Daily Archive : Tuesday March 26, 2013


    Matthew Bogusz

    Bogusz: Des Plaines needs new blood in mayor’s office

    Des Plaines mayoral candidate Matt Bogusz said he's repeatedly heard residents call for new blood in the mayor's office. Bogusz, 26, said he is the best option of the three candidates vying for the seat to provide a new direction. "What I hear now is people want to continue the progress that we've already delivered," he said. "I think people want to be proud of their government. They are sick of...

    Jennifer Crick

    District 26 race candidates passionate on a range of topics

    Finances, accountability, communication and teamwork are common themes in a campaign that brings eight candidates six newcomers to a race for four open seats in Cary School District 26. Board president Chris Spoerl is not running for re-election. Incumbents Julie Jette and Floyd Myers seek an additional term against Christopher...

    Sandi Smith, “the Blue Cart Lady.”

    Conant students, staff pay tribute to 'Blue Cart Lady'

    Conant High School lost one of its favorite family members March 17 when employee Sandi Smith died. Students did more than mourn the longtime cafeteria worker, however -- they organized a 'Blue Out' day in her memory and are trying to get her snack cart renamed permanently in her memory.

    Tim Schmitz

    State lawmaker talks income tax, gay marriage

    Batavia State Rep. Tim Schmitz told an audience of business professionals Tuesday that they should only expect the temporary income tax increase to go away if the next governor makes it a campaign issue. He also expects gay marriage to be approved in the next session, but gun control and pension debates have a less clear future.

    A pair of young volunteers helps clean up along the Gilman Trail during a previous year’s event. The annual Spring Spruce-Up will be held on April 20 at six different Fox Valley Park District sites.

    Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parks

    Spring is a time of revival. It's the same spirit that drove the Fox Valley Park District to create its annual Spring Spruce-Up event five years ago. It's the district's biggest volunteer event of the year, and it brings communities together in the name of common good — beautifying the local parks and trails we share and enjoy.


    Naperville chamber keeping close tabs on Internet sales tax amendment

    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce claimed a small victory for local retailers this week after gaining some legislative support for collecting online sales taxes. The U.S. Senate late Friday voted 75-24 in favor of a nonbinding measure that supports giving states more power to collect existing sales taxes on purchases their residents make from out-of-state Internet companies.


    Easter is a season filled with hope and miracles

    Page 3 - 19.03"Columnist Annettee Budzban remembers an anxious time of a previous Easter season and how faith saw her through it.


    One killed in fiery I-88 semi-SUV crash

    A crash on eastbound I-88 near the Route 56 exit has westbound lanes of the interstate shut down while emergency responders work battle a fire caused by the crash, state police said. As many as five vehicles may be involved, and it's unknown the extent of the injuries. Check back at the Daily Herald for further details.

    Marion Flaman, center, on a panel at a symposium in Fukushima with Kelly Ogilvie, left, and Emily Murase, right.

    Schaumburg principal shares tales of Fukushima

    Though familiar with Japan since childhood visits there, Principal Marion Flaman of Schaumburg's Dooley Elementary School saw a different side to the country when she visited the slowly recovering Fukushima area as part of a U.S.-Japan Council leadership delegation earlier this month.

    Blue Waters project director Bill Kramer, left, and National Center for Supercomputing Applications Director Thom Dunning pose alongside the storage system for the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

    U of I supercomputer running after project doubts

    The people behind the $300 million Blue Waters supercomputer project at the University of Illinois are celebrating this week. The computer is now up and running. It is one of the world's fastest supercomputers and can maintain a speed standard known as a petaflop, which allows unusually complex calculations.

    Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad, seen here, showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, “Winning takes care of everything.”

    Nike's Tiger Woods ad draws critics

    Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, "Winning takes care of everything." The ad, posted on Facebook and Twitter, is supposed to allude to the fact that the golfer recovered from career stumbles to regain his world No. 1 ranking on Monday. But some say it's inappropriate in light of Woods' past marital woes.

    Chad Devereaux examines bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws home in Sparks, Okla. on Nov. 6, 2011 after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. A team of scientists have determined that a 5.6 magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was caused when oil drilling waste was injected deep underground.

    Report: Big Okla. quake in 2011 likely man-made

    An unusual and widely felt 5.6-magnitude quake in Oklahoma in 2011 was probably caused when oil drilling waste was pushed deep underground, a team of university and federal scientists concluded. That would make it the most powerful quake to be blamed on deep injections of wastewater, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal Geology.


    FBI looks at cruise ship death out of Baltimore

    Royal Caribbean says the FBI is investigating a death aboard one of its cruise ships. The Enchantment of the Seas returned to Baltimore as scheduled Monday after a 62-year-old woman was found dead in her cabin Sunday.

    Pedro Quezada, 44, won the $338 million Powerball jackpot with a ticket he purchased at a liquor store in Passaic, N.J.

    $338M lottery winner feels 'pure joy,' uncertainty

    The New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball lottery says he felt "pure joy" at winning the huge jackpot, but has no idea yet what he will do with all the money. Dominican immigrant Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey lottery headquarters Tuesday to officially claim the prize with his wife, Ines. Both came in jeans.


    Wis. bride accused of stealing rings worth $1K

    Authorities arrested a Wisconsin bride after her wedding reception for allegedly stealing rings that were on display. The La Crosse Tribune ( reports the 58-year-old Onalaska woman was caught on surveillance video at a La Crosse hotel and restaurant where her wedding reception was held. She allegedly was seen taking a small case displaying rings from a local jeweler that was set up near the...


    Registered sex offender sentenced for presence in school zone

    A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to unlawfully being in a school zone, court records show. A Cook County judge sentenced 29-year-old Gregory Gentles to 4 1/2 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to the charge.


    Algonquin OKs video gambling, sets guidelines

    Algonquin will no longer be an island when it comes to video gambling. Tuesday night, the village board took a preliminary vote to allow it into Algonquin and also beefed up a proposed ordinance that regulates it beyond the state's requirements. The board also agreed to put all of the revenue it earns from video gambling into the village's recreation fund.


    Kirchoff Road development advances in Rolling Meadows

    With one potential snag, tax assistance and rezoning for the new Meadows Marketplace and the grpcery store planned there moved ahead at Monday's meeting of the Rolling Meadows City Council.The project would renovate the shopping center that held the former Dominick's until about nine years ago.


    Schaumburg approves bee yard over drone of dissent

    Over the protests of several neighbors, Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved housing for hundreds of thousands of new residents on a 1,600-square-foot area of village-owned property off of Plum Grove Road. The community bee yard for local beekeeping hobbyists was approved by a 5-1 vote after the village board heard from both concerned critics and passionate supporters of the proposal.

    Justin Timberlake performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 in London.

    Timberlake’s ‘20/20’ nearly sells a million in 1st week

    NEW YORK — Justin Timberlake’s comeback album has sold nearly 1 million units its first week out.Nielsen SoundScan announced Tuesday that the singer’s third album, “The 20/20 Experience,” has moved 968,000 units. It’s the 19th album in Nielsen’s 22-year history that has sold more than 900,000 albums in its debut week.


    Gurnee lifeguards receive award

    Gurnee Park District lifeguards have received the Ellis and Associates Platinum International Safety Award for 2012.


    See rebroadcast of Arlington Hts. candidate forum
    Viewers can see a rebroadcast of the March 16 forum for Arlington Heights mayoral, trustee and library candidates on YouTube or local cable television.

    Italy’s highest criminal court has overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial.

    Knox saga still not over for Italian courts

    It's not over yet for Amanda Knox. Italy's top criminal court dealt a stunning setback Tuesday to the 25-year-old college student, overturning her acquittal in the grisly murder of her British roommate and ordering her to stand trial again.


    State trooper helps raise car off U of I student

    An Illinois state trooper says at first he was stunned to see a car skid onto a University of Illinois student on a snowy Interstate 57. But he was pleased to be able to enlist some help and raise the car off the 21-year-old.

    Indian American businessman and CEO Shalabh Kumar speaks in his Carol Stream office about the SuperPAC he and other businessmen started to help Congressman Joe Walsh beat Tammy Duckworth.

