Daily Archive : Friday April 19, 2013


    The Antioch Junior Sequoits eighth grade girls feeder basketball team coached by Jim Kelly, made it to the finals in a recent year-end tournament. It was the final season for Kelly, who co-founded the program nine years ago.

    Feeder program founder coaches his final season

    Antioch resident Jim Kelly recently ended his involvement with the girls basketball feeder founder he co-founded nine years ago. The Antioch Girls Feeder Program helps develop players to compete at the high school level.


    Kane state’s attorney names first two-time prosecutor of year

    The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office recently honored three employees for their work in 2012, including Pam Monaco as Prosecutor of the Year, an award she also earned in 2008. Police Liaison Linda Hagemann was named Employee of the Year and Assistant State’s Attorney Megan Matuska was the recipient of the Ace of Spades Award for excellence in the courtroom. Monaco is the first two-time...

    Phil Festoso, a resident of Sherwood Lane in Des Plaines, slogs down Hawthorne Lane, after checking on his home three blocks in.

    Des Plaines River receding; officials describe evacuation

    The Des Plaines River began to fall in Des Plaines Friday evening after reaching a record high of 10.92 feet. Some residents in flooded neighborhoods waited until the last minute to ask for the city’s help with evacuation, which is being done with fire department boats and high-clearance vehicles, said Tim Oakley, who is leading the city's response.

    Women cheer after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    In Boston and beyond: Jubilation

    They gathered in silence on Boylston Street, just three blocks away from the chaos and carnage caused by twin bombings four days earlier. Some were crying. While dozens of others held a solemn commemoration Friday night for the victims of the blasts, others took to the streets of Boston and beyond to celebrate the capture of the surviving suspect following a manhunt that left the city largely...

    Palatine Hills Golf Course.

    Images: Reader submitted flood photos
    A gallery of reader submitted photos from Thursday's flooding.Thanks to all who shared their images.

    Sadeya Albiss

    Cops: Mom charged after leaving daughter, 2, alone outside DuPage courthouse

    A woman was charged with endangering the life of her 2-year-old daughter Friday after the child was found alone and crying outside the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton, police said. Sadeya Albiss, 52, of Bridgeview, was arrested about 8:45 a.m. after sheriff's deputies were notified of a young girl sitting on a curb near the traffic lane of the parking lot, according to a news release. Police...


    Spring Lake Beach in Lincolnshire is submerged

    Janis Swanson, a longtime resident of the neighborhood near Spring Lake Beach in Lincolnshire, said she was amazed by the amount of Des Plaines River water covering the area. “I’ve never seen it this bad,” she said. “In 25 years, I’ve never seen the river this high.”

    Frank McGillin, who ran three Boston Marathons, waves a U.S. flag as a crowd reacts to news of the arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects during a celebration at Boston Common, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Boston. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Mass. The 19-year-old college student wanted in the bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

    Boston bomb suspect captured, brother killed

    A 19-year-old Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured hiding in a boat parked in a backyard Friday night and his older brother lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area.

    Two women applaud after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt.

    Images: Reaction as Second Marathon Bombing Suspect is Apprehended
    Images of reaction as a second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is apprehended and as police leave the scene of the arrest in Watertown, Mass.Two suspects killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer and threw explosives at police during their getaway attempt over the last 24 hours.


    Wisconsin dad accused of teaching son to choke another

    A 30-year-old Wisconsin father is accused of teaching one son how to choke the other unconscious — a lesson authorities say was caught on video.

    Efrain Baez of Des Plaines crawls out the trunk of his Volkswagen after getting stuck in the flooded intersection of Rand and Wilson in Des Plaines.

    Flood: River levels, rainfall totals, road closures
    Many roads and bridges across the suburbs remained flooded Friday night as rivers began to crest in some areas. Here's an updated list of road closures and river stages.

    The original McDonald’s is surrounded by water in downtown Des Plaines.

    Des Plaines blames Mt. Prospect, Prospect Hts. for heightened flooding

    Des Plaines officials Friday blamed their counterparts in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights for making flooding problems worse in Des Plaines, by allegedly filling a gap in a levee that they say should have been left open.

    Buba, a 9-year-old beagle from Hanover Park, went loose on forest preserve property near Bode and Bartlett roads last week but was kept safe by Cook County Forest Preserve District officers.

    Hanover Park dog reunited with owners after running away

    A dog was reunited with its owner a day after it was lost in a Cook County Forest Preserve and nearly hit by cars on Golf Road in Hoffman Estates. “We lost hope, (thinking) that she was probably eaten by coyotes or hit by a car,” Joanna Drodz said.

    Associated Press/Feb. 6, 2013 From left, Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally against allowing gays in the organization in front of the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

    Boy Scouts propose to lift gay ban for youth

    The key part of the resolution says no youth may be denied membership in the Scouts “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” A ban would continue on leadership roles for adults who are openly gay or lesbian.

    Homes on the west bank of the Fox River are prepared Friday for rising waters in St. Charles. Waters had receded somewhat from Thursday, judging by debris left behind.

    It could have been worse in the Tri-Cities

    Day 2 after the big rain in the Tri-Cities area: More garbage pickups are announced, island parks are still flooded, but the are communities generally fared well and escaped major damage.


    Body found in DuPage creek still unidentified

    An autopsy conducted Friday on a body found near Salt Creek in Oak Brook was inconclusive, authorities said.

    A man described to be between 55 and 60 years old robbed the Charter One Bank Friday in Rolling Meadows, authorities said.

    Bank robbed in Rolling Meadows

    The same man suspected of robbing a Wood Dale bank in February struck again on Friday — this time in Rolling Meadows — authorities said. The thief walked into the Charter One Bank at 3901 Kirchoff Road at 11:16 a.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    Xiubin Mei

    Jury deadlocks in 2011 meat cleaver attack

    A judge declared a mistrial Friday after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the case of former cook Xiubin Mei, charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in a 2011 meat cleaver attack at an Elk Grove Village restaurant. He was acquitted on one charge, but the juror could not reach consensus on the others.


    Two hurt in Crystal Lake four-car crash

    Two people were injured — one critically — in a four-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Crystal Lake, authorities said. Police said the crash occurred at 2:55 p.m. at the intersection of Route 31 and 176. Three cars had come to a stop in the inner northbound lane of Route 31 due to traffic congestion, when a fourth vehicle collided with the car in back, causing a chain reaction.

    Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, poses at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

    USA Today founder Neuharth dies

    During Al Neuharth’s more than 15 years at the helm of Gannett, the company became the nation’s largest newspaper company and the company’s annual revenues increased from $200 million to more than $3 billion. He became president and CEO of the company in 1973 and chairman in 1979. He retired in 1989.

    Water spilled well over the banks of Centennial Beach in Naperville.

    Naperville flood cleanup won’t be a snap

    Citywide flood cleanup was in full force in Naperville on Friday, but if waiting lists at local flood damage restoration companies are any indication, the recovery could take significantly longer. “My current waiting list stretches to May 7,” said Robert Jones, of AllPro Inc. Flood and Fire Repair.


    Parents charged in baby’s death

    First-degree murder charges have been filed against the parents of a 5-month-old girl who authorities say was smothered by her father to stop her crying.

    Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, poses at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

    USA Today founder Neuharth dies in Florida at 89

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. — USA Today founder Al Neuharth has died in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89.The news was announced Friday by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded.Neuharth changed American newspapers by putting easy-to-read articles and bright graphics in his national daily publication, which he began in 1982 when he ran the Gannett Co. newspaper group.


    Illinois Senate gun bill offers Cook County exemption

    In most of the state, the Senate compromise would require that gun permits be given to anyone who meets background-check requirements, while in Cook County local authorities would have power to deny concealed carry permission in individual cases.

