Daily Archive : Tuesday April 9, 2013


    The new Lombard Mayor Keith Giagnorio celebrates his victory with his mother Viola at Overtime Bar and Grill.

    Images: Election night in DuPage, Kane, and McHenry Counties
    From mayors to school boards, many officials were elected and reelected Tuesday during the municipal elections that were held throughout the suburbs. This gallery features election photos from Lombard, Winfield, West Chicago, East Dundee, West Dundee, Cary, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Geneva, and Naperville.

    Arlington Heights Village President candidate Tom Hayes claims victory in the mayoral race for Arlington Heights as his supporter Dr. Joe Favia of Arlington Heights wishes him well.

    Images: Election night in Cook and Lake Counties
    From mayors to school boards, many officials were elected and reelected Tuesday during the municipal elections that were held throughout the suburbs. This gallery features election photos from Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Wheeling, Streamwood, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Barrington Hills, Barrington, Island Lake, Lake Zurich and Gurnee.

    Performance artist Elliot From of Arlington Heights paints a variety of subjects in anywhere from four to 15 minutes, but is best known for his sports figures and particularly the Chicago Blackhawks insignia.

    Performance artist to help Naperville CARES raise funds at benefit

    Performance artist and speed painter Elliott From uses his hands and brushes to throw paint on a canvas creating pictures of rock icons, public figures and celebrities choregraphed to music. He uses his work to raise monies for charities and will perform at Naperville CARES' Cuisine for A Cause on April 27.

    Kristina Kovarik, left, defeated Trustee Kirk Morris for Gurnee mayor.

    Kovarik back for third term as Gurnee mayor

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik will return for a third term, defeating Trustee Kirk Morris in Tuesday’s election. With all 30 precincts counted, unofficial results show Kovarik with 2,033 votes to Morris’ 1,216. “It’s my biggest margin ever,” an ecstatic Kovarik said after the final results.

    Erik Spande

    Spande victorious in Winfield

    Erik Spande will be making the transition from Winfield trustee to village president. He captured about 57 percent of the vote, defeating newcomer Rob Hanlon in a race that will change which political faction controls the village board. Spande said he and his running mates were successful at the polls because residents are unhappy with the behavior of the existing village board.


    Voters sink Lake Park pool plan

    An attempt to build an indoor swimming pool at Lake Park High School once again has been sunk by voters. With all 45 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show 4,329 votes against and 3,698 votes in favor of the proposal to borrow $8 million to build the facility at the Roselle school’s east campus.

    Island Lake mayor-elect Charles Amrich gets a hug from supporter Debra Jenkins Tuesday night at his victory party at Sideouts.

    Amrich, allies win convincingly in Island Lake

    Island Lake voters grabbed their brooms Tuesday and swept Mayor Debbie Herrmann out of office. Herrmann, who has been regularly — and often angrily — criticized by some residents and trustees over the past four years, lost to former Mayor Charles Amrich. His allies, Mark Beeson, Keith Johns and Tony Sciarrone, won trustee seats.

    Ed Novak

    All 3 challengers win Bartlett library board race

    The three challengers appear to have defeated the lone incumbent in the Bartlett Public Library District board race. With all seven precincts reporting, unofficial results show newcomers Ed Novak and Dave Barry led the way with 897 votes and 831 votes, respectively. Francine Byron held onto the third and final spot with 394 votes, edging out two-term incumbent Thomas Perkins.

    David Seleb

    Indian Trails Library again seeks a director

    For the second time in two years Indian Trails Library District is looking for a new director. David J. Seleb is leaving the Wheeling-based library to become executive director of the Oak Park Library.


    MCC tax clinic expects to have served 600 people by week’s end

    Volunteers will be in place by 8 a.m. Saturday, two hours before the VITA Clinic at McHenry County College is scheduled to open. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic is in its sixth year serving low and middle-income individuals and families. A team of about 20 people have worked Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings since Jan. 19 to help community members file their taxes for free, and...

    Tom Hayes thanks his supporters Tuesday night, and in particular, Village President Arlene Mulder.

    Hayes wants to lead 'next phase' in Arlington Heights

    Village President elect Tom Hayes says he wants to lead Arlington Heights into its next phase. “I've always trusted the voters of the Arlington Heights and I think they made a good decision again,” said Village President Arlene Mulder, who endorsed Hayes.

    Victor Salinas-Corona

    Zion man pleads not guilty to murdering his infant son

    Victor Salinas-Corona, 17, pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Tuesday to 10 counts of murder. The Zion man is accused of slamming his 5-month-old son's head into the corner of a metal crib. The state is seeking life in prison.


    Glendale Heights cops hunt for armed robber

    Glendale Heights police are hunting for a gunman who robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store early Tuesday morning and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said the man entered the store at 1408 Bloomingdale Road at 2:44 a.m., displayed a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money. He appeared to flee south toward Armitage Avenue.

    Frank Bart

    Newcomer Bart unseats Knigge for Wauconda mayor

    Challenger Frank Bart, making his first bid for public office, defeated Wauconda Mayor Mark Knigge in a tight race Tuesday. Unofficial results showed Bart, a consultant and Army Reserve officer, leading Knigge 887-856, with ballots in all 11 precincts counted.

    Rescue personnel work the scene of a traffic crash in the westbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, east of the Getty Road overpass Tuesday afternoon near Marengo.

    Both lanes reopened after two crashes near Marengo on westbound I-90

    Two late Tuesday morning crashes on Interstate 90 occurred within about a minute of each other and were separated by less than a mile apart, according to Lt. Rick Heine of the Hampshire Fire Protection District. Both crashes took place near Marengo. Both of the westbound lanes were reopened by Tuesday evening.


    Voters to choose Jackson Jr.'s House successor

    While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Illinois' newest member of Congress will have big shoes to fill: Jackson was a 17-year incumbent who served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and brought home nearly $1 billion to the...

    Jim McCarthy

    McCarthy, Langfelder win seats on Bartlett fire board

    With 19 of 19 Cook County precincts reporting and all 21 DuPage County precincts reporting, voters appear to have chosen incumbent Jim McCarthy and newcomer Jay Langfelder as Bartlett Fire Protection District trustees. Unofficial results show McCarthy with 4,058 votes, followed by Langfelder with 3,700 votes. Patti Hanson received 1,189 votes.

    Clockwise from upper left: Norm Breyer, Joseph Farwell, Thomas Glasgow, Jim Tinaglia and Bert Rosenberg.

    Breyer, Rosenberg fighting it out for final Arlington Hts. board seat

    Twenty-two votes are all that separate Bert Rosenberg and Norman Breyer for the last seat on the Arlington Heights Village Board, and it could take weeks to know who the winner will be. Tom Glasgow, Jim Tinaglia and Joe Farwell were elected to the board fairly easily Tuesday night, but the final seat remains in limbo.

    Steven Polit

    Incumbents win new terms on Mt. Prospect board

    Mount Prospect voters gave their tacit endorsement Tuesday to the work their local government is doing, re-electing three incumbents to the village board. With 34 of 34 precincts reporting, trustees John Matuszak, Steven Polit and Michael Zadel were the top vote-getters in Tuesday’s consolidated election, earning 2,128, 1,868 and 1,630 votes, respectively, according to unofficial totals.

    Julia Nemcek

    River Trails school board to get expected facelift

    Julia Nemcek, Kathleen Beck and Dan Miller had comfortable leads late Tuesday in the race for four open seats on the River Trails Elementary District 26 school board. The winner of the final seat was too close to call, with Rathna Koka and Scott Breiler running neck-and-neck.

    Sue Gould

    Gould, Ruff take Palatine Park District board seats

    A veteran commissioner and a newcomer with extensive youth sports experience appear to have won six-year terms on the Palatine Park District board. With all 53 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show Sue Gould, the lone incumbent, as the top vote-getter with 2,257 votes. Terry Ruff received 1,960 votes to win the second open seat, narrowly edging Doug Myslinski with 1,898 votes.

    Peggy Babcock

    Experience prevails in Dist. 15 board race

    Experience prevailed in Palatine Township Elementary District 15, where voters re-elected all three incumbents and put a former board member back on the board. With all 76 precincts reporting, unofficial results show incumbents Peggy Babcock and David Seiffert led the crowded field with 3,605 votes and 3,545 votes, respectively. Close behind were former board member Dr. James Ekeberg with 3,307...

    Wendy Farley

    Farley, Geier join Barrington board

    Newcomers Wendy Farley and Christopher Geier will be joining incumbents Penny Kazmier and Sandra Ficke-Bradford on the Barrington Unit District 220 school board, according to unofficial election results Tuesday. With all precincts counted, Kazmier had 3,454 votes, Farley 3,388, Ficke-Bradford 2,872 and Geier 2,730 in the race for four open seats.

    Kristin Fitzgerald

    Two new members join incumbents on Dist. 203 board

    Naperville voters retained the two incumbents seeking re-election to Naperville Unit District 203 board and elected two newcomers from a field of 11 candidates. According to unofficial results, with all DuPage and Will County precincts reporting, Kristin Fitzgerald led all with 6,410 votes followed by incumbent Jackie Romberg with 4,738, incumbent Susan Crotty with 4,602 and Donna Wandke with...

    From his home, Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod watches election results showing him leading over challenger Ray Kincaid.

    Hoffman Estates voters give McLeod a 4th term

    William McLeod will be serving a fourth term as mayor after beating Ray Kincaid by 356 votes. According to unofficial results, McLeod won with 2,249 votes, compared to Kincaid’s 1,893 votes. “I’m grateful to the people of Hoffman Estates for allowing me to continue to serve,” McLeod said.

    Anna Klimkowicz

    Klimkowicz, Scharringhausen and LeFevre win Dist. 211 race

    A challenger touting the need for strategic planning and fiscal restraint will take his seat on the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board. With 144 of 149 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Mike Scharringhausen received 6,435 votes. Joining him were incumbents Anna Klimkowicz and Robert LeFevre with 6,851 votes and 5,210 votes.

