Daily Archive : Thursday April 11, 2013



    Help Northern Illinois Food Bank win grant

    Northern Illinois Food Bank is hoping the public can help the food bank click its way to a $45,000 grant from Walmart by voting for them in the "Fighting Hunger Together" initiative - a national campaign where money is awarded to organizations that get the most votes for their innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger.

    HOPE Fair Housing Center's “Home is Where the Art Is” is on exhibit at Elgin Artspace Lofts at 51 S. Spring St. in downtown Elgin.

    Fair housing exhibit at Elgin Artspace

    A new art exhibit running through April 20 at Elgin Artspace Lofts highlights the importance of fair housing. “Home is Where the Art Is” features a diverse group of artists from Elgin, Chicago, Waukegan and even Canada, and is organized by HOPE Fair Housing Center in Wheaton.

    Dan Campana, a local journalist, is promoting the Take Me Out To The Card Show sports card and memorabilia show on Saturday, April 27, in Geneva.

    Promoter hits on idea for card show at Cougars’ stadium

    Having a sports card show at a ballpark seems like an excellent combination, columnist Dave Heun says. He talks with a local promoter who is spearheading the April 27 show at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Little City Executive Director Shawn Jeffers, right, walks with Becky and John Duffey of Long Grove following the groundbreaking Friday afternoon.

    Palatine’s Little City breaks ground on children’s village
    Leaders, board members, donors and friends of Little City in Palatine gathered Friday for the groundbreaking of the new Duffey Family Children's Village.


    Des Plaines man charged with swindling Palatine senior

    Tony Miller, of Des Plaines, has been charged with home repair fraud after authorities say he charged a 79-year-old Palatine man for chimney repairs that were not needed. A Cook County judge set his bail at $50,000.

    David Harris

    Suburban lawmaker's plan could deter sticky-fingered officials

    Illinois officials considering pilfering public funds, take note: A suburban lawmaker's proposal to increase the punishment for those who “embezzle, steal or purloin” public money was approved by the Illinois House Thursday.

    David McSweeney

    House backs plan to eliminate lieutenant governor job

    A suburban Republican's bid to eliminate Illinois' lieutenant governor's job by 2019 was approved by the Illinois House today.

    The most violent weather was centered near the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood late Wednesday. Downed trees crushed several homes. Street signs lay scattered across rainy streets in the aftermath of the storm.

    3 dead in storm packing ice, snow, tornadoes

    A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.

    Two new businesses have moved into downtown Lombard so far this year — a nail spa and an office for a dog-sitting service. More stores may be on the way as a golf shop looks to open and officials continue discussions with two brewpubs, two fitness locations and an “exotic twist on a sandwich shop.”

    Two new shops may lead way for more in Lombard

    Two new businesses that have opened in downtown Lombard this year could lead the way for more new shops in the coming weeks and months. A nail spa and an office for a pet-sitting business are the newest additions to the area, and a golf shop is likely to be next, said Michelle Iwinski, executive director of Lombard Town Centre. “A lot of these are coming our way naturally, suddenly,”...

    Justin Miller, 20, of Streamwood, died April 3 after losing his battle with cancer. Justin always kept his spirits high, living by the late basketball coach Jimmy Valvano's motto to laugh at least once a day.

    Inspirational Streamwood drummer loses cancer battle

    Justin Miller, a young Streamwood drummer who kept drumming — and inspiring others — even after losing his dominant arm to cancer, has died after a long battle with the disease. A memorial will be held Saturday at Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church in Schamburg.


    Police confiscate shotgun at Gifford Street High School

    Elgin police are crediting a student with calling attention to the presence of a gun brought to a high school Thursday.


    Elburn woman, 49, killed in early-morning crash

    A 49-year-old Elburn woman was killed Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Blackberry Township. Marilyn Gould, of the 2S200 block of Green Road, was killed after her 2001 Chevy Traverse SUV left the east side of Green Road south of Main Street, crossed back over Green and came to rest near a tree. She was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

    North Korean military officers look from a sightseeing boat sailing on the Yalu River, the China-North Korea border river. North Korea delivered a fresh round of rhetoric Thursday with claims it had “powerful striking means” on standby for a missile launch.

    North Korea hints it will soon launch a missile

    Hinting at a missile launch, North Korea delivered a fresh round of war rhetoric Thursday with claims it has “powerful striking means” on standby. Seoul and Washington speculated that it is preparing to test-fire a missile designed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.


    Recycling numbers down slightly, but government profits may be coming

    Recycling in Kane County took a small step back in 2012 as new numbers show a 3 percentage point dropoff from 2011. But hints of a possible public/private partnership indicate recycling may soon become a multimillion dollar income stream for the county.

    Johnny Borizov

    DuPage courtroom prepped for historic trial coverage

    DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin spent some time on the witness stand Thursday as final preparations were made for historic news coverage of a triple-murder trial starting next week. Guerin, who met with media members over the lunch hour, wanted to see for himself whether a TV camera in the far back corner of the courtroom gallery would be a distraction to those testifying.

    With the Capitol in the background, a man walks past thousands of grave markers erected in a mock cemetery on the National Mall in Washington Thursday to honor victims of gun violence.

    Gun control bill clears first hurdle in Senate

    Congress’ most serious gun-control effort in years cleared its first hurdle Thursday as the Senate pushed past conservatives’ attempted blockade under the teary gaze of families of victims of December’s Connecticut school shootings. The bipartisan 68-31 vote rebuffed an effort to keep debate from even starting.


    Northwest suburbs on 60 seconds

    An 84-year-old Prospect Heights woman was scammed out of $1,443 when she received a phone call around 9:30 a.m. April 1 from a male caller who claimed to be her grandson, saying he had been an accident while attending a funeral in New York.


    Waukegan Arbor Day event:

    The Waukegan Park District will observe Arbor Day on Friday, April 26, by planting several new willow trees in Bevier Park to replace those damaged by a series of storms in July 2011. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Bevier Park, 2255 Yorkhouse Road in Waukegan.


    Skateboarding legends at Westfield:

    Skateboard enthusiasts can meet skateboarding legends Tony Alva and John Cardiel in person Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at the new Vans store at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills.


    SHS names math dept. leader:

    Stevenson High School teacher Darshan Jain has been named as the next director of the Lincolnshire school’s mathematics division, Principal Troy Gobble announced Thursday.


    Park City man dies from knife wound; 14-year-old held

    The case against a 14-year-old charged in connection wth the stabbing of a Park City man on March 29 is being reviewed by the Lake County State's Attorney's office following the death of the victim on Thursday.

    Water from the Fox River creeps up to the front steps of this trailer Thursday in the Fox River Recreation Park off Route 173 in Antioch.

    Minor flooding expected but storms next week could mean trouble

    Flood watches and warnings remained in effect for parts of Lake County on Thursday. Flooding of yards and roads was expected in portions of Antioch and Cuba townships and areas in McHenry County.

    Jack R. Gray

    St. Charles man guilty of 2009 sucker punch outside bar

    A 29-year-old St. Charles man faces prison time when he is sentenced May 28 for sucker punching another man outside a bar in October 2009. Jack R. Gray faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison after being found guilty this week of assaulting the man, who fell unconscious to the payment, sustained a fractured skull, was in a coma for several days and suffers hearing loss to this day.

