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    Woodstock man, off-duty officer rescue woman from car fire

    A good Samaritan and an off-duty police officer rescued a woman from a burning vehicle Wednesday morning in McHenry County.

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    Veronica Noland

    U-46 board newcomers will challenge spending, communication

    Bartlett Trustee Frank Napolitano decided against running for re-election to the post he accepted in 2009 in favor of a bid for the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board. Voters elected him to the new role Tuesday night, along with Veronica Noland and incumbent board president Donna Smith. Napolitano labels himself a conservative with an eye toward fiscal responsibility and said shifting...

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    North Aurora hidden camera lawsuit dismissed

    A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a North Aurora couple, seeking damages after their former baby sitter put a camera in their bedroom, in part because the camera failed to record any images or audio. However, David and Katerina Speers can refile their lawsuit against the teen and his parents within 21 days. The teen was charged with a misdemeanor in juvenile court.

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    Thomas Hayes

    Hayes won’t appoint losing candidate to village board

    Arlington Heights Mayor-elect Tom Hayes said Wednesday he will not appoint any losing candidate from Tuesday's election to his own unfinished term on the village board -- which rules out Ron Drake, Mark Hellner and either Bert Rosenberg or Norm Breyer, whoever loses the squeaker of a race for the last seat. "I think that’s a bad precedent to set because at that point the voters have spoken,”...

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    Electric aggregation fails again in Bartlett

    Bartlett voters for a second time have rejected a plan for the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd to potentially save residents and small businesses on their power bills. With all 37 precincts reporting in Cook, Kane and DuPage counties — Kane County precinct results were added early Wednesday morning — only 1,674 Bartlett voters backed electric...

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    After voting it down a year ago, Bartlett residents for the second time rejected a plan for the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd.

    Bartlett residents reject electrical aggregation

    After voting it down a year ago, Bartlett residents for the second time rejected a plan for the village to solicit bids from electricity suppliers other than ComEd. With all 37 precincts reporting in Cook, Kane and DuPage counties - Kane County precinct results added early Wednesday morning - only 1,674 Bartlett voters said “yes” to aggregation Tuesday night, and 4,178 said no,...

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    Librarian Magan Szwarek explains the Aurora Public Library’s new online catalog, which began operation Thursday. Among other things, patrons can reserve books and audio books online and keep track of items they’ve read.

    Aurora library launches new tech, prepares for groundbreaking

    Technology improvements and building plans are picking up speed at the Aurora Public Library, as a new card catalog system purchased with funding approved last year went live Thursday. The system, called Polaris, integrates the card catalog, patron records and interlibrary loan systems and also offers the ability to search library materials, periodicals and databases all at once, said Eva...

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    Alex Clifford

    Is Metra CEO on his way out?

    Metra's called a special meeting Friday that's expected to deal with CEO Alex Clifford's expiring contract. Clifford took over at Metra in 2011 in the midst of turmoil over mismanagement by the last CEO. Some say there's a lot of disagreement on the Metra board over what's next.

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    Fox River Springs subdivision homeowners sandbag along the Fox River in Antioch Township in 2008.

    Flooding possible in Lake County, meteorologists say

    Flooding along the Des Plaines River, the Fox River and the Chain O' Lakes system in Lake County is possible this weekend because of expected rain, officials announced Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued flood watches and warnings for parts of the county.

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    About 250 parents, students and teachers attended Wednesday night's Grayslake Elementary District 46 meeting about concerns over proposed cuts such as art and music programs.

    Art, music programs safe in Grayslake Dist. 46

    More than 250 parents, teachers and students attended the Grayslake Elementary District 46 board meeting with concerns about budget cuts. But it turned out board members voted against eliminating art and music programs for kindergarten through eighth grade

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    Fernando Zavala

    12 years for Aurora man who robbed for gambling addiction

    A 39-year-old Aurora man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday after admitting to nine robberies of payday loan stores in Elgin, Aurora and East Dundee from August 2011 through June 2012 to feed a gambling addiction. Fernando Zavala lost $10,000 playing blackjack on his worst gambling day and also pleaded guilty to four armed robberies in Cook County.

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    Charles Amrich, left, and Keith Johns are all smiles during their victory party Tuesday night in Island Lake.

    Amrich wants to dump law firm, police chief in Island Lake

    Replacing Island Lake’s law firm and police chief are high on mayor-elect Charles Amrich’s to-do list. So is increasing communication avenues between village hall and the community, Amrich told the Daily Herald a day after his landslide win over incumbent Mayor Debbie Herrmann.

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    Robert Frisbie

    Round Lake man charged in robbery, trying to dupe police

    A Round Lake man has been charged with robbing a 79-year-old woman and with also trying to convince a police officer that he was a robbery victim. Robert Frisbie, 34, of the 100 block of Orchard Street, is in Lake County jail after being charged with counts of aggravated robbery, residential burglary, trespassing to a residence and disorderly conduct for trying to file a false police report, Lake...

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    Brandt's Little Cafe at Northwest Highway and Quentin Road reopened Tuesday as Brandt's of Palatine.

    Updated Brandt's restaurant reopens in Palatine

    The wait for those burgers, ribs and some updated decor is finally over with Brandt's Little Cafe officially reopening Tuesday as Brandt's of Palatine. “We were hoping to keep it quiet at first, but we've already been bombarded,” co-owner Walt Oswald said. “Word is getting out, and people are excited.”

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    The 42nd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival is scheduled for July 27 and 28 at RiverEdge Park, despite initial concerns organizers could not afford to hold the festival at the city's newest outdoor venue.

    RiverEdge to host Aurora Puerto Rican fest despite initial cost concerns

    RiverEdge Park will be the site for the 42nd Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival this July, despite initial concerns about the high cost of using the new venue. Organizers began looking for other locations when they were told it would cost $26,500 to rent the park for two days, but they credit the city, the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and the Aurora Civic Center Authority with...

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    Juan Rojas

    Teens charged with burglarizing Waukegan boat facility

    Two teens were charged with burglary after a police patrol sergeant caught them leaving a boat storage area in Waukegan with burglary tools and proceeds, authorities said.

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    Armando Cazares

    Police: Elgin teen caused more than $7,200 in damage

    Police arrested a teenager believed to have been behind a graffiti spree that caused more than $7,200 in damage throughout Elgin, according to a news release.

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    A nun or not? Panel says it’s not up to courts

    Who is properly deemed a Catholic nun or sister? Courts themselves have no place answering such religious questions, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Wednesday in a civil dispute that involves a woman who insists she is a religious sister.

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    Daughter of ex-Obama pastor indicted

    A widening federal investigation into the alleged misuse of a $1.25 million state grant led Wednesday to the indictment of the daughter the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the contentious former pastor of President Barack Obama. Jeri L. Wright, who lives in Hazel Crest, has been accused of taking $28,000 in state money, purporting to do work related to the grant’s purpose, but depositing about $20,000 into...

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    Joanne Rooney receives the second place award in prose for “Goodnight” from Eileen Daday at the annual Arts Unlimited reception Wednesday at Forest view Educational Center in Arlington Heights.

    Suburban artists get a little recognition at Arts Unlimited reception

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    New mayors and village presidents from the Northwest suburbs are: top row L-R; Bob Kellermann, Deer Park, Tom Hayes, Arlington Heights, Jack Tatooles, Inverness, Karen Darch, Barrington, Craig Johnson, Elk Grove Village. Bottom row L-R; Kevin Wallace, Bartlett, Matt Bogusz, Des Plaines, Dean Argiris, Wheeling, Arlene Juracek, Mount Prospect, Bill McLeod, Hoffman Estates, Martin McLaughlin, Barrington Hills, Rodney Craig, Hanover Park, and Jim Schwantz, Palatine.