    Kevin Wallace

    Wallace, 3 new trustees claim Bartlett board seats

    There will be four new faces on the Bartlett village board, including three trustees who are new to politics and a village president who won by a landslide. With all 31 precincts reporting — 10 in Cook County and 21 in DuPage County — Kevin Wallace received 3,873 votes to grab the 4-year village president term.

    Kathy Hamilton

    Hamilton in, Carlin out, Wozniak stays at COD

    The College of DuPage Board of Trustees will maintain its current board majority — although its current board chairman won’t be there to oversee it. Kathy Hamilton, a CPA from Hinsdale, was the top vote-getter Tuesday in a six-way race for two available seats while incumbent Trustee Joe Wozniak of Naperville was re-elected.

    Donny Schmit

    Schmit ousts Bender in Fox Lake

    Trustee Donald “Donny” Schmit upended incumbent Ed Bender for Fox Lake mayor, unofficial vote totals show. With ballots in all 13 precincts counted, Schmit defeated Bender 1,099 to 610 votes. Jeff Jensen, Ron Stochl and Bernice Kowent won trustee seats.

    Michael Bickham

    McGinn to join vets on Hoffman Estates park board

    The Hoffman Estates Park District will have a new commissioner on the board as newcomer Patrick McGinn was elected Tuesday alongside three incumbents. With 2,513 votes, McGinn was the top vote-getter in unofficial tallies among the five candidates seeking four seats on the board.

    Mary Childers

    Childers, McGrath, Owen, Lee win in District 207

    Newcomers Mary Childers and Jin Lee, incumbent Margaret McGrath, and recently appointed board member Carla Owen won election to four seats on the Maine Township High School District 207 board Tuesday, according to unofficial vote totals with 107 of 109 precincts reporting.

    Gayle Smolinski

    Smolinski wins sixth term as Roselle village president

    Longtime Roselle Village President Gayle Smolinski toppled three challengers Tuesday to win another four years in office. The race ended with Smolinski capturing 1,664 votes, followed by challengers Ronald Baker with 832, James Banks with 690, and Jim Schelling with 207, according to unofficial results in all 23 precincts.

    Thomas Keating

    Streamwood voters return park incumbents

    Marion Janiec, wife of current park commissioner Richard Janiec, was rejected for a seat on the Streamwood Park District Board as voters returned the incumbents, Thomas Keating, Adriana Armstrong and Richard Brogan.

    David Page

    Page, Glasgow, Olejniczak, Crusius win in Dist. 25

    The new District 25 board won't take much time to hit the ground running, since three of the members elected tonight are incumbents, and the fourth is a member of the Ivy Hill School PTA. Winners are David Page, Denise Glasgow, Richard Olejniczak and Philip Crusius.


    Naperville voters want at-large representation

    Naperville voters will continue to elect their city council members in an at-large system, at least until the next election. With 100 percent of DuPage and Will precincts unofficially reporting, 9,622 voters supported a proposal to elect council members at large while 4,681 wanted to elect at least some members by district.

    Joan Brody Garkisch

    Zyck, Brody Garkisch eager to start work on Arlington Hts. library board

    Joan Brody Garkisch and Greg Zyck will be the two newest members of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board, according to unofficial vote totals on Tuesday. “I’m just so thrilled that enough people in the village trusted me to step up and help this library,” Zyck said. “I’m so looking forward to helping them continue the success they’ve had.”

    Franco Coladipietro

    Coladipietro unseats Iden in Bloomindgale

    Former state Rep. Franco Coladipietro on Tuesday unseated 20-year incumbent Bob Iden in the race for Bloomingdale village president. “It’s humbling to have the vote of the people to lead the village,” Coladipietro said. Coladipietro, who retired from the state House last year, captured 1,584 votes to Iden’s 1,410, according to unofficial results.

    Dean Argiris is congratulated by his mother and father, Bertha and Sam Argiris, after winning the election for Wheeling village president.

    Argiris wins in Wheeling

    Wheeling elected a new village president Tuesday, choosing Dean Argiris over the incumbent Judy Abruscato and Patrick Horcher, a former member of the village board. With all precincts reporting unofficial results, Argiris had 1,050 votes, Horcher 778 votes and Abruscato 676.

    Newly elected Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio and his wife, Angela, prepare to cast their votes Tuesday at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center.

    Giagnorio claims village president seat in Lombard

    Lombard voters have chosen their new village president: a sitting trustee, former park board member and local pizza shop owner, Keith Giagnorio. Giagnorio tallied 3,733 votes in unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, defeating opposing candidates John Lotus Novak and Moon Khan, who received 2,984 and 929 votes respectively.

    Christopher Nelson, left, shakes the hand of supporter Cheryl Anderley, far right, Tuesday night at Emmett’s Tavern and Brewing Company in West Dundee. At center is Nelson’s campaign manager Don Rage. Nelson was elected as West Dundee village president.

    Political newcomer tapped for W. Dundee mayor

    Voters picked Christopher Nelson, a newcomer to politics, to lead West Dundee into the future as village president. With all precincts reporting Nelson had 434 votes while Andy Yuscka, a trustee on the village board for 14 years, had 295, according to unofficial tallies.

    Dan Ziller

    Kearns at helm in Grafton

    Grafton Township elected James Kearns as supervisor and Joseph Holtorf, Robert Wagner, Dan Ziller Jr. and incumbent Betty Zirk as trustees.

    Barrington Village President Karen Darch celebrates her re-election Tuesday at McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington. Although final vote totals are pending, preliminary results show Darch cruised to victory over write-in candidate Mike Kozel.

    Darch leads write-in Kozel in Barrington

    Barrington Village President Karen Darch appears to have prevailed over write-in challenger Mike Kozel Tuesday in her bid for a third term. Darch received 627 votes of the 1,064 ballots cast in Cook County and an additional 644 votes in Lake County. Both she and Kozel agreed that her votes represented the majority of the ballots cast, though the number of write-in votes the challenger received...

    Gayle Vandenbergh

    Two newcomers elected to Hoffman Estates village board

    A pair of newcomers will join an incumbent on the next Hoffman Estates village board. According to unofficial totals, longtime trustee Karen Mills will take on a sixth term after taking in 2,782 votes. Newcomers Michael Gaeta and Gayle Vandenbergh came in second and third in the race for three seats, with 2,520 votes and 2,387 votes, respectively.

    Naperville City Council’s longest-serving member, Doug Krause, was all smiles Tuesday night as he won another term.

    Naperville incumbents roll to council wins

    All three Naperville City Council incumbents seeking re-election rolled to victories Tuesday night, with a former Naperville Township trustee capturing the fourth available seat. According to unofficial numbers with all precincts reporting, incumbent Paul Hinterlong led all 11 council candidates with 7,727 votes. Incumbents Judith Brodhead, with 6,973 votes, and Doug Krause, with 6,789 were...

    Jason Stoops

    Stoops, Bleakley top Batavia School Board field

    Batavia District 101 voters elected three new board members and one incumbent, Tina Bleakley, on Tuesday among the seven people running for four, 4-year seats. Joining Bleakley on the new board will be Jason Stoops, Jonathan Gaspar and Sue Locke.

    Judith Weinstock

    Weinstock, Jendras elected to first terms on Dist. 87 board

    Two incumbents and two newcomers have earned seats on the Glenbard High School District 87 school board, according to unofficial totals. With all precincts reporting, voters on Tuesday selected current board members Bob Friend and Rich Heim for new 4-year terms, and elected Judith Weinstock and Jennifer Jendras for the first time.


    Gilliam concedes seat on Elgin City Council

    Forty-year incumbent Robert Gilliam was most likely ousted from the Elgin City Council, according to unofficial vote results late Tuesday night. Gilliam, 67, a retired educator who was first elected in 1973, trailed incumbent Richard Dunne by 62 votes for the fourth and final seat with all precincts reporting in Kane County and 11 of 13 precincts reporting in Cook County. Gilliam’s campaign...

    Arlen Gould

    District 21 incumbents retain their seats

    Four incumbents are headed back to the school board at Wheeling Elementary District 21. Phil Pritzker registered 2,620 votes, followed by Debbi McAtee with 2,594, Bill Harrison with 2,480, and Arlen Gould with 2,286, according to unofficial vote totals. Newcomer Kelly Beerheide of Arlington Heights trailed with 2,148.

    Kevin Rehberg

    Carpentersville returns two incumbents, accepts a newcomer

    Carpentersville voters returned two incumbents to office as well as a political newcomer who said she was running because she wanted to be part of what was going on in the village. With all precincts reporting, Trustee Pat Schultz won a second term with 356 votes. Trustee Kevin Rehberg, who was appointed to the board last fall, also won a seat with 356 votes, as did political newcomer Virginia...

    Tami Forman

    Newcomers take all seats in Mundelein Dist. 120

    Incumbent Robert A. Paliani, who campaigned on completing “unfinished business,” lost his bid for re-election to the Mundelein High School District 120 board on Tuesday. With all 32 precincts accounted for as well as early voting and mail-in ballots counted, unofficial results indicate that four newcomers will take spots on the board.


    Round Lake Park voters reject police pension tax hike

    Round Lake Park officials will have to look for other areas to trim after voters Tuesday defeated a proposed tax hike to pay for police pensions. With all six precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed the measure failed 449 to 195.

    Des Plaines mayoral candidate Matthew Bogusz is greeted by supporters at Via Roma in Des Plaines on Election Night.

    Des Plaines mayor-elect youngest in Northwest suburbs

    Des Plaines will have the youngest mayor in the Northwest suburbs with Tuesday's election of 26-year-old Matt Bogusz. “This race isn’t about age,” said Bogusz, who handily beat former mayor Tony Arredia, 75. “It was about the politics of the past and the progress that people want to make.”