    Is Schock courting the suburban Indian vote through trip?

    Carol Stream engineer and businessman Shalli Kumar is leading a congressional trip to India featuring likely gubenatorial bidder Aaron Schock, of Peoria. Schock has made statements in support of controversial Indian official Narenda Modi, and could be courting the suburban Indian-American vote.


    Hoffman Estates man charged with sexual abuse

    A Cook County judge set bail at $300,000 Tuesday for a Hoffman Estates man charged with molesting a seven-year-old girl. Juan Tello-Martinez, 26, faces predatory criminal sexual abuse charges after another adult caught him with the girl, prosecutors said.

    Charles Oliver

    Bail for Woodstock man accused of rape increased to $3 million

    A judge increased bail Tuesday to $3 million for a Woodstock man accused of sexually assaulting five women prostitutes he met using Craigslist. McHenry County prosecutors had asked that Charles Oliver, 44, be held without bail because of the severity of the charges. "The defendant is an extreme danger to the community and society," Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein said.


    Bartlett man convicted of possessing counterfeit DVDs

    A 58-year- man who authorities say had about 90,000 counterfeit DVDs in his Bartlett home pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful use of unidentified sound. A Cook County judge sentenced Joseph Palmisano to 30 months probation and ordered him to perform 120 hours of community service in exchange for his plea.


    Wisconsin man donates equivalent of $800,000 to MCC

    Close to 200 McHenry County College students could get the help they need to attend MCC or finish out their bachelor's degrees, thanks to a recent donation by a Wisconsin man. Michael Klingenberg, of Twin Lakes, donated $100,000 and a piece of lakefront property worth an estimated $700,000 to establish the Forge Ahead Scholarship at MCC. The money will pay for up to 24 full scholarships per year...

    Daily Herald File Photo Nine tourists from Scandinavia suffered from a stomach ailment Monday night at O’Hare International Airport.

    Norovirus suspected after travelers at O’Hare fall ill

    A dream vacation took a nauseating turn for some Scandinavian tourists who fell ill right before boarding a flight out of O'Hare late Monday. The Chicago Department of Public Health investigated and thinks the bug was picked up somewhere outside of the city.

    Julio Gomez of Algonquin, a contestant on the eighth season of “The Biggest Loser,” continues to remain active, such as when he took part in a mud run last year.

    Former ‘Losers’ tell Danni Allen how to stay svelte

    Wheeling's Danni Allen looks smashing after losing 121 pounds to win the weight-loss competition on the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser." Can she keep it off now that the cameras are gone? Former "Biggest Loser" Michael Ventrella says yes, she can. "Stop looking at the scale," he advises. "It's dangerous. That's ironic considering the emphasis put on weight loss on the show."

    Gregory Smith

    District 96 candidates debate transparency

    Is Kildeer Countryside School District 96 doing enough to be transparent to its parents and taxpayers? For Gregory Smith, who's challenging four incumbents for a seat on the school board in next month's election, the answer is no. Smith is running for one of four seats at stake in the April 9 election. To win, he'll have to defeat one of four incumbents: Marc Tepper, Renee Klass, Robert Gauthier...

    Bruce Barnes

    Pingree Grove candidate says he was shut out from forum

    Patrick Whalen, a candidate running for trustee in Pingree Grove, said he was excluded from an election forum March 14 at Carillon at Cambridge Lakes.

    Rick Montalto

    Sugar Grove board candidates talk business, accessibility

    Sugar Grove village board candidates agree the town needs more business, but disagree on the openness and accessibility of the village board.

    Rendering of the proposed PhilHaven project.

    PhilHaven proposal gets good news from court

    A federal judge has ruled that while the proponents behind the PhilHaven housing project in Wheeling will not get the injunction they wanted to start construction immediately, the village will likely lose the lawsuit in the end. The ruling, written by U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee also says it is clear there was "discriminatory effect" and "some evidence of discriminatory intent" on the...

    Wheeling’s “Biggest Loser” winner Danni Allen, left, participates in a meeting at Camping World in Lincolnshire. Allen lost 121 pounds on the reality show.

    ‘Biggest Loser’ winner happy to be home in Wheeling

    To say life has been a whirlwind recently for Danni Allen is an understatement. More than week after winning "The Biggest Loser," the 26-year-old from Wheeling said her routine finally is somewhat returning to normal. "I'm excited to be back in Chicago," she said. "I feel like I've got some sense of normalcy (being back) with the people who supported me."

    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation Tuesday that that would make North Dakota the nation’s most restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

    N. Dakota gears for legal dispute on new abortion laws

    North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.

    Rev. Robert Hoffman

    Longtime religious leader dies from brain cancer

    The Rev. Monsignor Robert Hoffman served in multiple parishes throughout the suburbs in a career that perhaps left the greatest impact on students.

    President Barack Obama will appoint veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency’s first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service marred by scandal.

    Obama gives Secret Service its 1st female director

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency's first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal.

    Union Pacific railroad workers are making repairs this week at the Main Street crossing in downtown Glen Ellyn. The work is expected to be complete Friday.

    Repairs close downtown Glen Ellyn railroad crossing

    Repair work began Tuesday on railroad tracks in downtown Glen Ellyn that will leave the Main Street crossing closed through Friday. "It's routine maintenance on the rail through the crossing," Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said.

    Bill Brestal

    Prominent Naperville attorney accused of fraud again

    A Naperville law firm filed an amended lawsuit Tuesday accusing prominent zoning attorney and former partner Bill Brestal of fraud. The complaint filed in DuPage County court alleges Brestal paid himself unauthorized bonuses and compensation through 2007 and used company credit cards for gambling and family cruises, among other personal expenses.


    Waukegan police: Teen charged in drag-racing death

    Mario R. Garcia, 18, of Waukegan, was charged with reckless homicide and other felonies for striking a teenager on the roadway while drag racing, authorities said. Jose Pimentel, 17, of the 1000 block of Grand Avenue in Waukegan, was struck and killed while walking toward a bowling alley, police said.

    Bill Spicer, a longtime Northwest suburban basketball official and advocate for youth sports, died Sunday after battling a rare form of leukemia. He was 59.

    Arlington Heights referee, youth advocate loses battle with cancer

    Longtime Northwest suburban basketball referee Bill Spicer, who battled a rare form of leukemia for nearly a year, succumbed to the disease Sunday. He was 59. Spicer was involved with youth athletics for more than 20 years in the Northwest suburbs. He was active with the Arlington Heights Youth Athletic Association, serving as its president since 1989.

    Wayne Wnek

    Ela assessor hopefuls dispute each other’s credentials

    Two Ela Township assessor candidates are touting their credentials in campaign mailers, but questions regarding accuracy have surfaced on each side. Incumbent John Barrington faces Wayne Wnek in the April 9 election, and each denies the other's claims about inaccuracies in the materials.

    Mario Casciaro

    Witness credibilty a big issue in 2002 Johnsburg murder retrial

    Opening arguments were conducted Tuesday in the retrial of Mario Casciaro, accused of a 2002 murder of a Johnsburg teen over a drug debt. Brian Carrick's body has never been found; Casciario's first trial in early 2012 ended with a hung jury.

    Upper from left, Adriana Armstrong and Rick Brogan, and lower from left, Marion Janiec and Thomas Keating.

    Streamwood park candidates debate value of conferences

    The four candidates vying for three positions on the Streamwood Park District board have different takes on the value of spending taxpayer money to send board members and staff to the annual Illinois Association of Park District conference. Marion Janiec — wife of current park Commissioner Richard Janiec — is challenging the incumbent slate of Adriana Armstrong, Rick Brogan and Thomas...

    Emmanuel Maldonado

    Carpentersville man faces fifth DUI charge

    A 28-year-old Carpentersville man faces prison time after being arrested and charged with his fifth DUI. Emmanuel Maldonado was arrested by South Elgin police after being found passed out at a gas station and faces four to 15 years in prison, if convicted. He is due in court April 5.


