Daily Archive : Thursday April 4, 2013


    A majority on Winfield's village board has approved a plan to rezone parcels along Roosevelt Road to make it possible for businesses to locate in the area.

    Winfield board overrides veto of Roosevelt zoning

    Winfield Village President Deborah Birutis on Thursday failed to stop portions of Roosevelt Road from being rezoned. And the two candidates looking to replace the outgoing Birutis say they have no plans to reverse the zoning change.

    John Breugelmans

    Developer wants 75-day exclusive window for downtown Lake Zurich

    Developer John Breugelmans hopes to receive an exclusive 75-day window to show he can improve a slice of downtown Lake Zurich. Breugelmans said he wants to construct a four-story building on roughly 2 acres directly overlooking the village’s namesake lake. He said his plan calls for a mixed-use structure with 60 rental apartments that eventually would be converted into condominiums, along...

    Peter Oprisko and his Silver Screen Gold Quartet will perform Sunday in Arlington Heights.

    Concert to salute songs of the Academy Awards

    Peter Oprisko and his Silver Screen Gold Quartet will perform Sunday, April 14, in Arlington Heights.

    Roger Ebert

    Gire laments loss of 'titan,' friend Roger Ebert

    Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70. Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire shares his thoughts on losing a friend and colleague.


    Harper showing documentary on Cultural Revolution

    Growing up during China's Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, Jian Ping witnessed her family's fall from status with the Communist regime, enduring public humiliation, eviction, extreme poverty and even prison before immigrating to America. Ping, who now lives in Chicago, will be answering questions at a showing of a movie about her experience 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Harper College.

    John Heidelmeier's tenure as Villa Park police chief ended after less than two years because of questions about his communication and management style, according to recently released documents that had been kept secret. One memo obtained by the Daily Herald indicates Village Manager Rich Keehner sought to fire Heidelmeier in January 2012 for providing incorrect information to some police employees about upcoming changes to their duties.

    Why former Villa Park chief was forced out

    John Heidelmeier's tenure as Villa Park police chief ended after less than two years because of questions about his communication and management style, according to recently released documents that had been kept secret. One memo obtained by the Daily Herald indicates Village Manager Rich Keehner sought to fire Heidelmeier in January 2012 for providing incorrect information to some police...

    Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels execute a crossing maneuver at close range during the Miramar Air Show in San Diego last year.

    Sequester sparks Rockford air show cancellation

    Chicago Rockford International Airport officials say they're postponing AirFest 2013 after the Blue Angels pulled out of the show.The U.S. Navy's famous fliers were to be the headline act at the show June 1-2. Officials say the Blue Angels must put in a minimum number of practice hours before any airshow, but have stopped practicing due to federal budget cuts.


    Senate unveils budget proposal, tax cut uncertain

    Indiana senators are releasing a state budget which could determine whether Gov. Mike Pence wins his tax cut this year. House Republicans crafted a $30 billion state budget which would take the money Pence sought for the cut and spend it on roads and schools. But Senate Republicans could restore the tax cut as part of their spending plan set for release Thursday.


    Ind. official: Child abuse reports up over 2 years

    Reports of child abuse and neglect in Indiana grew 15 percent during the past two years, a top official in the state's child protection agency said. Department of Child Services Chief of Staff John Ryan said the agency received about 151,000 reports in 2011, and 173,000 in 2012.


    Minivan hits Crystal Lake home

    A minivan crashed into a home Thursday morning in Crystal Lake, authorities said. Crystal Lake fire and police departments responded about 9:25 a.m. to the accident at a home on the 1400 block of Tanglewood Drive.


    Obama, Oprah, stars react to Ebert’s death

    Reaction to news of Roger Ebert's death at age 70 came from all corners of the world, including the Illinois governor's office and the White House.

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, foreground, meets with Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, left, and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr., center, and Van Vincent, Thursday in New York. The Pendletons are the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at President Obama’s inauguration and was shot and killed in Chicago in February. She was 15 years old. Cowley-Pendleton and Pendleton recently filmed a television commercial for the Mayor’s anti-gun violence coalition. Vincent is a cousin of Hadiya’s.

    Conn. gun law seen as model for Congress, states

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines Thursday in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a bipartisan deal that gun control proponents hope will spark action in Washington and state legislatures across the country.

    Rudolph Giovanny Dalpiaz-Cruz

    Waukegan man accused of having child porn

    Rudolph Giovanny Dalpiaz-Cruz, 27, is being held in the Lake County jail on $50,000 bond. He was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, a felony punishable by three to seven years in prison.

    Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion wear gas masks while attending a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognize the battalion’s official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday.

    S. Korea: North Korea moved missile to east coast

    After a series of escalating threats, North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday. But he emphasized that the missile was not capable of reaching the United States and that there are no signs that the North is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

    Danny L. Clifford

    Batavia man also must register as sex offender

    Danny L. Clifford, 65, of Batavia, admitted to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to four years probation and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to court records. He also must serve 180 days of electronic home monitoring and pay a $4,200 fine as part of a plea agreement reached with Kane County prosecutors this week.


    A look at Elgin candidates’ campaign contributions

    Some candidates in the race for seats on the Elgin City Council reported campaign contributions in late 2012 or 2013 as of Thursday, with two of them reporting loans to their own campaigns. In Elgin, incumbents Richard Dunne and Bob Gilliam, and newcomers Mitchell Esterino and Toby Shaw, reported getting contributions. Dunne and Shaw also reported loaning money to their own campaigns.

    Piotr Holy

    Palatine man pleads guilty in shooting of neighbor’s dog

    A Palatine man who shot and killed his neighbor's dog in February after he mistood it for a coyote, pleaded guilty to several misdemeanors and paid restitution Wednesday. Piotr Holy, 41, must also perform 120 hours of community service as part of the negotiated plea arrangement.

    Junaid Afeef

    Hoffman Ests. park candidates stress finances, partnerships

    Three incumbents and two newcomers are running for four open commissioner seats on the Hoffman Estates Park District Board, and they all have varying ideas of how to improve what they believe is already a great park district.

    Erin N. Panepucci

    Elgin woman faces felony charges in chase, multiple crashes

    A 38-year-old Elgin woman has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence in connection with a hit-and-run crash March 27 that led to a police chase ending with the car hitting an Elk Grove Village school, doing more than $100,000 in damage, authorities said.


    Naperville referendum to remain on ballot

    The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled Naperville voters can decide April 9 whether to continue electing city council members at large.In Wednesday's ruling the court upheld earlier rulings by the DuPage County circuit court and the city's electoral board. As a result, Naperville voters will be asked "Shall the city of Naperville elect city council at large instead of part of the councilmen at...


    Ebert kept strong link to U of I, Daily Illini

    Roger Ebert never forgot his alma mater, the University of Illinois. The famed film critic was one of the most visible alumni of the school and made large donations. He also maintained a strong link to the student newspaper, The Daily Illini, where he was editor in chief 50 years ago.

    Roger Ebert in 1994

    Emanuel, Quinn praise late film critic Roger Ebert

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel noted late film critic Roger Ebert for his contributions to the motion picture industry as well as to the city. Emanuel said Ebert "championed" the city as a center for filmmaking and critiques. Gov. Pat Quinn saaid one of his most cherished memories of Ebert was getting a "thumbs-up" from him in 2011.


    Enjoy art at MHS:

    Mundelein High School will host a student art show from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 9 and from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10.


    Antioch Lion’s Club donation:

    The Antioch Lions Club will present a $10,000 check to village officials to help fund the revitalization of the village's pool, a landmark it financed nearly 60 years ago.


    Island Lake public hearing Wednesday:

    Island Lake's plan commission will continue a public hearing about a proposed retail and residential development at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave.


    Mothers sought for recognition:

    The Exchange Club of North Chicago is asking for the names of mothers in the community who have lost a child within the past three years for special recognition.


    Probation for Mount Prospect man charged with thefts

    A Cook County judge sentenced a 29-year-old Mount Prospect man to 12 months probation in exchange for his guilty plea to theft charges. Aristotle I. Jongko, pleaded guilty this week to taking over-the-counter medication from drugstores in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect in March.


    OSHA: Elk Grove sewer and water contractor endangered workers

    An Elk Grove Village-based sewer and water contractor is facing more than $110,000 in fines from federal authorities who say the company committed seven safety violations — three of them willfully — that exposed workers to harm. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it cited Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc. for failing to protect workers during trenching...


    James Otto concert in Elgin canceled

    James Otto's concert Friday at The Hemmens in Elgin was canceled, and ticket holders will get a full refund, organizers said.

    St. Charles mayor candidates, clockwise from top left, are: John Rabchuk and Ray Rogina, Jake Wyatt and Jotham Stein.

    City ownership of sporting good store riles St. Charles mayoral candidates

    St. Charles mayoral candidates get a little chippy over the city's purchase of the old George's sporting good store and talk about its future use.

    Craig Dresang

    Elgin candidates spar on taxes, budget, arts

    Elgin City Council candidates Toby Shaw and Craig Dresang disagree on everything from local taxes to the budget surplus, to the arts and downtown development. Dresang believes Elgin's level of taxation is fair, and that the city is on sound financial footing, but he is not in favor of new taxes. Shaw, on the other hand, says the city overtaxes its residents.


