Daily Archive : Monday May 6, 2013


    Carol Grewe of Travel Network, shown with her husband, Virgil, was named Volunteer of the Year on Thursday night at the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner.

    Rolling Meadows chamber honors commitment to the community

    While recognizing the final honoree of the night at the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Circle of Success Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Mayor Tom Rooney brought up a difficult time in his life to illustrate the character and integrity that so many of this year’s recipients bring to the table.

    Steve Lentz waves to family and friends after he was sworn in as the new Mundelein mayor during the village board meeting Monday at the Mundelein Fire Station.

    Lentz begins work as Mundelein’s mayor

    Steve Lentz shifted his seat to the center of the Mundelein village board's dais Monday night as the town's newest mayor. A trustee since 2009, Lentz was sworn in at the start of the evening's board meeting, along with three winning trustee candidates and the town's new clerk.


    Lincolnshire police to target seat belt violations

    Starting Friday, Lincolnshire police will participate in a seatbelt enforcement program through the Memorial Day weekend, the department announced.

    The Homeland Security Education Center at the College of DuPage will be named in honor of college President Robert Breuder upon his retirement, according to a resolution passed Tuesday by the outgoing board of trustees.

    COD OKs decision to name building after president

    College of DuPage President Robert Breuder's name will be etched in the history books of the state's largest community college, but now it'll be permanently etched on campus, too. In his last formal action as board chairman Tuesday night, David Carlin proposed the college's 66,000-square-foot Homeland Security Education Center be named in Breuder's honor at the time of his retirement.


    Parents of Wisconsin man held in triple homicide speak out

    The parents of a man suspected of killing three retired farmers in southwestern Wisconsin say they warned authorities just before the killings that their son was delusional and potentially dangerous.


    Nun retires after 6 decades of service

    Sister Clara Ternes served God by taking care of patients and inspiring change in the health care system. Her tenure in nursing came to a close last month, when she closed a 17-year tenure as corporate director of mission, value and ethics for Southern Illinois Healthcare with her retirement.


    Missing dog found safe after fatal crash on I-94

    A missing German shepherd has been found safe after its owner died in crash on Interstate 94 near Menomonie during Thursday's snowstorm.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has struck a deal with the state's biggest public unions over retirement benefits.

    Illinois Senate to move union-backed pension plan

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said he plans to push forward with a deal he's struck with the state's biggest teachers and workers unions over their retirement futures. The proposal clashes with more aggressive benefit cuts proposed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and approved by the House last week. “I think our members are pretty much on board with it,” said...

    Associated Press Anita Johnson gives a tour of a home she and her husband, Earl, donated to the Walter family in Collinsville

    Family donates home to Army sergeant

    Earl and Anita Johnson could have sold her mother's home and pocketed the profit, but they wanted to give something to the troops. So they donated the modular home on Woodland Trails Drive in Collinsville, asking only that it go to a worthy family.

    Speaker of the House Michael Madigan's pension plan calls for, among other things, higher contributions by employees and limits on how much in pension benefits retirees may collect.

    A closer look at the pension options

    After years of trying, lawmakers return to Springfield today with something they haven't had before: two potential options for finally addressing Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension problem. Lawmakers must weigh each proposal, including how much money it could save the state and the likelihood it could survive an inevitable court challenge. Here's a look at the proposals.


    `Very slightly radioactive water' enters Lake Michigan

    Seventy-nine gallons of "very slightly radioactive water" from a leaky tank at the troubled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant spilled into Lake Michigan, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman said Monday. There is no risk to human health because the radioactive material was further diluted when it entered a storage basin before flowing into the lake, NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng told The...

    Amanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013. Berry and two other women were found in a house near downtown Cleveland Monday after being missing for about a decade.

    Police facing questions in Cleveland rescue

    One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another heard pounding on the home's doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows. Both times, police showed up but never went inside, neighbors say. Police also paid a visit to the house in 2004, but no one answered the door. Now, after three women who vanished a decade ago...


    Schaumburg Boomers honor local teachers

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Schaumburg Boomers have offered free Opening Weekend tickets to all Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 teachers, staff and families for Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19.

    It's no fun for cars stuck in traffic along Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village, where resurfacing and other roadwork will last into August.

    Arlington Heights Road gridlock here until August

    You'll have to grin and bear the crawl on Arlington Heights Road south of Higgins Road in Elk Grove Village for a while longer. Workers are resurfacing the street, which means some painful lane closures in the short term. The project will finish in the first part of August, Cook County Department of Highways Bureau Chief of Construction Holly Cichy said.


    Edward Hospital’s attempt to reclaim taxes riles District 203

    Edward Hospital's attempts to reclaim taxes owed to them as a result of a 2012 change in state law are not going over well with some board members.

    Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady will resign Tuesday morning, top Republicans say.

    Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigns

    Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on family after six tough years in Republican politics. Opponents from within his party have persistently called for Brady to resign from the leading role he has held for nearly four years. But in an interview with The Associated Press, he said he was not bowing to that pressure and that...

    Eight-time Grammy winning singer Lauryn Hill, center, walks to federal court in Newark, N.J., Monday, May 6, for sentencing in her tax evasion case. Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She faces up to a year in prison on each of three counts.

    Lauryn Hill gets 3 months for failing to pay taxes

    Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.


    Suburban men sentenced for bilking 267 people in Ponzi scheme

    Michael Morawski, 56, of Sleepy Hollow, and Frank Constant, 59, of West Dundee have been sentenced to federal prison terms for their participation in Ponzi schemes which defrauded investors of millions of dollars.

    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz shares a laugh with Debbie Crowell, who worked on his election campaign, after being sworn in Monday.

    Des Plaines seats youngest mayor, new aldermen

    With a room full of friends and family members cheering them on, Mayor Matt Bogusz, City Clerk Gloria Ludwig, two re-elected aldermen and two newly elected aldermen were sworn in Monday night. Face flushed with emotion, Bogusz, 26, took the helm as Des Plaines youngest mayor. He expressed gratitude for the support of voters and those who worked tirelessly on his election campaign.


    2 hurt in motorcycle crash near Hampshire

    A couple riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost control and struck a guardrail near Hampshire at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. The Hampshire Fire Protection District and Kane County Sheriff's Office responded to the call. The couple, in their late 40s, were both seriously injured in the crash, which happened on Allen Road just east of Walker Road.

    Rogina had a short agenda for his first meeting Monday night that included honoring the city’s police and emergency medical personnel as well as the convention and visitor’s bureau.

    St. Charles begins new era under Mayor Ray Rogina, new aldermen

    For the first half of the night, a standing-room-only crowd of St. Charles residents watched three emotional farewells and applauded history. For the second half, the audience watched a new team of officials applaud the future. "This is a tough job," outgoing Mayor Don DeWitte said. "We make a lot of friends, and we make a lot of enemies. Everything that we've accomplished, we couldn't have done...

    Superintendent José Torres hands outgoing board member Dale Spencer his nameplate during the U-46 board meeting Monday night in Elgin.

    U-46 says goodbye to longtime board members

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board met Monday evening to say goodbye to outgoing members and welcome new ones as the results of the April election forced a changing of the guard — though not of the board's leadership. Donna Smith remained president after taking her fourth oath of office as Veronica Noland and Frank Napolitano joined the board.

    Judge William O. Maki administers the oath of office to Tim Millar as District 1 councilman.

    Millar takes Del Mar’s place on Palatine council

    Not much business was conducted at Monday's Palatine village council meeting, but there was a goodbye, a new face and plenty of promises for the next four years. The evening began with Mayor Jim Schwantz honoring outgoing District 1 Councilman Aaron Del Mar, who was succeeded by Tim Millar.

    Hugs and cheers greeted Dean Argiris Monday night. He took office as Wheeling’s new president.

    Argiris gets right down to business in Wheeling

    New Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris plans one meeting to explain trustees' priorities to the village plan commission and another to make peace over Chicago Executive Airport with Nick Helmer, mayor of Prospect Heights. The joint meeting between the village board and the plan commission will be May 30 and the meeting with Helmer May 13, Argiris said Monday after Cook County Clerk David Orr...

    Newly elected Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin takes the oath of office Monday, administered by Village Clerk Dolores Trandel.

    McLaughlin sworn in as Barrington Hills president

    Barrington Hills got its ninth village president Monday — and its second named McLaughlin — as newly elected Martin McLaughlin took the oath of office. He succeeded Robert Abboud, whom he defeated in the April 9 election by 647 votes to 504. according to the official canvass that the old board approved just before the swearing-in ceremony.

    Rescue workers attend to a four-car accident at Army Trail and County Farm roads in Hanover Park. Police said a Carol Stream police officer was involved in the crash.

    Carol Stream cop among those injured in 4-vehicle crash

    An off-duty Carol Stream police sergeant was among three people hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash Sunday in Hanover Park, authorities said Monday. The accident happened about 7 p.m. when the officer rear-ended a vehicle on Army Trail Road at County Farm Road, according to Hanover Park Deputy Chief Tom Cortese. He said the crash was under investigation and no charges have been filed.

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com, 2008 John Peters’ tenure as Northern Illinois University president will end June 30.

    NIU holds farewell event for departing president

    The character of Northern Illinois University President John Peters was praised Monday during a farewell ceremony for the man who led the school when a gunman opened fire on campus, killing five. Hundreds of people, including students, alumni and community leaders, attended the event.

    Thomas Poynton is sworn in as new Lake Zurich mayor during Monday’s village board meeting.

    New mayors debut in Lake Zurich, Round Lake

    New mayors were sworn in Monday in Lake Zurich and Round Lake. Thomas Poynton moved up from trustee to the mayor's post in Lake Zurich, replacing Suzanne Branding. Poynton said he already has been pushing for improved communications with village residents. In Round Lake, political newcomer Daniel MacGillis assumed James Dietz's seat as mayor. MacGillis said he's been busily preparing for office...


