Hossa’s out for Monday

    Marian Hossa is unlikely to play when the Hawks take on Los Angeles at the United Center on Monday.

    Doug McDermott can put his decision on hold about whether to stay at Creighton or leave. McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati 67-63 on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional. Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA tournament opener for the second straight year. McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and 2012 All-American, made all 11 free throws to help the seventh-seeded Bluejays (28-7) move on to play Duke on Sunday. Sean Kilpatrick's driving layup after Cincinnati had the arrow on a jump ball cut it to 64-63 with 17 seconds left. Austin Chatman sank two free throws for Creighton. Kilpatrick's attempt at a tying 3 rimmed out, and the Bearcats were whistled for traveling after grabbing the rebound. Chatman then hit one of two from the line to clinch it. McDermott has said he'll wait until after the season to decide if he'll return for his senior year. He's projected as a late first- or early second-round pick and could probably boost his stock with a strong season against tougher teams in a new-look Big East. The Bluejays could never put away the 10th-seeded Bearcats (22-12) in their camouflage-patterned shorts. Echenique snapped a tie with a layup and McDermott hit two from the free-throw line to help the Bluejays keep the lead over the final 3 minutes. For all their offensive woes, the Bearcats stayed close and never trailed by more than eight in the second half. Cashmere Wright hit a 3 — Cincinnati's fourth on 15 attempts — to slice it to 52-49. McDermott had a rare miss inside and showed some visible frustration, clapping his hands trying to rally the Bluejays. Kilpatrick hit two free throws to pull the Bearcats within two. He sank consecutive jumpers to tie the game at 54-54 with 3:33 left. That was pretty much all the Bearcats had left, and they're heading home a year after reaching the round of 16. Except for a 5-minute spurt midway through the second half to help them tie the game, they couldn't buy a bucket. McDermott was double-teamed in the corner and swung his left elbow into Shaquille Thomas' face to break free with 53 seconds left. McDermott was whistled for a flagrant foul and Thomas went to the line but missed both free throws. Wright, though, buried a 3 on the ensuing possession to make it 60-57. The Bearcats could just never take the lead. Kilpatrick scored 19 points, and Wright had 15. Creighton, Butler and Xavier are set to shed the mid-major label and join Big East holdovers Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul next season. Cincinnati is staying behind in the football-based, soon-to-be-former Big East. The Bearcats struggled to score all season and had little production after Wright hit two quick 3s to open the game. Each team made 12 shots in the half. The difference was in efficiency. The Bearcats were 12 of 33 while Creighton was 12 of 19. The Bearcats even forced 10 turnovers and it still wasn't enough. McDermott had a quiet half until the final minutes. He hit his first 3-pointer, then got the ball in the low post and twirled around for a layup. He sank the free throw to complete the three-point play to send the Bluejays into halftime with a 32-27 lead. Led by McDermott's flawless effort from the line, the Bluejays made 22 of 25 free throws. The Bearcats made only 4 of 9, and that doomed them down the stretch.

    Dermott has 27, Creighton tops Cincinnati 67-63

    Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati 67-63 on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

    Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder (22) awaits a La Salle free throw during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 22, 2013. La Salle defeated Kansas State 63-61. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Another upset as No. 4 K State falls to La Salle

    Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and No. 13 seed La Salle survived after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State 63-61 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com ¬ West Aurora's James McGrath spikes the ball past Joliet Central's Cornelius Loftis at the West Aurora invite on Saturday, March 31.

    Scouting Tri-Cities area boys volleyball teams

    In just its second year with a boys volleyball program in 2012, Geneva went 17-12 and tied St. Charles East for the Upstate Eight Conference River title. While starting a team can often lead to years of growing pains and losing seasons, Vikings coach KC Johnsen thinks he knows why the Vikings have been successful so quickly. "We've been lucky that some really good athletes have decided to give volleyball a try," Johnsen said. "That makes a lot of difference. They pick it up very fast and move well on the court and are competitive guys and jump a little bit. Makes it a quicker jump start. (We wouldn't have won so fast) if we didn't have such good athletes."

    Mississippi guard Jarvis Summers (32) is fouled by Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson (12) Friday during the first half of a second round game in the NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

    Mississippi upsets Wisconsin 57-46 in NCAA tourney

    Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half, leading 12th-seeded Mississippi past No. 5 Wisconsin 57-46 on Friday, giving the Rebels their first NCAA tournament win since 2002. For the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), the upset loss snaps a string of six straight first-game victories.

    Duke’s Ryan Kelly, left, goes up for a shot as Albany’s John Puk defends Friday during the first half of a second round game of the NCAA tournament in Philadelphia.

    No. 2 seed Duke beats Albany 73-61

    Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee had 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany 73-61 on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional. The Blue Devils (28-5) will meet the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Creighton and 10th-seeded Cincinnati in the third round Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

    Bill Haas watches his shot from the 18th fairway to the green Friday during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla.

    Haas shoots 66 to take early lead at Bay Hill

    Bill Haas wanted to make up for his bad finish in the opening round at Bay Hill. He did that and more Friday. Haas kept bogeys off his card for a 6-under 66, taking a one-shot lead among the early starters in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Haas not only hit 15 greens in regulation, he didn't have a putt for par longer than 4 feet.

