Daily Archive : Friday April 5, 2013


    Colin Smith, preaching at Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights.

    Suburban pastor joins call to end Chicago violence

    Colin Smith of Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights is among a trio of pastors leading an anti-violence conference on Friday at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. "We couldn't be more different, and so are our churches," Smith says, "but the things that unite us are far greater than everything that separates us."

    Pope Francis waves as he tours St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in his popemobile prior to his weekly general audience, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Pope Francis indicated Friday that he will seek to have the church act “with determination” against clergy sex abuse cases.

    Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

    Pope Francis indicated Friday that he will seek to have the church act "with determination" against clergy sex abuse cases. The pope pushed for decisive action during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Vatican said in a statement.


    Video gambling won't fund state's next construction plan

    State construction projects being paid for with video gambling revenue soon will be completed -- but that doesn't mean money from video gambling will go on to pay for more projects. Instead, revenue from video gambling — and from various vehicle fee and alcohol tax hikes approved along with it — will go for years to pay off debt on the current construction work. New capital projects...


    Newborn dies after being found in South suburban restaurant

    A newborn baby died after she was discovered in the bathroom of a South suburban Chicago fast food restaurant.The girl was found Thursday in a Calumet City Popeyes and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. WGN-TV reported Friday that the newborn, who appears to have been full-term, was wrapped in a towel.

    Associated Press/2007 A Caterpillar grader is trucked out of the plant in Decatur.

    Caterpillar laying off 460 in Decatur

    Peoria-based Caterpillar said in a statement the employees will lose their jobs in June. The layoffs, which hit production workers at the plant that makes huge mining trucks, are permanent.

    A lunchtime customer plays a video gambling machine at Rosati's in Lakemoor. Money from the machines is helping to ease the business's financial struggles, the owner says.

    After a slow start, video gambling growing fast

    Six months after video gambling operations began in earnest, the number of machines is rising sharply. Revenue for the state also is up, to $3.4 million in February compared to $2.4 million in January and just $26,000 in October. The machines now dot the suburban map, popping up five or so at a time in bars and restaurants and bringing gambling closer to home for a lot of residents.

    A Sleepy Hollow man died in a fire Friday night in the warehouse of a landscaping company he owned in Carpentersville, a relative said. Kurta Cina was a father of six, and a great person, said his brother-in-law, Joe Curran.

    Sleepy Hollow man dies in Carpentersville fire

    A Sleepy Hollow man died in a fire Friday night in the warehouse of a landscaping company he owned in Carpentersville, a relative said. Kurta Cina was a father of six, and a great person, said his brother-in-law, Joe Curran.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Elk Grove Village man was arrested at a 7-Eleven in Hoffman Estates and charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. Reports said he asked to use a phone and when he was denied, he threw a cigar display case on the floor and scattered cigars, candy, bracelets, bananas and other merchandise. He drove away, but an employee noted the license plate number and officers stopped...

    Store manager Oscar Gonzalez sorts through some of the 3,500 new and used prom dresses in the “vault” at Zengeler Cleaners in Northbrook, where they are prepared and shipped on behalf of the Glass Slipper Project.

    Zengeler Cleaners delivers the goods for prom night

    For the 11th year, Zengeler Cleaners, which has stores in eight communities including Libertyville, participated in the event on behalf of the Glass Slipper Project, a charity that gives prom gowns to students who can't afford them. This year, Zengeler collected more than 3,500 dresses, as well as shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories valued at about $1.5 million.

    A school bus is on its side as police officials investigate the crash scene at Route 173 and N. Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth Friday morning. The bus carrying 35 students was heading to Newport Elementary School.

    No charges in fatal bus crash; investigation continues

    A three-vehicle crash, including a school bus rollover, has left one driver dead and more than two dozen students injured in unincorporated Newport Township, authorities said Friday. Officials say one of the vehicles ran a red light at the fully signaled intersection of Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth moments before the crash, and they are working to determine which had the right of...


    Crash victim was entrepreneur, ‘could build nearly anything’

    The Beach Park man who died in a three-vehicle crash Friday morning in rural northern Lake County was driving the yellow Jeep Wrangler he bought and customized for his wife as a Christmas present, his family said. Philip Smith, 62, died at the scene of the crash in which his Jeep collided with a school bus and a tan Jeep Cherokee.

    Part of the painting “Blue Dress in an Yellow Arm Chair”, circa 1936 by Henry Matisse.

    Matisse in Norwegian museum was once Nazi loot

    The family of a prominent Parisian art dealer is demanding that a Norwegian museum return a Henri Matisse painting seized by Nazis under the direction of Hermann Goering, in the latest dispute over art stolen from Jews during World War II.

    U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Boxx, right, and her Chicago Red Stars teammates will play their home games beginning April 14 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

    Lisle lands pro women’s soccer team

    The Chicago Red Stars will play their 2013 home matches at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex during their inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League.

    Seventh-grader Jonny Leeb gives his presentation Thursday as District 21 students present “Fair Pathways to Citizenship,” a culmination of their monthlong study of U.S. immigration.

    Wheeling students tell lawmakers how important citizenship is

    It started with second-graders recreating the lives of early 20th-century immigrants, struggling through the indiginities of Ellis Island. It ended with seventh-graders making a thoughtful presentation to lawmakers on solving the current immigration crisis. In between, students in Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 learned a lot.

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaking during a news conference in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama praised Harris for more than her smarts and toughness at a Democratic Party event Thursday. The president also commended Harris for being “the best-looking attorney general” in the country during a Democratic fundraising lunch in the Silicon Valley.

    Obama apologizes to state attorney general for comment

    President Barack Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for causing a stir when he called her "the best-looking attorney general" at a Democratic fundraiser they attended together this week.


    Buffalo Grove man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

    A Cook County judge sentenced a Buffalo grove man to five years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to charges he molested a woman who was unconscious at a party. The judge also ordered Omar Ontiveros,22, to play $1,454 in fines.

    Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti

    Rutgers basketball scandal brings down AD Pernetti

    Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director on Friday, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices — actions that prompted nationwide outrage once a video went public. In a letter of resignation sent to university president Robert Barchi, Pernetti said he hoped that his tenure at Rutgers "will not be judged by this one incident."


    Rolling Meadows man charged with sexual assault

    A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for a 33-year-old Rolling Meadows man charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Peter Henneken must post $20,000 to be released from custody

    Associated Press/Jan. 6, 2013 Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the Opera House in central Damascus, Syria.

    Assad to world: Be careful what you wish for

    President Bashar Assad warned the fall of his regime or the breakup of Syria will unleash a "domino effect" that will fuel Middle East instability for years to come, in his sharpest warning yet about the potential fallout of his country's civil war on neighboring states.

    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres talked about the district’s programs and recent accomplishments on Friday at Villa Olivia in Bartlett. Many of the people attending the luncheon had spent the morning as “principal for a day” at various district schools.

    Torres: Elgin U-46 has much to be proud of

    Elgin Area School District U-46 has much to be proud of, Superintendent Jose Torres told an audience of district employees and community members. Torres also gave a broad overview of the district's programs when he spoke at a luncheon Friday at Villa Olivia in Bartlett.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Danvirel Akins, 26, of Elgin, was arrested March 28 at Bluff City Boulevard and St. Charles Street and later charged with disorderly conduct and air rifle restriction possession after police received reports of a man walking with a handgun and pointing it toward houses, according to a police report. Akins had a BB rifle.


    Recognition for mothers:

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

    Jeffrey Horton, 27, of Chicago

    Police: 2 men accused of sex trafficking in Lake County

    Two Chicago men are in Lake County jail after being arrested for forcing a 23-year-old downstate woman to work as a prostitute, authorities said. Aaron Thurmond, 22, and Jeffrey Horton, 27, have been charged with counts of trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, promoting prostitution and money laundering, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Ken LaRue said.

    Christopher Miner

    Second of three plead guilty in bar fight in St. Charles

    The second of three people charged with a felony hate crime after a fight outside a St. Charles bar in January has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Christopher Miner, 31, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and got a year of supervison and was released from jail after 63 days. The attorney for Susan Patton, 32, of St. Charles, who is the third person charged, said her case...


    St. Patrick preschool:

    St. Patrick Preschool in Wadsworth hosts an open house on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the preschool classrooms. The school is at 15020 Wadsworth Road.

    Gov. Pat Quinn thanks Wheeling High School Principal Lazaro Lopez at the NANO Connect forum held at the school.

    Wheeling H.S. principal moving up
    This year's High School Principal of the Year is moving higher into the administrative ranks. Lazaro Lopez, who has led Wheeling High School for six years, will become Northwest Suburban High School District 214's associate superintendent for teaching & learning as of July 1.

    Trader Kenneth Polcari works Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks end lower after disappointing jobs report

    The Dow Jones industrial average ended 40.86 points lower at 14,565.25, a loss of 0.3 percent. The index was down as much as 171 points in the early going. It rose gradually throughout the day to reclaim much of its early loss.

    Gary Kluber

    St. Charles pedophile gets 8 years for 2012 rape

    A 67-year-old St. Charles man was sentenced to eight years in prison this week after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman in St. Charles in summer 2012. Gary Kluber must serve 85 percent of his sentence and register as a sex offender for assaulting the woman, who was the girlfriend of Kluber's nephew.


    U-46 confirms Hanover Park student’s death

    Elgin Area School District U-46 has confirmed that a Bartlett High School student from Hanover Park recently died, but details are vague. A statement from the district said: "We do not know the cause of death. The crisis team was activated to support the students and staff."

    A surveillance image from outside Zegben’s African Store in Glendale Heights shows a man who dropped off two suspicious packages, police said.

    Glendale Heights police: Man left ‘suspicious packages’

    Glendale Heights police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man who left two suspicious packages at an African grocery store. Police said two backpacks containing miscellaneous electronic components were left at 2:18 p.m. March 10 inside Zegben's African Store, 365 E. North Ave.

    Associated Press/Oct. 24, 2012 Actors Olivier Martinez, left, and Halle Berry at the Los Angeles premiere of Berry’s film, “Cloud Atlas,” in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

    Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez expecting a baby

    A representative for the 46-year-old actress confirms that Halle Berry and her fiance, Olivier Martinez, are expecting their first child together.


    Kane County shortens list of RTA applicants, heightens ethical spotlight

    Finalists for Kane County's pending appointment to the RTA board were announced Friday. A web of legal opinions and ethical concerns followed it.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Keenan L. Herlihy, 18, of Batavia, was charged with resisting a peace officer, trespassing after notice was given, and possession of drug paraphernalia April 1 at a park on South River Street, according to a police report.

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com, 2012 A silent auction is set for April 13-14 for items from the soon-to-be-demolished Coultrap School in Geneva.

    Silent auction set for Coultrap School items

    The Geneva school district is selling items salvaged from the closed Coultrap School, as it prepares to knock it down. A silent auction is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 14.

    Officials investigate a fatal crash involving two vehicles and a school bus Friday morning at Route 173 and N. Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth.

