Daily Archive : Wednesday April 3, 2013

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    The Glen Ellyn School District 41 board plans to make a formal offer to buy Wheaton College's east campus property at 1825 College Ave., but so far, college officials have said the land isn't for sale.

    Wheaton College, backers resist giving up land for school

    A Wheaton College official and local residents on Wednesday criticized plans of Glen Ellyn School District 41 to acquire college-owned land for a new junior high school. The school district has expressed interest in purchasing a 15-acre site at 1825 College Ave., which the college uses for art studios, a campus maintenance workshop, warehouse storage and not-for-profit Christian ministries.

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    Pat Horcher

    Pat Horcher: Bringing business to Wheeling is close to his heart

    Not many candidates for office in Wheeling can say they live and work on a farm, but Pat Horcher, who wants to be village president, does. It's also made him acutely aware, he says, of what businesses need to be successful in Wheeling.

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    Ron Drake

    Drake: Campaign for Arlington Heights leader is 'about the future'

    Ron Drake, one of three candidates running for Arlington Heights village president, said the six years he was mayor of a Phoenix suburb taught him a lot about running a municipal government, which he's prepared to use here.

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    Mark Hamilton of Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc. stakes out the development site Thursday at the southwest corner of Hough and Main Streets in downtown Barrington.

    Barrington development at heart of mayoral race

    Barrington village president candidate Mike Kozel never liked the idea in the first place, but now the status of the approved office-retail development on the southwest corner of Hough and Main streets has become a prime focus of the final days of his write-in campaign against incumbent Karen Darch. The two rivals' debate over the progress and viability of the project has only heated up during...

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    Peggy Babcock

    Dist. 15 candidates share views on bus outsourcing at forum

    Nine candidates faced nine questions — some more controversial than others — at a forum Tuesday for the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board race. In front of about 75 people gathered at Sundling Junior High, candidates shared their views on the new common core standards, class sizes and continuing the district's current communications forums. But the issue of outsourcing...

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    About 200 trees infected by the emerald ash borer were removed last year in Vernon Hills. This year, crews expect to remove 550 more infected trees.

    Vernon Hills looks south to replace trees infested by emerald ash borer

    Vernon Hills is getting hit harder than expected by the emerald ash borer and is looking to a nursery near Yorkville for replacement trees. Supplies of suitable trees are running low at local nursuries, according to village officials. The village expects to remove and replace about 550 ash trees this spring.

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    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 has lost an Illinois Supreme Court appeal to recoup $586,000 it had to pay the state teacher retirement system in pension penalties.

    District 54 loses Supreme Court appeal over pension penalties

    The Illinois Supreme Court has declined to hear a lawsuit from Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 over $586,000 in penalties the district had to pay for giving end-of-career pay raises higher than 6 percent. The district had argued that agreements to give the raises were in place before state lawmakers started charging local schools for the pension costs triggered by pay hikes more than 6...

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    Hoffman Estates candidate defends use of village health insurance

    Hoffman Estates mayoral candidate Ray Kincaid has willingly acknowledged that he uses the health insurance offered to him through the village after a resident made note of the fact at a recent board meeting. "It's something that was offered and I'm using it," Kincaid said, adding he didn't know he was the only elected village official using the benefit.

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    Superintendent Bill Shields

    District 93 superintendent gets contract extension

    Carol Stream School District 93 Superintendent Bill Shields has received a contract extension that would keep him in his job until 2017. The school district released a copy of the five-year contract extension last week that was formally approved by the school board in March.

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    Parents of student with autism sue St. Charles D303 over treatment

    A St. Charles couple has sued School District 303, arguing their 18-year-old son with autism was mistreated by officials and teachers at St. Charles North High School after his parents pushed for his inclusion in advanced classes during the 2011-2102 school year. Sandra and Bogdan Stanek seek $900,000 in damages for emotional distress and for a judge to hear their case after a hearing officer...

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    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has at least temporarily shut down its Twitter feed following an unusual diplomatic incident involving “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, seen here, and the Egyptian government.

    US deletes Cairo embassy Tweet of 'Daily Show' joke on Egypt

    Oh, the perils of digital diplomacy! The U.S. Embassy in Cairo temporarily shut down its Twitter feed on Wednesday and deleted a tweet linking to a video of "The Daily Show," in which host Jon Stewart mocked Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The monologue about the arrest of an Egyptian satirist offended the Egyptian government and sparked an unusual diplomatic incident.

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    Chicago clerk pushing year-round vehicle stickers

    Chicago's city clerk has decided to have year-round sales of vehicle stickers, an action that will eliminate an annual sticker design contest.

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    Chicago alderman pushes for more police downtow

    A Chicago alderman wants the police department to add officers to the city's famed Michigan Avenue after a large group of young people jostled shoppers and tourists and fought each other in the shopping district last weekend. As the weather improves and streets near the lakefront become more crowded,

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    Peregrine falcon

    New live webcam added to watch Wisconsin peregrine falcons

    Webcams are in place to capture peregrine falcon nesting activity at two We Energies power plants in Wisconsin. The first webcam was installed last year at the Pleasant Prairie power plant. A second camera is now in place at the Oak Creek power plant.

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    This undated file photo provided by Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, shows student Antinette “Toni” Keller, 18, of Plainfield, who disappeared Oct. 14, 2010, and whose burned remains were later found in a park in DeKalb. On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, William Curl, 36, of DeKalb, who is charged Keller's slaying, will appear in court to enter a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence.

    Man gets 37 years in NIU slaying plea deal

    A man charged in the 2010 slaying of a Northern Illinois University student whose burned body was found in a park days after she disappeared has entered a plea in exchange for a 37-year prison sentence. William Curl entered the plea Wednesday in the 2010 slaying of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller a Neuqua Valley High School graduate

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    Local elections are April 9.

    Find your sample ballot, polling places for Tuesday's election

    There's a solution available for voters who see the hundreds of campaign signs planted in yards around the suburbs but might not know who they can vote for in the local election on Tuesday. County offices have resources online where people can find what precincts they live in and where they can vote. And sample ballots are available showing in which races a voter can make picks.

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    St. Charles mayoral candidates talk video gambling options

    St. Charles mayoral candidates all agreed Wednesday night video gambling might be appropriate in the city, but only under special circumstances.

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    Police address recent violence at Elgin meeting

    Recent incidents of violence in Elgin — a murder and two reports of shots fired in the last nine days — are not necessarily related and don’t represent a significant increase in gang activity, Elgin police said during a community meeting Wednesday night.

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    Arlington Heights firefighters carry ladders to access the roof at the Uptown Cafe restaurant after a fire started there in the early afternoon on Wednesday.

    Fire damages Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights

    Roofing materials caused a fire on the roof of the Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured, but firefighters say the cost of damage to the building was between $80,000 and $100,000 and the restaurant will be closed until some repairs are made.

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    In this September 2012 photo, a North Korean worker handles wires at a South Korean-run factory inside the Kaesong industrial complex in Kaesong, North Korea. On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, North Korea refused entry to South Koreans trying to cross the Demilitarized Zone to get to their jobs managing factories in the North Korean city of Kaesong.

    N. Korea warns military cleared to wage nuke attack

    Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons. The Pentagon, meanwhile, said in Washington it will deploy a missile defense system to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen regional protection against a possible attack from North Korea.

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    A Capitol security passes a sign warning not to bring weapons on to the grounds at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday. Hundreds of gun rights advocates gathered ahead of a vote in the state Senate on proposed gun-control legislation, which passed.

    Few states find narrow route to gun control laws

    Culture and attitudes regarding guns vary widely from state to state and within their borders, but the limited victories by gun control advocates in the three months since the Newtown school massacre show three factors at work: governors willing to spend significant political capital on the issue; Democratic legislative strength; and heightened public concern raised by proximity to mass shootings.

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    Palatine man charged with molesting girl

    A Cook County judge set bail at $450,000 Wednesday for a Palatine man charged with molesting a 9-year-old girl. If convicted of the class X felony, Jose Juarez-Diaz could face up to 30 years in prison.

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    President Barack Obama speaks about gun control at the Denver Police Academy on Wednesday. He also met with local law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss the state’s new measures to reduce gun violence.

    In Colorado, Obama presses for gun measures

    Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that recent steps by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show "there doesn't have to be a conflict" between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.

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    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates

    Duckworth returns pay to reflect sequestration cuts

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, said Wednesday she wrote a $1,218 check to the U.S. Treasury Department to refund a portion of her pay to reflect federal sequestration cuts.

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    Kane Co. may return portion of surplus to taxpayers

    After further review, Kane County may abate a portion of the $7.6 million surplus it ended the 2012 fiscal year with. However, lacking a mechanism to do it now, that decision will await the end of the 2013 fiscal year and the setting of next year's tax levy. By then, county board members will have to decide if they can do both an abatement and keep the county's overall tax levy flat.

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    Geneva reviews possible garbage collection changes

    The Geneva City Council talked trash Monday; specifically, whether to make changes in its garbage collection program, such as whether to have large recycling toters instead of bins, or whether to charge a flat fee to every resident for garbage.

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    “America’s Got Talent” judges will be filming auditions in Rosemont in May. Returning judges Howard Stern, left, and Howie Mandel will be joined by Heidi Klum and Mel B.

    ‘America’s Got Talent’ coming to Rosemont in May

    NBC's popular TV series "America's Got Talent" is coming to Rosemont this May for a live taping of its talent search before the new season debuts. Free tickets are available to be in the studio audience for the taping, May 8 through 10, at Rosemont Theatre.

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    Charles Johnsen

    Lisle man charged with burglary at school headquarters

    A Lisle man has been charged with stealing tools, GPS devices and other items from unlocked vehicles at the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 headquarters. Charles Johnsen, 24, of the 5700 block of Abbey Drive, appeared in DuPage County bond court Wednesday and was held on $100,000 bail.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Three mailboxes and one garage door were reported damaged Sunday in Elgin, police said. One mailbox was in the 10700 block of Lone Star Way, another mailbox and the garage door were in the 10800 block of Lone Star Way and the third mail box was in the 10700 block of Santa Fe Trail.

