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    The Illinois Senate approved a plan to ban children under 18 from using indoor tanning booths.

    Senate acts to ban tanning beds for teens

    A suburban lawmaker's proposal to ban minors from tanning booths passed the Illinois Senate by a scorching 42-9 vote Tuesday.

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    Black legislators could determine fate of gay marriage

    The fate of a measure that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in Illinois may rest with 20 black legislators of the state's House, the leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus said Tuesday. Rep. Ken Dunkin, who is the head of the 30-member group, said the legislative proposal, which has been waiting for the House's approval for more than two months, may fail if members of his caucus...

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    Watch live video from the pension reform forum
    Watch a live webcast of forum on pension reform sponsored by the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois.

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    Suicide prevention program May 1 in Wheeling

    The public can attend a program about suicide prevention May 1 in Wheeling.

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    Dist. 128 board names new administrator

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday named Rita Fischer the district's new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

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    John Cichy

    Wisconsin man sues ex-Schaumburg officers

    A Wisconsin man has filed a civil suit accusing former Schaumburg undercover officers John Cichy and Terrance O'Brien with false arrest, conspiracy and due process violations. Christapher Nelson's lawsuit also accuses the Village of Schaumburg of negligent supervision. The suit seeks at least $50,000 in damages.

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    Bartlett sixth-grader dies after flu-like illness

    Students and faculty at Centennial Elementary School in Bartlett are mourning the loss of a sixth-grade girl who recently died after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Elgin Area School District U-46 officials activated the crisis team Sunday night, and professionals were on hand at the school, 234 Stearns Road, on Monday and Tuesday to help students and staff. "It's very sudden and tragic. It's a...

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    Andrea Arndt

    Forgery trial begins for Cardamone's mom and office manager

    An emotional first day of testimony concluded Tuesday with visibly frustrated American Gym office manager Andrea Arndt acknowledging she lied to a grand jury in 2010 and wasn't completely honest with police in 2008. Arndt, 38 and Linda Lynch, the 62-year-old mother of a former Aurora gymnastics instructor convicted of improperly touching or restraining 14 students at the family's gym are on trial...

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    Aurora to get police dogs from Europe via Michigan

    Aurora soon will be getting four police dogs from Hungary via northern Michigan under a $50,000 contract the city council approved to bring K9s back to the force. Four dogs trained to sniff out drugs and help with patrol activities such as missing person searches will be coming to Aurora from Northern Michigan K9, which imports its dogs from Europe — usually Hungary, according to a memo...

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    Whether railroad signals were tested in a timely manner is at the heart of a dispute involving Metra and a whistle-blower, who was awarded $38,000 by federal authorities.

    Feds: Metra whistle-blower owed thousands

    Federal regulators say a Metra whistleblower is owed about $38,000. The U.S. Department of Labor sided with a former signalman whose job was eliminated after he reported certain signal routes weren't being tested properly.

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    D. Dewey Pierotti

    Dupage forest officials consider pay cut

    Now that state lawmakers have refused to get involved, DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners are taking it upon themselves to seek a pay cut. How far they go to reduce their own salaries and benefits remains to be seen.

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    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi

    Aurora terror suspect latest to be snared by fake website

    It had the trappings of an actual extremist website: Photos of gun-toting fighters and a flowery exhortation to, "Come and join your lion brothers ... fighting under the true banner of Islam." Except, it wasn't what it seemed. It was a sham site constructed by the FBI. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, of Aurora was arrested last week on a terrorism charge stemming from the sting operation.

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    15-year-old shot to death near Obama’s Chicago home

    A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in a backyard about four blocks from President Barack Obama's Chicago home, police said Tuesday. Cornelius German of Chicago was found unresponsive around 9:40 p.m. Monday. The teen's death comes about three months after the fatal shooting of another 15-year-old, Hadiya Pendleton, who was gunned down in a park about a mile from the Obama home on the South...

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    Consultant recommends water rate increase in Wauconda

    A consultant has recommended higher water rates but lower sewer rates for customers in Wauconda.The recommendation from Speer Financial Services could result in a 24-percent billing increase annually for residents and other water users, according to the Chicago firm's report.

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    Defendant Johnny Borizov listens to opening statements Tuesday in his trial.

    Woman testifies: 'I'm in my house. There's shooting.'

    A Darien woman on Tuesday described how she barricaded herself in a closet and called 911 while her parents and brother were fatally shot during a March 2010 break-in. "I'm in my house. There's shooting," Angela Kramer told a police dispatcher in a frantic whisper, according to a 2-minute clip played in court. Gunfire could be heard in the background.

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    Paul Kevin Curtis, right, who had been in custody under the suspicion of sending letters which tested positive for ricin to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and his brother Jack Curtis walk to a press conference Tuesday in Oxford, Miss.

    Charges dropped in ricin letters case

    TUPELO, Miss. — Charges of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others were dropped Tuesday against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has said since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

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    Kerin Ramirez

    Wood Dale cop’s wife, neighbor testify about 2011 home invasion

    The wife of a Wood Dale police sergeant said she initially thought the early morning noise of an intruder in their home was the noise of her 4-year-old son, a frequent "early riser" who liked to build furniture forts.

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    The Illinois Senate approved a plan to raise the tollway and interstate speed limits to 70 mph.

    Illinois Senate: Raise speed limit to 70 mph

    Lead-footed drivers could be in luck after the Illinois Senate Tuesday approved legislation to raise the speed limit on tollways and interstates to 70 mph.

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    Dist. 15 bus driver resigns after alcohol detected

    A Palatine Township Elementary District 15 bus driver resigned in February after officials discovered she had alcohol in her system while she was on the job. The 35-year-old Rolling Meadows woman's school bus permit was suspended for three years as a result, according to Dave Druker, Secretary of State Jesse White's press secretary.

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    Hoffman Estates police officer Dan Donohue shows off Bundo, who until recently was the department’s only K-9 officer. With Bundo retiring this month, the Hoffman Estates Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser May 5 to help the department purchase a new dog.

    Citizens group hopes to buy Hoffman Estates a new police dog

    The Hoffman Estates Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, May 5, in an effort to raise about $12,500 for a new K-9 unit for the village's police department. Bundo, the department's dog for more than seven years, retired this month.

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    Health concerns rise over Lisle well water

    The DuPage County Health Department is urging Lisle residents with private wells who live in areas affected by recent flooding to have their wells disinfected and then tested to ensure the water is safe for drinking and cooking, officials said late Tuesday afternoon. The recommendation came after the health department conducted preliminary tests on private wells in the village and found some...

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    A mother bison watches over her day-old calf as they bathe in the early-morning sun at Fermilab in Batavia on Tuesday. Several other calves are expected to be join the herd soon.

    Baby bison arrive at Fermilab

    It's a bouncing baby bison. And another. And another. Spring is birthing season for the resident bison herd at Fermilab in Batavia. The lab has 24 bison. It will sell any of the females born, to keep the number in the 20s, since only a part-time worker manages the herd, and to avoid inbreeding. Fermilab's first director, Robert Wilson, installed a herd in 1969.

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    Women, wrongful convictions:

    "Opening Doors: Wrongful Convictions of Women" will be presented on Sunday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel on the middle campus of Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest.

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    Danny Mateos, foreground, Paco Matoes, and Alex Ramirez, right, with Arthur J. Rogers and Company, remove a hot water heater from the home of Kathi and Russell Fantetti, in background, on Berry Lane in Des Plaines Tuesday. Kathi Fantetti said they lost everything in the basement, including furniture, because of flooding.

    Des Plaines inspects homes damaged by flood

    Four crews of Des Plaines housing inspectors were out in force Tuesday, knocking on doors of homes along the floodplain to gauge the extent of damage. Inspections began last Thursday after the Des Plaines River breached its banks Wednesday night and flooded residential neighborhoods all along the river, and many businesses downtown and along Oakton Street.

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    Chris Lauzen

    Lauzen: county finance practices ‘bizarre’

    In his first state of the county address, Kane Chairman Chris Lauzen cited $2.8 million in "surprises" he found while combing through the budget, accounting practices.

