Daily Archive : Tuesday April 16, 2013



    State launches new program to combat underage drinking

    Illinois law-enforcement officials launched the state's new underage drinking campaign Thursday in Mundelein. Dubbed "Your Actions Matter," the promotional effort will spread the word about the dangers of underage drinking on window decals, drink coasters, posters and signs.


    Run for Rett fundraiser set for April 27 in Elk Grove Village

    Run for Rett 2013, a 5K run and 1-mile walk benefiting the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, will take place Saturday, April 27, at Busse Woods South in Groves 5-16, located at Arlington Heights and Higgins roads, Elk Grove Village. Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder seen almost exclusively in women, can result in lost speech and the inability to perform motor movements, and can cause...

    Don Gill and Craig Wiemer, both of Palatine, light candles as members of the Hoffman Estates, Inverness and Palatine, or HIP Athletic Association hold a memorial run on the track at the old Palatine High School for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Palatine area running club hosts memorial run for Boston

    Shoe and athletic gear reflectors shined on a dimly lit track in Palatine Tuesday night as about 30 people ran and walked a mile in solidarity with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. “I kept striving to try to do Boston, and it literally took me nine times to get a qualifying time,” Leo Tyska said. “When you get there, it's truly an amazing experience.”

    Ellen Teelucksingh, District 62 assistant superintendent

    District 62 names assistant superintendent for student services

    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 has named Ellen Teelucksingh the assistant superintendent for student services, effective July 1. Teelucksingh replaces Brad Voehringer, who was recently hired to lead Pennoyer School District 79 in Norridge. Teelucksingh currently serves as the assistant superintendent for special services in Lombard District 44.

    Wayne Weinke Jr.

    Deceased mother testifies against son on video in murder trial

    In video testimony from her hospital bed, the late Gloria Weinke said her son, Wayne Weinke Jr., threw her down the stairs of her Arlington Heights villa "like a sack of potatoes" and left her to die following a 2006 dispute about her will. Weinke died a few months after the deposition was recorded. What caused her death, and how she plummeted 12 feet down the stairs, is at the heart of the...


    Des Plaines suspends 13 cops linked to grant scheme

    Des Plaines police announced Tuesday that 13 officers have been suspended between seven to 60 days for their parts in a scheme to misrepresent their participation in grant-funded traffic enforcement campaigns.Some officers also will be required to repay amounts ranging from $184 to $787 if they were found to have profited from the scheme.

    Mourners attend candlelight vigil for Martin Richard at Garvey Park, near Richard's home in the Dorchester section of Boston, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Martin is the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.

    Images: Tuesday Reaction to the Boston Marathon Bombings
    Images of reaction on Tuesday in the Suburbs, Chicago and throughout the United States in the wake of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Two deceased victims were also identified on Tuesday , Krystle Campbell, 29, and Martin Richard, 8.

    In this Sept. 27, 2007 file photo, seated, from left, Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley and Tony Dow, and, standing from left, Frank Bank and Ken Osmond, pose for a photo as they are reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the television show, ìLeave it to Beaver,î in Santa Monica, Calif. Bank, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom ìLeave It to Beaver,î has died.

    Leave It to Beaver’ actor Frank Bank dies

    Frank Bank, who played oafish troublemaker Lumpy on the sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," has died. He was 71.A spokesman for the Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles says Bank died Saturday. No other details were provided.

    Michael Buhrman

    Carjacking trial for missing engineer proceeds without him

    Carrie Bradley was getting out of her car last May when a seemingly elderly man walked up and asked if she needed help. Then she heard the sound of a gun being cocked. “He aimed toward my chin and told me to hand over the keys and walk away,” she testified Tuesday at the trial of missing nuclear engineer Michael Burhman. DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell found him “willfully...

    K. Hovnanian Homes is proposing construction of a subdivision on nine acres the northwest corner of Route 53 and Sheehan Avenue in Glen Ellyn.

    Trustees: New Glen Ellyn subdivision too big

    Plans for 23 houses in a Glen Ellyn neighborhood is being delayed due to concerns from some village trustees that the project is too dense. K. Hovnanian Homes is proposing construction of the Amber Ridge subdivision on nine acres at the northwest corner of Sheehan Avenue and Route 53, across the street from Glen Crest Middle School.


    Video gambling to stay in Sugar Grove

    Video gambling is here to stay in Sugar Grove, as the villlage board Tuesday followed through on some trustees' promises to abide by the voters' opinions, as expressed in last week's advisory referendum.


    Palatine Twp. residents pledge to press road district issue

    The issue of whether to study the elimination of Palatine Township’s road district wasn’t put in the hands of the dozens of registered voters who attended Tuesday’s annual town meeting. The residents behind the effort did get to address the crowd, however, and pledged to continue pressing the issue. “We asked for an opportunity to vote, and that didn’t happen,” petition organizer Matt Flamm said.

    Jody Ware

    MHS Supt. Jody Ware to retire in 2014

    Mundelein High School Superintendent Jody Ware will retire after the 2013-14 school year, she confirmed. Ware has been the school’s top administrator since 2008. Her decision gives the board more than a year to hire a replacement. Ware, 56, of Mundelein, has made no formal announcement about ending her career. But in March the school board hired a search firm to find her successor, leading to...


    Palatine Twp. residents pledge to press road district issue

    The issue of whether to study the elimination of Palatine Township’s road district wasn’t put in the hands of the dozens of registered voters who attended Tuesday’s annual town meeting. The residents behind the effort did get to address the crowd, however, and pledged to continue pressing the issue. “We asked for an opportunity to vote, and that didn’t happen,” petition organizer Matt Flamm said.


    Marathoners see 2 men removed before flight back to Chicago

    Two men were removed from a plane carrying some Boston Marathon runners back to Chicago Tuesday morning after the men were acting suspiciously and it concerned other passengers. Rich Siok Jr., 31, of Elk Grove Village, witnessed it. “There were a lot of runners on the plane, myself included. There was a heightened sense of emotion.”

    Meg Sullivan, training program manager of the Chicago Area Runners Association, high-fives participants at the end of a memorial run from Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago, honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    Chicago runners gather to honor Boston victims

    Runners gathered at Foster Avenue Beach in Chicago this evening to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Chicago Area Runners Association in the morning organized the Boston Marathon Unity Run, spreading the word with media that included Facebook. "We will go for a short run as a sign of solidarity," the Facebook "event" said.


    Gurnee asks for volunteers to sandbag

    With more rain expected this week, Gurnee village officials have issued a call for volunteers to begin sandbagging against flood waters that are expected to continue to rise. Sandbagging efforts will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Gurnee Grade School playground, 940 Kilbourne Road. Volunteers must be at least 18.

    This undated photo provided by Bill Richard, shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions, Monday, April 15, 2013, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Bombing victims: 8-year-old, grad student, manager

    The Chinese Consulate in New York says a Chinese national is the third person killed in the Boston marathon blasts. The two other victims who died have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston, and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, of Medford, Mass.


    Naperville OKs using tax revenues to pay down pension obligations

    Naperville city council members hope their citizens and visitors are as hungry and thirsty as ever now that a portion of the city’s food and beverage tax will be helping pay down the city’s public safety pension obligations.


    Naperville garage fire causes $30,000 in damage

    A garage fire early Tuesday morning caused $30,000 in damage to a Naperville home. Naperville firefighters responded to the call at 6:42 a.m. at the two-story home on the 1000 block of Elizabeth Avenue.


    Brunch to support fight against child abuse in DuPage

    A spring brunch Sunday in Oakbrook Terrace will raise money for the DuPage County Children's Center, which investigates child abuse and works with children who witness violent crimes. The 22nd Annual Family Brunch sponsored by Friends of the DuPage County Children's Center is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane.

    Boston firefighters, right, talk Tuesday with FBI agents and a crime scene photographer at the scene of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions, which killed at least three and injured more than 140, in Boston. The bombs that blew up seconds apart near the finish line left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

    Bombs made from pressure cookers; search on for suspect

    The two bombs that ripped through the crowds at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday. The details on the apparently crude but deadly explosives emerged as investigators appealed to the public for amateur video and...


    Dixon city engineer resigns over credit card use

    A Dixon city official has resigned in the wake of reports he used a city-issued credit card for personal expenses. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said he received a letter Tuesday from City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen. Burke said Ortgiesen apologized for breaking the city's trust and included with the letter a check totaling $9,157.38.


    Woman once on most-wanted list sentenced

    A suburban woman who was captured after a murder case was featured on television's "America's Most Wanted" was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the 2003 murder of a former boyfriend.


    Doctors, hospital executives accused of kickback scheme

    At least two doctors at a Chicago hospital endangered patients by intentionally over-sedating them and performing unnecessary tracheotomies in a bid to boost profits, a graphic and wide-ranging complaint released by federal prosecutors Tuesday alleges.

    Julie Falco of Chicago speaks at a news conference held by the Marijuana Policy Project on Tuesday in Chicago. Falco uses marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms and says she and other patients shouldn’t be considered criminals for trying to ease their suffering.

    Doctors ask for medical marijuana legalization

    Nearly 250 Illinois physicians put their names behind a proposal Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for patients with serious illnesses, hoping to give a boost to the legislation one day before an anticipated vote on the House floor. Three of those doctors spoke at a news conference in Chicago, saying the drug can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with...