    Man pleads guilty to improper videotaping

    A Hanover Park pleaded guilty to unauthorized videotaping and was sentenced to 30 months probation. Dana Gould, 61, must also complete mental health and sex offender evaluation and counseling, Cook County court records show

    Tony Sciarrone is an Island Lake election candidate.

    Sciarrone: End fireworks show in Island Lake until finances improve

    Island Lake trustee candidate Tony Sciarrone favors stopping the town's annual fireworks show until after village officials "get our fiscal house in order." Other candidates in the race for three trustee seats support the show, but some have concerns about its cost. None of the candidates are incumbents.

    CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is introducing a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to the user, rather than require people to check apps on the device.

    Facebook unveils ‘Home’ Android product

    Facebook on Thursday introduced software that brings Facebook content right to the home screen, rather than requiring users to check apps. "Home" comes amid rapid growth in the number of people who access Facebook from phones and tablet computers. Of its 1.06 billion monthly users, 680 million log in to Facebook using a mobile gadget.

    This 1969 photo shows movie critic Roger Ebert in the newsroom of the Chicago Sun-Times. Ebert, the most famous and popular film reviewer of his time, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

    Ebert was first film critic to win Pulitzer

    Roger Ebert rose to national fame while reviewing movies on his weekly syndicated television show alongside Gene Siskel. His work at the Chicago Sun-Times made him, in 1975, the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Ebert died Thursday at the age of 70.


    Dist. 303 candidates debate impact of new federal standards

    St. Charles Unit District 303 school board candidates have varying levels of dislike for the new common core education standards.


    Fox Lake mayoral candidates spar over business

    While incumbent Fox Lake Mayor Ed Bender claims that small business is his bread and butter, challenger Donny Schmit, a village trustee, said the small business owners in town say they feel neglected. The candidates face off in Tuesday's municipal election.


    Hoffman Estates Professional Firefighters Association endorses Kincaid

    The Hoffman Estates Professional Firefighters Association Local 2061 has endorsed Ray Kincaid for Hoffman Estates village president. According to campaign filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections, the association's PAC also donated $2,500 to the Citizens to Elect Ray Kincaid campaign on March 26.

    Film critic Roger Ebert acknowleges the applause of those gathered to pay tribute to him at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, July 18, 2005. A sidewalk medallion bearing his name was unveiled under the marquee of the theatre during the celebration. Ebert, 63, became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966 and a decade later became the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer for arts criticism. In the background is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    Images: Roger Ebert Through the Years
    Images of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at 70. Ebert famously offered thumbs up or down for Hollywood's offerings, and paired up with fellow Chicago critic Gene Siskel and then others for film review television shows.

    Marianthi Thanopoulos

    Mount Prospect welcomes new public information officer

    Marianthi Thanopoulos is eager to talk about what's happening in Mount Prospect. That's good, because she is the village's new public information officer, the person responsible for spreading the word about news in town. "I'm excited because this is a very warm, welcoming community," Thanopoulos said. "And there's so much going on here right now."

    JR Westberg

    Meet the candidates for Huntley’s village board

    Huntley voters will have a choice between four candidates for three seats in next week's election. Two of the candidates, Jayant "Jay" Kadakia and John Piwko are familiar faces, while Ronda Goldman and JR Westberg are new to board politics, but active in the community.

    Naperville’s Millennium Carillon is awash in blue lights through Sunday, April 14, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month. Other colors will mark holidays and special events throughout the year.

    Carillon lights to shine

    Naperville's Millennium Carillon will commemorate community events, holidays and causes with a new lighting program.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Kevin S. Walton, 42, of St. Charles, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and transportation of open alcohol after authorities were called at 6:24 p.m. Saturday to the 35W500 block of Elder Avenue near St. Charles, according to a sheriff's report. Officers said they found Walton in his parked car, sleeping behind the wheel. Walton could not perform field sobriety tests, and...


    Spring Valley band to award middle school scholarships

    The Spring Valley Concert Band will present their first Middle School Scholarship Awards during their Spring Concert this Sunday in Schaumburg. The awards competition was open to all band musician/students in Schaumburg Elementary District 54, and first, second and third Prizes of $200, $100 and $50, respectively, will be presented Sunday.

    Kevin Geary

    Geary calls out Michels on Sugar Grove contracts, campaign funding Both detail who has given to their campaigns

    Sugar Grove village president candidate Kevin Geary is calling on his opponent. President Sean Michels, to reveal how much money he has raised for the race, and who it came from, even though quarterly campaign reports are not due until April 15.


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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Among Prospect Heights blotter items were reports that thieves stole an engagement ring valued at $3,700 out of a condominium and that vandals hurled chunks of concrete that dented and scratched the hood and roof and smashed the windshield on a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee in an apartment lot.


    Threats against driver lead to felony charge in Des Plaines

    Two Des Plaines men and two juveniles were charged with felony mob action and disorderly conduct after intimidating a motorist, Des Plaines police said Thursday. The two adults were also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Daniel Donohue

    Arlington Heights native chosen for “Jeopardy” challenge

    Arlington Heights native Daniel Donohue will compete for $100,000 Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9, in Los Angeles in the "Jeopardy!" College Championship. He is majoring in radio, television and film at Northwestern University.

    Jeremy Point

    Antioch-area couple charged in drug bust

    Two Antioch Township residents face up to 30 years in prison after being arrested for selling drugs out of the home they share with their three children, authorities said. Jeremy M. Point, 30, and Audra E. Kilger, 26, of the 40000 block of N. Route 59, were arrested at their home Tuesday afternoon, Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

    Chicago radio and TV show host Erich “Mancow” Muller will be the subject of a new reality TV show this summer, some of which was filmed at his in-laws house in Barrington.

    'Mancow' and suburban family to star in new reality TV show

    Camera crews have started filming a new reality TV show featuring Chicago radio and TV show host Erich "Mancow" Muller. Mancow said his contract prevents him from giving out any more details, but the show will air on "a major network" this summer and will include footage of him with his wife's family in Barrington, and also with his family in western Missouri.


    Study finds Asian carp numbers low in Minnesota

    Researchers studying water samples from the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers for fragments of Asian carp DNA say they found little evidence of bighead and silver carp in Minnesota. The study released Thursday concludes that while the invasive fish are present in Minnesota, their numbers are likely relatively low.


    City welcomes ruling against E2 owners

    Chicago city lawyers say they're pleased with an Illinois Supreme Court's ruling regarding two owners of a nightclub where 21 people were crushed to death in a 2003 stairwell stampede. The high court Thursday reversed an appellate court's decision that tossed the guilty verdicts and sentences for the E2 owners.


    Dist. 203 considering random drug testing for students

    Citing "rampant" marijuana abuse at both high school campuses, Naperville Unit District 203 officials are ready to begin discussing random, mandatory drug testing for student athletes and those in student activities. The ability to drug test students was recently discussed by a committee of administrators, coaches, parents and students during an annual review of the district's co-curricular code.

    Roberto Garcia

    Cops: Glendale Heights robber hit 7-Eleven before bank

    A man accused of robbing a Glendale Heights bank on Monday has been charged with beating and robbing a 7-Eleven clerk two days earlier, police said Thursday. Roberto Garcia, 30, is being held in the Kane County jail on $200,000 bail.

    Casey Urlacher

    Race for mayor in tiny Mettawa is hot topic in quiet community

    The mayoral race between Trustee Jeff Clark and political newcomer Casey Urlacher in Mettawa is providing sparks typically seen in larger communities. The election is said to be a hot topic in the village of 550.

    Three vacant lots in Aurora are expected to be converted into community gardens this summer to produce fresh produce.

    Aurora set to go greener with more community gardens

    A few vacant lots in Aurora should be getting greener this summer as they're expected to be turned into community gardens. The city council gave preliminary approval Tuesday night to using a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley to set up gardens on three vacant city-owned lots and begin development of a citywide garden network. Several aldermen said they support the...

    Richard Beasley, a self-styled street preacher, was sentenced to death Thursday in the killings of three down-and-out men lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist.

    Ohio man sentenced to death for Craigslist plot

    Associated PressAKRON, Ohio (AP) — A self-styled street preacher was sentenced to death Thursday in the killings of three down-and-out men lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. The jury that convicted Richard Beasley of murder recommended that he face execution. The judge had the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison.

    An Army civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot at Kentucky’s Fort Knox on Wednesday, and investigators were seeking to question a man in connection with the shooting, authorities said.

    Army employee shot, killed at Fort Knox in Ky.

    An Army civilian employee was shot and killed in a parking lot at Kentucky's Fort Knox, and investigators were seeking to question a man in connection with the shooting, authorities said.

    Myanmar police officers provide security around a smoldering building following ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila, Mandalay division. Spasms of spreading, communal violence show the reform path is bumpier that expected.

    Myanmar communal unrest threatens reforms

    Few imagined Myanmar would embrace democracy when the U.S. began its historic engagement with the military regime. But spasms of spreading, communal violence show the reform path is bumpier than expected and have taken the sheen off a foreign policy success of the Obama administration's first term.

    The Carnival cruise ship Triumph is damaged after the being dislodged from its mooring at BAE shipyard during high winds Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Mobile, Ala. Triumph was disabled Feb. 10 by an engine fire that stranded thousands of passengers onboard for days in the Gulf. It was towed into port in Mobile.