    Lambs Farm Train Days

    Lambs Farm will host its annual Train Days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and Sunday 19 from at the Magnolia Café & Bakery, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Green Oaks.

    San Mateo County firefighters and California Highway Patrol personnel investigate the scene of a limousine fire on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City, Calif., on Saturday night. Five people died when they were trapped in the limo that caught fire as they were traveling, and four others and the driver were able to escape, according to the Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group.

    Limo driver: Fire took 3 minutes to claim 5 lives

    First came the tapping. Over the blasting music, limo driver Orville Brown heard someone in the backseat crowd of partying women knock on the partition behind him, saying something about smoke. No smoking allowed, he told them. Then the taps turned to urgent knocks, and someone screamed "Smoke, smoke" and "Pull over!" In just a few fleeting moments, five of the women celebrating a girls' night...


    Riders suggest more frequent trains between Chicago and Indianapolis

    Some riders believe Amtrak's passenger service between Chicago and Indianapolis would be more popular if there were more trains to catch. Federal funding cuts have prompted Amtrak's plans to end the four-day-a-week Hoosier State route in October, so state officials are considering whether to spend money to keep the line going.

    Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital early Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said. The attack, the second in three days, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel’s involvement in Syria’s bloody civil war. Syria’s state media reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research center near the Syrian capital and caused casualties.

    Israeli airstrike in Syria aimed at Iran

    From Israel's perspective, its airstrikes near Damascus were more about Iran than Syria: Tehran's shipment of guided missiles destroyed in the weekend attacks would have posed a potent threat had the weapons reached Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    Matthew Jentel, left, and Dave Geist help build a sandbag wall around the home of James Eck last month in the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines.

    IDNR clears Mt. Prospect, Prospect Hts. in flood dispute

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources issued a ruling Friday clearing Prospect Heights and Mount Prospect of allegations they violated a permit governing the construction of Levee 37 along the Des Plaines River at the height of last month's flooding. Des Plaines officials had accused the two communities of illegally closing a gap in the levee during the April 18 flood, making problems in...

    This May 3 photo shows authorities with Buford Rogers, right, during a raid on a mobile home in Montevideo, Minn. Authorities said Monday that Rogers was arrested, charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and that the agency believes is disrupted a potential terror attack after a search of the home turned up Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.

    FBI: Minnesota raid disrupts planned terror attack

    FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack — or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home.


    Father, son accused of trying to aid N. Korea

    A Taiwanese businessman long suspected of ties to North Korea and a son who lives in Glenview have been charged in Chicago with seeking to bypass a U.S. ban on the export of weapons machinery to the hard-line communist nation, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Hsien Tai Tsai, 67, and his 36-year-old son, Yueh-Hsun Tsai, are charged with one count each of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. in its...

    Brad Schneider

    Schneider among lawmakers pushing FAA to spare control towers

    Congressman Brad Schneider is prodding the FAA to quit navel-gazing on the fate of 149 air traffic control towers, including Waukegan's. Funding towers are crucial "to ensure a safe and effient air transportation system," Schneider and other congressmen urged in a letter.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Aaron P. Synder, 23, of St. Charles, was charged with possession of cannabis and driving while his license is suspended at 9:21 a.m. April 29 in the 300 block of East Side Drive, according to a police report.

    Christopher Pedersen

    Police say Carpentersville man chased Elgin landlord, 73, with ax

    A Carpentersville man was charged with assaulting a 73-year-old Elgin man and chasing him with an axe. Christopher Pederson, 60, is charged with a felony and is due in court on May. 15. The victim was not seriously injured; a police report said altercation arose over rent money owed to the victim.

    Theresa A. Lau

    Nurse charged with stealing from Lincolnshire patient

    A Glenview woman is charged with stealing $255,000 from a Lincolnshire man while working as his full-time nurse, authorities said Monday. Theresa A. Lau, 44, of the 0 to 100 block of Park Drive, was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person and two counts of theft over $100,000 following her May 1 arrest, Lincolnshire Police Investigator John-Erik Anderson said.


    Antioch parks preschool

    The village of Antioch's Parks and Recreation Department Camp Crayon Preschool is accepting registration for the 2013-14 school year.

    Judson University held its commencement ceremony Saturday.

    Judson celebrates 69th commencement

    Judson University celebrated the accomplishments of almost 200 graduates Saturday between its two commencement ceremonies. Officials awarded 161 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 21 Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degrees, 11 Master of Architecture degrees and five Master of Education degrees. Judson's incoming president, Gene Crume, gave the commencement address. He officially takes over as...

    Jacob Braden

    Men from Bartlett, Streamwood being held in Wisconsin jail

    The district attorney in Racine County, Wis, has declined the criminal charges that a pair of suburban men faced in connection to a burglary and high-speed case that started in Elgin and ended in Wisconsin early Saturday morning.

    Much of the Libertyville Golf Course was flooded in mid-April. It is scheduled to reopen under new management on May 18.

    Synthetic turf delayed but Libertyville golf course set to reopen

    Under better circumstances, the greens and tees at the Liberyville golf course already would have been overhauled with a synthetic turf in advance of a new concept that to replace decades of village operation. But wet conditions on the course that borders the Des Plaines River has delayed that aspect. However, a turfless grand opening is set for May 18.


    Former W. Aurora student drops lawsuit over expulsion

    A former West Aurora High School student, who sued the school district earlier this year arguing he was unfairly expelled after a teacher confiscated his phone in 2009, had decided not to fight the diistrict. An attorney for Alexander Contini voluntary dismissed the lawsuit, according to court records.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A 14-year-old girl from Lake in the Hills was charged with theft under $300 April 30, police said. The girl turned herself in at the Algonquin police station and was referred to the Tri County Area Peer Jury.


    Lincolnshire a Tree City

    The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Lincolnshire with a 2012 Tree City USA award.


    Bike to work with Schaumburg mayor May 17

    The week of May 13 to 19 has been proclaimed Bike to Work Week in Schaumburg. And at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, Mayor Al Larson will be leading a ride to his own workplace — village hall. The route will begin at the Meineke Recreation Facility's bike path at 220 E. Weathersfield Way.


    MHS dancers to perform

    The Mundelein High School Orchesis dance club hosts its final show of the school year at 7 p.m. May 13 in the auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.


    Barrington Tag Days collects record amount for ALS research

    Nearly 150 volunteers in and around Barrington collected a record $17,270 during the Les Turner Foundation's Tag Days drive Friday and Saturday. This year's effort surpassed last year's local collection of $16,500 to support medical research, patient services and educational activities related to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

    Former Island Lake Police Chief Don Bero, here touring a cemetery in 2004, has been nominated to be the town’s next chief.

    Ex-chief Bero nominated for post again in Island Lake

    Former Island Lake Police Chief Don Bero is set to reclaim that post this week, officials revealed Monday. Bero is Mayor-elect Charles Amrich's choice for the position. The nomination must be ratified by the village board.

    Marianna Sgarbi, left, with the Icla da Silva Foundation, has been trying to find a bone marrow donor match for Neftali Hernandez, 35, who suffers from aplastic anemia and needs a marrow transplant.

    Suburbanite’s plight highlights need for Latino bone marrow donors

    After three years of living with a debilitating bone marrow disease, Neftali Hernandez is hoping to find a bone marrow donor so he can start living a normal life again. But despite four siblings, a national registry of 10.5 million potential donors and multiple donor drives in the suburbs, Hernandez, 35, has been unable so far to find a match. His plight highlights the need for more Latino bone...


    State opens grant process for health guides

    Gov. Pat Quinn has announced that federal grants worth $28 million will be distributed to qualifying community groups that want to help educate consumers about the new online marketplace for health insurance.

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

    Dart proposes concealed-carry ordinance for Cook County

    Sheriff Tom Dart is proposing a countywide concealed-carry ordinance that would give him the authority to approve or reject licenses to carry concealed guns in Cook County and would require applicants to pay $300 for the license.

    Rita Crundwell

    Ex-Dixon comptroller moved to Chicago jail

    The Bureau of Prisons confirmed Monday that Rita Crundwell is at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Crundwell admitted she stashed public money in a secret bank account for decades.

    Crowds lined all the curbs on Wilson Street and Route 25 on Sunday during the Batavia Loyalty Day Parade.

    Batavia Loyalty Day parade celebrates its family tree

    Thousands of people lined the streets of Batavia Sunday for the annual Loyalty Day parade. "It's beautiful that Batavia comes out and does this," said Operation Desert Storm veteran Kirk Behrendt, of Aurora. "This sort of patriotism you don't see in many places."


    Illinois commission cuts student grant money

    The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is making a 10 percent cut in grants given through its Monetary Awards Program after a shortage of money caused by an increase in student demand.

    Fox Lake was among the communities badly hit by last month’s floods.

    Flooded Lake County homeowners could get a break on permits, septic work

    Lake County officials are considering waiving construction-permit fees for the owners of homes or businesses affected by last month's flooding. Fees for removing the waste from septic tanks inundated by the flood could be temporarily reduced, too. "We're trying to be as responsive as we can," Lake County Public Works Director Peter Kolb said.


    Barrington youth group holds car wash fundraiser

    The Community Church of Barrington's Youth Group will hold a car wash fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at bathhaus, at the corner of Northwest Highway and Hillside in Barrington. The cost is whatever each patron wishes to donate toward the group's summer working trip to Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky.

    Ruslan Tsarni, right, uncle of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect, approaches members of the media, not shown, in front of the Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlors, in Worcester, Mass., as funeral director and owner Peter Stefan, center, walks with him Sunday. Stefan has pleaded for government officials to use their influence to convince a cemetery to bury the suspect, but so far no state or federal authorities have stepped forward.