    Images: School bus crash near Wadsworth
    A three-vehicle crash, including a school bus rollover, has left one motorist dead and more than two dozen students injured in unincorporated Newport Township, authorities said Friday. Officials say they are working to determine which vehicles had the right of way as they converged on the fully-signaled intersection of Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth moments before the crash. "It was...

    Alex Clifford

    More pay raises on track for Metra staff?

    Metra board directors want to revisit a survey of employees' salaries to see why some workers didn't receive raises. The study already recommended about $2.6 million in higher wages.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, waves as North Korean military officers clap at a stadium in Pyongyang during a mass meeting called by the Central Committee of North Korea’s ruling party.

    North Korea urges embassy evacuations

    Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, told reporters traveling with him in Uzbekistan on Friday afternoon that Moscow was seeking more details about the North Korean statement before making a decision about whether to evacuate.


    Mayor excited as village hall construction begins in Mundelein

    After years of public discussions and planning, construction of a new village hall in Mundelein is under way. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot building eventually will stand on the 200 block of East Hawley Street, just northwest of the town's Metra commuter station.


    Railroad expert from Lake County headed for Metra board

    Metra leadership will get some fresh blood this month assuming the Lake County board approves Norman Carlson's appointment next week to the agency's board of directors. The move continues a slow transition on the board in the wake of a financial scandal in 2010.

    People embrace outside a club where the Red Cross set up a center Thursday to help flood victims in La Plata, in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province.

    Argentine flood toll hits 57

    As torrential rains stopped and the waters receded, the crisis shifted to guaranteeing public health and safety in this provincial capital of nearly 1 million people. Safe drinking water was in short supply, and more than a quarter-million people were without power, although authorities said most would get their lights back on overnight.


    Triphahn Center gym reopens in Hoffman Estates

    After being closed for more than two months, the gym at the Triphahn Community Center in Hoffman Estates reopened Friday. The gym was shut down Jan. 25 after a heavy freeze caused hundreds of pock marks formed by a hailstorm last year to crack.

    Diana Lipman

    Dist. 54 names principals at Armstrong, Keller

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 has named the new principals for Armstrong Elementary School in Hoffman Estates and Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg for the 2013-14 school year. Diana Lipman, current assistant principal at District 54's Enders-Salk and MacArthur elementary schools, will be the new principal at Armstrong. Heather Wilson, current assistant principal at the...

    Mike Abts

    Spending at issue in Geneva Township highway campaign

    Challenger Mike Abts has questioned some of the spending done by Geneva Township Highway Commissioner Mark Wissing in his four years in office.

    North Central College’s new art exhibit, “Digital Design,” features pieces that are computer-generated.

    ‘Digital Design’ takes spotlight at North Central

    Artwork of four North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit "Digital Design" at the Naperville campus. All the pieces are computer-generated and include print posters, motion graphics and animation created by seniors Amber Dvorak of Schiller Park; Tanya Fetzer of Richmond; Samantha Suarez of Romeoville; and Sarah Wilm of Westmont. The exhibit runs through May 3 in Oesterle...

    Earl Wilcek

    Disbarred Elmhurst attorney to repay $225,000 in stolen funds

    A disbarred Elmhurst attorney has agreed to pay back $225,000 he admitted stealing from a client's estate to keep his law practice afloat. Earl Wilcek, 59, also will perform 200 hours of public service work and serve 30 months of probation and 90 days in jail under an agreement with prosecutors Friday.


    Winfield trustee questions hiring of law firm in rezoning case

    With some Winfield homeowners suing the town over a decision to rezone parcels along Roosevelt Road for commercial use, most village trustees say they want the lawyers who wrote the ordinance to defend it in court. But one board member is crying foul over the decision to hire Schirott, Luetkehans & Garner because the Itasca-based law firm donated $1,000 to the campaign of three local candidates,...

    Nancy Guthrie of Business Matters in Elgin, second from left, is a participant in the Teaming Up for Taxes program. Under the program, tax preparers donate $1 for every tax return they prepare through April 15 to the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.

    Teaming Up for Taxes program benefits Boys and Girls Club

    Leaders of the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township are hoping to build on last year's success with their Teaming Up For Taxes program and raise more when local residents have their state and federal income taxes prepared by one of eight participating firms. Under terms of the project, the firms donate to the club $1 for every income tax return they prepare until Tax Day, April 15.


    Buffalo Grove trustee candidates want development push

    The recent proposal for a downtown on the current Village of Buffalo Grove municipal campus has brought attention to the issue of economic development. One candidate opposes the downtown plan, while the others have concerns about it. All the candidates agree more needs to be done to improve the business climate, but have differing ideas on what.

    Prosecutors have turned down Jon-Adrian Velazquez’s bid to be cleared in the 1998 killing of a retired police officer, an exoneration effort championed by actor Martin Sheen. After an 18-month review of information including eyewitness recantations and a new claim that someone else confessed to the crime, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined this week to ask a judge to dismiss the case against, his lawyers said.

    NY DA denies exoneration bid backed by actor Martin Sheen

    Prosecutors have turned down an inmate's bid to be cleared in the 1998 killing of a retired police officer, an exoneration effort championed by actor Martin Sheen. After an 18-month review of information including eyewitness recantations and a new claim that someone else confessed to the crime, the Manhattan district attorney's office declined this week to ask a judge to dismiss the case against...

    In this 1960 photo, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher is prepared for launching at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Fifty years ago 129 men lost their lives when the sub sank during deep-dive testing off Cape Cod. The deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history delivered a blow to national pride during the Cold War and became the impetus for safety improvements.

    U.S. sub sinking 50 years ago led to safety changes

    Fifty years ago, the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history delivered a blow to national pride during the Cold War and became the impetus for safety improvements. To this day, some designers and maintenance personnel listen to an audio recording of a submarine disintegrating to underscore the importance of safety. "We can never, ever let that happen again," said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy.


    Crews quickly snuff out Des Plaines lab fire

    A minor laboratory fire Thursday afternoon at Abbott Molecular in Des Plaines was easily extinguished with little damage to the building and no injuries to the occupants, authorities said.

    Prepared ducks are hung to be cooked at a restaurant in Shanghai, China on Friday, April 5, 2013. China announced a sixth death from the new bird flu H7N9 strain Friday, while authorities in Shanghai halted the sale of live fowl and slaughtered all poultry at a market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat. The first cases were announced Sunday.

    China kills market birds as flu found in pigeons

    China announced a sixth death from a new bird flu strain Friday, while authorities in Shanghai halted the sale of live fowl and slaughtered all poultry at a market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat. The mass bird killing is the first so far as the Chinese government responds to the H7N9 strain of bird flu, which has sickened 16 people, many critically, along the eastern...

    Jeanne Balmes

    Gurnee trustee candidates list their top issues

    Gurnee's trustee candidates have different opinions on what they see as the top issues in town, ranging from keeping residents safe to fiscal responsibility. Four candidate are competing for three, 4-year village board seats up in Tuesday's election. In the race are Trustee Jeanne Balmes, Don Wilson, Thomas Hood and Terry Waddell-Moenter.

    Kevin Long directs Harper College Ensemble Theatre Company’s musical “Parade” in the Performing Arts Center at Harper College in Palatine.

    Moving Picture: Harper’s award-winning acting instructor Kevin Long

    Kevin Long loves to get into the heads of his students. As the director of theatre at Harper College in Palatine, Long thrives on showing students how to act out what each playwright intended in their script. "To see them blossom, get it, develop a true craft is amazing," Long said.


    U-46 must restructure 10 schools feds deem ‘failing’

    Ten elementary schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 have been deemed failing by the federal government and are required by law to undergo restructuring in this coming school year. Major changes are expectrd in the governance and management, financing and staffing of the 10 schools: Channing, Garfield, Highland, Hillcrest, Huff, Lords Park, Sheridan and Washington, all in Elgin, and Laurel...

    Jackson, Miss. Assistant Chief Lee Vance, center left, comforts Chief Rebecca Coleman, center right, Thursday, April, 4, 2013, after detective Eric Smith was shot and killed inside the Jackson Police Department. A suspect was also killed.

    Miss. cop, suspect shot, killed inside police HQ

    Stunned police officials in Jackson, Miss., are trying to determine how a suspect was able to shoot and kill a homicide detective inside an interrogation room at police headquarters — and how the suspect himself ended up dead. Authorities said Det. Eric Smith, a tall, fit investigator and decorated homicide detective who had been with the department since 1995, was gunned down inside an...

    This video image provided by KABC-TV shows the air rescue of Kyndall Jack, 18, who was hoisted out of Cleveland National Forest, California, after being missing for four days, Thursday April 4, 2013. Her hiking companion, Nicolas Cendoya, 19, was discovered without shoes by another hiker Wednesday less than a mile from where the pair’s car was parked.

    Search crews recount dramatic Calif. hiker rescue

    At first, the rescuers couldn't believe their ears: After four days of grueling searching, they suddenly heard a faint female voice calling for help. Over the next 90 agonizing minutes, the cries for help — and first faint, and then louder — led the search and rescue crew across a canyon, into a drainage and up several waterfalls to a near-vertical slope where lost hiker Kyndall Jack...

    James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo. for his arraignment. Court documents are raising new questions for the university that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes attended before the July 20 theater shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

    School faces new questions in Colorado massacre

    New questions are confronting the university that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes attended amid disclosures that a psychiatrist warned campus police a month before the deadly assault that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts. Court documents made public Thursday cited Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, Denver who had treated Holmes.

    Kevin Burns

    Geneva mayoral candidates take last swings for office at forum

    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and challenger Bob McQuillan talked taxes, employee oversight, vision for the town and more at a League of Women Voters forum Thursday night.

    A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. “We have legislative language that we’ll be ready to go forward on, not concepts but actual language,” Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, a leader of the group, said this week on a Texas cable news channel.

    House group finalizing immigration bill

    A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned by Senate immigration negotiators or by President Barack Obama.


    Activists: Rocket attack in Syrian capital kills 5

    A barrage of rockets slammed into a contested district on the northeastern edge of Damascus, killing at least five people and trapping others under the rubble, while violence raged around suburbs of the capital, activists said Friday.

    Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar song. Foreigners unused to North Korean rumblings have canceled trips to the Korean Peninsula. But to get South Koreans’ attention, Pyongyang must compete with the economy, celebrity scandals, baseball games and cherry blossoms.

    N. Korea rumblings have little effect on S. Koreans

    Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar drumbeat. Separated from the North by a heavily fortified border for decades, they have for the most part lived with tough talk from Pyongyang all their lives. To get South Koreans' attention, Pyongyang must compete with the economy, celebrity scandals,...

    Rescue operation continues at the site of a building collapse on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Friday, April 5, 2013. The half-finished building that was being constructed illegally in a suburb of India’s financial capital collapsed Thursday, killing 35 people and injuring more than 50 others, police said Friday.

    Building collapses in India; at least 45 dead

    A residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb of India's financial capital collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 50 others, authorities said Friday. Rescue workers with sledgehammers, gasoline-powered saws and hydraulic jacks struggled Friday to break through the tower of rubble in their search for possible...

