Daily Archive : Wednesday April 24, 2013

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    Stevenson club collecting shoes

    A Stevenson High School club called Students Against Violations of the Environment will conclude a shoe collection Friday.

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    Jillian Zaguirre, 11, right, is pictured with her mom Jessy after winning a local version of an “American Idol” competition. Jillian died Saturday.

    Bartlett girl remembered as talented, popular

    Jillian Zaguirre, a sixth grader at Centennial Elementary School in Bartlett, died Saturday following complications caused by the flu. She is remembered by friends and family as a popular, talented girl who loved school and performing. Her death is one of four flu-related deaths in young people across the state this season, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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    Kerin Ramirez

    No verdict in wrestler's home invasion trial

    A DuPage County jury deliberated for about six hours Wednesday night without rendering a verdict in the felony home invasion case of Kerin Ramirez.Ramirez, a 21-year-old native of El Salvador, stands accused of felony home invasion after he entered the Carol Stream-area home of a Wood Dale police sergeant in September 2011.

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    From left, Cinda Klickna, Illinois Education Association president, and state Reps. Tom Morrison and Elaine Nekritz participate in Wednesday night's pension reform forum sponsored by the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois and held at Harper College in Palatine.

    Stakeholders debate state pension reform at Palatine forum

    The panelists at times struggled to find common ground, and the deep divide between stakeholders on how to fix the pension funding crisis was painfully evident. But a pension reform forum sponsored Wednesday by the Daily Herald and the nonpartisan reform website Reboot Illinois did produce civil discourse in the organizations' attempt to further understanding of the $100 billion mess and,...

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    Charles “Chic” Williams was the community intervention specialist with the Geneva school district, which included leading the annual “Parent to Parent 2000” series. Classes discussed how to deal with issues facing children.

    Geneva mourns loss of school counselor 'Chic' Williams

    Charles "Chic" Williams touched a lot of Genevans lives as a teacher, coach, high school dean, but especially as a counselor for youths in trouble. He died this week.

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    POOL/Chicago Tribune, Chuck Berman Defendant Johnny Borizov, left, who is being tried on charges of first-degree murder and solicitation of murder, sits at the defense table Wednesday at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton.

    Another survivor testifies in Darien triple-murder trial

    Another survivor of a triple-murder in Darien testified Wednesday about hearing his mother scream as an intruder went room-to-room shooting members of his family. It was "a scream I'd never heard before in my life -- a loud scream," Anthony Kramer told jurors on the second day of testimony in the Johnny Borizov trial. Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, is accused of enlisting Jacob Nodarse to break...

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    Shannon Smigielski

    Grayslake school district agrees to help ex-board member with some legal expenses

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members Wednesday night agreed to a cover some legal costs that former colleague Shannon Smigielski says she might incur related to an incident that occurred while she was an elected official.Smigielski has hired an attorney to pursue a civil order of protection against a substitute teacher who is charged with harassing her during the district's January...

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    Andrew Collier, left, puts his hand on his stepbrother, Robert, after delivering the eulogy Wednesday at a memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus officer Sean Collier in Cambridge, Mass.

    Slain MIT officer memorialized at campus service

    Robert Rogers said Wednesday's memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier captured and celebrated his stepbrother's life of service — in law enforcement and toward others. There were sirens, bagpipes, American flags and hundreds and hundreds of fellow officers. "He would love this. He was born to be a police officer and lived out his dream,"...

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    Various items were on display Wednesday at a makeshift memorial to the bombing victims on Boylston Street in Boston.

    CIA had bomb suspect in radar

    The CIA pushed to have one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects placed on a U.S. counterterrorism watch list more than a year before the attacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The CIA's request came months after the FBI had closed a preliminary inquiry into Tsarnaev after getting a similar warning from Russian state security, according to officials.

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    Elgin plans disaster preparedness expo

    Elgin residents will have the chance to learn about disaster preparedness at an expo, tentatively set to be held sometime in late June at The Centre of Elgin, officials said.

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    Cathy Ficker Terrill

    DuPage agency may replace longtime attorney

    The DuPage County Election Commission has relied on attorney Pat Bond for legal advice and representation since 1996. But after Bond's law firm was paid roughly $385,000 in fees in 2011 and 2012, members of board overseeing commission want to know if there's a more cost-effective way to meet the agency's legal needs.

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    Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, hiding inside a boat during a search for him in Watertown, Mass.

    Bombing suspect was unarmed when captured

    Although police feared he was heavily armed, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had no firearms when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat where he was hiding, according to multiple federal law enforcement officials.

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    Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Todd Kilby briefs the media gathered in Manchester, Ill., after five people were found shot to death at a house early Wednesday.

    Two children among downstate shooting victims

    The nephew of a small-town Illinois mayor shot and killed five people, including two boys, before leading police on a chase that ended in an exchange of gunfire that left him dead, authorities said Wednesday. Illinois State Police said they believe Rick O. Smith, 43, entered the Manchester home through the back door and shot the victims at close range.

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    New budget proposed in Wauconda

    A $14.5 million budget has been proposed for the 2014 fiscal year in Wauconda — but whether it's adopted depends on the mayor-elect and trustees-elect who will take office in May.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Daniel Ontiveros, 49, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with armed robbery after the clerk of a gas station in the 1500 block of Big Timber Road, Elgin, was robbed at knife point at about 4 a.m. April 14, according to a police report. A police officer identified Ontiveros via surveillance video.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone vandalized three tires on two vehicles between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Ford Street, police said.

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    Antioch Fine Arts Foundation seeks crafters

    The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation is seeking crafters to display and sell their work in its gift shop, located in the new gallery.

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    Doctor: Cancer, not fall killed Arlington Hts. woman

    A forensic pathologist testified that cancer killed Gloria Weinke, 77, and not a fall as Wayne Weinke's trial on charges that he murdered his mother in his Arlington Heights home nearly seven years ago ago entered its sixth day.

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    Front entrance to the old Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Jail on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva.

    Kane Co. shooting range could be hard sell

    Kane County officials are leaning toward spending $68,000 for architectural drawings for a new sheriff's shooting range. But the catch is the board isn't totally on board with building the facility, which may cost close to $1 million. So board members want other local police departments to sign on to use the range and help with the costs.

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    Steve Barg releases a swallow at the Oak Openings natural area near Grayslake.

    Lake Co. conservation leader leaving for new post

    Steve Barg, who has served as executive director of Conserve Lake County (formerly Liberty Prairie Conservancy) for more than 10 years, will leave the organization in June. The conservation group has diversified its services and partnerships during his tenure.

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    Brian Bridges

    Police: McHenry County fugitive arrested in Texas

    For the second time in less than two weeks, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office has checked a fugitive off it's top ten wanted list. Brian Bridges, 39, who formerly lived in Morengo, was arrested on April 22 in Texas. He was wanted for unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants, unlawful manufacturing of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis, a controlled substance and drug...

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    Sgt. Michael Seyller

    E. Dundee cop facing weapons charge now accused of domestic battery

    An East Dundee police sergeant already facing a felony weapons charge is now accused of domestic battery, police said. Sgt. Michael Seyller, 39, who is on paid administrative leave from the department, was charged Wednesday with hitting a woman he knows, Carpentersville Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said.

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    David Bogenberger

    Defendants to be added to lawsuit in Palatine man's hazing death

    Sixteen women will be added as defendants in a lawsuit filed against Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity and several of its members by the family of David Bogenberger, a Northern Illinois University freshman from Palatine who died of alcohol poisoning Nov. 2 after a hazing ritual, according to the family's attorney.

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    Rob Komosa, who was paralyzed in a 1999 Rolling Meadows High School football accident, for years called for districts to carry catastrophic accident insurance that would have covered the cost of his care.

    Schools may need catastrophic accident insurance for athletes

    Some Illinois school districts would have to carry catastrophic accident insurance to cover student athletes like former Rolling Meadows High School Rob Komosa under a plan approved by the Illinois Senate Wednesday.

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    Kane Co. redefining ‘emergency’ hires

    The name Robert Sauceda hasn't come up in about a month when talking about Kane County hirings. But members of the county board's finance committee further undercut the rationale for that hiring Wednesday by saying they don't believe any loss of county revenue would force an "emergency" hiring in any department. The discussion was part of an ongoing debate about the county's hiring freeze.

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    Terry Link

    Illinois Senate votes down college smoking ban

    The Illinois Senate rejected a measure that would have banned smoking on all public university and community college campuses.

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    Illinois nets almost $6 billion more in taxes in 2012

    Nearly $6 billion more taxes and fees were collected by Illinois in 2012 than the year before. That's the greatest increase of any state in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's annual State Government Tax Collections report that was released a few days ago. The increase from $30.6 billion to $36.4 billion represents a 19.1 percent spike in the state's total tax haul.

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    Thomas Wortham IV

    Parents of slain Chicago cop sues Miss. gun shop

    The parents of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was shot to death three years ago shortly after returning from Iraq announced a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Mississippi gun shop, saying it was the origin of the weapon a gang member used in the killing. Holding photographs of their son and struggling with their emotions, Carolyn and Thomas Wortham III recounted at a news conference...

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    The Voices of Hope chorus brings together cancer survivors and others touched by the disease to perform songs of strength and support.