    Michael Seyller

    East Dundee cop turns self in on Carpentersville gun charge

    An off-duty East Dundee police sergeant, on paid administrative leave from the department, turned himself in on a felony weapons charge that alleges he carried a loaded shotgun on the sidewalk in Carpentersville while intoxicated, Carpentersville Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said.

    Don Harmon

    Heat continues on gun issues

    Two suburban officials and Gov. Pat Quinn spoke before a crowd of gun control advocates who converged on the state Capitol Thursday to lobby lawmakers.

    Lollie Guiney, a Hoffman Estates Park District board commissioner, won eight medals in the Senior Olympics in July 2012. She is stepping down after 16 years on the board.

    Longtime Hoffman Estates park commissioner retires

    Hoffman Estates Park District Board Commissioner Lollie Guiney is stepping down this month after serving on the board for 16 years. The 82-year-old who's won numerous medals in the Senior Olympics plans to stay active and fit, however.

    Michael Talbett

    Kildeer wants Lake Zurich to care for police vehicles rather than local repair shops

    Lake Zurich may enter into a deal to have its public works department perform routine maintenance and repairs on a neighboring village’s police squad cars, with charges similar to those of a private garage. Village board trustees at a meeting Monday night will be asked to approve the proposal for the public works department to maintain Kildeer’s nine squad cars.

    Deb Whisler, left, gives Mayor Arlene Mulder all the gardening tools she’ll need to get busy in the backyard after May 6.

    Emotional Mulder gives final State of the Village address

    As she prepares to retire after two decades as Arlington Heights mayor and 34 years in public service, Arlene Mulder gave her last State of the Village speech to the Arlington Heights Rotary Thursday afternoon. She said the village is in good shape, and in good hands for the future. “Disregard all the campaign rhetoric," Mulder said. “I look forward to the next chapter for the village with Mayor...


    Schaumburg Boomers Youth Camp set for June 20-21

    The Schaumburg Boomers Youth Baseball Camp will allow young ballplayers to learn from the pros for a fun two days on June 20 and 21. The Boomers invite boys and girls ages 7 to 12 to bring a glove and a great attitude to the first Youth Baseball Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

    No injuries were reported Thursday morning when a fire began in a science storage room before classes began at Wheaton North High School.

    Separate fires strike Wheaton North High school, nearby house

    Two fires broke out Thursday morning in Wheaton — one in a science storage room at Wheaton North High School and one a block south at a house on Armbrust Avenue, authorities said. The fire at the school began before the school day started at 7:20 a.m. and was put out by the sprinkler system, according to a message Erica Loiacono, spokeswoman for Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, sent to...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Lavell Cochran, 23, of Carpentersville, was charged Sunday with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct, stemming from what police said was a dispute with a 20-year-old man over a woman, according to a police report.


    Voter turnout varied greatly in Northwest suburbs

    While voter turnout in suburban Cook County on Tuesday averaged 18.9 percent, it ranged from a high of 56.7 percent in McCook to a low of 3.8 percent in Elk Grove Village, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Thursday. In Elk Grove Village, where village, township, library, park and fire protection district races all were uncontested, Mayor Craig Johnson said the election was so low profile, he...


    Free books April 23 at Schaumburg Y

    Free books will be given away by the Schaumburg Township District Library to all ages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Campanelli YMCA, 300 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, as part of World Book Night. There is a limit of one book per person.


    Elk Grove Village economy gets a boost

    Good news on the economic front for Elk Grove Village: the town’s industrial vacancy rate fell to 8.6 percent in the first quarter of 2013, a marked decline from 12.3 percent in the first quarter of 2011, and 11.8 percent last year. “Village leadership is committed to maintaining a competitive and a business-friendly environment,” Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson said.


    More birthdays, cakes at Barrington Relay for Life

    The American Cancer Society aims to give the world more birthdays to celebrate, so what could be more appropriate than aiming for the world record number of birthday cakes in one place at Barrington’s annual Relay For Life event Friday, June 7? Cakes will be the major motif at “Celebrating More Birthdays — The Biggest Sleepover in Barrington” from 6 p.m. June 7 through 6 a.m. June 8 at the track...


    Dist. 15 board delays late start/early release vote until May

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board won’t vote on the late start/early release proposal until its May 8 meeting. Board President Tim Millar said officials wanted to make a decision but still need clarification on an issue.

    Ruben Contreras

    Jury finds Waukegan man guilty of murdering wife near forest preserve in 2002

    It took only about 90 minutes for a Lake County jury to find a Waukegan man guilty of killing his wife before fleeing to Mexico. Ruben Contreras, 51, stared without emotion as the verdict was announced in the 2002 murder of 34-year-old Graciela Guijarro.

    Kristin Little, manager of the Ferguson Optical shop in Hazelwood, talks with a friend on the phone as she describes the damage caused to her shop by a storm on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis, Mo., said severe weather struck the suburb of Hazelwood. “We won’t be able to confirm whether it was a tornado until teams get out there tomorrow,” Dye said.

    Images: Spring Storms in the United States
    Images of recent severe weather and Spring storms in the United States. From strong winds in Arkansas and Missouri to snow in Colorado and Minnesota, the arrival of Spring has brought foul weather to regions of the United States this week.

    Rescue personnel work the scene of a Cardinal Coach Line charter bus accident in Irving, Texas, Thursday. Authorities said at least two people were dead and more than 40 others were hospitalized after the chartered bus overturned.

    2 killed, dozens injured in bus crash near Dallas

    At least two people were killed and more than 40 were hospitalized after a charter bus careened off a North Texas highway and flipped onto its side Thursday, drawing a large emergency response as rescue crews struggled to reach victims inside, authorities said.

    Canada geese are familiar visitors in local parks and public places. The Fox Valley Park District works to manage large populations and reminds all park goers to not feed the geese — it's detrimental to the birds and increases the likelihood of disease.

    Honked off? Here's to making peace with geese

    It was a rare sight in those days. To catch a glimpse of a Canada goose — and hear the characteristic honking as a flock flew over in V formation — was a thrill for this young boy. It's not quite the same feeling today. Across suburban landscapes, Canada geese are as common as dirt, and even less popular.

    State Rep. Darlene Senger, a Naperville Republican

    Senger meets with GOP officials about challenge to Foster

    State Rep. Darlene Senger, of Naperville, heads to Washington, D.C., this week to talk to Republican officials about possibly challenging Congressman Bill Foster in 2014.

    Karen Weinert

    Jarratt, Weinert, Meskel competing for 2-year board appointment at Grayslake District 46

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members will select from a current colleague, an interested observer and a former public official to fill a vacancy on the panel next week. Shannon Smigielski’s resignation March 3 created the need to fill the vacant seat for two years.


    Dist. 15 union, bus company pitch very different busing plans

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board members are hearing two very different pitches related to outsourcing bus service — one from the transportation company out to win a contract and one from the union trying to protect its drivers' jobs.


    Rights group: 4,300 Syrians killed in airstrikes

    A U.S.-based rights group on Thursday accused Syria of committing war crimes by indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians, killing at least 4,300 people since last summer. Human Rights Watch said Syrian fighter jets have targeted bakeries, bread lines and hospitals in the country’s north.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request. At right is Defense Undersecretary, Comptroller Robert F. Hale.