    A car is stranded in the parking lot of Bank Financial near the entrance to the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort on Friday.

    Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes still rising

    Engorged by steady rains this week, the Des Plaines River crested early Friday in Lake County, allowing residents and officials to survey flood damage. Across the county, however, people living and working along the Fox River and the Chain O’ Lakes continued preparing for what could be the worst flooding there since 1960.


    Indian Trails library not accustomed to change at the top

    It was a shock for Indian Trails Library District to lose its second director in two years. Perhaps more so because only two directors had led the district in its previous 36 years.

    The roof of a former train depot on Broadway Avenue in Aurora collapsed, causing closure of the road for some of Friday. The building’s owner wants to demolish it.

    DuPage County flood control efforts continue

    Flood-weary DuPage County residents are expected to get some much-needed time to clean up now that the county rivers and streams are receding.

    An outdoor stairway leads to rushing water from overflowing Tyler Creek on the campus of Judson University in Elgin Thursday evening.

    Many roads reopen in Algonquin

    The towns along the Fox River from Algonquin on south were cautiously optimistic that the worst is over, knowing, however, the river could rise again over the weekend.


    Hanover Park helps residents seek flood damage reimbursement

    The village of Hanover Park is assisting residents who experienced flood damage as a result of this week’s severe storms. The police department developed a process to report the damage and receive possible reimbursement for anything not covered by insurance.


    Bob Chinn’s in Wheeling closed due to flooding

    Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling is closed due to flooding, according to an email from the restaurant. The popular eatery at 393 S. Milwaukee Ave. is located just west of the Des Plaines River, which was expected to crest Friday night.

    Grafton Public Works employees rescue two planters Friday from the already flooded riverfront in Grafton, Ill.

    Floodwaters rising throughout Midwest

    Flood fighters from small Mississippi River hamlets to the suburbs of Chicago staged a feverish battle Friday to hold back raging rivers, after days of torrential rains soaked much of the Midwest. Mississippi River communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are expected to see significant flooding.

    Vanessa Glover

    Hanover Park couple charged after cannabis bust

    A man and a woman have been charged after Hanover Park police found 407 grams of cannabis, cannabis plants in various stages of growth, drug paraphernalia, scales and high-wattage lights. Steven Groble, 54, and Vanessa Glover, 45, were taken into custody after officers executed a search warrant at 7 a.m. Wednesday at their residence on the 900 block of Roxbury Court.

    Alex Clifford

    Metra CEO’s future still a question mark

    Metra leaders say they'll go through a "process" to evaluate CEO Alex Clifford despite indications he's on the outs with some key board members. Does that make for a dysfunctional working relationship? No comment.

    Mourners attend a service at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption Thursday, April 18, 2013, a day after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The bodies of 12 people have been recovered, authorities said Friday.

    Texas blast death toll at 14

    Search crews recovered the bodies of 14 people killed in a Texas fertilizer-mill explosion that injured 200 and devastated the small town of West in the worst U.S. industrial disaster in at least three years.

    The public works department corrals water, as the city of Naperville works to clean up from downtown flooding.

    Images: Rivers continue to rise and flooding contiunes
    The Des Plaines River is expected to crest in Des Plaines Friday evening right at record levels, while the Chain O; Lakes has increased to about 18-inches over flood levels and will not peak until Monday.


    Runners for Boston:

    A “Runners for Boston” unity run is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 at The Runner’s Edge stores, including 111 E. Cook Ave., in Libertyville.

    Ten-ride pass costs increased in February.

    10-ride sales drop troubling for Metra

    Metra has raised prices on 10-ride passes by about 40 percent since 2012. Could that account for why sales are dropping? Maybe, maybe not, officials say.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Fernando Jaimes, 22, of Elgin was charged with possession of cannabis after police responded to a call reporting shots fired at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday on Joan Court, police reports said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Eriberto Vega, 44, was charged with retail theft Wednesday at Menards, 300 N. Randall Road, Batavia, according to a police report. Vega gave an address of an Aurora homeless shelter.


    Wisconsin priest subject of multiple complaints

    A Catholic priest who was suspended after a teacher reported what she considered inappropriate contact with a child is the subject of numerous complaints, according to police in suburban Milwaukee. The Rev. Robert Marsicek, who served at St. Pius X Parish in Wauwatosa and Mother of Good Counsel in Milwaukee, has been on leave since March 28.


    Waukegan music festival:

    Waukegan Public Schools hosts its annual Middle School Music Festival on Thursday, April 25 at the historic Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan.

    Bruno De La Cruz

    Elgin man faces prison after 9th DUI arrest

    A 36-year-old Elgin man is due in Kane County court next week after he was arrested and charged with his ninth DUI. Bruno De La Cruz was arrested in late February in Elgin and initially charged with a felony for his third DUI arrest. But prosecutors dug into his background and determined this was his ninth. He faces six to 30 years in prison with no possibility of probation if convicted.


    Junior National basketball tournament:

    The U.S. Junior National’s Windy City Classic is hosted at various locations in Lake County on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.


    CLC show canceled: CLC show cancelled:

    The May 4 performance of “Sleeping Beauty” at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake has been canceled.


    New Petty principal named:

    Angela Compere has been named the next Principal of W.C. Petty Elementary School in Antioch Elementary District 34.


    Mt. Prospect senior housing plan back on track

    After a slow start, plans are forging ahead for a senior development at the southeast corner of Wolf and Kensington roads in Mount Prospect.

    Trader Frederick Reimer, right, wears a whale cap Friday from Sea World as he waits for the company’s IPO to begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks recover slightly, ending tough week

    Microsoft gained 3 percent to $29.77, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher. The software giant reported earnings late Thursday that beat analysts’ forecasts and showed solid results from its Office, software tools and Xbox divisions. Google’s stock climbed 3 percent to $799.87. The leader in Internet search boosted prices for ads distributed to smartphones and tablet computers.

    Michael E. Sidman

    Cops: Teen arrested for bringing knife to high school

    A 19-year-old from Elgin was arrested Wednesday and charged with bringing a knife to South Elgin High School and trespassing. Michael E. Sidman was on suspension from an alternative Elgin Area School District U-46 program called the Central School Program when he showed up at the high school and offered to sell marijuana to several students, police said.

    Sam Yingling

    Heroin panel approved by House

    A suburban lawmaker’s proposal to address the state’s youth heroin epidemic passed in the Illinois House on a vote of 79-28 Friday.


    Huge surplus for University of Wisconsin has GOP fuming

    Republican lawmakers vowed Friday to freeze University of Wisconsin System tuition over the next two years after a report emerged showing the system has built a massive surplus of tuition dollars. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau study found the system finished the year that ended June 30, 2012, with nearly $650 million sitting in reserve, including about $414.1 million in tuition.

    Penguins from SeaWorld are escorted Friday by their handlers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the company’s IPO.

    SeaWorld makes a splash on NYSE as stock gains

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made a splash Friday in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.The owner of theme parks famous for water shows featuring killer whales and dolphins jumped $6.52, or 24 percent, to close at $33.52 after the company and its backers raised $702 million.

    An air traffic controller working in a terminal radar approach control room at the Atlanta TRACON in Peachtree City, Ga.

    Airlines, pilots sue government to stop furloughs

    Two airline trade associations and the Air Line Pilots Association said they have filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to stop the air traffic controller furloughs, which are scheduled to kick in on Sunday. However, the earliest the court is likely to schedule a hearing is sometime next week, after the furloughs have begun, said Nick Calio, head of Airlines for America,...


    Chicago pharmacist charged with peddling fake drug

    A federal indictment accuses Michael Markiewicz, owner of Belmont Pharmacy in Chicago, of buying counterfeit Viagra and Cialis from China and dispensing the products at his pharmacy.