    Special chorus brings cancer survivors together

    Words have been life-changing for members of the Voices of Hope chorus. Of course, they've been moved by the lyrics they've read, rehearsed and sung to audiences. But the words that changed everything were those delivered by a doctor: "You have cancer." On April 27 the chorus will perform for the first time to sing music of hope and support.

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    Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks talks with village Public Works Director Sean Dorsey Monday in front of 600 feet of temporary jersey barriers that were installed to fill a gap in Levee 37.

    Mt. Prospect says it had to dam Levee 37 to save northeast part of town

    Mount Prospect is defending its response to last week's flood in the face of criticism from Des Plaines about the placement of a temporary wall near Levee 37. Mount Prospect Village Manager Michael Janonis told the village board's committee of the whole Tuesday night the village will meet with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources "to figure out if there are...

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    Roskam opens Barrington satellite office

    Republican Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton will host a meet-and-greet at the opening of his 6th District satellite office from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27 at Barrington village hall, 200 S. Hough St.

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    Moylan, DeVry host job fair

    State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, is partnering with DeVry University to hold a Job Boot Camp, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Elk Grove Park District's Rainbow Falls, 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to learn about resume development, job search strategies, and other vital aspects to finding a job.

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    Joliet man shot in Aurora’s second slaying this year

    Aurora police are investigating the shooting death of a 26-year-old Joliet man believed to be the city's second murder victim this year. Quiane D. Smith, of the 400 block of Madeline Street, was found with a gunshot wound to the head about 9 p.m. Tuesday in a yard near Spruce Street and Elmwood Drive, Aurora police said Wednesday.

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    Trader Peter Mancuso, right, wortks Wednesday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock indexes are little changed in early trading on Wall Street following mixed earnings results from Apple, Ford, Boeing and other major U.S. companies.

    Boeing sees early-May restart of 787 deliveries

    Boeing said on Wednesday that deliveries of the 787 should resume in early May. Most of the 50 planes that have been delivered to airlines will be fixed by the middle of the month, Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said.

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    Trader Christopher Lotito, center, works Wednesday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. No sooner did a phony Associated Press report of explosions at the White House appear on Twitter on Tuesday than investors started dumping stocks, eventually unloading $134 billion worth. Turns out, some investors are not only gullible, they’re impossibly fast stock traders.

    How a phony tweet and computer trades sank stocks

    Some experts say the computers took their cue from humans, picking up on a pause in buying as traders read the phony tweet. Others think computers may have sold on the tweet itself. That's possible because computer trading programs are increasingly written to read, and react to, news from social media outlets like Twitter.

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    State Sen. Donne Trotter on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being accused last year of trying to board a flight with a gun.

    State senator gets community service on gun charge

    An Illinois state senator has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being accused last year of trying to board a flight with a gun. Donne Trotter's attorney, Thomas Durkin, says his client entered a guilty plea to reckless conduct Wednesday in a plea deal, which the judge approved.

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    Senate OKs traffic cameras on school buses

    The Illinois Senate has approved legislation to allow school districts to use cameras to catch people who don't stop for buses picking up or dropping off kids. The owner of a vehicle captured by the cameras could be fined $150 for a first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.

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    Victor Ocampo

    Sex offender gets 6 years for violating burglary probation

    A 22-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to six years in prison for violating his probation from burglary and sex abuse cases from 2010. Victor Ocampo, who also is a sex offender, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery after being accused of attacking a woman in 2012 after she agreed to give him a ride home from a bar. The guilty plea got him released from the Kane County jail, and...

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    Rauner to address Schaumburg Twp. GOP

    Business leader Bruce Rauner will be the next speaker in the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization's "Meet Your Next Governor" series, held at its monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Chandler's Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. This will be the last STRO breakfast meeting before the organization's usual summer break.

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    Wyatt W. Lee

    Two Antioch men charged in thefts

    Two men have been charged in connection with several thefts and burglaries involving businesses and vehicles in downtown Antioch, authorities said. Arthur E. Sagel, 30, of the 200 block of Joanna Court, and Wyatt W. Lee, 28, of the 400 block of Donin Drive, both from Antioch, are held in Lake County jail on $50,000 bond, authorities said.

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    Des Plaines warns of flood repair fraud

    Des Plaines police are warning residents dealing with flood damage to beware of home repair fraud. Signs have started popping up all over town from companies offering repair services in areas hardest hit by last week's flooding. Residents are asked to check on neighbors, particularly the elderly, who might be vulnerable to possible scams.

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

    See live stream of pension reform forum here
    Watch a live webcast of forum on pension reform sponsored by the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois.

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    Illinois prisoner charged in 3rd Menard murder

    For the third time in as many months, the death of a Menard prison inmate has resulted in a murder charge. Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker told The Associated Press Wednesday he's filed a murder charge against 38-year-old ex-Menard inmate Frank Wings.

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    Spring beauty wildflowers in the front yard of St. Charles naturalist Valerie Blaine’s home.

    Spring beauty wildflowers live up to their name

    There are some things in life that you just have to see for yourself. Photographs are pretty, but they're not as good as being there. Spring beauty, one of the first wildflowers to bloom in spring, is one of the world's wonders that you have to see "for real."

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    Menard Correctional Center in Chester

    Report: ‘Vulnerable’ inmates troubled by cellmates

    An Illinois prison-monitoring group says Menard Correctional Center inmates reported concern about "aggressive cellmates" during a visit shortly before a string of three inmate murders since January. The John Howard Association visited the prison in far southern Illinois in December. Its report, released late Tuesday, said several older inmates were worried about cellmates.

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    Buffalo Grove High School teacher Ami Relf.

    Buffalo Grove teacher to study in South Africa

    Ami E. Relf, an English teacher from Buffalo Grove High School, was recently selected as one of 25 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars. Relf will attend the University of Arkansas at Monticello's Summer Institute, "South Africa: Continuity and Change."

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    Shoppers look over the plants for sale at the fifth annual Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Tree and Shrub Sale in 2010. The next sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the parking lot of Acres Group, 610 W. Liberty St., Wauconda.

    Wauconda chamber host its annual Tree and Shrub Sale

    The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the village of Wauconda, will participate in the nationwide observance of Arbor Day with its 8th annual Tree and Shrub Sale Saturday, April 27.

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    A federal agent wearing a hazmat suit secures a container used during a search of the Tupelo, Miss., home of Everett Dutschke, Tuesday in connection with the recent ricin attacks. No charges have been filed against Dutschke and he hasn’t been arrested.

    2nd Miss. man investigated in ricin case

    A second Mississippi man investigated in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator said Wednesday that investigators "ripped" through his house during an hours-long search after charges were dropped against another man in the case. No charges have been filed against Everett Dutschke and he hasn't been arrested. Both he and Paul Kevin Curtis, who had faced charges...

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    Larry Zabinski was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago. He was afraid chemo would rob him of his singing voice, but he was wrong. He will perform this weekend with the Voices of Hope chorus.

    Voices of Hope: Cancer can’t stop the music for North Aurora man

    Larry Zabinski of North Aurora will be singing this weekend to honor those who have battled and still are battling cancer. People like his mother-in-law and his wife's grandfather. And people like Larry himself.

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    Kristine Johnson sings with Voices of Hope in honor of family and friends who have had cancer, and especially because of her connection with a childhood friend who was recently diagnosed.

    Voices of Hope: Lombard singer stands by best friend with cancer

    "It happened again. Every time we sing the song 'I'll Stand by You' during our weekly Voices of Hope rehearsals, tears well up in my eyes," says Kristine Johnson of Lombard, a member of the Voices of Hope chorus. "I try not to let the drops of emotion fall on my music, but a few have spilled out on this song; I can see the warped spots on the pages. I'm not alone with this. I've heard fellow...

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    Jennifer Jones, diagnosed last year with breast cancer, has felt too self-conscious to sing with her church choir but finds comfort — and her voice — in singing with the Voices of Hope chorus.

    Voices of Hope: Downers Grove cancer survivor Jennifer Jones finds her voice

    Diagnosed and treated last year for breast cancer, Jennifer Jones of Downers Grove is gradually taking back control of her life - including singing with the Naperville Men's Glee Club's Voice of Hope chorus.

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    Gloria De La Cruz lost her left eye to a rare cancer and is in treatment for a second rare cancer that attacked her bile duct. Singing with Voices of Hope eases the pain, she says.

    Voices of Hope: Music energizes Naperville cancer patient

    Gloria De La Cruz has been diagnosed with and treated for two rare and unrelated cancers, including one that took her left eye. Though in chemo treatments, she sings with Voices of Hope. "Singing, and music in general, has always had a very positive effect on me. Singing makes me feel wonderful, it energizes me," she said. "When I leave practice on Saturdays, it just seems like my day goes much...

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    Bette Weaver saw her daughter through a brain tumor, survived breast cancer and guided her husband through colon cancer treatment. Now, she finds strength through singing with Voices of Hope.

    Voices of Hope: Music soothes Aurora cancer survivor Bette Weaver

    Twenty-five years ago, Bette Weaver's daughter survived a brain tumor. A decade ago, the Aurora woman herself defeated breast cancer. And last year, Weaver's husband got the better of colon cancer. Music comforted him during his treatment, and now Weaver finds strength in singing with Voices of Hope.

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    In 2012 photo, protesters march past the Maricopa County Sheriff’s jail in Phoenix to protest Arizona’s illegal immigration law, SB1070. Now, a bipartisan effort to pass immigration reform has become a national priority, and Arizona and other anti-immigrant states are debating whether it’s time to back off or double down.

