Daily Archive : Thursday March 28, 2013


    Dwayne K. Smith

    Police: Man fleeing cops hits several cars in downtown Naperville

    A man accused of stealing from a local Target store led police on a chase that resulted in his crashing into several cars in downtown Naperville before he was caught on foot, authorities said. Dwayne K. Smith, 21, of North Aurora faces numerous charges related to the midday Thursday crashes.


    Picnic permit purchasing hours extended in Cook County

    On Monday, April 1, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County will begin offering extended hours for patrons purchasing picnic permits at the District's General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest.

    Clockwise from top left, John Rabchuk, Raymond Rogina, Jake Wyatt and Jotham Stein are running for mayor in St. Charles. The election is April 9.

    Racial profiling big concern at Latino forum for St. Charles mayor

    Candidates for St. Charles mayor found themselves delving into previously unexplored issues of poor communication and racial profiling Thursday night at a forum as the city's Latino residents tried to identify the person they'll support.

    Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day rocks the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Thursday.

    Green Day at Allstate Arena
    Green Day rocks the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Thursday.

    Martyl Langsdorf sits in the Robert Paul Schweikher-designed home in Schaumburg in 2006.

    Martyl Langsdorf, artist who designed Doomsday Clock, dies at 96

    Martyl Langsdorf, longtime resident of Schaumburg's historic Schweikher House and the professional artist who first depicted the nuclear Doomsday Clock, died Tuesday at the age of 96. Her late husband, Alexander Langsdorf Jr., was a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bomb, but later he came to regret its use.


    2 men plead not guilty in Chicago teen’s death

    Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday — one to 141 counts of first-degree murder — in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who performed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities days before she died.


    Buffalo Grove police warn residents after burglaries

    An alert from Buffalo Grove police about recent burglaries

    President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Thursday, urging Congress to take action on measures to protect children from gun violence. Standing with Obama are Vice President Joe Biden are law enforcement officials, victims of gun violence and others.

    Obama: ‘Shame on us’ if we forget Newtown

    President Barack Obama pressed the Senate to pass gun-control legislation next month, saying the votes are the best chance in more than a decade to reduce gun violence. "There's absolutely no reason that we can't get this done," Obama said Thursday, surrounded by mothers and teachers of gun violence victims. "None of these ideas should be controversial."

    U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber flies over near Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday.

    NKorea orders rocket prep after US B-2 drill

    North Korea's leader said Friday that his rocket forces are ready "to settle accounts with the U.S.," an escalation of the country's bellicose rhetoric and a direct response to the unprecedented announcement that U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers had joined military drills with South Korea.

    Pope Francis kisses the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope.

    Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

    In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis' gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists.

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela pauses during a statue unveiling ceremony in his honor at Parliament Square in London.

    S. Africa: Mandela responds positively to treatment

    Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African president was reported to be responding well to treatment for a chronic lung infection. South Africa's presidency said that doctors were acting with extreme caution because of the advanced age of the anti-apartheid leader.


    Body recovered from Salt Creek in Addison

    Addison fire officials say they recovered a dead body from Salt Creek.


    Free hepatitis B testing Saturday in Elgin

    Immigrants from Asia and Africa will have a chance to get free testing for hepatitis B, followed by vaccinations if necessary, this Saturday in Elgin thanks to an event organized by the Lao American Organization of Elgin.

    Allen Cavender

    North Aurora candidates talk business

    Four men seek three seats on the North Aurora village board, in what seems to be a good-natured competition.

    Julia Caporusso

    Candidates debate how to renovate aging gem of a golf course

    Candidates for the Mount Prosepct Park District board seem to agree the Mt. Prospect Golf Course is a jewel in need of upgrading and preserving, but most are more than a little staggered by the pottential costs.

    John Heidelmeier is apologizing after photos appear on an Internet sex site.

    How 'embarrassing photos' may affect Villa Park race

    A candidate for Villa Park village president has apologized after "personally embarrassing" photos of him that were posted on a pornographic website were brought to his attention. John Heidelmeier, a former Villa Park police chief, is running in the April 9 election against Deborah Bullwinkel for the village's top elected post. Heidelmeier released a statement late Wednesday vowing to "remain...


    Lawsuit argues Aurora paramedics misdiagnosed woman’s stroke

    An Aurora woman has sued the city and fire department, arguing three paramedics thought she was drunk when she called for emergency help in May 2012 when in reality she was having a stroke. Susan Miller's lawsuit argues that paramedics only treated her for six minutes and told her to "sleep it off."


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Steven N. Salzman, 48, of Arlington Heights, was arrested at Mariano's Fresh Market, Arlington Heights, and charged with felonly retail theft after he reportedly took four bottles of liquor valued at $83 and hid them in his backpack. He dropped and broke two bottles when a security agent stopped him. A male accomplice fled on a bicycle.

    West Chicago firefighters battle a house fire Thursday on the 2400 block of Alamance Drive that authorities said “had a good head start” before they were dispatched to the scene.

    Four hurt as fire sweeps through West Chicago house

    Three residents and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries Thursday at an area hospital after fire swept through a house in West Chicago, authorities said. Firefighters said the injuries could have been worse if neighbors had not alerted the residents to the blaze around 12:20 p.m. on the 2400 block of Alamance Drive.

    Congressman Bill Foster met with officials at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora Thursday to push legislation he crafted to encourage the spread of Fab Labs, an MIT project that brings basic design and fabrication labs to area communities for public use.

    Congressman brings Fab Lab pitch to Waubonsee, local manufacturers

    Rep. Bill Foster hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday about his Fab Lab bill. The 11th District congressman introduced a bill last week to establish a National Fab Lab network across the country to catalyze the manufacturing sector. He spoke at Waubonsee Community College's downtown Aurora location.


    Car chase ends with crash into Elk Grove school

    A driver suspected in a Hanover Park hit-and-run was involved in a chase with Roselle police late Wednesday night that ended up with the vehicle crashing into an Elk Grove Village school, police said. The driver is hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com A lighted billboard which can be seen by motorists traveling on the westbound Jane Addams Tollway includes a message from acting Des Plaines Mayor Dick Sayad welcoming them to Des Plaines. Sayad holds the job for seven weeks.

    Sayad welcomes motorists to Des Plaines

    Des Plaines Acting Mayor Dick Sayad's smiling face is up on an electronic billboard off the westbound Jane Addams Tollway welcoming motorists to Des Plaines. Sayad is only in office for a few weeks. One of the aldermen asked that the sign be updated after Mayor Marty Moylan resigned.

    Jim Wagner

    Tollway watchdog digs up scams, employee misdeeds

    Tollway employees behaving badly. Toll authority investigators cracked down on a call center worker who offered to clear I-PASS debts for a price and a supervisor who slept on the job and picked on his underlings (not simultaneously), Inspector General Jim Wagner reported Thursday.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Timothy R. Spears, 43, of Batavia, was charged with possession of cannabis at 8:22 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Kaneville Road, according to a police report. He was also charged with operating a vehicle after expiration of its registration, and improper use of registration.

    Maria Gonzalez

    Cook County assessor’s worker indicted in kickback schemes

    Cook County prosecutors announced Thursday that Maria Gonzalez, 54 of Lyons, an employee with the Cook County Assessors Office and Victor Benitez, 57, a Chicago grocery store owner, have been charged with accepting kickbacks and theft in two separate indictments.

    Roman Golash

    Dist. 211 candidates share concerns over financial uncertainty

    From steady decreases in transportation funding to the possible shift of pension obligations onto school districts, the five candidates for the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board have varying levels of confidence over how easily those additional costs can be absorbed, as well as different ideas on how to approach future budgets.

    Jesus Gonzalez-Carrera

    DuPage traffic stops yields $500,000 drug bust

    What began as a routine traffic stop in Bloomingdale resulted in DuPage County sheriff's deputies finding cocaine and methamphetamines with an estimated street value of $500,000 hidden inside a car, authorities said Thursday. Now the 26-year-old Calumet City man who was driving the vehicle is facing several felony drug charges.

    Debra Vander Weit

    Lake Zurich candidates discuss their big ideas, from ice arena to aquatics

    Nine Lake Zurich village board trustee candidates have unique ideas they'd like to pursue if elected, from an indoor ice rink to construction of an aquatic center.


    Find Easter eggs in Mundelein

    A free Easter egg hunt is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at the Mundelein Community Park soccer fields on Midlothian Road.

    Patricia Schuberg

    Elburn trustee candidates discuss development, business

    Four people, including two incumbents, seek three spots on the Elburn village board.