    Anti-Poverty walk/run fundraiser set for May 4

    The 6th Annual Anti-Poverty "Why I Walk/Run" fundraiser is set for Saturday, May 4. The 7K/4.3-mile run begins at 10 a.m. and the walk at 10:10 a.m. at the Community Action Partnership building, 1200 Glen Flora Ave., Waukegan.


    Mundelein preschool to host open house

    Mundelein Cooperative Preschool hosts an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The preschool is at 20164 W. Route 176, Mundelein.


    Lake Zurich High students to perform ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

    The Lake Zurich High School Drama Department presents the musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone", on April 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center.


    Letter with ricin sent to Miss. senator

    An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi twice tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.

    Organizers say the race village area near the start and finish lines of the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles may be patrolled with additional security this year.

    Suburban race, fest organizers vow security reviews after Boston tragedy

    There's no shortage in the suburbs of places where large groups of people gather, and some of these places have relatively light security. After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, security experts say now is the time for those in charge to review their protective measures. "These areas are very vulnerable because we have not spent much time in terms of saying how do we secure these types of...


    Grounds: American offers free rebookings, refunds
    A key computer system used to run many daily operations at American Airlines failed Tuesday, forcing the nation’s third-largest carrier to ground all flights across the United States for several hours and stranding thousands of frustrated passengers at airports and on planes

    Bob McQuillan

    Geneva council OKs $83.6 million budget amid queries

    The Geneva City Council adopted a new budget Monday, but not before getting some pointed questions from former mayoral candidate Bob McQuillan about some of the figures.

    Jim Oberweis

    Oberweis: Raise speed limit to 70

    Drivers would be allowed to legally go 70 mph on tollways and interstates in Illinois under a plan from state Sen. Jim Oberweis that won preliminary support Tuesday. The legislation, if approved, could allow suburban counties to opt out of the higher limit if they wanted.

    Tom Hayes

    Hayes: Boston experience a lesson for Arlington Hts.

    With Arlington Heights home to several summer outdoor events and the major sporting venue of Arlington Park, Mayor-elect Tom Hayes said Monday's attack Boston is something to consider when planning for security. "We do need to increase our awareness with events or large groups of people, as well as on our transportation lines," said Hayes, who finished Monday's Boston Marathon about 45 minutes...

    Xiubin Mei

    Suspect claims self-defense in meat cleaver attack

    In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors portrayed Xiubin Mei as a man who turned to violence under threat of losing his job and attempted to kill the owner of an Elk Grove Village restaurant with a meat cleaver. Defense attorneys, however, claim Mei acted in self-defense in 2011 after restaurant owner Rui Zhong punched him, bloodying his face and knocking out three teeth.


    Kane Co. may move toward locally grown produce to improve health

    Kane County Health officials drilled deeper into the county health rankings that recently came out and announced new focus areas to combat the ranking slide. Increasing access to healthy food and luring more dentists and primary physicians to the county will be on the list.

    Joseph J. Johnson

    Probation for Elgin man busted with 8 pounds of pot

    A 21-year-old from Elgin was sentenced to three years probation, 48 days of periodic imprisonment and fined $13,000 after pleading guilty to possession of eight pounds of marijuana. Joseph J. Johnson initially told police the marijuana was his dad's after his arrest in June 2012. If Johnson violates probation, he could be sentenced to four to 15 years in prison.

    The roundabout at the intersection of Everett Road and Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire.

    Lake County considers first multilane roundabout

    A multilane roundabout and widening are the options being considered by Lake County transportation officials to improve the intersection at Gilmer and Midlothian Road in Hawthorn Woods. A public open house is set for Wednesday to address the plans and take public comment.


    Pingree Grove settles lawsuit with former engineer

    Pingree Grove trustees voted to settle a lawsuit the village filed last summer against a former village engineer The board voted 5-1 on Monday night to settle for $26,750 the lawsuit against Jeremy Lin and Lintech Engineering, officials said.

    Dave, a 5-month-old giraffe, romps around his exhibit at Brookfield Zoo.

    Baby giraffe gets first outside look at Brookfield Zoo

    After a long winter cooped up inside, Dave is getting his first taste of the outside world — and he's running with it. The 5-month-old giraffe seemed unfazed by the chilly spring weather as he jumped and kicked up his heels while exploring his outside exhibit this week at Brookfield Zoo.


    Tennessee man gets 5 years in commodities case

    A Tennessee man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for making unauthorized wheat futures trades through the Chicago Board of Trade causing MF Global Inc. to lose $141 million.

    Korleone Darby

    Three teens charged in Aurora murder attempt

    Three Aurora teenagers are facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in a Monday afternoon shooting that appears to be gang-related, authorities said Tuesday. Korleone Darby, 19, of the 400 block of Grant Place, and two boys ages 14 and 15 are facing the charges after shooting a 16-year-old boy three times in the legs, Aurora police said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Madigan’s campaign funds are triple Quinn’s

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan raised more than $800,000 in political funds compared to $565,000 for Gov. Pat Quinn in the first three months of the year. Madigan is a potential Democratic primary challenger to Quinn.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Teachers Union to register voters

    The Chicago Teachers Union says it is launching a voter-registration drive in the hopes of ousting Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Union President Karen Lewis has battled Emanuel during a teachers strike and over a plan to close more than 50 public schools to save money.


    Homeless man sentenced in assault on 82-year-old

    A 30-year prison sentence has been handed down to a homeless man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 82-year-old woman who helped him with food and money in the Southwest suburbs.


    Body found in river identified as slain woman

    The Will County coroner says the body found in the Des Plaines River is that of a Joliet woman whose son is charged in her death.

    The four competition categories at the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship are classic bread and cheese; classic plus one ingredient; classic plus extras; and a classic dessert sandwich.

    Grilled cheese contest April 27

    Think you can make a mean grilled cheese sandwich? Here's your chance to find out. The second annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship will be held April 27 in Mineral Point, in southwestern Wisconsin.

    Ryan Bloom

    Member of Elk Grove burglary ring pleads guilty

    The last of three defendants involved in a series of 2012 burglaries pleaded guilty recently to residential burglary. A Cook County judge sentenced Ryan J. Bloom, 23, to 120 days in jail and ordered him to pay restitution in exchange for his guilty plea.

    Passengers at the American Airlines counter wait Tuesday to check in to their flights at Los Angeles International Airport. Computer problems forced American Airlines to ground flights across the country Tuesday after the airline was unable to check passengers in and book passengers.

    American Airlines fixes computers, delays go on

    "Several hundred" customers Tuesday were waiting anxiously near the American Airlines ticketing area at O'Hare International Airport until the computer system was repaired and the reservation system was restored. The computer snafu led to planes being grounded and passengers being left at the ticket counters nationwide. The problem is not related to terrorism and no passengers were left sitting...

    Jordan E. Terry

    Secretary accused of stealing $163,000 from St. Charles law firm

    A Geneva woman turned herself into police Monday afternoon after being sought on charges that she stole $163,000 from her former employer, a St. Charles law firm. Jordan Terry, 46, faces up to 15 years in prison for felony theft, but probation also is an option. She posted $10,000 cash bond and is due in court on April 25.

    Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster, has died at age 82, according to a Fox Sports spokesman.

    Super voice gone: Pat Summerall dead at 82

    Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster whose deep, resonant voice called games for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82.Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell said Tuesday that Summerall had died. He could not immediately provide further details.

    Eugene Henderson

    Second man pleads not guilty in drug-induced death of Libertyville man

    A second man has pleaded not guilty to charges involved in the sale of drugs that killed a Libertyville 20-year-old. Eugene Henderson, 33, of the 300 block of Judge Avenue in Waukegan, is charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of Tim McCann, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Reginald Mathews said Tuesday.


    Kane County may lower fees, pick up more stray animals

    Kane County Animal Control is the go-to agency for 20 municipalities when they have animal troubles. The problem is, no one uses the service because the county charges fees that more than most are willing to pay. To address that, the Kane County Public Health Department wants to dramatically drop the fees in hope of encouraging use of the agency and bringing in more revenue.


    One dead after Gurnee car crash

    A Zion man died following a two-vehicle traffic accident in Gurnee, police said. Junior J. Brewer, 82, suffered fatal injuries in the crash on Greenleaf Street at Oglesby Avenue about 2 p.m. Monday. He was driving a 2003 Saturn station wagon south on Greenleaf when he made a sharp left turn into the path of a 1998 Ford panel van, Gurnee police said.


    District 300 to lobby against transportation funding cuts

    Community Unit District 300 is readying to rally the troops for more organizing in Springfield. The Carpentersville-based district is set to see its transportation funding drop from $1.8 million to $60,000 if a proposed state budget is approved by lawmakers in coming months. And the $1.8 million figure is still millions less than it got a few years ago.


    Schaumburg names volunteers of the year

    Winners in three categories were announced Tuesday afternoon at Schaumburg's 26th annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon. Harold Sterling was the adult individual winner, Isha Jog the youth individual winner and Sons and Daughters of Italy in America the volunteer organization winner.

    Flowers sit at a police barrier Tuesday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. The bombs that ripped through the crowd at the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.

