Daily Archive : Tuesday April 2, 2013



    Her boyfriends’ kids may make or break this relationship

    This woman has never wanted kids, has no experience with kids and her boyfriend's kids make her want to run the other direction. The children are allowed to protest every decision the parents make. She's afraid this issue may make or break her relationship.

    Dean Argiris

    Argiris says it’s time for him to lead Wheeling

    Dean Argiris is a self-admitted "Type A" personality, but friends and colleagues say that's only one side of the 12-year Wheeling village board trustee, now running for Wheeling Village President.


    How to help a friend who is being abused by his wife?

    The last few times out with a buddy and his wife, the wife has made some really derogatory remarks to him, if not outright screamed at him. The friend is worried, but doesn't want to burn bridges. A police officer who saw her yelling at him on the street the other day almost arrested her, and pulled the buddy aside to ask him if he was being abused. What to do?


    Sugar Grove president candidate gets a $5,000 contribution

    Quarterly and pre-election campaign finance reports are trickling in to the state election boards. So far, they're showing Sugar Grove president candidate Kevin Geary with a $5,000 donation from Jerry Rich, and an electrical workers union PAC donating to Sugar Grove President Sean Michels and North Aurora trustee candidate Michael Lowery.

    Roger Ebert, seen here at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2010, announced on his blog Tuesday night that his latest battle against cancer will force him to take what he calls a “leave of presence.” The 70-year-old Chicago Sun-Times film critic was hospitalized in December with a fractured hip, but he wrote Tuesday that the injury “has recently been revealed to be a cancer.”

    Ebert: Cancer forcing a 'leave of presence'

    Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert announced on his blog Tuesday night that his latest battle against cancer will force him to take what he calls a “leave of presence.”


    Northern Illinois University names new president

    Northern Illinois University announced its new president on Tuesday, naming a University of Idaho administrator to the post. NIU's board of trustees said Douglas Baker, the University of Idaho's provost and executive vice president, will become the DeKalb school's 12th president. Baker, 57, will replace John Peters, who announced in October that he planned to retire in June after 13 years leading...

    Telly Likoubis serves up his famous seafood combo platter to hungry patrons at last year's Des Plaines Summer Fling Festival. The festival will go on this year, though aldermen briefly discussed nixing it.

    Des Plaines Summer Fling will return this year

    Des Plaines will have a Summer Fling after all. City aldermen flirted with the idea of axing the festival because they are unhappy with the way it has been managed for the past two years by Chicago-based Special Events Management, the largest producer of street fests and festivals in Chicago and the suburbs.

    Mayoral candidate Mark Hellner greets Terry and Jean O'Connor before the League of Women Voters candidates forum on March 16.

    Hellner: Brings a 'broad perspective to everything I do'

    Giving back to the community has always been a part of Mark Hellner's life — it's the way he was raised. Growing up in Springfield, he said, his family instilled in him the idea that anyone who has the ability should be helping others. Now, the 61-year-old attorney is hoping to use his abilities to lead Arlington Heights as its next mayor.

    Mario Casciaro

    Guilty verdict in Johnsburg man's 2002 death

    After almost eight hours of deliberations — and more than 10 years after Brian Carrick's death — a McHenry County jury declared Mario Casciaro guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday evening. It's the second time a jury has considered the case against Casciaro, 29, who was initially charged in 2010 with the 17-year-old Johnsburg resident's death. That jury could not reach a verdict and...


    Vandal destroys Rock Island Jesus statue

    Rock Island police are investigating after a man destroyed a 100-year-old statue of Jesus outside a Catholic church. The 6-foot-tall concrete statue was damaged on Easter. A surveillance video shows a man pushing and pulling the 750-pound icon to the ground on Sunday night.


    Rescuers use rowboat to reach Illinois pilot in Wis. swamp

    MAUSTON, Wis. — Rescuers used a rowboat to reach a pilot whose plane crashed in a swamp in Juneau County of central Wisconsin.


    Illinois bar owner arrested for illegal gambling machines

    HEYWORTH — A business owner in the central Illinois community of Heyworth is facing felony charges after authorities say he had seven illegal video gambling machines in his bar. Authorities tell The (Bloomington) Pantagraph that David Rehker's case is the first in McLean County since the state approved video gambling last year.

    The 2.4 acre project on Water Street, which will include a 166-room hotel, 71,000 square feet of commercial space, 26,000 square feet of office use, a 524-space parking deck, improvements along the south shore of the Riverwalk, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the hotel and the loggia buildings.

    Naperville's Water Street development clears another hurdle

    The shovels and front-end loaders crept a little closer to downtown Naperville Tuesday night as council members approved the final plat for both the north and south phases of the controversial Water Street development. Tuesday's action now sets the table for what are likely to be contentious financial discussions between the council and developer Marquette Companies.


    Rules, fees established for video gambling in Wauconda

    Wauconda bar owners and other entrepreneurs who want video gambling machines in their joints will have to buy annual permits from the village for each of the machines, according to newly adopted rules. Each permit will cost $25, under the rules adopted Tuesday night by the village board.

    Bob Gilliam

    Elgin council member in ICU for asthma attacks says: full recovery expected

    Elgin City Council member Bob Gilliam, who was recently moved to an intensive care unit following an asthma attack, issued a statement Monday reassuring residents that he's prepared for the upcoming election. “I am still at St. Joseph's hospital as a result of the severe asthma attack I recently suffered. As a precautionary measure, I was moved into ICU a few days ago. I have been down this...


    Police: Man shot in Aurora

    A man was shot after a confrontation in Aurora Tuesday evening, police said. The shooting took place just before 5 p.m. in the 300 block of Cedar Street, said Dan Ferrelli, Aurora's director of public information.


    Roadwork in store for East New York Street in Aurora

    Get ready for road work and possible two-way traffic on certain segments of East New York Street in Aurora later this year. The street will be undergoing a $6 million to $7 million reconstruction between Asbury Drive to Welsh Avenue, mainly in DuPage County, beginning this fall. In a separate project, the city soon will begin studying the possibility of converting the one-way westbound street to...

    National School Shield Task Force Director, former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson, holds a copy of group’s study during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington Tuesday. The National Rifle Association’s study recommends schools across the nation each train and arm at least one staff member.

    NRA to school officials: Train and arm a staffer

    Schools across the nation should train selected staff members to carry weapons and should each have at least one armed security officer to make students safer and allow a quicker response to an attack, the director of a National Rifle Association-sponsored study said Tuesday.

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade Tuesday, a goal sought for over a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.

    U.N. adopts treaty to regulate global arms trade

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade, a goal sought for more than a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.

    Fellow troopers carry the casket of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter during his funeral service at Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Tuesday morning.

    Funeral for state trooper packed by police from across the state

    The brotherhood of police officers shined Tuesday as friends and family gathered to mourn the death of Illinois State Police trooper James Sauter. The streets surrounding Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights were packed with police cars from departments all over the state and every seat at the funeral was filled, creating a sea of uniforms. "He'd always set me straight," younger brother Matt...


    Appeals court backs Amrich’s candidacy in Island Lake

    An Illinois appeals court has agreed with a Lake County judge's decision to allow Charles Amrich to run for mayor in Island Lake. The summary order from the court, issued Tuesday, means Amrich can continue his challenge of incumbent Debbie Herrmann. "I'm elated, really," Amrich said.

    Actor Chadwick Boseman, left, listens as actor Harrison Ford speaks on a panel of the cast and crew of the movie “42,“ at the White House. Boseman plays the role of baseball great Jackie Robinson in the movie, and Ford plays Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.

    Michelle Obama praises Jackie Robinson movie

    Michelle Obama said Tuesday that a new movie chronicling Jackie Robinson's rise through Major League Baseball, including the racial discrimination he endured while breaking the sport's color barrier in the 1940s, left her and the president "visibly, physically moved" after they saw it over the weekend.

    Jim Tinaglia, Arlington Heights village board candidate

    Tinaglia rejects accusations, says he will not accept board appointment

    After trustee candidate Jim Tinaglia endorsed Tom Hayes for Arlington Heights Village President last week, he received backlash in the form of allegations that his support was in exchange for a promised seat on the village board even if he loses April 9. Now, Tinaglia is saying not only did he never ask for a board appointment, but he will not accept one if offered.

    Judy Abruscato, left, Dean Argiris, center, and Pat Horcher, right, are candidates for Wheeling Village President.

    Wheeling candidates oppose gambling cafe proposal

    In the latest squabble between Fresh Farms shopping center in Wheeling and its neighboring residents, candidates for village offices are siding with the neighbors. At issue are Laredo Hospitality's plans for two cafes serving wine, beer and sandwiches while providing access to video gambling machines.


    No injuries as shots fired in Elgin

    Elgin police said no one appears to have been harmed during a possible gang-related shooting about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday on the 1200 block of Fleetwood Drive.

    Robert C. Garcia

    Glendale Heights bank robbery suspect arrested in Carpentersville

    A man suspected of robbing a bank in Glendale Heights on Monday morning was arrested later that night after he punched a police officer in Carpentersville, authorities said. Robert C. Garcia, 30, of the 100 block of Gladstone Drive in Glendale Heights, was stopped about 11:15 p.m. Monday after police clocked him going 65 mph in a 35 mph zone on Route 25, Carpentersville police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart...

    Witnesses told police Joseph Wheeler was driving at least 70 mph last summer when his vehicle careened through a front yard and struck a Naperville home.