    Worker thrown from Alabama dock where ship tore loose

    Authorities were searching for a shipyard worker who was thrown into the water in strong winds that also tore a troubled Carnival cruise ship away from its mooring at an Alabama port. The man was one of two people in a guard shack that blew into the water Wednesday at the shipyard in downtown Mobile, Ala.


    Syria criticizes Jordan for hosting rebel training

    Syrian state media sharply criticized Jordan for hosting U.S.-backed training of rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, warning Thursday that by actively backing the opposition Amman risks falling into the "volcanic crater" of the conflict.

    Associated Press Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in the spot where he usually parked and ate lunch in Williamson, W.Va.

    Sheriff slain in W.Va. had waged war against drugs

    Just months before being gunned down, Sheriff Eugene Crum made good on a campaign promise to do what many in law enforcement have attempted in southern West Virginia — crack down on drugs, especially the illegal sale of prescription pills.

    A North Korean vehicle carrying a missile passes by during a mass military parade in 2012. North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

    North Korea still far from backing up nuclear threats

    North Korea's vow to restart its mothballed nuclear facilities raises fears about assembly lines churning out fuel for a fearsome arsenal of nuclear missiles. But it may actually be a sign that Pyongyang needs a lot more bomb fuel to back up its nuclear threats. Despite the bluster, it could be years before North Korea completes the laborious process of creating more weaponized fuel.

    Thomas Guolee. El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said deputies are seeking Guolee, 31, and 47-year-old James Lohr, members of a white supremacist prison gang, in connection with the death of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. He says their names surfaced during the investigation and the men could be headed to Nevada or Texas.

    2 with gang ties sought in Colo. prison boss death

    Two more men connected to a violent white supremacist gang are being sought in connection with the slaying of Colorado's prisons chief, according to a warning bulletin that's the first official word other gang members might be involved.

    Artist Lonnie Stewart and Bob Bondi discuss how the guitar will be attached to the back of a 9-foot-tall clay and steel sculpture of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sandburg during the unveiling of the clay form of the statue at a reception in East Peoria.

    Sculpture of Carl Sandburg unveiled

    Pete Gorham stood a dozen-plus yards down the massive garage bay of the foundry where artist and Galesburg-area native Lonnie Stewart has for months worked to create a 9-foot-tall clay and steel sculpture of Carl Sandburg. It had been a dozen years, Gorham recalled, since he first approached the Galesburg City Council about a project to honor Sandburg, Galesburg's native son and two-time Pulitzer...


    Union Pacific donates $500,000 to Lincoln Library

    Union Pacific Corp. has donated $500,000 to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to celebrate the legacy of the man whose actions helped create the railroad. Lincoln established the Union Pacific with the signing of the Pacific Railway Act in July 1862. The act provided land and a federal subsidy for the construction of the transcontinental railroad.


    Wis. union officials question Caterpillar layoffs

    Wisconsin union officials questioned Caterpillar Inc.'s plans to temporarily lay off up to 300 workers in the Milwaukee area after the company's CEO called for more visas for foreign engineers and a path to legal status for workers who entered the country illegally . Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of the Illinois-based heavy-equipment manufacturer, made his appeal Monday at a kickoff event for...

    Shemekia Copeland

    Shemekia Copeland to headline Chicago Blues Fest

    Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas and Jimmy Johnson are among the performers to appear at the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park this year.


    Milwaukee archdiocese to release sex abuse files

    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says that it will release about 3,000 pages of documents related to sexual abuse lawsuits that have been filed against it. It says the documents include depositions given by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who previously led the Milwaukee archdiocese, former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland and retired Bishop Richard Sklba.


    Chicago schools CEO defends planned school closings

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett says she's insulted by allegations of racism from opponents of her plan to close 54 schools. During a Wednesday school board meeting, Byrd-Bennett said the decision to shutter the schools was made after listening to more than 20,000 people at hearings around the city.

    Tammy Duckworth returned part of her pay Wednesday to reflect sequestration cuts.

    Dawn Patrol: Duckworth returns pay; police address Elgin violence

    Dawn Patrol: Duckworth returns pay to reflect sequestration cuts. Elk Grove Village man accused in bombing plot unfit to stand trial. Police address Elgin violence at meeting. Parents of autistic student sue St. Charles D303 over treatment. Fire damages Uptown Cafe in Arlington Heights. Man charged in NIU student slaying sentenced to 37 years. Cops say Felony Lane Gang burglarizing cars in...


    District 203 studies policy to combat cheating

    More than 40 percent of Naperville Unit District 203 high school students apparently don't think it's cheating to get the questions or answers before taking a test. District officials say that was just one of the findings of a survey they conducted between the fall of 2010 and the fall of 2011 that included 4,844 high school students, 302 staff members and 347 parents. The results of that survey...

    Lisl Bogart, originally from Prague, talks to Huntley High School students Wednesday about her time spent in Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp. Bogart still has her badge she was forced to wear identifying her as a Jew, and also some of the fake money that was made to fool the Red Cross when they visited her concentration camp.

    Holocaust survivor inspires at Huntley High

    Lisl Bogart was living in Prague — the capital of what is now the Czech Republic — as a happy, healthy 13-year-old at the start of 1939. She lived with her parents and her older brother, went to a good school and had plenty of opportunities for fun. "There was nothing missing in my life," Bogart said to a crowd of Huntley High School freshman during a presentation Wednesday. And then...

    Lake Zurich officials are considering an idea to spark downtown redevelopment with a project on a nearly 2-acre site.

    Lake Zurich looking to build momentum downtown

    Lake Zurich officials are considering an idea to spark downtown redevelopment with a project on a nearly 2-acre site. Village trustees are expected to vote April 15 on whether to solicit qualifications from developers interested in revitalizing part of the village's downtown. After examining the developers' credentials, the next step would involve proposals for the village-owned land directly...

    University of Illinois senior Matt Schuelke assists with cutting-edge imaging research aimed at benefiting diabetic patients. The Hoffman Estates native, who five years ago suffered a serious brain injury while skiing, has been accepted into multiple M.D./Ph.D. programs.

    Budding Hoffman Estates scientist overcomes brain injury

    In the hours after experienced skier Matt Schuelke landed a jump headfirst on a rock — cracking his skull and driving bone into his brain — his parents stood by helplessly as their son lay in a coma. No one knew whether the Fremd High School junior's brain would swell, or what impairments the injury would leave. So it's nothing short of a miracle, they're sure, that Matt is now on the...

    Libertyville High School Orchestra director Jeremy Marino leads musicians as they rehearse for their trip to Cuba. The school’s musicians have performed around the world through the years, but this is the first trip to the small Caribbean nation, which has been at political odds with the United States for decades.

    A world of difference in spring breaks for kids who travel

    Once the domain of wealthy adults, international travel is becoming more and more common for high school teens. Hundreds of suburban high-schoolers each year spend time abroad on school-sponsored trips.


    Fire in unincorporated Deerfield injures one

    Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a fire that engulfed a townhome in unincorporated Deerfield Wednesday night. Deputy Chief Tony Ugaste of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Department said crews were called to 884 Swan Blvd. near Lincolnshire at 8:04 p.m. Upon arrival, they found heavy fire at one unit of a row of eight townhouses, he said.


    Kirk Hinrich (12) blocks the shot of Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Barclays Center in New York. The Bulls won 92-90.

    Bulls wrest one away from Nets

    Missing the usual suspects, plus Taj Gibson, on Thursday in Brooklyn, the Bulls rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Nets 92-90 at the Barclays Center. “For us, it's big,” Nate Robinson told reporters after the game. “Kirk fouled out. You got Marco out. Rip out. D-Rose out. Taj out. Guys are just stepping up, man, and that's what teams do."


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Witzke pitches Hersey to 1st win

    Hersey scored twice in the first inning and once in each subsequent at-bat to earn its first victory of the season, a 6-3 decision against Marshfield, Wis., in nonconference play.Mark Witzke struck out eight and allowed 2 earned runs in 5 innings to get the win.Jake Yager allowed 1 earned run in a 2-inning relief stint for the Huskies.C.J. Reichel doubled, tripled and drove in 3 runs, and Ryan Rodgers and Erik LaBahn doubled for Hersey.Wheeling 15, Lake Forest Academy 5 (6): Wheeling sophomore shortstop Brenden Spillane did much of the damage in the Wildcats’ 15-hit effort, hitting for the cycle and finishing with 5 RBI in a nonconference victory.Sophomore Nathan Cooney also doubled for Wheeling as sophomore Jake Jordan earned the victory.Fremd 14, Stevenson 6: Junior Austin Jetel homered and doubled to lead Fremd 14-hit outburst in a nonconference road victory for the Vikings.Matt Isola, Sam Beutler, and Tim Polak also had doubles to help make winner of sophomore Mack Rosman.Rolling Meadows 6, Glenbard North 5: The host Mustangs came up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a nonconference victory.In the deciding rally, Zach Schultz and Matt Dennis walked before Mike Dolan singled in a run to tie the game.Mickey Wazorick was walked intentionally to load the bases, setting the stage for a game-winning hit from Dan Hendricks.Dennis, Hendricks and Dan Hendrickson each had 2 hits for Meadows, and Kevin Kurzawski earned the victory in relief of Jack Milas.Glenbrook North 3, Buffalo Grove 0: Both teams struggled offensively, finishing with 3 hits apiece, but the visiting Spartans timed their production better as they scored an unearned run in the sixth and two more unearned runs in the seventh to pick up a nonconference victory.Luke Potnick started for the Bison and didn’t allow a hit through 5 innings, walking six and striking out six.Paul Burke struck out three and allowed the unearned runs in his 2-inning relief stint for BG.Burke, Mike DiViesti and Matt Blankshain had singles for the Bison.Jacobs 9, Prospect 4: The host Golden Eagles scored 6 runs in the third inning to take control in nonconference play.A.J. Compton doubled and drove in 2 runs to lead Prospect’s 9-hit effort.Carmel 13, Palatine 1 (6): Zach Serna doubled and drove in Palatine’s only run as the visiting Corsairs had 17 hits in nonconference play.Wheaton North 2, St. Viator 1: The host Lions fell short as the Falcons scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and were able to hang on. Senior Patrick Martin suffered the loss, though Wheaton North had just 6 hits.Maine West 4, Elk Grove 2: Ryan Lowe picked up a save as the Warriors earned a nonconference victory.


