Daily Archive : Saturday March 23, 2013

News

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    Daily Herald receives 12 Lisagor nominations

    The Daily Herald has received 12 nominations in the prestigious 2013 Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism contest, presented by the Chicago Headline Club. Winners will be announced May 3 at the Union League Club in Chicago.

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    DeKalb man charged with public indecency for 3rd time

    A DeKalb man on the state sex offender registry appeared in Kane County bond court Saturday morning on charges of public indecency, according to court records. Tyler J. Green, 28, was arrested in connection to a Feb. 18 incident in which he is charged with exposing himself while driving through a Walmart parking lot in Huntley, police said.

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    Friends and family members of Rob Komosa attended his funeral service at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mount Prospect on Saturday.

    Suburbs say farewell to Rob Komosa

    Relatives and friends gathered at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mount Prospect Saturday to say farewell to Rob Komosa, who inspired hope among many in the 13 years after a freak accident in high school left him paralyzed from the neck down. "My brother wasn't one in a million; he was one of a kind," said a tearful Ann Phister.

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    Associated Press/March 23, 2011 A U.S. military guard watches over detainee cells inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

    U.S. to return Parwan Prison to Afghan government

    The United States will turn full control of the Parwan prison over to the Afghan government on Monday, the Pentagon said, settling a dispute that had threatened negotiations over a long-term security accord that would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed the prison agreement Saturday.

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    A convoy of Chadian soldiers fighting in support of Central African Republic president Francois Bozize moves along the road in Damara last January. On Friday, rebels took the town and began a new march to take the capital, Bangui.

    Rebels enter Central African Republic capital

    Hundreds of rebels penetrated the capital of Central African Republic on Saturday, posing the gravest threat to President Francois Bozize’s government in a decade. In at least one part of the city, the insurgents faced resistance and were battling their way through, a group monitoring the situation said.

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    Naperville smart meter case dismissed by federal judge

    A federal judge has dismissed a case by Naperville residents opposed to the city's smart meter program but the lawsuit is likely far from over. Members of the opposition group Naperville Smart Meter Awareness have already announced their intent to file an amended complaint by April 5. "We are pleased with this opportunity to refresh our complaint so that our constitutional rights may be...

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    Wise County Sheriff David Walker demonstrates Friday how close one officer came to being shot in the head Thursday. Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, a former Colorado inmate and white supremacist, died after a high-speed chase and shootout with Texas deputies.

    Police link Texas shootout, Colorado prison chief’s slaying

    Colorado investigators on Saturday said for the first time that a former prison inmate who was killed in a gunfight with Texas authorities is a suspect in the death of Colorado's state prison system chief.

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    Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan listens Tuesday to lawmakers argue gun legislation on the House floor.

    Gun deaths in U.S. shaped by race, locale

    Gun deaths are shaped by race in America. Whites are far more likely to shoot themselves, and African Americans are far more likely to be shot by someone else.The statistical difference is dramatic, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Buffalo Grove teen to perform magic on “Today” show

    Buffalo Grove native Jeff Prace is no stranger to audiences, but the one he'll face Monday morning will be — by far — his biggest yet. The 19-year-old is slated to perform magic on NBC's "Today" show sometime between 7:30 and 8 a.m., friend Brendan King said from New York City.

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    Rep. Joann Ginal, left, hugs Rep. Mark Ferrandino, as others applaud after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, seated center, signed the Civil Unions Act into law Friday at the Colorado History Museum in Denver, Colo.

    Wide range of potential rulings on gay marriage

    The Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The federal law, known by the shorthand DOMA, defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and therefore keeps legally married gay Americans from collecting a range of federal benefits that generally are available to married...

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    Full field for York Center park board
    York Center

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    President Barack Obama stops to look at the Treasury Saturday during his tour of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

    Obama ends Mideast trip with tour of ancient Petra

    President Obama's turn as tourist capped a four-day visit to the Middle East that included stops in Israel and the West Bank, as well as Jordan.

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    Two teddy bears, a commemorative cross and a vase of flowers sit on a street corner Saturday in Brunswick, Ga., near where a 13-month-old baby was fatally shot.

    Mom says she’s certain suspect shot her baby

    The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect's jailhouse mugshot Saturday and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.

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    In this circa 1943 photo provided Michael Crick, Michael sits on his father Francis Crick in Northampton, England.

    Letter from DNA discoverer Crick could fetch $1 million

    Sixty years ago scientist Francis Crick wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son saying he and a colleague had discovered something "very beautiful" — the structure of DNA.Now, the note and its hand-drawn diagrams are being auctioned off in New York. Christie's estimates the letter could fetch $1 million or more at the April 10 sale.

