Daily Archive : Wednesday May 8, 2013


    Daily Herald File Photo A herd of goats and sheep will go where conventional mowers can’t go to trim grass at O’Hare.

    O’Hare to use sheep, goats to keep grass, weeds at bay

    If pigs can fly, then goats and sheep can certainly maintain lawns at O'Hare International Airport. The city of Chicago announced it is hiring some four-legged helpers to cut — or rather eat — grass on the airfield. The innovation will save money on traditional landscaping costs and cut down on the need for herbicides and disposal of clippings, Chicago Department of Aviation...


    Dist. 15 holds off on buying 3,000 iPads

    Faced with budget uncertainties related to the state's financial crisis and concerns over buying outdated technology, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will hold off on a major tablet purchase — for now. The board agreed it will wait a month before considering the administration's recommendation to buy nearly 3,000 iPad 2s for about $1.2 million.


    Miss Mundelein pageant applications available

    Applications for the annual Miss Mundelein pageants are available online at mundelein.org or at village hall, 440 E. Hawley St.

    Don Bero

    Island Lake’s Amrich not worried about chief nominee’s 1998 arrest

    Revelations about Don Bero's 1998 arrest for aggravated assault won't alter Island Lake Mayor-elect Charles Amrich's plans to nominate the former police officer as the town's next chief. However, some trustees who have to vote on the appointment are expressing concerns.

    Debra Jaffe

    Police: Woman abandoned animals in Deerfield home

    A Niles woman charged with abandoning her two dogs for two weeks in a locked and foreclosed Deerfield townhouse missed court Wednesday after checking herself into a psychiatric hospital, authorities said. Debra Jaffe, 42, of the 8000 block of Greenwood Drive, was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after being accused of abandoning her Westie mix dogs. One dog died and the...

    Mourners carry the casket of Ricardo Portillo along a street following a public wake to the funeral service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Family and friends honored the memory of the Utah soccer referee at an emotional funeral service Wednesday evening just hours after the teenager who punched him before he fell into a coma was charged with homicide by assault.

    Teen charged with homicide by assault in ref death

    Family and friends honored the memory of a Utah soccer referee at an emotional funeral service Wednesday evening just hours after the teenager who punched him before he fell into a coma was charged with homicide by assault.

    State Rep. Carol Sente

    IHSA changes football safety rules for high schoolers

    Following pressure from state Rep. Carol Sente of Vernon Hills to limit tackling in youth and high school football practice, the Illinois High School Association approved new safety policies Wednesday trying to limit injuries.

    Michael Seyller

    East Dundee cop facing charges leaving department

    The East Dundee Police Department will part ways with a police sergeant who has three criminal cases pending against him in Carpentersville and Wisconsin. Sgt. Michael Seyller, 39, of Carpentersville, signed a separation agreement with the police department Friday and the village signed off on it Monday, according to East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee.

    Teresa Witt

    Kaneland bullying report falls short for some board members

    An update on what a task force has been doing to address bullying in Kaneland schools got a mixed reception from the school board Wednesday. Two members criticized the task force for not having any students on it, and only one parent. And one of those board members also said he was "disappointed" in the work, because the actions recommended were not based on Kaneland-specific data about bullying.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's union-backed pension-cutting plan was approved by a Senate committee Wednesday.

    State Senate could vote on pension plan Thursday

    A union-backed plan to curb the state's escalating retirement costs passed its first test Wednesday, setting up a vote on the Illinois Senate floor as early as Thursday. The Senate committee's approval of the proposal was widely expected. The pension plan is backed by Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago, and the committee's Democratic members are largely Cullerton allies.

    The Elgin City Council will begin discussing the future of the Hemmens Cultural Center in June.

    Elgin to discuss plans for Hemmens’ future

    The Elgin City Council will begin discussing long-term plans for the Hemmens Cultural Center in June, including creating a committee of residents and experts for input. City council members will tackle the topic at their next strategic planning session in June. The city subsidizes the Hemmens' operations to the tune of $700,000 to $800,00 annually.

    Newly elected Elgin councilwoman Carol Rauschenberger is sworn into office by Judge John G. Dalton, of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County, on Wednesday night. There are now three women — out of nine members — on the Elgin City Council.

    New Elgin council members sworn in

    Four of the five newly elected Elgin City Council members were sworn into office Wednesday night. Toby Shaw was elected to a 2-year seat; incumbents John Prigge and Richard Dunne were re-elected to 4-year terms, along with Carol Rauschenberger, a former Elgin Township trustee, and Terry Gavin, who served on the city council in the 1990s. Dunne was out of the country, visiting Elgin's sister city...


    Dist. 15 teachers file grievance about schedule change

    Teachers in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 have filed a labor grievance claiming the district and school board violated the terms of their contract by shifting the professional development time they're to be given during the school week.

    Daily Herald File Photo Midway's air traffic control tower will stay open overnight.

    Midway spared late-night tower closures

    Late-night fliers bound for Midway International Airport won't have to rely on a wing and a prayer. The Federal Aviation announced it won't close Midway's air control tower overnight, Congressman Dan Lipinski announced.

    Beth Serrano, sister of Amanda Berry, wipes her eyes before speaking to the media after the arrival of Berry at Serrano’s home Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and DeJesus, about 23, had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s, police said.

    Cleveland man charged with 3 women’s kidnap, rape

    The three women held captive for a decade at a run-down Cleveland house were apparently bound with ropes and chains, police said Wednesday as one of the victims was welcomed home by a cheering crowd of hundreds and investigators built a case against the three brothers under arrest.

    Jacquelyn Greco

    Michigan woman charged in 1979 Inverness murder

    More than 30 years after intruders shot Inverness commodities broker Carl Gaimari to death during a home invasion on April 30, 1979, authorities charged the victim's wife, Jacquelyn Greco, with his murder. Greco, 66, of Crystal Falls, Mich., appeared in Rolling Meadows bond court today where Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie ordered her held without bond.

    Jodi Arias looks at her family after being found of guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in their suburban Phoenix home, Wednesday in Phoenix.

    Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder

    Jodi Arias spent 18 days on the stand sharing intimate, emotional and oftentimes X-rated details of her life before a rapt television and online audience. She had hoped it all might convince a jury that she killed her one-time boyfriend in self-defense. But the eight men and four women on the panel didn't buy it, convicting Arias of first-degree murder after only about 15 hours of deliberations.


    Vernon Hills extends power contract

    Vernon Hills has extended its contract with Integrys Energy Services for electricity to residents and small businesses through May 2014.


    Route 21 paving in Libertyville

    Weather permitting the southbound lanes of Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) from Route 137 south in Libertyville will be paved from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.


