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    Nearly 800 runners participated in 2012’s Got2Run event, benefiting 98 schools in 62 towns. The 2013 event is Saturday, May 18, in Arlington Heights.

    Got2Run Saturday in Arlington Hts. raises money for wellness

    The second annual "Got2Run ... for Education" run/walk will take place on Saturday, May 18, in Arlington Heights. Organizers are hoping to build on the success of the tremendously popular community event they launched last year. "We think we'll have another great turnout and be able to help a lot of schools," says founder Jeff Chamberlain.

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    Dan Weiler of Elgin recently was named the Patient of the Year for the Les Turner ALS Foundation in 2011. This year’s Tag Days in Elgin is being held in his honor.

    Elgin Lions to hold ALS Tag Days

    On Saturday, May 11 and 18, volunteers wearing yellow aprons and holding collection canisters will be stationed in front of stores throughout Elgin as part of the Les Turner ALS Foundation's Tag Days drives. Local resident Bill Klawitter is spearheading this effort, with help from his fellow Elgin Lions Club members, in honor of Dan Weiler and in memory of his mother-in-law.

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    John Schuldt

    Former Carpentersville fire chief retired amid probe into his conduct

    Former Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt retired from the fire department at the height of an investigation into whether he inappropriately touched two female village employees, records obtained by the Daily Herald show. Schuldt said the allegations are incorrect and have nothing to with why he retired. "I'm not going to do a he-said, she-said in the newspaper," Schuldt said.

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    Rolling Meadows police officer Carlos Saez and Natalia Mercado, the police department's new social worker, walk through East Park Apartments.

    Rolling Meadows police revive services at apartment complexes

    It's not like it was in the old days, but Rolling Meadows has reinstituted a few programs in the East Park Apartments that were abandoned when financial problems forced the closing of the old Police Neighborhood Center.

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    Harper College teacher Jennifer E. Bell, left, and retired Elgin Area School District U-46 teacher Carol Nightingale protest outside a forum on pension options sponsored by the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois last month.

    Not all retirees back union-favored pension cuts

    Public employee union leaders are mounting a unified push behind pension-cutting legislation in the state Senate, but not all of their members are on board. Fred Klonsky, a former Park Ridge elementary school art teacher who retired last year, posted online that he would be giving up his seat on a bus to Springfield to lobby for the plan, saying he couldn't back it. "There was no reason to give...

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    At one of his last apperances Logan Ponce performs as Chief Illiniwek s at halftime during a football game against Purdue in November 2006.

    Chief group wants to resurrect mascot at U of I

    A group of past Chief Illiniweks at the University of Illinois wants to bring back the mascot. But university Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she won't back the idea. And the leader of the tribe that would need to agree says he can't support it, either.

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    Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady resigned today, citing family reasons.

    Brady resigns, citing family pressures, accomplishments

    Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigned today, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on family after six tough years in Republican politics — four as party chair and two as a national committeeman. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party," Brady, of St. Charles, wrote in a letter to committeemen.

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    Alejandro Garcia

    Elgin man charged after accidentally shooting brother Sunday

    Authorities have charged 28-year-old with several felonies after he accidenially shot his brother in the stomach Sunday morning while they were handling a revolver in his Elgin Township home. Alejandro Garcia faces felony charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of marijuana, destroying evidence and endangering a child, according to a police report. Authorities say Garcia's...

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    Live stream of Neuqua Valley’s Grammy presentation

    Neuqua Valley High School will be honored as the National GRAMMY Signature School and receive an award of $10,000. A total of 10 schools have been named GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2013.

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    St. Francis Catholic High School in Wheaton once again is trying to convince the DuPage County Forest Preserve District to approve a land swap that would allow a parking lot to be built on two acres of Belleau Woods. Right now, some students have to park across the street from the school and then cross Roosevelt Road.

    St. Francis makes renewed push for DuPage land

    Following years of failed attempts to acquire land for a parking lot from the DuPage County Forest Preserve, St. Francis Catholic High School officials are appealing to a higher power: the Illinois legislature. Officials at the private school in Wheaton are looking to get state law changed to make it possible for St. Francis to get a couple of aces of land in neighboring Belleau Woods Forest...

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    An artist’s rendering of the north side of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital after a proposed modernization which would include making all patient rooms private and relocating them to the north side of the building.

    Good Shepherd Hospital plans $247 million modernization

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital officials are hoping to get permission next month to embark on a four-year, $247 million modernization of the nearly 35-year-old facility near Lake Barrington.When complete, the hospital would have private rooms for all patients. "Every patient wants a private room," President Karen Lambert said. "It's an expectation these days."

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    Forensic psychologist John Murray looks at a medical report handed to him by defense attorney Richard Kling as he testifies about mental state of convicted murderer Jacob Nodarse on Tuesday at the trial of Nodarse’s co-defendant, Johnny Borizov.

    Psychologist says Darien shooter’s story was ‘consistent’

    A mentally ill man who claims he was tricked into killing three members of a Darien family was "straightforward" and "consistent" when he told the story to a forensic psychologist. Dr. John Murray said he ultimately concluded that Jacob Nodarse was sane but facing "increasing intimidation" by co-defendant Johnny Borizov before the March 2010 slayings.

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    Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, center, and others Senators, including Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, to the right of Rubio, discussimmigration legislation last month on Capitol Hill.

    GOP: Stronger borders or immigration bill will die

    Landmark immigration legislation is doomed to fail in Congress unless border-security provisions are greatly strengthened, Republican senators bluntly warned on Tuesday. "If in fact the American people can't trust that the border is controlled, you're never going to be able to pass this bill," declared Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental...

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    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, an Air Force officer who led the branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit has been charged with groping a woman in a parking lot. Arlington County Police said they charged Krusinski of Arlington with misdemeanor sexual battery following an alleged assault Sunday. A police report says that the 41-year-old Krusinski was drunk and grabbed a woman’s breast and buttocks. Police say the woman fought him off and called police.

    Military sex assault reports up, changes ordered

    Sexual assaults in the military are a growing epidemic across the services and thousands of victims are still unwilling to come forward despite a slew of new oversight and assistance programs, according to a new Pentagon report.

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    Lake Zurich’s Tyler Raineri was one of two runners-up in a nationwide contest that attracted 3.8 million submissions for new Lay’s chip flavors.

    Lake Zurich’s chip creator falls short in contest

    Lake Zurich's Tyler Raineri fell short in his quest to have sriracha become the next big Lay's potato chip flavor, but he wound up with much more than crumbs in his pockets from the nationwide contest.

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    James Linane

    Linane keeps job after smooth sailing in Sleepy Hollow

    When it came to selecting a police chief, Sleepy Hollow leaders stuck with a known quantity.James Linane, who has been running the police department for the past eight months on an interim basis, was tapped Monday night to lead the squad of 13 officers. Linane will make $75,000 a year. His contract is for one year and is renewable.

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    Elgin’s community reading challenge kicks off next week

    All Elgin residents — from babies to adults — are invited to participate in this summer's community reading challenge, spearheaded by the city of Elgin in conjunction with Gail Borden Public Library The goal of the "Read on the Wild Site" challenge is to log 100,000 reading hours as a community, said Denise Raleigh, the library's public relations and development division chief.

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    Probe continues into crash that hurt off-duty Carol Stream cop

    Hanover Park police said Tuesday they're continuing to investigate a four-vehicle weekend crash involving an off-duty Carol Stream police sergeant. Preliminary reports indicate the officer rear-ended an sport-utility vehicle stopped at the intersection of Army Trail and County Farm roads about 7 p.m. Sunday, causing the SUV to be pushed into the intersection and collide with two other vehicles.

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    Dan Donohue with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

    Arlington Hts. native competes for ‘Jeopardy!’ college championship

    Dan Donohue of Arlington Hts. has "always been a facts guy." This week that's paying off as he's a contestant in the "Jeopardy!" College Tournament. Spolier alert: He didn't win the episode aired Tuesday, but you never know - he could be back later in the tournament as a wild card.

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    Diamond Lake Road to close

    Diamond Lake Road between Route 60/83 and Route 45 will be closed to through traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, May 20, for track maintenance at the Canadian National railroad crossing.

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    Palatine store sells winning $75,000 Lotto ticket

    A Palatine store sold a winning ticket for the Monday Lucky Day Lotto drawing worth $75,000, according to the Illinois Lottery.

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    MHS finale’ concert:

    The Mundelein High School Choral Music Department will conclude its 2012-13 concert series with its Finale' Concert on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.

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    LZHS Choir fundraiser:

    The Lake Zurich High School Choir hosts a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school's cafeteria.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Authorities were called to the 11N300 block of Russell Road in Plato Township at 1:52 p.m. April 28 for a report of shots fired, according to a sheriff's report, No arrests were made. Police found more than 150 shell casings from different types of guns around a small campfire littered with beer cans, the report said.

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    Lincolnshire citizen award:

    Lincolnshire Citizen of the Year nominations are now open.

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    For the second time in franchise history, the Arena Football League has taken over operations of the Chicago Rush, whose new owner is accused of failing to pay the team’s bills. Officials at Allstate Arena, the Rush’s home field, are now awaiting word on whether the team’s May 18 home game will go on as scheduled.