    Congressional immigration debate signals big shift

    The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law, igniting a furor over border security and the country's treatment of immigrants. A mere three years later, President Barack Obama and Republicans and Democrats in Congress are lobbying for the nation's first immigration overhaul in nearly three decades — and public opinion...

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    Dr. Kermit Gosnell. A Philadelphia judge on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 tossed three of eight murder charges in the high-profile trial of Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion provider accused of killing babies allegedly born alive at his clinic, dubbed by prosecutors “a house of horrors.” Gosnell, 72, still faces the death penalty if convicted on four remaining counts of first-degree murder involving babies allegedly killed with scissors after being born alive.

    Pa. judge corrects charges tossed in abortion case

    An abortion provider charged with killing babies after they were born alive won a reprieve when a judge threw out three murder counts, but the death penalty still looms if he is convicted in four other newborn deaths.

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    Illinois River floodwaters surround the Kamspville Inn in Kampsville, Ill., Tuesday April 23, 2013, as seen from the center of the river. The small Calhoun County community is experiencing moderate flooding and the river is forecast to rise another 1.2 feet before cresting on Thursday.

    Midwest awaits retreat of floods, bloated rivers

    Flood-weary residents fortified their homes against the rain-swollen Illinois River and considered whether to stand their ground as waterways remained in flood stage across the Midwest. Even as some of the renegade rivers showed signs of cresting, forecasters said the recovery would not be fast or easy. The National Weather Service expected many of the waterways to remain high into next month,...

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    Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. director of Office of National Drug Control Policy, is scheduled to release Obama’s 2013 blueprint for drug policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Wednesday April 24, 2013.

    Nation’s drug czar to outline policy reform

    President Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the nation's drug problem will include a greater emphasis on using public health tools to battle addiction and diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons, under reforms scheduled to be outlined by the nation's drug czar Wednesday.

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    The damaged famed 12th century Umayyad mosque without the minaret, background right corner, which was destroyed by the shelling, in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday April 24, 2013. The minaret of a famed 12th century Sunni mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.

    Minaret of landmark mosque in Syria destroyed

    The minaret of a famed 12th century Sunni mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard. President Bashar Assad's regime and anti-government activists traded blame for the attack against the Umayyad mosque, which occurred in the heart Aleppo's walled Old City, a UNESCO...

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    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny smiles in a courtroom as he attends a trial in Kirov, Russia, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The trial has resumed in the case against a Russian opposition leader who led protests against President Vladimir Putin and exposed alleged corruption in his government. Navalny is accused of heading an organized criminal group that embezzled $500,000 worth of timber from a state-owned company.

    Russian protest leader: trial will show innocence

    A prominent Russian opposition leader on trial for embezzlement told the court on Wednesday that he would prove his innocence to the public, if not to the judge whom he considers biased. Alexei Navalny, who led protests against President Vladimir Putin and exposed alleged corruption in government, is accused of heading an organized criminal group that embezzled $500,000 worth of timber from a...

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as they take a walk during a break in a meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Brussels, Belgium. The trilateral meeting is to discuss regional security issues, and the 2014 withdrawal of NATO combat forces from Afghanistan.

    Kerry seeks to boost Afghan, Pakistan ties

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has brought senior Afghan and Pakistani officials together for security talks aimed at improving relations between the two nations ahead of next year's withdrawal of NATO combat forces from Afghanistan.

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    A man sweeps around the outdoor seating area at a business on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 23, 2013 about two blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line where two bombings killed three people and injured many. Boylston Street businesses near the finish area remain closed to the public, but business owners are slowly being allowed to prepare to reopen.

    Lawmakers ask who knew what about bomb suspect

    Lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked suspected Boston Marathon bomber when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to last week's deadly assault. Also Wednesday, Boylston Street, where the blasts occurred, reopened to the public after being closed since the bombings.

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    Did brotherly bond play role in Boston bombings?

    It's a vexing puzzle about the Boston Marathon bombings: The younger of the two accused brothers hardly seemed headed for a monumental act of violence. How could he team up with his older brother to do this? Nobody knows for sure, but some experts in sibling research say the powerful bonds that can develop between brothers may have played a role.

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    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two men accused of setting off bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013 in Boston, walks near her home in Makhachkala, Dagestan, southern Russia, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

    U.S. team speaking to suspects’ parents in Russia

    U.S. investigators are in contact with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia and working with Russian security officials to shed light on the deadly attack, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday.

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    Relatives mourn a victim at the site where an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The building collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital Wednesday morning, killing dozens of people and trapping many more in the rubble, officials said.

    87 dead in Bangladesh garment factory collapse

    An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 87 people and trapping many more under a jumbled mess of concrete. Rescuers tried to cut through the debris with earthmovers, drilling machines and their bare hands. Less than five months after a factory fire killed 112 people, the disaster again underscored the unsafe...

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    Andrea Vassel of Mary Washington Healthcare explains the benefits of an advance directive at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16. A poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found people 40 and older underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older, and aren’t doing enough to prepare.

    Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need

    We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready. A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.

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    A newborn bison calf gets a bath from its mother at Fermilab in Batavia Tuesday. Calves were born Sunday and Monday and they’re hoping for another eight to 10.

    Dawn Patrol: Bartlett 6th-grader dies; rushing flood assessments

    Bartlett school mourns loss of sixth-grader who died after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Lake County and Des Plaines flood assessments continue. 911 call in Darien triple murder trial. Evidence suggests Elgin stabbing victim fought attacker. Testimony continues in Cardamone-related forgery trial. Wood Dale home invasion testimony to conclude. Consultant recommends Wauconda water rate increase.

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    An angry crowd reacted to talk on pensions during an Illinois Education Association forum in 2011 at Palatine's Cutting Hall. Tonight's forum will offer a variety of viewpoints on the pension crisis.

    Forum brings suburban community, experts together on state pension debate

    The vast majority of people planning to attend a forum on public pensions today consider it an urgent priority for Illinois to address the pension funding crisis. But how to fix that $100 billion dollar mess is far less clear. Learning about the complicated issue from all sides is the point of tonight's panel, sponsored by the Daily Herald and ReBoot Illinois, and featuring two legislative...

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    Paris Poe

    FBI asking for help to find Chicago man

    The FBI says it needs the public's help in finding a Chicago man who is on the run. The FBI announced Tuesday it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Paris Poe. He's also known as Polerowski. Poe is wanted for questioning in a federal murder investigation. An arrest warrant for Poe was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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    Wisconsin man to stand trial for bigamy

    A Wausau man has been ordered to stand trial for bigamy. Forty-five-year-old Timothy Swinea has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of bigamy and bail jumping and a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement on a marriage license.

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    Racine Co. tests restraining order notification

    Racine County will test a program that notifies victims when a restraining order is formally served on their alleged perpetrators. Women's Resource Center of Racine director Cheri Griffin says "information is power" and in domestic violence cases, perpetrators try to wield power over their victims. She says this helps level the playing field.

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    Ind. lawmakers ready to resist boosting casinos

    Indiana's casinos have pumped billions of dollars into state coffers since they first opened in the mid-1990s, growing so fast that gamblers spent more money there than any state but Nevada or New Jersey.

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    From left, sister-in-laws Kassi and Kristin Williams with brothers Jesse and Jon Williams in front of their 60-gallon whiskey still in the building still under construction that will house J.K. Williams Distilling in East Peoria.

    East Peoria to have whiskey distillery
    They didn't know it when they first started plotting to open the first distillery in central Illinois in who knows how long, but the brothers Williams both have a little bit of whiskey in their blood. Even when they haven't been drinking whiskey.

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    Lance Armstrong

    Justice says Armstrong was ‘unjustly enriched’

    The federal government is going after Lance Armstrong's money. As much as it can get. The Justice Department unveiled its formal complaint against Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

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    Algonquin eatery fined $2,000 for selling booze to underage drinker

    The owner of an Algonquin restaurant was fined $2,000 Tuesday for serving alcohol to an underage drinker during a December police complaince check. Through his attorney, John Wesolowski, owner of Wine & Roses Restaurant, pleaded guilty to the charge. As part of the negotiated plea, Wesolowski also agreed to pay court costs and to implement training through the state's Beverage Alcohol Sellers and...

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    Glen Ellyn Public Library staff members are providing curbside service at the building’s entrance this week while crews continue to clean up inside following last week’s flood.

    Flooded Glen Ellyn Library providing curbside service

    While the Glen Ellyn Public Library remains closed due to flooding, patrons are still able to pick up books curbside at the building's front door. The library began limited curbside service this week while crews continue to clean up inside from a flood that left the building's subbasement under five feet of water and caused extensive damage to the first floor circulation department and public...

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    Daily Herald file photo/2008 ¬ Members of First Baptist Church of Batavia at 15 N. Washington St. in Batavia will celebrate services for the last time Sunday before moving the church to Geneva.. The church has been renamed Faith Baptist Church in preparation for the move to Geneva. The city of Batavia owns the property and is studying various uses for the site.

    Public’s thoughts sought on fixing old Baptist church

    What to do with the former First Baptist Church of Batavia, which needs a lot of repairs? Should the city demolish all or parts of it, fix the most immediate problems while figuring out what ultimately to do, let it continue to decline, or fix everything?

Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Camardo in command as BG wins third straight

    Sophomore Julia Camardo got a win, a save and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double to help lift Buffalo Grove's softball team to its third straight win in the Mid-Suburban East on Wednesday. The first-place Bison (8-5, 3-2) collected 15 hits as Camardo (6-3) started the game, was replaced by a reliever, and came back to strike out the final batter in the bottom of the seventh as Meadows threatened. Camardo finished with 13 strikeouts.

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    Yager helps Hersey close out Wheeling

    Hersey's Jake Yager made the move from right field to the pitcher's mound and closed the door on host Wheeling 6-5 Wednesday. Yager was impressive as he pitched nearly two innings of shutout relief. He kept Wheeling off balance with his changeup, allowing just one Wildcat to reach base on an error as Hersey (4-8, 2-2) beat Wheeling for the second time this week.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, top, Edmonton Oilers’ Shawn Horcoff (10) and Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya (27) look for the rebound Wednesday night in Edmonton.

    Hawks claim Presidents’ Trophy

    The Blackhawks completed one last piece of business Wednesday night by winning their second Presidents’ Trophy.The Hawks, who last finished with the most points in the NHL in 1990-91, accomplished their mission by beating Edmonton 4-1 at Rexall Place.“The start of our year really put us in a great spot,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “It’s been a great regular season. I just think the consistency is something that put us in the right place. Whether it was our goaltending, the improvement of our defense or the four-line rotation, everybody had a hand in it and everybody contributed.“But I don’t think we want to get too excited because we’ve still got some serious work to do.”Ray Emery started in goal for the Hawks but didn’t make it out of the first period. He left with 6:11 left in the period after appearing to tweak the lower body injury that has had him sidelined.When Emery left, the Hawks were leading 2-1 on goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.Rookie center Drew LeBlanc made his NHL debut after skating with the Hawks for the past two weeks and got better as the game progressed.LeBlanc started the game centering the second line for Kane and Patrick Sharp, who was back in the lineup after a lengthy absence.LeBlanc, the Hobey Baker winner form St. Cloud State, admitted a case of nerves prior to the game.“Lot of nerves, lot of excitement,” LeBlanc told Blackhawks TV. “I didn’t really expect to get in there because they have such a good team and I don’t think there’s any reason to switch anything right now. They’ve been rolling all year.“I’m just trying not to screw up too much,” said LeBlanc, who is not eligible for the playoffs because he signed after the trade deadline.With Dave Bolland missing the game with a lower body injury, Quenneville felt it was a good opportunity to see what LeBlanc could do.“It’s a great chance to get him to play,” Quenneville said. “He’s been with us now a little bit here and had some practices. We told him to play with confidence and play his game, keep it simple and just trust your instincts.”In LeBlanc’s second shift of the game he lost Nail Yakupov in front for the tying goal at 4:50.Toews had given the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 3:58 with his 22nd goal assisted by Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa.Kane put the Hawks back ahead with his 22nd goal when Michal Handzus sprung him on a breakaway with a quick pass.The Oilers had only 2 shots on Corey Crawford in the second period. One was by Jordan Eberle all alone in front, but Crawford robbed him with a sensational glove save.The third period was all Hawks as well with Johnny Oduya and Sharp scoring.Keith aftermath:Duncan Keith was surrounded by the media in Edmonton on Wednesday, but nobody wanted to talk hockey. Everyone wanted to ask about Monday’s postgame confrontation with Vancouver female reporter Karen Thomson.“I think over the years people who have dealt with me know that I respect the reporters and respect everybody’s job and what they do,” Keith said. “Sometimes, especially after a loss, I think I can be fired up. I don’t like to lose and I get frustrated. I was frustrated from losing. To me, that’s all it was.”Ÿ Follow Tim’s hockey reports on Twitter @TimSassone and check out his Between the Circles blog at dailyherald.com.

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    Meadows tops Hersey in two

    Host Rolling Meadows topped Hersey 25-21, 26-24 to improve to 10-3 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-Suburban East boys volleyball race.

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    Complete effort powers Lake Zurich

    Nick Jones homered twice, Austin Foote struck out 12 in 6 innings of 1-hit ball, and Lake Zurich's baseball team "finally put all three phases of the game together," coach Gary Simon said following an 11-1 win over visiting Zion-Benton on Wednesday.

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    Nate Dell of Glenbard West in the #1 singles match during the Glenbard West at Wheaton North boys tennis meet Wednesday.

    Glenbard West edges Wheaton North

    As equipment was packed up and the results of the meet looked at and talked about, one bit of information surprised no one after Wednesday afternoon's Glenbard West at Wheaton North nonconference boys tennis match.

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    Bolger finds the range as Barrington rolls

    She is the leadoff batter for Barrington's softball team. But on this night, Tess Bolger left as the game's closing hitter.Barrington's No. 23 finished just like her all-time favorite athlete Michael Jordan used to when he hit all those game-winning shots for the Chicago Bulls. Bolger hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Fillies a 13-2 victory (10-run rule) over visiting Palatine and keep them undefeated in the Mid-Suburban West at 6-0.

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    Fremd, Prospect divide and conquer

    Fremd patiently took top honors in the MSL West boys track meet Wednesday, while Prospect again won the MSL East meet.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 2, Waubonsie Valley 1: Junior Ryan Nuthof won a pitchers duel against Waubonsie Valley senior Julian Langford in Upstate Eight Valley action in Aurora. Each pitcher held the opponent to 2 hits in 8 innings. Nuthof (2-0) limited the Warriors to 1 earned run, struck out 10 and walked 1. Waubonsie Valley (10-6, 8-3) tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out groundout, but the Storm manufactured the winning run in the top of the eighth when David Goins was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on Tyler Christensen’s sacrifice bunt, moved to third on Nuthof’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Joe Crivolio (double) and Nick Binder had the only hits for South Elgin (7-6, 6-4).Bartlett 17, East Aurora 1: The Hawks used an 11-run fourth inning to seal this five-inning Upstate Eight Valley home win and seize first place in the Upstate Eight Valley. Matt Vitulli’s 3-run home run gave Bartlett a 5-1 lead in the third inning. Vitulli went 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI, Ben Havel finished 2-for-2 with a double and 3 RBI and Matt Wick was 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice for Bartlett (10-2, 9-2), which won its eighth straight.Hampshire 12, St. Edward 7: Host Hampshire outhit the Green Wave 9-6 and capitalized on 5 St. Edward errors to win this nonconference matchup. Danny Keller (2-1) earned the victory for Hampshire (6-7) by limiting the Wave to 4 earned runs on 4 hits in 4 innings. He struck out 7 and walked 5. The Whip-Purs were led offensively by Piotr Barnas (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 runs), Brandon Wescher (1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) and Tyler Crater (2-for-3, 2B, 2 runs). Sophomore pitcher Alex Lara took the loss, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits in 3 innings. Tighe Koehring went 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI for St. Edward (10-4)Genoa-Kingston 3, Burlington Central 0: Danny Gerke allowed 3 runs (0 earned) on 7 hits over 7 innings without issuing a walk and struck out 6, but the Rockets made 5 errors behind him to suffer their first Big Northern East loss. Blake Alexander singled and walked for Burlington Central (5-6, 4-1)Crystal Lake Central 7, Cary-Grove 6: Cary-Grove snapped a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the top of the seventh of this FVC crossover, but the host Tigers rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh, culminating in Parker Brown’s 2-run, walkoff double off Trojans reliever Zach Marszal (3-2). Cary-Grove (12-4, 6-2) was led offensively by Matt Ewert (3-for-3, HR), Daniel Vilardo (3-for-3, 2B, RBI) and Dean Lee (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI). Jake Van Scoyoc went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple and scored 3 runs for CL Central (7-6, 3-5).Jacobs 4, Grayslake Central 2: Ryan Sargent held visiting Grayslake Central to 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3 and struck out 7 in 6 innings, and Nick Ledinsky pitched a scoreless seventh to notch the save in this FVC crossover. Catcher Aaron Meciej went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI for Jacobs (13-3, 5-1).Huntley 18, Johnsburg 5: Illinois recruit Mark Skonieczny hit his area-best sixth home run of the season and drove in 3 runs to improve his area-leading RBI total to 28 in this five-inning Fox Valley Conference crossover. Louisville-bound Colin Lyman doubled twice and drove in 3 runs, Kameron Sallee doubled twice and scored twice and Nebraska-bound Bryce Only went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs for Huntley (14-1, 7-1). Winning pitcher Eric Luecht allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings of work.Prairie Ridge 10, Dundee-Crown 5: The Wolves outhit D-C 12-7 to win this FVC Valley contest. Zach Girard (3-for-4, 2B), Dylan Kissack (2-for-4, 2B) and Luis Garcia (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led the way offensively for Dundee-Crown (5-9, 3-6). Steven Ladd struck out 8 and allowed only 1 earned run in 5 innings for Prairie Ridge (14-4, 6-2).

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    Vernon Hills’ Jacob Feece throws to first against Wauconda on Wednesday at Vernon Hills.

    Wauconda looms large vs. Vernon Hills

    Wauconda's small guys don't necessarily play small ball. Take Wednesday, when the Bulldogs muscled up with four extra-base hits against Illinois State-bound lefty Tyler Feece and pounded five, in total, en route to a 5-2 win that kept the visitors perfect in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division.