    Prosecutors: Waukegan woman accepted pot delivery

    A Waukegan woman faces up to 30 years in prison for accepting a mailed package containing more than 23 pounds of pot, prosecutors said Tuesday. Alexandra Negron, 21, of the 400 block of Oakwood Drive, accepted the package carrying 10,871 grams of marijuana from a United States postal delivery person on March 4, Lake County prosecutors said.

    Jalil Allen

    Florida men charged in DuPage forgery scheme

    Two Florida residents went on a shopping spree with credit cards stolen from vehicles at health clubs and day-care centers in three DuPage County communities, authorities said Tuesday. Jalil Allen, 25, and Lawrence Miles-Trice, 24, have been charged with felony forgery.


    Naperville candidates: Keep up fight against heroin

    Police say heroin overdoses and deaths are declining in Naperville, thanks partly to public education efforts. But the 11 candidates running for city council in the April 9 election — Judith Brodhead, Kevin Coyne, Jeff Davis, Wayne Floegel, Thomas Glass, Bill Habel, Paul Hinterlong, Doug Krause, John Krummen, Jo Malik and David Wentz — say this is no time for anyone to rest on their...

    Ismael A. Garcia

    Villa Park man faces gun charge

    A Villa Park man has been charged with illegally possessing a semiautomatic handgun, police said Tuesday. Ismael Garcia, 20, was arrested March 20 by officers responding to a report of a man with a gun on the 400 block of West Division Street in Villa Park.

    Jeanne Ives

    Charges upgraded for man accused of threatening lawmaker

    Charges have been upgraded to a felony for a Chicago man accused of threatening a state representative over gay marriage remarks. Police say shortly after Stephen Bona, of Chicago, was charged with a misdemeanor for placing a threatening voice mail at Jeanne Ives' district office, he placed another call to her, leading them to change the misdemeanor charges to threatening a public official, a...

    Byron J. Sullivan

    Round Lake man charged in fatal heroin case gets new trial date

    The trial of a Round Lake man accused of selling heroin that killed his best friend will be delayed until July, officials said Tuesday. Byron Sullivan, 21, of the 1100 block of East End Drive, is charged with one count of drug-induced homicide and will go on trial July 12 in front of Lake County Judge James Booras.

    This artist rendering shows Attorney Theodore Olsen, right, representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday.

    Court could avoid ruling on gay marriage ban

    The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry. Several justices, including some liberals who seemed open to gay marriage, raised doubts during a riveting 80-minute argument that the case should even be before them.

    Carolyn Paulin

    Northwest Symphony season a tribute to departing conductgor Paul Vermel

    The Northwest Symphony Orchestra performs April 7 at Maine West High School, part of the orchestra's 61st season and a bittersweet one at that -- this is Paul Vermel's last season as conductor.

    David Johnson

    Man gets 7 years for Lombard robbery involving toddler

    A Bellwood man has been given seven years in prison for his role in a Lombard robbery in which two adults and a toddler were threatened. David T. Johnson, 22, of the 3500 block of Adams Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated robbery and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, court records show.

    Alexis Cruz

    Brothers charged with stomping Villa Park man’s face

    Villa Park police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two brothers accused of beating a man and stomping on his face while he was unconscious. Alexis Cruz, 28, and Armando Cruz, 26, have been charged with aggravated battery in the March 9 attack.

    Fred Lorenzen, left, with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison.

    NASCAR great Bobby Allison to visit Elmhurst Historical Museum

    NACSAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison signs autographs and poses for photos at a meet & greet from 5 to 7 p.m. April 4 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.


    Sexless relationship should be grounds for breaking up

    Although we've had sex before, my boyfriend of two years has zero interest in sex with me or anyone else. He just doesn't feel the need (we used to have sex often, before the relationship was committed). This makes me feel unwanted, unloved, and incredibly self-conscious and paranoid.

    Crysta Sharp and Alan Esser, teachers in Libertyville District 70, are finalists for a dream wedding.

    District 70 teachers need your votes for dream wedding

    Special education teacher Crysta Sharp and social worker Alan Esser, who work in Libertyville District 70, are finalist for Windy City Live's Dream Wedding Contest. Winning the contest could have the couple getting hitched in an all-encompassed, paid-in-full wedding ceremony to be broadcast live on ABC7 on May 21.

    Cast members of the Kirk Players production of “Tom Sawyer.” Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Mundelein High School Theatre.

    Kirk Players to perform ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’

    Kirk Players will open "Tom Sawyer," by Tim Kelly, Friday, April 12, at 7pm at the Mundelein High School Theatre.

    These colorful and well-preserved butterflies and moths are part of a collection put together and sold by artist and nature writer Sherman F. Denton.

    Arboretum library’s display tells a story about the past

    The butterfly collection on display at the Mortoin Arboretum's Sterling Morton Library is more than 100 years old and, by itself, makes a trip to see the library's new "Tales and Treasures" exhibit worthwhile. Put together by artist and nature writer Sherman F. Denton, the colorful moths and butterflies are well-preserved thanks to a mounting technique Denton developed. But the century-old...

    Former Geneva school teachers last week toured Coultrap School (where they taught junior high school). Leading the way was Donna Oberg, right, District 304’s assistant superintendent for business services.

    Coultrap school tour a hit with teachers, students

    Former Geneva students and teachers are saying goodbye to Coultrap Elementary School; Coultrap Junior High School; and the former Geneva High School, all of which called a building at 1113 Peyton St. home, at different times the last 90 years.

    Wally Frasier, left, and Steve Lentz, center, and Robin Meier, right, are candidates in the race for Mundelein Mayor in the 2013 Election.

    Mundelein mayoral candidates criticize anonymous mailer

    An anonymous political mailer targeting mayoral hopeful Wally Frasier that was sent to some Mundelein residents has been denounced by the other two candidates in the race. Both Steve Lentz and Robin Meier insist they weren't responsible for the piece, which reprinted a Daily Herald story about sexual harassment complaints at the Mundelein Police Department during Frasier's final days as chief in...


    Authorities search river for Joliet woman’s body

    Authorities are searching the Des Plaines River for the body of a Joliet woman missing since last week and believed to have been killed. Jeanie Parker's son has been charged with her murder.

    An emerald ash borer sits on a suburban ash tree. Mundelein is the latest suburb to develop a plan to remove infected trees.

    Mundelein board adopts emerald ash borer plan

    Mundelein officials on Monday approved a plan to deal with a local emerald ash borer infestation. Affected trees will be removed in a process expected to take eight years. The plan divides the village into eight work zones. Each year, the village-owned trees in one zone will be inspected for evidence of infestation.

    People line up for entrance into the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday.

    Senators shift to gay-marriage support before Supreme Court case

    Two Democratic senators added their voices to a growing and bipartisan chorus of support for same- sex marriage on the eve of today's historic oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia yesterday announced his backing for "marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do."

    Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, center, attends the opening session of the Arab League Summit in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday.

    Syrian opposition takes seat at Arab summit

    Syrian opposition representatives took the country's seat for the first time at an Arab League summit that opened in Qatar on Tuesday, a significant diplomatic boost for the forces fighting President Bashar Assad's regime.

    SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft after it was detached from the International Space Station early Tuesday.

    SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station

    A privately owned cargo ship left the International Space Station with a full science load Tuesday and aimed for a splashdown in the Pacific. Astronauts released the unmanned SpaceX capsule, named Dragon, from the end of the space station's giant robot arm. The parting occurred 250 miles over the South Pacific and was a poignant moment for the three space station residents, who had helped to...


    Ex-Obama aide sues Chicago police over arrest

    A former official with Barack Obama's U.S. Senate campaign has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Chicago police of improperly arresting him while investigating a sexual assault. Craig Huffman was an assistant treasurer for Obama's 2004 campaign.

    Garry Mitchell, of Findlay, competes in an American Poolplayers Association senior league game at Biggens Bar & Billiards in Decatur.

    Seniors rack up fun with pool league

    Spectators josh and joke with their favorite players. Insults pile up as the 8-ball competition heats up. The Nancy Kinney Senior Division of the American Poolplayers Association is in session in Biggens' Bar and Billiards on West Green Street. Men and women, age 50 and older, are lining up a fancy cue shot, breaking a rack, playing "position," in a fun way to spend Wednesday afternoon.