    Associated Press Prof. Robert Bray holds a copy of Robert S. Eckley’s “Lincoln’s Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett,” at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library in Bloomington. A portrait of Eckley, a former president of IWU, is at left.

    Professor credits kids for Lincoln book

    Leonard Swett, who met Abraham Lincoln as a young circuit-riding lawyer in Central Illinois, is referred to as the president's "forgotten friend." He might have remained largely "forgotten" if not for a book by former Illinois Wesleyan University President Robert Eckley and the efforts of Eckley's children to help their father finish the book as he slowly succumbed to amyotrophic lateral...


    ‘One Destiny’ takes stage at Lincoln Museum

    A play about an actor and a house manager at Ford's Theater the night Abraham Lincoln was shot will be staged this month in Springfield. "One Destiny" will run April 13-15 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It's a 40-minute play that takes place on the night of April 14, 1865. The 16th president was at Ford's Theater that night and died from a gunshot to the head.


    Chicago officials want public drinking crackdown

    Chicago's mayor wants to increase the penalties for drinking and urinating on the public way and for gambling. City officials say quality-of-life crimes have the highest rates of default, with up to 70 percent of offenders ignoring administrative hearings and fines.

    Thomas James Guolee, 31, left, and James Franklin Lohr, 47, are wanted for questioning in the Tom Clements homicide investigation. Lohr was taken into custody early Friday.

    Man arrested in Colo. corrections director killing

    Authorities have arrested a member of a white supremacist gang linked to the killing Colorado's prisons chief who was shot answering the door of his home last month. El Paso County sheriff's spokesman Jeff Kramer said James Lohr was taken into custody early Friday. Lohr was wanted for questioning in the killing of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements.


    Studying abroad benefits college student

    Exploring the world beyond our borders creates unparalleled learning opportunities. Travel exposes you to different cultures, languages and perspectives. Dedicating a summer, a semester or a month to studying abroad deepens the benefit, forging lifelong skills.

    Carlos Boozer scored 29 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in the Bulls’ comeback win against the Nets on Thursday night.

    Dawn Patrol: Dog shooter pleads guilty; Arlington Hts. native going on “Jeopardy!”

    Palatine neighbor pleads guilty in dog shooting. Hanover Park man admits to videotaping under dress. Arlington Heights native to appear on "Jeopardy!" college championship. Naperville referendum stays on ballot. The reason behind Villa Park police chief's ouster. Blackhawks fall to Blues. Bulls come back to beat Nets.

    The Illinois Prairie Path celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and covers 62 miles on converted railways.

    Naperville celebrates Prairie Path’s 50th birthday

    Through its ties to May Watts, Naperville boasts a close relationship to the Illinois Prairie Path, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Our Stephanie Pencik explores the Naperville connections and the community's pride in the naturalist who founded the trail project.

    The rainbow trout that anglers will be fishing at three DuPage County lakes during the spring season weigh at least a pound and are 12 to 15 inches long.

    Trout fishing season opens Saturday in three DuPage preserves

    Certain things are worth waiting in line for. Among local fishing enthusiasts, that list apparently includes the Saturday, April 6, launch of the spring rainbow trout season. DuPage County Forest Preserve officials predict cars and trucks will be lined up well before the 6 a.m. opening of the gates at the three DuPage lakes stocked with trout. "By the morning, it's shoulder to shoulder on the...

    From left, Ron Drake, Thomas Hayes and Mark Hellner.

    Next Arlington Heights leader won’t be full-time mayor

    For the past 20 years Arlene Mulder has barely missed a ribbon cutting, ground breaking or dedication around Arlington Heights. That will soon change. No matter which of the three men is elected to be the next village president in Arlington Heights on Tuesday, the constant presence of the mayor on a daily basis is just another thing that will be different.


    Lake County forest preserve committee recommends how to use surplus

    Lake County taxpayers would get a slight break the next two years based on a recommendation by the forest preserve district's finance and administrative committee to shift $1.1 million of a surplus to pay down debt. About $535,000 would be used for projects designed to cut operating expenses. The full board will vote on the measure Tuesday.

    While enjoying dinner in Key West, I had a perfect sunset view. I thought the colors were lovely and enjoyed seeing them change by the minute. The palm trees and dock made a perfect contrast, so after watching the nature show for a time, I finally snapped this picture.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of April 1st.

    Did you see your first Major League game at iconic Wrigley Field?

    Poll Vault: Do you remember your first pro baseball game?

    When was the first time someone took you out to the ballgame? Share some of your memories about America's pastime.


    Tyler Flowers strikes out swinging with the bases loaded to end the White Sox' 8-7 loss to the Mariners on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Error ends up costing Quintana, Sox

    After allowing just 3 earned runs in 27 innings while winning two of three from Kansas City, White Sox pitchers hit a wall in Friday night's 8-7 loss to the Mariners in 10 innings at frigid U.S. Cellular Field. But Seattle jumped on Quintana with 4 straight hits on as many pitches after the fielding miscue and snapped a 1-1 tie with 5 runs. “The error changed the inning for me,” Quintana said through an interpreter. “After the error, it went the wrong way for me.”

    Nate Robinson does a dance while sitting on the floor after making a 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter as the Bulls defeated the Orlando Magic 87-86 in an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2013, in Chicago.

    Radmanovic gets his chance, shines for Bulls
    With five players out with injuries, the Bulls playing their fifth game in seven nights and trailing lowly Orlando by 8 points in the third quarter, Vladimir Radmanovic got his chance to play meaningful late-game minutes and came through. He knocked down an important 3-pointer in the fouth quarter as the Bulls held off the Magic 87-86 on Friday at the United Center.

    Chicago White Sox's Adam Dunn punches his bat after striking out against Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Morales leads Mariners past White Sox 8-7 in 10

    Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Jesus Montero tacked on a run-scoring single, leading the Seattle Mariners to an 8-7 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.


    Saldivar sets tone in Antioch triumph

    Antioch 6, Warren 5: Joshua Saldivar got it done on the mound and at the plate in leading Antioch to victory. The senior pitcher got the win in relief. He pitched the final 1 innings. Offensively, he smacked a home run and drove in 2 runs. Meanwhile, starter David Rzewnicki rolled up 8 strikeouts for the Sequoits. For Warren, Dom Cuevas had 3 hits, including a double. Losing pitcher Kyle Kennedy had 6 strikeouts.Barrington 5, Vernon Hills 3: Pat Crowley and Brett Peterson each had 2 hits to lead Vernon Hills.McHenry 10, Lake Zurich 0: Lake Zurich managed only 2 hits and also finished with 3 errors in the loss. Joey Pizzolato had both of the Bears’ hits.Prairie Ridge 5, Wauconda 4: Prairie Ridge scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to get the victory over Wauconda, which drops to 2-2.


    Fairweather, Mundelein keep hitting

    The cold weather hasn’t stopped Lauren Fairweather.She’s been hot at the plate, and the trend continued on Friday.Fairweather hit 2 home runs to lead the Mundelein softball team to a 15-5 victory over Waukegan. She now has 4 home runs in her last two games.The Mustangs (5-1) also got a home run out of Andrea Funteas, who drilled a grand slam as part of a 6-run third inning. Funteas also had a double and finished with 3 hits. Fairweather also had a total of 3 hits on the day.Hannah Bulgart, Emily Panitch and Erin Kennelly each had 2 hits for the Mustangs, and one of Bulgart’s hits was a double.Meanwhile, winning pitcher Maria DeVito struck out 5 Waukegan batters.Vernon Hills 10, Round Lake 7:Despite 4 errors, Vernon Hills got a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory. The Cougars rolled up 11 hits, including a team-high 3 from Jennifer Claussen. Kristina Kliver and Jordyn Comitor added 2 hits apiece. Kliver drove in 4 runs for the Cougars and had a double and a triple. Claussen also stole 2 bases. The winning pitcher for Vernon Hills was Kliver, who rolled up 7 strikeouts in her first victory of the season. The win was also the first for the Cougars, who are now 1-2 on the season.Stevenson 14, Niles North 2: Stevenson got its first win of the season as pitcher Sam Feder rolled up 12 strikeouts.“She was really on tonight,” said Stevenson coach Larry Friedrichs.Taylor Koenigs had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs for the Patriots (1-3) while Morgan Manka and Abby O’Connor each had 2 hits. Both of Manka’s hits were doubles and she drove in 3 runs. O’Connor also had a double, as did Jordan Cortesi.Jacobs 11, Grayslake North 7: Grayslake North racked up 12 hits but it wasn’t enough to overcome Jacobs, which had 11 hits and caught fire in the fourth inning with 5 runs. Marli Kram led the Knights with 3 hits, while Kayla Switaila, Kelsey Borders and Kaitlyn Olsen each had 2 hits. One of Switaila’s hits was a home run.Cary-Grove 14, Grayslake Central 0: Cary-Grove rolled up 16 hits while Grayslake Central rolled up 6 errors. Brittany Brown had one of the Rams’ few highlights with a double.Palatine 4, Wauconda 3: Despite 12 strikeouts from pitcher Kayla Wedl, Wauconda suffered the loss and dropped to 6-2.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Feldman pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Feldman, Cubs struggle in 4-1 loss to Braves

    Justin Upton hit his third homer in four games and Mike Minor pitched into the eighth inning to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 4-1 on Friday night. Cubs starter Scott Feldman's command problems and the Cubs' sluggish offense were contributing factors in the Cubs' 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Friday night.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 5, Maine South 1: Jacobs senior Connor Conzelman smacked his third home run of the season to snap a fourth-inning tie and pitcher Austin Sickel (2-0) allowed just 1 run in 5 innings despite allowing 10 hits as the Golden Eagles defeated Maine South 5-1 in Algonquin Friday. Aaron Traub and Matt Hickey each went 1-for-3 and drove in a run for Jacobs (6-1).Dundee-Crown 3, Conant 2: The Chargers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first, which was all junior starting pitcher Vince Damato needed to secure this nonconference win in Carpentersville. Damato retired the final 7 Cougars in order, the final two looking at strike 3 to polish off a 3-hit complete game. He allowed 2 runs (0 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1 and struck out 6. Senior Dylan Kissack drove in a first-inning run to knot the score 1-1.Cary-Grove 5, Evanston 0: Andrew Brierton threw a 4-hit complete game with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks, while at the plate he went 2-for-3 and drove in a run to lead the Trojans to a nonconference road win. Daniel Vilardo homered and drove in 2 runs and Matt Ewert was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for Cary-Grove (6-2).Hampshire 6, Belvidere North 5: Hampshire starting pitcher Danny Keller struck out the final batter he faced with the tying run on third base to complete this nonconference road win. Keller scattered 6 hits, struck out 8 and walked 5, including the first 2 batters he faced in the seventh inning. Brandon Bowen went 3-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI while RJ Consigny, Michael Merchut and Brandon Wescher each contributed 2 hits and drove in a run for Hampshire (2-1).Waubonsie Valley 8, Larkin 0: Larkin sophomore Dan Lenz’s fourth-inning hit was all that stood between Waubonsie Valley pitcher Tyler Hasper and a no-hitter in this Upstate Eight crossover. Hasper settled for an 87-pitch 1-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks. Sophomore Will King took the loss for Larkin (2-3, 0-3), allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 11 hits in 4 innings. Waubonsie improved to 3-4, 2-1).St. Charles East 5, Bartlett 2: Mike Wick and Sam Franco each had 2 hits for the Hawks and Wick drove in a run, but the Saints pulled out an Upstate Eight crossover victory despite being outhit 7-5. Doug Van Dyke took the loss for Bartlett (2-2, 1-2), allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 3 and issued a walk. Mike Boehmer pitched 5 innings of 3-hit ball to earn the win for the Saints.Metea Valley 5, Streamwood 4: The Sabres rallied for 3 runs in the top of the seventh but couldn’t make it all the way back in this Upstate Eight crossover in Aurora. Streamwood pitcher Jeremy Campbell absorbed the loss. He allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2 and struck out 1. Eric Hamlin, Michael Smith and Ramon Saldivar each had 2 hits for Streamwood (1-3, 1-2).Sycamore 7, Westminster Christian 5: John Wawro (1-for-2, 2 RBI) and Tyler Mamrot (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) led the Warriors at the plate, but visiting Westminster Christian (1-2) was outhit 9-6 by the Spartans. Wawro took the loss after allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk.Huntley 9, Hoffman Estates 1: Colin Lyman (2 RBI), Mark Skonieczny (2 RBI), Tyler Albright (2 RBI), Bryce Only and Matt Sullivan all doubled for Huntley (7-0) in this nonconfernce win. Tommy Regan picked up the win for the Red Raiders.