    Daniel Field

    Political website targets Amrich, supporters in Island lake

    An Island Lake activist has relaunched a website criticizing mayoral candidate Charles Amrich — and it now targets some of Amrich's civilian supporters, too.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Manuel A. Jasso, 19, of Elgin, was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home and charged with unlawful use/possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a weapon without a valid FOID card, according to a police report.


    Volunteers sought for Volo Bog, Moraine Hills and McHenry Dam

    Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside and Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam in McHenry are seeking volunteers for several positions.

    Nicholas Ungureanu

    Des Plaines man accused of battery with dumbbell

    A 21-year-old Des Plaines man has been charged with home invasion and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for an attack that involved using a handheld dumbbell, Cook County sheriff's police said Thursday.


    Hoffman Estates Park District names employee, team player, volunteer of the year

    The Hoffman Estates Park District recognized its 2012 employee of the year and team player of the year at a March 19 meeting. The recipients were Sally Whalen, a disbursement associate for the business department, and hockey coach Pete Ripoli. Hoffman Estates Community Bank President Georgeanna Mehr was named volunteer of the year in January.


    State reps speak at Barrington HS April 3

    Members of the public are welcome to hear Republican state Rep. David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and Democratic state Rep. Christian Mitchell discuss various regional and state legislative topics from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 before students at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. in Barrington. McSweeney is himself a graduate of Barrington High School and said he wanted to...


    Crash causes River Road traffic detour in Rosemont

    Southbound traffic on River Road was rerouted for about a half-hour this morning due to a rollover crash, Rosemont police said. Authorities said a two-vehicle collision at 9:30 a.m. near the Tri-State Tollway and River Road caused a vehicle to turn on its side.

    Laurie Christophersen

    Emmons District 33 candidates differ on teacher, technology spending

    Maintaining Emmons Elementary District 33's quality education while providing students the proper technology and fairly paying teachers are chief among the five Emmons school board candidates' concerns. But they don't all agree on what exactly the proper technology is or what constitutes paying teachers fairly.

    Joan DiLeonardi

    Oakton College hopefuls talk health care, retraining

    Cutting teaching hours for part-time faculty, absorbing the cost of employee pensions, retraining today's workforce for an evolving job market, and improving graduation rates are among the top concerns for five candidates running for three, six-year term seats on the Oakton Community College board. The candidates are incumbents Joan DiLeonardi, Ann Tennes, and Eric Staley, and newcomers Kyle...


    Coroner IDs victims of Illinois mobile home fire

    Authorities are identifying the five people killed in a western Illinois mobile home as a 38-year-old woman, her 8-year-old daughter and three other girls. Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall says 38-year-old Anna Viager died along with daughter Breana Viager in the blaze early Wednesday near the tiny village of Sherrard. The other victims were 15-year-old Cassandra Turner, 13-year-old Jessica...

    Vietnam war veteran Ho Van Minh talks about his experience as a North Vietnamese soldier during the war at the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi Thursday. The 77-year-old lost his right leg to a land mine while advancing on Saigon, just a month before that city fell. Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the American withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam.

    40 years on, Vietnam troop withdrawal remembered

    While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived the war. Since then, they've embarked on careers, raised families and in many cases counseled a younger generation emerging...

    Jason R. Schultz

    Wheaton man charged in Glen Ellyn church burglary

    A Wheaton man has been charged with burglarizing a church and school near Glen Ellyn, authorities said Thursday. Jason R. Schultz, 38, of the 700 block of Liberty Avenue, faces one felony count of burglary from a school or place of worship.

    Roberto Perez, Jenny Perez and Angelina Feliz of Palatine died March 21 in a car crash in Sycamore.

    Fund set up to offset Palatine family’s funeral expenses

    A friend of the three family members from Palatine killed March 21 in a car crash has set up a fund to help offset funeral expenses. Angelina Felix, her daughter, Jenny Perez, and her grandson, Roberto Perez, died when their vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of an oncoming truck in Sycamore.

    Paul Sivak of Precision Payroll and the 2012 president of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Glen Ellyn Community Awards. He is pictured with Katie Cass of Massage Envy Spa, the chamber’s 2013 president.

    Glen Ellyn presents annual Community Awards

    Thirteen individuals and one nonprofit organization were recently honored with Glen Ellyn Community Awards in recognition of their service to the community, officials said.


    Schaumburg recycling event set for April 20

    To celebrate Earth Day, the Village of Schaumburg Environmental Committee, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and the Schaumburg Township District Library will co-host a community-wide recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the District 54 offices at 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Document destruction will occur on site.


    John Lynn honored in Mundelein

    Longtime Mundelein resident John Lynn, founder of the Kirk Players community theater group, received a pair of awards during Monday's village board meeting.


    CLC hosts alcohol screenings:

    The College of Lake County Health Center will conduct free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems as part of National Alcohol Screening Day on Thursday, April 4.

    Pam Fender

    Grafton Township supervisor candidates talk finances

    Grafton Township supervisor candidates Pam Fender and James Kearns agree that the township's finances are in dire straits but they have different ideas on how to handle the mess. The township has spent an estimated $600,000 on lawsuits among elected officials and outgoing Supervisor Linda Moore, who says the office might have to shut down briefly next month because of a lack of funds.

    Boreal Owl

    Long Wisconsin winter takes toll on rare owls

    Scientists say the long winter hasn't been easy on owls in Wisconsin, including three rare species that have migrated from the boreal forest north of the U.S. border. The state Department of Natural Resources says every few years the small rodent population crashes and the owls move south in search of food.

    In this Dec. 14, 2012 e photo, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., shortly after Adam Lanza opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

    Arsenal of weapons found in Newtown gunman’s home

    An arsenal of weapons including guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords were found in the home and car of the gunman who carried out the Newtown school shooting, according to search warrants released Thursday. Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building, State's Attorney...

    Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday.

    However court rules, gay marriage debate won’t end

    However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples' rights, the justices left open multiple options for rulings that are expected in June. But they signaled there was no prospect of imposing a 50-state solution at...

    Associated Press Banks in Cyprus reopened to customers for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday, albeit with strict restrictions on transactions, after being closed to prevent people withdrawing all their savings during the countryís acute financial crisis.

    Cyprus banks re-open; limits on transactions

    Banks in Cyprus reopened for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday and prohibited people from withdrawing all their savings and triggering further chaos in the country's financial system. The limits on transactions, which include caps on withdrawals and money leaving the country, are a first in the 14-year history of the euro.

    Lawmakers pushing to expand gambling in Illinois hope the third time is a charm with a more finely tuned proposal that could make Illinois the fourth state to allow Internet gaming.

    Quinn skeptical about gaming expansion

    Lawmakers pushing to expand gambling in Illinois hope the third time is a charm with a more finely tuned proposal that could make Illinois the fourth state to allow Internet gaming. The latest proposal includes some familiar ideas: five new casinos, including one in Chicago; thousands of slot machines, including at Chicago's two airports.

    Makensie Balagna, the first female firefighter with the Farmington Fire Department in Farmington, Ill.

    Farmington hires 1st female firefighter

    FARMINGTON — Makenzie Balagna is the first female firefighter on the Farmington Fire Department.Her doting dad isn’t particularly worried.After all, it was his idea.

    Gov. Pat Quinn will visit Mexico City next week on a trade mission, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to visit Mexico City

    Gov. Pat Quinn will visit Mexico City next week on a trade mission, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Quinn's visit will focus "on job creation, agriculture and food production, manufacturing, water infrastructure and tourism," spokesman Grant Klinzman said in an email to The Associated Press. He said Quinn will leave April 3.


    Plane makes emergency landing at Mitchell

    A Delta flight took off from Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee County, but returned for an emergency landing after an indicator light signaled some sort of problem. Airport spokeswoman Pat Rowe (ROH) says Flight 771 took off about 6:20 a.m. Thursday when the indicator light activated and the pilot turned the plane around and made the unscheduled landing at Mitchell. Rowe says emergency...


    Feds: Ind. teacher had female students sext him

    A former teacher at a northwest Indiana high school has been charged with persuading several underage girls to send their naked photos to him by cellphone. Jon Erik Lilly of Cedar Lake was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of possessing visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. A probable cause and detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.


    Illinois starts motorcycle safety program

    Illinois transportation officials are starting a motorcycle safety campaign.The Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off its "Gear Up Ride Smart" campaign on Wednesday. The effort is in partnership with Illinois State Police and motorcycle groups. Officials say the campaign promotes safe motorcycle riding through training and use of proper gear.