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    An artist’s concept of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, rounded module at left, installed on the International Space Station provided by NASA. An international team of scientists says the cosmic ray detector has found the first hint of dark matter, which has never yet been directly observed.

    Scientists find possible hint of dark matter

    A $2 billion experiment on the International Space Station is on the verge of explaining one of the more mysterious building blocks of the universe: The dark matter that helps hold the cosmos together. An international team of scientists says the cosmic ray detector has found the first hint of dark matter, which has never yet been directly observed.

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    Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton

    Howerton investigation finds minor violation, no evidence of more serious acts

    A yearlong internal investigation of retiring Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton's professional conduct determined he violated village policy but found no evidence of other, more serious allegations made in a complaint by his ex-girlfriend. The village's Office of Professional Standards found Howerton violated police department rules prohibiting visitors at police facilities for...

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    Algonquin approves video gambling laws

    The Algonquin village board has approved an ordinance that spells out under what conditions video gambling will be allowed in town. The ordinance passed in a 5 to 2 vote Tuesday, with Village President John Schmitt and Trustee Brian Dianis voting against it.

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    Kenneth Martin

    Former Prospect teacher faces student sex charge

    A Chicago man and former high-school teacher with ties to the Northwest suburbs was charged this week with sexually abusing a female student in Palos Heights. The man used to work as the choir director at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect.

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    Grayslake spring market returns:

    Grayslake's spring farmers market will return on Saturday, April 6. It'll run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Grayslake.

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    Electronics recycling volunteers sought:

    Long Grove is seeking volunteers for its annual electronics recycling collection from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13. Volunteers are needed for heavy lifting, as well as unloading lighter items.

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    Vernon Hills Lions Club celebrates 30th:

    The Vernon Hills Lions will host an open house to celebrate 30 years as a service club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at their Lion's den, 294 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills.

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    Water sample kits available locally:

    A test program offered by the Lake County Health Department gives private well owners a convenient way to have their drinking water tested. For the first time, water sample kits are available in specific municipalities and townships with substantial populations that rely on private water wells.

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    Gregory Arthur Weiler II

    Elk Grove Village man accused in bombing plot unfit to stand trial

    A former Elk Grove Village man accused of plotting to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches with Molotov cocktails is incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The decision means Gregory Arthur Weiler II will undergo more evaluation and possible treatment, with the goal of making him well enough to stand trial.

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    The economic downtown has been particularly tough for historic downtown Long Grove. Village board candidates say revitalizing the area should be among the community’s top priorities.

    Long Grove candidates hope to revitalize downtown

    It wasn't that long ago that Long Grove was a magnet for tourists eager to partake in the downtown's antique charm.But with crowds dwindling, candidates for Long Grove village board say one of the community's goals should be revitalizing the historic downtown.

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    Mt. Prospect joins HOME consortium to get affordable housing money

    In a move that could be a boon to affordable senior housing and first-time homebuyers in the village, Mount Prospect trustees agreed this week to join the Cook County HOME consortium. The HOME Investment Partnership is a federal program that grants money to states and communities for affordable housing.

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    Vernon Hills police say 53-year-old Howard R. Lazarus of Mundelein was shot and wounded early Wednesday morning inside their station lobby after pulling fake a gun on an officer. A handwritten note found in Lazarus’ pocket indicated he was dying of cancer and went to the station hoping to be killed by police, authorities said.

    Man shot at Vernon Hills police station wanted to die, cops say

    A Vernon Hills police officer shot a man armed with a realistic-looking, fake handgun early Wednesday after a brief standoff inside the police station. The gunman, identified as 53-year-old Howard R. Lazarus of Mundelein, had with him a handwritten suicide note, and police believe he went to the station to die. The note indicated Lazarus had cancer.

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    The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, which coordinates the city’s Memorial Day programs, seeks donations to replace worn burial flags and many of the smaller flags for veterans’ graves. The larger burial flags are part of the cemetery’s “Avenue of Flags.”

    Flag donations sought by Memorial Day group

    The Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association, a nonprofit group which has worked in cooperation with the city of Elgin since 1892 to coordinate the city's programs, is seeking the donation of burial flags and financial contributions to buy new flags for the city's Memorial Day program at Bluff City Cemetery.

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    Mike Donahue

    Ethics concern leads Donahue to withdraw from Kane RTA appointment

    Kane County Board member Mike Donahue bowed out of the application process to name the county's new representative to the RTA Board Wednesday. After further review of the county's ethics ordinance, he believes his candidacy to be a conflict of interest. But several former county officials are in the same boat.

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    North Central College President Troy Hammond and his family are expected to move, next month, into this newly purchased home at 409 E. Chicago Avenue.

    North Central College president to move to new campus residence in May

    When he moves into his new home next month, North Central College President Troy Hammond will shave about a mile from his already walkable commute. North Central recently purchased the 5,300-square-foot, two-story house adjacent the campus at HYPERLINK "http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/409-E-Chicago-Ave-Naperville-IL-60540/4537006_zpid/"409 E. Chicago Ave. to replace the Edward Everett Rall...

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    Dist. 94 approves contract for support staff

    Compromises on salaries, health insurance and retirement stipends ended 13 months of negotiations and led to approval this week of a three-year contract between West Chicago District 94 and the union representing its support staff employees. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2012 and lasts until June 30, 2015.

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    Christopher Culp

    Substitute teacher pleads not guilty to harrassing Grayslake D46 school board member

    A Grayslake Elementary District 46 substitute teacher pleaded not guilty to harassing a school board member during a three-day teachers strike in January. Christopher Culp, 43, of the 600 block of South Rose Hall Lane in Round Lake, was told by Lake County Judge John Scully to have no contact with Shannon Smigielski, the board member he allegedly harassed. Smigielski has since resigned her seat.

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    District 59 getting estimate for Grove school damages

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 is awaiting an insurance adjuster's estimate of damages to Grove Junior High after a car plowed into a classroom at the Elk Grove Village school during spring break last week. "It's over $100,000," District 59 spokeswoman Betsy Boswell said of the district staff's own assessment of needed repairs.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Brandon J. Durham, 32, of Aurora, was charged with violation of an order of protection at 10:55 p.m. Saturday after he went to the victim' residence in the 1600 block of Reckinger Road near Aurora, according to a sheriff's report.

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    Multicultural fair in Schaumburg April 13

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and the Schaumburg Park District will present a multicultural fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. The event's theme is A Garden of Diversity — Celebrating Our Community's Cultures.

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    Craig Johnson

    Elk Grove Village approves firefighters’contract, projects deficit

    Elk Grove Village recently approved a five-year with its firefighters union. The new contract is retroactive to May 1 and runs through April 30, 2017. The agreement calls for 3 percent raises in the first year, 2 percent raises in years three and five, and increases adjusted to be $170 lower each year than raises for police officers in years two and four.

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    Warrenville council candidate backs former opponent

    A candidate in Warrenville's Ward 4 aldermanic race has suspended his campaign and now is endorsing one of the two remaining hopefuls. Thomas Sherlock's name still will appear on the April 9 ballot. However, he's asking anyone planning to vote for him to instead support fellow newcomer Tom Linford over incumbent Clare Barry.

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    Wauconda water rates being reviewed for first time since 2005

    A consultant has been hired to study if Wauconda needs to adjust what property owners are charged for water usage. Speer Financial Services, a Chicago firm that has advised village leaders on other water-related issues, is handling the task. The goal is to determine if the service rates are too high, too low or "where we should be," Village Administrator Zaida Torres told the village board during...

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    Keiyesha Taylor

    Cops: Mom stole from Naperville assistant principal’s purse

    The mother of two children at a Naperville school is facing felony theft charges after police say she swiped a credit card and cash from the assistant principal's purse. Keiyesha Taylor, 33, is accused of helping herself to the items during a visit to Hill Middle School in October.

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    Jerry and Estella Hayes before taking part in “The Biggest Loser.”

    ‘Biggest Loser’ couple appears at College of Lake County

    Jerry and Estella Hayes, a suburban Chicago couple who competed in season seven of the hit NBC TV show "The Biggest Loser" will share their inspirational journey to wellness at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in the C Wing Auditorium (Room C005) the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Jerry won the season seven "at home" $100,000 prize.

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    Looking for a new result? Try a different approach

    Allowing our minds to be renewed can mean looking at alternative ways of doing things, says columnist Annetttee Budzban.

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    Richard Pickard

    Bartlett man pleads not guilty in Walgreens computer theft

    A Bartlett man accused of stealing more than $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreen Co. pleaded not guilty to theft in Lake County court Wednesday. Richard Pickard, 46, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, was charged with multiple counts each of theft over $100,000, theft over $10,000, theft over $500, and single counts of aggravated computer tampering and computer fraud.

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    Ruben Contreras

    Trial for decade-old Lake County murder expected to start Monday

    Jury selection will begin Monday for a man who police say murdered his wife nearly a decade ago then fled to Mexico. Ruben Contreras, 51, faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of the May 26, 2002 murder of Graciela Guijarro, 34. He is charged with first-degree murder in the case.

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    Country singer Casey James, who finished third during Season 9 of “American Idol,” will perform July 4 at Naperville’s Ribfest celebration.

    Two country acts join Naperville Ribfest celebration

    A pair of country music acts, Casey James and Love and Theft, will perform July 4 during the Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest celebration at Knoch Park near downtown Naperville. James first emerged on the national scene with his third-place finish during Season 9 of "American Idol." His wide-ranging influences include such artists as Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top and Bonnie Raitt.

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    U-46 discrimination case may continue until summer

    Judge Robert Gettleman has hundreds of pages of post-trial documents to read before deciding whether Elgin Area School District U-46 did in fact discriminate against black and Latino students. And he may bring attorneys for both sides into court for additional oral arguments to answer remaining questions. The final decision may not be handed down until this summer.