    Colorado State's Colton Iverson (45) reacts after a basket during the first half of their second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Missouri, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Colorado State runs away from Missouri 84-72

    Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half and eighth-seeded Colorado State used good shooting and great rebounding to run away from No. 9 Missouri 84-72 Thursday night in the NCAA tournament. Green, who went scoreless with five turnovers in last year's second-round upset to Murray State, did much better this time as the Rams shot nearly 58 percent in the first half.

    Harvard Crimson guard Siyani Chambers (1) celebrates after the Crimson beat New Mexico in the NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf)

    Harvard upsets New Mexico 68-62

    Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracketbusting 101. The school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night — a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico — and it didn't feel like a fluke.

    After 13 seasons in Chicago, Brian Urlacher turned down a $2 million offer to play one more season with the Bears.

    Nothing insulting about $2 million for Urlacher

    Mike North thinks the Chicago Bears offer to Brian Urlacher was a fair one and probably what he is now worth. He compares Sebastian Janikowski to Urlacher, drafted in the same year, says they both belong in the Hall of Fame.


    Syracuse blows past Montana 81-34

    After being sent cross-country to open the NCAA tournament, Syracuse is in no hurry to go back home.Brandon Triche scored 20 points, C.J. Fair added 13 and the fourth-seeded Orange shut down No. 13 seed Montana with their zone defense in a 81-34 victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.Michael Carter-Williams chipped in four points, eight rebounds and nine assists as the Orange (27-9) raced out to an early lead that grew as high as 50 points and coasted past the Grizzlies (25-7) to their most lopsided tournament win since beating Brown 101-52 in the first round in 1986.Syracuse advanced to play 12th-seeded and local favorite California (21-11) on Saturday for a spot in the East regional in Washington, D.C. next week. The Golden Bears beat UNLV 64-61.The Orange were the lone team from the Eastern time zone to play in San Jose this week, joining five teams from the Western half of the country and Oklahoma State and St. Louis from the Midwest. Syracuse traveled a day earlier than usual to prepare for the game and looked sharp from the start.The Orange led by 23 points at halftime and then turned it into a laugher with a 17-2 run to open the second half. Trevor Cooney’s 3-pointer midway through the second half made it 62-20.The Orange were reeling a bit at the end of the regular season, losing four of their final five games capped by a blowout loss at rival Georgetown. Syracuse recovered to win three games to make the final of the Big East tournament and have now started the NCAAs off with a win for the fifth straight year.For the second straight year, the Grizzlies won the Big Sky tournament to earn an NCAA tournament bid only to fall flat in their opener. They fell 73-49 to Wisconsin a year ago, shooting 38 percent for the game, including a 3-for-14 performance from star guard Will Cherry.Cherry was hoping for a better performance this year, especially with this game being played less than an hour from his hometown of Oakland. But he scored just two points on 1 for 12 shooting.The Grizzlies, playing without injured leading scorer Mathias Ward, shot just 20 percent (11 for 54), missed 27 of 31 3-pointers and had more turnovers (17) than made baskets.With much of the Bay Area crowd still basking in the earlier win by California, Syracuse got off to a fast start to put to rest any questions about whether a third straight double-digit seed team would win in San Jose following wins by the Bears and Oregon earlier in the day.Fair handled the early scoring load, scoring nine points in the opening 6 minutes to give Syracuse an 18-4 lead. The Orange made seven of their first nine shots as their superior athleticism and size created easy chances almost every time down the floor.That size gave Montana problems on the other end against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. The Grizzlies struggled to penetrate the defense and got few easy looks, missing eight straight shots in a span of more than 6 minutes early in the game to fall into a hole that proved too big to overcome.Christmas followed Fair’s 3-pointer with an alley-oop dunk off a nice feed from Carter-Williams and James Southerland’s 3-pointer from the wing made it 30-11 with less than 6 minutes to go in the half.Fair himself had matched Montana’s scoring total at that point and the deficit only got bigger at the half when Triche hit a floater and then scored on a breakaway dunk off a block by Baye Moussa Keita to make it 38-15 at the break.


    In this video image from Senate Television, senators speak Friday on the floor of the Senate during voting on an amendment to the budget resolution at the Capitolin Washington.

    Senate shows support for Internet sales taxes

    Advocates of an effort to help states collect taxes on Internet sales won a symbolic but important victory Friday as the Senate signaled solid bipartisan support for the proposal.Senators voted 75-24 for a nonbinding measure that endorses giving states more power to collect existing sales taxes on purchases their residents make from out-of-state Internet companies.

    Cyprus lawmakers vote on key bills aimed at securing a broader bailout package from international creditors in parliament in the capital Nicosia, late Friday.

    Cyprus lawmakers approve key bills for bailout

    Lawmakers in Cyprus approved three key bills Friday that aim to raise enough money to qualify the country for a broader bailout package and help it avoid financial ruin in mere days.A total of nine bills were approved, including a key one on restructuring the country's ailing banks, which lost billions on bad Greek debt; one on restricting financial transactions in times of crisis; and one that sets up a solidarity fund' into which investments and contributions will flow.

    Traders John Bowers, left, and Fred DeMarco work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday.

