Daily Archive : Monday April 22, 2013


    Lisa Koziol-Ellis

    Elgin fatal stabbing victim may have fought neighbor attacker

    An Elgin woman murdered during a home invasion could have struggled with the intruder, new evidence suggests. Kane County prosecutors have collected DNA from Paul A. Johnson, 34, who is accused of stabbing Lisa Koziol-Ellis to death with a screwdriver March 2 after he broke into her townhouse on the city's near west side to steal a DVD player and other items.


    Bartlett approves $52.1 million budget

    The Bartlett village board approved a $52.1 million balanced budget earlier this month that includes three new positions in the public works and police department, vehicle replacements and continued roadwork. The budget, which passed unanimously on April 2, doesn't include the use of any reserves and it keeps the general corporate fund tax levy flat while restoring a number of requests that had...

    The city owns the property of former First Baptist Church of Batavia at 15 N. Washington St., and tonight will debate what to do with the buildings and the property during a city services committee meeting.

    Batavia to vet use of church campus it owns

    Batativa officials tonight will discuss what to do with the former First Baptist Church campus the city bought in 2006. The three-building church, with an 1889 sanctuary, and additions in the 1930s and 1959, needs $775,000 in immediate work to prevent additional deterioration.

    Abigail “Aby” Villalpando

    More evidence obtained in slaying of West Aurora student

    Search warrants recently included in court records in the Jan. 31 murder of Abigail "Aby" Villalpando show that authorities have recovered more evidence against the three men charged in her death. Some of the items include garbage bags with burned holes in them, a hammer and bloody clothing, according to search warrants in Kane County court records.

    Parents of children who attend Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva protest before a Geneva school board meeting Monday night at the school. The board is moving their children next school year to Western Avenue Elementary School.

    Different Geneva school for Batavia kids in the fall

    Despite parents' protests, the Geneva school board is moving children from a Batavia neighborhood out of Williamsburg Elementary and over to Western Avenue Elementary in the fall.

    It wasn’t all sadness and reflection Monday night as Judy Abruscato presided over her final Wheeling village board meeting.

    Judy Abruscato bows out in Wheeling

    Judy Abruscato has been working since she was 14 years old, and for most of those years, she recently realized, she's been in charge. But at 78, Abruscato gave up one of her jobs Monday after leading her last village board meeting as Wheeling's village president.


    Three injured in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills crash

    A two vehicle crash Monday evening on the border of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills sent three people to the hospital. A Saturn SUV and a Mercedes Benz collided at the intersection of Algonquin and Randall roads at about 5 p.m., causing the SUV to roll over. Two passengers were free from the SUV, and they, along with the other driver, were all transported to Sherman Hospital in stable condition,...


    Pockets in St. Charles still slogging through flood conditions

    Flood conditions are still having an impact on St. Charles commuters and residents. The Illinos Avenue/Street bridge is still closed, and residents in the 7th Avenue Creek neighborhood are still under water.


    Glen Ellyn might regulate secondhand stores

    Glen Ellyn officials are reconsidering an ordinance that would regulate some stores that sell secondhand goods. The proposed ordinance would require businesses such as jewelry and electronics stores that buy secondhand goods to photograph and enter the property into an online database, then wait seven days before reselling it while police search the system to see if the property was stolen.

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

    Officials: Suspects have no terrorist group affiliation

    The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by their religious faith but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating the severely wounded younger man. He was charged with federal crimes that could bring the death penalty. The younger suspect was charged in his hospital room with using a weapon of...

    An architectural rendering of the post-renovation Barrington Area Public Library, with the glass-fronted stair tower in the center of the north facade being the most significant change to the exterior.

    Barrington library to start $8.7 million renovation

    Barrington trustees Monday gave the green light to a long-planned, $8.7 million renovation of the Barrington Area Public Library, which is now expected to be completed in about 10 months. While most of the changes to the 35-year-old, 39,750-square-foot building at 505 N. Northwest Highway will be internal, there also will be a couple slight modifications to the exterior.


    Walker says he won’t reduce funding request for Wisconsin universities

    Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that he won't seek to reduce funding for the University of Wisconsin System in his proposed budget amid reports of a $650 million surplus, but he hopes the money will be used to freeze or reduce tuition.

    Jamal Cook

    Police: Elgin man fired shots outside Schaumburg club

    A 21-year-old Elgin man faces multiple felony charges alleging he fired a gun during a large fight in the parking lot of a Schaumburg nightclub early Saturday morning. Jamal Cook, of the 600 block of South Liberty Street, is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, felony aggravated unlawful use of weapon and having no firearm owner's ID card.

    Commercial airline flights started backing up and delayed some travelers Monday, a day after air traffic controllers started going on furlough because of government spending cuts.

    FAA furloughs kick in, some flight delays appear

    Commercial airline flights started backing up and delayed some travelers Monday, a day after air traffic controllers started going on furlough because of government spending cuts. Information from the FAA and others showed that flying Sunday was largely uneventful, with most flights on time. There were delays in parts of Florida, but those were caused by thunderstorms.

    Melinda Bush

    How suburban state Senate Democrats could sway pension argument

    A new, largely young group of suburban Democrats in the Illinois Senate could have a sizable say in the final agreement on pension cost-cutting — if there is one. Their numbers in Springfield have never been bigger, and the pension plan they liked was approved and sent to the House. The one they didn't was rejected. The complicated political and financial battle over pensions and their...


    Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes

    WASHINGTON — Federal officials say they’re delaying a policy that would allow passengers to carry small knives, bats and other sports equipment onto airliners.The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the policy change has been delayed to accommodate feedback from an advisory committee made up of aviation industry, consumer and law enforcement officials.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with members media on Monday in Chicago as he visits Illinois to spark competition by luring businesses away from the state. In promoting his state’s business environment, Perry says Texas is cheaper and has less regulation.

    Texas governor pushing Illinois out of ‘comfort zone’

    Despite outcry from political officials here, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his trip to Illinois to personally encourage businesses to relocate is a healthy thing for the state. "The majority of people in Illinois want their government to be more competitive," he said. But Perry's visit Monday and Tuesday isn't aimed at helping Illinois. He's trying to lure Illinois companies to Texas, urging them...

    There were few arrival delays at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning but experts warn the worst is yet to come.

    Experts: O’Hare will be affected by furloughs

    Air traffic controller furloughs starting hitting home at O'Hare and Midway International Airports with delays in flights headed for Los Angeles. Experts say it's going to get worse until Congress acts on the automatic budget cuts. "We're in unique and uncertain times. We've never had furloughs for air traffic controllers before," an air traffic controller union official says.


    Stormwater, drainage system workshop on Wednesday

    A free workshop for homeowners associations and property owners responsible for maintaining the detention ponds, drainage swales, wetlands and natural areas in subdivisions is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

    Ashley and Victor Atalla push the second of their two cars out of floodwaters Monday at Four Lakes subdivision in Lisle. The Atallas were forced to park in a low-lying area after the raised parking lot at the Towers at Four Lakes affiliated with their apartment building was full.

    Storm cleanup to cost millions in DuPage

    DuPage County officials won't know until Wednesday how much it's going to cost to repair damage caused by last week's floods. But they're confident the tally will surpass the $3.16 million threshold DuPage needs to reach to qualify for federal assistance.

    Fox Lake resident Ed Sikora discusses the affects of flooding on his home in Fox Lake on Monday. Diane Hristov is sitting on the porch and neighbor Ryan Jaworek is right.

    Rivers crest in Lake County; now for the cleanup

    You didn't have to look hard Monday to find flooding in the Fox Lake area. But the worst of nearly a week of flooding may be nearing an end in Lake County. The Chain O' Lakes crested Monday, and that means cleanup and repairs in thousands of area homes and businesses will soon begin. "It's an awful mess," Ed Sikora said of his Fox Lake home.


    Stevenson science team wins big

    Stevenson High School's Science Olympiad team won its first state championship Saturday, beating longtime rivals New Trier High School and the Illinois Math and Science Academy.


    Multi-chamber block party in Libertyville

    A multi-chamber block party and taste will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Libertyville Sports Complex, Route 45 and Peterson Road.

    Algonquin resident Tony Angarola works to keep a sump pump hose in place behind his property along the Fox River Monday morning. Angarola rents the property to a tenant there, but has been working virtually around the clock to keep water from flooding the home.

    McHenry County cataloging flood damage

    Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to declare McHenry County a state disaster area due to the flooding, meant the state and county could start assessing the damage floodwater, a process that began Monday. At the same time, Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine reminded would-be boaters to stay out of the Fox River, which is closed due to the flooding.

    Karen Weinert

    Grayslake school board member skips election, gets 2-year appointment

    Karen Weinert didn't run for re-election, but she's managed to remain as a Grayslake Elementary District 46 board member. She was appointed by her board colleagues at a recent meeting to fill the final two years of Shannon Smigielski's term until 2015. "There is something to be said for continuity," retiring board member Keith Surroz said.


    Schaumburg police arrest burglary suspect

    Schaumburg police on Sunday arrested Daniel Anthony O'Shea, 44, of 1300 block of East Algonquin Road in Schaumburg, in connection with the burglary of a vehicle at a village park.

    Kerry Chambers talks about Des Plaines River flooding in the Big Bend area while standing along Hawthorne Lane in Des Plaines Monday. “The water has to go down another couple of feet before I can pump,” he said of his home on Hawthorne Terrace.

    Des Plaines begins cleanup, says 2,000 properties damaged

    Cleanup of debris in the aftermath of the Des Plaines River flooding began in earnest Monday in Des Plaines, but it's expected to take weeks. "We are now expecting over 2,000 properties that are likely affected," said Alex Dambach, director of community and economic development.


    Armed robbers strike outside Arlington Hts. gym

    Arlington Heights police are asking for help tracking down two men who robbed five people at gunpoint outside a fitness center last week. Police say one of the thieves was armed with a handgun when they approached the victims outside the center and demanded valuables.


    State’s bill backlog could grow if Medicaid expands

    An expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul could increase Illinois' existing backlog of overdue bills and result in even longer payment delays to the state's service providers, according to a health care expert.

    State School Superintendent Chris Koch chats with Nicole Marcinkus, a seventh-grader at Peacock Middle School in Itasca, on Monday.