    What others are saying about Boston bombing

    News of the bombings in Boston traveled quickly Monday, and captured the attention of the world. To help navigate the many storylines, we have collected a compendium of web links related to the Boston Marathon bombings. Check back throughout today for more updates.


    Team Bowlway takes the lead in Elgin Cross-Town Classic

    It was a packed house. A standing-room-only crowd had a chance to see history being made on Saturday, April 13, as Team Bowlway took a 151-pin lead over Team Elgin during the inaugural Elgin Cross-Town Classic, a bowling tournament taking place over two weeks.

    West Chicago City Museum Director/Curator Sara Phalen positions an old-fashioned rake on a wall hanging by Chicago artist Kim Guare showing the months carrots can be grown in the Midwest.

    West Chicago museum exhibit looks at gardening through art and artifacts

    Back when West Chicago was a railroad town surrounded by farms, many people grew their own food. While that is less true today, a desire for sustainable living and healthy food free of additives has fueled a new interest in locally grown produce. The West Chicago City Museum hopes to encourage that interest with its exhibit, "Earth to Table."

    Mike Jones, former head of Mundelein’s youth baseball program, died about six months ago at the age of 50.

    ‘Red Monster’ coming to Mundelein youth baseball, softball complex

    When Mike Jones headed Mundelein's youth baseball program a few years ago he decided the program needed the "Red Monster." Jones' dream before he died six months ago at the age of 50 was to model a 15-foot-tall wall after the Green Monster in Cooperstown, N.Y.'s, Little League All-Star Village. Mundelein Baseball and Softball Association officials say they want to honor Jones by making his dream...

    Linda Moore

    Incoming supervisor says no shutdown in Grafton Township

    Outgoing Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore has backed off on an earlier threat to shut down operations, newly elected Supervisor James Kearns said Monday. "I will be taking her at her word that she will do the right thing," he said. "I respect Linda that she wants to finish it out and I'm going to respect her position that she's the supervisor. It's not my place to get in her way right now."

    Village President Judy Abruscato presents Danni Allen with a key to Wheeling.

    Wheeling honors ‘Biggest Loser’ with Danni Allen Day

    The village of Wheeling finds Danni Allen's victory on "The Biggest Loser" weight-loss show inspirational, and she in turn said she couldn't have done it without support from the village, her family and friends. Village President Judy Abruscato declared Monday Danni Allen Day. She gave Allen a key to the municipality and a plaque, and hosted a short reception that included plates of fruits and...


    Wheeling’s nonunion employees get raises

    The Wheeling Village Board approved raises for non-union employees this week.

    A British police officer bows his head as the Union flag draped coffin holding the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives in a hearse at the Houses of Parliament in London to rest overnight before her funeral the next day, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. About 100 colleagues and senior politicians will attend a private service in Parliament’s chapel of St. Mary Undercroft later Tuesday. The Iron Lady, who transformed Britain during her 11-year tenure, died April 8, aged 87.

    Thatcher coffin taken to Parliament before funeral

    The body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was taken Tuesday to the Houses of Parliament in London, where it will rest overnight before her funeral. The coffin, draped in a red, white and blue Union flag, was driven to the chapel of St. Mary Undercroft, where about 100 family members, colleagues and senior politicians were attending a private service Tuesday for the late British...

    Back dropped by Big Ben, a warning sign for road closures at the forthcoming London Marathon is displayed along the marathon route in London, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. British police are reviewing security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon, the next major international marathon, because of the bombs that killed three people at the marathon in Boston Monday.

    Boston Marathon blasts put world’s cities on alert

    With more than 30 marathons this weekend and big events on the horizon, officials around the world are looking at security efforts in the wake of the fatal bomb blasts that shook Boston's race. "No matter how many days, months or years pass without a major terrorist attack, it only takes one such attack to bring us back to the cruel reality," Interpol chief Ron Noble said.

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday the deadly Boston Marathon bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a “malevolent individual.”

    Obama says Boston bombings an act of terrorism

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday the deadly Boston Marathon bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a "malevolent individual."


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a large paver stone valued at $1,500 near the front entrance at the former Yanni's Restaurant, 10 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights between March 28 and April 12.

    Police block cars from crossing the track Tuesday morning along Miner Street just south of the Des Plaines Train Station where a person was hit by a train on Wednesday. The train in the background is not the train that hit the person.

    Metra trains resume service after pedestrian accident in Des Plaines

    Metra trains began moving through downtown Des Plaines shortly before 10 a.m. today after service was stopped for a couple of hours when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train.


    Pentagon chief calls Boston attack ‘act of terror’

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that the deadly twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line was a "cruel act of terror" and vowed that those who are responsible will be brought to justice. Testifying on Capitol Hill, Hagel was the first Obama administration official to refer to terror or terrorism after the bombings Monday killed three and wounded more than 140 people Monday...

    Prosecutors in Texas say Jose Trevino Morales, a brother of two top leaders of Los Zetas, oversaw the purchase of hundreds of quarter horses at a ranch in Oklahoma. He’s charged with conspiracy to launder drug money in a case with more than a dozen other defendants. Jury selection in the trial begins Monday, April 15, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

    Cartel money laundering trial to begin in Texas

    A man closely related to the leadership of one of the biggest, most versatile and violent criminal organizations in the world faces charges that he bought racehorses to hide illegal drug profits for the powerful Mexican cartel.

    New York Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins poses in the snow before a scheduled baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Denver. The game was canceled.

    Spring storm bringing needed snow to Colo., Wyo.

    A spring storm is bringing much-needed moisture to parts of Colorado and Wyoming, but winds are raising the wildfire danger to the south. The second wave of a slow-moving system could bring another foot of snow to parts of Colorado's mountains Tuesday, on top of up to a foot that fell the day before.

    Larry Pott, father of Audrie Pott, who committed suicide after a sexual assault, talks about his daughter during a news conference Monday, April 15, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. The Pott family disclosed the new details of the ordeal at an emotional news conference Monday, discussing painful details of what their daughter was put through and demanding that three 16-year-old boys arrested eight months after the assault be tried as adults — a move that would be highly unlikely under California law.

    Lawyer: Assaulted teen had drawings, name on body

    Awakening in a friend's bedroom after drinking too much at a sleepover, 15-year-old Audrie Pott looked down and realized she had been sexually assaulted and her attackers had written on intimate parts of her body, her family's attorney said Monday. Over the next week, she pieced together one horrifying detail after another. And then she hanged herself. The Pott family disclosed the new details of...


    Lawmaker disputes impact of budget cuts on parks

    The Republican chairman of a House oversight committee is challenging the head of the National Park Service's grim predictions of the impact automatic spending cuts would have on hundreds of parks across the country.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says a proposed immigration bill expected to be introduced this week won’t offer amnesty to those who entered the U.S. illegally. Speaking on the news shows, Sunday, April 14, 2013, Rubio said, quote “there will be consequences for having violated the laws.” The bill would put the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally on a 13-year path to U.S. citizenship that would cost each $2,000 in fines plus additional fees, and would begin only after steps have been taken to secure the border, according to an outline of the measure.

    Bipartisan bill would remake immigration system

    The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill that puts a new focus on prospective immigrants' merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here.

    About 75 adults and children turned out for a gun control rally in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 17th and Broadway streets in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The rally was sponsored by Organizing for Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence.

    Both sides hunt support in background check fight

    Republican opposition is growing to a bipartisan Senate plan for expanding background checks for firearms buyers, enough to put the proposal's fate in jeopardy. But the measure may change as both sides compete for support in one of the pivotal fights in the battle over curbing guns.

    People in Seoul, South Korea, watch TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In his 16 months on the job, Kim’s government has raised fears with unusually aggressive threats against Seoul and Washington, and it’s not clear whether he will be able to pull back, a feat perfected by his late father, considered a master at brinkmanship.

    Pivotal N. Korea question: What is Kim thinking?

    Don't worry, one popular argument goes, we've seen this before. Just ignore Pyongyang's unlikely threats of nuclear holocaust as you would, say, a child throwing a tantrum. Others, equally well credentialed, say the prospect of another Korean War has never been higher. Who's right? That depends on how you read the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un.

    South Korean protesters burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and late leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung at an anti-North Korea protest on the birthday of Kim Il Sung in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea lashed out anew Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at South Korea over the small public protest, saying it would not hold talks with its southern neighbor unless it apologized for anti-North Korean actions “big and small.” The sign at center showing images of the Kim family reads “Throw Them Out.”

    N. Korea lashes out anew over protest in Seoul

    North Korea lashed out anew Tuesday at South Korea over a small public protest in Seoul in which demonstrators burned effigies of the North's leaders, saying it would not hold talks with its southern neighbor unless it apologized for anti-North Korean actions "big and small" and warning that it could take retaliatory measures at any time.


    Phone ban takes effect at main Chicago courthouse

    A cell phone ban is taking full effect at one of the Chicago area's busiest criminal courthouses. Starting Monday, those attending hearings at the courthouse at 26th Street and California in Chicago won't be allowed to bring cell phones or other electronic devices in with them.

    People evacuate buildings and call their relatives after a tremor of an earthquake was felt in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flatted homes and offices Tuesday near Iran’s border with Pakistan, killing at least tens of people in the sparsely populated region and swaying buildings as far away as New Delhi and the skyscrapers in Dubai and Bahrain.