    Mayors dole out advice, warnings for newcomers

    Life's about to change for the sea of new faces elected Tuesday to mayor posts in the suburbs. Just trust the advice of their predecessors, as well as longtime suburban incumbents. A quiet dinner out with your spouse? Forget about it. “Sometimes you leave Des Plaines and they still know you,” Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan said.

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    Liberty, a dog rescued by the Elgin Police Department Animal Control Unit in March, will be available for adoption in about eight weeks.

    Elgin police seek owner in animal cruelty case

    A dog named Liberty will soon be free to move into a new, loving home after being rescued from an abusive owner whom Elgin police are still trying to track down, authorities said. The Elgin Police Department Animal Control Unit responded to a complaint March 20 after a witness reported seeing the owner, identified as Gregory Griffin, 38, kick the animal while its head was stuck in a door frame.

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    A police officer leaves the scene after an explosion and gunshots were heard near the scene where a man was holding four firefighters hostage Wednesday in Suwanee, Ga. A police spokesman said the suspect was dead and none of the hostage suffered serious injuries.

    Gunman holding firefighters killed; 4 hostages OK

    A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

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    3 injured in Aurora crash

    Three people were injured following a crash Wednesday afternoon on Ogden Avenue in Aurora. A police spokesman said the three-car crash occurred around 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Waterford Drive.

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    Newly elected mayors and village presidents from DuPage County gathered Wednesday at the DuPage County administration building in Wheaton. First row from left: Rich Veenstra of Addison, Keith Giagnorio of Lombard and Gayle Smolinski of Roselle. Second row: Deborah Bullwinkel of Villa Park, Alex Demos of Glen Ellyn and David Brummel of Warrenville. Third row: Frank Soto of Bensenville, Franco Coladipietro of Bloomingdale, Joe Broda of Lisle and Erik Spande of Winfield.

    Lessons to, from DuPage mayors: Listen, be cordial

    Among the mayors elected in DuPage County were several longtime incumbents. But there are some new leaders who have already begun to seek some wisdom from their more-seasoned counterparts. “To make sure there’s a degree of collegiality, you treat residents with respect, you treat staff fairly and treat each other with respect," Winfield Village President-elect Erik Spande said.

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    Aaron Jaffe

    Link spars with top gambling regulator

    Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe gave a warning Wednesday that big gambling expansion plans to put new casinos in Lake County and elsewhere would take regulators years to implement. He singled out state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat who’s working to shepherd a plan through the Senate.

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    Art Lemke

    St. Charles 2nd Ward race not over

    Neither Art Lemke nor Cliff Carrignan is ready to believe the race for St. Charles' 2nd Ward alderman is over.

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    Molly Walsh

    MCC expansion doomed without Larson, Walters?

    The proposal for a $42 million health sciences building at McHenry County College may be dead, thanks to major changeover on the board of trustees that will follow Tuesday’s election. Two longtime board members who supported the expansion project were not re-elected while three newcomers, all of whom announced opposition to the plan during the campaign, were voted in. Trustee Dennis Adams did not...

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    Ela, Palatine township voters approve electrical aggregation

    Voters in unincorporated Ela and Palatine townships loved the idea of getting cheaper electricty, supporting ballot questions asking if they wanted an electrical aggregation program.

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    First lady Michelle Obama talks to students at Harper High School in Chicago Wednesday. She also called for more funding for community programs to help break the cycle of gun violence in a deeply personal speech in her hometown of Chicago.

    First lady wades into debate over gun violence

    First lady Michelle Obama made a deeply personal entrance into the gun debate Wednesday, the eve of a showdown in Congress, by comparing herself to the honor student from her hometown shot to death a week after performing as a majorette in the presidential inaugural parade.

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    East Dundee President-elect Lael Miller, from left, Hampshire President Jeff Magnussen, West Dundee President-elect Chris Nelson and South Elgin President Jim Hansen get together for a picture at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva Wednesday.

    New, veteran Fox Valley town leaders ready to take the reins

    You've just been elected president of West Dundee, East Dundee, Hampshire or South Elgin? What's next? How will life change?

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    Sen. Mark Kirk

    Obama calls spotlight Kirk's role in gun debate

    For the second time in as many months, President Barack Obama has reached out to Senator Mark Kirk. Obama called the Highland Park Republican, who occupies his old Senate seat, to talk gun control late Tuesday. Kirk has taken a leading role on the issue, one that the President can't afford to lose.

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    Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, left, Elburn President Dave Anderson, Sugar Grove President Sean Michels, Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke and St. Charles Mayor-elect Ray Rogina get together for a picture at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva Wednesday. All were elected or re-elected Tuesday.

    Taking the reins: A few pointers from veteran mayors

    As they start new terms as mayors and presidents, Leaders from Batavia, Sugar Grove, Elburn, Geneva and St. Charles talk about what anybody who takes on such a position is in for. Including what they can really get done.

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    Jacob Kiferbaum

    Exec again pleads guilty in Blagojevich-related case

    Another piece of unfinished business in the decade-long investigation of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration has been dealt with in federal court in Chicago. Building contractor Jacob Kiferbaum pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted extortion in an amended plea deal.

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    Tom Poynton

    Downtown, finances on to-do list for new mayor, trustees in Lake Zurich

    Finances and downtown redevelopment are expected to top the agenda for Lake Zurich village president-elect Tom Poynton and trustees when they officially take over next month. Fresh off his election night victory, Poynton said he plans to urge village officials to redefine strategies for the long-stalled downtown redevelopment. “People want more action,” he said. “They’re tired of inaction.”

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    Downers Grove cops look for man who approached 8-year-old

    Downers Grove police are investigating a suspicious incident in which an 8-year-old girl was approached by a male driver last weekend, authorities said Wednesday. Police said the girl was riding her bike Sunday on the 4600 block of Sherwood Avenue when a gray truck pulled up. The driver rolled down his window and motioned for her to come over.

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    Hockey for Heroes fundraiser on Friday

    A local nonprofit is teaming up with area police officers, firefighters and members of the U.S. military to play a series of floor hockey games against each other Friday night with all proceeds going to charity. Salute, Inc., is hosting the Hockey for Heroes event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at Central Community Center, 1000 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect.

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    Cuba Road, Hoffman Lane to close:

    Roads in Deer Park and Riverwoods will close at 7 a.m. Monday, April 22 for removal and installation of culverts.

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    Chicago man charged in bank robbery

    A man suspected of robbing a Chicago bank with his face wrapped in tape has been arrested, but authorities have not yet linked him to a string of other robberies by a man the FBI has dubbed the “mummy bandit.”

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    Candidate to replace Beavers has ethical troubles

    A published report says a leading candidate to replace convicted Commissioner William Beavers on the Cook County Board has some ethics problems of his own.

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    Armed robbery suspects charged:

    Deerfield police announced Wednesday charges have been filed against three men suspected in an armed robbery this week.

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    D50 fun run, walk:

    Woodland Elementary District 50’s Parent Teacher Association and the Woodland Educational Foundation will co-host the 2nd Annual Keep on Moving 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Friday, May 3.

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    D103 ‘Mad about Science’:

    Lincolnshire Prairieview Elementary District 103’s Learning Fund Foundation hosts “Mad About Science” on Saturday, April 13, 1 to 3 p.m. at Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 N. Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire.