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    A new historic marker sits in downtown St. Charles in front of the municipal center.

    Historical markers abound in Tri-Cities area

    There are many historical markers throughout the Tri-Cities area, including the most recent display in front of the St. Charles Municipal Center. That marker, with interesting notes about the 1836 saw mill in that location and a Main Street train accident in 1915, is the first of three that the Downtown St. Charles Partnership plans for residents and visitors.

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    Group pulls support for COD candidate accused of harassment

    The political action committee of the College of DuPage Faculty Association has withdrawn its endorsement of board candidate Frank Flores, Jr., who officials said was fired as a COD employee in 2010 after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced. In a statement withdrawing official support for Flores' candidacy, the faculty called the allegations against Flores "untrue" and "clearly politically...

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    Derya Bora, 5, of Buffalo Grove gets ready to preform in the Turkish Kafkas Folk Dance as part of the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.

    Turkish cultural center celebrates opening in Mount Prospect

    An untimely power outage couldn't dim the mood of hundreds who gathered Saturday to celebrate the new Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center in Mount Prospect. "There's some irony here because of out today's darkness, this center will be a real beacon, a light on the greatness of your community," U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said.

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    Associated Press/Oct. 25, 1977 Cleveland Cavaliers’ Walt Frazier, left, and New York Knicks’ Ray Williams vie for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

    Notable deaths last week

    A roundup and capsulization of deaths of note from around the world occuring over the past week.

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    Michael Bulleri, 17, and a player on the SEAL South Sonics of Romeoville, shakes hands with an opponent as he gives out a sportsmanship ribbon Saturday during the first day of the Chicago Area Alternative Education League State Basketball Tournament at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

    Basketball tourney about sportsmanship, not just score

    As top college basketball teams battled in March Madness matchups throughout the day Saturday, a tournament featuring 30 coed teams from Chicago area alternative schools focused more on sportsmanship than the final score. "Sportsmanship is what we're all about," said Sarah Lorenzi, chairwoman of the Chicago Area Alternative Education League's fundraising committee. "The biggest trophy is the...

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    Carl Arriaza Mount Prospect village board

    Mt. Prospect candidates disagree on eminent domain

    The use of eminent domain has become an issue in the Mount Prospect village board race, with some candidates claiming that the village mishandled a recent eminent domain effort that was eventually abandoned.

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    Overnight crash near O’Hare kills pedestrian

    A man in his 40s who was walking along Mannheim Road near O'Hare Airport early Saturday morning was killed when he was hit by a vehicle, Chicago police said. The accident occurred about 1:35 a.m. in the 5800 block of Mannheim near I-90 when a woman in her 20s driving a PT Cruiser struck the pedestrian, police said.

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    Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky talks to the media after losing his case against Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

    Russian tycoon Berezovsky found dead

    Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken Russian tycoon who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been found dead in southeast England. He was 67.

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    JC Hobbs directs his wife Sarah as they help to pull a van and U-Haul up a hill Saturday outside Calhan, Colo. as a storm continued to bring bad weather to the Colorado Springs area.

    Snowstorm takes aim at Plains, Midwest

    The snow started falling around midnight in northeast Colorado and then moved into northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska. Ten to 15 inches of snowfall had fallen by late Saturday morning north of Interstate 70 in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado, with another 3 inches expected in the area.

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    People watch the inauguration of Pope Francis on a giant screen last Tuesday outside Notre Dame cathedral, Paris.

    New bells are rung at Notre Dame cathedral

    The bells, the largest of which weighs in at 6 1/2 tons, or 6,000 kilograms, were ordered for the cathedral's 850th birthday — to replace the discordant "ding dang" of the previous four 19th century chimes.Saturday was the first time the bells have been rung since they were delivered to the cathedral in late January.

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    Mourners pray Saturday during the funeral of Sheik Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, an 84-year-old pro-government cleric in the courtyard of the eighth century Omayyad Mosque, in Damascus, Syria. Al-Buti, his grandson and scores of others were killed Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a mosque.

    Rebels seize air defense base in southern Syria

    Fighting in Syria's southern provinces bordering Jordan and Israel has increased sharply in the past few days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of people, mostly opposition fighters, were killed in heavy clashes this week in the Quneitra region along the cease-fire line between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights.

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    Pope Francis meets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo Saturday.

    Pope Francis tells Benedict: ‘We’re brothers’

    The Vatican downplayed the remarkable reunion in keeping with Benedict's desire to stay out of the spotlight so as not to interfere with his successor's papacy. There was no live coverage by Vatican television, and only a short video and still photos were released after the meeting. No details of the pair's private talks or lunch were released.