    Quake kills at least 46 along Iran-Pakistan border

    A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices Tuesday on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 46 people in the sparsely populated region and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.


    Amtrak beefs up security after Boston bombing

    Passengers getting on and off trains at Chicago's Union Station can see for themselves security measures that Amtrak is taking in the wake of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

    Two bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one of the world's most storied races, tearing off limbs and leaving the streets spattered with blood and strewn with broken glass. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 140 were wounded. Here are front pages from around the United States.

    Images: Front pages of Boston explosion
    Two bombs blew up seconds apart Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, one of the world's most storied races, tearing off limbs and leaving the streets spattered with blood and strewn with broken glass. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 140 were wounded. Here are front pages from around the United States.

    This missing person’s photo provided by the Fairfield Ohio Police Department shows Katelyn H. Markham who had been missing since Aug. 14, 2011. Indiana police said late Wednesday that remains found April 7 along a creek in southern Franklin County are those of Markham.

    Woman’s remains found in remote S. Indiana site

    A southern Indiana coroner says skeletal remains found last week at a remote site in Brown County are those of a woman who had been dead two years or more. Brown County Coroner Earl Piper says mushroom hunters found the remains last Thursday on a ridge in a rugged, wooded area that's a long hike from a rural road.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

    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. Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan — who said she's still mulling a decision on if...

    Dennis Vahling with some of the logs in the mushroom barn at Vahling Vineyards near Stewardson.

    Vintner adds mushrooms to business

    As morel mushroom hunters head to the woods in a few weeks to search for the illusive fungi, Dennis Vahling only has to trek as far as a repurposed barn on his property for a nightly feast of fresh mushrooms. With temps in the mid-70s and the humidity level near 95 percent, the conditions in the barn are far from a stroll through the woods in April. But once the doors open, the fragrance is...


    Headless goat found; link to Wrigley Field?

    Authorities are investigating whether the body of a decapitated goat found at a golf course has anything to do with the goat head delivered last week to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Cook County Forest Preserve Police contacted Chicago Police about the strange find Monday.

    Medical workers help injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon after the explosions in Boston yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: What suburbanites experienced in Boston

    Suburban Boston Marathon runners report they're OK. Barrington runner describes the explosions. Marathon runner from Lisle: Oh my God, what just happened?' Palatine firefighters rescue girl from blaze. McHenry County sheriff's office catches Top 10 fugitive. Naperville Dist. 203 rejects online charter school. Arlington Heights Mayor Mulder honored at last board...

    Horsemen at Arlington Park say they should get a cut of the track's Internet gambling income, should it be approved.

    Horsemen want a share of any Internet gambling money

    The association of horsemen that compete at Arlington Park said its members worry the track wouldn't share revenue with them if it's eventually allowed to offer gambling on the Internet. The latest gambling expansion plan before lawmakers would allow Arlington Park, other tracks and existing casinos to buy $20 million licenses and set up operations online to let players bet on blackjack and other...

    An unidentified Boston Marathon runner leaves the course near Copley Square after the explosions in Boston on Monday.

    For suburban runners, Boston Marathon won't be the same

    Since 1897, the finish line at the fabled Boston Marathon has marked the joyous pinnacle of accomplishment for generations of runners who strive simply to make it there. Now, it will be forever tainted with the blood of innocents and the memory of another dark day in a modern world savaged by terror. "I've done the marathon twice and you want to celebrate, but the luster has been removed," Mark...


    Chicago Bulls’ Luol Deng (9) drives to the basket past Orlando Magic’s Maurice Harkless (21) and Nikola Vucevic, right, of Montenegro, on Monday night in Orlando, Fla.

    Who gets your vote for Bulls MVP?

    The Bulls have done reasonably well this season without their former league MVP, Derrick Rose, and survived many other key injuries. So who is the Bulls' MVP this season? The candidates include at least half the players on the roster.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry shows the umpire the ball after catching a sinking line drive off the bat of Darwin Barney for the final out Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The bases were loaded when Barney came up and the Cubs trailing 4-2.

    Cubs make changes in wake of poor start

    Twelve games into the season, the Cubs made a minor roster shakeup Tuesday. New pieces were added to the bullpen and infield, and general manager Jed Hoyer said the team has been underperforming.

    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie throws out Chicago White Sox Alex Rios, front, Tuesday night in Toronto. The Sox won 4-3.

    Sox hitters finally show some patience

    The White Sox entered Tuesday night's game at Toronto with the fewest walks (18) in the majors. They finally took the patient approach, drew 5 walks and wound up beating the Blue Jays 4-3.


    Cougars split doubleheader

    After a rainout Monday night, the Kane County Cougars rallied to beat the Beloit Snappers in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday at Pohlman Field with a 4-3 victory before dropping the second contest 8-3.


    Report: Hawks to play at Soldier Field on March 1

    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported late Tuesday that the Blackhawks and the Penguins will play an outdoor game at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014. The game would be part of a six-game series of outdoor games, as first reported by TSN and ESPN.


    Antioch tops Grant

    Antioch 3, Grant 1: Abbi McIlhany, Alex Fracek and Mikayla Abbeduto scored goals as the Sequoits improve their record to 4-3-1.Kali Pope and Abbeduto both had assists.Stevenson 3, Libertyville 1: Jenna Weiner scored and got an assist for the Patriots. Sarah Putwen and Savannah Kruse added goals in the second half. Cori Calcaterra made 6 saves for Stevenson (4-3-2).Wauconda 3, Round Lake 0: Diana Guzik scored all 3 goals as the Bulldogs (1-5) recorded their first win this season at Round Lake. Jackie Lung, Nicollette Jenkins and Lauren Mantas made the assists for Wauconda.The Bulldogs keeper Kimmy Bower made 5 saves.Lakes 7, North Chicago 0: Mikaela Brown scored the first and last goals for Lakes both assisted by Hannah Jewell. Nicole D’Ambrose and Maya Schmidt scored 2 goals apiece for the Eagles. Nicole Mogged also scored. Making assists for Lakes were Becca Pierce, Nicole Denman and Haley Simpson, who had 2.Lakes improved to 5-3 and 4-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Lake Zurich 5, Zion-Benton 0: Meaghan Gelinas scored 2 goals and made an assist for the visiting Bears. Claire Skowron and Nicole Rasiarmos also had a goal and assist. The remaining goal was made by Molly Powers. Tara Kennedy and Sarah Zaccarine also had assists.Eleanor Daleske recorded the shutout for Lake Zurich (5-2-1).Grayslake Central 1, Dundee Crown 0 (PKs): The Rams move to 6-1-1 after eight rounds of penalty kicks. Kajal Chokshi and Lauren Spalding recorded the shutout.Crystal Lake South 2, Grayslake North 1: The Knights went up 1-0 a couple minutes before halftime when Jocelyn Rodriguez scored off a cross from Maggie Fish.Crystal Lake South came back with a quality second half performance, coach Adam DeCaluwe said, as the Knights record dropped to 2-4-1.“Crystal Lake South really stepped up the pressure throughout the second half, and while we showed great fight defending our lead, we may have put too much emphasis on the defensive side of the ball as we allowed Crystal Lake South to continue putting us under pressure,” he said. “Despite quality goalkeeping and defending from our young group, we were unable to keep the lead.”Warren 1, Lake Forest 1: Liz Carrano made 10 saves for the Blue Devils. Paige Jespersen scored the lone goal for Warren, assisted by Alex Vrabel.


    Dembinski powers Libertyville victory

    Madi Dembinski had herself a game Tuesday for Libertyville’s softball team. Dembinski, a sophomore and first-year varsity player, homered, doubled and went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in the Wildcats’ 11-1 win over visiting Lake Forest in North Suburban Lake Division action.


    Conant stays in front of MSL West

    A 13-6 victory over Hoffman Estates on Tuesday kept Conant in front in the Mid-Suburban West boys water polo race Tuesday. The Cougars (14-3, 7-1) hold a 1-game advantage over both Fremd and Palatine with two divisional games remaining.


    Pollack, Miller enjoy friendly rivalry

    Just because it was a mid-week track meet didn't mean there was no interscholastic competition.