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    Lael Miller

    Ousted E. Dundee mayor blames ‘smear campaign’ for loss

    East Dundee Village President Jerald Bartels, unseated in Tuesday’s election, blames his defeat on a “smear campaign” he says took place the week before the election and involved his opponent, Lael Miller. “I’m proud of what I did, I can sleep at night,” Bartels said. “The question remains, how is it for him?” Miller denied being behind the campaign and said it hurt him by association.

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    Barrington Hills Village President-elect Martin McLaughlin looks over results Tuesday at his election night party with Trustee-elect Colleen Konicek Hannigan. Both won election and will be sworn into office next month.

    McLaughlin looks ahead to Barrington Hills presidency

    A day after his upset victory over two-term Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud, president-elect Martin McLaughlin said his intentions remain the same as during his campaign — to return the village to the normal business of providing services cost-effectively. “There were a lot of exhausted, weary residents who were just looking for someone to represent them,” McLaughlin said.

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    Lake County mayoral winners gather at the University Center in Grayslake a day after elections in area towns. Front left: Bernard Wysocki, Green Oaks; Charles Amrich, Island Lake; Lawrence Hanson, Antioch; Nandia Black, Kildeer; Linda Lucassen, Round Lake Park; Angie Underwood, Long Grove; and Tom Poynton, Lake Zurich. Back left: Kristina Kovarik, Gurnee; Joe Mancino, Hawthorn Woods; Rich Hill, Round Lake Beach; Frank Loffredo, Lake Villa; Donald Schmit, Fox Lake; and Steve Lentz, Mundelein.

    New leadership in several Lake County communities set to tackle issues

    Lake County's newest crop of mayors and village presidents gathered Wednesday, one day after voters in several communities decided their leadership for the next four-year term. Openness in government was a common thread among members of the new class. Some veterans, such as Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik, offered some words of wisdom for new mayors. Respect and trust your staff. Be accessible to...

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    Sugar Grove Legion post ready for video gambling

    By the tinme you read this, people have likely been gambling on video machines in Sugar Grove, now that the townspeople have indicated they are OK with it.

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    Dan Whittington

    Lombard board with 3 new faces to tackle tough issues

    Several important issues have been left to the “new village board” in Lombard, which will include three fresh faces, two elected and one appointed. Two newcomers earned seats representing District 1 and District 3 in Tuesday’s election, while the third new person will be appointed to fill District 2 Trustee Keith Giagnorio’s unexpired term once he becomes village president.

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    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. listens at left, as Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa. announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Boost for background checks: Senators compromise

    Conservative senators from both parties announced their support for expanding background checks for gun buyers Wednesday, giving a burst of momentum to supporters of stronger restrictions. But big questions remain about whether President Barack Obama can push significant gun controls through Congress.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Robert W. Repenning, 59, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with harassment after he called his wife’s former employer in the 900 block of North State Street and made threats Dec. 14 and March 18, according to a police report.

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    First Lake County test for courtroom cameras set for Monday

    The sentencing hearing for a Libertyville man convicted of punching a Metra conductor following a Cubs game will be the first test for the newsmedia to use cameras in Lake County courtrooms. Judge Raymond Collins has agreed to allow extended media coverage in his courtroom Monday for the sentencing of Matthew Padour, 30.

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    Summer job outlook not promising

    College students — you should have listened to your parents when they told you last month to start looking for the summer outside jobs with Dundee Township villages. Now, they are nearly gone. Only Carpentersville and East Dundee may have a handful of jobs open in their public works departments. West Dundee and the Dundee Township Park District have filled theirs for the season.

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    Charles Amrich, left, and Keith Johns are all smiles during their victory party Tuesday night in Island Lake.

    Amrich wants to dump law firm, police chief in Island Lake

    Replacing Island Lake’s law firm and police chief are high on mayor-elect Charles Amrich’s to-do list. So is increasing communication avenues between village hall and the community, Amrich told the Daily Herald a day after his landslide win over incumbent Mayor Debbie Herrmann.

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    Wheaton College Mock Trial Team member John Patrick takes the witness stand last year at the American Mock Trial Association's Opening Round Championship Series in Memphis, Tenn. Team Captain Trenton Van Oss is standing.

    Wheaton College Mock Trial Team advances to national championship

    The next stop is Washington, D.C., for the Wheaton College Mock Trial Team, which will make its debut Friday, April 12, in the American Mock Trial Association's National Championship Tournament. “To be able to make it to nationals in our second full year is a huge accomplishment, a huge step forward,” team captain Trenton Van Oss said.

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    Attorney: Plea agreement close for teen charged in fatal crash

    The trial for 19-year-old Carly Rousso of Highland Park has been delayed until July, but her defense attorney said he hopes to reach a plea agreement before then. Rousso is accused of sniffing cleaning products before driving into a Highland Park family walking on a sidewalk. A 5-year-old girl died in the crash.

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    Aurora Escamilla

    Zion mother pleads not guilty to child endangerment in death of infant

    A 19-year-old Zion woman pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of child endangerment in connection with the death of her infant son, officials said Wednesday. Aurora Escamilla is accused of not protecting her 5-month-old son, Ayden Salinas, from her boyfriend, Victor Salinas-Corona, 17, defense attorney Tim Briscoe of Waukegan said.

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    Sandra Pihos

    House moves plan to block online charter schools

    The Illinois House has started moving to put a three-year moratorium on Internet charter schools just days after a handful of suburban school districts rejected online proposals. Today, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, convinced a committee to stop the creation of any new online charter schools until April 2016 so that lawmakers can learn more about how they would work.

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    Police: Man in hard-hat robs Downers Grove bank

    A man dressed like a construction worker robbed a Downers Grove bank Wednesday, authorities said. Police were searching the area and working with the FBI in a joint investigation.

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    Bowlers get ready for Cross-Town Classic
    Elgin Lanes will be relying on a wealth of experience and a touch of youth when it faces off against Bowlway Lanes for the inaugural Elgin Cross-Town Classic, starting this Saturday, April 13. “We’ve talked about doing this type of event for the last few years,” said Elgin Lanes General Manager Lex Perly. “It makes sense, and I’m glad to see that it’s finally going to happen.”

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    Elgin Lanes team members Larry Slack of Elgin, left and Ken Buhlman, South Elgin, practice for the Cross-Town Classic.

    Elgin Cross-Town Classic hits the lanes Saturday

    The Elgin Cross-Town Classic will have some special guests when it begins this weekend. Elgin City Councilman John Steffen will help kickoff the event at Bowlway Lanes at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 by rolling out the ceremonial first ball. Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain will appear on Saturday, April 20 at the end of the tournament when he presents the Elgin Cross-Town Classic Mayor’s Cup to the winning...

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    Don Schlomann

    Dist. 303 charter school rejection may be template for battle

    St. Charles Unit District 303 may have laid the groundwork for an ultimate case against a virtual charter school proposal when it goes to the state commission.

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    Northwest suburbs in 60 seconds

    An Elgin man was arrested at Walmart in Streamwood and charged with felony retail theft after he reportedly took razors and razor blades valued at $348. According to reports, there are four active warrants for his arrest from Kane County, Rolling Meadows and Streamwood.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Joe Manchin, right, and Sen. Patrick Toomey announce they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

    Senators unveil deal on gun sales background check

    Two pivotal senators announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. Sens. Joe Manchin Patrick Toomey said their accord would help keep firearms from criminals and the mentally ill.

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    Wilbur Sobota

    Man gets 14 years for $81 robbery in Villa Park

    An $81 robbery resulted in a 14-year prison sentence for Wilbur Sobota. The 30-year-old Maywood man was sentenced Monday by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis after having pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in March.