    Elgin CC sweeps Rock Valley

    Sam Komel, Aaron Kovarik and Ryan Ford (2 RBI) each had doubles for Elgin Community College's baseball team in an 8-7 win over Rock Valley Friday in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Elgin.


    Benet scores 3 in 7th to win

    DuPage County baseball


    Catlett’s 4 HRs lead Judson

    The Judson University softball team got a 5-for-5 game with 4 home runs and 8 RBI from Allison Catlett Friday to beat Ashford University 12-4 in the second game of the St. Francis tournament. The Eagles but Huntington 7-4 in their first game of the day.


    Wolves shot down by Aeros

    In the heat of the playoff race, the Chicago Wolves were frozen out by the Houston Aeros with a 5-2 loss Friday night at Toyota Center. Darren Archibald and Bill Sweatt scored for the Wolves (33-25-5-4), who are tied with Midwest Division rivals Milwaukee and Rockford for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.


    Heflin throws perfect game against Manteno

    Elaine Heflin tossed a perfect game, striking out 14, carrying No. 7 Downers Grove North to a 3-0 win over Manteno on Friday at the Providence Invite.Maddie Wojciak went 3-for-4 for Downers Grove North (5-1), scoring on a Kelsey Gockman double in the first inning. Heflin (4-0) has struck out 58 batters in 26 innings, allowing just 1 earned run. The Trojans advanced to play Andrew, a 7-3 winner over Neuqua Valley.Glenbard South 14, Montini 4:Winning pitcher Jane Trzaska (3-0) enjoyed a huge day at the plate, hitting a 3-run homer, doubling twice, singling and driving in 8 runs. Ashton Cattenhead was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Raiders (4-0). Sara Ross homered for Montini (6-3).Naperville Central 11, Bolingbrook 1:Julie Kestas (2-0) struck out eight and Keegan Hayes, Maddi Doane and Kaitlyn Skarecky each had 2-run singles for the No. 11 Redhawks (5-0) in a five-inning win.Mother McAuley 3, Glenbard North 2:Jess Alberts scattered 5 hits and struck out four for Mother McAuley (5-1). Lauren Gramann had a solo homer and Sarah Petzold drove in a run for Glenbard North (4-1).

    Kaity Bucaro of St. Francis,left, and Nicole Schutte of Glenbard South chase th ball during the St. Francis at Glenbard South girls soccer game Friday.

    St. Francis shows resilience against Glenbard South

    Glenbard South scored the first goal St. Francis' girls soccer team has allowed this season. It needed a second. The defending Class 2A champion Spartans rallied for a 2-1 nonconference victory Friday night in Glen Ellyn, scoring twice in the first half, then protecting that lead throughout the second.


    Axelrod proves he’s a survivor

    Dylan Axelrod is on the White Sox' 25-man roster and pitching in the major leagues because he never stopped believing in himself and refused to be labeled. Axelrod starts against ace Felix Hernandez and the Mariners Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Big numbers continue for Barrington

    Here's a list of numbers for softball fans: 16, 16, 15, 27, 21. No, those aren't your weekly lottery numbers. Those are the number of runs the Barrington softball team has scored in its last five games.So far, the Fillies have been the equivalent of that certain local basketball team that finished second in the Class 4A state finals last month. Yes, the Fillies seem to be scoring runs this spring like the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team was scoring baskets this winter. Barrington's most recent scoring barrage came Friday at the Ballpark in Rosemont where they blanked Leyden 21-0 in five innings.


    Barrington savors winning finish against Fremd

    Ryan Stengren was a relieved man Friday night —and why not? After watching his Barrington team get surprised by Hersey 1-0 a couple of days earlier, the Fillies were hosting longtime Mid-Suburban West rival Fremd. The Vikings were coming off a 2-1 loss to Buffalo Grove, which happened the same night Hersey topped Barrington. Quite naturally, both teams were eager to reverse their fortunes. "You're always concerned when you play Fremd," said Stengren. "Steve (Keller) is such a great coach, and he always has his team ready to play, and you don't know how your team will respond after losing a game in which we dominated but couldn't finish." Barrington (4-1-0, 2-0-0) impressed Keller, for sure. Despite again having some trouble finishing, the Fillies still were able to come away with a 1-0 victory at Barrington Community Stadium.

    Maine West’s Cory Winiecki delivers during the Warriors’ victory Friday at Prospect.

    Ferrante, Viator claim tourney win at Freeport

    St. Viator's Andrew Ferrante struck out eight in 6 innings to help St. Viator get off to a winning start in tournament play Friday in Freeport as the Lions earned a 4-3 victory over Stillman Valley.


    Diligently, Deerfield outlasts Grant

    Every inning seemed to be a long one when Grant hosted Deerfield in a nonconference baseball game on a cold and windy Friday afternoon in Fox Lake. But the biggest inning in a game where neither team could cleanly retire the side in order turned a promising beginning into a long and slow march to the finish for Grant. Deerfield turned a 3-run deficit into a 3-run lead in the fourth and was on its way to an 11-5 victory in six innings.


    Mundelein steps it up at Bohl Invitational

    It was a great performance for Lake County area boys gymnastics teams Friday night at the Bob Bohl Invitational in Mundelein. The host Mustangs showed they are truly a force to be reckoned with as they soared to a season-high 150.05 points to capture the championship of the powerful 19-team meet. Independent Conference rival Stevenson was not too far behind Mundelein, as the Patriots also hit a season-high mark with 147.0 points to take home runner-up honors.

    Grayslake Central pitcher Kevin Peloza delivers to the plate at Lakes on Friday.

    Gryaslake Central’s Peloza puts the brakes on Lakes

    A stretch of frozen snow sprinkled with infield dirt, the length of a long lead off first base, marks the visitors dugout at Lakes. It serves as a reminder that it's small-ball weather. "It's good if you're out there for two minutes or less than 10 minutes (on the mound)," Grayslake Central senior Kevin Peloza, a small pitcher, said of the cold weather. "But after that it gets gruesome. I just go on the bench and get all my jackets and clothing on, and I'm pretty good after that." Peloza iced Lakes on Friday. The little lefty out-dueled Eagles 6-foot-5 sophomore righty Chase Slota, and visiting Grayslake Central got 3 sacrifice flies and a pair of sacrifice bunts to capture a 3-0 nonconference win.


    Lake Park handles Geneva

    Apparently Lake Park's softball team doesn't take kindly to losing. Especially when it gets shut out. About 24 hours after recording just 2 hits during a 2-0 loss to Glenbard North, the Lancers (7-1, 3-0) made somebody pay in a big way Friday afternoon. Lake Park put on an offensive fireworks show, bashing 17 base hits — 8 for extra bases — during a 13-3 Upstate Eight Conference triumph over host Geneva (3-3, 1-2).


    Everything clicks for St. Charles East

    One would not have guessed St. Charles East had lost its last two softball games based on Friday's 8-0 victory over visiting Metea Valley.


    Thorsen comes up big for South Elgin

    Left fielder Tyler Thorsen spent his junior season riding the pine as senior-dominated South Elgin charged to the Sweet Sixteen in Class 4A last spring. Given his first start of this season in Friday's Upstate Eight crossover, Thorsen's two critical plays late in South Elgin's 3-2 victory had visiting Elgin pining for the days he was a bench fixture. First, he snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth with an opposite-field single to right against Elgin starting pitcher Ryan Sitter, scoring senior Joe Criviolio with the go-ahead run. He later ended the rematch of last year's regional championship with the defensive play of the game: a throw from left field to home plate that nailed Elgin baserunner James Stearns attempting to score the tying run from second base.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 11, Grayslake North 7: Alyssa Lach was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBI as the Golden Eagles won in Fox Valley Conference crossover play. Jacquelyn Hengler went 3-for-5 with 2 stolen bases for Jacobs (3-2). Kelsey Peters was the winning pitcher.Cary-Grove 14, Grayslake Central 0: Sarah Leudo (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI), Lindsay Efflandt (3-for-4) and Lisa Semro (3-for-4, 2 RBI) all hit home runs and Efflandt allowed just 2 hits with 10 strikeouts in 5 innings of work as Cary-Grove rolled in FVC crossover action. Erin Olson was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Trojans (3-0) as well.CL South 1, Hampshire 0: Hailee Massie threw a 2-hitter with 12 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Gators (2-0) outlasted Hampshire in an FVC crossover game. Sam McLean’s triple drove in Erin Yazel with the game’s only run in the fifth inning. Jennifer Hurst took the loss for the Whip-Purs (1-3).Streamwood 14, East Aurora 1: Natalie Filippo (3-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI) and Brittany Delao (3-for-3, 4 RBI) had big days as the Sabres won their first game of the season in this Upstate Eight crossover. Kylee Jambor (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Melissa Malcolm (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Mercedes Olmos (2B, 2 RBI), Alexis Gordon (2-for-3), Olivia Reyna (2B, RBI) and winning pitcher Jessica Daley (2-for-3, 3B) each contributed to the Sabres’ 16-hit attack. Daley allowed just 3 hits with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks for Streamwood (1-4, 1-2) in the win.Johnsburg 5, Dundee-Crown 1: Mandy Moore had 2 hits including a double for the Chargers (1-3) in this FVC crossover loss. Amanda Eissler was the losing pitcher.St. Edward 22, Chicago Longwood 1: Angela Zenteno threw a 2-hitter with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks to lead the Green Wave to a win in The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont. Kali Kossakowski (2-for-2, 3B, 2 RBI), Mariana Silva (2-for-2, 3 RBI) and Julie Larson (3 RBI) led the offense for St. Edward (3-2).

    Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng drives between Orlando Magic's Beno Udrih, front, and Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Robinson, Deng lead Bulls over Magic, 87-86

    Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng finished with 19 after a slow start, and the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 87-86 on Friday night. Robinson, who scored the go-ahead basket the previous night in a two-point win at Brooklyn, came up big down the stretch, offsetting a 27-point performance by Orlando's Beno Udrih.

    Neuqua Valley’s Josh Piotrowski slides safely into second base under St. Charles North’s Tim Misner, during boys baseball action in Naperville.

    Neuqua Valley shuts out St. Charles North

    This wasn't your typical baseball game between Neuqua Valley and St. Charles North. That was perfectly fine with the Wildcats. Neuqua Valley made surprisingly quick work of its Upstate Eight Conference rival Friday in Naperville, stunning the North Stars with a 10-0 five-inning victory.


    AP Sources: Cubs, Chicago close to Wrigley deal

    Cubs fans may have something to cheer about, after all.Two people with knowledge of the negotiations between the Ricketts family that owns the Cubs and the city say the two are near an agreement on a $500 million project at Wrigley Field.


    Lack of at-bats shows for Lisle

    The Herscher softball team brought something extra with it Friday that was crucial to beating host Lisle 5-3.


    Confident Lake Zurich responds to Fremd’s early swagger

    Lake Zurich players started Friday's nonconference softball game by watching a ball hit by Fremd leadoff batter Julie Josten sail over the right field fence for a home run. But not to worry. "We are really a confident team," said Bears three-year varsity veteran Mallory Parsons. "That didn't faze us. Teams will score runs on us but we know we've just got to get it back with our bats." That sure was the case when the Bears made up the 1-0 deficit with 4 runs in the bottom of the first and went on to post a 6-3 triumph over the visiting Vikings (3-1). Lake Zurich (5-2) scored all 6 of its runs in the first two inning and Parson's bat played major part.

    South Elgin’s Victoria Watt (8), Paige Allen (1) and Kara Rodriguez (6) are all smiles after the Storm recorded the final out to beat St. Charles North during Friday’s game in St. Charles.

    South Elgin hands St. Charles North 1st loss

    The South Elgin softball team made a convincing statement Friday that it has every intention of fighting for the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division championship this season. The Storm used a gutty pitching performance from junior Paige Allen and a 2-run home run from standout junior catcher Alyssa Buddle, as well as a strong 3-for-4 day from senior shortstop Kara Rodriguez, to beat Northwestern recruit Sabrina Rabin and St. Charles North, 4-1, in a UEC crossover game at North.

    Brandon Saad has 8 goals and 21 points through 36 games this season. He is a leading candidate to win the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL rookie of the year.

    Saad has a lot in common with ex-Hawk Secord

    Brandon Saad wasn't even born when Al Secord scored 54 goals in 1982-83 as part of the Blackhawks' famed line with Denis Savard and Steve Larmer. But there are times like Thursday against St. Louis when Saad will do something like he did in the second period, backing into the open ice and quickly snapping a pass from Jonathan Toews past goalie Brian Elliott — when I'll look down, see No. 20, and think of Secord.


    Huntley pounds out 20 hits in 16-0 win

    With the temperature hovering around 45 degrees, it didn't seem like a day hitters would thrive. The Huntley hitters certainly didn't mind the chilly conditions. Pounding out 20 hits with 6 extra base hits, the Red Raiders were able to pummel Crystal Lake Central 16-0 in a 5-inning Fox Valley Conference crossover softball game in Crystal Lake Friday afternoon. "I was really proud of how many quality at bats we had today," said Huntley coach Mark Petryniec. "Our approach was excellent and our pitch selection was excellent. We worked the count and swung at good pitches. It was good to see us swing the bats so well against quality pitching like Central has."


    Bartlett has its way with Larkin

    Ahead of Saturday's tough matchup against Schaumburg, the Bartlett softball team could use a game like Friday's against Larkin. The Hawks pounded out 21 hits and freshman call-up Alyssa Nowak allowed just 1 hit as Bartlett defeated the Royals, 18-0, in five innings in an Upstate Eight Conference game in Elgin. "It's the end of the week so it's nice to relax as a team," said Bartlett junior Dana Paul, who had a 2-run home run in a 6-run first inning. "It's nice to have a score like this. But at the same time we want to respect the other team."

    St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk scores against Corey Crawford during a shootout Thursday at the United Center.

    Sliding Hawks still eyeing No. 1 seed

    Even though the Blackhawks are 6-5-1 since their record 21-0-3 start, they have built a substantial cushion in the Central Division — guaranteeing a playoff spot."It feels better," said Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. "The last two years it was basically life and death to get in. You don't want to put yourself in that position where game in and game out it's going to make a difference at the end. Hopefully we can continue to enhance the position we're in and maybe you got a chance to rest or try some things.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Shannon Hohman, left, is congratulated by teammate Amanda Lack after scoring a run as they walk back to the dugout past Batavia catcher Brieann Cruz in the second inning on Friday, April 5. 7

    Waubonsie Valley blanks Batavia

    It might not be much consolation for Batavia, but Waubonsie Valley softball coach Aly Kelley can relate to exactly what the Bulldogs are going through so far in the 2013 season.

    Could Brittney Griner — or any woman — one day play in the NBA? Patricia Babcock McGraw would like readers to weigh in on the subject.

    Big East breakup a crying shame

    What a swan song for the Big East: Five of 8 Final Four teams are from this soon-to-be no more conference.

    Kevin Ware is everybody's favorite player since he broke his leg in gruesome fashion last weekend yet summoned the strength to encourage his teammates, and having him at the Final Four has given the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) added motivation to claim the title that eluded them last year.

    Ware makes big, bad Louisville the people's choice

    Kevin Ware is everybody's favorite player since he broke his leg in gruesome fashion last weekend yet summoned the strength to encourage his teammates, and having him at the Final Four has given the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) added motivation to claim the title that eluded them last year.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Alex Watters, 5, of Elgin is perched on his dad Jason's shoulders after getting an autograph from Kane County Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach before the season opener Thursday in Geneva.

    Fans excited to see future Cubs in action

    The Kane County Cougars played their first game as an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. They dropped a 7-2 decision to the Quad City River Bandits.

    Chris Collins, top, gives a television interview on the Northwestern University bench after he was named the new men's basketball coach at a news conference, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Here’s hoping Welsh-Ryan makeover isn’t far away

    With a new coach and a new commitment to basketball, it's time for Northwestern to add a new arena to the mix. Mike Spellman thinks it'll happen sooner rather than later. That and much more, including talk of Michal Handzus, Roger Ebert and Bo Jackson in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

    Mike North believes Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. will have a chance to cut down the nets and celebrate an NCAA National Championship on Monday night.

    Can Michigan win it all on Monday night?

    Mike North makes his selections for the NCAA Final Four games and explains why he picked the teams he did, and which one will win it all. He also likes the nice start for Tyler Flowers and the White Sox this season.

    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.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues
    Images of the Blackhawks vs.St. Louis Blues at the United Center in Chicago. The Blues won 4-3 in a shootout.


    The BikeSpike, at left, can work with your smartphone by sending you text messages on where your bike is at any given movement or if it was involved in an accident.

    BikeSpike tracks your stolen bicycle or notifies family of accidents

    Kukec's eBuzz column features BikeSpike, a new tracking device that you can attach to your bicycle to find out where it's at if stolen, alert family and friends if it's part of an accident, or learn more about your own journeys.

    Associated Press/May 11, 2012 Wayne County Clerk Glenda Young, second from right, assists a group of “lease hounds” from Texas as they pore over land records in search of mineral rights holders at the courthouse in Fairfield.

    Southern Illinois sees first of fracking rush

    Industry officials say at least 17 counties — perhaps a sixth of the state — could see some activity, and that landowners already have leased perhaps half a million acres.


    Audit finds lack of mine inspectors in Illinois

    The state department in charge of mine safety lacked enough safety inspectors to comply with Illinois law in 2011 and 2012, according to an audit of the agency released Thursday. Illinois' auditor general found that the Department of Natural Resources had 10 inspectors to handle the 40-plus mines operating in the state over those two years rather than the 16 required for that number of mines by the state Coal Mining Act. The law requires that mines be inspected once a month.


    2 businessmen convicted of fraud for security minority work contracts

    Two businessmen have been convicted of fraud after prosecutors say they tried to secure minority contracts. According to testimony, 43-year-old Matthew Giovenco of Grayslake and 66-year-old Guy Potter of Versailles, Ky. hired a black student and his mother to act as fronts for ICS Cable. They secured subcontracts from RCN Cable, which was required by the city of Chicago to give business to women or minority-owned contractors.The Chicago Sun-Times reports during the federal court trial, defense attorneys tried to pin the fraud on the mother, Cherrone Mayes. They alleged she hatched the scheme and then cooperated with the government.But prosecutors say Mayes made $17,000 from the scheme, while Potter made $1.3 million and Giovenco made $800,000.The two each face up to 20 years in prison.

    A Boeing-owned 787 production plane built for LOT Polish Airlines lands after a demonstration flight Friday meant to be the final certification test for the 787’s new battery system at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

    Boeing makes final test flight for 787 battery fix

    The FAA needs to approve the test results and certify the battery system before airlines can fly 787s again. But the root cause of the battery problems remains unknown. Boeing executives have said that other airplane problems have been fixed without understanding exactly what caused them.

    Associated Press/Jan. 13, 2013 The Orion Exploration Flight Test 1crew module sits in the Operations and Checkout building during a media tour at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    NASA to lasso asteroid, bring it to moon

    WASHINGTON — NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.Nelson, who is chairman of the Senate science and space subcommittee, said Friday that President Barack Obama is putting $100 million in planning money for the accelerated asteroid mission in the 2014 budget that comes out next week. The money would be used to find the right small asteroid.“It really is a clever concept,” Nelson said in a press conference in Orlando. “Go find your ideal candidate for an asteroid. Go get it robotically and bring it back.”This would be the first time ever humanity has manipulated a space object in such a grand scale, like what it does on Earth, said Robert Braun, a Georgia Institute of Technology aerospace engineering professor who used to be NASA’s chief technology officer.“It’s a great combination of our robotic and human capabilities to do the kind of thing that NASA should be doing in this century,” Braun said. Last year, the Keck Institute for Space Studies proposed a similar mission for NASA with a price tag of $2.6 billion. There is no cost estimate for the space agency’s version. NASA’s plans were first reported by Aviation Week.While there are thousands of asteroids around 25-feet, finding the right one that comes by Earth at just the right time to be captured will not be easy, said Donald Yeomans, who heads NASA’s Near Earth Object program that monitors close-by asteroids. He said once a suitable rock is found it would be captured with the space equivalent of “a baggie with a drawstring. You bag it. You attach the solar propulsion module to de-spin it and bring it back to where you want it.”Yeomans said a 25-foot asteroid is no threat to Earth because it would burn up should it inadvertently enter Earth’s atmosphere. These types of asteroids are closer to Earth — not in the main asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. They’re less than 10 million miles away, Braun said.“It’s probably the right size asteroid to be practicing on,” he said. A 25-foot asteroid is smaller than the size rock that caused a giant fireball that streaked through the sky in Russia in February, said Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, head of the B612 Foundation, a nonprofit concerned about dangerous space rocks.The robotic ship would require a high-tech solar engine to haul the rock through space, something that is both cutting-edge and doable, Braun said. Then NASA would use a new large rocket and the Orion capsule — both under development — to send astronauts to the asteroid.There would be no gravity on the asteroid so the astronauts would have to hover over it in an extended spacewalk.Exploring the asteroid “would be great fun,” Schweickart said. “You’d have some interesting challenges in terms of operating in an environment like that.”Nelson said the mission would help NASA develop the capability to nudge away a dangerous asteroid if one headed to Earth in the future. It also would be training for a future mission to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, he said. But while it would be helpful for planetary defense, “that’s not your primary mission,” Schweickart said.George Washington University Space Policy Institute Director Scott Pace, a top NASA official during the George W. Bush administration, was critical of the plan, saying it was a bad idea scientifically and for international cooperation.