    Waubonsie’s Hohman throws no-hitter

    A roundup of Tuesday's softball action around DuPage County.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 5, Conant 4: The visiting Storm scored once in the top of the seventh to tie this nonconference game and once in the eighth to win it. David Goins doubled with one out in the seventh, advance to third on Riley Halter’s groundout and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Courtesy runner Tyler Christensen scored the winning run on David Palmer’s basehit to center field in the eighth inning. Ryan Nuthof () earned the win with 4 innings of scoreless, 1-hit work in relief of starter Alex Wolfe, who allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits. Wolfe and Nuthof combined for 13 strikeouts as South Elgin (6-3) improved to 3-1 in games decided by a run.Hoffman Estates 9, Larkin 0: The Hawks scored all 9 of their runs with two outs, including a 6-run, first-inning outburst. Sophomore Will King took the loss for Larkin (3-5), which was outhit 12-6.Lake Park 3, Bartlett 3 (suspended): This Upstate Eight Valley contest was suspended due to darkness in the top of the 11th inning with the teams tied 3-3. Neither starter will factor in the decision. Bartlett ace Colin Nowak allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits in 8 innings. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Lake Park pitcher Rhett Rapshus held the Hawks to 3 earned runs on 8 hits in 7 innings. Nowak was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run, and Jake Barrutia was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 runs for Bartlett.Burlington Central 8, Harvard 0: Senior Alex Bell struck out 13 hitters in a 5-hit shutout to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern East road win. Bell (1-1) issued a lone walk in a 95-pitch effort. Mike Lee tripled and drove in 2 run, Drew Wiss tripled and scored a run and Blake Alexander doubled twice in 4 at-bats and scored 3 runs for Burlington Central (5-4, 4-0).Aurora Central Catholic 3, St. Edward 0: Matt Miller (2-0) fired a 1-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts as Aurora Central (14-1, 7-0) tightened its grip on the Suburban Christian Gold lead. Ryan Nudd’s third-inning leadoff single was the only hit for St. Edward (7-3, 5-2), which received a strong outing from sophomore starting pitcher Jake LaFrenz (2-1). He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5 in 52⁄3 innings.Huntley 8, Grayslake North 0: Senior pitcher Bryce Only held an opponent scoreless for a second consecutive start and the Red Raiders supported him with 5 first-inning runs en route to a Fox Valley Conference victory in Huntley. Only held the Knights hitless in 4 scoreless innings. He struck out 6 and issued a lone walk. Jake Wagner pitched 2 scoreless innings and Adam Kalish tossed a scoreless seventh inning for top-ranked Huntley (12-0, 6-0). The offense was paced by Colin Lyman (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R), Mark Skonieczny (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) and Tommy Kiriakopolus (2-for-3, 3B, RBI). Matt Eney suffered the loss for Grayslake North (5-4, 2-3).Cary-Grove 9, Johnsburg 1: The Trojans used a 5-run third-inning to post a Fox Valley Conference crossover victory in Cary. Zach Marszal (2-for-2, 3B, 3 RBI), Matt Ewert (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI) and Jeremy Vasquez (1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI) led the offense. Andrew Brierton (2-1) earned the win by holding the Skyhawks to 1 earned run on 3 hits in 5 innings. Reliever Brandon McCumber pitched 2 scoreless innings for Cary-Grove (11-2, 5-0).Crystal Lake South 8, Crystal Lake Central 0: Tyler Parquette (2-0) pitched a 4-hit shutout with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts to lead to the Gators to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win over the visiting Tigers. Tyler Hall had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs. Tom Gaede went 2-for-3 and scored twice, Jake Bigos was 2-for-4 with 2 runs and Max Meitzler went 1-for-2 with 4 RBI for CL South (9-0, 6-0).


    Burlington Central’s Kisch throws no-hitter

    Burlington Central 9, Harvard 0: Freshman Emily Kisch struck out 14 and threw a seven-inning no-hitter for the Rockets in this Big Northern East win. Kelly Wiater was 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI for Central (12-1, 4-0) and Bekah Harnish went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.Cary-Grove 6, McHenry 2: Lisa Semro and Grace Pilz each hit home runs and Lindsay Efflandt scattered 6 hits and struck out 11 as the Trojans remained undefeated with this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Erin Olson was 2-for-4 with a double, Sarah Kendeigh had a double and Jaime Deering drove in a run for Cary-Grove (10-0, 2-0).St. Edward 6, Regina 3: Kali Kossakowski (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SBs), Ryann Scully (2-for-4, HR), Allison Stratman (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Lindsay Zdroik (RBI) led the Green Wave offense in this nonconference win. Zdroik (3-4) allowed 5 hits, struck out 9 and didn’t walk a batter in earning the win.Waubonsie Valley 16, Larkin 0: Waubonsie’s Shannon Hohman struck out 13 of the 16 Larkin batters she faced and threw a no-hitter. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher for the Royals (1-10, 1-5).Johnsburg 10, Hampshire 0: Jennifer Hurst suffered the loss for the Whip-Purs (3-8, 0-1) in the FVC Fox. Sara Finn had a hit and 2 stolen bases for Hampshire.

    Warren pitcher Adam Reuss delivers against Grant Saturday.

    Reuss on a roll with baseball at Warren

    Warren pitcher Adam Reuss is firing strikes again. You might remember that the senior did it last fall, too, the difference being that he did so wearing a helmet and shoulder pads. Reuss quarterbacked Warren to the state playoffs, throwing for 1,968 yards, including 13 touchdowns, while completing 62 percent of his 258 passes. He both passed and ran for a pair of scores in a game against Mundelein. He earned All-North Suburban Conference and Daily Herald All-Area honorable mention honors. Reuss says he had interest from some Division II and smaller D-I football schools. Instead, however, he chose to sign a letter of intent to play Division I baseball for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which competes in the Horizon League.


    Schulewitz (5-0), Mundelein keep winning

    Mundelein’s baseball team scored the only run it needed for ace Mitch Schulewitz in the fourth thanks to an error and then added 3 in the fifth, as the Mustangs shut out visiting Warren 4-0 Tuesday.


    Neuqua Valley just keeps on winning

    A few Neuqua Valley players have jumped into big roles at the varsity level, and the Wildcats are now surprising many volleyball fans by just how well they play as a team.


    Cubs execs Epstein, Hoyer share Boston’s pain

    The bombing tragedy at the Boston Marathon hit close to home for Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Epstein's brother ran in the race. The Cubs beefed up security around Wrigley Field Tuesday.


    Big victory leaves Naperville North happy

    The Naperville North boys water polo team left its pool happy Tuesday night after beating visiting Hinsdale Central 16-4.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 6, Elgin 0: Kim Jimenez had 4 goals to lead the Sabres to an Upstate Eight River win. Tawny Carroll added 2 goals for Streamwood (7-2-3, 2-0) and had 2 assists as well. Hannah McGlone added two assists and Erika Delagdo had one. Natalie Guindon made 2 saves in goal for her seventh shutout of the season.Huntley 6, CL Central 1: Deanna Hecht scored the hat trick to lead the Red Raiders in this Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Rachel Zobott, Autumn Maraviglia and Jessica Helm also scored for Huntley, while Beth Parks had 2 assists and Abigail Nordeen, Katie Constantino and Brianna Gerardi had 1 assist each. Jessica Galason had 4 saves in goal for the Raiders (9-2-1).Cary-Grove 4, Johnsburg 0: Emma Baker, Kate Boyd and Cory Levels scored goals and Cary-Grove had an own goal in this FVC crossover. Genna Sobiesczyk and Michelle Kalenda had assists for the Trojans (5-2-1). Krystal Felderman (1 save) and Caylie Jones (2 saves) split time in the net for C-G.CL South 2, Grayslake North 1: Alex Romano had a goal and an assist and Kimmy Sulikowski added a goal as the Gators won this FVC crossover. MacKenzie Taldone also had an assist for Crystal Lake South and Kiley Britten made 5 saves in goal for the Gators.St. Edward 8, Guerin 0: The Green Wave bounced back from Monday’s 1-0 loss to Lisle to beat Guerin in Suburban Christian action. Corey Lepoudre and Allison Kruk each had 2 goals for St. Edward, while Monica Ramirez, Chelsea Gnan, Theresa McFadden and Rena Ranallo added single goals. Lepoudre added 2 assists, with Gnan, Olivia Kochanek and Sarah Madden each assisting once. Paige Dykstra was in goal for the Wave (5-2-1, 2-0) but wasn’t called on to make any saves.Westminster Christian 1, Christian Liberty 0: Liz Meschewski scored 50 seconds into overtime to give the Warriors this Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Savannah Dutcher had 3 saves in goal for Westminster (2-5-1).Harvest Christian 3, Cornerstone Christian 0: Brittany Salazar scored twice and Morgan Lockwood once to lead the Lions in nonconference play. Cayla Aroson and Ellie Burzlaff had assists for Harvest (3-3-3) and Tori Nelson made 3 saves in goal.U-High 2, Elgin Academy 1: Kaitlyn Pearson scored off an assist from Shayna Oriold for the Hilltoppers in this Independent School League loss. Alysson Wittmeyer had 5 saves in goal for Elgin Academy (0-3-3).Neuqua Valley 3, South Elgin 1: Delaney Kelleher scored the Storm’s only goal in the Upstate Eight Valley. Jourdan Vaulkner had 12 saves in goal for South Elgin (5-3-1, 2-2).Lake Park 5, Bartlett 0: Amanda Lozada had 7 saves in goal for Bartlett (8-6, 1-2) in the UEC Valley.Grayslake Central 1, Dundee-Crown 0: Grayslake Central outscored D-C 4-3 in PKs to win this FVC crossover. Isabel Miranda had 10 saves in goal for the Chargers (3-10).

    Coach Marc Trestman talks to quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and his receivers during the first day of the Bears minicamp Tuesday.

    Hester not among Bears receivers

    Devin Hester was not involved with the receivers at any time during Tuesday’s practice inside the Walter Payton Center at under-construction Halas Hall. And that was by design of the Bears' coaching staff.

    Stevenon’s Jeremy Bush tracks down the ball during his match against Warren’s Kristiyan Trukov on Tuesday at Warren.