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    Former NY Knicks guard Ray Williams Dies at age 58

    Former New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets guard Ray Williams died yesterday at the age of 58. "Ray was probably my favorite college teammate," Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who played with Williams at Minnesota and with the Celtics, said on the club's website. "I came in as a rookie and Ray took me under his wing. We played ball all the time. We were two guys that just loved to play."

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    Officer spots Libertyville house fire just in time

    A Libertyville police officer driving down the 200 block of Maple Avenue early Saturday morning noticed smoke at just the right time to prevent a house from being completely destroyed by fire, authorities said. "The police officer drove by at just the right time," said Michael Cloe, assistant Libertyville fire chief.

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    The Cary Fire Department investigate the scene of an explosion and fire March 6 at Fox Valley Systems and FVMS Inc. Attorney General Lisa Madigan ordered the aerosol paint factory remain closed until a cause is determined.

    Cary factory to stay closed until fire cause found

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said a Cary aerosol paint manufacturing company will remain closed until the cause of an explosion and fire earlier this month can be determined. "We must determine what circumstances led to this dangerous event, mitigate any environmental damage and ensure the facility is safe for workers to return," Madigan said in a news release.

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    50th anniversary of O’Hare dedication celebrated

    It was 50 years ago on March 23, that President John F. Kennedy dedicated Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, calling it "one of the wonders of the modern world." The city of Chicago will begin celebrating that dedication on today, March 23, with live music being performed at each of the airport's terminals. The airport will also welcome the 51st airline serving the facility. Airberliner will...

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    Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget
    An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans. While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49, the vote let Democrats tout their priorities. Yet it doesn't resolve the deep differences the two parties...

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    Kali, the orphaned male polar bear cub from Point Lay, Alaska, explores the enclosure outside the infirmary at the Alaska Zoo, Friday, March 22, in Anchorage, Alaska. The zoo plans to start daily public viewing of Kali on Saturday. The polar bear cub is expected to be transferred to the Buffalo Zoo sometime this spring where he will be introduced to a female cub. The planned permanent home for Kali is the Saint Louis Zoo, which is building a state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit that is expected to completed in 2015.

    Orphaned polar bear cub getting new home in NY
    An orphaned Alaska polar bear is getting a new temporary home in Buffalo, N.Y.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the 2- to 3-month-old cub is expected to be taken to the Buffalo Zoo sometime this spring to join the zoo's own cub, Luna.

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    Bruce Barnes

    Pingree Grove candidates talk issues

    The eight candidates running for three spots on the Pingree Grove village board have a range of opinions about the village's financial decisions and possible plans for a new building combining public works and village hall.

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    John Malloy

    Des Plaines 7th Ward hopefuls have varying priorites

    The three Des Plaines 7th Ward hopefuls have different priorities, if elected, with one candidate calling for more transparency in city government, another wanting to attract new businesses, and the third focused on cleaning up corruption within the city's police force. John Malloy, 55, Joanna Sojka, and former Des Plaines police chief Joseph Kozenczak, 69, who is running as a write-in candidate,...

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    Terry Link

    CMAP, RTA merger inches forward amid objections

    A bill to merge the planning group CMAP and transit overseer RTA inched forward in Springfield. But one suburban county chairman calls it a policy that will only hurt the collar counties. The fact is, the status quo shortchanges the suburbs as it is, says DuPage Chairman Dan Cronin.

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    Libertyville High School orchestra members rehearse for their trip to Cuba. The students will spend spring break in the small Caribbean nation, which has been at political odds with the United States for decades.

    Libertyville High School orchestra headed to Cuba

    Libertyville High School orchestra students will travel to Cuba during spring break in its first trip to the island Caribbean nation, which has been at political odds with the United States for decades. "I'm incredibly excited and intrigued by the idea of a country we aren't allowed to enter," violinist Alex Kratcoski, a 16-year-old sophomore.

Sports

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    Fremd’s C.J. Patton performs his pommel horse routine during competition at the Vic Avigliano Mustang Invitational at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. Patton won the event with a score of 9.5

    Wheaton co-op takes Mustang Invite

    Wheaton's Max Jurkowski made the most of his opportunity. According to the rules of the Vic Avigliano Mustang Invitational at Rolling Meadows on Saturday, only one gymnast from each participating school could compete in each event. Jurkowski was Wheaton co-op's only gymnast on the floor exercise. Jurkowski didn't disappoint, scoring an 8.80 to win the event and help lead his team to the title with a score of 50.00. "My first pass was really good," said Jurkowski, who went round-off, flip-flop, layout. "My whole routine was pretty simple and clean and that was the difference."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wolves suffer 3-0 shutout

    Each of the Chicago Wolves last three visits to Peoria have ended in a shutout. This time it was Chicago’s turn to suffer the whitewash with a 3-0 loss Saturday night in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at Carver Arena.