    Hagel defends proposed cuts in defense spending

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended President Barack Obama’s proposed cuts to the military as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets. Dismissing a suggestion that he was Obama’s hired gun to slash the defense budget, Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee that the significant reductions in projected spending was the law long before he...


    Potts: Trust in marriage must be complete

    Trust is complicated, our Ken Potts says. Our degree of trust determines the level of intimacy in our relationships. In the first of a two-part series, Potts looks at the role of trust in marriage.

    Joshua Hakken appears, via video feed from jail, in front of Judge Walter Heinrich, Thursday April 11, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife Sharyn Hakken face charges related the kidnapping of their two children from their grandmother and fleeing to Cuba after losing custody. They were ordered Thursday to remain in jail without bond and to have no contact with their two young sons.

    No bond for U.S. couple accused of kidnapping kids

    The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat after losing custody were ordered Thursday to remain in jail without bond and to have no contact with their two young sons.

    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, April 10, 2013 in Suwanee, Ga. A police spokesman said the suspect was dead and none of the hostage suffered serious injuries.

    Ga. firefighters ‘relieved’ hostage ordeal is over

    It’s a call that firefighters routinely respond to — a report of a medical emergency. But when five firefighters answered one in a neighborhood north of Atlanta Wednesday, they encountered an armed man who demanded that his cable and power be turned back on. The firefighters were held for hours before SWAT teams stormed the house, and the gunman was shot dead.

    Casey Urlacher, Brian Urlacher's brother, won the Mettawa mayor's race.

    Election oddities: Two Bears, a 26-year-old mayor and a man who got two write-in votes — and won

    Brian Urlacher's brother became mayor of Mettawa. A 26-year-old became mayor of Des Plaines. And one suburb had a 45 percent voter turnout. Those are just some of the interesting, quirky news to come out of Tuesday night's election in the suburbs.

    Father Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of his jeep as an altar, as his assistant, Patrick J. Schuler, kneels in prayer in Korea on Oct. 7, 1950, less than a month before Kapaun was taken prisoner. Kapaun died in a prisoner of war camp on May 23, 1951. On April 11, 2013, President Barack Obama will award the legendary chaplain, credited with saving hundreds of soldiers during the Korean War, the Medal of Honor posthumously.

    Korean War Army chaplain to get Medal of Honor posthumously

    WASHINGTON — An Army chaplain who the White House says braved “withering enemy fire” to provide medical aid and comfort to fellow soldiers during the Korean War is receiving the Medal of Honor more than 60 years after his death.

    Elgin Community College graduate Corey Dillard lights up the crowd with his performance poem, “The Bat Sermon,” Wednesday at the ECC Poetry Slam in the Spartan Auditorium. Dillard won the competition, which was judged by students.

    ECC students, high schoolers, others entertain crowd

    Some spoke softly and deliberately, while others used nearly the entire stage with arms waving and voices filling the room without a mic. And that's the beauty of the annual Poetry Slam at Elgin Community College — anything goes. Students from the college, as well as area high school seniors, took the stage one by one and performed their own poems .

    The BlueStars are all fired up after learning about a $1,000 donation from the Knights of Columbus that will go toward new uniforms.

    BlueStars defeat all those things wrong with youth sports

    This time of year, young kids, teens and their parents often get beaten down by the pressure-packed, occasionally cruel world of organized spring sports. Even those youngsters fortunate enough to survive the tryouts and make a team can still gripe about coaches, teammates, positions, playing time.


    Why DuPage voters rejected property tax hikes

    Several DuPage County school districts were licking their wounds Wednesday after voters defeated requests for more money to build a new school in Oak Brook, an early childhood center in Wheaton and an indoor pool at Lake Park. Here’s what went wrong.


    Classroom fire disrupts classes at Wheaton North

    A small fire in a classroom disrupted classes at Wheaton North High school on Thursday. Wheaton District 200 spokeswoman Erica Loiacono said classes are expected to resume this morning.


    Suspect arrested in Wis. police officer stabbing

    A 25-year-old West Allis man is in custody after a Capitol Police officer was stabbed and wounded in a state office building in Milwaukee. Milwaukee police announced the arrest Wednesday night but provided no details.


    W. Ind. man who went fishing found dead in creek

    Western Indiana authorities are investigating the death of a Fountain County man whose body was found floating in a creek hours after he left for a fishing trip. Conservation officers say the body 59-year-old Keith Summers of Covington was found Wednesday evening by his brother in Coal Creek near the town of Veedersburg about 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis.


    Bat-swinging Chicago store owner fends off gunmen

    A Chicago store owner furiously swinging a baseball bat has fended off a pair of robbers despite being shot. The dramatic confrontation was captured on the gift shop’s surveillance video. It shows Luis Quizhpe using a bat to clobber one of the robbers as the assailant holds a gun to the owner’s brother in law.


    Chicago memorial set for film critic Roger Ebert

    Hollywood and independent film directors, along with Roger Ebert’s friends and family, will honor the late movie critic at a memorial service in Chicago. Ebert died last week at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. The memorial is planned for Thursday at the Chicago Theatre, where Ebert attended screenings for many years.


    Louisiana meat company recalls deli meat

    A Louisiana meat-packing company has recalled 20,166 pounds of potentially bacteria-tainted cooked roast beef deli meat.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday that Manda Packing Co., based in Baker, is recalling the meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


    Suspect in Chicago murder arrested in LA

    An alleged fugitive street-gang member suspected of killing a 15-year-old Chicago teen has been arrested in Los Angeles and is awaiting extradition to Illinois. The FBI announced 24-year-old Martin Ruiz’s capture Wednesday.

    Elgin police are searching for Gregory Griffin, who has been charged in connection with a March case of cruel treatment of a dog.

    Dawn Patrol: Elgin police seek animal abuser; Metra CEO on way out?

    Elgin police seek owner in animal cruelty case. Is Metra CEO on his way out? Grayslake District 46 arts, music programs saved. Obama gives Kirk a call to talk gun control. 12 years for Aurora man who robbed for gambling addiction. Updated Brandt’s restaurant reopens in Palatine. Sugar Grove Legion post ready for video gambling. Goat’s head delivered to Wrigley Field. Sharp thrilled to be back on...


    Elgin council OKs plan to split land between agencies

    In just over a month or so, the former Fox River Country Day School property is expected to be divvied up among the city of Elgin, the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and the Kane County Forest Preserve District.


    White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod walks to the dugout past catcher Tyler Flowers as he is removed during the fourth inning in Thursday night’s loss to the Washington Nationals.

    Nationals complete sweep of White Sox

    The White Sox had to be thrilled to leave Washington and return to American League play after losing to Nationals 7-4 Thursday night while being swept in the three-game interleague series.


    Bulls, Knicks get quite technical

    The Bulls-Knicks game on Dec. 21 included 9 technical fouls and 3 ejections. So it may be no coincidence that noted hard-line NBA referee Joe Crawford worked the next two games between the teams. Crawford made his presence felt Thursday, especially during a whistle-filled, 10-second flurry in the second quarter.

