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Daily Archive : Monday April 15, 2013

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    Barrington fire district closer to split from village

    If there's a point of no return in the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District's threatened end-of-year split from the Barrington Fire Department, both sides seem to have widely different opinions of when it is. Fire district officials, who currently contract for services from the geographically smaller village of Barrington, are making plans to hire their own temporary administrator next...

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    Anne R. Pramaggiore

    ComEd urges Quinn to sign bill to help smart meter project

    ComEd executives, who met with the Daily Herald editorial board on Monday, said they are urging Gov. Pat Quinn to sign Senate Bill 9, which contains a $70 million rate hike the utility says would allow smart meter installation and system upgrades to proceed on course.

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    Northwest Fourth Fest might charge cover for one night of music

    Attendees at this year's Northwest Fourth Fest might have to pay for a ticket if they want to see two bands perform live on July 5 in Hoffman Estates. Guests could be charged $10 to enter the fenced-off Village Green across the street from the Sears Centre arena, where rock band 7th Heaven and a yet-to-be-determined musical act will be playing.

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    Medical workers aid injured people at the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

    Images: Explosions at the Boston Marathon
    Two explosions shattered the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured Two people were reported dead and over 50 injured.

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    A Lake County sheriff’s deputy shows Matthew Padour, 31, of Libertyville to a room in the Lake County courthouse after being sentenced by Judge Raymond Collins for attacking a Metra conductor in April 2012.

    News photographer takes first pictures in Lake County courtroom

    A newspaper photojournalist was taking pictures of Matthew Padour during his sentencing hearing, marking the first time a Lake County courtroom was open to cameras. Despite the historic nature of the event, it passed quietly with little fanfare.

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    Barbara Duelfer

    Police: Woman misused condo association credit card

    A Des Plaines woman used the credit card for a condo association she worked for to purchase designer purses and jewelry, Cook County sheriff's police said. Barbara Duelfer, 51, was arrested Friday and charged with six felonies.

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    Members of the Massachusetts National Guard wait for orders on Boston Common in the evening after the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday.

    Security beefed up worldwide after Boston bombs

    From the World Trade Center and Times Square in New York to the White House and sports venues across the country, police patrolled in packs and deployed counterterrorism teams as security was stepped up after explosions at the Boston Marathon. Worries also reverberated across the Atlantic, where an already robust security operation was being beefed up for Wednesday's ceremonial funeral for former...

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    Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder accepts an honor from Arlington Heights resident Seth Goldberg on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the village board meeting Monday night. The meeting was her last as mayor.

    Mulder leads last meeting as Arlington Heights mayor

    Retiring Mayor Arlene Mulder wore the same red suit presiding over her last village board meeting on Monday that she wore on her first day in office 20 years ago. Although that outfit stayed the same, most other things about Arlington Heights have changed in the two decades Mulder spent as village president and the 34 years she spent in public service, as her trustees and residents reminded her...

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    Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon after an explosion in Boston. Two explosions near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people, injuring over 20 others.

    Police searching apartment in Boston suburb

    Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack...

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    Dist. 203 joins others in rejecting virtual charter school

    xxxNaperville Unit District 203 board members, hoping to avoid a "veritable disaster" Monday night, unanimously denied a petition for a virtual charter school hoping open in the coming school year.

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    Palatine firefighters rescue girl from blaze

    Palatine firefighters responding to a fire Monday evening rescued a 13-year-old girl trapped in an apartment bathroom. Firefighters were called to the blaze shortly after 5 p.m. on the 400 block of West Palatine Road in a second-floor apartment.

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    Ray Gobis, left, of Oak Forest, poses with friends Sherri and Steve Breese of Palatine before running the Boston Marathon Monday. They were not hurt and said they initially thought the explosion was fireworks.

    Suburban man thought explosion was 'fireworks'

    After finishing the Boston Marathon Monday, suburban runner Ray Gobis wove through the crowds, looking for a spot to eat his post-race snack, when he was jolted by an explosion about 500 yards down the street.

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    Gas leak closes St. Charles’ Main Street

    A natural gas main was struck by a contractor Monday afternoon in downtown St. Charles, closing Main Street in both directions for the entire evening. A contractor struck a 6-inch high pressure natural gas line that runs adjacent to east Main Street while doing some construction work, fire officials said.

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    Protesters picketed April 1 at the River Street site where Batavia plans to install a decorative arch that may cost up to $117,000. The city council Monday refused to reconsider its vote on the matter.

    Batavia won’t reconsider spending $117,000 for decorative arch

    The Batavia City Council Monday refused to reconsider spending $117,000 on a decorative arch, despite protests by some residents and an alderman-elect.

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    Irene Kok of Huntley holds her medal after finishing the Boston Marathon.

    Huntley runner: Day had been perfect until blast

    Making her way on the bus to the starting line four hours before the race began, Irene Kok chatted away with fellow runners from big cities to small, middle-America towns. Four hours after finishing, she sat confined to her locked-down hotel, desperately trying to recall bib numbers and names to determine whether her new friends were among the day's casualties.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama speaks in the Press Briefing Room at the White House Monday, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

    Obama: Boston culprits to feel ‘weight of justice’

    A stony-faced President Barack Obama declared that those responsible for the explosions at the Boston Marathon "will feel the full weight of justice," but he urged a nervous nation not to jump to conclusions. Top lawmakers declared the deadly incident an act of terrorism, and a White House official said it was being treated that way.

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    Lake County teachers OK after marathon
    Two Lake County teachers were reported to be safe after running in Monday's Boston Marathon.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry walks down the steps of his aircraft after landing Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Monday to meet with the family of Anne Smedinghoff, 25, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

    Kerry visits slain U.S. diplomat’s family

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Chicago on Monday to visit the parents of the young U.S. diplomat who was killed while delivering textbooks in southern Afghanistan earlier this month. Anne Smedinghoff, who grew up in River Forest, was on her second tour of diplomatic duty.

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    First responders tend to the wounded where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon near Copley Square and police said many people were injured.

    Chicago emergency officials say they know of no threats

    Emergency officials in Chicago say they're not aware of any threats to the city after deadly explosions in Boston. They say they're communicating with law enforcement partners locally and throughout the country.

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    COURTESY OF ERICA ALANSARI Erica Alansari of Hoffman Estates, 2013 Boston Marathon runner

    Hoffman Estates runner boarded subway just before explosion

    Erica Alansari, of Hoffman Estates, finished the Boston Marathon about 25 minutes before the first explosion. She didn't stay downtown after crossing the finish line because her running group had plans for a team party that evening and she wanted to go back to her hotel to shower. Alansari had just boarded the subway when her group heard the explosion.

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    Michael Marquardt, a Vernon Hills trustee, was a runner in Monday's Boston Marathon.

    Safe suburban runners report from Boston

    Arlington Heights Mayor-elect Thomas Hayes, Streamwood High School's assistant track coach and a Vernon Hills village trustee were among the suburban runners who said they were safe after two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon Monday.

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    “We were so caught off guard,” Geneva marathoner says

    Monday should have been a great day for Jeanine McMillen of Geneva after she ran a personal best marathon time in her first Boston Marathon. But her elation quickly turned to shock after two blasts went off near the event's finish line, about two blocks from where she was resting after completing the race.

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    Suburban mom reunited with daughter at bomb scene

    Standing in a crowd of people, with sirens roaring around them, Debbie Pomazal of Mundelein frantically searched for her daughter, Ashley, who had just finished running the Boston Marathon. Until they were reunited, "every second seemed like an hour."

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    Carol Sente

    Should some 17-year-olds vote in primaries?

    A suburban lawmaker's plan to let 17-year-olds vote in primary elections if they will turn 18 before the November election won preliminary approval Monday. State Rep. Carol Sente's plan would apply only to elections in even-numbered years, not local elections like the one earlier this month.

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    Police cordon off the finish line area where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street Monday afternoon.

    Elgin runner tells Facebook friends she’s OK

    Elgin area resident Sue Gruner was reportedly just one second from the finish line when the first explosion went off at the Boston Marathon Monday. The race clock was reportedly at 4:09.44 when the first explosion went off. Gruner's officially posted finish time was 4:09.45.

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    Naperville runner grateful for fast finish

    Brandon Gittelman, a 2008 Naperville Central graduate, finished the Boston with a personal-best time. So he was in his hotel when the news hit. "All of a sudden someone came in and said, Hey, there's been an explosion at the finish line,'" said Gittelman, 23. "We'd just run 26 miles so we were trying to decipher what was going on."

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    First responders rush to where two explosions rocked the finish line area Monday at the Boston Marathon near Copley Square.