    Rush owner’s money issues force league to take over team

    For the second time in franchise history, the Arena Football League has taken over operations for the Chicago Rush, whose new owner is accused of failing to pay the team's bills. "It's a sad situation because it's such a good product," Allstate Arena General Manager Pat Nagle said.

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    Thomas Poynton

    New Lake Zurich mayor highlights other officials

    New Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton took a microphone and stepped in front of the village board dais at his first meeting in that post this week, but it wasn't to talk about himself or specific issues. Poynton provided brief biographies and community involvement histories of five trustees and Village Clerk Kathleen Johnson at the top of Monday's session.

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    Robin LaBedz

    Hayes: LaBedz an ‘easy’ decision for Arlington Hts. board

    Arlington Heights Village President Tom Hayes said nominating Robin LaBedz to finish the two years remaining on his village board term was an "easy" choice. "In a community of many dedicated volunteers, Robin stands out as the best qualified candidate," said Hayes Tuesday.

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    Jose Horta

    Waukegan man pleads guilty to 2011 torture and murder

    The ringleader behind the torture and murder a Waukegan man, whose body was then dumped in the Penny Road Pond near Barrington Hills, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Lake County court Tuesday. Roberto Guzman, 24, will spend the next 29 years in prison.

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    Geneva, Batavia garbage sticker prices to decrease

    Genevans will pay about 10 percent less for garbage stickers come July 1, under a contract the city council approved Monday.

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    Des Plaines waives permit fees for flood repairs

    The Des Plaines City Council agreed Monday to waive permit fees for flood-related repairs to properties affected by the April 18 flooding. Residents are still required to have city building code inspectors review their flood-damaged properties and apply for permits before beginning any repair work.

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    Benjamin J. Black

    Sycamore man charged in crash that killed boy, 11

    A 28-year-old Sycamore man faces felony charges that he had heroin in his system when he caused a Feb. 27 crash in Virgil Township that killed an 11-year-old boy. Benjamin J. Black was charged with aggravated DUI and, if found guilty, faces up to 14 years in prison after tests were returned, authorities said.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Four tires were stolen from outside a garage in the 6N700 block of Irwin Avenue near St. Charles between 12:01 a.m. April 28 and 6 a.m. April 29, according to a sheriff's report.

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    Dist. 15 board elects new board leadership

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board held a special meeting Monday to elect new board leadership. After the new board was sworn in, members by a 4-3 vote elected Peggy Babcock as president, Rich Bokor as vice president and newly elected James Ekeberg as secretary.

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    Kane County flooding damage to be examined by federal officials

    Federal, state, and country officials will tour Kane County this week to determine if the damage incurred from last month's flooding rains warrants a federal disaster declaration. "The Fox River may have gone down, but (inspectors) will be looking at the marks made by the high water levels," said Don Bryant, director of Kane County's Emergency Management Agency. "They also may be knocking on some...

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    Road tripping with the Elgin Harvest Market

    Before the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market gets popping this June, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is taking the Harvest Market on a May road trip by offering two "Pop Up" Markets to preview the upcoming season.

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    Woman accused of practicing dentistry applying for pretrial diversion

    A 36-year-old dental hygienist accused of practicing dentistry without a license on nights and weekend at a North Aurora office is applying for Kane County's Pretrial Diversion program for first-time, non-violent offenders. Silvia Hernandez, of Aurora, is due in court again on July 10. Her attorney believes her client is a good fit because she has no criminal record and was trying to help people.

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    Justin Divito

    Two men charged in Lombard beating

    Two men face felony charges in the severe beating of a man near Lilacia Park in Lombard. The suspects were at 7-Eleven, 594 S. Main St. in Lombard, about 11 p.m. Saturday when the victim gave one of the men money for food, prosecutors said, but some words followed and the men followed the victim to Lilacia Park, where the beating occurred.

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    Jason Lin, Kendrick Lau and Jung Oh, students at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, won first place and $3,000 for their business idea during the IMSA TALENT Power Pitch in April. The students developed Wiki Roster, a website to provide students with class rosters for networking and collaboration.

    Business competition brings cash to IMSA entrepreneurs

    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy student entrepreneurs Jason Lin, Kenrick Lau and Jung Oh won first place and a $3,000 grand prize for their new business idea during the fifth annual IMSA TALENT Power Pitch at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Chicago.

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    The Carol Stream library board plans to hire a commercial real estate attorney to “start fresh” on whether to sell the Kuhn Road property, said new Board President Jim Bailey.

    New Carol Stream board president wants second look at land sale

    Eight months after the Carol Stream library board began looking into a possible sale of a 7.5-acre parcel of land on Kuhn Road, the new board president said Monday he's looking for a fresh start. In his first meeting since he and four allies on the Support the Library slate were sworn in, Jim Bailey said he doesn't believe the outgoing board president, Mike Wade, was giving the rest of the board...

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    Roughly 400 lilac bushes of 18 varieties will be for sale for $25 each during the annual Lombard Garden Club Lilac Sale from Thursday, May 9, to Saturday, May 11, in Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave.

    ‘President Lincoln’ among lilacs for sale in Lombard

    President Lincoln will be for sale May 9-11 in Lombard. So will Pocahontas, Miss Ellen, Miss Kim and Miss Canada — or at least lilac varieties by those names — during the annual Lombard Garden Club Lilac Sale.

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    Danielle Austin of Carol Stream speaks Friday to Brownie Troop 50877 in Lisle about how she has dealt with her cerebral palsy. Her platform is disability awareness.

    Carol Stream woman finds her voice thanks to pageant

    Danielle Austin of Carol Stream was crowned Ms. Wheelcchair Illinois America 2013 in March. She will represent Illinois at the National Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant in Houston in July. She'll be holding a fundraiser on May 19 to raise money for the trip. Her platform is disability awareness.

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    Cliff Carrignan

    St. Charles aldermanic contest headed to recount

    The April 9 St. Charles Second Ward contest is headed for a recount Thursday despite new Alderman Art Lemke taking the oath of office and casting votes.

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    Schaumburg, Germany to visit Schaumburg, Illinois

    From Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12, the village of Schaumburg will host a group of 30 visitors from its Sister City community Schaumburg, Germany. Some of their activities will include tours of public safety departments, St. Peter Lutheran Church and School and a visit to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center to see the Friendship Stone.

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    A new set of pedestrian bridges at Grace Street, St. Charles Road and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Lombard will not open until August after rains postponed the completion of construction. The bridges, which have been under construction since March 2012, originally were scheduled to open May 25.

    Rain delays completion of Lombard pedestrian bridges

    Three new pedestrian bridges coming to Lombard will not open later this month as scheduled, and village officials say wet weather is to blame. The opening of the Great Western Trail bridges over Grace Street, St. Charles Road and the Union Pacific Railroad has been delayed until August because rainy days have reigned about half of the past month, said Paul Kuehnlenz, civil engineer and project...

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    Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted in June 1991 on her way to school in South Lake Tahoe. Then 11, she was held for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She was raped repeatedly by Garrido and gave birth to two daughters.

    Discovery of 3 women recalls past abduction cases

    The discovery of three women in a Cleveland home who all had gone missing separately about a decade ago brings to mind cases of abductions elsewhere. A list of some prominent cases:JAYCEE DUGARD

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    ACT to start giving tests digitally

    Goodbye, No. 2 pencils. Hello, iPads. Starting as early as spring 2015, the ACT college admissions exam will go digital, reflecting students' tech savvy and the demand for quicker results. The tests will still have the familiar multiple-choice options for college hopefuls but they will also expand to include interactive portions, such as a simulated science lab for students to conduct experiments...

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    Elizabeth Smart says she’s overjoyed to hear about the happy ending for the Cleveland women who escaped Monday after being missing a decade.

    Elizabeth Smart overjoyed to hear of women

    SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart says she’s overjoyed to hear about the happy ending for the Cleveland women who escaped Monday after being missing a decade.

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    Dugard: Cleveland women need opportunity to heal

    Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard says the women who went missing about a decade ago and were found at a Cleveland home need a chance to heal and reconnect with the world.

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    Cleveland Police stand outside a home where they say missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found in the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue in Cleveland on Monday, May 6, 2013. The three women who went missing about a decade ago were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested.

    Key events in Ohio missing women case

    Three women who disappeared in Cleveland a decade ago were found safe Monday, and police arrested three brothers accused of holding the victims against their will. A timeline of key events in the case.

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    Paul Farziano, left, and Hava Samuels are seated together on their wedding day at East Wind in Wading River, NY. Samuels and Forziano, who are mentally disabled, say the group homes where they live are blocking their request to live together as husband and wife. They are suing for the right to do so.

    Disabled couple seek life together in group home

    With the beaming smiles of newlyweds, Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels hold hands, exchange adoring glances and complete each other's sentences. They spend their days together. But every night, they must part ways. Forziano goes to his group home. His wife goes to hers. The mentally disabled couple is not allowed to share a bedroom in the group homes — a practice the newlyweds and their...

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    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford crosses the street after voting at a polling place in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Sanford, a Republican, and Colbert Busch, a Democrat and sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, are to face off for the 1st Congressional District seat, that was vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt also is on the ballot.

    Sanford: I won’t run for office again if I lose

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he won't run for office again if he fails in his quest for political redemption and loses the race for the congressional seat he previously held for three terms. Sanford made the remarks to reporters after casting his own ballot in the special election. He faces Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, in...