    Dobrowski leads East leader Wheeling

    Wheeling 12, Conant 4: Kat Dobrowski had a game-high 6 goals as the Mid-Suburban East leaders picked up a divisional crossover victory against the visiting Cougars. Angela Skittone had all four goals for Conant.Elk Grove 9, Schaumburg 2: Alexa Zajac (4 goals) and Kathryn Noonan (3) led the way as the host Grenadiers earned an MSL divisional crossover victory.Palatine 5, Hersey 2: Rachel Chumbook had 3 goals and Kim Butler stopped 13 shots as the visiting Pirates turned back one of the stronger MSL East teams at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights.Karolina Szymaszek scored both goals for the Huskies.Barrington 16, Buffalo Grove 7: Lisa Danhauer had 6 goals and Catherine Byron had 5 to help MSL West leader Barrington past the host Bison. Bridget Whited led BG with 3 goals.


    Lesniak, Miseyka pace Barrington

    Barrington 13, Buffalo Grove 8: Chase Lesniak and Sam Miseyka scored 3 goals each and Evan O’Connor and Nick Cogswell had 2 apiece lead Barrington’s scoring effort, and Theo Papadimitriou stopped 17 shots for the Broncos.Anise Chaker led BG with 3 goals.Palatine 17, Hersey 2: The host Pirates put on a big offensive show as Christian Kalfas (5 goals), Alex Brons (4), Krystian Kalev (3), and Jacob Baran and Omar El Hoffi (2 each) did most of the damage.Schaumburg 9, Elk Grove 7: LJ Peterson and James Birriel had 4 goals apiece to help the host Saxons to a close win over the Grens.Kyle Phillips had a game-best 5 goals for Elk Grove.Conant 13, Wheeling 7: Jon Burke and Connor Schmitz led the scoring effort for the host Cougars with 5 goals apiece in a decisive MSL divisional crossover. Conant goalkeeper Aly Ahmed stopped 12 shots and had 5 steals.Fremd 20, Rolling Meadows 6: JP French and Matt Emerson found the goal five time each as the MSL West co-leaders rolled to a divisional crossover victory.


    New Trier edges Maine W.

    Less than 10 months ago, Maine West won the biggest softball game in the program's history when it defeated New Trier in 10 innings for its first sectional crown. The two teams met again Thursday in Des Plaines in an early-season Central Suburban League crossover. Although the two teams didn't go to overtime this time, they played another entertaining game that went down to the wire. Allison Quigley, who suffered the loss in relief last June, was ready for the challenge this time and helped lead the Tevians to a 3-2 victory.

    Corey Crawford makes a save against the St. Louis Blues while Blackhawks teammate Johnny Oduya looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, April 4, 2013.

    Hawks let another late lead slip away

    The Hawks took a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes against St. Louis on Thursday at the United Center only to fall behind by a goal. Viktor Stalberg tied it with 4:29 to play, but the Hawks lost 4-3 in a shootout on Kevin Shattenkirk's goal in the sixth round. “It's happened a lot lately,” Hawks winger Bryan Bickell said of the third-period meltdowns. “ ... Those mistakes that are coming between the blue lines, we need to fix them.”


    Stevenson blanks Zion-Benton

    Jenna Weiner scored twice and added an assist, and Stevenson's girls soccer team shut out visiting Zion-Benton 6-0 in North Suburban Lake Division action Thursday.


    Grayslake North maintains winning momentum

    Grayslake North's baseball team continues to build off last season's success. The Knights improved to 3-0 by holding off visiting Waukegan 5-3 in a nonconference game Thursday.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford misses a goal scored by St. Louis Blues' Adam Cracknell during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, April, 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Blues edge Blackhawks 4-3 in shootout

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and the St. Louis Blues came back for a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night. With the tiebreaker knotted 3-3, Shattenkirk beat Corey Crawford with a wrist shot high on the goalie's left side.

    Lakes’ Justin Demand is a 6-foot-5 left-hander who is trying to fully tap his considerable pitching potential.

    Supply and Demand: Lakes’ lefty a hot commodity

    Cyndi Lauper told us in the 1980s that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." But, as it turns out, so do boys. Justin Demand likes to have fun. The Lakes senior hangs out with his friends for fun, he fishes for fun, he plays baseball for fun. For most of his life, in fact, Demand figured he needed nothing more from baseball than the enjoyment factor. But within the last year, Demand realized that the fun he was having in baseball would be over for good once his senior season ended, and he wasn't ready for that. So, Demand, a 6-foot-5 left-handed pitcher, began to demand more from himself. He's hoping that the payoff for a lot of extra effort on his part will be a fun run through the season as Lakes' ace, and a fun way for him to get himself through college.


    Mundelein’s Fairweather: Fantastic

    Lauren Fairweather's softball bat was hot in cool weather. Fairweather hit a pair fair and over the fence at Mundelein, as her 2 home runs highlighted the host Mustangs' 18-0 win over Round Lake in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday.


    Bieda makes an impact for Fremd

    Playing her first season on the Fremd varsity softball team, Emily Bieda wasted little time making her presence felt. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, the sophomore third baseman singled up the middle to score Tracy Welninski from third base for the winning run in Fremd's 2-1 victory over Prairie Ridge on Thursday in Palatine.

    Prospect and Palatine players prepare for an incoming corner kick at the Prospect goal during Thursday evening’s game at George Gattas Memorial Stadium at Prospect.

    Three-goal spurt punctuates Prospect’s victory

    The Prospect attack continues to stay in the fast lane. Goals from Sarah LaCost, Rosie Pettenuzo and Emily Novak within a nine-minute span proved too much for Palatine on Thursday night in Mt. Prospect in the Knights' 4-3 victory in Mid-Suburban League crossover action.


    Gelinas, McCurley lead Lake Zurich past Warren

    Meaghan Gelinas and Kaitlyn McCurley are a tandem in Lake Zurich's midfield sure to cause problems for opposing teams this season. Warren found out the hard way on Thursday night. Thanks to disruptive midfield work from Gelinas and McCurley, the Blue Devils had a hard time getting their offensive attack on track. "We just know how to work well together," Gelinas said. "We know our skill levels, and we trust one another. "We really play good team defense and work well as team this year. One of our goals is to work together and push up as a team." So far, so good for the Bears as Lake Zurich opened North Suburban Lake Division play with a 3-0 victory over visiting Warren. Gelinas and McCurley both had 1 assist apiece.


    Elgin CC sweeps College of DuPage

    The Elgin Community College baseball team swept a nonconference doubleheader from College of DuPage Thursday, winning 9-3 and 7-5.In Game 1, John Menken homered and tripled for the Spartans and Josh Loynachan was the winning pitcher.In Game 2, Sam Komel had 2 doubles and 2 RBI and Mike Hazelhurst picked up the win for ECC (8-7).