    St. Charles runner says experience was ‘very traumatizing’

    Tammy Hartje of St. Charles was just getting ready to cross the finish line in her first Boston Marathon when she felt an explosion. Then people started screaming at her: "Go back! Go back! Go back! It's really bad, it's really bad!" Disoriented from her long run, Hartje did not know what was happening. She saw blood, and a man who had lost his leg.

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    Karin Sheehy of Elgin poses before last year’s Boston Marathon.

    Elgin runner reflects on explosions at Boston Marathon

    This was Karin Sheehy's third year in a row running the Boston Marathon. After crossing the finish line, Sheehy, of Elgin, met up with her husband and mother and headed happily — though wearily — back to her hotel. When two explosions shook the finish line about 45 minutes later, Sheehy was inside her hotel a couple blocks away and didn't hear a thing. She saw what happened on a TV in...

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    Armed Massachusetts State Police roll into the area following an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Barrington runner describes Boston explosions, post-race fears

    Laura Morrissey of Barrington began doing marathons regularly just after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and recalls the spirit of patriotism and the crowd's chants of "U-S-A" at the Chicago Marathon that autumn. All thoughts and fears of terrorism at such events had long faded from her mind when she started Monday's Boston Marathon.

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    People react to a second explosion at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. Authorities ran out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

    Euphoria ends quickly for Geneva runner

    Geneva resident Elena Shemyakina was savoring her victory, as the top female finisher in the 50-54 age group, when the explosions marred the Boston Marathon Monday.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during a conference of the Illinois Association of Realtors on Monday in Springfield.

    Quinn and Madigan differ on guns, housing

    Illinois voters got a peek Monday at what a 2014 gubernatorial primary might look like, as Gov. Pat Quinn and his potential toughest Democratic challenger played up their individual efforts to help the housing market bounce back and offered differing takes on the state's concealed carry discussions.

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    Victor Alvarado

    Judge vacates guilty plea because of former Schaumburg cop

    A Cook County judge set aside the guilty plea and vacated the prison sentence of an Elk Grove Village man who claims that a disgraced former Schaumburg undercover officer lied under oath at the man's 2012 hearing. Victor Alvarado subsequently pleaded guilty to drug charges last year in exchange for a six-year prison sentence. His lawyer says Alvarado, 29, should be released within a day or two...

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    Hinsdale resident with race director when bombs exploded

    Hinsdale resident Doug Kaplan was just about to begin running the Boston Marathon route with Race Director Dave McGillivray when they were alerted about the bombing at the finish line. Kaplan, publisher of "Competitor" magazine, rode to the scene with McGillivray with a police escort.

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    In this image from video provided by WBZ-TV, spectators and runners run from twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.

    St. Charles runner escapes tragedy with fast finish

    Tim Arends of St. Charles finished the race an hour before the first bomb detonated. But the idea of his wife and two sons being at the finish line near the live explosives haunted him well after the race.

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    Scott Powder, senior vice president of strategic planning and growth at Advocate Health Care, addresses members of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board during a hearing Monday at the Centre of Elgin for the proposed Sherman Hospital-Advocate merger.

    Centegra trying to block Sherman-Advocate merger

    An ongoing health care battle that has pitted Centegra Health System against Sherman Health System and Advocate Health Care system in the past opened a new front Monday morning at public hearing in Elgin. Instead of Elgin-based Sherman and Oak Brook- based Advocate opposing Centegra's plans for a new hospital in Huntley, Centegra is now fighting Sherman's and Advocate's plan to merge.

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    Kostas Lymberopoulus

    McHenry sheriff’s office catches Top 10 fugitive

    One of McHenry County's 10 most wanted fugitives has been captured, according to the sheriff's office. Kostas Lymberopoulus, 25, of the 1400 block of Cordgrass Trail in Woodstock, was arrested at 3 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

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    Runner Jenny Norton of Lisle took a photo of herself shortly after completing the Boston Marathon. Two minutes later, she says, she heard the two explosions.

    Lisle runner’s reaction: ‘Oh my God, what just happened?’

    A runner from Lisle says she heard the two explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon just two minutes after crossing the finish line. Jenny Norton, 32, was with a slow procession of runners preparing to take ceremonial photos and pick up their medals when the explosions happened just feet from them.

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    Naperville cardiologist Jim Ostrenga was six blocks away from finishing his third consecutive Boston Marathon when he and thousands of other runners were stopped because of Monday’s bombing.

    Naperville doctor 6 blocks from marathon finish line

    Naperville cardiologist Jim Ostrenga was six blocks shy of completing his third Boston Marathon Monday when he and thousands of other runners were halted by police following an explosion at the finish line. Ostrenga, who didn't hear or feel the explosion, said a "tragic, miserable thing happened today, and there was no reason for it."

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    Looks of terror, panic stick with Hanover Park runner

    The look of terror on people's panicked faces is what really struck Hanover Park runner Tom Jordan, who finished his first Boston Marathon about 90 minutes ahead of the blasts. Jordan was resting about a block north of the finish line with runner Aimee Weber of Hoffman Estates when they heard what sounded like cannons. "We just kind of looked around asking, What was...

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    President Barack Obama leaves the podium after speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

    Obama: Those responsible for Boston explosion will feel justice

    President Barack Obama said the full resources of the federal government are being mobilized to investigate the deadly explosions today in Boston and he vowed those responsible will brought to justice. "We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts," Obama said at the White House. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible...

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    High waters block the entrance into Bayview Marina in Fox Lake Monday. Area residents are watching the weather forecasts for signs that flooding could worsen in Lake County.

    Predicted rain raises flooding concerns in Lake County

    With flood water already covering some roads and creeping into some yards in northern Lake County, emergency management professionals hope the rain forecast for later this week takes a detour. "We're watching with concern the forecast that calls for as much as four inches of rain Wednesday," through Friday, said C. Kent McKenzie, emergency management coordinator.

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    Jordan extremist praises Boston bombing

    The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group said early Tuesday that he was "happy to see the horror in America" after the explosions in Boston.

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    Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, right, and Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, helped craft legislation to expanding background checks to more gun buyers. But the number of Republican senators who might back expanded background checks is dwindling.

    Gun background check deal in jeopardy in Senate

    A bipartisan proposal to expand background checks to more gun buyers is in jeopardy. The pool of potential Republican votes that Democrats will need to push the measure through the Senate has dwindled, and President Barack Obama was calling lawmakers Monday as both sides hunted support for a nail-biting showdown vote expected this week.

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    One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by a person in a protective suit in the wake of two blasts in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.

    FAA orders no-fly zone over Boston explosion site

    The Federal Aviation Administration created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon on Monday, and briefly ordered flights bound for Boston's Logan International Airport held on the ground at airports around the country.

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    Medical workers aid an injured woman at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions there, Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people, injuring at least 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators.

    Secret Service expands security at White House

    The Secret Service expanded its security perimeter at the White House on Monday following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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    Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following explosions in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

    Cellphone use heavy, but still operating in Boston

    Cellphone companies say service is operating in the Boston area, but with heavy traffic following of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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    In this photo provided by The Daily Free Press and Kenshin Okubo, people react to an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.

    Chicago mayor says city’s hearts with Boston

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city's hearts go out to the victims of the explosions in Boston.

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    Runners and spectators flee from the scene where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, April 15, 2013. Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon near Copley Square and police said many people were injured.

    Indy race reviews security after Boston blasts

    Indianapolis authorities are reviewing security for the upcoming 500 Festival Mini-Marathon following explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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    Derby festival: Events will go on

    Officials with the organization that puts on dozens of events in Louisville in the weeks before the Kentucky Derby say those events will go on despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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    Crystal Lake man died of smoke inhalation, coroner says

    A Crystal Lake man found dead inside his burning home Sunday morning died of smoke inhalation caused by a house fire, according to the McHenry County coroner's office. Dunn Mizell, 49, was located at 7:33 a.m. on the floor inside his residence.

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    Naperville Dist. 203 likely to reject online charter school

    Naperville Unit District 203 is expected tonight to join several other local school districts in denying the petition of an virtual charter school. During discussion at their April 1 board meeting, district officials said they did not believe the school complied with state law and was not in the best interest of the district's students.

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    The Aurora Public Library is seeking a zoning change to downtown fringe so the property on which it soon will be constructing a new main branch can be free of setback requirements.

    Aurora library seeks downtown zoning for new building

    Library officials in Aurora want to make sure the new main branch they soon will be building in the city's downtown fits in with the area's urban feel. They're seeking a zoning change for the property at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets to ensure the building can be constructed up to the street, similar to the Waubonsee Community College building that opened in 2011 at 18 S. River...