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    Mike Schroeder, Republican candidate for Wheeling Township supervisor.

    Wheeling Township candidates debate taxes, highways in heated campaign

    With a full slate of Democrats and Republicans facing off in Wheeling Township for the first time in years, election season has gotten heated as both sides try to make their ideas heard. Democrats have put out a number of statements with promises ranging from lower taxes to eliminating the highway department if they are elected April 9.

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    Could RTA appointment pose ethics problem for Kane County?

    The list of applicants to become Kane County's new representative on the RTA board shows a possible challenge to the county's recently revised ethics ordinance may be forthcoming. Several of the applicants are either current or former county board members. The ethics ordinance bans employment within the county by a former board member within one year of resignation. The question is which body is...

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    Kane County’s RTA board applicants
    The list of applicants to become Kane County's new representative on the RTA board shows a possible challenge to the county's recently revised ethics ordinance may be forthcoming. Several of the applicants are either current or former county board members. The ethics ordinance bans employment within the county by a former board member within one year of resignation. The question is which body is...

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    Cops: Felony Lane Gang burglarizing cars in Naperville

    A large number of burglaries to vehicles in recent weeks in Naperville appear to be the work of an organized criminal group known as the Felony Lane Gang, which preys on women who leave their purses in cars, authorities said Wednesday. Police said burglars have entered at least 15 vehicles in south Naperville since the beginning of March, striking in parking lots at day care centers, churches and...

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    Last lawsuit in wrongful Paris convictions settled

    A federal judge signed off on a $3.5 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by one of two men wrongfully convicted of killing newlyweds in eastern Illinois in the 1980s. The settlement OK'd by U.S. District Judge Harold Baker last week ended the last of the lawsuits filed by Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock over the convictions.

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    Kaneland High principal taking job in Rockford

    Kaneland High School Principal Chip Hickman is quitting to take a job in the Rockford school district at the end of the school year.

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    Joe McMahon

    Fewer felony cases authorized in Kane in 2012

    Fewer felony cases were opened in 2012 in Kane County than the year before, but more are actually going to trial, according to state's attorney Joe McMahon's annual report. There is a “seeming decrease in violent crime, not just here in Kane County, but across northern Illinois,” outside of Chicago, McMahon said. He reported the office's 2012 conviction rate was 95 percent, about the...

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Chicago man was arrested at U Store It, 145 W. Irving Park Road, Streamwood, and charged with battery after he reportedly hit a man on the side of his head with a power lift remote controller. According to reports, the man and the victim were arguing where the man should unload bricks.

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    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Tuesday that Malcolm Smith, who has served at times as the New York state Senate’s majority and minority leader since becoming a senator in March 2000, was arrested along with Republican New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and four other political figures. Bharara said Smith “tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion,” the official New York City mayor’s residence.

    Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plot

    For the politically ambitious, running as a Republican is sometimes the best way a Democrat can increase his electoral odds in New York City's crowded mayoral race. Now, a federal prosecutor says one Democratic state lawmaker went too far by offering GOP bosses bribes in order to get on their ballot.

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    Ohio school says Jesus portrait down

    A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display.

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    Sandra Boss, former wife of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, testifies during his trial at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Gerhartsreiter has pleaded not guilty to the killing of John Sohus, 27, who disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a guest cottage tenant at the home of Sohus’ mother, where the couple lived.

    Rockefeller impostor’s former wife testifies

    The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child is due for cross-examination in court Wednesday, after she told jurors in his murder trial Tuesday her story of a 12-year-marriage to a man whose identity was a lie. Sandy Boss said she was charmed by the bright, quirky man who called himself Clark Rockefeller and she believed everything he told her about himself.

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    Gun rights advocates fill the hallways of the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Hundreds of gun rights advocates are gathering at the statehouse in Hartford ahead of a vote in the General Assembly on proposed gun-control legislation.

    Conn. lawmakers to vote on gun control package

    Responding to one of the worst massacres in state history, Connecticut lawmakers on Wednesday are expected to pass a package of gun control and other measures, described by supporters as the most comprehensive in the country. Both gun rights advocates and gun control supporters were expected to turn out in large numbers.

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    In danger of losing congressional momentum, President Barack Obama is drawing attention to Colorado’s newly passed gun control laws as he applies public pressure on Congress to pass similar federal measures.

    Obama, in Colorado, to press for gun measures

    In danger of losing congressional momentum, President Barack Obama is drawing attention to Colorado's newly passed gun control laws as he applies public pressure on Congress to pass similar federal measures. Obama was visiting Denver Wednesday, stepping up his call for universal background checks for gun buyers as well as his demands for Congress to at least vote on an assault weapons ban and...

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    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican trying to make a comeback after his political career was derailed by his admission of an extramarital affair, will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, in a May 7 special election.

    It’s official: Sanford facing Colbert Busch in S.C.

    The race for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat has turned into the big-name contest that political junkies were hoping for. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican trying to make a comeback after his political career was derailed by his admission of an extramarital affair, faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, in a May 7...

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    In this March 29, 1968, photo, striking Memphis sanitation workers march past Tennessee National Guard troops with fixed bayonets during a 20-block march to City Hall. Forty-five years after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed supporting a historic sanitation workers strike in Memphis, the city’s garbage and trash collectors are fighting to hold on to jobs that some city leaders want to hand over to a private company.

    Decades after King’s death, Memphis jobs at risk

    In 1968 those Memphis sanitation workers took to the streets, marching with civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to demand better working conditions, higher pay and union protection. Forty-five years after King was killed supporting their historic strike, some of the same men who marched with him now are fighting to hold on to jobs that some city leaders want to hand over to a...

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    Israeli Border Police take position during clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Clashes erupted during a protest in support of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, 64, who was serving a life sentence for his role in a foiled attempt to bomb a busy cafe in Jerusalem in 2002, and died Tuesday of cancer in an Israeli jail. Tensions are high in Israeli lockups where thousands of Palestinian security prisoners are being held.

    Israel, Gaza launch heaviest strikes since truce

    Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel, as Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since they agreed to an internationally brokered cease-fire in November.

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    U.S. and Turkish officials say Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Turkey and Israel this weekend to build on the two nations’ efforts to repair ties.

    Officials: Kerry to travel to Mideast this weekend

    Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Turkey and Israel this weekend to build on the two nations' efforts to repair ties, U.S. and Turkish officials said Wednesday. Turkey and Israel were once strong allies, but relations have been badly strained since Israel's 2010 raid on a Turkish flotilla bound for Gaza that left eight Turks and one Turkish-American dead.

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    William Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer during the sex scandal of the Clinton presidency, has died. He was 70.

    Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg dies at 70

    William H. Ginsburg, who was Monica Lewinsky's lawyer during the sex scandal of the Clinton presidency, has died. He was 70.

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    Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod speaks during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald.

    Mayoral candidate lives, breathes and bleeds Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates is number one in Bill McLeod's life. "I live and breathe and bleed Hoffman Estates and I've always abided by that," he said. "What's in the best interest of Hoffman Estates is more important to me than what's in the best interest to me politically or in my personal life. I've always stayed true to my commitment to the community." McLeod is running for a fourth term this spring.

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    Jan Schulze helps Belleville West High School freshman honors English students Aunae Coulter and Riley Wilson with questions on rhetorical devices in Belleville.

    German exchange student becomes teacher

    When Jan Schulze arrived here as a foreign exchange student in 2007, he never imagined he would be back in a Belleville West High School classroom six years later learning to be a teacher. Schulze's host family when he came to Belleville from sister city Paderborn, Germany, was Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert's family. Eckert's son Luke and Schulze are about the same age and became close friends.

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    Wisc. judge criticized for signing Walker petition loses

    An Ozaukee County judge criticized by his spring election opponent for signing a petition to recall the governor has lost his seat on the bench after 19 years. Attorney Joe Voiland defeated Judge Tom Wolfgram with more than 60 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. Voiland is elected to a six-year term in circuit court.

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    $14 million for wildlife conservation efforts in Indiana

    Indiana is getting nearly $14 million in federal funds to assist wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation efforts.

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    Fight between Wis. brothers ends in 1 death

    A fight between brothers ended with a death in the southwestern Wisconsin city of Argyle. And the police chief who'd usually be responsible for the investigation is related to both the victim and suspect.Twenty-seven-year-Aaron Saalsaa was hurt in the fight, which started early Sunday over what Monroe Police call family issues. He died later at a Madison hospital.

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    CTA wants to improve underground wireless coverage
    Chicago Transit Authority officials want to make it easier for travelers to use their cellphones in its underground subway tunnels.

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    Jose Luis Gomez, left, guest conductor at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Nature’s Awakening concerts this weekend, grew up in the same Venezuelan city as Leo Urdaneta, owner of Elgin’s Domani Cafe.

    Born in Venezuela, they meet again in Elgin

    Two remarkable men, both born 2,390 miles away in Maracaibo, Venezuela, met for coffee in Elgin. José Luis Gomez will be the guest conductor for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's Nature's Awakening concerts this weekend. Leo Urdaneta is the owner of Domani Café on Highland Avenue in downtown Elgin.The two recently discovered they were not only born in the same city, but attended the same school.

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    Fellow Troopers give a salute as the casket of fallen Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter is carried from Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Tuesday morning.

    Dawn patrol: Guilty verdict in murder; Elgin council member in ICU

    Guilty verdict in Carrick death. Police officers turn out en mass for trooper's funeral. Elgin council member in ICU. Naperville's Water Street project advances. One shot in Aurora, police say. Video gaming rules established in Wauconda. Aurora's East New York Street getting makeover. Bulls lose.

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    Philip Carrigan

    CLC candidates discuss tuition and fee increases

    College of Lake County trustee candidates have staked out positions on student tuition and fee increases, with one of them suggesting a property tax increase may be the best way to bring more money to the school. Five candidates are vying for two, 6-year board seats at the Grayslake-based community college in Tuesday's election. In the race are incumbents Barbara Oilschlager and John Lumber,...