    You’ve gotta hand it to Warren’s Coronado — carefully

    Don't slap Selaina Coronado's right hand too hard when giving the Warren softball player a deserved high-five. Then again, go ahead. The junior second baseman's digits are fine. She even has a note from her doctor to prove it. Coronado fractured a finger on her throwing hand during tryouts last month. She wasn't too happy about it. "She was supposed to be out for a month, but she was like, I'm fine,' " Blue Devils coach Tina Meyer said. "I was like, Yeah, but you don't have a doctor's note.' So she went back (to the doctor)." Coronado, who didn't play on Warren's Spring Break trip to Louisville, Ky., got medical clearance to resume playing Monday night. She picked up a pair of hits and 3 RBI against Stevenson on Tuesday and then delivered again Thursday. Her fielder's choice RBI in the bottom of the sixth snapped a tie and gave Warren a 2-1 win over visiting Vernon Hills in a rematch of last season's North Suburban Conference championship game.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 3, Grayslake North 0: Jacobs got goals from Margaret Rivera, Kylie Dennison and Kelly Grady and assists from Danielle Blanchard and Amy Rigby to beat Grayslake North in Fox Valley Conference crossover action Thursday. Liz Foster had 4 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (2-3).Burlington Central 7, Marengo 0: Cali Andrew scored the hat trick and added an assist and Camille Delacruz had 2 goals and 3 assists to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern East win. Karrington Bell and Tatiana Reynosa also scored goals for Central (4-0, 2-0) and Ellen Jayne, Alyssa Messina and Lexi Kern added assists. Taylor Martin and Ann Marie Hilton each had 1 save in goal for the Rockets.Elgin 2, Westminster Christian 0: The Maroons got goals from Idalys Quintano and Jenny Lopez to win their first game of the season. Mara Ramirez posted the shutout for Elgin (1-6).CL South 4, Grayslake Central 0: MacKenzie Taldone, Kimmy Sulikowski, Bianca Miceli and Amy Sulikowski scored goals for the Gators in this FVC crossover win. Kiley Britten had 6 saves in goal for Crystal Lake South.Streamwood 5, Willowbrook 1: Kim Jimenez had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Sabres (2-2-1) to a nonconference win. Tawny Carroll had a goal and an assist for Streamwood, while Hannah McGlone added a goal and Ilma Skrgic and Lauren Schiferl each had an assist. Natalie Guindon made 5 saves in goal for the Sabres.Woodstock North 2, Dundee-Crown 1: Franki Scarpelli scored the Chargers’ goal in this FVC crossover loss. Isabel Miranda had 4 saves in goal for Dundee-Crown.Huntley 3, Woodstock 0: Katie Costantino, Jessica Brock and Taryn Jakubowski scored goals for the Red Raiders in their FVC crossover win. Deanna Hecht added an assist for Huntley (5-1-1). Kelli Rubino and Jessica Galason shared the net duties but weren’t tested.


    What a night for Opsal, Conant’s super seniors

    Three seasons ago, Conant coach Mike Opsal began his coaching career as freshman head coach. On Friday, that group of freshmen celebrated senior night in style with their rook head coach as the Cougars roared to a 154.60, he second-highest team score in the state this season. "When I found out was going to be head coach this year, I thought Cool. I get to introduce them on senior night,' " Opsal said. "And what a night they had."


    Cherry, Glenbard North shut out Lake Park

    Lindsey Cherry fired a 2-hitter, striking out eight, and No. 5 Glenbard North beat No. 20 Lake Park 2-0 on Thursday in Carol Stream.Cherry (3-0) also walked 3, blanking a Lake Park (6-1) team that wasn’t shut out all last season and had scored 55 runs in its first six games. Heather Sperlazzo doubled and drove in a run, Rucha Amin had an RBI double, Alex Caliva was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Sydney Benz 2-for-3 with a stolen base for Glenbard North (4-0).Montini 9, Glenbard East 2:Sara Ross hit a 3-run homer, her third of the year and Montini’s program record 11th, for the Broncos (6-2). Morganne Evans was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Zoe Dannenberg 2-for-3 with an RBI. Brittany Plimmer’s 2-run homer in the seventh accounted for Glenbard East’s runs.Glenbard South 10, Wheaton North 3:Danielle Scarpiniti’s 3-run double in the fifth helped rally the No. 13 Raiders (3-0) in Wheaton. Kelly Thornton’s 3-run homer in the third staked Wheaton North to a 3-0 lead, and Jane Trzaska hit a solo shot for Glenbard South in the fourth.Glenbard West 3, West Chicago 1:Caity Schoenfeld allowed just 4 hits in 5 innings, and Taylor Langtry closed it out for the Hilltoppers (2-2). Jacklyn Tyburk doubled and drove in a run, Rachel Terwilliger had 2 doubles and 2 stolen bases and Natalie Noland and Shelley Warmolts each were 2-for-3 with an RBI.Addison Trail 12, Hoffman Estates 11:Crystal Marinelli had 2 hits and drove in the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh for the Blazers. Danielle Ciaglia and Kelly Delawder each added 2 hits.St. Charles North 10, WW South 7:Mickey Goetz had 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI and Sabrina Rabin 3 hits and 3 runs for the No. 6 North Stars (4-0) in St. Charles.


    Congrats SCN coaches: Gould headed to Hall; Vostal reaches 200 wins

    This weekend is the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association annual spring clinic. Retiring St. Charles North football coach Mark Gould knows it well, but would never have expected to be part of the event's highlight. One day earlier this year Gould opened his mail and discovered he'd been selected for the IHSFCA Hall of Fame. Inductions are Saturday in Champaign. "I remember when the envelope came I thought it was when the (annual IHSFCA) clinic was coming up. I was completely blindsided," Gould said.


    Naperville North knocks off WW South

    Wheaton Warrenville South is going to do a lot of learning on the field this season.

    Benny Li of Naperville North plays against Steven Hanna of Glenbard West during a boys varsity tennis match at West, Thursday.

    Naperville North shows its strength

    The Naperville North tennis team's greatest strengths this year are its depth and an evenness of talent throughout the lineup. In Thursday's season-opening match at Glenbard West, the Huskies displayed both those characteristics by sweeping the four doubles matches and defeating the host Hilltoppers 6-1. "These kids had so many brutal challenge matches in practice this week and that helped prepare us for today," Huskies coach Heather Henricksen said. "They're fighting for positions. Everyone wants to play at sectionals and they're all capable of it. We have that evenness in both singles and doubles."

    Lisa Tassi of Naperville Central gets tagged out at home by Erin Cohoon of Benet. This took place during the Naperville Central at Benet softball game Thursday.

    Hayes, Naperville Central hang tough to beat Benet

    Keegan Hayes walked a tightrope against the best lineup around — and didn't blink. Naperville Central's junior pitcher struck out Emily York with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the seventh, and the No. 11 Redhawks hung on to knock off No. 1 Benet 3-2 on Thursday in Lisle.

    St. Edward’s Michael Castoro sprints toward third base on his way to a 2-run triple in the third inning against Aurora Christian Thursday in Elgin.

    Late rally lifts St. Edward over Aurora Christian

    What, St. Edward worry? Not this season. Not with this potent offense. Determined Aurora Christian rallied for 4 runs to take a 1-run lead on St. Edward in the top of the fifth inning of Thursday's Suburban Christian Conference crossover baseball game in Elgin, but the Green Wave responded with a 5-run sixth to prevail 12-8. It was the third straight game St. Edward (4-0, 3-0) scored 12 or more runs, but what impressed coach Tim Dovichi most was his team's ability to refocus after two unproductive innings at the plate. St. Edward hitters were retired in order in the fourth and fifth innings, the last three outs coming on 4 pitches. Meanwhile, the Eagles rallied from a 7-4 deficit.

    Gordon Beckham hits a single off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Chicago. Beckham had four hits, but the Royals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Royals' Guthrie befuddles Sox

    Jeremy Guthrie stood in the way of the Sox' first 3-0 start since 1992 and, predictably, the right-hander didn't budge.“He's pretty good,” manager Robin Ventura said after the White Sox fell to Kansas City 3-1. “He moves it around. He's not a one-pitch pitcher. He can take different pitches and make it look six different ways. He's tough and finds ways to get you out in front, get you behind. He gets ahead, first-pitch strikes. He makes it tough on us.”


    Bartlett gets past Larkin

    There were two things Bartlett pitcher Kyle Senes felt Thursday in his first varsity appearance for the Hawks' baseball team. For starters, Senes inherited the immediate pressure of trying to hold down a 1-run lead in the bottom of the eighth from reliever Matt Lathan, and the pressure escalated when Senes loaded the bases full of Royals with only one out and Larkin's 4-5 hitters lurking. But instead of succumbing to the pressure in his debut, Senes settled down and punched out Brayden Royse and John Jowalski looking with a few curveballs and some heat on the outside corner to get his first save and a 7-6 Upstate Eight crossover win over Larkin in Elgin.


    What a night for Opsal, Conant’s super seniors

    Three seasons ago, Conant coach Mike Opsal began his coaching career as freshman head coach. On Friday, that group of freshmen celebrated senior night in style with their rook head coach as the Cougars roared to a 154.60, he second-highest team score in the state this season. "When I found out was going to be head coach this year, I thought Cool. I get to introduce them on senior night,' " Opsal said. "And what a night they had."

    Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche (0) shoots between Chicago Bulls' Vladimir Radmanovic (77) and Kirk Hinrich (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

    Bulls rally from 16 down to beat Nets 92-90

    Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left, and the Bulls overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-90 on Thursday night. Jimmy Butler had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 18 points, and Robinson finished with 12 as the Bulls shook off the absences of five key players to keep Indiana from clinching the Central Division title they've won the last two years.


    Glenbard South completes sweep of Fenton

    A 14-4 win Thursday over visiting Fenton gave the Glenbard South baseball team its first Metro Suburban Conference series sweep of 2013 and continued the Raiders' strong season start. "We know the tough part of the season is ahead of us. We have Riverside-Brookfield, Illiana Christian and Ridgewood all in the second half of the season," said Raiders coach Mike Riley said. "And this is a conference where winning two out of three in a series is not good enough to win conference. You need to win all three. We need to get better in the first half, so we can be ready for those series."


    Boyd’s goals lift Cary-Grove over Hampshire

    With prolific scorer Korey Kronforst graduated, Cary-Grove girls soccer coach Ray Krystal is looking for players to step into the scorers role during the 2013 campaign. The Trojans might have found that type of scorer in senior Kate Boyd. Boyd's 2 goals were enough for the Trojans to produce a 2-0 win over Hampshire in Fox Valley Conference crossover action in Cary Thursday night.