    Naperville driver who hit house pleads guilty to DUI

    A Naperville man who blacked out and plowed into the dining room of an occupied house last summer will serve two years of conditional discharge for driving under the influence of alcohol. Joesph Wheeler, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge.


    Neuqua Valley claims second top Grammy

    No fooling. Neuqua Valley High School's music program is again the best in the nation.


    Carpentersville police chief to also lead fire department

    Alan Popp, Carpentersville's police chief for slightly more than a year, has been tapped to become the village's new public safety director. He will oversee both the village police and fire departments in his new role. "He's done a great job in his first year as police chief, he has all the qualifications to make the public safety director's job work," Village President Ed Ritter said.


    No one hurt in Vernon Hills home invasion

    Vernon Hills police are investigating a home invasion on the 200 block of Augusta Drive. No one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to call (847) 362-4440.

    Lawrence DuBose, a longtime volunteer beekeeper at Kline Creek Farm, has donated $25,000 to the Carol Stream Public Library just months after donating the same amount to the Wheaton Public Library.

    Beekeeper donates $25,000 to Carol Stream library

    A Carol Stream volunteer beekeeper, Purple Heart recipient and philanthropist has decided to give his latest donation — $25,000 — to the Carol Stream Public Library. Lawrence DuBose, 92, says he developed a "habit of reading" from a young age, and it's something he'd like to pass onto younger generations. "If I can encourage people to read instead of wasting time on television, maybe...

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined the BRAIN Initiative whose goal is to find treatments for some of the most common brain disorders, led by Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and brain injuries.

    Obama proposes $100M for brain mapping project
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain's activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding better ways to treat such conditions as Alzheimer's, autism, stroke and traumatic brain injuries. He asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project that will explore details of the brain, which contains 100 billion cells and trillions of connections.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

    Sen. Mark Kirk backs same-sex marriage

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, favors legalizing same-sex marriage. Kirk, who returned to Congress in January after recovering from a serious stroke, said, "Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle."


    ‘Little Women’ is spring show:

    Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville's not-for-profit entertainment company presents the Broadway musical version of Little Women, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2:30 p.m. April 13 and 14 at the Libertyville High School Studio Theatre, 708 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville, via the building's north entrance.


    Get rid of electronics Saturday:

    Lincolnshire officials will collect unwanted electronics from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the public works facility, 205 Schelter Road.


    Retired teachers meeting:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on April 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.


    Election changes in Lincolnshire area:

    Voters in parts of Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, and unincorporated Vernon Township will be temporarily relocated on Election Day to the Prairie View Park Meeting Room, 16652 W. Buffalo Grove Road in Prairie View for the April 9 Consolidated Election.

    St. Charles Connect allows city residents to link to city services from their phones through a free phone application.

    St. Charles unveils phone app for complaints

    St. Charles unveils a new phone app that allows residents to log requests for service or complaints right from the palm of their hands. The app is free and available for downloading on most phones.


    Victims upset over Dist. 207 deal to represent fired Maine West coach

    The attorney representing the families of four Maine West High School students who say they were hazing victims is upset over Maine Township High School District 207's decision to represent the soccer coach who is in the middle of that scandal. Former head soccer coach Michael Divincenzo has agreed to a drop an appeal of his dismissal in return for the district hiring an attorney to represent him...


    Senior scam prevention seminar in Schaumburg

    The village of Schaumburg Support Our Seniors Council will present a free senior scam prevention seminar at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Rasmussen South Room of the Schaumburg Township District Library at 130 S. Roselle Road. Speakers will include detectives from the Investigations Division and members of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Schaumburg Police Department.


    Lombard auctions ‘McIlroy’ car

    The unmarked Lombard squad car Deputy Chief Pat Rollins used to drive professional golfer Rory McIlroy to the Ryder Cup last September is being auctioned on eBay until April 8.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Robert C. Garcia, 30, of Glendale Heights, was arrested Monday in Carpentersville and charged with aggravated battery and resisting/obstructing a police officer, according to court records. Garcia shoved and then punched an officer in the mouth, police said. Garcia was in Kane County bond court Tuesday and his bail was set at $75,000. He is next due in court April 17.


    City wants to sell power to other consumers directly

    Batavia City Council has hired a lobbying firm, for up to $50,000, to get state law changed in order to sell its surplus electricity directly to retail customers. Without a change, it is stuck trying to sell on the wholesale market, which has shown little interest.


    Good Shepherd offers seminar on advance care planning

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Office for Mission and Spiritual Care will present "Supporting Each Other with Advance Care Planning" in the hospital's Lakeview/Prairie Rooms on Route 22 near Lake Barrington Tuesday, April 16. The program will help participants learn how to take action, raise awareness and remain in control of their care.

    The 2012-13 Harper College Debate Team. Back row, from left: Miguel Melgar; Brianna Bitout; Melissa Bleile; Jackie Van LyseBettens; Patrick Halpin; Kelli Halfman and Anthony Suchala; front row, from left: Andy Robinson; Elisa Galvan; Kate Fundarek and Bridie Damisch.

    Harper debaters prepare for national competition in L.A.

    The powerhouse Harper College Debate Team finished third in the recent state chapionships, and now is preparing for national competition in Los Angeles. "My goal all year has been to continue to medal in extemporaneous speaking," Elisa Galvan said. "I love it, it's my baby, if you will. You get 30 minutes to prepare for a speech that will last seven minutes, but I see it as a teaching moment.

    William B. Lewis

    Lombard man gets 18 years for home invasion

    A Lombard man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a Glendale Heights home invasion in which two people were robbed of cellphones. William B. Lewis, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to home invasion and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, according to court records.

    Amy Stewart

    Author Amy Stewart discusses the pleasures and perils of the natural world

    Amy Stewart, author of "The Drunken Botanist," comes to Naperville Tuesday, April 9, to discuss the plants behind our spirits.


    North Chicago man pleads not guilty in shooting of Chicago teen

    The man accused of killing a Chicago teen in North Chicago while her sister was at an gun control speech by President Barack Obama pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Tuesday., Jim McPherson, 21, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges in front of Lake County Judge Christopher Stride. Janay McFarlane, 18, was gunned down at about 11:30 p.m. Feb 15 in the 1300 block of Jackson Avenue in...


    One injured in West Chicago shooting

    Police are investigating a shooting late Monday on the 300 block of Barber Street in West Chicago, authorities said Tuesday. Officers responded about 9:25 p.m. for a report of gunfire. A male victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening but police and city officials would not release any additional details.

    Maggie Sandner-Gialamas, left, of Lake Forest and Loren Ketelsen of Lincolnshire get their last-minute contributions into the world water day contest at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

    Students in Lake Forest help bring water to the world

    While it might be easy to take abundant water for granted in Lake County, students at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart raised $593 for the United Nations' World Water Day March 22. The Common Ground club of the Lake Forest school launched activities last week plus a fundraiser to support HYPERLINK "http://thewaterproject.org/"The Water Project, Inc. Students carried buckets filled with 40...

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials say they will closely monitor the deer population to ensure a recent case of chronic wasting disease was an isolated incident.

    DuPage County deer test negative for fatal disease

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials are expressing relief after follow-up testing showed the discovery of a deer with chronic wasting disease most likely was an isolated occurrence. Officials were worried the disease, which is fatal to deer, had spread to DuPage after an infected animal was found in Mallard Lake Forest Preserve near Hanover Park. It was the first time a deer in DuPage has...

    Michael Axtell

    Antioch Township murder trial on track to begin April 29

    The trial of an Antioch Township man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend could begin April 29. Michael Axtell, 41, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2012 death of Tammy Stone, 40. Axtell has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is held in Lake County jail on $3 million bond. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Eric Kalata and defense attorney Katherine...


    Vandals damage trees at Naperville school

    Naperville police are searching for vandals who have cut trees, causing thousands of dollars in damage, on three separate occasions within the past year at Madison Junior High School, 1000 River Oak Drive.

    Madonna, seen here carrying her Malawian adopted son David Banda in 2007, helped fund several community schools to benefit more Malawians and was in the country Tuesday to celebrate their opening.

    Madonna opens Malawi school project

    Schoolchildren joined by hundreds of villagers danced around pop diva Madonna and serenaded her with praise songs on Tuesday as she inspected school blocks she helped to construct in the central Kasungu district.

    Judy Abruscato

    Judy Abruscato seeks re-election in Wheeling

    Judy Abruscato, seeking a second term as Wheeling Village Board president, says it takes long and hard work to complete projects she has in her sights -- such as continued development and a fire station for the west side of the village.

    In a Dec. 20, 1970 photo Tucson, Ariz., firefighters apply a steady stream of water during the Pioneer International Hotel fire , that resulted in 29 deaths.

    Man convicted in deadly 1970 Ariz. fire enters plea

    A man whose murder conviction in a 1970 Arizona hotel fire that killed 29 people was called into question entered a plea in court Tuesday, clearing the way for his freedom. The plea deal marks a stunning reversal for Louis Taylor, who was 16 years old when he was arrested in the fire at the Pioneer Hotel where employees of an aircraft company were celebrating at a Christmas party.

    Davon Miller

    Maine Township resident charged in neighbors’ homes burglaries

    Cook County Sheriff's Police have arrested a 22-year-old man and charged him with burglarizing three of his neighbors' homes in Maine Township, officials said Tuesday. Davon Miller, who is also known as Lorenzo Miller and lives in the 9900 block of Linda Lane, admitted his involvement during questioning, sheriff's police said.