    Cook County lowers tax on non-retail vehicle sales

    The Cook County Board unanimously passed a proposed amendment Wednesday to cut the county's Non-Retailer Transfer of Motor Vehicles Tax. Sponsored by Commissioner Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman, the amendment will lower the cost of purchasing a car, person to person.


    Coasters For a Cause benefits United Way

    United Way of Lake County has teamed up with Six Flags Great America in Gurnee for a special promotion called "Coasters For A Cause."

    Johnny Borizov listens to the cross-examination of co-defendant Jacob Nodarse on April 26 at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton.

    Defense attacks Darien gunman’s credibility

    DuPage County prosecutors on Wednesday rested their case against triple-murder suspect Johnny Borizov, while the defense sought to attack the credibility of a key witness. Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, faces first-degree murder charges in the March 2010 slayings of three members of his ex-girlfriend's family.

    Deborah Daly

    Beloved Larkin High School teacher dies at 56

    The Larkin High School nursing teacher around whom hundreds have rallied in recent months as she struggled to recover from multiple strokes and fight a rare form of cancer died Tuesday at age 56. Deborah Daly, of Bartlett, started teaching at Larkin High School in 2002 and went on to sponsor the Health Occupations Students of America where she helped numerous students on a path toward careers in...


    Not guilty verdict in 2001 Aurora gang murder case

    After seven hours of delibrerations Wednesday, a Kane County jury acquitted Arnoldo Aguilar of gunning down a 26-year-old rival gang member in Aurora in May 2001. Aguilar, 27, and another man were charged with the killing in 2007 as part of an FBI-Aurora police investigation into cold cases.

    Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino said Wednesday during his annual State of the Village address that a flood control project planned at Armstrong Park will help mitigate flooding in the area — but won't solve it completely. A large dirt mound sits at the construction site now, but the project is expected to begin this year.

    Carol Stream mayor: Flood relief efforts will help

    Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino said Wednesday the stormwater management system set for construction in Armstrong Park might not solve all the village's flooding problems, but it will help. The stormwater project will consist of two above ground reservoirs on the south side of the park and a siphon that will release stormwater to a downstream point in Klein Creek. Construction could...


    Benjamin Dist. 25 approves 5-year pact with teachers

    A new teachers contract has been approved in Benjamin School District 25 that ties salary increases to the rate of inflation. The five-year agreement was approved unanimously this week by the school board and ratified on April 23 by a unanimous vote of the Benjamin Education Association, which represents about 70 teachers at the district's elementary school and middle school. The contract begins...


    Crystal Lake man facing federal fraud charges

    A 46-year-old Crystal Lake man is facing federal mail fraud charges stemming from his role in a scheme prosecutors say involved counterfeit money orders. Federal prosecutors said Michael S. Mackay ran a "secret shopper scheme."

    Emergency crews on the scene of a Wednesday afternoon crash involving a train and an SUV at routes 137 and 83 in Grayslake. The driver of the SUV was taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center.

    One hurt in train, SUV crash in Grayslake

    One person was hurt Wednesday when a freight train struck an SUV in Grayslake. The accident happened about 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of routes 83 and 137.


    Northwest suburban students earn Merit Scholar awards

    Eleven Northwest suburban high school students have been chosen from among of 15,000 outstanding students nationwide for the prestigious Merit Scholar designation, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced. The 11 are among 2,500 scholars from across the country to earn the distinction, as well as a $2,500 scholarship, through the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    Steve Chirico

    Naperville councilman pledges 2015 mayoral bid

    The next municipal election is still two years away, but Steve Chirico already has launched his campaign for Naperville mayor. The first-term city council member officially announced his candidacy Wednesday for what is likely to be a crowded 2015 mayoral race to replace the iconic George Pradel.

    The launch key mechanism at the deactivated Delta Nine Launch Facility near Wall, S.D. The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and if necessary launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized and unacceptable failings, including a potential compromise of missile launch codes.

    Commander cites ‘rot’ in nuke force

    The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks.


    Des Plaines pushing for light at Lee, Forest intersection

    Des Plaines city officials are pushing for a traffic signal at Lee Street and Forest Avenue, an addition that would require permit approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation since Lee (U.S. Routes 12/45) is under state jurisdiction. "That's a dangerous intersection," 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten said. "Somebody's going to get hurt."

    Supporters of gay marriage call for Minnesota lawmakers to legalize gay marriage at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 14.

    Gay marriage gains in Minnesota

    Just six months after Minnesota voters turned back an effort to ban gay weddings, lawmakers are poised to make the state the first in the Midwest to pass a law allowing them. The startling shift comes amid a rapid evolution of public opinion nationally in the debate over marriage. But with Minnesota and possibly Illinois set to broaden the definition to include same-sex couples, coastal states...

    Howie Mandel arrives at the “America’s Got Talent” auditions at the Rosemont Theatre. Mandel and his three fellow hosts are in town through Friday for tapings of the hit NBC competition show.

    ‘America’s Got Talent’ draws crowds to Rosemont

    Thousands gathered in Rosemont on Wednesday to be in the audience for tapings of "America's Got Talent" at the Rosemont Theatre. The arrival of the reality show's celebrity judges -- Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howard Stern -- thrilled the crowd.

    Gordon Vanderark

    Ex-con says former Wheaton man ordered hit on judge

    A recently paroled felon described Wednesday how he was offered $70,000 to kill a DuPage County judge, a prosecutor and several other people on behalf of a former Wheaton man. Harold Myers, who was released from downstate Centralia Correctional Center earlier this year, said he initially thought fellow inmate Gordon Vanderark was a "sucker" and planned to "just take his money." "It wasn't until...

    Cliff McIlvaine

    Builder quits decades-old St. Charles home project

    A local builder who was working on Cliff McIlvaine's St. Charles home has withdrawn from the project. City officials hoped they could hire Royal Builders to finish work on the home after a judge gave the city permission last week to perform repairs and bill McIlvaine, who had let the project landguish since 1975 when he was first issued a permit.


    Illinois has backlog for firearm owner permits

    Illinois State Police say they have a backlog of tens of thousands of applications for Firearms Owner Identification cards. The agency received more than 28,600 applications for FOID cards during April. That's on top of a backlog of nearly 76,000 applications.


    Illinois Senate committee OKs medical marijuana

    The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to send the measure to the full Senate. The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. The measure creates a pilot program that limits the frequency and amount of marijuana patients can buy.


    Phone scam in Cook County targets natives of India

    The Cook County sheriff's office released an alert this week warning residents of a phone scam that has been reported in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines. Callers are threatening the victims — who are all originally from India — with arrest or deportation if they do not send "payments owed."


    Flower Power Planting Party – can you dig it?

    A love of nature is love worth sharing, which the Fox Valley Park District will do again this season with its Flower Power Planting Parties. From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, groups of volunteer planting teams — perhaps you included — will take to the gardens in front of the Eola Community Center and Vaughan Athletic Center to roll up their sleeves and celebrate planting season.


