Daily Archive : Monday April 1, 2013


    Kathleen Beck

    River Trails school board hopefuls support custodian’s firing

    The five candidates running for school board in River Trails District 26 say current board members made the right decision in 2012 when they fired a custodian after his conviction for misdemeanor battery in two cases involving relatives.

    Thomas Hayes is sworn in after winning re-election to the village board in 2011.

    Hayes: Leader is 'dedicated to everything he goes after'

    For 22 years Tom Hayes has been the quiet trustee sitting next to Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder. In a few weeks, Hayes, 56, is hoping the voters in Arlington Heights will elect him to sit in that chair for the next four years, as the first new mayor the village has had in 20 years.


    March homicides drop 69 percent in Chicago

    Chicago officials say there were 70 homicides in the city during the first three months of 2013 — 50 fewer than the same period last year when the slayings made national headlines. The city's police department says there were 16 homicides in March, a 69 percent decline from the 52 homicides recorded in March 2012.


    Court upholds conviction of ex-Chicago police commander

    A federal appellate court has upheld the 2010 conviction of a former Chicago police commander for lying about the torture of suspects. In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says no errors were committed by the lower court and that Jon Burge got a fair trial. Burge is currently serving a 4 1/2 year sentence.

    Demerio Thomas

    Fremd High School sophomore dies visiting family in California

    When doctors told Valecha Banks she needed to remove her son from Southern California's rampant smog and pollen, she immediately put in for a transfer to her company's Schaumburg office. But just three days into the pair's first visit back, Demerio Thomas suffered an asthma attack from which he wouldn't recover. “I never thought anything this bad could have happened,” Banks said.

    Tourists line up to visit Pisa's leaning tower.

    How does the Leaning Tower of Pisa defy gravity?

    "Defend why the environment affects the "lean" in the Leaning Tower of Pisa," -- submitted by a student in Maureen Petricca's sixth-grade classroom at Frederick Nerge Elementary School in Roselle.

    Kaufman county law enforcement vehicles are shown parked across the street from the county courthouse, rear, Monday in Kaufman, Texas. Law enforcement officials throughout Texas remained on high alert Monday seeking to better protect prosecutors and their staffs following the killing of county district attorney whose assistant was gunned down just months ago.

    Suspicion in DA death shifts to white supremacists

    Suspicion in the slayings of a Texas district attorney and his wife shifted Monday to a violent white supremacist prison gang that was the focus of a December law enforcement bulletin warning that its members might try to attack police or prosecutors.

    Illinois state troopers arrive for the visitation of James Sauter at Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights on Monday. He was an Illinois state trooper from Vernon Hills, who was killed early Friday morning on the job.

    Mourners pack church for trooper's visitation

    Mourners flooded into Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Monday to pay their respects to an Illinois State Police trooper from Vernon Hills who died early Friday on the job. Family members, friends, police from countless departments and civilians stood in a long line to say goodbye to 28-year-old James Sauter, a decorated trooper who joined the state police in 2008.

    Donna Blair, vice president of Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard, talks about planned renovations that will begin Tuesday and continue through this year and much of 2014.

    Yorktown unveils $18 million renovation plan

    Yorktown Center officials unveiled an $18 million makeover for the Lombard mall Monday with plans for a revamped food court and more dining options for shoppers. Construction will begin Tuesday to remodel the 45-year-old enclosed mall within its existing footprint at Butterfield Road and Highland Avenue. Much of the interior work is scheduled to be completed before the holiday shopping season...


    Milwaukee man, 49, beaten to death; 2 arrested

    Police say a 49-year-old Milwaukee man has been beaten to death, and two suspects have been arrested. Milwaukee officers responded Sunday about 2 p.m. to a report of a person down. The victim appeared to have been battered and was pronounced dead at the scene.


    Cold weather helps N. Ind. maple syrup producers

    Maple syrup producers in northern Indiana say the unusually cold weather so far this year has led to one of their best seasons in recent memory. Richard Snider told The Elkhart Truth that nights are cold enough for the sap to freeze and the days have been warm enough allow the sap to run again.


    Screams scare off cowboy hat-wearing intruder

    A woman's screams early Sunday morning scared off a man wearing a cowboy hat who had broken into her apartment in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, the Cook County sheriff's office said.


    Dist. 203 board disenchanted with virtual charter school proposal

    With a list of 150 unanswered questions and no corporate representatives present to answer them Monday night, Naperville Unit District 203 officials had little to discuss regarding a proposal to operate a virtual online charter school in the district.


    St. Charles encouraging crackdown on unwanted newspapers

    Newspapers that deliver unwanted copies to homes in St. Charles may soon face trespassing complaints from the city's private property owners. In response to a new flood of complaints to city officials, aldermen said Monday night that residents should give notice to newspapers to stop tossing copies onto their properties. If all else fails, they say, call the police.

    The Big Ten women’s basketball tournament March 7-10 helped the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates break a monthly paid attendance record.

    Sears Centre breaks record for attendance

    The monthly paid attendance at the Sears Centre Arena hit an all-time high last month. During the Hoffman Estates village board meeting Monday, general manager Ben Gibbs said the arena hosted 22 events in 31 days. "It was a good month," Gibbs said. "A lot of people say we have something for everyone. Literally, this month, we had something for everyone."

    Suzanne Blohm

    Boy Scouts do civic duty with of Fox River Grove debate

    At a Monday night debate arranged by Boy Scout Troop 166 in Fox River Grove, the boys asked 10 questions of the candidates that touched on a range of issues, including economic development, whether they'd fill all of the potholes in the village and the board decision they agreed with the least.Six people are running for three seats on the village board.


    Student sentenced for school assault in Naperville

    A student at an alternative high school in Naperville was recently found guilty of assaulting a staff member there in February.Kyle A. Rhoden, 19, was found guilty of aggravated assault in a DuPage County court on March 26 and received almost $800 in fines and five days of community service in SWAP - the sheriff's work alternative program, according to the circuit clerk's office.

    Unidentified women embrace outside of the courtroom in the case of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in Centennial, Colo., on Monday after hearing that the prosecution will seek the death penalty in the case against Holmes.

    Colorado prosecutors seeking death penalty in theater attack

    Prosecutors on Monday said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year's movie theater attack that killed 12, injured 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado. The much-anticipated disclosure came in a court hearing held four days after prosecutors publicly rejected an offer by James Holmes' attorneys that the former neuroscience graduate student would plead...

    Carlos Luna

    Judge: Round Lake Park man must submit to drug evaluation for plea deal

    A Round Lake Park man accused of being on drugs when he crashed an SUV into a tree, killing a passenger, has been told to complete a court-ordered substance abuse evaluation. Attorneys for Carlos Luna Jr., 24, of the 200 block of Brierhill Drive, met with Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes behind closed doors Monday in an attempt to come to terms on a plea agreement. Shanes told Luna he could not...

    Thomas J. Demars

    Elmhurst men charged with hacking women’s accounts, posting photos

    Three Elmhurst men were arrested and charged with Internet crimes after police say they hacked various accounts and posted pictures of women without their consent. Elmhurst police began an investigation last June after multiple e-mail and photo storage accounts were accessed without permission. Numerous female victims told police that their pictures were posted onto a pornographic website without...

    From left: Ron Drake; Thomas Hayes and Mark Hellner.

    Mayoral candidates debate Arlington Heights’ business climate

    While Trustee Tom Hayes contends that the village has made strides to Arlington Heights a business friendly community, his two opponents in next week's mayoral race, Ron Drake and Mark Hellner, both say there is still much more that needs to be done to bring new businesses into town.


    U-46 teacher alleges ‘retaliation’ in suit

    A math teacher has sued Elgin Area School District U-46, claiming he was retaliated against for blowing the whistle on co-worker's criminal past. Robert Smith, a teacher since 2008 and St. Charles resident, argues the district ignored his concerns and embellished charges that he had a physical altercation with a student, leading to a 10-day, unpaid suspension that ended March 18, according to the...