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    Michael Anastasio

    Ruminski, Anastasio, Tigges come out on top in Wayne

    The five-way race for three 4-year trustee positions on the Wayne village board was exceedingly tight, but in the end a newcomer and two incumbents prevailed, according to unofficial results Wednesday.

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    A new exhibit, “The Long Road,” showcases artwork that reflects the student artists’ experience working in the trades.

    North Central exhibit showcases art inspired by artists’ former jobs

    Artwork of two North Central College students is featured in the monthlong exhibit “The Long Road.” “The Long Road” features wood sculptures, ceramics and mixed media artwork by seniors Jesse Barr of Oswego and Jeremy Thurlby of Montgomery.

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    Wheaton College Mock Trial Team member John Patrick takes the witness stand last year at the American Mock Trial Association’s Opening Round Championship Series in Memphis, Tenn. Team Captain Trenton Van Oss is standing.

    Wheaton College Mock Trial Team advances to national championship

    The next stop is Washington, D.C., for the Wheaton College Mock Trial Team, which will make its debut Friday, April 12, in the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament. “To be able to make it to nationals in our second full year is a huge accomplishment, a huge step forward,” team captain Trenton Van Oss said.

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    The British pioneer of IVF treatment, Professor Robert Edwards, sits with two of his ‘test-tube-babies’ in 1998. The Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Edwards has died at age 87.

    Nobel prizewinner, IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies

    Robert Edwards, a Nobel prizewinner from Britain whose pioneering in vitro fertilization research led to the first test tube baby and has since brought millions of people into the world, died Wednesday at age 87.

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    The Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 rejected a plea for mercy by Steven Smith, who says he intended to rape his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter but not to kill her. The board recommended unanimously that Gov. John Kasich allow the execution of Steven Smith to proceed next month.

    Mercy rejected for Ohio man who killed 6-month-old

    he Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday rejected a plea for mercy by a condemned Ohio man who says he intended to rape his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter but not to kill her.

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    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, before a pretrial military hearing. Manning, who is charged with causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, is scheduled to face a court martial in June.

    Bin Laden raid member can be WikiLeaks witness

    A military judge cleared the way Wednesday for a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound to testify in the trial of an Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets.

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    Fox News reporter’s sources subject of Colo. court hearing

    A Colorado judge has ordered New York-based Fox News reporter Jana Winter to attend a hearing Wednesday as part of theater shooting suspect James Holmes’ attempt to identify her confidential sources.

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    Denise Rodd

    Rodd elected in Des Plaines 3rd Ward

    With votes counted from the last outstanding Des Plaines precinct, what had been a close contest turned into a clear victory Wednesday for newcomer candidate Denise Rodd, who was elected to represent Des Plaines’ 3rd Ward over former 1st Ward Alderwoman Patricia Beauvais.

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    Plainfield school in Des Plaines to show off renovations

    Plainfield Elementary School in Des Plaines will showcase building improvements and renovations during a community open house 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. This event will give school officials a chance to show off the 47-year-old school.

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    The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels announced Tuesday the rest of its 2013 season is canceled because of federal budget cuts.

    Federal budget cuts ground Air Force aircraft

    A top general says federal budget cuts that will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force’s active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers means “accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur.” Gen. Mike Hostage issued the warning Tuesday as the Pentagon braces for more effects of the automatic spending cuts...

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    A judge in Tuscany fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA $1.3 million Wednesday, April 10, 2013 for the 2012 shipwreck that killed 32 people.

    Judge fines Costa $1.3M for Concordia wreck
    A judge in Tuscany fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA $1.3 million Wednesday for the 2012 shipwreck of the Concordia cruise ship that killed 32 people. Costa had asked for a plea bargain deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for companies whose employees commit crimes. Judge Valeria Montesarchio of the Grosseto tribunal accepted the plea after a...

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    A student waits to leave Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus in Cypress, Texas, where a student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The attacker wounded at least 14 people before being subdued and arrested, authorities said.

    Students describe bloody scene at Texas college

    A 20-year-old student who told police he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death went on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college, hurting more than a dozen people, authorities said.

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    Authorities work to rescue two children buried under a wall of dirt, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Stanley, N.C. The bodies of the two young cousins, Chloe Jade Arwood and James Levi Caldwell, were dug out Monday morning. Jordan Arwood, 31, was operating a backhoe Sunday night in the pit when the walls caved in on the children.

    Man tried saving kids buried in dirt

    For Jordan Arwood, the images return in waves. A wall of dirt collapsing and burying his 6-year-old daughter and her 7-year-old cousin in a pit he was working on. Rescue workers frantically pulling the children from thick red clay. Their lifeless bodies placed in the back of an ambulance. “When she came out of the hole she was so cold,” Arwood, of Stanley, N.C., told The Associated Press in his...

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    Joshua Michael Hakken. Hakken and his wife, Sharyn, accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba, were handed over to the United States and their children were returned to the maternal grandparents who have official custody.

    U.S. couple in jail after fleeing to Cuba with kids

    A Florida couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba were handed over to the United States and imprisoned and their children were returned to their maternal grandparents, who have official custody, authorities said Wednesday.

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    A North Korean soldier, center top, looks at the southern side as South Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean Wa. The prospect of a North Korean missile launch is “considerably high,” South Korea’s foreign minister told lawmakers Wednesday as Pyongyang prepared to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world’s attention with dramatic displays of military power.

    No panic in N. Korea despite talk of missile launch

    The prospect of a North Korean missile launch is “considerably high,” South Korea’s foreign minister told lawmakers Wednesday as Pyongyang calmly prepared to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder, historically a time when it seeks to draw the world’s attention with dramatic displays of military power. The missile is expected to be a medium-range missile with a range of 2,180 miles capable of...

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    The time-honored skill of typing is still helpful, but it’s becoming less necessary. And that raises the question: Does typing have a future?

    Will typing follow cursive out of the classroom?
    The time-honored skill of typing is still helpful, but it’s becoming less necessary. And that raises the question: Does typing have a future? In high schools and community colleges where keyboarding classes have been a staple for decades, some fear the courses may go the way of cursive writing lessons in elementary schools.

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    Anthony Weiner

    Ex-US Rep. Weiner weighing run for NYC mayor

    Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner , who resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, says he’s weighing a run for New York City mayor this year.The Democrat tells New York Times Magazine “it’s now or maybe never for me.” But he acknowledges that it’s a long shot because some people “just don’t have room for a second narrative about me.”

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    Alert to Congress: Nuclear evacuation may bog down

    A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants. It finds that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads, and delay the escape of others.

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    Marble fragment of Lincoln sarcophagus on display

    A fragment of the marble sarcophagus that once contained Abraham Lincoln's coffin is on display at the Lincoln Tomb Historic Site in Springfield. Officials say the sarcophagus went missing when the tomb had major renovations in 1930.

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    The Field Museum in Chicago has received dozens of pieces of a meteorite that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains in February.

    Field Museum receives pieces of Russian meteorite

    The Field Museum in Chicago has received dozens of pieces of a meteorite that exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains in February.The museum received the nearly 2 pounds of small meteorite pieces on Tuesday. The meteor injured nearly 1,500 people and caused widespread property damage over Russia's Chelyabinsk district. The meteorite is now known as the Chelyabinsk Meteorite.

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    Thomas Hayes won theArlington Heights mayoral race; he’ll take over the role Arlene Mulder has held for two decades.

    Dawn Patrol: Hayes, Bogusz (age 26), Argiris, Amrich are mayors

    Hayes wins Arlington Heights mayoral race. Des Plaines votes in youngest mayor. Wheeling elects Argiris. Amrich to lead Island Lake. Bartels appears out in East Dundee. Abboud out in Barrington Hills. Gurnee mayor returns for third term. Rogina wins in St. Charles. Elgin leans toward Prigge, Gavin, Rauschenberger and Dunne.