    Police groups question marijuana test

    Leading Illinois law enforcement organizations stepped up their opposition Wednesday to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, focusing on motorist safeguards they say are too lax to prevent traffic deaths. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association oppose House-approved legislation headed for Senate committee consideration, saying the bill incorrectly...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Alexandria T. Silva, 19, of Carpentersville, was charged May 1 with retail theft, accused of stealing less than $150 in merchandise from Walmart in the 12300 block of Route 47, according to a police report.


    Adkins: It’s free to shred your stuff
    By Lenore AdkinsVote for your favorite pizza during Huntley Community Radio’s first pizza wars fundraiser, which will be held between 5 p, m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Huntley Park District Recreation Center Cafeteria at 12015 Mill Street. A trophy will be awarded to the winning eatery.


    District 207 settles former orchestra teacher's lawsuit

    Maine Township High School District 207 has reached a deal with a former Maine West High School orchestra teacher to drop his federal lawsuit against the school board claiming he was fired because of his gender. Without admitting to any wrongdoing, the district will pay $10,000 to Andrew Ladendorf for agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit.

    Arlene Juracek

    Wilks departs, Juracek takes over in Mount Prospect

    Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks banged her gavel for the last time Tuesday night, bringing to a close 22 years of serving the village and ushering in the administration of the new mayor, Arlene Juracek.

    Elgin resident Richard Carlson points to erosion and accumulation of rocks in the area where Poplar and Willow creeks meet. Last month’s heavy storms accelerated the damage. Carlson attended a meeting of the Elgin chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America on Tuesday to talk about how to stabilize the banks of the creek.

    Elgin’s Izaak Walton chapter wants to stabilize Willow Creek

    Members of the Elgin chapter of Izaak Walton League of America are determined to stabilize the banks of Willow Creek — they just need to find support for the project, they said. About 20 people met Tuesday night to discuss Willow Creek, a tributary of Poplar Creek in Elgin's southeast side.

    Robert Dold

    Dold says he'll run for 10th District seat in 2014

    Republican former congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth, who narrowly lost last November to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider, told supporters that he will be making a bid for his former 10th District congressional seat in 2014. Dold, in a letter released early this afternoon, cited “frustration with the current lack of compromise and the consistent stalemate in Washington” as his reason...


    New District 220 board members sworn in

    Re-elected Barrington Unit District 220 board members Sandra Ficke-Bradford and Penny Kazmier, along with newly elected members Wendy Farley and Christopher Geier, were sworn in Tuesday. Stepping down after not seeking re-election were board members Tim Hull and Cara Richardson. The reconstituted school board voted to retain Brian Battle as its president.

    Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing on the deadly assault of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi in Washington Wednesday.

    Former US official describes Libya attack

    A former top diplomat in Libya on Wednesday described a 2 a.m. call from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and amid confusion about the fate of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and fears about the safety of additional American personnel.

    Mary Rees Freeman reacts as she is announced as the winner of the D. Ray Wilson Service Award during Judson University's Community Prayer Breakfast Wednesday in Elgin. Rees Freeman has worked with or volunteered for a number of local nonprofit organizations.

    Judson recognizes volunteers, relationships at prayer breakfast

    Community members gathered at Judson University Wednesday for a morning of prayer — for families and friends, government officials and churches and religious leaders. The annual prayer breakfast filled Judson's fitness center with hundreds of community leaders and five nominees for a volunteer service award, which was awarded to Mary Rees Freeman.


    Proper training can temper pets’ behavior problems

    Tiana, a coonhound recently adopted from Naperville's Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment Pet Shelter, had behavior problems; she didn't want to share her food when other dogs were around. Full of energy, she needed a family who would be patient with her and help her continue to learn the correct doggy manners initiated by ADOPT staff and volunteers.


    Learn how to bloom where you’re planted

    Wherever life has planted us today, we should pray and ask God to give wisdom and insight to use the situation for our good and the good of others, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

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

    Naperville council OKs new late-night permit for old Rosebud site

    Mayor George Pradel begged the council to "hold off" and Police Chief Robert Marshall says the move will require the city to hire more police, but Naperville officials increased their late-night liquor permits by one. Council members voted 8 to 1, with Pradel voting no, to expand the capped permits to allow for Ballydoyle to open its new Empire craft beer and burger pub at the corner of Chicago...

    Traffic heads west on Rollins Road toward Route 83 in Round Lake Beach. Plans are in the works for big changes at and around the intersection.

    Pending agreements move Rollins Gateway project closer to construction

    Several pending agreements will finalize details involving utility relocation and the construction and extension of a network of paths as construction nears for the massive Rollins Gateway project at Route 83 and Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach. The work will begin this summer and last two construction seasons.

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is greeted by supporters as he arrives to give his victory speech on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Sanford won back his old congressional seat in the state’s 1st District in a special election.

    Mark Sanford redeems career, heading to Congress

    In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his career was derailed by scandal four years ago. "I am one imperfect man saved by God's grace," the Republican told about 100 cheering supporters Tuesday after defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch to win back the 1st District seat he held for three terms in the 1990s. "It's my pledge to all of you going...


    Friends mourn 5 Calif. nurses killed in limo fire

    From the privacy of their bedrooms to the public bustle of busy hospital wards, families and friends are struggling with the heartbreak of losing five loved ones, all nurses, killed Saturday in a burning limousine.


    Worcester police: Get suspect’s body out of city

    The chief of the police in Worcester, Mass., says the department has been reluctantly dragged into the efforts to find a burial plot for dead Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a deal for the state prisons department to take the body has fallen through.


    Fla. boy, 3, fatally shoots self with uncle’s gun

    Authorities say a 3-year-old Florida boy has died after shooting himself with a gun he found in his uncle's backpack. The shooting happened Tuesday night in a bedroom Jadarrius Speights shared with his uncle at an apartment complex in Tampa.


    Israel releases top Muslim cleric in Holy Land

    Israeli police detained the top Muslim cleric in the Holy Land Wednesday in a rare crackdown on a leading religious figure, questioning him for several hours before releasing him without charge. The detention, which followed recent unrest at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, drew harsh condemnation from Palestinian leaders and neighboring Jordan and threatened to complicate U.S. Secretary of...

    Prosecutor spokesperson Jean-Marc Meilleur addresses the media in Brussels, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Police carried out a series of raids in Belgium and detained 31 people in three countries in connection with a spectacular $50 million diamond heist pulled off with apparent clockwork precision at Brussels Airport, a Belgian prosecutor said Wednesday. (

    Belgium says 31 detained in $50m diamond heist

    Authorities claimed a major breakthrough on Wednesday in their investigation of a spectacular $50 million diamond heist, detaining at least 31 people in a three-nation sweep some three months after robbers pulled off the theft with clockwork precision at Brussels Airport.