    A surveillance photo shows the suspect in a bank robbery Monday morning in Glendale Heights.

    Glendale Heights cops hunting for bank robber

    Glendale Heights police and the FBI say they are looking for a suspect who robbed a bank Monday morning. Authorities said they responded about 10:20 a.m. to the Chase Bank branch at 2150 Bloomingdale Road for the report of a robbery that had occurred.


    Arlington Heights family collecting items for troops

    The family of a fallen Arlington Heights Marine is organizing a supplies collection drive this spring and looking for donations. Dawn Hedrick, mother-in-law of the late James Stack, is organizing a collection drive for the military after a similar effort was successful last year.


    Sign up for garden plot

    Space is available at the community garden for Antioch and Antioch Township residents who want to grow their own crops. Plots are $25 annually for a 10 foot-by-20 foot area. Double plots are $50.


    District 73 candidate forum Tuesday

    The rescheduled Hawthorn District 73 school board candidate forum is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. The forum is hosted by the Hawthorn Education Association.


    Meeting on Mill Creek watershed Thursday

    The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission will host a meeting regarding planning in the Mill Creek watershed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Grandwood Park Park District Community Center, 36630 N Hutchins Road, Gurnee.


    Prairie Crossing funding meeting Tuesday

    Prairie Crossing Charter School board members will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss proposed legislation pertaining to funding. It'll be at Helle Hall of the Comstock Building.

    Mark Hellner, candidate for Arlington Heights mayor

    Schakowsky, Duffy endorse Hellner for Arlington Heights mayor

    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and former Arlington Racetrack president Ed Duffy are endorsing Mark Hellner in his campaign for Arlington Heights mayor. Hellner, an attorney and 16-year resident of the village, faces Ron Drake and Trustee Tom Hayes in next week's election to decide the replacement for outgoing Mayor Arlene Mulder.

    A firefighter is placed in an ambulance Monday as crews battle a fire and explosion at Northstar Metal Products Inc. in Glendale Heights.

    At least two hurt in Glendale Heights explosion

    At least two people were injured Monday morning in an explosion and fire inside Northstar Metal Products Inc., a metal fabricating plant at 591 Mitchell Drive in Glendale Heights. Bloomingdale Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Janus said firefighters responded at 11:56 a.m. to a report of an explosion and arrived to find smoke pouring from the rear of the building.


    Towing firm sues Island Lake in federal court

    A Wauconda towing company has sued the village of Island Lake in federal court, objecting to a politically connected rival's status as the Island Lake Police Department's top choice for auto removal. The complaint, filed late last week by Mike's Towing, takes issue with the police department's selection of Sharp Towing as its go-to company when a vehicle needs to be removed from a local road...

    Cook County Clerk David Orr

    Orr opposes motion to dismiss same-sex marriage suit

    Cook County Clerk David Orr has filed a legal brief on behalf of legalizing same-sex marriage. The brief, filed in Cook County, opposes a motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. "Over the years, we have fought to narrow the gap between discrimination and equal rights, first with the Cook County domestic partnership registry, next with gender-blind civil...


    Good Shepherd offers seminar on diabetes surgery

    Dr. Daniel Wool will discuss treatment options for diabetes, including bariatric surgery, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital on Route 22 near Lake Barrington.

    Stephen Pickering

    4 challengers, 1 incumbent in Fox River Grove school board race

    Just one incumbent is running for re-election to the Fox River Grove Elementary District 3 school board, which opens up a race for four seats to a group of challengers generally content with the direction in which the district is going. Michael Olencheck, Patrick Riley, Timothy Hatfield and Patrick Wall challenge incumbent Stephen Pickering for the 4-year seats.


    Schaumburg hosts walk to end brain cancer May 5

    WGN News Anchor Jackie Bange will emcee the Michael Matters 5K Stadium Walk to End Brain Cancer on Sunday, May 5 at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. The Michael Matters Foundation was founded in honor of Michael P. Schostock, who succumbed to a glioblastoma brain tumor in July 2012.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr., filed a federal lawsuit four years ago that aims to cut players in on the action and dramatically alter the financial relationship between student-athletes and the NCAA.

    NCAA battles former players’ lawsuit over revenues

    Four years agoand, former UCLA standout Ed O'Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and the video game maker EA Sports seeking compensation after recognizing an avatar in the company's March Madness game that he says was created in his image. Since then, the lawsuit has blossomed into one of the biggest legal threats the NCAA has ever faced over the issue of paying student athletes.

    Des Plaines officials tonight will consider enacting a 6.9 percent increase in water and sewer fees. Officials say the hike is necessary to defray the costs of Chicago’s move to raise the cost of delivering Lake Michigan water by 15 percent this year.

    Water rate hike on tap in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines leaders tonight are expected to approve a 6.9 percent water and sewer rate hike — the second significant hike in two years — to help defray the costs of Chicago raising its fees 15 percent for delivery of Lake Michigan water to the city. With the proposed increase, the average water bill would go up by $2.25 a month, officials said.


    Relative yells at suspect in girl’s beating death

    A relative of a 3-year-old girl allegedly beaten to death has shouted about the suspect during a bail hearing that someone should “gouge (out) his eyeballs!”The outburst came at a Sunday hearing for 42-year-old Jessie B. Rodriguez. He’s charge with first-degree murder in the death of the Oak Forest child, Gina Presley.


    Deadline looms for first-time statewide school survey

    Parents, teachers and students statewide have just a couple weeks left to take an online survey required for the first time by state law. At least half of the students and teachers of all schools must complete the 5Essentials survey but parent participation in this first year is optional. A portion of the results will be included on the state board of education report cards this fall, rating the...


    Bartlett police report scams

    Bartlett police received three scam reports in as many days, only one of which was successful.

    Teejana Perry

    Woman gets probation for Batavia retirement home theft

    A 19-year-old from Warrenville, who authorities charged with stealing and forging checks from residents at a Batavia retirement home, pleaded guilty to reduced charges and received two years probation and 200 hours of community service. Teejana S. Perry also must pay a $1,185 fine and restitution, and spent 15 days in jail after her arrest in December 2012.

    Badam Zari, right, addresses a news conference with her sister in Khar, capital of Pakistani tribal area of Bajur on Monday. Zari, a 40-year-old Pakistani housewife, has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country’s northwest tribal region, a highly conservative area that is a haven for Islamist militants.

    Pakistani woman makes history with run in May vote

    A 40-year-old Pakistani housewife has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's northwest tribal region, a highly conservative area that is a haven for Islamist militants. Badam Zari told The Associated Press on Monday that she will participate in the May 11 election to bring greater attention to problems facing women, which she believes the government has...

    Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago, points out local Mexican drug cartel problem areas on a map in the new interagency Strike Force office in Chicago. Looking on is DEA agent Vince Balbo. The ruthless syndicates have long been the nation’s No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, but in the past, their operatives rarely ventured beyond the border. A wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S.

    Drug cartels dispatch agents deep inside the suburbs

    A wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate Mexican drug cartels have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S. Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, often in middle-class suburbs in the...

    A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, in central China’s Anhui province, Sunday. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain, and Chinese authorities said Sunday that it wasn’t clear how they were infected, but that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. A third person, a woman in the nearby province of Anhui, also contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu and was in critical condition, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a report on its website.

    Questions in China on how H7N9 flu strain killed 2

    Health officials say they still don't understand how a lesser-known bird flu virus was able to kill two men and seriously sicken a woman in China, but that it's unlikely that it can spread easily among humans. Two men in Shanghai became the first known human fatalities from the H7N9 bird flu virus after contracting it in February. A woman in the eastern city of Chuzhou remains in serious...


    Italy’s 10 ‘sages’ try to help form government

    Ten so-called "wise men" will try Tuesday to do what Italy's bickering politicians haven't been able to accomplish since inconclusive elections in February — figure out how to form a new government for the recession-mired nation.