    Investors quitting bonds? Not yet

    Money keeps flowing into bonds. Industry consultant Strategic Insight says U.S. bond mutual funds have attracted $64 billion in cash in the first two months of the year, just below last year's pace of $68 billion over the same period.

    A new store, American Eagle Furniture, is expected to open its doors April 1 at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The owner, Sam Mustafa, has another location in Schaumburg at Woodfield Mall and is excited to expand his business.

    Two businesses to call West Dundee home

    West Dundee is getting ready to welcome two new businesses to town — one a furniture store and the second, a gift shop. American Eagle Furniture is set to open April 1 inside Spring Hill Mall. The Something 4 U gift shop will open nearby at Tartans Crossing on Huntley Road.

    Mike Sinnett, vice president at Boeing Commercial Airplanes and chief project engineer of the 787 program, poses for a photograph with a model of the newly redesigned battery for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, last Friday, March 15.

    Investigators scold Boeing over 787 comments

    Boeing's "failure to inform the NTSB of the content off the recent technical briefing in Tokyo prior to its occurrence is inconsistent with our expectations for a party," the NTSB wrote.

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks Wednesday at the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

    Starbucks issues first Groupon coupon

    Customers who spend $5 on the coupon get a printable gift card to use in stores for $10. More than 100,000 of the Groupon deals have been sold so far, Linda Mills, a spokeswoman for the Seattle-based brewer, said.

    Bloomberg News/March 9 A man carries a Nike Inc. shopping bag in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

    Nike stock surges most since 2008

    Nike shares rose 11 percent to $59.53 at the close in New York for the largest gain since Oct. 28, 2008. Nike has advanced 15 percent this year, compared with a 9.1 percent gain in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

    Trader Richard Scardino, right, uses his handheld device Friday as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Earnings reports buoy stock prices

    On Friday, investors took advantage of the market's down week and ramped up their stock buying.A resilient global economy has encouraged investors to pick up stocks on any dips, said Ron Florance, managing director of investment strategy at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

    Li Fanrong, chief executive officer of CNOOC Ltd., gestures while speaking during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, March 22, 2013. CNOOC reported 2012 profit that missed analyst estimates as China’s biggest offshore oil producer spent more to explore and revive stalled output growth.

    CNOOC posts 9.3% profit drop on higher costs

    State-owned CNOOC, which made China's biggest-ever overseas energy acquisition last year, said Friday that annual profit fell 9.3 percent because of higher costs for exploration and for operating in Canada's oil sands. CNOOC Ltd.'s $15.1 billion purchase of Canadian energy producer Nexen was part of a broader trend of Chinese resources companies making foreign acquisitions to get better access to key commodities as well as become global competitors.

    A South Korean police officer from Digital Forensic Investigation comes out from the Cyber Terror Response Center at National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, March 22, 2013. South Korea said Friday it was preparing for the possibility of more cyberattacks as a new team of investigators tried to determine if North Korea was behind a synchronized shutdown of tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies.

    S. Korea misidentifies China as cyberattack origin

    In an embarrassing twist to a coordinated cyberattack on six major South Korean companies this week, investigators said Friday they wrongly identified a Chinese Internet Protocol address as the source. Experts still maintain that hackers abroad were likely to blame, and many analysts suspect North Korea. But the error raises questions about investigators' ability to track down the source of an attack that shut down 32,000 computers Wednesday and exposed big Internet security holes in one of the world's most wired, tech-savvy countries.


    Marin Software rises in debut on the NYSE

    Shares of Marin Software climbed nearly 27 percent in their first day as a publicly traded company. The software company's stock rose $3.76, or 26.9 percent, to $17.76 in morning trading.

    Darden Restaurants, owners of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse, said Friday, March 22, 2013 that its third-quarter net income dropped 18 percent, as it dealt with soft sales at Red Lobster, but the performance still beat Wall Street’s expectations.

    Darden 3Q profit falls but beats Wall Street expectations

    Darden Restaurants' third-quarter net income dropped 18 percent, as it dealt with soft sales at Red Lobster but the performance still beat Wall Street's expectations. Darden has been struggling to make its brands relevant again as diners increasingly head to chains like Chipotle and Panera, where they feel they're getting restaurant-quality food without paying as much.


    FCC Chairman Genachowski to step down

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced his resignation in the "coming weeks." Genachowski, 50, was appointed in 2009 and has hewed a middle line between the desires of public-interest groups and the telecom industry, which hasn't enamored him to either side.

    An employee of Laiki bank holding an umbrella is seen behind riot police during a rally outside of the parliament in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, March 22, 2013. Cypriot authorities were putting the final touches Friday to a plan they hope will convince international lenders to provide the money the country urgently needs to avoid bankruptcy within days.

    Cyprus to vote on new plan, Europe skeptical

    Cypriot lawmakers are due to vote Friday on a raft of new measures they hope will qualify the country for a bailout package and avoid financial ruin next week. But officials in Brussels and Berlin gave no indication it would be enough. "The next few hours will determine the future of this country," said government spokesman Christos Stylianides.


    Stocks rise on Wall Street aided by earnings

    Stocks opened higher on Wall Street, bolstered by strong earnings from some major U.S. corporations. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 47 points, or 0.3 percent, to 14,469 as of 9:44 a.m. EDT. The Standard & Poor's 500 index advanced five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,551. The Nasdaq composite gained 11 points, or 0.4 percent, to 3,224.