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    Batavia’s Billy Zwick heads back to the dugout as St. Charles East’s Anthony Sciarrino hangs his head after being tagged out at second base by Zwick in the fourth inning on Wednesday, April 24.

    Batavia rallies, avoids St. Charles East sweep

    Having been held scoreless by St. Charles East pitching for 16 consecutive innings, things didn't look too promising for Batavia's baseball team after falling behind 4-0 early Wednesday afternoon. But the Bulldogs (14-3, 8-3) showed their resilient side, staging a 3-run, 2-out rally in the fifth inning to tie the game at 4-4 before scratching across the go-ahead run without the benefit of a base hit in the sixth on the way to a 5-4 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory in Batavia.

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    McGuire hits 4th homer of season in win

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

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 1, Marian Central 0: Chelsea Gnan scored off a throw-in from Casey Gredzieleski in the second half to lift the Green Wave to their first win at Marian Central in 11 years. St. Edward (8-2-1, 4-0 Suburban Christian), which got 4 saves from Paige Dykstra in her seventh shutout of the season, will play at defending Class 2A state champion St. Francis today.Huntley 2, CL South 0: Deanna Hecht scored off an assist from Taryn Jakubowski in the first half and Rachel Zobott added an insurance goal with an assist from Katie Costantino in the second half as the Red Raiders (10-2-1, 1-0) won the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener. Jessica Galason had 4 saves in goal for Huntley.Metea Valley 5, Bartlett 0: Amanda Lozada had 8 saves in goal for the Hawks (8-8, 1-5) in this Upstate Eight Valley loss.Waubonsie Valley 4, South Elgin 1: Anna Tracy scored South Elgin’s only goal in the UEC Valley game. Jourdan Vaulkner had 10 saves in goal for the Storm (5-5-1, 2-4).St. Charles North 8, Streamwood 0: Nathalie Guindon had 9 saves for the Sabres (8-3-3, 2-1) in the UEC River.Burlington Central 15, Harvard 0: Cali Andrew scored 4 goals to lead the Rockets’ (11-1-1, 5-0-1) Big Northern East rout of Harvard.

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    Hersey puts it all together, blanks Rolling Meadows

    Although time is running out on the rest of the Mid-Suburban East in its chase of leader Buffalo Grove, reigning division champ Hersey is on course to finish the regular season on a high note while hopefully setting the stage for a long postseason run. The Huskies cruised to a 5-0 victory Wednesday over visiting Rolling Meadows (4-10-2, 0-6-0) to celebrate senior night the best way possible. Hersey (9-3-3, 6-1-1) scored 3 first-half goals in a 15-minute span.

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    Back-and-forth match goes to St. Francis

    Back and forth went Lake Park and St. Francis.

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    Emma Davis and Maggie Remus of St. Francis celebrate a play during the Spartans 15-6 win over Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Wednesday.

    St. Francis scores early and often

    St. Francis is making it a habit to score early runs on the road this season. It's a pattern Ralph Remus can get used to. "That's a good way to start the game," said the Spartans coach, congratulating his girls on doing do Wednesday. "It's a runs advantage, and it's a psychological advantage to come out like that." The Spartans sure got off the bus swinging Wednesday. St. Francis batted around in a six-run first inning, setting the tone in a 15-6 win at Wheaton Academy.

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    St. Charles East blasts Batavia for 10th straight win

    They've been playing like a perfect 10 for weeks now, but after a 10-0 win over Batavia Wednesday in St. Charles, the St. Charles East girls softball team is indeed a perfect 10. The Saints (13-3, 7-2 in the Upstate Eight Conference) won their 10th in a row, doing it in similar fashion to their excellent play all season. They got a great pitching performance from Haley Beno, who tossed a 2-hitter and struck out 10, their defense played error-free, and they bashed the ball up and down their lineup.

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    Larkin’s Ana Leon, right, and Elgin’s Maria Gomez battle for the ball at Memorial Field in Elgin on Wednesday evening.

    Delgado’s buzzer-beater wins it for Elgin

    It's extremely rare for soccer matches to end with a player racing down the sideline trying not only to beat the clock, but looking for the game-winning goal. But the buzzer-beater goal by Elgin midfielder Gaby Delgado in the Maroons' 2-1 win over crosstown rival Larkin was exactly that Wednesday night, and it's what soccer players and Hollywood writers dream of. It's also something the Maroons and Delgado will remember forever.

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    Dennis delivers for St. Charles North

    In a game controlled by pitching, St. Charles North scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Geneva 3-1 in a makeup Upstate Eight Conference River Division game Wednesday in St. Charles. With one out, Riley Coomes took first base on a hit-by-pitch and starting pitcher Cory Wright singled, advancing Coomes to second. North Stars coach Todd Genke then ran Tim Hausel for Wright and Kyle Khoury for Coomes. Jack Dennis, who already had an RBI single in the fourth inning, drilled a double to deep center field, scoring both runners.

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    Opportunistic Stevenson heads off Lake Zurich

    Another set piece goal? Stevenson's girls soccer team is making a habit of them. After a big bounce off the crossbar, the Patriots' Nicole Glait scored her first varsity goal on a header for the game-winner as Stevenson shut out Lake Zurich 1-0 in a North Suburban Lake match Wednesday night in Lincolnshire.

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    Judson sweeps Cardinal Stritch

    Amanda Hart hit a 3-run walk off home run and Brianna Tennyson had 26 strikeouts as Judson completed a sweep of Cardinal Stritch with an 11-inning 5-2 win in Game 2. The Eagles won the opener 8-0.

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    Mundelein asserts its independence, edges Stevenson

    After a great performance last week, Stevenson was hoping to challenge Mundelein for the Independent Conference boys gymnastics title Wednesday night at Glenbard South. The Patriots did give the Mustangs a run for their money, but they could not prevent Mundelein from winning its third straight conference crown, 148.75 to 146.4.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Prairie Ridge 4, Huntley 1: Angela Tribuzio’s sixth-inning home run was Huntley’s only hit of the day off Prairie Ridge senior lefty Kirsten Stevens in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. Haley Spannraft took the loss for the Red Raiders (9-5, 1-3), allowing 6 hits. Stevens struck out 14 and didn’t walk a batter for the Wolves.Cary-Grove 5, Woodstock North 1: In her first start replacing the injured Lindsay Efflandt, Trojans’ junior Lauren Stanley allowed just 4 hits and had 4 strikeouts and 1 walk as Cary-Grove stayed undefeated with this FVC crossover win. Sarah Leudo was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Trojans (12-0), while Sarah Kendeigh (2 RBI), Caitlyn Adams (2B, RBI), Grace Pilz (RBI) and Lisa Semro (2B) also contributed.Grayslake Central 13, Hampshire 3: Becca Hurst was 2-for-3 and hit her fourth home run of the season for Hampshire in this FVC Fox setback. Jen Hurst took the loss for the Whip-Purs (3-10, 0-3).Geneva 7, Streamwood 3: Natalie Filippo was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Brittany Delao went 2-for-4 with a double for Streamwood in the Upstate Eight River. Kaitlyn Hedger took the loss for the Sabres (1-9, 1-5).CL Central 1, CL South 0: Hailee Massie allowed just 4 hits and was 2-for-3 with a double at the plate but the Gators (7-3 couldn’t plate a run in this FVC crossover.

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    Prospect, Palatine produce in MSL divisional meets

    Prospect produced a dominant effort to take top honors in the Mid-Suburban East divisional girls track meet hosted by Buffalo Grove on Wednesday, while Palatine had a similarly strong performance to win the MSL West divisional meet at Hoffman Estates.

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    Rogowski ready for end of ‘a great run’

    Mike Rogowski's last big job mirrored his own situation.

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    Elgin comes back to beat Streamwood

    Ryan Sitter and Isaac Narayan energized the Elgin baseball team at struggling Streamwood's expense in a 6-4 comeback victory Wednesday. Visiting Elgin trailed 4-3 and was down to its final out in the top of the seventh when Sitter hammered a 1-1 changeup from Sabres reliever Chad Caminitti to the right-center field gap for a 2-run double, scoring courtesy runner James Stearns and Narayan.

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    Elgin’s Jennah Perryman struck out 17 Larkin batters and allowed no hits, while hitting two home runs Wednesday in Elgin.

    Elgin’s Perryman lights out against Larkin

    Larkin softball coach Anne Vogt said it best when talking about the dominance of Elgin junior Jennah Perryman. "She was a dominant pitcher," said the Larkin coach. "Her pitch selection was excellent. She was amazing. Offensively, she is strong and aggressive and crushed the ball. She could have beaten us by herself. My hats off to her." Perryman, who tossed a 7-inning no-hitter while striking out 17 and walking 3, also crushed 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs to lead the Maroons to a 10-0 win over crosstown rival Larkin in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action at Larkin Wednesday afternoon.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah, here attempting to block a shot by Reggie Evans on Monday, came in fourth place for the NBA defensive player of the year.

    Thibs believes Noah will one day win ‘D’ award

    Joakim Noah finished fourth in voting for defensive player of the year. Coach Tom Thibodeau predicted Wednesday that Noah will someday take home the award.

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    Bulls guard Marco Belinelli (8) goes up for a layup past Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche, left, forward Keith Bogans (10) and guard Joe Johnson (7) in the second half of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2013, in New York. The Bulls won 90-82.