    Indiana teacher accused of cheating on ISTEP sues district

    A former teacher accused of cheating on Indiana's standardized student achievement test has sued the school district she says forced her out of her job and ruined her reputation. The Journal Gazette reported Tuesday that Laura Farner filed the suit against Southwest Allen County Schools, the school board and the district superintendent. The suit filed Friday in Allen County court seeks a hearing...


    ComEd: Help available for customers facing cut-off

    Commonwealth Edison says it has established a $10 million fund to help customers struggling to pay their utility bills and facing service disconnection. The utility says customers who have received a service suspension notice can contact ComEd to find out if they're eligible for assistance. They also might be able to set up a payment plan if they can't afford to pay the entire bill at once.


    Indiana gun licensing goes all-digital

    The state of Indiana completed the switch to taking the entire firearms licensing process online. Monday was the first day for all-digital firearms license applications. Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz tells the South Bend Tribune the transition was a smooth one.


    FBI agent fires shots during chase in Chicago

    An FBI agent has fired shots while chasing a man suspected in a shooting near the University of Illinois at Chicago.The initial shooting took place Monday afternoon in a parking lot in the Illinois Medical District.A statement on UIC’s website says University of Illinois Police and other law enforcement agencies were searching for the shooter when the suspect drove away.

    Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch, of Gurnee, shakes hands with 10-year-old Jinu Puclik, of Glenview, and his dad, Tim, at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Monday. Lynch was recognized during a ceremony commemorating National Medal of Honor Day.

    Dawn Patrol: Craigslist rape case; ‘smash and grab’ arrest

    Bail to be revoked today in Craigslist rape case? Chicago man charged with threats to Wheaton lawmaker. Aurora's smash and grab' burglar arrested, police say. Island Lake Facebook page suspended. McCain makes Arlington Hts. mayoral endorsement. Aurora city council to vote on RiverEdge contracts. St. Charles to tighten liquor licenses? Blackhawks fall to Los Angeles...

    Darren Parochelli

    W. Dundee candidates weigh in on theater concept

    The people running for office in West Dundee have varying views on whether the village should let a proposal to turn a downtown hardware store into a regional performing arts center, come to fruition. Rick Browne, a local architect, is in the midst of raising nearly $2 million to turn the old Ace Hardware store into the Fox Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art theater that would seat 235.

    An agreement has fallen through with a firm that would have brought advertising to scoreboards at Glenbard District 87 high schools, officials said.

    Glenbard's scoreboard advertising deal falls through

    A deal with a firm to facilitate placement of advertising on scoreboards at Glenbard District 87 high schools fell through, school district officials said. A change in the company's leadership structure may have closed the door on the deal. Blake Brickman, who became iHigh's chief operating officer, said the company isn't in the business of selling scoreboard ads, and the deal negotiated with...

    Considered a delicacy by some and a little gross by others, this pan full of smelt will be fried to perfection, promises Andy Johnson, who helps run the family's legendary Don's Dock seafood restaurant and market in Des Plaines.

    Can't catch whiff of suburban smelt fishermen these days

    It's smelt season. The little fish still shows up on the menu of Don's Dock in Des Plaines, but the days of suburban fishermen heading to the shore of Lake Michigan to catch their fill is as good as gone. “Smelt are not in numbers like they used to be,” says Steve Robilard, a fishery biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources office in Des Plaines. “Since 1993,...

    St. Charles police presented a three-year look at calls generated by downtown taverns. The number of incidents, particularly of intoxicated subjects, is what is driving aldermen to change the rules that govern the taverns.

    St. Charles aldermen ready to change rules for taverns

    Changes are coming to the rules that govern taverns in downtown St. Charles. It's just a question of how soon those changes can be implemented.


    LeBron James and the Miami Heat bring their 27-game winning streak to the United Center on Wednesday night.

    History says Heat can be beat

    The Bulls almost got it right last time Miami visited the United Center. They held the Heat to 86 points easily the lowest total during the 27-game win streak but lost badly after committing 27 turnovers. The Bulls get another chance on Wednesday and it says here Miami is beatable.

    Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is unable to make a glove save on a goal by Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook that was deflected in by Calgary’s Jarome Iginla.

    Blackhawks get a little help from Iginla

    The joke going around the press box during the second intermission was that Jarome Iginla either scored his first goal for the Blackhawks or his last one for the Calgary Flames. It was Iginla who deflected a shot by Brent Seabrook over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the second period that added to the Hawks' lead in a game they went on to win 2-0.


    Neuqua Valley wins in Nashville

    Neuqua Valley 10, Briarcrest, Tenn. 2:The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on their trip to Nashville thanks to 2 hits and an RBI from Matt Wollnik, Dylan Goss and Drew Sterioti. Danny Mokrzycki allowed 1 hit in 5 innings to earn the win. Leading 1-0 Neuqua Valley opened up the lead with a 5-run fourth inning.Nashville-Franklin (Tenn.) 6, Wheaton North 5:Franklin scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to escape with the win in Nashville. Lake Bachar led Wheaton North’s 7-hit season-opening outing by going 2-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBI. Tom Colletti also had 2 hits. Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) 8, Downers South 6:The Mustangs (0-2) surrendered a 3-0 lead in Arizona, allowing 4 runs in the fourth inning and 3 runs in the sixth. Danny Mayer and Javier Martinez each had 2 hits and 2 RBI for Downers South while Zack Burdi took the loss.


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


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


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


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


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


    Blackhawks’ Bolland ‘OK, but can be better’

    Dave Bolland started the season well as the Blackhawks' new No. 2 center, but lately he has appeared to hit a wall with no goals in 12 games before Tuesday. "Bolly's been OK, but I think he can be better," coach Joel Quenneville said.


    Walther Lutheran tops Christian Liberty

    Walther Lutheran pushed across 10 runs in the first 2 innings to earn a 12-3 victory over host Christian Liberty in nonconference baseball on Tuesday. Brendan Brosnan took the loss for the Chargers, who went scoreless over the final five innings.


    Herzog, Kelli Zickert pace BG win

    Kim Herzog and Kelli Zickert both scored three times to help Buffalo Grove ease past Glenbard South 7-0 in Lake Park tournament play Tuesday.Allie Ingham assisted on two of Herzog’s goals, Colleen Zickert scored and Megan Gardner and Skylar Groth had assists as Sarah O’Connor earned the shutout for the Bison.


    Warren’s a hit for Meyer

    Warren's softball team made Tina Meyer a winner in her head-coaching debut. Junior newcomer Megan Scott went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a triple, and senior veteran Lisiann Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a double and triple, as the Blue Devils defeated Butler (Louisville, Ky.) 7-4 in Kentucky on Tuesday.

    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) keeps Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund, from Sweden, from getting a shot on goal as center Michael Frolik (67), from the Czech Republic, and goalie Ray Emery watch during the Blackhawks victory over the Flames Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Blackhawks shut out Flames 2-0

    Ray Emery made 16 saves for his first shutout in more than three years, defensemen Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook scored, and the Chicago Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Emery improved to 12-0 in recording his 12th career shutout, and first since Feb. 1, 2010, when he blanked the Flames while with Philadelphia.

    Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34), from Finland, makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews as Mark Giordano (5) also defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Chicago. Also watching on the play are Andrew Shaw (65) and Matt Stajan.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Flames
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames at the United Center in Chicago.

    Former baseball and football star Bo Jackson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Opening Day game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Jackson played for both clubs in his MLB career.

    Bo knows first pitch; tickets almost gone for opener

    Bo Jackson, former White Sox outfielder and designated hitter and member of the 1993 American League West Division championship club, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, team officials announced. The White Sox host the Kansas City Royals at 3:10 p.m. Monday (CSN-Chicago, WSCR 670-AM and ESPN Desportes 97-5 FM).


    Ryndak injured in Downers North triumph

    Elaine Heflin struck out 15 in a 2-hitter, but No. 7 Downers Grove North's season-opening 5-0 win at Nazareth on Tuesday might have come at a cost.

    Callahan Rafferty of Neuqua Valley High School goes up for a block during the Streamwood at Neuqua Valley boys volleyball game Tuesday.