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    Incumbents and Brook win in Maine Elementary District 63

    Three incumbents and newcomer Alexandra Brook won 4-year terms on the East Maine Elementary District 63 board Tuesday. Sheila Urban, who has been on the board since 2009, received 1,948 votes to be the top vote-getter. Brook received 1,672 votes; Krystal Zec, who became a board member last year, took 1,669 votes; and Walter Gluzkin, who joined the board in 2008, garnered 1,619 votes.

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    Two incumbents in lead for Oakton board

    With 333 of 341 precincts counted, unofficial vote totals showed incumbents Ann Tennes and Joan DiLeonardi won re-election to the Oakton Community College board Tuesday, receiving 22,475 and 20,889 votes, respectively.

Sports

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (34) throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Floyd sharp early, fades late in loss

    White Sox starter Gavin Floyd followed Jake Peavy to the mound Wednesday night and suffered a similiar fate. Floyd was sharp early, but he was not up for the extended challenge against a powerful Washington Nationals lineup in a 5-2 loss.

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    Goat's head delivered to Wrigley Field

    Goats that previously appeared at Wrigley Field were alive and kicking.But not Wednesday, when a goat's head was left in a box outside the home of the Cubs. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Waubonsie Valley loses to Hinsdale Central

    Waubonsie Valley fell to Hinsdale Central, but not before showing it's an improving team.

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    Rosary’s Molly Piech and West Aurora’s Carli Hix collide as they compete for a header Wednesday in Aurora.

    Rosary roars to West Aurora title

    On one of the chillier midseason evenings in recent memory, Rosary broke the ice in Wednesday’s girls soccer match with West Aurora in emphatic fashion. The Royals, needing to win in order to claim the West Aurora Invitational title, scored twice in the opening seven minutes, were never tied and roared to a 6-2 victory. “We were passing the ball really well those first 10 minutes or so,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “That was really nice to see. I think it was probably our best 10 minutes of soccer this year.”

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    Mundelein’s Derek Parola throws to first Tuesday against Lake Zurich at Mundelein.

    Young Parola on par for Mundelein

    He looks like his dad, moves with a similar gait, and Derek Parola boasts his dad’s athletic ability, too. Parola has been playing stellar defense at second base and hitting the baseball hard as well for his dad, Mustangs coach Todd Parola, who played his high school baseball for Grayslake and then Indiana University.

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    Prospect gets past improved Hoffman Estates team

    Prospect ended a brief two-game winless streak Wednesday with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over host Hoffman Estates in a Mid-Suburban League crossover match. In a first period filled with chances, junior Kim Welk netted the lone goal for the Knights (5-1-2, 3-1-1-10 points) in the 30th minute before teammate Allison McCabe gave the visitors a 2-goal advantage at 58 minutes.

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    The Cubs seemed happy that Wednesday night's sheduled game against the Brewers at Wrigley Field was postponed because of cold and wet weather. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a look at a few Cubs topics heading into this weekend's series against the Giants.

    Cubs reschedule postponed Wednesday Brewers' game

    The Cubs seemed happy that Wednesday night's sheduled game against the Brewers at Wrigley Field was postponed because of cold and wet weather. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a look at a few Cubs topics heading into this weekend's series against the Giants.

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    Jendryk grew up — and up and up — in volleyball

    St. Francis junior Jeffrey Jendryk, in just his second year playing volleyball, is a fast learner.

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    Boswell sets the pace for Naperville North

    Cold, wet weather has slowed many athletes and high school sports teams this spring. It’s done nothing to sidetrack Naperville North sophomore soccer player Abbie Boswell, though.

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    Pitching in to give Lancers a good reputation

    For Lake Park’s baseball team to have a successful season, several moving parts have to come together. So far, so good.

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    Levy, Ochoa lead Vernon Hills victory

    Morgan Levy had 5 goals and 4 assists, and Vernon Hills’ girls water polo team defeated Deerfield 12-6 Wednesday night.Elena Ochoa added 4 goals for the Cougars, while Grace Han, Priscilla Yim and Lauren Wood also scored. Yim added 3 assists.Mundelein 7, Stevenson 5: Allie Boothe’s 3 goals led the Mustangs.Hannah Davidson and Karrie Kozocar added 2 goals each for Mundelein, and goalie Anna Ward made 14 saves.Stevenson got 3 goals from Alison Treveto and a pair from Brittany Gartenberg. Patriots goalie Becky Callen was credited with 13 saves.

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    Ian Turkula is announced prior to their game against Vernon Hills on Wednesday. Turkula has brain cancer, and Wednesday was Playing for a Cure night at Mundelein.

    Big turnout’s a sure cure for Mundelein’s Turkula

    His first kill of the night was a thing of beauty. Mundelein senior outside hitter Ian Turkula just schooled his opponent on the other side of the net. Now, it wasn’t a perfect night for Turkula, because his Mustangs (7-7) let once-beaten Vernon Hills off the hook and fell to the Cougars 19-25, 25-21, 25-12 on Wednesday night. But Turkula really wasn’t complaining about the loss that much. “It was probably the most fun volleyball match I’ve ever played in,’’ Turkula said. He won’t be in school on Thursday. That’s because every two weeks he makes the trip to downtown Chicago for another treatment. Turkula has brain cancer, and he’s due for another dose of chemotherapy.

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (34) throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Harper, Desmond lead Nationals over Sox 5-2

    Bryce Harper homered, Ian Desmond had three extra-base hits, Danny Espinosa provided his first two RBIs of the season, and the Washington Nationals beat the White Sox 5-2 Wednesday night to stay unbeaten at home.

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp, left, making his return to the ice, and new Minnesota Wild player Jason Pominville, chase the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in St. Paul. Sharp has returned to the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup after a 14-game absence because of a shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Sharp thrilled to be back on ice

    Patrick Sharp returned to the Blackhawks’ lineup on Tuesday at Minnesota and shook off the rust of missing 14 games with a sprained left shoulder. And he's glad to have that out of the way.

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    Bulls guard Derrick Rose will return to the lineup when he decides it’s time to return.

    A healthy way to look at Rose situation

    Derrick Rose gets to go back to work when he feels he’s ready; I have to go back to work when a doctor says I’m ready. The most irritating aspect of sports is that they insist on residing outside of what passes as society’s current normal.

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    St. Viator’s Brennan Harrington, right, tips the ball past South Elgin’s Nathan Wells during Wednesday’s game in Arlington Heights.

    St. Viator again measures up against South Elgin

    For the second time in less than a week, the St. Viator boys volleyball team got the better of South Elgin. The Lions bested the visiting Storm 25-15, 25-20 in a nonconference matchup Wednesday in Arlington Heights just days after defeating them at last weekend’s Rolling Meadows tournament.

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    Ryan O’Connor, show here coaching in the 2007-08 season, is stepping down as Buffalo Grove’s varsity boys basketball coach after a 13-year run.

    Buffalo Grove’s O’Connor makes room for a new dream

    Ryan O’Connor was living the dream he envisioned as a teenager. “If you had asked me when I was 18 years old, where I want to be in my 40s,” O’Connor said Wednesday afternoon, “it was to teach at a great school and to be a head coach of a quality basketball program.” The 1989 Rolling Meadows graduate was able to do both fairly close to home at Buffalo Grove. But even dreams take different shapes and directions. So, now O’Connor’s dream job will be solely as a teacher at BG. Among the reasons O’Connor decided to step down after 13 years of leading the boys program are his wife Kim and their three children — 11-year-old Kaitlynne, 8-year-old Karlie and 5-year-old Sean.