    DuPage school districts honored in Itasca

    Twenty DuPage County schools were recognized in Itasca on Monday for being named to the 2012 Illinois Honor Roll, which celebrates schools showing substantial academic improvement.

    Joseph A. Donato

    Naperville man accused of stalking Batavia woman held without bond

    A judge ordered Monday that a 51-year-old Naperville man charged with stalking a Batavia woman should be held without bond while the case proceeds, in part, because he's accused of putting a GPS device in her car. "Unless you're in custody, I really believe you will continue to stalk her and scare her," Kane County Judge Thomas Stanfa told Joseph A. Donato.

    The Fox River flows over on to a sidewalk in St. Charles along Route 25 Monday.

    Geneva park damage may be worse than first thought

    Damage to Island Park in Geneva may be more extensive than park district officials estimated, parks director Sheavoun Lambillotte said Monday afternoon. It appears Thursday's torrents of river water washed away much of the dirt-related work done last summer while the park was closed during reconstruction of the north bridge. Meanwhile, North Aurora is asking residents to submit reports of any...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Starisha G. White, 24, of Batavia, was charged with driving while her license is suspended and resisting a peace officer at 7:45 p.m. Sunday on the 1200 block of East Wilson Street, according to a police report


    Police reports
    A 16-year-old girl from Huntley was arrested Sunday at the Algonquin Walmart in the 1400 block of South Randall Road and charged with retail theft, police said. The girl was later referred to the Tri County Area Peer Jury and released to her parents.


    Boomers to play charity exhibition game May 9

    Highlighted by the May 9 game at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation, the Schaumburg Boomers have announced their eight-game exhibition schedule as the franchise's sophomore season officially begins on Thursday, May 16.

    Ann Reid Early Childhood Center teachers perform a skit about recycling and sing a song about the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle, during Monday’s Earth Day flag presentation.

    Naperville preschool first in state to receive Earth Day flag

    Naperville Unit District 203's Anne Reid Early Childhood Center Monday became the first preschool in Illinois to raise its own Earth Day flag. The honor was bestowed by School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education official Kay McKeen for achieving a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.


    Wauconda firm cited for safety hazards at construction site

    A Wauconda construction company has been cited for safety violations at a suburban job site, federal officials announced Monday. Berger Excavating Contractors failed to properly protect workers from cave-ins during a trenching operation in Franklin Park, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Oak Meadows Golf Club in Addison and two other courses owned by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District made a profit last year, officials said.

    Dry 2012 helped forest preserve golf courses turn profit

    Drought-like conditions that kept many lawns brown last summer actually helped DuPage County Forest Preserve District golf courses earn some needed green. Forest preserve officials said their three courses turned a $314,780 profit in 2012, thanks in large part to the dry weather.


    Contaminated-water trial begins

    The trial has started for a former South suburban water official accused of lying about how the village drew drinking water from a tainted well for decades, apparently to save money. The one-time Crestwood official, Theresa Neubauer, has pleaded not guilty.


    Father defends Aurora teen accused of terrorism

    The father of an Aurora teenager accused by federal authorities of trying to joining a terrorist group in Syria says he doesn't believe his son would ever do anything violent.

    Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, left, and son Mustapha Farrakhan attend a ceremony in 2011 honoring University of Virginia seniors, including Mustapha’s son, at a college basketball game.

    State police agency investigating Farrakhan’s son

    A state law enforcement agency is investigating the son of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan after a newspaper determined he is a part-time suburban police officer who uses an unmarked squad car to provide traffic control for his father, an official said Monday.


    Chicago reviewing emergency plan after Boston bombings

    The city prepared an emergency plan before last year's NATO conference, but Emanuel said Monday that he's asked city officials to review that plan. He wants them to see if there are any best practices to learn from how Boston responded to the bombings.


    Attorney general says be wary of marathon charity scams

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning residents to be careful of fraud when donating money to charities tied to the Boston Marathon bombings. Donate to charities that you know and trust. But be suspicious of charities that seemed to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events and be careful especially online.


    ‘Freedom’ singer Richie Havens dies
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Associated Press$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$NEW YORK — Richie Havens, who sang and strummed the song “Freedom” for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died at 72.His family says in a statement that Havens died Monday of a heart attack.Havens, a folk singer and guitarist, performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He returned to the site during the 40th anniversary in 2009.

    Huckleberry sits on the throne after being crowned the winner of the 34th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Monday, April 22, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. The bulldog is owned by Steven and Stephanie Hein of Norwalk, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot.

    Meet Huckleberry, the ‘Beautiful Bulldog’

    If at first you don't succeed, wipe the slobber off and try again. Just ask 4-year-old pup Huckleberry, who was crowned Monday as this year's "Beautiful Bulldog." Huckleberry competed for the title in 2010, only to walk away empty-pawed. That changed this year, when he strutted down a blue runway at Drake University in Des Moines dressed in a beige suit with a suitcase as the main character from...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars forced the overhead dock door off its tracks at J&J Metal Processing, 950 Greenleaf Ave., Elk GRove Village and broke down drywall to enter the main dock and main warehouse, where they removed $33,000 worth of aluminum.

    Ron Friedman

    Board member receives public scolding at Gurnee’s Warren-Newport library

    Warren-Newport Public Library District board member Ron Friedman has been given a public scolding by a majority of his colleagues who claim his conduct is unbecoming as an elected official. Friedman said last week's formal censure during a meeting of the Gurnee-based board was more like a "grown-up version of being bullied by a group of kids on the playground."

    Ballydoyle owner Phil Cullen said he “loves” the former Rosebud building in downtown Naperville and the ability to mix modern influences with older architecture.

    Naperville council worries about ‘mixed messages’ with pub proposal

    Downtown Naperville has seen a steady decrease in crime over the past six months and police Chief Robert Marshall says his downtown safety plan appears to be working. So the question facing city council members in coming weeks is whether adding a 19th late-night liquor permit might threaten that progress.

    Robert Sanders owns Cycling Republic on Randall Road, a new cycling store featuring road and mountain bikes, and accessories.

    Cycling Republic opens in Algonquin

    Just in time for biking weather, a new cycling store has opened on Randall Road. Cycling Republic opened March 9 at 2397 S. Randall, in Algonquin, near the intersection of Broadsmore and Randall Road. Cycling Republic carries bikes, as well as anything you might need for biking, such as clothes and accessories.

    Buffalo Grove High School senior Michael LaRue was honored by HandsOn Suburban Chicago for his commitment to mentoring students at London Middle School in Wheeling. Here, he works with an eighth-grader last year.

    Buffalo Grove High School senior wins volunteerism award

    Among all those honored by officials with HandsOn Suburban Chicago earlier this month was a Buffalo Grove High School senio. Michael LaRue was singled out for his more than 100 hours of volunteering as an after school mentor at London Middle School in Wheeling. "The most part I've worked with the same student," he says, "however, there were times when I worked with up to four at a time."

    Johnny Borizov

    Flood-delayed triple-murder trial to open Tuesday in DuPage County

    A triple-murder trial that was delayed last week because of flooding is slated to open Tuesday in DuPage County. Jurors are scheduled to hear opening statements in the Johnny Borizov case around 9:30 a.m. The trial had been expected to start Thursday but was postponed when massive flooding shut down the county campus in Wheaton.

    A sharp decline in the price of oil this month is making gasoline cheaper at a time of year when it typically gets more expensive.

    Gas prices down when they’d normally be up

    NEW YORK — A sharp decline in the price of oil this month is making gasoline cheaper at a time of year when it typically gets more expensive. It’s a relief to drivers and business owners and a positive development for the economy.


    Alleged cancer scam shocks community

    MILLER PLACE, N.Y. — Those who took one look at Brittany Ozarowski had no doubt she was battling cancer. Her face was drawn and gaunt. She weighed a mere 80 pounds, hobbled gingerly on a cane, and complained of the toll chemotherapy and radiation treatments were taking on her fragile body.


    White House: Obama backs Internet sales tax bill

    WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama supports a bill to give states more authority to collect sales tax from Internet retailers.White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Senate bill would level the playing field for small businesses and brick-and-mortar retailers that are undercut by online companies.

    Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner hoists the championship trophy his city won in the annual Suburban Madness Battle of the Burbs contest hosted by The Eric and Kathy Morning Show on 101.9 FM — The Mix. The radio show presented Weisner with the trophy April 11 during a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre.

    Aurora claims victory in ‘Battle of the Burbs’

    Aurora finished "Second to None" in the Suburban Madness Battle of the Burbs contest ran by The Eric and Kathy Morning Show on 101.9 FM — The Mix, winning a championship trophy and a celebration broadcast live on the radio.

    Wearing his Boston Marathon runner’s jacket, David Delmar, 28, second from left, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston, attends a service at Temple Israel, which allowed the Trinity congregation to hold their service Sunday in Boston. Trinity is within the blocked-off area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where earlier in the week two bombs exploded. Delmar, who finished the marathon about 30 minutes before the explosions, was running his first marathon as part of charity to Trinity.

    Court: Boston Marathon suspect charged; details sealed

    Seven days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the city was bustling Monday, with runners hitting the pavement, children walking to school and enough cars clogging the streets to make the morning commute feel almost back to normal in the hours before the traumatic week would be marked with mournful silence. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has asked residents to observe a moment of silence at...

    Mundelein High School students, from left, James Freely, Victor Magana and Adam Fialkowski were named as winners of the Chick Evans Scholarship.

    Mundelein High has three Evans Scholarship winners

    Mundelein High School has had several winners of the prestigious Chick Evans Scholarship in the past, but this year three students were awarded the scholarship: Adam Fialkowski, James Freely and Victor Magana.


    Conant hosts cupcake sale to help Special Olympics

    Conant High School will be hosting a cupcake event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the high school, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates, to raise money for the Conant High School Special Olympics, Cougars in Need and local autism support and resource agencies.


    Chicago woman arrested 396 times since 1978

    A published report says a Chicago woman has been arrested at least 396 times since 1978, including for an alleged attack on an alderman.The Chicago Sun-Times reports Shermain Miles has been charged for disorderly conduct and attempted robbery, among other things. She's used at least 83 different aliases.

    Dr. Terence Glennon, left, a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Herrin Hospital and Carla Shasteen, of Herrin pull a name out of a basket during a quilt giveaway in Herrin.