    Boston bombing suspect’s friend to be released

    A magistrate judge on Monday agreed to release a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from federal custody while he awaits trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the bombings.

    Cynthia Pruim Haran

    Haran named deputy chief of recorder of deeds office

    Cynthia Pruim Haran has been named the chief deputy of the Lake County Records of Deeds office, recorder Mary Ellen Vanderventer announced Monday. Haran is a former Lake County public defender. She replaces Marc Brogan.


    Alzheimer’s walk kick off party

    The public is invited as the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter kicks off the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s season from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Hotel Indigo, 450 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills.

    Alice Cachura of Chicago looks over the selection at Half Price Books at the store's recent grand opening at Algonquin Commons.

    Half Price Books now open for business in Algonquin

    A new bookstore now is open in the former Borders Books location along the Randall Road corridor in the Algonquin Commons Shopping Center. Half Price Books opened last month inside half of the vacant Borders Books location, the first store of its kind in the Fox Valley area.


    Performers sought for new downtown St. Charles initiative

    Are you a budding songwriter? Artist? Juggler? Musician? The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is looking for performers to take part in its new program called STC Live! The purpose of this program is to help create activity by coordinating live, free entertainment in downtown businesses.

    Keith Giagnorio is sworn in as the new Lombard village president, a role he earned by beating John Lotus Novak and Moon Khan in the April 9 election. Giagnorio follows longtime Village President William J. “Bill” Mueller, who served from 1993 until his death in August 2012.

    Keith Giagnorio aims to bring feuding board together

    All the important things and people in Keith Giagnorio's life are close. His wife and children, his business, several members of his immediate family — which includes nine siblings — and even his second home, the Lombard village hall. The newly elected president of the Lilac Village rose to the seat from a position as District 2 Trustee. His home on Harrison Road keeps him nearby...


    District 54 names nine new assistant principals

    The Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 school board Thursday took a major step toward completing preparations for next school year by filling nine vacancies among its assistant principal ranks. The moves are effective July 1.

    The Barrington Relay For Life holds a bake sale as part of its fundraising effort to fight cancer.

    Relay For Life schedules Barrington events

    Relay of Life for Barrington has a number of events scheduled as part of its quest to raise $400,000 for the American Cancer Society and maintain its ranking as No. 2 in the state in relay programs. The group pointed out that one of two men and one of three women are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and said that 72 cents of every dollar raised goes back to the local communities to help...

    Carlos Cervantes, 3, left, wears a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) at Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera, Calif. This is the third visit for Carlos who was diagnosed with Valley fever. His mother Maria Cendejas, background, traveled with her son from the family’s home in Livingston. Maria said the first symptoms occurred when Carlos was 2.5 months old. A rash developed into a low fever.

    Fever hits thousands in parched West farm region

    FRESNO, Calif. — California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.


    Medal of Honor Society to honor Newtown educators

    The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is in Newtown, Conn., to honor six educators killed in the December elementary school massacre with its highest civilian award. The society says Rachel D'Avino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto exemplified courage, sacrifice and selflessness in trying to protect students from the gunman at Sandy Hook...

    A firefighter stands watch as the smoke rises from the burnt area in Hidden Valley, Calif., Saturday. High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity.

    Cause of Calif. wildfire appears accidental

    Firefighters building containment lines around a huge Southern California wildfire are now dealing with muddy and slippery conditions as rain moves in. Ventura County Fire spokesman Tony McHale said Monday that the wet weather has significantly reduced fire activity. The blaze is 80 percent contained. Investigators said the cause of the fire was not considered suspicious. Instead, they believed...

    Bangladeshi protesters throw stones at policemen during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday. Police in Bangladesh’s capital fired rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing Islamic activists Sunday during a protest to demand that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law.

    Bangladesh police, Islamic activists clash; 20 die

    Police banned all rallies in Bangladesh's capital for the rest of the day Monday after at least 20 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of Islamic hard-liners demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law, officials said. A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said 13 people, including two police and a paramilitary soldier, were killed in...


    Chicago teeen shot after he fired gun from his bike
    The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has released the name of a teenager who Chicago police say was shot and killed by officers as he rode down the street shooting a gun at pedestrians and then the officers themselves. On Monday morning, the medical examiner's office identified the teen as 16-year-old Tywon Jones of Chicago.

    Edward Bugg

    ‘Four new personalities’ to join Aurora council

    More than half the members of the Aurora City Council will be sworn in Tuesday — some for the first time and others reinstated — as the council transitions to new leadership. Aldermen elected in wards 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 and one at-large seat will be sworn in during a special city council meeting following the regularly scheduled committee of the whole at 5 p.m. at city hall. "It's...


    Lisle leaders offer life advice for May graduates

    As graduates count down the days that remain to the end of school, former graduates respond to two imminent questions: What is the best advice you ever received as a graduate? What is the best advice you offer graduates?" Our Joan Broz pts the questions to a range of Lisle leaders.

    People gather to watch the Jodi Arias trial at a park in downtown Phoenix while the defense in Arias’ murder trial presents closing arguments. It has become a real-life soap opera for people around the world and dozens of fanatics who camp out on a Phoenix sidewalk to get into the show. The star is none other than a small-town waitress who killed her lover. Jodi Arias has been on trial since January, and her case has developed an enormous following with its tales of sex, violence and betrayal.

    Jurors deliberate Arias fate amid spectacle

    It has become a real-life soap opera watched by people around the world and dozens of fanatics who camp out on a Phoenix sidewalk in the middle of the night to get into the show. One seat even sold for $200. A cable network has set up a stage nearby for daily broadcasts, and the spectacle is routinely among the most heavily trending topics on Twitter. The star is none other than a small-town...

    Jose Lopez points to an undated photo of Ricardo Portillo, center, his brother-in-law, following a news conference at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Portillo, a 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma, died Saturday night, police said.

    Family of Utah soccer referee who died holds vigil

    The oldest daughter of the Utah soccer referee who died Saturday a week after a teenage player punched him in the head hopes to forgive the young man who did it — but not yet. "I will, but not today; it's too soon," said Johana Portillo, 26, speaking Sunday night at a vigil to honor her father, Ricardo Portillo. Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of...


    Bomb at Islamist party rally in Pakistan kills 14

    A Pakistani official says a bomb blast has killed at least 14 people at an election campaign rally of a pro-Taliban party in the country's northwest. Javed Khan, a government administrator in the Kurram tribal region where the bombing took place, says Monday's attack also wounded 50 people.

    Italian state television says Giulio Andreotti, Italy’s former seven-time premier, has died at age 94. At his prime, Andreotti was one of Italy’s most powerful men: he helped draft the country’s constitution after World War II, sat in parliament for 60 years and served as premier seven times.

    Italy state TV: Ex-Premier Giulio Andreotti dies

    Giulio Andreotti, Italy's former seven-time premier and a symbol of post-war Italy, died Monday at his home in Rome, Italian officials said. He was 94. In announcing the death, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno called Andreotti "the most representative politician" Italy had known in its recent history. At his prime, Andreotti was one of Italy's most powerful men: He helped draft the country's...

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews shoots as he falls in front of Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter in Sunday’s first period of Game 3 in the teams’ first-round playoff series.

    Dawn Patrol: Bond set in Wheeling murder; Bulls prepare for Heat

    Bond set at $2 million for Wheeling murder suspect; Arlington Hts. businesses, residents relieved by end to standoff; Blackhawks drop Game 3 in Minnesota; Bulls prepare for Round 2 matchup with Miami

    Some Metra board members and lawmakers support capping fare increases so double-digit hikes don't catch riders by surprise.

    Is it time to cap Metra fare hikes?

    In the wake of recent big fare hikes at Metra, one Metra board member suggests mandatory caps on fare increases that are tied to inflation rates. Meanwhile, a lawmaker's proposal would require state legislative hearings on any fare increases. “This would give us market-driven data,” Board Director Mike McCoy said, adding the agency should cap itself “out of respect for our...

    A nearly fatal bout of Legionnaires’ disease led to the amputations of Kent Carson’s left arm and both legs last year. Above, physical therapy assistant Kathleen Dub prepares to strengthen Carson at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

    Weekend in Review: Standoff in Arlington Hts; Charges in slaying
    What you may have missed this weekend: A police standoff in Arlington Hts; charges in fatal Wheeling shooting; triple amputee hopes to help Boston victims; Bartlett, Streamwood men charged after police chase into Wisconsin; Island Lake taxpayers' foot bill for election fights; Blackhawks now 2-1 in playoff series after loss to Minnesota Wild; Bulls move past New Jersey to face Miami Heat next;...



    Lake Park looking for one last UEC title

    Lake Parks boys track and field team intends to go out of the Upstate Eight Conference with a bang.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Behan powers Carmel comeback

    Call it a come-from-Behan victory.With Carmel trailing Benet 10-9, sophomore Jenny Behan hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to key the Corsairs’ 12-10 victory in East Suburban Catholic Conference softball Monday in Mundelein. Junior Kathleen Felicelli went 3-for-4 on the day and hit a home run and a double for the Corsairs. Dani Delozier went 3-for-4 with a double for Carmel while teammates Amanda Elert and Sam Melillo added 2 hits apiece. One of Elert’s hits was a home run.Libertyville 5, Stevenson 4: Freshman Jamie Stevens stepped up big and got the winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. That scored the tying and winning runs. Stevens finished with 2 hits, including a double. Haley Alban and Andi Katz added 2 hits apiece for the Wildcats while winning pitcher Michelina Caffero allowed no walks over three innings.Grant 8, Antioch 0: Grant rolled up 11 hits in moving to 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Brianna Dreschler and Kaitlyn Wold (3-for-5) both had home runs for the Bulldogs and Jamie Reiser added a double. Pitcher Caitlyn Moran rolled up 7 strikeouts to just 1 walk in the win.Lake Zurich 6, Zion-Benton 5: Rachel Dawson came up with the game-winning hit for Lake Zurich in the bottom of the seventh inning. She went 3-for-4 on the day with 2 RBI and a double. Katie Brown, Maria Schroeder, Kaylee Grant and McKenna Larson all had 2 hits apiece for the Bears, who move to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the North Suburban Lake Division. Schroeder and Grant each had triples, Mallory Parsons had a double and Larson drove in 2 runs. Meanwhile, winning pitcher Katie Malek moved to 3-0 on the season.Crystal Lake Central 8, Grayslake Central 4: Kate Strickland went 3-for-4 on the day in the loss. Teammates Brittany Brown and Veronica Kleber added 2 hits apiece. Vernon Hills 6, Wauconda 5: Pitcher Jennifer Claussen rolled up 11 strikeouts over seven innings in the win. Offensively, Vernon Hills got 3 hits, including a triple out of Jordyn Comitor. Kristina Kliver added 2 hits and 2 RBI and Sami Saliba had 2 hits including a triple for the Cougars, who improve to 4-9 on the season.