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    Libya’s defense minister rescinds resignation

    Libya's defense minister on Tuesday rescinded his decision to resign in protest over the continuous show of force by militias that stormed government buildings in what Mohammed Al-Barghathi described as an "assault on democracy and elected authorities."

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    Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. Gun control forces are targeting Sens. Ayotte, Max Baucus and others as they struggle to persuade five senators to switch their votes and revive the rejected effort to expand background checks to more firearms buyers.

    Gun control forces struggle to keep issue alive

    Gun control forces are targeting Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Max Baucus and others as they struggle to persuade five senators to switch their votes and revive the rejected effort to expand background checks to more firearms buyers. With Congress back from a weeklong recess, the bottom line remains familiar: Advocates of broadened checks lack the new votes they need and Congress has moved on to other...

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    Visiting South Korea President Park Geun-hye, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 6, 2013.

    Obama, S. Korea to show united front on N. Korea

    President Barack Obama and South Korea's new leader Park Geun-hye hope to present a strong front against North Korea's nuclear threats during their high-profile meeting Tuesday at the White House. But they also want to leave the door open to talks with Pyongyang.

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    mb targeting party leader in Pakistan kills 5

    Police say a roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan has killed five people, including a local leader of a political party that has been targeted by the Taliban.

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    An Israeli soldier patrols, the Israeli side of the Lebanese-Israeli border, near the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon, Tuesday May 7, 2013. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has given a Palestinian militant group the go-ahead to set up missiles to attack Israel in the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday.

    Palestinian group says Syria OKs attacks on Israel

    President Bashar Assad's regime has given a Palestinian militant group the go-ahead to set up missiles to attack Israel in the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday.

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    Associated Press Johana Portillo-Lopez, daughter of Ricardo Portillo, speaks about her father’s death. A Utah prosecutor said Monday, May 6, he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching Portillo, a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

    Ref’s death a consequence of lack of sportsmanship

    Veteran referee Pete McCabe was sickened when he heard the news that Ricardo Portillo had died Saturday, a week after the youth soccer ref in Utah was punched in the head by a 17-year-old player angry over a yellow card. Just as Portillo's family is now pleading for athletes to control their tempers, McCabe has spent the last four years preaching the importance of sportsmanship. To limited...

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    Search drags on for burial spot for bomb suspect

    A Massachusetts funeral director is striking out in his search for a place to bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a gunbattle with police. Worcester funeral home director Peter Stefan said more than 100 people in the U.S. and Canada have offered burial plots for the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But officials in the cities and towns where the graves are located have said no. "It's not...

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question April 30. Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family.

    Christie had secret weight loss surgery

    Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family, spokesman Michael Drewniak told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," Christie told The New York Post."For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

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    This frame grab taken from video shows a limo on fire Saturday, May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in San Francisco. Five dead female bodies were found pressed up against the partition behind the driver, where they apparently tried to escape the smoke and fire that kept them from the rear exits of the extended passenger compartment.

    Limo driver, survivor views differ on fatal fire

    As smoke thickened and a fire grew in the back of a limousine, Nelia Arellano desperately tried to squeeze through a 3 foot by 1 1/2-foot partition. Stuck for a moment, Arellano made her way into the front seat. Three of her friends quickly followed. Five others didn't make it. Arellano said in an interview Monday that she believes the driver could have done more to help.

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    Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady, after fighting off ouster attempts for his views on same-sex marriage, is now expected to announce his resignation today.

    Dawn Patrol: Union-backed pension plan; Brady stepping down

    Illinois Senate pushing union-backed pension plan. GOP Chairman Pat Brady stepping down. New mayors in Des Plaines, Wheeling, St. Charles, Lake Zurich, Round Lake. U-46 school board changes guard. Towns cleared in flood dispute. Carol Stream police officer among those injured in crash. Bulls win.

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    Outgoing Arlington Heights Village President Arlene Mulder, left, embraces Thomas Hayes just before Hayes was sworn in as the new village president Monday evening.

    Hayes takes over for Mulder in Arlington Heights

    For the first time in more than 20 years in Arlington Heights, the newly sworn in village president was introduced with the words "Congratulations Mr. Mayor." Longtime Trustee Thomas Hayes was sworn in a village president in Arlington Heights on Monday, succeeding retiring Mayor Arlene Mulder, who has held the job since 1993.

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    Plucked out of a crowd while shopping, Inverness native Renee Trikolas, left, ended up on VH1's “House of Consignment,” where she shared some items from her closet with fashionista Corri McFadden.

    Reality TV date show doesn't alter single mom's priorities

    Suburban mom Renee Trikolas used to envision herself celebrating Mother's Day as part of a perfect family. Now, she is a single mom who reinvented herself, runs her own jewelry business and appears in a dating segment airing Thursday on Steve Harvey's TV talk show.

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    Kane County Circuit Judge Kevin Busch administers the oath of office Monday night to Martin Callahan, Batavia’s new 2nd Ward alderman, while Callahan’s family watches.

    Honoring the old, installing the new: Batavia mayor, aldermen sworn in

    Six new aldermen were sworn in Monday night in Batavia, after receiving advice from departing aldermen: It's OK to disagree on an issue, but once the vote is taken, come together.

Sports

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    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood delivers during Tuesday’s first inning at Wrigley Field.

    ‘Best starter in baseball,’ Sveum sings Wood’s praises

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum might have been exaggerating just a bit when he put lefty Travis Wood at the top of major-league pitchers. But not by much. Wood turned in another solid effort Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

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    Mundelein celebrates a late goal in its 6-5 win over Stevenson in Mundelein sectional championship on Saturday.

    Mundelein rallies past Stevenson, into Elite Eight

    Time was running out for host Mundelein on Saturday afternoon as the top-seeded Mustangs faced No. 2 Stevenson in the Mustangs' own girls water polo sectional. Mundelein trailed 5-1 at halftime and 5-2 after three periods. But the Mustangs never panicked in the championship match against the Patriots. Mundelein (23-6) methodically put together a big comeback behind some great defense and timely scoring en route to an exciting 6-5 victory for the sectional crown.

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    Toronto Blue Jays' J.A. Happ is attended to by medical personnel as he is taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the head by a line drive by Tampa Bay Rays' Desmond Jennings during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

    Toronto's Happ released from hospital

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was released Wednesday from a Florida hospital, just a day after he was hit on the head by a line drive, and hopes for a quick return to the mound. Bayfront Medical Center said in a statement that Happ was discharged after being upgraded from fair to good condition. Happ was taken there after being struck on the left side of the head by a ball off the bat of Desmond Jennings during Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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    Fremd’s Riley Zimmer delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s game at Palatine.

    Schwantz, Fremd getting it right

    Until her sophomore season at Fremd, senior Ashlynne Schwantz was a right-handed batter. But she credits Viking coach Jim Weaver with making the right move by switching her to the left side of the plate. Schwantz showed why Tuesday at Palatine. Moving into the No. 2 spot in the order for the first time, Schwantz reached base in all four of her at-bats, including 2 singles and 2 walks. The slap-hitting Schwantz not only keeps defenses off balance with her bat, she keeps offenses off balance with her arm. Weaver didn't change that at all. She still throws righty, and does it quite well. Constantly changing the speed of her pitches while throwing to classmate Kristine Herdegen, Schwantz picked up her 15th win of the season as the Vikings rolled past the Pirates 17-1 in 5 innings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith had plenty to celebrate Tuesday when his wife, Kelly-Rae, gave birth to their first child — a son they named Colton Duncan. After the birth in Chicago, Keith flew back to Minnesota and played in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoff series against the Wild.

    Keiths welcome first child, a son

    After going through a practice here with his Blackhawks teammates Monday afternoon, Duncan Keith was preparing for bed when he got word his wife was going into labor. So Keith flew back to Chicago and made it in time for the birth of his son, Colton Duncan, then hopped a plane back to Minnesota for Tuesday night's Game 4 against the Wild, arriving two hours before faceoff.

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    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, middle, celebrates his goal off Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding in the first period of Game 4 on Tuesday night. At right is Wild’s Jared Spurgeon.