    Herrin woman quilts for scholarship

    A Herrin woman found a unique way to honor the people who helped her on her journey back from a near-fatal car accident and to make sure that help is there for those who need it in the future.A little more than four years ago, Carla Shasteen was in a coma after a car crash left her on a ventilator and suffering from severe head trauma, broken bones and the effects of three strokes.


    Body of 2nd C. Indiana flood victim recovered

    Police in central Indiana have recovered the body of a second driver who disappeared in a rain-swollen creek. Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy Bryant Orem says the body of 42-year-old David Baker of Arcadia was recovered Sunday morning near where his truck sank in Cicero Creek about 30 miles north of Indianapolis.


    Illinois man charged for biting another man’s ear

    Authorities say a 28-year-old Illinois man has been charged for allegedly biting part of another man's ear off during a domestic dispute. The Cook County Sheriff's Office says Richard Vody of Justice was charged with one count each of home invasion, aggravated battery and domestic battery.

    Volunteer Phil Rosborough checks the sump pumps around Gurnee Community Church after the building was surrounded by flooding from the Des Plaines River Sunday. “We are keeping the inside dry,” said Rosborough. “It is all hands on deck. The downtown area of Gurnee was closed due to flooding.

    More rain, snow could lead to more Midwest flooding

    The Mississippi River is topping out at some problematic spots, but there is growing concern that spring floods are far from over. The river was at or near crest at several places Sunday between the Quad Cities and near St. Louis. Some towns in the approximate 100-mile stretch of river from Quincy, Ill., to Grafton, Ill., reached 10-12 feet above flood stage. Many river towns aren't yet in the...


    China says new North Korea nuclear test possible

    China's top general said Monday that a fourth North Korean nuclear weapons test is a possibility that underscores the need for fresh talks between Pyongyang and other regional parties. Chief of the General Staff Gen. Fang Fenghui said Beijing firmly opposes the North's nuclear weapons program and wants to work with others on negotiations to end it. He said Beijing's preference is for a return to...


    School underway in tiny Texas town hit by blast

    The first day of school is underway in West, Texas, after a plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and left hundreds of people without homes. Students up to sixth grade were dropped off Monday morning at West Elementary School, which was outside the immediate blast zone.

    Interested tenants for the new Myers Place permanent supportive housing facility in Mount Prospect drop off apartment applications Friday at the Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village.

    Mt. Prospect supportive housing facility draws 150 hopeful applicants

    Illustrating the widespread interest in permanent supportive housing, about 150 people on Friday submitted applications for one of 39 apartments in the new Myers Place development in Mount Prospect. “There's nothing like this in the Northwest suburbs,” Kenneth Young Center CEO Mitch Bruski said. “We could build a facility with 2,000 units and we'd fill every one of them. That's...

    Indian schoolgirls offer prayers for the speedy recovery of a 5-year-old girl who was raped and tortured in New Delhi, at Dewan Devi Public School in Jammu, India, on Monday. A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of the girl, who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes.

    2nd man arrested in rape of 5-year-old Indian girl

    A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. Police said questioning of the first man arrested in the case led them to the second suspect. The men are accused of abducting, raping and attempting to murder the...

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, reviews an honor guard with Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon in Hakirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday.

    Hagel: U.S. committed to Israel’s military edge

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Israel on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to preserving and improving the Jewish state's military edge in the Middle East. Hagel, on his first visit to Israel as Pentagon chief, also declared that it is Israel's right to decide for itself whether to attack Iran to stop it from building a nuclear bomb.

    Mary Ellen Durbin, right, and her husband, Ron Durbin, co-founded Daybreak of Lisle to help homeless families transition to self-sufficiency. Sister Helen Jilek, center, has served as treasurer of Daybreak since the organization’s inception in 1989.

    Daybreak helps homeless families get back on their feet

    Bringing hope and housing to homeless families has been the primary goal of Daybreak of Lisle since its inception. The nonprofit charity helps families with children become self-sufficient by mentoring their progress while giving them a place to call home. To date, the volunteers have helped 80 guest families learn to be independent, to budget for their needs, to provide for their children and to...


    6 dead in shooting in southwest Russia

    Authorities say a man opened fire in a southwestern town, killing at least six people before fleeing. Officials at the city hall in Belgorod said Monday that the man opened fire outside a department store, killing five people immediately, including a girl in her early teens. Another victim died in the hospital.

    A taxi tries to make its way through a sandstorm that obscures the city of Kanadahar, Afghanistan, Sunday. A Turkish transport helicopter carrying at least 11 civilians was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area in eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all the people on board prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, officials said Monday.

    Taliban capture 11 from helicopter in Afghanistan

    A Turkish transport helicopter carrying at least 11 civilians was forced to make an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area in eastern Afghanistan, and the insurgents took all the people on board prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, officials said Monday. The civilian aircraft landed in strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday in the village of Dahra Mangal in the Azra district of...

    Police officers walk near evidence markers placed at the scene of an overnight shooting Sunday that left five people dead at the Pinewood Village apartment complex in Federal Way, Wash.

    Police: 5 dead in shooting south of Seattle

    Gunfire erupted at an apartment complex in a city south of Seattle and five people were shot to death, including a suspect who was shot by arriving officers, police said early Monday. Officers responding to an emergency call at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the apartments in Federal Way encountered a chaotic scene, with bullets flying. "When officers arrived there were still shots being fired," said...


    Aurora father defends teenage son terror suspect

    The father of an Aurora teenager accused by federal authorities of trying to join a terrorist group in Syria says he doesn't believe his son would ever do anything violent. Ahmad Tounisi tells the Chicago Sun-Times that his 18-year-old son, Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, had talked about going to Tunisia, Egypt and Syria to help oppressed people there, but that he doesn't think his son would ever do what...

    St. Charles aldermen last week approved the $800,000 purchase of the VFW building downtown. It will take $200,000 more to demolish the building, but once that is done the city will have more space for parking downtown.

    St. Charles buys VFW building for parking lot

    St. Charles aldermen approved last week the $800,000 purchase of the VFW building downtown. It will take another $200,000 to demolish the building, but once that is done it will add more space to the existing VFW parking lot. The idea is to ease parking problems in that area of the downtown. Eventually, with more development, the land could be the site of a future parking garage.


    Dawn Patrol: Flood cleanup continues; Lake Zurich house fire

    Des Plaines updates residents on flooding; Conditions improving, but flood damage still a problem; Multiple departments battle Lake Zurich house fire; Crystal Lake man dies from crash injuries; More Run for Boston events planned for Monday; This time it's White Sox' bullpen that falters; Bulls prepare for Game 2 on Monday night

    Cousins Joanne Savage, left, and Rebecca Savage, fill boxes during a collection drive for the military overseas Sunday at the Arlington Legion Post 208 in Arlington Heights. The event is organized by the family of LCpl. James B. Stack who was killed in Afghanistan in November 2010.

    Family of deceased Arlington Heights Marine sends care packages to troops

    Since U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack, 20, of Arlington Heights, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, his family and his widow's family have committed to helping other soldiers. On Sunday, for the second straight year, James' mother, Linda Stack, and his mother-in-law, Dawn Hedrick, lead a volunteer effort to collect items and assemble care packages for the troops.

    Henry Greske of Bolingbrook was born just shy of 27 weeks gestation. He’s now an active 13-month-old.

    Baby beat the odds, family celebrates in March for Babies
    At 23 weeks pregnant, Kristin Greske of Bolingbrook started feeling back pain and she and her husband rushed to the hospital. The doctors told them they most likely would have the baby that day. "At 23 weeks, we were told the chances of survival were very small. That is something no parent or family should ever have to hear," she said.

    Meagan McDonald of South Elgin, was born at 32 weeks gestation. Now 4, she’s happy and healthy.

    South Elgin couple celebrates healthy daughter by walking in March for Babies
    Jennifer McDonald of South Elgin was about 32 weeks pregnant when her water broke. "I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I started searching the baby book I relied on every day to track where my baby was in growth and development, but could find nothing about what to do if your water breaks two months early," she said. She rushed to the hospital where doctors tried to delay delivery, but baby...

    Kaitlyn Marcomb and her twin brother were born at 32 weeks gestation and each weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces at birth.

    Antioch family walks to celebrate their twins
    After three years of working with fertility specialists, Laura and Steve Marcomb of Antioch learned they were not only pregnant, but expecting twins. As new parents-to-be, they wanted to do everything right. They passed the milestone of the first trimester and thought it would be smooth sailing until Laura was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.

    Norbert Leo Butz stars as Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with a penchant for tall tales, in the pre-Broadway world premiere of the musical “Big Fish.”

    Family-friendly ‘Big Fish’ reels in audiences

    “Big Fish,” the Broadway-bound musical that opened Friday at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, should have no problem reeling in audiences when it arrives in New York this fall. Fanciful, family-friendly and affectionate, the show inspired by Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 film has the right bait: a funny, poignant book by “Big Fish”...

    Dejah Reed was hospitalized for a collapsed lung after trying the cinnamon challenge.

    Cinnamon challenge making kids sick

    Don’t take the cinnamon challenge. That’s the advice from doctors in a new report about a dangerous prank depicted in popular YouTube videos but which has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers. The fad involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water.

    The March of Dimes raises money through its annual March for Babies walk for research into helping infants — especially premature babies — start life healthy.

    March for Babies walks set throughout suburbs

    Laura Marcomb of Antioch focused on getting enough folic acid during her pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Jennifer McDonald received a steroid injection to strengthen the baby girl's lungs before she delivered prematurely. Kristin Greske learned about tests and treatments her premature boy would need. Whether they knew it or not, each family was helped and supported by the March of Dimes.

    Crucial roads like Route 41 in Gurnee flooded Thursday. But does it have to be like this?

    Wet week begs question: Are flooded roads inevitable?

    Everything that could go wrong for drivers did go wrong last week. But are road closures resulting from heavy rains inevitable? Or can innovative flood-control measures save us from the weather? Asked if costly and disruptive transportation chaos is inevitable, Josh Ellis, a stormwater expert with the Metropolitan Planning Council, offered some rays of hope.

    Kristina Kovarik

    Police probe threats sent to Gurnee mayor

    Local law enforcement and U.S. Postal Service officials are investigating mailed and hand-delivered anonymous threats to Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik during her re-election campaign. The threats stated Kovarik needed to quit the April 9 race or risk a public release of what she and police have said is false information about sexual affairs.