    Sifting of WTC debris for Sept. 11 remains begins

    The New York City medical examiner says it has started sifting construction debris from the World Trade Center site in an effort to find any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The work began Monday. It's expected to continue for about 10 weeks on Staten Island.

    A worker walks across the site of a furnace explosion at the Xinyu Iron and Steel Group Company in Xinyu City, east China’s Jiangxi province, Monday. The explosion smashed its 100-ton No. 2 furnace, killing some people and leaving dozens injured Monday, reports said.

    6 die in China mine where earlier blast killed 28

    An explosion killed six workers Monday at a coal mine in northeast China where 28 miners were killed in a similar accident just three days earlier, state media reported, one of a string of industrial accidents across the country that is again focusing attention on lax enforcement of safety regulations. The explosion at the mine outside the city of Baishan in Jilin province left 11 other miners...


    District 203 debating virtual charter school

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials will begin deliberations Monday night about whether to allow a controversial proposed online virtual charter school to operate within the district. Community members packed a March 18 public hearing, with many urging the district to to vote against a proposal to create the Illinois Virtual Charter School at Fox River Valley, a virtual charter school that...


    District 41 plans forum on land acquisition

    Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 officials will sponsor a community forum this week to discuss their plans to acquire a 15-acre parcel owned by Wheaton College on the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton border. The school district is eyeing the site at 1825 College Ave. for a new junior high school, but the college so far has said the land isn't for sale.


    Dist. 108 voters to decide fate of pool proposal

    The idea of building an indoor swimming pool at Lake Park High School keeps rising to the surface, despite multiple failed attempts over the last two decades. This time, however, an organized group of residents and parents is hoping to convince Lake Park High School District 108 voters to support an indoor pool by emphasizing that the facility would be used for much more than high school...

    A U.S. Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, of Philpot, Ky., at Dover Air Force Base, Del. An Afghan teenager killed Cable in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday.

    Afghan teenager fatally stabbed U.S. soldier

    An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children, officials said Monday. The killing comes as the monthly U.S. death toll rose sharply in March to 14 with the start of the spring fighting season when the Taliban and other insurgents take advantage of improved weather to step up attacks.


    Detroit airport terminal reopened after evacuation

    Authorities evacuated part of the smaller of two terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for about two hours as a bomb squad responded to a suspicious item at a security checkpoint.

    Elijah Londo, 22, who has Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder, plays the piano at ReStore in Rockford, Ill. Londo used to work at ReStore, which benefits Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity. His foster mother J.

    Autistic man from Rockford plays piano

    Thrifty shoppers enter the ReStore in Rockford to buy donated putty knives and tiles, used dishwashers and other household items. If they're lucky, a pleasant surprise greets them: the melodic piano music of classical Chopin or contemporary Effervescence.


    Milk production in Wis., Minn. essentially steady

    Milk production declined across most of the nation in February, but Wisconsin and Minnesota weathered the decrease better than most other states. Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.2 billion pounds in February, essentially unchanged from February of last year. And Minnesota produced 728 million pounds, a 1 percent dip.


    Ind. House panel considers Medicaid expansion

    INDIANAPOLIS — A legislative committee is ready to consider a plan that would pay for an expansion of Medicaid using the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan and federal block grants.

    Naperville native Kristi Landorf became CEO and president of Little Friends last summer after eight years with the organization.

    Naperville CEO a good friend to those with autism

    Naperville native Kristi Landorf is the new CEO and president of Little Friends, which serves more than 800 individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. "It's more than a just a job to her," says Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger. "She cares about the clients, she cares about the Little Friends employees and instructors."

    Police in Ashtabula, Ohio, are investigating a shooting outside a church that left one man dead after an Easter service.

    Witness: Man yelled about God after church killing

    Witnesses say the 25-year-old man accused of walking into an Ohio church and fatally shooting his father after an Easter service was yelling about God and Allah after the killing.

    Unidentified women leave a San Jose, Calif., Wal-Mart after a motorist drove through a store entrance and began assaulting shoppers on Sunday. Four people suffered injuries during the attack, according to a police spokesman.

    Man rams car into Calif. Wal-Mart, 4 injured

    A man in a large red sedan hit two cars in the parking lot of a San Jose Wal-Mart before ramming the car through the front of the store then assaulting customers inside, officials said. The attack injured four people, one of them seriously. Investigators have not determined how fast the driver — described as a man in his 30s — was going at the time of the crash but the car went about...

    Virginia State Police say three people have been killed and more than 20 are injured and traffic was backed up about 8 miles following a 95-vehicle pileup on Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina border in Galax, Va., on Sunday.

    I-77 reopens following 95-car pileup at Va.-N.C. border

    Interstate 77 near the Virginia-North Carolina reopened early Monday following a series of chain-reaction wrecks involving nearly 100 vehicles along a mountainous, foggy stretch of the highway, killing three people and injured 25 others. Virginia State Police determined 95 vehicles wrecked in 17 separate crashes within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, spokeswoman Corinne Geller...

    Firefighters battle a house fire in the 600 block of State Avenue in St. Charles on Sunday.

    Dawn Patrol: Human remains found; Baseball celebrates Opening Day

    Officials investigating human remains found in Woodridge; Home uninhabitable after fire in St. Charles; Fox Valley egg hunt doesn't go over easy for all; Bulls rally to defeat Detroit, extend streak; Play Ball: Opening Day predictions; It's not all gloom and doom for Cubs; Reasons to believe White Sox will be better in 2013

    Michael Gaeta

    Hoffman Estates candidates talk leadership, accomplishments

    The four Hoffman Estates village trustee candidates agree that the village has been going in the right direction, but at least one candidate says her “new blood” will bring new ideas to the table. Incumbents Jackie Green and Karen Mills are being challenged by newcomers Michael Gaeta and Gayle Vandenbergh for village trustee. There are three seats available, each with a 4-year terms.

    John Strauss

    Failed rehab center proposal still resonates in Campton Hills

    Of the four candidates seeking three Campton Hills village board seats in the April 9 election, only one backed the controversial Kiva Recovery Center proposal. The plan for a susbstance abuse treatment center plan is dead, but candidates say the village can learn from the experience.

    The homeowner, right, is comforted by friends as firefighters battle a fire at her house and business on the 600 block of State Avenue in St. Charles on Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Fire damages home; Opening Day for Cubs, Sox
    What you may have missed over the weekend: State trooper killed in post-crash fire; judge gives green light to Islamic center in DuPage County; classmates help ECC nursing student after fire; fire tears through home in St. Charles; Blackhawks beat Red Wings; Bulls beat Pistons; and Opening Day is upon us.

    Charles Amrich, left, and Debbie Herrmann

    Island Lake hopefuls at odds over public's conduct

    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann has been critical of outbursts from audience members that have marred some recent village board meetings. But Charles Amrich, her challenger in the April 9 election, said the behavior shows residents are unhappy with the actions of their elected officials. The candidates talked about residents' behavior at meetings and other issues during a joint interview at the...

    Signs have gone up alerting commuters that roadwork will start this week in the area of Golf and New Wilke roads in Rolling Meadows. The work, expected to be mostly complete in November or December, will expand Golf to three lanes between Algonquin Road and the Jane Addams Tollway overpass.

    Traffic headaches about to hit commuters, businesses in Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows Public Works Director Fred Vogt didn’t mince words when he alerted area businesses to the roadwork about to start around Golf and New Wilke roads. “It is anticipated that MAJOR DELAYS will result during this road construction project,” Vogt wrote in a letter last month. Come Monday, the roughly 70,000 cars that travel through the already congested intersection...

    It’s been 50 years since O’Hare was formally dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

    Suburbs, O’Hare mark 50-year milestone

    It's O'Hare's 50th anniversary. And although it's considered a Chicago institution, the mighty airport is interconnected with the suburbs as a source of pride and irritation; of economic growth and of encroachment on surrounding towns. Airport Commissioner Rosie Andolino and local leaders talk about what's next for this transportation icon.



    Epstein pleased with where organization is at

    Cubs president Theo Epstein was looking more calm and more relaxed before Monday's season opener. Epstein says he feels there is more unity in the organization as he heads into his second season.