    Sergio Garcia, of Spain, tips his cap on the 18th green after finishing the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

    Breaking down the first day at the Masters

    Fifty-three-year-old Fred Couples (4 under) was amazing again and an eighth grader from China came within a stroke of shooting par in his first competitive round ever at Augusta National.A ton of great stories from yet another great opening round of The Masters.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Carmel’s Matt Schafer blew out his knee two days before tryouts started, spoiling his senior season. But he’s proving to be an inspiration as the team’s manager this spring.

    Plenty of support for Carmel’s Schafer

    It’s a cruel irony that Matt Schafer’s knee betrayed him this year. Of all years. Schafer worked harder over the fall and winter than he ever has during a baseball off-season. He was determined to have an unforgettable senior season this spring. He was determined to have a different role this year, to be a regular starter for Carmel, to be one of those players that teammates count on day in and day out. Then, he heard the pop, the pop that no athlete ever wants to hear. It was Feb. 23, two days before official baseball tryouts began.


    Wiest finds spark to lift Naperville North past Glenbard E.

    Brennan Wiest knew the Naperville North boys volleyball team needed a spark, and he took it upon himself to light that fire as a vocal leader and with his play on the court.

    Michelle Spaits of Naperville Central and Morgan Miller of Neuqua Valley battle for control of the ball during varsity girls water polo at Central, Thursday.

    Naperville Central slows Neuqua Valley

    Like a sprinter out of the starting blocks, the Neuqua Valley girls water polo team used its speed to its advantage at the start of Thursday’s match at Naperville Central. And the Wildcats went neck-and-neck with the Redhawks, ranked eighth in a state poll, and trailed just 5-4 after the first quarter. Naperville Central’s defense tightened up after that, however, and the Redhawks scored eight unanswered goals to win 13-4.


    Bulls tipoff
    Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, 6 p.m.TV: WCIURadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: Toronto ended a five-game losing streak to the Bulls with Tuesday’s 101-98 win at the United Center. DeMar DeRozan (20 points) and Rudy Gay (19) led a balanced offense. Rookie center Jonas Valanciunas injured his neck in the final seconds of Tuesday’s win; it was diagnosed as a whiplash-type injury and his status for this game is unknown. The Bulls needed overtime to win in Toronto 107-105 on Jan. 16.Next: Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, noon Sunday — Mike McGraw

    Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler (21) dunks the ball against the New York Knicks during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 118-111 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Bulls stop Knicks streak at 13 with 118-111 OT win

    Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 points and the Bulls stopped another lengthy winning streak, rallying to beat New York 118-111 in overtime Thursday and end the Knicks’ 13-game run. Robinson came up big down the stretch, scoring eight points in the extra period. Jimmy Butler added 22 points, Luol Deng scored 16, and the Bulls busted a long streak for the second time in about a two-week span, ending the Miami Heat's 27-game run — the second-longest in NBA history — on March 27


    Lake Park rolls past Addison Trail

    Addison Trail has seen enough of Lake Park.


    Barrington keeps control in West

    Barrington maintained the top position in the Mid-Suburban West girls water polo race with a 21-6 victory over host Hoffman Estates on Thursday. Lisa Danhauer had 5 goals, Catherine Byron 4 and Kelly Meckert and Sam Gavars 3 apiece as Barrington improved to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the division.


    LZ tops Fenwick in Pepsi consolation bracket

    Vanesa Abad had a goal and an assist, and Lake Zurich’s girls soccer team knocked off visiting Fenwick 3-2 in a consolation-bracket game of the Pepsi Showdown on Thursday night.Molly Powers and Meaghan Gelinas also scored for Lake Zurich (3-2-1), which led 2-1 at halftime. Meagan Bens added an assist for the Bears.Prairie Ridge 2, Grayslake North 0: Freshman keeper Abby Rice made 6 saves in net for the host Knights in their Fox Valley Conference loss.Loyola 4, Warren 0: In the Pepsi Showdown consolation-bracket match, Warren keeper Liz Carrano made 15 saves.

    Savanah Uveges

    Uveges’ return lifts South Elgin over Bartlett

    It’s perfectly normal for teenagers not to listen to their parents. A concerned Robbe Uveges would know, especially on Thursday night, when her daughter Savanah went ahead and decided it would be the night for her South Elgin soccer debut, regardless of how much rain fell or would fall on the Millennium Field turf. “She didn’t want me to play tonight because of how wet the grass was, but I waited too long to not play,” said Savanah Uveges. Hopefully mom will let this one slide because Uveges, who bounced back from an ACL she tore last July, managed to chip in the game-winning goal during the 76th minute off a steal just 15 yards from the goal to cap a 3-2 Upstate Eight Valley Division win over U-46 rival Bartlett.

    Colleen Backer said stepping down as St. Charles North girls basketball coach was an “unbelievably difficult decision.”

    St. Charles North coach Backer steps down

    Colleen Backer announced Thursday she will not return to coach the St. Charles North girls basketball team next year. Backer, the North Stars’ coach the past four years, told her coaches of her decision last Thursday and informed her players Monday. A graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Backer has coached basketball the past 14 years. She came to St. Charles North from Charleston, South Carolina.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod (33) walks to the dugout past catcher Tyler Flowers as he is relieved during the fourth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Nationals top Sox 7-4, Zimmerman the difference

    Ryan Zimmerman delivered a two-run double after Bryce Harper was intentionally walked in the fourth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on a windy Thursday night to cap a three-game sweep.

    Batavia’s Alexis Bryl and St. Charles North’s Alex Gage both lead to head the ball in the first half on Thursday, April 11.

    St. Charles North’s dominance continues

    Sometimes they had three players playing in defense, other times it was four. Whatever the setup, St. Charles North’s back line was impossible to break down on Thursday night. And that’s how it’s been most of the season. The North Stars have allowed one goal in their first 10 matches while tallying 38 themselves. Numbers like that usually make for successful teams, and Ruth Vostal’s squad is 9-1 following Thursday’s 2-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory at Batavia.


    Waubonsie V. holds off St. Charles East

    It might have taken a little longer than Jon Pyne and the rest of his Waubonsie Valley teammates wanted but the fifth match point proved to be the clincher Thursday night. Pyne, a 6-2 senior outside hitter, slammed a cross-court kill for the game-winner to lift the Warriors (7-10) to a hard-fought 25-20, 17-25, 25-23 Upstate Eight Conference crossover boys volleyball triumph over St. Charles East (4-10) in St. Charles.


    Cubs’ Rizzo taking good with bad

    It was a mixed-bag Thursday for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in a 7-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.


    Cary-Grove gets No. 499 for Sutherland

    Cary-Grove baseball coach Don Sutherland notched his 499th career win on Thursday when his Trojans belted Woodstock North 11-1 in a Fox Valley Conference game.


    Highland Park tops at Grayslake Central

    The cold and rain didn’t slow down Highland Park’s girls track team Thursday night. Kiera Thorpe won the 400-meter dash (59.62) and 200 dash (26.82), and Savannah Sledd threw winning marks in the shot put (35-0) and discus (86-7), as the Giants captured the Grayslake Central Ram invitational with 134 points. Mundelein, which received four individual wins, was second with 112 points, edging Grayslake Central (107.333). Grayslake North (85.333) was fourth, followed by Carmel Catholic (65) and Round Lake (23.333).