    Mark Oelerich

    Mundelein man charged following November jailhouse attack

    A Mundelein man who is in the Lake County jail while facing first-degree murder charges, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to also attacking guards the night of his November arrest. Mark Oelerich, 22, is charged with 10 counts of aggravated battery to a correction officer and three counts of resisting arrest during his arraignment on those charges in front of Lake County Judge James K. Booras.

    Gina Epps

    Former Round Lake High School teacher pleads guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia

    A former Round Lake High School teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday to being in possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, a Lake County prosecutor said. Gina Epps, 39, a former physical education teacher from Round Lake Area Unit District 116, was sentenced to one year of supervision by Judge David Brodsky, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Tyler Dyson said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Numerous incidents of vandalism were reported in Arlington Heights. Among them, vandals struck nine lamp posts at homes on the 1100 block of North Walnut Avenue, 1000 block of North Gibbons, 700 block of West Maude Avenue, 1200 block of North Vail Avenue, and 1500 block of North Highland Avenue between 11:30 p.m. March 29 and 8:30 a.m. March 30. Damage was estimated over $2,500.


    Wheaton firefighters probe cause of house fire

    Authorities were trying Tuesday to determine what sparked a house fire Monday evening on the 1300 block of Shady Lane in Wheaton. No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported about 7:45 p.m.

    Hoffman Estates mayoral candidate Ray Kincaid listens to a question during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

    Kincaid says he’ll bring ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ to mayor position

    Ray Kincaid says his longtime work experience taught him to be service oriented. He believes it's important to take the customers' point of view to heart and provide them with great services. That's one reason why, after serving eight years as village trustee, he is running for Hoffman Estates mayor against incumbent William McLeod. "The taxpayers are our bosses and you need to see what their...

    Mary Black, left, incumbent Suzanne Branding, center, and Trustee Tom Poynton, right, are candidates in the race for Lake Zurich mayor in the April 9 election.

    Lake Zurich mayoral candidates weigh in on incentives for development

    Lake Zurich's three mayoral candidates vary slightly in how they view using financial incentives to lure businesses to the village. Incumbent Suzanne Branding, Trustee Tom Poynton and political newcomer Mary Black are seeking the four-year mayoral seat in the April 9 election. Branding is in the race as part of the United Lake Zurich political slate.


    40 years of girls’ basketball part of oral history

    SPRINGFIELD — March Madness has come to mean women’s basketball almost as much as men’s college hoops. So it’s difficult to remember that women’s basketball in Illinois schools was virtually unknown 40 years ago. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is introducing an oral history project that chronicles the growth of girls’ and women’s basketball in the state.


    House panel approves Indiana HIP expansion, strips grants

    Medicaid would be expanded in Indiana through a state-run program under legislation approved Monday by a House committee, but while the plan keeps an opt-out provision should federal aid ever dry up, it reverses the governor's preferred funding mechanism.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dawn Patrol: St. Charles targets unwanted papers; Arena breaks record

    St. Charles cracking down on unwanted newspapers. Sears Centre breaks attendance record. Mourners pay respect to fallen state trooper. Elmhurst men charged with Internet crimes. Screams scare off intruder. Cubs and Sox both win on Opening Day.


    Coach in Maine West hazing scandal drops appeal of dismissal

    A soccer coach in the middle of the hazing scandal at Maine West High School has agreed to a drop a hearing to dispute his dismissal. In turn, the district will follow through with hiring an attorney to represent Michael Divincenzo, who has been suspended without pay while the district pursued dismissal. School board members announced the agreement in a statement read at Monday night's school...


    Forest board must decide whether to give $4 rebates

    Lake County Forest Preserve District commissioners are considering whether a $1.6 million surplus should be used for projects or as a tax break. A majority say building facilities is more important to the public than a $4 savings over two years.

    Frank Loffredo and Mona Mustafa are running for mayor in Lake Villa.

    Youth league e-mail heats up mayoral race in Lake Villa

    Lake Villa mayoral candidate Mona Mustafa has filed a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Election charging a local youth baseball league violated the law by endorsing her opponent, Frank Loffredo. League officials say the emailed message was miscommunicated. “It seems really excessive,” he said of Mustafa's actions. “This is just so personal and hurtful to people. I...


    Islamic group seeking compensation from DuPage

    DuPage County could be forced to pay unspecified monetary damages now that a federal judge has overturned the county board's rejection of a planned Islamic education facility near Naperville.


    Batavia to spend $100K plus for River Street arch $93,960 for wood-and-metal piece doesn’t include cost of lighting

    The Batavia City Council Monday voted, 12-2, to spend more than $100,000 for an entry arch at North River and Wilson streets, to finish off the streetscape project done on the block last summer and tie in to streetscape work to be done this year. The money will come from property taxes collected on downtown properties for improvements.

    Gurnee Police Chief Kevin Woodside

    Gurnee budget allots more money for more school officers, street work

    Gurnee trustees Monday were asked to approve a new $56 million budget that includes money for projected expenses ranging from street resurfacing to hiring two school resurces officers.


    Des Plaines considers selling, leasing city-owned downtown property

    Des Plaines aldermen Monday night agreed to seek an appraisal on a vacant, city-owned building in downtown to possibly sell or lease the property and place it back on the property tax rolls.


    Wheeling village manager gets contract improvements

    Wheeling Village Manger Jonj Sfondilis received a small raise Monday night, along with an extension of severance pay if terminated and tuition and costs for a master's degree in public administration.


    Arlington Heights OKs budget, expects small surplus this year

    Arlington Heights approved its budget for the next fiscal year starting May first and officials said they are expecting to end this year with a small surplus. On Monday the village board unanimously approved the $145.5 million budget for fiscal year 2014 after a nearly six month process and four public meetings where officials went through each department's budget during March.


    Jimmy Butler (21), forward Luol Deng (9), from Sudan, and center Nazr Mohammed (48) pause on the court during a break in the action in the second half of the Bulls’ loss to Washington on Tuesday.

    Bulls season’s becoming quite a pain

    As much bad luck as the Bulls have had with injuries this season, they found out Tuesday things can actually get worse before getting better. Taj Gibson left the game in the second quarter after aggravating a left knee sprain and the Bulls lost a close one at Washington 90-86.

    Northwestern University Athletic Director Jim Phillips, left, stands with former Duke University assistant coach Chris Collins after Phillips introduced Collins as the new head men's basketball coach at Northwestern during a news conference Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Collins vows to build winner at Northwestern

    Chris Collins recalled playing in a packed arena at Northwestern when he was in high school and all the electricity in the building.That's something he hopes to see on a regular basis.The longtime Duke assistant and son of an NBA coach was formally introduced as the new coach of the Wildcats on Tuesday and he promised to do what no Northwestern coach has done: lead the team to the NCAA tournament.

    Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) shoots in front of Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Bulls fall to Wizards again, 90-86

    John Wall had 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, Emeka Okafor scored the go-ahead dunk in the final minute and the Washington Wizards won their eighth straight home game Tuesday night, beating the temperamental Bulls 90-86.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    French, Fremd keep winning

    Fremd 15, Barrington 8: Vikings senior JP French had 8 goals and Dillon Heinlein had 2 to power Fremd against host Barrington in boys water polo on Tuesday.Chase Lesniak led the way for the Broncis with 8 goals, and Sam Miseyka had 2.Conant 14, Schaumburg 4: Jon Burke had 5 goals and Kazuki Morita and Kyle Bradberry had 3 each to help the Cougars in MSL West play.Palatine 9, Hoffman Estates 8: The visiting Pirates remained in a three-way tie for the lead in the MSL West with Fremd and Conant by pulling out a victory at Hoffman Estates.Prospect 16, Rolling Meadows 5: Cameron Mauer scored a team-best 5 goals to lead the Knights in MSL East action.


    Aguirre, BG rise to the challenge vs. Prospect

    In addition to playing the game at a high level, 6-foot-6 Buffalo Grove senior Jose Aguirre says he has another, equally important job for this year's Bison volleyball team. "My role, and my personality, is to bring the energy," said Aguirre. "I like to play with joy and enthusiasm and be a good influence on my teammates." Tuesday night, the senior's spirited performance helped BG to a great start in the Mid-Suburban East. Aguirre gave a strong effort at the net with 6 blocks and classmate Evan Bunnetto added 7 kills as the Bison defeated Prospect 25-22, 25-9 in the conference opener for both teams.


    Fortunato powers Palatine victory

    Anthony Fortunato homered, doubled and drove in 2 runs as Palatine produced 10 hits in a 6-1 victory over visiting Highland Park in nonconference play Tuesday.


    Schulewitz, Mundelein roll

    Mundelein's baseball team stayed red-hot on a cold Tuesday. Mitch Schulewitz pitched 5 no-hit innings, striking out nine, as the Mustangs opened North Suburban Lake Division play with a 12-0 win over host Lake Forest in six innings.

    Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, left, stands with new Wildcats basketball coach Chris Collins during a news conference Tuesday morning.

    Believe it: Northwestern can be a factor

    Chris Collins can build Northwestern into a highly competitive program because the bar is so much lower in this era of college basketball.


    Wolves roll to 6-3 victory

    A flurry of first-period goals set up the Chicago Wolves for a Texas-sized victory Tuesday night as they topped the San Antonio Rampage 6-3 at AT&T Center.


    Grayslake North opens with shutout win

    Junior Kelly Meyer scored twice, as Grayslake North's girls soccer team opened its season with a 5-0 win over Round Lake on Tuesday.

    Patrick Sharp, above, and Marian Hossa both may return when the Hawks play St. Louis on Thursday.