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    Uncontested races likely mean status quo on local taxes

    A lack of ballot competition in Tuesday's election means many homeowners aren't likely to see much in the way of policy change when it comes to property taxes. While voters will make key choices in some local races, more than 60 percent of the 2,100-plus races that will be decided in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are uncontested

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    Dist. 220 approves, releases teachers’ contract

    District 220 board members will vote on the final language of a new, three-year teachers' contract which they previously approved in principle by a 6-1 vote in mid-February.

Sports

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'O answers a question during at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.

    Kiper has Bears taking Te'o in the first round

    ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's latest calculations have the Bears taking Manti Te'o with the 20th pick in the first round of the draft later this month. But Kiper said the Bears' NFC North rival Vikings might be tempted to trade up ahead of them from their spot at No. 23 in order to steal Te'o. "I did the projection late (Tuesday) night, and I just looked at all the angles, and I think Chicago is where (Te'o) is going to fall," Kiper said.

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    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Dunn homers, Peavy and Sox top Royals 5-2

    Adam Dunn homered and the White Sox went deep four times to back a solid start by Jake Peavy in a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Alexi Ramirez also connected, and the Sox made it two straight wins to start the season after dropping 12 of 18 to Kansas City a year ago.

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    Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night for their first win of the year.

    Cubs can't solve Rodriguez, fall 3-0

    Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night for their first win of the year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Feece, Newman share no-hitter for Vernon Hills

    Pitching was the story for Vernon Hills' baseball team Wednesday. Tyler Feece struck out 14 batters over 6 shutout innings and reliever Nick Newman finished up, as they combined on a no-hitter in the Cougars' 6-0 win over Round Lake in North Suburban Prairie Division action.

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    Starlin Castro, left, and Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano sit on the bench in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The Pirates win 3-0.

    Rodriguez puts Cubs on ice

    Cubs bats felt the big chill Wednesday night at PNC Park. They fell 3-0 to the Pirates and lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Cubs hitters are now 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. “There’s no advice when it comes to cold weather,” said manager Dale Sveum, who went with a makeshift lineup of almost all right-handed hitters. “There’s a lot of things involved. It’s tough."

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    Elk Grove rallies past Jacobs

    Elk Grove rallied with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a 2-1 victory over visiting Jacobs on Wednesday in nonconference play.The Grenadiers got a standout pitching performance from senior Mike Woods, who went 7 innings and allowed 5 hits and 1 unearned run.Peter Arbov doubled in one of Elk Grove runs, and Matt Wary had the winning RBI for the Grens.Woods struck out seven and walked three.Senior Evan Blunk took the loss. He struck out six and gave up 6 hits in 6 innings. Jacobs scored its run in the first inning as Aaron Meciej had the RBI. Matt Hickey had the Golden Eagles’ only extra-base hit, a double.Maine West 6, Hoffman Estates 2: Visiting Maine West scored 4 runs in the fifth inning to break open what had been a tie game in a nonconference victory.Justin Mustari allowed 1 hit through 5 innings to earn the victory for the Warriors (1-3).Zach Hommowun doubled for Hoffman Estates (0-3).Glenbard East 6, Prospect 1: Welby Malczewski, AJ Compton, Zach Tuszak and Zach Smith combined to limit the visiting Rams to 7 hits, but the Knights’ defense committed 6 errors in a nonconference loss.Glenbard West 6, Conant 1: Conant kept it close until visiting Glenbard West scored twice in the sixth and seventh in nonconference play.Glenbard North 11, Fremd 1 (5): Junior standout Matt Albin got the win for the visiting Panthers, who had a 4-run second inning and 6-run fifth.Marcus Middlebrook and Andrew Stark doubled for the Vikings.Deerfield 10, Buffalo Grove 1: Alexander Horwitz and Matt Kollada each doubled three times, and Horwitz pitched 4 innings of 4-hit ball as the visiting Warriors won in nonconference play.Libertyville 9, Palatine 9: The visiting Pirates went ahead with a 2-run rally in the top of the sixth, but Libertyville answered with 3 of its own in the bottom half to go ahead by a run. Palatine salvaged a tie by scoring once more in the top of the seventh.Jarrod Juskiewicz doubled and drove in 3 runs for Palatine. Matt Saltess also had 3 RBI, while Zach Serna had 3 hits and Chris Macahon doubled.Glenbrook South 7, Schaumburg 4: The visiting Titans plated 3 runs in each of the first two innings in nonconference play at Schaumburg. Ryan Woloszyk and Dylan Roskin doubled for the Saxons.

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    Rolling Meadows right fielder Maddie Morgan makes a running catch during Wednesday’s game against Huntley.

    Fremd’s Weaver reaches 300-win milestone

    Fremd softball coach Jim Weaver started the season needing 2 wins for 300 in his 12-year career. He didn't wait long to reach the milestone. After starting the season with a 6-1 win over Carmel on Tuesday, the Vikes came right back on Wednesday to record No. 300 with a come-from behind 6-5 win at Glenbrook North.

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    Elk Grove again has an inside line on winning

    Elk Grove's softball team graduated the core from its team that took fourth place in the Class 4A state tournament last season.But Fenton coach Dave Mello, an Elk Grove grad, summed it up well. "They don't ever rebuild," Mello said. "Anyone who underestimates them is not giving Ken (Grams, Hall of Fame coach) and his program its due." These relatively new Grens (only three varsity returners) have been in tune all season and rang up their fifth straight win on Wednesday at the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont. Senior pitcher Brianna De Silvia, no stranger to the inside facility that has been getting rave reviews, became the third Grens to notch a win as she defeated Fenton 9-1 in the fourth annual Indoor Illinois High School Jamboree.

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    WW South pulls away from St. Francis

    WW South 4, St. Francis 2:With the score knotted at 2-2, the Tigers (4-2) scored a run in the fifth and sixth inning to beat St. Francis (2-5). A two-out error scored the fifth-inning run and Mike Saccucci’s sixth-inning RBI single added the insurance run. Brett Streubing was the complete-game winning pitcher.Glenbard West 6, Conant 1:The Hilltoppers (1-4) broke open a 2-1 game by scoring 2 runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Luke Domask went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and Grant Greeno went 2-for-4. Four pitchers threw at least 1 inning in combining on the victory.Glenbard East 6, Prospect 1:Troy Huber struck out eight and walked none in a 5-hitter for the Rams (3-8). Joe Kotch doubled, tripled and scored 2 runs. West Chicago 15, Addison Trail 3:The Wildcats (3-3) used an 11-run second inning to cruise to victory over Addison Trail (1-4). Connor Dall went 4-for-5 and Jon Michiels went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. Starting pitcher Mike Zajac, Grant Hosticka and Antonio Solis combined on the five-inning win. Wheaton North 9, York 0:The Falcons (5-1) scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Kent went 3-for-3 with a double. Winning pitcher Lake Bachar and River Williams drove in 2 runs apiece. Glenbard South 10, Fenton 0:The Raiders (4-1, 2-0) scored 2 runs in the top of the fifth inning to help end their Metro Suburban Conference win early against the Bison. Nate Yangas drove in 3 runs and had 1 of only 4 hits for Glenbard South. Winning pitcher Mike Atkinson scattered 4 hits.Aurora Central 5, Lisle 4:Brian Czyl went 2-for-4 and Jeremy Glavanovits doubled and drove in 2 runs for Lisle (2-3) in their nonconference loss.Nazareth 7, Wheaton Academy 3:The Warriors (0-2) surrendered 6 runs in the first inning of their nonconference loss. Sam Perna and Dan O’Neill each had 2 hits.

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    Davis delights, Reckert’s a hit in another Mundelein win

    Eric Davis threw a five-inning no-hitter, and Logan Reckert's 3-run pinch-hit double highlighted Mundelein's North Suburban Lake Division victory over visiting Lake Forest. The Mustangs' 10-0 win hiked their record to — fittingly — 10-0. They're 2-0 in the NSC Lake.

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    Abello homers twice and Benet rolls

    Stephanie Abello hit a 3-run homer and a 2-run shot her first two at-bats, and No. 1 Benet rolled past Wheaton North 15-0 in their season opener on Wednesday in Lisle.Marissa Panko went 3-for-4, scored 2 runs and drove in a run for Benet, which hosts Naperville Central today.Naperville Central 5, Plainfield Central 3:Lindsey Gonzalez hit a go-ahead 2-run single in the second inning, and Kaitlyn Skarecky and Laura Dierking later added solo homers for the No. 11 Redhawks (3-0) in Naperville. Winning pitcher Keegan Hayes (2-0) struck out five in 3 innings of relief.Lake Park 3, Elgin 2:Danielle Jecmen hit a tying homer in the bottom of the sixth, and Dena Guthrie later doubled and scored on a wild pitch as No. 20 Lake Park (6-0, 2-0 Upstate Eight Conference) rallied in Elgin.Glenbard South 8, West Chicago 1:Jane Trzaska struck out 13 in 2-hitting host West Chicago, and Ashton Cattenhead went 3-for-4 with a triple, double, 3 runs batted in, 2 runs scored and a stolen base for No. 13 Glenbard South (2-0).Neuqua Valley 10, Batavia 3:Jamie O’Brien was 3-for-3 and scored 3 runs, Kelsey Dominguez 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and Jenny Budds 2-for-3 with a double for No. 16 Neuqua (1-1, 1-1 Upstate Eight Conference). Winning pitcher Mac Spittal struck out five.St. Charles North 7, Waubonsie Valley 5:Sabrina Rabin went 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and an RBI as No. 6 St. Charles North (3-0, 2-0 Upstate Eight Conference) edged No. 8 Waubonsie Valley (6-2, 1-1).Naperville North 6, Oswego 2:Emily Hillier was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and Kailee Budicin 2-for-4 with a double for the Huskies (1-1).Willowbrook 2, Wheeling 0:Darian Pelsor (4-0) fired a 3-hitter, striking out seven, and visiting Willowbrook scored a run in the sixth and another in the seventh. In the sixth Olivia Domin tripled and Sam Schmidt doubled her in, and an inning later Delaney Pelsor doubled and Cheyenne Brunig singled her in. Brunig also made a diving catch in the hole to save the potential tying run from scoring in the bottom of the sixth for Willowbrook (4-0).Wheaton Academy 16, Walther Lutheran 4:Marissa Gagliano went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI and 4 stolen bases and Sarah McClain 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, 4 RBI and 3 steals for the Warriors in their season opener. Gina Graff was 2-for-2 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