    Indiana GOP operative Matalin opposes ‘ag-gag’ bill

    Republican pundit Mary Matalin is lobbying Indiana lawmakers to oppose a bill banning filming at Indiana farms and factories. The longtime Republican operative says that Indiana's "ag-gag" bill would punish whistleblowers reporting animal cruelty.Groups representing Indiana farmers and manufacturers have been pushing a bill that would ban covert filming of their operations.


    Cook County judge retains charges against NATO protesters

    A Cook County judge has refused to drop terrorism charges against three activists accused of plotting attacks on President Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home during last year's NATO summit.

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson, left, celebrates a 3-point shot, as Miami Heat forward Shane Battier watches during the first half last night at the United Center. The Bulls kept celebrating all night, ending the Heat’s 27-game winning streak.

    Dawn Patrol: Teens saved from lake; Bulls end Heat’s streak

    Dawn Patrol: Two teens rescued from Lake Zurich. Bulls cool off the Heat's streak. Aurora man accused of threatening judge. Naperville man accused of stalking Batavia woman. Kane County to use surplus for raises, pensions. 18 people charged in Lake County drug ring arrests. Lindenhurst hospital proposal denied by state board. Northwestern hires a new coach.


    Dist. 203 candidates debate district finances

    As lawmakers wrestle over whether to shift teachers' pension costs back to the respective school districts, the 11 candidates for four open seats in Naperville Unit District 203 recently debated the district's fiscal readiness to take on such a burden. The question was posed to candidates during a recent forum hosted by the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation. Candidates were asked whether...

    Pat Graceffa

    Sugar Grove Library candidates discuss getting over past

    Getting past the Sugar Grove Library's troubled past is the main issue for candidates in the race for two 6-year terms on the library board. Pat Graceffa is running with Montgomery resident Edward DeBartolo against Trustee Bob Bergman of Sugar Grove. Bergman has been on the board since 1997. "Personally, it is time for a change," DeBartolo said. "It is time to bring it back to the community."


    Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) goes up past Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) during the second half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Orange crushed: Syracuse takes down No. 1 Indiana

    With its 2-3 zone defense disruptive from start to finish, and Michael Carter-Williams pouring in 24 points, fourth-seeded Syracuse upset No. 1 seed Indiana 61-50 Thursday night to reach the NCAA tournament's East Regional final.

    Miguel Cabrera played for the Kane County Cougars in 2001.

    All-star matchup: Cougars’ best vs. Midwest League alums

    The Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League will open play next week as the new affiliate of the Cubs. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles gets some help from a reader in putting together Cougars and Midwest League all-star teams from the past two decades.

    Recently retired Mundelein boys basketball coach Dick Knar is leaving the school to become the athletic director at Grant.

    Knar follows ‘roll’ model to AD job at Grant

    Dick Knar is following the career path of Perry Wilhelm and taking the athletic director's job at Grant. Both were basketball head coaches at Mundelein.

    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, out since March 6 with a shoulder injury, returned to practice Thursday.

    Blackhawks’ Sharp, Hossa back at practice

    Patrick Sharp is always looking to poke a little fun at someone, even an entire dressing room full of teammates."I'm still undefeated," Sharp said jokingly on Thursday after returning to practice. "That's all I know."The Blackhawks were 21-0-3 with Sharp in the lineup and just 4-4-0 since he's been out with a left shoulder sprain. Sharp and Marian Hossa returned to practice on Thursday, but coach Joel Quenneville ruled his two stars out of Friday's showdown.


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


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


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


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

    La Salle head coach John Giannini will lead his team against Wichita State tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Giannini is also a trustee for North Central College, where he graduated in 1984. He also has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

    North Central trustee in NCAA Sweet 16

    While there isn't a team from Illinois in the Sweet 16 of the men's NCAA basketball tournament, there's another Land of Lincoln connection to a head coach in the tournament, and we're not talking about Mike Krzyzewski of Duke or Thad Motta of Ohio State.

    Marmion’s RJ Gibson bolts to third base trying to beat the throw to Geneva’s Mitchell Endriukaitis.

    Geneva’s 8-run 7th stuns Marmion

    Geneva baseball coach Matt Hahn likes to stress to his team the importance of answering. "If they score, we've got to score at least one run (the next inning) to get some momentum," said Hahn. "It doesn't matter how many." The Vikings certainly had the final answer Thursday afternoon. After Marmion (1-1) put up a 4-spot in the bottom of the sixth to take a seemingly commanding 10-5 lead, Geneva (3-1) responded with an 8-run seventh, capped by Mitch Endriukaitis' towering 3-run home run, to rally for a 13-10 nonconference triumph over the Cadets in Geneva.


    Lake Park sweeps Oak Park

    Maria Zepeda’s two-run, one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning rallied No. 20 Lake Park to a 4-3 win over Oak Park on Thursday, capping a doubleheader sweep.Lake Park (4-0) took the first game 11-1, blowing things open with an 8-run sixth. Sam Cummings was 4-for-4 with a homer, double, 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored, Kelly O’Neill had a solo homer to start the sixth and Zepeda ended it with a bases-clearing triple.St. Francis 11, AC Valley (Pa.) 1:Maggie Remus tossed a 1-hitter, and the Spartans (3-0) pounded out 16 hits to cap off a 3-0 trip to Orlando.St. Charles North 9, Montini 6:Morganne Evans homered for Montini (1-2), but No. 6 St. Charles North (1-0) rallied from an 8-3 deficit after two innings for the win at the Rosemont Dome. Mickey Goetz went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI for the North Stars (1-0).Zion-Benton 3, York 1:Angela Scalzitti went 3-for-3 with a stolen base and Sarah Milkowski tripled and scored the only run for York (0-1) at the Rosemont Dome.Fenton 19, Chicago Academy 1:Jocelyn Souvannasy fired a 1-hitter, and Fenton (4-0) exploded for 14 runs in the fourth inning.Plainfield East 9, Metea Valley 5:Adri Cura homered twice and drove in 5 runs for Plainfield South in both teams’ season opener.


    St. Francis beats Waukegan in bottom of seventh

    St. Francis 8, Waukegan 7:The Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, winning the game on Jack Petrando’s 2-run single with no outs. Josh Croci tripled home 2 runs in the fifth inning as part of a 5-run inning. Dan Zurawski picked up the win in relief.Benet 9, Waubonsie Valley 0:Pat Peterson started Benet’s victory with 4 innings of 1-hit ball, and Jonathan Kruppe and Robert Haemmerle closed out the game by allowing no hits. Ryan Raupach tripled and drove in 2 runs for the Redwings (1-2). Jake Bennema had the lone hit for the Warriors (0-2).Glenbard North 3, Glenbard West 2:Trailing 2-1 heading to the top of the seventh, the Panthers (1-0) scored twice to pull out the victory. Matt Albin singled home the first run and Matt Stencel scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Glenbard West (0-1) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning when Luke Domask came home on a wild pitch and Spencer Refer scored on a passed ball. Glenbard North answered with Brett Consitt’s RBI single in the top of the second. Consitt got the win in relief of starter Matt Frawley, who went 5 innings.West Chicago 5, Tinley Park 1:Eight different players had hits and five different players drove in runs for the Wildcats (2-2). Mike Zajac struck out seven over 6 innings to earn the win. Metea Valley 7, Plainfield East 3:Tamal Kumar and Mike Fitzgerald had 3 hits apiece and Michael Mooney doubled and drove in 3 runs for the Mustangs (1-0). Max Custer picked up the win with 5 innings of work.Neuqua Valley 12, St. Benedict Academy (Tenn.) 1:Drew Sterioti and Matt Wollnik each drove in 3 runs for the Wildcats (3-2), who scored 4 runs to end the game in the sixth. Jonathan Vlk won on the mound. The Wildcats closed their trip to Tennessee with a 5-2 loss to Covington. Montini 10, Lisle 3:The Broncos (1-0) followed a 4-run first inning with a 2-run second en route to a victory over Lisle (0-1). Chris Bartosz went 4-for-5 while Rhett Wojkovich and Eddie Bava had 2 hits apiece. Tyler Quick pitched a 3-hitter. Cliff Krause, Kevin Coppin and Adam Grego drove in runs for Lisle. Hinsdale Central 6, Glenbard South 3:In the season opener for both teams, the Red Devils broke out to a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning. Sophomore Chris Botsoe went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. Tom Concklin went the distance to earn the win. Zach Smith, Will Cornwell, Nick Yangas and Will Anderson had 2 hits apiece for Glenbard South.Wheaton North 6, Overton (Tenn.) 0:The Falcons (2-1) closed strong on their Tennessee trip as Doug Hayes pitched 6 innings of 4-hit ball. Tom Cassier went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jeff Harper and Johnny Peltz also drove in runs. WW South 7, Hersey 1:Brett Streubing pitched 5 innings and Ryan La Fleur pitched the final 2 innings of a combined 4-hitter for the Tigers (2-1). Eric Giltz and Mike Saccucci each had 2 hits. Baylor Holmes drove in 2 runs.Downers South 4, Chatwood (Colo.) 3:The Mustangs (2-2) finished their trip to Arizona with a come-from-behind victory. They trailed 3-2 in the top of the third when winning pitcher Zach Taylor blasted a 2-run homer to put Downers South ahead to stay. Alex Galik went 2-for-3 with a homer and 2 RBI.York 5, Notre Dame 3:A 4-run second inning powered the Dukes (2-0). Pete Doughty and Tyler Zunkel went 2-for-4. Adam Gomez won on the mound.