    Ray Rogina gets a hug from his wife, Diane Cullen, after learning that he won his race for mayor of St. Charles Tuesday.

    Rogina coasts to win in St. Charles mayoral contest

    The race for St. Charles mayor had one repeated theme: building the city’s tax base and realizing a vision of a future rooted in growth. Alderman Ray Rogina proved to be the candidate with the vision voters believed in the most. “I think the current businesses in town know that I’ll be a shepherd,” Rogina said. “I’ll be out there asking them what are we doing well for the city and what can we...

    Russell Chamberlin

    Chamberlin, Swanson, Nerge win in Grayslake District 127

    It will be déjŕ vu in Grayslake High School District 127 as voters re-elected two incumbents and voted a former board member back into office. With all 40 precincts reporting plus mail-in and early voting ballots, unofficial results show incumbents Russell Chamberlin and Suzanne Swanson and former board member Douglas Nerge won the race for three 4-year seats.

    Barrington Hills Village President-elect Martin McLaughlin celebrates at his election night party with running mate Colleen Konicek Hannigan, who was elected trustee Tuesday night. McLaughlin defeated two-term Village President Robert Abboud.

    McLaughlin unseats Abboud in Barrington Hills

    Two-term Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud conceded defeat to challenger Martin McLaughlin Tuesday night. “I think the village is going to have a new village president,” Abboud said. “I think the electorate was looking for some change and I’m sure Mr. McLaughlin will bring it.” McLaughlin said he was pleased his first foray into politics had proved such a clean affair on both sides.

    Paul Mulcahy

    Trustee to become Lake in the Hills mayor

    Lake in the Hills Trustee Paul Mulcahy will give up his seat to become the next mayor. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mulcahy had 862 votes to challenger Bill Dustin’s 398, according to unofficial results. In the race for three trustee seats, incumbents Stephen Harlfinger, Robert Huckins and Denise Barreto breezed to re-election.

    Lake Zurich village president candidate Tom Poynton, right, is congratulated by trustee candidate Jeff Halen as they watch election results come in during his election party Tuesday at Beelow’s Steakhouse. Poynton and Halen both won.

    Poynton leads big changes on Lake Zurich board

    Lake Zurich voters Tuesday decided it was time for a new village president as part of other changes on the village board that signal a refreshed direction on the town’s biggest issue — the stalled downtown redevelopment. Village Trustee Tom Poynton soundly defeated incumbent Village President Suzanne Branding and political newcomer Mary Black. Four trustee seats also were decided.

    Jennifer Barconi

    Barconi leads in South Elgin

    Two newcomers were elected and one incumbent was unseated in South Elgin, according to unofficial vote tallies Tuesday night. Newcomer Jennifer Barconi led the race for seats on the South Elgin village board with 544 votes and all precincts reporting in Kane County, followed by newcomer Robert Sauceda with 508 votes and incumbent John Sweet with 502 in the race for three open seats.

    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns checks results Tuesday night at his office in Geneva. He won a fourth term, making him Geneva’s longest-serving mayor when he takes office on May 1.

    Burns wins fourth term in Geneva

    Saying he was looking forward to continuing the work he started, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns handily won a fourth term Tuesday against challenger Bob McQuillan. “I’m very honored that the electorate took the time to examine the issues beyond just campaign slogans, rhetoric, etc.,” Burns said.

    Ronda Goldman

    Newcomer Goldman leads pack for Huntley village board

    Community activist Ronda Goldman led the field for Huntley village board, joining incumbent John Piwko and plan commission member JR Westberg in the three open board seats.

    Phil Suess

    Suess easy winner in Wheaton’s North District

    The incumbent in Wheaton’s only contested race for a seat on the city council handily won re-election Tuesday. According to final unofficial totals, Phil Suess garnered 884 votes to defeat a field of three challengers. J.T. Del Alcazar finished second with 587 votes, followed by Ted Rodgers with 434 and Alberta Adamson with 325.

    Patricia Schuberg

    Newcomer is tops, but two Elburn trustees also retain seats

    Elburn's Patricia Schuberg finished with 240 votes, topping a field of four people seeking three trustee seats. Incumbents Jeff Walter and Ken Anderson Jr. also won re-election with 237 and 203 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results.

    Michael Lowery

    Voters tap experience for North Aurora board

    North Aurora voters on Tuesday opted to go with experience for the village board, selecting two incumbents and one newcomer to fill three open seats. According to unofficial results, Trustee Mark Gaffino finished tops with 633 votes. Newcomer Michael Lowrey and Trustee Christopher Faber garnered 563 and 532 votes, respectively, to capture the two other trustee seats.

    James Blockinger

    Incumbent, two newcomers elected to District 56 board

    An incumbent and two newcomers were elected Tuesday to three 4-year seats on the Gurnee Elementary District 56 board. Voters returned incumbent James Blockinger to his seat and also elected Mark Pos and Odie Pahl.

    Edward DeBartolo

    Bergman, DeBartolo win seats on Sugar Grove Library Board

    Despite enduring much criticism from the public back in 2011 for firing a longtime library director, Sugar Grove Library Board incumbent Bob Bergman won another 6-year term Tuesday night with 894 votes, according to unofficial results. Ed DeBartolo of Montgomery won the other 6-year term and was actually the top vote-getter, earning 1,065 votes. Write-in candidate Pat Graceffa received 421 votes.

    Frank Napolitano

    Smith, Noland, Napolitano take U-46 seats

    Incument Donna Smith is the highest vote getter in Elgin Area School District U-46, followed by Veronica Noland and Frank Napolitano, according to unofficial vote totals late Tuesday night.


    District 200 voters reject early childhood center

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed tax increase to finance a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center. With all precincts reporting, unofficial totals show 59 percent of voters opposed the measure that would have allowed the district to borrow $17.6 million to fund construction of a new Jefferson in Wheaton.

    Michael John Reid

    Three win narrow victories on Hampshire board of trustees

    In an unofficial tally during Tuesday night elections, Martin F. Ebert, Michael John Reid, Jr. and George E. Brust won four-year terms on the Hampshire Board of Trustees. Incumbents Brust and Ebert have served on the board since 2005.

    Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels, with his wife, Val, thanks his supporters Tuesday night at the Open Range Southwest Grill in Sugar Grove.

    Michels re-elected Sugar Grove president

    Sugar Grove voters gave Sean Michels another four years as village president on Tuesday, choosing him over Trustee Kevin Geary. Meanwhile, incumbent Trustees Robert Bohler and Rick Montalto were re-elected, and joining them on the board will be Sean Herron.

    Benjamin White

    Indian Prairie voters send familiar names to school board

    Familiar names carried the day in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 as incumbents Cathy Piehl and Benjamin White kept their seats while retired principal Michael Raczak and Smart Moms co-founder Maria Curry also were elected Tuesday to four-year terms.


    Lone incumbent, 3 others win Dist. 3 seats

    The race for the Fox River Grove Elementary District 3 school board was wide open, with just one incumbent and a group of four challengers seeking four open seats. Stephen Pickering retained his seat by earning 22 percent of the vote. He will be joined by newcomers Patrick Riley, Timothy Hatfield and Patrick Wall.


    Strack, Weidman, Alfrejd, Roop on Grayslake Dist. 46 board

    With no incumbents running in Tuesday’s election, voters were guaranteed to send newcomers to the Grayslake Elementary District 46 board. Jill Alfrejd, Robert Roop, Steven Strack and James Weidman were the winner of four open board seats in the election.

    Ron Silkaitis

    St. Charles voters return two former aldermen in close contests

    St. Charles voters returned a pair of former alderman and trio of incumbents back to the city council Tuesday in a series of mostly close races, some of them rematches of tight races from prior elections.

    Frank Soto

    Soto wins second term as Bensenville village president

    Bensenville Village President Frank Soto says he’s been able to change his community for the better over the past four years, and he wants to continue that progress in the next four. Soto was elected to a second term Tuesday, defeating one-time political ally Oronzo Peconio and park board member Rich Johnson. Soto tallied 1,176 votes, with Peconio receiving 789 and Johnson garnering 514,...

    Nicholas Cerone

    Veteran aldermen lose Batavia council races

    The Batavia City Council lost its most experienced alderman Tuesday night, with the defeat of 32-year alderman Eldon Frydendall, 4th Ward Alderman Jim Volk and 6th Ward Alderman Robert Liva. The losses mean almost half the city council will be freshmen, as incumbents in wards 2, 3 and 7 did not seek re-election. In the 7th Ward, where nobody was on the ballot, write-in candidate Drew McFadden won...

    Corinne Pierog

    McNally in, Vyzral out in D303 school board race

    For the first time in several elections, every St. Charles Unit District 303 School Board position on the ballot was contested. But it didn’t turn out to be much of a contest as nearly all the incumbents coasted to victory. But the board will have one new face.

    Ryan Weihofen

    Weihofen returns as Lakemoor mayor; Lonigro, Aguilar, McIntyre, win as trustees

    Ryan “Todd” Weihofen gets four more years on the Lakemoor village board, according to unofficial results Tuesday. With combined ballots from Lake County and McHenry County precincts, Weihofen garnered 323 votes to outdistance political newcomer Tina Asmus with 74 votes. In the race for three trustee seats incumbent Phil Lonigro, newcomer Alexis Aguilar and incumbent Colin McIntyre were elected.

    New Cary Village President Mark Kownick celebrates at his election night party in downtown Cary.

    Kownick captures Cary village president race

    Cary voters chose a new village Tuesday, electing former trustee Mark Kownick over incumbent trustee Bruce Kaplan. Kownick won with 52.6 percent of the vote (1,450 votes) to Kaplan’s 47.3 percent (1,305 votes).