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    Mt. Prospect Fire Dept. to host Children’s Fire Safety Fest

    The Mount Prospect Fire Department, which turns 100 this year, will host its 34th annual Children's Fire Safety Festival from May 6 to 9 at Mount Prospect Fire Station 14, 2000 E. Kensington Road.

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    Recycle-O-Rama set for Saturday

    Vernon Township and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will host the second annual Recycle-O-Rama from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Vernon Township highway department office, 3050 N. Main St, Buffalo Grove.

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    Lincolnshire spring cleanup on April 27

    Waste Management will conduct a spring cleanup in Lincolnshire on Saturday, April 27. All goods must be placed at the curbside by 7 a.m. the day of the collection.

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    Avon Township’s tentative budget available

    Avon Township's tentative budget and appropriation ordinance for the fiscal year beginning March 1 is on file and available for public inspection at the township office, 433 E. Washington St., Round Lake Park.

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    Sandra Rogers

    No reduction in Rogers’ sentence

    A motion to reconsider the sentencing of Sandra Rogers was denied in Lake County court Monday. Judge John Phillips rejected a request from defense attorney Gillian Gosch to reduce the 61-year sentence he gave Rogers in March.

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    Howard Lazarus

    Mundelein man held on $100,000 bail in Vernon Hills police station shooting

    A Mundelein man who was shot inside the Vernon Hills police station has been charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer with a weapon and remains in Lake County jail, authorities said. Howard Lazarus, 53, is due to appear before Judge Raymond Collins on May 6, but that date could be pushed back depending on whether a grand jury indicts him on additional charges.

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    Children leave Dvorak Technology Academy in Chicago at the end of classes on April 3. While the school serves as a safe haven for children during classroom hours, their journeys to and from home are subject to peril as they cross gang borders that divide the city’s neighborhoods.

    Chicago schools consult gang lines in closure plan

    As Chicago prepares to close 54 schools, one of its greatest challenges will be safely maneuvering thousands of students to and from class through the patchwork of rival gang territories that cover large parts of the nation's third-largest city.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Supreme Court’s pass on gun case good for Illinois, Quinn says

    Gov. Pat Quinn says it's "good news" for Illinois that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to stay out of the gun debate in New York. The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

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    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka railed against the state’s late payments to vendors.

    Topinka: Unpaid bills waste taxpayer money

    Taxpayer money is being "flushed away" on late payments to vendors, according to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. If the state doesn't pay its bills after 90 days, private vendors become eligible for interest, which accumulates monthly until the bills are paid. Topinka said the payments are another way taxpayers are paying for years of financial mismanagement.

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    Coffee with the Hoffman Estates village board

    The Hoffman Estates Village Board will host a "Coffee with the Board" 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

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    Police investigate ‘suspicious’ death in Crystal Lake fire

    Crystal Lake police said an autopsy likely will be needed to determine what killed a man found Sunday morning inside his burning home. The man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family, was located about 7:33 a.m. lying on the floor inside his residence in the 1700 block of Moorland Lane. He was the home's only occupant, police said.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Francis Cardinal George walks through a crowd of almost 400 people Sunday evening before the Amazing Grace Gala at The Stonegate Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Chicago archbishop speaks at fundraiser for Palatine nursing home

    Francis Cardinal George detailed the events leading up to the election of Pope Francis during a fundraiser for Little Sisters of the Poor Sunday. The Amazing Grace Gala at the Stonegate Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates brought 360 people to raise money for St. Joseph's Home in Palatine, where the elderly poor are cared for. The Chicago archbishop's presence helped boost attendance, making the...

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    From left, Eric Wagner of St. Charles and Sonya Madrigal of Elgin rehearse their roles in “Our Lady of the Underpass,” which opens Friday, April 19, at Elgin Community College.

    ECC production explores issues of faith, desire

    The same week Rome announced a new pope in 2005, a woman driving home from work spotted an image of the Virgin Mary on a discolored wall of Chicago's Fullerton Avenue underpass. Inspired by real- life interviews, playwright Tanya Saracho renders the voices of those who were drawn to that wall in "Our Lady of the Underpass."

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    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state last year for awarding some employees raises higher than 6 percent in their final year before retirement, triggering higher pension costs.

    School pay raises trigger Illinois penalties

    Seven years after Illinois lawmakers passed a law intended to curtail big pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators, some local school districts still are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in penalties to the state for giving such raises. Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 paid nearly half a million dollars in penalties to the state in the 2011-2012 school year.

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    Metra CEO Alex Clifford addresses board members during a discussion on fare increases in 2011. Some are questioning Metra's use of a public relations firm Clifford said was hired to help handle “crisis situations.”

    Do Metra photo ops require PR consultants?

    Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive or a negative newspaper article, Metra's hired PR guns can spin a story in a positive direction that makes the agency look good. But is it worth thousands of dollars? When did the focus switch from running trains on time to image?

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    Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould Jr. visited the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook recently to personally thank one of its managers, Robert Smith, for his heroic actions in using an automated external defibrillator to save a man’s life.

    Northbrook hotel employee honored for life-saving role

    Hotel employee Robert Smith's actions may have saved a man's life. And Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould Jr. visited the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook to express his appreciation. "Your quick action shows how important CPR training and proper action by people trained to provide basic life support skills is," Gould said in a commendation letter.

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    Robert Dold

    Dold being recruited by top GOP to run again in 10th

    Former Congressman Bob Dold is being actively recruited by top GOP officials to make another bid for Congress. National Republican Committee Chair Greg Walden told the Daily Herald that he's "hopeful" the Kenilworth Republican will run in 2014 for the North Suburban 10th Congressional District seat he lost to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider.

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    Suburban students named Golden Apple Scholars

    Golden Apple announces its 2013 Golden Apple Scholars class, 135 students -- many of them suburban -- who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in education. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program has grown to over 1,500 statewide participants since 1989, making it the leading pre-service teacher preparation and internship program in the nation.

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    An image of sea life during the Cambrian period, the time spanning 542 million to 488 million years ago when life-forms quickly diversified, is seen in this curved projection surrounding visitors at the Field Museum’s Evolving Planet exhibit.

    All life evolved from a universal common ancestor

    "How did people and animals come to exist?" asked Katherine Crawford's fifth-grade students at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein.

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    The wreckage of a crashed Lion Air plane in Bali, Indonesia, remains stuck in shallow water Mondayand must be cut into pieces for removal. The plane carrying more than 100 passengers and crew overshot a runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday and crashed into the sea, injuring nearly two dozen people, officials said.

    Lion Air jet that crashed into sea must be cut up

    A brand new Lion Air jet that slammed into the sea as it tried to land on the Indonesian resort island of Bali over the weekend remains stuck in shallow water and must be cut into pieces for removal, vividly underlining the challenges facing the budget airline as it races to expand in Asia.

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    A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, April 15. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.

    After weeks of N. Korean fury, calm on key holiday

    North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery bombast that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent. Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth — the centennial but this time the day was simply the start of a...

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    Geneva resident John Zurn speaks to more than 150 law enforcement officials at an April 4 training event in Addison with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of DuPage County. Zurn, a published author and former teacher who suffers from bipolar disorder, was among NAMI volunteers invited by the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association to tell their personal stories.

    Hundreds of DuPage cops attend mental health summit

    John Zurn is a published author and former English teacher but he's also spent much of his life battling mental illness. The 59-year-old Geneva man says it wasn't until he got the right diagnosis and medication that his health gradually turned around. Before that, he was in and out of psychiatric hospitals and, occasionally, jail.

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    A family watches a worker spray disinfectant in Naidong village, where a boy tested positive for the H7N9 virus, in Beijing Monday. The new case of bird flu in China’s capital, a 4-year-old boy who displayed no symptoms, is adding to the unknowns about the latest outbreak that has caused 63 confirmed cases and 14 deaths, health officials said Monday.

    A new case in China adds unknowns to bird flu

    A new case of bird flu in China's capital, a 4-year-old boy who displayed no symptoms, is adding to the unknowns about the latest outbreak that has caused 63 confirmed cases and 14 deaths, health officials said Monday. The boy, who tested positive for the H7N9 virus, is considered a carrier of the strain and has been placed under observation to see if he develops symptoms, health authorities...

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    Civilians gather at the scene of a car-bomb attack in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Kamaliya, Iraq, Monday. A series of attacks across Iraq, many involving car bombs, has killed and wounded dozens of people, police said, less than a week before Iraqis in much of the country are scheduled to vote in the country’s first elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal.