    Another positive result for Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows junior Tom Srnak might have put it best. “It’s been a great week,” said Srnak, “for Mustangs volleyball.” Three days ago, Meadows scored an emotional three-game home court victory over perennial Mid-Suburban East power Buffalo Grove, the first time the Mustangs have defeated the Bison in six years. Thursday night at Elk Grove, the Mustangs kept the good times rolling with a 25-23, 25-23 win over the host Grenadiers to improve to 3-1 in conference play.

    Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman, bottom, can’t make the catch from first baseman Anthony Rizzo as the Giants’ Angel Pagan is safe at first base in the first inning Thursday.

    Sloppy day all around for Cubs

    The Cubs cast their own pall over dark, dreary day Thursday by blowing an early 5-0 lead and falling 7-6 to the San Francisco Giants. Slugfest it wasn’t. This one was a nearly four-hour slog-fest that no doubt had Cubs manager Dale Sveum wondering what the heck he spent seven weeks in Arizona for.

    Fremd’s Matt Zambelli, right, pursues Conant’s Jon Burke on a breakway during MSL West play at Fremd on Thursday.

    Conant pulls out victory at Fremd

    In a key Mid-Suburban West matchup at Fremd on Thursday, Conant eked out a 7-6 victory to jump into first place in the Mid-Suburban West standings. The Cougars led 6-3 at the half, but Fremd didn’t allow a goal in the third quarter and scored 2 of its own to pull within 6-5. The Vikings then tied it in the fourth before Brennen Nagorzanski provided the game-winner for Conant with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter in a man-up situation.


    Unbeaten Buffalo Grove rolls into Pepsi Showdown semis

    Mid-Suburban East girls soccer powerhouse Buffalo Grove (10-0-1) cruised into the semifinals of the Pepsi Showdown by brushing aside No. 11 seed Glenbrook North 4-1 Thursday afternoon on the turf at Techny Park in Northbrook. Goals from the Zickert sisters, Colleen and Kelli, in the first period highlighted a majestic 40-minute performance. The rest of the way, the Bison were in command.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South 4, Johnsburg 0: Kimmy Sulikowski, Bree Marshall, MacKenzie Taldone and Amy Sulikowski scored goals for the Gators in this Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Taldone, Kimmy Sulikowski and Alexandra Romano had assists and Kiley Britten made 2 saves in goal for Crystal Lake South.Harvest Christian 4, Christian Life 1: Cayla Arosen, Morgan Lockwood, Brittany Salazar and Ellie Burzlaff scored goals for the Lions in their nonconference win. Tori Nelson made 4 saves in goal for Harvest (2-0-2).Cary-Grove 1, CL Central 0: Monica Weber scored off an assist from Michelle Kalenda in the first half and Krystal Felderman made 4 saves in goal as the Trojans (4-2-1) won in FVC crossover play.Wheaton North 1, Jacobs 0: Ellie Samin had 3 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (3-6) in this loss at the Pepsi Showdown.

    The St. Edward softball team gathers to talk things over during a game against Freeport in The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont earlier this season. The Green Wave host the 12th annual Chicagoland Challenge at the Elgin Sports Complex on Saturday.

    Chicagoland Challenge set for Saturday

    Weather permitting, the 12th annual Chicagoland Challenge softball tournament hosted by St. Edward will be played Saturday at the Elgin Sports Complex. Surprisingly the tournament, started by former St. Edward coach Peg Corcoran in 2002, has only been rained out once, in 2011. The tournament has been a showcase of schools with smaller enrollments over the years and was dominated in its early years by Stanford Olympia, which won the first five Challenge championships before opting not to return. After the Burlington Central JV won the title in 2007 Farmington, an annual power from the Peoria area that has been coming to the tournament since its inception, won for the first time in 2008. Marengo took the title in 2009 and 2010 before opting not to return and Genoa-Kingston beat St. Edward 13-0 in last year’s championship game.Green Wave coach Jaci Corn is hoping her team can return to the title game on Saturday, and with a different result this time.


    Whalen takes stock and sees quality on the shelves at Grayslake C.

    Even after losing eight key players from last year’s sectional and Fox Valley Conference championship team, Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen says the Rams are simply “re-stocking.”

    Mundelein’s Quinn Pokora drives to the hoop against Lakes last season at Mundelein.

    Mundelein’s Pokora commits to Augustana

    Quinn Pokora’s college commitment completes Mundelein’s group of “Six Shooters.” Pokora’s basketball coach, Dick Knar, announced Thursday that the senior point guard has committed to play basketball next year for Augustana College in Rock Island. Pokora is the sixth Mundelein senior to make a college basketball commitment, joining Robert Knar (Northern Iowa), Sean O’Brien (Southern Illinois), Cliff Dunigan (Missouri S & T), Chino Ebube (Missouri S & T) and Dylan Delaquila (Roosevelt).


    Mundelein reins in Stevenson

    After going head-to-head in the Bob Bohl Invitational just last Friday, Thursday night’s Independent Conference dual meet was going to be an interesting rematch between host Mundelein and Stevenson in boys gymnastics. The final result was very similar in the end, as the Mustangs once again topped the Patriots, this time by a closer 149.4 to 147.0 margin. Mundelein (2-0, 2-0) scored 150.05 in the Bohl meet while amazingly Stevenson posted an identical 147.0 mark.


    FVC Valley race promises to be a thriller

    The seven teams of the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division own a 51-12 combined record this spring. Next week they begin facing each other in a title chase that promises to be among the state’s fiercest. The FVC Valley is as deep as it is competitive. Not only have member schools gone 10-3 against the Mid-Suburban League and 7-1 against the North Suburban Conference, all seven boast winning records through Thursday: Huntley (9-0), Crystal Lake South (6-0), Jacobs (8-1), Cary-Grove (9-2), Dundee-Crown (4-2), Prairie Ridge (8-3) and McHenry (7-4).


    Cary-Grove’s Efflandt no-hits Buffalo Grove

    Cary-Grove senior Lindsay Efflandt threw her second no-hitter of the season Thursday, this one a complete game seven-inning 1-0 nonconference win over Buffalo Grove.

    Huntley goalkeeper Jessica Galason dives for a shot that goes wide from Plainfield North’s Shayna Dheel Thursday in the Pepsi Showdown quarterfinal game at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

    Plainfield North upends Huntley in Pepsi quarters

    Huntley girls soccer coach Kris Grabner had a simple explanation for the Red Raiders’ 2-1 loss Thursday to Plainfield North in the quarterfinals of the Pepsi Showdown. “Execution was lacking to an extreme,” Grabner said. “When we get set pieces and we can’t serve a ball. I don’t get that. We can’t serve a ball on a dead ball, let alone passing a ball in the run of play. There’s nobody to bother you. The ball is sitting there still and we can’t hit a long ball. I’m blown away.”


    Suddenly everyone’s going deep

    Jerry Schilf must feel like the character from the movie “Back to the Future” who steps out of a time machine and doesn’t recognize his own home town. The game of softball, it’s a different world to Benet’s coach these days. Schilf can recall being a part of three 1-0 sectional playoff games decided by wild pitches. A week ago, Schilf watched his little lefty Abbie Gerth slug a home run, and his team score 76 runs in four days. “I think honestly over time the game of softball has evolved,” said Stephanie Abello, a sophomore on Schilf’s Benet team. “Girls are getting stronger.”