    The Suncor Energy Inc. base plant is seen in this aerial photograph of the Athabasca Oil Sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Canadian light oil prices retreated from a six-month high on the spot market reached last week as production slipped and refineries prepared for maintenance.

    Chicago gasoline soars to 7-Month high

    Chicago gasoline strengthened to the highest level versus futures in seven months on concern that Midwestern storms caused disruptions at local refineries and cut rates on product pipelines.

    Michael Todd

    Homeless man remanded to facility in Arlington Heights stabbing

    A Cook County judge committed Michael Todd, a homeless man found not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted murder in February, to the custody of the Department of Human Services for 21 years after a psychiatric evaluation indicated he requires in-patient treatment.


    Video leads to arrest in old Hoffman Estates. shoplifting cases

    An Elgin woman was arrested in two Hoffman Estates shoplifting cases from last year after a Target security agent went through old video.


    Online flood map a successful tool in Naperville

    As cleanup continues, Naperville officials have begun to assess both the damage and response to local flooding over the past 48 hours.Already deemed a success was the city’s conversion of it’s online winter snow plowing map into a continuously updated map highlighting flooded and closed streets throughout the city.


    Scams tried in Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights

    An 89-year-old Arlington Heights woman avoided being scammed out of $2,500 after the helpful intervention of a Western Union employee, while a Prospect Heights man was scammed out of $1,098 by a vacation travel ploy.

    George Filenko

    Round Lake Park police: 3 suspects charged in Operation Street Sweep

    Round Lake Park police and federal authorities made three arrests in what they say is a continuing investigation of local drug dealers and street gang members.

    William Sullivan

    Caretaker charged with theft from elderly DuPage County woman

    An 89-year-old Westmont woman’s longtime caretaker has been charged with stealing more than $45,000 from her, prosecutors said Friday. William J. Sullivan, 59, of the 500 block of North Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park, was charged with theft over $10,000 and financial exploitation of a person over 80.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Hoffman Estates man was arrested and charged with theft of service and battery after he reportedly punched a male taxicab driver in the mouth. The man ran from the cab after refusing to pay the $80 cab fare., reports said. The driver chased him to the 1200 block of Hassell Circle in Hoffman Estates where Hughes punched him and fled, reports said.


    Library offers free series of writing workshops

    8.82--page 4Two workshops remain in the “Inside Writing and Publishing” series offered by the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Registration is required for these free workshops. Register by calling (847) 923-3347.

    Kerin Ramirez

    Weather delays wrestler’s home invasion trial

    Another trial in DuPage County court was postponed Friday after two jurors were unable to attend because of the weather. Testimony in the Kerin Ramirez home invasion trial will now resume Tuesday.

    Larry Hartwig

    Flooding marks beginning, end of Hartwig’s political career in Addison

    Flooding hit the Addison area when Larry Hartwig was first elected trustee in spring 1987, and flooding has struck again as Hartwig is about to step down as the village’s longtime mayor. Addison’s infrastructure has improved in the years since 1987, Hartwig said Friday, allowing the area to handle Thursday’s flooding better than it would have in the past. “I came in with flooding and it looks...

    Drummer Barret Harvey teaches a student at the School of Rock in Naperville.

    Moving Picture: Rock drummer teaches youngsters his craft

    Barret Harvey of Downers Grove knew from an early age that he wanted to be a drummer. He performs in a southern-stylel rock band called the Righteous Hillbillies, and also teaches young musicians at the School of Rock in Naperville. "The drums chose me, I didn't choose them." Harvey says as he reflects on his childhood growing up in Joliet.

    Southbound Washington Street, Naperville’s main north-south thoroughfare, remained closed until Friday afternoon because of flooding on the bridge that spans the DuPage River.

    Most Naperville bridges reopen

    Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday, Naperville reopened bridges on Washington Street, Main Street and Jefferson Avenue. The Eagle Street Bridge remains closed. According to city officials, some standing water remains on Jefferson Avenue west of the Jefferson Avenue Bridge, and vehicles will have to travel single file through that area.

    Centennial Beach is missing its beach, as floodwaters from the DuPage River entering the former quarry have caused the swimming area to spill well over its banks, almost to the bathhouse.

    Naperville’s beach hit hard, but Memorial Day opening on track

    Naperville's Centennial Beach, after several hours of the DuPage River rushing into it, is inaccessible, and parks officials expect the damage to be considerable. "It's hard to gauge the amount of damage since we can't get to anything inside the beach but I surmise it will be significant," said Executive Director Ray McGury.

    Heavily armed FBI agents gather next door to 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Mass., Friday. Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during a getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday,

    Kerry: ‘Direct confrontation with evil’

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Americans are in a "direct confrontation with evil" this week, as a door-to-door manhunt continued in Boston for the surviving suspect in the deadly marathon bombings. Officials across the U.S. and around the world offered little in the way of conclusions about the bombing suspects -- one killed last night after a shootout with police, the other at large...

    The Lincolshire Marriott Resort is closed due to flooding Friday morning.

    Lincolnshire’s Marriott still closed after flooding

    The Marriott Lincolnshire Resort remained closed Friday following a blackout and significant flooding from the nearby Des Plaines River. At one point, the water on Marriott Drive — the main road in and out of the resort — had risen as high as a stop sign, fire officials said.


    Buffalo Grove MIT student in lockdown

    One of the thousands of MIT students locked down on the campus of the elite Cambridge, Mass., college is Buffalo Grove native David Jin. The MIT freshman described a calmly surreal scene on campus a day after a campus police officer was gunned down by one of the two suspects believed to be responsible for Monday's Boston Marathon bombing.

    Israelis watch an air show Tuesday during Independence Day in Tel Aviv.

    U.S. finalizing arms sales to Israel, Arab nations

    The Defense Department is working out final details of $10 billion in sales of warplanes, transport aircraft and advanced missiles to Israel and two Arab nations amid concerns about the growing threat from Iran and its disputed nuclear weapons program, Pentagon and congressional officials said Friday.


    Classmates: Bomb suspect was on campus this week

    Students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth tell The Associated Press that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was on campus this week after the bombings. Tsarnaev is a student at the school, about an hour's drive south of Boston.

    A Boeing 787 test jet taxies following a test flight, at Boeing Field, in Seattle.

    FAA to approve resumption of Boeing 787 flights

    Boeing intends to work on the retrofits over the weekend, and flights could resume within days to a week, according to sources.


    Conn. police: Bomb suspect could be in Honda Civic

    Connecticut State Police say they received information from investigators in Boston that the at-large suspect in the marathon bombing could be traveling in a green Honda Civic. State police say in a statement issued to the media that the suspect could possibly be in a 1999 Honda with Massachusetts registration number 116-GC7.


    Chicago Police dispatch detectives to Boston

    The Chicago Police Department is sending a team of detectives to Boston to help investigate this week's bombings at the Boston Marathon. On Friday, the police department in a press release said that five detectives and one sergeant would be flying to Boston at the request of the city's police commissioner, Ed Davis.

    The usually busy Kenmore Square in Boston is virtually deserted at lunchtime Fridayduring a call for “shelter-in-place” for Boston and some area communities.

    Boston travel: Trains, buses halted, planes flying

    Transportation to and from the Boston area is virtually shut down Friday morning, with the exception of airplanes, which continue to take off and land at Logan International Airport.

    Sandbags are in place trying to keep rising Fox River waters at bay along Rawson Bridge Road near Cary Friday morning. Authorities closed the street Thursday night due to flooding.