    In a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration, a federal judge ruled Friday that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill are “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and must end within 30 days. The ruling could allow Plan B One-Step to move out from behind pharmacy counters to the store counters.

    NY judge makes morning-after pill available to all

    In a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration, a federal judge ruled Friday that age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill are "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable" and must end within 30 days. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York means consumers of any age could buy emergency contraception without a prescription — instead of women first having to prove they're 17 or older, as they do today.

    President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs by including a proposal to lower cost-of-living adjustments to government social safety net spending, a senior administration official says.

    Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

    President Barack Obama's proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans. The proposal aims for a compromise, but it was already encountering negative reviews from top Republicans for insisting on revenue and from liberals for its effect on the social safety net.


    Stocks plunge after job growth disappoints

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dropped sharply on Wall Street Friday after the government reported that U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in nine months in March and more people gave up looking for work. The report was worse than economists were expecting.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 119 points to 14,485 as of 10:57 a.m. EDT. It was down as much as 171 points in the early going. It was the worst drop for the Dow since Feb. 25.U.S. employers added 88,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey. That's half the pace of the previous six months, when an average of 196,000 jobs were added each month. It was a disappointment for markets following positive signs on housing and the job market over the winter.The report, one of the most closely watched indicators of the economy, dented investors' confidence that the U.S. was poised for a sustained recovery. The stock market has surged this year, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 to record levels. The Dow closed at an all-time high on Tuesday and is still up 10 percent this year."Things are still looking decent, but there's no doubt that this was a bit of disappointment," said Brad Sorensen, Charles Schwab's director of market and sector research. "We're watching to see is this the start of another soft patch."In other trading, the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.9percent, to 1,545. All 10 industry groups in the index fell, led by a 1.5 percent drop in the information technology group. Cisco Systems fell 91 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $20.13. Oracle dropped 53 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $31.84. Investors were reducing their exposure to risk. The industry that held up the best was utilities, with a decline of just 0.1 percent. The rich dividends and stable earnings provided by those companies make them attractive to investors who want to play it safe. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price, plunged from 1.76 percent to 1.70 percent, its lowest level since December. The benchmark rate has declined sharply over the last month, from 2.06 percent on March 11, as demand for low-risk assets increased amid mounting evidence that growth in the U.S. economy is slowing. The Nasdaq composite, which includes many technology companies, fell 37 points, or 1.2 percent, to 3,187. That's worse than the declines of 0.8 percent in the Dow and 0.9 percent in the S&P.F5 Networks, a network equipment and service provider based in Seattle, plunged 19 percent, the most of any S&P stock, after slashing its profit and revenue forecast. The company said its contract bookings fell sharply, as did its business with the federal government. The stock lost $17.28 to $73.14. The S&P 500 is down 1.7 percent on the week and is on track for its biggest weekly loss since Nov. 9, when stocks fell after the Presidential election. Investors were worried that a divided government would fail to reach a budget agreement to avoid drastic tax hikes.

    U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is heading into a weak spring.

    U.S. economy adds 88,000K jobs, rate drops to 7.6 pct.

    U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is heading into a weak spring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in four years. But the rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work.

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state of Illinois has entered a new marketing partnership.

    Illinois partners with Export-Import Bank

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state of Illinois has entered a new marketing partnership with the Export-Import Bank of the United States that is expected to accelerate export business and create job growth. The Ex-Im Bank partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) gives thousands of exporters, especially small businesses, access to information about the bank's resources.


    Sears says portrait studio operator shuts down at U.S. stores

    Sears Holdings Corp. said CPI Corp., the company that operated photo portrait studios at the retailer’s stores, is ceasing U.S. operations.“We are working with CPI to ensure that it fulfills its outstanding orders and provides ordered pictures to our members and customers,” Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Hoffman Estates-based Sears, said in an e-mail today. CPI operated the studio under license, he said.Sears is “exploring all options” to continue photo services, Riefs said. Customers who have had recent picture sessions can order portraits on the Sears website through April 18, according to a statement on the retailer’s website.CPI, based in St. Louis, said on its website that “after many years of providing family portrait photography, we are sad to announce that all of our U.S. portrait studios are now closed.” The company’s website said it offered photo services in about 3,100 North American locations, mainly at stores of Sears and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.-

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    Cook Co. releases agenda to promote economic growth

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently released a new Economic Growth Agenda outlining strategies to strengthen economic development throughout Cook County and the Chicago metropolitan region.

    Laura Minzer, executive director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Council, speaks Thursday during a summit for local business leaders about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Businesses hear how to plan for health care changes

    The sweeping changes coming with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect everyone - individuals, families, businesses in every sector and industry, experts from the Illinois and U.S. chambers of commerce and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital told Barrington-area business leaders Thursday.

    Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood, left, listens as Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta, right, speaks during a news conferencein Washington. LaHood and Huerta said in a joint statement Thursday that the FAA is conducting a robust safety review and monitoring process to identify any hazards, and develop appropriate risk mitigationsî associated with the tower closures.

    FAA funded airport towers using 30-year-old data

    The government has been using 30-year-old data on aircraft collisions to justify the cost of operating control towers at small airports even though accident rates have improved significantly over that time. Had the Federal Aviation Administration used more current data, it's probable that some low-traffic airport towers operated by private contractors would no longer have met the agency's criteria for funding, industry officials said.

    KFC wants to make it easier for people to eat chicken so it’s getting rid of the bones.

    KFC to offer boneless chicken

    KFC wants to make it easier for people to eat chicken so it's getting rid of the bones. The fast-food chain is introducing fried boneless chicken chunks on April 14 as an alternative to its traditional breast, thigh and drumstick pieces. The new boneless pieces are about twice the size of KFC's crispy strips and come in white or dark meat. Customers can order them for the meal deals.


    French company wants to sell of f Boeing rival EADS by July

    Lagardere has confirmed its intention to sell its stake in European aerospace and defense giant EADS by the end of July. The French multinational company has made no secret of its wish to get rid of its 7.5 percent stake in EADS, the parent company of plane maker Airbus and archrival of U.S.-based Boeing Co.

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    Tips for coping with travel during sequestration

    There are enough challenges to traveling with kids. Families don’t need sequestration—the across-the-board budget cuts—to complicate things. But it has. And that can mean extra headaches for travellers, especially for those who fly or plan to travel internationally.

    Ronnie Wood, left, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones will be playing another Chicago show on their “50 and Counting” tour.

    They’re rolling: Stones add another Chicago show

    On Friday, the Rolling Stones said second shows have been added to their "50 and Counting" tour: One in Chicago — Friday, May 31, at the United Center — and another in Toronto. Tickets for the Chicago shows, which also include the previously announced Tuesday, May 28, show at the United Center, go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8. The Stones announced earlier this week that they'll kick off their "50 and Counting" tour in Los Angeles; the date will be announced later.


    The nation’s housing: Energy savers due a break

    WASHINGTON — If you buy or own an energy efficient house, does this make you less likely to default on your mortgage? Is there a connection between the monthly savings on utility costs and the probability that you'll pay your loan on time?

    Movie critic Roger Ebert in the newsroom of the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Roger Ebert on some classic films and movie duds

    Roger Ebert reviewed thousands of films over the years, influencing moviegoers across the country with his uncomplicated, yet intelligent reviews that were breezy and often quotable. Along with fellow film critic Gene Siskel, Ebert, who died on Thursday at the age of 70, created and made famous the thumbs-up, thumbs-down style of reviews. Here are excerpts of some of his memorable reviews for both film classics as well as movie duds.

    Film critic Roger Ebert in the kitchen of his home in Chicago. Ebert published a cookbook of more than two dozen recipes for the rice cooker called “The Pot and How to Use It.”

    10 things to remember about Roger Ebert

    There are a number of things to remember about acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert, who died on Thursday, among them that he was the first journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism in 1975. He also did something every year that he hated.

    Carol Stream resident Cory Goodrich stars in Mercury Theater's “Barnum.”

    Suburban theater artists discuss their work and the community

    Hollywood isn't the only Mecca enticing suburban talent. Case in point: Suburban theater artists — natives and transplants alike — who stay right here to create their own Mecca. We caught up with a few of them to talk about where they came from, what they're working on and why they stay.


    Local theater: Unhappy holidays at Steel Beam

    Steel Beam presents a contemporary Irish drama with “The Seafarer”; Remy Bumppo revives the Strindberg tragicomedy “Creditors”; and Lookingglass presents the world premiere of “Still Alice” this week in Chicago-area theater.


    Night life events: Soda! starts the party at Ballydoyle

    Get your Soda! fix — the band, of course — at Ballydoyle in Bloomingdale starting at 9 p.m. Friday, April 5. No more manic Mondays. The Foundry prefers to call them Martini Mondays — complete with a long list of $5 martinis.

    OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder has helped plenty of artists with their albums. With the band’s third album, “Native,” he invited them back to help him.

    Rock on radio: Ryan Tedder on band’s new album

    Ryan Tedder has been the mastermind behind hits for Adele, Beyonce and Leona Lewis, but on his band's new album, the Grammy winner gets help from other hit-makers.Other players helped shape the band's latest sound, including Benny Blanco, who co-produced hits like Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," and Jeff Bhasker, who produced fun.'s Grammy-winning breakthrough album, "Some Nights."

    Megan (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) face new challenges in their marriage when AMC's critically acclaimed "Mad Men" returns Sunday, April 7.

    AMC’s award-winning ‘Mad Men’ back for sixth season

    In their still-young marriage, will Don and Megan Draper be glad or mad? That's among the burning questions for "Mad Men" to answer as the much-praised and honored AMC drama series starts its sixth season Sunday, April 7, with a two-hour premiere written by executive producer Matthew Weiner.


    Debunking some common real estate ‘urban legends’

    Dog-eating spiders, federal subsidies for utility bills and a fat payout for a dorm-room "mooner" make for good stories. None of them are true. Yet theses types of "urban Legends" abound on April Fools' Day.