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

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    North Central’s dream run ends

    On a night when its trademark dogged defense wasn’t quite enough to surmount the task at hand, the North Central College men’s basketball team closed the most successful season in the program’s 111-year history with a 52-44 loss to Amherst College in the Division III NCAA Tournament semifinals.

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    Bulls center Nazr Mohammed plays some tight defense on the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert on Saturday night at the United Center.

    Bulls show they have enough to top Pacers
    Tom Thibodeau's frequent assertion the Bulls have "more than enough in the locker room" to overcome injuries has never been more true. Credit for Saturday's 87-84 virtory over the Indiana Pacers went mostly to backup center Nazr Mohammed and seldom-used guard Daequan Cook.

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    Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early (11) celebrates his team defeating Gonzaga 76-70 during a third-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

    Wichita State’s 3-pointers boot No. 1 Gonzaga 76-70

    Gonzaga’s gone. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.

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    Marquette forward Davante Gardner (54) reaccts after sinking a free throw in the final moments of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Butler, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. Marquette won 74-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

    Marquette survives Butler, 74-72

    Vander Blue scored 19 second-half points to rally third-seeded Marquette out of another hole, and the Golden Eagles survived No. 6 Butler 74-72 on Saturday to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) reacts after scoring a basket as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Bulls won 87-84. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Deng scores 20 and Bulls beat Pacers 87-84

    Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and the Bulls overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to earn an 87-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

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    Burlington Central opens season with sweep

    The Burlington Central softball team ushered in the Wade Maisto era Part II by traveling to downstate Jacksonville and sweeping Chicago Christian 5-1 and 10-0 Saturday. Freshman Emily Kisch had a big day for Burlington Central, going 6-for-6 with a home run, a double and 2 RBI. “She went 6-fot-6, she pitched two strong innings in the second game and she didn’t make an error at shortstop,” said Maisto of Kisch. “And, she hit her first home run over the fence in her life. I’d say it was a pretty nice start to her high school career.”

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    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko doesn’t see any reason why the team can’t have the same kind of success it had last season.

    Konerko sees good things ahead for White Sox

    The regular season is just over a week away, and Paul Konerko said the feeling in the White Sox' clubhouse is a lot like last year. If the Sox can avoid another late collapse, Konerko said they have a chance ot finish what they started in 2012.

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    Noah’s plantar fasciitis flares up again

    The injury bug keeps on biting the Bulls. Just when they got Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson back from injuries, center Joakim Noah was scratched from Saturday’s game against Indiana due to plantar fasciitis and he could miss even more time.

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    St. Viator sweeps — OUTDOORS!!!

    St. Viator became the first team in the Northwest suburbs to play a softball game outdoors this season. The Lions accomplished the feat by moving their games to the synthetic turf at Melas Park in Mount Prospect — where they swept a doubleheader from Northridge Prep by scores of 6-5 and 9-3 on Saturday. St. Viator coach Dan Twarog received contributions from everyone on his roster in both wins, as the young Lions capitalized on some timely hitting and swift defense. “It wasn’t bad for only practicing in a gym the last few weeks,” said Twarog, a graduate of St. Viator who is now in his 10th season.

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    Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon had limited NFL success after leaving the team.

    Will Urlacher struggle like McMahon and McMichael?

    If Brian Urlacher is hoping to catch on with a new team and prove to the Bears that he is still a quality player, he is likely to face an uphille battle. NFL players hoping to hang on for one more year at the end of brilliant careers often fail to approach the success they once took for granted, and several former Bears are prime examples.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford says he doesn’t think a high-scoring game is something that makes for exciting hockey.

    Goalie equipment targeted to increase NHL scoring

    The NHL, concerned about low goal scoring, wants to make goaltenders reduce the size of their equipment, particularly the pads. The Blackhawks' Corey Crawford just hopes the league doesn't do anything drastic.

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    Oregon's Johnathan Loyd (10) lays up a shot over Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell, left, and Cory Remekun (32) during the second half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Oregon won the game, 74-57. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oregon blows past Saint Louis 74-57

    Oregon is riding its much-debated No. 12 seed all the way to the round of 16.Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and the hot-shooting Ducks sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis 74-57 in the NCAA tournament Saturday night.