    West Aurora’s Hannah Banks heads home to score on a botched Rosary rundown during Thursday’s game in Aurora.

    West Aurora tops Rosary to snap skid

    Kaylee Hayton was two pitches away from perfection Thursday afternoon at Rosary. The West Aurora right-hander fanned 13 batters while walking none in a dominant 1-hit victory over the Royals in the schools' annual softball non-conference game. With their 6-0 triumph the Blackhawks (1-6) ended their six-game season-opening losing streak; Rosary dropped to 1-2.


    Geneva wins game, loses Endriukaitis

    Of all the crazy twists and turns in a game that lasted three hours with 26 runs on the scoreboard, Geneva senior third baseman Mitchell Endriukaitis made the best hustle play — and wounded up with the least to show for it. With Metea Valley runners at first and second and no outs in the fourth inning, Endriukaitis raced from third base to the Geneva dugout to snag a foul pop. When no Viking covered third base, Metea Valley's Ben Doiron alertly tried to take the extra base. Endriukaitis sprinted from the front of the Geneva dugout back to third base and dove to apply the tag on Doiron for an unassisted double play. Unfortunately for Endriukaitis, Doiron's helmet hit — and broke — a finger on his throwing hand. The three-year starter is expected to miss four to six weeks.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 2, St. Charles East 1: Joe Crivolio and Alex Wolfe combined to scatter 7 hits and Wolfe hit a 2-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Storm (2-1) to an Upstate Eight crossover win. Crivolio started and went 6 innings, allowing 4 hits with a strikeout and 2 walks. Wolfe pitched the final three innings, allowing 3 hits and an earned run while striking out four and walking one.Jacobs 9, Prospect 4: Connor Conzelman hit a 2-run home run and Ben Murray was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI as Jacobs won in nonconference play. Joe Rizzuto had a double and an RBI for the Golden Eagles (5-1) and Tim Hubner drove in a run. Nick Ledinsky went 5 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs with 5 strikeouts and a walk to earn the win.Huntley 16, CL Central 2: Bryce Only (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Kameron Sallee (2-for-3, 3 RBI) each homered as the Red Raiders (6-1) routed Crystal Lake Central in Fox Valley Conference crossover action. Colin Lyman (2 RBI), Mark Skonieczny (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Tyler Albright (2B), Matt Sullivan (2-for-3, RBI), Tyler Mindak (2B) and Jake Wagner (2 RBI) also contributed to the offense. Only picked up the win on the mound, going 4 innings and allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs. He struck out five and walked two.Cary-Grove 9, Grayslake Central 3: Brandon McCumber was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, Michael Sutherland was 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI and Andrew Brierton went 3-for-3 with an RBI as the Trojans (5-2) won in FVC crossover play. Zach Marszal (2B, RBI), Dean Christakes (RBI) also pitched in for Cary-Grove. Marszal picked up the win in relief of McCumber.Burlington Central 19, Marengo 8: Alex Bell was 4-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI while Michael Scott (3-for-3) and Bryan Cynova (2-for-4) each had 4 RBI as the Rockets rolled to a Big Northern East win. Also contributing to the offense for Central (3-1, 2-0) were Drew Wiss (RBI), Blake Alexander (2-for-2, 2B, RBI), Josh Lung (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI), Dan Gerke (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Robby Frederickson (RBI) and Jacob Schutta (2B, RBI), who was also the winning pitcher.Dundee-Crown 3, Johnsburg 1: Ryan Suwanski (2B), Garrett Ryan (2-for-4) and Zach Girard each drove in a run in the 10th inning as the Chargers won in FVC crossover action. Suwanski also earned the win on the mound for Dundee-Crown (2-2), pitching the 10th inning.Lake Park 8, Elgin 1: Ethan Henke’s home run accounted for Elgin’s only tally in this Upstate Eight crossover loss. John Zima took the loss for the Maroons (0-3, 0-2).Neuqua Valley 4, Streamwood 0: The Sabres managed just 3 hits, 2 from Michael Murawski, in this Upstate Eight crossover loss. Chad Caminitti took the loss for Streamwood.


    Borucki happy to remain with Blue Jays

    Former Mundelein star pitcher Ryan Borucki is beginning to live out his dreams in Florida. He got drafted last spring by the Toronto Blue Jays, despite injuring his arm and pitching only sparingly during his senior campaign. He reported last week to rookie training camp and will learn soon where he'll be spending the summer.


    Crystal Lake South hangs on vs. Hampshire

    Hampshire's second comeback came up a run short. Crystal Lake South scored 4 times in the top of the seventh to take a 7-3 lead, then watched the host Whip-Purs almost tie it up again. But starter Tyler Hall retired RJ Consigny with a runner on base to end the game and the Gators held on for a 7-6 win in Fox Valley Conference crossover baseball action Thursday at Hampshire. Max Meitzler drove in 4 runs, including the game-winner for South (3-0).


    Libertyville’s loving its spring tradition

    While many baseball teams in Lake County were stuck inside over spring break last week, Libertyville was one of several teams to have some fun in the sun. The Wildcats made their annual trip to Arizona, and once they arrived, head coach Jim Schurr was reminded instantly of the upside of all the hard work that goes into planning such an undertaking. "God willing, I'll be going to Arizona every Spring Break, as long as our players and administrators want to go," Schurr said. "I would never want to stop going. "We've been going there for 10 years now and you can't beat that location and the weather there. We've had maybe one bad weather day there in 10 years. We're able to get a lot done."


    Van Fossan, Barrington tough out a win at Schaumburg

    Barrington middle hitter Peter Van Fossan played Thursday's match against Schaumburg with a bandage on his left hand after injuring his thumb at last weekend's Wheaton Warrenville South tourney. But the senior doesn't let the injury bother him. As a matter of fact, he thinks it may even be making him play better. "I focus more," said Van Fossan. "It makes me kick it into a higher gear." Van Fossan helped lead the Broncos to a third-place state finish last season while competing in the playoffs with what he called a "sprained or broken thumb," and in the match against WWS where the injury took place, he had an amazing 16 kills against Downers Grove South. Thursday, the senior's 4 kills, 3 blocks and an ace helped propel Barrington to a 25-23, 25-14 Mid-Suburban West victory against the host Saxons.


    Looking for a field, teams find a gem in Lee Pfund Stadium

    Some things just seem impossible. Playing baseball early last week in the western suburbs certainly falls in that category. But while most teams struggled to make playable fields that either were frozen or swamped by thawing frost, a handful of resourceful area teams took advantage of one of the best kept baseball secrets in DuPage County.


    Bilgri’s debut a success for Neuqua Valley

    Megan Bilgri certainly made the most of her varsity debut Thursday. The Neuqua Valley junior struck out 15 and allowed just 2 hits as the Wildcats defeated host Elgin, 5-2, in Upstate Eight Conference softball action. "I was very pleased with how the (debut) turned out," Bilgri said. "I pitched a few games on JV, but varsity is definitely a step up."

    After being hit in the mouth by a puck, Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg will replace his half shield with a full face shield.

    All stitched up, Stalberg says he’s lucky

    Viktor Stalberg knows it could have been worse much worse, especially after seeing Sidney Crosby suffer a broken jaw on a similar play. Stalberg needed "50 to 60 stitches," by his estimation, to close the cut he suffered last Friday when he was struck near the mouth by a puck off the stick of Ryan Getzlaf. The Blackhawks winger is playing with a full face shield, but doesn't believe they should be mandatory even if it would have prevented what happened to him.


    Kane glad to see trade deadline pass

    Patrick Kane, for one, was happy to see the trade deadline come and go with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman mostly standing pat with what he had. "I know hockey is a business, but I think it's nice they're kind of giving this group a chance, especially after what happened last year," Kane said. "We had a pretty good season with over 100 points, then obviously a disappointing first-round loss. I think this group in here doesn't want to go through that again. It will be nice to see what happens here because I think we've got something special."


    Gaylord leads Burlington Central past Marengo again

    Burlington Central junior left-hander Brooke Gaylord had a tough act to follow Thursday, but she did so just like a veteran winner would. Just 48 hours after freshman Emily Kisch shut down Marengo on 5 hits, Gaylord allowed the Indians just 3 singles and the host Rockets took advantage of some shoddy Marengo defense to beat the three-time defending Big Northern East softball champs 3-0 on windswept Rocket Hill.

    FILE - In this March 12, 2013, file photo, Rutgers coach Mike Rice yells out to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul at the Big East tournament in New York. Rutgers said it would reconsider its decision to retain Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. The videotape, broadcast Tuesday, April 2, on ESPN, prompted scores of outraged social media comments as well as sharp criticism from Gov. Chris Christie and NBA star LeBron James. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

    Two Rutgers players defend fired coach Rice

    Two Rutgers basketball players on Mike Rice's team say the fired coach wasn't the abusive tyrant he appears to be on a widely viewed video that ultimately cost him his job.

    A fan catches a foul ball with his ball cap during the fifth inning of Kansas City’s victory over the White Sox on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Beckham, Flowers reach base eight times in 3-1 loss

    Tyler Flowers and Gordon Beckham hit at the bottom of the White Sox' lineup, and they reached base eight times in as many plate appearances Thursday. Unfortunately for the Sox, the rest of the batting order was quiet in a 3-1 loss to the Royals.