    Lawyers for James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater, said Tuesday May 7, 2013 he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

    New insanity plea may slow Colorado shooting case

    The trial of the former grad student charged in the deadly Colorado movie theater shootings will likely be delayed weeks or months because he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. James Holmes' attorneys filed the court papers Tuesday.

    Bangladeshis stand near stacks of coffins at a makeshift morgue, meant for victims of a building the collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from a collapsed garment factory building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster topped 800.

    Bangladesh garment disaster death toll crosses 800

    Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from a collapsed garment factory building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster topped 800.


    Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg bike ride May 19

    Schaumburg's annual Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg bike ride will kick off at noon Sunday, May 19 from Blackwell Elementary School, 345 N. Walnut Lane in Schaumburg. The approximately seven-mile journey utilizes both on and off-street bike paths between Blackwell School and the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court.


    Schaumburg’s Prairie Arts Festival May 25-26

    Schaumburg's 26th annual Prairie Arts Festival will run rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 on the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center at Schaumburg Road and Summit Drive. The exhibition and sale will feature nearly 130 fine artists displaying ceramics, fiber arts, glass, graphics, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery and sculpture.

    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., questions top officials of the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, about how they are dealing with the controversy over sexual assaults and how the military justice system handles it, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

    Most military sexual assault cases go unreported

    They are young, often low-ranking service members out on the weekend in the late night and early morning hours. Sometimes they've been drinking. Often those who sexually assault them are in the armed forces, too. But in the vast majority of military sexual assault cases — as many as 22,000 in 2012 — the victim chooses not to report the attack or unwanted sexual contact.

    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.

    Block where women found a friendly, careful place

    The block where horror happened has many faces. On one end, magnificent stained-glass windows rise two stories up a handsome brick church. At the other end, truck bays open into a bleak warehouse. In the middle of the Seymour Avenue block stands the home where, authorities say, three young women were held captive. What kind of place could hide such a terrible secret for so long? And how?

    Clinical psychologist Dr. John Murray testifies about the mental state of convicted murderer Jacob Nodarse, during the murder trial of Johnny Borizov at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: Not all back pension plan; psychologist on Darien shooter

    Darien shooter's story consistent,' psychologist testifies. Not all back union-favored pension cuts. Firefighter hurt in South Barrington house fire. COD president to have building named after him. Former Carpentersville fire chief retired while under investigation. Good Shepherd Hospital seeks $247 million modernization. Hawks tame the Wild.


    Unused state police time off cost taxpayers $7.7 million

    Taxpayers spent more than $7.7 million to cover unused time off for 134 former Illinois State Police troopers who retired between 2006 and 2012. Money paid for unused sick time and vacation time made up the bulk of that total, along with funds for personal, compensatory and holiday time that went unused.


    Dist. 220 board updated on social-emotional learning

    In the wake of a high school student's suicide last month, Barrington Unit District 220 board members Tuesday heard a progress report on the district's social-emotional learning curriculum aimed in part at anticipating and avoiding such tragedies. Strong focus was put on students' social-emotional well-being in District 220 — both during and outside the school day — after five...


    Batavia schools taking out short-term loan

    The Batavia school district is doing some short-term borrowing to make sure it can cover its expenses in late May and in June. The school board Tuesday agreed to sell $5 million worth of tax-anticipation warrants

    Village Attorney Bryan Mraz swears in new Village President Kevin Wallace as Village Clerk Lorna Gilees looks on during Tuesday’s village board meeting.

    Bartlett’s new village president, new trustees sworn in

    Four new Bartlett village board members were greeted with loud rounds of applause from more than 80 residents who came to witness their swearing-in ceremony Tuesday. Kevin Wallace was sworn in as village president, replacing Michael Airdo, who had held the position since late 2011. Vince Carbonaro, Michael Camerer and Aaron Reinke were sworn in as the new village trustees and Village Clerk Lorna...

    Fire and rescue personnel responded to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon on Aztec Court in South Barrington.

    Firefighter injured battling South Barrington house fire

    A firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze Tuesday afternoon in a single-family home in a gated retirement community in South Barrington.


    The White Sox's Tyler Greene, right, greets Alex Rios after Rios scored on a single by Paul Konerko Wednesday night against the Mets in New York. The White Sox won 6-3.

    Peavy returns, pitches White Sox past Mets 6-3

    Jake Peavy pitched three-hit ball in his return from a balky back, Alejandro De Aza had a leadoff homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Wednesday night to split their two-game interleague series.Alex Rios homered among his three hits and knocked in two runs for the White Sox. Conor Gillaspie blooped a two-run double off Jeremy Hefner (0-4) as Chicago's struggling hitters finally found a few holes.

    Alexei Ramirez, left, Alejandro De Aza, center, and Alex Rios celebrate after the White Sox beat the Mets on Wednesday in New York. The White Sox won 6-3.

    Shake-up pays dividends for White Sox

    Considering all of the negatives in the air, the White Sox have to be feeling pretty good after beating the New York Mets 6-3 Wednesday night and finishing with a 4-4 record on their road trip.

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, left, blocks a shot by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami. The Heat won 115-78.

    Bulls routed in Game 2 by Heat

    The Bulls' ugly, physical and complaint-filled loss to Miami nearly required an extra page on the stat sheet to list all the technical fouls. The Bulls didn't respond to the challenge and suffered the worst playoff loss in franchise history in Game 2 at American Airlines Arena. “That’s the way it is. We can’t shy away from contact,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It usually comes down to will; your will and determination. The ball’s in the air, you’re going to get hit. That’s reality. That’s NBA basketball.”

    Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva leaves the field during the seventh inning of their 5-4 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    Cardinals rally in 7th to best Cubs
    Just when the Cubs get area settled, anyother goes haywire on them. Manager Dale Sveum named Kevin Gregg his closer Wednesday. But normally dependable setup man James Russell suffered a blown save, and the Cubs fell 5-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    From left, Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich, Derrick Rose, Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler watch from the bench during the final seconds of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat Wednesday night in Miami. The Heat won 115-78.

    Rose will return ... but guessing when just silly

    Prior to the Bulls' lopsided loss at Miami on Wednesday, rumors swirled that Derrick Rose might return for Game 3 on Friday. Of course, nothing will be official until the man himself roars, "Tonight's the night!" Bulls fans seem to understand that Rose wouldn't be able to play many minutes or be very effective after such a long layoff. Yet a large segment of them want him back. Meanwhile, other large segments want him to do everything from continue resting to be traded.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Conant tops Elk Grove, makes Fremd semis

    Carmen Rosas had 3 goals, Angie Skittone and Deana Becker had 2 each and Emily Weingart had 4 steals and 3 drawn ejections to lift Conant past Elk Grove 7-6 in Fremd girls water polo sectional quarterfinal action Wednesday.