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    Hersey shuts out Barrington

    Casey Weyhrich's second-half goal helped propel host Hersey to a 1-0 victory over Barrington in a Mid-Suburban League girls soccer matchup Wednesday. Morgan Harris made 9 saves to earn the shutout for the Huskies.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 2, Rolling Meadows 0: The Red Raiders managed just 3 hits but scored twice in the first inning and made it stand up for a nonconference win. Megan Boczewski was 2-for-3 for Huntley (3-0). Haley Spannraft picked up the win, allowing 7 hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks.Dundee-Crown 14, Westminster Christian 0: Casey Weeks was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead Dundee-Crown to a nonconference win in its season opener. Mallory Schilf (2B), Rachel Chlopek (2B) and Carly Stallings (2B) also contributed for the Chargers. Amanda Eissler was the winning pitcher, allowing no hits with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk in 3 innings.Cary-Grove 3, Antioch 1: Lindsay Efflandt struck out 12 and allowed 6 hits as the Trojans (2-0) won in nonconference play. Efflandt was also 2-for-3 with a double, Jaime Deering had a double and Amy Clemment 2 hits for Cary-Grove.Regina 10, St. Edward 9: Regina downed the Green Wave at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont with a run in the seventh inning of a game St. Edward led early 6-1. Ashley Gradisher (2-for-4, 3 RS, 2 SBs), Ryann Scully (RBI), Allison Stratman (3 RBI), Julie Larson (RBI), Lindsay Zdroik (RBI), Kali Kossakowski (2 SBs) and Megan Strong (2 SBs) led the offense for the Green Wave (2-2). Zdroik was the losing pitcher.Lake Park 3, Elgin 2: The Lancers scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to edge Elgin in Upstate Eight crossover play. Kelly Bremer had a home run for the Maroons (5-2, 1-1). Jennah Perryman was the losing pitcher.Metea Valley 8, Larkin 3: Jaclyn Saurbaugh was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Larkin in this Upstate Eight loss. She was also the losing pitcher. Alexis Price had an RBI for the Royals.

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    Corrado connects as Vernon Hills is a winner

    Junior Courtney Corrado is no stranger to long-range shots, and in short order, Vernon Hills' foes are finding out. For the second time in five games, Corrado sent a 35-yard kick that found the back of the net. Her long-range blast helped lift Vernon Hills past visiting Grayslake North 3-0 in a nonconference girls soccer match in Vernon Hills on Wednesday. Corrado seemingly has been able to score goals at will from these extreme distances. She says she's had 10 of them since her freshman year.

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    Lozada, Bartlett blank Jacobs

    With a team which starts six freshmen and four sophomores, you wouldn't think Bartlett would have much success this season. But the future is now for the Hawks. Bolstered by a first half goal from freshman Junior Alba and outstanding play in goal by junior Amanda Lozada, the Hawks were able to scratch out a 1-0 nonconference win over Jacobs in Algonquin Wednesday night.

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    Finally outside, Hampshire wins opener

    Hampshire made the most of its first chance to swap cabin fever for baseball fever. Not only had the Whip-Purs not played a game prior to Wednesday's belated season opener at Sycamore due to eight cancellations, frozen field conditions had prevented them from even conducting an infield practice. The closest Hampshire has come to a full outdoor practice this spring was a bit of recent work in the outfield on a lower-level field. Otherwise it has been week after week of indoor practices within the school's field house, a fantastic facility but hardly a baseball player's field of dreams. "It gets so monotonous inside," Hampshire catcher Tyler Crater said. "It's nice to finally get outside and play some baseball." Though the Whips showed some understandable rust in the field with 3 errors, the other two phases of the game looked sharp in a 5-4 victory over the Spartans at Sycamore Park.

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    Buffalo Grove meets Fremd’s challenge

    Kelli and Colleen Zickert continue to play a sizeable part in the early success of Buffalo Grove's girls soccer team. The twins' superb scoring effort just minutes into the second half helped hand the Bison a key 2-1 victory at Fremd in a key Mid-Suburban League matchup Wednesday night.

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    Rosary’s Maria Witte collides with Wheaton Academy’s Kate Lindsay as she makes a drive for the goal in the first half on Wednesday, April 3.

    Rosary tips Wheaton Academy in closing seconds

    There weren't many scoring chances in Tuesday's Rosary-Wheaton Academy girls soccer contest — but those chances turned into dramatic goals which added exclamation points at pivotal moments of the match. Rosary won 2-1 when the last of those critical opportunities — an opportunistic shot from the top of the penalty area by Royals freshman Anna Sheen soared into the upper left corner of the Warriors goal. The goal was the first of Sheen's four-match varsity career.

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    Nick Solak of Naperville North is greeted by his team after scoring during the Waubonsie Valley at Naperville North baseball game Wednesday.

    Naperville North looking sharp

    Naperville North baseball coach Carl Hunckler has no idea what his team's record will look like at the end of this season. But he can't wait to find out. Clearly fond of the effort, Hunckler watched his players perform at an awfully high level by April standards in Wednesday's 13-3 six-inning victory over Waubonsie Valley in Naperville.

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    Montini bashes a few more home runs

    With a seemingly effortless flick of the forearm, Alyssa Sclafani sent a ball soaring over the fence in right. It was the cherry on quite a Montini power display. Freshman Sclafani hit a pair of homers, Sara Ross and Shaylee Lewis each went deep once and Montini beat IC Catholic Prep 12-2 in six innings in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue opener on Wednesday in Lombard.

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    Bartlett’s Rheya Upadhyaya is caught at the plate by Streamwood catcher Natalie Filippo Wednesday in Bartlett.

    Bartlett takes it to Streamwood

    After squandering two golden chances to light-up the scoreboard early, the Bartlett softball team found its stride in its Upstate Eight Conference crossover game against rival Streamwood. The Hawks loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and loaded them again with no outs in the second but led only 2-1 after two. But a 5-run third inning helped Bartlett run away with a 10-1 victory over the visiting Sabres on Wednesday.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 12, Yorkville 2: Alex Bell was 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the Rockets past Yorkville. Drew Wiss (2 RBI), Blake Alexander (RBI), Michael Scott (2B, 2 RBI), Bryan Cynova (2-for-4, RBI), Josh Lung (2B) and Mike Lee (3-for-4, 2 RBI) also contributed to Central’s 12-hit attack. Ryan Anderson picked up the win for the Rockets (2-1), allowing 4 hits in 5 innings.Elk Grove 2, Jacobs 1: Elk Grove scored twice in the seventh inning to hand Jacobs (4-1) its first loss of the season. Aaron Meciej (2-for-3) had an RBI for the Golden Eagles and Matt Hickey hit a double. Evan Blunk was the losing pitcher.Rockford East 15, Westminster Christian 7: Tyler Mamrot was 2-for-4 with a triple and 4 RBI for the Warriors in this nonconference loss. Will Woodhouse (2-for-4) and Luke Weston (RBI) also contributed for Westminster. Brendan Ruffolo was the losing pitcher.Prairie Ridge 7, Huntley 2: Anthony Dodge had a triple and Colin Green drove in a run for Huntley in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss. Mason Martin was the losing pitcher for the Red Raiders (5-1, 0-1).

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    Awards flow in for Cardinals

    Although it fell just two games short of a Division III national championship, the North Central men's basketball team finished the year with plenty of hardware.

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    In this four-image combo taken from an ESPN video, Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice kicks, shoves, and throws balls at his players during NCAA college basketball practices in Piscataway, N.J. Fueled by outrage from even the governor when the video went public, Rutgers fired Rice on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, after deciding it didn't go far enough by suspending and fining him for shoving, kicking and throwing balls at players along with spewing gay slurs. (AP Photo/ESPN)

    Maybe it's time to let the athletes run things

    The mess at Rutgers reinforces the notion that intercollegiate athletics would be a lot better if adults weren't allowed anywhere near them.

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    Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hangs over the left field wall after he was unable to catch a 2-run home run by Dayan Viciedo during the fourth inning of the White Sox' victory Wednesday.

    Not pretty, but Sox happy to be 2-0

    The White Sox overcame 3 errors and relied on home runs by Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo and Dayan Viciedo to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox are 2-0 for the third time in the last nine seasons.

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    For West Chicago students, games part of lesson

    Dan McCarthy's business classes are at it again. In the name of charity, and tremendous real-world experience, the West Chicago baseball coach is turning loose his two Sports and Entertainment Marketing classes — 43 total students — on the DVC-ESCC Challenge.

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    Kara Rodriguez

    South Elgin overcomes St. Charles East

    South Elgin softball coach Jason Schaal can't be too displeased with most facets of his team's game right now. But there's one thing Schaal knows the Storm will have to do better if it expects to contend for an Upstate Eight Valley Division championship. Play defense. The Storm overcame 7 errors by taking advantage of every scoring opportunity it had and used a 2-run bomb to center field from senior shortstop Kara Rodriguez to down St. Charles East 5-3 Wednesday in UEC crossover action at South Elgin.

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    Associated Press Tyler Flowers rounds third base Wednesday after hitting his second homer in two games. The White Sox catcher has also called two sparkling games in which the pitchers have allowed only 1 earned run in 18 innings.