    Blackhawks all but have the Wild tamed

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford got a lot of help from his friends Tuesday night.Crawford made 25 saves in the 3-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series the Hawks now lead 3-1, but his teammates blocked 26 more shots.The Hawks can wrap up the series with another win in Game 5 on Thursday at the United Center, which again will start at 8:30 p.m.Led by Crawford, the Hawks killed all six Minnesota power plays.“Our PK definitely won us the game tonight,” Crawford said. “We blocked a lot of shots and we cleared pucks when we needed to. It was definitely a big effort.”Patrick Sharp scored 2 goals and Bryan Bickell had the third as the Hawks rebounded from Sunday’s overtime loss.The Hawks came into the game more concerned about what they had to do than anything Minnesota might try.It was as if the Hawks needed to remind themselves the playoffs had started.“Just to bring that playoff-style hockey,” Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “We seem to kind of cruise out of the regular season. We were playing solid hockey and weren’t making a lot of mistakes, but we didn’t have that elevated level that you need in the playoffs. We’ve kind of carried that into the first three games.“You watch every other series and see how tough it is on every single play and every single shift, little puck battles everywhere. Nothing is taken for granted. We’ve got have that same work ethic and same hatred for that team that they had for us last game.”Sharp’s first goal came at 8:48 of the first period on a deflection of a shot by Michal Handzus, quieting the big crowd at Xcel Energy Center.Sharp tipped Handzus’ shot past goalie Josh Harding after Marian Hossa made a nice play along the boards.Harding later hurt his left leg stopping a Toews drive to the net late in the first period and couldn’t come out to start the second.Rookie Darcy Kuemper, the Wild’s third goaltender, replaced Harding making his playoff debut. The first shot he faced from Sharp beat him to the short side at 1:02.“I probably would have shot it no matter who was in net,” said Sharp, who has 4 goals for the series. “I had speed coming over the blue line, tried to use their defenseman as a screen and just ripped one.“Those pucks seem to find a way in more often than not. The fact that was his first shot, I wasn’t thinking like that.”Johnny Oduya’s 5 blocked shots led the Hawks, while Michal Rozsival had 4.“We did an outstanding job blocking shots, clears, dangerous plays, big saves — it all goes hand in hand,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Our whole team game from the defense out was good, and Crow started it in net. Our team game today had much more bite to it.”Sharp stepped it up big time after Toews challenged the Hawks’ best players in the morning.“Of course we have a lot of depth on this team, but your best players have to be your best players,” Toews said. “We know this series is a long way from being over, so those guys have to go out there and be better.“First and foremost, I include myself when I say that. Guys like myself have to step up and be better.”Viktor Stalberg said the Hawks still can’t take the Wild for granted even though the series is one game from being over.“That’s a very capable team,” Stalberg said. “They’ve got some good players and a solid goalie, but I don’t think we’ve been on top of our game yet. That’s both a good and bad sign. We should be at the top of our game right now.”The Hawks were outhit 20-10, which was an improvement from Game 3.“We’re not going to be a team that runs around and kills guys left and right,” Stalberg said. “We’re more puck possession, so we’re not going to get as many hits as some other teams because we have the puck more.“But at the end of the day we need to be more physical.”ŸFollow Tim’s hockey reports on Twitter @TimSassone and check out his Between the Circles blog at dailyherald.com.

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    Geneva’s Brandon Navigato and Nathan Jesko collide in the first match on Tuesday, May 7.

    St. Charles N. takes command of River

    Twelve seniors dot the St. Charles North boys volleyball program, and their collective experience as upperclassmen paid huge dividends Tuesday night at home. In a critical showdown with fellow unbeaten Upstate Eight Conference River Division rival Geneva, the North Stars never trailed in either game of their straight-sets 25-15 and 25-18 victory over the Vikings in St. Charles.

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    Grant Loess of St. Charles North competes in the triple jump during the Kane County boys track meet last Friday at Burlington Central High School.

    Upstate Eight teams gear up for Lake Park

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

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    Naperville Central remains unbeaten

    No. 1 Naperville Central tied a program regular-season win record and remained unbeaten in a close call Tuesday in Wheaton, rallying past Wheaton North 8-5 in eight innings.Lindsay Gonzalez led off the Redhawks’ eighth with a double, Maddi Doane doubled her in with the go-ahead run and an out later Lisa Tassi doubled in Doane.Naperville Central (26-0, 10-0 DuPage Valley Conference), which matched the 1989 and 2009 teams that both went to state for the most regular-season wins, trailed 5-3 after a 4-run Falcons fourth but tied it with a pair in the fifth. Katie Lamich doubled and scored on a Kaitlyn Skarecky single, and with two outs Tassi scored on a double steal.Tassi was 4-for-5, Laura Dierking 4-for-4, Doane 3-for-4 and Keegan Hayes (17-0) threw 4 innings of shutout relief for the Redhawks, who can clinch at least a share of the DVC by beating Glenbard North today.Hadley Pfalzgraf had a double and a single and Kat Meyer and Bree Zbilski 2 singles apiece for Wheaton North.Lake Park 8, South Elgin 3:Kelly O’Neill hit a tying homer in a 3-run fifth inning, and Shannon Fritsche added a pair of insurance runs with a 2-run shot in the sixth for the No. 12 Lancers (20-7, 10-3 Upstate Eight Conference), who remained a game back of Bartlett in the UEC Valley race. Kara Rodriguez’s 3-run homer gave South Elgin a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but O’Neill answered with a solo shot, Fritsche singled and winning pitcher Danielle Jecmen singled in Fritsche with the go-ahead run. Sam Cummings followed with an RBI double.Fenwick 4, Benet 3:The Friars scored an unearned run in the eighth to hand the No. 3 Redwings (16-4, 9-3 East Suburban Catholic Conference) their second loss in as many days. Maeve McGuire hit her sixth homer of the year for Benet, which had two runners on in the seventh inning of a tie game, but couldn’t bring them home.On a positive note, further tests on Benet sophomore Stephanie Abello’s wrist confirms that there is no break. It is not yet known when Abello will return to the Redwings lineup.Glenbard South 21, Ridgewood 1:Hannah Taylor, Jane Trzaska, Ashley Cohen and Ashton Cattenhead all homered for the No. 7 Raiders (18-3, 9-0 Metro Suburban Conference).

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    Jeff Evak of ,Neuqua,left, makes it back to first while Troy Fumagalli of Waubnsie misses the tag and ball during the Waubonsie Valley at Neuqua Valley baseball game Tuesday.

    Neuqua Valley defense cleans up

    Play a clean defensive game with solid pitching, and you always have a chance. That's how Neuqua Valley's baseball team beat Waubonsie Valley despite managing only 4 hits. Behind Jonathan Vlk's complete-game effort on the mound and some timely hitting, the Wildcats capped a three-game Upstate Eight Conference sweep with Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Warriors in Naperville.

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    Elimination forces COD softball to think about next year

    The summer started early for the College of DuPage softball team this year.

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    Naperville Central wins in 11th inning

    Naperville Central 5, Wheaton North 4:Brian Schiemann’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Redhawks (17-5, 12-3) the DuPage Valley Conference victory and their third straight win over the Falcons (18-6, 10-5). Schiemann, Nicky Lopez and Jeff Schank had 2 hits apiece for Naperville Central. Tom Colletti and Greg Scandora did the same for Wheaton North.Metea Valley 12, South Elgin 6:The Mustangs (11-12, 9-11) belted 17 hits while taking two of three from South Elgin in the Upstate Eight Conference series. Mike Fitzgerald went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and 2 RBI. Tamal Kumar scored twice and had 3 hits.Lake Park 9, East Aurora 2:The Lancers (20-5, 16-3) won their ninth straight Upstate Eight Conference game and maintained their two-game lead in the loss column over Neuqua Valley atop the Valley standings by completing the three-game sweep of the Tomcats. St. Francis 9, Ridgewood 6:Alex Alcantara, Jason Sullivan and winning pitcher Jack Petrando combined for 7 hits, 7 runs scored and a pair of RBI at the top of the order for the Spartans (14-9) in their nonconference victory. C.J. Humes drove in 2 runs. Willowbrook 8, Proviso East 2:Matt Gasiamis pitched a 2-hitter with 9 strikeouts as the Warriors (14-9, 8-7) completed a three-game West Suburban Gold sweep. Tyler Vavrek and Chris Villafuerte drove in 2 runs apiece. Illiana Christian 2, Glenbard South 0:Hard-luck losing pitcher Ethan Gasbarro pitched a 1-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 5 walks as the Raiders (14-6, 10-3) fell in the Metro Suburban Conference. Illiana Christian scored both its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.Westmont 9, Lisle 8:Westmont broke a 7-7 Interstate Eight Conference tie by scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Lions (14-8, 9-4) tried to rally with a run in the seventh but a fielder’s choice with runners on first and second base ended the game. Ryan Van Volkenburg went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and 4 RBI. Alex Ventrella also had 3 hits.Elmwood Park 4, Timothy Christian 3:Elmwood Park scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning to edge the Trojans (3-14, 3-11) in their Metro Suburban Conference matchup. Luke Davidson went 3-for-4 and Brandon Scott doubled twice and had 2 RBI for Timothy Christian.

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    Hits keep coming for Mundelein

    Mundelein's resurgent season on the softball field continued Tuesday. The Mustangs hit the 20-game mark by notching a pair of wins over Libertyville. Abbey Rosenow's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh scored pinch runner Emily Panitch and capped a three-run inning, as Mundelein won 12-11, completing a game that was suspended after four innings last month. In the second game, at Libertyville, Lauren Fairweather hit her eighth home run of the season and Haley Morelli doubled twice, as the Mustangs won 8-5.