    Can Bulls play well without taking the first punch?
    A miserable performance in Game 1 against Brooklyn had the Bulls ready for redemption two days later. Can they deliver another strong performance Thursday at the United Center without first getting slapped around?

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    Stevenson swings away at Lake Zurich

    Welcome back to the Lake Zurich volleyball lineup, Michael Savio. The Bears missed you for those two weeks (sprained ankle), but they welcomed back their libero Wednesday night for the first time since his injury. So, how did guest Stevenson welcome back the junior? "I got hit in the chest once and the face twice,'' Savio said. "I was just disappointed that I couldn't get the ball up." Stevenson joined the 20-win club by winning the North Suburban Conference matchup. The twice-beaten Patriots (20-2) breezed 25-12, 25-15.

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    Gaylord, Harnish lead Burlington C. to 10th straight win

    Brooke Gaylord was in and out of so many jams Wednesday, she might as well be called Smuckers. But the Burlington Central junior pitcher worked out of almost all of them, leading the Rockets to a 7-1 win against Genoa-Kingston in a Big Northern East softball game in Genoa. Bekah Harnish, in addition to calling the game behind the plate, had 4 hits and 2 RBI for the Rockets. Gaylord also hit a home run and a double, and Emily Kisch had 2 hits as the Rockets improved to 13-1 and 5-0 in the conference with their 10th straight win.

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    Bartlett dumps South Elgin

    Some days you win by clubbing the ball around the yard, and some days you win by taking advantage of what the other team gives you. Bartlett's softball team did the latter Wednesday. The Hawks scored 6 unearned runs and got strong defense and solid pitching to beat South Elgin 7-3 in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division game at South Elgin.

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    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

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    Jimmy Roberts will be leaving Round Lake to become the new boys basketball coach at Jacobs.

    Jacobs tabs Roberts new boys basketball coach

    Former Round Lake coach Jimmy Roberts has been named the new boys basketball coach at Jacobs, the school announced Wednesday. "It's exciting," Roberts said. "Jacobs is a great school with great kids that has had success in a lot of sports. It's a growing area and people are passionate about supporting the school. It's an exciting place to be." Roberts, 34, is no stranger to basketball games at the Algonquin school. As a senior point guard at Lake Zurich High School in 1995-96, he scored 35 points in a game at the old Eagles Nest to clinch the Fox Valley Conference title. A two-time all-conference pick, he was named FVC player of the year and all-state in 1996.

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    Bears general manager Phil Emery could go in many different directions with the 20th pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.

    Bears have lots of needs in NFL draft

    There are several positions that are of interest to the Bears in this week's three-day draft, which begins Thursday night. But it's hard to figure what position they will address first, or even of they will hold on to their No. 20 pick in the first round or trade down to accumulate additional picks.

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    Lisle’s field still a water hazard

    Nothing could prepare Lisle baseball coach Pete Meyer for what he saw in the wake of last week's flooding rains.

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    Chicago White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) celebrates with right fielder Alex Rios (51) after their 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Rios’ blast helps Sox snap skid at 4

    The White Sox scratched out 3 runs on 5 hits Wednesday, but it was good enough to produce a 3-2 win over the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox snapped a four-game losing streak.

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    Reed maturing into competent closer

    White Sox closer Addison Reed converted his sixth straight save opportunity Wednesday. Once again, Reed leaned on his improving slider to finish out a game.

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    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos tags out Chicago Cubs’ Luis Valbuena (24) after Latos fielded a ground ball Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Cubs lost to the Reds 1-0.

    Reds beat Cubs 1-0

    Another well-pitched game ended in a close loss for the Chicago Cubs. Jeff Samardzija (1-4) had his fourth consecutive loss since beating Pittsburgh on Opening Day when Chicago lost to the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and a wild pitch.

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    Associated Press White Sox third baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) celebrates with right fielder Alex Rios (51) after their 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Rios homers as White Sox beat Indians 3-2

    A year ago Jose Quintana was just trying to hang on to a spot in Chicago's rotation.Now his position looks pretty secure, especially after helping the White Sox stop a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. "He's been pitching great," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Maturity-wise, he's just getting strong as far as the makeup of his belief that he's a big leaguer. Last year he was just trying to survive and it kind of felt game-to-game for a while."

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    Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is expected to be selected with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

    Our NFL mock draft weighs heavily on linemen
    Off-season signings have helped Bears general manager Phil Emery shore up most of the team's weaknesses, so he has many options with his first-round pick, the 20th overall,in Thursday's draft.

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    Even on fishing shows, how you speak matters

    Fishing shows on TV seem to be trending toward the rest of reality TV, where contrived language and behavior in the norm. That might make sense for ratings, but it doesn't mean it's any easier for the average outdoors enthusiast to stomach.

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, left, is questionable for Game 3 against Chicago due to a foot injury, plantar fasciitus.

    Will Nets lose Johnson for Game 3?

    Maybe plantar fasciitis is contagious. Joakim Noah is fighting through the foot ailment and now Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson missed practice Wednesday due to the same condition.

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    Arlington race track reaches deal with horsemen

    After months of sniping between the two sides, officials at Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have come to a two-year agreement on a contract.

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    Mike North video: D-Rose’s Bloom Fading

    We are starting to hear mumbling about Derrick Rose not playing because he is only 95%. Dan Patrick says he is being cautious. Mike North thinks it's more like being soft.

Business

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    Rolling Meadows officials hope the mostly vacant shopping center on Kirchoff Road will have a new grocery store before the end of the year.

    New grocery store progresses in Rolling Meadows

    Uncle Joe's Tuscan Fresh Market, the new Rolling Meadows grocery store that will anchor the Meadows Marketplace shopping center on Kirchoff Road, has cleared several hurdles with the city, allowing its developer to start leasing smaller storefronts in the center.

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    An AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T Wireless retail store front, in Philadelphia.

    Weak earnings prospects weigh on stocks

    The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 43 points, held back by big drops in Procter & Gamble and AT&T. AT&T lost subscribers from its contract-based plans for the first time and dropped $1.96, or 5.2 percent, to $37.04. It's a sign that industry growth is slowing now that most American have smartphones.

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    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at the Greater Washington Jumpstart Coalition Financial Literacy Event at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington.

    Recession doesn’t change students’ econ savvy

    "It is astonishing that high school seniors do not know more about how economics affects their wallets, their country and the world at a pivotal time in their lives, whether they choose to enter the workforce or pursue higher education," said David Driscoll, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which runs the federal tests.

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    Travelers stand in line Monday at the LAX International Airport in Los Angeles.

    White House says it’s open to fix on FAA furloughs

    Under pressure, the White House signaled Wednesday it might accept legislation eliminating Federal Aviation Administration furloughs blamed for lengthy flight delays for airline passengers, while leaving the rest of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts in place.

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    Now Florida governor wants Illinois businesses

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to Illinois' top 100 companies this week asking them to buy a "one way" ticket to Florida. The Republican says Florida is undergoing "an incredible economic turnaround" and touts the state's credit ratings.

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    Mount Prospect eatery to help flood victims

    For one day next week, going out for dinner can provide assistance to those still dealing with the recent floods. On Tuesday, April 30, Blackfinn American Grille in Mount Prospect will donate food sale proceeds to flood victims of Mount Prospect and Des Plaines. The restaurant also will make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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    Schaumburg officials hope to save $17.5 million by refinancing a portion of the bonds used to build the Renaissance Hotel and adjoining convention center that opened in 2006. Officials say they’ll get $4 million in immediate savings and up to $13.5 million over the next 28 years.

    Schaumburg aims to save $17.5 million by refinancing convention center

    Schaumburg plans to refinance the remaining portion of the bonds used to build its Renaissance Hotel and adjoining convention center to save $4 million in cash upfront and potentially another $13.5 million in interest savings through 2041. Any savings must be oured back into the facility, not the village's general budget.

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    Greg Brown

    Motorola Solutions sees profit dip, no drastic measures

    Although Motorola Solutions' profit dipped during the first quarter, the Schaumburg-based communications company said Wednesday it has no plans to lay off or otherwise cut back.The economy forced many retailers and other enterprise customers to hold back on technology purchases, so Motorola plans to continue its routine diligence on holding down costs, CEO Greg Brown told the Daily Herald during an interview.

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    Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. speaks in Charleston, W.Va. Online privacy rules are changing. The question now is how much you’ll care. Rockefeller planned a hearing Wednesday to press his proposal to subject companies to penalties by the Federal Trade Commission if they violate a consumer’s “do not track” request.

    Online privacy is evolving. Does it matter to you?

    Online privacy rules are changing. The question now is how much you'll care. America's tech industry is finalizing voluntary disclosure standards on the sensitive information being sucked from your smartphone like your location, surfing habits and contacts. Senate Democrats are pushing for a clearer opt-out button for all online tracking. And Microsoft is offering a new browser that encourages people to block the technology that enables tracking.

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    UOP to provide Crosstex with equipment to extract gases

    UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, was selected by Crosstex Processing Services, a subsidiary of Crosstex Energy, L.P., to provide technology and equipment to extract valuable petrochemical feedstocks from natural gas liquids from shale gas.

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    Santanna Energy Services marks 25 years

    Santanna Energy Services, an Austin, Texas-based privately held independent energy marketing company with offices in Bolingbrook, is gearing up for its quadranscentennial celebration on May 1.