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    Geneva’s Amanda Lulek splits two West Aurora defenders while passing the ball at Geneva on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Hauser saves Geneva early, then Vikings soar

    At the end of Saturday's match, there was no denying that Geneva's girls soccer team was better than West Aurora's — the 8-0 final emphatically made that point. But there were moments in the match where the visiting Blackhawks stretched the hosts before the goal flood came. In the opening half, Geneva keeper Sam Hauser made a pair of saves as good as any that will be made this spring. The second, a diving save to her right to keep out a rifled shot by Reilly Kulakowski ranks as an all-state caliber stop. The first of those saves — also on a Kulakowski shot — came when the score was still 0-0.

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    Geneva opens by winning 4 of 5 matches

    Geneva's middle hitters saw the perfect opening to close out Plainfield East on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sam Wulfkuhle provided Dominic Bondi with an idea set — and the senior responded with a deft kill to clinch fifth place for the Vikings' boys volleyball team at the 16-team Plainfield North Invite. It proved to be a satisfactory season debut for the Vikings as the squad won four matches. Geneva defeated Fenton, Proviso West and Bolingbrook after losing the tiebreaker to the host Tigers in the final pool-play match — under the tutelage of acting coach Scott Hennig.

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    Bartlett shuts out Elgin

    Bartlett 5, Elgin 0: Corissa Berg scored twice to lead the Hawks to a win in the South Elgin tournament. Kaitlin Brohan, Mariela Alba and Nicole Berg added goals for Bartlett (2-3). Amanda Lozada was in the net for the Hawks but wasn’t called on to make any saves.St. Charles East 5, St. Edward 0: Paige Dykstra had 8 saves in goal for St. Edward in this season-opening loss to the Saints in a game played at Concordia University in River Forest.

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    Senior Mason Solbrig has been a key contributor and team leader for Lakes the past two seasons.

    Lakes' Solbrig makes sweet music on court, in classroom

    If Mason Solbrig's long-range plans work out, he might be too busy to chat. That's because those cardiologists are busy. Now he can find to talk since he's "only" playing the trumpet and playing some volleyball for his Lakes team. He's a pretty fair trumpet player, but his considerable volleyball skills are also getting noticed. Next year, the three-year varsity player will help Dominican University in River Forest inaugurate its first men's volleyball squad.

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    Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) lays the ball up next to Harvard's Christian Webster in the first half during a third-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Arizona sends Harvard home with a thump, 74-51

    Clearly unfazed by Harvard's plucky brand of Smartball, Arizona showed how a real basketball school does it Saturday. Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points in the Wildcats' wire-to-wire 74-51 blowout of the Crimson.

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    Boys volleyball: Scouting Lake County

    Previewing the boys volleyball season in Lake County.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Kevin Shanahan, right, sets the ball as teammate Jose Aguirre gets ready for a kill during the Buffalo Grove boys volleyball invite Saturday.

    Buffalo Grove’s winning tradition alive and well

    Former Buffalo Grove boys volleyball star Jamie Schnittker now plays collegiately at St. Ambrose University. But he graciously left behind a pair of brothers to help the Bison's winning court tradition continue.

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    From left to right, Louisville's Stephan Van Treese, Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock react after a basket in the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Colorado State, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    No. 1 Louisville dismantles Colorado State 82-56

    Russ Smith had another big night, leading four players in double figures with 27 points, and top-seeded Louisville is into the Midwest Region semifinals.

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    Boys volleyball / Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from the high school boys volleyball teams of the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

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    With a little controversey, Huntley nips Palatine

    It's never too early in the soccer season to have a controversial call decide the outcome. After officials threw a lifeline to visiting Huntley when they missed an obvious goal from Palatine just before intermission, the Red Raiders would use a second-half goal from Taylor Hilbrant to come out on top 1-0 Saturday morning in the season opener for both clubs.

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    Michigan State guard Gary Harris reacts to hitting a 3-pointer against Memphis in the first half of their third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Michigan State advances past Memphis 70-48

    Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help third-seeded Michigan State cruise past sixth-seeded Memphis 70-48 on Saturday, putting the Spartans in the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

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    South Elgin’s Talia Jaramillo maneuvers around Dundee-Crown’s Julia Tabor in the first half on Saturday at Millennium Field in Streamwood.

    South Elgin blanks Dundee-Crown

    The South Elgin girls soccer team needed a spark Saturday following a sluggish opening 35 minutes. Andrea Walsh provided the lift by scoring off a rebound with 4:54 remaining in the first half. The Storm added two goals in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over Dundee-Crown at Millennium Field during opening-day play of the South Elgin Tournament.

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    Virginia Commonwealth forward Jarred Guest (23) and Michigan forward Jon Horford (15) tangle up while chasing to rebound in the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Michigan breezes through VCU press in 78-53 win

    Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1994. VCU couldn't create many easy baskets with its press, even though the Wolverines didn't have much time to prepare for it.