    Michele Hawksworth

    Hansen, Hawksworth, Lee win in Lake Villa Dist. 41

    Lake Villa School District 41 voters aim to send two incumbents and a newcomer to the school board on Tuesday. With ballots in all 22 Lake County precincts counted, unofficial results show winners as incumbent Kurt Hansen with 653 votes; Michele Hawksworth with 543 votes; and newcomer Jolene Lee with 535 votes.

    Lael Miller

    Bartels out as president in East Dundee

    It’s the end of an era in East Dundee politics. Village President Jerald Bartels lost to Trustee Lael Miller by 19 votes, according to unofficial results.

    Karina Villa

    Newcomer Villa to serve on West Chicago school board

    A former social worker for West Chicago Elementary District 33 will join her brother on the school board after being elected Tuesday along with three incumbents. Newcomer Karina Villa finished third among five candidates for four seats and will join incumbents Susan Stibal, Brenda Vishanoff and Juliann Pearson on the board.

    Frank Loffredo

    Loffredo, incumbents return in Lake Villa

    Voters in Lake Villa on Tuesday gave the current village leadership another four years, electing incumbents for mayor and three trustee spots. With all nine precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed longtime incumbent Mayor Frank Loffredo easily defeating challenger Mona Mustafa 584 to 238 votes.

    Heather Janquart

    Four incumbents return to District 38 school board

    Four incumbents edged out challenger Pauletta Moody Tuesday to return to the Big Hollow School District 38 board. With all precincts reporting, voters retained mortgage closer Heather Janquart, firefighter James DeVito, teacher Julia Mazur and produce clerk Victoria Gallichio to lead the financially strapped Big Hollow school district for four more years.

    Clare Ollayos

    Ollayos, Causey and Sauceda for ECC board

    Voters chose incumbent Clare Ollayos and challenger Angela Causey for two 6-year seats on the Elgin Community College board of trustees, according to unofficial results with 99 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday. Art Sauceda won against Nadia Daley in a race for the single 4-year seat.

    Linda Lucassen

    Lucassen wins Round Lake Park mayor seat

    Linda M. Lucassen defeated challenger Kathleen B. Pender for Round Lake Park mayor, unofficial election results show. Robert P. Cerretti, Donna G. Wagner and Raeann McCarty-Robles won village trustee seats.

    Kathy Brown

    Incumbents retains seats in Lake Zurich District 95 voting

    The Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board will see a mix of three people with experience and one with a fresh perspective among the four newly elected board members.

    David Brummel

    Brummel cruises to victory in Warrenville

    David Brummel won a third term as Warrenville’s mayor, almost doubling the vote total over challenger Michael Hoffmann. “I’m feeling good,” said Brummel, who has served as mayor since 2005. “I get another four years to try to accomplish stuff.”

    Molly Walsh

    Newcomers win MCC seats

    In a heated campaign for McHenry County College board of trustees that attracted nine candidates for three 6-year terms, unofficial election results on Tuesday show newcomers Molly Walsh, Chris Jenner and Thomas W. Wilbeck as the winners.

    Deborah Bullwinkel

    Bullwinkel rolls to easy victory in Villa Park

    Villa Park Trustee Deborah Bullwinkel defeated the village’s former police chief to become the next village president, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Bullwinkel received 2,421 votes Tuesday, while opponent John Heidelmeier received 755.


    No tax increase in Itasca District 10

    A proposed tax increase to help cover operating costs in Itasca Elementary District 10 fizzled at the ballot box Tuesday. The measure, which would have added $1 million annually to the district budget, failed 1,107 votes to 743, according to unofficial results.

    Raymond LaMarca

    Wiedmeyer ahead by one vote in Pingree Grove

    Pingree Grove residents will have to wait a little longer to know in a tight village board race. Incumbent village board member Steve Wiedmeyer appears to have edged out challenger Lon Czarnecki, 45, by an unofficial count of 123-122. Czarnecki told the Daily Herald he does not intend on conceding the election and he said he will look into what it takes to get a recount.

    David Patterson

    Newcomer Patterson to join Wauconda school board

    Three incumbents will be joined by a face on the Wauconda Unit School District 118 board. With all 17 precincts reporting Tuesday night, the winners were incumbents Deby Dato, Carey McHugh and Thomas A. Weber Sr. and newcomer David A. Patterson. Incumbent Jonathan Feryance failed in his re-election bid.

    Patricia Harkin

    Moylan, Kruger and Harkin to take Elgin library posts

    Embattled Trustee Randy Hopp was ousted while two newcomers were elected and one incumbent re-elected to the Gail Borden Public Library board in Elgin, according to unofficial vote tallies Tuesday night. Incumbent Susan Moylan was the top vote-getter. Newcomers Elizabeth Kruger and Patricia Harkin also were elected.

    Bruce Buschick

    No board turnover in Volo

    Three members of the Volo village board kept their seats Tuesday night. Bruce Buschick, a 58 year-old business manager, Carol Porter, a Realtor who refused to release her age, and Stephen Henley, a 63-year-old banker, won the three contested seats.

    Louis Gatta Hawthorn

    Gatta, Engelkemeir, Mueller win in Hawthorn District 73

    The Vernon Hills-based Hawthorn District 73 board will have a fresh look with three political newcomers winning seats Tuesday. Louis E. Gatta, Jeanne Engelkemeir, and Ghita Mueller swept to victory.

    Mary Kay McNeil

    Newcomer McNeil joins 3 incumbents on Antioch Dist. 34 board

    Newcomer Mary Kay McNeil and three incumbents led a crowded field in Tuesday’s race for four seats on the Antioch Elementary School District 34 board.

    Butler Junior High is one of two schools Butler District 53 would like to consolidate into one new building, but voters Tuesday denied two measures that would make the new school possible.

    No new school for Butler Dist. 53 in Oak Brook

    Oak Brook voters on Tuesday rejected two measures that could have resulted in a new school for Butler District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. Villagewide, voters rejected selling the land for the school as district voters opposed borrowing $15 million for construction.

    Josh Howell

    Three newcomers, one incumbent to lead Cary schools

    Three newcomers will be joining the Cary School District 26 board of education. The district is working to phase back in art, music and physical education classes that were cut in the midst of a financial crisis that almost included state takeover.

    Billie D. Roth

    Roth wins another term in Streamwood

    Streamwood Village President Billie Roth claimed victory over longtime Trustee Jim Cecille in her re-election bid Tuesday night. Incumbent trustees Michael Baumer, William Carlson and William Harper also appeared win re-election, beating challenger Khaja Moinuddin, a member of the village’s zoning board of appeals. “I’m very grateful to the people of Streamwood,” Roth said. “I think people are...

    George Yaeger

    Team Marshall, Lyman, Yaeger win in Long Grove

    An unofficial "team" of three candidates -- John Marshall, Lori Lyman and George Yaeger -- won seats on the Long Grove village board Tuesday.


    The White Sox’ Paul Konerko celebrates with shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) after his 3-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Nats’ 4 blasts trump Sox’ pair
    Paul Konerko hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night, and Alex Rios went deep for the fourth straight game. But in the end, the Washington Nationals outpowered the White Sox and emerged with an 8-7 interleague win.


    Prospect gets No. 400 for Riedy

    Host Prospect rose to the occasion in a Mid-Suburban East boys volleyball contest Tuesday and made it a night to remember for coach Mike Riedy in the process. The Knights pulled out a victory 20-25, 25-23, 25-23 against Elk Grove at the Jean Walker Field House to give Riedy his 400th win as a boys volleyball coach.


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


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin 14, East Aurora 0: The Royals won their first game of the season behind the shutout pitching of Jaclyn Saurbaugh and Sarah Hansen. Sam Wahl (2-for-2, 2 RS, 4 SBs), Saurbaugh (2-for-3, 2 RS, 2 RBI), Paige Stratman (2-for-4, 4 RBI) and Erika Martinez (2B, 2 RBI) led the offense for Larkin (1-8, 1-3 Upstate Eight).South Elgin 8, Batavia 6: The Storm scored 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome Batavia. Alyssa Buddle (2B, 3 RBI), Katie Koss (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Victoria Watt (2-for-2) led the offense. Koss (5-0) was the winning pitcher for the Storm (8-4, 4-0 UEC) and Paige Allen got the save.Waubonsie Valley 2, Elgin 0: Shannon Hohman struck out 15 to lead Waubonsie past the Maroons, who had just 2 hits. Anna Eckholm had a double for Elgin (6-4, 2-3). Jennah Perryman (3-4) was the losing pitcher, allowing 6 hits with 10 strikeouts and 4 walks.Burlington Central 6, Genoa-Kingston 5: Kelly Wiater scored the game-winning run on a bad-hop error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rockets won in the Big Northern East. Winning pitcher Brooke Gaylord (7-1) had a double for BC, while Roscher (2-for-2, 3B, RBI), Courtni Neubauer (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Bekah Harnish (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Wiater (2-for-3, 2 RBI) also contributed for the Rockets (10-1, 3-0).Cary-Grove 12, Woodstock 0: Lauren Stanley threw a 1-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks to lead the Trojans (6-0) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Lisa Semro and Jamie Deering (3 RBI) led the Cary-Grove offense.Grayslake Central 7, Dundee-Crown 1: Amanda Eissler was 2-for-3 with a double for the Chargers (1-4) in this FVC crossover. Lauren Girard was the losing pitcher.CL South 9, Woodstock North 4: Sam McLean had 3 RBI and Taylor Doppke was 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Gators (7-0) to an FVC crossover win. Madison Perrine (2-for-2) and Jenica Terry (2 RBI) also contributed for Crystal Lake South and Heather Eck was the winning pitcher.Lake Park 11, Streamwood 1: Losing pitcher Kaitlyn Hedger drove in the only run for the Sabres (1-6, 1-3) in this Upstate Eight loss.