    No matter who’s on the court, Neuqua wins

    Spring Break provides folks a chance to get away, but not for the Neuqua Valley and Streamwood boys volleyball teams.


    Harper track teams focus on repeat national titles

    Winning has been has been a constant for the Harper men's and women's track and field teams. The women have won back-to-back NJCAA Division III titles. And the men, who won national titles each of the past six years except for 2011, are tying to get back to the top of the mountain. Coach Renee Zellner is keeping expectations high this spring.


    Burlington Central wins twice

    Burlington Central 3, Jacobs 1: Alyssa Messina scored 2 goals and Camille Delacruz had 2 assists to lead the Rockets to a win in their season opener at St. Francis' Springfest. Cassi Ciganek added a goal for Burlington Central and Ellen Jayne had an assist. Taylor Martin stopped 7 shots in goal for the Rockets. Margaret Rivera scored Jacobs' goal and Klarissa Karmis had 3 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (1-2).


    Elgin CC splits in Florida

    Robert Smith's 2-run single in the sixth inning scored Anthony Drykacz and Jake Buhmann and held up as the winning runs as the Elgin Community College baseball team split a doubleheader with Madison Area Technical College Tuesday in Auburndale, Fla.

    Jeff Samardzija gets the opening-day start Monday when the Cubs visit the Pirates.

    Cubs’ Samardzija never doubted path he was taking

    Although many Cubs fans may have doubted him or his ability, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to take the mound as the opening-day starter next Monday in Pittsburgh. The assignment comes about through a combination of events and Samardzija's own hard work and perseverance.

    The New England Revolution’s Stephen McCarthy stops a shot by the Fire’s Sherjill MacDonald last season at Toyota Park.

    Struggling Fire needs some buzz

    When the MLS season opened at the beginning of March, Chivas USA was considered the laughingstock of the league. On Sunday night Chivas left Chicago laughing after a 4-1 victory over the Fire that kept the local team winless on the season.


    Rose plenty active in practice

    Is Derrick Rose ready to come back? Well, it was difficult to say based on a raucous, rotating game of 1-on-1 at the end of Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center. Six players participtated and Rose was not the ultimate winner.

    Kelvin Hayden

    Bears re-sign CB Hayden

    The Bears re-signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden to a one-year contract Tuesday, the fifth of their own free agents they have brought back since free agency began March 12.


    Sale sharp in final tuneup for Sox opener
    Chris Sale was sharp in his final tuneup for his first opening day start, and Dayan Viciedo homered to help power the Chicago White Sox past the Texas Rangers 11-3 on Tuesday. Brandon Short hit his first two home runs of the spring and Angel Sanchez also connected for the White Sox. Sale struck out five and allowed a solo shot to Geovany Soto in four otherwise perfect innings.

    West Chicago’s Gus MacPherson, left, battles Fenton’s Carlos Campos, right, during boys volleyball action Tuesday.

    West Chicago shows its potential

    Like any coach, Kris Hasty wants to bring out the full potential of the West Chicago boys volleyball team and give the Wildcats the tools to do that were evident Tuesday afternoon in a 25-15, 25-12 victory over host Fenton.


    Hecht’s late goal helps Huntley tie up Hersey

    Deanna Hecht popped up with a crucial 78th-minute equalizer to give visiting Huntley's girls soccer team a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Hersey on Tuesday morning at Roland R. Goins Stadium in Arlington Heights. Hecht's left-footed drive rescued the Red Raiders (1-0-1) from what seemed like certain defeat as Hersey looked to hold onto its 1-goal advantage, which it earned when Lauren Gierman struck from 30 yards at 24 minutes.

    Linebacker Manti Te’o talks to the media after a drill during Notre Dame’s pro day for NFL scouts Tuesday.

    Te’o and the meaning of a 40-yard dash

    As the stopwatches timed Manti Te'o on Tuesday at Notre Dame's pro day, did anyone wonder what the 40-yard dash has to do with anything?


    Willowbrook puts hammer to Glenbard West

    Sam Schmidt emerged from Willowbrook's postgame huddle holding a small mallet and explained why.


    Elgin sweeps Addison Trail

    The Elgin softball team made it four straight in The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont Tuesday, sweeping a doubleheader from Addison Trail, 11-0 and 16-6. Junior Jennah Perryman tossed a 2-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts and no walks in the opener. Perryman now has 37 strikeouts in 15 innings this week.Perryman also smacked a 2-run home run in the win for the Maroons, while Monica Stockman (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Caroline Sobeski (2-for-2, 2B, RBI), Bri Wright (2-for-4) and Sabrina Stockman (2 RBI) also contributed.

    Grant forward Marissa Allen, left, battles Round Lake defender Erika Quevedo on Tuesday at Grayslake North.

    Grant settles down, wins in regulation

    Grant didn't need penalty kicks this time. The Bulldogs have kicked off their season by winning their first two games. Marissa Allen scored a pair of goals and Alyssa Wilhelm tallied the other one as Grant got past Round Lake 3-1 in the Grayslake Central Rams Invitational held at Grayslake North on Tuesday. Grant had edged Waukegan 2-1 in PKs Monday.


    Shanahan gets Batavia off to good start vs. WW South

    Batavia pitcher Austin Shanahan was feeling it on the mound, even while he barely could feel his fingers.


    Cary-Grove opens with win over Warren

    Cary-Grove opened the baseball season Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Warren at Rent One Ballpark in downstate Marion. Brandon McCumber threw 5 strong innings for the Trojans, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk. Patrick Swerowka finished, going 2 innings and allowing an unearned run with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk.

    West Aurora’s Adam Lipscomb races for third base in the third inning vs. St. Charles East on Tuesday, March 26.

    Dattolo, West Aurora silence St. Charles East

    West Aurora senior pitcher Ottavio Dattolo wasn't sure what was going to happen when he took the mound Tuesday afternoon against St. Charles East. And for good reason, considering the Blackhawks hadn't stepped foot on a baseball diamond yet this season due to the frigid outdoor conditions across suburban Chicago the past few weeks. The right-hander tossed 6 scoreless innings before giving way to senior closer Chris Hawks, who slammed the door shut on the Saints (0-1) during the Blackhawks' 1-0 nonconference victory in St. Charles.


    West Chicago jumps on Batavia

    For the West Chicago and Batavia softball teams the seemingly endless cascade of cancellations finally came to an end on Tuesday. When it comes to dictums regarding the twin sports played colloquially on a diamond with nine performers each: there is one in particular for which gender makes no difference. Walks kill. In the Wildcats' first at-bat Tuesday morning in Batavia as part of the teams' season opener, the first three West Chicago batters reached via a base on balls.Tatiana Rich, Ellie Braun and Christin Zaputil all later scored as part of the Wildcats' 4-run first inning, and West Chicago hurler Amy Goldsmith was the antithesis of the Bulldogs' wildness. The sophomore right-hander, making her varsity debut, did not allow a walk while striking out 15 Batavia batters during the Wildcats' 12-3 victory.

    Tiger Woods waves to the gallery after his putt on the 18th green during the Tavistock Cup golf tournament, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Is he back? Only Tiger Woods knows for sure

    In the one year and two weeks since he limped off the course at Doral with tightness in his left Achilles tendon — the same injury that forced him to miss two majors in 2011 — Tiger Woods has won six times in his last 20 starts on the PGA Tour. In his three wins this year, no one got closer than two shots at any point in the final round.

    Linebacker Manti Te'o runs the 40-yard dash during Notre Dame's pro day for NFL scouts, Tuesday March 26, 2013 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Te’o lowers his 40-yard time at Notre Dame pro day

    Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday.

    FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, driver Tony Stewart walks through the pit area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 auto race in Bristol, Tenn. NASCAR is not penalizing Tony Stewart for scuffling with Joey Logano on pit road at California, and viewed the crash between Logano and Denny Hamlin as a racing incident. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

    No NASCAR penalties issued after California race

    NASCAR chairman Brian France said Tuesday that the contact between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin as they battled for the win at California over the weekend was just the kind of throwback racing he expects out of his drivers and the new Gen-6 car.