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    This is what the sand on the bottom of Harold Hall Quarry Beach normally looks like in the spring, before it is graded and the pool is filled for the season. But the April 24-25 storm filled Quarry Beach almost completely, delaying the district’s ability to get in and move the sand.

    Last week’s storm may delay opening of Quarry Beach in Batavia

    Last week's flooding may delay the opening of Harold Hall Quarry Beach in Batavia, reports the Batavia Park District. Excess water shifted sand, making the bottom uneven in depth.

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    Christi McCoy, attorney for Paul Kevin Curtis, speaks outside of federal court in Oxford, Miss. on Monday, April 22, 2013. Paul Kevin Curtis is in custody under the suspicion of sending letters that tested positive for ricin to U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. Federal authorities and defense attorneys will speak to reporters at 5 p.m. CDT about the case.

    Miss. man in ricin case: 'I love my country'

    Charges were dropped Tuesday against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, while authorities searched at another man's home in connection with the case. The surprising move was announced in a brief document filed in federal court in Oxford hours after Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody. The document says the ongoing investigation...

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    Datren Brown

    Teens charged in Elgin armed robbery

    Elgin police have charged three teenagers with Sunday's armed robbery of a pizza delivery man. Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set bail at $100,00 Tuesday for Datren Brown, 18, of the 8100 block of West 87th Street in Hickory Hills. She set bail at $50,000 each for Scott Hatfield, 19, and Devyn Dodd, 17, both of the 200 block of Chaparral, in Elgin.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

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    Mundelein District 75 gets jump on superintendent replacement process

    The Mundelein District 75 school board is scheduled to interview two search firms as the process to find a replacement for Superintendent Cynthia Heidorn continues. Heidorn, who started with District 75 in July 2005, plans to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

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    Annette Miller

    Elgin Township eyeing new prescription, recycling programs

    Elgin Township is working on plans to establish a new prescription drug program for seniors this year, and possibly expand its recycling efforts from just batteries to all electronics, Elgin Township Supervisor Annette Miller said.

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    D50 hosts Fit Fest:

    Woodland Intermediate School at 1115 N. Hunt Club Road will host its first Fit Fest in the cafeteria.

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    Free real estate seminar:

    Ryan and Company Realtors, Inc. of Wauconda hosts a seminar from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the American Legion, Post 911, 515 S. Main St. Wauconda.

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    Island Lake budget proposed:

    The Island Lake village board could approve a $7.5 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave.

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    Quinn: Local option way to go on concealed carry

    Gov. Pat Quinn has reiterated his support for a concealed carry law that gives local communities the option to impose their own restrictions. Lawmakers have until June 9 to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court ruled Illinois' ban unconstitutional.

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    Copper Fiddle Distillery plans fall opening in Lake Zurich

    Now that village approval is in hand, two men hope they can open a craft distillery sometime in the fall in Lake Zurich business park. Copper Fiddle Distillery co-owner Jose Hernandez said the focus will be on six products, including a London-style dry gin and a limoncello.

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    A member of the audience sheds tears during Lu Lingzi's eulogy, delivered by her father, Lu June at Metcalf Hall in Boston University's George Sherman Student Union on Monday, April 22, 2013. Lingzi was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Family: Boston suspect fell under influence of friend

    In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, the deceased bombing suspect fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.

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    Glen Ellyn’s downtown is being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council will make that determination this summer.

    Glen Ellyn wants downtown designated as historic district

    Glen Ellyn's downtown is a few steps away from becoming part of the National Register of Historic Places. Granacki Historic Consultants, the firm that prepared the village's nomination packet, will submit the village's nomination to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency by the end of the month, and the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council will consider approval at its June 26 meeting at...

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    Barrington Police Chief Jerry Libit

    Barrington Police Chief Libit to retire in May

    Barrington Police Chief Jerry Libit will retire May 31 after nearly 32 years with the police department and more than four as its chief. Assistant Police Chief David Dorn will become acting chief for an indefinite period and will be in line for the permanent position.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two men were charged after an officer on patrol saw them in a fenced storage lot at Sru Corp., 216 S. Graceland Ave. in Des Plaines. One of the men was carrying a ladder, reports said.

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    Streamwood commission hosts environmental education day

    The Streamwood Natural Resource Conservancy Commission is hosting an environmental event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, to celebrate Streamwood Environmental Education Day. Representatives from various groups will be on hand by the garage in the back of village hall, 301 E. Irving Park Road,

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    Skeletal remains identified as Lisle man

    Skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Woodridge have been identified as a Lisle man missing for six years, authorities said Tuesday. The remains found last month were identified as Anthony Scott Arcaro, who was 37 when he was reported missing in 2007, Woodridge police said.

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    Pro gay marriage activists paint rainbow colors on their cheeks Tuesday after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage.

    France legalizes gay marriage

    Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told lawmakers that the first weddings could be as soon as June.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn will be the guest speaker Thursday at a fundraiser for the Naperville Township Democratic Organization.

    Gov. Quinn coming to Naperville fundraiser

    Gov. Pat Quinn will be the guest speaker when the Naperville Township Democratic Organization holds a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at BlackFinn American Saloon, 16 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Quinn is expected to discuss his accomplishments and initiatives at the event that also will feature Naperville Mayor George Pradel, some city council members and numerous elected Democratic...

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    Danny Mateos, with Arthur J. Rogers and Company, throws toys into a dumpster at Kathi And Russell Fantetti’s home on Berry Lane in Des Plaines on Tuesday, April 23. Kathi said they lost everything in the basement including furniture.

    Images: The flooding cleanup begins
    The cleaning and repair work has slowly started in towns hit with flooding last week but in Des Plaines and Fox Lake, residents are just starting to get back to their homes and business to inspect the damage.

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    Students rehearse their roles in Batavia High School’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which will be performed April 26-27 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

    Batavia students to stage ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

    The old adage of "killing with kindness" takes on a new twist this weekend, when two sweet spinster sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, consider it their moral duty "to help lonely old men find peace" during Batavia High School's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace." The dark comedy will be staged Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

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    Mooseheart’s residents work alongside Kohl’s associates during the campus’ “Go Green” event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

    Kohl’s teams up with Mooseheart for ‘Go Green’ event

    For the fourth straight year, associates of the Kohl's department store chain are to come to Mooseheart to participate in a "Go Green" event on Saturday, April 27, where they will clean and beautify the campus. But the size and financial impact of this event has grown every year — and this year figures to be the largest and most impacting yet.

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    University of Illinois plans to add 500 professors

    The University of Illinois plans to hire 500 professors during the next five to seven years to beef up a flagship campus faculty depleted by retirements and departures, Chancellor Phyllis Wise says. Wise is the top official at the Urbana-Champaign campus. She told faculty members and staff at a town hall meeting Monday that the faculty hiring plan is part of an initiative intended to turn the...

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    Illinois seniors get bigger break on property tax

    Legislation designed to reduce property tax bills for Illinois seniors is now law. The bill raises the homestead exemption for Illinois residents age 65 and older by $1,000, from $4,000 to $5,000. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law on Tuesday. The move could save seniors roughly $200 a year.

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    Farmer, grain manager face trial in alleged fraud

    A central Illinois farmer and a former grain company manager will be tried in federal court in June on charges they organized a $14 million fraud scheme.Farmer Robert Printz of Fairbury and former Towanda Grain Co. manager Timothy Boerma of Lincoln are scheduled to be tried June 17 in federal court in Peoria.

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    Chicago mayor takes jabs at Texas governor

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't exactly getting a warm welcome from some of the top elected officials in Illinois. Perry is trying to lure Illinois businesses to Texas by meeting with companies. The Republican former presidential candidate is also scheduled to speak Tuesday at a bioscience convention.

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    Quinn calls Texas governor’s visit ‘an escapade’

    Gov. Pat Quinn says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's visit to try to entice businesses away from Illinois is merely "an escapade" and Illinois can compete with any state.

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    Vacant Arlington Hts. lots were kids’ playgrounds

    My impression of early Arlington Heights lots is that they were never empty. They were a vast playground for kids with great surges of energy.

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    Traveling office aims to reach out to mroe veterans

    The Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission will be maintaining office hours at various American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts throughout Lake County in an effort to reach more veterans.