    Thieves steal $340K in jewelry from Bosh home

    While Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was out celebrating his birthday at a Morocco-themed party complete with live camels, police said Thursday that thieves made off with about $340,000 in jewelry from the player's nearby home.

    AP10ThingsToSee - Trainers check on Louisville guard Kevin Ware after he broke his leg during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in an NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    Ware’s injury causes ‘problems’ for Louisville

    Kevin Ware's presence at the Final Four is an emotional boost for the Louisville Cardinals, coming just days after he broke his lower right leg in gruesome fashion. But his absence on the floor leaves the top-seeded Cardinals vulnerable for the first time in the NCAA tournament.

    Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz (19) celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Anthony Rizzo during the ninth inning Thursday. The Cubs won 3-2.

    Cubs survive Marmol’s shaky performance

    Carlos Marmol made it interesting again Thursday. This time, he was able to finish the game and get a save as the Cubs held on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 and win the series two games to one.

    Dan Vogelbach, a 250-pound first baseman with the Kane County Cougars, isn't likely to replace Anthony Rizzo for the Cubs in a few years. But he could have a future as a designated hitter if the NL adopts the rule change.

    Epstein expects the NL will add DH

    Although there are no plans to bring the designated hitter into the National League, Cubs president Theo Epstein is quoted in USA Today as saying he believes that day is coming soon. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday he likes managing the National League game, with the pitcher batting.

    FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2009 file photo, Keith Henry holds a photo of his daughter Nova Henry, with her daughter Ava and son at the Cook County Courthouse in Chicago. Chicago attorney Fredrick Goings, who was convicted in the January 2009 slayings of Nova and daughter Ava, the ex-girlfriend and daughter of former NBA center Eddy Curry, was sentenced Thursday, April 4, 2013, to life in prison. Goings represented Henry in a child custody case against Curry, and was romantically involved with her. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

    Life sentence in killing of Curry’s ex, daughter

    A Chicago attorney was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the slayings of former NBA center Eddy Curry's ex-girlfriend and infant daughter four years ago.


    Lake Zurich runs smoothly in Tune Up

    Lake Zurich is making it look easy. The Bears took a 2-0 record into last week's Spring Break Tune Up Tournament at Hoffman Estates. After cruising past Huntley 10-1 and hammering an undermanned Fremd squad, 15-1, the Bears had plenty of optimism at Hoffman Estates and it shined through. The Bears pounced on West Chicago 13-2 won a hard fought 5-2 game against Warren, and blitzed a relatively new Taft team 16-0 to advance to the championship game where they dominated Bartlett, 10-2.


    Bears announce 2013 preseason slate

    The Chicago Bears have announced their 2013 preseason NFL schedule.

    Despite no major trades, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville like the team he has in place and believes they have enough to contend for the Stanley Cup.

    Hawks happy with what they’ve got

    The trade deadline came and went Wednesday with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman giving the group he has a vote of confidence by doing nothing of significance.Now the pressure is on Hawks coach Joel Quenneville and his players to get the job done in the playoffs with a roster that many believe is good enough to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.

    Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice is driven from his home, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Little Silver, N.J. Rice is due a $100,000 bonus for lasting through the season.

    AP: Ex-Rutgers coach due $100K bonus

    Rutgers University's fired basketball coach is due a $100,000 bonus for lasting through the season.

    Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Garden State Equality, organized a demo in New Brunswick, N.J., questioning why the firing of Mike Rice, the coach of Rutgers’ men’s basketball team, didn’t happen sooner.

    Rutgers alumni call for probe on coach’s firing

    Mike Rice was fired as the Rutgers men's basketball coach after a video surfaced showing him shoving players and berating them with gay slurs, but critics said New Jersey's flagship public university still has more explaining — and maybe some more firing — to do.


    Mike North video: Final Four Preview

    Mike North tells you who is going to win this weekend in the NCAA Final Four games and why. He also picks one of the coaches as a standout.

    The Kane County Cougars, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, head out to the diamond at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva on Tuesday for some practice. The team also wore their Cubs jerseys for the workout. The two organizations have a two-year player development contract.

    Kane County Cougars ready to unleash speed, power

    Mark Johnson, a Georgia native who will manage the Kane County Cougars this season, is thrilled with the potential prospects assigned to Geneva by the Cubs organization. "We've got a lot of big prospects here," Johnson said during the Cougars' annual media day. "The Cubs' way (of conducting minor-league operations) is going to be instilled here. It's a pretty versatile lineup. We have speed at the top and power in the middle."


    Lakes nets fourth straight triumph

    Lakes' boys volleyball team won its fourth straight match Wednesday night, defeating Libertyville 25-22, 25-21 in its North Suburban Conference opener.


    C-G edges Antioch in 12 innings

    Antioch's softball nemesis got the best of the Sequoits again Wednesday. But this time it took Cary-Grove 12 innings to pull out a 3-1 nonconference win in Cary. "It was a very, very epic game," Antioch coach Anthony Rocco said after his squad fell to 3-1. "I've never seen a game like that. It was one great play after another."


    Jim Simons walks along a sand bar, exposed by low water levels, on the Portage Lake channel that leads to Lake Michigan at Onekama, Mich.

    Great Lakes levels below normal next 6 months

    Water levels across most of the Great Lakes are likely to remain well below average for the next six months, posing continued hardships for commercial vessels and tourist towns that cater to recreational boaters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday. The lakes should undergo their usual rise during the warm season, helped by melting of abundant winter snowfall across the region's northern tier, officials with the Detroit district office said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to end three so-called loopholes in corporate taxes got its first blast of public input Wednesday, as business groups questioned whether it's fair and could hurt job creation .

    Business, advocacy groups split on Quinn tax plan

    Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to end three so-called loopholes in corporate taxes got its first blast of public input Wednesday, as business groups questioned whether it's fair and could hurt job creation while child and citizen advocacy groups praised it as a way to help pay down Illinois' gargantuan backlog of unpaid bills.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. said Thursday that its drugstore clinics are expanding service beyond treating minor ailments like sinus infections. The clinics can now diagnose, treat and monitor chronic diseases.

    Walgreen clinics expand care into chronic illness

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. has stretched the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. The company said Thursday that most of its roughly 370 in-store Take Care Clinics now will diagnose, treat and monitor patients with some chronic conditions that are typically handled by doctors.

    Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been in prison since December 2006 and is currently serving his sentence in a low security facility outside of Denver.

    Possible deal could cut ex-Enron CEO’s sentence

    A possible agreement that could reduce the prison sentence of former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling for his role in the collapse of the once mighty energy giant is being discussed, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The possibility of a sentencing agreement in the case was made public this week in a notice to victims of Enron's collapse.

    U.S. stocks fluctuated between gains and losses as investors weighed central banks’ pledges on stimulus efforts against a rise in American jobless claims.

    Stocks move higher on Wall Street; Best Buy soars

    The Dow Jones industrial average closed higher Thursday, regaining half of its plunge the day before, as buyers returned to the market. The Dow rose 55.76 points after having dropped 111 on Wednesday, its worst fall in more than a month. The decline was enough to make stock prices seem attractive again.

    Best Buy said Thursday it will create store-within-store kiosks for Samsung products — a vote of confidence from a major consumer electronics retailer that the brick-and-mortar format is still an important way to sell products.

    Best Buy stores to feature Samsung kiosks

    Shares of Best Buy jumped on Thursday after it announced plans to create store-within-store kiosks for Samsung products — a vote of confidence from a major consumer electronics retailer that the brick-and-mortar format is still an important way to sell products.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS This Sept. 19, 2004, file photo released by Fox shows Jeffrey Tambor, left, and Jason Bateman in a scene from Fox’s comedy “Arrested Development.” New episodes will be airing on Netflix, starting May 26.

    ‘Arrested Development’ premieres May 26 on Netflix

    "Arrested Development" will be reborn on Netflix on May 26. The subscription service announced the premiere date Thursday, saying that all 15 episodes of the comedy series will be posted at the same time.

    Suddenly outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the U.S. trudges unevenly toward the president’s goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark.

    U.S. is halfway to Obama 5-year export-doubling goal

    Suddenly outsourcing is on the way out and insourcing on the way in as the U.S. trudges unevenly toward President Barack Obama's goal of doubling American exports around the world by the start of 2015. So far, export levels are about halfway to his mark.


    U.S. unemployment aid applications jump to 385,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose to a four-month high last week, although the increase partly reflects seasonal distortions around the spring holidays. The Labor Department says weekly applications increased 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 385,000. That is the highest level since late November. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 354,250.

    Boeing said it has finished more than half of the testing on its proposed battery fix for the 787, with the rest of the ground and flight tests coming in the next several days.

    Boeing 787 testing more than half done

    Boeing said it has finished more than half of the testing on its proposed battery fix for the 787, with the rest of the ground and flight tests coming in the next several days.The test results so far have been in line with the testing Boeing did when it was developing the fix, spokesman Marc Birtel said on Wednesday.

Life & Entertainment

    A drug addict (Jane Levy) discovers that there are things worse than going cold turkey in the horror remake “Evil Dead.”