    Grayslake Central wins Florida finale

    Grayslake Central’s baseball team ended its annual Florida trip on a winning note.Matt Loeffl led the way, as the Rams defeated Waussau West (Wis.) 10-1 in a game played at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday.Grayslake Central pounded out 12 hits, scoring 6 runs over the first two innings, as they improved to 3-1 on the season.Loeffl, batting in the leadoff spot, had a double and 2 singles and scored 3 runs. Kyle Clark added a triple and a single, and Justin Dooley and Freddie Landers both added a pair of singles for the Rams, who scored in five of the seven innings against four Warrior pitchers.Grayslake Central pitchers Justin Guryn, Jack Spicer and Kevin Peloza combined to throw a 3-hitter with 6 strikeouts. The sophomore Guryn picked up his first career varsity win.“Great way to end the trip,” Rams coach Troy Whalen said. “The kids really swung the bats well and our pitching was great all week. We had a chance to look at everyone between the varsity and JV games, and this trip gives us some early-season reminders on things to work on.“We competed real hard the last two days, and that’s what we will need to do each and every game.”The Rams are slated to host Burlington Central at 1 p.m. Saturday in their home opener.Mundelein 12, Cary-Grove 5: Ryan Dolan (triple, 4 RBI) and Derek Parola each went 3-for-4 for the Mustangs.Leadoff man Thomas Gandolfi singled, walked and knocked in 2 runs. Eric Davis earned the win, pitching 4 innings.

    Syracuse forward C.J. Fair (5) shoots over Indiana guard Victor Oladipo (4) and forward Cody Zeller (40) during the second half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Syracuse ex-coach to sue ESPN

    Fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed the initial paperwork in a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting two former ball boys' claims that the longtime coach sexually abused them.


    Bruins blindsided by Iginla trade to Penguins

    The Jarome Iginla trade to Pittsburgh dominated the hockey conversation on Thursday. When many people went to bed on Wednesday night, it appeared Iginla was headed to Boston for a first-round pick and two prospects. But by morning he was a Penguin. Tim Sassone explains the course of events.

    Marquette forward Jamil Wilson (0) celebrates their 71-61 win over Miami in an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Washington. Wilson scored 16 points in the victory. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

    Marquette marches on with 71-61 win over Miami

    Jamil Wilson scored 16 points, Vander Blue and Davante Gardner had 14 apiece, and Marquette advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003 with a 71-61 win over Miami on Thursday night.

    Ohio State's Amir Williams, center, is double-teamed by Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski, left, and Kevin Parrom during the first half of a West Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    LaQuinton Ross’ late 3 sends Ohio St past Arizona

    LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.

    The Heat’s LeBron James gets fouled by Taj Gibson of the Bulls. It was reviewed and determined not to be a flagrant foul.

    Bulls’ get-tough strategy vs. Heat worked
    LeBron James complained about the Bulls' physical play following Wednesday's 101-97 loss at the United Center, which snapped Miami's 27-game winning streak. Should the Bulls be concerned about crossing the line or is this a sign they've found a winning strategy?


    Barrington rallies past D-C

    Barrington answered Dundee-Crown’s tying 3-run rally in the top of the seventh with a big finish of its own as the Broncos got a pair of runs to win 7-5 on Thursday in nonconference play at Barrington.Broncos catcher Ryan Lidge homered and doubled twice, and teammate Mitch Pfieffer tripled.The Broncos committed just 1 error to make a winner of Bennett Hillestead.Elk Grove 11, Addison Trail 4: The visiting Grens produced 4-run rallies in the third and fifth innings to pick up a nonconference road win.Mike Woods started and allowed 4 runs in 3 innings, and Jake Andrews provided 3 innings of hitless shutout relief for the Grens.Josh Bergbreiter doubled twice and walked to drive in 5 runs. Peter Arbov and Matt Wary both had 2 hits, and Luc Dimaso singled and drove in 2 runs.Huntley 12, Palatine 4: The visiting Pirates scored twice in the fourth inning to pull within 2 runs of the host Red Raiders before an 8-run bottom half of the inning put Huntley back in command for good.


    South Elgin finishes 2nd at its own tournament

    West Chicago 2, South Elgin 1: Caitlin Lange scored an unassisted goal in the second half but South Elgin fell in the championship game of its own tournament at Millennium Field. Nevertheless, the 5-1-1 Storm are off to the program’s best start.“The girls are compatible with each other, they rely on each other and they communicate well,” said South Elgin coach Tiffany Disher. “They played great today. (West Chicago) worked hard for their goals but we shut down their main scorer, Andie Lazzerini. It was real physical, the most physical game of the season.”Jourdan Vaulkner made 15 saves in goal for the Storm.Bartlett 1, Streamwood 0: Kaitlin Brohan scored in the first half off an assist from Josie Dombrowski to lift the Hawks (4-4) to third place at the South Elgin tournament. Amanda Lozada had 6 saves for Bartlett. Kaitlin Brohan and Shannon Brohan were each named to the all-tournament team for the Hawks. Natalie Guindon had 5 saves in goal for Streamwood.Rolling Meadows 4, Dundee-Crown 0: Isabel Miranda had 7 saves in goal for the Chargers (1-5) in this loss at the South Elgin tournament.Huntley 7, Marengo 0: Freshman Autumn Maraviglia scored 2 goals as Huntley (3-0) won easily in the opening round of the Huntley Invite. Deanna Hecht, Katie Constantino, Jessica Brock, Taryn Jakubowski and Alyssa Kaufman each had single goals for the Red Raiders. Jessica Galason and Kelli Rubino split time in the goal for Huntley but neither was called on to make a save.Harvest Christian 2, Schaumburg Christian 2: Ellie Burzlaff and Brittany Salazar scored goals and Cayla Arosen had an assist for the Lions (0-0-2 in this nonconference tie. Tori Nelson made 5 saves in goal for Harvest Christian.


    St. Charles East lacks execution vs. Prairie Ridge

    St. Charles East's baseball team finished with one fielding error during Thursday's nonconference game against Prairie Ridge. But the late-inning miscue proved costly as the Wolves (4-0) capitalized with a 6-run seventh — with all of the runs coming across after 2 outs — during their 7-3 victory over the Saints (1-2) in St. Charles.

    Round Lake baseball standout Ryan Newman is hoping for a good season this year as he attempts to bounce back from injury.

    Appreciative Newman eager to make a difference for Round Lake

    Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Ryan Newman found his in the Dominican Republic, where he was expecting to help, but not necessarily to be helped himself. Now a junior at Round Lake, Newman was about 13 years old when he made a trip to the Dominican Republic with his travel baseball team. The plan was to play some baseball against the local teams and then provide some assistance to those in need. "We helped build houses and we built a dam," Newman said. "We also served food to children and taught them baseball. "To see the way those kids played the game, even when they had so little, it was humbling. People there live the same way. They have so little, but they still work so hard. "That made me appreciate what I had and it made me want to work even harder."


    Jacobs, Hampshire notch wins

    Jacobs 10, Larkin 3: Butler recruit Alyssa Lach was 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI as Jacobs won its season opener. Sarah Murray was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 stolen bases for the Golden Eagles, while Jacquelyn Hengler had a double. Kelsey Peters picked up the win, allowing 3 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk in 4 scoreless innings. Alex Buhrow, Jaclyn Saurbaugh, Lexi Price and Alex Bednarski each had 2 hits for Larkin. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher.Hampshire 6, Aurora CC 4: Jennifer Hurst was the winning pitcher and had a triple and an RBI as the Whip-Purs (1-1) won their first game for new coach Stacey Stepek. Callie Bicknese (RBI), Aly Snider (2-for-4) and Jordan Hook (2-for-4, RBI) also contributed for Hampshire, which scored all its runs in the final three innings.