    Substantial victory for Bush, Stevenson

    As two hungry tennis players exchanged shots on one of Warren’s Almond Road campus courts, a plastic platter full of subs and a bag of more sandwiches arrived. Simultaneously, Stevenson’s players — all but Jeremy Bush, who was just thirsty from chasing Kristiyan Trukov forehands — and the Patriots’ three, equally grateful coaches gobbled down dinner. On the court, Bush was hungry to avenge last year’s loss in the North Suburban Conference No. 1 singles final. Fellow senior Trukov of Warren was hungry to prove that his upset of Bush was legitimate. In the end, after nearly three hours of wonderful tennis, Bush got to enjoy a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 win — and a sandwich. His thoughtful teammates had saved him a sub. “He showed a lot of guts,” Stevenson coach Tom Stanhope said of Bush, whose win completed the Patriots’ 7-0 victory on a sunny-turned-cold Tuesday in Gurnee. “Kris is a great player too.”

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com St. Charles East's Nicole Lombard and St. Charles North's Kelly Manski battle for the ball near the sideline in the first half on Tuesday, April 16.

    Manski’s goal lifts St. Charles North

    Forget about the idea that the Upstate Eight Conference River Division title was on the line — neither team was much interested in that. But St. Charles East and St. Charles North were very interested in testing themselves against another strong opponent on Tuesday night when this year’s crosstown meeting of the city’s two girls soccer teams took place before the largest crowd in the area so far this season.

    Sarah Feder, left, of Naperville North and Alena Sidwell of Metea Valley dual for the ball during the Naperville North at Metea Valley girls soccer game Tuesday.

    Brace yourself: Naperville North’s Swift is back

    Welcome back, Zoe Swift. The Naperville North senior scored twice and added 3 assists in her return to action on Tuesday night, leading the Huskies to a 5-1 victory over Metea Valley in Aurora.


    Lisle loses its edge, doubleheader

    Summer Stitt stood a strike away from working out of a near impossible jam. With one swing, Makenna Emerson wrecked that idea. Emerson’s two-out, two-strike, two-run double just over the third-base bag broke up a 3-3 tie, and Coal City poured it on in an 8-run eighth inning to beat Lisle 11-4 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Community Park. Coal City swept, scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning to take the opener 3-2 in five innings. The teams’ Monday game was rained out, and they rescheduled with a pair of five-inning contests that went extras in the nightcaps.


    Bears moving on minus Urlacher

    The return of linebacker Brian Urlacher to the Bears does not appear imminent. "Years and experience teach us not to say ‘never,’ to not use those words,” general manager Phil Emery said. “But certainly our focus is on the roster that we have on the field and moving forward with our team."


    Gregg would love shot at closer’s role

    Former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is back with the team, and he said he wouldn't mind doing that job again. And former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman, now with the Rangers, said he meant "nothing personal" in unflattering comments about Wrigley Field.

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo tags out Texas Rangers’ Craig Gentry at home on a throw from first baseman Anthony Rizzo Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost to the Rangers 4-2.

    Cubs lose to Rangers 4-2

    Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run, and Craig Gentry made a diving catch in the ninth to preserve the Texas Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at a cold Wrigley Field. Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the Cubs, who have lost three straight games. The Rangers left-hander struck out six and allowed two hits.


    Another Elk Grove eruption; another Grens win

    For the second day in a row, Elk Grove exploded for a victory. Elk Grove took advantage of 2 Wheeling errors to tally six times in the sixth inning and top host Wheeling 7-3 Tuesday in Mid-Suburban East play.


    Hersey tops Wheeling, ties up East race

    A Wheeling victory over Hersey at Olympic Pool on Tuesday would’ve clinched an appearance in the Mid-Suburban League girls water polo championship game for the Wildcats. The Huskies had other ideas, though, and as a result, the MSL East race will likely go down to the wire. Using a stellar defensive effort and an efficient offensive performance, Hersey beat the Wildcats 6-2 to force a tie in the East standings with two games left for both teams. Both teams are 7-1 against divisional foes.


    Impressive trio leading Leyden

    Cynthia Salgado, Jenny Ortega and Ashley Torres helped Leyden collect its first victory in the West Suburban Gold Division with a 9-2 romp over visiting Proviso East on Tuesday night in Northlake. The Leyden trio had a hand in every goal but two as they overwhelmed a Pirates side which was unable to deal with the Eagles’ pace and direct play.

    Elk Grove’s Ray Kraus, left, and Sam Jasutis block against Buffalo Grove on Tuesday at Elk Grove.

    Prospect loosens up, hangs loss on Hersey

    There’s been a dramatic change of fortune for the Prospect boys volleyball team. Just two short weeks ago they were floundering with an 0-7 record after a conference opening loss to Buffalo Grove. Now they’ve won 7 of their last 9 matches, and after Tuesday’s 26-24, 25-21 victory over Hersey the Knights are tied for first in the Mid-Suburban East with a 4-1 division mark.


    Surging Schaumburg does it again

    It's still early in the softball season but Schaumburg has already learned how to win games regardless of the predicament. “They've jokingly call themselves the 'comeback kids,' ” said Saxons coach Ellen Stoddard. And they proved that again Tuesday at Rolling Meadows, where they were the home team because their field was unplayable due to the recent weather. Trailing 5-3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Saxons scored 3 run to take the lead. Schaumburg senior pitcher Hannah Kerr (4-0) then struck out two while facing 4 batters in a scoreless seventh to seal the 6-5 comeback win.


    Van Volkenburg drives in game-winner for Lisle

    DuPage baseball roundup


    Woodstock, Buhrow surprise Jacobs

    Unheralded Woodstock reminded once-beaten Jacobs of baseball’s humbling nature Tuesday. The Golden Eagles entered the Fox Valley Conference crossover winners of 10 of 11 games to open the season, but they could not solve Blue Streaks right-hander Andy Buhrow. The senior limited predominantly right-handed Jacobs to 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits in 6 innings of Woodstock’s 7-3 victory in Algonquin.

    White Sox catcher Hector Gimenez congratulates pitcher Addison Reed after defeating the Blue Jays Tuesday night in Toronto.

    White Sox rally to beat Blue Jays 4-3

    Dayan Viciedo doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday. Paul Konerko hit a game-tying homer and scored three runs as the White Sox won for just the second time in eight games. Matt Lindstrom (1-0) got one out for the win and Addison Reed finished for his fifth save in as many opportunities.


    Hengler, Jacobs make easy work of Huntley

    Jacobs softball coach Jeremy Bauer likes Jacqueline Hengler as his leadoff hitter because of her speed and ability to get on base. The Golden Eagles' senior added the dimension of power to her offensive repertoire on Tuesday afternoon. Blasting a 3-run home run well over the left-field fence in the fifth inning, Hengler was one of the keys in Jacobs' 10-2 victory over Huntley in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin.


    Dennison’s 4th goal does it for Jacobs

    After watching a 2-goal lead slip away in the final 7 minutes of regulation, Jacobs simply went back to work. The Golden Eagles dominated overtime until Kylie Dennison scored her fourth goal of the game with 6:20 left in the second overtime to lift the Golden Eagles to a 5-4 Fox Valley Conference girls soccer win over Hampshire Thursday.


    Starai, St. Charles East blank Batavia

    Matt Starai simply pitched to his strengths on Tuesday afternoon. The St. Charles East senior right-hander demonstrated effectiveness with four different pitches, completely shutting down Batavia in the process. Starai completed his second shutout of the baseball season with a called third strike, but it was the Saints' defense behind him that told the tale in its 4-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory in St. Charles.


    St. Charles North returns to its winning ways

    The reaction to a recent three-game losing streak says something about the standard St. Charles North softball has set. "We went from 4-0 with some really impressive wins to 4-3 and everybody is asking me what's wrong?" North Stars coach Tom Poulin said after Tuesday's 4-1 win over Lake Park in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover. "We'll be fine. If we can consistently get some games in I think we can grow at a faster rate. That's what we're lacking right now is that opportunity."


    Prairie Ridge blanks Crystal Lake S.

    According to Crystal Lake South softball coach Scott Busam, it's not time to panic, but it might be time to sound a wake-up alarm on his Gators. After a slew of errors committed in an 8-1 loss to McHenry on Monday, the errors were contagious again as the Gators spotted Prairie Ridge 4 runs on 4 errors on the road in a 10-0 Fox Valley Conference loss in 5 innings Tuesday in Crystal Lake.


    Elgin beats Streamwood in 7th

    Catchers usually are known for their lack of speed. Elgin's Brandon Higdon showed Tuesday he has some quickness. Higdon beat out an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring in the only run of the game in the Maroons' 1-0 Upstate Eight River Division win over Streamwood in Elgin.


    NU golfer bests Donald’s record

    One of Luke Donald's most cherished collegiate records went by the wayside Tuesday when Northwestern junior Jack Perry posted a 54-hole score of 200 in the two-day NU Spring Invitational at The Glen Club in Glenview.

    Bartlett’s Kayla Haberstich looks back at Hawks’ coach Jim Wolfsmith after hitting a home run Tuesday in Elgin.

    Bartlett puts it all together against Elgin

    The Bartlett softball team had the kind of day Tuesday Hawks' coach Jim Wolfsmith would like to put in bottle and have available for the rest of the season. The defending state Class 4A runner-up got good pitching, flawless defense, and solid timely hitting in defeating Elgin 11-2 in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover at Maroon Field in Elgin. Senior Jessica Kirby allowed the Maroons just 3 hits, struck out 5 and walked 1, and the Hawks rapped out 14 hits, including three each from Rachel Odolski and Alyssa Nowak.