    Flowers off to terrific start

    Tyler Flowers knows replacing popular catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not going to be easy. But Flowers is off to a good start. He homered for the second straight game Wedensday, and the White Sox' pitching staff has allowed only 1 earned run to open the season.

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    Sveum, Bosio stand behind Marmol

    With a day off after Opening Day, the Cubs came back Wednesday and said Carlos Marmol is still their closer despite a rough outing Monday, when he was pulled during a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh.

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    Handzus about to find out how much things have changed

    Things sure have changed around the Blackhawks since Michal Handzus last played here in 2006-07.Like hockey actually matters around town.When Handzus played eight games with the Hawks in ’06-07, the United Center was half empty for games, Jonathan Toews was a year away from joining the club, Patrick Kane hadn’t even been drafted yet and players could walk down the street without being recognized.“It’s totally different,” Handzus said Wednesday after his first practice with the team. “I remember 10,000 people in the stands and now, playing against the Hawks for the last six years, the building is great, it’s full and there’s a lot of excitement. Obviously, they won a Cup in 2010 so it’s totally different.”Patrick Sharp was with the Hawks back then and said Handzus won’t recognize the place.“He’s at the best place in the league, if you ask me,” Sharp said, “so I’ll be curious to see how he reacts to everything over the next few weeks.“He was one of our top forwards the last time he was here and I don’t think anyone knew who he was. Today I think he answered more questions in the last five minutes than he did all of that season.”Handzus skated at right wing on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger at practice Wednesday.“I’ll play wherever they want me and I’ll do whatever I can to help the team,” Handzus said. “I’ll play wing, center, whatever is needed. I’m coming to a great team and there’s nothing better I can ask for.”Hawks coach Joel Quenneville plans to use Handzus in a variety of ways.“He can play a number of roles for us,” Quenneville said. “He can take faceoffs. He can play both wings. He’s a smart player who is versatile in a lot of ways. We like his size, his thought process and can kill penalties. We like the person we’re bringing into the locker room as well.”Handzus played for Quenneville in St. Louis his first three seasons in the NHL.“I learned a lot from him and it’s great to be back with him,” Handzus said. “I’m just glad to be here. It’s a great team. Off ice, I know a lot of guys here: players, coaches, trainers. On ice, I need to work on it pretty fast.“You can see it’s fun here. They’ve been winning a lot and when that happens there’s a lot fun in the locker room and everyone is energized.”Hossa in, Sharp out:Marian Hossa will return to the Hawks on Thursday night against St. Louis after missing six games with a shoulder injury.However, Patrick Sharp will sit for the 12th straight game with his shoulder problem.“I felt pretty good today and most likely I’m going to play,” Hossa said. “There’s no reason to wait longer.”“It means a lot,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He enhances your team game and he’s a player you like the way he plays all over the ice.”Dave Bolland practiced Wednesday after leaving Monday’s game against Nashville with a foot injury from blocking a Shea Weber shot.Patrick Kane was sick and missed practice but is likely to play against the Blues.

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    Taj Gibson, right, and Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko battle for a rebound during the Bulls’ win over Detroit on Sunday. Gibson re-injured his knee Tuesday in Washington, and his return for the playoffs is in doubt.

    Injuries creating stressful situation for Bulls

    Under ideal circumstances, the Bulls would be trying to improve their playoff position on Thursday at Brooklyn. But after Taj Gibson reinjured his left knee in a loss to Washington, getting healthy is the only meaningful item on the Bulls' team agenda.

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    Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware arrives for an interview Wednesday April 3, 2013, at the KFC Yum! Center practice facility in Louisville, Ky. Ware was released from an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot during an NCAA college basketball regional championship game against Duke. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Louisville guard Ware upbeat despite broken leg

    Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware said Wednesday the overwhelming support he has received has helped him maintain his spirits and strengthened his confidence of a full recovery. He hopes by next season to be helping the Cardinals defend the national championship he believes they'll win this weekend.

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    St. Viator junior David Kellner is among 23 players selected to play for Team Illinois in the annual USA Hockey America’s Hockey Showcase, held April 10-14 in Pittsburgh.

    Illinois unites for hockey Showcase

    Bitter rivals during the regular season will be teammates for one week in April. That's both players and coaches.

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    Local athletes thriving in college

    Spring took a long time arriving. So did this column highlighting area collegiates' winter athletic achievements.

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    FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Richard Pitino talks to the media during a press conference in Miami. Minnesota is in advanced discussions with Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith. Two people with knowledge of the discussions say Pitino engaged in negotiations with Minnesota officials on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been formally completed. In his lone season at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

    Minnesota hires FIU’s Richard Pitino

    Minnesota has picked 30-year-old up-and-comer Richard Pitino to take over for Tubby Smith. The university announced on Wednesday evening that it has reached an agreement to bring Pitino to the Golden Gophers after one season at Florida International. Athletic director Norwood Teague says full terms of the contract will be finished later in the week.

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    Cincinnati Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick (48) is helped off the field after dislocating his shoulder in the third inning of a major league baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Reds’ Ludwick expected to miss at least 3 months

    Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is expected to miss at least three months following surgery on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder.Ludwick dislocated his non-throwing shoulder while sliding into third base in Cincinnati's opener Monday.

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    Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice yells out to his team during a game against DePaul at the Big East tournament in New York. Rutgers decided to fire Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs.

    Rutgers fires basketball coach over abuse, taunts

    Rutgers has fired basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. The videotape, broadcast Tuesday on ESPN, has prompted scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie.

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    Suggestions for fishing destinations far and near

    I used to keep track of the emails asking me where "they" should go for a fishing vacation? But I lost count after the tally soared way past 500.And here's the really important factor to all of this.My opinion and tastes could very well be much different from the views of others.For example, I would rarely concentrate on walleyes over big northern pike and monster Canadian lake trout.But to put the questions to rest, at least for the time being, here are my suggestions.

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    Anglers lose another legend in Hannon

    Doug Hannon, 66, a legend in the fishing world known as the "Bass Professor" for his unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of angling, died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa suburb. Mike Jackson has more on Hannon in this week's Outdoors Notebook.

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    Burlington Central graduate Kayla Oranger is having a productive senior softball season at Texas-El Paso.

    Oranger, Perryman having success in college

    Burlington Central graduate Kayla Oranger is having a strong season at the plate for the University of Texas-El Paso softball team. Oranger, a senior infielder, was hitting .312 to start the week with 34 hits in a team-high 109 at-bats. She has 7 RBI and 5 walks and leads the team with 9 stolen bases in 11 attempts.In the field Oranger has 56 putouts and 56 assists.

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    Chicago Fire forward Patrick Nyarko, right, is unlikely to play this Sunday against New York due to a hamstring injury.

    Rested Fire players keep focus pointed forward

    The Chicago Fire is doing its best to channel one of former Bears coach Mike Ditka’s favorite sayings: “This too shall pass.”The bye week in the Fire’s schedule last weekend came at a good time for the injury-riddled soccer team, but one week off might not be enough time. Logan Pause and Arne Friedrich trained with their teammates Tuesday, but they might need more time before they’re ready for a starting assignment. “He (Friedrich) has to be 100 percent, because the moment you need to make the one sprint, you want to make sure you’re ready,” coach Frank Klopas said. “So he’s going to need a little more time. The positive is he’s out here training, which is good.”Backups Michael Videira and Steven Kinney worked on the side Tuesday. Starters Dilly Duka and Patrick Nyarko worked inside to recover from hamstring injuries and are unlikely to play this weekend, meaning Klopas will have to find replacements on the left and right sides of the midfield. Meanwhile, homegrown player Victor Pineda could be just a few weeks from returning from 2012 knee surgery. All but Pineda hope to be ready when the Fire plays Houston April 14.Injuries are a big reason the Fire’s pride was hurt so often in March, the latest being Friday’s 1-0 loss in a friendly against NASL side Minnesota United FC.“It was frustrating,” defender Austin Berry said. “We haven’t had much talk about it. We wanted to use it as just another good training opportunity since we had the week off. ... But it’s frustrating to not score again and to kind of come out with that against a lower-division side.”“It’s the same thing,” added forward Chris Rolfe. “We’re just having trouble scoring. We had chances and stuff. That’s it. We’ve just got to address that.”It’ll be more difficult to address it without the speedy Nyarko, who has the Fire’s only offensive goal in four MLS games and is a key assist man. It means Rolfe may again start on the wing instead of up top, with Joel Lindpere possibly moving outside from his preferred central-mid role.Still, the Fire players are keeping things positive after a few days off. “The last couple of days of training have been intense but fun, very competitive,” Berry said. “We just want to improve with every single day. We just want to stay focused on our goals that we set for this year in preseason. We’ll look for Sunday to kind of get us back on track. I think we’re all hungry and excited for it.”“We’re just kind of taking the punches right now and trying to battle back,” Rolfe added. “We’ve got a good spirit here, and the coaches are doing a good job right now helping us get through it.”The Fire (0-3-1, 1 point) gets another shot at its first MLS win this season when it hosts New York at 4 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2). The Red Bulls have never won at Toyota Park.Follow Orrin’s soccer reports on Twitter @orrin_schwarz

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    D.A. Points, who played collegiately at Illinois, celebrates his par putt to win the Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Tournament Course Sunday. The one-shot win earned Points a spot in the Masters.

    Points set for his second Masters

    Winfield's Kevin Streelman wasn't the only Illinois golfer earning a trip to the Masters. D.A. Points, the former University of Illinois golfer, also did it by winning the Shell Houston Open on Sunday. Len Ziehm has more on Points and a look at golf course openings in the area in this golf notes report.

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    Mike North video: Who is Bobby Dickerson?

    Bobby Dickerson is a guy who had dreams of playing in the majors. After 27 years in the minors, he finally made it to the majors as the third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles. In a time when everyone wants it yesterday, it's nice to see a guy finally make it.

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    Kevin Streelman lines up a putt last month during the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship, his first PGA Tour win.