    Flooding closes Rawson Bridge Road near Cary

    Late night flooding of the Fox River near Cary forced the continued closure of the Rawson Bridge in unincorporated McHenry County near the village. Most of Rawson Bridge Road lies within the Cary Fire Protection District, while the Wauconda Fire Protection District covers a small part of it.


    Building unstable after roof collapse on Broadway in Aurora

    A roof collapse in Aurora is adding a segment of southbound Broadway Avenue south of downtown to the list of road closures that still includes sections of at least eight roads impassable because of flooding, authorities said Friday morning. Southbound traffic on Broadway is blocked between Benton Street and North Avenue, and northbound traffic is getting by in one lane because of a collapsed roof...

    Sandbags are ready at Riverside Park as the Des Plaines River continues to rise Friday morning in Libertyville.

    Libertyville area weathering storm with minimal impact

    The Des Plaines River crested in Gurnee early Friday and Libertyville officials were expecting more water to come their way. The flooding impact in the area has been minimal so far.

    Mike Finkelman said he may have the first sinkhole ever recorded in Vernon Hills. The 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the 900 block of Saugatuck Trail is “pretty deep,” Finkelman said.

    Vernon Hills man discovers sink hole on property

    Mike Finkelman said he may have the first sinkhole ever recorded in Vernon Hills. The 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the 900 block of Saugatuck Trail is "pretty deep", Finkelman said, but he isn't sure how deep it actually is.


    New York Road Runners enhances baggage check

    NEW YORK — New York Road Runners is enhancing baggage security measures for a 4-mile race on Sunday in Central Park in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.


    FBI at NJ home of sister of Boston bomb suspects

    The FBI is at the northern New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The police director in West New York, N.J., says the woman has told authorities she has not been in frequent touch with her brothers. He says she is very upset. Police did not have her name.

    Jose Ruvalcaba-Quezada

    Plea deal in Downers Grove man’s 1997 murder?

    A plea deal is on the table for a man arrested last year in the 1997 murder of a father of five in Downers Grove, his attorney said in court Friday. Defense attorney Rick Kayne said suspect Jose Ruvalcaba-Quezada would consider the offer from prosecutors over the weekend. "I'm not saying he's going to accept the offer," Kayne said.


    North Aurora village hall reopens after sewage flood

    The North Aurora village hall is back in business Friday after closing Thursday when sewage backed up in to its basement.


    Winfield flooding issues continues

    Access to two Winfield subdivisions remains limited Friday because a stretch of High Lake Road remains underwater. And village officials say it could be days before the hundreds of residents who live in Shelburne Farm and High Lake can drive vehicles in and out of the subdivisions.


    Mount Prospect down to one road closure

    Improving conditions in Mount Prospect Friday morning pushed the village down to just one road closure. Only River Road between Camp McDonald Road and Milwaukee Avenue remains closed from floodwaters, village Manager Michael Janonis said.


    Flood areas, road closures updates for Wheeling

    Flooding continued to cause changing road closures and affect homes in Wheeling Friday morning. Though Milwaukee Avenue was able to reopen, Wolf Road between Dundee and Manchester, Jackson Drive, and Wheeling Road between Dundee and Hintz were closed, village Manager Jon Sfondilis announced.


    Prospect Heights seeing flood improvement Friday

    While sandbags remain in place along River Road in Prospect Heights, all residents have regained access to their homes and apartments, city officials said Friday morning. After getting word that the Des Plaines River had already peaked, the Army Corps of Engineers gave word to reopen the levy gates at about 9 a.m., Prospect Heights City Administrator Anne Marrin said.


    Still no classes at Libertyville High

    Classes at Libertyville High School were canceled for a second day Friday because of a flood in a subbasement. Crews succeeded in pumping all the water out of the lower level storage area Friday, however, District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said.

    Eric Chesler, left, with the Nunda Township Highway Department, and volunteer Greg Tricker deliver sandbags to homeowners on Rawson Bridge Road along the Fox River Friday morning.

    Flooding continues, Des Plaines River to crest today

    As residents near the Des Plaines River wait for the water to crest Friday, those along the Fox River are looking to the north to see when they will be deluged with flooding. Right now, all eyes are on the Des Plaines River in Des Plaines, where the National Weather Service expects the river to crest at 11 feet by 1 p.m. today, affecting roughly 5,600 single-family homes and condominium units...


    Road closures make it difficult commuting arround Gurnee

    While Des Plaines River flooding is concentrated in one area of Gurnee, the closure of local roads and major thoroughfares is spreading. Village officials say Route 41 is now closed in both directions between Route 21 and Delany Road.

    Sen. Dick Durbin said a bipartisan immigration bill introduced this week would enhance national security.

    Immigration legislation would enhance U.S. security, Durbin says

    Sen. Dick Durbin said a bipartisan immigration bill introduced this week would enhance national security. The measure's proposals to offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, tighten border security, require employers to verify the identity of their workers, and track visitors' visas are all important to increasing security in the U.S., said Durbin.

    This photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows a suspect that officials identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, being sought by police in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday.

    Boston suspect’s father: A true angel

    In an anguished interview, the father of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing described his fugitive son as a smart and accomplished "angel." Anzor Tsarnaev spoke with The Associated Press by telephone from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan after police said one of his sons, 26-year-old Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout and the other, Dzhokhar, was being intensely pursued.


    Cleanup begins at Lombard parks, homes

    Park district officials are joining Lombard residents in flood cleanup efforts Friday morning, as waters in the nearby Salt Creek and DuPage River East Branch begin to recede. The Lombard Park District's popular Lilacia Park was hit with flooding, just weeks before the annual Lilac Time celebrations. "Lilacia Park was under more water than I've ever seen in 15 years," Executive Director Paul...


    Some Wheaton roads remain closed

    Numerous Wheaton streets remained closed on Friday because of flooding, city officials said. Motorists are urged to use caution and to not drive through flooded areas.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. take questions during a news conference on immigration reform legislation, Thursday, April 18, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Judiciary Committee takes up immigration bill

    A far-reaching new immigration bill is getting its first test at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where opponents of the legislation will be able to face off with its authors. The committee's members include Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and three other lawmakers who sponsored the bill to boost border security, fix legal immigration programs and eventually grant citizenship to some 11 million...

    Pakistani men ride a motorcycle past posters showing former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, April 19, 2013. Police arrested Musharraf overnight at his home in the capital, where he had holed up following a dramatic escape from court to avoid being detained, officials said Friday.

    Pakistan’s Musharraf lashes out after arrest

    Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf criticized allegations against him as "politically motivated" Friday, following his arrest in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power. Musharraf was arrested a day after he made a dramatic escape from a court in Islamabad on Thursday to avoid being detained.

    President Barack Obama gestures next to Vice President Joe Biden, as he speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, about the defeat in the Senate of a bill to expand background checks on guns.

    Obama taking action on gun background check system

    Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons. The Obama administration was starting a process Friday aimed at removing barriers in health privacy laws that prevent some states from reporting information to the FBI's background check...

    Police in tactical gear surround an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. The bombs that blew up seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and gaping questions of who chose to attack and why.

    Images: Terrorist Manhunt in Boston
    One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of a university officer and a shootout with police, and a massive manhunt is underway for the other, authorities said. "We believe this to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed David.

    Laura Curtis, the ex-wife of suspected ricin mailer Paul Kevin Curtis, who is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin poison to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed “various parties within the government” were trying to ruin his reputation. “He is bipolar, and the only thing I can say is he wasn’t on his medicine,” Laura Curtis told The Associated Press.

    Family: We sought help for accused ricin mailer

    OXFORD, Miss. — The family of a man accused of mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and a U.S. senator says they have tried for years to get him help for his mental illness.



    Wolves’ playoff hopes still alive

    The Chicago Wolves kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night with a 5-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena.