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    NFL safety Tom Zbikowski, who was honored at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights Thursday for his athletic success, is coming home to play for the Bears next season.

    Bears add former BG star Zbikowski to roster

    Tommy Zbikowski is coming home. The veteran safety from Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove High School signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Zbikowski played his first four NFL seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him in the third round in 2008.

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    Minnesota's Rodney Williams (33) and Maurice Walker (15) celebrate during a timeout during the first half against UCLA in a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Minnesota outmuscles UCLA in 83-63 rout

    Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a game that could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad's last in college and coach Ben Howland's final one leading the program.

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    Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) blocks a shot by Western Kentucky forward George Fant (44) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    No. 1 Kansas survives Western Kentucky upset bid

    Jeff Withey scored 17 points and top-seeded Kansas struggled to put away scrappy Western Kentucky in a 64-57 victory Friday night that avoided what would have been the biggest upset on a day full of them in the NCAA tournament.

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    Final Four for North Central

    The North Central College men's basketball team took its opponents' best shots and countered with ferocity in the quarterfinals of the Division III NCAA Touranment on Friday, quickly negating an early deficit and dominating the second half of a 77-65 victory over the Middlebury College Panthers at the Salem Civic Center.

Business

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    President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Genetically altered crops threaten EU-U.S. trade talks

    European Union leaders don't want the negotiations to include discussions on their restrictions on genetically modified crops and other regulations that keep U.S. farm products out of Europe. But Obama says it's hard to imagine an agreement that doesn't address those issues. Powerful U.S. agricultural lobbies will do their best to make sure Congress rejects any pact that fails to address the restrictions.

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    Private equity investor Carl Icahn

    Report: Dell likely to receive more takeover bids

    Michael Dell may face some competition in his effort to take over the computer maker he founded.

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    Google will sell you a gigabit line for $70 a month, TV service and Internet for $120, and it will provide free Internet service at a respectable 5 Mbps to anyone who pays a one-time $300 installation fee.

    Is Google Fiber too powerful?

    Google Fiber, the search company's effort to wire a large American city with 1-gigabit Internet lines. That's 100 times faster than the average American home broadband speed. The only problem is, no one knows what to do with that much power.

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    Pope Francis gives thumb-up to faithful as he arrives for his inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

    In Twitter era, new pope not a social media maven

    Pope Francis has 1.2 billion followers in the Roman Catholic Church, but he's not following a single one of them on Facebook or Twitter. In a fast-paced, globalized world in which billions send emails, share photos on smartphones and get their instant news online, the newly elected pope still uses a typewriter for work. On his time off, he follows the games of his favorite soccer club on the radio.

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    EBay CEO’s 2012 compensation nearly doubles

    EBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe's compensation nearly doubled to $29.7 million in 2012, a year that saw the e-commerce company's stock gain 68 percent thanks to growth in its namesake marketplaces business and PayPal.

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    Attendees view the Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S4 smartphone during an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 with a bigger screen and software that tracks eye movements as the world’s biggest smartphone seller takes its battle with Apple Inc. to the iPhone maker’s home market.

    How the Galaxy S 4 stacks up against iPhone, S III

    Here's how the Galaxy S 4 compares to the competition and its predecessor, the S III.

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    We should all consider Google Reader’s death a wake-up call — a reminder that any time you choose to get involved with a new app, you should think about the long haul.

    Good riddance, Google Reader, Manjoo says

    I've made it pretty clear that I don't like RSS readers. But enough about me. Let's talk about you. You didn't just love Google Reader. No, your feelings about it were much deeper -- you relied on Google Reader, making it a central part of your daily workflow. Now it's gone, and you feel lost.

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    A sales staff member at Barneys New York uses an iPod Touch to help a customer make a purchase, in New York. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky cash registers and instead having salespeople — and shoppers themselves — checkout on smartphones and tablet computers.

    The cash register rings its last sale

    Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople — and even shoppers themselves — ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers. Barneys New York plans to use iPads or iPod Touch devices for credit and debit card purchases. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is testing a "Scan & Go" app that lets customers scan their items as they shop.

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    This 2008 photo released by Electronic Arts shows Larry Probst in Redwood Shores, Calif. Video game publisher Electronic Arts says its CEO, John Riccitiello, will step down on March 30.

    Video game publisher leaving Electronic Arts

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said that its CEO, John Riccitiello, will step down on March 30. The company has named Larry Probst as executive chairman while it searches for Riccitiello's replacement. Probst has been chairman since 1994 and served as CEO from 1991 to 2007, when Riccitiello took over.