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    Allen, Stevenson wrench a victory from Lake Zurich

    Matt Allen pitched like an ace again for Stevenson's baseball team Tuesday. The senior right-hander pitched a complete game, and Willie Bourbon belted a home run, to lead the Patriots to a 9-2 win over visiting Lake Zurich in North Suburban Lake Division action.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Crystal Lake South 13, Dundee-Crown 5: The Gators trailed 4-3 but erupted for 10 runs in the fifth inning of a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division home win. Troy Bittenbender (1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI), Tyler Hall (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Garrett Bright (2-for-3, 2 RBI) led the offense, and winning pitcher Tyler Hall (7-1) allowed 4 unearned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks for the Gators (14-4. 11-4). Losing pitcher Vince Damato (3-2) lasted 4-plus innings. He allowed 9 runs (7 earned) on 6 hits and 5 walks for Dundee-Crown (7-12, 4-9).Prairie Ridge 5, Jacobs 1: Defense cost the Golden Eagles in this FVC Valley road loss. Jacobs committed 4 errors behind starting pitcher Evan Blunk (2-3), who allowed 5 unearned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Grant Kale and Matt Hickey mustered the only 2 hits for Jacobs (16-8, 8-6), which was held in check by winning pitcher Mike Reitcheck of Prairie Ridge (17-8, 8-5).Hampshire 7, Woodstock 3: A 5-run second inning propelled the Whip-Purs in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division. Leadoff man Piotr Barnas singled and drove in 2 runs, and Brandon Bowen went 1-for-2 with a walk, 2 RBI and scored twice. Winning pitcher Michael Dumoulin (4-2) held the Blue Streaks to 3 earned runs on 4 hits in 5 innings for Hampshire (10-11, 3-10).Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 1: Alex Bell (2-1) pitched a complete game, allowing an earned run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 2 to lead the Rockets in Big Northern East play. Michael Scott went 2-for-3 with a 2-run single to right field in the third inning for Burlington Central (9-8, 8-2).St. Edward 6, Montini 5: Jack Tierney walked to open the bottom of the eighth and scored the game-winning run on Jacob Koehring’s walk-off double to center field as the Green Wave won a Suburban Christian game that was suspended last Thursday with Montini leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning with two outs. Winning pitcher Tierney (3-2) tossed 3 innings, allowing an earned run on 3 hits for St. Edward (13-7, 10-6).Streamwood 8, St. Charles East 7: The Sabres rallied for 5 runs in the sixth inning and 2 more in the seventh to knock St. Charles East (16-9, 14-6) from first place in the Upstate Eight River, helped by 5 Saints errors. Danny Moran went 4-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, Mike Murawski doubled and drove in a run and Jeff Weaver finished 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored for Streamwood (4-17, 4-15).Metea Valley 12, South Elgin 6: Metea Valley (11-12, 9-11) pounded out 17 hits to win the rubber game of this UEC Valley series in South Elgin. Nick Binder had 4 hits in 5 at-bats and drove in 2 runs, and David Palmer took the loss for South Elgin (11-11, 10-8).

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    Playoff hockey can create instant rivalries, as the Blackhawks discovered the last three seasons with Vancouver. Now that the Hawks will be in the same division next season with the Wild, the intensity could grow.

    Rivalry between Hawks, Wild seems primed to ignite

    In the 1980s there was nothing quite like the intensity of a game between the Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars. Think the Hawks-Canucks rivalry times 10, says Tim Sassone. Many hockey fans are hoping a new rivalry is developing between the Hawks and Minnesota Wild, and they point to this first-round playoff series with possibly providing a spark toward that end.

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    Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris (7) and teammates celebrate a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)

    Kyle Turris’ OT goal lifts Senators, 3-2

    Kyle Turris scored 2:32 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators past the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 to grab a 3-1 lead in their playoff series Tuesday night.

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    Lake Zurich repeats as NSC champ

    Molly Powers saw that time was slipping away in the North Suburban Conference girls soccer championship game. So, in a determined effort, she made the most of the moment. Powers struck for the game-winning goal in leading Lake Zurich past Vernon Hills 1-0 in overtime on Tuesday night in Lake Zurich. The Bears won the NSC title for a second straight time over the Cougars. Powers scored the goal in the 82nd minute after taking a cross from Meaghan Galinas. On the play, Powers' initial shot was saved. But the rebound came right back to her, and she made good on the second attempt.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Batavia 3, South Elgin 2: Delaney Kelleher scored both of South Elgin’s goals in this Upstate Eight crossover loss. Kathy Santelli and Savanah Uveges had assists for the Storm (7-8-2) and Jackie DeLaMora had 7 saves in goal.Geneva 4, Bartlett 0: Amanda Lozada had 12 saves for the Hawks (8-13) in this UEC crossover loss.Prairie Ridge 8, Dundee-Crown 2: Ashley Raby scored both of Dundee-Crown’s goals off assists from Jillian Weichmann in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Isabel Miranda had 7 saves for the Chargers (5-14, 1-3).

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    Tough finish for St. Viator as Benet prevails

    Soccer can be a cruel sport at times — just ask St. Viator. The Lions dominated play for 80 minutes Tuesday afternoon, but visiting Benet came away with the victory in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.Michelle Morefield struck the game-winner in the 83rd minute to shock a big senior day crowd in Arlington Heights and give the Redwings (15-3-1, 7-1) a 1-0 triumph. The win keeps Benet's hopes alive for a share of the ESCC title, while St. Viator dropped to 8-7 overall and 6-2in the league.

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    Chicago Cubs' Nate Schierholtz rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn, also scoring Alfonso Soriano, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Wood outpitches Lynn in Cubs’ win over Cards

    Travis Wood pitched impressively into the seventh inning to outduel Lance Lynn, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and the Cubs snapped the St. Louis Cardinals' six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

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    Batavia wins Geneva series, regains River lead

    Luke Horton and his Batavia teammates had plenty to celebrate following a 13-4 victory at Geneva on Tuesday — and that's just what they did. Horton fired a complete game, running his perfect record to 7-0, while Batavia hit the 20-win mark and won the series over the Vikings. Coupled with St. Charles East's loss to Streamwood on Tuesday, Batavia (20-5, 15-5) now finds itself alone in first place in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division with a pair of three-game series remaining against St. Charles North and Streamwood.

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    Kurth sparks Waubonsie comeback

    Jordan Kurth hadn't thrown a pitch in a game in over a month. A recent slump dropped her in Waubonsie Valley's batting order until Tuesday.Then Kurth proceeded to key a most improbable Warriors rally.Kurth's single started a four-run seventh inning, she threw two-plus shutout innings of relief, then singled in the game-winner in the eighth as No. 11 Waubonsie turned the tables on a loss to No. 20 Neuqua Valley a week prior with a 5-4 win in Naperville.

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    Libertyville’s Jack Lipp shoots over St. Viator defender Mark Falotico winter at Wheeling.

    ESPN flips over highlight shot from Libertyville’s Lipp

    On a night the Bulls upstaged LeBron, Lipp's flip topped them both. On ESPN's Top Plays. Coming in at No. 2? Little Jack Lipp from little ol' Libertyville.

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    Huntley breaks through in 11th, tops Cary-Grove

    Some instant classics take time to develop, as was the case with the Huntley baseball team's 5-1 victory in 11 innings at Cary-Grove Tuesday. The battle for first place in the highly competitive Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference between top-ranked Huntley (20-3, 12-3) and No. 9 Cary-Grove (16-6, 10-4) was stalemated due to great defensive plays and excellent pitching by both sides until the Red Raiders broke through for 4 runs in the 11th inning.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 3, Prairie Ridge 2: Mackenzie Vaughn, Kaitlyn Woloszyk and Sarah Murray drove in runs for Jacobs in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division upset that dropped PR into a first-place tie with Cary-Grove and McHenry. Emily Borg picked up the win for the Golden Eagles (11-10, 4-5), allowing 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and 5 walks.Larkin 9, Streamwood 4: Alex Buhrow was 3-for-4 with a home run, double, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI to lead Larkin to an Upstate Eight River win. Lexi Price (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Laurel Vollman (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Rachel Martinez (2B, 2 RBI) and Beka Harrington (3B) also contributed for the Royals (3-19, 2-10). Jaclyn Saurbaugh was the winning pitcher, allowing just 5 hits with 7 strikeouts. Jessica Daley took the loss for the Sabres (5-16, 2-11).CL South 5, Dundee-Crown 4: Sam McLean (2 RBI) and Kimmy Woods (RBI) each went 2-for-4 with triples as the Gators (11-7, 3-6) held on in the FVC Valley. Losing pitcher Amanda Eissler had a double and 2 RBI for Dundee-Crown (3-12, 0-7).Lake Park 8, South Elgin 3: South Elgin led 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but Lake Park scored 6 runs in its final two at-bats in this Upstate Eight Valley game. Kara Rodriguez had a 3-run home run for the Storm (13-10, 8-5). Katie Koss took the loss in relief.Burlington Central 27, Rockford Christian 0: The Rockets clinched at least a share of the Big Northern East, their first conference title since 2009, with this lopsided win. Courtni Neubauer allowed just 1 hit with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk in the five-inning win. Bekah Harnish (2-for-3, 2B), Shelby Young (2-for-2, 2B), Rebecca Roscher (3-for-3, 2B) and Neubauer (4-for-4) led the offense for the Rockets (19-1, 10-0), who won their 16th straight game. BC also earned the top seed in the upcoming Class 3A Sycamore regional.

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    Cardinals have been model of consistency

    While the Cubs have lurched their way from good seasons to horrible seasons in recent years, the St. Louis Cardinals have been a model of consistency, with their down years never getting too down.

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    Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios bats during the seventh inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in New York. Rios reached on an infield single. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    White Sox get 1-hit in loss to Mets

    Matt Harvey pitched one-hit ball for nine innings in a nearly perfect performance and the New York Mets permitted just one baserunner all game in beating the White Sox 1-0 in the 10th Tuesday night. Harvey allowed only an infield single by Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh — he was safe, barely. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and was pulled when the game went to extra innings.