    Carlson sets up Carmel

    Carmel 2, Stevenson 0: Bri Carlson assisted on both goals for the Corsairs. Meegan Johnston and Sadi Jung got the scores.


    Lake Zurich outlasts Rolling Meadows

    Lake Zurich d. Rolling Meadows: Brent Sweetwood had 8 kills and Michael Savio added 7 kills as Lake Zurich outlasted Rolling Meadows, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23. Pat Bush rolled up a team-high 13 assists for the Bears, who move to 14-16 overall.Deerfield d. Lakes: Lakes got swept by Deerfield 25-17, 25-11 despite 8 kills by James Olson. Richard Galat added 5 kills for the Eagles while Dalton Solbrig had 15 assists.


    Trukov sets Warren varsity wins record

    Warren 5, Libertyville 2: Warren swept three matches in singles play, led by a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory by No. 1 singles player Kristiyan Trukov over Ben Van Dixhorn. Trukov set the Warren school record for most varsity wins (128). He eclipsed his brother Nikola (126). Matt Matheny and Scott Seiler also got singles wins for Warren.Carmel 6, Benet 2: The Corsairs were led by No. 1 singles player Kevin Hunt and No. 2 singles player Brandon Dechter, both of whom got straight-set wins. Hunt defeated Riley Marshall, 6-0, 6-0 while Dechter defeated Alex Romano, 6-1, 6-3.Lakes 4, Wauconda 3: Lakes swept all four doubles matches, led by the No. 1 doubles team of Jason Adlam and Ben Wayne. They defeated Nick Kamaikis and Kyle Caudle, 6-0, 6-0. Wauconda was led by No. 1 singles player Tommy Tyler, who got a 6-0, 6-0 win over Matt Gebhardt. Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: No. 1 singles player Michael Sims led Stevenson with a straight set victory while the Patriots also got a straight set victory out of its No. 1 doubles team of Pawel Jaworski and Josh Lieberman.


    Wauconda still perfect in Prairie

    Wauconda 12, Round Lake 2: Wauconda was up 7-0 after two innings. The Bulldogs got 2 doubles out of Brandon Gibis and another double out of Kyle Bock. Luke Kenny added 2 hits and pitcher Jeff Lindberg rolled up 8 strikeouts over seven innings. Wauconda is now 13-4 overall and 10-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.Warren 6, Highland Park 1: Nick Orslini went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Dom Cuevas added 2 hits for Warren. Pitcher Andrew Hill got the win.Grant 10, Antioch 5: Grant, which scored 6 runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a 1-run deficit, rolled up 12 hits and got 2 hits apiece out of Simeon Lucas, Jake Ring, Tino Torres and Ryan Noda. Noda had 2 doubles and Ring had a triple. Winning pitcher Jeremy Cokefair moved to 4-1 on the season.Mundelein 5, Vernon Hills 2: Mike Metz went 2-for-3 and had a double to help Mundelein improve to 21-2 on the season. Teammates Thomas Gandolfi, Will Farmer, Logan Reckert and Derek Parola all drove in runs for the Mustangs. Jordan Freibrun and Ethan McGrew both had doubles for Vernon Hills, which was up 2-0 through two innings but finished with 3 errors.Libertyville 5, Stevenson 2: Pitcher Jason Buss rolled up 6 strikeouts over six innings to get the win for Libertyville. Offensively, Kevin Calamari drove in 2 runs for the Wildcats. Stevenson got 2 hits apiece out of Jimmy Marchese and Zach Novoselsky.Lakes 16, North Chicago 0: Lakes moved to 9-13 overall and 5-3 in the North Suburban Prairie Division with the win.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer dunks during Monday’s second half.

    Bulls defy all odds, pull South Beach stunner

    With time running down in Miami Monday night, Nate Robinson was matched up against 37-year-old Ray Allen, a childhood hero and former teammate in Boston. Robinson knew what to do. He emphatically waved off a screen from Joakim Noah, blew past Allen and hit a scoop in the lane that essentially clinched the Bulls' stunning 93-86 victory over Miami at American Airlines Arena.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, passes around Bulls forward Jimmy Butler during Monday’s playoff game.

    Iron man Butler never leaves court

    Playing all 48 minutes is getting to be standard procedure for Jimmy Butler, but guarding LeBron James full-time is something he hadn't really done until Game 1 at Miami on Monday.

    Huntley’s Omo Tseumah competes in the high jump during the Fox Valley Conference girls track meet Monday at Grayslake Central High School.

    Cary-Grove, Hampshire claim FVC division crowns

    On a record-breaking night at the Fox Valley Conference girls track and field meet at Grayslake Central, the overall winner sounded like a broken record. For the fifth straight season FVC Valley Division champion Cary-Grove finished as the overall champion in a 14-team meet scored separately by Valley and Fox Divisions. The Trojans scored well in the field events and overcame adversity on the track to amass 114 team points, edging Huntley (102) for the title. Hampshire (85 points) won the FVC Fox Division, marking its first FVC girls track and field title in only its second year as a conference member. Grayslake Central (70) finished second in the Fox Division, fourth overall.


    Lidge, Barrington mean double trouble for Palatine

    Barrington catcher Ryan Lidge was not quite sure which he liked better: picking runners off, or hitting a double. So the senior did both — twice — to lead Barrington past Palatine 5-2 Monday in a showdown of the top two baseball teams in the Mid-Suburban West.


    Finally, a laugher for the Cubs

    The Cubs enjoyed their first comfortable win of the season. They did it by blowing open a 1-0 lead with 5 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.


    Hit-happy Palatine sinks Schaumburg

    Palatine's softball team brought its bats to Monday's Mid-Suburban League softball game against visiting Schaumburg, belting 16 hits en route to a 12-5 victory.


    Burlington Central shares BNC title

    The Burlington Central girls track team captured a share of the Big Northern Conference championship Monday night when the Rockets tied Byron, each scoring 84 points at the conference meet at Genoa-Kingston.


    Glenbard North squeaks past WW South

    Glenbard North 5, WW South 4:The Panthers (14-8, 11-4) scored all their runs in the bottom of the third inning while taking two of three from WW South (15-9, 10-5) in their DuPage Valley Conference series. Eight different players had hits for Glenbard North, with Adam Villanueva driving in 2 runs. Brett Consitt pitched 4 innings of relief to pick up the win. Connor Ostrander had 2 RBI for the Tigers.Wheaton North 6, West Chicago 3:With the score knotted at 3-3 after West Chicago (4-19, 1-14) scored in the top of the sixth, Wheaton North (18-5, 10-4) broke through for 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to move into a tie for second place in the DuPage Valley Conference. Michael Mannix and Lake Bachar each had 2 hits for the Falcons while Nick Traversa won in relief of Sam Nafziger. Ryan Koester went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for West Chicago. Benet 3, Notre Dame 1:Connor Hickey and Jason Blohm each went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Redwings (16-6, 6-3) in their East Suburban Catholic Conference win. Pat Peterson struck out 10 and scattered 7 hits in a complete-game effort.Naperville North 6, West Aurora 0:Ryan Krainz went 3-for-3 and Nick Solak and Pat Mollo added 2 hits apiece for the Huskies (14-7, 10-5), who swept in the DuPage Valley Conference. Robert Leonard pitched 6 innings for the win. Glenbard West 13, Proviso West 4:Winning pitcher Dennis Rudolph went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI as the Hilltoppers (10-14, 7-11) capped the West Suburban Silver sweep. Mitch Monocchio went 3-for-4 while Luke Domask and Tyler Dayton had 2 hits apiece. Waubonsie Valley 13, East Aurora 4:The Warriors (13-9, 11-6) swept the Upstate Eight Conference series as eight players accounted for 14 hits. C.J. Lee and Tad Wegner had 3 hits apiece while Tyler Hasper, Ben Vietri and Troy Fumagalli drove in 2 runs. Corey Wright pitched 5 innings to win on the mound. Wheaton Academy 8, Walther Lutheran 4:The Warriors (3-14, 2-10) followed a 3-run second inning with a 5-run fifth to win in the Suburban Christian Conference. Luke Kram went 2-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI. John Schmitz scattered 7 hits in the complete-game effort on the mound.St. Francis 11, Immaculate Conception 1:Josh Croci, Tim Zettinger, Brett Jungles and T.J. Jackson all had 2 hits for the Spartans (13-9, 10-4), who broke open the Suburban Christian Conference win by scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jack Petrando drove in 2 runs and Jason Sullivan improved to 5-1 on the mound. Hinsdale South 2, Addison Trail 0:Matt Reschke pitched a 4-hitter with 3 strikeouts and no walks for the Hornets (18-6, 13-5) to outduel Anthony Infantino’s 6-hitter for Addison Trail (8-18, 5-10) in the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South scored a run in the first inning and added a fourth-inning insurance run.Riverside-Brookfield 4, Glenbard South 3:The Raiders (14-5, 10-2) fell in the Metro Suburban Conference despite a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI from Will Cornwell. Ethan Gasbarro had 2 hits and scored twice for Glenbard South. Westmont 3, Lisle 1:Westmont scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the Interstate Eight Conference victory against the Lions (14-7, 9-3). Brian Czyl, Ryan Van Volkenburg, Kevin Coppin and Cliff Krause accounted for the 4 hits by Lisle. Losing pitcher Alex Ventrella allowed only 5 hits.Oak Park 5, Downers North 4:The Trojans (16-7, 11-4) suffered a West Suburban Silver sweep at the hands of Oak Park after the Huskies scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Connor Kopach went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI for Downers North. James Sheldon had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Lyons Twp. 5, Hinsdale Central 4:


    Willowbrook follows Cady

    As the innings clicked by and the tension mounted, Willowbrook's baseball team rose to the occasion. The Warriors simply followed their pitcher's lead. Powered by a stunning performance on the mound by Jake Cady, Willowbrook took two of three from Downers Grove South with Monday's 1-0 West Suburban Gold Conference victory in Villa Park.

    Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson (2) and Joakim Noah (13) celebrate with their teammates after defeating the Miami Heat 93-86 in Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Miami.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat, Game One
    After defeating the Brooklyn Nets in seven games, the Chicago Bulls opened up the second round of the NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat in Miami on Monday. The Bulls won 93-86.

    Head coach Ralph Remus is all smiles as Alyssa Fernandez comes home after hitting a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th against Montini Catholic during girls softball on Monday in Wheaton.

    Fernandez comes through for St. Francis

    It was no secret to Alyssa Fernandez that Montini was making every effort to pitch her carefully short of an intentional walk. Only one problem, though. "I think what they don't realize is I really like low and inside pitches," said the St. Francis senior. "They kept pitching me inside. I don't think they caught on." And for that, Fernandez made it hurt. With two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the seventh, Fernandez hit a two-run walk-off homer — her second of the game — the Spartans rallying for a dramatic 6-5 win in Monday's matchup of Suburban Christian Conference Blue leaders in Wheaton.


    Neuqua Valley cools off St. Charles East

    Many baseball observers like to say that hitting is contagious. Pitching can be, too. Right-hander Cody Coll tossed a masterful 2-hit complete game to help lead Neuqua Valley (18-8, 15-5) to a 4-0 Upstate Eight Conference crossover victory over St. Charles East (16-8, 14-5) Monday afternoon in St. Charles.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 7, Genoa-Kingston 1: Lexi Kern scored 2 goals and had an assist to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern East win. Cali Andrew had a goal and an assist for BC while Camille Dela Cruz had a goal and 2 assists. Also scoring goals for the Rockets (17-2-1, 10-1-1) were Alyssa Messina, Ellen Jayne and Tatiana Reynoso. Taylor Martin had 2 saves in goal for BC.Hampshire 3, IMSA 1: Paige Palubicki, Alex Zeller and Claudia Lazar scored goals for Hampshire in this nonconference win. Emily Zeller, Lexi Maze and Alex Zeller had assists for the Whip-Purs (6-9) and Ari Rominski had 5 saves in goal.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 5, Metea Valley 3: Bartlett maintained its 1-game lead in the Upstate Eight Valley with this win. Kayla Haberstich (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Holly Pagan (2B), Dana Paul (2-for-3) and Alyssa Nowak (2B) led the offense for the Hawks (19-6, 10-2). Pagan (10-3) was the winning pitcher, striking out 4, walking 2 and allowing 6 hits. The Hawks have won 7 straight and 11 of their last 12.Hampshire 10, Johnsburg 7: Ashley VanAcker was 2-for-3 and Becca Hurst was 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI as the Whip-Purs (7-15, 2-5). Jennifer Hurst was the winning pitcher. She struck out 9 and walked 2.Westminster Christian 18, Willows 1: Becca Fugiel was 2-for-3 with a triple and Stephanie Kleczynski was 2-for-4 for the Warriors (10-6) in this nonconference win. Ally Heischler and Liz Farwell added doubles for Westminster and Rachel Fugiel was the winning pitcher, allowing 3 hits with 7 strikeouts and no walks.IC 7, St. Edward 3: Allison Stratman was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Kali Kossakowski went 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and an RBI for St. Edward (9-11, 4-6) in the Suburban Christian. Mariana Silva added a double for the Green Wave and Angela Zenteno was the losing pitcher.Neuqua Valley 3, South Elgin 1: South Elgin had just 6 singles in losing this Upstate Eight Valley game at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Kara Rodriguez drove in South Elgin’s only run. Paige Allen suffered the loss for the Storm (13-9, 8-4).Batavia 14, Streamwood 9: Melissa Malcom was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI for Streamwood in the Upstate Eight River. Losing pitcher Jessica Daley (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), Brittany Delao (RBI) and Kylie Jambor (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) also contributed for the Sabres (5-15, 2-10).

    Nate Robinson and Joakim Noah celebrate with their Bulls teammates Monday after defeating the Miami Heat 93-86 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    Somehow, some way, Bulls get it done

    The Bulls were supposed to be the team that was tired Monday night. Instead, they caught the well-rested Heat napping in Game 1 of their NBA East semifinal playoff series.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 6, Richmond-Burton 0: Danny Gerke (3-3) fired a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern East road win at Richmond. Bryan Cynova (2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) ripped a 3-run triple in the top of the seventh to help the Rockets stretch a 1-0 lead they took into the inning. Josh Lung (2-for-4), Mike Scott (2 RBI) and Blake Alexander (2B) added to the offense for Central (8-8, 7-2).CL South 4, Prairie Ridge 2: Jake Bigos was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Ryan Wilkening drove in a run as the Gators (13-4, 10-4) prevailed in the completion of a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game that had been suspended by bad weather. Eric Schiller was the winning pitcher for Crystal Lake South and Tyler Hall picked up the save.Hampshire 8, IMSA 4: Piotr Barnas (2-for-4, 2B), RJ Cosigny (RBI), Michael Laramie (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Tyler Crater (2-for-3, RBI), Brandon Wescher (2B, RBI), Michael Merchut (RBI), Colin Gogoel (RBI) and Brandon Bowen (2B, RBI) led the offense for the Whip-Purs (10-11) in this nonconference win. Kyle Carbone was the winning pitcher.Huntley 12, Jacobs 6: In the completion of an FVC Valley game suspended by weather, Kameron Sallee was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and 4 RBI to lead Huntley (19-3, 11-3). Mark Skonieczny (2-for-4, 2B, RBI), Tyler Albright (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Matt Sullivan (2B, 2 RBI) also contributed. Adam Kalish was the winning pitcher. For Jacobs (16-7, 8-5), Connor Conzelman (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Grant Kale (2-for-4, 2B) led the offense. Ben Murray and Jon Berndt also had RBI.Elgin Academy 10, Northridge Prep 6: Zach Bobmicka and Kenny Whelp each went 4-for-4 while Nate Johnson and winning pitcher Gannon Catone were each 3-for-4 to lead Elgin Academy. Catone struck out 8, walked 4 and allowed 7 hits.Marian Central 10, St. Edward 0: Jack Tierney and Jacob Koehring each had 2 hits and Antonio Domel added a double for the Green Wave (12-8, 9-6) in this Suburban Christian loss. Jake LaFrenz was the losing pitcher.Westminster Christian 6, Alden-Hebron 2: Will Woodhouse was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead the Warriors (8-8, 8-2) to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Chase Woods (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Brendan Ruffolo (2 doubles), Tyler Mamrot (2B), Luke Weston (RBI) and Ian Merlak (2 RBI) also contributed. Clay DeHaan was the winning pitcher, striking out 8, walking 2 and allowing 5 hits.


    With Abello out, pressure on Benet

    Benet is about to play a game of musical chairs no softball team wishes for. That's after sophomore catcher Stephanie Abello hurt her wrist Saturday at Marian Catholic when she banged into a fence chasing a pop-up. A trainer on site thought the wrist could be broken, but X-rays that evening came back negative. Abello will likely go for an MRI Tuesday.

    St. Charles North’s Sabrina Rabin steals third base after stealing second in the first inning as St. Charles East’s Alexis Perez reaches for the throw. Rabin stole four bases in the North Stars’ 10-0 victory.

    St. Charles N. stuns St. Charles E.

    Those St. Charles softball bragging rights St. Charles East has worked so hard to gain? Turns out St. Charles North isn't ready to hand them over just yet. Not by a longshot. The North Stars put an emphatic end to the Saints' 18-game winning streak Monday, capping their 10-0 slaughter with a 5-run fifth inning highlighted by No. 9 hitter Andrea Beal's grand slam and Kaitlyn Waslawski's game-ending shot into the right-field gap.


    Barrington waits out Fremd, wins West

    Turns out, the long wait was worth it. After a difficult start and having to wait four days to respond to it, Barrington's boys tennis team improved to 5-0-0 against Mid-Suburban West foes by rolling by visiting Fremd 6-1 Monday to clinch the divisional title.

    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer dunks during Monday’s second half of Game 1 of the Bulls’ second-round playoff series against Miami.