    Costa Rica forward Alvaro Saborio (9) takes a shot on goal against the United States during the second half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. The United States beat Costa Rica 1-0. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    FIFA upholds US win over Costa Rica

    FIFA has upheld the United States' 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly.

    FILE - In an Oct. 14, 2012 file photo trainer Steve Donohue, left, and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, help Yankees' Derek Jeter off the field after he injured himself during Game 1 of the American League championship series in New York. Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees' star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya )

    Jeter resigned to starting season on disabled list

    Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.

    A source has confirmed that Duke assistant coach Chris Collins has interviewed for the head coaching job at Northwestern University. Collins, a former Mr. Basketball from Illinois, is the son of 76ers head coach Doug Collins.

    Source: Northwestern interviews Duke's Collins

    Duke assistant Chris Collins has interviewed for the head coach opening at Northwestern, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person said Collins spoke with Northwestern about the job on Monday. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because Northwestern is not publicly discussing the hiring process. Collins, a native of Northbrook is the son of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.

    Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik, a native of Mount Prospect, played a lot of freshmen in his third season at the school. On Tuesday, his athletic director says he strongly supports Bzdelik's rebuilding effort, and the progress to date.

    Wake Forest AD to stick with Prospect’s Bzdelik

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman says basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik will be back for a fourth season. Bzdelik, a Prospect High School graduate, previously coached at the University of Colorado, the Air Force Academy, the Denver Nuggets and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

    Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, left, and Cody Zeller celebrate after they became one of four Big Ten teams in the Sweet Sixteen.

    Big Ten has four standing with a shot at Final Four

    The Big Ten has a nation-high four teams still in the NCAA tournament, bolstering its season-long boast that its conference is the best in college basketball. “The fact that there are four teams advancing shows that this conference prepares you for any type of team or game,” Hoosiers coach Tom Crean wrote in a text message Monday morning while preparing to play fourth-seeded Syracuse.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before a game earlier this month as he continues rehabbing from a surgery to repair a torn left ACL.

    Athletes, fans just look at things differently

    It seems just about everybody has offered their opinion on when Derrick Rose should return to the Bulls, but it became clear long ago that athletes aren't like us and we aren't like them.


    We’re all in Rose’s corner, but for how long?

    Basketball analysts, Bulls fans and team members have D-Rose's back, but how long will that last if he fails return to the court this year? Mike North says it's starting to become old and people might just becoming impatient. D-Rose is eating right and sleeping well, but until he's playing, what does it mean to fans?

    Vernon Hills’ Max Spiglanin digs out a serve during Wednesday’s game against Glenbrook South in Vernon Hills.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from boys volleyball, gymnastics, softball, girls soccer and water polo.


    Sixing Liu

    5-plus years for Deerfield man in military secrets case

    A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor to more than five years in prison for taking U.S. military technology trade secrets to his native China, ignoring the man's contentions that it was an error in judgment and not done with wrongful intent.

    A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died from hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said Monday.

    Post-mortem shows Russian tycoon died from hanging

    A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died from hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said Monday. Thames Valley Police said that further tests, including toxicology examinations, will be carried out. The force did not specify whether the 67-year-old businessman hanged himself. A forensic examination of Berezovsky's home will continue for several days, police added.

    Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains, including Jewel-Osco.

    Supervalu eliminating about 1,100 positions

    Jewel-Osco owner Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3 percent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains. The company said Tuesday that sale of the five grocery chains — including Jewel-Osco — means that the remaining business will need "significantly fewer" corporate and store support roles and functions.

    Buick introduced its Dyanflow transmission in its 1948 model.

    GM in next phase of hoped for Buick revival

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: There's this famous car brand whose average driver is more familiar with Social Security than social media. General Motors Co. will make another attempt to get Buick to appeal to younger buyers with freshened up versions of the Regal midsize sports sedan and the LaCrosse large luxury car. GM unveils the pair Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded to within two points of its record after orders for U.S. durable goods climbed more than forecast in February and home prices increased the most since June 2006.

    S&P nears record as home price surge lifts stocks

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed within a short reach of its all-time high on Tuesday. Rising home prices and orders for manufactured goods drove stocks up from the opening bell. The S&P 500 index rose 12.08 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 1,563.77. That's less than two points from the peak it reached on Oct. 9, 2007, before a recession and ensuing financial crisis battered markets.

    In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill at the White House. Medical claims costs, the biggest driver of health insurance premiums, will jump an average 32 percent for individual policies under the overhaul, according to a study by the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts.

    Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

    Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — will jump an average 32 percent for Americans' individual policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, according to a study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts.

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere, speaking Tueseday in New York, detailed how the company will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what Legere said was “a huge void” in its phone lineup. The company is currently the only major U.S. carrier not to offer Apple’s popular smartphone.

    T-Mobile to start offering iPhone 5

    T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what its CEO said was "a huge void" in its phone lineup. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national U.S. phone companies, has been losing customers to the bigger companies, which all sell the iPhone.


    Argon Medical Devices acquires Angiotech business

    Lake Forest-based Argon Medical Devices Inc. said it will acquire the interventional products business of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.The interventional products business manufactures and markets disposable and reusable biopsy products for the diagnosis of cancer, drainage catheter products, and vascular interventional products. The transaction is expected to be completed prior to the end of April, subject to customary closing conditions.The acquisition of the business bolsters Argon’s existing portfolio of interventional vascular products, adds additional biopsy product lines, and further leverages the Company’s sales force within core call points. As part of the transaction, Argon will also acquire three manufacturing facilities in Wheeling, Gainesville, Fla. and Rochester, N.Y.  Argon currently manufactures its products in facilities in Athens, Texas and Singapore.“The Interventional product franchise is well recognized by hospitals and physicians worldwide,” said Michael J. Hudson, CEO of Argon. “The acquisition of these products strengthens the Argon portfolio and cements our Company’s position as a key player in the Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Catheterization and Vascular Surgery markets.”Argon Medical Devices is a portfolio company of RoundTable Healthcare Partners), an operating-oriented private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care industry.The interventional products business was created by RoundTable in 2003 as part of its American Medical Instruments Holdings, Inc. investment. Angiotech acquired the business from RoundTable in 2006 as a part of its purchase of AMIH.“We are extremely excited to own the business again,” added Joseph F. Damico, Founding Partner and Co-Chairman of RoundTable. “Our significant history with this excellent management team in the interventional segment, along with our in-house resources in sales and manufacturing will assist the Argon team in effectively integrating these two businesses to position the combined company for significant growth.”


    New Aon Hewitt product helps manage, administer absence programs

    Aon Hewitt, launched 360 Absence Solutions, a comprehensive approach that combines risk analysis, design, planning and delivery to help companies more effectively manage their absence-related costs, compliance risk, administrative burden and lost productivity.


    Camping World/Good Sam acquire two stores

    Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners organization, said it will acquire American RV, announced the acquisition of two dealerships in Mississippi and Florida.


    Brake Parts Inc. acquired by Torque Capital
    Brake Parts Inc. has been acquired by a group of investors led by Torque Capital Group, a New York based private equity firm. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.


    Zielinski Joins Chicago Freight Car as vice president

    Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. said Rhonda Zielinski has joined the company as vice president of sales and customer support.   Zielinski will serve as the senior sales and customer support management executive of Chicago Freight Car Leasing.

    An employees carts a dishwasher to a customer’s vehicle at the loading docks of Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, A surge in commercial aircraft demand pushed orders for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods up sharply in February.

    U.S. durable goods orders rise on aircraft demand

    A surge in commercial aircraft demand pushed orders for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods up sharply in February. The gain offset a steep drop in orders that signal company investment plans, although economists viewed the decline as a temporary setback. The broader trend in business investment remains favorable, they noted, and should add to growth in the January-March quarter.

    A new townhouse is under construction at the Crossings adult community in Colonie, N.Y. Sales of new homes fell in February after climbing to the highest level in more than four years in January.

    Sales of new U.S. homes slip 4.6 percent in February

    Sales of new homes fell in February after climbing to the highest level in more than four years in January. Sales of new homes dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That is a decline of 4.6 percent from the January level of 431,000, which had been the strongest sales pace since September 2008.