    Blackhawks’ Michal Rozsival scores the winning goal against Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the shootout Monday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Predators 3-2.

    Rozsival wins it for Blackhawks in shootout

    Not everyone's eyebrows went up when defenseman Michal Rozsival came out to take the fifth shot in the shootout Monday night at the United Center. His teammates have seen him in practice. Rozsival scored when he lifted a backhander over Pekka Rinne, and Hawks goalie Corey Crawford made a big stop on Taylor Beck as the Blackhawks turned back the Nashville Predators 3-2.

    Jack Pardee, left, then coach of the Chicago Bears, presented the Vince Lombardi Award to Lee Roy Selmon of the University of Oklahoma in 1976.

    Former Bears coach Jack Pardee dies at 76

    Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant's "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, died Monday at 76. He was the Bears' head coach from 1975-77 and guided Chicago to its first playoff appearance since the early 1960s.


    Colts agree to terms with Heyward-Bey

    The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. In 2012, Heyward-Bey started 14 games for Oakland and had 41 receptions for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, middle, steps forward after being introduced with teammates Monday before the White Sox’ season opener against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cherish Konerko’s class and dignity

    Paul Konerko participated in his 15th Opening Day as a member of the White Sox. Will it be his last? If so, fans should appreciate the class and dignity with which he conducted himself.

    Nashville Predators’ Richard Clune left, checks the Chicago Blackhawks’ Michal Rozsival during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Chicago.

    Blackhawks edge Predators in shootout

    Defenseman Michal Rozsival scored in the fifth round of shootout after Jonathan Toews also connected in the tiebreaker, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday.


    Schaumburg rallies for victory

    With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Schaumburg erupted for 7 runs and went on to claim a 9-2 victory over visiting Dundee-Crown on Monday in nonconference play.Brad Schwind picked up the victory for Schaumburg as Dundee-Crown had just 4 hits while committing 6 errors.Dylan Kissack doubled twice for the Chargers.Fremd 4, Crystal Lake Central 1: The host Vikings played error-free ball to make a winner of senior Eric Gile in nonconference play.Lincoln-Way North 11, Barrington 1 (6): Visiting Lincoln-Way North finished with 11 hits in a nonconference win over the host Broncos.Glenbrook North 12, Prospect 2 (5 inn.): Tommy Flahaven doubled and tripled, but Glenbrook North produced 8 runs in the third inning to claim a nonconference victory over the visiting Knights.Ÿ In other games Monday, Naperville Central topped Hoffman Estates 8-0, Addison Trail edged Maine West 6-5 and Jacobs defeated Palatine 10-4.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad, center, celebrates with teammates Jonathan Toews (19) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) after Saad’s goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Predators
    Images of the Blackhawks vs.Nashville Predators at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in a shootout.


    Cherry, Glenbard North defeat Bartlett

    Lindsey Cherry scattered 8 hits and struck out four, and No. 5 Glenbard North rallied past Bartlett 4-1 on Monday in Carol Stream.Heather Sperlazzo was 2-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and a run scored and Ashley Stiver 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, walk and run scored for Glenbard North (3-0), which spotted Bartlett a 1-0 lead after an inning but scored 2 runs in the fourth and 2 more in the sixth. Stephanie Campos and Cece Dopart each drove in a run.Naperville Central 6, Hinsdale South 2:Keegan Hayes fired a 1-hitter, striking out six with 5 walks and the No. 11 Redhawks pounded out 11 hits in their season opener. Maddi Doane was 3-for-5 with a triple, Hayes, Courtney Giebel and Lisa Tassi were 2-for-4 and Kaitlyn Skarecky and Lindsey Gonzalez each had 2 RBI for Naperville Central.Downers Grove North 11, WW South 0:Elaine Heflin struck out 12, coming an out away from a no-hitter in the No. 7 Trojans’ five-inning win in Downers Grove. Heflin (3-0) has struck out 44 batters in 19 innings with 1 earned run thus far this season. Carolyn Nojiri was 3-for-3 and Ali Woitovich homered for Downers Grove North (3-1).Fenton 19, Proviso West 1:Dana Fritz and Jocelyn Souvannasy combined on a no-hitter for the Bison (5-0). Hannah Wassmann went 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 doubles and 6 stolen bases and Nicole Susmarski was 2-for-3 with a homer, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI.IC Catholic Prep 8, Queen of Peace 5:Winning pitcher Jessica Conenna was 4-for-5 with an RBI, Gabby Curran 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Lindsey Montoya 3-for-4 with an RBI for IC (3-1), which pounded out 18 hits in Burbank. Brenna Langan added 2 singles.Fenwick 6, York 4:The Dukes (0-4) dug a 5-0 hole and couldn’t recover at Fenwick. Angela Scalzitti was 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and drove in York’s first run in the fifth inning. Hannah Latimer was 2-for-3 and scored twice and Taylor Pankau drove in a run and scored once.


    Addison Trail wins on bases-loaded walk

    Addison Trail 6, Maine West 5:A bases-loaded walk drawn by Giancarlo Loiotile in the bottom of the seventh gave the Blazers (1-3) their first win of the season. Joe Kurucar and Zack Dowz each had 2 hits for Addison Trail. Matt Piotrowski, pitching in relief of starter Frank Amato, picked up the win.Benet 17, WW South 7:Pat McInerney went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and 3 RBI as the Redwings rolled to victory after a 7-run first inning. Chris Whelan, Joe Giuffre, Jason Blohm and Connor Hickey had 2 hits apiece. Eric Giltz and Justin Kelly had 3 hits for WW South. Lake Park 5, Glenbard East 4:Eric Vatch tripled and scored on Dom Romito’s groundout in the top of the sixth to give the Lancers (3-0) their margin of victory over the Rams (2-7). Anthony Gallina drove in 2 runs for Lake Park while Rhett Rapshus won in relief of Vatch. Nick Vichio homered for Glenbard East. Naperville North 8, Oswego East 3:The Huskies (2-1) opened the game with 5 runs in the first inning to set the tone in their road victory. John Sagen and Alex Garon had 2 hits apiece and Pat Mollo homered. Winning pitcher Matt Karl lasted into the seventh inning.Glenbard South 15, Lisle 3:Will Cornwell’s monster game for the Raiders (1-1) in their five-inning win included 8 RBI on 4-for-4 hitting with 2 doubles and a home run. Carl Sanders, who also homered, and Ethan Gasbarro had 3 hits and scored a combined 7 runs. Raiders starter Will Anderson allowed no earned runs in 5 innings. Adam Grego went 2-for-3 for Lisle (2-2).Naperville Central 8, Hoffman Estates 0:The Redhawks (3-1) followed a 2-run first inning with a 6-run fourth while cruising to victory. Jeff Schank allowed 4 hits and struck out five over 5 innings to win the game. Nicky Lopez went 3-for-3 and Blake Butler had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Oak Park 8, Glenbard West 4:Grant Greeno went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI but the Hilltoppers (0-4, 0-3) lost their third straight game to defending Class 4A champion Oak Park.Downers North 5, York 2:The Trojans (4-0, 3-0) stayed unbeaten by capping the three-game West Suburban Silver sweep of York (2-3, 0-3). Lucas Fisher scattered 6 hits over 7 innings to earn the win while Conner Kopach and James Sheldon each had 2 hits. Pete Doughty went 3-for-4 for the Dukes.Downers South 13, Leyden 5:Danny Mayer helped the Mustangs (5-2, 3-0) sweep Leyden in their West Suburban Gold series by going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, 4 runs scored and 2 RBI. Zach Taylor with 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. Ryan Taylor notched the win in relief.