    Rand McNally launches new load board service

    Skokie-based Rand McNally said it is partnering with web-based freight matching service Getloaded to provide an exclusive load board for owners of Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute TNDT truck GPS devices.The new service, available at a discount for TNDT users, will enable professional drivers to view freight available in their area for pickup, and post their truck availability.In May, the new customized load board for Rand McNally will allow the more than 100,000 Rand McNally registered users to access the service via a link on the Rand McNally Dock, the software used by TNDT owners to update their devices and secure additional services.All current and new TNDT owners will be able to take advantage of a 10-day free trial, and thereafter subscribe to unlimited service on getloaded.com for a discounted monthly fee. Once a driver activates the account, the service will enable searching for freight available in a particular area, or at a particular destination. Searches are returned with information such as “full load” (Full) or “less than truckload” (LTL) mileages, type of trailer required, and pay scale. Drivers will be able to post their availability for a load by trailer type, or by origin/destination.“Since launching our first TNDT device, we continue to seek partners who can supply solutions to everyday challenges in the trucking community,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “The new Rand McNally load- matching service, powered by Getloaded, allows drivers to find loads close-by or close to their destination, helping eliminate dead-head miles.” Later this year, the custom site will be enabled directly from Rand McNally’s Wi-Fi-connected TNDT devices via the Truck Tools menu, meaning drivers will be able to quickly view loads in their area. When connected to the Internet, users will be able to set up a profile from within their device, and loads will be displayed for that profile on the device. Drivers will be able to view loads available within a selected radius around the vehicle, or at the destination, choose a load, and then allow the device to route to the pickup and drop off location. In addition, drivers can post their vehicle as available.“We’re all about making it easy and affordable to find loads and keep trucks full,” said Fergus Caldicott, General Manager of Getloaded. “With a board powered by Getloaded, IntelliRoute TNDT owners can get maximum value out of the technology they count on to help them turn a profit.”In addition to the discounted custom site for IntelliRoute TNDT owners, the partnership agreement includes the ability for Getloaded to sell the Rand McNally devices at www.getloaded.com.


    Hub Group recognizes its top providers

    Trucking and logistics services provider Hub Group, Inc. announced the recipients of its first Truckload Carrier of the Year award.


    Six suburban businesses honored as ‘Companies That Care’

    Six suburban companies were among those recognized by the Center for Companies That Care on its 11th Honor Roll.

    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gestures during an interactive session with group of students at a technical university in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday.

    Google’s Schmidt urges Myanmar to embrace free speech

    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is urging Myanmar to allow free speech and private sector development of the country's woeful telecommunications infrastructure. "Try to keep the government out of regulating the internet" he told a group of students Friday at a technical university in Yangon.


    What employers need to know about office pools

    It's March, and people across the country are watching their brackets, partly for love of the game but also in hopes of winning the office pool, but there's something employers need to keep in mind: Office pools may be illegal.

    Tiffany says its fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent, but managed to beat Wall Street predictions.

    Tiffany 4Q net income rises less than 1 pct

    Tiffany says its fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent, but managed to beat Wall Street predictions.. The New York-based jewelry company also says it expects its first-quarter earnings from operations will fall about 15 percent to 20 percent as a result of profitability pressures and higher marketing costs, but pick up later in the year.


    Nike 3rd quarter net income jumps

    Nike Inc. said Thursday its third-quarter net income rose 55 percent as the athletic gear maker's resurgence in North America and easing material costs helped offset continued weakness in China. The world's largest athletic shoe and clothing company's results beat expectations and its shares jumped 8 percent in aftermarket trading.


    Oil prices slip as Cyprus uncertainty continues

    The price of oil fell slightly Thursday, to near $93 a barrel, as traders awaited a solution to a financial crisis in Cyprus that has raised fears of a destabilizing exit of the country from the euro.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for May delivery was down 34 cents to $93.16 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    An employee of company used for collecting and transferring money carrying an envelope to a branch of Hellenic bank in capital Nicosia, Friday,

    Crisis in Cyprus threatens EU role and legitimacy

    By rejecting an EU bailout and turning to Russia for help, Cyprus has exposed the growing frustration and dwindling solidarity within the European Union, a bloc meant to bring the continent closer together after World War II.


    London mayor wins case over anti-gay bus ad ban

    Britain's High Court says the mayor of London acted lawfully when he banned bus ads from a Christian group suggesting that homosexuality can be cured. A Christian charity had challenged mayor Boris Johnson's decision, as chair of London's transport authority, to ban ads declaring: "Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it."


    BP to buy back $8 billion of shares after completing TNK-BP sale

    BP Plc will buy back $8 billion of shares from investors after completing the sale of 50 percent of Russian oil producer TNK-BP. The buyback will return the original sum invested in the venture in 2003, the London-based company said in a statement today. The program will take eight to 12 months to complete and more than offset the earnings per share lost from selling the stake in Russia's third-largest producer, BP said.