    Barton, BG seniors enjoy big day

    It was Senior Day for Buffalo Grove's softball team on Wednesday. Senior third baseman Erin Barton couldn't have begun the celebration of her own day any better. Barton belted a 3-run homer in the first inning and that proved plenty for sophomore ace Julia Camardo, who went on to shut out visiting Wheeling 5-0. Camardo (11-6) tossed a 1-hitter for the Bison (12-7) who improved to 8-4 in the Mid-Suburban East, two games in front of Elk Grove (7-7).


    Waubonsie Valley nets UEC title

    Some electrical problems left St. Charles North's scoreboard partially operational for much of Wednesday's Upstate Eight Conference girls soccer title match between Valley Division winners Waubonsie Valley and the hosts, winners of the River Division. When the scoreboard lit fully late in the second half, it reinforced what everyone in the stands and on the field knew — Waubonsie Valley was on its way to a comfortable 3-0 victory and its seventh straight victory.

    Marmion Academy’s Tyler Maryanski muscles his way over the high jump bar set at 6 feet five inches for first place Wednesday at the Suburban Christian Conference boys track meet at Aurora Central Catholic.

    Marmion handles pressure, wins SCC again

    There's nothing wrong with a little pressure. Marmion's John Graft felt it Wednesday. Set to launch into the 1,600-meter run he was told that with a win the Cadets could clinch the Suburban Christian Conference boys track and field championship. On the home track of Marmion's greatest conference rival, no less, Aurora Central Catholic.


    Scouting MSL, ESCC tennis

    Scouting conference tennis meetsMid-Suburban LeagueTourney host: Wheeling Venues: Wheeling (Nos. 1 singles and doubles); Buffalo Grove (No. singles, Nos. 2 and 4 doubles); Hersey (No. 3, singles and doubles)Finals: at Wheeling, noon SaturdayTop seedsNo. 1 singles: Vincent Lin (Schaumburg), Mack Galvin (Rolling Meadows), Varun Parekh (Barrington), Carson Burke (Prospect).No. 1 doubles: Barrington (Ben Adams/Will Herzog), Fremd (Eric Pohl/Jinwoo Oak), Prospect (Sam Tambeaux/Nick Tenuta), Hersey (Brandon Stassen/Owen Connor)OutlookIn a crowded field at No. 1 singles, Varun Parekh won’t be the favorite, but the four-veteran at Barrington will still be the key figure for his club, which enters the conference tournament as the team to beat. After fueling a strong Broncos effort on Monday to defeat reigning MSL champ Fremd (6-1), the Washington University-bound Parekh added another big win against the rival Vikings to go along with an impressive resume he’s been building ever since stepping into the starting lineup for coach John Roncone. “With each year, Varun has become more and more of a leader, something we all expected and wanted for him, and we’re so happy that he came back to win his match on Monday to help get his team going and to give us a division title once more,” said Roncone. Both Roncone and his standout player remember how, as a freshman, Parekh won a marathon match to help break a 3-3 tie with Fremd to give the Broncos the division crown.“It’s all kind of surreal to think that I am just about done playing here at Barrington, and leaving behind the friends that I have here,” said Parekh, who has been accepted into Wash U’s prestigious Owens Business School and will continue to play tennis. “But it has been a lot of fun, and a very satisfying career for me in these four years.” The Broncos Student Council President is ranked in the upper 6 percent of a senior class of 740 students. Without high expectations, Parekh advanced into his first state tournament in his freshman season. Roncone later paired Parekh with George Coll as the No. 1 doubles team, and it proved to be the perfect move. The dynamic duo captured MSL and sectional titles, earning them a 9-16 seed at state where they went 3-2.“We lost our last two matches to New Trier and Bloomington, both matches we felt we could have won,” said Parekh, “but nonetheless, I am sure George would agree we played great all tournament long.” As Parekh visits some of the big tournaments for the last time, Hinsdale Central, and the 32, to mention a few, he sees both the past and the future pass right before his eyes. “I’ve played against eventual state champions in my career, Blake Bazarnik (Stevenson) and Robert Stineman (New Trier). And this season, it’s young guys who will be great, too, like Vincent (Lin) over at Schaumburg, and it’s all kind of nostalgic for me.“I don’t know how this week or next will go. Our sectional is so tough, especially at singles. But it’s been great here, and I am really enjoying the role of leadership on this team during my senior year.”East Suburban Catholic ConferenceTourney host: Marian CatholicWhen: Thursday (noon); Saturday (9 a.m.)The lowdown: When Carmel edged Benet 3-2 on Monday, it gave the Corsairs the regular season ESCC title and the upper hand against the rest of the league heading into this weekend’s conference tournament in Chicago Heights. The Corsairs’ 1-2 punch at singles, Kevin Hunt (15-4) and Brandon Dechter (19-3), led the way against Benet, and the duo will be considered the favorites this weekend when Nancy Fehn’s club looks to capture its first title since sharing the 2010 crown.


    Boothe, Mundelein roll in sectional quarterfinal

    Allie Boothe fired in 7 goals to lead Mundelein's top-seeded girls water polo team to a 19-5 win over No. 8 Vernon Hills in quarterfinal action of the Mundelein sectional Wednesday.


    Delozier helps Carmel rally past Benet

    Dani Delozier's "D" helped decide it. The freshman second baseman, a recent call-up, helped save the day for Carmel Catholic's softball team, which needed eight innings to pull out a 9-6 win over host Benet Academy in East Suburban Catholic Conference action Wednesday.

    Marquis Teague watches from the court in the second half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami. The Heat won 115-78.

    Bulls’ Noah: We’ll be back

    Even the ugliest loss in Bulls playoff history still counts as just one loss. The only good news for the visiting team on Wednesday was they upset defending champ Miami in Game 1 and will head back to the United Center with the series even at 1-1.


    St. Charles North wins 9th straight

    Sabrina Rabin set the tone, and Batavia never truly recovered. The St. Charles North junior walked to lead off the teams' Upstate Eight Conference River Division softball game Wednesday afternoon and was soon home on back-to-back stolen bases and a throwing error. Twenty-one batters in all would come to the plate for St. Charles North in the first two innings; a dozen scored, and the North Stars cruised to their ninth consecutive win with a 13-1 slaughter-rule victory over the Bulldogs in St. Charles.


    Big sixth inning lifts Wheaton North

    DuPage baseball roundup


    A winning MO for Barrington

    Barrington seniors Maggie O'Hara and Morgan Olszewski have similar initials of M.O. That could stand for More Offense'. Because like their teammates, they are both always looking to provide more.O'Hara belted her fourth homer of the season in the sixth inning of Game 1 against Schaumburg on Wednesday and was the only player in the game with multiple hits. The right fielder went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI as the Fillies won 7-1 in a game that had been postponed in the fifth inning last week because of lightning. Olszewski got on base twice in the regularly-scheduled Game 2, including an RBI single in the Fillies' 3-run third inning. The left fielder later scored the Fillies' final run in a 7-0 shutout.