    Winfield’s Streelman prepares for the Masters

    Kevin Streelman of Winfield may be the best feel-good story in golf today, and maybe in all of sports. The 34-year-old PGA Tour regular will play in next week's Masters for a second time thanks to winning his first PGA Tour event, the Tampa Bay Championship. Len Ziehm shares Streelman's dreams-come-true story from starting out as a caddie to living in his car as a PGA Tour rookie to winning his first PGA event.

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    Louisville women to Final Four after 86-78 upset<

    One mammoth upset wasn't enough for Shoni Schimmel and plucky Louisville. Going through two of the sport's powers, the Cardinals are Final Four bound.Schimmel scored 24 points and Louisville beat second-seeded Tennessee 86-78 Tuesday night to earn the school's second trip to the Final Four.

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    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the game after surrendering a hit in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Houston. Darvish pitched nine and two-thirds perfect innings before giving up a hit to Astros' Marwin Gonzalez in the Rangers' 7-0 win. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

    Yu Darvish loses perfect game with 2 outs in 9th<

    Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.

Business

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    COURTESY OF CLIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY Kathy and Mark Shangraw

    Bartlett photographer’s artistic eye memorializes students

    Kukec's People features award-winning photographer Mark Shangraw and his wife Kathy, who artistically do portraits of high school seniors and families at their company, Clique Photography in Bartlett.

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    Luna Carpet founder to relaunch Galaxie Homes

    Luna Carpet and Blinds Founder Steve DeZara said he will relaunch Galaxie Home Remodeling, a Chicago institution for over 25 years specializing in interior and exterior renovations.

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    Timelines launched a website called Timelines.com in 2009, enabling users to track historical and personal events.

    Judge: Chicago firm can sue Facebook

    A judge says Chicago-based Timelines Inc. can sue Facebook for allegedly infringing on the smaller firm's trademark of the word "timeline." Facebook asked a federal judge in Chicago to throw out Timelines' lawsuit because the word "timeline" is too generic to trademark

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    One of the most pronounced changes in investor behavior since the crisis has been growth of savings invested in bonds and bond mutual funds. Bond funds have attracted more than $1 trillion in net deposits since 2008.

    Poll finds caution 5 years after financial crisis

    Americans have grown more cautious and disciplined in handling their money since the financial crisis struck in 2008, a survey by a leading mutual fund company suggests. People say they don't spend as much, save as little or embrace as much risk as they did before the crisis, according to a survey of nearly 1,200 people by Fidelity Investments.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. stocks fell, dragging the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index down from a record, as financial and energy shares tumbled after oil plunged and worse-than-estimated data spurred concern over economic growth.

    Weak economic reports send stock market lower

    Weak reports on hiring and service industries sent the stock market sharply lower Wednesday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its worst day in more than a month. The Dow fell 111.66 points, or 0.8 percent, to 14,550.35, its worst decline since Feb. 25.

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    Irene Rosenfeld

    Oreo maker Mondelez gave CEO sweet pay hike in ‘12

    Mondelez International gave CEO Irene Rosenfeld a pay package worth $22 million last year, as the maker of Oreo cookies and other sweet snacks split from Kraft Foods and began operating as an independent company. The compensation represents a 40 percent increase from Rosenfeld's pay in 2011, according to an AP analysis of a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    A Red Medicine employee stands at a computer terminal at the Beverly Hills, Calif. restaurant. Noah Ellis, co-owner of Red Medicine, recently took to Twitter to publicly call out those who skipped out on their reservations on a recent busy Saturday.

    Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast

    When 20 percent of your dinner reservations don't show, what's a restaurant owner to do? Usually nothing; it's an unsavory fact of restaurant life that not everyone who says they'll be there, will. But one Beverly Hills restaurant owner decided enough was enough, taking to Twitter to publicly call out those who skipped out on their reservations.

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    A report says Apple’s “iTV” will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small “iRing” that fits on the viewer’s finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing.

    Analyst: 60-inch Apple iTV to launch this year

    It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen. Now, an analyst says he's learned that the set will go on sale late this year, for $1,500 to $2,500.

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    Walgreen Co.’s revenue from established stores climbed slightly last month, as Easter Sunday’s earlier appearance compared to last year both helped and hurt the performance of the nation’s largest drugstore chain.

    Key Walgreen revenue metric inches up in March

    Walgreen Co.'s revenue from established stores climbed slightly last month, as Easter Sunday's earlier appearance compared to last year both helped and hurt the performance of the nation's largest drugstore chain. The Deerfield company said Wednesday that revenue from stores open at least a year rose 0.7 percent in March.

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    Avesis implements Napersoft platform
    Avesis Inc. has successfully implemented Napersoft CCM Document Platform to automate the document creation and distribution process, resulting in improved business efficiencies and overall quality of provider correspondence.

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    CNH Capital offers $500 million in notes

    CNH Capital LLC plans to offer approximately $500 million of notes due in 2018.

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    Clare Oaks names new director of sales, marketing
    Ronette (Roni) Icso, 33, has been named director of sales and marketing for Clare Oaks, www.clareoaks.com, a continuing care retirement community located in Bartlett.

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    German tourist Carolina De Paola, 22, walks near the landmark Gateway of India in Mumbai, India. A fatal gang rape in New Delhi didn’t deter Germans De Paolo and Canan Wahner from traveling to India for a six-week tour. On a train, a man grabbed De Paolo’s breasts from behind but she never reported the crime, deciding there would be no point. Violence against women, and the huge publicity generated by recent attacks here, is threatening India’s $17.7 billion tourism industry with a new study showing tourism has plunged.

    High-profile rapes threaten India tourism business

    Violence against women, and the huge publicity generated by recent attacks here, is threatening India's $17.7 billion tourism industry. A new study shows tourism has plunged, especially among women, since a 23-year-old Indian student was raped on a New Delhi bus and later died from her injuries — a case that garnered worldwide publicity. The government denies any fall off in tourism.

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    U.S. home prices rose in February by most in 7 years

    U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season.

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    Oil falls as supplies expected to increase

    The price of oil fell below $97 a barrel Wednesday ahead of the release of a report that's expected to confirm crude supplies are still burgeoning. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for May delivery was down 49 cents to $96.70 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 12 cents to finish at $97.19 on Monday, buoyed by strong reports on U.S. auto sales and factory orders.

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    ADP data shows U.S. economy added fewer jobs than forecast

    Companies added fewer workers than projected in March, held back by limited hiring in construction, according to a private report based on payrolls. The 158,000 increase in employment was the smallest since October and followed a revised 237,000 gain the prior month, figures from the Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute showed today.

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    Japan’s Nikkei soars as Bank of Japan meets

    Japan's benchmark stock index surged Wednesday as the country's central bank started its first policy meeting under a new governor committed to aggressive monetary action to end years of economic malaise. Elsewhere world stock markets were mixed.

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    Goldman takes Apple stock off ‘preferred’ list

    Goldman Sachs dropped Apple off its list of most highly recommended stocks Tuesday as it joined other analysts in reducing expectations for a company that hasn't had a revolutionary new product since the iPad in 2010. Goldman analyst Bill Shope said the iPhone 5, introduced last fall, hasn't sold as well as he expected. He said the company now needs some real hits among the products it rolls out during the second half of the year in order to boost the stock price.

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    Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens

    Rosemont makes pitch if Cubs want to move

    As the Chicago Cubs and city officials try to negotiate a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the mayor of Rosemont wants the team’s owners to know they’re welcome in his town.Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens is offering 25 acres of land at no charge to the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, if they decide to build a new ballpark.

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    “We (Heart) Downtown Elgin” is a new campaign the Downtown Neighborhood Association is planning to launch sometime around mid-May or early June to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

    Elgin association celebrates 15th year with campaign

    Downtown Elgin, get read to feel the love. "We (Heart) Downtown Elgin" is a new campaign the Downtown Neighborhood Association is planning to launch sometime around mid-May or early June to celebrate its 15th anniversary. There will be new banners featuring downtown businesses, a free printed business directory, and a new website that will include full restaurant menus and information about special promotions.

Life & Entertainment

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    Ralphie May brings the laughs to the Improv in Schaumburg this weekend.

    Weekend picks: Laugh it up with Ralphie May at the Improv

    Audiences can't get enough of larger-than-life comedian Ralphie May. See for yourself at the Improv in Schaumburg starting Friday. Cool freebie: Local alt-rock band Lucky Boys Confusion will perform a free show Friday at Durty Nellie's in Palatine. For Beatles lovers, Tim Piper portrays the legendary late Beatles member John Lennon in the concert “Just Imagine” Saturday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

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    The Rolling Stones — with Mick Jagger, left, and Charlie Watts — have announced a nine-city tour, including a stop in Chicago on May 28.

    Rolling Stones announce 9-city tour

    Call it satisfaction: The Rolling Stones have announced a nine-city tour. The veteran rockers said Wednesday their "50 and Counting" tour will kick off in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The band makes a stop at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, May 28. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 8.

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    NBC announced Wednesday, April 3, 2013 that Jimmy Fallon is replacing Jay Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014.

    Leno to leave NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ next spring

    NBC on Wednesday announced its long-rumored switch in late night, replacing incumbent Jay Leno at "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon and moving the iconic franchise back to New York. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels will take over as producer of the new "Tonight Show." Fallon's replacement at 12:35 a.m. was not named, although Seth Meyers of "SNL" is considered a strong candidate.

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    “Right on Time” by Gretchen Wilson

    Gretchen Wilson continues to chart own musical path

    Most current country rockers draw on hard-rock arena riffs lifted from the 1990s, but Gretchen Wilson's influences reach back further than that. Her new album, "Right on Time," mines the classic rock of the 1970s — the first single, "Keep on Rollin'," for example, includes a piano-guitar interplay that mirrors Bob Seger's blue-collar arrangements.

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    Heavenly Angel Cupcakes with Luscious Lemon Frosting will bring a bit of sunshine to rainy April days.