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    Larkin beats Oswego East

    Larkin d. Oswego East: Riley Sandlon had 12 kills and 10 digs and Radolpho Hernandez added 28 assists and 6 digs to lead Larkin to a 13-25, 25-22, 25-20 nonconference win. Max Rydell (7 kills, 6 digs), Damian Trujillo (7 kills, 8 digs) and Eriberto Telayo (11 digs) also contributed for the Royals (2-14).Wheaton Academy d. Streamwood: Danny Nevarez had 13 digs and Phil Lewy 4 kills for Streamwood in a 26-24, 25-14 nonconference loss. Parimal Vyas added 9 assists for the Sabres (6-10).

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    IHSA disciplines basketball coaches for finals fiasco

    One month after Illinois High School Association officials said they were “embarrassed” by the behavior of two schools in its Class 2A boys basketball title game, the sports governing body handed out its sanctions on Wednesday.Harrisburg won that March 10 contest over Seton Academy, 50-44, at Carver Arena in Peoria, but not before Seton’s star player was ejected for making contact with an official. Three technical fouls were called in the game, and Seton Hall refused to take part in the postgame awards ceremony.“This was an ugly and embarrassing incident,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “Harrisburg High School, Seton Academy and the contest officials all share in the blame for the outcome. We also recognize that the IHSA needs to be more proactive in dealing with on-court behavior and conveying the expectations for appropriate conduct to the players, coaches and officials participating in our events.”During the investigation, the IHSA was unable to corroborate allegations made by Seton Academy that members of the Harrisburg team used racial slurs during the championship game. “We certainly don’t dispute what the players from Seton Academy reported they heard,” said Hickman. “However, after discussions with those on and closest to the action on the floor, we were unable to substantiate those claims. Harrisburg admits that an inappropriate comment was made by one of its players, but that it was not of a racial nature, and it was punished with a technical foul at the time it occurred.” The following penalties have been announced as a result of the investigation:HARRISBURG HIGH SCHOOL SANCTIONS Ÿ Harrisburg High School head basketball coach Randy Smithpeters may have no involvement (team contact, coaching, attending games) with Harrisburg or any other IHSA member school during postseason State Series basketball contests (Regionals, Sectionals, Super-Sectionals, State Finals) in 2013-14, unless he first successfully completes the NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior training program.Ÿ Coach Smithpeters has been placed on probation for the 2013-14 school year. SETON ACADEMY SANCTIONS Ÿ In addition to the sanctions implemented by the school, Seton Academy head basketball coach Brandon Thomas may have no involvement (team contact, coaching, attending games) at Seton Academy or any other IHSA member school during postseason State Series basketball contests (Regionals, Sectionals, Super-Sectionals, State Finals) in 2013-14 and 2014-15.Ÿ Coach Thomas has been placed on probation for the 2013-14 school year. CONTEST OFFICIALS SANCTIONSŸ The contest officials have been reprimanded for failure to enforce the bench conduct rule during the championship game.Here is the rest of the IHSA’s statement released Wednesday:Coach Thomas’ suspension comes as a result of incidents that occurred at halftime and in the post-game awards ceremony, when the coach bypassed offers of congratulations from the IHSA Board of Directors and the Governor of Illinois. He then threw his medal to an assistant coach and exited the court, where he engaged in a verbal altercation with a fan and had to be restrained from entering the stands by security and police.

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    Elgin’s Daisy Gomez (6) battles Dundee-Crown’s Cori Schrade during girls soccer action in the South Elgin Spring Break tournament at Millennium Field in Streamwood earlier this season.

    Defense a key to Huntley’s hot start

    The Huntley girls soccer team is making teams take notice in the early going of the 2013 season. The Red Raiders are off to a hot 7-1-1 start going into Thursday’s scheduled Pepsi Showdown quarterfinal contest with Plainfield North at 5 p.m. at Huntley. Huntley already has wins over Maine South (1-0) and Lyons Township (2-1) in the prestigious event. Lyons was the No. 5 seed in the tournament. Huntley is the 12 seed. Plainfield South is the No. 4 seed. A win sends the Red Raiders to the semifinals against either York (No. 17 seed) or Glenbrook South (No. 9 seed) Saturday at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. Defense was a key to the victory over Lyons.

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    DANIEL WHITE/dwhite@dailyherald.com Conant’s Austin Wright deals to a 5-0 win against Barrington during baseball action at Barrington.

    Wright keeping big-league pursuit afloat

    Conant product Austin Wright is keeping his big-league pitching dream afloat by toiling at the minor-league level.

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    Cougars get pounded by LumberKings

    In the finale of their season-opening seven-game homestand, the Kane County Cougars dropped a 10-4 decision to the Clinton LumberKings on Wednesday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

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    Stevenson siblings Jared and Lindsay Projanky had outstanding hockey seasons. Jared scored a team-best 26 goals for Stevenson, while Lindsay backstopped the co-op Lake Forest squad to a state championship.

    Goal-oriented Projansky siblings excel on the ice

    Lindsay Projansky watched hockey on TV and was instantly hooked on goaltending — by the pads. “I thought they looked really cool,” she said. But the first time she tried the position, she admits, “I hated it.” Projansky, though, stuck with it — and on March 24 at the United Center, she anchored the co-op Lake Forest girls team to the state championship. Projansky stopped 12 shots as the Scouts skated past Fenwick 2-0 for the team’s second title in three years. Her older brother Jared also excelled this season and was the leading scorer for Stevenson.

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    Jeter resumes on-field hitting

    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed on-field hitting after being shut down last month by left ankle soreness.

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    Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean speaks as forward Cody Zeller listens during a news conference where Zeller said he will enter the NBA draft, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Herald-Times, Chris Howell)

    Indiana’s Cody Zeller heading to NBA

    Indiana’s Cody Zeller turned down one chance to play in the NBA. He couldn’t say no twice.The 7-foot sophomore center who returned to school last fall for one more shot at a national championship announced Wednesday he is leaving college early to enter the NBA draft. The reason was simple.

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    The game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cubs scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of inclement weather. Rain was in the forecast, along with subfreezing wind chill temperatures. No makeup date was announced.

    Brewers-Cubs game postponed because of bad weather

    The game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cubs scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed because of inclement weather. Rain was in the forecast, along with subfreezing wind chill temperatures.

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    The verdict is in, and it’s time to go fishing

    Yes, ready or not, the fishing season is here and off and running.

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    Big fun right now chasing shallow-water browns

    Have we angered the weather gods? Is there a possibility some outer space planetary misalignment is causing this country to suffer through the constant, never-ending stinky weather? April flowers have yet to bring smiles to our weather-beaten faces. But there is one note of happiness afoot: Gargantuan brown trout have been visiting our coastal waters.

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    Kevin Streelman of Winfield will be playing in his second Masters tournament in three years when he tees off on Thursday.

    Streelman finds common ground with Wilson Golf

    Tim Clarke, the vice president of global golf for Wilson, a Chicago-based company, knew that Kevin Streelman, a Wheaton Warrenville South alum, would be a perfect addition to the Wilson family. Now that family will be together this week in Augusta when Streelman participates in The Masters for the second time in three years.

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    D.A. Points stretches while speaking with his caddie Travis Perkins on the driving range during a practice round for the Masters in Augusta, Ga. Points is making his second appearance in the Masters.

    Streelman, Points enter Masters on different paths

    Luke Donald is just one of three Illinois players in this week’s Masters field. The other two — Kevin Streelman and D.A. Points — are in the field again after making their tournament debuts in 2011. Len Ziehm has that and more in this week's Golf Notes column.