    Dallas Stars’ Alex Goligoski (33) and Philip Larsen (36) pull the Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw away from their goalie during third-period action as the Blackhawks defeated the Stars 5-2 Monday.

    There’s just no let up in these Hawks

    With six games left in the regular season and a record of 33-5-4, you'd think the Blackhawks would be ready to put it on cruise control until the playoffs. But the Hawks don't even know the meaning of the words "let up." They're streaking again with 6 wins in a row and 8 victories in the last nine games (8-0-1). "It's just the heart we have," Hawks center Andrew Shaw said. "We want to win every game we play. The feeling of winning is unbelievable, and no one wants to lose."

    Former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel is projected to be a second-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

    3 second-round QBs who are first rate

    While Geno Smith and Matt Barkley are the only quarterbacks mentioned as first-round picks in this year's NFL draft, Bob LeGere takes a closer look at three other quarterbacks who could wind up with better pro careers: Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Florida's E.J. Manuel and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson.

    Kansas State's Arthur Brown, left, has the Cover 2 skills to help a 4-3 defense as a weakside linebacker.

    KSU’s Brown has strong skills at weakside LB

    The Bears need an infusion of youth at linebacker and, more specifically, they need to start planning for the day when seven-time Pro Bowl weakside linebacker Lance Briggs starts to slow down. Kansas State's Arthur Brown could be the ideal successor to the 32-year-old Briggs, and he has already visited Halas Hall.


    Aging linebacker corps a concern for Bears

    After an off-season of change, seven-time Pro Bowl weakside linebacker Lance Briggs will be working with two new starters in 2013. Strong-side linebacker Nick Roach signed with the Raiders, eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher remains unsigned and in limbo, and last year's top backup, Geno Hayes, signed with the Jaguars.


    Baseball/Top 20
    Huntley, Naperville Central and Batavia are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 baseball rankings.

    While this his week's cover of Sports Illustrated shows the terror that gripped Boston, it also shows a runner getting up, which is important for all of us, says Barry Rozner.

    Boston’s bombings won’t stop runners from running

    One of life's few guarantees is we are given the opportunity to get back up. We get knocked down, but we — as people, as children, as parents, as Bostonians, as Americans, as runners — can get up again.

    Nicole Jeray

    At 42, LPGA’s Jeray ready to make her move

    Berwyn golfer Nicole Jeray is the lone Chicago golfer on the LPGA Tour. While she's also one of the oldest at age 42, she's making strides with the help of her longtime swing instructor, Dr. Jim Suttie. The former NIU golfer, who is one of the straighest off the tee, believes she finally has solved some issues with her short game. Len Ziehm catches up with Jeray as she prepares for three straight tournaments.

    Tiger Woods reacts to his approach shot to the 15th green during the third round of the Masters on Saturday. Later he was assessed a two-stroke penalty by the Masters committee, which did not disqualify him.

    Masters fortunate Woods didn’t win this time

    Mike North contends the luster of the Masters Tournaments was tarnished this past weekend by the Tiger Woods controversy. He's just happy Tiger didn't win because in North's sports world, this Master's win wouldn't have counted in his hunt against Jack Nicklaus.

    Naperville North’s Alex Garon makes a sliding catch in the outfield during Monday’s baseball game against Wheaton North in Naperville.

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



    Mettawa-based Grainger 1Q profit up, strength across regions

    W.W. Grainger Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income climbed 13 percent, in part because of increased prices and strength across all regions. The company, which sells power tools and other industrial equipment, also boosted the low end of its full-year earnings and revenue outlook ranges given its strong quarterly performance.

    The Yahoo! Inc. logo is displayed on a flag flying at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Yahoo! Inc., the biggest U.S. Web portal, forecast sales that fell short of analystsí estimates as it continued to lose advertisers to Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

    Yahoo’s 1Q earnings surge while revenue sags

    Yahoo's Internet advertising revenue crumbled further during the first three months of the year and overshadowed a surge in the company's earnings.


    Intel meets 1Q expectations despite PC slowdown

    Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of chips for PCs, is remaining steadfast amid a drastic slowdown in computer sales.Intel on Tuesday said it's keeping its sales and margin forecasts for this year, even as first-quarter PC sales plunged 14 percent from a year ago, as measured by research firm IDC. The company is helped by rising shipments of chips for servers.


    Dish’s Ergen says Sprint debt manageable

    Dish Network's combative chairman, Charlie Ergen, on Tuesday defended his $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, saying the debt load the deal would create for the combined company will be manageable.


    J&J Q1 profit falls 10 pct despite higher sales

    Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter profit fell by just over 10 percent as increased sales were offset by higher costs for production, marketing and administration. The maker of Tylenol, prescription drugs and medical devices said Tuesday that it earned $3.5 billion, or $1.22 per share, down 10.6 percent from $3.9 billion, or $1.41 per share, a year earlier.

    U.S. builders broke ground in March on homes at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.04 million, the fastest since June 2008.

    U.S. housing starts surpass 1 million in March

    U.S. builders broke ground in March on homes at a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.04 million, the fastest since June 2008. The gain was driven by a surge in apartment construction and showed continued strength in the housing market at the start of the spring-buying season. The Commerce Department says builders increased their construction pace 7 percent in March from February.

    Michael Capolino, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Stocks are sharply higher in early trading, a day after the market's worst drop this year, as the government reported a surge in home construction last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Stock market rebounds from worst day of the year

    Strong housing and earnings reports helped stocks rebound from their worst day of the year.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 157.58 points, or 1.1 percent, on Tuesday, to 14,756.78, winning back more than half of the 265 points it lost a day earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index logged its second-best day of the year.

    Jennifer Bychowsky, far right, and her husband Mike, started a franchise of Wholesome Tummies in January. The company specializes in kid-friendly healthy meals. Cathy Saso, left, is their chef.

    Lake in the Hills business makes school lunches healthier

    Jennifer Bychowsky and her husband Mike opened a Lake in the Hills franchise of Wholesome Tummies, which markets itself as a "healthy school solution," with more nutritious options for school lunches. They offer plenty of kid favorites but the recipes are enhanced with healthier ingredients, which cost more, but offer greater nutritional value for kids.

    The Grand Station restaurant in Arlington Heights.

    1950s-themed restaurant coming to Arlington Heights

    Everything old will be new again in downtown Arlington Hts., when Circa 57, a 1950s-themed restaurant opens in the former Grand Station and People's Bank locations this summer. "The overall theme will be an interactive lifestyle experience of the 1950s," said owner Anthony Priola, explaining the restaurant will be divided into different scenes depicting life in 1957, with food and drinks to match.


    Hospira names operations executive
    Lake Forest-based Hospira Inc. has named Matthew R. (Matt) Stober senior vice president, Operations. In addition to expanding his current U.S. responsibilities to assume leadership for all of Hospira's pharmaceutical manufacturing operations,


    UOP technology to be used on liquid natural gas project

    Des Plaines-baed UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Berhad to provide technology for acid gas removal on the world's first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas project The facility, known as Petronas Floating LNG 1or PFLNG 1, is designed to extract natural gas from offshore wells and liquefy and store it for later transport.


    Advocate named among nation’s top health systems
    For a 5th time, Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care is being recognized as one of the nation's premier health systems by Truven Health Analytics. Advocate is the only health system in Illinois to make Truven's annual list of the 15 Top Health Systems. Each health system that made the Truven list received top nods for clinical performance.


    Citigroup execs sound a cautious note

    Citigroup isn't convinced the economy is back. The bank's executives were more cautious than celebratory Monday, even after announcing strong first-quarter results. Citigroup's investment bank advised more companies on mergers and acquisitions; its retail bank wrote out more mortgages; it set aside less money for bad loans. The bank's earnings beat expectations and its stock price rose. Even so, executives stopped short of declaring victory.


    Coca-Cola profit tops estimates as Latin America sales increase

    Coca-Cola Co. reported first- quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates as Latin American sales volume rose. The company also announced a deal to sell some bottling distribution rights in North America. Net income fell 15 percent to $1.75 billion, or 39 cents a share, from $2.05 billion, or 45 cents, a year earlier, Atlanta- based Coca-Cola said today in a statement.


    Northern Trust profit increases 1.7% As stock gains boost assets

    Northern Trust Corp., the third- biggest independent U.S. custody bank, said first-quarter profit rose 1.7 percent as stock-market gains boosted the value of assets the company oversees. Net income increased to $164 million, or 67 cents per diluted share, from $161.2 million, or 66 cents a share, a year earlier, the Chicago-based company said today in a statement. Results missed the 72-cent average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.


    Target trims first-quarter profit forecast on colder weather

    Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, said first-quarter profit will be less than it previously expected as cold weather hampered sales of spring merchandise. Adjusted profit in the current quarter will be less than the low end of its forecast range of $1.10 to $1.20 a share, the Minneapolis-based company said today in a statement. The average of 10 analysts' estimates compiled by Bloomberg was $1.11 a share when the statement was released.

    Shoes on sale at the Footloose store at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged.