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    Elgin’s Jessica Rago kicks up a cloud of dust as she delivers to St. Charles North’s Allison Hausl Tuesday in Elgin. Hausl grounded out to end the seventh.

    St. Charles North’s hot hitting continues

    St. Charles North softball coach Tom Poulin has been around high school athletics long enough to know all about letdowns after a big win. So it figured Poulin would be a little nervous about Tuesday's Upstate Eight River game at Elgin. His North Stars had just come off a 10-0 rout of rival St. Charles East to take over first place in the River the day before, and Poulin was a little concerned about how focused his team might be on Tuesday. Well coach, as the song says: Don't worry, be happy. And happy Poulin was after his team drubbed the Maroons 8-0, banging out 18 hits in the process.

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    Cary-Grove shoots past Jacobs

    It was simply a matter of offensive aggressiveness resulting in scoring opportunities and goals. That was Cary Grove's recipe for success in the Trojans' 5-1 Fox Valley Conference soccer win over Jacobs Tuesday night at Cary-Grove's Al Bohrer Field.

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    Elk Grove, St. Viator advance in Fremd sectional

    Senior all-conference pick Kyle Phillips had 3 goals to help visiting Elk Grove past Barrington 8-5 in a play-in game of the Fremd boys water polo sectional Tuesday.

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    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is still bothered by a calf injury and is doubtful for today’s Game 3.

    Hinrich, Deng remain doubtful for Game 3

    So far, there are no indications Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng will be returning to the Bulls lineup for Game 2 against Miami on Wednesday. Deng remained in Chicago on Tuesday and probably needs more time to recover from an illness and bad reaction to a spinal tap administered last week.

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    Cary-Grove hangs on to beat Huntley

    Baserunners: Cary-Grove took advantage of them. Huntley, well, not so much. That was the difference as the Trojans defeated Huntley, 4-3, in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball showdown in Huntley Tuesday.

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    Ethan Sansone is just one reason Wheaton co-op is favored to win the state gymnastics team title on Friday night.

    Can anyone touch Wheaton co-op?

    The only team that can beat Wheaton co-op during Friday' IHSA boys gymnastics team state finals is Wheaton co-op.

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    Stevenson’s Aaron Zalewski celebrates a point against Vernon Hills on Tuesday.

    Xu, Stevenson serve a loss to Vernon Hills

    Right in set three, in what have been the match of the season in boys volleyball, it was like someone blew out a candle. Two top teams, Stevenson and Vernon Hills, left in all on the floor for two and a half sets on Tuesday night at Stevenson. And then Patriots senior Kevin Xu went into serve for the Pats, who were nursing a 13-12 lead. When Xu was done serving, this superior match was about over. Stevenson, the top seed in the upcoming Antioch sectional, went three sets to beat Vernon Hills 27-25, 20-25, 25-17.

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    St. Edward opens postseason on a mission

    The St. Edward girls soccer team is well aware of what happened in last year's postseason. After a 1-0 loss to Lisle in a Class 1A sectional final that prevented the Green Wave a state final appearance, they would like some redemption this spring. But when the Green Wave broke out of coach Tim Brieger's huddle prior to the start of the Class 1A regional semifinal at Westminster Christian on Tuesday and formed another huddle of their own, you could tell they meant business after posing the notion of setting the tone early and getting a 7-goal win in the process. Consider the tone set after the top-seeded Green Wave had 7 different goal scorers on 24 shots en route to an 8-0 win over No. 4 Elgin Academy in Elgin.

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    Mustangs clinch MSL East; St. Viator right on target

    On senior night at Rolling Meadows on Tuesday, the Mustangs made a lasting memory. A 25-10, 25-23 victory over Wheeling combined with a Hersey victory against host Prospect helped coach Tim Piatek's team wrap up an outright Mid-Suburban League boys volleyball divisional title for the first time 1995.

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    New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert (21) shoots a 3-pointer against Indiana Pacers' David West in the second half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Knicks won 105-79. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Knicks use huge run to even series with Pacers

    Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game.

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    New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates with goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Russia, at the end of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Islanders won 6-4. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tavares’ 2 goals lift Isles-Penguins series into 2-2 tie

    John Tavares scored his second goal of the game with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night with a wild 6-4 victory.Only the final lead was safe in Game 4.

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    Jason Schaal

    South Elgin’s Schaal headed to Grayslake Central

    Jason Schaal has spent the last eight years coaching student-athletes at South Elgin High School and along the way one of his constant messages has been to take advantage of opportunities when they come along. Schaal is now applying that to his professional life. One of the first hires when South Elgin opened, the school's first girls basketball coach, its only softball coach and an assistant to Dale Schabert in the football program since the doors opened, Schaal submitted his resignation Tuesday from Elgin Area School District U-46, effective at the end of the school year.

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    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who played all 48 minutes of of the Eastern Conference semifinal series opener Monday against the Heat, relaxes while speaking to the media.

    Heat’s Power Trio has twice dropped playoff series opener

    Dwyane Wade helped explain Bosh's sour attitude a day after the Heat lost to the Bulls 93-86 in the opener of this second-round playoff series. "Every time you lose in the playoffs, it feels like it's the worst thing. You feel terrible," Wade said. "Your food doesn't taste good. You feel awful. Then you come in, you learn from it and there's another game. You go out there and try to get a win." Wade also reminded everyone of the Heat's playoff history. Twice in the Power Trio era, Miami lost the opening game of a series and both times bounced back to win the next four.

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    The Bulls will try to keep LeBron James and the Heat just as frustrated Wednesday night as they did in Game 1.

    Bulls-Heat chess match just getting started

    The Bulls and the Miami Heat retreated to the film room Tuesday and went to work on their next move. Game 2 is Wednesday at American Airlines Arena. "It almost becomes like you know their sets before they even run them. That's what it comes down to," Noah said. "They were a little rusty. We're expecting them to play a lot better in Game 2, and we feel like we can play better as well."

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    Critical call goes Larkin’s way vs. St. Charles N.

    Not surprisingly, each coach had a different opinion on critical plays in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday. An appeal by Larkin coach Matt Esterino resulted in the home plate umpire calling a St. Charles North runner out after ruling the runner did not touch third base on what would have been a game-tying double. Royals pitcher Jack McCracken got the next batter to groundout to end the game, giving Larkin a 2-1 Upstate Eight River Division victory in Elgin.

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    Girls soccer: MSL Soccer Cup preview

    Barrington (12-4-1) aims for a repeat championship in Wednesday's MSL Soccer Cup, but host Buffalo Grove (21-1-1) is out to prove a victory in an earlier meeting wasn't an accident.

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    Front row, from left: Max Anderson, Stephanie Chaires, Gabby Brosnan, Marisa Andreuccetti, Beatriz Kiene, Ashley Alicea, Stephanie Hurwitz and Terry Halloran. Middle row, from left: Dan Lowry, Chris Candelas, Julen Griffen, Jake Szmarek, Jhoan Lino, Jordan Wagner, Kaila Privatsky, Lara Sladek, Dan Hoffman and Luciano Laterza. Top row, from left: Dan Lin, Isaac Jean-Paul, Andre Barnes, Nick Modlin, Juan Montano, Troy Cunningham and Colin Weber.

    Harper track teams take aim at talented national field

    Consistency has always been the hallmark of coach Renee Zellner's track and field teams at Harper College. And her Hawks teams aren't afraid to aim high, either. "We are going to try our hardest to take that No. 1 spot," said Zellner of the test awaiting Harper on Thursday through Saturday in the NJCAA nationals at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. Having the home track could be a positive for the top-ranked Dragons men's team. Harper is ranked second nationally and is the defending champ, having won five of the last six national titles.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 11, 1995, file photo, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier (15) runs to inside the one-yard line as Kansas defensive tackle Dewey Houston (83) tries to stop his progress during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan. Frazier was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, File)

    Wuerffel, Frazier, Dayne selected for college Hall

    The only time Tommie Frazier and Danny Wuerffel shared the field during their brilliant college careers, Frazier's Nebraska team trampled Wuerffel and Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship.

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    Palatine picks up first MSL girls lacrosse title

    Palatine, which started its girls varsity lacrosse team five years ago, won its first Mid-Suburban League championship on Monday with an exciting 9-8 victory at Barrington.

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    Revamped Fox Run course makes its debut

    April storms created a nightmare for Chicago's golf course operators. While the storms were especially troublesome at Fox Run, the Elk Grove Park District facility that underwent a $2 million renovation for two years under the supervision of architect Gregory Martin, all 18 holes are open now. Golf columnist Len Ziehm has more on Fox Run and other suburban courses in this report.

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    Fired Comcast SportsNet reporter apologizes for videos

    Fired Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter/anchor Susannah Collins says she understands why people were offended by the off color videos that went viral after her on air flub last week.The Downers Grove native released a statement on her website and Facebook Tuesday morning apologizing for the videos, saying they do not reflect her views.“The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive,” she said in the statement.CSN fired Collins on Friday, two days after she said “tremendous amount of sex during the regular season,” when she meant to say “tremendous amount of success,” during a Blackhawks report. The network says the firing wasn’t related to the on-air flub.Collins went on to thank the city of Chicago for allowing her the opportunity to cover her hometown teams.“The outpouring of support I have received is overwhelming and it will remain in my heart, as will Chicago,” she said. “Always.”