    Hedstrom, Haze lead Palatine hit parade

    Palatine's softball team belted 12 hits and notched its first win of the season with a 12-6 win at Evanston on Monday in nonconference play. Pirates senior pitcher Megan Hedstrom struck out nine as the winning pitcher and was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI while teammate Jamie Haze was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 3, Boylan 2: Senior Randi Peterson’s double in the seventh inning was the game-winning hit as Huntley opened its season with a nonconference win. Brittany Koss (2-for-3, 3 SBs) and Jessica Shield (2-for-4, RBI) led the Red Raiders. Haley Spannraft picked up the win, allowing 3 hits with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk.Glenbard North 4, Bartlett 1: The Hawks (2-1) had 8 hits but couldn’t get enough runs across the plate to win this nonconference game. Holly Pagan took the loss for Bartlett.


    Addison Trail gets into the flow

    One could take away from Monday's Addison Trail 25-13, 25-14 boys volleyball win over visiting Fenton how the Blazers showed successfully how to build momentum in a match and how the Bison continue learning that skill.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    The Jacobs baseball team scored 7 runs in the first three innings Monday and cruised to a 10-4 win at Palatine. A solo home run from Connor Conzelman, an RBI single by Aaron Traub, a 2-run double from Ben Murray and an RBI single from Greg Sidor led the way for the Golden Eagles (3-0).

    Willowbrook’s third baseman Jake Cady lunges for a throw from their catcher as Hinsdale South’s Don Buonavolanto slides into third. After the ball sailed into left field, he subsequently scored on the play. Hinsdale South played baseball Monday afternoon at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Errors snowball for Willowbrook

    Different baseball teams play to different strengths. When a strength becomes a weakness, Monday's game happens to teams like Willowbrook. Foiled by 10 errors, the Warriors fell to Hinsdale South 10-1 in the third and final game of their West Suburban Gold Conference series in Villa Park.

    Wheeling’s Cindy Castillo, front, battles Maine West’s Joanne Stanfa for a header during action at Maine West on Monday.

    Lopez, Maine West win home opener

    Maine West's girls soccer team made it a sensational home opener, using a 3-goal second half explosion from Rita Lopez to top Wheeling 4-0 Monday in Des Plaines. Lopez doubled the Warriors' lead just five minutes after intermission, then helped open things up with another goal before competing her hat-trick in the 72nd minute to even Maine West's overall record at 2-2-0.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham hits the dirt and turns after catching a line drive up the middle in the seventh inning with a runner on first and a 1-0 score against the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 season opener at US Cellular Field in Chicago. It ended a possible rally.

    White Sox win opener according to plan

    Pitching and defense are two big keys for the White Sox this season, and both facets of the game were on display Monday in the Sox' season-opening 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Burlington Central dumps Elgin

    There now will be a little more pressure on Burlington Central softball pitchers Brooke Gaylord and Emily Kisch. With sophomore pithcer Angie Morrow undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery March 29, Gaylord is looking forward to the opportunity. The junior left-hander earned the victory Monday in the Rockets' 4-3 victory over host Elgin.

    Batavia graduate Kathryn Warner is now an accomplished pole vaulter at East Carolina University who also is making a comeback in the hurdles and participates on the 1,600 relay.

    Former state champs find mixed results in college

    Kathryn Kat' Warner received a humbling dose of reality when arriving at East Carolina University in Greenville, S.C. to continue her track and field career at the next level. "It is a whole different world compared to a high school setting," said Warner, a 2010 Batavia graduate who shook off nearly two years of injuries to win the Class 3A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a senior. "Once you enter the college world (in track and field), everyone is a state champion." Warner is one of five former state champions from the area in track and field currently competing at the collegiate level.


    About time we’ve got baseball and softball to talk about

    In celebration of the opening week of the high school baseball/softball season, here are 9 things on my mind:


    Wassmann adds power to her game

    Fenton junior Hannah Wassmann is known for her speed, evidenced by her area-best 45 stolen bases last spring. It looks like there's some pop in that bat, too.


    Tired Waubonsie Valley can’t bounce back

    Waubonsie Valley played five softball games Saturday in Tennessee, then sat in a bus for a nine-hour ride back to Illinois on Sunday. Plainfield Central provided a rude welcome home Monday.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija worked 8 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits, to pick up the victory Monday.

    Sveum helps save Samardzija gem in Cubs’ win

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum wasted no time Monday in yanking closer Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning. Sveum wasn't about to let a game get way. The move paid off as the Cubs beat the Pirates 3-1 on Opening Day.


    Blackhawks play it safe with Hossa, Sharp

    The Blackhawks are playing it safe with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp and their shoulder injuries. Both and missed Monday's game against Nashville, the 11th straight for Sharp and sixth in a row for Hossa.

    Bo Jackson, who played for the White Sox and Royals, throws out the first ceremonial pitch in the 2013 season opener at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Winning tight games critical to Sox’ success

    Paul Konerko might have made his last opening-day start with the White Sox on Monday, but he was more focused on the importance of winning a close (1-0) game over the Kansas City Royals.

    Anthony Rizzo rounds third after hitting a 2-run home run off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett in the first inning Monday. Rizzo, who didn’t homer at all during the exhibition season said he didn’t “remember the pitch or where I hit it. I kind of blacked out there for a second.”

    Barney realizes things could be worse

    The Cubs placed second baseman Darwin Barney on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a laceration on his left knee. Barney was counting his blessings that the injury was not worse.

    Lake Zurich’s Alex Brend celebrates as he wins the Class 3A 800-meter run during the boys track state finals in Charleston two seasons ago. He’s now excelling at Minnesota.

    Warren’s Johnson to focus on football at Augustana

    He's been a multi-sport athlete at Warren High School, but Erik Johnson will settle in to one sport for his college career. Johnson plans to attend Augustana College in Rock Island where the 6-foot 190-pound senior will play football. Last fall, he served as a linebacker and team captain for coach Dave Mohapp's Blue Devils, recording 70 solo tackles and 24 assists.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws in the first inning.

    Images: White Sox vs. Royals Opening Day
    Images of Opening Day for the Chicago White Sox vs. the Kansas City Royals at US Cellular Field in Chicago. The White Sox won 1-0 on the power of a Tyler Flowers home run and a strong start from ace Chris Sale.


    Burke commits to Michigan State

    Conant senior Jonathon Burke has chosen to continue his swimming career at Michigan State.

    Chicago White Sox’s Tyler Flowers hits a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields during the fifth inning of the White Sox’s opening day baseball game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sale outpitches Shields, White Sox beat Royals 1-0

    Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.

    The April 1 deadline came and went on negotations between the city of Chicago and the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and Wrigley Field, on a $300 million renovation plan for the historic ballpark.

    Wrigley Field deadline arrives with no deal

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he believes the "fog will lift" in the negotiations surrounding a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field as an April 1 deadline came and went. The mayor offered little insight Monday into talks between the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and Wrigley, and city officials.

    St. Edward freshman pitcher Lindsay Zdroik fires one in against Freeport in Rosemont on Monday. The Green Wave won 10-4.

    Freshman Zdroik delivers for St. Edward

    Lindsay Zdroik may not have gotten the win for St. Edward's softball team Monday, but it's a pretty safe bet the freshman will rack up her share of wins for the Green Wave this season and for the next four years. Zdroik started Monday's game against Freeport at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont, but came out after four innings with the game tied 1-1. St. Edward then exploded for 9 runs in the top of the sixth inning to make a winner of sophomore reliever Angela Zenteno. Zdroik came back in to pitch the seventh inning as the Green Wave capped off a 10-4 win.

    Center Michal Handzus, then with the Los Angeles Kings, celebrates his game winning goal past Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. The Blackhawks acquired Handzus in a trade with the San Jose Sharks.

    Blackhawks acquire center Handzus from Sharks

    The Blackhawks have acquired veteran center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick.The Hawks had been looking for a center other than Jonathan Toews who could win faceoffs and Handzus wins them at a better than 55 percent clip. Handzus, 36, appeared in eight games with the Hawks in 2006-07 with his season ending early because of a torn ACL in his knee.

    Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen runs towards the team mascot “Pirate Parrot” as he is introduced before the game.