    The mode of transportation around Des Plaines neighborhoods is by canoe, as Vic Kamka, center, talks to neighbors after flooding along the Des Plaines River Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Floods along area rivers, lakes
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Floods along the Des Plaines River, Fox River, Chain O' Lakes. Flood pictures from the weekend. Gov. Quinn surveys flooding in suburbs. Harry Volkman knows April weather could be worse. Lake County rescuers honored. FBI: Aurora man planned to join Syrian extermists. Crystal Lake man dies from crash injuries.

    Competitors take part in the 2006 Chicago Cyclocross Cup bicycle race in Carpenter Park. Carpentersville leaders recently approved a master plan for the park in hopes of improving it and attracting more users.

    Carpentersville OKs study to spruce up park

    Carpentersville leaders have authorized a five-year master plan for Carpenter Park, one that would set goals for ways to improve the park and attract more visitors. At 10 acres, Carpenter Park, originally a nine-hole golf course, is the largest park in the village and the most widely used, according to Community Development Director James Hock.

    A commuter tries to stay dry after getting off a Metra train and heading to the parking garage in Geneva during Wednesday’s afternoon storms.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a couple of Earth Day events, memorial runs for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, and a photo of Arlene Mulder's last board meeting as Mayor of Arlington Heights after 20 years.


    Police identify possible suspect in Colo. shooting

    Denver police on Sunday pointed to a YouTube video they say shows a possible suspect in the weekend shooting at a marijuana celebration that injured two people and scattered a crowd of thousands. The shooting on Saturday took place during the outdoor celebration of the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since Colorado legalized marijuana. Denver police spent much of Sunday scanning video taken at...



    Elk Grove, Meadows still perfect in MSL East

    Editor’s note: This report was updated to correct the spelling of a player’s name.Visiting Elk Grove became the first Mid-Suburban East team with four divisional wins by topping Buffalo Grove 5-3 on Monday.Mikey Maize hit a solo homer, leadoff man Luc DiMaso went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Adam O’Malley went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored for Elk Grove (11-4, 4-0).Mike Woods allowed 2 hits over 6 innings to earn the victory, and Alex Tinkoff got the final out to earn a save.Matt Blankshain and Luke Potnick both had doubles to account for the 2 hits by the Bison (5-6, 2-1).Rolling Meadows 9, Prospect 0: Matt Dennis produced a dominant outing to help the visiting Mustangs stay perfect in the loss column against MSL East foes.Dennis allowed just 1 hit to Prospect (1-6, 0-4), but Meadows (5-5-1, 3-0) had 10 hits, including doubles from Alex Niecikowski, Mike Dolan and Mickey Wazorick.Barrington 3, Conant 2 (8): Host Barrington scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to make a winner of the Dylan Balogh and the Broncos in MSL West play. Barrington improved to 8-7 overall and 3-0 in the West; Conant fell to 0-7 and 0-1.Palatine 5, Hoffman Estates 0: Jarrod Juskiewicz tossed a complete-game 2-hitter with 7 strikeouts to help the visiting Pirates pick up an MSL West victory.Anthony Fortunato went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored for Palatine (6-7-1, 2-1), which had 10 hits. Will Steward and Chris Macahon had 2 hits apiece for the Pirates.Hoffman Estates fell to 3-8 and 1-2.St. Viator 4, Carmel 2: Greg Steiner tossed a complete-game 7 hitter to help the host Lions pick up a big win in East Suburban Catholic Conference play. Steiner (2-2) struck out five.Mike McGrath had a leadoff homer that helped spark a 3-run rally in the fifth inning, and St. Viator (9-7, 3-2) never trailed.Hersey 9, Wheeling 0: Michael Sauer struck out seven in a complete-game 1-hitter as the host Huskies picked up their first MSL East victory.Joe Silva, Eric Labahn and Brendan Starr doubled for Hersey (3-8, 1-1). Labahn finished with 3 RBI, while Starr and Jack Warner had 2 apiece.Nick Ricciardi had the only hit for Wheeling (3-7, 0-4), a single.Leyden 7, Morton 1: The visiting Eagles scored all their runs in the second inning to make a winner of sophomore starter Hector Herrera, who allowed 5 hits in 6 innings. Brandon Aguirre drove in 2 runs for Leyden (2-10, 1-8 WSC Gold).

    Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin scores against Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period Monday in Vancouver.

    Schneider, Canucks turn back Blackhawks

    Goalie Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Hawks 3-1 on goals by Jannick Hansen, Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin. Daniel Carcillo broke Schneider's shutout in the third period. The Hawks were looking to keep the ball rolling toward the playoffs against one of their top rivals.

    Bartlett right fielder Rachel Odolski shows the umpire the ball after her diving catch of a line drive by St. Charles North?s Delaney Olinger for the first out of the fifth inning Monday in St. Charles. The score was tied 1-1 at the time.

    Bartlett's defense the difference vs. St. Charles North

    Since the pitching mound was moved back three feet in high school softball, the premium on defense has only intensified. Monday afternoon, during a critical Upstate Eight Conference River Division matchup between Bartlett and St. Charles North, one play exemplified the difference in the Hawks' 2-1 victory.


    WW South gets win in OT

    Wheaton Warrenville South came within two minutes of shutting out Glenbard North during Tuesday's DuPage Valley Conference girls soccer match in Wheaton.


    McGuire’s homer gets Benet going

    Maeve McGuire hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run single in the second, and No. 3 Benet rolled past Nazareth 11-0 on Monday in Lisle.Marissa Panko was 2-for-2 with a double, walk and 3 runs scored for the Redwings (9-2, 3-1 East Suburban Catholic Conference).Lisle 10-8, Sandwich 1-3:Kelly Urban homered twice in the first inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader and Kristin Holub also went deep for the Lions (9-4, 5-3 Interstate Eight Conference). Bella Daly went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI.Glenbard South 13, Fenton 0:Jane Trzaska homered and drove in 5 runs and Danielle Scarpiniti doubled and drove in 3 for the No. 7 Raiders (11-1, 4-0 Metro Suburban Conference), who blew things open with a seven-run second inning. Stephanie Chitkowski (5-0) threw a one-hitter, striking out nine.DeKalb 3, Waubonsie Valley 2: Jessica Townsend’s three-run homer in the fifth inning rallied the Barbs past No. 9 Waubonsie in Aurora. Shannon Hohman (9-3) struck out nine for the Warriors (11-3), who had their six-game win streak snapped.Naperville North 14, Glenbard East 1:Amanda Mackey’s three-run homer highlighted a nine-run fourth inning for the Huskies (7-3, 2-0 DuPage Valley Conference) in Naperville. Alexis Solak and Rachel Martin both went 2-for-3 with a double. Kara Tadda was 2-for-4 with a double for Glenbard East (2-7, 0-2).Lake Park 11, Larkin 0:Mari Colucci hit a solo homer and Julie Baumgart (5-1) struck out eight in a two-hit effort for the No. 11 Lancers (13-4, 5-2 Upstate Eight Conference).Metea Valley 12, Batavia 5:Lori Obendorf was 3-for-3 with a double and drove in 2 runs for the visiting Mustangs (4-7, 4-3 Upstate Eight). Katie Kennedy and Mary Przekwas also had 2 RBI.Glenbard West 13, Hinsdale Central 1:Stacy Borneman was 2-for-2 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored and Rachel Terwilliger 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored for the Hilltoppers (6-7, 1-1 West Suburban Silver). Downers Grove North 8, Oak Park 0:Kelsey Gockman hit a three-run homer and freshman shortstop Jaclyn Pasakarnis a two-run shot for the No. 8 Trojans (9-4, 2-0 West Suburban Silver) in Downers Grove. Elaine Heflin (8-2) struck out 10, throwing her sixth shutout.Montini 15, Walther Lutheran 0:Isabell Alexander hit a three-run homer and drove in 4 runs for Montini (12-3), which scored all its runs in the first two innings.IC Catholic Prep 8, Marian Central 2:Anjella Farmer was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, Kathryn Fajardo 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Gabby Curran 3-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Knights (7-6, 2-4 Suburban Christian Conference Blue), part of a 12-hit attack. Catherine Klostermann (2-1) struck out 12.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    A basehit by the Reds’ Devin Mesoraco falls between Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and right fielder Nate Schierholtz in the third inning Mondayin Cincinnati.

    Cubs fall to Reds 5-4 in 13 innings

    Even on a good night, the Cubs can't win a close one. Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on Cesar Izturis' two-out single in the 13th inning Monday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory that gave Chicago its fourth straight loss. Chicago played one of its best all-around games, but once again the Cubs couldn't pull one out in the late innings.


    Gibson not feeling the love in Brooklyn

    Taj Gibson spoke Monday about how having a playoff series in Brooklyn has been a mixed blessing. Gibson grew up less than a mile from the Barclays Center, but he hasn't necessarily been feeling the love from his hometown.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah tries to block Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans in the first half of Game 2 on Monday night.

    Noah willing, able and sparking Bulls

    Joakim Noah isn't shy about showing off, and he rarely has been more noticeable than in the fourth quarter Monday night, when he helped the Bulls tie their first-round playoff series against the Nets.

    White Sox pinch runner Blake Tekotte is picked off second base as Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera takes the throw in the seventh inning Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    For Sox, things going from bad to worse

    The mistakes keep piling up for the White Sox, and relief pitcher and Matt Thornton's throwing error proved costly Monday night in a 3-2 loss to the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox were the best defensive team in baseball last season. They're one of the worst this year, and manager Robin Ventura is starting to get irritated.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah goes strong to the basketball against Nets counterpart Brook Lopez during the second half Monday night.

    Maximum effort for Noah, Bulls

    Another classic Bulls' bounce-back victory seemed to belong mostly to Joakim Noah. Gutting out 25 minutes on a sore right foot, Noah produced 11 points, 10 rebounds and several key plays down the stretch, allowing the Bulls to hold off Brooklyn 90-82 and even their first-round playoff series at 1-1. But maybe there was another explanation for the Bulls' inspirational play, one that wasn't quite as visible as what happened Monday night at the Barclays Center.


    Buffalo Grove blanks Prospect

    Buffalo Grove got a goal in each half to extend its unbeaten season and cement its spot atop the Mid-Suburban League girls soccer standings with a 2-0 triumph at Prospect on Monday.