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    Joakim Noah, middle, has evolved into a spirited leader for the Chicago Bulls. He averaged a double-double in the Brooklyn series.

    Noah shows Bulls he’s the ultimate leader

    Joakim Noah's performance in Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets ranks him high on the list as a terrific leader for the Chicago Bulls. Mike North wasn't thrilled when the Bulls selected Noah in the 2007 NBA draft, but North has changed his mind completely on this one.

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    Mundelein’s Zach Osisek, right, high fives teammate Luke Adams after Osisek scored Wednesday in Libertyville.

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

Business

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    Michael Carrigan

    Unions ask lawmakers to back Senate pension plan

    Illinois union leaders are encouraging lawmakers to support a pension reform proposal that they recently agreed on with the state's Senate president. A coalition of unions announced Monday that it reached an agreement with Senate President John Cullerton on a possible solution to the state's $97 billion pension crisis.

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    The Daily Grind Grille in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Biggby Coffee, Campbell Street Dogs now one restaurant

    Two closed restaurants in Arlington Hts. have combined to form one new restaurant, which opened Tuesday, May 7. The Daily Grind Grille, 5 W. Campbell St., is the brainchild born of Biggby Coffee and Campbell Street Hot Dogs.

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    A board on a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average with an intraday number above 15,000 Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 15,000 for the first time, on optimism over global central bank stimulus and better-than-estimated corporate earnings.

    New stock market milestone: Dow 15,000

    The Dow Jones industrial average punched through another milestone Tuesday: its first close above 15,000. The Dow rose 87.31 points to 15,056.20 points Tuesday, a gain of 0.6 percent.

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    GEORGE LECLAIRE/Daily Herald, 2009 Brunswick is nearing a deal to buy the eSkape entertainment center in Buffalo Grove and convert it into the company's latest concept for a bowling venue. After renovations, the company plans to reopen the facility in October with expanded dining options, laster tag and other games, along with bowling.

    Brunswick buying eSkape in Buffalo Grove, plans new concept for bowling alley

    Buffalo Grove's eSkape entertainment center will get new owners and a new look under a proposal that came before the village's board of trustees Monday. Representatives of Brunswick told village officials the company is under contract to purchase eSkape, 350 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove's Town Center, and has plans to covert it into a new concept for the company, with bowling, other entertainment choices and expanded food and beverage options.

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    Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts makes a point Tuesday during the fourth annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook in Oakbrook Terrace. He stress his priority is renovating Wrigley Field and keeping the team in Chicago.

    Ricketts: Priority is rebuilding Wrigley Field

    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts reaffirmed his commitment to renovating Wrigley Field and keeping the team in Chicago today during a speech to suburban business executives. He downplayed remarks he made last week to the Union League Club of Chicago, in which he was quoted as saying he might move the Cubs to another location if the renovation plans are not approved.

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    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz kicks off his first day on the job by touring businesses before heading to Springfield to meet with the city’s lobbyists and lawmakers to talk about proposed gambling expansion legislation. Here Bogusz learns how to shear metal.

    Bogusz: Des Plaines open for business

    New Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz kicked off his first day on the job by visiting local businesses Tuesday morning, before heading to Springfield to meet with the city's lobbyists and lawmakers to talk about proposed gambling expansion legislation. "It's a top priority," he said, adding that he has been working behind the scenes to keep abreast of any new developments in proposed gambling expansion legislation.

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    Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc. says that a blood product it was testing failed to slow mental decline or to preserve physical function in a major study of 390 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

    Baxter drug fails to slow Alzheimer’s in big study

    Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc. says that a blood product it was testing failed to slow mental decline or to preserve physical function in a major study of 390 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. The company says that people who received 18 months of infusions with its drug, Gammagard, fared no better than others given infusions of a dummy solution.

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    OfficeMax 1Q profit surges, OKs special dividend
    Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter net income soared, driven by a large deferred gain tied to its investment in Boise Cascade Holdings LLC.The office and facility supplies company also declared a special dividend of $1.50 per share, and its stock edged up in premarket trading.

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    Akorn 1Q profit soars but 2013 forecast falls

    Lake Forest-based Akorn Inc.’s first quarter earnings soared, as the generic drugmaker recorded revenue gains from new and established products and its India business.But the results missed Wall Street expectations and the Lake Forest, Ill., company lowered its forecast for 2013 earnings and revenue in part to account for slower-than-expected sales from products launched late last year. Its shares fell more than 12 percent in morning trading Tuesday after the earnings report.Akorn earned $10.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the three months that ended March 31, up from$3.1 million, or 3 cents per share, in last year’s quarter.Adjusted earnings totaled 13 cents per share in the latest quarter, a penny below the 14 cents expected on average by analysts surveyed by FactSet,Revenue climbed 43 percent to $73.8 million from $51.7 million. Analysts expected $74.1 million in revenue.The company said it benefited in the first three months of the year from a full quarter of sales from its Akorn India business. Akorn also recorded only $519,000 in acquisition-related costs in this year’s quarter, compared to $8.5 million last year.Akorn now expects 2013 adjusted earnings to range between 53 cents and 55 cents per share on $305 million to $315 million in revenue. That’s down from a forecast the company made in January that called for earnings of 57 cents to 61 cents per share on $325 million to $335 million in revenue.Akorn said it also updated the forecast to account for a slower-than-expected recovery of sales of products affected by the shutdown of a New Jersey factory due to Superstorm Sandy, which swept up the East Coast last fall. Analysts expect, on average, 2013 earnings of 61 cents per share on $333.7 million in revenue. Akron shares fell $1.89, or 12.5 percent, to $13.26 in trading Tuesday morning, erasing the stock’s gain so far this year after closing 2012 at $13.36. The company’s shares have ranged between $11.19 and $16.87 over the past year.

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    Illinois tax revenue to top forecast by $1.3B

    Gov. Pat Quinn says income tax revenue for 2013 will top forecasts by $1.3 billion. He says he’ll put the money toward the billions the state owes in unpaid bills.The governor’s office said Tuesday the money was a one-time windfall resulting from businesses and individuals selling assets or taking early dividends in anticipation of higher federal tax rates.Quinn says the money is welcome but a one-time bump in revenue will not help fix the problem in the long run.Illinois owes billions to businesses, charities and local governments performing some of the state’s most essential services. The problem adds to the state’s huge financial mess, which includes a soaring public pension crisis.Quinn said Tuesday the focus must be on “restoring Illinois to full fiscal responsibility.”

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    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York, in this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo.

    Microsoft touching up Windows 8 to address gripes

    Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales. The tune up announced Tuesday won't be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a software package given the codename "Blue," are a tacit acknowledgment of the shortcomings in Windows 8, a radical overhaul of Microsoft Corp.'s ubiquitous operating system.

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    Adobe says it is moving to an online subscription-based model for the software package it sells to designers, Web developers, video editors and other creative professionals.

    Adobe shifts to subscriptions for software package

    NEW YORK — Adobe says it is moving to an online subscription-based model for the software package it sells to designers, Web developers, video editors and other creative professionals. Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that it will not release new versions of its Creative Suite software package. Instead, the maker of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, is shifting focus to Creative Cloud, which makes its software available through a monthly subscription that starts at $50 for an individual if they sign up for at least a year. Adobe’s move is part an industry trend toward selling software as a subscription service rather than as a one-time sale item. Microsoft Corp., for example, makes the new version of Office available as an online subscription. The company, however, still gives consumers and businesses the option of purchasing Office as packaged software. “Customers have to come to terms with end of perpetually licensed software,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. “Adobe is ahead of the game.”Scott Morris, a senior marketing director at Adobe, said the shift will help the San Jose, Calif.-based company respond to changes in the marketplace much faster. Adobe’s engineers, he said, will be freed up to release updates and improvements much faster than the company’s traditional 18 to 24-month upgrade cycle. Adobe said its Creative Cloud service has gained 500,000 paying subscribers since the company made it available as an option a year ago. Morris acknowledged that the change will be a “big transition” for its customers. He compared it to Adobe’s introduction of the Creative Suite package a decade ago. Until that time, the company had sold its software products separately rather than as part of a set. “One of the things that make us confident with this change is that customers who are moving to Creative Cloud are loving it,” he said, citing flexibility and lower upfront costs. Adobe’s packaged version of Creative Suite 6 “Master Collection” cost $2,256 on Best Buy’s website on Monday afternoon, on sale from $2,380. Adobe also reaffirmed its financial guidance for the second quarter and for the fiscal year. It still expects adjusted earnings of 29 cents to 35 cents per share on revenue of $975 million to nearly $1.03 billion for the current quarter. Analysts, on average, are forecasting adjusted earnings of 34 cents per share and revenue of $1.01 billion, according to a poll by FactSet. The company’s stock fell 46 cents to $46.55 in afternoon trading.

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    Some international travelers to get fast screening

    The government is expanding its expedited airport security screening program to some international travelers for the first time. The Transportation Security Administration said passengers flying internationally from 40 US airports may be eligible to receive the expedited screening beginning Tuesday.

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    The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says his company will seek compensation from Chicago-based Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes.

    Ethiopian Air wants compensation for 787 grounding

    The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says his company will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes. Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press on Tuesday his company will soon start discussions with Boeing over compensation.

Life & Entertainment

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    Let daughter navigate adult relationship on her own

    My lovely, 23-year-old daughter is a romantic and wants to marry the young man she is dating. They have "officially" dated two years, but were friends for years before that. They talk all the time about their future, even about living together, which I completely oppose.