    Markets drop amid Cyprus uncertainty

    Markets fell sharply Thursday as investors fretted over whether Cyprus will be able to agree on a package of emergency measures to avoid bankruptcy. The country's lawmakers are in a race against time to fashion a deal that will also get the blessing of potential creditors from Europe and the International Monetary Fund. The European Central Bank has warned it will end emergency support for Cyprus' banks on Monday if no bailout deal is approved by then.


    German business optimism dips unexpectedly

    An important German index of business optimism fell unexpectedly in March but the institute that conducts the survey said the economy remained on course for growth. The Ifo index fell to 106.7 points from 107.4 in February. Market analysts had expected a slight increase to 107.6 points.


    BP seeks sanctions over missing cement samples

    BP asked a federal judge Thursday to sanction its cement contractor on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project, accusing the company of withholding critical evidence that could have been used at the ongoing trial over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

    With the deadline looming, buyout specialist Blackstone Group is emerging as the most likely candidate to trump the current Dell buyout bid of $13.65 per share.

    Dell buyout intrigue heightens as deadline looms

    Michael Dell is about to find out if other bidders think his company is worth more than he does.The answer could come Friday, which marks the end of a 45-day period that Dell Inc.'s board of directors settled on to allow for offers that might top a Feb. 5 agreement to sell the personal computer maker to CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors for $24.4 billion.

    Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research In Motion Ltd., introduces the BlackBerry Z10, in New York.

    BlackBerry CEO says iPhone is outdated

    The chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion says Apple's iPhone is outdated. Thorsten Heins made the comment a day before the much-delayed new touchscreen BlackBerry goes on sale in the U.S.Heins also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that a new keyboard version won't be released in the U.S. until two or three months from now.

    An Indian man bathes under a leaking water supply pipeline on World Water Day on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Friday.

    World with more phones than toilets shows UN’s water challenges

    There are more mobile phones on Earth than clean toilets, one of the most vexing challenges facing governments on the 20th anniversary of the United Nations' World Water Day. Solving that developmental dilemma has so far confounded leaders, some of whom will meet today in The Hague to discuss water cooperation.

    The new 20-ounce Pepsi bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier for holding, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed.

    Pepsi rolls out a new shape for bottle

    Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier to grip, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed. The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multiyear deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with pop star Beyonce.

    The GOP plan caters to tea party forces while Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., crafted a measure designed to nail down support from liberal senators like Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who vehemently oppose cuts to safety net programs.

    Senate Democrats on track to pass budget

    Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January. The nonbinding but politically symbolic measure would protect safety-net programs for the poor and popular domestic priorities like education, health research and federal law enforcement agencies from cuts sought by House Republicans.

    Indonesia’s top discount carrier, which catapulted into the global aviation spotlight with record deals to buy Airbus and Boeing planes, is taking the battle for Asia’s budget-minded travelers to the backyard of the airline that helped pioneer low cost flights in the region.

    Lion takes on AirAsia with record jet orders

    Indonesia's top discount carrier, which catapulted into the global aviation spotlight with record deals to buy Airbus and Boeing planes, is taking the battle for Asia's budget-minded travelers to the backyard of the airline that helped pioneer low cost flights in the region. Lion Air, hardly known beyond Indonesia until giving Chicago-based Boeing and Airbus their biggest orders ever, made its first foray outside its home market with the launch Friday of Malindo Air in Malaysia.

    Coca-Cola may be missing from Passover feasts for the second year in a row in California. The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it once again won’t be able to make “kosher for Passover” versions of its flagship cola this year because of manufacturing changes that were made in the state.

    No ‘kosher for Passover’ Coke in California again

    Coca-Cola may be missing from Passover feasts for the second year in a row in California. The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it once again won't be able to make "kosher for Passover" versions of its flagship cola this year because of manufacturing changes that were made in the state. Regular Coca-Cola is sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup in the United States but the Passover version is made with sugar because many observant Jews do not use products made with corn during the holiday.

    Crew members with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., work on a drilling platform on a Weld County farm near Mead, Colo., in the northeastern part of the state. The drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is shaking up world energy markets from Washington to Moscow to Beijing.

    Sierra Club blasts new plan to improve fracking

    The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standards for fracking. The criticism Thursday came a day after two of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies made peace with some national and regional environmental groups, agreeing to go through an independent review of their shale oil and gas drilling operations in the Northeast.

    The future is looking bleak for a celebrity privacy bill in Hawaii known as the Steven Tyler Act. The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer would allow people to sue others who take photos or videos of their private moments.

    Steven Tyler celebrity privacy act stalls in Hawaii

    The future is looking bleak for a celebrity privacy bill in Hawaii known as the Steven Tyler Act.The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer would allow people to sue others who take photos or videos of their private moments. But after sailing through the Senate earlier this month following testimony from Tyler at a February hearing, the bill is missing deadlines in the state House, and key lawmakers say they won't push it through.

Life & Entertainment

    Wade McCollum, left, Scott Willis and Bryan West star as drag performers on a road trip through the Australian outback in the national tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert — The Musical.” It's at the Auditorium Theatre for a brief run.

    'Priscilla' out — and outrageous — in the outback

    The national tour of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" rolls into the Auditorium Theatre in all its neon, feathered, glittered glory that's somehow fitting for a show where outrageous style trumps outright substance.