    Geneva, Wheaton N. split doubleheader

    The members of the Geneva and Wheaton North softball teams were hardly on vacation Thursday. After a wildly unpredictable day, the teams ultimately split their Spring Break doubleheader in what was supposed to be in Wheaton but was switched to the Vikings' home field in Geneva.


    Huntley upends Palatine

    Huntley 12, Palatine 4: Colin Lyman and Tyler Albright were each 3-for-4 with doubles and 2 RBI to lead the Red Raiders (2-0). Mark Skonieczny (2-for-4, 3 RBI), and Kameron Sallee (2-for-2, RBI) also contributed for Huntley. Eric Luecht went 4 innings with 6 strikeouts to earn the win.Barrington 7, Dundee-Crown 5: Dylan Kissack was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Garrett Ryan was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Chargers in their season-opening loss. Ryan Suwanski and Luis Garcia (2B) each drove in a run as well. Kyle DeAtley suffered the loss for D-C in relief.Mundelein 12, Cary-Grove 5: The Trojans (3-1) suffered their first loss in their final game at Rent One Ballpark in downstate Marion. Zach Marszal was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Cary-Grove. Jeremy Vasquez had a double and Matt Ewert a triple. Andrew Brierton suffered the loss on the mound.

    Conant’s boys water polo goalie Aly Ahmed, who played on the Egyptian national team, blocks a shot during a recent game.

    Ahmed’s goalie efforts key for Conant

    Goalie Aly Ahmed brings an uncommon level of expertise to Conant's boys water polo team - he's played at the highest levels in his native Egypt, with the Egyptian national team.

    Chris Sale will be on the mound Monday when the White Sox open the season against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ Sale eager to get the ball rolling

    Last season, White Sox lefty Chris Sale overcame an early health scare and quickly blossomed into a premier starting pitcher. This season, Sale is looking forward to building on his early success and prove he is a legitimate ace.


    Boylan blanks Larkin

    Without an outdoor practice to prepare for the season, Larkin girls soccer coach Ken Hall would have liked to ease into the 2013 campaign. The veteran Royals' coach didn't have that luxury. Playing state powerhouse Rockford Boylan to open the season, the results for the Royals were predictable. Scoring 5 goals during the first 20 minutes of the game, Boylan cruised to an 9-0 win over the Royals in an opening round game of the Huntley Invitational Thursday afternoon.


    Molini’s a hit, but Prospect drops opener to Glenbrook S.

    Prospect senior Michele Molini is headed to Wisconsin-Whitewater this fall. She'll be shooting basketballs, likely many from 3-point range, into the basket. For now, she is spraying softballs into the outfield. The third baseman was the only Knight to hit the ball out of the infield on Thursday when Prospect opened it 2013 softball season with a 6-2 loss to visiting Glenbrook South at Melas Park in Mt. Prospect.


    Pacers Granger having season-ending knee surgery

    Danny Granger's season is ending the same way it began in Indiana — with a sore left knee that will require more medical treatment.The team announced Thursday that Granger would miss the rest of the season so he could undergo surgery on the bothersome knee that has slowed him since last year's playoffs.


    Batavia ties BG; Bison net Lake Park title

    Undefeated Buffalo Grove drew 1-1 with Batavia in a hard-fought 80-minute girls soccer contest Thursday afternoon. In doing so, the Bison won their third consecutive team title at the annual Lake Park Early Bird Invite, played at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. The Bison (5-0-1), who earlier in the week handled Glenbard South 7-0, needed only a draw to earn the tournament title. The Bulldogs (2-0-2) understood coming in that they'd need their best effort to defeat BG, which had outscored five previous opponents 21-1.

    Bartlett senior Megan Seidl competes in the 400 dash during the Upstate Eight Conference track meet last year.

    Girls track: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2013 girls track season in the Fox Valley.

    Four members of Good Friends Stable check out the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, where they’ll watch their horse, Private Zone, in a $2 million race. Left to right: Hilton Gordon, Joe Casciato, former jockey Rene Douglas and former Blackhawks star Denis Savard.

    Ex-jockey Douglas back on track in Dubai

    For the first time since he was paralyzed following a horrific spill at Arlington Park in 2009, former jockey Rene Douglas will be back at a racetrack. He'll be at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday watching in person as a horse he owns, Private Zone, races in the Golden Shaheen on World Cup day.

    In this March 1, 2013, photo, New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana, right, talks to bullpen coach Ricky Bones (25) before the Mets' spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets say Santana has injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery and miss the 2013 season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Mets say Santana likely will miss season again

    The New York Mets say Johan Santana has injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery and miss the 2013 season.


    Lake Park wins tourney finale

    Lake Park ended its own tournament on a high note Thursday afternoon.


    Cubs play final game at HoHoKam Stadium

    Kelly Shoppach hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning, spoiling the Cubs' final game at HoHoKam Stadium by leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-4 victory on Thursday.

    Naperville Central graduate Emma Ondik, right, was a backup point guard this season on DePauw’s national title team.

    Naperville Central’s Ondik a part of perfection

    Every day at Naperville Central Emma Ondik could look up in the rafters and see basketball state championship banners. Now she's a part of her own championship moment. Ondik and DePauw capped a perfect 34-0 season on March 16, beating Wisconsin-Whitewater 69-51 to win the Division III women's basketball national championship.


    Naperville Central bats silenced

    Most baseball players would love to have Keith Lehmann's off day on the mound.For now, though, a 1-hitter will have to do.The Lyons Twp. senior pitcher's control was not pinpoint, but it was good enough to lead the Lions to a 4-3 victory over Naperville Central in a showdown between state powers Thursday in Western Springs.

    Burlington Central’s Ryan Olsen takes the baton from teammate Clint Kliem in the Class 2A 1,600-meter relay during the IHSA boys state track finals in Charleston last year.

    Burlington Central has the right formula for success

    Sustaining success in any high school sports program is never easy. In fact, sustaining sucess is one of the toughest jobs a high school coach has. Many formulas have been concocted over the years to build a successful program and maintain that success, yet few programs can truly say they've found the answer. The Burlington Central boys track program is one that has most definitely found the right answer, and the consistency of excellence that has come with that is unparalled by any boys track program and by very few programs in any sport in the Fox Valley area.

    Libertyville thrower Mattsen Dziedzic throws the shot put during practice at the high school. Dziedzic is headed to the University of Illinois.

    Libertyville’s Dziedzic pushes issue, takes his best shot

    While the sly smile and calm demeanor of Libertyville senior Mattsen Dziedzic gives the impression of an easy-going, relaxed type of guy, even he was getting a bit tired of the routine and the punishment. Throughout each practice during his junior season for the Wildcats track team, Dziedzic and the other throwers did their shot put routines under the watchful eye of throws coach Parker Rohde. Every time their technique failed, and in Dziedzic's case it failed more than he wanted to, the penalty was 10 push-ups. Needless to say, Dziedzic did a lot of them.

    Andrew Clingerman of Palatine, right, edges out Fremd’s Nick Vucovich in the 800-meter run at the Palatine Relays last spring. Both figure to play key roles for their teams, both of which embrace the upcoming dual meet between the programs.

    Palatine, Fremd renew rivalry the right way

    Palatine and Fremd have are making their dual meet on April 13 an important part of their season. Former Palatine boys track coach Fred Miller still remembers when Fremd High School came into existence. “In the 1960’s they came to be, and it wasn’t long before it was a good rivalry with Palatine,” Miller recalls. The two schools are separated by just 4.8 miles, and the rivalry between the track and field teams at Palatine and Fremd reflects that narrow gap.

    Eric Marbach of Waubonsie during the Lake Park at Waubonsie Valley boys tennis meet Thursday. ¬ ¬

    Scouting DuPage County boys tennis

    Here's a look at what toe expect from the high school boys tennis teams of DuPage County this spring.


    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Barrington and St. Charles North have drawn the top three spots in the Daily Herald's first ranking of area girls soccer teams this spring.

    Lake Zurich senior Lindsey Moritz has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Naval Academy, where she will run track.

    Navy fits for Lake Zurich’s Moritz

    Lake Zurich track and field standout Lindsey Moritz will be joining another Bears athletic great, Audrey Bauer, at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Warren’s Brittny Ellis wins her heat and runs the fastest 400-meter run time of the day to qualify for finals during last season’s state championships at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Girls track: Scouting Lake County

    Here's what to expect from the high school girls track teams of Lake County this spring.


    Girls soccer: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from the girls soccer teams of Lake County this high school season.


    Boys track: Scouting Lake County

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys track teams of Lake County this high school season.