    Sharp, Hossa could return Thursday for Hawks

    The Blackhawks believe two players about to return from the injured list will make a big difference down the stretch in Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. Both could be back in the lineup from their shoulder injuries as soon as Thursday against St. Louis at the United Center.


    Naperville Central stuns Glenbard East

    When a team has options to attack, it makes it that much more dangerous in volleyball.

    St. Charles East’s Allie Arvizu (center) is congratulated by teammates Liana Imbrogno (10) and Cary Pottle (6) after scoring a goal for the Fighting Saints in the first half on Tuesday, April 2.

    St. Charles East snaps Geneva’s streak

    You do have to go back a bit to find the last time St. Charles East defeated Geneva in a girls soccer contest — to a time when none of the current Saints were in high school. But the Saints won on Tuesday in the first of two contests between the teams this week, a 1-0 victory thanks to an Allie Arvizu headed goal from a Darcy Cunningham corner kick 6:15 before halftime.


    Dream finish for Slater, Warren

    Samantha Slater scored her first varsity goal in Warren's girls soccer home opener, proving that dreams can and do sometimes come true. It came on a header, and Slater's goal was the game-winner as Warren shut out visiting Stevenson 1-0 in a North Suburban Lake Division opener in Gurnee on Tuesday night. The goal was set up by Kristen Huard's corner kick in the 46th minute.


    Waubonsie Valley wins in bottom of seventh

    Waubonsie Valley 3, St. Charles North 2:The Warriors (2-2, 1-0) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win their Upstate Eight Conference opener. C.J. Lee had a one-out triple and Drew Ellam singled him home. Troy Fumagalli pitched a 2-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Wheaton North 1, Elk Grove 0:Winning pitcher Tom Colletti dominated in a 2-hitter with 4 strikeouts and no walks for the Falcons (4-1). Wheaton North scored the game’s only run in the top of the seventh when Greg Scandora doubled and came home on Ryan Kent’s single.Montini 6, Marian Central 0:The Broncos received a 2-hitter from winning pitcher Ben Dobosenski in their Suburban Christian Conference win. Austin Kline homered for Montini.Metea Valley 11, Elgin 2:The Mustangs improved to 2-2 overall in winning their Upstate Eight Conference opener. Mike Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Gunner Vega went 3-for-4 and Ben Doiron drove in 2 runs. Max Custer won on the mound. Neuqua Valley 5, Geneva 2:The Wildcats (4-2, 1-0) managed only 2 hits against Geneva starter Andy Honiotes but they scored all their runs in the first inning to win in the Upstate Eight Conference. Jeff Evak led off the bottom of the first with a double and Mike Riesner singled home a run. Winning pitcher Danny Mokrzycki and Jonathan Vlk combined on a 6-hitter. St. Francis 15, Aurora Christian 12:The Spartans (2-4, 1-0) won a slugfest in the Suburban Christian Conference by scoring 5 runs in the fourth inning and 6 runs in the fifth. Josh Croci went 5-for-5 with a double, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. T.J. Jackson went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Jason Sullivan pitched into the fifth inning to notch the victory.WW South 13, Deerfield 1:The Tigers (2-2) blew open the game by scoring 11 runs in the top of the first inning of the five-inning victory. Eric Giltz went 3-for-4 while Matt Walsh, Mitch Krafcheck and Mike Saccucci had 2 hits apiece. Winning pitcher Connor Ostrander struck out seven and scattered 3 hits. Benet 10, De La Salle 4:The Redwings (2-3) followed a 4-run first inning with a 3-run second inning to win the nonconference game. Chris Whelan, Joe Boyle and Joe Giuffre each drove in 2 runs. Winning pitcher Whelan scattered 5 hits over 6 innings.Glenbard South 11, Fenton 0:Ethan Gasbarro fired a 5-inning 2-hitter, striking out eight and walking none. The Raiders (3-1, 1-0) continued to swing hot bats in their Metro Suburban Conference opener. Carl Sanders went 2-for-4 while Nate Yangas had 3 RBI and Will Cornwell had 2 RBI. St. Charles East 5, Lake Park 1:Christian Taugner struck out eight and walked none in 5 innings, but the Lancers (3-1, 0-1) fell in their Upstate Eight Conference opener. Eric Vatch doubled for Lake Park, which scored its lone run in the sixth inning.Providence 5, Naperville Central 1:The game was scoreless until the Celtics broke through for 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jeff Schank went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Redhawks (3-2) starter Jimmy Nashert pitched 4 scoreless innings but took the loss after allowing 3 runs in the fifth.Yorkville 5, West Chicago 3:Jon Michiels and Matt Wenz drove in runs for the Wildcats (2-3) in their nonconference loss. Marmion 4, Wheaton Academy 2:After Wheaton Academy (0-1, 0-1) scored twice to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth, Marmion answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to pull out the Suburban Christian Conference victory. John McKenna and Peter Ferrill had RBI for the Warriors.


    Epstein knows importance of good start for Cubs

    One victory does not a "good start" make. True, the Cubs are 1-0 after Monday's opening-day victory at Pittsburgh. There has been a lot of talk in Cubs quarters about getting of to a good start, but we'll know more 10 or 20 games into the season.


    White Sox to host Rangers in Civil Rights Game

    The White Sox have played in two Civil Rights games, at Memphis and Cincinnati. On Aug. 24, the Sox play the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field in this year's seventh annual Civil Rights Game.


    Big season ahead for Bears’ Webb

    A lot has happened to Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb in the off-season. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, although charges were later dropped, and he was moved from left tackle to right tackle after the team acquired two-time Pro Bowler Jermon Bushrod to play the left side. Webb addressed both issues Tuesday and said he would miss team leader Brian Urlacher, although Bears chairman George McCaskey left the door open for the linebacker's return.

    Jake Peavy takes the mound Wednesday as the White Sox host the Kansas City Royals.

    White Sox’ Peavy feeling better than ever

    Jake Peavy is coming off a solid 2012 season, and he ranked among American League leaders in complete games, quality starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA. Now that the White Sox' right-hander is completely healthy, Peavy expects even better things this year.

    Jeff Samardzija got the Cubs off to a good start with his 3-1 victory Monday over the Pirates.

    Cubs’ Samardzija continues to progress as a ‘pitcher’

    Lost amid the closer controversy resulting from the Cubs' opening-day victory was the performance of starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. He once was a "thrower," but now he's grown into a "pitcher," and team president Theo Epsteini sees a team leader, too.


    Lessons learned as Libertyville rebuilds

    Former Libertyville setter Stu Zacher left behind his not-so-little brother, Eric, to help carry on the winning tradition for the Wildcats. Well, that may take some time. After all graduation took away most everyone from last year's squad. The 6-foot-2 junior Zacher is confident his team will some noise before volleyball season closes later this spring. On Tuesday night in Winnetka, the Wildcats (0-2) completed their quick tour of the Central Suburban League with a tough 25-17, 25-4 loss to New Trier.


    Wauconda keeps streak alive

    Wauconda' softball team had to rally to keep its winning streak alive Tuesday. Maggie LePage's 2-run double was the key blow in a 5-run bottom of the sixth, as Wauconda pulled out a 7-6 win over visiting Grant in North Suburban Prairie Division action.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Elgin 24, East Aurora 0: Sabrina Stockman threw a 1-hitter and Anna Eckholm went 4-for-5 with a double, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI as Elgin (5-1, 1-0) rolled in its Upstate Eight opener. Stockman struck out six and walked three in the five-inning win. Jennah Perryman (2B, 3 RS, 2 RBI), Kelly Bremer (2-for-3, 3B, 2 RS, 2 RBI), Monica Stockman (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI), Bri Wright (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Gabby Pacheco (2-for-2, RBI) and Lissette Sanchez (2-for-2, 2 RS, 2 RBI) led the Elgin offense.Huntley 12, Rockford Boylan 2: Randi Peterson was 3-for-4 with a double, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI and Haley Spannraft threw a 2-hitter as Huntley won for the second day in a row. Mackenzie Brown was 3-for-3 with a double, stolen base, 3 runs scored and an RBI while Spannraft went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and Jessica Shields was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI for the Red Raiders (2-0).Belvidere North 5, Hampshire 1: Jennifer Hurst struck out 11 and walked three but a Hampshire fielding error opened the door for Belvidere North to score 4 runs in the sixth inning of this nonconference game. Sara Finn was 3-for-4 for the Whip-Purs (1-2).Cary-Grove 7, Hersey 0: Sarah Kendeigh had a home run and Lindsay Efflandt allowed just 5 hits as the Trojans opened their season with a nonconference win. Grace Pilz had a double and an RBI for Cary-Grove, while Caitlyn Adams, Sarah Leudo and Jamie Deering also drove in runs.Metea Valley 5, Streamwood 4: Metea scored a run in the top of the seventh to edge the Sabres (1-3, 0-1) in the Upstate Eight. For Streamwood, Holly Foret was 2-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI, Brittany Delao had a triple and an RBI, Melissa Malcolm a double and an RBI, Jessica Daley a double and Hallie Garcia a double. Daley was the losing pitcher.CL South 5, Harlem 4: Sam McLean’s walk off 3-run triple in the bottom of the seventh was the game-winner for the Gators in their season opener. Jenica Terry had a double and an RBI for Crystal Lake South and Hailee Massie picked up the win, allowing 5 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.South Elgin fundraiser: The South Elgin softball team will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday at Stanley’s Ale House & Restaurant, 355 S. McLean Blvd., in South Elgin, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 5-12.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Down 1-0 at halftime, the Bartlett girls soccer team scored twice in the second half Tuesday to beat East Aurora 2-1 in Upstate Eight Conference play at Millennium Field.“The first half started slow and as a result we were down 1-0 early,” said Hawks’ coach Heather Thomas. “At halftime we made some adjustments and got two quick goals at the start of the second half.”Those goals came from Lindsey Rockensock and Jorie Dombrowski, who assisted on Rockensock’s goal.Amanda Lozada had 7 saves in goal for Bartlett (5-4, 1-0).Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 0: Cali Andrew score an unassisted goal and assisted on a score by Ellen Jayne, both in the second half, as the Rockets remained unbeaten on the season with this Big Northern East win. Taylor Martin had 2 saves in goal for Central (3-0, 1-0).CL South 3, Hononegah 0: Bree Marshall had 2 goals and Bianca Miceli scored once to lead the Gators (1-1-1). Alexandra Romano added an assist for Crystal Lake South and Kylie Britten had 10 saves in goal.CL Central 4, Dundee-Crown 3: Jillian Weichmann scored twice and Franki Scarpelli added a goal for Dundee-Crown in this Fox Valley Conference loss. Isabel Miranda had 3 saves in goal for the Chargers.Huntley 1, Belvidere North 0: Taryn Jakubowski scored the only goal of the game unassisted in the 80th minute as Huntley (4-1-1) won this nonconference game. Kelli Rubino had 2 saves in goal for the Red Raiders.Hampshire 2, Belvidere 1: Alex Zeller scored both goals for the Whip-Purs in their season-opening win. Krista Balisteri and Lexi Maze added assists for the Whip-Purs and Ari Rominski had 6 saves in goal.