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, chips to the 15th green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Garcia, Leishman shoot 66 for Masters lead

    Sergio Garcia’s 6-under 66 tied him with Aussie Marc Leishman, on a cloudy day that was made for going low. There wasn’t much wind until late in the afternoon, when a storm front approached Augusta. There wasn’t a blistering sun to bake out the greens, which were receptive to accurate shots.


    First year rowing club a big hit for St. Charles students

    D. Tyler Miller spent his youth and college years as a competitive rower developing his shoulders, lats and legs. Now he’s got your back.


    This spring, teams can’t buy a break

    April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring headaches to high school athletic directors and coaches. The schedules of the sports teams that make their homes outdoors in the spring have been turned upside down over the last month. First it was the snow and extreme cold that cancelled games and practices and kept teams inside. Now, it’s this relentless rain that seems to be on the forecast well into next week.

    Chicago Cubs starter Scott Feldman, bottom, can't make the catch from first baseman Anthony Rizzo as San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan(16) is safe at first base during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Cubs let one slip away to Giants

    Angel Pagan had a go-ahead sacrifice fly after pitcher Ryan Vogelsong walked with the bases loaded to tie it in the fifth inning, and the San Francisco Giants rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Cubs 7-6 Thursday.

    The Blackhawks will start goalie Corey Crawford in the net against the Detroit Red Wings Friday night.

    Goalie controversy? Hawks don’t buy it

    It’s only outside the Blackhawks’ dressing room that a goaltending controversy is being manufactured.Inside the room, the Hawks believe they have what 29 other teams wish they did: two goalies perfectly capable of being the starter in the playoffs in Corey Crawford and Ray Emery.“There’s no controversy at all,” said Crawford, who gets the net back on Friday against Detroit, snapping Emery’s streak of three straight starts. “We’re winning hockey game and we’re both playing well. I see it as a positive thing.Hawks captain Jonathan Toews agrees.


    Will Hawks meet Red Wings in playoffs?

    If the playoffs started on Thursday, the Blackhawks would have drawn Central Division rival Detroit in the first round. The Hawks, however, insist they’re not paying attention to possible first-round opponents. Tim Sassone has more in today's Hawks notes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation granting a Barrington boy's dream to skate with his favorite Hawks players. Check out the video as well.


    Cubs treating goat’s head delivery as crime

    The Cubs found a severed goat’s head at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and they’re treating the cruel reference to a longtime curse as a crime.

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, sporting a brace on his left wrist, will require surgery for a fractured hamate bone, team officials said. The standard recovery time for that surgery is six weeks.

    Beckham to miss 6-8 weeks with injured wrist

    White Sox Second baseman Gordon Beckham is expected to miss about six weeks because of a broken bone in his left wrist.General manager Rick Hahn says before Chicago’s game at Washington on Thursday that an MRI showed Beckham hurt the left hamate bone. He’ll need surgery.

    After only one full season in college playing tight end, Colorado's Nick Kasa (44 center) has caught the attention of NFL scouts preparing for the upcoming draft.

    Colorado TE catching up after big switch

    Colorado defensive end Nick Kasa's football future appeared bleak midway through his junior season,and then he embraced a position change that turned him into a legitimate NFL prospect - as a tight end.

    The Bears are expecting big things from former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett (85), who signed with them on the first day of NFL free agency.

    Bears in better shape at tight end

    The Bears' tight end position has been completely remodeled since last year, which should be a good thing given the lack of production they have had from that spot over the last two seasons.

    Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was suspended Thursday for five games in the Class A Florida State League for a bat-wielding incident Wednesday.

    Cubs accept Soler’s 5-game suspension

    Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler was suspended five games Thursday by the Class A Florida State League for a bat-wielding incident Wednesday. Cubs president Theo Epstein said the Cubs "codemn the action but support the player."


    Bears set at running back
    The Bears aren't expected to prioritize running back in this year's draft, considering Matt Forte still in his prime and Michael Bush provides solid backup,along with chnage-of-pace back Armando Allen.

    Wisconsin’s Montee Ball celebrates a TD against Minnesota last season.

    Wisconsin’s Ball could be first RB drafted

    While Alabama's Eddie Lacy frequently gets top billing among this year's crop of draft-eligible running backs, it could be Wisconsin's Montee Ball, the NCAA career leader in touchdowns, that becomes the first runner chosen.

    The Kane County Cougars will be the subject of a bimonthly web series produced by CSNChicago.com that promises to chronicle the daily lives of minor league players, coaches and staff. The series will make its debut on Tuesday.

    Web series to follow Kane County Cougars

    CSNChicago.com will be launch a new “webisode” series promising a behind-the-scenes look at life in the minor leagues with the Kane County Cougars, the Class-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The series will make its debut on Tuesday on CSNChicago.com, the digital outlet for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


    How to get Blackhawks playoff tickets

    Single-game Blackhawks tickets for the first two rounds of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale to the public at noon Monday, team officials announced Thursday.


    Mike North video: Where are the Cubs’ Stars?

    Even when the Chicago Cubs were bad, we always had stars we loved to hang our hats on. Today's Cubs don't seem to offer us that now. The names don't thrill us.

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the 17th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Deep thoughts, Masters edition

    From Augusta National’s eye-popping beauty to its respectful galleries to the impressive list of past champions to the intrigue of who might join them this year, The Masters truly is a tradition unlike any other.



    Allergen-free expo coming to Schaumburg April 20-21

    The Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo will be hosted by the Schaumburg Convention Center and the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel on April 20-21. The expo will feature 150 vendors and attract an estimated 7,500 people, the largest expo for the group since 2008.

    Volunteers from Salmon Unlimited spend a day marking rainbow trout at the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery in Topeka, Ill.

    Illinois hatchery produces fish for anglers
    Five hundred million fish and counting. That's the estimated number of fish stocked so far by the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery's during its 30 years in operation. Jake Wolf, one of three state fish hatcheries, is a well-kept secret tucked away in the middle of Sand Ridge State Forest in Mason County.


    Fewer Illinoisans get health insurance at work

    A new report says the percentage of Illinoisans who get health insurance through work has declined. The report, released Thursday, finds the portion of non-elderly Illinois residents with insurance through their jobs dropped from 74 percent in 2000 to 62 percent in 2011.

    Senator Dick Durbin

    Durbin meets with business leaders on fairness

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says legislation before Congress would allow traditional store-based businesses to compete against interstate Internet retailers. The Illinois Democrat met in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday with Chamber of Commerce leaders from his hometown of Springfield.

    U.S. stocks advanced, extending a rally in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a fourth day, as retailers climbed amid rising March sales and jobless claims dropped more than estimated.

    Stocks rise for fourth day in a row, led by retail

    Rite Aid, Ross Stores and other retailers surged Thursday after turning in better sales, and major stock market indexes rose for a fourth day straight. The discount chain Ross Stores jumped 6 percent, the best gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research. Zuckerberg announced the formation of Fwd.us in an op-ed article in The Washington Post late Wednesday.

    Facebook’s Zuckerberg launches political group

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.

    Arlington Heights plans to use the results of a consumer survey to tweak its “Discover Arlington” marketing campaign. The survey found that most local consumers are unaware of the 10-year-old marketing effort.