    The four Steward children — Brie, Joey, Keiley and Shelbie — have kept their mother, Debbie Steward of Carol Stream, busy mending wounds and injuries.

    Do you know when to take your child to the ER?

    Debbie Steward of Carol Stream knows a thing or two about sticks and stones and broken bones. The mother of four is an expert at handling scrapes, scratches, cuts and bruises. She also has spent her fair share amount of time in the local emergency room with one or another of the children needing emergency care for broken bones, sprains, and strains.

    Ted Koppel, who has a report on juvenile justice on Friday’s “Rock Center,” says NBC hasn’t done the newsmagazine any favors by bouncing it around the schedule.

    Ted Koppel: Quit moving airtime for ‘Rock Center’

    Veteran newsman Ted Koppel, who reports on Friday's "Rock Center" about young offenders in adult prisons, said NBC hasn't done Brian Williams and his young newsmagazine any favors with its scheduling shuffles. The show debuted on Halloween 2011 and now airs on Friday after previously being on NBC's schedule for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. "Just when you think somebody might figure out when it's on and want to see it the next week, they move it to another place," Koppel said.


    Ebertfest lineup includes Jack Black, ‘Bernie’

    Jack Black and filmmaker Richard Linklater will headline this year's Roger Ebert Film Festival April 17-21 in Champaign. Black starred in Linklater's "Bernie," which will be among the dozen features at the 15th annual Ebertfest.

    Rob Thomas, who created “Veronica Mars” starring Kristen Bell, last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie of his cult TV show, which was canceled after three seasons in 2007. It met its stated goal of raising $2 million in less than 11 hours, meaning it would be greenlit to begin shooting this summer.

    ‘Veronica Mars’ campaign rattles movie industry

    After years of hope, stalled efforts and studio frustration, "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas watched a long-held dream come to fruition in a sudden digital rush. Thomas last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie of his cult TV show, which was canceled after three seasons in 2007. It met its stated goal of raising $2 million in less than 11 hours, meaning it would be greenlit to begin shooting this summer. The resounding, immediate success of the crowd-funding campaign sent shock waves through the movie business.


    NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

    NBC says it will air an interview with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week. The network said the segment will be broadcast Monday on the "Today" show.

    “Downton Abbey” fans were devastated when Dan Stevens recently made his dramatic exit from the series at the very end of the show’s third season. “It’s nice that people care,” he said.

    Dan Stevens not too emotional about ‘Downton’ exit

    NEW YORK — “Downton Abbey” fans were devastated when Matthew Crawley made his dramatic exit from the series at the end of the show’s third season. The actor who played him, however, is less emotional about the plot point.“It’s nice that people care, I suppose, about the show, but yeah, you know ... I had to do what I had to do,” Dan Stevens said Thursday while attending a New York reception to launch a two-day pop-up showcase to promote British tourism.He does, however, recognize the phenomenon the show has become, airing in countries across the globe. “It’s a show that means a lot to a lot of people, and, you know, we’ve obviously gone into a lot of homes on a Sunday night, so people feel very close to the show, which is great,” Stevens said.On “Downton,” the relationship between Crawley and Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary was a central storyline.Stevens left the show to pursue other opportunities, which have opened up for him. He recently starred in “The Heiress” on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and shot a role in an upcoming film about the founder of WikiLeaks with fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.Stevens is now filming a movie in Brooklyn with Liam Neeson called “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” That part has required the 30-year-old to trim down a bit and darken his hair. When he was first spotted publicly last weekend at the GLAAD Awards sporting the new look, photos quickly spread online with chatter about the change.Stevens seemed especially surprised — if not confused — by the interest in his appearance.“Really? OK, I suppose,” he said. “There’s so much else going on in the world.”He was more interested in encouraging people to visit his homeland.“It’s a great country. There’s all sorts to offer. ... There’s culture, music, art, food,” he said. “The food is much better than it used to be, and the weather is getting better, too! “


    Local theater: Adaptation of Last Supper

    Improv Playhouse reprises its annual production of "The Gathering," Fox Valley Rep revives "Forever Plaid" and First Folio presents the female version of "Underneath the Lintel" this week in suburban theater.

    The diavolo pizza is similar to a spicy pepperoni pizza with two eggs cracked sunny side up on the top and then cooked in the wood-fired oven.

    Dining events: Fiamme's specials heating up

    Fiamme Pizzeria is spicing things up with its limited-time specials. Explore four downtown Arlington Heights eateries at Dishcrawl’s inaugural event starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

    Kacey Musgraves’ latest CD, “Same Trailer Different Park,” was released Tuesday.

    Newcomer Kacey Musgraves takes Nashville by storm

    Kacey Musgraves hates the genre column on iTunes. It's the label to end all labels. The 24-year-old Texas-born singer-songwriter is the focus of Nashville this week as she released her new album, "Same Trailer Different Park." She has two songs in the Top 20 at country radio and is on tour with Kenny Chesney (the closest she comes to Chicago is a stop at Miller Park in Milwaukee on May 18). So, like iTunes, you probably stamped country on her music. That's only partially true.