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    A Nature Walk with Sarah Schultz, habitat restoration volunteer for the Lake County Forest Preserve District and Reed-Turner Nature Preserve, will be May 4 at the Reed-Turner Woodland in Long Grove.

    Wildflowers a highlight of nature walk at Reed-Turner Woodland

    The Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones is hosting a spring nature walk to view the wildflowers, birds, and scenery from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Reed-Turner Woodland, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove.

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    Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, right, greets Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, center, and Army Secretary John McHugh, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, prior to McHugh and Odierno testifying before the committee’s hearing on the Defense Department budget requests for fiscal year 2014.

    Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers

    Senior Army officials warned Tuesday they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. "Today we find our Army at a dangerous crossroads," said Army Secretary John McHugh in testimony before a Senate committee.

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    Study: chicken, ground beef are riskiest meats

    An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats. The report by the Center for Science in Public Interest says chicken nuggets, ham and sausage pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness.

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    Pro gay marriage activists celebrate after French lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage after months of bruising debate and street protests that brought hundreds of thousands to Paris. Tuesday’s 331-225 vote came in the Socialist majority National Assembly.

    France legalizes gay marriage after harsh debate

    France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate and protests that flooded the streets of Paris. Legions of officers and water cannon stood ready near France's National Assembly ahead of the final vote, bracing for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country's faltering conservative movement.

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    Napolitano: DHS knew of Boston bomber Russia trip

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that her agency knew of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's trip to Russia last year even though his name was misspelled on a travel document. A key lawmaker had said that the misspelling caused the FBI to miss the trip.

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    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., plans to retire.

    Officials: Democratic Sen. Max Baucus to retire

    Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, the powerful Senate Finance chairman who steered President Barack Obama's health care overhaul into law but broke with his party on gun control, has decided to retire, Democratic officials said Tuesday. Baucus, 71, of Montana, has been a fixture in the Senate since 1979. He faced a tough re-election bid next year, with opposition to the health care law in his state...

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    UK man convicted of selling fake bomb detectors
    A millionaire businessman who sold fake bomb detectors that were based on a novelty golf ball finder to countries including Iraq was convicted Tuesday of fraud in a British court.Police investigators said the bogus devices put people's safety at risk.

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    Mechanics work on a C-5A military transport aircraft at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Parked around the airstrip at Lackland Air Force Base are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them.

    AP: Congress slows military efforts to save

    Parked around the airstrip at Lackland Air Force Base are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force's bid to retire them. So every now and then, crews will tow the planes around the Texas tarmac a bit to make sure the tires don't rot, then send them back into exile until...

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    In this 2010 photo, Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti runs in a Mexico City public park, one year after he lost his leg during an attack while on assignment in Afghanistan. “If you don’t confront the feelings of loss, the fact that your world has changed, you never fully recover from the amputation,” writes Morenatti.

    Amputated photographer: Hope for Boston survivors

    In the first horrific moments after the Boston bombing, with smoke still billowing around the wounded, I know what is going through the minds of the maimed victims. They are at once conscious and unconscious. Overcome with a sense of deja vu, I feel my past converge with the future of those wounded spectators. I lost my leg in a bomb blast. I know the suffering that lies ahead for these people...

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    Israeli official: Syria’s Assad used chemical arms

    A senior Israeli military intelligence official said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons last month in his battle against insurgent groups. It was the first time that Israel has accused the embattled Syrian leader of using his stockpile of nonconventional weapons.

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    Iraq: 29 dead after raid on Sunni protest site

    Iraqi security forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before dawn Tuesday, prompting clashes that killed at least 29 people in the area and significantly intensified Sunni anger against the Shiite-led government.

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    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.

    Images: Suburban flooding continues on Monday
    As many rivers crested at record flood stages, suburban residents continued to deal with flooded homes, roads and neighborhoods on Monday.

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    Illinois Secretary of State encourages online renewal

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says Earth Day is a good reminder that Illinois motorists can go green by registering to receive vehicle renewal notices via email. His office says registration tables are being set up in downtown Chicago's James R. Thompson Center through Tuesday where the public can submit email information to customer service representatives.

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    Illinois police agency investigating Farrakhan 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.

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    Indiana child deaths surge in 1st year of hotline

    The number of children who died because of abuse or neglect in Indiana surged in the first year of a statewide hotline, and the Department of Child Services said it didn't get involved with about 90 percent of those children until after they died.

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    Wausau man held in dismemberment slaying

    A central Wisconsin man is being held on $1 million bond in the slaying and dismemberment of a Minnesota man. A criminal complaint says Kou Thao fatally shot 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang, of St. Paul, in the basement of a Wausau home, wrapped his body in a tarp, loaded it in a car and drove to Milwaukee April 17.

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    Herbert and Catherine Schaible, who are serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor, could face new charges now that another of their children has died. Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children.

    2nd child of Pa. couple dies after only praying

    A Philadelphia couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another of their children has died.

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    The areas around the Shiawassee River and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge are completely flooded on Monday, April 22, 2013. Area rivers overflowed their banks over the weekend after days of heavy rain saturated the ground.

    More rain expected for already swollen rivers

    Communities along the Mississippi River and other Midwestern waterways eyed and in some cases fortified makeshift levees holding back floodwaters that meteorologists said could worsen or be prolonged by looming storms. Overnight rain from Oklahoma to Michigan led the National Weather Service to heighten the forecast crest of some stretches of rivers while blunting the retreat of other waterways.

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    Police tape closes the site of a car bomb that targeted the French embassy wounding two French guards and causing extensive material damage in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The explosives-laden car was detonated just outside the embassy building in Tripoli’s upscale al-Andalus neighborhood, officials said.

    Car bomb targets French Embassy in Libya

    A car bomb targeted the French Embassy in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced as an assault not only on France but all countries engaged in the fight against terrorism.

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    Representatives of Toronto’s Islamic community attend a news conference in Toronto as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announce the arrest of two men accused of plotting a terror attack on rail target, in Toronto, Monday April 22, 2013.

    Bail hearing set for 2 men in Canada terror plot

    Two men face bail hearings Tuesday after their arrest on charges of plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, authorities said. The case has raised questions about Shiite-led Iran's murky relationship with the predominantly Sunni Arab terrorist network.

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    First lady Michelle Obama visits with Boston Marathon bombing victim Heather Abbott at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. On the day of the bombings, Heather Abbott was scrambling to get off the sidewalk when the force of the second blast blew her through the restaurant doorway.

    Woman injured in marathon blast faces challenges

    As this shocked city observed a moment of silence, Heather Abbott was following through on a difficult decision — allowing doctors to amputate her left foot, which was mangled in the bombings that shattered the Boston Marathon. From her bed at Brigham and Women's Hospital on Monday, the 38-year-old Rhode Island woman reflected on the terror of April 15 — and on the waves of agony and...

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    Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, center, wife of killed Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, exits a car at the home of her parents in North Kingstown, R.I. At left is her father, Warren Russell. Federal authorities have asked to speak with her, and her lawyer said he is discussing with them how to proceed.

    A talented artist and now, bombing suspect’s wife

    Katherine Russell was a talented artist, a good student who grew up Christian, the daughter of a suburban doctor. Then she went off to college in Boston. A few years later, she had dropped out of school, converted to Islam and was Katherine Tsarnaeva, wife of a man who would become a suspect in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings and a subject of one of the biggest manhunts in American history.

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    Kerry Chambers, left, and Andrij Karpenko walk along Hawthorne Lane as flooding from the Des Plaines River continues to recede from the Big Bend area in Des Plaines yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: Flood cleanup time; Wheeling bids farewell to Abruscato

    Lake County waters crest. Judy Abruscato finishes tenure in Wheeling. Arlington Hts. company fined for explosion. More evidence in Aurora murder case. Geneva votes to switch school for Batavia kids. Elgin man heads to court. Barrington library goes ahead with renovation. Bulls beat the Nets to even series.

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    Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein of Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin lost a boyfriend in a bombing in Israel. She talks about her experiences in Israel and in Boston. “If we give in to the fear, either here or there, they win.”