    Survey says: Most don’t know “Discover Arlington” campaign

    A decade after its creation, Arlington Heights' "Discover Arlington" marketing campaign remains relatively unknown. That was among the findings of a consumer survey the village commissioned to learn about residents' shopping and spending habits. Some of the survey's results were revealed Thursday.

    Bitcoin, developed in 2009 by a mysterious programmer known as Satoshi Nakamoto, is a form of virtual cash that's made secure by complex computations and isn't backed by any government.

    Wild, unregulated hacker currency gains following

    When they first began pinging across the Internet, bitcoins could buy you almost nothing. Now, there's almost nothing that bitcoins can't buy. From hard drugs to hard currency, songs to survival gear, cars to consumer goods, retailers are rushing to welcome the virtual currency whose unofficial symbol is a dollar-like, double-barred B.

    The costs of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare to its unyielding Republican foes — are sprinkled here and there through hundreds of pages of budget books. It’s partly due to the arcane ways of government budgeting. It may also be an effort to avoid giving foes more of a target.

    Tracking Obama’s health law in budget isn’t easy

    Next year is the year President Barack Obama’s signature health care law goes into high gear, covering millions of uninsured Americans by a mix of private plans and government programs infused with tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money. You’d think there’d be a chapter in the new 2014 budget that lays it all out. Wrong. Well, maybe a table? Wrong again.

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes a mix of tax increases and benefit cuts in an effort to reduce government borrowing and spark the still-fragile economy. But advocates from across the political spectrum are reminding the president of his past campaign promises.

    Critics revive past promises to knock Obama budget

    Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class. Obama says it is the kind of balanced approach that is necessary to tame runaway budget deficits. But advocates from across the political spectrum are reminding the president of his past campaign promises.


    U.S. rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.43 pct.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell sharply this week and moved closer to historic lows, keeping home-buying and refinancing attractive. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year fixed loan fell to 3.43 percent from 3.54 percent last week. That’s near the 3.31 percent reached in November, which was the lowest on records dating to 1971.


    Sears Holdings creates new fashion brands business unit

    Sears Holdings has created a new business unit called Shop Your Way Brands, focused exclusively on the development of entertainment-driven fashion and lifestyle brands.


    Society launches customizable plastic surgery iPad app

    In response to the exponential growth of tablet use, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons launched the ASPS Practice Marketing App, which allows member surgeons to create a custom iPad App for their plastic surgery practice.


    Cheaper oil pushes down U.S. import prices 0.5 pct.

    Prices paid by U.S. importers fell last month after two straight increases, driven down by cheaper oil. Falling import prices helps keep inflation in check. The Labor Department says import prices dropped 0.5 percent in March after a 0.6 percent gain the previous month. The cost of fuel imports declined 1.9 percent. Excluding fuel, import costs fell 0.2 percent.


    Toyota, Honda, Nissan announce air bag recall

    oyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 3 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying. No injuries have been reported related to the problem. The recall for air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. affects other automakers including non-Japanese manufacturers, Takata spokeswoman Akiko Watanabe said Thursday. She declined to give details.


    March retail revenue figure inches up

    U.S. retailers are reporting modest sales gains for March as consumers held back due to cold weather during the month and continued worry about the economy. Overall, 14 retailers reported on Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year — a key indicator of retail health — rose an average of 0.6 percent. That number comes from the research firm Retail Metrics.


    Burger King CEO to take Heinz reins after deal
    Burger King CEO Bernardo Hees will take the top job at Heinz following its acquisition by investment firm 3G Capital and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Hees, 43, has been CEO at Burger King, another 3G Capital investment, since 2010. Before that, Hees was CEO of America Latina Logistica, Latin America’s largest railroad and logistics company.

    Philadelphia police recruiting officer Samuel Cruz, right, talks with Ismail Azeer of Carteret, N.J., at the Edison Career Fair job fair in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications plummet to 346,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, suggesting March’s weak month of hiring may have been a temporary slowdown. Unemployment aid applications dropped by 42,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The steep decline reversed sharp gains over the previous two weeks and brought the level back to a point that signals stronger job growth.

    President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget includes a key change in the way the government measures inflation. If adopted, the chained Consumer Price Index would have far-reaching effects because so many programs are adjusted each year based on year-to-year changes in consumer prices.

    A primer on chained Consumer Price Index

    President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget includes a key change in the way the government measures inflation. If adopted, the chained Consumer Price Index would have far-reaching effects because so many programs are adjusted each year based on year-to-year changes in consumer prices.

    A woman walks past laptop computers running Microsoft Windows 8 operating system during its launching ceremony in Hong Kong. Research firm IDC says PC global shipments of PCs fell 14 percent in the first three months this year.

    PC outlook darkens as sales slump deepens in 1Q

    The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it’s starting to look as if it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology. The latest evidence of the PC’s infirmity emerged Wednesday with the release of two somber reports showing unprecedented declines in sales of desktop and laptop machines during the first three months of the year.

    Associated Press U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olsen announces the indictment by a federal grand jury of four DBSI principal businessmen for conspiracy to commit securities fraud among other charges in a news conference Wednesday in Boise, Idaho.

    Executives from real estate company DBSI indicted

    A federal grand jury in Idaho has indicted the former president and three top executives of a failed Boise-area real estate company on charges that they misled investors and conspired to dupe them out of millions of dollars during the economic downturn. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced the indictment Wednesday against Douglas L. Swenson, who was the founder and president of DBSI Inc. and a group of other related companies.

    Aaron Jaffe, head of the Illinois Gaming Board, appears at a meeting of the board in Chicago.

    Ill. senators take on concerns over more gambling

    Illinois senators seeking to eliminate a major stumbling block to new casinos and slot machines in the state went toe-to-toe Wednesday with regulators who say expanded gambling could open the door to political corruption and organized crime. Senate President John Cullerton invited representatives of the Illinois Gaming Board and the Chicago Crime Commission to appear before the Senate Executive Committee, saying he wanted to address criticism from both groups.

    President Barack Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to continue a program that has spent more than $1 billion dealing with some of the Great Lakes’ longest running environmental problems.

    Obama budget seeks $300M for Great Lakes cleanup

    President Barack Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to continue a program that has spent more than $1 billion dealing with some of the Great Lakes’ longest running environmental problems. Obama’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year includes $300 million for the Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supports research and cleanup projects such as removing contaminated sediments, restoring wildlife habitat, battling invasive species and seeking ways to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff that causes toxic algae blooms.

    Singer and songwriter Michael Bolton, middle, is assisted by skycap Frederick Pearson, right, as he arrives at American Airlines Flagship Check-in terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. American’s Flagship Check-in service, a VIP discreet and expedited check-in process offers personal access to agents for assistance with check-in and bag check, and a separate security line when flying through LAX and now Miami International Airport.

    Speed through the airport like a celebrity

    Cutting lines at airports used to be only for the rich, famous or very frequent fliers. But then airlines started granting fast-track access to anybody with the right credit card or who was willing to shell out a few extra dollars.Now, with the masses clogging up special security and boarding lanes, true VIPs are saying: Get me away from this chaos. And the airlines are listening.

    A foreclosure sign blows in the wind in front of a home under foreclosure in Antioch, Calif.