    The mortgage complaint window is open

    Got a beef with your mortgage company or loan servicer? Lots of people do, and thousands of them have been turning to a federal complaint hotline for action — or at least a quick response from the lender.


    Agent tells buyers not to attend home inspection

    Q. We are in escrow to buy a home, and we hired the home inspector who was chosen by our real estate agent. When we asked if we could attend the inspection, our agent said this was not necessary and that most homebuyers don't.

    Homes in Mount Prospect's Brentwood neighborhood are a short drive away from the new Randhurst Village shopping center.

    Brentwood neighborhood offers comforts of home

    Dimitrios and Irene Apostolopoulos moved from New York to Mount Prospect almost 20 years ago when Demitrios worked in the research and development center at Kraft Foods in Glenview. "I didn't know much about the area, but Brentwood was one of the subdivisions people in HR recommended," Dimitrios Apostolopoulos said.


    Spruce up your deck or patio for spring

    It might not seem like springtime to some of you, but it is. Time for those spring-cleaning projects. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then cleaning up a deck or patio is a priority. Here are the steps we suggest you take to get the job done so you'll be ready for that first family barbecue.



    Editorial: Proposal for surplus forest funds a win-win

    A Daily Herald editorial urges Lake County forest commissioners to make a fiscal statement and adopt a proposed compromise on use of $1.6 million in surplus funds.


    Keep prescription privileges limited
    A Highland Park letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]Newsx BTO body copySB 2187 is a dangerous proposal that would allow psychologists to practice medicine simply by taking online courses in psychopharmacology and seeing 100 patients under the supervision of another psychologist. In addition, oversight of these "prescribing" psychologists would be by the Illinois psychology board rather than medical boards. It is just unsafe!


    McGrane a true fiscal conservative
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I am writing this letter to offer my endorsement for Kevin McGrane and the Republican candidates for Palatine Township Trustee. Living in Cook County, we are surrounded by corruption, high taxes and lifetime politicians. It is becoming difficult for lifelong residents on fixed incomes to keep up with rising property taxes without fear of having to leave the community they have called home for decades.


    Argiris the best of the three candidates
    Letter to the editor: Robert Kaufman considers Dean Argiris a dynamic and tireless public servant, and "I support him in the upcoming election because of his vision of the future for Wheeling."


    Argiris is the best choice for Wheeling
    Letter to the editor: Robert Hahn Jr. has know Dean Argiris for 30 years, and says he has always been easy to talk to about any concerns that may come up. "His true passion is to help Wheeling remain a great place to live and work," he writes.


    Time for a younger mayor in Wheeling
    Letter to the editor: Sue Allen says it's time for a younger mayor in Wheeling and likes Dean Argiris. "He cares about the seniors as well as the village," she writes.


    Only two Dist. 211 candidates care about taxpayer
    Letter to the editor: As David Krein of Schaumburg figures it, only two of the five candidates for the District 211 school board are focused on the needs of the taxpayers. There are three seats open, he says, so "That does not make me a happy taxpayer."


    New sidewalk too elaborate, expensive
    Letter to the editor: Jill Jacobsen says she's all for children being able to safely walk to school , but the upcoming sidewalk project on Schoenbeck Road is just too elaborate for the need. "I just fail to see why our tax money is being spent when children are already able to safely walk where the sidewalk will be built," she said.


    Officer should have stayed with animal
    Letter to the editor: Prospect Hts. resident Karen Hogge was shocked and upset that the police did not nothing to help an injured animal hit by a car in the roadway.


    Bokor has betrayed the public trust
    Letter to the editor: "By divulging the contents of a confidential communication from the president of the District 15 school board to a third party, board member Rich Bokor has betrayed the public's trust," writes Joe Heater of Palatine.


    Stengren advocates Hayes as next mayor
    Letter to the editor: Tom Stengren served with Tom Hayes on the Arlington Heights village board for 20 years, and says it was clear early on that Hayes was thoughtful, articulate and convincing in expressing his ideas. "I know I want a mayor with innate leadership skills," he writes. "Tom Hayes possesses the qualities I'd like in our next mayor."


    Longtime Arlington Hts. library trustee makes picks
    Letter to the editor: Richard Frisbie, who served o the arlington Hts. Memorial Library board for many years, said he favors Joan Brody Garkisch and Tiana Brazzale for the two open seats on the board.


    Hayes right about term limits issue
    Letter to the editor: Chris Barnes of Arlington Heights agrees with Tom Hayes about the issue of term limits. "I think too little is said of experience," the letter reads. "Becoming familiar with the various boards and committees that make up our government doesn't seem intuitive."


    Weary of divisive politics in Bartlett
    Letter to the editor: Arlene Lachowicz says the squabbling in Bartlett reminds her of her grandhildren. "What has happened to the town I love?" she writes.


    Mazeski a good choice for trustee
    Letter to the editor: Emily McHugh says Kelly Mazeski is will be a fiscally conservative leader with a watchful eye on the budget, and someone who understands the value of Barrington Hills' 5-acre minimum zoning.


    Hayes’ dedication still burns, as always
    Letter to the editor: Former Arlington Heights mayor Mike Schroeder says Tom Hayes is absolutely the right man to take over for Arlene Mulder as village president. "After 22 years of service to our village, he still takes his job very seriously," he writes.


    Tinaglia has right combination of gifts
    Letter to the editor: "We need someone who understands Arlington Heights — knows its past, understands the present, and will guide its future," Ann Sadler writes. "Jim Tinaglia is that person."


    Tinaglia will be ‘tremendous asset’
    Letter to the editor: "Jim (Tinaglia) will bring a unique perspective to the board," writes Jim Murray. "Being part of the Arlington Heights village board is not easy these days but instead of standing on the sidelines, he has decided to get involved."


    Village board could use an architect
    Letter to the editor: "What better profession could we have filling a trustee position than an architect?" ask Glen and Deb Korff of Arlington Heights, in support of Jim Tinaglia for trustee. "With talk of constructing a $40 million police station, who better to advocate for controlling our potential construction costs?"


    Drake’s experience a good thing to have
    Letter to the editor: Frank Biga III of Arlington Hts. thinks Ron Drake's got just the right resume to lead the village. "He has an excellent record as mayor of Avondale, AZ ... and was re-elected there handily," he writes. "Clearly, the voters of Avondale felt he was doing a good job too."


    Let’s put Zyck on the library board
    Letter to the editor: "As library trustee (Greg Zyck) wants to help the library continue to adapt to the cyber world, make certain the entire community knows all the great services the library offers, and make the library an even better place," writes Ray Berry.


    We have the right to vote -- so let’s use it
    Letter to the editor: "Men and women who have served in our military over the many generations have made incredible sacrifices to ensure our right to vote, so ... let's double the number of voters who will vote on April 9th since our last election cycle," writes Will Beiersdorf.


    Patlak: Sadler is an excellent assessor
    Letter to the editor: Dan Patlak, commissioner at the Cook County Board of Review, says Wheeling Township Assessor Jerry Sadler is deserving of election. "Jerry distinguished himself as a public servant who always put the needs of our constituents first," Patlak writes.


    Proud to call Argiris ‘village president’
    Letter to the editor: Linda Gallo-Marx is enthusiastic about Dean Argiris as Wheeling village president. "Dean has shown his commitment to us, the people, from serving on the board of trustees to participating in many of our community endeavors for numerous years," she writes.


    Township GOP has gotten the job done
    Letter to the editor: Christine Dolgopol wonders if the Wheeling Twp. Democrats even know what a township board does, if they are campaigning on a pledge to lower taxes.


    Argiris is the leader Wheeling needs
    Letter to the editor: "The village of Wheeling is in serious need of a leader in Village Hall, and that's why I support Dean Argiris for village president," writes Edward Chrzastowski.


    Not happy with the Argiris campaign
    Letter to the editor: Belinda Burke isn't voting for Dean Argiris for Wheeling village president. "We've had enough self-service from elected officials and need to hold all candidates accountable to walk the walk, not just talk the talk," she writes.


    Let’s retire township GOP on election day
    Letter to the editor: Todd Ruder writes that it's time for the Republicans to lose control of Schaumburg Township.


    Hoffman truly fortunate to have McLeod
    Letter to the editor: Schaumburg Village President Al Larson writes that he has known and respected Bill McLeod for 30 years. "His vision for the future of Hoffman Estates as a corporate center, while being a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family is what I saw in him when we first met, so many years ago," Larson writes.


    McGrane, Pohlman have the right ideas
    Letter to the editor: Art Goes of Palatine appreciates the common sense that Kevin McGrane and Bill Pohlman will bring to the table as Palatine Township trustees.


    Math doesn’t add up on golf course work
    Letter to the editor: Jerry Boldt can't believe that every candidate for the Mt. Prospect Park District thinks renovating the golf course is a good idea. "Has the fertilizer from the course gone to their heads?" he asks


    Yaeger, Lyman and Marshall for trustee
    Letter to the editor: Carolyn Osuyos wants voters in Long Grove to elect Yaeger, Lyman and Marshall to the Long Grove village board on Tuesday. "This election is of extreme importance due to the issues at hand," she writes.


    Time for Hoffman to have a new leader
    Letter to the editor: Rodney Rusakiewicz says it's time for Hoffman Estates to vote themselves a new leader, Raymond Kincaid, "who can and will lead the Village to greatness as the village motto declares," he writes.


    Kincaid tactics sour her on his candidacy
    Letter to the editor: Anita Jamnik of Hoffman Estates says she is offended by Ray Kincaid's campaign for mayor, and will be voting for Bill McLeod.


    Bartlett should stick with Nolan: Melchert
    Letter to the editor: Former village president Catherine Melchert says Bartlett would be wise to re-elect Dennis Nolan to the village board. "(He) has proved himself to be an intelligent, ethical, nonpartisan, nonstop advocate for all of us who live in Bartlett," she writes.


    Elect those who use money appropriately
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I doubt that many believe that government resources should be used as part of an election campaign. However, it appears that the existing Avon Township elected officials have different standards.


    New leadership needed in Fox Lake
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: As trustee, I have been given the privilege to represent you on the Fox Lake village board for 16 years, and I am honored. I write this to influence your vote in the upcoming election for the positions of mayor and fellow trustees.


    Lentz best choice for Mundelein mayor
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I believe the best choice for a new Mundelein, full of potential, is Steve Lentz. He is the best person to lead us as mayor because Steve has the experience, vision, communication skills, intelligence and integrity that we require in a good mayor.


    A vote for calm in Barrington Hills
    A Barrington Heills letter to the editor: Vote for Bob Abboud if you want to enjoy big-time politics on a smaller stage. I would rather see our politics fade back into the background of my life. I will be voting for McLaughlin, Hannigan and Steiper.


    Carrying on West Chicago’s vision
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: I am writing on behalf of acting West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda. Mayor Pineda is running for election to serve as our mayor in Tuesday's election. Mayor Pineda has earned our trust and deserves our support.


    Time for fresh face in Winfield
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Having been the first Winfield United president I would like to say I am endorsing Rob Hanlon for village president. Rob Hanlon has "the right stuff" to lead us, the residents and the village board through these contentious times.