    Welington Castillo misses the tag on the Milwaukee Brewers’ Jean Segura (9) as Segura scores on a ball hit by Norichika Aoki during the second inning Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs’ bats heat up in nick of time

    A Cubs team that entered 6-for-44 with runners in scoring position froze up in the 39-degree weather until late in the game before de-icing and getting 2 big two-out hits to drive in runs in the seventh and eighth innings. And to top it all off, exiled closer Carlos Marmol picked up the win in the Cubs’ 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, working a 1-hit eighth and then watching as his replacement, Kyuji Fujikawa, earned the save.


    Lillibridge, Gonzalez plug gap at 2B in Barney’s absence

    The Cubs say they'll have injured second baseman Darwin Barney back by next Tuesday. In the meantime, they need to get something offensively from fill-in Brent Lillibridge.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Anderson leads Fremd win at Palatine

    Breanna Anderson had a team-best 4 goals and Jen Teragawachi had 3 to help visiting Fremd in an 11-7 Mid-Suburban West triumph over Palatine on Tuesday.

    Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler who scored a career high 28 points is about dunk on the Toronto Raptors during the second half as the Raptors beat the Bulls 101-98 in an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Inconsistent Bulls fall to Raptors

    The Bulls keep losing home games to the league’s worst teams. The latest example came Tuesday at the United Center, when they fell behind Toronto 18-3 at the start and came up short with a furious rally to lose 101-98, despite a career-high 28 points from Jimmy Butler.

    Mundelein’s Mitch Schulewitz pitches to Lake Zurich on Tuesday at Mundelein High School.

    Schulewitz, Mundelein don’t flinch vs. Lake Zurich

    Same ol’ Mitch Schulewitz demeanor. Same ol’ Mundelein baseball result. Losing his no-hitter in the seventh inning failed to shake Schulewitz on Tuesday and, as a result, no team has yet to beat the Mustangs this season. Schulewitz out-dueled fellow senior Austin Foote of Lake Zurich in a battle of Division I-bound pitchers on an overcast day, and host Mundelein won its second 1-0 game in a row to improve to 12-0 and 2-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division.


    Heflin strikes out 15 in one-hitter

    Elaine Heflin struck out 15 in a one-hitter, and No. 11 Downers Grove North scored a run in the sixth and another with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Trinity 3-2 on Tuesday.Heflin (5-1) walked 3 and hit a batter. In the sixth Carolyn Nojiri singled and scored the tying run on an error. Then in the seventh Ali Woitovich reached on an error and with two outs Annie Lusher singled her in.Kelsey Gockman earlier hit a solo homer for Downers Grove North (6-3).Waubonsie Valley 2, Elgin 0:Shannon Hohman (6-2) struck out 15, allowing just 1 hit, and the No. 13 Warriors (8-2, 3-1 Upstate Eight Conference) tallied all the game’s offense with 2 runs in the first inning off Elgin ace Jennah Perryman. Hohman doubled in Amanda Minahan for the second run. Perryman struck out 10 for Elgin.Benet 11, WW South 4:Stephanie Abello hit her sixth homer of the year and drove in 3 runs, and Maeve McGuire homered and doubled for the No. 3 Redwings (6-1), who scored 8 runs in the final three innings to rally in Wheaton. Sammy Granger homered for WW South (2-5).Naperville Central 4, Lockport 1:Maddi Doane went 3-for-4, scored 2 runs and came a homer shy of the cycle for the second straight day, keying the No. 5 Redhawks (8-0) in Lockport. Juliet Tassi and Lisa Tassi both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and winning pitcher Keegan Hayes (5-0) struck out seven, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.Glenbard South 4, Riverside-Brookfield 2:Stephanie Chitkowski struck out 12 in her season debut and also drove in 2 runs, and the No. 7 Raiders (6-1, 1-0) made the most of 3 hits to win their Metro Suburban Conference opener. Danielle Scarpiniti doubled and drove in 2 runs for Glenbard South.Neuqua Valley 4, Geneva 2:Mac Spittal (3-0) allowed just a hit and a walk, striking out three, Kelsey Dominguez tripled and Colleen Hill doubled for No. 15 Neuqua (5-2, 3-1 Upstate Eight Conference).Lisle 14, Plano 2:Kelly Urban hit a grand slam and also doubled, and winning pitcher Summer Stitt (3-1) went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI for the visiting Lions (4-1, 2-1 Interstate Eight Conference).Lake Park 11, Streamwood 1:Shannon Fritsche went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, 4 runs scored and 3 RBI for the No. 12 Lancers (11-1, 4-0 Upstate Eight Conference) in Roselle. Maria Zepeda went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Lisa Baumgart (3-1) fanned three.Montini 11, Joliet Catholic 1:Shaylee Lewis homered and Belle Alexander added a triple for the visiting Broncos (8-3).


    Naperville North defeats Neuqua Valley

    The Napervile North girls water polo team showed in the first 25 seconds of Tuesday’s 15-4 win at Neuqua Valley why it’s a top 10 team in Illinois and has only lost twice this season.


    Bartlett runs away with U-46 meet

    There was something missing at the Elgin Area School District U-46 boys track meet Tuesday night in South Elgin. With the temperature taking a swift turn below 40 and the winds howling near 20 mph, the Polar Bear Plunge could have fit in right after the last event. As for any takers to participate in the plunge, you might be able to get the Elgin 1,600-meter relay team, which opted to run the last race of the night when no other school wanted to in South Elgin. And while Elgin’s relay team fought the odds after the winds shifted and brought the temps down below 40, Larkin bailed with 3 events remaining but Bartlett’s team persevered with a convincing win in the event with 98 points. Elgin was second with 64 while South Elgin took third with 50.


    Flary’s furious flurry fells D-C

    You might call it a Caitlin Flary flurry. The Grayslake Central senior infielder belted a pair of solo home runs, as the Rams downed visiting Dundee-Crown 7-1 in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action Tuesday.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 2, Streamwood 0: Alex Wolfe and Jake Hicks combined to shut out Streamwood on 4 hits in this Upstate Eight crossover. Wolfe (2-1) allowed 4 hits, walked 5 and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Hicks retired the side in order and notched a strikeout to earn the save. Wolfe doubled and scored on Joe Crivolio’s first-inning single and South Elgin (5-1, 4-0) added a fifth-inning insurance run on a passed ball. Kevin Sojda took the loss for Streamwood (1-5, 1-4) despite holding the Storm to 2 earned runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 without a walk in 6 innings.Bartlett 4, Geneva 0: Ben Havel pitched a 2-hit shutout with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks as host Bartlett won a 2012 playoff rematch in this Upstate Eight crossover. Mike Roberson, Matt Vitulli and Havel each drove in runs and Mike Wick scored twice for Bartlett (4-2, 3-2)Neuqua Valley 7, Larkin 1: The Royals committed 4 errors and were outhit 8-5 in this Upstate Eight Crossover in Naperville. Dylan Ganow (0-2) took the loss for Larkin (2-4, 0-4), allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits in 4 innings.Waubonsie Valley 3, Elgin 2: Ethan Henke drove in 2 runs, but Elgin (0-6, 0-5) managed only 5 hits in support of pitcher Nick Turner, who held the Warriors to 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits in a UEC crossover in Aurora. Turner struck out 4 and walked a pair in 6 innings.St. Edward 12, Walther Lutheran 9: Michael Castoro homered, doubled twice and drove in 3 runs, Jake LaFrenz doubled twice and drove in 4 runs and Jack Tierney homered and drove in 4 runs to lead St. Edward (7-0, 5-0) to a Suburban Christian Conference crossover road win. LaFrenz (2-0) struck out 10, walked 5 and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits in 5 innings.Burlington Central 7, Genoa-Kingston 2: Danny Gerke struck out 10 and did not issue a walk while holding the Cogs scoreless on 2 hits over 6 innings in this Big Northern East road victory. Alex Bell doubled and drove in 2 runs and Blake Alexander went 2-for-4 with 2 walks and 2 RBI for Central (4-2, 3-0).Cary-Grove 12, Woodstock 3: The Trojans scored 8 runs in the final three innings to pull away in this Fox Valley Conference crossover in Woodstock. Dean Lee (2-1) earned the victory by holding the Blue Streaks to 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 3. Andrew Brierton was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI and Daniel Vilardo (2-for-3) walked and drove in 2 runs for Cary-Grove (8-2, 2-0).Jacobs 5, Crystal Lake Central 5: The Golden Eagles relinquished 2-run leads in the sixth and eighth innings before this Fox Valley Conference crossover in Crystal Lake was called due to darkness after nine innings. Jon Berndt doubled and drove in 2 runs and Connor Conzelman went 2-for-4 with a double for Jacobs (8-1-1, 1-0-1).Crystal Lake South 11, Woodstock North 1: The Gators struck for 6 runs in the top of the first and amassed 10 hits and Tyler Hall (3-0) tossed 3 scoreless, hitless innings in this FVC crossover. Tom Gaede (2-for-2, 2 RBI), Jake Bigos (1-for-2, 2 runs) and Casey Oliver (2B, 2 RBI) paced the offense for CL South (6-0, 3-0).Grayslake Central 13, Dundee-Crown 3: The Chargers jumped to a 3-0 lead on the road before surrendering 13 unanswered runs in this FVC crossover. Nick Lodi took the loss for Dundee-Crown (4-3, 2-1), allowing 10 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits and 5 walks.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 1, Woodstock 0: Ashley Raby scored off an assist from Franki Scarpelli to lead the Chargers (2-7). Isabel Miranda had 5 saves in goal for D-C.Huntley 2, Lyons 1: Abby Nordeen scored off an assist from Beth Park in the 72nd minute to lift Huntley to a win at the Pepsi Showdown. Huntley also had an own goal. Jessica Galason made 11 saves in goal for the Red Raiders (7-1-1), who will host Plainfield North at 5 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.CL South 4, CL Central 0: Audrey Collard had 2 goals and Alexandra Siavelis and MacKenzie Taldone added single scores for the Gators. Kiley Britten had 5 saves in goal.Maine South 5, Jacobs 1: Margaret Rivera scored Jacobs’ only goal in this Pepsi Showdown loss. The Golden Eagles (3-5) will host Lyons on Thursday.St. Edward 2, IC 1: Allison Kruk and Mary Kate Nastali scored for the Green Wave (1-1, 1-0) in the Suburban Christian.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (44) throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    LaRoche’s 2 HRs help Nationals top Sox 8-7

    Adam LaRoche ended an 0-for-15 start to the season with homers in consecutive at-bats, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond also homered, and the Washington Nationals opened an early interleague series by edging the White Sox 8-7 Tuesday night.