    U.S. home repossessions fell in March

    The number of U.S. homes repossessed by lenders last month fell to the lowest level in more than five years, the latest evidence that the nation’s foreclosure crisis is abating amid an improving housing market. While some states still saw increases in homes taken back by banks, nationally home repossessions fell 3 percent in March from the previous month and were down 21 percent from a year earlier, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Life & Entertainment

    Northwestern University student Alex Nee, left, plays Johnny in the national tour of “American Idiot,” which returns to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, April 16, through Sunday, April 21.

    Northwestern student takes time off for 'American Idiot' role

    Don't call Northwestern University student Alex Nee a drop out, even though he may look like one in the national tour of “American Idiot.” The 2010 Broadway musical inspired by Green Day returns to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a short run starting Tuesday. Nee was torn over whether to stay in school or accept the starring role of the disillusioned drug addict Johnny until a professor urged him to do it.


    Home inspector doesn’t want buyers at inspection

    Q. We’ve just made an offer on a house, and our agent gave us a list of home inspectors. Two of the inspectors that we called sound knowledgeable, but they prefer to do the inspection alone and then email the report to us. Do you think it’s important for us to be at the inspection or simply to receive the report afterward?

    Jamie Hernandez, left, Presley Hernandez, Tahiti Hernandez and Tiara Hernandez, sisters of entertainer Bruno Mars, will star in a reality series on WEtv documenting the recording process of their debut album.

    Bruno Mars’ sisters get WEtv reality series

    Bruno Mars isn’t the only singer in the family. The 27-year-old Grammy winner’s four sisters will appear in a WEtv reality series documenting the recording process of their debut album, the cable network announced Wednesday.

    Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) faces racism on the field and off in “42.”

    Feel-good '42' steals a base for social justice

    "42” is an old-fashioned sports underdog drama following the historic, inspirational story of Jackie Robinson, the first black ballplayer to break into the white baseball big leagues as a Brooklyn Dodger. “42” sticks to the time-tested formula of a talented young athlete (the charismatic Chadwick Boseman) undergoing trials of courage and skill before achieving greatness in playing sports.

    Rosario Dawson stars as a psychiatrist in Danny Boyle's style-stuffed crime thriller "Trance."

    Boyle's 'Trance' a heady thriller laced with violence

    Danny Boyle's neo noir thriller “Trance” is a kinky picture, and it gets around to that in jaw-dropping ways that will probably show up on YouTube segments soon. This sexy fim belongs to Rosario Dawson, not James McAvoy's lead character. The actress couples her sexual energies with an intellectual prowess capable of propelling “Trance” into different dimensions of the crime thriller genre.

    A father (Jason Bateman) faces the downside of technology when his teenage son becomes the target of an online prank in “Disconnect.”

    'Disconnect' a well-cast cautionary tale

    Henry-Alex Rubin's schematic multi-strand drama "Disconnect" is not shy in articulating how desensitized we've all become to technological intrusions. Directing his first narrative feature, he has assembled a solid cast and weaves together the three interconnected stories of Andrew Stern's original screenplay with elegance and efficiency.

    Daisy (Laura Linney) accompanies her cousin President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) on a drive in the historical drama “Hyde Park on Hudson,” now on DVD.

    FDR drama, Cary Grant collection out on DVD

    Bill Murray gives one of his best performances of his career as Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson," now on DVD. The film offers a view of the president outside the White House, one that focuses on the complicated relationships with the women in his life as well as a pivotal visit to America by the king and queen of England.

    Civil rights attorney Jim Grant (director Robert Redford) comforts his daughter (Jackie Evancho) just before he goes on the lam in "The Company You Keep."

    'Company' doesn't drum up the tension it needs

    Dann Gire reviews “The Company You Keep,” in which Robert Redford directs and stars as a man on the run. Redford plays an aging, former member of the Weather Underground, radical students wanted by the fuzz for killing a security guard during a Michigan bank robbery in the '70s. Plus, Dann answers a Geneva reader's questions about the implications of “42.”

    Actress/writer/director /Kristine Thatcher stars in Glen Berger's “Underneath The Lintel,” directed by her longtime friend Alison Vesely for First Folio Theatre.

    Kristine Thatcher makes triumphant return to First Folio in 'Underneath the Lintel'

    Multi-hyphenate Kristine Thatcher — actress, director and award-winning playwright — returns to First Folio Theatre after an 11-year absence to star in artistic director Alison C. Vesely's subtle, very satisfying revival of “Underneath the Lintel,” ideally staged in the former chapel at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The story involves a prickly librarian on a global quest sparked by a book returned 113 years overdue.

    Sir Paul McCartney remains Britain’s wealthiest musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

    Paul McCartney still UK’s richest musician

    Let it be — as in billionaire.Paul McCartney remains Britain’s wealthiest musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The newspaper estimated Thursday that the ex-Beatle shares a $1.05 billion fortune with his third wife, Nancy Shevell, whose family owns a U.S. trucking company.

    NBC said Wednesday that “Last Call with Carson Daly” has been renewed for a 13th season.

    NBC renews Carson Daly’s show for 13th season

    NBC is keeping Carson Daly’s show in its late-night lineup. The network announced Wednesday that it’s renewing “Last Call with Carson Daly” for the show’s 13th season.

    The Black Angels, “Indigo Meadow”

    Black Angels bring on modern psychedelia

    Imagine tossing bands from the pantheon of American psychedelia like The Electric Prunes, Count Five, 13th Floor Elevators and The Seeds into your blender, adding a splash of Sabbath and a dollop of early Soundgarden or Mudhoney, and you’ve got Austin’s The Black Angels.

    Rilo Kiley, “Rkives”

    Rilo Kiley’s ‘RKives’ unmoving residue

    Rilo Kiley has been pretty well broken up since 2010, and hasn’t released a new album since 2007. That trend of them not being a band continues, poorly, with “RKives,” a collection of unreleased tracks and B-sides that should have stayed that way.

    The Waterboys, “An Appointment with Mr. Yeats”

    Waterboys set Yeats’ poetry to music

    This album sounds much better than the concept. The Waterboys’ Mike Scott has written 14 songs using the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and the collaboration shouldn’t work — not with such lyrics as “Man-stealer Niamh leant and sighed by Oisin on the grass.” But Scott pulls it off.



    Editorial: Leaders now must earn this thrill of anticipation

    A Daily Herald editorial welcomes new leaders to public offices across the suburbs and urges them to remember the great responsibility they are undertaking.


    A small step to uphold our contract of trust

    Columnist Jim Slusher: It’s hard to discount what media blogger Craig Silverman dubbed the “Summer of Sin.” That would be the summer of 2012, during which he accumulated a litany of at least 17 acts of plagiarism or fabrication from across the country.


    Teach children math skills early on
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: When the writer states that one out of five adults in the U.S. lacks the math competence expected of a middle-schooler, parents should wake up! If America is to continue to be a world leader, this deficiency needs to be corrected.


    Mail-in voting would curb costs
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Illinois law already allows any voter to vote by mail. Why not provide that all voters in the February primary vote by mail? This would eliminate the need to pay for hundreds of election judges and to rent space for polling places.


    President’s green agenda is flawed
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The president’s recent speech at Argonne labs displayed his agenda and a waste of tax dollars. Most of his green spending has gone to campaign donors who were involved in the industry. Unfortunately the president had no luck picking companies that would be successful.


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