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    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, here greeted by Washington Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner, didn't play in Tuesday's game but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 2 of the interleague series.

    Dunn, Nationals both in better place now

    The only thing that surprised Adam Dunn about the Washington Nationals’ success is that it happened so fast. The franchise was one of baseball’s worst when Dunn played here, but management’s plan changed things quickly — and left Dunn impressed.

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    Mike North video: NCAA Tournament Coach Mismatch

    Mike North disses Michigan coach John Beilein for his coaching errors in the championship game against Rick Pitino and Louisville, He also discusses the referees from that game.

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    Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, right, congratulates goalie Ray Emery after he shut out the Minnesota Wild in a 1-0 victory in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in St. Paul.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild in St. Paul. The Blackhawks won 1-0.

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    D’Ambrose’s scoring lifts Lakes

    Sophomore Nicole D’Ambrose continues to play good soccer for Lakes in her first varsity season. D’Ambrose scored twice in the Eagles’ 4-0 win over Round Lake in North Suburban Prairie Division action, and Kara Jones made 6 saves in earning her second shutout of the season.

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    Allen pitches Stevenson past Warren

    Matt Allen was on his game, and Stevenson’s baseball team needed him to be Tuesday. Allen pitched the Patriots to a 1-0 win over visiting Warren in a good North Suburban Lake Division game.

Business

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    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is underscoring the state’s existing pay inequality based on gender.

    Ill. Lt. Gov. Simon speaks in support of equal pay

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is underscoring the state's existing pay inequality based on gender. Simon rallied Tuesday with other government officials at Daley Plaza to commemorate Equal Pay Day and advocate for pay equality for women.Simon says Illinois women earn only 77 cents to every $1 men earn.

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    People use the Self Service Banking Kiosks at a JPMorgan Chase lobby in New York. JPMorgan Chase executives are touting what they call their “Branch of the Future,” a place where ATMs distribute exact change, machines count cash so tellers don’t have to.

    Banks rethink the branch, but will it work?

    Some banking executives say the brick-and-mortar branch is still the best way to serve existing customers and snag new ones. They’re trying to rebuild the nation’s neighborhood banks into hip, airy spaces where customers sign up for loans without touching a piece of paper, sign in to ATMs with a tap of their smartphones and talk to off-site tellers by video.

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    Copies of President Barack Obama’s budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are distributed to Senate staff on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

    Obama budget: Spending cuts, higher smokers’ taxes

    Mixing modest curbs on spending with tax increases reviled by Republicans, President Barack Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget on Wednesday that would raise taxes on smokers and wealthy Americans and trim Social Security benefits for millions.

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    More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the north Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise.

    Feelin’ queasy: More air turbulence over Atlantic

    Tourists, exchange students, masters of the financial universe and other business travelers: It’s time to buckle up. More pollution is likely to mean bumpier flights for trans-Atlantic travelers, researchers say, predicting increased turbulence over the North Atlantic as carbon dioxide levels rise.

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    The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn’t allowing the change.

    Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

    The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed. With limited options for saving money, the governing board said the agency should reopen negotiations with unions to lower labor costs and consider raising mail prices.

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    U.S. stocks rallied, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its highest level ever, as China’s imports grew, Japan reiterated its stimulus plans and investors speculated earnings will beat estimates.

    Stocks rise sharply, led by gains in technology

    Technology stocks roared back Wednesday, driving the Standard & Poor’s 500 and Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. The industry has lagged the broader market this year, but surged after network communication company Adtran reported earnings that were double what Wall Street analysts expected.

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    Minutes show Fed supports stimulus through midyear

    A majority of Federal Reserve policymakers want to continue extraordinary bond purchases to help boost the U.S. economy at least through the middle of the year, according to minutes from the Fed’s last meeting released Wednesday. But many members indicated they want to slow and eventually end the program before the end of the year, as long as the job market and economy show sustained improvement.

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    Obama proposes 94-cent tax hike on cigarettes

    President Barack Obama’s budget plan would increase taxes by $580 billion over the next decade, but it relies on many proposals that have been repeatedly rejected by Congress. One new proposal is a 94 cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. The tax would raise an estimated $78 billion over the next decade to pay for early childhood education.

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    People renting cars at Chicago’s Midway International Airport now will find their vehicles housed at a new rental facility.

    New rental car facility opens at Midway Airport
    People renting cars at Chicago's Midway International Airport now will find their vehicles housed at a new rental facility. The Chicago Department of Aviation announced the opening of the new $55 million facility Tuesday. The building replaces several rental car facilities and lots in and around Midway.

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    Amtrak says ridership has increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak’s history.

    Amtrak ridership hits record levels in fiscal 2013

    Amtrak says ridership has increased in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, with ridership in March setting a record as the single best month ever in Amtrak's history.The railroad says ridership grew nearly one percent from October 2012 to March despite disruptions from weather, including Superstorm Sandy. Amtrak said 26 of 45 routes had rider increases.

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    Chicago-based United Airlines has decided to cut back its nonstop service between Hawaii and Washington, D.C., from daily to once a week at the end of the summer, a TV station reported.

    Report: United scaling back DC nonstop service
    Chicago-based United Airlines has decided to cut back its nonstop service between Hawaii and Washington, D.C., from daily to once a week at the end of the summer, a TV station reported.Airlines typically do not announce cutbacks. The information was simply fed into the reservations computer network used by travel agents, Hawaii News Now reported Monday.

Life & Entertainment

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    The Orbert Davis Quintet performs at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Friday, April 12.

    Weekend picks: Orbert Davis jazzes things up at CLC

    The award-winning title trumpeter of the Orbert Davis Quintet performs a jazz concert at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. Actress, producer and author Nia Vardalos discusses her new book, “Instant Mom,” Friday at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Soulful pop hit-maker Boz Scaggs performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Friday.

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    Ashleigh Arnold is the only female brewer at Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, but one of a growing number of female professional brewers.

    More women joining the ranks of beer enthusiasts

    Ashleigh Arnold had an ephipany on her 21st birthday. She toasted the milestone with an Old Courthouse Stout, a roasty, creamy pint brewed in St. Charles, Mo., not too far from where she grew up. "Once I got past knowing that not all beer tasted like Budweiser, I was hooked," Arnold says. Now Arnold makes beer for Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville and is among the growing number of women entering this once male-dominated world.

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    Lime and Fig Chicken is the very definition of a winning weeknight chicken dish.

    On the fridge: Winning weeknight chicken comes together fast

    Lime and Fig Chicken is the very definition of a winning weeknight chicken dish: quick, sweet and sour, a little something different. Keep it in mind for when figs are in season.

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    Patrons enjoy a plate of olives, cheese and dried fruit at the Tuscan Market Wine Bar in Arlington Heights.

    Tuscan in Arlington Heights a mix of bar, restaurant and store

    With a mellow setting and calendar full of activities, Tuscan Market & Wine Shop in Arlington Heights aims to be a hangout for drinkers and Italian food lovers, while also offering a full retail shop for patrons looking to enjoy food and drinks at home.

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    Does your garage looks like this? Enter the Daily Herald’s Extreme Garage Makeover contest, sponsored by Junk Remedy and Garage Store, to win a cleanup job valued at $4,000.

    Does your garage need a makeover? We’re here to help

    If your garage is a real mess, we’ve got a contest for you. Submit a photo of your messy garage to win an Extreme Garage Makeover sponsored by Junk Remedy and Garage Store valued at $4,000.