    Depleted Bulls shock Heat in Game 1

    MIAMI — Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.Trailing 86-83 with 2 minutes left, the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to beat the Heat once again.Joakim Noah added 13 points, Taj Gibson had 12 and Marco Belinelli added 10 for Chicago, which snapped a 27-game Miami winning streak during the regular season, and handed the Heat their first loss in their last 13 games in this one.LeBron James scored 24 points for Miami, which got 14 from Dwyane Wade. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Miami. The Bulls were without Derrick Rose, as they’ve been all season. Kirk Hinrich was out again with a calf injury. Luol Deng isn’t even expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday, after dealing with an illness apparently so severe that a spinal tap — and other tests since were needed to rule out things like meningitis.And the group that was left gave the reigning NBA champions more than they could handle.A pair of three-point plays by James — one of them coming when he just broke through a tackle attempt by Butler and muscled the ball to the rim anyway gave Miami a 76-69 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the biggest deficit Chicago faced all night.The Bulls, predictably, were undeterred. Coming off a Game 7 road win in Brooklyn two nights earlier just to get into a series with Miami, the Bulls just kept grinding. When Ray Allen made a 3-pointer to give Miami an 80-78 lead, Butler came back with one of his own to put the Bulls back on top. When the Heat went up by three after James made a free throw with 2:22 left, Belinelli connected for 3 — on a second-effort possession — to knot the game.Then when Robinson connected on a 20-footer with 1:18 left, the Bulls had the lead and plenty of swagger.With good reason, too.Wade missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, Robinson drove the lane and scored with 45.5 seconds left, and suddenly the Bulls were up 90-86 rendered virtually the entire building silent.James drove against Butler and tried a 12-footer that missed everything, the Bulls got the rebound, Robinson made a free throw to stretch the lead to five and the stunner was complete.Game 1 to the Bulls. And with it, home-court advantage as well.It was a night that started with a celebration and ended with Miami’s arena in silence.James was honored before the game, with a brief on-court ceremony to commemorate his fourth NBA MVP award.“Everybody here knows about the statistics,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “All I would like to add in presenting this trophy is that LeBron James exemplifies the values of our game. Teamwork, passion, a continued extraordinary desire to improve, and a state of excellence that is unmatched. So thank you LeBron James, for what you bring to our league.”James picked up the trophy — he was actually presented with it Sunday — and made a slow circle with it aloft, as cheers rained down from the sold-out stands.”It’s an unbelievable achievement, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without these 14 guys here, our coaching staff and most of all you guys,” James said, speaking to the crowd. “This trophy is for you. So thank you so much, and let’s get ready to go.”And with that, the game started.Problem was, no one was ready to go.The Heat missed their first seven shots — maybe rust from an eight-day layoff really was a factor and Chicago led 21-15 after an opening quarter where Nazr Mohammed, he of the 2.6-point-per-game scoring average in this regular season, had as many points (two) as any Miami starter did. A 10-0 Heat run in the second gave Miami a 25-23 lead, and the teams were tied at 37 at halftime.

    The White Sox’ Jordan Danks, right, celebrates with Paul Konerko after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning Monday against the Royals in Kansas City, Mo.

    Danks’ blast gives Sox a boost

    The bad news for the White Sox Monday? As expected, starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is going to have season-ending elbow surgery. The good news? The Sox overcame some sloppy play and beat the Royals 2-1 in 11 innings on Jordan Danks' first home run of the year.


    Huntley uses big inning to down Jacobs

    Coaches preach all the time about taking advantage of opportunities the other team gives you. Huntley's softball team did just that Monday in a 5-2 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Jacobs at Huntley.


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


    South Elgin names Bowman new soccer coach

    South Elgin High School Monday named Nathaniel Bowman to take over as the school's new boys soccer coach.


    McHenry blasts past Cary-Grove

    Fox Valley Conference softball coaches won't get a lot of sleep knowing that McHenry's super sophomores, Kristin Koepke and Carly Mattson, will be around the conference for two more years to terrorize them. Koepke, who allowed Cary-Grove just 6 hits, also hit a 2-run homer while Mattson crushed a 3-run homer as the Warriors overwhelmed the Trojans 7-1 in FVC Valley action in Cary Monday afternoon.


    Bartlett puts away Streamwood

    Bartlett junior Mike Wick had a pretty good game in just four innings Monday. Wick was 2-for-2 with a walk and 3 runs scored as the Hawks finished off a 12-2 Upstate Eight crossover victory over host Streamwood. The teams played three innings on April 14 before the game was suspended and completed Monday starting with no outs in the top of the fourth.


    Cubs move to shore up bullpen

    The Cubs made a pair of back-of-the-roster moves Monday, bringing up reliever Rafael Dolis and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Class AAA Iowa. Pitcher Matt Garza also had a good injury-rehab start at Iowa.


    Peterson to lead Buffalo Grove boys basketball

    Keith Peterson is in as Buffalo Grove's boys basketball coach. The longtime Bison assistant is hoping his familiarity with the players and program makes for an easy transition to his first head-coaching gig. "It's huge," he said. "We had our first meeting last week, and everybody knew what to expect from me, and vice versa." Peterson has had a role in the BG program for the last 11 years, including eight as a freshman coach and three as a varsity assistant to Ryan O'Connor, who stepped away earlier this spring.

    The Hawks’ Brandon Saad, right, here with Jonathan Toews, is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which the NHL awards to the top rookie.

    Hawks rookie Saad a finalist for Calder Trophy

    Brandon Saad couldn't have imagined this when he started the season in the Staples Center press box watching Daniel Carcillo skate on left wing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. On Monday he was named one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy that goes annually to the NHL's top rookie.


    Bolland impatiently eager to get back in action

    While Dave Bolland won't play again Tuesday night in Game 4, he did take part in Monday's full-squad practice at Xcel Energy Center and is getting closer to returning. "Just taking it day by day," Bolland said.

    New England Revolution’s Shalrie Joseph, left, tries to clear the ball past Columbus Crew’s Robbie Rogers during the first half of an MLS soccer game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.

    Fire’s lack of news troubling

    No news is not always good news. When it comes to Monday's closing of the MLS transfer window, the Fire's lack of news is a problem.

    Sarah Miller

    Mundelein assistant Miller named new coach at Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown has turned to a new face to lead its girls basketball program. Sarah Miller, a 2005 Mundelein High School graduate who played four years at Western Illinois University, was named Monday as the Chargers' new head girls basketball coach. She played and coached under Brian Evans at Mundelein, serving the last three years as Evans' varsity assistant. Miller replaces Michelle Russell, who was let go after three seasons and a 32-103 record in five seasons. The Chargers were 4-24 this past season.

    Troy Murray, former Blackhawks player and current broadcaster, answers Mike Spellman’s questions about the playoffs.

    Troy Murray Q&A: Desperate Wild wanted it more

    Troy Murray says what Minnesota did in Game 3 was they played harder, they wanted it more and they had way more desperation in their game then what the Blackhawks showed.


    Hawks' 1991 captain reflects on playoff adversity

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Dirk Graham was saying, the road to the Stanley Cup is paved with adversity. How one navigates the obstacle course determines who survives and who perishes. Graham speaks from experience and with regret. When the Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy in 1991, Graham was the captain for a team that staged an epic opening round flameout in six games against the Minnesota North Stars, who finished 38 points south of Chicago's league-high 106 total. As he tells Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi, it was an undisciplined team that fell apart, and Graham blames himself for a lot of that.

    The Hawks need to have all hands on deck, as on this play when they swarmed around Torrey Mitchell on Sunday during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series in Minnesota.

    Coach Q: Time to step it up, Hawks

    The Stanley Cup playoffs are all about how you respond to adversity, such as the overtime loss the Blackhawks suffered Sunday. How they respond Tuesday to that Game 4 defeat could define the rest of the series. "Part of the challenge for us next game will be to brace against their pushback," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "We know they're going to come hard and I'm anxious to see how we respond against that.

    Jordan Danks watches his solo home run during the 11th inning of Monday’s White Sox victory in Kansas City.

    Sox triumph in 11th against Royals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jordan Danks atoned for a baserunning blunder in the ninth inning by hitting a solo home run in the 11th that lifted the White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Monday.Danks connected with two outs off Kelvin Herrera (2-3) for his first homer of the season. The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep and won for only the fifth time in 18 tries in Kauffman Stadium.The White Sox trailed 1-0 before loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. After Paul Konerko grounded into a home-to-first double play, Danks entered as a pinch-runner at second base for Adam Dunn.Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases. Alexei Ramirez followed with an infield single up the middle that made it 1-all, but Danks was caught in a rundown between third and home and tagged out, ending the rally.Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win in what had been a duel between starters James Shields and Chris Sale. Addison Reed worked the 11th for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.Shields threw eight shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead to Greg Holland starting the ninth.The White Sox immediately loaded the bases on singles by Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Dunn, setting up the tying sequence.Shields, who lost to Sale 1-0 on opening day in Chicago, allowed just two hits and struck out a season-best nine. He walked two.Sale was almost as sharp, going 7 1-3 innings and allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.With two outs and one on in the sixth, Ramirez hit a drive over the fence in left field near the foul pole. It was ruled a foul ball and the call was upheld after umpires went into the tunnel to look at video replays.Alex Gordon hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City and scored when Billy Butler lined a double down the left-field line.After Gordon’s two-out single in the third, Sale retired 15 straight batters until Salvador Perez doubled into the gap with two out in the seventh.

    White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd delivers against the Los Angeles Angels in a March spring training game.

    Sox pitcher Floyd needs season-ending surgery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — White Sox starter Gavin Floyd needs elbow surgery and will miss the rest of the season.The team said Monday that Floyd will be out for 14-19 months — also putting next season in jeopardy. The right-hander will have the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle repaired Tuesday in New York.The 30-year-old Floyd was 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts for Chicago this season before going on the disabled list April 28 with what was initially diagnosed as a flexor muscle strain.Floyd is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA in 10 major-league seasons with the White Sox and Phillies.The White Sox said righty Jake Peavy, who was scratched from two starts because of back spasms, is scheduled to start Wednesday night in New York against the Mets.

    The Bulls Luol Deng drives past Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace during the second quarter of Game 4. Deng has been ruled out for tonight’s game.