    Iraq attacks kill 36 less than a week before vote

    Insurgents launched what appeared to be a highly coordinated string of attacks across Iraq on Monday morning, killing at least 32 and wounding more than 200, according to officials. The attacks, many involving car bombs, erupted less than a week before Iraqis in much of the country are scheduled to vote in the country's first elections since the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, testing security...

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    Boy falls into Alaska glacial hole, feared dead

    Climbers descended into an estimated 200-foot-deep crevasse on an Alaska glacier to reach a 9-year-old boy, who is feared dead after crashing his snowmobile. Investigators believe the boy is under the machine in deep snow in the hole, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

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    Key measures of New York’s tough new gun law are set to kick in, with owners of guns now reclassified as assault weapons required to register the firearms and new limits on the number of bullets allowed in magazines.

    New York’s ‘assault weapon’ registration to begin

    Key measures of New York's tough new gun law are set to kick in. Those with firearms now reclassified as assault weapons are supposed to start registering them Monday. The state's gun owners are also required to limit the ammunition in magazines to seven bullets except at competitions or firing ranges.

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    A Northern California sheriff’s office has arrested three 16-year-old boys on accusations that they sexually battered 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who hanged herself eight days after the attack last fall. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jose Cardoza says the teens were arrested Thursday.

    3 charged in sexual abuse case previously cited

    Three boys arrested last week on suspicion of sexually abusing a 15-year-old Northern California girl who later took her own life were initially cited on misdemeanor allegations in the case, authorities said. The investigation in September turned up only enough evidence to support citations for misdemeanor sexual battery, Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Jose Cardoza told the San Jose Mercury...

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    Sarah Altevogt, from right, Mary McLemore and Kathy Pratt sew sections of a quilt at Rock Springs Nature Center in Decatur.

    Decatur group quilts for WWII veterans

    Wanda Stickles and the Rock Springs quilters want Central Illinois Honor Flight World War II veterans to keep warm. Their production of 65 lap quilts goes to Honor Flight headquarters in Effingham. "What a blessing they will be for somebody," Stickles said. "I started making them and couldn't stop," she confessed. "We used quilt scraps."

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    Christopher Knight was arrested Thursday on charges of stealing food from a camp in Rome, Maine. Knight, who spent nearly three decades in the woods of Maine before his high-profile arrest earlier this month, has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger’s offer to bail him out, prompting authorities to dramatically increase his bail Sunday amid fears he could be exploited by unscrupulous characters.

    Authorities: Maine hermit attracts marriage offer

    The man who spent nearly three decades in the woods of Maine before his high-profile arrest earlier this month has attracted a marriage proposal and a stranger's offer to bail him out, prompting authorities to dramatically increase his bail Sunday amid fears he could be targeted for exploitation. Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit to locals, spent 27 years in the woods with...

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    A Somali soldier walks near a destroyed car near the entrance of Mogadishu’s court complex in Somalia, Sunday. Militants launched a serious and sustained assault on Mogadishu’s main court complex Sunday, detonating at least two blasts, taking an unknown number of hostages and exchanging extended volleys of gunfire with government security forces, witnesses said.

    Death toll rises to 35 in Somalia court attack

    The death toll rose Monday to at least 35 killed in the most serious Islamic extremist attack in years on Mogadishu, a government official said. Islamic radicals from al-Shabab launched a multipronged attack against the country's Supreme Court complex on Sunday. The interior minister said nine militants launched the attack, and that six exploded their suicide vests. A car bomb later exploded near...

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    Quinn says it’s OK to file last-minute taxes

    Gov. Pat Quinn says there's nothing wrong with waiting until the last minute to file tax returns. The Chicago Democrat admitted to reporters Sunday that in the past he's been guilty of coming right up against the deadline.

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    Wis. DNR to stock 330k trout before fishing opener

    State Department of Natural Resources officials say they hope to add nearly 330,000 trout to Wisconsin waters before the inland fishing season opener next month.

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    Quinn hire to market health overhaul

    Most Illinoisans without health insurance coverage know very little about the federal health care overhaul and how it might help them. It's Brian Gorman's challenge to make sure they learn. Gorman, 38, a former campaign organizer for President Barack Obama, has been hired by Gov. Pat Quinn to increase the number of Illinois residents with insurance by telling them about features of Obama's...

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    Study: Half of Indiana smokers tried to quit

    A new study has found that more than half of Indiana residents who smoke tried to quit in 2011, although the state still has one of the nation's highest smoking rates.

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    Ind. has until October to decide on Amtrak service

    Indiana leaders have until October to decide whether to spend money on an in-state passenger rail service line because Congress will no longer fund Amtrak routes shorter than 750 miles. The Hoosier State line runs between Indianapolis and Chicago with stops in Lafayette, Rensselaer and Crawfordsville, four days and four nights a week.

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    Teens killed when their speeding car hits tree

    Police say two teens are dead after their speeding car crashed into a tree in Milwaukee. Authorities say the 18-year-old driver and 19-year-old passenger are related. They were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday evening.

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    Green Bay Diocese: Retired priest accused of abuse

    The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay says a retired priest has been accused of abusing an underage person in the 1970s. The diocese said in a statement Saturday that the priest denies the abuse, which is alleged to have happened at St. Edward Parish in Mackville.

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    Wis. mom could get light sentence for ‘57 death

    A 76-year-old Sheboygan woman who pleaded no contest to killing her infant more than half a century ago could receive a sentence of less than two months.Ruby C. Klokow was convicted in February in the 1957 death of her daughter. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 45 days in jail and 10 years of probation, citing her age and medical issues.

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    Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti talks to Cook County Juvenile Detention Center inmates following their music performance as part of the CSO’s Citizen Musician program Sunday.

    Inmates, orchestra members perform behind bars

    Strains of classical music echoed on Sunday — not inside an august concert hall — but in a bleak Chicago jail where the mostly teenage boys await trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder. The concert was part of a unique outreach that's the brainchild of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musical director, the Italian-born Riccardo Muti, who attended the event at the Cook...

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    Venezuela’s newly elected President Nicolas Maduro celebrates his victory after the official results of the presidential elections were announced, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, late Sunday. Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday’s special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced.

    Chavez’s heir to take over divided Venezuela

    Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader. Maduro's victory followed an often ugly, mudslinging campaign in which...

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    The Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz, left, celebrates with Dioner Navarro after hitting a two-run home run during Sunday’s first inning at Wrigley Field.

    Dawn Patrol: Tax day; Cubs, city reach Wrigley deal

    Tax deadline: Today; Police investigate suspicious' death in Crystal Lake fire; Grayslake celebrates Abraham Lincoln's legacy; Athletes with disabilities taste thrill of competition; Cubs, city reach Wrigley deal; Bulls just looking to get healthy; Blackhawks not fazed by Blues; Cubs lose a wild one

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    The Chicago Cubs and the City of Chicago announced Sunday night they have finalized a $500 million pact to overhaul Wrigley Field. The deal includes $300 million in renovations and will allow more night games and expand parking.

    Weekend in Review: Police investigate suspicious death; Brady keeps GOP post
    What you may have missed from the weekend: No suburban post offices open late for Tax Day; Cubs, Chicago reach $500 millino deal on Wrigley; first-of-its-kind sober bar opens in Crystal Lake; Brady keeps his post as state GOP chair; Libertyville teacher works with NASA in Greenland; N. Korea takes hard line; Blackhawks take out Blues; Peavy strikes out 11 in Sox win; Scott beats Cabrera to win...

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    Jeffrey and Lori Kramer of Darien, as well as their son Michael, were shot and killed in their home on March 2, 2010. Johnny Borizov will stand trial over allegations he solicited their murders.

    Last man to stand trial in Darien triple murder

    Did Johnny Borizov mastermind the 2010 slayings of three members of a Darien family? DuPage County prosecutors will try to make that case when the 31-year-old Willow Springs man goes on trial this week. Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, has denied any involvement in the triple-slaying. But starting this week, prosecutors will try to convict him of the murders.

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    Join the fight for autistic children
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of Schaumburg says Autism Speaks is looking for volunteers to help lobby congressmen and state legislators on behalf of children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Sports

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    Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris (12) partially blocks a shot by the Bulls' Richard Hamilton (32) as Doron Lamb (1) comes in to assist during the first half of the game, Monday in Orlando. The Bulls won 102-84.

    Bulls manage to put (most of) the band back together

    Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson returned to the lineup in limited minutes Monday and the Bulls rolled past the Orlando Magic 102-84 at the Amway Center. Noah missed 12 of the previous 13 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Gibson missed 17 of the previous 24 contests due to a twice-injured left knee sprain.