    U.S. consumer prices drop 0.2 pct on cheaper gas

    .S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Gas prices fell 4.4 percent, reversing part of February's 9.1 percent gain.

    Repairman Jerry Garcia works on an engine on the assembly line at the Ford Cleveland Engine Plant 1 , in Brook Park, Ohio.

    Factory production in U.S. unexpectedly decreased in March

    Factory production in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in March, adding to recent signs that manufacturing is cooling. Output at factories fell 0.1 percent, figures from the Federal Reserve showed today in Washington, compared with 0.1 percent increase forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists.


    Patenting genes: Justices tackle big health issue

    The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting human genes in a case that could profoundly reshape the multibillion-dollar biomedical industry and U.S. research in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.


    American Airlines set to file reorganization plan

    US Airways began studying a potential merger with American Airlines several months before American filed for bankruptcy protection in late 2011, according to papers filed Monday by the two companies. The documents give a blow-by-blow account of how the merger was negotiated, including the thorny issues of how to share ownership of the merged company and who would run it.


    Phelps fires at ‘anonymous allegations’ in report

    Former Congressman David Phelps did "little work" as assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation other than to take actions that entailed "misconduct and abuse," according to an investigative report released Monday. The Office of the Executive Inspector General found Phelps impermissibly met with job candidates and interfered with hiring and the favorable ranking of contractors.


    Quinn touts agencies’ roles in housing recovering

    Gov. Pat Quinn has played up programs that help veterans get housing and state agencies' work in helping Illinois recover from the housing crash. The Chicago Democrat spoke Monday before the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference in Springfield. He says the key to the economic recovery is the housing market.

Life & Entertainment


    How to help a daughter with marital troubles?
    Her 27-year-old daughter has been married for just over two years and is feeling she "is living the wrong life, like she's not in the right place." How can her mom help?

    Cuban-American singer Lazaro Arbos says his personal story, not his stutter, won him viewers’ votes on “American Idol.”

    Lazaro Arbos says stutter didn’t win him ‘Idol’ votes

    "American Idol" contestant Lazaro Arbos won the hearts of viewers not just because of his singing, but because of his personal story. The 22-year-old from Florida suffers from a severe stutter that disappears while he's performing. Though the Cuban-born performer acknowledges that his speech impediment got him attention, he doesn't think it won him votes.

    Mark Wahlberg attends a screening of “Pain & Gain” on Monday in New York.

    Hollywood business continues after Boston bombing

    While entertainers share their horror over the Boston Marathon bombings, Hollywood as a whole presses on. There was no mention of the deadly blasts Tuesday at the National Association of Theater Owners convention in Las Vegas.

    Salmon rubbed with vanilla paste brings luscious notes to this savory tartlet.

    Culinary adventures: Uncovering vanilla’s savory side

    Inspired by her participation in the 2011 Daily Herald Cook of the Week competition, and a more recent visit to the Waukegan home of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Company, Penny Kazmier sets out to prove that vanilla isn't just for baking.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Mosquito”

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs shine on 4th album

    From the opening seconds of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' fourth album, you'll wonder how you have lived without the dulcet tones of Karen O for the four years since the release of their third album, "It's Blitz." No one else has a voice quite like hers. But the indie rock trio's new album is different from their Grammy-nominated 2009 effort: Every track on "Mosquito" could be a single.

    The Flaming Lips, “The Terror”

    Album No. 13 unlucky for Flaming Lips

    Expectations for a new Flaming Lips record are soaring high, mostly based on the fact the band always delivers brilliant music. The feeling is you can always rely on a Flaming Lips record. Or can you?


    Flaky Pastry Dough
    Flaky Pastry Dough

    Salmon rubbed with vanilla bean paste adds a wonderful taste to springtime tarts.

    Salmon, Whole-Grain Mustard And Dill Tartlet
    Salmon While-grain Mustard and Dill Tart


    Ozzy Osbourne denies marriage split rumors

    Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has denied rumors of a split from his wife Sharon and apologized to his family for returning to drink and drugs. The former Black Sabbath singer says he was in a "dark place" but has been sober for 44 days.

    When he was in college Nick Ninedorf finally shed his picky eater persona and branched out. Now he enjoys creating recipes with bold flavors, like these Korean-style tacos.

    Cook of the Week: Picky eater learns to branch out
    Nick Ninedorf admits he was a picky eater growing up. "My parents struggled to get me to eat anything other than macaroni and cheese and hot dogs," he admits. But working in a restaurant in college changed his outlook on food. Nick says while watching the chefs, he learned to mimic their recipes and discovered that how you pair ingredients can create wonderful meals at home.


    Thai-Style Wings
    Thai Chicken Wings: Nick Ninedorf

    Nick Ninedorf’s Korean-style tacos were a hit at 2012’s 60 Men Who Cook fundraiser in Geneva.

    Korean Tacos with Korean-style Slaw
    Korean Tacos: Nick Ninedorf


    Perfect Scrambled Eggs
    Perfect Scrambled Eggs: Nick Ninedorf

    Former Hinsdale resident Jay Chandrasekhar, seen here directing a scene for the film "Beerfest," will perform his standup comedy routine on Friday, April 19, at the Laugh Factory in Chicago.

    Best bets: Super Trooper is super funny

    Comedian, director and Hinsdale native Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers") shows off his standup comedy skills Friday at the Laugh Factory in Chicago. Peter Yarrow, a former member of the famed folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, performs in concert Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. See the Chicago Bliss take on the Los Angeles Temptation when the Legends Football League returns to the Sears Centre.

    Band of Horses — Ben Bridwell, left, Creighton Barrett, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds and Ryan Monroe — recently went on tour.

    Band of Horses frontman, from homeless to tour

    A few weeks before taking off on Band of Horses' current tour, frontman Ben Bridwell decided to make a pilgrimage of sorts to his old haunt Seattle to meet with old friends, stop by familiar landmarks and dodge umbrellas. The 34-year-old singer-guitarist thought the trip might spur a songwriting rush. Instead, he came away with a lot of unexpected emotions as he revisited memories of homelessness and the early days of his band.

    “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” by Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno’s memoir is survivor’s story

    The award-winning actress Rita Moreno opens up — way, way up — in a memoir driven less by recollections from her career than by her effort to overcome crippling self-doubts. Moreno wasn't shaped by the roles she played. She focuses her story on a journey of self-discovery, and it's that introspection that gives her memoir its punch. Plus, her success story is so American.



    Beauty and the beast

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups. One consists of those disturbed by the bugging of a private conversation. The other consists of people who were mostly offended by the content of the conversation, which concerned Judd's emotional problems, and laughter about certain odd comments she has made over time.


    Congress’ gun solutions are missing the point

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Washington is one big magic show. In black tie and tails, the Senate points to the bereaved parents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were shot to death. Then, while the audience is focused on the Newtown horror, senators vote to take up a bill that would do absolutely nothing to avoid such a tragedy.


    Teachers shouldn’t retire above the rest
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Whether it's District 211 or elsewhere, how can we sustain a system in which teachers retire on an income that is more than twice the working income of so many private sector employees? Why do school boards approve these deals?


    Sente voted against transparency
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: As a resident of the 59th Illinois House District, I am deeply disappointed in State Rep. Carol Sente's recent committee vote against a common sense collective bargaining sunshine bill. House Bill 2689 would require all taxing bodies in Illinois to post a proposed collective bargaining agreement online for 14 days, prior to conducting a public hearing and voting on the issue.


    No griping from 55 percent non-voters
    No griping from 55 percent nonvotersLiving in Winfield for over 27 years it was numbing to see that only 45 percent of its citizens voted on April 9. Maybe it was all the antics and bad publicity seen in the papers daily that caused people to show surprising apathy toward the problems that face Winfield. The ongoing rhetoric between the Hatfields and McCoys has been plaguing Winfield ever since I can remember. That is why I endorsed Rob Hanlon. He was an independent candidate who could bring some unity to our village. His calm, communicating, and collaborative style would be an asset to our village. He had the skills and knowledge to solve the village’s problems. He believed all points of view should be heard and that trust was needed to mend our village board back to a working relationship and go forward. He would have returned civility to the village board and made Winfield proud. Thank you, Rob, for putting forth such an honest effort to get our town out of such dire straits. So glad I had the pleasure of meeting and campaigning for you.As far as the other 55 percent of our citizens: Don’t want to hear you complaining of our failing streets or higher taxes … get involved.Judy A. HallWinfield


    Role of Soviet Union in World War II
    A letter to the editor: Regarding Richard Cohen's column on World War II, it is always interesting to think about "What if" scenarios throughout history. A willingness to do so demonstrates a better understanding of other times.


    Honor to serve in Batavia schools
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I want to thank all the voters who went out and voted Tuesday, April 9, and especially those who voted for me. It will be an honor to serve you on the Batavia School Board.


    Thank you, Fox River Grove
    A Fox River Grove letter to the editor: Fox River Grove Neighbors, on April 9, you elected me to your village board, thank you for your support. Over the past four to five weeks I have walked every street in the village to meet as many residents as would answer the door (most did) and make my case for the trustee job.


    Thanks for trust, support, St. Charles
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: To the residents of St. Charles, I have been humbled by your trust and faith in my ability to serve as your next mayor. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness you have shown me through your messages of congratulations and goodwill.


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