    Naperville Central calls a win over Glenbard North

    It was the perfect call from Juliet Tassi, and Keegan Hayes couldn't have thrown the pitch any better.Everything seems to be breaking Naperville Central's way these days.With the tying run at third base and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Hayes froze Glenbard North's Stephanie Campos with a full-count changeup, and the unbeaten and No. 1 Redhawks held on to beat the No. 4 Panthers 2-1 on Monday in Carol Stream.


    Holmes throws 2-hitter

    WW South 5, Naperville Central 1:Baylor Holmes took a no-hit shutout into the seventh inning and finished with a 2-hitter for the Tigers (10-6, 5-2) in their DuPage Valley Conference win. Justin Kelly had 2 RBI for WW South. Joe Wheeler drove in the seventh-inning run by Naperville Central (9-4, 4-2).Naperville North 1, West Chicago 0:Nick Solak’s RBI single scored Drew Nagode with the game’s only run for the Huskies (7-5, 3-3) in the top of the seventh. Complete-game winning pitcher Ian Gustafson scattered 7 hits. Connor Dall and A.J. Seidler each had 2 hits for West Chicago (3-11, 0-6). Matt Zajac was the hard-luck losing pitcher.Wheaton North 6, Glenbard East 1:The Falcons (12-2, 7-1) scored 4 runs in the fifth inning and added 2 in the sixth in rallying to victory in the DuPage Valley Conference. Tom Cassier had 3 RBI and Ryan Kent drove in 2 runs. Tom Colletti struck out seven in a 4-hitter. Greg Ludwig went 2-for-2 for Glenbard East.Glenbard North 12, West Aurora 2:A 5-run bottom of the sixth inning ended the DuPage Valley Conference victory for the Panthers (10-4, 7-0). Matt Frawley went 3-for-4 with a home run and 5 RBI. Brandon Kressner and Alex Barrett each drove in 2 runs. Winning pitcher Kyle Crites scattered 5 hits.Neuqua Valley 11, Elgin 1:Dylan Goss homered and Alex Wolanski and Mike Riesner drove in 2 runs apiece for the Wildcats (10-5, 7-2) in their Upstate Eight Conference win. Winning pitcher Jonathan Vlk struck out five and allowed 4 hits.Waubonsie Valley 12, East Aurora 5:Tyler Hasper’s homer and 3 RBI highlighted a 12-hit outburst by the Warriors (10-5, 8-2) in their Upstate Eight Conference victory. Luke Marzano went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Complete-game winner Jack Eddy struck out 11.Downers South 8, Addison Trail 7:Trailing 6-4 heading to the top of the seventh, the Mustangs (15-3, 11-1) scored 4 runs to cap the West Suburban Gold sweep. Javier Martinez, who had 4 RBI, and Danny Mayer each had 2 hits. Nick Alfini won on the mound. Zack Dowz and John Costabile drove in 2 runs for Addison Trail (5-10, 4-5).Nazareth 8, Benet 5:The Redwings (9-5, 1-2) couldn’t hold a 5-2 lead after four innings in their East Suburban Catholic Conference loss. Connor Hickey went 2-for-2 for Benet and Jason Blohm had 2 RBI.Downers North 11, Proviso West 0:A 9-run first inning put the Trojans (11-2, 8-1) on track for a five-inning West Suburban Silver victory. James Sheldon blasted a grand slam while Lucas Fisher pitched a 1-hitter with 4 strikeouts and a walk.Glenbard South 14, Plainfield North 4:The Raiders (11-3) smacked 16 hits in the six-inning nonconference victory. Carl Sanders and Will Cornwell had 4 hits apiece. Cornwell and winning pitcher Ethan Gasbarro each drove in 4 runs. Hinsdale Central 2, Hinsdale South 1:Adam Dressler pitched a 2-hitter and the Red Devils (7-4) scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning in the West Suburban crossover. Jacob White went 2-for-2 and drove in both runs. Chris Botsoe also had 2 hits. D.J. Deolitsis had a hit and scored the lone run for Hinsdale South (10-5).

    Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez defends as Bulls forward Luol Deng goes up for a layup Monday in the first half of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New York.

    Bulls shut down Nets 90-82, even series at 1-1

    Chicago evened its playoff series the only way it knows how: with bruising Bulls defense. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Joakim Noah gutted his way through a foot injury to make three fourth-quarter baskets, and the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night to tie their first-round series at one game apiece. Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls.


    Barrington gets tough at Fremd

    When the going got tough, the Barrington softball team got going. Trailing 2-1 going into their last at bat at Fremd, the Fillies began the top of the seventh with three straight line drives to the outfield. Barrington parlayed them into 2 runs and that was enough for sophomore Keenan Dolezal to register a 3-2 victory in a hard-fought battle with Fremd senior ace Ashlynne Schwantz (5-3). Barrington, which had half of its 6 hits in the final inning, improved to 15-1 and 5-0 in the Mid-Suburban West. Fremd stands at 6-6 and 1-1.


    Palatine rallies past Conant

    Tori Walzak's two-out double scored Lauren Logan in the top of the eighth inning and that proved to be the difference for Palatine's softball team which edged host Conant 4-3 on Monday in Hoffman Estates. After a leadoff single by Elisa Ambrose in the bottom of the eighth, Pirates senior ace Megan Hedstrom retired the next three batters, including a strikeout to end the game.Palatine improved to 6-4 and 2-0 in the Mid-Suburban West while Conant is 6-3 and 2-1.


    Westminster’s DeHaan throws perfect game

    Clay DeHaan struck out 13 of the 15 batters he faced Monday, throwing a five-inning perfect game for Westminster Christian in its 16-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference win over IMSA. DeHaan threw 65 strikes and 47 balls in his gem, but didn't walk a batter.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 12, Wheaton Academy 2: Kristi Kroll was 2-for-3 with a home run, double and 5 RBI to lead the Green Wave in the Suburban Christian. Allison Stratman (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Mariana Silva (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Kali Kossakowski (2-for-3, 2B, 3B) and Ryann Scully (3-for-3) also contributed to St. Edward’s 13-hit attack. Lindsay Zdroik (5-4) picked up the win for the Green Wave (7-4, 3-2), allowing 3 hits with 6 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs in 5 innings.McHenry 5, Huntley 3: Miranda Peterson was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI and Angela Tribuzio was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Huntley in this Fox Valley Conference loss. Haley Spannraft (7-4) took the loss for the Red Raiders (9-4, 1-2).St. Charles East 3, Elgin 1: With regular starting pitcher Jennah Perryman out sick, Elgin freshman Jessica Rago did a commendable job against the Saints, but Elgin could manage just 3 hits off Haley Beno in this Upstate Eight River loss. Rago allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run for the Maroons (6-6, 2-5). Caroline Sobeski had a double for Elgin.Westminster sweeps IMSA: Jackie Calabrese was 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI and Becca Fugiel had a double and 3 RBI as Westminster won 19-2 in Game 1 of this Northeastern Athletic Conference doubleheader. Rachel Fugiel struck out 8 and allowed 4 hits to earn the win. In Game 2, Rachel Fugiel had a home run and 3 RBI as Westminster won 16-11. Becca Fugiel added a double and an RBI and Calabrese was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI. Rachel Rich was the winning pitcher for the Warriors (4-3, 2-0).Lake Park 11, Larkin 0: Alex Buhrow, Jaclyn Saurbaugh and Bekah Harrington had hits for the Royals (1-11, 1-6) in this Upstate Eight loss. Sarah Hansen was Larkin’s losing pitcher.CL Central 3, Hampshire 2: Jordan Hook was 2-for-3 with a home run but the Whip-Purs (3-9, 0-2) fell in the FVC Fox. Jennifer Hurst was the losing pitcher.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 2, Dundee-Crown 1: Tawny Carroll and Kim Jimenez scored goals for the Sabres in this nonconference win. Erika Delagado had an assist and Nathalie Gundon made 5 saves in goal for Streamwood (8-2-3). Franki Scarpelli scored the Chargers’ goal and Isabel Miranda had 2 saves for the Chargers (4-11).Woodstock North 2, Jacobs 0: Ellie Samin had 3 saves in goal for Jacobs (4-7-1) in this Fox Valley Conference crossover loss.Elgin 2, Elgin Academy 1: Veronica Clements scored Elgin Academy’s goal and Allyson Wittmeyer had 7 saves in the net for the Hilltoppers (0-4-3) in this nonconference game. No information was reported by Elgin.Richmond 5, Hampshire 1: Alex Zeller scored Hampshire’s only goal in this nonconference loss. Ari Rominski had 6 saves for the Whip-Purs (1-5).

    Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera turns a double play, forcing Chicago’s Jordan Danks at second and getting Alejandro De Aza at first, during the seventh inning Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Indians rally for 3-2 win over Sox

    Asdrubal Cabrera hit a clutch two-run single in his return to the lineup and the Cleveland Indians used a throwing error by reliever Matt Thornton to rally for a 3-2 victory over the sloppy Chicago White Sox on Monday night. The slumping White Sox have lost four straight and 10 of 13. They managed just five hits.

    Pat Hennessy of Montini slips past Chris Smith of St. Francis to score during the Broncos win at at home, Monday.

    Montini remains undefeated in league

    With every game won by Montini's baseball team, the bull's-eye gets a little bigger.And the ice water flows more fluidly through the players' veins. The Broncos pulled out another close one Monday in Lombard, holding on for a 2-1 Suburban Christian Blue Conference win over St. Francis.


    Bulls’ base Manhattan, not Brooklyn

    Playing the Nets gives most every NBA team a difficult choice when it comes to accommodations. There are probably nice hotels in Brooklyn, but apparently none that measure up to where NBA teams are used to sleeping.


    Cougars can’t hold lead in loss to Chiefs

    After scoring 5 runs in the first two innings, the Kane County Cougars appeared on track for their fourth consecutive victory. But the Peoria Chiefs had other plans, scoring five times in the seventh to rally for a 9-6 triumph Monday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum argues with home plate umpire Chris Guccione during the sixth inning of Friday’s road game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sveum was ejected from the game.

    Recent events, and Cubs’ record, put spotlight on Sveum

    Not even one month into his second season as manager of the Cubs, Dale Sveum was talking Monday about his own future in the wake of the team's 5-12 start heading into a three-game set at Cincinnati.