    Batavia tops Bartlett to stay unbeaten

    A potent offense has been fueling the Batavia baseball team's season-opening winning streak, but the adaptable Bulldogs looked equally comfortable in Tuesday's well-pitched 2-1 victory at Bartlett in the Upstate Eight Conference opener for both teams. The Bulldogs had belted at least 10 hits in their previous 4 games, but they were limited to 4 hits by Bartlett senior ace Colin Nowak and junior reliever Doug Van Dyke. Nevertheless, the up-and-down Batavia defense made those 2 runs stand up by throwing out a Bartlett runner at home plate in the fifth inning and nailing another at third base in the seventh to complete a critical 1-3-5 double play. The victory improved Batavia to 6-0 overall, 1-0 in conference play.

    Ellie Fricke, left, of Naperville Central, moves in, but Alex Ruffer of Glenbard East takes control of the ball during girls soccer on Tuesday in Lombard.

    Naperville Central rallies to beat Glenbard East

    There's no denying that Glenbard East had little to enjoy during DuPage Valley Conference play last season.


    Progress, in roundabout fashion, for Fremd

    Doug Leatherman and Fremd know the best way to move forward is to move backward first. Leatherman and his Fremd teammates spent spring break last week working on new skills. The Vikings then employed those skills in the Hoffman Estates triangular meet Tuesday. While the new skills went well, the old skills may have suffered a bit. Still, Fremd won the meet with a 126.70 to finish ahead of Hoffman Estates' 123.80 and Elk Grove's 81.10.


    Barrington takes over top spot in MSL West

    For players like Barrington's Kelly Meckert and Lisa Danhauer, it was nice to see a game against Fremd turn out a little bit differently. It didn't bother their coach, Mark Markwell, either. The last time the Fillies had beaten Fremd in a girls water polo game was 2007, so Tuesday's outcome — 11-8 in favor of Barrington in Palatine — was memorable. Especially so for Barrington, because during that span of frustration, the Fillies were always clearly the second-best team in the Mid-Suburban West.


    It’s vintage Wasowicz as Palatine prevails

    Palatine senior Tess Wasowicz was in prime form at the opening Mid-Suburban League West triangular girls track meet at Schaumburg on Tuesday. The Pirates senior has earned a combined five state medals in track and cross country during her four years, and it looks like she's ready for more.


    Glenbard South’s Trzaska 1-hits Naperville North

    Jane Trzaska fired a 1-hitter, striking out 10, and No. 13 Glenbard South edged host Naperville North 2-1 in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday.


    McHenry County CC sweeps Elgin CC

    MCC sweeps ECC: John Menken had a double and an RBI and Kyle Leone had 2 hits but Elgin Community College fell to McHenry County College 4-3 in Game 1 of an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference doubleheader Tuesday. Andy Kovarik was the losing pitcher. MCC also won the second game 8-7. Sam Komel had a triple and 3 RBI for ECC and Bobby Thorson took the loss.

    Lake Zurich runner Mallory Parsons gets caught in a rundown between second base and first base by Mundelein shortstop Maddie Zazas in the first inningon Tuesday. Parsons made it safely to second base.

    Power paint demonstration: It’s a homer for LZ

    A much-welcomed sun pierced a pair of clouds and shone directly on Maria Schroeder's uniquely painted face as she trotted around the bases. Lake Zurich's softball girls were just heating up on a chilly afternoon in Mundelein. Schroeder's 3-run home run got the visitors started, and by the time the sun was setting, Lake Zurich had gotten 5 homers from five players in an 11-5 win over the Mustangs, who were playing their North Suburban Lake Division opener Tuesday.


    Schaumburg wins as Kerr no-hits St. Viator

    Senior Hannah Kerr fired a nor-hitter as Schaumburg improved to 3-0 with a 10-0 victory in five innings over St. Viator. Top hitters for the Saxons were Shannon Felde (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Lindsay Leiber (2-for-3), Elaine Walker (2-for-3, RBI) and Dana Giannelli (2-for-3 , 2 RBI,home run).

    Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow (10) passes the puck as Buffalo Sabres right wing Brian Flynn (65) slides into the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins’ 15-game winning streak snapped by Sabres

    The Pittsburgh Penguins' run at a record-breaking streak is over. Playing without injured star Sidney Crosby, the Penguins fell to the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 to end their 15-game winning streak Tuesday night.

    Notre Dame forwards Natalie Achonwa (11) and Ariel Braker (44) celebrate Notre Dame's win over Duke at the regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Norfolk, Va. Notre Dame won 87-76. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Notre Dame women headed back to Final Four

    Skylar Diggins and Notre Dame are headed back to the Final Four for another rematch with Connecticut. Diggins shook off early foul trouble to score 24 points and Notre Dame rallied to beat Duke 87-76 on Tuesday night to earn its third consecutive trip to the Final Four. The Irish have lost in the past two national championship games.


    Judson runs win streak to 14

    Judson sweeps: The Judson University softball team ran its winning streak to 14 straight Tuesday with a CCAC sweep of Roosevelt University, 6-5 and 4-1. Shannon Nevins (RBI), Bri DiGiola, Allison Catlett (2, RBI) and Deanna DeBosschere each doubled for the Eagles in Game 1 and Sarah Boyer struck out 16 in earning the win. In Game 2, Maddie Smith had a home run for the Eagles (21-5, 10-0), while DiGiola (RBI) and Amber Myslwiec (RBI) each doubled. Brianna Tennyson was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and allowing just 4 hits.


    What break? No rust shows on Naperville Central

    While other teams struggled to squeeze in a game or two last week, Naperville Central took spring break off. Monday was the first day the Redhawks fielded grounders on dirt. They hardly looked rusty.


    Allen, South Elgin shut out Larkin

    Seven and 13 both turned out to be lucky numbers for South Elgin. The Storm scored 7 runs in the second inning on the way to defeating Larkin, 13-0, in 6 innings in the teams' Upstate Eight Conference softball opener Tuesday at Larkin. Paige Allen scattered 5 hits from the circle while she and batterymate Alyssa Buddle had 3 hits apiece. The Storm banged out 16 hits against a pair of Larkin pitchers.


    Waubonsie rallies past St. Charles E.

    Trailing 4-0 after 5 innings, Waubonsie Valley's softball team apparently had St. Charles East right where it wanted. All kidding aside, the Warriors (6-1, 1-0) have gotten accustomed to playing from behind in recent years.


    Opportunistic Bartlett turns back Geneva

    It was the moment Holly Pagan had sought the entire game. The Bartlett right-hander had yet to fan a Geneva batter before the host Vikings loaded the bases with none out in the teams' Upstate Eight Conference crossover softball game Tuesday afternoon. Even with a 5-run lead, the Hawks were not assured victory as Geneva has already demonstrated a resilience to the bitter end in its first week of play. But Pagan ended the suspense with back-to-back strikeouts; an innocent grounder to second soon followed, and Bartlett plated another pair of runs in its seventh inning to ease to a 10-4 victory over the Vikings in Geneva.


    Neuqua pair a tough matchup

    Neuqua Valley's newly formed first-doubles tennis team has hit the ground running — and it's helped that the new partnership is made up of a pair of seniors who both are former state qualifiers.

    Paul Ferguson announced Tuesday he is leaving Wheaton Academy at the end of this school year to become an assistant coach for Wheaton College’s men’s basketball team.

    Ferguson making move back to Wheaton College

    One day, Paul Ferguson would like to be a head basketball coach at the collegiate level. On Tuesday he got a step closer.

    Michal Handzus, whom the Blackhawks acquired Monday, has just 1 goal and 1 assist the past 28 games and was a healthy scratch the last six games with San Jose. “I think I’ve got a lot left in the tank,” said the 36-year-old center.