    Patrick Sharp, right, congratulates goalie Ray Emery after he shut out the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

    Emery stymies Wild to improve to 15-1-0

    Ray Emery posted a 1-0 shutout Tuesday in Minnesota, another in a long string of strong performances by the Hawks' backup goalie. Emery now is 15-1-0 for the season with a 1.90 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. “It gives him a little bit more based on how he’s been playing,” Quenneville told Blackhawks TV following the morning skate. “It gives him a chance to get some consecutive games as well and we’ll see how he is.”

    Carlos Boozer and Toronto Raptors’ Rudy Gay battle for loose ball during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Chicago.

    DeRozan helps Raptors hold off Bulls 101-98

    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Rudy Gay added 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Bulls 101-98 on Tuesday night.

    Toronto’s Amir Johnson leaps above Chicago Bulls players Nazr Mohammed and Carlos Boozer trying to get a rebound during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Chicago.

    Hamilton makes surprise return

    Just last week, when Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau ran down the injury list, he singled out Richard Hamilton as the one guy who wasn’t close to coming back. So it was a mild surprise when Thibodeau announced before Tuesday’s game against Toronto that Hamilton was ready to return from a back injury.


    Conant keeps hitting

    One day after scoring 15 runs in its Mid-Suburban League softball opener, Conant kept its bats hot in a 13-3, 5-inning nonconference win over visiting Wheaton North.

    St. Charles North’s Kelly Manski and Geneva’s Megan Kozlow battle for the ball in the first half on Tuesday, April 9.

    Manski, St. Charles North ready for Geneva

    In one of the area’s silliest girls soccer traditions that makes a serious point, St. Charles North every year takes a plastic toy, dubs it the award for the team’s player of the match — and then players go about decorating this toy through the season as it moves from player to player. A year ago, the toy was a plastic lawn mower. This year, the players are decorating a plastic yellow school bus. And Tuesday, the award went to a player who’s made the wheels go round and round for the North Stars for four years and kept the team motoring through a 2-0 Upstate Eight River Conference Division victory over Geneva: Kelly Manski.


    Glenbard East’s Hurlburt just getting warmed up

    For Glenbard East’s Jake Hurlburt, throwing the discus is all between the ears.


    Deligio, Grant head off Wauconda

    When the opportunity presented itself, Grant junior Nina Deligio didn’t pass up the chance to use her head. Especially with a game-winning goal at stake. Deligio, standing 4-foot-10, scored her first goal of the season and led Grant past host Wauconda 1-0 in a North Suburban Prairie Division match on Tuesday night.


    Conant, Fremd tied for MSL West lead

    Connor Schmitz led the way with 5 goals to lift host Conant to a14-2 victory over Barrington Mid-Suburban West play on Tuesday. Brennen Nagorzanski and Matt Engebretson both had 2 goals for Conant, and Sam Miseyka had both goals for Barrington. Fremd earned a 12-7 victory over visiting Palatine on Tuesday, which leaves Conant and Fremd tied for the West Division lead at 5-1, with Palatine 1 game behind at 4-2.


    Lake Park’s Taugner 1-hits St. Charles North

    DuPage baseball


    Lake Park’s Sabal, Millikan playing at a new level

    What’s different about the Lake Park doubles team of Evan Sabal and Jack Millikan this year is their expectations.

    Huntley’s Bryce Only delivers the heat during Hampshire at Huntley baseball Tuesday.

    Huntley, Only too much for Hampshire

    Huntley senior Bryce Only is rightfully known for his powerful swing, but opponents are also learning to respect his potent right arm. A four-year varsity starter committed to Nebraska, Only hammered the fifth pitch of Tuesday’s baseball game against Hampshire for a 3-run home run to right field. In his second career start on the mound, he used 93 pitches to complete a 4-hit shutout as the Red Raiders defeated Hampshire 10-0 in a six-inning Fox Valley Conference crossover.


    Romy serves up win for Naperville North

    Keep the volleyball in play and good things will happen.


    Naperville North finds its bats again

    As he pored over his team’s stats Monday night, Naperville North coach Jerry Kedziora paused to wonder where the offense was. He’s resting a little easier now. Alexis Solak and Emily Hillier homered, and the Huskies’ bats broke out in a big way to beat Downers Grove South 9-6 on Tuesday in Downers Grove.


    Burlington C., Richmond battle to draw

    Ninety minutes of soccer produced only one good scoring opportunity Tuesday night. Fortunately for Burlington Central, goalkeeper Taylor Martin was able to make a diving save and preserve a 0-0 tie against visiting Richmond-Burton in Big Northern East play.

    Christian Liberty’s Maddie Bennett, front, tries to make a move past Harvest Christian’s Morgan Lockwood during Tuesday’s game in Arlington Heights.

    Burzlaff powers Harvest past Christian Liberty

    Ellie Burzlaff sparked a 3-goal first-half surge to help give visiting Harvest Christian a 3-0 victory over Christian Liberty in a Northeast Athletic Conference match Tuesday afternoon in Arlington Heights.


    Antioch mourns former AD Lear

    Antioch Community High School lost a member of its family Monday. Former athletic director Ward Lear passed away. He served as Antioch’s AD from 1957-1987.


    Huntley outslugs Hampshire

    The Winter that Wouldn’t Die nearly claimed another victim. Hampshire and Huntley got their softball game in on Tuesday, but it wasn’t much of an aesthetic success. After moving the game from Hampshire to Huntley, the Fox Valley Conference crossover opponents shivered through seven innings, with the Red Raiders ultimately claiming a 10-8 victory.


    Gialo grateful to be clear of gut-wrenching spring twist

    Ray Gialo knew it wasn’t some funky-tasting jelly beans that had him feeling sick to his stomach on Easter. Nor was it the Easter Bunny being funny. Fortunately, Lakes’ baseball coach was smart enough to make a quick call to the bullpen.


    Kaneland comes back to upend Rochelle

    Kaneland started its quest for a fourth straight Northern Illinois Big XII title Tuesday by overcoming what had been its biggest problem in its nonconference games. Struggling to get their offense on track, the Knights found a way to put three runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning without a hit. Those three runs proved to be the difference in a 6-4 win over Rochelle.


    Naperville Central’s Schank 2 outs from perfect game

    As the outs clicked by, Naperville Central senior pitcher Jeff Schank finally realized he was in the midst of something special. With one out in the seventh inning, however, away went the perfect game, the no-hitter and the shutout. Schank’s smile remained after the game, however, because he preserved the most important thing of all: the victory.


    Bears sign defensive tackle, defensive end, center

    The Bears added some defensive line depth Tuesday by signing unrestricted free agents Andre Fulellen and Kyle Moore. They also signed free agent center Taylor Boggs.


    Beno, St. Charles East drop Bartlett

    After losing to Bartlett 1-0 a day short of a year ago, St. Charles East junior Haley Beno was a little extra fired up to pitch against the Hawks on Tuesday. The Saints couldn’t have asked for a better effort from their right-handed pitcher. Beno tossed a 2-hitter and the Saints won their fifth straight, downing Bartlett 4-1 in an Upstate Eight Conference softball game played in bone-chilling winds at Bartlett.

    Fans who nearly need to take out a second mortgage to see a game at Wrigley Field should feel free to boo any Cubs player they feel deserves it, according to Daily Herald columnist Mike Imrem.

    No reason to silence boo-birds at Wrigley

    Are people actually debating whether fans in Wrigley Field should have booed Cubs’ former closer/current mop-up guy Carlos Marmol. Of course they should have. What was the alternative? Throwing beer bottles at the mound like this were an East Texas honky-tonk? Throwing vegetables like this were 1930s vaudeville?


    Cougars rally to clip Clinton

    After squandering a 5-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning for the second straight game, the Kane County Cougars bounced right back with a run in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 6-5 victory over the Clinton LumberKings on Tuesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    In a photo taken through a metal cutout of the Masters’ logo, Tiger Woods hits on the driving range during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

    With Tiger on prowl, Masters crowds ready to roar

    With his short game back on track and three wins under his belt this year, Tiger Woods is once again a big favorite to win the Masters. He hasn’t captured a major since 2008, but he will win at least one this season.

    Indiana’s Victor Oladipo made it official Tuesday: He’s headed to the NBA. The junior, first-team All-American announced his decision during a news conference inside Assembly Hall. Oladipo, who is on track to graduate in May, was the Hoosiers’ second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.

    Indiana star Oladipo leaving for NBA

    Indiana's Victor Oladipo made it official Tuesday: He's headed to the NBA. The junior, first-team All-American announced his decision during a news conference inside Assembly Hall. Oladipo, who is on track to graduate in May, was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.


    US women beat Netherlands 3-1 in exhibition

    Christen Press scored twice and the U.S. women’s team beat the Netherlands 3-1 in an exhibition Tuesday night that extended the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 31 games.


    Anthony tops NBA’s jersey sales list

    Carmelo Anthony now tops the NBA’s scoring race and its most popular jerseys list.Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league’s sales list Tuesday, moving past MVP LeBron James and becoming the first Knicks player at the top since the first list was released in 2001-02.