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    So far, writer-director Ryan Johnson’s “Looper” commentary has been downloaded or streamed more than 27,700 times by fans listening to the podcast while watching the movie.

    Podcasts talk in your ear through entire movie

    It wasn't surprising to see "Looper" fans lining up to see it a second time — the better to untangle the film's complicated skein of time travel, shifting characters and life-or-death plot twists. But why were those re-"Loopers" watching their beloved movie with their iPhones on and their ear buds in? It turned out that "Looper's" writer-director, Ryan Johnson, was giving them his own private guided tour through the world he'd created on-screen, by way of an in-theater podcast he produced specifically for that purpose.

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    Intel co-founder Gordon Moore famously wrote about how the number of transistors on silicon chips would double roughly every two years — an observation now known as Moore’s Law. But even as Intel pushes into nanotechnology, computing is now reaching the limits of that law.

    What will come after the computer chip?

    Intel co-founder Gordon Moore famously wrote about how the number of transistors on silicon chips would double roughly every two years — an observation now known as Moore's Law. But even as Intel pushes into nanotechnology, computing is now reaching the limits of that law. We are literally running out of atoms with which to make individual transistors.

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    Troika ranch’s “loopdiver completely changed the media-body relationship,” says choreographer Dawn Stoppiello. “I had been watching videotape of myself being looped over and over, rehearsing,” and she started to wonder: Could she learn how to perform those endlessly repeating sections — live?

    Tech creates new vocabulary of movement, machinery in dance

    Putting a processing chip into the role of a dance choreographer is changing dance. In fact, the tensions that drive science fiction are no longer theoretical — they're real, at least on the experimental margins of the dance world.

Life & Entertainment

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    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) surveys a Union vs. Confederacy battlefield in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”

    DVD previews: ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Killing Them Softly’

    New DVD releases for this week include "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg’s masterful portrait of the 16th U.S. president starring Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Other releases include "Killing Them Softly" and "Parental Guidance."

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    Comedian Sarah Colonna performs at Zanies locations in Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Need a laugh? Sarah Colonna can help

    “Chelsea Lately” regular Sarah Colonna performs Saturday at Zanies in Rosemont and Sunday at Zanies in Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Contemporary Southern rock band Sister Hazel plays an intimate show Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Be amazed as daring performers perform incredible feats when “Circus Spectacular” plays this weekend at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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    C.J. Box’s “Breaking Point”

    Joe Pickett returns in ‘Breaking Point’

    In "Breaking Point," C.J. Box's 13th thriller featuring Wyoming game warden C.J. Pickett, our hero is still willing to mix it up to protect the wild landscape he loves and the colorful characters who roam it. But Joe has finally had all he can take of the desk jockeys who make his job harder than it ought to be. Joe's mood grows still darker when he learns that the EPA has ordered one of his friends to stop building his dream house on a little plot of land near the border of a national forest.

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    A technician cuts an access hole in ductwork. If you want to freshen up the air in your home and make your heating and cooling systems work more efficiently, you might consider having the ductwork cleaned.

    Duct cleaning gives some homeowners peace of mind

    John Santos of Los Angeles wants his home to be a healthy gathering place for family and friends, some of whom are recovering from major illness. As part of his effort, he recently had his home's ductwork professionally cleaned.

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    This hand-carved ooden piece is perhaps about 50 years old.

    English dining table definitely no ‘coffin table’

    Q. I was told this table was made in England from burr-walnut. The legs are a puzzle to me because they look like horse hooves. The table is 94 inches long and 66 inches wide when both the drop leaves are open. I have been told it is called a "coffin table" — whatever that is. What can you tell me about its age and value?

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    Roger Gerstad, president of Gerstad Builders, shows the Jefferson model in his Liberty Trails community in McHenry.

    Stronger energy efficiency rules kick in for builders

    Homes built in 2013 will be 32 percent more energy efficient than those built under the energy codes that went into effect in 2006, thanks to new regulations put in place Jan. 1 by the state of Illinois, said Roger Gerstad, owner of Gerstad Builders of McHenry.

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    New tool reliably compares mortgage rates, avoids overcharges

    The process of deciding whether to refinance a mortgage in order to lower costs involves four steps. What has been conspicuously missing in the marketplace has been one reliable information source supporting all four steps in the refinance process, but that is no longer the case.

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    Laina Driver and Nicolina Helms, both of Crystal Lake, get ready for last year's season-ending Girls on the Run 5K.

    Running program empowers girls — body and mind

    Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program for girls in grades three to five, and Girls on Track, the partner program for middle school girls, hit the starting line as soon as March roars in. Running alongside the physical part of the program is a curriculum that stresses self, team and community.