    Eat right, live well: Lemony cupcakes bring a taste of sunshine

    Citrus fruits have many uses in the kitchen. The lemon, however, is arguably the most useful and versatile of citrus fruits. With a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, lemons do wonders with a variety of foods, including almonds, chicken, chocolate, fish, honey and berries. Its flavor is so strong and fresh, it makes adding extra fats or salt to food unnecessary.

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    Frugal living: Food baskets a practical gift for any occasion

    Recipe gifts are wonderful because all the ingredients are included. While many recipe gifts are for baked goods, you can make a gift basket that includes ingredients for almost anything. Make a food basket with snack items or ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don't wait for a special occasion; surprise a busy friend or family member anytime.

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    Friends and neighbors walk up and down the gravel road leading to Shain Gandee’s home in Sissonville, W.Va. Gandee, star of the MTV show “Buckwild”; his uncle, David Gandee; and Donald Robert Myers were found dead in the family’s Ford Bronco Monday morning. Shain Gandee died doing what made him famous: careening through huge mudholes in his SUV, taking chances most others won’t, living free and reckless in front of reality-show TV cameras.

    TV or reality? Lines blur after death of show star

    MTV has not said whether cameras were rolling when "BUCKWILD" reality show star Shain Gandee left a bar at 3 a.m. to go "muddin'." But the line between television and real life blurred in one fatal moment when Gandee's vehicle got stuck in a deep mudpit. He and two passengers were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Was Gandee living for the cameras that night, or for himself?

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    “Underworld,” where divers explore underwater caves around the world, is one of 11 news shows on Animal Planet.

    Animal Planet unveils new season

    Animal Planet wants to help you tap into your inner wild. That's the network's message as it unveils 11 new shows along with 20 returning favorites in the season ahead. Never fear: Super Bowl Sunday's wildly popular "Puppy Bowl" is right where it belongs on the network's slate (to be officially announced to advertisers on Thursday). And there will be more awww-some cuteness on "Animal BFFs," a new series that will document the love of odd-couple chums in the animal kingdom.

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    Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band’s Because We Can tour. The band on its website cited “personal issues.” No other information was given.

    Richie Sambora to miss part of Bon Jovi tour

    Guitarist Richie Sambora will not be performing with Bon Jovi during the current leg of the band's Because We Can tour. The band, on its website, cited "personal issues." The band says all shows will go on as scheduled. No other information was given.

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    “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss

    New food book gives readers a lot to digest

    A can of Coke contains roughly nine teaspoons of sugar. Lunchables were created as a way to revive a flagging interest in bologna. Those are just some of the nuggets Michael Moss feeds readers in "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us." But while the book is sprinkled with food facts, Moss shows readers how processed food makers manipulate their goods to get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.

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    Hot chicken takes over Nashville

    Most folks know Memphis for its barbecue and Philly for its cheesesteaks, but how about Nashville and its hot chicken? If you're not sure, you've never tried this fried chicken so fiery it will leave your mouth in shock. It's a flavor you don't soon forget. Born as cheap, flavorful fare for Nashville's working class community and offered late into the night for its party-goers, hot chicken has long been a staple in town. But its reputation has grown in recent years.

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    The band Makeshift Prodigy plays a homecoming gig Friday at Reggie’s in Chicago. Keyboardist and Elk Grove Village native Brandon Fox, second from right, says Chicago-area audiences are unique.

    Chicago-area band Makeshift Prodigy spreads its creative wings

    In the world of rock 'n' roll, it's common for bands to come and go. For the Chicago-area band Makeshift Prodigy, the simple act of survival has allowed this quintet to realize their potential and come to terms with their identity as a rock band. "A lot of the growing stages involve figuring out exactly what direction you want to go," says keyboardist Brandon Fox, a native of Elk Grove Village.

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    Benihana caters your Final Four viewing party with fresh-made sushi platters.

    Have Benihana with your basketball

    Benihana's offers game-day sushi platters to cater your party; Dobby's World-Wide Liquors makes its dinner and wine tour's first stop: L'Eiffel Bistrot; Tony Spavone is going to sing for you with your supper.

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    Chef Jerry Navarro runs the kitchen at Navarro's of Naperville, a casual Italian eatery tucked into the clubhouse at Country Lakes Golf Course.

    Friendly service, fine fare make up for lack of ambiance

    Tucked into the lower level, backside of the clubhouse at Country Lakes Golf Course, Jerry Navarro's eponymous Navarro's of Naperville is easily missed. It's not the country club setting you might expect. Once the cheery hostess and ever-present owner start chatting up the room, though, you barely notice the dim, windowless surroundings, limited tables and focal bar. Instead, you feel like you're hanging out in a friend's rec room.

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    A touch of zest adds to the lemony goodness of these Heavenly Angel Cupcakes.

    Heavenly Angel Cupcakes with Luscious Lemon Frosting
    Heavenly Angel Cupcakes with Luscious Lemon Frosting

Discuss

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    Editorial: Help make sure survey is more than just interesting

    A Daily Herald editorial urges parents to participate in a new statewide study of school effectiveness.

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    Our sordid history on gay marriage

    Columnist Richard Cohen: We have all become political hacks. We are all engaged in the back and forth of politics, the jot or tittle of the process, the meaningless cable chatter of it all, the sameness of it all, be it conservative or liberal, so we lose sight of principle and of right and wrong. This is how we hardly noticed that basically all of American politics acquiesced in the demonization of gays and lesbians.

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    A victory for school choice

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The school choice movement — which germinated 50 years ago in free-market economist Milton Friedman's fertile mind — recently counted its largest victory. The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state's school voucher program. Under it, more than half a million low- and middle-income Hoosier students — and about 62 percent of all families — are eligible for state aid to help pay for a private or religious school. This is what school choice has traditionally lacked: scale.

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    A good fit for village trustee
    Fox River Grove resident: I am writing this letter to you in regards to Tom Anderson candidate for Fox River Grove village trustee. I have been a resident for 25 years. I have known and served with him on the fire department for 12 years.

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    Incumbents big part of Dist. 96 success
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: We are honored and privileged to be able to send our children to Lake Zurich School District 96. Our school board members endlessly volunteer their time to ensure that all children achieve maximum success every day.

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    Assessment letter was valuable
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: RE: March 21 article by Michael Rohrbeck In the Fencepost section of the Daily Herald, there was an opinion written by Mr. Michael Rohrbeck of Chicago. I thank Mr. Rohrbeck for his information.

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    Time is right to elect Frasier
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: There are three candidates to be your next mayor in Mundelein. Two are sitting trustees and as such they have had several years, opportunity and platform to offer their ideas for policies and Ordinances to improve the village. They did not.

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    Candidates Night shed light on plans
    Letter to the editor: Four members of Save Buffalo Grove write that they appreciate all the candidates for Buffalo Grove village board coming to their recent candidates night, and that it helped voters understand their positions on the proposal to revamp downtown Buffalo Grove.

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    Drake best choice to promote business
    Letter to the editor: "Arlington Heights needs a mayor who will promote business and take a fresh look at controlling expenses," write Ron Gollberg. "Ron Drake is the person who has the experience to do that."

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    Krick has set a new standard of service
    Letter to the editor: Tim Elenz says Howard Krisck is a special kind of public servant, the kind you want to re-elect to the Hanover Township board. "Howard is one of the most sincere men I have ever met and always quick to roll up his sleeves to help," he writes.

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    D211 needs LeFevre back on the board
    Letter to the editor: Without Robert LeFevre included in the Daily Herald endorsements for District 211 school board, those endorsements are meaningless, said Scot Leonard.

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    ‘Friday dismissal’ candidates get vote
    Letter to the editor: Mark Evenson believes early dismissal on Fridays in District 15 makes more sense for children than does a late start on Wednesdays. "For those putting the needs of the children first, one only need to look at the first three names on the ballot on April 9: Matt Lyons, Jennifer Zold and Donna Johnson," he writes.

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    Krick an energetic public servant
    Letter to the editor: I have worked with (Howard Krick) for over 20 years and would trust him with my life," writes Robert Quattrocchi. "But more important I would trust him with my tax dollars."

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    Please put Zyck on the library board
    Letter to the editor: Florian Wasik of Arlington Heights is enthusiastic about Greg Zyck running for the Arlington Heights library board.

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    Brody Garkisch will be good for library
    Letter to the editor: Peggy Kelly is supporting Joan Brody Garkisch for Alrington Hts. library trustee. "In our work together I've witnessed first hand Joan's ability to attend to details while keeping the big picture in mind," she writes.

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    Zyck has ‘a passion for public service’
    Letter to the editor: I encourage Arlington Heights residents to vote for Greg Zyck for Arlington Heights Public Library Board trustee," writes Lesley Ury.

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    Drake’s comment a message to Tea Party
    Letter to the editor: Michael Fredian is troubled by Ron Drake's "tea" comment and by his association with an Arizona congressman who was a member of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus. "What would we get if we elected Ron Drake as village president?" he asks.

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    Candidate with ability. leadership
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: We are voting for Jake Wyatt for mayor of St. Charles because He will not make promises that he cannot keep. He offers two-way communication with citizens on a regularly scheduled basis ... plus an open-door policy.

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    Good choices for Gail Borden Library
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Thank you for your endorsement of Elizabeth Kruger, Susan Moylan and Patricia Harkin for trustees of the Gail Borden Public Library District. Not only are they eminently qualified, but they can enter and leave the library without security guards.

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    Candidate doesn’t live in the past
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: There are significant challenges facing Fox River Grove. Now is the time to elect trustees who will move the village into the future instead of living in the past. Tom Anderson is just that person.

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    Candidate’s passion for conservation
    An East Dundee letter to the editor: I'm pleased to endorse Dave Poweleit for the Dundee Township Park District Board. I've worked with Dave in a variety of volunteer capacities and have always been very impressed by his positive outlook, his well-researched positions, and his professional communication style.

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