    Cubs president Theo Epstein isn’t likely to waver from his long-term plan, even if many fans don’t like what they’re seeing.

    Less than year into Epstein plan, some Cubs fans panic

    The fact that the Cubs are so bad is further proof of how much work they need, not a call to start spending money on patchwork free agents who will merely serve to middle the Cubs again, something they've done unsuccessfully for dozens of years.


    Gagliano’s 56-game streak ends

    Marissa Gagliano is human after all. When Wheaton Academy's junior shortstop went 0-for-4 last Monday against Rosary, it marked the first time in her high school career she failed to reach base. Her streak had reached 56 straight games reaching base; Radford recruit Gagliano, hitting .545 on the season with a .591 on base percentage, 10 runs scored and 10 steals in six games this year, has hit safely in 48 of her 57 high school games.


    Naperville Norh reaches deep to pull out triumph

    With two key players missing, Naperville North's superior depth was on display Monday as players throughout the lineup stepped up and led the Huskies to a key DuPage Valley Conference victory.

    Fremd’s Sam Beutler trots toward third base after hitting a 3-run homer against Schaumburg in Palatine on Monday.

    Fremd’s bats heat up against Schaumburg

    How did Fremd enjoy the warmest weather for the baseball season thus far? The Vikings did so by making short work of Schaumburg on Monday in Palatine. Fremd cruised past the Saxons 10-0 in a snappy one hour and 21 minutes.


    Hampshire’s Dumoulin stymies Burlington Central

    Burlington Central just couldn't solve Michael Dumoulin. The Hampshire right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before combining with Brandon Wescher on a 3-hitter in a 5-1 nonconference victory over the Rockets in Hampshire Monday. The Whip-Purs (5-7) manufactured enough runs in support of Dumoulin. Hampshire scored 4 times in the fifth inning without an RBI hit. Tyler Crater drove in 2 runs for Hampshire, while Brandon Bowen had 3 hits in the No. 9 spot.


    St. Charles East’s Starai shuts out Batavia again

    Pitching against Batavia for the second time in 7 days, Matt Starai didn't want to alter his game plan. That was for good reason. The St. Charles East (10-5, 8-2) senior tossed his second consecutive 2-hit shutout against the Bulldogs (13-3, 7-3) during the Saints' 1-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory Monday afternoon in St. Charles.


    BG’s state champs merit IBCA Hall of Fame

    I'll always remember the lead on the sidebar written by fellow Daily Herald reporter John Radtke when Buffalo Grove won the 2000 Class AA state girls basketball championship in overtime against Chicago Washington.It read Allison Guth for president!'. That's because Guth was the president of BG's student council and she became the school hero when she scored 7 of her 11 points in the extra session as the Bison won 60-51 at Illinois State's Redbird Arena. Guth and her teammates will be able to relive the memories of that dream season this Saturday when the team is inducted into the Illinois Coaches Basketball Association Hall of Fame at Illinois State's Braden Auditorium in Normal.

    Lindsay Efflandt

    Scary moment in Cary-Grove’s win over Prairie Ridge

    There's really only one word to describe the moment. Scary. Cary-Grove defeated Prairie Ridge 3-1 Monday afternoon in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball game in Cary. But when an 0-1 pitch in the top of the fourth inning from Cary-Grove senior standout Lindsay Efflandt came off the bat of Prairie Ridge senior Kirsten Stevens, Efflandt's good friend and summer teammate, and hit Efflandt flush in the face, the emotions of the game between the District 155 rivals changed immediately.


    Jacobs slugs way past Dundee-Crown

    The Jacobs softball team continued to put up good offensive numbers Monday. The Golden Eagles pounded out 13 hits and scored 14 runs to top rival Dundee-Crown, 14-4, in five innings in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game in Carpentersville.

    St. Viator’ Tess Kaiser tries to put a tag on Carmel’s Sam Melillo on Monday in Mundelein.

    Carmel delivers for Raymond

    Maybe there was a plan in place the whole time. Such as, Do what you have to do so Carmel softball coach Jason Raymond could get a decent night's sleep. Carmel catcher Amanda Elert did her part with her second grand slam of the season. Leadoff hitter Sam Melillo used her speed to have a 3-hit day. Carmel went 5 innings to stop St. Viator 11-0. And now Raymond can get back to his family life. His third child will arrive Tuesday morning.


    Baseball/Top 20
    Mundelein, Huntley and Naperville Central have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of area baseball teams.


    Schoenfelder putting on a show with Eau Claire

    Former Antioch runner Erin Schoenfelder was named a University of Eau Claire Athlete of the Week for women's outdoor track and field. The senior won two events, the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, to help the Blugolds to a third-place finish at the Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational. Schoenfelder finished the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.81 seconds, the best in the conference and 15th fastest time in the nation.


    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Buffalo Grove and St. Charles North are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area girls soccer teams.


    Bandits seeking teams for high school jamboree

    The Chicago Bandits announced plans Monday to host a high school softball Jamboree on Saturday, May 18 at The Ballpark in Rosemont. The Jamboree will feature five games between Class 3A and 4A schools. Current teams scheduled to participate are Naperville Central, Richards, Cary-Grove, Trinity and Montini Catholic. There are currently five spaces available for teams in the Jamboree.


    Mike North video: NBA Playoffs Disappoint

    The NBA playoffs right now have not been very satisfying to watch. With the early blowouts, the NBA ratings are probably lagging at halftime. Mike North expects as we get deeper into the playoffs, it will hopefully get better.



    The cellphone at 40: Motorola creation marks anniversary

    Forty years ago, Motorola Inc. engineers in Schaumburg embraced innovation, which led to the creation of the first portable cellular phone and to a whole new way of communicating and living worldwide.It was the company and the team behind the project that worked together to successfully build that first phone and the system that supported it, said Marty Cooper, who lived in Glencoe when he managed the division he founded for Motorola.That division is now Google-owned Motorola Mobility.“I credit Bob Galvin and his father for creating the environment that fostered that innovation in spite of the inevitable failures along the way,” Cooper said. “Most importantly, I learned that technology is meaningless if it doesn’t, in some way, improve the lives of people. Absent that improvement, technology for the sake of technology can be dangerous.”Cooper, who now lives in California, is considered the father of the cellphone and will receive the Marconi Prize in Bologna, Italy, in October. The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment from Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented the radio.The phone team actually can trace its roots back to the 1950s. That’s when Cooper served in the Navy for 3½ years and left as a submarine officer. He went to work for about a year at Teletype Corp. and was then approached by Motorola Inc.“My interview consisted of a grilling by Dr. Jona Cohn, head of research, and Dr. Bill Firestone, his boss. I still remember the technical problem they had me solve at a blackboard,” he recalls.Cooper was impressed by the experience and accepted Motorola’s offer at a 15 percent salary increase over what he made at Teletype — $462 versus $400 a month.“It was the smartest decision I ever made,” Cooper said. “I never hired anyone after that without a similar grilling.”It was 1972, when Cooper carved out his niche in history. He knew the Federal Communications Commission was issuing more radio frequency spectrum. He wondered how it could be used more efficiently and creatively.He wanted to demonstrate that the world was ready for a personal phone and that other companies could do it, not just AT&T, he said.Cooper enlisted colleague Rudy Krolopp, now of Lake Zurich, to put the team together.“When Marty first came to me in December 1972, he said we needed to develop a portable telephone and fast,” Krolopp said. “Well, I didn’t know what a portable phone was, because we didn’t have any then, but he said it would be just like your desk phone, but take a pair of scissors and cut the wire and you should still be able to do everything you did before when it was on the desk.”When the team started taking shape, they met at a Schaumburg restaurant to discuss ideas. Designs and ideas were perfected. That’s when the rivalry between Motorola and AT&T began to heat up. AT&T already had hundreds of lobbyists in Washington, D.C., compared to Motorola’s three. The political and business aspects of this system had to work just as well as the technology, Cooper recalled.But more was at stake. Motorola already had been in the two-way radio business for about 30 years.Customers in public safety, truck fleets, construction and the transportation industry used two-way radio to improve the speed and efficiency of their operations. The number of users who could gain these advantages through the two-way technology was limited by the number of channels or “spectrum” that was available.Year after year, manufacturers and users would go to the FCC to ask for more spectrum.In the late 1960s the FCC had proposed to give the highest 15 UHF TV channels (70-84) to Land Mobile Radio services, but Motorola had to show how it would use that spectrum most efficiently, said Don Linder, a retired lead engineer now living in Kildeer.

    AT&T launches Digital Life in 15 cities, including the Chicago and suburban area, on Friday. It allows customers to check on a variety of things at the house while they are away.

    AT&T debuts Digital Life in Chicago area

    AT&T today launches its Digital Life services, which allows homeowners to remotely secure their home or garage, adjust the temperature, or even shut off the water in an emergency, all by using their smartphone, tablet or PC. “Anybody who wants to protect their home or loved ones will be interested in this service,” said Dave Fine, AT&T vice president and general manager, who is based in Hoffman Estates.

    Federal authorities have fined Arens Controls $26,000 for five violations found in an investigation prompted by a May 2012 explosion at its Arlington Heights factory that killed one worker and injured 17 others. The company is not contesting the fines.

    Arlington Hts. company fined $26,000 for deadly 2012 explosion

    An Arlington Heights company paid more than $26,000 in fines after a federal investigation found five serious violations inside the business in the wake of a deadly May 22, 2012 explosion that killed one person and injured 17 others. The blast at Arens Controls killed Neil Nicholson, 55, of Itasca. Arens has paid the fine and did not contest the citations.


    Wealthy investors worried about Illinois economy

    The Chicago area's wealthiest investors are much more nervous about their state's economy than counterparts elsewhere in the nation, according to a poll released Monday that reinforces concerns some companies may relocate if Illinois' financial situation doesn't improve. The poll by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management comes on the same day Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited Chicago to try to lure businesses from the state with the promise of lower income taxes and a stronger economy.