    'Evil Dead' remake heavy on gore, light on clever invention

    "Evil Dead" could well be the most terrifying film you will ever experience — if you've never seen a horror movie before and will never see another one again. Gore hounds will get their fill of satisfaction from this Grand Guignol production. It sets a new standard of acceptance for explicit violence in R-rated films. It's the conventional horror film lampooned by "The Cabin in the Woods."

    Roma Downey plays Mary in the History Channel’s miniseries “The Bible.”

    Bible miniseries unfolds on DVD

    "The Bible: The Epic Miniseries" was a huge hit for the History Channel. See the whole series now on DVD.

    “Migrant” by The Dear Hunter

    The Dear Hunter on target with new album

    It's always a challenge for musicians as technically talented as the members of The Dear Hunter not to get lost in their own world and forget to make music for others. On its fifth album, "Migrant," The Dear Hunter handles the balance well.

    Shain Gandee, from MTV’s “Buckwild” reality series, was found dead Monday in a sport utility vehicle in a ditch along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person, authorities said.

    Death for a reality star, but reality TV goes on

    For a fleeting moment, Shain Gandee was part of the 1 percent. Gandee gained entry into the 1 percent who can claim to be famous. To be recognized, however marginally, as a media celebrity, never mind why. To be saluted for posing as some version of oneself, however distorted that version may be. Thanks to his brief run on the MTV reality show "Buckwild," Gandee was lifted from obscurity in small-town West Virginia for a dozen episodes of prominence before his death earlier this week.


    Book notes: Jamie McGuire signs in Round Lake Beach

    Best-selling author Jamie McGuire discusses and signs copies of her newest book, "Walking Disaster," from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach. The event is co-hosted by the Lake Forest Bookstore. Registration is required.

    It’s official: Jimmy Fallon is replacing Jay Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014. NBC says that Jimmy Fallon has tried judiciously to make sure Jay Leno was on board with the move.

    Has NBC learned transition lessons?

    NBC's recent personnel transition in morning television was a disaster. Executives hope their luck is better late at night, and they have a year to try and make it a smooth handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon at the "Tonight" show. The thinking is clear: Leno is 62, his hair graying. The eager Fallon is 38, looks younger, hangs with his ultra-hip house band the Roots and slow jams the news with President Obama. All Leno does is consistently rank No. 1 in his field, a status not many people at NBC can claim these days.

    “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout.

    ‘Burgess Boys’ weaves a story about mercy and a family

    Jim and Bob Burgess, the brothers who are the title characters of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, “The Burgess Boys,” grew up fatherless in a small Maine town after an accident in the family car when they were young.They were smart, though, and became lawyers in New York City. As the novel unfolds, they are drawn back to their hometown, revisiting old scars while struggling with a new shock to the family psyche.

    Stephen Anthony, center, stars as teenage con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. in Broadway in Chicago’s “Catch Me If You Can.”

    ‘Catch Me’ a breezy if superficial musical journey

    The coast-to-coast tour of "Catch Me If You Can" , a musical confection from 2011 about the real-life adventures of a teenage con artist, touched down this week for a brief layover at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. Inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, "Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who during the 1960s traveled around the world masquerading as a pilot, physician and lawyer, while forging checks totaling more than $2 million. And he did it all before he turned 21.

    Ariana Richards demonstrates why she’s the strongest asset in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 thriller “Jurassic Park,” now rereleased in a sharp and detailed 3-D experience.

    3-D makes ‘Jurassic Park’ pop even more

    Dann reviews three new movies: Steven Spielberg's 3-D converted 1993 dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" celebrating its 20th anniversary, the domestic drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," and the provocative, insightful documentary "Room 237" analyzing hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Dann also supplies his weekly film notes and interviews director/writer Derek Cianfrance.

    “Ultramarine” by The Ocean Blue”

    The Ocean Blue strong with ‘Ultramarine’

    It's been more than a decade since Pennsylvania's The Ocean Blue released a full-length album and the quartet makes no secret that "Ultramarine" came together in bits and pieces as members David Schelzel, Bobby Mittan, Oed Ronne and Peter Anderson recorded here and there. Singer and songwriter Schelzel referred to it as a record done at a "glacial pace." It was worth the wait.


    A Woodstock voter casts an early ballot.

    Editorial: Still plenty of ways to cast your ballot early

    If it'll be tough for you to get to the polls on Tuesday, take advantage of several options to vote in advance — even if you're not registered, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    A monument to reconciliation

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: CAMDEN, S.C. -- It isn't often that one gets to hear both the strains of "Dixie" and an African drum concert in the same public square. Nor, usually, are statue unveilings the riveting stuff of storytelling.That is, unless one happens to be in the oldest inland city, population 7,000, of one of the oddest little states in a nation of oddness.


    Benefits seen in small governments
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I can talk to my elected officials face-to-face when I want to get their attention. Try that in Cook County or most other "consolidated" forms of increasingly nonlocal units of government.


    Fremont Twp. needs leader who’s committed
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: A vote for Glenn Garamoni for Fremont Township supervisor would be a better choice to honestly and effectively serve the residents of Fremont Township. Glenn has been a very involved and dedicated precinct committeeman and a business owner in Fremont Township for many years.


    Let people decide on gay marriage
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Have a state-by-state vote and a national vote by the people. After all, they do that to elect the President of the United States. They don't let the Supreme Court judges pick the president, so why should the justices decide this important issue?


    Gavin knows Elgin city government
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing to strongly endorse Terry Gavin for Elgin City Council.


    Prigge understands needs of business
    An Elgin letter to the editor: John Prigge, Elgin City Council, has my unequivocal and enthusiastic endorsement in the April 9 election.


    Slates are not good for ECC
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I've been watching this (2013) and the previous (2011) election for ECC trustee and am disturbed by the slates developing in support of candidates.


    Hoeft combines business, engineering skills
    A Huntley letter to the editor: On Tuesday, April 9, voters will elect a new Grafton Township Highway Commissioner. I am a former highway commissioner in Grafton Township. There are major differences between the two candidates.


    Local elections affect you most
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Local elections are where citizens can have the most impact.


    Untruths hurt campaign in Ela
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Recently, an Ela First candidate came to my door to explain their party's views. I welcomed the discussion despite the fact that I display an Ela Tax Reform Party sign in my front yard.


    Ela needs change in leadership
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: I find it most interesting to learn that long-term Township Supervisor Lucy Prouty led the current board to reduce new 2013 incoming revenues from our property taxes by $500,000.


    Slate is best for Lake Zurich
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Residents can have a positive impact on the future of Lake Zurich by voting for all the UNITED Lake Zurich candidates.


    Island Lake should stand for honesty
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: The government of Island Lake should be honest, fair and lawful and should represent the taxpayers of the community. But that's not what is happening.


    Poynton has worked well with Lake Zurich
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: I read with interest, Jim Johnson's "endorsement" published in the Herald. Your readers should be cautious of personal endorsements that are usually based in self-interest.


    Safety message for gun opponents
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Just a note to New York City Mayor Bloomberg. The next time you hire an actor for one of your fake "gun control" ads, make sure that the actor has the weapon uncocked and his finger off of the trigger.


    Tax watchdog doesn’t understand Dist. 10
    An Itasca letter to the editor:


    Carol Stream library fiscally responsible
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I do believe that the board President Mike Wade, Trustees Jerry Clark and Susan Galle, and candidates Justin Moran and Joshua Jeffrey will adhere to this philosophy and are worthy of your support.


    Put nonviolent prisoners to work
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: In dealing with empty schools, put nonviolent prisoners in them and put them to work on streets and other jobs to pay off their fines instead of sitting in a cell and watching TV all day.


    Portman acted only when it became personal
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Sen. Portman says his son has taught him that being gay is not a choice, but part of who he has always been. Well, what do you know? How many children of social conservatives must "come out of the closet" before the federal government, and each individual state, allows and recognizes same-sex marriage?


    Leaders in D.C. poor role models
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It's never too late to re-examine what good leadership is, or to give some somber thought to the fruitless legacy our current government is destined to realize if behavior doesn't change. I hope all of our legislators will take this message to heart and strive to work together to solve the critical problems facing our nation.


    Learn from history about birthrates
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Same-sex relationships do not meet the biological or historical definition of marriage. As our culture pursues a new definition of marriage we should take note of our own declining birthrate. In the U.S. we have dropped below the replacement level.


    Don’t blame economy on federal workers
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: As a retired federal employee with over 40 years of private and public employment and an active member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, I wanted to set the record straight on the facts about the sequester. Federal employees have no control over the government growing or shrinking.


    Too few details on Lake Park pool vote
    A Medinah letter to the editor: The people who have decided to place this referendum on the ballot have completely failed to engage the taxpayers — that's those of us who are to pay for this plan. I try to be very attuned to local and national politics. I have not seen or heard from anyone supporting this plan, allowing me to get my questions answered.


    Vote for backers of Ride DuPage
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Ride DuPage Paratransit, a vital transportation service for people with disabilities and the elderly, is potentially being threatened. I would like to share with you a summary of a statement that my daughter, Erika, presented to the Wheatland Township board of trustees on Dec. 8, 2011.


    Best candidate for Wheaton council
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: We are writing to urge the residents of Wheaton's North District to re-elect Phil Suess on Tuesday. Phil's financial expertise, calm demeanor and independent, reasoned approach have benefited Wheaton's taxpayers.


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