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    General Employment sees 14 pct hike in revenues
    PRNewswireOakbrook Terrace-based General Employment Enterprises said net revenues for the first quarter increased more than 14.5 percent due to demand for its services as a result of Hurricane Sandy.Net revenues for the period ending Dec. 31, 2013 was approximately $14.6 million, compared to approximately $12.8 million for the same period in the prior year, the company said in a release. The increase in from contract and direct hire placements partially offset a loss of a major customer in the agriculture division, the company said in a release. The increase in contract services was attributable to Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts, the opening of a new office and growing customer base.Cost of contract services for the first quarter ended increased by approximately 12 percent to approximately $10.4 million, compared with the prior period of approximately $9.3 million. The overall increase in cost of contract services was directly related to the increase in revenue. The decrease of approximately 1.6 percent of cost of contract services as a percentage of contract services revenue was related to the increase in Professional Contract services and the decrease in the agricultural business, the amount was slightly offset by an increase of Industrial Contract services to one customer that has a lower than average margin.

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    The new Samsung Galaxy S4 .

    Sprint delays S4 launch in stores, cites inventory

    Sprint is delaying shipments of Samsung's latest flagship phone, citing "unexpected inventory challenges." The company did not say whether it had encountered supply disruptions or heavier-than-expected demand with the Galaxy S4.

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    The iTunes music store changed how we consume music and access entertainment. It’s not only music’s biggest retailer, it also dominates the digital video market, capturing 67 percent of the TV show sale market and 65 percent of the movie sale market, according to information company NPD group.

    iTunes celebrates a decade, faces new challenges

    When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry — reeling from the effects of online piracy — was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out. "The sky was falling, and iTunes provided a place where we were going to monetize music and in theory stem the tide of piracy.

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    Northrop keeps 2013 outlook amid u.S. Cuts as profit falls

    Northrop Grumman Corp., the maker of Global Hawk surveillance drones, reported first-quarter profit that beat analysts’ estimates while maintaining its full- year forecast amid U.S. budget cuts.Net income from continuing operations fell 3.4 percent in the quarter to $489 million, or $2.03 a share, compared with $506 million, or $1.96 a share, a year earlier, the Falls Church, Virginia-based company with local operations in Rolling Meandows, said today in a statement. Analysts had predicted $1.73 a share, the average of 19 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales fell 1.5 percent to $6.1 billion.Northrop has divested low-margin businesses such as shipbuilding and reduced its workforce in anticipation of federal budget cuts. The company reaffirmed its 2013 forecast for profit from $6.85 to $7.15 a share made in January.Northrop rose 1.6 percent to $72.62 at 9:54 a.m. in New York trading.Across-the-board budget reductions known as sequestration began taking effect on March 1. They will strip $1.2 trillion from national security and domestic programs over nine years unless President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans agree to replace them with a broad bipartisan budget deal.The cuts were crafted as a penalty for failing to agree on a deficit-reduction strategy.Northrop rose 1 percent to $71.49 in New York trading yesterday and has advanced 5.8 percent this year.Aerospace UnitWhile first-quarter revenue declined, sales in the company’s aerospace systems unit rose 4.3 percent due to more work tied to Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system.The company booked $1.3 billion last year for work on the F-35 jet, according to a federal regulatory filing. The program was protected in the president’s budget request for next year.Lockheed, the world’s largest defense company, yesterday said its first-quarter profit beat analysts’ estimates as sales declined 2 percent compared with the same period a year earlier. It cautioned that the automatic budget reductions might push 2013 sales to the low end of its prior forecast.

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    Employees load a washer and dryer into customer’s car at the loading docks of Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb. Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell in March by the most in seven months. The drop reflected a steep decline in commercial aircraft demand and little growth in orders that signal future business investment.

    Orders for US durable goods fall 5.7 pct. in March

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell in March by the most in seven months. The drop reflected a steep decline in commercial aircraft demand and little growth in orders that signal future business investment.

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    Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s first-quarter profit rose 5.3 percent and beat analysts’ estimates as increased deliveries for 777- and 737-model jets made up for the halt in buyers picking up Dreamliners while that plane was grounded.

    Boeing profit beats estimates on increased deliveries for 777 c.2013 Bloomberg News

    Chicago-based Boeing Co.'s first-quarter profit rose 5.3 percent and beat analysts' estimates as increased deliveries for 777- and 737-model jets made up for the halt in buyers picking up Dreamliners while that plane was grounded.

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    U.S. traffic safety regulators are expected to propose stronger measures to keep drivers from being distracted by in-car touchscreens.

    U.S. expected to seek limits on car touchscreens

    U.S. traffic safety regulators are expected to propose stronger measures to keep drivers from being distracted by in-car touchscreens. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to address distracted driving.

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    Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, talks to reporters in Olympia, Wash. Hargrove is one of the budget writers on a Washington state plan proposing to move some government workers out of a state-sponsored health plan and into an exchange developed under President Barack Obamaís health care law.

    Governments may push workers to health exchange

    In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law but could cost the federal government millions of dollars, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C. — and analysts say others are likely to follow suit.

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    Ford first quarter profit rises 15 pct to $1.6b

    Ford says net income rose 15 percent in the first quarter to $1.6 billion as record North American profits overcame weakness in Europe and South America. Ford beat Wall Street's forecast with earnings of 40 cents per share, up from 35 cents in the first quarter of 2012. Analysts polled by FactSet had forecast earnings of 37 cents per share.

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    An F-35 B Lightning II from VMFA 121 roars off the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Israel Aerospace Industries says it has signed a long-term contract with U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet.

    Israel to make wings for F-35 warplanes

    Israel Aerospace Industries says it has signed a long-term contract with U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet. The state-owned company said Tuesday the contract is for 10 to 15 years and could generate up to $2.5 billion in sales. It says the wings will be made at an Israeli facility that already produces wings for Lockheed's F-16 warplane.

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    NY lawsuit accuses Novartis of health care fraud

    The U.S. government has sued Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in New York, claiming it gave kickbacks to pharmacies to switch transplant patients from competitors' drugs to its own. The civil health care fraud lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. It seeks unspecified damages and civil penalties.

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    A Procter & Gamble product at Target in Durham, N.C.

    Procter & Gamble 3Q net rises 6 pct on cost cuts

    Procter & Gamble says its net income rose 6 percent in the fiscal third quarter, as the company cut costs and gained market share in North America, but revenue fell short of analyst expectations.P&G also issued a weak fourth-quarter earnings outlook. he Cincinnati-based company's products range from Tide detergent to Crest toothpaste and Gillette razors. It is facing a weakened European economy and slowdown in China.

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    EEOC: Disabled Iowa workers were exploited, abused

    A Texas company profited from dozens of mentally disabled men working at a turkey processing plant in rural Iowa where they were physically and verbally abused and forced to live in filthy, rodent-infested conditions, a government attorney told jurors on Tuesday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Fans dressed up as “Star Wars” storm troopers congregate at a previous edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The event returns to McCormick Place in Chicago this weekend.

    Weekend picks: C2E2 takes over McCormick Place

    Die-hard fans of comic books, sci-fi and more can mingle with their idols at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this weekend at McCormick Place. It's classics weekend at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. First up is multiple Grammy winner Michael McDonald on Friday followed by former frontman of Styx Dennis DeYoung Saturday.

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    Move over Chardonnay, make way for alt whites this spring

    Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc account for the lion's share of American white wine drinking. But wine lovers who venture past the wide retail aisles and dog-eared wine listss may discover a tiny bin or pristine page alternatively called "Alternative," "Unique," or "Interesting Whites." Mary Ross shares her favorites in the alt category.

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    Mushroom Barley Soup made with dried mushrooms, carrots and parsnips is one of M. Eileen Brown's all-time favorite soups.

    Soupalooza: Mushroom Barley Soup brings a flood of good memories

    M. Eileen Brown finds a beloved recipe for Mushroom Barley Soup among her overflowing recipe box. This recipe from a dear friend and former co-worker brings back memories of her whole cooking history, family and friendships.

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    Phoenix, “Bankrupt”

    Phoenix returns with another strong album

    The four Frenchmen known as Phoenix continue to refine their nonpareil synthesis of dance pop and glam rock on their fifth album "Bankrupt!" Marked again by pristine production, miniature symphonies emerge during the transitions and swashes of melody ascend on each chorus.

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    Robin Thicke is one the performers set for the 2013 Taste of Chicago.

    Robert Plant, Robin Thicke join Taste lineup
    Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Jill Scott and Neon Teen are just a few of the performers announced for the 2013 edition of Taste of Chicago.

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    Gold-medal winning U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas will sign copies of her new memoir, “Raising the Bar,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Barnes and Noble at Old Orchard Center in Skokie.

    Book notes: Meet Gabby Douglas at Skokie’s B&N
    Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas signs copies of her new memoir, "Raising the Bar," from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Barnes and Noble in Skokie. Free numbered signing tickets will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 2, to customers presenting a copy of "Raising the Bar" with proof of purchase from Barnes and Noble at Old Orchard.

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    Caesar, a therapy dog, comforts a patient in the NCH Medical Group waiting room.

    Northwest Community Healthcare to use more therapy dogs

    Northwest Community Healthcare therapy dogs, which have been visiting hospital patients since 2007, now are being used at physician offices in Arlington Heights, and NCH is planning to expand the program to its offices in Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, and Schaumburg. "The patients' faces light up when the therapy dogs make a visit to the waiting room," says Diane Ryzner, an advanced practice nurse who helped expand the program.