    Luke Donald spent the offseason working on a swing change, and he believes his game is starting to show some improvement as he enters that Masters golf tournament this week.

    Tweaking aside, Donald ready to take on Masters

    Last year Luke Donald was the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer entering all four of the sport’s major championships. He was No. 1 for 55 weeks, and it was at the 2012 Masters when his duel for the top spot with Rory McIlroy started. This year’s Masters begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club and Donald has dropped to No. 4 in the world and he hasn’t been having a Luke Donald type of year so far. But a swing change and some putting help from his college golf coach at Northwestern has him feeling much better about his game, as Len Ziehm explains.


    4 players to leave DePaul men’s basketball

    DePaul University has granted permission for men’s basketball players Montray Clemons, Moses Morgan, Jodan Price and Derrell Robertson Jr. to contact other institutions for transfer opportunities. DePaul, under head coach Oliver Purnell, finished 11-21 overall and 2-16 in the Big East.

    U.S. Cellular Field was packed with a sold-out crowd for Opening Day, but the crowds were much smaller throughout the rest of the homestand.

    Getting to the bottom of Sox fans’ complaints

    What's it like for White Sox fans to attend a game? Mike North would like to find out, andhe's offering to take three fans with him to a Chicago White Sox game and find out what problems (if any) the fan experiences and why the attendance isn’t higher. If you'd like to join him, send an email to mike@northtonorth.com.

    Warren catcher Sam Belletini tags Carmel’s Amanda Elert out at home during Saturday’s game in Gurnee.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from volleyball, softbal, baseballl, tennis, track and soccer.


    It’s a track sweep for VH

    TrackVernon Hills girls and boys win: Ali Tran won the 100 hurdles (15.99) and the long jump (16-foot-1) to lead Vernon Hills girls track team to a 99-47 win over Wauconda and a 128-14 win over Round Lake.The Vernon Hills boys also won their tri-meet involving Wauconda (87.33-54 .66) and Round Lake (95-37). Dan Galinovskiy won the 110 hurdles for Vernon Hills with a 17.1 while teammates Kyle Whitney won the 1600 with a 4:45.3 and Noah Agnew won the high jump with a 6-foot-2.


    This is the Officemax building in Itasca.

    Office Depot, OfficeMax name CEO committee

    Office Depot and Naperville-based OfficeMax on Tuesday said they have formed a CEO search committee and received a request for more information from the Federal Trade Communication about their planned merger.


    Multi-chamber event Wednesday at Sears Centre

    The Business Expo and Restuarant Showcase, billed as the largest multi-chamber networking event in the Northwest suburbs, will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates.

    U.S. stocks rose, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first back-to-back gain in more than three weeks, on optimism over earnings and as commodities gained amid a report showing China’s inflation slowed.

    Dow Jones average closes at another record high

    Materials and energy companies led the stock market higher Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its second all-time high in a week. The Dow closed at 14,673.46, a gain of 59.98 points, or 0.4 percent.

    Former NFL player Dorsey Levens speaks during a news conference Tuesday in Philadelphia after a hearing to determine whether the NFL faces years of litigation over concussion-related brain injuries. Thousands of former players have accused league officials of concealing what they knew about the risk of playing after a concussion.

    Ex-players call NFL brain-injury panel a ‘sham’

    Former NFL players trying to sue the league over concussion-linked injuries argued in court Tuesday that the NFL “glorified” violence and profited from damaging hits to the head. Players’ lawyer David Frederick also accused the league of concealing the emerging science about concussions over several decades.

    Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday in Augusta, Ga.

    Woods’ resurgence skies Masters ticket resale prices

    Masters Tournament ticket prices are up 276 percent on the secondary market as Tiger Woods enters the tournament as the world’s top-rated golfer for the first time since 2010. Four-day badges for the golf season’s first major tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia are listed for an average of $13,820 on the secondary market.

    Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on his nomination.

    Moniz backs natural gas ‘revolution’

    Ernest Moniz, chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the Energy Department, says he will push to increase use of natural gas as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.

    This is a scene from the latest in a series of scathing Microsoft ads against Google. The ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry’s competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between Microsoft and Google.

    Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google

    Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry’s competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals. The missive that began Tuesday marks the third phase in a 5-month-old marketing campaign that Microsoft Corp. derisively calls “Scroogled.”


    Turkish Airlines plans to order 70 Boeing 737s

    Boeing Co. said on Tuesday that Turkish Airlines plans to order 70 of its workhorse 737s.The airline has committed to order 20 737-800s, a version of the plane Boeing is making now. Turkish also plans to buy 40 737 Max 8s and 10 737 Max 9s, which is a planned new version of the plane which will have new engines.


    Cybersecurity legislation revived

    The House Intelligence Committee is trying to revive legislation that would let industry and the federal government swap information on the latest cyber threats. The bill stalled last year after privacy advocates said it would open American’s private Internet records like bank accounts and email to agencies such as the FBI and National Security Agency.


    Obama to nominate labor board members

    President Barack Obama is nominating three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

    Mike Ullman

    JC Penney looks to old CEO to secure its future

    NEW YORK — J.C. Penney is hoping its former CEO can revive the retailer after a risky turnaround strategy backfired and led to massive losses and steep sales declines. The company’s board of directors ousted CEO Ron Johnson after only 17 months on the job. The department store chain said late Monday, in a statement, that it has rehired Johnson’s predecessor, Mike Ullman, 66, who was CEO of the department store chain for seven years until November 2011. The announcement comes as a growing chorus of critics including a former Penney CEO, Allen Questrom, called for Johnson’s resignation as they lost faith in an aggressive overhaul that included getting rid of most discounts in favor of everyday low prices and bringing in new brands. The biggest blow came Friday from his strongest supporter, activist investor and board member, Bill Ackman, who had pushed the board in the summer of 2011 to hire Johnson to shake up the dowdy image of the retailer. Ackman, whose company Pershing Square Capital Management, is Penney’s biggest shareholder, reportedly told investors that Penney’s execution “has been something very close to a disaster.” On Saturday, Ullman received a phone call from Penney’s chairman Thomas Engibous asking him to take back his old job, according to Penney spokeswoman Kate Coultas. The board met Monday and decided to fire Johnson. Neither Johnson nor Ullman were available for an interview.The early reaction to the shakeup was negative. J.C. Penney shares tumbled 96 cents, or 6.1 percent, to $14.91 in trading about three hours before the market opening on Tuesday. Until early last week, some analysts thought the board would give Johnson, a former Apple Inc. and Target Corp. executive, until later this year to reverse the sales slide. A key element of Johnson’s strategy was opening new shops featuring hot brands to help turn around the business. They began opening last year and had been faring better than the rest of the store. “I truly believed that he had until holiday 2013,” said Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist Belus Capital Advisers. “Today’s announcement is an indictment of his strategy.”Under Ullman, the chain brought in some new brands such as beauty company Sephora and exclusive names like MNG by Mango, a European clothing brand, but he didn’t do much to transform the store’s stodgy image or to attract new customers. He’s expected to serve mostly as a stabilizing force, not someone who will make changes that will completely turn the company around. “What they need is a little bit of stability and essentially adult supervision,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “(Ullman) did nip-and-tuck surgery,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “But this was a place that needed radical surgery.”Sozzi said he thinks that Ullman will only serve as an interim CEO. He expects the Plano, Texas company’s board will hand off the job to another executive who may want to take the company private. Ullman is getting a base salary of $1 million and the company didn’t sign an employment agreement, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.Johnson’s removal marks a dramatic fall for the executive who came to Penney with much fanfare. There were lofty expectations for the man who made Apple’s stores cool places to shop, and before that, pioneered Target’s successful “cheap chic” strategy by bringing in products by people such as home furnishings designer Michael Graves at discount-store prices. Few questioned Johnson’s savvy when it was announced in June 2011 that he was leaving his role as Apple’s senior vice president of retail to take over the top job at Penney, a chain that had gained a reputation in recent years of having boring stores and merchandise.


    Illinois company plans to open in South Carolina
    A supplier to heavy-equipment manufacturers plans to open a facility in Anderson County and hire 250 people over five years. McLaughlin Body Co. announced plans Monday to invest $22 million in a plant outside Anderson. It would be the company’s first plant outside of Illinois.

    United Airlines has signed a 20-year lease extension at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. The Chicago-based airline says it will invest $150 million during the term of the lease in improvements, including improved baggage handling and concourse areas.

    United extends lease at NJ’s Newark airport

    United Airlines has signed a 20-year lease extension at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. The Chicago-based airline says it will invest $150 million during the term of the lease in improvements, including improved baggage handling and concourse areas.

    Colorado-based Frontier Airlines is planning to resurrect commercial airline service in Delaware. The company said Monday that it will begin its Airbus 320 service in Delaware on July 1, offering three flights a week to Chicago-Midway and Houston from the New Castle County Airport.

    Frontier plans Delaware to Midway service

    Colorado-based Frontier Airlines is planning to resurrect commercial airline service in Delaware. The company said Monday that it will begin its Airbus 320 service in Delaware on July 1, offering three flights a week to Chicago-Midway and Houston from the New Castle County Airport.


    FDA approves return of drug for morning sickness

    Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness. That long-ago safety scare, prompted by hundreds of lawsuits claiming birth defects, proved to be a false alarm.


    Clevermind, BridgePoint Technologies partner on new app
    BridgePoint Technologies said it is partnering with Clevermind LLC in the development of the company’s latest app, Clevermind.

    A South Korean vehicle carrying boxes, returning from the North Korean city of Kaesong, arrives at customs near the border that has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War. North Korean workers didn’t show up for work at the Kaesong industrial complex, a jointly run factory with South Korea on Tuesday, a day after Pyongyang suspended operations at the last remaining major economic link between rivals locked in an increasingly hostile relationship. Some managers stuffed their cars full of finished goods before heading south across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the nations.