    Lake Zurich’s Nick Jones, right, makes a diving attempt at a flyball as Dominic DeMicco tries to track down the ball against visiting Stevenson on Wednesday.

    Extra special win for Holtz, Lake Zurich

    It hasn't always been fun for Lake Zurich's baseball boys this spring. Not for Joey Holtz, either. Consider that the Bears junior second baseman had been getting ribbed by his team lately because his batting average, while on the rise, has continued to equal his slugging percentage. "No more," a smiling Holtz said Wednesday after helping Lake Zurich play the spoiler's role by beating visiting Stevenson 5-3 in North Suburban Lake Division action. The singles-hitting Holtz muscled up on a pitch in the second inning, hitting a tailing drive deep to right field. The ball bounced around on the warning track, as Holtz hustled to third with a standing triple. It was his first extra-base hit of the season.


    Waubonsie Valley tops Lake Park

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

    Barrington’s Molly Pfeiffer, middle, celebrates her first-half goal with teammates Elli Ackerman, left, and Aimee Pierce during Wednesday’s Mid-Suburban League championship game at Buffalo Grove. Pfeiffer had an assist on the game’s second goal as Barrington won 2-0.

    Pfeiffer stars as Barrington repeats in MSL

    Under the bright lights at center stage, Molly Pfeiffer helped Barrington steal the show Wednesday night in the 24th annual MSL Soccer Cup. The Fillies senior had a hand in both goals while turning in a commanding 80-minute effort to lift Barrington to an impressive 2-0 victory over Buffalo Grove. It's the Fillies' second consecutive conference title and third in four seasons.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 6, Hampshire 1: Deanna Hecht had a hat trick and Beth Parks scored 2 goals to lead the Red Raiders to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Katie Constantino also had a goal for Huntley (15-3-1), while Taryn Jakubowski, Hecht, Autumn Maraviglia (2) and Abigail Nordeen had assists. Kelli Rubino made 1 save in goal. Alex Zeller scored Hampshire’s goal.Streamwood 4, IMSA 1: Kim Jimenez had 2 goals and an assist, Tawny Carroll scored twice and Erika Delgado had an assist to lead the Sabres to a nonconference win. Hannah McGlone had 2 saves in goal for Streamwood (11-8-3).


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 12, Metea Valley 5: Bartlett maintained a 1-game lead in the Upstate Eight Valley race with this win. The Hawks, who host South Elgin today and Waubonsie Valley on Saturday, now have a 1-game lead over Waubonsie, which beat Lake Park on Wednesday. Lake Park and Neuqua Valley are 2 games back and South Elgin is still in the hunt 3 games off the pace. Alex Morales led Bartlett (20-6, 11-2) going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Katie Fornoff (2B), Kayla Haberstich (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and Holly Pagan (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) also contributed to the offense. Pagan (11-3 was the winning pitcher, allowing 4 hits.St. Charles East 3, Elgin 1: Elgin managed just 3 hits in this Upstate Eight River loss. Jennah Perryman took the loss for the Maroons (11-11, 5-9), allowing 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.Jacobs 10, Grayslake Central 9: Emily Borg hit a pinch-hit 2-run home run in the sixth inning to give Jacobs this Fox Valley Conference crossover win. Kelsey Peters was the winning pitcher for the Golden Eagles (12-10) and Jacquelyn Hengler added a double.Hampshire 7, Woodstock 2: Jennifer Hurst had 3 RBI and was the winning pitcher with 9 strikeouts, no walks and 6 hits allowed as Hampshire (8-16, 3-6) won in the FVC Fox.Burlington Central 19, North Boone 0: The Rockets wrapped up the outright Big Northern East title with their 17th straight win. Emily Kisch threw a 5-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and 1 walk. Bekah Harnish (3-for-3, HR, 5 RBI), Kisch (2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI) and Kayla Ross (2-for-3, RBI) led the offense for BC (20-1, 11-0), which has won its last three games 67-0.South Elgin 10, East Aurora 0: Cassidy Westlund was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and 4 RBI and Shannon Schooler went 3-for-4 with 2 stolen bases and an RBI to lead the Storm in the UEC Valley. Mallory Mecklenburg (2-for-3), Brittany Koss (2B, 3 RBI), Sam Helton (2-for-2, RBI) and Taylor Rees (2B, RBI) also contributed. Katie Koss got the pitching win for South Elgin (14-10, 9-5), allowing 2 hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks.Cary-Grove 8, Dundee-Crown 1: Sarah Leudo was 2-for-2 with a double, triple and an RBI and Erin Olson drove in 2 runs as the Trojans maintained a share of first place in the FVC Valley. Grace Pilz and Sarah Kendeigh each drove in runs and Lauren Stanley (6-3) allowed 7 hits in picking up the win in the circle for C-G (17-3, 8-2). Amanda Eissler (3-for-3, HR, 2B) led the Chargers (3-13, 0-8). Casey Weeks added a double for D-C and Lauren Girard was the losing pitcher.Huntley 8, CL South 6: Randi Peterson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, Tamara Funke went 2-for-3 and Shannon Walsh had a home run as Huntley (17-8, 5-6) won in the FVC Valley. Ashley Laxner (4-0) was the winning pitcher, allowing just 1 hit in 1 innings. Losing pitcher Taylor Kassel and Sam McLean drove in runs for the Gators (11-8, 3-7) and Kimmy Woods was 3-for-4 with an RBI.Geneva 17, Larkin 1: Alex Bednarski’s home run was Larkin’s only hit in this UEC River loss. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher for the Royals (3-20, 2-11).Montini 16, St. Edward 2: Seniors Kali Kossakowski, Ashley Gradisher (RBI) and Kristi Kroll had 3 of St. Edward’s 4 hits in this Suburban Christian loss on the Green Wave’s senior day at Judson University. Angela Zenteno took the loss for St. Edward (9-12, 4-7).Fenton 18, Westminster Christian 6: Losing pitcher Rachel Fugiel was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI for the Warriors (10-7) in this nonconference loss.

    LeBron James, center, drives against Jimmy Butler (21) and center Joakim Noah, right, during the first half of Game 2 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Butler didn’t play a full 48 minutes Wednesday, the first time that’s happened since Game 5 of the Bulls’ series against Brooklyn.

    Bulls’ Butler finally grabs some bench

    Jimmy Butler's string of playing all 48 minutes in three straight games came to an end when he was called for his second foul 13 seconds into second quarter on Wednesday durign Game 2 at Miami.