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    Flat or curly, parsley deserves a starring role in recipes.

    Parsley deserves a starring role on your plate

    Well-intentioned food writers have been trying for decades to rescue parsley from the American cook's indifference. One of the earliest attempts was in 1952, when The New York Times printed a piece championing parsley's unsung virtues with the headline, "May Opens Season of Parsley Abundance — Herb Has Many Uses Besides as Garnish."

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    The Lone Bellow: from left, Brian Elmquist, Zach Williams, and Kanene Pipkin

    New player The Lone Bellow storms folk-rock party

    The members of The Lone Bellow were standing around after opening for Dwight Yoakam at a recent show when they overheard three good ol' boys discussing their music. One turned to the other and asked what kind of music they'd just heard. Was it country or folk or rock or gospel? "And then one of the guys goes, 'That there was Brooklyn country,'" Kanene Pipkin said. "Isn't that perfect?"

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    Ke$ha’s has her own reality show, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” which debuted Tuesday.

    Kardashians inspire Ke$ha to try reality show

    Ke$ha Kardashian? Not quite. The wild and playful pop star is a huge fan of the swarm of Kardashian reality shows, but says her new series is far from what you see on the small screen from Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. "I have a love for the Kardashians, I'm not going to lie to you," the 26-year-old said in a recent interview.

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    When founding chef Rodelio Aglibot isn't at the restaurant, chef John Wayne “Duke” Formica takes charge.

    E+o's well-executed menu, making waves in Mount Prospect

    In the few months that it has been open, e+o in Mount Prospect has been collecting accolades left and right. Deborah Pankey says the Randhurst Village restaurant's eclectic and approachable menu and a casual atmosphere add up to an unparalleled dining experience.

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    Dwayne Johnson, left, who plays Paul Doyle in the new film “Pain and Gain,” is home after hernia surgery.

    Dwayne Johnson tweets pic after hernia surgery

    Dwayne Johnson is home after hernia surgery. The 40-year-old "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" star tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital bed Tuesday. He's flexing his muscles while wearing a Superman shirt and a hospital bonnet.

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    People magazine has named actress Gwyneth Paltrow as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2013.

    Gwyneth Paltrow named People's Most Beautiful Woman

    People magazine has named Gwyneth Paltrow as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2013. The 40-year-old actress tops the magazine's annual list of the "World's Most Beautiful," announced Wednesday.

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    “Love Has Come for You” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

    Steve Martin's banjo melds well with Edie Brickell

    It's clear from the opening line on the first song "When You Get to Asheville" that "Love Has Come for You" isn't your grandfather's banjo record. "When you get to Asheville," singer Edie Brickell intones after a beguiling banjo introduction by Steve Martin, "please send me an email." Mixing the traditional with the modern, Brickell and Martin find a comfortable groove on what may seem like an unlikely collaboration.

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    Frugal living: Tips for freezing yeast, juice and rice

    Sara Noel answers readers questions about freezing yeast, juice and rice. Also offers ideas for using hot chocolate mix.

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    Mushroom Barley Soup made with dried mushrooms, carrots and parsnips is one of M. Eileen Brown's all-time favorite soups.

    Mushroom Barley Soup
    Soupalooza: Mushroom Barley Soup

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    Pasta With Chickpeas, Celery and Parsley is best made with the freshest celery you can find.

    Pasta With Chickpeas, Celery and Parsley
    Pasta With Chickpeas, Celery and Parsley

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    Parsley, olive, egg and ricotta come together nicely as a sandwich filling for a baguette. Or, forget the toast and enjoy it as an omelet.

    Parsley, Olive, Egg and Ricotta Sandwiches
    Parsley, Olive, Egg and Ricotta Sandwiches

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    More ways to go green
    More ways to go greenHere are ways to use up what’s left of a bunch of parsley:Pesto: Replace the basil in your favorite pesto recipe with the same amount of parsley for basil, and use walnuts instead of pine nuts.Gremolata: Combine 3 tablespoons minced parsley, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 or 2 minced cloves of garlic. Scatter over just-roasted potatoes, steamed sugar snap peas, roasted beets or meats off the grill or out of the roasting pan.Sandwich filling: Add whole leaves in place of greens, or layer open-faced with radishes or cucumbers and ricotta or cream cheese.Compound butter: Work finely chopped parsley into softened butter; rub underneath the skin of a chicken, tuck into a baked potato or smear on a baguette then top with radishes or thinly sliced raw asparagus.Roasted vegetables: Add whole leaves to already-roasting vegetables during the last minutes of cooking.Parsley hummus: Add parsley, finely minced, to already-prepped hummus, or add straight to the food processor if starting from scratch.Parsley yogurt: Combine finely chopped parsley, a minced clove of garlic and a pinch of salt with plain yogurt; serve with poached eggs, braised greens, roasted vegetables or grain-based salads.Emily Horton, Special to The Washington Post

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    Parsley and butter lettuces are a great match for tart grapefruit-shallot dressing.

    Parsley and Butter Lettuce With Grapefruit-Shallot Dressing
    Parsley and Butter Lettuce With Grapefruit-Shallot Dressing

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    “Reincarnated” by Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg

    Snoop’s new identity works on reggae album

    It's not just a name change, but there's a new take on life for Snoop Lion, who switched his stage name from Snoop Dogg after a trip to Jamaica where he embraced Rastafarian culture. And the new project works. Snoop's first reggae album, "Reincarnated," includes some fine production by Major Lazer (aka Diplo), with guest appearances from Miley Cyrus, Akon, Rita Ora and Angela Hunte.

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    “The Famous and the Dead” by T. Jefferson Parker

    T. Jefferson Parker concludes Charlie Hood series

    "The Famous and the Dead" is billed as the final installment in T. Jefferson Parker's six-volume saga about Charlie Hood, an earnest young Los Angeles lawman hellbent on reducing the illegal trade in firearms along the California-Mexico border. As the story opens, Hood is still haunted by a shipment of Love-22s that he let slip into the hands of a Mexican drug lord in an earlier book.

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    Ava (Sheila Landahl, left) tells new neighbor Mary (Jeri Tocco, center) and Lil (Lori Rohr) why she is so expressive and pushy in Clockwise Theatre's “The Party in the Kitchen” in Waukegan.

    Clockwise's 'Party' proves disappointing

    Madelyn Sergel's world premiere drama "The Party in the Kitchen" for Clockwise Theatre doesn't live up to the playwright's ambition to chronicle the ups and downs of three Waukegan families in in the past decade.

Discuss

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    Ideological impairment over Islam

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In 2009, Ruslan Tsarni and his nephew Tamerlan Tsarnaev had a bitter argument over the implications of their faith. Tsarnaev announced he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. "I was shocked when I heard his words, his phrases, when every other word he starts sticking in words of God," says Tsarni. "There is someone who brainwashed him, some new convert to Islam."

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    The serenity of George W. Bush

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Maybe WMD will emerge from the Iraqi desert. Maybe all the economic data were wrong. In the meantime, George W. Bush is at ease with himself — always his gauge for right or wrong, smart or stupid. Among the many things he lacks is self-doubt. It is a gift.

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    Praise for lawmaker’s support of gay marriage
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: As a resident of Illinois, a constituent of House District 51 and the parent of a gay teenage child, I would like to thank state Rep. Ed Sullivan for standing up for what is right and having the courage to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage, Senate Bill 10.

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    Jumbotron would ruin Wrigley mood
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]Newsx BTO body copyThe Jumbotron is a denial of all that is sacred about Wrigley Field. The thought of cartoon characters racing across a massive screen, blooper videos, noisy canned music, advertising without end, noisy messages designed to get the attention of the fans is more than I can bear.

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    Millions of gun owners are law-abiding
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Starting when I was 10 years old, my father taught gun safety and marksmanship to my older brother and me. Over the following 66 years, I've owned several rifles and pistols. At no time in my life have I ever misused those guns or broken the law in any other way. (Never even had as much as a parking ticket.) But the Obama administration deems me a potential threat.

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    We’d appreciate voting if we didn’t have it
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: With all the time, effort and money put into this past election, isn't it a shame that only about 20 percent of the population of Des Plaines thought enough of our city to come out and vote for its leaders?

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    Background check for pressure cooker
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It is sad what happened in Boston, but I would like to comment on how to put a stop to that kind of crime. I think that with three people killed and more than 180 injured it's time to require a background check when buying a pressure cooker.

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    The selective Republican memory
    An Elgin letter to the editor: What does it take to be a mainline conservative Republican? 1. You have to believe in a world that "used" to be but never was. A world where the help stayed out of sight, minorities knew their place and there was no poverty, disease or homelessness. Have a selective memory.

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    Tort reform needed in Obamacare
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Gene Lyons makes good points about the astronomical costs of health care. However he does not address why these costs are so high.

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    Stop trying to idolize Wild West
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I want to thank Senators Durbin and Kirk for their vote with the majority of the American people in support of expanded background checks. The overblown worship and misinterpretation of the Second Amendment, and the use of this to incite fear and reactionary behavior, are tools of the NRA, bought and paid for by gun manufacturers.

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    We care about our children’s safety
    An Aurora letter to the editor: I am deeply saddened by the cowardliness that our Congress showed with their vote. I believe in the Constitution, I also believe our people should feel safe and not fear being shot to death by yet another "law abiding citizen" who suddenly snaps.

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