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    Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle pitches against the White Sox for the first time in his career. He got the win, going 6 innings.

    White Sox fall to Buehrle, Blue Jays

    Mark Buehrle played for the White Sox for 12 seasons and exited as one of the top starting pitchers in franchise history. Buehrle still knows how to pitch, and he lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 win Monday night in his first-ever start vs. the Sox.

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    Barrington’s Mia Calamari, left, and Buffalo Grove’s Sara Busse go up for a header during Monday night’s Mid-Suburban League contest at Buffalo Grove.

    Buffalo Grove turns back Barrington

    Buffalo Grove's girls soccer team continues to impress. After advancing into the finals of the Pepsi Showdown on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over New Trier, the Bison gave a rousing performance in the rain Monday night to defeat Mid-Suburban West leader Barrington 1-0 in what could be a preview of the MSL Soccer Bowl next month. Allie Ingham struck the game-winner at 67 minutes for Buffalo Grove (13-0-1, 5-0-0-15 points). Then an inspired back line, with the help of keeper Sarah O'Connor, helped keep the Fillies (4-3-1, 3-2-1-10 points) winless over their last three matches.

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    The Rolling Meadows girls basketball team recently made a trip to the state capitol building and was recognized for its outstanding season.

    Rolling Meadows makes it downstate — again

    Two months ago, Rolling Meadows girls basketball experienced the chance to play for an Illinois state championship when they took second place in Class 4A. Last Thursday, the Mustangs had another experience they won't forget. They traveled to the state capitol building in Springfield and were recognized during the senate session, receiving a history lesson at the same time. "It was an was incredible experience for the players and coaches," said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky.

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    With WNBA president Laurel J. Richie at her side, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne holds up a Chicago Sky jersey after being selected as the No. 2 pick in the draft Monday night.

    Delle Donne happy to be part of Sky

    As expected, Baylor center Brittney Griner, Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins were at the top of Monday’s draft, with the Chicago Sky picking Delle Donne after the Phoenix Mercury made the 6-foot-8 dunking Griner the No. 1 pick.

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    People walk outside Wrigley Field in Chicago before the Chicago Cubs season home opening baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Rebuild Wrigley and ‘we will win the World Series’

    Saying "we need this project to bring our fans a winner" and vowing his team will someday win the World Series, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released the details Monday of a $500 million plan to renovate Wrigley Field over the next five years. While the Wrigley Field work itself will cost about $300 million, the project also calls for a 175-room hotel, an increase in the number of night games, and major additions for signage in the park. Ricketts said the money from the signage and other revenue streams "absolutely increases" the number of dollars that Cubs president Theo Epstein can use toward putting a better team on the field.

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    Keefe, Phillips connect for Antioch

    Antioch 17, Round Lake 1: No matter how you spelled it, Katie and Kaytee had a big day for Antioch. Kaytee Keefe went 3-for-4 and blasted a 3-run home run in the third inning. She finished with 5 RBI. Meanwhile, teammate Katie Phillips had a 2-run home run in the second inning and finished with 2 hits and 2 RBI. Taylor Schiltz and Kaylene Ressler added 3 hits apiece for the Sequoits, who move to 9-2 on the season.Stevenson 5, Lake Forest 2: Abby O’Connor drove in 3 runs off of 2 doubles to lead Stevenson, which improves to 6-4.Johnsburg 3, Grayslake Central 2: Anna Strickland had a double and an RBI in the losing cause.

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    Grayslake Central wins in OT

    Grayslake Central 2, Johnsburg 1 (OT): Grayslake Central improved to 5-1-1 after extra time against Johnsburg. Savannah Mudd, off of an assist by Lauren Spalding, scored the winning goal. Kayley Larson scored the Rams’ other goal off of an assist by Maggie Wehde.Lakes 5, Antioch 1: Jessica Cipolla scored a goal and assisted on two others to help Lakes in the rivalry game. The Eagles are now 4-3.

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    Wins for Stevenson, Libertyville

    Stevenson d. Glenbrook South: Brad Tiller and Aaron Zalewski each had 7 kills as Stevenson swept Glenbrook South, 25-12, 25-10. Brian Dubinsky and Tiller finished with 7 and 6 digs respectively while setter Jonah May tallied 19 assists.Libertyville d. Lake Zurich: Michael Axe had 5 kills and 3 blocks to lead Libertyville to a 25-10, 25-23 sweep of Lake Zurich. Setter Dan Tropple added 8 assists.

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    Fierce Feece delivers for Vernon Hills

    Pitcher Tyler Feece helped Vernon Hills put an end to its three-game losing streak. He went 6 innings and allowed just 1 earned run while rolling up 11 strikeouts to help the Cougars past Grayslake Central 11-3 on Monday. Feece (2-2) helped his own cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate, including a 2-run homer in the first inning. He also knocked in two more runs with a double in the sixth inning. Pat Crowley and Connor Dickman added 2 hits apiece for the Cougars.Libertyville 8, Zion-Benton 1: Evan Skoug and Connor Simpson each had 2 hits to lead Libertyville. Meanwhile, pitcher Mitchell Townsend got the win. He rolled up 6 strikeouts over five innings.Carmel 12, Lakes 1: Sean Brennan drove in 4 runs and had 2 stolen bases to lead Carmel. Brett Milazzo and Tyler Murphy each also came up with a steal for the Corsairs, who move to 7-2 on the season. Lakes drops to 2-9.Warren 2, Stevenson 0: Pitcher Adam Ruess came in and got the save for the Blue Devils.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson hug after Hjalmarrsson scored against the Dallas Stars during the third period Monday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks won 5-2.

    Shaw’s play helps Blackhawks keep rolling

    You couldn't help but notice Andrew Shaw on Monday night as he scored what turned out to be the winning goal and had an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Shaw doesn't see himself as flying under the radar on a team that is 33-5-4.

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    Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith , left, and Niklas Hjalmarsson hug after Hjalmarrsson scored against the Dallas Stars during the third period in an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Monday, April 15, 2013. The Blackhawks won 5-2.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Stars
    Images of the Blackhawks vs.Dallas Stars at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 5-2, sweeping the season series over the Stars and winning their sixth game in a row.

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    Ali Michalick of Benet trie to put the tag on Maddi Doane of Naperville Central during the Naperville Central at Benet softball game Thursday. This was at second. Shewas safe.

    Doane playing for her ‘angel’

    DuPage County softball notes on Naperville Central's Maddi Doane, Addison Trail walk-off wins, Lake Park's busy week ahead on the road.

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    Glenbard West can’t rally against Heflin, Downers North

    It is almost unfair to spot Elaine Heflin 3 runs. It happened Monday at Glenbard West, and Downers Grove North's senior fireballer did the rest. Heflin struck out 18 Hilltoppers in a 3-hitter, the No. 7-ranked Trojans rolling 5-0 in the West Suburban Silver opener at rainy Memorial Park.

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    Metea Valley wins in bottom of seventh

    Metea Valley 1, St. Charles East 0:Gunner Vega singled home Tamal Kumar with the winning run for the Mustangs (4-5, 3-3) in the bottom of the seventh inning of their Upstate Eight Conference victory. Complete-game winning pitcher Max Custer struck out six and walked none.Addison Trail 7, Willowbrook 3:The Blazers (5-6, 4-2) salvaged the third game of the West Suburban Gold series as winning pitcher Zack Dowz drove in 2 runs. Giancarlo Loiotile also had 2 RBI while Joe Kurucar went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored. R.L. Aldridge and A.J. Nolen drove in runs for Willowbrook (5-7, 3-6).Glenbard North 4, Glenbard East 1:Winning pitcher Matt Frawley struck out 10 and scatter 6 hits in a complete-game effort for the Panthers (7-4, 4-0) in their DuPage Valley Conference victory. Brandon Kressner and Nolan Jasinski each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Glenbard East (5-11, 1-3) starter D.J. Spears struck out 12 in 6 innings. Wheaton North 10, West Chicago 3:Complete-game winning pitcher Lake Bachar, who struck out 11, Tom Colletti and Jeff Harper each had 2 hits and 2 RBI as the Falcons (10-2, 3-1) won the opening game of their DuPage Valley Conference series with West Chicago (3-9, 0-4). Ryan Koester went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored for the Wildcats.Hinsdale South 4, Leyden 1:The Hornets (10-3, 7-2) scored 3 runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and sweep the three-game West Suburban Gold series. Don Buonavolanto went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. D.J. Deolitsis and Mike Marrera each had 2 hits.