    Big moment for Sizelove, Grayslake Central

    Anna Sizelove was taking her spot on the post, defending for Grayslake Central but not knowing what was going to happen next. Sizelove was well aware of her assignment, though, and stopped Grayslake North's potential game-tying goal in the final 20 seconds from a corner kick on a direct shot right at her. That sequence helped Grayslake Central hold off host Grayslake North 2-1 in a Fox Valley Fox Division match on Wednesday evening.


    Schank, Naperville Central win pitchers’ duel

    It didn't take long to figure out Wednesday's baseball game between Naperville Central and Naperville North might come down to just one mistake. Redhawks pitcher Jeff Schank made sure he didn't make that mistake. The Butler-bound senior left-hander scattered 6 hits and walked no one as Naperville Central began the three-game DuPage Valley Conference series with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Huskies.

    Lindsey Gonzalez, of Naperville Central, makes it to third while Stephanie Campos of Glenbard North North just misses the tag during the Glenbard North at Naperville Central softball game Wednesday.

    Naperville Central ends 24-year DVC drought

    If any softball program understands how difficult it is to win a conference championship, it is Naperville Central. Then how'd the Redhawks make it look so easy? Ending a 24-year title drought in remarkably stress-free fashion, No. 1 Naperville Central beat No. 5 Glenbard North 6-0 on Wednesday in Naperville to clinch at least a share of the program's first DuPage Valley Conference championship since 1989.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after a technical foul is called on guard Nate Robinson during the first half of Game 2 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Miami.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat, Game Two
    The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat played game two of their playoff series Wednesday in Miami . Chicago suffered a 115-78 loss, and were charged with six technical fouls in the staggering loss.Game three is in Chicago Friday with the series tied at one game apiece.


    Bees blank Cougars

    Kane Count Cougars game report:The Kane County Cougars were shut out for the first time this season, managing only 5 hits in a 4-0 loss to the Burlington Bees at Community Field on Wednesday.Aaron Newcomb (1-1) limited the Cougars (14-15) to 3 hits over 6 innings. Only two Cougars reached second base against Newcomb — Willson Contreras with one out in the fifth after a walk and a single, and Dan Vogelbach, who doubled in the sixth.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Half of Burlington Central’s hits were doubles and Jacob Schutta allowed just 4 hits in 6 innings as the Rockets downed North Boone 10-2 in Big Northern East baseball action Wednesday, solidifying their hold on first place in the conference.Mike Lee, Blake Alexander (RBI), Bryan Cynova (3-for-4, 4 RBI), Ryan Schuring (2-for-2), Danny Gerke (2-for-4, RBI) and Drew Wiss each had doubles for Burlington Central (10-8, 9-2), while Josh Lung had 2 RBI and Cody Schuver (3-for-4) drove in a run. Schutta struck out 5 and walked 3.Westminster Christian 8, Walther Lutheran 2: Will Woodhouse (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI) and Chase Woods (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) led the Warriors to a nonconference win. Luke Weston also went 2-for-4 for Westminster (9-8) and John Wawro picked up the win on the mound, going 5 innings and allowing just 2 hits.Prairie Ridge 3, Hampshire 2: Piotr Barnas had 3 doubles and an RBI for the Whip-Purs in this Fox Valley Conference loss. Brandon Wescher had a double and Tyler Crater drove in a run for Hampshire (10-12, 3-11 FBC Fox). Andrew Brown took the loss for the Whips, allowing 7 hits in 6 innings.Wauconda 2, Cary-Grove 1: Patrick Serowka and Daniel Vilardo each had doubles and Andrew Splitt drove in Cary-Grove’s only run in this nonconference loss. Serowka was the losing pitcher for the Trojans (16-7).Huntley 4, Carmel 3: Trevor Symbal (2-for-4, RBI) and Nick Cusumano (RBI) each doubled for Huntley and Troy Cantu had a triple as the Red Raiders won in nonconference action. Kuyle Sable was the winning pitcher for Huntley (21-3), striking out 5 in the final 3 innings.St. Charles East 4, Elgin 3: Elgin’s late rally fell short in this Upstate Eight River game. Isaac Narayan (2-for-4, 2B), Brandon Higdon (3-for-3, 2B, RBI) and Alex Duttell (2-for-4, HR) led the Maroons (6-16, 5-14). Jon Zima was the losing pitcher.Elgin Academy 13, Francis Parker 7: Winning pitcher Max Swienton was 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI to lead the Hilltoppers to an Independent School League win. Swienton struck out 15 and allowed 6 hits. Gannon Cattone (4-for-4, 2B), Zach Bohenick (3 hits, 2B) and Jumel Julien (3 hits, 3B) also contributed for Elgin Academy (9-1, 9-1).Deerfield 2, Jacobs 1: Connor Conzelman had a double and an RBI for Jacobs in this nonconference loss. Ryan Downing was the losing pitcher for the Golden Eagles (16-9).


    Wazorick pitches in as Meadows rolls

    For the third consecutive game, Rolling Meadows received outstanding pitching as the Mustangs rolled past host Buffalo Grove 10-0 in 5 innings Wednesday. It was Mickey Wazorick's turn to be dominant, allowing just 3 hits while fanning four and walking none. Wazorick's performance comes on the heels of Jack Milas' no-hitter on Tuesday and Matt Dennis' 16-strikeout performance on Monday. The strong pitching gave Rolling Meadows (14-8, 11-1) its sixth win in a row. The Mustangs continue to lead Elk Grove by 2 games with just 4 to play in the MSL East.

    Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, left, blocks a shot by Bulls center Joakim Noah Wednesday night in Miami. The Heat won 115-78.

    Heat top Bulls 115-78

    Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James had 19 and the Miami Heat embarrassed the Chicago Bulls with a 115-78 victory in Game 2 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night.The Bulls had six technical fouls, and Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected late as Miami's lead reached as much as 46 points. The Heat knotted the series at 1-1, with Game 3 in Chicago on Friday night.

    Internet rumors ran rampant Wednesday about Derrick Rose’s possible return to the court for the NBA semifinal series.

    Thibs squelches Rose rumors: ‘Nothing’s change’

    With his teammates struggling in Game 2 against the Miami Heat, rumors of Derrick Rose's possible return to the court were exploding on the Internet. Game 3 is Friday at the United Center and Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, a property of USA Today, is reporting that Rose may dress for that game. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, however, said "nothing's changed" with regard to Rose's status.

    Westminster Christian’s Helen Berntson, left center, hugs teammate Taylor Pedersen as the final whistle blows in their win over Harvest Christian during Wednesday’s Class 1A regional semifinal in Elgin.