    Vanesa Abad

    It’s all good for Lake Zurich’s Abad

    As a freshman on Lake Zurich's varsity soccer team three years ago, Vanesa Abad was a tad nervous being on a field with a lot of talented, older players. It wasn't so bad for Abad, really. The reason? Abad was good.

    St. Edward’s Allison Kruk celebrates the first of two first-half goals against Stillman Valley last season in a Class 1A sectional semifinal game in Harvard. Kruk set a program record for goals in a season with 19 last season.

    St. Edward has some unfinished business

    The St. Edward girls soccer team took a sledgehammer to the record books last year. The Green Wave set new program records for goals scored (75), winning streak (8), shutouts (17), consecutive shutouts (9) and games played in a season (29). They also tied records for wins in a season (19) and playoff wins (4). Yet, the Green Wave walked off the field with some unfinished business staring them in the face.

    Burlington’s Camille Delacruz (20), a Northern Iowa signee, pushes past Kaneland’s Michelle Ortiz during a game last season.

    Girls soccer: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2013 girls soccer season in the Fox Valley.

    South Elgin’s Ian Saxton, left, and Chris Gibadlo go up for a block against Larkin earlier this season.

    Boys volleyball: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the Fox Valley's boys volleyball teams.

    Jacobs’ Jake Gierlak pushes out of the blocks at the start of the 200-meter dash during last year’s Fox Valley Conference boys indoor track meet.

    Boys track: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2013 boys track season in the Fox Valley.

    Elgin’s Eric Chai returns serve against St. Charles North during the Upstate Eight River Division tournament last season. Chai is a returning state qualifier.

    Boys tennis: Scouting the Fox Valley

    Scouting the 2013 boys tennis season in the Fox Valley.


    Girls track: Scouting the Tri-Cities area

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school girls track teams of the Tri-Cities area this spring.


    Boys track: Scouting the Tri-Cities area

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school boys track teams of the Tri-Cities area this spring.

    Marmion’s Kevin Hoss in first singles match against West Aurora’s Luke Frauenhoff on Saturday, April 30.

    Tri-Cities area boys tennis preview

    The battle for the best boys tennis team in the Upstate Eight Conference could not have been much more competitive than it was a year ago, and all signs point to a repeat of that exciting race this spring.


    Scouting DuPage County girls track

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school girls track teams of DuPage County this spring.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Christa Szalach of Naperville North,left, and Gianna Dal Pozzo of Neuqua play in the Naperville North vs. Neuqua Valley girls soccer game at North Central College Wednesday.

    Scouting DuPage County girls soccer

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school girls soccer teams of DuPage County this spring.


    Scouting DuPage County boys volleyball

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys volleyball teams of DuPage County this spring.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Lake Park's Scott Filip competes in the class 3A long jump during the IHSA boys state track finals in Charleston Saturday.

    Scouting DuPage County boys track

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys track teams of DuPage County this spring.


    Girls track: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from the high school girls track teams of the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden this spring.


    Girls soccer: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from girls soccer teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty this spring.


    Boys track: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from the boys track teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

    Schaumburg’s Vincent Lin, here on his way to winning a Mid-Suburban League title as a freshman, could net a top 5-8 state seed later this spring.

    Boys tennis: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a look ahead at the boys tennis season from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

    Chicago Red Stars midfielder/forward Lori Chalupny scored two goals Wednesday in the NWSL team's 8-0 exhibition match against St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

    Red Stars roll in exhibition victory

    AUSTIN, Texas — The Red Stars, in Texas for a week of preseason training, defeated St. Edward's University 8-0 in an exhibition match Wednesday with Jessica McDonald scoring four goals in the second half.


    Bears’ Allen signs exclusive rights tender

    Bears backup running back Armando Allen, who averaged 4.6 hyards per carry last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent contract Thursday and should remain as a change-of-pace option behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush.


    Hoscheit family’s run at St. Charles E. coming to a close

    Anyone who has watched St. Charles East football games the past 3 seasons has heard public address announcers call his name with regularity "tackle made by Joe Hoscheit."


    Mike North video: Will Tiger win the Masters?

    Mike North tells you who he thinks will win the Masters.  Can Tiger Woods finally  pull it off  again this year ?

    Jimmy Butler of the Bulls celebrates a big dunk against the Heat Wednesday.

    Images: Bull vs. Heat
    Chicago Bulls snap Miami Heat's 27-game streak with a 101-97 win at the United Center Wednesday.


    Joe Klett of Mount Prospect waits in line with his coupon as Aldi cashier Kim Buchen gives change to a customer as the new Aldi grocery store formally opens Thursday in Mount Prospect.

    New Aldi store opens in Mount Prospect

    A new Aldi grocery store opened Thursday in the Mount Prospect Plaza, near the corner of Central and Rand roads. The store features an updated design, with higher ceilings, improved natural lighting and an emphasis on recycled and environmentally-friendly building materials. Ross Dress for Less, a discount department store, moved into Mount Prospect Plaza recently, and an LA Fitness health club will move in soon.

    Jolanta Hardej, CEO of FarmedHere LLC, examines a young basil crop at the indoor vertical farm in Bedford Park.

    In a Chicago suburb, an indoor farm goes ‘mega’

    Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest — with varying degrees of success — as more entrepreneurs worldwide experiment with indoor growing systems in attempts to grow more food locally. Now one facility, FarmedHere LLC in suburban Chicago, is attempting to take indoor warehouse farming to the "mega farm" level, in a region of the country known more for its massive hog, corn and soybean farms than for crops of boutique greens.

    Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said his company is “very close” to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again.

    Boeing CEO says 787 is ‘very close’ to flying

    Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said his company is "very close" to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again. Two incidents involving batteries on 787s led the Federal Aviation Administration and regulators in other countries to ground the planes in January. Boeing is testing a redesign of the battery system.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose to a record Thursday, wiping out losses from the financial crisis, as economic growth slowed less than previously estimated and concern about Europe’s debt crisis eased.

    S&P 500 closes at a record high, beating ‘07 mark

    For the second time in less than a month, the stock market marched past another milepost on its long, turbulent journey back from the Great Recession, toppling another record left over from the days before government bailouts and failing investment banks. The Standard & Poor's 500 closed at a new high Thursday.


    Most Illinois metro areas see jobless rates rise

    State officials say unemployment in most of Illinois' metro areas followed the statewide jobless rate and increased in February. The Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment increased in 10 of the state's 12 metro areas. Only the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island area and St. Louis' Metro East suburbs had slight decreases.

    Research In Motion Ltd., once written off as dead amid fierce competition from more modern mobile devices such as the iPhone, surprised Wall Street Thursday by returning to profitability and shipping more BlackBerry 10 phones, seen here, than expected in the most recent quarter.

    RIM success in 4Q, but too early to declare win

    Research In Motion Ltd., once written off as dead amid fierce competition from more modern mobile devices such as the iPhone, surprised Wall Street Thursday by returning to profitability and shipping more BlackBerry 10 phones than expected in the most recent quarter.


    J.C. Anderson completes renovation of Chicago offices

    J.C. Anderson, Inc. recently completed a 65,000 square foot interior renovation for the Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society Inc., 311 S, Wacker Drive, Chicago.


    NAI Hiffman completes sale in Addison

    NAI Hiffman recently represented a private owner in the sale of its 80,169-square-foot multi-tenant industrial building to SFP Group, a real estate investment company, in Addison.


    FDA gives approval to Abbott birth defect, cancer test

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its approval to Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories Architect AFP test, which may help doctors detect serious birth defects and the progression of testicular cancer.Biomarkers, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), are substances in the body that physicians can measure to identify the progress of diseases or conditions as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments. AFP has unique traits that help doctors detect two very different health issues: fetal birth defects and the progression of testicular cancer, Abbott said in a release.“The Architect AFP assay is a valuable tool that will help physicians obtain reliable measurements of this protein for use in guiding critical patient treatment decisions,” said Brian Blaser, executive vice president, of Diagnostics Products at Abbott. “Abbott is pleased to offer this important assay to our customers to positively affect patient care.”


    Hollywood Casino to be title sponsor of Route 66 Classic

    Hollywood Casino Joliet has been named a title sponsor of the third annual Route 66 Classic to be run Aug. 17 at Route 66 Raceway.

    United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek sees the aviation industry transforming to a profitable one thanks to fewer flights and higher fares.

    United CEO says mergers made airlines profitable

    United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek sees the aviation industry transforming to a profitable one thanks to fewer flights and higher fares. Mergers have helped bring rationality to the market, Smisek told an aviation conference Thursday. For far too long, he said, too many airlines were chasing too few passengers.