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    Guacamole can be fun to make with your kids.

    Recipes to make with your kids
    Recipes you can make with your kids.

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    Bright-colored adirondack chairs by Seaside Casual, an ottoman as well as couple of rocking chairs will brighten the yard.

    Outdoor makeover contest week 2: Dreams can come true

    I am sitting at the table on my patio underneath the umbrella. There is a warm breeze with the sweet smell of flowers. The candlelight flickers and the glow of garden lights softly light up the beautiful brick paved patio.

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    This front entryway is a perfect place for beautiful and easy-to-maintain landscaping. LED landscape lighting will be easy to maintain, also.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 2: Neighborhood eyesore

    Our front yard is the eyesore of the neighborhood. Just ask any of our neighbors — they will agree! Like our backyard, the front yard is missing any blooming flowers or plants. The only shrubs do not match or are cut down to stumps.

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    Creating two levels, complete with a fire pit and seating area on the lower level, ties the landscape design together.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 2: Too much hill; not enough ideas

    Please, we really need some real help here! This space off the back of our house remains unused because of several problems that exist within this space. There are underground electric lines, an unforgiving hill, and a ground level window all within this space that have become formidable barriers to making this part of the yard useful for us.

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    Pavers and seatwalls helped to created an outdoor room complete with fire pit and a grill island.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 2: Help this backyard

    My husband and I bought this house in Lake Zurich in 1987; built new, first owners. We have not been able to enhance our backyard and would love to give not just ourselves, but also our neighbors, something nice to look at. We would love to be able to sit outside when the weather is warm and read the Daily Herald, good books, etc., and feel like it's a bit of an escape.

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    First lady Michelle Obama hosts winners at the 2012 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Kids’ State Dinner.

    From the Food Editor: Mediterranean diet 20 years young

    It's been 20 years since Oldways revealed a healthy eating plan called the Mediterranean diet. Since that time studies have reinforced its reported health benefits and we've seen an explosion of Mediterranean foods, like hummus and Greek yogurt, in supermarkets.

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    “VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave” by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn

    'VJ' tells of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll at MTV

    Long before Snooki, there was music. It seems quaint to remember a time before music videos and reality stars, but the original MTV VJs describe the beginning of one of the most influential media experiments of all time in "VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave." VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn provide an oral history of the launch of the network that pioneered unscripted entertainment.

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    Host Peter Sagal of “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” on PBS.

    NPR host Peter Sagal hits the road

    Listeners to public radio's "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" have the chance to connect host Peter Sagal's voice to his face — and brush up on the U.S. Constitution. For a monthlong PBS series, Sagal traveled cross-country to illuminate the original document and its 27 amendments that define America.

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    Carrie Underwood to sing ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme

    Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for "Sunday Night Football." After Faith Hill announced last month that she would not perform the intro for a seventh season, NBC is sticking to the formula of a female country music star. The network said Tuesday that Underwood will sing a new version of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night."

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be a guest host on the “Today” show.

    Chris Christie to guest-host ‘Today’ show

    Gov. Chris Christie will guest-host the "Today" show later this month. NBC announced Tuesday that Christie will be a co-host for an hour of the May 24 show, which will broadcast from the Jersey shore as part of its "Great American Adventure" road trip. A location for the appearance has not been finalized.

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    “Golden” by Lady Antebellum

    ‘Golden’ shows different side of Lady A

    After pulling out the stops with 2011's platinum-selling album "Own the Night," Lady Antebellum heads in the opposite direction with the stripped-down sound of "Golden." Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood hinted at its new direction with the sparse, soul-strutting groove of "Downtown," one of the spring's most engaging country hits. As usual, the trio deal with the complexities of modern relationships.

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    Don’t be resentful of boyfriend’s need to host family

    She lives with her boyfriend in his mother's vacation home. While they pay the bills as if it were their own, she is resentful that his family comes to visit and doesn't help with any of the expenses. Carolyn Hax says her boyfriend needs to do this in order to not feel like a "freeloader."

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    Mediterranean Pasta Salad
    Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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    When Dan Kurnick comes home from college on the weekends, he finds time to cook with his dad, Ed Kurnick.

    Father and son inspire each other in the kitchen

    Dan Kurnick, of Hoffman Estates, has been helping his dad in the kitchen ever since he was tall enough to reach the cutting board. "My dad has taught me everything I know about cooking," says Dan. "I've always liked watching Dad cook. I've always been eager to learn. His dishes are fantastic and I'm one who likes to eat."

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    Ado Annie (Tari Kelly) tells Laurie (Ashley Brown) why “I Cain't Say No” in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical “Oklahoma!” now playing though Sunday, May 19.

    Better than OK: Lyric's 'Oklahoma!' big and beautiful

    You win some and you lose some when you produce a Broadway musical like Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 landmark “Oklahoma!” in Chicago's 3,600-seat Civic Opera House. Fortunately for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first outing of its multiyear American Musical Theater Initiative is a big and beautiful success.

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    Jon Lee Brody

    New 'Star Trek' movie beams up Fremd grad

    In college, Palatine native Jon Lee Brody thought his life was laid out with his girlfriend. "My plan was to marry this girl, go to law school, become a corporate lawyer and raise a family. That was the plan," he said. But when she abruptly ended the relationship, Brody moved to LA to become an actor. He plays a security guard in the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness."

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    Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
    Banana Cupcakes: Dan and Ed Kurnick

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    Hubbard Street 2 dancers Brandon Lee Alley, Lissa Smith and ensemble perform in Robyn Mineko Williams' “Recall.” The troupe appears at Fermilab in Batavia and is presented by College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Best bets: Hubbard Street 2 swings into Fermilab

    College of DuPage presents the rising young modern dancers of Hubbard Street 2 Saturday at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall in Batavia. Comedian Erin Jackson takes on matters of love, friendship and modern technology this weekend at Zanies in St. Charles. Internationally famed opera bass-baritone Samuel Ramey appears with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in “The Devil You Say” concert Saturday in Elmhurst.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com “Beef on Fire” is a Thai-inspired stir-fry dish Dan and Ed Kurnick make in their Hoffman Estates kitchen.

    Beef on Fire
    Beef on Fire: Dan and Ed Kurnick

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    Mushroom Tortellini Soup
    Mushroom Tortellini Soup: Dan and Ed Kurnick

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    J.K. Simmons, left, Johnny Pemberton and Leah Remini star in the new ABC series “Family Tools,” airing on Wednesdays.

    Remini back in sitcom business with ‘Family Tools’

    Leah Remini had good reason to join the new ABC sitcom "Family Tools." The former "The King of Queens" star has a development deal with the network, and ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee asked her to be part of the comedy, which debuted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Then Remini's mother weighed in. "She said, Who's in it?'" the actress recalled. After hearing the cast included J.K. Simmons, Remini's mom replied, "He's a real actor, Leah. You should do it."

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    Captain Kirk, right, and Mr. Spock battle the reptilian Gorn in “Star Trek.”

    ‘Star Trek’ game sets phasers on dumb

    “Arena,” a 1967 episode of “Star Trek,” features the original series’ most laughable fight scene, an epic duel between Capt. James T. Kirk and a rubbery lizard-man of the Gorn species. Now Canadian video-game developer Digital Extremes is paying tribute with the new “Star Trek” game, which stretches that showdown into an eight-hour adventure. The game, alas, doesn’t have any of the low-fi charm of “Arena” — it’s just a flat-out mess.

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    Editorial: Expedite federal help for flood victims

    We know officials understand the enormity of what many flood victims in our region face, and a Daily Herald editorial urges them to work quickly to expedite the assessment process and issue the federal disaster declaration to help residents, businesses and local governments.

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    Cokie and Steven Roberts

    Indicting the agents of intolerance

    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: A group of rich Republicans is raising money to support same-sex marriage. By doing so, they reveal a fundamental split in conservative ranks between two very different philosophies.

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    Byron York

    Loopholes mean a faster track to citizenship

    Columnist Byron York: Members of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight stress that under their new immigration plan, currently illegal immigrants will have to wait more than a decade before achieving citizenship. Unless they don't.

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    Sanity has to enter pension debate
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Thank you for the pension forum you hosted at Harper College. Your report stated that there were rational thoughts offered by both sides. Chances are good the retired teachers did a very good job and they expect what they were offered in their pensions.

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    What kind of religion is this?
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: When watching the video of the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, I couldn't believe my ears when she said the scene of the bombing was staged.

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    Distinguish between Islam and heresy
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The Boston Marathon terrorists, indeed all "Islamic" terrorists, do not and were not following Islam. The Quran is very specific that killing just one innocent person is the same to God as killing all of humanity, and the penalty is living in hell for all eternity.

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    President’s wealth is no secret
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: A recent letter (Mike Simon, April 27) compares the 15 percent of adjusted gross income paid in income tax by Mitt Romney with 18 percent paid by President Obama and asks two questions: Whether the president is "trying to mask the fact that he's rich folk," and whether "the president paid his fair share."

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    Three examples of state’s incompetence
    A Roselle letter to the editor: The April 24 newspaper contained three articles concerning our state government that illustrate the stunning incompetence of our legislature. First, the Illinois Senate seriously considered an outdoor smoking ban on college campuses.

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