    Shoppers look at clothing on sale at the Footloose store in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said its reading of consumer confidence fell in March after rebounding last month.

    Consumer confidence falls in March

    Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said its reading of confidence fell in March after rebounding last month.


    Google clashes with Swedes over ‘ungoogleable’

    Sweden's language watchdog has accused Google of trying to control the Swedish language in a dispute over the definition of the colloquial term "ungoogleable." The Swedish version of the word — "ogooglebar" — made the Language Council of Sweden's 2012 list of words that aren't in the Swedish dictionary but have entered common parlance.


    U.S. home prices rise 8.1 pct., most since mid-2006

    U.S. home prices rose in January at the fastest pace since the summer of 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening ahead of the spring buying season. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 8.1 percent in the 12 months ending in January


    Oil rises ahead of US durable goods data

    The price of oil rose above $95 per barrel Tuesday ahead economic data from the U.S. that is expected to reflect a recovery in orders of durable goods. Benchmark crude for May delivery was up 45 cents to $95.26 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.10 to finish at $94.81 a barrel on the Nymex on Monday.


    Calumets starts public offering of 5.3M units

    Petroleum refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP has started a public offering of approximately 5.3 million units. The company said Monday that it plans to give the underwriters the option to buy up to an additional 787,500 additional units.


    Markets steady after being roiled by EU confusion

    European markets steadied Tuesday, a day after they were roiled by a suggestion from a leading European finance official that the Cyprus bailout was a model for the future. After initially greeting the bailout of Cyprus, stocks and the euro sank on reports that Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the finance ministers of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, said the Cyprus bailout was a template.


    South Korea, China, Japan begin free trade talks

    South Korea, China and Japan launched the first round of negotiations Tuesday for a free trade bloc that would be the world's third-largest after North America and the European Union. South Korea said in a statement that officials will discuss mostly administrative issues during the three days of talks in Seoul that will end on Thursday.

    Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the Federal Reserve’s low-interest-rate policies are helping to boost growth around the world and have created markets for products made in developing nations.

    Bernanke: Low interest-rate-policies benefit trade

    Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday that the Federal Reserve's low-interest-rate policies are helping to boost growth around the world and have created markets for products made in developing nations. In a speech at the London School of Economics, Bernanke staunchly defended the Fed's policies and similar stimulus efforts pursued by other central banks since the 2008 financial crisis.

    From the day it opened less than a year ago, Revel decided to break the rules. The newest casino in Atlantic City banned smoking, didn’t offer a buffet, turned its back on bus-riding day trippers and focused on the upscale leisure traveler more than the slot-playing senior citizen.

    New Jersey Revel casino files for bankruptcy

    From the day it opened less than a year ago, Revel decided to break the rules. The newest casino in Atlantic City banned smoking, didn't offer a buffet, turned its back on bus-riding day trippers and focused on the upscale leisure traveler more than the slot-playing senior citizen. But Monday, the $2.4 billion resort found it could not break the law of supply and demand as it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden.

    FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

    FedEx to buy Boeing jets from United Airlines

    FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes. Financial terms of the deal were not released. FedEx disclosed its plans in a regulatory filing. The package-delivery company said it would buy 14 Boeing 757 aircraft, which will be delivered through 2015, and could buy up to 16 more 757s.

    One of Britain’s youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo the company announced Monday.

    British teenage whiz strikes deal with Yahoo

    One of Britain's youngest Internet entrepreneurs has hit the jackpot after selling his top-selling mobile application Summly to search giant Yahoo. Seventeen-year-old Nick d'Aloisio, who dreamed up the idea for the content-shortening program when he was studying for his exams, said he was surprised by the deal. As with its other recent acquisitions, Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Summly, although British newspapers suggested the deal's value at several million dollars.

    A Boeing 787 lifts off on Monday, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. This was the first test flight of a 787 since the fleet was grounded because the danger of a fire with the lithium-Ion battery in the plane.

    Boeing 787 makes test flight to check battery

    A Boeing 787 with a redesigned battery system made a 2-hour test flight on Monday, and the company said the event "went according to plan." The test flight was an important step in Boeing Co.'s plan to convince safety regulators to let airlines resume using the plane, which the company calls the Dreamliner.

Life & Entertainment

    Skateboard filmmaker Brett Novak of Lombard says his entire career was born out of his experience at the Technology Center of DuPage.

    Lombard filmmaker turned to skateboarding world

    During jury duty, filmmaker Brett Novak had an epiphany. The Lombard native was enjoying a thriving career as a visual special effects director and producer. He worked on huge projects like "Acts of Valor" and "Water for Elephants," plus music videos for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and other A-listers. But he gave it all up for the skateboarding world. "I got to see the sunlight in California for the first time," Novak said.

    The tribute act “Stayin' Alive” celebrates the music of the Bee Gees when it comes to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Saturday, March 30.

    Best bets: Bee Gees tribute, comedians and the Easter Bunny

    Dust off those bell-bottom trousers and relive the 1970s when the Bee Gees Tribute concert "Stayin' Alive" plays Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Laugh it up with comedian Lynne Koplitz at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Meet up with the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Eggcellent Easter Adventure and Parade in Antioch.

    Want this Spicy Bean Soup to turn out the same every time? Find the brands you like and stick with them.

    Favorite recipe yields different result. What's up with that?

    Everyone has their favorite go-to recipe, right? It's the one that's easy, tasty and, most importantly, surefire. You can make it in your sleep and it never varies. My favorite "no worry" recipe is one that I tore out of a food magazine somewhere near the time "Walk Like an Egyptian" was on the airwaves.

    The great strength of “Gears of War: Judgment” remains its cover-based shooting.

    'Gears' spins weak story, frantic gunplay

    Blockbuster game franchises like Epic Games' "Gears of War" don't just fade away — even if the primary antagonist, the voracious Locust Horde, was obliterated at the end of the initial trilogy. Not to worry. "Gears of War: Judgment" takes players back in time to the beginning of the war between humans and Locusts. It's a hit-or-miss affair — but those few hits manage to leave some bruises.

    "BioShock Infinite" delivers a complex tale in often surprising ways.

    Brilliant 'BioShock Infinite' takes flight

    “BioShock Infinite” sets a new standard for video-game storytelling, delivering a complex tale in often surprising ways. It's a brazen satire of some of the most unpleasant aspects of American history, from both sides of the political spectrum. It's mind-bending science fiction that isn't afraid to challenge its audience. Most of all, it's the story of two very messed-up people trying to survive in a chaotic universe.

    Spicy Bean Soup

    Spicy Bean Soup
    Spicy Bean Soup:Soupalooza

    Angie Gergen makes Italian favorites zucchini soup, Italian cookies and canolli in her Hoffman Estates kitchen.

    Cook of the Week: Feeding family, friends in her nature

    Growing up Italian means spending lots of time in the kitchen, and in Angie Gergen's case, this meant seeing her parents cooking together. "They would say 'Just watch us,' and that's how we learned," says Angie, of Hoffman Estates. "I never saw my mother or father measure anything."

    Dule Hill as Gus Guster, left, and James Roday as Shawn Spencer in a scene from the 100th episode of “Psych” airing Wednesday on USA Network.

    Viewers to choose ending of ‘Psych’ 100th episode

    From a bank of chairs in an NBC Universal control room, technician Antonella Caruso counted down as if she were anticipating a rocket booster's liftoff: "Nine, eight, seven, six ..." It was a dress rehearsal for USA's plan to let viewers of "Psych" choose the ending of Wednesday's episode, celebrating the drama's 100th episode and culminating the network's two-year experiment at an exclusively fan-centered approach at marketing.

    TV host Robin Roberts will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPYS.

    Robin Roberts to get ESPY award for courage

    ESPN is staying in the family in giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at its annual ESPY awards this summer. The "Good Morning America" anchor is being saluted for how she kept viewers involved in her treatments for two serious illnesses. She had breast cancer in 2007 and last year had to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder. Roberts returned to "Good Morning America" last month.

    “Just Feels Good” by Thompson Square

    Thompson Square’s new album continues run

    The husband-wife duo Thompson Square celebrates its success and its upbeat love story on its second album, "Just Feels Good." Keifer and Shawna Thompson instantly drew attention by presenting soulful pop-country songs with a hip, sophisticated flair.