    Factories that ran on Korean cooperation go silent

    A few hundred South Korean managers, some wandering among quiet assembly lines, were all that remained Tuesday at the massive industrial park run by the rival Koreas after North Korea pulled its more than 50,000 workers from the complex. Other managers stuffed their cars full of finished goods before heading south across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the nations.

    Chicago-based United Airlines is putting its grounded Boeing 787s back in the flight schedule, even though the plane is still grounded by government authorities.

    United Airlines puts 787s in schedule for May 31

    United Airlines is putting its grounded Boeing 787s back in the flight schedule, even though the plane is still grounded by government authorities. United acknowledged on Monday that the plane is in its schedule starting May 31. Travel website Jaunted.com noted a 787 flight from Houston to Denver that day.

    oeing Co. is planning to invest $1 billion at its North Charleston plant, creating 2,000 new jobs.

    Boeing planning $1 billion expansion in SC

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley says the Chicago-based Boeing Co. is planning to invest $1 billion at its North Charleston plant, creating 2,000 new jobs.The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/10OTwkW) Tuesday that Haley says the expansion at the 787 assembly facility will happen by 2020.The paper reports the plans will be detailed in a bill being introduced Tuesday. House Speaker Bobby Harrell and state Sen. Hugh Leatherman said they will co-sponsor legislation providing $120 million to offset Boeing’s upfront expansion costs, like site preparation and utility expenses. Lawmakers say they’ve been told the company will establish an information technology center that would create about 1,000 jobs. The rest would be made up of 787 engineers and production employees.A Boeing spokeswoman didn’t return the paper’s messages seeking comment.

    The Federal Reserve’s annual “stress tests” of major U.S. banks have become better able to detect risks, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday night. He said the tests show that the banking industry has grown much healthier since the financial crisis.

    Bernanke notes ‘stress tests’ show stronger banks

    The Federal Reserve’s annual “stress tests” of major U.S. banks have become better able to detect risks, Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday night. He said the tests show that the banking industry has grown much healthier since the financial crisis. Speaking in Atlanta, Bernanke noted that this year’s tests showed that 18 of the biggest banks had collectively doubled the cushions they hold against losses since the first tests were run in 2009. He says the tests are providing vital information to regulators.

    Illinois state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, speaks to reporters outside the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Biss is proposing a measure that limits how law enforcement agencies in the state can use drones,

    Illinois measure eyes controls on drones

    At the start of what could be a new era in police surveillance, an Illinois legislator is proposing a limit on how law enforcement agencies can use drones — highly sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are eyeing for aerial surveillance. While drones could help police combat crime, they have generated a host of privacy concerns among civil rights advocates and lawmakers across the country, who worry that pervasive use of the devices could subject average citizens to unwarranted intrusion.

    Doctors use the daVinci robotic system to perform a surgery. Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery. (

    Robot hot among surgeons but FDA taking a new look

    The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier.But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system.

    The wreckage of a helicopter that crashed near Mosby, Mo., on Aug. 26, 2011. The pilot of an emergency medical helicopter may have been distracted by text messages when he failed to refuel his helicopter and misjudged how far he could fly before running out of fuel.

    NTSB probes case of texting helicopter pilot

    Evidence gathered in an investigation of medical helicopter crash that killed four people has raised questions about whether the pilot was distracted by personal text messages when he failed to refuel the helicopter before taking off. The Aug. 26, 2011, accident near Mosby, Mo., appears to be the first commercial aircraft accident investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board in which texting has been implicated.

Life & Entertainment

    Yadira Soter shreds poached chicken breast meat for her authentic Mexican tingas.

    Tinga: Yadira Soter

    Cheryl Moeller's “Creative Slow-Cooker Meals”

    Slow cookers help busy mom get dinner on the table

    According to Cheryl Moeller, teenagers, left to their own devices. would eat Lou Malnati's pizza every night. That's why this mother of six likes to stay one step ahead of her kids and have dinner ready and smelling good when they get home. In fact, Cheryl often does have her dinner prepared and "in the oven" first thing in the morning, with the aid of not one, but two slow cookers.

    The New York Strip steak with mashed potatoes and vegetable medley at Pier 99 in Port Barrington.

    Pier 99 a comfortable place to dock for dinner

    Surrounded by boats in storage until boating season opens in mid-April, Pier 99 Grill & Spirits, a casual roadhouse of sorts on the street side of a marina on the Fox River in Port Barrington, is a friendly place to kick back with a beer or a bite after a hard day of work or play. The menu offers a diverse mix of appetizers, salads, steaks and chops, chicken, pastas, sandwiches and a few fish entrees, many with an Italian influence.

    Avocado takes the place of butter in these better-for-your brownies.

    Avocado replaces butter in guiltless brownies

    Annie Overboe applauds the spotlight on healthier desserts but worries that respect for the food science often gets lost in the ingredient shuffle. Some recipes, such as cakes and quick breads, easily handle ingredient exchanges without significant damage to flavor or texture, but making over brownies requires a bit more tinkering.

    Avocado takes the place of butter in these better-for-your brownies.

    Avocado Brownies
    Avocado Brownies: Annie Overboe

    Brad Paisley, left, Cheryl Crow and Luke Bryan perform onstage at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

    Brad Paisley-LL Cool J song stirs controversy

    Brad Paisley’s collaboration with LL Cool J on “Accidental Racist” has accidentally kicked up some controversy. The song about racial perception has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release.

    This Arlington Heights home allows for a lot of flexibility with two master suites.

    Listing of the week

    You don’t often hear about properties in Arlington Heights that overlook five acres of wetlands. This two-story colonial home, built in 2000, is also within easy biking or walking distance of downtown.

    Former President Bill Clinton and Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert during the Clinton Global Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. Colbert lured the former president to the social networking site on “The Colbert Report” on Monday, signing him up with the handle PrezBillyJeff.

    Stephen Colbert lures Bill Clinton to Twitter

    Bill Clinton is now on Twitter, albeit without a very presidential name. Stephen Colbert lured the former president to the social networking site on “The Colbert Report” on Monday, signing him up with the handle PrezBillyJeff.

    Cheryl Moeller’s crumble “bakes” in a slow cooker. She likes it with apples or rhubarb.

    Rhubarb Crumble
    Rhubarb Crumble: Cheryl Moeller

    “Caught in the Act” by Eric Church

    Eric Church is rocking on live album

    On the heels of Eric Church's first million-selling album, "Chief," and after achieving his first pair of No. 1 hits in the last two years, the country music rebel takes the unusual step of releasing a 17-song concert album, "Caught in the Act." The move points out that Church is selling out arenas not on the number of top hits he has, but on his reputation as a macho guy who likes to party — and put on an exciting live show.

    “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer

    ‘The Interestings’ vividly charts lives of 6 teens

    A little talent is a dangerous thing. Meg Wolitzer examines the implications of that sad truth in her latest work, "The Interestings," a sprawling, marvelously inventive novel that tracks the friendships of six teenagers over nearly four decades who met for the first time in the summer of 1974 at an arts camp in Massachusetts.

    Dancers perform Autumn Eckman's “G-Force,” which is part of Giordano Dance Chicago's engagement at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville.

    Best bets: Giordano Dance graces stage at North Central

    Autumn Eckman's "G-Force" is just one of dances on the bill for the Saturday engagement of Giordano Dance Chicago at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. Tickets sold so quickly for the return engagement of "Stomp" at Aurora's Paramount Theatre that an extra Sunday performance was added. Plus, humorist David Sedaris performs his wry stories Monday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    “HGTV Design Star” winner Meg Caswell, who grew up in Kenilworth, says the show changed her life.

    HGTV designer’s style rooted in the suburbs

    HGTV Design Star winner Meg Caswell found all sorts of inspiration while shopping at Scentimental Gardens in Geneva last week. The 35-year-old Kenilworth native and Chicago design firm owner is always on the lookout for items she can feature on her HGTV show, “Meg’s Great Rooms.” “My business before was my heart and soul, but it was a lot of hard work. I sometimes had 20 clients at once. Now, I have the privilege to select just a few clients,” she said.


    Quick Whole Wheat Bread
    Quick Whole Wheat Bread: Cheryl Moeller

    Cheryl Moeller cooks halibut chowder in a slow cooker.

    Harvest-Time Halibut Chowder
    Harvest Halibut Chowder: Cheryl Moeller



    Research backs success of gay parents
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The April 6 letter from Aadil Ahmad of Volo is the latest in a series of disturbing sentiments expressed by your readers on the subject of same-sex marriage and adoption.


    Setting record straight on Gurnee Mills
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: There have been many comments made by a mayoral candidate in Gurnee that are inaccurate, and I would like to set the record straight:


    Had our fill of red-herring debate
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Today's political discourse seems to be particularly maddening, and now I know why. The current administration feeds us a bottomless buffet of red-herring. You know, that delectable dish of distraction. It seems to be impossible to get anyone to answer a question on subject.


    Why the whining about the wealthy?
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: From time to time one sees letters or op-ed columns crying about the wealthy not paying their fair share. However, the top 1 percent wage earners pay 36 percent of the income taxes; the top 5 percent, 58 percent; the top 10 percent, 70 percent. That leaves the remaining 90 percent of us wage earners to cover only 30 percent. What is the problem?


    Madigan shows some real chutzpah
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Once again the chutzpah of Speaker Michael Madigan is on display. He states that the downstate and suburban school districts have a "free lunch" in that they contribute little if any to their teachers' pension while Chicago does for its teachers and also pays state income tax.


    Why not settle suit on parking rules?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The city of Elgin is on its way to spending this amount to defend the city in a lawsuit over parking regulations. An attorney friend of mine estimated the costs to the city, if the case drags on through June, at about $100,000.


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