    Images: Cubs vs. Pirates Opening Day
    Images of Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 3-1 behind the starting pitching of Jeff Samardzija and a home run from Anthony Rizzo.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo rounds third Monday after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett during the first inning in Pittsburgh.

    Samardzija shines as Cubs down Pirates 3-1

    Jeff Samardzija struck out nine in eight nearly flawless innings and the Cubs held on for a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The right-hander allowed just two hits and walked one as the Chicago won on opening day for the first time since 2009. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and Wellington Castillo added an RBI double for the Cubs.

    Burlington Central sophomore pitcher Angie Morrow will miss the 2013 high school softball season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Morrow, who has verbally committed to Wisconsin, was 15-4 for the Rockets last season.

    Burlington Central’s Morrow out for season

    Burlington Central sophomore pitcher Angie Morrow will miss the 2013 high school softball season after undergoing shoulder surgery on March 29. Morrow, a 5-foot-10 righthander, was 15-4 for the Rockets last season, helping the team to a 28-9 season and a Class 3A regional championship.


    Mike North video: Chicago baseball season opens

    Mike North gives you his take on the Chicago baseball season. Which team made the good moves? Who is posed for a better season, the Cubs or Sox?

    The 2013 Cubs should be better than last year’s version, especially with Anthony Rizzo on the North Side for a full campaign.

    In Year 2, Cubs rebuilding plan moves forward

    In many ways, Len Kasper anticipates this Cubs season much like last year, although we know a lot more now than we did then. Check out his outlook for the 2013 season in today's column for the Daily Herald by the Cubs broadcaster.

    Dayan Viciedo and the White Sox open their season Monday at home against the Kansas City Royals.

    Never say never when it comes to White Sox

    I’ll spare you my opening-day gush of excitement. You know I’m thrilled. I know you’re thrilled. We’re together on this. It’s time for baseball. So, what to expect in 2013? Well, since I’ve been hosting White Sox coverage on the flagship starting in 2006, I think we have been able to look realistically at most of the seasons going in with a large degree of uncertainty.

    It's not so easy to predict just what will happen next for Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and the future of Wrigley Field.

    Imrem opens with some baseball predictions

    It's that time again for some baseball predictions as the Cubs and the White Sox open their 2013 seasons on Monday. Oddsmaker Bovada has the White Sox at 40-1 (17th in the major leagues) to win the World Series this season and the Cubs at 75-1 (23rd). Mike Imrem makes some predictions about the upcoming season.



    UI students design car that could reach 100 mpg

    Think a car averaging 40 miles per gallon is fuel efficient? Think again. A team of University of Illinois students has designed a two-seat car that could reach 100 miles per gallon, which they plan to present at a competition sponsored by the oil giant Shell. The event in Houston starts Thursday.

    Gov. Pat Quinn is launching a statewide competition to identify and train Illinois residents for jobs in cyber security.

    Quinn launches cyber security job contest

    Gov. Pat Quinn is launching a statewide competition to identify and train Illinois residents for jobs in cyber security.Quinn announced the Illinois Cyber Challenge on Monday. The competition is free and open to anyone, but the governor says it will specifically target veterans, many of whom already have training in the field.The challenge will involve three online tests, each with a pre-test tutorial. The top scorers in the online exams will be invited to a championship competition. A special Veterans Cyber Camp also will be this summer.The governor is partnering with U.S. Cyber Challenge (U.S.CC) and the Cyber Aces Foundation to hold the series of competitions, events, and training that will comprise the program.The top finishers in the competition will be eligible for additional training and residencies in the cyber security field.Quinn says there is a huge demand for trained professionals to counter cyber security threats in both the public and private sector.

    Erin Krex

    Nanny firm owner sees Alice, not Mary Poppins, as your best bet

    Kukec's People features Erin Krex, but don't call her Mary Poppins. And neither are the hundreds of other nannies that she helps to train or place in jobs around the suburbs. Krex is president of First Class Care Inc. The Northbrook-based firm is sponsoring the local educational portion of National Nanny Training Day on April 20. The national event helps to train about 2,000 nannies in 40 cities. The local event in Glenview likely will have about 200, Krex said.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman, center, listen as Pat Magoon, CEO of Lurie Children's Hospital speaks at an event for The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition on Monday.

    Illinois business coalition pushes immigration reform

    A new, wide-ranging group of Illinois-based businesses, politicians and others said Monday that they hope to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in the state to push for "common sense" bipartisan immigration reform. Immigrants ""want to stay and make a real contribution to our company and our country. But it's not easy," said Caterpillar CEO Douglas Oberhelman.

    The company's website home page, in fact, says “Coming Soon to Chicago and 13 other cities.”

    N.Y. appeals court OKs Chicago-bound Aereo live television service

    An appeals court has given the go-ahead to an Internet company offering inexpensive live television online.The Monday cleared the way for Aereo's expansion to Chicago and other cities of a service that had been limited to New York City until this year. The company's website home page, in fact, says "Coming Soon to Chicago and 21 other cities."

    File photo Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. has opened the first of a new store format called “Business Solutions Center” in downtown Milwaukee.

    OfficeMax opens 'business solutions' store

    Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. has opened the first of a new store format called “Business Solutions Center” in downtown Milwaukee. The new store format is OfficeMax's first of its kind nationwide, offering 5,000 square feet of specially tailored business services, solutions and products delivered by expert associates to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

    Toni Preckwinkle

    $25 Cook County gun tax in effect

    Cook County has begun charging a controversial $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county.The tax, which took effect Monday, is expected to raise about $600,000 this year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed the levy as part her $2.9 billion budget, saying it'd be a way to make up some of the costs of gun violence.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., makes a point as he is joined by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Michael Bennett, D-Colo., during a news conference after their tour of the Mexico border with the United States in Nogales, Ariz.

    Rubio claims pivot point on immigration overhaul

    Whatever immigration deal might be claimed by labor and business, or by Democrats and Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is serving notice it has to go through him. The tea party favorite made it clear over the weekend he has a make-or-break role for the most sweeping immigration changes in decades. It's a high-risk strategy that also puts his presidential ambitions on the line.

    Caterpillar CEO Doug Olberhelman speaks at an event of The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition Monday in Chicago. The new group of business leaders wants to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push for “common sense” bipartisan immigration reform.

    Illinois businesses push immigration reform
    A new group of business leaders wants to recruit 300 CEOs and 1,000 small businesses in Illinois to push for "common sense" bipartisan immigration reform. The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition includes leaders from Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. as well as Motorola Solutions Inc., the University of Illinois, trade groups and immigration-rights advocates.

    U.S. stocks fell, pulling the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lower after a record high, as a report showed American manufacturing expanded less than forecast in March as factories slowed production and orders waned.

    Stocks dip after manufacturing growth slows

    The stock market got off to a slow start in April, edging lower after the Standard and Poor's 500 index eclipsed its all-time high last week. The main catalyst was a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing growth last month. The decline in the Institute for Supply Management's benchmark manufacturing index for March was worse than economists had forecast.


    Gino’s East in Rolling Meadows closes Monday

    Gino's East, an iconic restaurant in Rolling Meadows for more than a quarter century, closed Monday. The restaurant, known for the graffiti on its walls and its deep-dish pizza, was at 1321 Golf Road near Golf and Algonquin roads in the Meadows Crossing Shopping Center, anchored by Meijer. The building will be demolished, and a Panera Bread with a drive-through lane will replace it, it was announced last fall.

    This undated image provided by J.C Penney shows a design for a new Jonathan Adler section in the home area of the department store. The struggling department store chain is set to unveil Friday an overhauled home area that will feature a string of shops filled with such items as bright blue geometric-patterned pillows, stylish stainless steel tea kettles and sleek oak coffee tables.

    Is home where the profit is?

    J.C. Penney is honing in on its home department as part of a bigger plan to turn its stores into mini-malls of sorts. The struggling department-store chain is unveiling revamped home areas within its stores that feature 20 boutiques that highlight 50 new brands. The areas will include an eclectic mix of items, from $60 Michael Graves' stainless steel teakettles to $1,850 Jonathan Adler "Happy Chic" sofas.