    The Campana factory in Batava is among the architectural images available in the new screensaver launched by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

    State offers screen saver with architectural wonders

    Architectural and history buffs may enjoy a new screen saver that recently launched by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The new screen saver offers historic landmarks and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and other buildings deemed eligible for the register. They include the Campana factory in Batavia, Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, and other buildings in Woodstock, Waukegan, Wilmette and elsewhere around the state.

    A frame grab from a Hoveround commercial. Members of Congress say the ads by The Scooter Store and Hoveround have lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary spending by Medicare, which is only supposed to pay for scooters when seniors are unable to use a cane, walker or regular wheelchair.

    Power scooter ads face government scrutiny

    TV ads show smiling seniors enjoying an "active" lifestyle on a motorized scooter, taking in the sights at the Grand Canyon, fishing on a pier and high-fiving their grandchildren at a baseball game. The commercials, which promise freedom and independence to people with limited mobility, have driven the nearly $1 billion U.S. market for power wheelchairs and scooters. But the spots by the industry's two leading companies, The Scooter Store and Hoveround, also have drawn scrutiny from doctors and lawmakers, who say they create the false impression that scooters are a convenient means of transportation rather than a medical necessity.

    This combination of images provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows posters from their anti-smoking advertising campaign, launched Thursday.

    U.S. launches new batch of graphic anti-smoking ads

    Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit.The ads feature sad, real-life stories: There is Terrie, a North Carolina woman who lost her voice box. Bill, a diabetic smoker from Michigan who lost his leg. And Aden, a 7-year-old boy from New York, who has asthma attacks from secondhand smoke.

    American Airlines won bankruptcy court approval Wednesday to combine with US Airways and form the world's biggest airline.

    Judge approves American-US Airways merger

    American Airlines won bankruptcy court approval Wednesday to combine with US Airways and form the world's biggest airline. "The merger is an excellent result. I don't think anybody disputes that," Judge Sean H. Lane said before issuing his decision. But the judge declined to sign off on a proposed $20 million severance package for Tom Horton, currently the CEO of American's parent AMR Corp.

    Job seekers meet with employers at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla.

    U.S. jobless claims jump 16,000 to 357,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market. Applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 357,000 for the week ending March 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 341,000 the previous week, which was revised slightly higher.

    The contractor admitted to falsely claiming that his company would pay minority-owned subcontractors, as required by state law, for millions of dollars of work in renovating historic Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    $1.5 million restitution in state building fraud

    The former head of a Peoria-area construction firm, which received nearly $60 million in state contracts for building projects at two Illinois universities, was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to fraud in connection with the deals, The Associated Press has learned. Thomas J. Williams entered his guilty plea to two counts of mail fraud late Wednesday afternoon in Sangamon County Circuit Court in a case that had been sealed up to that point, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office,.


    Union: Workers tentative deal reached with University of Illinois

    The union representing about 800 building and food service workers who went on strike at the University of Illinois this month says it has reached a tentative deal with the school. Adam Rosen is a spokesman for the Service Employees International Union. He said Wednesday the union's bargaining committee recommended that employees approve the four-year offer from the university.

    The world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., says it is likely that it will incur a loss from bribery probes into its operations in Mexico and other countries.

    Wal-Mart says loss likely from bribery probe

    The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., says it is likely that it will incur a loss from bribery probes into its operations in Mexico and other countries. The company has been dealing with allegations that surfaced last April that it failed to notify law enforcement that company officials authorized millions of dollars in payments in Mexico to speed up getting building permits and gain other favors.


    Broken rods on San Francisco Bay Bridge checked

    State transportation officials in California are investigating why nearly three dozen threaded steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge snapped when workers tightened the fittings.The rods — up to 16 feet long and as thick as a man's thigh — connect the bridge deck to the concrete cap that sits on top of the massive pier just east of the bridge tower, according to The Contra Costa Times.


    Oil pulls back from 5-week high; pump price drops

    he price of oil retreated Wednesday, after a string of gains had pushed it to the highest level since late February. Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 55 cents to $95.79 per barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


    Trial over Gulf oil spill set to resume Tuesday

    BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will continue presenting its defense next week at a trial over the deadly catastrophe. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard testimony Wednesday by a Halliburton employee who was a cementing engineer for the company and visited the Deepwater Horizon rig before BP's well blowout.


    3 Questions: Toyota North America’s Jim Lentz

    Critics frequently call the Toyota Camry boring, with an exterior design that's more staid than other cars in the highly competitive midsize car market. But "boring" has been big business for the Camry, the nation's top-selling car, and if it's not broke, Toyota doesn't plan to fix it. Jim Lentz, Toyota's new North American chief, says it's risky business to experiment with tried-and-true styling when you're selling more than 400,000 cars per year.


    Grain futures, livestock prices rise at Chicago Board of Trade
    Grains futures rose Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery rose 5.25 cents to $7.3675 a bushel; May corn rose 5 cents to $7.3525 a bushel; May oats jumped 12.75 cents to $4.125 a bushel; while May soybeans rose 6 cents to $14.5375 a bushel. Beef and pork prices also rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.


    State grant goes to nursing assistant program

    State officials have announced a $750,000 grant to help health care workers get job training. The grant for New Start, Inc. will help form a training program for certified nursing assistants at the National Latino Education Institute in Chicago and a Springfield office of New Start, which is a nonprofit established in 1971 that helps with job training.

    Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.

    Gay marriage equality box spreads on social media

    Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage. A square box with thick pink horizontal lines (the mathematical equal symbol) was offered for sharing this week by the Human Rights Campaign as the U.S. Supreme Court took up arguments in key marriage rights cases.

Life & Entertainment

    “The Arsenio Hall Show” is scheduled to air this fall on CBS.

    Arsenio Hall returns to late-night TV

    On Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd., on a lot that was the filming site of the first feature talkie, 1927’s “The Jazz Singer,” talk show host Arsenio Hall is planning to once again storm the barricades of late-night television. Tinseltown loves a comeback story, and Hall is hoping to recapture a bit of the magic from his former talk show, which ran from 1989 to 1994.


    Dido puts family before her new album

    Dido had been planning a relatively quick return to the spotlight after 2008's "Safe Trip Home." She holed up in Los Angeles and London studios to record a set of electronic-tinged songs. "I was busy telling everyone there was an album on the way," Dido said. "And then I found out there was a baby on the way instead."

    Dido, “Girl Who Got Away”

    Dido goes eclectic, electric on new album

    Some artists are compelled to stay with a style they're comfortable with. Others? They're not shy about ranging into new territory now and then. Dido? She's exploring new frontiers, soaking up the sights and sounds, coalescing her experiences, desires and treks into songs on "Girl Who Got Away" that jump from tart electronica-inspired landscapes to earnest, almost low-key folk-oriented confessions that can be likened to an afternoon coffee klatch for two.


    Demi Lovato returning as ‘X Factor’ judge

    Fox network says Demi Lovato is returning as a judge of "The X Factor." The singer-songwriter will be back alongside series creator Simon Cowell when the singing competition begins its third season this fall.


    FX network to start a younger-skewing channel, FXX

    FX is spinning off a new cable network aimed at young adult viewers. Launching Sept. 2, FXX will join big brother FX along with the movie-oriented FXM. All three networks will share the same sensibility, FX Networks president John Landgraf said in making the announcement Thursday. It's a mindset summed up by the brand's new tagline, "Fearless."


    Lopez says late-night hosting days are behind him

    Amid rumors of another "Tonight" show shake-up, comedian George Lopez says he has no desire to return to the late-night talk show scene. Lopez said he had a great two-year run as a late-night talk show host. But, he said, "I'm out of that thing. I know all those guys. They're all good guys, but that's a tough job. There are a lot of tough jobs in TV. That could be one of the toughest, hosting a show every night," Lopez said Wednesday night.


    Taylor Swift to guest star on Fox’s ‘New Girl’

    NEW YORK — A new girl is coming to Fox’s “New Girl” and her name is Taylor Swift.A representative for the Grammy-winning singer said Thursday that Swift will appear on the May 14 season finale of the hit show. No other details were provided.“New Girl” stars actress-singer Zooey Deschanel as the awkward, but bubbly Jessica Day, who lives with three male roommates.Swift appeared in the 2010 romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” and guest starred on “CSI” in 2009. The 23-year-old launched her “Red” world tour this month.

    Four aboriginal performers (Deborah Mailman, “Australian Idol” Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens) head to Saigon during the Vietnam War in Wayne Blair's engaging musical drama “The Sapphires.”