    Former Israelis in suburbs accustomed to bomb risk

    In some parts of the world, bombings and terrorist attacks are much more common than in the U.S. Suburban residents who have lived in Israel talked about how people cope. "It's human nature that you learn how to live with it," said Eli Sasson of Buffalo Grove. "If we give in to the fear, either here or there, they win," said Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein of Elgin.

Sports

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    South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez has been selected to the University of North Texas cheerleading team.

    For South Elgin's Rodriguez, cheerleading a viable option

    Life is full of twists and turns. Some create opportunity, some create torn ACLs. South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez can tell you all about both. A multitalented and multisport athlete, Rodriguez spent the better part of her teen years to this point dreaming of playing softball in college on scholarship. But life takes the aforementioned twists and turns sometimes without asking us if we're ready for them, and that's what happened to Rodriguez on Sept. 28, 2011 in the South Elgin gym.

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    Geneva's Hope Goodman prepares to drive the ball past Batavia's Anna Zeyen in the first half on Tuesday, April 23.

    Batavia, Geneva battle to draw

    On another wintry late April evening, Geneva and Batavia contended with the elements as much as they did with each other's girls soccer teams ­— and this is a rivalry where the teams always meet each other like Sumo wrestlers. The host Vikings and visiting Bulldogs battled each other through 80 cold, drizzly minutes at Burgess Field and when the teams headed to the warmth of their homes, each team had one goal to think on in a 1-1 Upstate Eight Conference River Division contest.

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    Vancouver center Derek Roy (15) fights for control of the puck with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during Monday’s 3-1 win over Hawks. After the game, Keith took issue with a reporter’s questions.

    Hawks’ Keith treats all reporters the same after losses

    First off, let me say I don't believe Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith to be sexist, and I've known him for almost 10 years. Keith got himself in hot water following Monday's 3-1 loss to the Canucks when he was questioned by Karen Thomson, a radio reporter for Team 1040 in Vancouver, about Daniel Sedin's third goal.

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    Bulls guard Derrick Rose, second from right, watches from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.

    Enough already with the Rose bashing

    Now that the Bulls are two games deep into the playoffs, there's no doubt — it's time to shut it down. Stop with all the complaints about Derrick Rose. He should be playing. Joakim Noah's showing guts and Rose isn't. If he's healthy enough to practice, he's healthy enough to play. Stop all of that. It's ridiculous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Swider follows Cato as CCIW player of week

    For the second week in a row, a Wheaton College baseball player has been named the CCIW hitter of the week.

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    Libertyville slips up against Lake Forest

    Cold. Rain. Sleet. It seemed like Libertyville's girls soccer players couldn't find their footing. Lake Forest overcame Tuesday's rough weather conditions a little better, defeating the Wildcats 2-0 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division match.

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    Pitcher Carlos Villanueva turned in his fourth straight quality start, working 8 innings, but Carlos Marmol gave up a game-tying RBI single to Joey Votto in the bottom of the ninth to turn a 2-1 Cubs lead into a 2-2 tie.

    Hoyer says Cubs must find way to get better

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, who was not on the road trip, joined the team Tuesday in Cincinnati after the Cubs had lost four straight and questions had come up about manager Dale Sveum's future.

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    Grayslake North rolls

    Boys lacrosseGrayslake North 14, Barrington 2: Farhan Khan scored 3 goals, and AJ Fish had 2 goals and 8 assists, as the Knights improved to 7-4.Goalie Eric York, Ben Smith, Shane Pech and Ian Pearce played close defense all night in the rain, Knights coach Brad Fish said.Brendan Walker (1 assist), Spencer Davis and Jack Mattea each added a pair of goals, while Freddie Williams, Logan Morita and Sean Monaghan also scored for Grayslake North.

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    Mundelein blanks Warren

    BaseballMundelein 10, Warren 0: On Monday, Will Farmer homered and went 3-for-4, and Ryan Dolan was 4-for-5, as the visiting Mustangs beat Warren ace Adam Reuss to improve to 16-0.Mundelein also got another big effort from Mitch Schulewitz, who threw 5 innings for the win, striking out eight, while helping himself at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance. Dolan, Luke Adams, Derek Parola and Logan Reckert all doubled.

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    St. Ignatius handles Stevenson

    Girls water poloSt. Ignatius 15, Stevenson 6: The game was tied 2-2 after one quarter, but the visiting Wolfpack pulled away.Stevenson received 2 goals from Melissa Gartenberg. Alex Kanaris, Laura Larsen, Autumn Hoang and Allison Travetto also scored for the Patriots.

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    Olson, Grayslake North reign in OT

    What coach Adam DeCaluwe called "some of the sloppiest of conditions" couldn't deter Chelsea Olson on a rainy-and-cold Tuesday. The junior scored less than a minute into overtime to give visiting Grayslake North a 2-1 win over Crystal Lake Central in its Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opener.

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    Lakes, Grant on collision course

    Before the snow melted, the rivers rose, and the weather hit 70 degrees — well, that part hasn't happened yet — Lakes and Grant were considered the deepest track teams in Lake County and the prohibitive favorites in the North Suburban Conference. After three frigid and rain-soaked weeks, nothing much has changed. The Eagles and Bulldogs have run rampant over the competition for the most part, winning three of four invites and every dual meet thus far in the NSC Prairie Division. Both are 5-0.

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    The Prospect boys volleyball team, including, in white, Ryan Maloney, and Kyle Formanski, right, and Jacob Schwister (3), Mark Mir (4), and Curtis Glennon (8) celebrates its victory over Buffalo Grove on Tuesday.

    Prospect confidently passes test against Buffalo Grove

    The Prospect boys volleyball team is playing with a renewed level of confidence and enthusiasm. Funny how a winning streak will do that for a team. The Mid-Suburban East-leading Knights made a big statement Tuesday with a 25-21, 25-20 victory over perennial division power Buffalo Grove at the Jean Walker Field House.

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    Corey Knigge

    Knigge’s next at Mundelein

    Mundelein's boys basketball program will need to be patient. Considering Dennis Kessel blessed us with Kyle, Perry Wilhelm so generously gave us Kyle, Brian and Brett, and Dick Knar granted us Dickie and Robert, the pressure is on Corey Knigge. Dads Kessel, Wilhelm and Knar — the Mustangs' last three coaches — all had athletic, talented, basketball-smart sons, with Kyle Kessel and Robert Knar the most famous of them all, scoring nearly 4,000 points between them. Corey Knigge, who was approved by Mundelein's school board Tuesday night as Dick Knar's successor as head boys coach, has no children. It's understandable. He married his bride, Megan, three weeks ago. "I held out for 41 years," Knigge said with a laugh.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian 6, Westminster Christian 2: Ellie Burzlaff scored 5 goals to lead the Lions to a win at Judson University. Brittany Salazar scored the other goal for Harvest and had 3 assists. Morgan Lockwood and Shayna Manusos also added assists and Sydney Doby had 8 saves in goal for the Lions (4-4-3). Liz Meschewski scored both goals for Westminster and Savannah Dutcher had 5 saves for the Warriors (2-7-1).St. Edward 8, ACC 2: Chelsea Gnan scored 4 goals and had 2 assists and Monica Ramirez struck twice as St. Edward rolled in Suburban Christian Conference action. Rena Ranallo and Corey Lepoudre also scored for the Green Wave (7-2-1, 3-0) and Kim Smith added an assist. Paige Dykstra had 3 saves in goal.Prairie Ridge 4, Jacobs 0: Liz Foster had 4 saves fore the Golden Eagles (4-7-1) in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss.

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    Kyle Blane of Glenbard West goes up for a block during the Hinsdale Central at Glenbard West boys volleyball game Tuesday.

    Glenbard West asserts itself in win

    It makes life easy for a coach when a team takes it upon itself to be assertive and proactive.

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    Mendoza, West Chicago finish when it counts

    A pretty outlet pass had West Chicago senior Viri Mendoza looking at the Glenbard South net without a single defender in front of her Tuesday night. But before she could unleash a shot on Raiders goalkeeper Dana Jourdan, the weather conditions had her a little worried.

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    Miklasz driven to succeed at Lake Superior State

    An eight-hour drive and a scrimmage later, Harper College all-N4C and all-Region second team selection Connor Miklasz has has found a new basketball home. When the scrimmage was over, the coaching staff at NCAA Divison II Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was impressed enough to offer the two year Hawks starter and Hersey High School product a scholarship.