    FDA says longer use of nicotine gum is OK

    The Food and Drug Administration says smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over-the counter nicotine gum, patches and lozenges for longer than previously recommended in a move to help millions of Americans kick the habit. Current labels suggest consumers stop smoking when they begin using the products and that they should stop using them after 12 weeks.


    Geneva retail consultant suggests ways attract customers

    Nicole Leinbach Reyhle's website, ww.retailminded.com, is either a confusion of all things retail or the must-visit home of a multitude of creative ideas, articles, blogs, advice and resources for independent retailers. Your call. Reyhle is founder and editorial director of Retail Minded, a Geneva consulting firm.

    Tim Foley, general manager at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Constant evolution help Pheasant Run Resort hit 50-year mark
    Pheasant Run Resort was built 50 years ago on a large dairy farm. It's name was created due to the abundance of the variety fowl that were located on the property. The resort originally started out with 184 guest rooms, a golf course and the first indoor/outdoor pool in the United States.We talk to the general manager about the past five decades.


    Asia stocks flat in holiday trading, Nikkei down

    Japan's benchmark stock index tumbled Monday after a central bank survey showed a smaller-than-expected improvement in business sentiment. The Tankan index for the March quarter rose to minus 8 from minus 12 in December, a smaller improvement than analysts had anticipated. A reading below zero means pessimists outnumber optimists. The Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo declined 2.1 percent to 12,135.01. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.4 percent to 1,995.99. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines also fell.


    Oil falls after string of gains

    The price of oil fell Monday as traders took profits following a recent run-up in prices.Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 40 cents to $96.87 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 65 cents to close at $97.23 a barrel on Thursday. The market was closed Friday for the holiday.

    Google employees shoot pool at in a break room at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif..

    Tech firms bumping up perks to recruit, retain

    Apple's ring-shaped, gleaming "Spaceship Headquarters" will include a world class auditorium and an orchard for engineers to wander. Google's new Bay View campus will feature walkways angled to force accidental encounters. Facebook, while putting final touches on a Disney-inspired campus including a Main Street with a B-B-Q shack, sushi house and bike shop, is already planning an even larger, more exciting new campus.

    Supporters on both sides of the health care reform issue argue in Skokie outside a town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who represents Chicago.

    Can mass marketing heal the splits on ‘Obamacare’?

    How do you convince millions of average Americans that one of the most complex and controversial programs devised by government may actually be a good deal for them? With the nation still split over President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration has turned to the science of mass marketing for help in understanding the lives of uninsured people, hoping to craft winning pitches for a surprisingly varied group in society.

    Newspaper sellers wait for a bus after receiving newspapers from a wholesale dispatcher in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday.

    Privately owned daily newspapers return to Myanmar

    For most people in Myanmar, it will be a novelty when privately run daily newspapers hit the streets on Monday. Many weren't even born when the late dictator Ne Win imposed a state monopoly on the daily press in the 1960s. But for 81-year-old Khin Maung Lay, the rebirth of daily newspapers is like a second lease on life. He is chief editor of Golden Fresh Land, one of four dailies going on sale Monday as Myanmar takes another step in its march toward democracy.

Life & Entertainment

    Mumford & Sons will be one of the headliners for Lollapalooza in August.

    The Cure, Nine Inch Nails lead Lolla lineup

    The Killers, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Mumford and Sons were just a few of the headliners announced Tuesday for the 2013 lineup of Lollapalooza, which returns to Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 2 through Aug. 4. Single tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 3.

    Shain Gandee, from MTV’s “Buckwild” reality series, and his uncle and a third, unidentified person have been found dead Monday in a vehicle near Sissonville, W. Va.

    MTV suspends shooting of ‘BUCKWILD’ after star dies

    Shooting for the second season of the MTV reality show "BUCKWILD" has been suspended after a popular cast member was found dead along with two others inside a sport utility vehicle in West Virginia. Shain Gandee was found dead Monday in the vehicle, which was found partially submerged in a deep mud pit about a mile from his home near Sissonville, authorities said. Also inside were the bodies of his uncle and another man.

    Courtesy of Steve Lasker Photography The bay window above the whirlpool tub provides spectacular views of the woods at the rear of the home.

    Couples opt for calming Asian-inspired designs for master bath
    The allure of Asian-style design in American homes has existed for some time. In the bathroom, homeowners have come to appreciate its calming atmosphere, warm colors, clean design and sense of serenity.

    See how my trainer, Push Fitness owner Josh Steckler, is ready to grab that bar at any second? He has good reasons for that: I'm not too graceful in the gym, and I hit my head, trip and drop things a lot.

    Being klutzy no longer a reason to avoid gym

    To paraphrase one of my favorite fictional characters of all time — GOB Bluth from "Arrested Development" — I've (maybe) made a huge mistake. My boyfriend, Brian, and I have been trying to figure out ways to add activity to our days off, since stupid never-ending winter doesn't allow us to go hiking or ride bikes. So on a whim the other day, I bought a pair of boxing gloves and focus mitts. I've done some boxing during Saturday morning boot camps at Push Fitness, and it was so much fun! Brian seemed interested in giving it a try, so what the heck, I thought. It'll be fun! It'll help us get fit! And what could possibly go wrong?

    Courtesy of ThinkStock

    Great taste is just the tip of asparagus's story

    The start of spring is just the time to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your diet. Asparagus shines at springtime. It is a nutrient-dense crop that peaks in early spring when the weather is still a bit cool. And there are many healthful ways to prepare it: roasted, grilled, sauteed, steamed, blanched or even as a soup.

    “10” by New Kids on the Block

    NKOTB’s new album, ‘10,’ plays the field

    "10," the sixth album from New Kids on the Block, offers up the boy band brand of catchy pop adapted to modern tastes — easy, swaying hooks melded with unexpected Euro beats, sensitive lyrics and vague echoes of retro sounds.

    Trainer Wade Merrill times Fittest Loser Greg Moehrlin holding a plank.

    Trainers keeping contestants motivated, accountable

    The Fittest Loser contestants and their trainers have been working together for two months. In that time, the personal trainers at Push Fitness have gotten to know their contestant's strengths and weaknesses and they're using that knowledge to motivate them for the remainder of the competition.

    Raw asparagus shines in this salad with mushrooms, parsley and nuts.

    Raw Asparagus, Mushroom and Parsley Salad with Nuts and Parmesan
    Kosher Salt and ground black pepper1 tablespoon lemon juice1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil½ pound asparagus, tough stems trimmed and discarded (peeled if thicker than 1/3 inch)1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves4 ounces firm white button mushrooms, thinly sliced1/3 cup pistachios or chopped toasted walnuts1 ounce shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeseIn a large bowl, combine a hefty pinch of salt, some black pepper and the lemon juice. Whisk until the salt is dissolved, then add the oil in a stream, whisking. Set aside.Lay the asparagus flat on a cutting board and slice a few stalks at a time very thin on a diagonal to create thin oblong slices. Add to the salad bowl along with the parsley, mushrooms and pistachios or walnuts. Toss well to coat with the dressing. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates and top each portion with some of the cheese.Serves four.Nutrition values per serving: 160 calories, 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 6 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 7 g protein, 5 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium.Sara Moulton for The Associated Press

    Kids will gobble up asparagus when it’s battered and “fried.”