    Rose not ruling out return, Deng out for Game 1

    Derrick Rose still has not ruled out a return this season for the Chicago Bulls, saying he could play in their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat. The 2011 NBA MVP will not play for the Bulls in Game 1 against Miami on Monday night, nor will forward Luol Deng. "Still in the air," Rose said Monday before the Bulls went through a game-day practice in Miami. "I might have a chance."


    Dayton rips Cougars early in 11-8 win

    Kane County pitcher Lendy Castillo put the Cougars into a deep hole early, allowing eight runs over his four innings, and the Dayton Dragons cruised to an 11-8 victory on Monday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Arlington International Racecourse returned to live racing on Friday, and then hosted more than 23,000 fans for its Derby Day party on Saturday, which featured 12 races.

    Arlington’s Derby Day crowd tops 23,000

    Thanks to good weather, a large racing field and lots of Kentucky Derby interest, Arlington International Racecourse drew 23,186 fans to the track on Saturday. That fan total represents the highest attendance at Arlington since the track became host of live racing plus the Derby simulcast in 2006.


    MSL strikes back at Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

    The Mid-Suburban League will present its second annual "Strikeout Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma" day this Friday. The event was started in honor of Dennis Lynch,the longtime Rolling Meadows teacher and coach who died last spring after a long battle with NHL. Fremd softball coach Jim Weaver and Palatine softball coach Jeff Manz are sons-in-law of Dennis, whose daughters Laura, Lindsey and Jenna all played in the Fremd softball program. All 12 Mid-Suburban League softball teams will be participating in the fundraiser which raised $2,818.74 at the game between Fremd and Palatine and $5,262.84 combined with the rest of the MSL.


    Mike North video: LeBron not the only MVP

    Mike North says LeBron James is the best basketball player right now, but there are other choices for NBA MVP. Kevin Durant and Carmello Anthony come to mind. The Heat would still be a great team without LeBron but how many wins would the other teams have with out their stars?


    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North (13-0-2), Buffalo Grove (20-1-1) and St. Charles North (14-2-1) are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area girls soccer teams.

    Derrick Rose, seen here cheering on his team from the bench during Game 3 against Brooklyn, still will be talented, rich and famous and living the good life.

    Hometown hero Rose’s fairy tale is over

    Bulls fans will welcome Derrick Rose whenever he decides to return to playing in games. However, he'll be scrutinized like any other player instead of as a hometown folk hero living out a fairy tale.


    Representatives from Illinois' gaming industry and the addiction treatment community are teaming up to raise awareness of problem gambling.

    New group to raise awareness of problem gambling

    Representatives from Illinois' gaming industry and the addiction treatment community are teaming up to raise awareness of problem gambling. The Illinois Alliance on Problem Gambling includes members of the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois Lottery, Rush University Medical Center and the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.

    Bree DiMucci, left, and Eva Pristera, owners of Bellini Bridal.

    Barrington, Crystal Lake women launch online bridal gown business

    When Bree DiMucci of Barrington was getting married about two years ago, she had 12 weeks to find a dress before the ceremony. Yet many boutiques and bridal salons said she'd never have her dress delivered on time. Or they would charge her extra fees to get it quickly.

    Tony's Finer Foods in Hanover Park has 18 check out lanes. Tony's is opening in the Ultra Foods space at Barrington Road and Irving Park.

    Tony's Finer Foods opening Wednesday in Hanover Park

    Tony's Finer Foods, which emphasizes its selection of international products, will open Wednesday in Hanover Park, a village that is proud of its diversity. "The closest stores to here are in Melrose Park and Niles, so we felt that coming out west could work," said Tony Ingraffia, a co-owner. "There's a great variety of people here."

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., right, leave the Senate floor after voting on legislation to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday,

    Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

    Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass a bill that empowers states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases. Under the bill, states could require out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes when they sell products over the Internet, in catalogs, and through radio and TV ads

    U.S. stocks fluctuated between gains and losses, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed above 1,600 for the first time last week and data showed American employers added more workers than forecast in April.

    BofA leads banks up; S&P 500 index ekes out gain

    Bank of America led a rally in big-bank stocks in mostly quiet trading on Monday. Stock indexes ended little changed following a record-setting run last week. News that Bank of America and MBIA, a bond-insurance company, had reached a settlement over a long-running dispute propelled both companies' stocks up.

    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

    Northwest Community ends merger hunt, wants all decisions made locally

    Northwest Community Hospital board voted to end its mission to find a merger partner, ending months of speculation that started anew last January. The board believes "that NCH is best equipped to meet the future needs of our community by having the flexibility to be innovative and nimble in the current health care environment," said Stephen Scogna, who became CEO last week, replacing the retiring Bruce Crowther.


    EU: Motorola may have violated antitrust rules

    The European Commission said Monday that Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility may have abused its dominant market position by denying Apple the right to use technology essential for mobile phones. It is a violation of European Union antitrust rules for a patent holder to deny use to technologically essential patents to companies willing to pay a fair and reasonable price for their use.

    DAILY HERALD/Joe Lewnard A government watchdog says the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of hundreds of domestic and overseas repair stations that service U.S. airliners is ineffective and doesn’t target stations mostly likely to present safety risks.

    FAA safety oversight of aircraft repairs faulted

    A government watchdog says the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of hundreds of domestic and overseas repair stations that service U.S. airliners is ineffective and doesn't target stations mostly likely to present safety risks.


    GOP seeks alternative to overtime pay
    It seems like a simple proposition: give employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay. The choice already exists in the public sector. Federal and state workers can save earned time off and use it weeks or even months later to attend a parent-teacher conference, care for an elderly parent or deal with home repairs.


    U.S. casino revenue up nearly 5 percent in 2012

    Commercial casinos in the U.S. have made it almost all the way back from the hard times of the Great Recession. The American Gaming Association says revenue at non-Indian casinos hit $37.3 billion last year, just under the all-time high reached in 2007.


    Wells Fargo, BofA accused of violating mortgage accord

    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general says Wells Fargo and Bank of American have violated the terms of last year’s national mortgage settlement by failing hundreds of times to process refinancing requests promptly.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has notified the national monitoring committee established to enforce the five-bank agreement, citing complaints of 210 prompt-processing violations by Wells Fargo and 129 by Bank of America.If the committee defers taking action, Schneiderman says he will sue for compliance.Under the settlement, the banks are required to respond to mortgage modification requests within 30 days.Schneiderman says delays put homeowners further into debt, pushing them closer to foreclosure.Wells Fargo declined to immediately comment.Bank of America did not immediately reply to a request for comment Monday.


    ITW declares 38 cent quarterly dividend

    The board of directors of Illinois Tool Works Inc. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 38 cents per share, paid on July 9 to stockholders of record as of June 28.


    AbbVie hepatitis treatment designated breakthrough therapy

    AbbVie said its investigational treatment of the hepatitis C virus infection has been designated as a breakthrough therapy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


    Federal Signal sees 1Q income, sales increases

    Federal Signal Corporation sales and income were up in the first quarter to 2012 as the company benefitted from increased demand and internal restructuring.


    Sports offer small business marketing opportunities

    Want to reach homeowners? Looking for young families with kids and solid incomes? The Chicago Red Stars have them. So do the Chicago Wolves and Schaumburg Boomers. Small Business columnist Jim Kendall explores the marketing topic.

    Associated Press Investor Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett offers advice on investing and life

    Billionaire Warren Buffett dispensed plenty of advice on investing and life during this weekend's Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.The wisdom Buffett and his investing partner Charlie Munger offer is part of what attracts more than 30,000 to the meetings each year.

    Carla Solar, owner of Candy Bouquet in Buffalo Grove, offers an alternative to flowers.

    Buffalo Grove’s Candy Bouquet offers alternative to flowers

    Candy Bouquet in Buffalo Grove offers an alternative to flowers. The owner talks about the purpose of the business, which is to create floral like arrangements with hard candy and chocolate.

    The Sweetwater Saloon dominates main street, taking up most of the block in Golconda, Ill. John Towns, owner of the Sweetwater Saloon says oil drilling would not bother him a bit. Southern Illinoisans have hopes and fears surrounding the high-volume oil and gas drilling that may be starting in the Shawnee National Forest.

    Scenic, struggling S. Illinois braces for oil rush

    This is the Illinois that many people never see — the sparsely populated southern tip where flat farmland gives way to rolling hills, rocky outcrops, thick forests and cypress swamps. Blacktopped county roads wend through no-stoplight towns. Locals speak in soft drawls and talk of generations who've lived on the same land or in the same villages. The remote and rugged Shawnee National Forest attracts hikers,

    The Illinois Gaming Board’s chairman says changes made to a proposed gambling expansion bill are merely cosmetic.

    Gaming regulator doesn’t agree with expansion plan

    The Illinois Gaming Board's chairman says changes made to a proposed gambling expansion bill are merely cosmetic. Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe tells the Chicago Sun-Times the revamped bill doesn't address his concerns fully. Jaffe and lawmakers argued during a hearing last month over the plan to add five new Illinois casinos. Since then, the Senate has OK'd the bill.

    In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.

    Bashful? Buy the little blue pill online

    Men who are bashful about needing help in the bedroom no longer have to go to the drugstore to buy that little blue pill.In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra directly to patients on its website.

Life & Entertainment

    Andrew Zimmern was honored as Best TV Host during the James Beard Foundation's media awards ceremony. Zimmern hosts

    Beards name ChopChop top food publication of 2013

    ChopChop magazine was named publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation May 3 during its media awards ceremony. Billed as the "fun cooking magazine for families," ChopChop was launched in 2010 by cookbook author Sally Sampson to give parents and kids the tools to fight childhood obesity.

    "Gran Cocina Latina" by Maricel E. Presilla was named Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

    Winners of the 2013 James Beard media awards
    Here are the books, magazines and Websites that came up winners at the James Beard Foundation media awards.