    Time for change on COD board
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Early in the current president's term at the College of DuPage, employees were called upon to embrace change. It is a message that voters in District 502 could do well to remember come Tuesday's election for the board of trustees when two incumbents, David Carlin and Joe Wozniak, are up for re-election.


    State has failed us, so we must act
    An Itasca letter to the editor: Mr. Tobin and Ms. McNeilly, in the broader debate, I respect your organization and its goals. But here in Itasca, Springfield has failed us, so we must act. Itasca is a small school district, and we parents stay closely involved.


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    U-46 candidates won’t be lap dogsFew citizens follow the decisions of their board of education, and our District U-46, certainly mirrors that apathy. Coupled with a board that mimics lap dogs for the district’s entitlement-obsessed superintendent, Jose Torres, and who arrogantly dismiss taxpayers who do not share their unbridled support of Torres, we have a recipe for failure. Controlling the major share of our property taxes, the district has one of the worst academic performance records in the suburbs — yet they continue to spend recklessly in pursuit of Torres’ social engineering experiments. Torres’ mantra is to “eliminate achievement gaps.” Not satisfied that every student has equal opportunities, Torres’ insists on equal results for all.We are naive if we deny this fundamental threat to our freedom and individualism. The first corrective step is to elect board members who represent the needs of students, parents, and taxpayers — not the teacher unions or the entitlement mindset of Torres. With three board openings in Tuesday’s election, Frank Napolitano and Gary Percy are the best candidates to serve students, be responsive to parents/taxpayers, and oppose the wasteful, liberal policies of Torres.Napolitano and Percy are fiscally conservative and, as good business people, expect useful returns for our district’s financial investments. They believe the primary objective of the school system should be teaching students to be effective lifelong learners — not to indoctrinate them with ideological biases of teachers or administration. Both support charter schools and believe parents/students deserve better options for their educational investment and that education tax dollars should follow the student — not controlled by a district that fails to deliver value.Rick NewtonWayne


    Candidate can’t serve two masters
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: I just learned that Arne Waltmire, candidate for McHenry County College trustee, is IEA Region 23 chairman, which includes the MCC faculty and adjunct faculty unions. He has not disclosed this information in any of his campaign materials. How can he possibly represent the voters with honesty and clarity when he appears unwilling to fully represent himself? This lack of transparency translates to a lack of respect for the voters.


    Geneva candidate truly gets it
    A Geneva letter to the editor: We would like to offer this in support of Mike Bruno for 1st Ward Alderman in Geneva. Mike is a relative rarity in Geneva politics in that he truly gets it. He genuinely understands that it is the physical integrity of Geneva's Historic District that drives the economic engine that makes Geneva unique.


    Vote to curb Elgin’s spending problem
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Since the economic bubble burst in 2008, I have watched the value of my home steadily decrease, so I was surprised when I heard the mayor and city manager of Elgin comment in 2012 that they were surprised at how much properties values had dropped in Elgin. Where had they been for the past four years; were they really that clueless?


    In support of Sugar Grove incumbents
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I am writing in support of the re-election of Sean Michels, Robert Bohler, and Rick Montalto to the Sugar Grove village board. Sean has exhibited a tremendous amount of leadership in moving Sugar Grove forward.


    A proven leader in Sugar Grove
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I'm supporting Sean Michels for village president of Sugar Grove because he has proved himself as a leader. Sean and the village board have brought in commercial and industrial business, just look at Route 47 and all of the new businesses that have opened in the past four years. The board and Sean cut expenses when the economy was at its worst, allowing the village to balance its budget even in tough times.


    Elgin can’t afford four more years
    Am Elgin letter to the editor: As a resident of Elgin since 1972, I believe I have some valid perspective of our three incumbent council candidates.


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    A Geneva letter to the editor: My wife, Kathy, and I are 37-year Geneva residents; I'm also a retired Geneva High School English teacher and department chair. We strongly support the re-election of Mark Grosso, current District 304 school board president.


    A taxpayers’ first type of candidate
    A Geneva letter to the editor: For Geneva mayor, we have a choice between continued business-as-usual, higher taxes and government spending, or an urgent wake-up call to all local governments that the taxpayers are fed up with being gouged.


    Great things in store for Sugar Grove
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: As an avid cyclist, I was impressed while looking at Sean Michels' website. Mr. Michels wants to improve the bike trail system throughout the community and improve the pedestrian paths as well.


    Mayoral candidate supports ethics law
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: As a former schoolteacher, I'm thrilled that we have Jotham Stein — as a mayoral candidate — to look out for our and our children's futures. Jotham gets my vote because he brings the right mix to local leadership — he's focused on ethics and has the professional experience to help make St. Charles a better place.


    S. Elgin candidates know good policy
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: When I consider candidates for election, I rarely rely on their mailers and I never rely on signs. What is reliable to me though is their overall set of qualifications, service and sound decision making qualities.


    Candidate keeps dreaming, planning
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: I have had the privilege of knowing Paul Mulcahy since 1995. Since that time, I have served on a number of committees with him and was a trustee in Lake in the Hills with him as well. In every task, Paul gives 100 percent.


    St. Charles needs new direction
    Let me start out by saying I do not live in St. Charles. My wife and I live just outside the city limits. We go to the St. Charles library. We shop and frequent restaurants in St. Charles and our children's lives have evolved around friends living in town.


    Has served Elgin with distinction
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I actively endorse former Councilman Terry Gavin for Elgin City Council — 4 year term. Terry has worked vigorously in support of the Elgin taxpayers with astute knowledge and understanding of the workings of Elgin's government budgets, planning, code enforcement and grant funding.


    He appreciates Geneva’s history
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Geneva's 1st Ward aldermanic race has the distinction of having two candidates vying for this spot. Mike Bruno is one of those candidates. It is my privilege to recommend Mike Bruno for this position. Mike has the life experience to see various sides of issues that come before the city council.


    Count candidate’s support, experience
    An Elgin letter to the editor: This is an important election. Elgin needs councilmen who can deliver on experience, balance and vision. That's why I, and many other Elginites, will be voting for Craig Dresang to fill the 2-year seat for Elgin City Council.


    New era of civility in Geneva politics
    A Geneva letter to the editor: We support the re-election of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Years ago, under different leadership, it was difficult to attend a Geneva City Council meeting and discuss any issue civilly. City hall was a hostile environment. There was a total lack of respect for different points of view or how to resolve pending issues.


    Batavia needs fresh thinking
    A Batavia letter to the editor: Steve Vasilion is the best candidate for Batavia's Ward 5 alderman. At the March 13 candidates' forum, Steve was articulate, intelligent and energetic. He presented new ideas and was clearly open to other ideas.


    Cary needs forward-looking leader
    A Cary letter to the editor: During my tenure serving the residents of Cary as your trustee, I have had the pleasure of working with some very dedicated and forward-thinking individuals on the village board.


    Find plan that works for all, Dist. 200
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I believe that Jefferson Preschool in Wheaton needs, at the least, a serious rehab, and possibly a rebuild. But I know for sure that Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 taxpayers cannot afford the financing option that is now being proposed on Tuesday's referendum.


    Don’t vote for status quo at COD
    Don’t vote for status quo at CODThis letter is a response to your March 15 endorsements of David Carlin and Kathy Hamilton. You state, “A vote for Carlin and Hamilton is clearly a vote for the status quo at COD.” Saying that it’s “certainly not a bad thing”, is not the same as saying it’s a good thing.If votes for Carlin and Hamilton are votes for the status quo, please consider what the status quo is.The status quo is the current administration, under the guidance of Chairman Carlin, picking a costly and pointless fight with our neighbor and host community, Glen Ellyn. This fight cost both sides hundreds of thousands of tax dollars Glen Ellyn residents had the pleasure of paying for both fights as they pay taxes that support COD and Glen Ellyn.The status quo is David Carlin approving the taxpayer funded, for-profit restaurant, “The Waterleaf” which cost the taxpayers over $500,000 last year, roughly $2,700 every night it was open and, according to the current administration, will lose at least as much next year. Some of those taxpayers are restaurateurs themselves. Taxpayers who work hard to keep their businesses open while paying taxes to keep their competition afloat.The status quo is David Carlin supporting yearly tuition increases; making COD the most expensive, publicly funded, community college in the state. These increases have nothing to due with faculty raises, the average pay for faculty actually decreased in the 2011-2012 school year (NEA Advocate, Vol. 30, NO 2). This occurred while yearly budget surpluses increased the fund balance from around $20 million four years ago to over $100 million this year.This is the status quo. I hope the voters in District 502 will remember the status quo on Tuesday.Bob HazardAuroraAssistant Professor, EnglishCollege of DuPage


    Kids of District 200 need better building
    A Lombard letter to the editor: As the grandparent of two Jefferson students, I wholeheartedly ask you to vote yes on the Jefferson referendum on Tuesday.


    Consider the elderly in referendum
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I say we vote no for the Jefferson school referendum. My reasonings, I don't dislike children as some people would have you believe. If new bathrooms are needed and other things need attention, then let's fix it.


    Preserve Naperville form of government
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I am writing as a Naperville citizen and as a veteran member of the Naperville City Council about an issue I believe is even more important to Naperville than who gets elected this spring. It is about how we elect our city council.


    Keep your eight votes in Naperville
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Yes, Naperville's men and women have taken an active role in building their community. A wide variety of people have said yes to elected office on city council guiding decades of thoughtful growth. They were free to live where they chose.


    Candidates not tough enough on taxes
    Candidates not tough enough on taxesI’m writing this letter to the editor in hopes that I can reach and encourage as many Carol Stream voters to vote for neither Mr. LaRocca nor Mr. Christopher as our new village trustee in Carol Stream. Their responses to the Daily Herald candidate profile questionnaire gives me enough evidence. While Carol Stream has wisely followed fiscally responsible and conservative principles of paying as we go, without a village property tax or inflated sales tax rates, Christopher has stated that Carol Stream should have a property tax and states that “People have to understand this money feeds all village and county assessments. Schools, park district, police department, fire department, forest preserve, water, waste, county, and the list goes on and on.” Either he didn’t understand the question or thinks that the taxpayers need to understand our tax bills better. Also, there is his response to a question about one good idea to better the community: “I feel the village should look into purchasing and developing land to create jobs for the people of Carol Stream.” So, local government should now become a commercial enterprise and property owner in order to employ its citizens, perhaps as farmers? Meanwhile, LaRocca has said, regarding a property tax, “At this time I don’t believe it is necessary. Our efforts for the future should attempt to maintain our current status however at some point a Carol Stream property tax may be necessary.” Carol Stream has weathered difficult fiscal periods without a property tax and needs a firmer commitment than that. Confidently vote for Rick Gieser and Matt McCarthy, but don’t vote for any third candidate. Send a message.Thomas GarveyCarol Stream


    Warrenville needs to elect this survivor
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Warrenville has an excellent opportunity Tuesday to elect a person to the city council with Vision, drive, and the will to succeed. That person is Tom Linford.


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