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    Chicago Cubs' Cody Ransom (1) hits a double off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tony Cingrani in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Cincinnati. Reds' Corky Miller catches at right. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cubs blow lead, rally over Reds 4-2 in 10th

    Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth inning before Darwin Barney hit his first homer in the 10th inning Tuesday night, lifting the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

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    Hersey nets first MSL title game appearance

    Hersey scored twice in the first period and twice in the third, which was more than enough to claim a key girls water polo victory 4-1 at Buffalo Grove on Tuesday. The Bison got their only goal in the third quarter from Sarah Morosan, as goalkeeper Natalie Curtis and Hersey's defense helped bring the Huskies a share of the MSL East title. It's the program's first divisional championship. The victory puts Hersey in the Mid-Suburban League championship game, which will be hosted by Barrington on Tuesday. Wheeling will draw Fremd in the MSL's second-place crossover. Both Hersey and Wheeling finished with 9-1 records in Mid-Suburban East play. But Hersey had an 8-5 edge in total goals from their head-to-head matchups.

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    Conant clinches in MSL West

    Conant wrapped up the Mid-Suburban West boys water polo title by delivering an 11-6 victory at Schaumburg on Tuesday. The Cougars finished with a 9-1 record against MSL West opponents and will face Hersey in next week's league championship game.

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    Luke Potnick

    Buffalo Grove’s Potnick opts for Division I future at NIU

    In the end, Luke Potnick preferred to compete at the Division I level in college basketball. As much as anything, that drove the Buffalo Grove standout guard's decision to join the program at Northern Illinois as a preferred walk-on. "Division I was always exactly where I thought I would go," said Potnick. "I think it fits the way I like to compete." That competitive nature was obvious to Potnick's opponents. He was named Mid-Suburban East player of the year after averaging 21.4 points and canning 73 3-pointers while coming up with 3.1 assists per game. Potnick also earned Daily Herald all-area team honors.

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    St. Charles North escapes St. Charles East in 3

    The St. Charles East boys volleyball team simply refused to go away Tuesday night in its cross-town rivalry match with St. Charles North. But the North Stars, overcoming missed opportunities in a potential two-set match, had just enough, scoring the final 4 points of the schools' Upstate Eight Conference River Division to emerge victorious, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-22, at home in St. Charles.

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    Kaneland’s Brad Kigyos runs the 400 meter dash at the Kaneland meet Saturday.

    Kaneland trio taking off

    Kaneland has qualified a pole vaulter to the state finals 30 straight years. This year a playoff series may be required simply to decide who gets a chance at No. 31.

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    Wheaton’s MacDonald among contenders for title

    Last year Glenbard West freshman phenom Alex Diab made the transition from club to high school gymnastics and edged Lincoln-Way co-op senior standout Ajani Cargle 56.7 to 56.35 to win the state all-around title.

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    Rain takes its toll on St. Francis’ Marren

    It was good weather for ducks, as they say, but not for Brendan Marren.

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    Former NIU athletic director Jeff Compher

    NIU sports still hoping to be destination

    NIU has taken huge steps forward with an appearance in the Orange Bowl, but Northern Illinois faithful still wonder if there will come a day when NIU becomes a destination, not a springboard, for coaches and execs.

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    Chicago White Sox's bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, left, and relief pitcher Addison Reed walk in and around the standing water in the dugout before a postponed baseball game that was called due to rain between the White Sox and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Sox need to go back to fielding school

    The White Sox and Indians were rained out at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night. When they get back on the field, the Sox need to "clean up" their defense. They've made 13 errors in the first 19 games.

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    Wolves announce affiliation with St. Louis Blues

    The Chicago Wolves have entered into a three-year greement with the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith tries to clear a Canucks shot as goalie Corey Crawford looks on Monday night at Vancouver.

    No good reason for Keith to be such a grouch

    Hockey players are the most cooperative in professional sports, but Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith seems to feel compelled to be a serial grump.

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    Fire’s MacDonald sorry for ‘emotional reaction’

    Sherjill MacDonald wasn't the first frustrated striker to show some emotion on the field, and he won't be the last. But he does regret having to be told by his Chicago Fire teammates to hustle off the field Saturday night.

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    Clamping down on Nets’ Willliams pays dividends

    Coach Tom Thibodeau has talked about committing two defenders to the ball and having to decide what else you can live with. During Monday's 90-82 victory in Brooklyn, it was obvious what Thibodeau was not willing to live with any sort of open space for Nets point guard Deron Williams.

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    Bishop, Maine West show a flair for finishing

    Back to the place where he cut his coaching teeth, first-year head coach Jeff Bishop enjoyed a homecoming of sorts after watching his team from Maine West roll over Maine East 6-0 on a cold, rainy Tuesday afternoon in Park Ridge. The visiting Warriors (4-7-1) shrugged off a slow start and stormed into the lead with consecutive goals from Alice Faraone. Maine West used another by Alexia Prosperi at the half-hour to put away its crosstown rival for good.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Elgin's Keith Turner slams the ball toward Larkin's Max Rydell Tuesday in Elgin.

    Energized Larkin disposes of Elgin

    The Elgin-Larkin rivalry seems to raise everyone's energy level. The Royals had more than enough Tuesday night in downing the crosstown Maroons, 25-20, 25-19 in Upstate Eight River boys volleyball action at Larkin. Max Rydell and Riley Sadlon led a balanced Larkin attack with 6 kills apiece. Keith Turner was a force for Elgin with 7 kills.

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    Lindsay Efflandt

    Extent of injuries to Cary-Grove’s Efflandt still unknown

    The extent of the injuries to the face of Cary-Grove senior right-hander Lindsay Efflandt were not fully known Tuesday, but she does have broken bones and will be out of action indefinitely. "There are broken bones in her face but it's still swollen and it's too early to determine the full extent of her injuries," said Cary-Grove softball coach Tammy Olson Tuesday afternoon. "She's going to be seeing some other doctors this week."

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    FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown gestures during the second half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers intend to speak with former coach Brown about returning to the team. Brown was fired by Cleveland three years ago and replaced by Byron Scott, who was let go by the Cavs on Thursday after he went 64-166 in three seasons _ one of the worst stretches in team history. . (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

    Source: Cavs, Mike Brown agree to deal

    A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Mike Brown has agreed in principle to a contract with the Cavaliers to return as their coach for a second time.

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    NIU adding new scoreboards to Huskie Stadium

    Northern Illinois will install a new scoreboard and audio system, and add ribbon boards on the east and west sides, at Huskie Stadium for the 2013 season, NIU officials announced Tuesday.

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    Chicago Bears Julius Peppers, center, and Charles Tillman, at right, earned the Brian Piccolo Award, team officials announced Tuesday.

    Tillman, Peppers, McClellin earn Piccolo honors

    With the draft just two days away, this year's winners of the Brian Piccolo Award -- veterans Juiius Peppers and Charles Tiillman, along with rookie honoree Shea McClellin -- recalled their own draft-day memories.

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    Joe Affrunti

    Healthier Affrunti getting his golf game back

    Len Ziehm catches up with Crystal Lake's Joe Affrunti, who suffered a serious shoulder injury months after earning his PGA Tour card. Now he's sharpening his game on the Web.com tour and preparing for his return to the PGA Tour. "My first tournament back will probably be in Memphis (St. Jude Classic in June)," said Affrunti, "but I can play on the Web.com as long as my (PGA Tour qualifying) number doesn't come up."

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    Cougars postpone today’s game vs. Peoria

    Tuesday's series finale between the Kane County Cougars and Peoria Chiefs has been postponed due to the heavy rain expected to coincide with the ballgame. The two squads will make up the contest as part of a day-night doubleheader on May 16 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

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    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose has been able to work out before games, but he has not returned to action as he continues his rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

    Rose situation being badly mishandled

    Mike North thinks the handling of Derrick Rose's comeback from injury has started to unravel. The Chicago Bulls and Derrick need to be more forthcoming with information about why he isn't playing, North says. Is it simply because he isn't mentally ready?