    Index edges higher as energy stocks rebound

    Investors remained cautious at the start of a big week for company earnings on Wall Street. About a third of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, including Exxon Mobil and Apple, are reporting earnings this week. Analysts currently expect earnings to rise by 2 percent in the first quarter, down from the 7.7 percent increase in the fourth quarter, according to S&P Capital IQ.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Staff of World Bank to visit Chicago, City Colleges

    A delegation from the World Bank is scheduled to visit Chicago this week to explore whether a partnership between the City Colleges of Chicago and leaders in high-growth industries could be duplicated around the world. Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Colleges to Careers program in 2011 as an effort to ensure students received the skills they need to get a job and businesses would have a stable, properly trained labor market.


    Area study: Hybrid vehicle market grew 41 percent in 2 years
    A recent analysis by Experian Automotive of Schaumburg showed that market share of hybrid vehicles has increased by 40.9 percent since 2011, going from 2.2 percent in 2011 to 3.1 percent in 2012.While hybrid vehicles still only make up slightly more than 1 percent of the total vehicles in operation, the segment has witnessed steady market share growth over the past several quarters.


    Prologis signs Champion Container to Wood Dale property

    NAI Hiffman recently represented both landlord and tenant in a new lease in Wood Dale. Prologis signed Champion Container Corp. to 89,835 square feet of industrial space at 1455 N. Michael Drive in Chancellory Business Park. Champion Container, a premier custom box shop and full service distributor of packaging equipment and materials, will consolidate three operation facilities to a central location.


    Bimba to support LEAP employer-educator compact

    Bimba Manufacturing of University Park pledged its support for the LEAP Employer-Educator Compact. The LEAP Employer-Educator Compact brings leaders from business and academia together to ensure that all college students have access to quality liberal education that fully prepares them for work, life, and citizenship.


    Hunter rolls out new web site

    Hunter Foundry Machinery Corp. recently rolled out its new web site, www.hunterfoundry.com, which details the latest machines and related sand foundry equipment, including full machine specifications, videos, company news and a job status/service portal for customer access.


    Evanston’s Links Capital sells Oregon Golf Club

    Links Capital Advisors, Inc., of Evanston, recently sold the Oregon Golf Club, 250 S. Daysville Road in Oregon, Ill., for $425,000. A local investor purchased Oregon Golf Club, a private 9-hole course on 92 acres along the Rock River. The club was founded in 1926 by members and features a 6,195 square foot, two-floor clubhouse with dining and banquet capacity of 120 guests.


    Wis. bill would shield job seekers’ web privacy

    A Wisconsin state lawmaker is pushing legislation that would keep employers from requiring their employees or job applicants to give them access to personal social media accounts.

    Jeffrey Weinzweig of Highland Park, is the founder of Komedyplast, a global association that includes a variety of medical professionals who provide free surgeries for poor children in Peru who have facial deformities.

    Highland Park plastic surgeon gives children in Peru new look on life

    Kukec's People features Jeffrey Weinzweig, a plastic surgeon from Highland Park, who founded Komedyplast, a global organization that includes plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons and other medical professionals who provide free medical services to poor and disfigured children in Peru. The group also teamed up with a clown organization to help children through the stress of surgery.

    Associated Press Halliburton says it lost $18 million in the first quarter on litigation-related charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But it made money if the unusual items are excluded, and beat Wall Street expectations.

    Halliburton posts 1Q loss on litigation charges
    Halliburton says it lost $18 million in the first quarter on litigation-related charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But it made money if the unusual items are excluded, and beat Wall Street expectations.

    With delay after delay plaguing the aircraft's entry into service, Boeing ultimately had built about 40 by the time it got final Federal Aviation Administration certification.

    Boeing's 'plane of the future' works to overcome past

    With delay after delay plaguing the aircraft's entry into service, Boeing ultimately had built about 40 by the time it got final Federal Aviation Administration certification. That became a drag on Boeing -- at one point it had $16.2 billion of inventory related to the 787 -- and an important element of the current crisis in which every Dreamliner worldwide has been grounded after two suffered lithium-ion battery failures.

    Associated Press Billionaire Robert Earl Holding, whose business empire included ownership of Sinclair Oil and two world-class ski resorts in the West, has died. He was 86.

    Sinclair oil billionarie Robert Early Holding dies at 86

    Billionaire Robert Earl Holding, whose business empire included ownership of Sinclair Oil and two world-class ski resorts in the West, has died. He was 86. Holding died Friday in Salt Lake City after suffering lingering complications of a 2002 stroke, Clint Ensign, senior vice president of the Sinclair Companies, said Sunday. Holding actively oversaw his businesses until he slowed down a couple of years ago, Ensign said.

    Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, though some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York.

    FAA furloughs kick in, some flight delays appear

    Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts, though some delays appeared in the late evening in and around New York. And even though the nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that the airline industry predicted would result from the furloughs did not materialize yet, the real test will come Monday, when traffic ramps up.

    Eric Schmidt

    Biographical information on Google’s Eric Schmidt

    Here are some biographical details on Eric Schmidt.NAME: Eric Schmidt AGE: 57 (Born April 27, 1955) EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Executive chairman of Google’s board. CEO from 2001 to 2011. Before Google, he was CEO of Novell and, prior to that, chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems Inc. ROLE AT GOOGLE: As executive chairman, Schmidt serves as adviser and handles broader tasks such as business deals and relationships and government outreach, as Google faces growing regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe. ROLE AS AUTHOR: Co-author of “The New Digital Age,” a technology treatise exploring the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as the lines blur between the physical world around us and the virtual realm of the Internet. NET WORTH: $8.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

    Some illuminating books already have been written about Google’s catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn’t been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google’s brain trust.

    Former Google CEO shares vision in tech treatise

    Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop and communicate.Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who spent a decade as the company's CEO, shares his visions of digitally driven change and of a radically different future in "The New Digital Age," a book that goes on sale Tuesday.


    Palatine law firm turns to social media to build recognition

    Lawyers and social media. The words don't roll off the tongue as easily as, say, chocolate and ice cream or summer and vacation — unless you're talking with Colin Gilbert, founding partner at the law firm of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella LLC in Palatine.

    Laurie Richter

    ‘100 Women Who Care’ launches North suburban chapter

    The North suburbs will soon be home to a chapter of "100 Women Who Care," a unique philanthropic concept that has chapters springing up all over the country. We recently had a chance to talk with Laurie Richter, the founder of this new local chapter.

Life & Entertainment

    Khloe Kardashian is left out following the latest game of musical chairs on “The X Factor.”

    Khloe Kardashian out on `X Factor’

    Khloe Kardashian is left out following the latest game of musical chairs on "The X Factor." Fox said Monday that while Mario Lopez is returning this fall as host of Simon Cowell's music competition series, Kardashian will not be joining him.

    Peter Yarrow's concert at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

    Yarrow concert rescheduled for July
    Folk legend Peter Yarrow had to cancel his concert on Saturday, April 20, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake due to illness. The rescheduled concert date is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

    Lee DeWyze performs onstage at the “American Idol” finale in 2010. The season nine winner will perform on the Fox show Thursday.

    Lee DeWyze to perform on ‘Idol’ Thursday
    Mount Prospect native and past "Idol" winner Lee DeWyze announced today on Twitter he would be performing his new single live Thursday night on "American Idol."

    As a retiree, Art Racek of Roselle works several jobs, including one at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.

    Retirement allows seniors to pursue passions

    What do you do when you retire and suddenly find the days stretching out in front of you with no meetings to attend or deadlines to meet? Retirees across the suburbs confront this reality every day. Many choose to stay active by pursuing a longtime passion, exploring a new career or choosing to serve others.

    Trainer Steve Amsden pushes Megan McCarthy-Cook, telling her, “Don't tell me how hard you work, show me.”

    Fittest Loser trainers keeping contestants focused

    Just a little more than a week remains until the winner of the 2013 Fittest Loser Challenge is crowned, and the Push Fitness trainers are geared up for a strong finish. The competition culminates on Wednesday, May 1, when the winner is named at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect. While they won't divulge the specifics of their plans, the six trainers offer a glimpse of what's in store for each of the contestants.

    Food Network star Sandra Lee says she plans to focus her energy on her eponymous magazine. The March-April issue is on newstands now.

    Sandra Lee taking a break after her 25th cookbook

    Sandra Lee says her next cookbook will be her last. At least for a while. The Food Network star known for semi-homemade cooking says the release this month of her 25th cookbook marks a turning point. She wants more time to focus on her eponymous magazine, as well as to write a home and gardening book.

    Sure, there are moments I think “I don't feel like working out,” and I'd like to tell my trainer, Push Fitness owner Josh Steckler, that I'd just like a nap instead. But no matter how hard the workout is, I never regret doing it. Not even the times I whack my head on something, which I did right after this picture was taken.

    Sacrificing certainly no fun, but it's worth it

    A friend of mine — who lives out of state but has been keeping up with my progress by reading my columns — asked me a funny question the other day about my Fittest Loser journey. "I really expected you to be a lot more whiny," she said (Fair point. I expected me to be more whiny, too.) "How are you staying so cheerful about it all?"

    Rikako Ueda, right, instructs a group of women in a laughter yoga session at Osaka Castle Park in Osaka, Japan.

    New yoga form has seniors laughing

    Laughing is said to be good for the mind and body. Taking that advice to heart, a number of seniors are flocking to laughter yoga — an exercise that encourages people to laugh while practicing yoga.

    Singer Glen Campbell will be advocating for Alzheimer’s disease research during a visit to Capitol Hill Monday.

    As Alzheimer’s progresses, Glen Campbell stops touring

    Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring. Instead, he'll spend his 77th birthday on Monday in Washington as an advocate for Alzheimer's research. The trip includes a fundraising dinner for the Alzheimer's Association and a visit to Capitol Hill, where he'll visit the Senate.

    Rick Springfield will perform July 6 at Naperville’s Ribfest celebration.

    Naperville’s Ribfest tickets now on sale

    Tickets are now on sale for Naperville's annual Ribfest celebration, which runs from July 3 through 7 in Knoch Park near downtown. Organizers from the Naperville Exchange Club said tickets are $12 if purchased online or $15 at the gate. Children 11 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

    Tom Cruise stars in “Oblivion,” which took in $38.2 million at the box office during its first weekend.

    Fans sink into Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ in $38.2 million debut

    Movie fans slipped into "Oblivion" as the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller led Hollywood with a $38.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. That domestic haul comes on top of $33.7 million "Oblivion" added in overseas markets, where the film began rolling out a week earlier. "Oblivion" raised its overseas total to $112 million and its worldwide receipts to $150.2 million.