    Starter Jeff Samardzija gave up a 3-run homer to Braun in the first, throwing 27 pitches. He settled down after that.

    Wild, wacky loss for Cubs

    There were plenty of strange happenings Friday night in the Cubs' 5-4 loss the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The zaniest stuff happened late.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Associated Press The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane shoots the puck past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during the second period Friday at the United Center.

    Hawks turn on the power play

    If the Blackhawks want to go far in the playoffs, they know the power play needs to be much better than it has been.Breaking an 0-for-19 drought that stretched over nine games, the Hawks scored a pair of power-play goals Friday night in a 5-4 win over Nashville at the United Center.Marian Hossa’s power-play goal at 52 seconds of overtime gave the Hawks their seventh straight victory.


    Tyler goal lifts Wheaton North past Geneva

    Wheaton North made its lone second-half shot on goal truly matter Friday night.


    Neuqua Valley wins tourney opener

    Carly Cervantez crushed a three-run home run and Neuqua Valley beat Willoughby (Ohio) 8-3 on Friday at the Wendy’s Classic in Ashfield, Ohio. Jamie O’Brien went 2-for-3 with a double and struck out six in three innings of relief, Madison Bartlett had a two-run single and Alyssa Domico was 3-for-3. Winning pitcher Mac Spittal (4-0) struck out four in four innings for Neuqua (7-5). In other action in Ohio, Elyria beat Bartlett 10-2. Lake Park’s game was rained out.


    Wedl fans 15 for Wauconda

    Wauconda 9, Crystal Lake Central 0: Pitcher Kayla Wedl turned one batter away after another, rolling up 15 strikeouts for the Bulldogs. She now has 84 strikeouts on the season. Offensively, Brooke Sefcik and Megan Luchowski each had 3 hits apiece for Wauconda.


    Lakes reaches double digits in victories

    Lakes d. North Chicago: Lakes got its 10th win of the season with a 25-12, 25-6 sweep of North Chicago. Alex Verhagen led the Eagles with 9 digs while Mason Solbrig had 6 kills and Richard Galat and Dalton Solbrig had 4 kills apiece. Galat also had a team-high 8 assists and 5 aces.Vernon Hills d. Zion-Benton: Vernon Hills outlasted Zion-Benton 25-17, 21-25, 25-15 as setter Ryan Opitz was a blocking machine. He was a part of 8 blocks, including 2 solos. Tyler Small and Lemuel Turner added 6 and 4 blocks respectively for the Cougars (13-3 overall). Michael Heinz came to life in the clutch for the Cougars, tallying 7 of his team-high 13 kills in the third game. Danny Rosenstock and Turner each had 6 kills and Max Spiglanin added 5 kills for Vernon Hills. Spiglanin also finished with a team-high 11 digs while Opitz rolled up 28 assists


    Grant thunders to triumph at Round Lake

    Grant’s boys track and field team took first place at the six-team Blue Thunder Invite at Round Lake on Friday.The Bulldogs finished with 164.5 points to 87 points for second-place Round Lake. Wauconda took fourth place and Grayslake Central finished in sixth.Grant’s Brandon Lombardino won both the shot put (60-feet) and the discus (179-feet-8). The Bulldogs also won two relays, the 4 x 400 (3:49.6) with Peter Audrain, Kyle Hatton, Joe Bachofner and Jeremy Bredwood and the 4 x 800 (8:38.3) with Joe Rachofner, Hatton Audrain and Dalyn Romig. Also for Grant, Billy Sullivan won the 400-meter dash (52.5), Jonathan Wells won the high jump (6-foot-6) and Keion Miller won the triple jump (42 feet). For Round Lake, Angel Carrera won the 3,200 run (10:33.2) and Manuel Ocana won the 300 hurdles (43.4).


    Grayslake Central’s Peloza tosses 1-hiter

    Grayslake Central 2, Hampshire 0: The host Rams stopped a three-game skid as senior lefty Kevin Peloza tossed a 1-hit shutout. Peloza struck out 5 batters and issued only 2 walks. Ryan Fontana smacked a double for Grayslake Central, which had only 5 hits. “It was a pitcher’s day and Kevin spotted the ball well and pitched to contact,” Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen said.Libertyville 22, North Chicago 0: Thanks to a 12-run second inning, Libertyville was up 18-0 after three innings. Jeff Barton had 3 hits and 3 RBI for the Wildcats while Justin Guarnaccio and Evan Skoug added 2 hits each. Pitcher Patrick Wales got the win for Libertyville. He struck out 10 batters over five innings.


    On the mend, Conant still reaches high point

    The Conant boys gymnastics team tuned up in fine fashion Friday at the Hawk Invitational in Hoffman Estates. With Joey Mauk sidelined from two events because of a sore Achilles tendon and Brandon Metcalf sitting out the meet because of an auto accident on Thursday, the Cougars still reached back to score a season-best 156.10 and win the meet.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija reacts as Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, April 19, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Brewers rough up Samardjiza, Cubs fall 5-4

    Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer, and Jean Segura produced some bizarre baserunning in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) shoots the puck past the Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Hawks beat Predators 5-4 for 7th straight win

    Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal just 52 seconds into overtime and the streaking Blackhawks swept the season series against the Nashville Predators for the first time with a 5-4 victory on Friday night.

    Mundelein’s Blake Burton spikes the ball against Grant on Friday.

    Mundelein adjusts, claims victory over Grant

    Blake Burton’s breakout volleyball season has been better than all right for Mundelein. On Friday night, the righty left it all on the court with a left-handed kill. Late in the second set of the Mustangs’ 25-8, 25-18 win over host Grant, the 6-foot-5 Burton soared to pound a kill and improvised, using his left hand to finish an attack.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook, left, and Nashville Predators’ Craig Smith (15) fight for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 19, 2013, in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Predators
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators at the United Center in Chicago. The Blackhawks won their seventh game in a row.

    Prospect’s Elena Cukurs, left, and Elk Grove’s Kelly Naughton charge toward the ball Friday at Prospect.

    Prospect dreaming of big MSL finish

    A run at the upper reaches of the Mid-Suburban League girls soccer standings was something Prospect coach Tom Froats had hoped for prior to the season. His Knights now have the opportunity to climb even higher. Late Friday night, Froats’ team overcame the rain, snow, cold and Thor-guard lightning warnings before finishing off visiting Elk Grove 3-1 to earn 3 vital points and stay within striking distance of league-leading Buffalo Grove. The Knights host the Bison on Monday.

    Austin Peabody of Wheaton Co-op on the floor during the DuPage Valley Conference boys gymnastics meet Friday at Glenbard East.

    Wheaton posts state’s top score

    The Wheaton co-op boys gymnastics team made a statement on Friday night in Lombard. Wheaton cruised to victory in the DuPage Valley Conference meet at Glenbard East and in doing show posted the top team score in the state, flirting with a 160 before settling with an impressive 159.25. “It shows how good we are and how good we can get and we’re still nowhere close to where we want to be right now,” Wheaton junior Ethan Sansone said. “We’re going to keep working in the gym and we want our final product to be ideal.”


    Skonieczny’s 3 HRs, 8 RBI lead unbeaten Huntley

    Huntley junior catcher Mark Skonieczny had a forgettable start to an unforgettable game Friday at Prairie Ridge. Teammate Jake Wagner didn’t let Skonieczny forget about it after the top-ranked Red Raiders weathered three hours in cold, windy and snowy conditions for a 16-10 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division baseball victory in Crystal Lake. “Hey Mark, remember when you struck out,” Wagner shouted amid a lot of laughter to the Illinois recruit prior to Huntley’s postgame meeting. But Skonieczny struck back emphatically with home runs in his final 3 at-bats and finished with 8 RBI as every starter in the Huntley (13-0, 6-0) lineup contributed to a 17-hit attack.