    Blackhawks wary of trading prospects for rentals

    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has until 2 p.m. Wednesday to reveal if he has anything else up his sleeve or if the acquisition of center Michal Handzus on Monday is it for the first-place team in the Western Conference. Bowman was talking to teams Tuesday as it is believed the Hawks still want to add to their depth on defense.


    McNeill steps down at Maine West

    For Maine West boys basketball coach Erik McNeill, it was a case of the other team having better numbers. With three boys under the age of six, the coach who'd led the Warriors for the past nine seasons and who had been with the program for a total of 17 has opted to take a step back and devote more time to his home team.

    South Elgin’s Nicholas Binder scores from third base on a wild pitch as Larkin reliever Jon Lenz covers the plate Tuesday in South Elgin.

    Palmer, South Elgin blank Larkin

    South Elgin's David Palmer was on a pitch count of 80 on Tuesday in his first out of the season. The senior was efficient against Larkin, throwing just 78 pitches in six innings of work to pitch up the victory as the Storm beat the Royals, 6-0, in an Upstate Eight Conference game at South Elgin. "A little rusty. It's been a while," Palmer said. "I was trying to throw strikes as much as I can. Pitch to contact in the cold weather like this."


    Freshman Kisch leads Burlington C. by Marengo

    Emily Kisch may only be a freshman, but she sure didn't need any education about the Burlington Central vs. Marengo softball rivalry. Kisch's sister Sarah, who now plays at Millikin University, was involved in many Central-Marengo battles when she played for the Rockets, so Emily Kisch knows full well what the long-standing rivalry between the perennial Class 3A powers is all about. And on Tuesday at Marengo, she and her teammates took a giant step toward regaining the momentum Marengo has held in the series the past few years. Kisch got out of jams in the first two innings and allowed just 5 hits with 9 strikeouts as Burlington Central defeated the host Indians 3-1 in the Big Northern East opener for both teams.

    White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams finds life much more relaxing now that he no longer has duties as general manager.

    New job means new start for White Sox’ Williams

    They say that a baseball GM has the most difficult job in sports. Ken Williams experienced it for 12 years, but now the White Sox exec is living life again.

    Chris Collins, Northwestern’s new basketball coach, responds to a question at Tuesday morning’s news conference.

    Collins a good fit to take over at NU

    Northwestern's mens basketball program picked up its first victory Tuesday when Chris Collins was formally introduced as the 24th coach in school history.As expected, Collins won the press conference, hands down.


    Bandits take pitcher with No. 3 pick in draft

    Jolene Henderson, Michelle Gascoigne, Maggie Hull, Raven Chavanne, Mel Dumezich and Jenna Marston were selected by the Chicago Bandits in the 2013 NPF Draft held in Nashville. Henderson,a University of California standout, was the top pick by the Bandits and third overall in the 2013 NPF Draft.


    Moss signs training camp deal with Sky

    The Chicago Sky has signed D'Andra Moss, to a training camp contract, head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman announced.Moss, a 5-10 guard who played four years at Virginia Commonwealth University, is currently playing for Italy's Liomatic Umbertide. In 18 games this season with the Umbertide, Moss has averaged 16.5 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.

    Captains Jerry Harkness of Loyola and Joe Dan Gold of Mississippi State were the center of attention nearly fifty years ago when their two teams met in a 1963 NCAA regional game in East Lansing, Mich. It was the first time a Mississippi State team had played against blacks. The 1963 Loyola team is being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

    College Hall of Fame to welcome ‘63 Loyola champs

    Fifty years after knocking off the University of Cincinnati to capture the NCAA championship, the 1963 Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 24 in Kansas City, Mo. The 1963 Ramblers will be the first team to be enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.


    Bears release defensive tackle Toeaina

    As expected, the Chicago Bears released defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, who started 24 games in five seasons in Chicago. Toeaina, declined to renegotiate his contract to help the Bears stay under the salary cap. By releasing him, the Bears save $1.1 million.

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half Saturday.

    Robinson not such a bad option for Bulls

    Bulls guard Nate Robinson has his own YouTube series called "State of Nate." With just 10 games left in the regular season, maybe it's time to make the Case for Nate. Without a doubt, Robinson has provided a tremendous spark for the Bulls this season, but the team may not invite him back next year.

    Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts wants to renovate Wrigley Field, but he wants some concessions from the city to help make it work.

    Ricketts holds the cards to Wrigley’s future

    Mike North marvels at the way politicians, businesses,and rooftop owners talk to the Ricketts family. He thinks since the Ricketts hold all the cards, they should expect to be treated better. Afterall, what would Wrigleyville's value be with out the team?

    Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) congratulates his teammates after a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins in the Opening Day game Monday in Washington.

    Harper, Strasburg lead Nationals over Marlins 2-0

    All it took was two at-bats on his first opening day in the majors for Bryce Harper to hit two homers — and hear some "M-V-P!" chants. The Washington Nationals' other recent No. 1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg, did his part, too, getting 19 consecutive outs at one stretch of his seven scoreless innings.

    Boston’s Jonny Gomes celebrates after scoring on a two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury during the ninth inning Monday in New York.

    Lester, Red Sox shut down Yankees

    The Red Sox looked as if they were in a hurry to put a dreadful 2012 season behind them. They're off to an impressive start, giving new manager John Farrell an 8-2 road win over the Yankees on Opening Day Monday.

    Glenbard North’s Rucha Amin is tagged out by York’s Audrey Kosman during girls softball action.

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

    Tubby Smith was fired by the University of Minnesota last week after six seasons.

    Texas Tech hires Tubby Smith as men’s basketball coach

    Tubby Smith is headed to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program. Smith was hired Monday, the school announced late Monday night.

    The Diamondbacks’ Aaron Hill breaks his bat but connects for an RBI hit against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning Monday on Opening Day in Phoenix.

    D-backs beat Cardinals 6-2

    Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night.

    The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez works against the Athletics in the first inning Monday in Oakland.

    Hernandez delivers win over A’s

    Felix Hernandez struck out eight on opening day in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract in February, and the Mariners beat the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Monday night.

    Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws in the eighth inning Monday against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day in Los Angeles.

    Kershaw homers, shuts out Giants

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning before finishing off a four-hitter Monday that led Los Angeles over the defending champion San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day.

    The Angels’ Chris Iannetta drives in two runs with a single off Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover in the 13th inning on Opening Day on Monday in Cincinnati.

    Iannetta’s hit in 13th leads Angels over Reds 3-1

    Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning Monday, powering the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the majors' first interleague season opener.

    The Mets’ Collin Cowgill (4) celebrates with teammates Daniel Murphy (28), Ruben Tejada, second from left, and John Buck, right, after hitting a grand slam against the Padres in the seventh inning Monday at home

    Mets rout Padres 11-2

    Jonathon Niese stepped nicely into his new role as No. 1 starter and Collin Cowgill's grand slam capped a splashy New York Mets debut in an 11-2 rout of the San Diego Padres at home.

    The Braves’ Justin Upton, right, high-fives his brother and teammate B.J. Upton after hitting a home run in the fifth inning Monday against the Phillies.

    Braves hit 3 homers off Hamels, beat Phillies 7-5

    The Braves brought their home-run bats north from spring training to spoil Cole Hamels' first opening day start. Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including the first of three Atlanta home runs Monday night, and the Braves beat Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on opening day.

    Detroit’s Justin Verlander pitches in the first inning of an Opening Day game in Minneapolis.

    Verlander, Tigers open with cool win over Twins

    Justin Verlander won on Opening Day for the first time in six tries, striking out seven over five shutout innings at frosty Target Field, sending the defending American League champions past the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Monday.

    Quarterback Matt Flynn Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks in 2012 but failed to beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job. Now he’s is a member of the Oakland Raiders.

    Raiders trade for QB Matt Flynn

    The Oakland Raiders are changing directions at quarterback once again. The Raiders acquired Seattle backup Matt Flynn on Monday for draft picks, bringing an end to Carson Palmer's brief tenure as starter in Oakland even before they are done paying the steep price they dealt to acquire him.

    Schaumburg quarterback Nick Anzelmo will continue his football career and education at Carthage College in Kenosha.

    Schaffeld Rappe to join IBCA Hall of Fame

    On April 27 at Illinois State's Braden Auditorium in Normal, Daryl Schaffeld Rappe will be going into the hall of fame. If you were wondering which sport, I can't blame you. The answer is the Illinois Basketball Coaches Assocation. But Rappe was one of the most versatile and gifted athletes to play multiple Illinois high school sports; she had already mastered three sports going into her final semester at Fremd High School.

    Catcher Tyler Flowers and closer Addison Reed walk off the field after the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 season opener at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

    For openers, White Sox’ Beckham, Flowers start hot

    Few White Sox players are facing the pressure of Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers, but both men started the season in great fashion on Opening Day.



    Asbestos levels too high at Chicago demolition site

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a court order to stop demolition of a Chicago building over asbestos contamination concerns. The agency said Monday that it's asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek an injunction to prevent Zidan Management Group and Dubai Construction from tearing down a 9-story building on the city's North Side.

    Gov. Pat Quinn will lead a trade mission to Mexico this week in an effort to increase ties between that nation and Illinois.

    Illinois' governor to lead trade visit to Mexico

    Gov. Pat Quinn will lead a trade mission to Mexico this week in an effort to increase ties between that nation and Illinois. Quinn said with its focus on agriculture, water technology, manufacturing and tourism, the visit will help boost economic growth. Quinn will leave Wednesday and return Saturday.

    Farmer Jack Murray works on a planter on his farm in rural Champaign.