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    This photo taken Monday, April 15, 2013, in Chicago shows the exterior of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball club. During a news conference today, Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Rickets said the Cubs and the city have agreed on details of a $500 million facelift for Wrigley Field, including an electronic video screen that is nearly three times as large as the one currently atop the center-field bleachers of the 99-year-old ballpark.

    What does future hold for sports and security?

    Tom Ricketts expects the Cubs to win a championship if his renovation proposal is approved. After the explosions at the Boston Marathon, what will security have to be like by the time a World Series is played in Wrigley Field?

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    Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery makes a save during the first period against the Dallas Stars in an NHL hockey game in Chicago Monday.

    Blackhawks use 3rd-period spurt to beat Stars

    Chicago’s Andrew Shaw, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa scored in the third period after Dallas rallied to tie it, and the Blackhawks went on to beat the Stars Monday night for their sixth straight win.Jonathan Toews netted his team-leading 21st goal, and Viktor Stalberg also scored for NHL-leading Chicago, which has points in nine consecutive games (8-0-1). Ray Emery made 16 saves and improved to 16-1.Jamie Benn scored both goals for the Stars, whose five-game winning streak ended. They got even after falling behind 2-0. Richard Bachman made 23 saves in his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is out because of a lower body injury.Bachman has been in goal since relieving Lehtonen in the first period of the Stars’ 5-1 win over Los Angeles Tuesday.

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    Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, left, takes the ball as the White Sox’s Alejandro De Aza strikes out against Blue Jays closing pitcher Casey Janssen during the ninth inning Monday in Toronto. The Blue Jays won 4-3.

    Buehrle gets win as Blue Jays edge White Sox 4-3

    Mark Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning to beat his former team, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers and the Toronto Blue Jays topped the White Sox 4-3 Monday night.Arencibia went deep in the first and Izturis connected to begin the second as the Blue Jays opened a seven-game homestand with their third victory in four games.Buehrle (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings in his first career start against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The left-hander walked two and struck out three.A four-time All-Star during his 12 seasons with the White Sox from 2000-11, Buehrle starred for Chicago’s 2005 World Series championship team, pitched a no-hitter in 2007 and perfect game in 2009.

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    Hurdles events offer a little bit of variety

    Some hurdlers favor the 110-meter hurdles. Others like the 300s. Inevitably most run both.

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    LeBlanc eager to soak it all in with Blackhawks

    Drew LeBlanc, the St. Cloud State senior center who won the Hobey Baker award as the best player in NCAA hockey Friday and a few hours later signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks, says he's happy to be with his new team and hopes to "get as many pointers as possible."

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    Associated Press Cubs club chairman Tom Ricketts speaks at a baseball news conference inside Wrigley Field on Monday in Chicago. Ricketts said the Cubs and the city have agreed on details of a $500 million facelift for Wrigley Field, giving Ricketts the ability to renovate the second-oldest park in the major leagues, boost business and perhaps make baseball’s most infamous losers competitive again.

    Cubs moving forward, but questions remain

    Trying to translate Chicago politics into English is never simple, but it appears as though the Cubs have done whatever it is they had to do behind the scenes to get the mayor and alderman to let them renovate their ballpark. Or so it seems.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 2, Hampshire 0: Shannon Feld and Alyssa Moreno scored goals for the Chargers in the Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Alexis Lewis and Jordan Fryer had assists for Dundee-Crown and Isabel Miranda made 6 saves in goal.Streamwood 5, Wheeling 1: Kim Jimenez scored 2 goals with Tawny Carroll, Erika Delgado and Hannah McGlone adding a goal each to lead the Sabres to a nonconference win. Bri Spike had 2 assists and Carroll and Laura Schifer an assist each and Natalie Guindon made 3 saves in goal for Streamwood (6-2-3).

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    Batavia’s Andrew Seigler rounds third base on his way to home plate in the second inning on Friday, April 12.

    Expected to be good, Batavia baseball, Saints softball better than advertised
    Prior to the start of the high school — I can't wait until it actually starts feeling like — spring season, two local teams were included among the annual preview stories. Nothing fancy, nothing new. Overlooked by some, Batavia's baseball team began its season last month with a game that wasn't even listed on its original schedule.

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    The Bulls’ Luol Deng (9) drives to the basket past Orlando Magic’s Maurice Harkless (21) and Nikola Vucevic, right, of Montenegro, during the first half of the game Monday in Orlando.

    Bulls snap 2-game skid, run by Magic 102-84

    Carlos Boozer scored 22 points, Luol Deng added 18 and the Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Orlando Magic Monday night. The win, which was the Bulls' fifth straight over the Magic, also keeps alive their hopes of catching of Atlanta for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 2, Jacobs 1: A groundout to shortstop by Beata Krembuszaewski scored Sarah Kendeigh with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and Cary-Grove held on for the win in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener for both teams. The Trojans (9-0) trailed 1-0 entering the fifth but Sarah Leudo doubled and scored on a Kendeigh double to tie the game. Jacobs (6-4) had scored in the first inning when freshman Sarah Murray, who had doubled, stole home. Lindsay Efflandt picked up the win for Cary-Grove, allowing just 3 hits with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks. Murray had 2 hits for Jacobs.Huntley 8, Dundee-Crown 0: Haley Spannraft scattered 4 hits with 8 strikeouts and a walk for Huntley (8-1, 1-0) in the FVC Valley. Randi Peterson and Megan Baczewski each had doubles for Huntley. Amanda Eissler took the loss and had a double for Dundee-Crown (1-5, 0-1), which had 7 errors.McHenry 8, CL South 1: Sam McLean was 2-for-3 with a double for the Gators in this FVC Valley loss. Hailee Massie took the loss for Crystal Lake South (7-1, 0-1).

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    No. 1 Huntley makes it 11-0

    Bryce Only hit a home run and Matt Sullivan had a double as Huntley, the No. 1 baseball team in this week's Daily Herald Top 20, rolled to a 7-3 nonconference win over Niles Notre Dame on Monday.

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    Ernie Choi helped lead his University of Illinois Orange D-III team to the championship of the NCVF National Collegiate Club Volleyball championships in Dallas, Texas.

    Rowland proving to be a class act at Towson

    Suffice it to say, Towson University junior swimmer Melanie Rowland isn't only concentrating on her work in the water. The junior swimmer and graduate of Vernon Hills High School has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete. The CAA honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on her team and must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.25. Rowland, a double major in family science and psychology, holds a 3.89 grade-point average.

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    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Buffalo Grove and St. Charles North have earned the top three spot in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of girls soccer teams.

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    The Fegan sisters, from left, Lake Zurich girls lacrosse coach Katie Fegan, Molly Fegan Barber, Maureen Weldon and Maggie Fegan, have committed themselves to helping others through the American Heart Association after their father suffered a fatal heart attack and their mother survived a heart attack and quadruple bypass three years later. The sisters have planned a day of lacrosse April 27 in Lake Zurich between Lake Zurich and Fenwick high schools to raise money and awareness.

    Team Fegan organizes AHA benefit

    After their father suffered a fatal heart attack in 2005 and their mother survived a heart attack and quadruple bypass in 2008, Katie Fegan and her sisters committed themselves to helping people through the American Heart Association. Now they're giving others the chance to join in. Lake Zurich High School will host a day of lacrosse games Saturday, April 27, between the Lake Zurich and Fenwick High School girls varsity, JV and freshman teams at the Lake Zurich High School stadium field, where teams for both schools will wear special uniforms in honor of the occasion. Admission proceeds and half of a split-the-pot raffle will go to the AHA. In addition, Fegan is soliciting local residents for the names of heart disease survivors or victims, who will be honored at the game.

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    Sheryl Swoopes acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony to honor the 1993 Texas Tech national championship team. The four-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist was introduced Monday as the new women's basketball coach at Loyola University.

    Swoopes eager for her dream job — coaching

    While it has been about a year since Sheryl Swoopes played competitive basketball, the Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA great is about to dust off her high-tops, and her best moves. Now 42, the 6-foot-1 Swoopes figures one of the best ways to break the ice at her new job is to play a little 1-on-1 with the people she'll be working closely with each day — the players she's inheriting as the new head women's basketball coach at Loyola University.

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    ISU hires Smith as women’s basketball coach

    NORMAL — Barb Smith has been hired as the seventh head women's basketball coach in Illinois State history, school officials announced Monday. Smith, who has 26 years of Division I collegiate coaching experience, was introduced to the media and fans by Illinois State Director of Athletics Gary Friedman at a news conference Monday afternoon.

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    Mike North video: Masters Disaster?