    Geneva’s Nathan Jesko goes up to block a shot by Wheaton Academy’s Spencer Graf Friday.

    Wheaton Academy ralies past Geneva

    Wheaton Academy boys volleyball coach DA Nichols shuffled his lineup for Friday’s nonconference match with Geneva and might have found a combination that will stick. Kenneth Mill, a middle hitter the past three years, moved to the outside. Daniel Gregersen, a veteran outside, took over at libero. Steven McDonell, a 6-foot-7 junior, is improving each match in the middle. All the pieces came together to pull out a three-set win. After leading nearly the entire first game only to watch Geneva rally for a 25-23 win, the Warriors came back strong to win the final two sets, 25-17, 25-15.


    Crystal Lake South roughs up Cary-Grove

    With the temperature in the mid 30s, winds gusting at near 30 miles per hour and periodic snow flurries, you would think scoring runs would be at a premium. The Crystal Lake South hitters certainly didn’t mind the wintry-like conditions. Scoring 7 runs off Cary-Grove starter Zach Marszal in the first inning and collecting 14 hits on the day, the Gators were able to cruise to an easy 11-4 win over the Trojans in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division baseball action in Crystal Lake Friday afternoon.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams.

    How do Bulls match up with Nets?

    The Brooklyn Nets may not be an elite team, but they have three all-star caliber players the Bulls need to deal with. Here’s a look at the key matchups in this playoff series, with Game 1 set for Saturday in Brooklyn:

    Lake Park’s Eric Vatch delivers to the plate against Larkin Friday at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

    Lake Park’s Vatch dispatches Larkin

    Lake Park senior Eric Vatch’s face was red from windburn and his pitching hand raw from swirling snow squalls as he fired his 78th pitch for a game-ending strikeout in Friday’s 5-2 win over Larkin at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. Unlike the weather, Vatch improved as the game progressed. He fell behind 2-0 as the Royals touched him for 3 first-inning hits, but the right-hander fought through 38-degree conditions and held Larkin hitless thereafter to seal the Upstate Eight crossover victory.


    Playoff starter Mohammed touts ‘master plan’

    Nazr Mohammed showed a good sense of humor about going from a rarely-used benchwarmer to playoff starter this season. “It was a master plan,” Mohammed joked Friday at the Berto Center.


    Bartlett falls in Ohio

    Elyria (OH) 10, Bartlett 2: Alex Morales had a home run for the Hawks but they fell short in their opening game of the Wendy’s Spring Classic in Ashland, Ohio. Jessica Kirby suffered the loss for Bartlett (8-5), which will play twice today in the tournament.


    Bolger, Barrington keep bashin’

    As the leadoff batter for one of the top softball teams in the state, Tess Bolger knows her role. “Coach P (Perry Peterson) just wants me to get on base,” said the senior outfielder. “And let my teammates see a lot of pitches.” Running the count to 3-2 in her first at-bat Friday, Bolger sure succeeded in the latter. As for the former, she didn’t get on any base. She reached home plate. Bolger led off the bottom of the first with her second homer of the season clearing the center field fence. Seniors Loren Krzysko and Sam Rosenfeld also belted the ball over the fence in the third inning as the Fillies improved to 13-0 and 4-0 in the Mid-Suburban West with a 19-1 five-inning triumph over visiting Hoffman Estates (2-5, 2-1).


    Judson wins 2 in tournament

    Judson 8, Viterbo 3: Freshman Katie Kirker allowed just 1 earned run and struck out 10 as Judson won its first game at the Ashford Tournament in Morrison, Ill. Deanna Deboscherre went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, Bri DiGiola was 2-for-3 with a double, Maddie Smith drove in 3 runs and Shannon Nevins had an RBI for the Eagles.Judson 12, St. Ambrose 10: Shannon Nevins was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, Allison Catlett had 3 hits and an RBI, Bri DiGiola had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Maddie Smith a triple and 2 RBI and Amber Mysliwiec 2 hits with a double and 2 RBI as the Eagles outslugged St. Ambrose. Brianna Tennyson added a double and Deanna Deboscherre drove in a run for Judson (29-11). Sarah Boyer got the win, striking out 12.


    Grayslake Central blanks Hampshire

    Grayslake Central 2, Hampshire 0: The Whip-Purs had just 2 hits in this Fox Valley Conference Fox Division loss. Tyler Crater took the loss for Hampshire (4-6, 1-5), despite allowing just 4 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 3.

    Jose Silva

    Silva joins Mundelein’s college-bound basketball crowd

    Jose Silva, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound center from Mundelein, will attend Crown College in Minnesota. That makes him the seventh member of last winter's boys basketball team to continue playing at the collegiate level.


    MSA sets dates for camp

    The Midwest Sports Academy will host a girls basketball camp this summer at Elgin Community College. The camp will run June 17-19 and is open to players in grades 5-8.


    Cougars postpone game due to weather

    Friday night’s game between the Kane County Cougars and the Quad Cities River Bandits at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark has been postponed due to inclement weather. Team officials said the game will be made up on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.


    Hossa thankful to be back on the ice

    Marian Hossa, who worked his way back after taking a vicious hit for Raffi Torres in last year's playoffs, is the Hawks’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which goes annually to the NHL player who demonstrates dedication and perseverance to the game along with sportsmanship.


    Fehlman Memorial all-star game set for June 10

    The Tenth Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Softball Game will be played on Monday, June 10 at Judson University. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The annual event is dedicated to the memory of Dave Fehlman and his son Robbie. Dave Fehlman, who passed away in 2007, was a past president of the Fox Valley Renegades travel softball organization and was a longtime supporter of high school and travel softball in the area.

    New Loyola women’s basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes plans to use her fame to best advantage in recruiting and promoting the Ramblers’ program.

    Hoops scene abuzz with arrivals of Swoopes, Delle Donne

    Women's Watch on a big week in Chicago for women's sports as both Sheryl Swoopes and Elena Delle Donne will now calle Chicago home.

    Fans hold up a sign during Wednesday's game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres in Boston. The Boston Red Sox and the Bruins postponed games Friday due to the city's lockdown during the manhunt for a suspect in the bombings.

    Red Sox, Bruins postpone games in Boston

    The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games Friday while authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and officials warned nearly 1 million people to stay indoors. The teams announced about four hours before their night games were scheduled to start that they were scratched.

    Houston Dynamo midfielder Adam Moffat (16) and Fire forward Chris Rolfe (18) battle for the ball.

    Friedrich out indefinitely as defense takes big hit

    Just when it appeared the Chicago Fire attack might be starting up, it appears the defense could be a bigger concern than first feared.

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo reacts to an injury in front of his team's trainer Thursday. Sox officials said he strained an oblique muscle.

    Sox treating Viciedo for strained muscle

    Outfielder Dayan Viciedo received treatment Friday for a strained left oblique muscle. If he has to go on the disabled list, the White Sox would likely replace Viciedo with Luis Durango or Jim Gallagher, who both are at Class AAA Charlotte.


    Illini tackle granted sixth year by NCAA

    CHAMPAIGN — The NCAA has granted Illinois starting left tackle Corey Lewis a sixth year of eligibility after his return from a series of injuries.A university news release said the NCAA had notified the school about the medical waiver on Friday.He played in the last four Illinois games last fall after missing 34 straight games. Lewis didn’t play in 2010 or 2011 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament three times. He had had five separate surgeries.The Cresco, Pa., native earned his bachelor’s degree in 2011 and is expected to graduate with a master’s this December.

    Porter Moser, men's basketball coach at Loyola, supports the move to join the Missouri Valley Conference.