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    Buffalo Grove’s Jose Aguirre offers encouragement to teammates during Tuesday’s volleyball game against Elk Grove.

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

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    Vancouver Canucks left wing Chris Higgins (20) tries to get a shot past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, April 22, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Canucks
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night at Rogers Arena. The Blackhawks lost 3-1.

Business

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    Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2013 totaled 10,992 homes sold, up from 9,679 in March 2012. Statewide sales have posted monthly year-over-year gains since July 2011.

    Illinois home prices post gains

    Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2013 totaled 10,992 homes sold, up from 9,679 in March 2012. Statewide sales have posted monthly year-over-year gains since July 2011.

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    Serpent Safari at Gurnee Mills closed last week.

    Serpent Safari closes, reptiles move to new homes

    Serpent Safari, which educated and entertained youngsters and adults alike for 15 years in Gurnee Mills, said it received an eviction notice that displaced dozens of reptiles and closed the business when it declined to move to another part of the mall. "We thought it was our permanent home there," said general manager Joan Singer.

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    Debris left in the flooded parking lot of Channel Inn Fine Wine and Spirits on Grand Avenue in Fox Lake.

    Fox Lake-area businesses struggle with flooding

    Homeowners aren't the only ones in Fox Lake affected by flooding. Officials estimate more than 25 businesses — many of them waterside marinas or taverns — were hit hard by water from the swollen Chain O' Lakes. How much the widespread flooding has cost Lake County residents, business owners and communities is being determined. Officials are scrambling to compile damage assessments.

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    A man leaves an Apple store with an iPhone and an iPad in his hands in central Beijing, China.

    Apple to dole out $100 billion to shareholders

    Investors have been clamoring for Apple to give them access to its cash hoard, which ended March at an unprecedented $145 billion. Apple's tight grip on its cash, along with the lack of ground-breaking new products, has been blamed for the steep decline in its stock price over the winter.News of the cash bonanza coincided with the company's release of a poor quarterly outlook for the three-month period that ends in June.

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    A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange Mnoday in New York.

    Fake tweet shakes stocks — briefly

    The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both rose 1 percent, and rose for a third straight day. The markets closed higher even after stocks and other markets were shaken in the early afternoon when a fake tweet on the AP's Twitter account prompted a sudden sell-off.

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    Hackers compromise AP Twitter account

    Hackers compromised Twitter accounts of The Associated Press on Tuesday, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House.The tweet said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP's Twitter account and AP Mobile Twitter account was preceded by a phishing attempt on AP's corporate network.

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    Chocolatier Mondelez to aid women farmers amid criticism

    Mondelez International Inc., the world’s biggest chocolatier, has agreed to work to improve the well-being of women cocoa farmers after an Oxfam International report detailed corporate shortcomings in human rights and sustainability.Mondelez is the third company in the past two months to pledge to assess the conditions of women in its supply chain and address gender inequality since an Oxfam campaign rated 10 food companies on their policies. The Deerfield, -based company, spun off from Kraft Foods Inc. last year, joins Nestle SA and Mars Inc. in adjusting its practices since the Oxfam report. The three companies together control 42 percent of the world chocolate market.“An increased involvement of women in the supply base leads to improved financial management by farmers, better education for youth and more sustainable, thriving communities,” Christine McGrath, vice president of external affairs and cocoa life at Mondelez, said in a statement.Greater corporate concern for human rights, endorsed by the United Nations in 2011, has been urged by advocacy groups as businesses expand operations in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. Companies including ConAgra Foods Inc. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have joined initiatives such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and created certifications such as Fair Trade to monitor business practices and encourage improvements.Failing GradesOxfam, a humanitarian advocacy group, gave major food businesses including Associated British Foods Plc and Kellogg Co. failing grades in a report in February examining corporate policies in seven areas: the land rights of small farmers; exploitation of women, farmers and workers; climate change; business transparency; and water use. Companies were rated on a scale of 1 to 10.Nestle, which had the highest overall score of 38 out of a possible 70 in the study, scored 4 on women’s issues, while Mars, fifth overall, received a 1. Mondelez scored 2 on women and placed sixth overall. None of the 10 companies profiled at the time knew or were trying to find out how many women farmers are involved in their supply chains or what kind of farming activities they are engaged in, Oxfam said.UN PrinciplesAs part of its efforts to improve the fortunes of women farmers, Mondelez will sign the UN Women Empowerment Principles by the end of this week, the company said. It is the first of the three major chocolate producers to sign the UN document, which outlines ways to help women in workplaces, markets and communities.The 10 businesses studied in Oxfam’s study are among the top producers in the global food-and-beverage industry, which Istanbul-based consultancy IMAP Inc. values at almost $7 trillion. Nestle, the world’s largest food company, last year had revenues of $92.2 billion.Cocoa, grown largely in West Africa, rose to a four-month high today in trading on ICE Futures U.S. in New York on speculation that the region’s selling will slow and supplies may shrink. The price reached $2,355, the highest for a most-active contract since Dec. 21, and was $2,325 a ton, up 0.6 percent, at 11:06 a.m. The price had risen 3.3 percent this year through yesterday.

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    Facebook revamps pages service for companies on mobile devices

    Facebook Inc. is overhauling its Pages service with features for wireless devices that help users quickly find business information, another sign the company is ramping up efforts in mobile.The revamp, the most extensive in a year, is the first Pages upgrade to begin on mobile instead of the desktop version, said Matt Idema, head of product for Pages.

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    Reynolds American 1Q profit jumps 88 pct

    Reynolds American Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income jumped 88 percent as higher prices and lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement offset a decline in cigarette sales. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company earned $508 million, or 92 cents per share, for the quarter ended March 31, up from $270 million, or 47 cents per share, a year ago.

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    New home sales strengthen as U.S. Builders drive growth

    Sales of new U.S. homes advanced in March as near record-low mortgage rates helped the industry complete the strongest quarter since 2008, putting the economy on firmer footing. Purchases of single-family properties climbed 1.5 percent last month to a 417,000 annual pace, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for March sales to rise to 416,000.

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    Ford seen reaching record profit on growing Fusion sales

    Ford Motor Co. may post its highest first quarter North American profit ever, the latest sign the No. 2 U.S. automaker's comeback is gaining momentum. Ford probably earned a record $2.7 billion pretax profit in North America during the first three months of the year, according to analyst estimates at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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    The vacant space at the Executive Center building at the northwest corner of Cook and Main streets in downtown Barrington is expected to be the Tip Top Tap by late May. The bar will serve primarily as a waiting area for the nearby Ciao Baby! restaurant.

    New downtown Barrington tavern will serve nearby restaurant patrons

    A long-vacant building along the Union Pacific railroad tracks in downtown Barrington will become a tavern called the Tip Top Tap later this spring. Village trustees approved a special-use permit Monday to turn the former Executive Center at 102 N. Cook Street into a tavern primarily intended as a waiting area for Ciao Baby! restaurant, which sits 200 feet to the east at 232 E. Main St.

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    AAR sets 7.5 cent per share dividend

    AAR Corp.'s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 7.5 cents per share to its stockholders.

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    United Stationers reports flat 1Q sales

    United Stationers Inc. said net sales in the first quarter of 2013 were flat as the struggling economy continued to affect sales.

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    OfficeMax honored for hiring people with disabilities
    Office supply company OfficeMax Inc. has been awarded the National Employment Team 2013 "Private Sector Business of the Year" by the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation for its commitment to employing people with disabilities, including veterans.

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    Report: Richest 7% got richer during recovery
    A new report says the richest Americans got richer during the first two years of the economic recovery while average net worth declined for the other 93 percent of the nation's households.

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    Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.

    Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill

    Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.

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    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services says its first-quarter net income rose 2 percent, boosted by loan growth.

    Discover Financial 1Q net income rises 2 pct
    Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services says its first-quarter net income rose 2 percent, boosted by loan growth. Discover posted a profit after paying preferred dividends of $659 million, or $1.33 per share, up from $644 million, or $1.21 per share, in the same quarter last year.

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    Netflix Inc., the leading online video-subscription service, posted a better-than-expected gain in U.S. subscribers for the first quarter, adding more than 2 million new customers. The stock soared.