    Police officers in Hillsborough, Fla., interrogate two occupants of a car for suspicious drug activity in the “Liar Liar #6” episode of “COPS.” The Saturday night television fixture is leaving Fox after 25 years to move to the Spike network.

    Fox’s ‘Cops’ leaving network after 25 years

    The Saturday night television fixture "Cops" is leaving Fox after 25 years to move to the Spike network. The cable network aimed at young male viewers said Monday it will begin airing the "bad boys" and girls in September.

    Actress and musician Sarah Brightman plans on becoming the first recording artist to venture into space en route for the International Space Station sometime in the next two years.

    Sarah Brightman plans on upcoming space journey

    If you called Sarah Brightman a space cadet, it would probably make her smile. That's because she plans on becoming the first recording artist to venture into space en route to the International Space Station sometime in the next two years. "It looks as if a special journey into space will be happening for me in a couple of years," said Brightman (she declined to say how much the trip will cost).

    Twelve weeks later, the contestants weighed in at a combined 1,247 pounds, shedding a total of 267 pounds.

    Fittest Loser contestants look ahead to new lifestyles

    There wasn't much blood. But there were buckets of sweat, some tears and a fair amount of initial protest from their aching bodies. But in the end, the six contestants of the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition dropped a combined total of 266 pounds. It wasn't easy. The journey was demanding and temptation taunted them daily, but these six weight-loss champions showed their community that determination and hard work produces results.

    1967 Lincoln Continental “Baby Limo”

    Limo's legacy stretches over the decades

    For those looking to travel in pure class during the 1960s, few luxury offerings were as tantalizing as a Lincoln Continental limousine assembled by Chicago's Lehmann-Peterson Coachbuilders. Two young car enthusiasts, Robert Peterson and George Lehmann, started the company in 1963 and established a headquarters on Harlem Avenue.

    A troupe of street performers got a shock on Saturday when Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, emerged from a London theater during the intermission of her performance, to berate them for disrupting her show.

    Helen Mirren gives noisy drummers a royal rebuke

    Silence for the queen, please. A troupe of street drummers got a shock when Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, emerged from a London theater to berate them for disrupting her show. Mirren told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that she used less-than-royal language in the rant during the intermission of Saturday's performance.

    A chronic cough can have different causes such as postnasal drip or asthma.

    Chronic cough can mean asthma, postnasal drip or GERD

    With warmer temperatures fueling an early spring, more patients are complaining of chronic cough. Having a cough doesn't always mean something is wrong. When coughing persists for more than three weeks, we call it a chronic cough. Unless you're a smoker, chronic cough has three major causes: postnasal drip; asthma (the most likely of lung diseases that can cause coughing); and gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD.


    More baby boomers embracing colonoscopies

    After starving herself for two days, Lori Linder savored cream of mushroom soup. James Koci went for extra-crispy KFC. Robbe Christensen walked across the street for a Butter Burger and fries. One of the most satisfying meals of their lives was a just reward after enduring a procedure that's as daunting as it is effective: a colonoscopy.


    New drug may ease pain of endometriosis

    Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain and infertility, yet its origins aren't fully understood. The displaced tissue thickens and bleeds with each menstrual cycle and binds to structures in the pelvis, usually the ovaries and bowel. It also causes scar tissue and adhesions to grow, and can lead to cysts like Johnson's. It can't be cured, but it can be controlled through hormone treatments, and if they don't work, surgery.


    Pacifier use should depend on age of baby

    To use a pacifier or not to use a pacifier? That was the question posed by two families one office morning, and though their question was the same, my answer was not. Was I being inconsistent? No, it's just that one child was 2 months old, so the answer was "sure," while the second was well past his second birthday, so my advice was, "it's time to break the habit."

    Simple tips like eating more nuts can help you burn some of that fat away.

    Your health: Burn up that fat
    Take note of some easy tips to help you burn off some body fat. And a new app can help dementia patients keep track of their daily medications.


    Low back pain can have many causes, treatments

    There are many different causes of low back pain, and therefore many different treatments. So the first step is to diagnose the cause. A primary care doctor probably will be able to do that, just based on symptoms and the physical examination.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Schaumburg Park District’s Waist Management team — Ed Poczatek, left, Linda Lozar, trainer Lee Collins, Melissa Long and Ed Montoya — celebrate their Community Challenge victory.

    Schaumburg’s Waist Management wins team challenge

    Family members and friends of Schaumburg Park District's Waist Management team erupted into cheers and applause as the team was announced the 2013 Fittest Loser Community Challenge winner at the Fittest Loser Celebration held May 1. To seal the victory, the team lost a collective 133.6 pounds, 15.02 percent of their total starting weight. The team, consisting of team members Melissa Long, Linda Lozar, Ed Montoya and Ed Poczatek, came to the stage noticeably thinner than when they started.

    A medical student prepares to photograph the inside of someone’s eye using a special tool that taps a smartphone’s camera. Companies are developing miniature medical tools that hook onto smartphones to provide almost a complete physical.

    Smartphone physicals on the horizon?

    It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. If this sounds like a little too much DIY medical care, well, the idea isn't to self-diagnose with Dr. iPhone. But companies are rapidly developing miniature medical devices that tap the power of the ubiquitous smartphone in hopes of changing how people monitor their own health.

    The relationship between Annabeth (Kaitlyn Black) and Lavon (Cress Williams) is one of many changing romances on "Hart of Dixie" on The CW.

    ‘Hart of Dixie’ closes season with romantic couplings, country music

    When The CW's comedy-drama "Hart of Dixie" closes out its second season on Tuesday, May 7, it does it to the music of country trio Gloriana, including the Nashville-based band's hit single, "Can't Shake You." Perhaps that's a fitting title as the small-town setting of BlueBell features an endless game of romance roulette between characters.


    Final results for Fittest Loser contestants — in order of place
    Final statistics for the Fittest Loser contestants.

    Daily Herald copy editor Melynda Findlay lost 45 pounds during the Fittest Loser competition.

    She's savoring 'incredible, life-changing gift'

    It's hard to believe how much things have changed since I started this Fittest Loser journey three months ago. I was a sedentary 44-year-old ex-smoker whose diet was mostly grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen pizza. Looking back actually makes me cringe a little and wonder what the heck I was thinking. (Except the ex-smoker part. That was a good choice.) But that's all changed.



    Editorial: A public pension approach with some promise

    The pension bill approved by Speaker Michael Madigan and passed in the Illinois House is far from a perfect solution, but it is workable and fair, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Obama sails a dangerous strait

    Columnist Donna Brazile: Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force has bombed citizens waiting for bread outside bakeries. His army's snipers have picked off children.And Syria may be a portend of things to come: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres recently told a Washington, D.C., audience: "We are unprepared for what is to come. ... The international community has lost its ability to stop conflict. ... The very nature of human conflict is changing."


    ‘Common good’ can revive common decency

    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is not surprising that I should find some of the policy views expressed in his new book, "On God's Side," badly mistaken. But this does not prevent Wallis from being resoundingly right in his central premise: that American politics would be elevated by a renewed commitment to the common good.


    Prude or prudent?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In the past several days, we've heard the argument that any interference with the over-the-counter sale of Plan B to any female of any age is blocking a woman's right to self-determination. Fifteen-year-olds, where the limit is currently set, are girls, not women.


    Next generation will fund the giveaways
    A Palatine letter to the editor: How can the Social Security system not be in trouble with all the hands in the pot? I am 85 years old. I won't have to be bothered with all the giveaway programs, but you will.


    Reasonable steps can cut risk of harm
    A Barrongton letter to the editor: We do not want to take away guns from law-abiding citizens who have gone through background checks; our president is trying to prevent the horrors we have seen over the past few years. Please listen to the sensible laws that are presented and pledge your support for reasonable ways to keep this country and especially our children safe from harm.


    One diet for every taste, condition
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Food columnist Don Mauer profiles a new diet secret based on chia seeds ("Taste of success by following Aztec Diet," May 1), late on the heels of the so-called Cave Man diet. Getting my daily dose of humor from each and every new secret diet breakthrough, I predict the new best seller


    Barrett a good name for Palatine facility
    Letter to the editor: Patricia Herrmann says the proposed supportive housing facility in Palatine is welcome news, indeed. "Thank you to Palatine for being a leader in recognizing the need for this facility," she writes.


    Wary of the Hayes-Orchard connection
    Letter to the editor: Jeff Wilcox, an opponent of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church's plans to expand its parking lot, is wary of the fact that the new Arlington Hts. mayor, Tom Hayes, is a member.


    Argiris: The future of Wheeling is here
    Letter to the editor: Dean Argiris, who will be sworn in Monday night as Wheeling's village president, is grateful for the support he has received and pledges to "do my best to lead with compassion and dedication to the community at large."


    Saving ash trees is even more urgent
    Letter to the editor: Christine Sacks argues that with the recent flooding, saving the ash trees instead of felling them becomes even more urgent.


    Disappointed with Morrison’s silence
    Letter to the editor: Elizabeth Van Orden says she liked state Rep. Tom Morrison's quick reply and followup when she contacted him about landlord legislation; but says when she urged him to support marriage equality she was met with silence.


    Tell GOP it’s time for compromise
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I thank Ken Wuestenfeld and Alice Coughlin-Ryan for their letters regarding Social Security cuts. I thoroughly agree with them about this, but I think that in addition to writing to the Fence Post they should be writing to Rep. Paul Ryan and the other Republican congressmen who are responsible for proposing the cuts.


    Poison center funding is a good investment
    A letter to the editor: I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the 60 Illinois General Assembly members for honoring the Illinois Poison Center's 60th anniversary by supporting funding for our state's only poison center. By celebrating this momentous occasion through their support for the nation's oldest poison center, these ILGA members have demonstrated their dedication to public safety in our state.


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