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    Lean and lovin; it: Bold ingredients flavor company-worthy casserole

    In an effort to both maintain his LeanWizard status and impress first-time dinner guests and their children, Don Mauer decided a homey casserole should be on the menu. He developed an Italian-inspired recipe with organic zucchini and pasta that pleased the adults and children at the table.

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    Frugal living: On-the-go snacks

    Sara Noel answers readers questions about under-cooked turkey, those glaze packets that come with ham and on-the-go-snacking.

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    Riccardo Muti begins 3 weeks with CSO

    Famed Italian conductor Riccardo Muti is in Chicago where he’s preparing for three weeks of performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Muti is music director of the orchestra. He spoke Wednesday about the symphony’s next season, which will focus on works by Schubert and Verdi. Muti says Schubert’s music is “a great teacher for an orchestra.”

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    Michael Trent, left, and Cary Ann Hearst from the band Shovels & Rope.

    Country duo Shovels & Rope’s approach is joyful

    The phrase “O’ Be Joyful” is more than an album title for the country-rock duo Shovels & Rope. It’s a command. It’s hard not to be swept up in the spirit watching Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform, switching off on guitars, harmonicas, a keyboard and makeshift drum set with tambourine attached.

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    Music notes: Boz is back
    Classic popster Boz Scaggs makes an appearance in St. Charles this weekend. If you like a more contemporary brand of rock, Libertyville native Ike Reilly is playing in the city.

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    Kenny Rogers speaks on Wednesday in Nashville during the announcement that he will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers will be inducted with Bobby Bare and Jack Clement.

    Kenny Rogers headed to Country Hall of Fame

    Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio of trailblazing inductees attended a news conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce the class of 2013. Each had a significant impact on country music in his own way, helping spread the genre far beyond its traditional borders.

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    The original cast of the reality series “Buckwild,” from left, included the late Shain Gandee, Anna, Katie, Salwa, Joey, background center, Ashley, Tyler, background right, Cara and Shae. MTV said Wednesday, it is canceling the West Virginia-based reality TV show.

    MTV cancels ‘Buckwild’ after star’s death

    MTV said Wednesday it is canceling its West Virginia-based reality TV show “Buckwild” a week after the accidental death of 21-year-old star Shain Gandee. Network spokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed the news, saying it was “not an easy decision.”

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    Jake Bugg recently released “Jake Bugg.”

    Jake Bugg’s debut hits high notes

    Jake Bugg’s unique discerning tone, with intelligent songwriting, makes it hard to believe this English musician is only 19. Bugg’s lyrics are wise beyond his years, and most of the songs on his 14-track, self-titled debut average out under three minutes. He keeps them short, sweet and to the point.

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    “Wheelhouse” by Brad Paisley

    Paisley has a winner with ‘Wheelhouse’

    The title of Brad Paisley’s new album, “Wheelhouse,” could imply the country music star is sticking with what he does best. Indeed, the 17-song album — the first in which he’s listed as sole producer — presents several songs extending his reputation for clever, sometimes comic, twists on love (“Death of a Married Man”), modern life (“Beat This Summer”) and sentimental romanticism (“I Can’t Change the World”).

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    Molly Ringwald’s “Except Sometimes”

    Molly Ringwald brings genuineness on jazz debut

    In her signature roles, she was the ingenue. And while it may not be fair to compare Molly Ringwald the actress with Molly Ringwald the singer, it is hard to ignore the genuineness seen in her characters that also flavors this collection of jazz standards called “Except Sometimes.”

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    Steven Tyler, left, and Joe Perry, recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award, pose with their awards at the ASCAP Press Conference held at the Sunset Marquis, in Los Angeles. Tyler and Perry will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during ASCAP’s 30th annual Pop Music Awards at a gala on April 17 in Los Angeles.

    Steven Tyler, Joe Perry honored for songwriting

    They’ve been larger-than-life performers for decades, but now Steven Tyler and Joe Perry’s songwriting skills are getting the attention. The Aerosmith veterans will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June and will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Founders Award next week. Rocking out in long hair and leather when their baby-boomer peers are opting for tracksuits and comfortable shoes, the bandmates attribute the twin songwriting honors to their longevity in the fickle and fractured music business.

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    “All You Could Ask For” by Mike Greenberg

    Sports guy shows sensitive side in novel

    ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg makes his living on guy talk, but who knew he had a gift for girl gab, too? The best-selling author creates three authentic female voices in his first novel, “All You Could Ask For,” about women learning life lessons through a devastating experience. Greenberg introduces three strong, intelligent, relatable characters in a book that’s easy to read.

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    Penne with Spicy Sausage and Zucchini in Creamy Tomato Sauce
    Penne with Spicy Sausage and Zucchini in Creamy Tomato Sauce: Don Mauer

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    Lime and Fig Chicken is the very definition of a winning weeknight chicken dish.

    Lime and Fig Chicken
    Lime and Fig Chicken

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    Editorial: Putting the focus on play in kindergarten

    A new program that gauges first-grade readiness rightly views kindergarten as a place where kids grow socially through organized play and activities, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The vigorous virtues of Margaret Thatcher

    Columnist George Will: She left the British this ongoing challenge: “We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them reimposed at a European level.” As long as her brave heart beat, she knew there are no final victories.

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    Rethinking the death penalty in America

    Columnist Richard Cohen: When it comes to the death penalty, the only thing the United States can do is plead the insanity defense. The rest of the advanced world has moved on, but America resolutely remains among the top five executioners — behind China, Iran and Iraq, and just ahead of Pakistan. In Colorado, prosecutors are seeking the death of James Holmes, the clearly insane young man who dyed his hair a vivid orange, allegedly killed 12 people at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” and made no effort to escape. “Justice is death,” declared the prosecutor. The Taliban, I tell you, are among us.

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    If it says Chicago, it should be made here
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Recently we needed a cutlery set. So, after looking around I decided on Chicago Cutlery. A good hometown company, right? Wrong, a company formerly of Chicago, bought by a New York holding company and made in China.

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    Social Security pay not an entitlement
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am really getting tired of the politicians we have in this country referring to the Social Security program as an "entitlement." Unless, of course, they are referring to the people who receive Social Security benefits but have never paid in a penny to the program.

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    Be on the right side of history
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Sexual orientation is not chosen. It is wired into a person's being from the beginning like eye or skin color. Choice is not a factor in the equation. Because it is a part of a person's makeup, that person's rights to happiness, freedom and civil rights should be guaranteed in the American Constitution, religious viewpoints aside. Anything less is discrimination toward someone because of who he or she truly is.

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    Same-sex marriage too hot for clergy?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor:The current confusion over same sex marriage continues in our society because the church has decided the issue is too hot to handle. Pastors will pontificate on well-accepted ideas that gain favor, aka, preaching to the choir.

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    On gay marriage and immigration
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: The political cartoon featured in the April 2 Daily Herald spoke volumes. It characterized the Republicans doing an about face regarding their stand on illegal immigration and gay marriage by joining forces with the Democrats on their pro stance.

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    Right wing thwarts jobs recovery
    An Elgin leter to the editor: We are starting to see the negative impact of the sequester on the economy just as President Obama correctly predicted. And, it will continue to prevent hiring and investment as the economy slows down. Forget a robust recovery. After all, the constant budget cuts have worked so well in Europe that conservatives want to adopt that approach here in the U.S.

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    Amid athlete abuse, don’t forget animals
    A Huntley letter to the editor: A university coach was fired for abusing players. His job loss came only as the result of a media broadcast of footage exposing the abuse. A reporter commented, "it is the culture of the game" and, "only the media can really expose such abuse with any hope of subsequent action to stop it."

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