    Claus Hornoff was able to see and drive the 1974 pickup he owned for so many years while visiting the area in November.

    GMC Sierra Grande honors a well-traveled loved one

    Tom Bjorklund's earliest memories of his 1974 GMC Sierra Grande are from when his Uncle Claus would motor into town behind the wheel of the vintage pickup. Claus Hornoff purchased the Camper Special version of this truck new from a Sacramento, Calif., dealer and often used it to visit his Midwest relatives.

    Janet Bradley cuddles with her mom, Terri Bradley, after Terri's final surgical procedure.

    Should chronically ill patients be treated with untested drugs?

    A California case has raised questions that go beyond the realm of hospital manuals and federal codes. In letters to the editor, in blogs, on message boards and radio talk shows, the doctors' actions and the decisions by the three patients and their families have stirred emotional debate. Why shouldn't dying patients have easy access to untested drugs and procedures?


    Exercises to strengthen your legs

    Here are four exercises to help stretch out your legs, and make them stronger.

    Hot dogs, ice cream and other carnival fare are popular go-to items for parties. Uniformed servers add a touch of authenticity.

    Planning key to successful party — with less stress

    Exciting, well-executed parties don't happen by chance. Big or small, they usually must be planned to get great results. But you don't have to be a perfect party host to throw an incredible bash (even for a big bunch). Really, all you need are a few key tips from area planning pros to help your soiree rise to the top.


    Adult migraine treatments not as effective in children

    Medicines to prevent or treat migraines in adults aren't effective in stopping the headaches in children, according to two studies that suggest doctors may want to re-evaluate the use of the drugs in pediatric patients. An analysis of 21 trials published in JAMA Pediatrics showed that Johnson and Johnson's seizure medicine Topamax and the antidepressant trazodone "have limited evidence" to support use in children's migraines occurring fewer than 15 times a month. Other drugs, including some medicines for hypertension are no better than a placebo, the research found.

    The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 100 calories daily from refined sugar, 150 calories for men. That translates into 10 jelly beans for women and 15 for men.

    Sweet tooth has a sour side

    Have you ever had a sugar-crash? You know that sudden fatigue, headache or irritability you might feel after eating, oh, a hundred jelly beans? If so, you are probably not alone. The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 100 calories daily from refined sugar, 150 calories for men. That translates, using our jelly bean currency, into 10 jelly beans for women and 15 for men.


    Sophisticated pacemakers benefit heart-block patients

    People with an electrical malfunction that blocks signals from the top of the heart to its lower chambers fare better with an advanced pacemaker that synchronizes cardiac rhythm, researchers said.The findings should help persuade doctors to use pacemakers that provide pacing for the left as well as right side of the heart, said the lead researcher.


    More food poisonings from raw milk, poultry bacteria

    Bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is causing more and more food poisonings, according to health officials. Cases of campylobacter grew by 14 percent over the last five years, a government study found.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report was based on foodborne infections in only 10 states — about 15 percent of the American population.


    Secondhand smoke remains unfiltered threat to children

    While many smokers take precautions like only lighting up in an isolated room, on a porch or in the yard, those steps seldom eliminate the dangers that nicotine and other chemicals from burning tobacco pose to infants and children. These range from increased risks for respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to higher lifetime risks for cancer.

    Surgeon Dr. John Lipham shows the size of a LINX device at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif. The LINX System is designed to help the esophageal sphincter stay closed to stop the reflux.

    Implanted ‘bracelet’ helps treat chronic heartburn

    A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them. It's a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which plagues millions of Americans and can raise their risk for more serious health problems.

    Team Hoffman Estates finishes the Community Challenge in better shape than when they started 12 weeks ago.

    Community team members ready for final weigh-in

    It's a big day for the Community Challenge. Today is the final weigh-in for the Community Challenge teams and they will repeat the tests they took 12 weeks ago. Though only one winning team will be announced at the Fittest Loser celebration on May 1, many teams report that no matter the outcome of the final weigh-in, everyone who participated in the Community Challenge is a winner.


    Trainer looking for ‘maximum results’
    With the competition nearing the end, trainer Josh Steckler has made things easy for Melynda. "Her diet has been completely streamlined," Steckler says. "No extra sugars, no dairy, low sodium and lots of water."


    Effective weight-loss program combines exercise and diet

    Please settle a long-running argument between me and my sister. What's more effective for weight loss, diet or exercise?

    Eating out can be tough when you’re on a diet, but some tips can help you survive it.

    Your health: Dining out do’s and don’ts
    Eating out can be a challenge when on a diet, so we offer some tips. And Harvard Medical School offers advice on eating at buffets, too.

    Adelaide Clemens and Aden Young star in the new drama “Rectify.” The six-hour miniseries, whose first two hours air at 8 p.m. Monday on Sundance Channel, tells a unique story about a man who was caged for two decades for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend. Then, when his conviction is vacated thanks to new DNA evidence, he is restored to an outside world that proves just as harrowing.

    ‘Rectify’: A drama series about freedom and loss

    Solidly anchored by creator-writer Ray McKinnon, the six-hour miniseries "Rectify," whose first two hours air at 8 p.m. Monday on Sundance Channel, tells a unique story about a man who was caged for two decades for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend. Then, when his conviction is vacated thanks to new DNA evidence, he is restored to an outside world that proves just as harrowing.


    Diabetes treatment costs growing

    Jerry Madrigal's life is spent in medical offices. What started as a small sore on the 49-year-old's foot has turned into a diabetes diagnosis and an endless series of pricey procedures and prescription medicines. No longer able to work, Madrigal, of Corpus Christi, Texas, lives on disability checks and his wife's part-time pay. He has no clue how much all of this costs; his medical bills are fully covered by government-funded Medicaid. Diabetes' financial toll extends beyond those diagnosed, reaching into the pocketbooks of taxpayers and those with health insurance who pick up the tab for the uninsured or those on government-funded health care plans.

    Janelle Valore plays with her daughter, Alena Valore, 5 months, who has colic, at their home in Mt. Joy, Pa. The distressing nonstop crying of colic in babies is often blamed on tummy trouble. But now a new study says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants.

    Colic may be linked with migraines, study says

    The distressing nonstop crying in babies with colic is often blamed on tummy trouble, but a new study says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants. Children and teens treated for migraine headaches at three hospitals in Italy and France were much more likely than other kids to have had colic in infancy.

    IT band stretch

    Do the legwork, feel the results

    Do you have strong and flexible quadriceps and hamstrings? If so, consider yourself fortunate, as weakened or tight muscle groups can develop into a chronic posture issue that causes lower-back pain. And since they are muscles that help to propel us through life, and are key players in independent living, they deserve some tender, loving care. We want to keep them strong and well-stretched to meet the demands of our daily activities and to continue participating in many of our favorite sports.


    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 11



    Editorial: Act carefully on concealed carry, but act

    A Daily Herald editorial says the legislature is right to move carefully on the issue of concealed carry, but must not remain stalemated.

    Byron York

    New data on border crossings could change immigration debate

    Columnist Byron York: There’s a confrontation coming between the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress over the most basic question of immigration reform: How secure is the U.S. border with Mexico?


    Full disclosure missing from guest writer
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Once again the Herald has a guest editorial written by someone whose affiliations and thereby motivations are only partly disclosed. Pat Hughes lists the Illinois Opportunity Project. Sounds nice. Sounds innocuous. Not many people would have heard of it. If he'd listed or the Daily Herald insisted on listing the Illinois Policy Institute and the Liberty PAC, people would understand more about his suggestions.


    Speak up to retain class size limits
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Illinois State Board of Education has recently proposed to eliminate part of Rule 226.730, which limits the class size for students with disabilities. Under this new rule there would be no limit for how many students with disabilities can be placed into a general education classroom. This would negatively affect the learning growth of children who learn at a different pace and style than others.


    Road construction initiative a good step
    A Rosemont letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]Newsx BTO body copyThe Illinois section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Illinois a D+ for our state's infrastructure. ASCE's report states that 73 percent of Illinois roads are poor or mediocre quality costing motorists $292 per year. This report card is why we applaud Gov. Pat Quinn and the state of Illinois on their announcement of $486 million in road and bridge projects.


    New rules will create obstacles to GED
    A letter to the editor: Those without such credentials, on average, face higher unemployment rates and, if working, experience lower wages. Plus, their access to postsecondary education, so vital in today's job market, is severely restricted.


    Why are trees torn up in Willow Park?
    Letter to the editor: Shery Hogan and her husband wonder why trees are being taken down in Willow Park in Arlington Heights.


    He’s got a gripe with his letter carrier
    Letter to the editor: Ken Glassman just wants his mail. "I’ll bargain most people believe the Post Office is obligated to deliver mail to your mailbox," he writes. "Apparently in Arlington Heights it is up to the letter carrier to decide if he/she wants to."


    Difference between a celebrity and a hero
    Letter to the editor: Kathy Talken of Wheeling suggests that all the attention her village showered on Danni Allen is a little misplaced, and tells the story of her friend, June, another Wheeling resident, who saved a man's life one day.


    Maine Twp. clerk salutes all voters
    Letter to the editor: Re-elected Maine Township Clerk Gary Warner thanks all the voters on April 9, no matter who they voted for. "The greatest privilege all Americans have is the responsibility to vote," he writes.


    Zyck grateful for support and trust
    Letter to the editor: Greg Zyck is grateful for the support he got running for the Arlington Heights library board, and pledges he will take the responsibility very seriously.


    Wheeling GOP says thanks to voters
    Letter to the editor: Wheeling Township Republican Committeeman Ruth O'Connell thanks voters on behalf of herself and her colleagues.


    Hayes doesn’t have a mandate to govern
    Letter to the editor: A reality check is in order," writes Keith Moens of Arlington Hts. "Mr. (Tom) Hayes won the election with about 10 percent of all registered voters. Therefore, 90 percent of registered voters either did not vote or voted against Mr. Hayes."


    Elections should be won by majorities
    Letter to the editor: Raymond Koltys thinks elections, like the just-finished one for Arlington Hts. village president, should be decided by a majority, not a plurality.


    An editorial in Monday's edition of the Daily Herald incorrectly identified the party affiliation of state Rep. Brandon Phelps. He is a Democrat.


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