    Central Illinois man a farm leader

    A farmer's work is never done, if Jack Murray's schedule is any indication.Besides farming with his cousin and their sons, he sells seed corn and serves on the board of a grain cooperative and ethanol plant. Mike Estes, president of Fisher National Bank, has known Murray since the first grade. "He's always willing to work on projects, put in time to get something done and take the lead if needed," Estes said.


    Berlin Packaging opens new warehouse in Florida

    Chicago-based Berlin Packaging is opening a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Miramar, FL, to accommodate rapid business growth in the South Florida market. The facility will house customers’ packaging components for delivery and enable same-day shipping to virtually the entire state of Florida.


    Carol Stream gas station gets liquor license

    The first gas station to apply for and receive a liquor license in Carol Stream is the BP at the northwest corner of Gary and North avenues. The gas station operator, Suson LLC, was awarded the new Class P liquor license this week by the village board on a 4-1 vote, with Trustee Don Weiss opposed. The BP station’s license goes into effect May 1.

    The site of the former Jimmy’s Place, a staple in Arlington Heights for more than 50 years before it closed in 2011, will reopen later this year as Big Ang’s. The new restaurant will feature hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and Italian Ice.

    Hot dog restaurant opening in former Jimmy’s Place

    The former Jimmy's Place, an Arlington Heights institution for five decades before until it closed in 2011, is getting a new look and a new name before opening later this summer. The Arlington Heights village board unanimously approved plans for Big Ang's — a hot dog restaurant named after new owner John Fridono's wife, Angie — at the former Jimmy's location on the corner of Northwest Highway and Euclid Road.

    Daniel Singer,13 works at his computer at his home in Los Angeles. Singer, thinks the average teenager wants to see new stuff. Twitter, comes to mind, along with Instagram and Pheed, a photo-text-video-audio sharing app launched last fall. For Singer, Facebook is part of a daily routine. “like brushing your teeth,” he says.

    As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

    To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer. Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their friends. Soon, after Amazon paid to promote it, posts featuring the $3.49 utensil were appearing in even more Facebook feeds.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a record close, as concern over Europe’s debt crisis eased and factory orders topped forecasts.

    Health insurers lead stocks higher on Wall Street

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high Tuesday after reports on auto sales and factory orders provided the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening. Traders plowed money back into European stocks as the financial situation in Cyprus appeared to stabilize.


    Fermilab facing $36 million in budget cuts

    The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia is preparing for a 9 percent budget cut.The head of the Batavia research facility tells The (Aurora) Beacon-News that the reduction includes a previously planned $29 million cut, as well as another $7 million decrease in funding because of new automatic federal budget cuts.Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said the particle physics research facility has been spending less money since the beginning of the fiscal year in preparation for the decrease in money. But researchers will still have to make additional adjustments because of the latest decline.


    UOP technology to produce petrochemicals in Brunei

    UOP LLC, a Honeywell (company, announced today that its technology has been selected to produce key petrochemicals in a new complex in Brunei.


    Abbott hosts conference call for first-quarter earnings

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Labs will announce its first-quarter 2013 financial results on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, before the market opens. The announcement will be followed by a live webcast of the earnings conference call at 8 a.m. Central time (9 a.m. Eastern), and will be accessible through Abbott’s Investor Relations Web site

    Kraft’s Cracker Barrel cheese today announced its best in class win in the medium cheddar category for its sharp cheddar and second runner up in the entire competition this past week at the venerable U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    Kraft Cracker Barrel Cheddar wins best in class

    Kraft’s Cracker Barrel cheese today announced its best in class win in the medium cheddar category for its sharp cheddar and second runner up in the entire competition this past week at the venerable U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There were 1,702 entries from across the U.S. in 81 categories with 38 renowned judges presiding.


    Northern States Financial Corporation to deregister common stock

    Waukegan-based Northern States Financial Corporation announced today that on March 28, 2013, the Company filed a Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to deregister the Company’s common stock and suspend its reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.


    Lone Star TPA & Employer Plan Services, inc. expand partnership with Context
    Naperville-based Context 4 Healthcare, Inc. has announced an expanded partnership with Lone Star TPA of Tyler, TX and Employer Plan Services, Inc. (EPSI) of Houston, TX. Both organizations have begun utilizing Context’s FirstPass(TM) medical claims editing solution. Lone Star TPA, a proven leader in Health Benefits Administration and Population Health Management, will utilize Context’s solution within their medical claims adjudication system. The agreement will enable Lone Star & EPSI to improve adjudication performance and lower adjudication costs through early detection of inaccurate claims. Both organizations have previously been utilizing Context’s DecisionPoint(TM) Usual, Customary, & Reasonable health payment benchmarking databases.“We are excited about our expanded partnership with Context to utilize FirstPass(TM). We understand the everyday concerns facing businesses with the continued rising cost of medical and dental plans. Utilizing tools like FirstPass(TM) helps us by decreasing our own costs as well as providing accurate and timely adjudication for our clients,” adds LaRea Albert, Chief Executive Officer of Lone Star TPA & Chief Operating Officer of EPSI.


    JAB Broadband utilizes Cambium Gigatower to meet subscriber and growth demands
    PRNewswireRolling Meadows-based Cambium NetworksT today announced that JAB Broadband, the largest fixed wireless broadband service provider in the U.S., is the first to deploy the Canopy point-to-multipoint (PMP) 450 platform in a 1 Gbps GIGATOWERT configuration to support its network upgrade, growth and maintenance initiatives. JAB provides wireless broadband Internet and digital voice telephone services to more than 165,000 residential and business customers across 13 states under five brands, including Digis, Big Dog, Skybeam, Rhino and T6. The company is using the PMP 450 to provide competitive services such as voice, video and data (triple play) nationwide by boosting its connection speeds and network capacity to support subscriber growth with a highly reliable offering.“JAB’s subscriber base has grown constantly over the last seven years. In the past year alone, it has increased by more than 60 percent. The combination of acquisitions and organic customer growth we’ve experienced, coupled with increasing adoption of streaming video, requires scalable high-capacity, high-speed solutions to satisfy our customers needs,” said Bret Westwood, vice president of network operations, JAB Broadband. “The PMP 450 and GIGATOWER configuration allow us to quickly put capacity exactly where we need it. We can service a small neighborhood with a single access point scaling to a GIGATOWER based on success and demand. This flexibility and capacity is key to our system-wide upgrade efforts. Our investment in Cambium’s wireless broadband solutions continues to deliver big returns.”With the PMP 450, JAB can provide additional bandwidth to existing customers and expand services to new markets seamlessly and securely at lower costs. The PMP 450 is a software-defined radio designed to deliver the capacity and performance service providers and private network operators require to meet today’s demanding and growing need for bandwidth.


    Hub Group, Inc. Schedules first quarter 2013 earnings conference call
    Downers Grove-based Hub Group, Inc. will hold a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to discuss its first quarter 2013 results. The results will be announced via press release prior to the call on April 18, after the market closes.Hosting the conference call will be David Yeager, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Yeager, Chief Operating Officer, and Terri Pizzuto, Chief Financial Officer.This call is being webcast and can be accessed through the Investors link on Hub Group’s Web site at www.hubgroup.com. The webcast is listen-only. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should follow the telephone dial-in instructions below.Hub Group, Inc. is a leading asset-light freight transportation management company providing comprehensive intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services. The Company operates through a network of offices and independent agents throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Regulators in Google’s largest European markets are taking joint action to try and force the company to overhaul its privacy policy.

    Google and privacy: 6 EU countries take action

    Regulators in Google's largest European markets are taking joint action to try and force the company to overhaul its privacy policy. Led by France, organizations in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy agreed Tuesday on the joint action.

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. conducted another test flight of its 787 passenger jet over the West Coast. The company said Monday’s flight was designed to test system upgrades and not to check operation of the plane’s batteries.

    Boeing conducts another test flight of 787 jet

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. conducted another test flight of its 787 passenger jet over the West Coast. The company said Monday's flight was designed to test system upgrades and not to check operation of the plane's batteries.

    Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook apologized for the company’s iPhone warranty and repair policies in China after receiving criticism from state-run media over customer service in its second-largest market.

    Apple’s CEO Cook apologizes amid iPhone criticism in China

    Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook apologized for the company's iPhone warranty and repair policies in China after receiving criticism from state-run media over customer service in its second-largest market. Apple, in a change in practice, will offer full replacements of older iPhones experiencing problems,


    Oil steady after U.S. manufacturing growth slows

    The price of oil was steady Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in March. Benchmark oil for May delivery was up 3 cents to $97.10 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 16 cents to close at $97.07 a barrel on Monday.

    A man takes a picture of an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday.

    World stocks edge higher on US economy hopes

    Stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday on hopes that improvements in the U.S. economy will make up for the continued gloom in the eurozone, where the unemployment rate hit a new record high. Traders will keep an eye on data for U.S. factory orders later Tuesday in the run-up to Friday's release of the monthly jobs figures, a key measure of the health of the world's largest economy.

Life & Entertainment

    Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band perform Friday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Best bets: Billy Jonas Band has fun with folk at the Raue Center

    Teach the kids how much fun folk music can be when the playful Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band play Friday at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake. Comedian Warren B. Hall has opened for acts ranging from Lewis Black to Tommy Davidson. Catch him as a headliner this weekend at Zanies in St. Charles. The Elgin Symphony marks the season with the “Nature's Awakening” concerts in Schaumburg and Elgin.