    “Same Trailer Different Park” by Kacey Musgraves

    Good music come from Musgraves’ ‘Trailer’

    It's a long way from nowhere Texas to the bright lights of Nashville, Tenn. Well, country music can thank Kacey Musgraves for finding her way, through smart lyrics, arrangements free of bluster and a tone that's all her own on her debut major label release, "Same Trailer Different Park."

    With an enterprising blend of art and technology, the creators of “BioShock Infinite” have aspirations that the new sidekick character Elizabeth will be the most human-like character to ever appear in a video game.

    ‘BioShock’ sidekick more than a damsel in distress

    Locked in a tower lingering above a fantastical floating city, past electrical barricades and steel doors, is a curious young brunette woman in a long blue dress that's just a few shades darker than her big, expressive eyes. Her name is Elizabeth, and with an enterprising blend of art and technology, the creators of "BioShock Infinite" have aspirations that she'll be the most human-like character to ever appear in a video game.

    Neither the characters (Kelly Lynn Hogan and Paul del Gatto) nor their relationships are as they seem in Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's “Accomplice.”

    Metropolis cast strong, but 'Accomplice' undone by script

    One thing about the ending of "Accomplice:" Audiences won't see it coming. Despite having something of an identity crisis, "Accomplice" has some merit -- namely Holmes' pop culture wisecracks and insider references -- and benefits greatly from Metropolis' very able quartet of actors.

    Bartender Kelly Williams pours a glass of wine at The Vino Cellar in Lombard.

    Lombard’s Vino Cellar a place to sip and savor

    Cesar and Courtney Pena have turned their hobby into a business, opening The Vino Cellar Nov. 30 to share their love of wine with downtown Lombard. A bar and retail shop, the spot at 141 W. St. Charles Road offers a relaxed place for wine and craft beer drinkers alike. The Vino Cellar serves 20 wines by the glass, and both the tastings and glass selections change monthly, so there's always something new to try.

    Members of the Sawtooth wolf pack howl together in the wild. Learn more about the pack in the “Living with Wolves” exhibit, opening Friday, March 22, at The Field Museum.

    Spring exhibits transport visitors from a wolf den to prehistoric times

    Visitors to Brookfield Zoo and three Chicago museums can find themselves viewing a number of "wild things" this spring, as creatures great and small are featured in exhibits. Museum and zoo guests can find themselves staring into the eyes of a prehistoric dinosaur, stroking a swimming stingray, learning about the life of a wolf pack or peering into a rabbit's brain. To borrow the title from Maurice Sendak's famed children's book, this spring, Chicago becomes "Where the Wild Things Are."

    Green Day plays the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Thursday.

    Music notes: Green Day stops at Allstate

    Punk-alternative band Green Day arrives Thursday, March 28, at the Allstate in Rosemont. Suburban bluegrass fans won't want to miss the 19th annual Great Northern Bluegrass Festival taking place March 22-24 in Schaumburg.


    Home inspector who offers to make repairs has conflict

    Q. Our home recently fell out of escrow, and the circumstances were very suspicious. The buyers' home inspector said we have mold. We were unable to see it, but the inspector said it was only visible with a special flashlight.


    Give old garden tools new life

    The old saying "they don't make them like they used to" applies to garden tools. Our favorite tools still are our oldest, in most cases. That doesn't mean they don't need a little upkeep and repair from time to time. All tools need to be maintained so they will be ready to work when you are.


    Ireland beckons, especially to retirees

    Real estate prices on the Emerald Isle are about half what they are in the U.S., making it a great spot for retired people with plenty of equity in their U.S. homes. A tough economy, though, makes it a bad choice for younger people who need jobs.

    Shodeen Inc. is planning to build apartment complexes in Aurora, Elgin and DeKalb.

    Shodeen sells Geneva apartments
    An affiliate of Radco Investments, an Atlanta private equity firm, has purchased the 226-unit Brittany Court Apartments community in Geneva. The affiliate purchased the apartment complex from Shodeen Inc., the Geneva-based developer that built Brittany Court and has managed the property since 1989.


    What’s new in theater
    The Building Stage's swan song "Dawn, Quixote;" the world premiere of the musical "Under a Rainbow Flag;" and Mercury Theater's revival of the musical "Barnum" are among this week's offerings in Chicago area theater.


    Push on to get MLS to add ‘green’ data on forms

    When it comes to energy efficiency and "green" features in homes, there's a chasmic disconnect in the marketplace among potential buyers, real estate appraisers and the nation's realty sales system.

    Western DuPage Landscaping has provided exterior design services for several new home builders.

    Buyers of new homes can’t wait to move outdoors

    Many homebuilders incorporate outdoor living spaces into their overall home design. The yard and garden become part of the floor plan when sliding glass doors open to patios and decks and beautiful backyards.

    Transition objects can help toddlers feel secure but when is the right time to bid them farewell?

    Is it time for your child to give up his blankie, or pacifier?

    Jessica Zaucha's daughter, Alex, used to sleep through the night. But when Alex was about 6½ months old, that changed. Alex would become hysterical at bedtime. She thought her parents were trying to leave her. To ease the separation anxiety Alex was feeling, Zaucha introduced "Blankie" to her.



    Endorsement: Yes to retain at-large elections in Naperville
    The Daily Herald recommends Naperville residents vote yes to retain the existing system of at-large election of city council members.