    Loyola joins Missouri Valley Conference

    As expected, Loyola University officially accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference, school officials announced Friday.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was on the bnech when the Bulls lost to the the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Feb. 1. It's not certain whether he'll play in their first-round playoff series, either.

    Noah could miss Bulls’ playoff opener

    Joakim Noah didn’t rule himself out for Saturday’s Game 1 against the Brooklyn Nets, but he admitted the plantar fasciitis in his right foot is still giving him problems. It is possible he won’t play in the series at all. “I’m in a lot of pain right now,” Noah said Friday at the Berto Center.


    Sox postpone tonight’s game vs. Twins

    After a discouraging 3-7 showing on their first road trip of the season, the White Sox were undoubtedly looking forward to getting things turned around back home at U.S. Cellular Field. They'll have to wait. With snow flurries falling during the afternoon and temperatures hovering in the upper 30s, the Sox postponed Friday night's game against the Minnesota Twins.

    It would be very special to watch the Blackhawks celebrating goals at Soldier Field next March.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Blackhawks at Soldier Field true Classic

    It may not have quite the cache of Wrigley Field, but Soldier Field should be a better venue to actually watch the Blackhawks and Penguins in outdoor action next March. That and a lot more hockey talk inthis week's Spellman's Scorecard.

    Northwestern University Athletic Director Jim Phillips, left, is confident that Chris Collins can take the men's basketball program to a higher level. DePaul and Illinois also are making significant changes to their programs.

    College hoops outlook brighter for state

    Mike North is pleased there is finally some positive movement in our state's big three basketball programs at Northwestern, De Paul and Illinois. He’s hoping they can all achieve some big things.


    Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, speaks Friday during a press conference at the company headquarters.

    Pilot Flying J’s Haslam says he won’t resign

    Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam on Friday again denied any wrongdoing and said he wasn’t stepping aside, even as federal authorities alleged that he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain.

    GE says net income rose 16 percent in the first quarter, helped by improved profit from selling aircraft engines and transportation equipment and a gain from its sale of NBC Universal.

    GE 1Q earnings rise on NBC sale; Europe drags

    General Electric Corp. earnings rose in the first quarter on increased profit from selling aircraft engines and transportation equipment and the sale of NBC. But results were held back by economic conditions in Europe that were worse than expected.


    IBM tugs Dow lower; S&P 500 up after rough week

    A rare earnings miss for IBM tugged the Dow Jones industrial average lower on Friday, while the rest of the market headed toward slight gains after a turbulent week.


    Illinois unemployment holds at 9.5 percent

    Unemployment leveled off in Illinois in March at 9.5 percent, the Department of Employment Security said Thursday, leaving the state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and 629,000 people looking for work. Job losses were widespread across a range of different types of employers, and indicated that two previous months of increases weren't a fluke, one economist said.


    Unemployment rates fell in 26 US states in March

    WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in more than half the U.S. states in March even as job growth slowed. Rates fell largely because many of those out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.Unemployment rates fell in 26 states, rose in 7 and were unchanged in 17. In Illinois, unemployment leveled off at 9.5 percent, the Department of Employment Security said Thursday, leaving the state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and 629,000 people looking for work.Only 23 states reported a net gain in hiring in March, the fewest since August 2011. Employers cut jobs in 26 states, and New Mexico reported little change. That was much worse than in February, when 42 states reported job gains. Nationwide, hiring slowed sharply in March. Employers added only 88,000 jobs, down from an average of 220,000 from November through February. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, but only because more Americans ended their job searches.

    Toyota to invest $360 million and create 750 new jobs to build Lexus IS 350 at its Georgetown, Kentucky plant starting in 2015.

    Toyota to produce luxury Lexus model at Ky. plant

    Toyota is about to start making a Lexus model in Kentucky, a move that will create 750 jobs at its massive plant in Georgetown that already employs more than 6,000 workers. Toyota has increasingly moved production of certain models to the U.S. as American buyers demand more of those vehicles.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s managed to eke out a higher profit for the first quarter even as a global sales figure declined for the world’s biggest hamburger chain.

    McDonald’s profit edges up but global sales dip

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's said Friday that a global sales figure declined in the first quarter and warned that it was expected to dip in April as well. McDonald's Corp. has been struggling to boost sales amid intensifying competition, changing eating habits and challenging economic conditions around the world.


    Activist investor discloses stakes in Mondelez, PepsiCo

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz has disclosed stakes in Mondelez and PepsiCo, following earlier reports that the billionaire could be pushing for a marriage between the sweet and salty snack giants. Peltz's disclosures come at a sensitive time for the two U.S. food and drink makers. Deerfield-based Mondelez, which makes Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolates, has stumbled in its first quarters as an independent company after splitting from Kraft Foods.

    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim speaks at a news conference during the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013.

    World finance officials seek ways to boost growth

    World finance leaders are searching for ways to promote better economic growth and stronger job creation while avoiding a dangerous slide into a global currency war. Finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations were expected to wrap up their discussions with the release Friday of a joint communique. The group, which includes Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, began its discussions Thursday night.


    Venture investments slide in 1Q, but software grows

    A new report says funding for U.S. startups fell in the first quarter, as venture capitalists raised less capital and spent less money on fewer deals than a year earlier. The software industry was a notable exception, where both the amount funding and the number of deals increased, according to a study set to be released Friday.


    Nissan recalls SUVs to fix brake problem

    Nissan is recalling more than 19,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs because a brake part can fail and make it harder for the driver to stop the car. The recall affects Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs from the 2013 model year.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year. The sour mood is undermining support for President Barack Obama’s economic stewardship and for government in general. The poll shows that just 46 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the economy; 52 percent disapprove.

    Poll: Public pessimism on economy is increasing

    For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot. Reflecting that weakness, only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The sour mood is undermining support for President Barack Obama's economic stewardship and for government in general.

    Blackstone Group is dropping its effort to acquire the computer maker Dell, citing slumping personal computer sales and Dell’s “rapidly eroding financial profile.”

    Blackstone drops out of race to buy Dell

    Blackstone Group is dropping its effort to acquire the computer maker Dell, citing slumping personal computer sales and Dell's "rapidly eroding financial profile." Blackstone and its partners said in a letter to Dell Inc. that they have ditched a plan to buy most of Dell's outstanding stock for $14.25 per share due those challenges, which surfaced after the bid was submitted last month.

Life & Entertainment

    Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx star in "Django Unchained," now out on DVD.

    Revenge drama ‘Django Unchained’ out on DVD

    Jeff Tuckman reviews Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award winning film “Django Unchained,” as one of his best of his career. Set in 1858 Texas, two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, is purchased by Dr. King Schultz, (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter. Fireworks, violence and fnighting ensue.


    What’s new in theaters
    Strawdog Theatre's revival of Charles Mee's "Big Love;" Circle Theatre's "Death Takes a Holiday;" Oracle Productions musical adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's "The Mother" and Silk Road Rising's "The Lake Effect" are among the Chicago area shows opening this week.

    Evanston actor Dennis Kelly plays business magnate Elisha Whitney in the national tour of “Anything Goes” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

    ‘Anything Goes’ for touring Evanston actor

    Evanston actor Dennis Kelly already has plans to celebrate his 70th birthday this July in Toronto. That’s because Kelly is part of the North American tour of Cole Porter’s 1934 musical comedy “Anything Goes,” which docks into Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a two-week engagement starting Tuesday, April 23.

    Steve Mesmer, a licensed clinical professional counselor at the Art of Living Counseling Center in Crystal Lake, doesn't like to put an age on sleepover readiness, because each child is different.

    Is your child ready to (pajama) party?

    How do you know if your child is ready for a sleepover?

    Carpentersville's Meadowdale subdivision began with about 700 homes built in the mid-1950s.