    'Sapphires' sparkles with energy, music and sisterhood

    "The Sapphires" possesses a real power, call it passion if you will, that radiates out of every frame in Wayne Blair's energizing, nostalgia-stuffed Vietnam-era musical drama. It's reminiscent of raw, direct, muscular Australian movies from the late 1970s and 1980s. This movie covers several subjects — the importance of family, belief in your own worth — but it always comes back to racism.

    Schaumburg's Alumni Club was decorated for Halloween in 2006. The club closed in 2010, but a new version called Alumni Pub as planned for a location at 1712 Wise Road.

    Spirit of Alumni Club lives on at Alumni Pub in Schaumburg

    Schaumburg's former Alumni Club on Algonquin Road will always evoke great memories for Northwest suburban residents who spent any part of their 20s in the relatively carefree 90s. Though the club ended its two-decade run at 871 E. Algonquin Road in 2010 and has now become Drink, Schaumburg-based Ala Carte Entertainment which still owns the building plans to resurrect some of the spirit of the original in a new location.

    A parasitic alien inhabiting Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) interferes with her romance with Jared (Max Irons) in “The Host,” based on a book by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer.

    'Host' would intrigue minus a host of logistical problems

    Judging by the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host," the "Twilight" author's commitment to the love triangle is inviolable. "The Host" centers on a teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) who's torn between two lovers. Like Bella, she's of two minds. Only this time, it's literal, thanks to a parasitic alien inhabiting her body.

    Ben Laxton, from the Bloomington-Normal area, is making his touring debut in the company of the 2011 Broadway musical “Catch Me If You Can” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

    'Catch Me' actors enjoy homecoming

    When the national tour of "Catch Me If You Can" rolls into Chicago for a 16-performance run at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, two actors making their touring debuts will be returning to their home state. Ben Laxton of Bloomington plays the supporting part of FBI Agent Dollar among other unnamed chorus roles, while Trevor Leaderbrand of Mundelein and Grayslake is part of the general ensemble.

    Jibreel Mawry, left, and Raymond Luke Jr. pose outside the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, where their show “Motown: The Musical,” is playing. The two 12-year-olds are alternating taking on the roles of young Michael Jackson, young Stevie Wonder and a young Berry Gordy.

    2 guys have a ball as Michael Jackson on Broadway

    If making your Broadway debut at age 12 doesn't sound scary enough, imagine doing it in an iconic role. Now triple it. That's what Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry are facing. They're taking turns portraying a preteen Michael Jackson, a young Motown founder Berry Gordy and an adolescent Stevie Wonder in "Motown: The Musical."

    Rapper Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, appears in a booking photo. Mane was being held in jail on an assault charge after a fan told police the artist smashed a champagne bottle on his head March 16 in a downtown Atlanta nightclub. Mane was in custody early Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.

    Rapper Gucci Mane denied bond in assault case

    Gucci Mane has been denied bond on charges stemming from a fan's accusation that the rapper hit him in the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub. A fan says the rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, hit him in the club's V.I.P. area March 16 while he tried to take a picture with Gucci Mane. The fan, James Lettley, says he needed 10 stitches.


    Cuomo, Bolduan hosts of CNN morning show

    Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan will be CNN's anchor team for a new morning show that will begin later this spring. Cuomo joined CNN from ABC earlier this year specifically to do the morning show. Bolduan has covered Congress for CNN and been co-host with Wolf Blitzer of "The Situation Room" in the late afternoon.

    Caroline Kennedy will talk about her new book, “Poems to Learn By Heart,” at North Central College in Naperville.

    Book notes: Caroline Kennedy reads poetry collection at NCC

    Caroline Kennedy discusses and signs copies of her new book, "Poems to Learn By Heart," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville. Tickets for the event are available with the purchase of Kennedy's book from Anderson's at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki from “The Big Bang Theory,” a long-running series and one of 18 shows renewed by CBS.

    CBS renews 18 prime-time series for next season

    There's little suspense ahead for CBS viewers: The nation's most popular broadcaster said Wednesday that it has renewed 18 of its prime-time series for next season. The long-running comedy "Two and a Half Men" was not on the list, but CBS said it's discussing another season with the show's production company, Warner Bros. Television.

    Duke (Channing Tatum), left, and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) face off against a twisted enemy in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

    Mindless, macho action propels 'G.I. Joe'

    A major city is obliterated with the touch of a button and several others are in peril as the world hinges on nuclear destruction in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," a sequel of sorts to the 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra." So the big question is: If a big, dumb action movie knows it's a big, dumb action movie and revels in that fact, is that preferable to a big, dumb action movie making the mistake of thinking it's significant, relevant art?

    A teen student named Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) takes home the lovely Umi (Sarah Bolger) in the Japanese animated drama “Up on Poppy Hill.” The English version is directed by Elmhurst native Gary Rydstrom.

    English-language ‘Poppy Hill’ carries on Ghibli tradition

    Dann supplies notes about local, movie-related events, Plus, he offers mini-reviews of specialty movies around Chicagoland: the erotic science-fiction drama "Vanishing Waves," the domestic comedy "Family Weekend," the Aussie black comedy "Mental," the beautifully animate Japanese period drama "From Up on Poppy Hill," with the English language version directed by Elmhurst native Gary Rydstrom.

    The Milk Carton Kids, “The Ash & Clay”

    Milk Carton Kids raise voices in harmony

    The singer-guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan form the duo Milk Carton Kids — a name that conjures up a brash and rowdy hardcore band.

    OneRepublic, “Native”

    OneRepublic thrives on 3rd album ‘Native’

    OneRepublic continues to show that the group’s musical rapport is as strong as ever on their third album, “Native.”

    Lil Wayne, “I Am Not a Human Being Part II”

    New Wayne CD has zingers, little substance

    Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" album opens with a familiar sound — someone's flicking a lighter. It's Weezy's sonic signature, a long-running nod to the weed, women, booze and bravado that has shaped so many of his musical releases, including his latest.


    Dining events: Superdawg celebrates 65 years

    It's been 65 years since Superdawg first opened its doors. They're commemorating the event with a souvenir cup decorated circa the 1940s filled with an ice cold beverage for $3.25 or purchase a patch for $5.

    Serena Harnack, 14, of Glen Ellyn, practices her solo with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra at Wentz Hall in Naperville. She performed with the orchestra May 16 after winning a student competition.

    Glen Ellyn teen a 'born performer'

    In many ways, Serena Harnack is a typical teenager who loves Uggs, shopping and amusement parks. With a violin in her hands, however, she's anything but typical. The 14-year-old from Glen Ellyn is earning solo performances with several symphony orchestras. "You only have to hear her play for 30 seconds to realize she's a born performer," said Jim Setapen, director of the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago.



    Editorial: Getting beyond entrenched positions on pensions

    A Daily Herald editorial says Illinois lawmakers are showing signs they're getting serious about pension reform and urges them to complete the process when they return from break.


    Celebrating some of the copy editor’s work you do see

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Today I come to praise the headline writer's art.


    America’s fast track to secularization

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Americans may be less affiliated with religious organizations because they have grown generally more individualistic and skeptical of authority. Whatever the explanations for the decline of institutional religion, it has major social and political implications.


    Be aware of credit card fraud
    An Antioch letter to the editor: People, please be aware. I recently received a call about my insurance being overdue and faced cancellation if not paid immediately.


    Komosa had positive impact on so many
    A Chicago letter to the editor: It is with great sadness that I heard about the death of Rob Komosa, who died at age 30. After 13 years, apparently even the breathing machines could no longer help his lungs handle the work. He was one of my clients years ago, one of those people who makes an impact on you without even trying.


    Experienced leader for West Dundee
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I have had the privilege of serving the residents of West Dundee, first as village trustee, then village president, for over 20 years, and have been fortunate to work with Andy Yuscka during his 14 years as village trustee. I have seen his commitment and dedication to making West Dundee a better place to live.


    Strong candidate for Fox River Grove
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: As a retiring trustee of eight years with the village board of Fox River Grove, I would like to recommend to all the citizens in Fox River Grove to vote for Tom Anderson as a village trustee on Tuesday, April 9.


    What you should know about ‘Lily’
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Lily is almost 6 years old. She had four open heart surgeries before she was 5. She is deaf in one ear and has a hearing aid for the other. She was born without the balance mechanisms in her ear, so she can't walk without assistance. There are some things you should know.


    New low for ‘people control’ crowd
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: On March 24, the Herald's front page justifies gun bans as a way to prevent suicide. Now "for our own safety" guns should be removed from the private citizen. A new low for the people control crowd.


    Candidate has vision for Wheaton
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Alberta Adamson is the only candidate qualified to bring change to our community. Her plan to raise new revenue without raising property taxes is to be commended.


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