    Mike North thinks most of the Masters was ruined by the Tiger Woods debacle. The attention should be on Adam Scott, but it seemed secondary. It's really not fair to Scott.

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    Injuries keep Cubs’ roster in state of flux

    The roster moves are coming fast and furious for the Cubs, and they will continue to do so. The placed catcher-infielder Steve Clevenger on he 60-day DL Sunday with an oblique strain. The also claimed reliever Kameron Loe off waivers from Seattle.

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    Derrick Rose stretches before the Bulls fell to the Heat 105-93 in Miami on Sunday afternoon. Having Rose return this season doesn't make much sense at this point, according to Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner.

    What would Bulls gain from Rose return?

    The theater surrounding the Bulls and Derrick Rose lacks logic on so many levels. But the simple question is what would the Bulls or Rose gain from a return this week? If Rose returned, and even if he were 100 percent and playing as well as ever, the Bulls still wouldn't beat Miami. So why the drama about returning now vs. next fall?

Business

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    In this Friday, April 12, 2013, photo Trader Lewis Vande Pallen, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets mostly sank Monday April 15, 2013 as China’s slower-than-expected economic growth and disappointing U.S. retail sales weighed on investor sentiment.

    Stock market takes biggest drop this year

    A steep fall in commodity prices led the stock market to its worst day this year on Monday, as worries about the global economy resurfaced. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 265 points, its biggest loss in five months. "The weak data out of China is spooking a lot of investors," said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at the brokerage BTIG.

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    General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions.

    GM, Ford to collaborate on new transmissions

    General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions. The companies said Monday that their engineers will jointly design nine- and 10-speed transmissions that will go into many of their new cars and trucks.

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    The Supreme Court on Monday grappled with whether DNA can be patented.

    Court: Can human genes be patented?

    The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting genes that can be found inside the human body, as it heard arguments in a case that could profoundly reshape U.S. medical research and the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.

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    J.C. Penney Co. said it has drawn $850 million from its $1.85 billion revolving credit line, a sign the flailing department store chain is in a cash crunch after a disastrous turnaround plan launched early last year.

    J.C. Penney draws $850M from revolving credit line

    J.C. Penney Co. said it has drawn $850 million from its $1.85 billion revolving credit line, a sign that the flailing department store chain is in a cash crunch after a disastrous turnaround plan launched early last year.

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    RoundTable, Argon complete acquisition of Angiotech unit

    Health care industry private equity firm focused RoundTable Healthcare Partners, based in Lake Fores, said its portfolio company, Argon Medical Devices, has completed the acquisition of Interventional Products Business of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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    Wheaton’s Magenium achieves Microsoft gold competency

    IT services firm Magenium Solutions said it has achieved a Gold Communications Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment.

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    LanzaTech names exec to lead China operations

    Roselle-based LanzaTech recently appointed Ken C. Lai vice president of its Asia Pacific operations. Based in Shanghai, he will oversee the development and commercialization of the company's gas-to-advanced biofuels facilities as well as continued development of LanzaTech's value chain partners in the region.

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    Lincolnshire’s Good Sam Club launches auto buying program

    Good Sam, a global provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, said it will launch a new auto buying program to provide its more than 1 million members with prearranged savings on the purchase of autos, as well as on boats, ATVs and other powersports vehicles.

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    Librtyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels.

    Abbott Laboratories recalls blood glucose meters

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels. The Abbott Park, Ill., company says the meters will display and store readings for blood glucose levels of 1,024 milligrams per deciliter or higher at much lower levels. That's an extremely high and rare level that requires immediate medical attention.

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    Dr. Patrick Foley, owner of Foley Orthodontics in Lake Zurich.

    Former chemistry teacher, coach celebrates 25 years in orthodontics

    Dr. Patrick F. Foley started his career as a chemistry teacher and a coach. He is now celebrating 25 years as an orthodontist in Lake Zurich.

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    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

    Topinka: Unpaid bills means wasted taxpayer money

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the ever-long list of vendors waiting on payments from the state means taxpayers have to pay interest and their money is being "flushed away." That's according to a story posted online Sunday in the Rockford Register Star. The story is part of GateHouse newspapers' series on Illinois' backlog of unpaid bills.

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    Dish Network is offering to buy Sprint Nextel Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal it values at $25.5 billion, saying its bid is superior to that of Japanese phone company SoftBank.

    Dish Network offering to buy Sprint in $25.5B deal

    Dish Network is offering to buy Sprint Nextel Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal it values at $25.5 billion, saying its bid is superior to that of Japanese phone company SoftBank. Sprint's stock jumped in premarket trading Monday.

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    Associated Press In this April 15, 2010 file photo, a motorist drops off tax return forms before the deadline outside the Pasadena Post office in Pasadena, Calif.

    Few mail options for area tax procrastinators

    An annual American tradition has come around again of people sending in tax returns at the last minute on the April 15 filing deadline. Procrastinators in the Chicago area who don’t manage to finish their returns until after business hours Monday won’t have many options. The Chicago District of the U.S. Postal Service says only the main post office on West Harrison and Canal streets will be open until midnight. Collectors will line the street to grab returns from last-minute filers. Other Chicago-area post offices, stations and branches will close at their regular times. The Chicago-district postmaster, Karen Schenck, says one of the most common mistakes people make is not including enough postage on envelops with their returns. Those envelops will be returned and those taxpayers will be considered late filers.

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    Brian Cygan

    Fitness experts need not apply to run these new centers

    Kukec's People features Brian Cygan, founder of Lake Zurich-basedd Exercise Coach, who said he's expanding the franchise nationwide this year. So he's looking for people who are frustrated with the conventional workout or have no passion for exercise; the average middle-aged person who says they have no time; and those who don't like the group fitness scene or are intimidated by the gym. They may be his customers. But he's really looking for them to own the place, he said.

Life & Entertainment

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    1967 Chevrolet Corvette

    Modern technology enhances classic 1967 Corvette

    From all appearances, Jerry and Felicia Mulick's 1967 Chevrolet Corvette looks just like your typical, old-school example of Chevy's classic performance star. Crack open the bulging hood and you'll find an engine bay full of modern mechanics and technology.

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    E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” was destined to make the American Library Association’s annual “challenged books” list.

    ’Fifty Shades’ makes list of challenged books

    Here's a list "Fifty Shades of Grey" was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. E L James' multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association's annual study of "challenged books," works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public.

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    Lee Stark and Usman Ally starred in the 2012 world premiere of “Disgraced” at American Theater Company in Chicago. The play by Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    Pulitzer-winning drama premiered in Chicago

    Ayad Akhtar's play "Disgraced," which had its world premiere at American Theatre Company in Chicago in January 2012, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Akhtar's play focuses on a successful Pakistani-American laywer who distances himself from his cultural roots as he strives to climb up the corporate ladder.

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    Heat-shocking extends the life of produce, such as strawberries, and is 100 percent organic and uses just one ingredient that every cook has handy, hot water.

    A shocking (and hot!) tip for preserving produce

    Food scientists have discovered a remarkably effective way to extend the life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables by days or even a week. It doesn't involve the chlorine solutions, irradiation or peroxide baths sometimes used by produce packagers. And it's easily done in any home by anyone. This method, called heat-shocking, is 100 percent organic and uses just one ingredient that every cook has handy — hot water.

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    Play “Defiance” and see how your actions play out on TV the following week.

    ‘Defiance’ merges video game with TV drama

    What if you could play a video game and then watch the consequences of your actions on TV the next week? That's the premise behind "Defiance," a collaboration between the online game studio Trion Worlds and cable TV's Syfy. By the time "Defiance" the TV show debuts at 8 p.m. Monday, "Defiance" the video game will have been out for a few weeks — enough time for players to make their own mark on this new universe.

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    Brandon Todd, who is 5 feet 5 inches, says he has been obsessed with jumping since he was a child.

    Jump right in — it will do you good

    By the time you've reached my age, your jumping days are pretty much over. Kids jump (and always appear to have a good time doing it). We adults use step-stools and ladders on those rare occasions when we must leave the ground. In honor of the young men skywalking across my big screen in the NCAA Tournament these past few weeks, I decided to determine whether my vertical challenges are immutable or might be addressed by the right kind of training.

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    Sealing artery supplying hunger hormone spurs weight loss

    Sealing off an artery that supplies blood to the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger-promoting hormone ghrelin reduced appetite and triggered weight loss in the first study of the approach in human volunteers. The experiment involving five obese patients in Tbilisi, Ga., found the procedure led to an average weight loss of 30 pounds within the first month and 45 pounds after six months, said lead researcher Nicholas Kipshidze.