    Fox & Hound's Extreme Mac & Cheese features cavatappi pasta with creamy beer cheese, bacon and onions. It's topped with parmesan cheese and crushed potato chips.

    Fox & Hound unveils new decor, menu items at suburban taverns

    Fox & Hound is looking to freshen things up and is using the Chicago area as its testing ground before rolling out the changes to its other 79 locations across the country. New menus and décor have already launched in Schaumburg, Bloomingdale and Arlington Heights, focusing on fresh foods, local beers and entertainment meant to make it a place anyone can hang out.

    Keith Richards, left, and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones are expected to announce details of a new tour Wednesday.

    Rolling Stones ready to tour: Why should we care?

    With Wednesday's expected announcement of a new Stones tour, those words will again signal the start of a rock 'n' roll show. Young music fans may wonder why there's still a fuss over dad's, or grandpa's, favorite band. Here are five reasons to care.


    Time with dad was precious to teen

    While Carolyn takes some time off, readers offer their advice, this time on parental relationships and money:One thing my father did all throughout my teen years was take a walk with me after dinner. He said HE needed to get some more exercise and was more likely to get it if he had company.I enjoyed having 45 minutes of his time every night. I knew I would have a chance to talk to my dad every evening. More to the point, I knew that time was important to him. I was important to him.S.I was very fortunate to have a mother whom I called the “Kitchen Table Psychologist,” because she was able to tap into our emotions to enable us to “vent.” She was nonjudgmental and understood the basic need to express our emotions, and perhaps problem-solve, but as soon as the words were out the “problems” were lessened by just putting them out on the table. She would say, “There is nothing that bad that we cannot talk about,” and it was usually not that bad.She would usually end the discussion with a humorous anecdote, usually about herself, and we would have a good laugh at the end of the conversation. That was so great to have.P.Admittedly, I was not close to my husband’s (weird and difficult) mother, but I always was respectful, patient and kind to her, given that she was the mother of my spouse and grandmother of our children.Now that I am of age to become a grandmother, I see the other side and am much more sympathetic to all the older moms out there who maybe feel a little lost, a bit lonely. Aging can be a scary process, and having to redefine oneself and find new ways to find purpose can be daunting as people age.While certainly those buttinsky mothers-in-law need to be dealt with using a firm hand, I do wish young moms would understand that the way you feel about your babies and little ones is just how we felt about our children, who are now all grown up and who may have forgotten there was once a close bond between us. Sure, establish healthy boundaries, young moms, but please show a little compassion and understanding.Future MIL?People with plenty of money have crummy luck all the time, too, but it’s just an inconvenience for them. My parents are millionaires. Last week their heater, car, and garage door broke. So what?If they were poorer, each problem would’ve caused two more problems. People living on the edge are vulnerable to every mishap in a way that is catastrophic. It’s very hard to break the cycle. You need a string of good luck that lasts for years.By the way, I’ve always tried to live within my means and got hit with the housing crisis in a perfect storm that reduced me to zero. So I’m not saying here that poorer people are doing something wrong; it’s just about having more than enough money to be able to recover.R.Ÿ Email Carolyn at tellmewashpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.© 2013 The Washington Post

    The plum-colored foliage of this heuchera demonstrates great color even when not in bloom.

    ‘Diamonds’ for small spaces in the garden

    Diamonds hold their value, always look great and are as desirable today as they were centuries ago. If you're planning a small outdoor living space, think of each perennial you select as a diamond. They should be long-lived, look great always and be suited to your space now and forever.


    From the Food Editor: Springing ahead with edible flowers

    As I write this, small patches of snow still cling to the brown grass in my yard. Nearby the green shoots of crocus and lily of the valley peak through the dirt. How I yearn to see their blooms. So this afternoon I had to get my fix of flowers paging through "Cooking with Flowers."

    Ellen DeGeneres will once again voice the character of Dory in the sequel to “Finding Nemo,” set for release on Nov. 25, 2015.

    Ellen DeGeneres hooked for ‘Nemo’ sequel

    Ellen DeGeneres is going fishing again with a sequel to the animated blockbuster "Finding Nemo." Disney and its Pixar Animation unit announced Tuesday that DeGeneres will reprise her "Nemo" voice role for "Finding Dory." The sequel is due out Nov. 25, 2015, and will be directed by Andrew Stanton, who also made "Finding Nemo."

    Chamomile tea and vanilla add unique flavor to apple muffins.

    Chamomile Apple Streusel Muffins
    Chamomile Apple Muffins

    “Comedown Machine” by The Strokes

    The Strokes tinker on 'Comedown Machine'

    The Strokes spent the past six years burning through all the leeway earned with once being declared saviors of rock 'n' roll. The synth-heavy "Comedown Machine" is hardly a letdown of last-straw proportions. It also wasn't made to woo anyone back.

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be the 2013 recipients of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award.

    Elton John, Bernie Taupin honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame

    Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, will be honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. John and Taupin, who teamed on most of the singer's best-known hits, will receive the Johnny Mercer Award during the June 13 ceremony in New York.

    Tim Sullivan gets up early to make his signature breakfast skillet for his family.

    Naperville dad's truffles nothing to trifle with

    Tim Sullivan admits he wasn't savvy in the kitchen when it came to desserts. "For me, making dessert is getting a couple scoops of ice cream with chocolate syrup on it," the Naperville dad said. So imagine the surprise when a chocolate truffle Tim created won the dessert category of a fundraising competition not once, but two years in a row.

    Louisville guard Kevin Ware is taken off of the court on a stretcher after his injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday.

    CBS: No regrets on Kevin Ware injury coverage

    The chairman of CBS Sports had no regrets about banning further replays of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware's gruesome broken leg and says if anyone wants to watch it on the Internet, that's fine with him. CBS aired two quick replays Sunday from a wide enough distance for viewers to see the leg land awkwardly, but not any blood or bone. It hasn't been shown since on CBS.


    Cherry Pancakes
    Cherry Pancakes :Tim Sullivan

    Made-to-order eggs top Tim Sullivan’s skillet breakfast.

    Sunday Morning Skillet
    Sunday Morning Skillet:Tim Sullivan


    Music notes: LBC plays free show at Durty Nellie’s

    Suburban rockers Lucky Boys Confusion take the stage at Durty Nellie's in Palatine this weekend, and believe it or not, another Pitchfork Music Festival is just a few months away. The full lineup has been announced, and tickets are going fast.

    “Pioneer” by The Band Perry

    The Band Perry delivers fresh 2nd album

    Like film director Tim Burton, the Band Perry puts an entertaining spin on the darker aspects of life and love. With their second album, "Pioneer," singer Kimberly Perry and her brothers Neil and Reid continue to blend sinister and innocent in deliciously fresh ways. The trio's new work highlights just how well-developed they've become as songwriters.

    “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” by Mary Roach

    Book provides an entertaining look at digestion

    We love food. We savor it, digest it, absorb the best and pass the rest. That journey between the tip of your tongue and the seat of your pants might seem like a humdrum subject for a science book. But Mary Roach manages to make it not only fun, but also funny. The wonders of digestion are a launching point for Roach to explore all sorts of oddities.

    Wheaton native Tami Erin hit the big time in 1988's “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.”

    Wheaton native looks back on playing 'Pippi'

    Wheaton native Tami Erin won the title role in the 1988 musical "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," beating out more than 8,000 girls to play the heroine from Astrid Lindgren's popular books about an orphan's fantastic adventures. "It was really phenomenal!" Tami said. "It was like getting on a rocket ship and shooting into the sky! And I haven't gotten off the rocket ship, yet!"



    Editorial: Cooperation key to O'Hare growth

    Cooperation and compromise are key for the city of Chicago, surrounding suburbs and airlines to maximize the benefits of O'Hare International Airport over its next 50 years, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    What really happened in Jerusalem

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: When an American president so sympathetic to the Palestinian cause tells Mahmoud Abbas to stop obstructing peace with that phony settlement excuse, something important has happened. Abbas, unmasked and unhappy, knows this better than anyone.


    Rihanna visit offered poor life lessons
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: It's fine to discuss what is needed to improve our schools. Topics such as finance, teacher accountability and instructional methods are certainly important, but must be complemented by common sense lessons. They must not be undermined by star-struck administrators such as those involved in this episode at Barrington High School.


    Taxes and career pols are the problem
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I believe that there are two issues which cause most of our country's financial and political problems. These are the method of taxation and politicians who make a career of their elected offices — something not at all intended by our Founding Fathers.


    ‘Disordered’ remark biblically based?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In connection with State Rep. Jeanne Ives' recent remarks that gay relationships are "disordered," and that same-sex marriage is a "completely disordered relationship," it is helpful to realize where she is coming from.


    Stop the MCC spending frenzy
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: It's time to stop the McHenry Community College spending frenzy and vote for accountability. Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability has surveyed and researched the current MCC trustee candidates. We are endorsing Chris Jenner, Tom Wilbeck and Molly Walsh. All have shown a commitment to better education; not bigger, fancier buildings.


    Only Republican in nonpartisan race
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Jake "Wayne" Wyatt is running for the office of St. Charles mayor. He's the best candidate. The only Republican in this nonpartisan race. Served his nation and serving his community. Jake's a lifelong resident, save for seven years as a child, Batavia. Jake is easy to talk to, likeable, warm and genuinely interested in others.


    Don’t enforce your book on our laws
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: I'm tired of hearing religious believers and zealots pushing their "God" beliefs onto the system of laws that we have in this country, specifically relating to the issue of gay marriage that has become a prime social issue for us today.


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