    Almond-Crusted Bake-Fried Asparagus
    Almond-Crusted Bake-Fried Asparagus


    Asparagus With Shallot-Honey Dressing
    2 pounds asparagus, preferably similar in thickness¼ cup finely chopped shallotJuice from 1 lemon (2 tablespoons)1 tablespoon honey2 cloves garlic¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, or more as needed¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oilBring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice water and ice cubes.Meanwhile, trim the woody ends of the asparagus. Peel some of the stalks, if desired. Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces.Add the asparagus to the pot and cook/blanch for 2 to 3 minutes, until it is just tender and bright green. Use a wide slotted spoon to transfer it to the ice-water bath to cool.Combine the shallot, lemon juice, honey, garlic, sea salt and pepper in a mini-food processor. Pulse until well combined. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream to form an emulsified dressing.Drain the asparagus; transfer it to paper towels to dry, then place in a large bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of the dressing and toss to coat evenly. Taste; adjust the seasoning or add dressing as needed. Serve at room temperature.Serves six to eight.Cook’s note: The asparagus can be cooked, cooled and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. It’s best to toss it with the dressing just before serving. You’ll have leftover dressing, which can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days.Adapted from a recipe by Elaine Gordon, EatingbyElaine.com.

    Singer Amy Grant will release a new CD “How Mercy Looks From Here” in May.

    Amy Grant to release first album of new songs in decade

    Amy Grant is set to release her first full album of all new songs in 10 years. The Grammy-winning Christian recording artist's "How Mercy Looks From Here" will be available May 14.

    Atlanta cardiologist Dr. Spencer King, above, holds a replacement heart valve during a demonstration at an American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco. At left, King demonstrates how doctors can open blocked heart arteries by going through an arm, using a model.

    Breakthroughs in heart treatment replacing surgeon's knife

    Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels. Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required sawing through the breastbone and opening up the chest for open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube.

    Cory Monteith is heading to rehab, according to People. Monteith’s rep told the magazine that the actor has “voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction.”

    Rep: Glee’s Monteith heads to rehab

    "Glee" star Cory Monteith is heading to rehab.In a statement, Monteith's rep confirmed Sunday night that the actor has "voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction."


    A trainer’s vote of confidence
    Push Fitness owner, Joshua Steckler, keeps the Daily Herald's Melynda Findlay focused.


    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 8


    Product claims of boosting immunity are marketing ploys

    Even if it were a good thing, attempting to boost the immune system is especially complicated. That's because the immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity.

    This is illustration was part of a University of Missouri study that examined first-graders’ “number system knowledge” or how well they understand such things as that numbers represent quantities.

    Early number sense plays role in math skills

    We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math — and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems to play a big role in how well they do everyday calculations later on. The findings have specialists considering steps that parents might take to spur math abilities, just like they do to try to raise a good reader. This isn't only about trying to improve the nation's math scores and attract kids to become engineers. It's far more basic.


    Spike in oral cancers puzzles experts

    Oral cancers, which include those of the mouth and tongue, are most common in men over 60 with a long history of smoking or chewing tobacco, often combined with heavy drinking. But in recent years, a spike in the incidence of oral cancers is being attributed to human papilloma virus or HPV. But Chrstine Schulz's cancer was neither HPV- nor tobacco-related. That puts her in a camp of fewer than 7 percent of all oral cancers that have no identifiable cause, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.

    Breathing in fresh air can be hampered by lung diseases.

    Your health: Signs of COPD
    Learn how you can take care of your lungs and prevent disease, along with how to keep your feet in tip-top shape.


    Intravenous vitamin C shows promise in treating pancreatic cancer

    Could the use of intravenous vitamin C be an important key in the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer? According to one recent medical study, the answer is yes. Patients who had a combination of intravenous vitamin C and chemotherapy did significantly better than the national average of patients just taking chemotherapy alone. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is a particularly difficult form of cancer to treat and, unfortunately, the incidence of pancreatic cancer is increasing.


    Treatment options for common foot pain

    Whether your goal is to run a marathon, take up yoga, get serious about your heart health or anything else you've been putting off, you'll likely hear this piece of encouragement from some well-meaning person: Just take the first step. But what if the first step you take every day has you hobbling in pain?

    Atlanta cardiologist Dr. Spencer King, above, holds a replacement heart valve during a demonstration at an American College of Cardiology conference in San Francisco. At left, King demonstrates how doctors can open blocked heart arteries by going through an arm, using a model.

    Breakthroughs in heart treatment replacing surgeon’s knife

    Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels. Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required sawing through the breastbone and opening up the chest for open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube.


    More Americans opting for joint replacements

    Americans are swapping out joints at a record pace. More than a million people a year are getting a total joint replacement — most typically an artificial hip or knee. With an aging but still active population, the number of joint replacement surgeries is expected to grow dramatically, to some 4 million, in less than 20 years. More than half will be younger than 65.


    Type 2 diabetes increasing among younger people

    On learning she had Type 2 diabetes and would need to adopt a healthful diet for the rest of her life, Lavon Swygert did the only thing that felt natural. The 13-year-old hid at home and gorged on potato chips. "I'm not going to lie," she said. "There were, like, 12 little packs of Pringles." Lavon's response underscores why doctors are so troubled by the sharp increase in Type 2 diabetes that is emerging among adolescents and teens.

    The Mundelein Park District team, Park View Fittest, enjoys a healthy lunch.

    Teams develop a taste for healthier foods

    When was the last time you had a spinach shake for breakfast? How about raw codfish ceviche for lunch and Brussels sprouts with turmeric for dinner? The Fittest Loser Community participants are using the 12-week challenge to expand their culinary horizons. Several teams have been following through on their goal to explore a new healthy food each week. With the Community Challenge in its ninth week, the team members are starting to discover the health benefits of some increasingly unexpected and exotic recipes.


    Nightmare bacteria a growing threat

    Federal officials are warning that "nightmare bacteria" — including the deadly superbug that struck a National Institutes of Health facility two years ago — are increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, posing a growing threat to hospitals and nursing homes nationwide. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "It's not often that our scientists come to me and say we have a very serious problem and we need to sound an alarm. But that's exactly what we are doing today."

    These colorful pieces on the mantel are interchangeable so you can mix and match them in many different ways, giving your spaces a constant facelift.

    Five must-have decorating ideas for spring

    As soon as my holiday decor is boxed up and stored away, I'm ready for spring. By the time spring officially starts on March 20, I know exactly how I want to decorate my home to celebrate this season of fresh new beginnings. This year, I've zeroed in on five gotta-have tools that I'm going to use to create sensational spring displays.

    Mark Korczyk of Algonquin has owned Niki for just over 21 years.

    Travel companions favor 1954 Chevrolet 3100

    The open road, motoring experience is best when shared with friends. Mark Korczyk knows this quite well. The Algonquin resident has quite an unusual seatmate keeping him company when cruising together in their 1954 Chevrolet 3100; a blue and gold macaw named Niki.

    Sugar can cause inflammation in your body, which is the underlying cause for many diseases.

    Limit sugar intake so your body can function properly

    How can something so sweet be so bad for you? Sugar is everywhere in today's foods. Take a look at any processed food and most will have some form of added sugar — be it actual granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose or rice syrup to name a few. No matter the form, this sweet substance can wreak havoc on the body when consumed in greater than relative moderation. So why is sugar our enemy?



    Testing the will of the people

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When I listen to conservatives and liberals stake out their respective positions on gay marriage, I have to wonder if they're listening to themselves talk.


    Portman deserves no respect for new view
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I do not respect people like Sen. Rob Portman who dramatically change their view due to a change in their own personal situation when they should have previously considered the issue with an empathetic viewpoint.


    It’s time to update communications laws
    A letter to the editor: Illinois has a critical opportunity as the state's communications laws expire this year. Incredibly, Illinois still has laws requiring investment in 100-year-old technology networks. By adopting a modern communications law, state lawmakers — without spending scarce taxpayer money — can fuel additional private sector investment in wired and wireless broadband networks that create jobs and improve lives.


    Psychologists need prescription authority
    A Park Ridge letter to the editor: If approved, prescription authority would be pursued only by psychologists who think it would really enhance their care for their patients. They would go through intensive training and preparation in courses and practice to be ready to prescribe psychotropic medications or, in many cases, take patients off medications when other therapies could be more successful.


    Stretching out debt is no solution
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Each candidate in each race must have as a first principle that it is taxpayers' money that is used to run government, Too many times I see statements like "we haven't increased your tax rate" when more revenue is obtained because a person's EAV went up.


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