    Meadowdale neighborhood experiences resurgence

    The Meadowdale subdivision in Carpentersville began in 1955 when local farmer Leonard Besinger built small, affordable homes for returning veterans and their young families. He sold 700 houses in the first two years and strong sales continued. Today, through Homes by OTTO, many of these homes are being completely rebuilt.

    The studio behind Kris Jenner’s new daytime talk show, “Kris,” says it will launch the program starting July 15.

    Kris Jenner’s TV talk show set to debut in July

    The studio behind Kris Jenner's new daytime talk show says it will launch the program in July. Twentieth Television said Thursday that the show, titled "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.

    Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, not far from where he grew up.

    Nelson to hold benefit for Texas blast victims

    Willie Nelson said Thursday that he will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. The country music icon still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by the explosion Wednesday night that left an unknown number of people dead and more than 160 hurt.


    TV academy reverses Emmy Awards plan

    A TV miniseries and movie comeback will mean more Emmy Awards than expected at this year's ceremony. The TV academy's board of governors said it's reversing its 2012 decision to combine lead and supporting acting honors for such projects.

    Actor Dick Van Dyke is undergoing tests for ‘cranial throbbing’ that’s causing him to lose sleep.

    Dick Van Dyke undergoing tests for ‘cranial throbbing’

    A spokesman for Dick Van Dyke says the actor is undergoing tests for "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep. Spokesman Bob Palmer said Thursday the 87-year-old has been experiencing a throbbing sensation in his head when lying down. Palmer said scans and other tests have yet to yield a diagnosis.


    ‘Dexter’ to end with upcoming 8th season

    The end is coming for Showtime's serial killer drama "Dexter." The cable channel said Thursday that the series' upcoming eighth season will be its last.

    Alex Lifeson, left, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee of Rush attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Rush jams into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian rockers were welcomed into the musical fraternity at Thursday's 28th annual induction ceremony by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. "We've been saying for a long time that this wasn't a big deal," drummer-lyricist Neil Peart told the Nokia Theatre crowd, most of whom came out to specifically support the band. "It turns out, it kind of is."

    Owners Shawn and Virginia Alverson gutted Route 12 Bar & Grill in Fox Lake and reopened it as a neighborhood spot two years ago.

    It’s easy to feel right at home at Fox Lake’s Route 12

    Route 12 Bar & Grill reopened two years ago along Route 12 in Fox Lake, taken over by a husband-and-wife team with a long-held dream of running their own bar. They entirely gutted the dive bar, converting it into a neighborhood hangout anchored by good food and craft beer. It's a place where you'll feel right at home on your first visit, making it easy to become a regular.

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its run of “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (“To Cross the Surface of the Moon”), the world’s first mariachi opera featuring Mariachi Aztlan, at the Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Mariachi opera to play Pilsen, Waukegan this weekend

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago brings the mariachi opera "Cruzar la Cara de la Luna" ("To Cross the Surface of the Moon") to communities outside its Chicago opera house.

    “Wakin on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile

    Kurt Vile drops best album with ‘Daze’

    The latest release from Philadelphia guitarist-songwriter Kurt Vile, titled "Wakin on a Pretty Daze," is a 69-minute double LP of lengthy, languid meditations on the everyday and beyond. The songs unwind slowly, their charms leaving imprints on the way back around.

    John Sayles' “Eight Men Out” chronicles the bribery scandal that rocked the 1919 Chicago White Sox.

    A pitch for 10 of the best baseball movies

    This week marks the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic 1947 major league debut that opened the gates of professional baseball for minorities. The story of his life, "42," is playing at local theaters now. What better time to review some of the best movies ever made on the subject of America's national pastime? So, here come 10 pitches for the best baseball motion pictures made.


    Night life events: Five courses meets six beers at Barleycorn’s
    A five-course John Barleycorn meal meets a six-beer Lagunitas craft brew tasting starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Get a good look at the Two Brothers brewing process with free brewery tours offered at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at the Warrenville location.


    Bank windows open a bit wider on equity credit lines

    Using your home as an ATM no longer is a financial option, but the tools that allowed owners to pull out massive amounts of money during the boom years — equity credit lines and second mortgages — are making a comeback.


    The heart of Special Olympics

    Meet any Special Olympics athlete and almost immediately they begin talking to you about their medals. A huge source of pride, these medals are a validation of their hard work and dedication. Of course, the bling around the neck is pretty cool in and of itself.

    Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte shows off other aspects of his life in the E! reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”

    E! reality show turns camera on swimmer Ryan Lochte

    Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has a deep and abiding passion for the sport of swimming, so much so that he wants to share it — along with other aspects of his active life — in his E! Entertainment Television reality series “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” premiering Sunday, April 21. “Swimming is my passion, it’s my love,” the 28-year-old Gainesville, Fla., resident explains.

    Widow Corney (Catherine Smitko) and Mr. Bumble (Michael Lindner) can't believe that Oliver Twist (Brady Tutton, center) has asked for more gruel in Lionel Bart's 1960 musical “Oliver!” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Drury Lane stages rousing rendition of musical Dickens tale

    Under the smart and insightful watch of director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell, Drury Lane Theatre's "Oliver!" comes to boisterous life with memorable performances and a beautifully realized production. It's a rousing rendition of Lionel Bart's famed 1960 stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale.


    Smart sellers fix little things to speed sale, get best price

    Savvy home sellers make even the smallest of repairs if they want to get an offer quickly.

    The $START_URL$Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center ;index.cfm$STOP_URL$in Hutchinson, Kan., is hailed by space enthusiasts worldwide, second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C.

    Check out the Space Race … in Kansas

    With a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C., and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, the Hall of Space Museum at the HYPERLINK "http://www.cosmo.org/index.cfm"Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, is hailed by space enthusiasts worldwide.

    If you see loose bark at the base of a boxwood shrub branch, it may have volutella fungus. Prune off infected branches, spraying pruners with Lysol between plants to prevent spreading the fungus.

    Select plants best suited to your garden’s conditions

    To ensure a successful garden, take the time to select plants that are suited to your garden’s growing conditions and fulfill your design criteria. Putting the right plant in the right location will result in a better looking garden that requires less maintenance.



    Editorial: Our cherished longing to help and be helped

    As you despair of the rising water and sewage, here comes a neighbor, a firefighter, a police officer, a friend. A Daily Herald editorial celebrates these actions.


    Kirk’s view short on insight
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: While I appreciate Mark Kirk for a number of reasons, his rationale on gay marriage is shallow and simplistic. It is not just about "who you love and who loves you back," which epitomizes the self-centeredness of today's society, but rather the stability and future growth of the American society.


    Immigration forum needed two sides
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor:Our schools have duty to provide more than one point of view unless they simply have a liberal agenda and want to avoid other viewpoints.


    U-46 ignoring needs of failing schools
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The April 6 article concerning the U-46 school district restructuring due to its abysmal failure is "too little too late." When 10 grammar schools have failed for five years, even in a district as marginal as U-46, without any action by the U-46 board and superintendent, you have to ask yourself, what does it take to get their attention?


    Murphy must focus on pension spiking
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Perhaps Sen. Murphy could encourage the school boards within his district to eliminate the pension spikes that have taken money away from education itself.


    Didn’t vote? Don’t complain
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I am an election judge. During the 13 hours the polls were open last Tuesday, 40 of the 686 registered voters in my precinct walked through the doors and voted. Adding the 17 early voters we had, my precinct had an 8.3 percent turnout.


    Abandoned cats deserve better
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: In response to the column written by Froma Harrop regarding outdoor cats, I totally agree that cats should be kept indoors. Unfortunately there are many irresponsible people who allow their cats outside, often without neutering them first, and many people who move away leave their cats to fend for themselves.


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