    Netflix subscriber gain tops estimates on ‘House of Cards’

    Netflix Inc., the leading online video-subscription service, posted a better-than-expected gain in U.S. subscribers for the first quarter, adding more than 2 million new customers. The stock soared.The increase brought the domestic total for the period to 29.2 million, Los Gatos, California-based Netflix said today on its website.

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    TV-over-Internet service Aereo expands to Boston; Chicago on list
    Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that is threatening the broadcast and cable TV industries, is expanding to Boston on May 15. With prices starting at $8 a month, Aereo will offer 28 broadcast channels, plus the cable channel Bloomberg TV. Service will be available in Boston and surrounding areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.Aereo announced in January that it plans to expand beyond New York to 22 additional markets. Boston represents the first metropolitan area outside New York. Others expected in the coming months include Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington.

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    5 indicted for fraudulent unemployment benefits
    Five people from the Chicago area have been indicted for collecting more than $159,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits.

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    In this July 19, 2010 photo, the Caterpillar logo is displayed on heavy earth moving equipment in Springfield, Ill. Heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar said Thursday, July 22, 2010, its second-quarter earnings shot up 91 percent on a big increase in sales of equipment for industries like mining, infrastructure and energy. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Caterpillar 1Q profit shrank; cuts 2013 outlook

    A slowdown in the mining business is digging a hole in Caterpillar's profits. First-quarter profit shrank 45 percent and Caterpillar has lowered its expectations for full-year sales and profit because its mining business is slowing. Sales of Caterpillar-branded mining machines such as large trucks and bulldozers will drop by half this year, the company said on Monday.

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    Hasbro reported first-quarter results Monday that beat Wall Street expectations as the toy maker benefited from an online contest that let people vote to eliminate one of its Monopoly tokens and introduce a new one.

    Hasbro says Monopoly contest helped lift sales

    Hasbro reported first-quarter results Monday that beat Wall Street expectations as the toy maker benefited from an online contest that let people vote to eliminate one of its Monopoly tokens and introduce a new one.The Pawtucket, R.I., maker of G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and Transformers said revenue rose for three of its four categories: games, girls and preschool. Its boys category continued to face troubles, with sales down 20 percent.

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    Boeing to host shareholder meeting in Chicago
    WHAT: Boeing 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders WHERE: The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (Meeting location is on the ground level; entrance is on the west side of the building)WHEN: Monday, April 29, 2013 10 a.m. - Noon Central Time (approximate)

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    “There is a lot of reason to be nervous about the financial future of our government and what it will mean for business,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based tax policy and government research organization.

    Illinois investors worried about state 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.

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    Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis? Now you can do more than cry, “Throw the bums out!”

    Throw bums out? Try balancing Illinois budget online

    Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis? Now you can do more than cry, "Throw the bums out!" Two Chicago think tanks and Crain's Chicago Business have developed an interactive online "Illinois Budget Calculator." It puts the budget's general fund — half of the state's total spending — in your virtual hands.

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    Penny MacDonald was supposed to depart Tampa International Airport on Monday at 1:40, but her flight to Toronto had been delayed to 3:10. She passed the time by knitting at the gate.

    Flight delays pile up amid FAA budget cuts

    Flight delays piled up across the country Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers began taking unpaid days off because of federal budget cuts, providing the most visible impact yet of Congress and the White House's failure to agree on a long-term deficit-reduction plan.The Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground because there weren't enough controllers to monitor busy air corridors.

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    The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $25,000 in back wages owed to 10 truck drivers who were part of a federally funded highway project near Chicago.

    U.S. recovers $25K in back wages for Illinois truckers

    The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $25,000 in back wages owed to 10 truck drivers who were part of a federally funded highway project near Chicago. The department announced Monday an investigation that found Allied Landscaping Corp. paid the truck drivers between $11 and $13 per hour less than the legal wage rate.

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    Associated Press Mike Sinnett, vice president at Boeing Commercial Airplanes and chief project engineer of the 787 program, with a model of the newly redesigned battery for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.

    NTSB probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

    As airlines prepare to begin flying Boeing's beleaguered 787 Dreamliners again, federal investigators are looking at how regulators and the company tested and approved the plane's cutting-edge battery system, and whether the government cedes too much authority to aircraft makers for safety testing.

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    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.

    Drop in gas prices benefits US drivers, economy

    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 motorists and business owners and a positive development for the economy. Over the past three weeks, the price of oil has fallen by 9 percent to $88 a barrel. That has helped extend a slide in gasoline prices that began in late February.

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    Hundreds of state workers are helping as Illinois recovers from flooding.

    Hundreds of Ill. state workers help after floods

    Hundreds of state workers are helping as Illinois recovers from flooding. Gov. Pat Quinn's office on Monday detailed work that eight state agencies are doing after last week's flooding. Among the efforts the governor says more than 240 Illinois Department of Transportation workers are delivering sandbags and other necessities.

Life & Entertainment

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    Husband can’t stay friends with former affair partner
    Her newlywed husband previously had a long-term relationship with a woman who turned out to be married. They remained in contact for 11 years. Since their marriage, the woman has intruded on their lives, which the wife resents. She believes her husband wants to remain friends with the woman. How should she handle this?

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    Alain Roby, Geneva pastry chef and owner of All Chocolate Kitchen, was named Pastry Chef of the Year 2013 by the Chicago Culinary Museum and will be inducted into its Chefs Hall of Fame later this year.

    Geneva pastry chef to be inducted into culinary hall of fame

    As if it weren't enough that he has three world records under his toque, Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby, owner of the All Chocolate Kitchen has been named the 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year by the Chicago Culinary Museum and will be inducted into the Chef Hall of Fame later this year.

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    If your garage is as messy as this one, you should enter the Daily Herald's Extreme Garage Makeover contest, sponsored by Junk Remedy and Garage Store. You've got until Thursday night to submit a photo of your cluttered garage.

    Deadline to enter Extreme Garage Makeover contest is Thursday

    Time is running out to enter the Daily Herald's Extreme Garage Makeover contest, sponsored by Junk Remedy and Garage Store. You have until Thursday night to register and submit a photo of your dirty garage. Our experts will select 10 finalists to compete for the top prize, which includes junk removal by Junk Remedy and storage solutions by Garage Store.

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    Bieber’s monkey going nowhere

    German customs authorities said Tuesday that Justin Bieber's monkey is going nowhere for now even though the singer has apparently asked that it be removed from an animal shelter where it is staying and be placed in a zoo. Mally, a 17-week-old capuchin monkey, was seized by customs authorities March 28 when Bieber failed to produce the required papers after landing in Munich while on tour.

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    Be there for sick brother and self, regardless of what mom says

    Q. My husband’s 49-year-old brother has advanced cirrhosis. The prognosis sounds pretty grim. My mother-in-law, who is taking care of him and trying to make his apartment habitable (apparently it is disgusting), is adamant that my husband not go help. She’s taking all the burden on herself, and doesn’t even want her own husband to know how much she is doing for her son.This is a normal dynamic for this family nobody ever speaks the truth about what they need and want. Do we overrule her and tell her my husband is coming up to help, which ultimately I think she would appreciate, or do we respect her repeatedly stated wishes?For what it’s worth, I think he should just go; my husband is not certain. This martyr-syndrome, “Oh no, we don’t want to be a burden” thing drives me nuts. It’s part of Every. Single. Interaction. So that could be coloring my view of this ...AnonymousA. How sad. It sounds as if these unspoken truths are claiming their victims.And I can see why your husband has doubts. When you trust them, or lack sufficient knowledge to trust or not, then it’s important to take people at their word. It’s a combination of showing respect for others’ stated wishes and going with what you know.But when “what you know” is that you can’t take certain people at their word, because their word is subject to any number of ulterior motives and years of lousy emotional patterns, then you’re in a bind. Taking Mom and Brother I’m lumping them on the Family Plan here at their word when you’re confident they’re not being truthful can feel like enabling, and yet going against their word can feel like disrespect for competent, if unhealthy, adults.If your husband felt strongly that one of these options was the right one, then he’d be right to make that choice, whichever it was.Since he’s conflicted, he’ll need to find his answer somewhere other than his mother’s words, and where better to look than his own conscience?If he feels he belongs at his brother’s side, then that’s where he needs to go, and he can place credit for his decision where it belongs. “Mom, I know you told me not to come help, but I’m not doing this for you I’m doing it for myself.”Not only would that be the truth, but it has the bonus of being a gift-wrapped delivery to his family’s sense of martyrdom. Manipulative, yes, but in a spoonful-of-sugar kind of way.Q. Recently I was asked to be the maid of honor in a wedding. The bride sent me potential bridesmaid dresses on the day of my birthday and forgot about my birthday. In this day and age of social media she would have seen other people wishing me happy birthday, and so totally forgot. Am I right to be a bit upset?R.A. Sure, if you’re 8. Otherwise you’d be right to recognize her as a friend who obviously thinks a lot of you, and brush this off as her missing a beat, as I’m sure you do with her sometimes. There’s also: “Dresses?! On my birthday! You shouldn’t have.” State your needs, don’t test people on them.Ÿ Email Carolyn at tellmewashpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.© 2013 The Washington Post