    Usher, Fogerty sign on for Rock Hall ceremony

    Usher, Carole King, John Fogerty, Spike Lee, Harry Belafonte and others have been added to the list of performers and presenters for the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Rush will also perform when Donna Summer, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler are inducted at an April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles.

    Keith Urban is a busy man as a judge on “American Idol” in addition to planning a summer tour and working on a new album among other things.

    From ‘Idol’ to tour, Urban has no time to idle

    Keith Urban's to-do list goes something like this: Provide the voice of reason on "American Idol," choose and record songs for a new album, plan a tour of outdoor venues and arenas that starts this summer, coordinate and learn songs for an upcoming fundraiser concert, fly back and forth to London where wife Nicole Kidman is shooting a film, and carve out the right amount of time with his two young daughters. "There's a lot of creativity happening right now," Urban said in a phone interview Monday.

    “Ice Cold Kill” by Dana Haynes

    ‘Ice Cold Kill’ is hot thriller

    Dana Haynes departs from his previous thrillers involving the aeronautics industry and takes on the alphabet agencies in "Ice Cold Kill," a surprising and intriguing page turner. Daria Gibron takes center stage in this new novel. The former Shin-Bet agent now works as an interpreter, but when her old handler arranges to meet her at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, she drops everything to see him. When she lands in New York, a coded message warns her of a trap.

    Soup chock full of zucchini, potatoes and herbs is one of Angie Gergen’s most beloved recipes.

    Zucchini Soup
    Zucchini Soup: Angie Gergen


    Italian Iced Cookies
    Italian Cookie Dough: Angie Gergen

    Cinnamon oil and vanilla powder flavor the filling in Angie Gergen’s homemade cannolis.

    Cannolis: Angie Gergen

    Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr., acknowledges that with her musical pedigree she probably could have taken the fast track to success. Instead, she’s been carving out her own career.

    Despite famous family, Holly Williams forging her own path in music

    When Holly Williams says she could have called up a record company and been on her way to making a living as a country musician, she's not bragging. With her musical pedigree — she's the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. — she could have taken a shortcut to success. Instead, she independently released her third album, "The Highway," on her own label last month. She will perform Wednesday, March 27, at Space in Evanston.



    Feeling ill about excessive sick leave

    A Daily Herald editorial says taxpayers are right to feel ill about the 200 sick days Warren Township High School District gave now-retired Superintendent Phil Sobocinskil.


    Lawmakers on both sides flunk math tests

    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: There's a lot of hand-wringing about American students lagging their foreign counterparts in math skills. That should not be a big surprise, since many of our political leaders aren't very good at math either and deny the realities that numbers reveal. Republican Sen. John McCain recently labeled the extreme hard-liners in his own party as "wacko birds," but there are plenty of flaky fowl in Democratic ranks as well.


    The Clintons on gay marriage

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Since at least 1992, the Clintons have been a very public family. They have evolved and grown on the national stage. Their changes, we are coming to realize, reflect our changes as a society, which may help explain why we have come to appreciate Bill, Hillary and Chelsea more over the years.


    Which debt domino will fall next?
    Finally Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac generate earnings in 2012 after losing $180 billion the preceding three years at taxpayer expense. Is their recent performance sustainable with a perpetually weak jobs market? Let’s hope so since they, along with the FHA, bought or insured 90 percent of home mortgages originated in 2012. Six years ago the government’s share was just 30 percent.The government has virtually nationalized financing of housing as well as student loans with almost $1 trillion in un-collateralized student debt. The risk to taxpayers is unprecedented. Taxpayers’ exposure also increased with expanded oversight of the banking industry precipitated by the unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank financial reform. The latest new entitlement, ObamaCare, is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to further burden taxpayers.When you take those four factors with which Congress burdened taxpayers, and add the government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation along with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, concern mounts. The question of “who will pay the bill?” has been raised by the deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal, George Melloan, in a recent op-ed piece.While rhetoric has been growing in Congress about reforming entitlement programs, Congress, once again is ignoring the risk they are placing on taxpayers to support a housing recovery.Even though the private sector has deleveraged over the past five years, under the auspices of the Big Government strategy embraced by the current administration we have merely shifted and compounded the debt burden on taxpayers.The question now is which debt domino will fall first? Will it be student loans followed by another housing debacle or banking crisis? Hopefully, taxpayers will wake up early enough to hold Congress accountable by downsizing government. If not, be prepared for the domino effect of a highly leveraged government whose only recourse will be you, the taxpayer.Mike TennisSleepy Hollow


    Road commissioner doing a great job
    A Dundee Township letter to the editor: Larry Braasch is doing an outstanding job as Dundee Township Highway Commissioner. The snow removal has been speedy and efficient. Thank you for putting a smile on my face, when I hear the plows early in the morning and late at night, when we are all tucked cozy in our beds.


    Herald hypocritical in mug shot posting
    A Nap[erville leter to the editor: Regarding your article "Your reputation, for a price" March 17 Isn't it hypocritical for the Daily Herald to feign outrage over the fact that websites charge for the removal of posted arrest photos, since pretrial photos frequently printed in the Daily Herald — and the Naperville Sun — can never be removed?


    Be promoters of peace
    A Lombard letter to the editor: What do Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, and Muhammad all have in common? They were promoters of peace, justice, and equality. These attributes help define America today as we pledge, "With liberty and justice for all."


    Absurd attempt to stifle muscle cars
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: George Orwell's book, "1984" was a precursor of things to come. But some of the things being thrown out there recently by New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would have even taken Orwell aback.


    Spending decisions show lack of leadership
    A Palatine letter to the edito: How can we let thousands of Americans be fired, allow contracts to be reduced, and in general hurt the American economy while at the same time giving billions in aid around the world?


    A small expense to save a life
    A Barrington letter to the editor: I am urging our lawmakers to find the money to purchase Narcan kits for each and every first responder in Illinois. Last year alone, 3,000 of our children died from heroin overdoses. That is higher than gun deaths in Illinois.


    Columnist Cohen rewriting history
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I don't remember the Soviet Union invading Normandy on D-Day, nor do I recall reading how it liberated France and Germany. That was done by the U.S. and the Allies. If it weren't for our part in the war, there might not even have been a Soviet Union to take over Eastern Europe and keep those people in oppression for the next 40 years.


    Learn from mistakes on gambling expansion
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Revenue from casinos will only replace what has already been earmarked in the state budget for education and pensions, not increase the needed expenditures. We shouldn't have believed politicians four decades ago, and we shouldn't trust them today.


    Former mayor backs Abruscato, Papantos
    Letter to the editor: Former Wheeling village president Sheila Schultz is endorsing Judy Abruscato for another term as mayor, and Mary Papantos for the village board.


    Vice president backs three incumbents
    Letter to the editor: William Wright, vice president of the Streamwood park District board, endorses the three incumbents running for election on April 9, Adriana Vega Armstrong, Thomas Keating and Richard Brogan.


    Another traffic jam, courtesy of Cook Co.
    Letter to the editor: Robert Fecarotta says the cigarette tax in Cook County is causing traffic jams -- what with all the people fleeing Cook County.


    Pensions ‘take from poor, give to rich’
    Letter to the editor: Larry Schuetz calls the pensions in District 211 "legalized corruption" and says, "The saddest thing is that the pensioners probably don't even need this money, having received enormous salaries for many years prior to retiring."


    Sewer/garbage rates not higher, after all
    Letter to the editor: Ken Kitzing says that, upon further review, his Mount Prospect sewer and garbage bill is not higher now. He realized his bill was for a period and a half, not just one period.


    Krick dedicated to Hanover Twp.
    Letter to the editor: George Hough writes that Howard Krick would make an excellent commissioner for Hanover Township. "His concern for the entire community has exceeded all expectations," he writes. "His tireless efforts to continue to keep the senior community safe and strong is outstanding."


    Here’s a little tip for Metropolis Centre
    Letter to the editor: Dr. Rita Foley loves going to the Metropoplis Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Arlington Heights, but says the village needs to step in and fix the bathrooms.


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