    Endorsements: Coghill, Intihar, Knicker, Mathieson for Wheaton-Warrenville Dist. 200 board
    The Daily Herald endoses Joann Coghill, Barbara Intihar, Ken Knicker and James Mathieson for the Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 board.


    Endorsement: Yes for new school building in Butler Dist. 53
    The Daily Herald recommends yes votes on proposals to acquire permission to buy land and to build a new school in Butler Elementary District 53 .


    Endorsement: Amrich for Island Lake mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Charles Amrich for Island Lake mayor.


    Endorsements: Hansen, Kuzmanovich, Schell for Lake Villa Dist. 41 board
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbents Kurt Hansen, Peggy Kuzmanovich and Nancy Schell for the Lake Villa District 41 Board of Education.


    Endorsement: Browne, Lohr, Mellon, Paliani for Mundelein Dist. 120 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Patrick Browne, Paul Lohr, Laura Mellon and Robert Paliani for the Mundelein High School District 120 board.


    Endorsements: Koch, Schultz, Williams for Vernon Hills village board
    The Daily Herald endorses Thom Koch, James Schultz and Barbara Williams for re-election to three seats on the Vernon Hills village board.


    Endorsement: Burk, McGrath, Lee, Owen for Dist. 207 school board
    The Daily Herald endorses Eldon Burk, Margaret McGrath, Carla Owen and Jin Lee for the Maine Township High School District 207 school board.


    Endorsement: Yes to reduce size of fire district board
    A Daily Herald editorial recommends a yes vote to reduce the size of the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District board.


    Endorsements: DeBartolo, Graceffa for Sugar Grove library board
    The Daily Herald endoses Edward DeBartolo and Pat Graceffa for the Sugar Grove Public Library board.


    Endorsements: Bugg, Lofchie, O’Connor for Aurora City Council
    The Daily Herald endorses Edward Bugg, Judd Lofchie and Robert O'Connor for seats on the Aurora City Council.


    Endorsement: Yes to McHenry Dist. 156 bond issue
    McHenry High School District 156 lags badly in helping its students prepare for the world they will face after graduation. While some districts are giving every student a computer, District 156 is at the other end of the scale. Teachers and students are working with classroom equipment that in many cases is a decade old. The district has refinanced bonds at lower interest rates in a move that will save a taxpayer living in a home valued at $200,000 about $14 a year for the next eight years. On April 9, the district is asking voters to approve using that savings to issue $2.2 million in new bonds, with $1.9 million to be spent on technology and $300,000 used to make security enhancements based on a review undertaken after the recent school shooting in Connecticut. It has been decades since a tax increase was approved in the district, and a more ambitious school improvement plan was overwhelmingly rejected in 2010 and 2011. But approving this bond issue won’t increase taxes and rejecting it won’t result in a significant savings on property taxes. We strongly recommend a YES vote.

    Danielle Nierenberg

    Keep our water supply fresh, plentiful

    Guest Columnist Danielle Nierenberg:Many residents of Chicago and the suburbs are already rallying to conserve water. On this day, World Water Day, it's more important than ever that all Americans keep working to save every drop.


    Pass resolution for religious rights
    A letter to the editor: Why would any Illinois state senator not support a resolution calling for religious rreedom? His Eminence Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, wrote a personal endorsement to the State Senators in support of our resolution before heading to Rome for the vital process to freely pick his next leader without fear of outside interference and harassment.


    Plenty of money for the executives
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Five days after Google announced they will lay off approximately 10 percent of the company's workforce (not all in the United States), they award their chief executive a bonus of $6 million. He already has an estimated net worth of $8 billion.


    Lawmakers’ remarks on gays troubling
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: State Rep. Jeanne Ives claims that remarks she made regarding gays and their supposed "agenda" were misinterpreted. But unless they were incorrectly reported by the Herald, they were read loud and clear.


    Abuse by clergy is now rare
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Currently, rare clerical misconduct has been turned into an unjustifiable outbreak of religious bigotry against the Catholic Church.


    Congressional staffers feeling the pain
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In response to the March 8 letter regarding congressional pay, she states that "congressional salaries are exempt from any reduction." While those sitting in Congress may be exempt, those who are employed by Congress are not.


    Federal payrolls should be cut, too
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am not happy with her or anyone losing their jobs, but in the private sector if your company cannot support all its workers it must reduce staff. Somehow when it comes to the government the crocodile tears come out and say we can't cut government. It is time.


    Firsthand dedication to Wheaton
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Alberta Adamson is our choice for Wheaton City Council. We have known Alberta for 30 years. During that time we have worked with her on various projects and have observed firsthand her dedication to Wheaton.


    He believes in Winfield Township
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to formally declare my endorsement of John S. Dusza in his bid for election as Winfield Township Highway Commissioner.


    Say no to for-profit charter school
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: The Elgin Area Unit District U-46 school board will hold a public forum to discuss whether our district should grant approval for the Tennessee Virtual Academy to open an online for profit charter school in our district.


    Mayoral candidate with can do attitude
    A St. Chrles letter to the editor: My wife and I have known Ray Rogina for a number of years. Kate attended St. Charles (East) High School and was a student of Ray's. Since, he has become a friend to us. We have known Ray on a personal level for many years and I have had the pleasure of working with Ray professionally.


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