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    Actress Reese Witherspoon apologized quickly for actions after her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Reese Witherspoon’s clean image should recover

    Reese Witherspoon's professional image is so squeaky clean that she got laughs on a late-night show earlier this year for pretending to buy bottles of cognac and tequila. Her recent arrest and admission that she "clearly had one drink too many" could be more damaging to her brand than it might be for someone with a less-wholesome image, experts say, but because she apologized quickly and sincerely, her career is likely to fare just fine.

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    Constructive Chaos features more than 20 party themes to choose from, including Olympics, Mad Scientist and more.

    Birthday parties with pizazz

    You want your child's birthday party to not only be fun, but also a unique experience. Here are some entertainment, food, and location suggestions to make sure that your child's birthday party is memorable.

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    Yadira Soter creates authentic cuisine from her native Mexico in her St. Charles kitchen.

    Late bloomer enjoying her time in the kitchen

    For a long time, no one would ever let Yadira Soter cook. Growing up in Mexico City, all the moms — her grandmother, aunts and mother — did the cooking. And when she came to the U.S. 18 years ago and got married, her husband did the cooking for an entire year. Then one day her husband's best friend, an Italian chef, asked her if she would like to help him cook. She said yes. Now, cooking is Yadira's passion.

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    “Fangs Out” by David Freed

    ‘Fangs Out’ is suspenseful tale

    After 10 years on California's death row, Dorian Munz is finally about to be executed for murdering the daughter of a Vietnam War hero named Hub Walker in David Freed's "Fangs Out." Does Munz have any last words? "Funny you should ask," he says, and then swears the young woman was actually killed by her employer, a military contractor named Greg Castle, and on goes the mystery.

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    Countertenor David Daniels stars in the title role of Handel's “Giulio Cesare” (“Julius Caesar”). Sir David McVicar's acclaimed production, previously seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is simulcast to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Metropolitan Opera's Live HD series.

    Best bets: 'Cesare' hits the big screen

    Sir David McVicar's "Giulio Cesare" will appear in simulcast at select suburban movie theaters as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. If your thing is less opera and more "out of this world," C2E2 brings comic books, sci-fi and pop culture idols to the McCormick Place in Chicago. And if your youngsters need a Sesame Street Live fix, "Elmo Makes Music" comes to the Rosemont Theatre next week.

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    Members of Fall Out Boy — from left, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley — have released their new album, “Save Rock ’n’ Roll,” with a little help from Elton John and Courtney Love.

    Fall Out Boy wants to save rock ’n’ roll

    When Fall Out Boy learned that Elton John was a fan of their music, they jokingly thought he might want to record with them. As it turned out, he did. "We were nearly done with the album," lead singer Patrick Stump said in a recent interview. "But he said 'yes' and we were like, 'Oh, wow. OK, yes.'"

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    Hungarian Goulash
    Hundarian Goulash: Yadira Soter

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    Chilaquiles
    Chiliquilas: Yadira Soter

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    Director/writer/producer Cris Macht introduced his documentary “The Force Within Us” at the first Chicago Critics Film Festival earlier this month.

    Gilberts filmmaker finds the Force of ‘Star Wars’ in families

    Gilberts resident Cris Macht and his sister went with their dad to see the original "Star Wars." When "Return of the Jedi" hit the screens six years later, their father was dead. Macht has now created a film "The Force Within Us" all about how the "Stars Wars" films have bonded parents and their children. "I wanted to show the father/son thing in "Star Wars' because it's something that I was longing for myself."

Discuss

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    Editorial: A chance for a broad conversation on pensions

    A Daily Herald editorial says a Wednesday night forum offers the chance for a productive conversation on the tough issue of public pensions in Illinois.

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    Incivility too costly for local politics

    Local politics can be edgy, particularly in an election year, but they have mostly been free of the real nastiness. Until now. A few disturbing recent examples raise our concern about whether those lines are blurring with some of that incivility seeping into our backyard.

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    Editorial: Act carefully on concealed carry, but act
    A Daily Herald editorial says, like it or not, the Illinois legislature must find a reasonable compromise to effectively control the concealed carry rights a federal court has ordered.

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    Cokie and Steven Roberts

    Time to make history again

    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: When Hillary Clinton ran against Barack Obama in 2008, they were both aiming to become the first nonwhite male to run the country. But only one could succeed. Now it's time for the other barrier to fall.

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    Raja Krishnamoorthi

    Immigrants have helped nation thrive

    Guest Columnist Raja Krishnamoorthi: Americans are rallying in support of immigration reform, in part, because they know it spurs innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Seventy-six percent of patents from the top 10 patent-producing U.S. universities in 2011 had an immigrant inventor, and immigrants or their children founded 40 percent of America's Fortune 500 companies.

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    The governor, the soul mate and ... The End

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Mark Sanford's lack of empathy for his family, not to mention his impeachable judgment, should disqualify him from further public service, an opinion apparently shared by the Republican National Committee, which recently withdrew support for his candidacy. Where the wife goes, so go the people.

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    Obama ignores root cause of gun violence
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: It doesn't take a genius to link violent video games as well as the lurid movies to violent behavior in mentally unstable people. President Obama is heavily linked to the creators and designers of the violent media in Hollywood who have overwhelmingly supported him politically and financially.

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    President ignoring crisis in hometown
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: While I recognize Mrs. Obama came to the funeral of a student gunned down by gangs following the teen's appearance at the White House shortly before, where is the president in the Chicago crisis?

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    Gun rights come with responsibility
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Even conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonia Scalia was quoted as saying: "Like most rights, the rights secured by the Second Amendment are not unlimited." Thus, rights may be regulated to protect the rights and liberties of all citizens to be safe from harm.

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    Glad Durbin, Kirk said yes on gun vote
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: I am appalled that the Senate voted against expanded background checks which is the very minimum measure that our country should enact to protect our families and communities.

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    Despite new pope, no real change
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a happiness manifested itself around the world that was almost palpable. A Jesuit! An Argentine. A member of the hierarchy, simple of manner and with a heart for the poor.

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    Second Amendment isn’t any different
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Both guns and cars injure and kill, both intentionally and accidentally. Americans accept that cars must have recorded titles, that transfers of titles are recorded, that skill in driving a car and knowing the Rules of the Road must be periodically tested, that annual state and local registration/sticker fees are allowed, that liability insurance coverage is mandated, etc.

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    Lost the election, but made friends
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: I would like to thank everyone who voted in the April 9 election and I would like to especially thank all of my supporters who took the time to write my name in on the ballot.

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    Why no coverage of late-term abortions?
    A Huntley letter to the editor: We mourn the loss of life when there is a terrorist attack or mass killings in a theater or school. All major networks give widespread coverage of these tragedies. What about the horror of abortion that doesn't get a mention in the media?

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    Proud to have served West Dundee
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: I wish to thank the residents of West Dundee for the opportunity to serve the community as its village president. I will work to the best of my abilities to fulfill the duties of the position.

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    Why does Elgin fight TLC vehicle?
    An Sleep Hollow letter to the editor: Why is the city of Elgin creating such a hardship for the medical vehicle from TLC of Elgin to provide such services for those who desire such a service?

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