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    Visitors relax at beachfront tables at the Posada Mexico restaurant in Zipolite, Mexico. A sleepy town with one main street and no ATMs, Zipolite is one many tiny coastal pueblos that dot the Pacific in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca.

    Laid-back beach part of Zipolite’s charm

    A sleepy town with one main street and no ATMs, Zipolite is one of many tiny coastal pueblos that dot the Pacific in Mexico's Southern state of Oaxaca. Stretching from Puerto Escondido to Huatulco, the region is sometimes called the Oaxaca Riviera. The hippie crowd discovered Zipolite in the 1960s and since then it has slowly evolved into an offbeat tourist spot popular with a certain type of visitor.

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    Election of board jeopardized by proxy confusion

    Q. The board of managers of our condominium issued a proxy to all owners in the association, along with the notice of the annual meeting. An owner distributed a nearly identical proxy that failed to list one of the known candidates to the association board.

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    More trauma, delays with short sales

    Q. We have been waiting since September after placing an offer on a short sale. What should we do? Should be continue to wait? Can we send a letter to the bank stating that if they don't provide us with an answer by the end of March we will resign our offer and go lower?

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    Where the best place to put the furnace?

    Q. We were looking at model homes and I noticed one of the models we liked had the furnace in the garage and another model had the furnace in the laundry room. I like to tinker and I need all the room in the garage I can get. What's the difference?

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    Fans stand in front of the Green Monster scoreboard during On Field Photo Day at Fenway Park in Boston before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

    Take me out to the ballgame all across America

    If you're a baseball fan looking to add a new pastime to your vacation itinerary, consider setting a goal to visit all 30 of the sport's major league stadiums. I began my crusade about five years ago, joining a growing number of other zealots making the pilgrimage to baseball's cathedrals.

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors write about pension decisions in Springfield, local high school musicians in Italy and Cuba, and many happenings in the suburbs.

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    Term limits already exist in Gurnee
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Gurnee mayoral candidate Kirk Morris has suggested that village elected officials should be limited to two four-year terms. We do already — at the end of a four-year term, the voters have the choice to re-elect or turn the person out of office.

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    Awaiting answers on appeals change
    An Ivanhoe letter to the editor: Regarding the recent ruling by the Lake County Board of Review limiting assessment-appeal assistance only through licensed attorneys, I have some pertinent questions:

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    Change could make tax appeals worse
    A Lake County letter to the edotir: At the behest of tax appeal lawyers, Lake County officials are considering protectionist measures to disqualify all non-attorneys from providing tax appeal representation or assistance to property owners.

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    Petition challenge was right thing to do
    An Ela Township letter to the editor: I am the person who filed the objection to the Ela First petitions. I strongly object to the letter on March 13 from Loretta Klaus which criticized my petition challenge.

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    Kovarik supports Gurnee business
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Gurnee mayoral candidate Kirk Morris claims he wants to support the local business community, but his actions the last four years don't support the claim.

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    Leaders lack courage to limit gun use
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The gun control debate over many decades is an example of a powerful lobbying group representing a small fraction of citizens can trump the will of the people and a reasonable discussion.

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    Letter writer short on facts
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: This letter is in response to a letter published March 14 ("Obama's tactics harming America"). I found the overall tone of her letter to be mean, ranting and, most important, without any basis in fact.

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    Eliminating the ‘Chief’ is unreasonable
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am wondering about the motivation for Burt Constable's articles about Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois. Is he trying to generate controversy and interest in his articles? In my opinion his thoughts are completely ludicrous.

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    Don’t interfere when two love each other
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: When two people love each other and commit to a life together, they should be allowed that privilege without interference.

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    We need our money to stay here in U.S
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: On one hand the government is telling us that jobs are going to be ended, spending for education is going to be cut, aviation is going to be interrupted all because the government can't get together. In the news, I read that we are giving Egypt $250 million.

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    Keystone would be investment in dirty air
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The state department has issued a report that downplays the profound impact Keystone would have on the climate. Tar sands are the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel. Do we want to invest in dirty air?

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    Find candidates to fight for taxpayers
    An Aurora letter to the editor: As the recent primary in Aurora has come to an end, the insanity of the general election is getting into full swing, as illustrated by political yard signs popping up like weeds across the city.

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    Candidate makes followers successful
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: I have had the privilege of working with Tom Anderson, candidate for village trustee in Fox River Grove, on the FRG Fire Department — he was my lieutenant. Tom understands the goal of leadership — making those you lead successful. At a fire incident he would do that by utilizing his available resources to safely accomplish the mission. He led us well.

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