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    Doctors use the da Vinci robotic system to perform a surgery. Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype.

    Pluses, minuses to having robotic surgery

    Robotic surgery is being done more and more often for a variety of operations. But experts say there's a lack of strong evidence it's better than standard surgery in most cases, even though it's usually costlier. Here are some pros and cons.

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    Stress management, night guard help relieve bruxism

    My wife tells me I grind my teeth at night. Could this explain why I often wake up with a headache?

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    Karen Castillo looks about as happy doing this exercise as she does when she talks about yogurt.

    New eating habits now on the menu for contestants

    After just two months, the Fittest Losers' former favorites ... pizza, pasta, pastries, sugary soft drinks and all kinds of junk food ... have been tossed aside in favor of vegetables, fruit, really, really lean beef and all kinds of seafood, even sardines. "Believe it or not, I've just recently discovered that I like sardines," says Greg Moehrlin.The 39-year-old science teacher has made significant changes in his eating habits starting with his drive to work.

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    This image shows regions of the “neurologic pain signature,” a standard map that can be applied to individual people who may be experiencing pain. The map was developed based on heat pain applied to a group of participants’ forearms.

    Doctors use brain scans to ‘see,’ measure pain

    In a provocative new study, scientists have reported that they were able to "see" pain on brain scans and, for the first time, measure its intensity and tell whether a drug was relieving it. Though the research is in its early stages, it opens the door to a host of possibilities.

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    The smell from a perfume, household cleaner, shower gel, body lotion or detergent can produce different reactions ranging from sneezes and watery eyes to migraine headaches and difficulty breathing.

    Making sense of overwhelming scents

    When it comes to fragrances, what's aromatically awesome to one person is absolutely awful to someone else. Scents can make many of us sick. Smelly differences of opinion in recent years have spawned everything from workplace, hospital and school bans on perfume, body spray and deodorizers to lawsuits claiming scents created a hostile work environment.

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    Savannah Perry holds her daughter, Lake, as her fiancee Erik Hall looks on during an office visit at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo. The couple received the all clear from doctors following a so-called exit procedure where doctors operated on Lake to remove a lung cyst while she was still attached to the umbilical cord during birth.

    Baby doing fine 5 months after exit procedure

    Lake Annabelle Hall wouldn't be alive today if doctors at Children's Hospital of Colorado hadn't operated on a cyst on her left lung before she was born. ving her connected to her the umbilical cord and placenta, which served as life support for her while a team of 43 doctors and nurses operated on her.

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    A small serving of whole wheat pasta with dinner can help you lose weight. The key is not overdoing it.

    Your health: Try the carbs
    Learn how eating some carbs with your dinner can help you achieve your weightloss goals. Also, a new book talks about why autism might be occurring.

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    Peter Frampton will bring “Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus” to RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Aug. 16.

    Aurora's RiverEdge lineup includes Frampton, Travis, more

    RiverEdge Park in Aurora is about to launch its first season as the Chicago area's newest outdoor music venue, bringing blues, country and rock artists to grace the stage during performances this summer. The initial lineup was released Monday morning as the website for the park's Music Garden went live at riveredgeaurora.com. “The opening of RiverEdge Park's Music Garden ushers in a new and exciting era of culture, music and celebration for Aurora,” Mayor Tom Weisner said.

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    Members of the Wood Dale Warriors include boxing in their workout regimen.

    Team members looking ahead

    With the final weigh-ins just around the corner, the Community Challenge team members are thinking ahead to the end of the competition. While some team members are confident that they will stick to their new lifestyle for good, others are wondering how the conclusion of the challenge is going to affect their motivation.

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    New push for natural births over C-sections

    It may not be immediately apparent in your local maternity ward, but the nation's medical establishment is giving some not-too-subtle encouragement for obstetricians and moms to deliver more babies without Cesarean section surgery — currently the method by which nearly a third of infants arrive. Maternal America hit several modest milestones for births by Cesarean section in the past few years. After going up for a decade, the C-section rate held steady at 32.9 percent in 2008 and 2009, then dipped to 32.8 percent in 2010 and stayed there in 2011, the latest year figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available. That's notable because the Cesarean rate increased from 1 in 5 births in 1996 to 1 in 3 by 2007.

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    A new study suggests that antibiotics are being overused by doctors in the United States.

    Medication nation: Study shows antibiotic overuse

    U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds. Overuse is one reason antibiotics are losing their punch, making infections harder to treat. The report gives the first detailed look at usage of these medicines in every state and finds it highest in the South and Appalachia.

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    Red meat’s fat, cholesterol aren’t its only heart dangers

    The fat and cholesterol found in a steak may not be the only components bad for the heart, according to researchers who have found another substance in red meat that can clog the arteries. The substance is called carnitine, and as bacteria in the gut breaks it down, it turns into compound known to harden arteries, according to a study published in Nature Medicine.

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    Replace the kettlebell with an empty Giant Spinach Bowl, and this photo pretty well illustrates how I felt about the prospect of maybe not having baby spinach readily available.

    She has a new-found love — spinach

    There was very nearly a food emergency at my house last week. While I was at work one night, I got a troubling text message from the boyfriend, who was picking up a few groceries: "Is there a baby spinach shortage I don't know about? I've been to three stores, and I can't find it." I can't be without spinach. I eat a lot of spinach.

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    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 10

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    Essential oils can play a role in treating acne

    Essential oils have been a significant component of medical therapy for thousands of years. The role of essential oils in medicine today has been replaced with prescription medications. With the increasing demand for natural therapies, one could ask question "are essential oils making a comeback?" There are a number of medical studies, over the past several years, exploring the use of specific essential oils on skin conditions, especially acne.

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    Kettlebell swing starting position

    Kettlebell exercises can be incorporated into fitness routine

    Kettlebells are a great tool that can be used by themselves or in conjunction with other free weights. Because a kettlebell has most of its weight hanging below the handle, the grip to weight distribution is different from a dumbbell. You create more momentum once the kettlebell starts moving and this momentum can be advantageous when harnessed and used properly. Three exercises to try are the kettlebell swing, the kettlebell squat to press and the lunge to lateral kettlebell swing.

Discuss

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    Editorial: A search for comfort in ‘new normal’

    The agonies of our new normal await to sting us in our most unsuspecting hours. But they also unite us, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Editorial: Tanning salons no place for teens

    A Daily Herald editorial supports a bipartisan effort in the state legislature to keep anyone younger than 18 out of tanning parlors. For those who just have to be a little browner, the safer alternative is a spray tan.

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    Compromise for the common good

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Compromises are no longer the work of moderates, who are becoming harder and harder to find in Congress, but of individuals coming together for common interests and the common good.

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    Byron York

    Will immigration reform kill Rubio’s chances?

    Columnist Byron York: Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform?

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    Schaumburg Twp. GOP thanks voters
    Letter to the editor: The eight township officials elected last Tuesday are grateful to the voters of Schaumburg Township. "We pledge to keep the township portion of your tax bill low, while continuing to operate within a balanced budget that provides needed services to residents," they write.

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    St. Theresa pupils honor 102-year-old
    Letter to the editor: Ed Sutarik of Palatine thanks the staff and students of St. Theresa School for making the time to honor a woman on her 102nd birthday. "A big congratulations to St. Theresa students for acknowledging this elderly Palatine resident and for giving her much joy," he writes.

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    Facts show Dist. 15 drivers are safest
    Letter to the editor: Steve Bramer, the husband of a District 15 driver, argues that the school district drivers are far safer for children than hiring an outside transportation company.

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    Local veterinarian answered call to help
    Letter to the editor: Karen Stramaglio gives special thanks to the Golf-Rose Animal Hospital for helping her daughter, an Air Force major serving overseas, with her dog rescue operation in Europe.

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    Public Works employees deserve a big hand
    Letters to the editor: Des Plaines Public Works workers should be respected and thanked often by all citizens, writes Kayla Niekrasz.

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    ‘Chained CPI’ unfair to nation’s veterans
    An Oap Park letter to the editor: For many veterans and people with disabilities, a chained CPI means we won’t be able to keep up with inflation. In other words, this proposal is not only illogical but also unfair.

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    Don’t point fingers at police pensions
    A letter to the editor: It is disturbing that many politicians who fiercely try to slash police and firefighter benefits tend to turn a blind eye to the concerns of taxpayers when it comes to their own public pensions.

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    Funeral coverage was appreciated
    A letter to the editor: Thank you for featuring the services for fallen Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter of District 15 on the front page. The powerful pictures and article recounted a beautiful ceremony and the heartfelt eulogies.

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