    Westminster Christian strikes early, moves on

    Postseason performances sometimes require extra motivation. Or courage. If you didn't know that Westminster Christian midfielder Liz Meschewski played on a strained left hamstring Wednesday afternoon, you wouldn't have thought otherwise. But the junior, who somehow aggravated it in practice earlier this week, played regardless and delivered a gutty performance that will be hard to forget. Her 2 goals and 1 assist in an 8-minute span in the first half aided No. 3 Westminster Christian's 3-2 Class 1A regional semifinal girls soccer win over No. 2 Harvest Christian.


    Latest Florida discovery: new black bass species

    In his weekly Outdoors Notebook, Mike Jackson reports on a new species of black bass discovered by scientists, and how dogs are going to be used in Minnesota to sniff out the dreaded zebra mussels.

    Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin, center, keeps the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, right, in check as he helps goalie Josh Harding defend the net in the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn.

    Toews believes Blackhawks can play much better

    Heading into Game 5 against Minnesota, there were no rosy, we-just-played-our-best-game of the series scenarios from Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.No sir. Instead, the laser-focused Toews on Wednesday talked of redemption from the game before — the Hawks' lone loss of the series — and what might have been.


    Power shortage for Hawks, Wild

    Neither the Blackhawks nor the Minnesota Wild is having a great series on the power play.The Hawks are 1-for-11 after going 0-for-2 in Tuesday's 3-0 win in Game 4. The Wild is 0-for-15 for the series.

    Brian Brauer

    Judson hopes its experience helps at NAIA nationals

    A more veteran Judson University baseball team hopes to parlay the experience gained from last year's NAIA National Championship Opening Round into a better result at Silver Cross Field in Joliet this weekend. Judson (44-15) qualified for the NAIA Tournament last season for the second time in school history, but the 12-hour bus ride to Hutchinson, Kan. for the Opening Round did not produce the desired result. The Eagles lost their first game to eventual national runner-up Rogers State and were knocked from the double-elimination bracket after 3 contests. Those Eagles were more like Eaglets; Judson was the youngest team in its bracket with five freshmen manning key positions.

    Hampshire’s Elizabeth Pagan competes in the long jump during the Fox Valley Conference girls track meet Monday at Grayslake Central High School.

    Hampshire putting it all together

    In years past, while Hampshire's Patti Nihells, one of the longest-tenured area girls track coaches, may not have had the largest teams but she's always had talented individual athletes both on the track and in the field events. This year, Hampshire is enjoying the best of both worlds. The Whip-Purs are fresh off winning the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division team title in only their second year in the conference. Hampshire, which finished third overall in the 14-team FVC meet, will look to continue that season-long success at Friday's Class 2A Burlington Central sectional. At the sectional level, the top two place-finishers in each event and any individual or relay team equaling or surpassing the minimum state-qualifying standard in each event advance to the state finals in Charleston at Eastern Illinois University.

    Nate Schierholtz watches his two-run double off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, scoring Luis Valbuena, and Anthony Rizzo, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Chicago.

    Stewart appears to be done as Cub

    The Cubs on Wednesday announced that third baseman Ian Stewart had cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Iowa. The move makes it remote that Stewart will play in the major leagues with the Cubs again.


    IHSA revamps football policies for heat, practices

    The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors met via conference call on Wednesday, where they approved changes to HYPERLINK "/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ihsa.org/documents/policy13/Football%2520Policy%252013%2520Final.pdf"IHSA Policy 13, which governs the regulations for safety and heat acclimatization for preseason football practices.

    Willowbrook’s shortstop AJ Nolen fires home in the 4th inning. Unfortunately for him and the Warriers, the throw went wide, allowing Hinsdale’s fourth run to score. Hinsdale South played baseball Monday afternoon at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.

    Change at Willowbrook

    Willowbrook's baseball team has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows this season. At least the Warriors now know they're headed in the right direction.

    Naperville North girls water polo coach Andy McWhirter will be inducted into the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame in Elmhurst on May 28.

    To McWhirter, recognition is always all about the kids

    It's obvious Naperville North girls water polo coach Andy McWhirter prefers talking about his team, players past and present and the growth of the sport than about being inducted into the Illinois Water Polo Hall of Fame in Elmhurst May 28.

    Cubs second baseman Luis Valbuena turns a double play after forcing out St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost 5-4.

    Cardinals rally for 5-4 win over Cubs

    Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay drove in two runs apiece, and the St. Louis Cardinals capped an impressive trip with a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday. The Cardinals trailed 4-3 before Beltran singled in Matt Carpenter in the seventh, and Jay drove in Yadier Molina with a tiebreaking single against Michael Bowden (1-2) in the eighth. Each rally featured a costly mistake by the Cubs, with Carpenter moving to third on an error by right fielder Nate Schierholtz and Molina advancing to second on a wild pitch.

    Bulls forward Luol Deng reacts in the second half of Game 5 against the Brooklyn Nets. Deng will not play in Game 2 against the Heat tonight.

    Deng, Hinrich out tonight against Heat

    Luol Deng is staying in Chicago and not rejoining the Bulls for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Coach Tom Thibodeau also said guard Kirk Hinrich will miss Game 2 Wednesday night.


    Hawks need to turn around the power play

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray shares his insight on the team's struggle with the power play. He also talks with Mike Spellman about goalie Corey Crawford's playoff performance, and the challenges for Game 5.

    As a new father, defenseman Duncan Keith will likely get a warm reception at the United Center from Blackhawks fans when the team takes the ice on Thursday for Game 5 against Minnesota.

    Keith shows why he’s a Hawks leader

    Duncan Keith's Blackhawks teammates appreciated the effort the defenseman made to get back to Minnesota and play in Game 4 on Tuesday only hours after witnessing the birth of his son. Colton Duncan Keith was born at 11:15 a.m. in Chicago, and at 6:30 p.m. Keith walked into the Xcel Energy Center ready to play. "That's the reason why he's a leader on our team and a big part of it," Patrick Sharp said.


    Leon: Rogers would be great addition for Fire

    Fire owner Andrew Hauptman and president of soccer operations Javier Leon came away very impressed with midfielder Robbie Rogers during a lunch meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles with Rogers and his agent. Rogers, whose MLS rights are held by the Fire, has been training recently with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Rogers retired from soccer in February after announcing he is gay. He had been playing in England and is now out of contract.


    Big Ten/ACC Challenge schedule set

    Matchups for the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge for men's basketball are set, and Illinois will travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, with Northwestern traveling to North Carolina State.

    Spence Petros displays a hefty crappie, a bounty of spring fishing.

    Watching a fishing master make sweet music

    There are no trumpets blaring, nor are there any illuminated blimps circling the area. No overt signals announcing the development, mind you.But there are battalions of swimming creatures priming themselves to do their part to ensure the future of their species.Spawning time for crappies is also the unofficial signal to all of us humans who have suffered through agonizing winds, frigid temperatures, and out-and-out excuses from those television happy talkers calling themselves weather predictors.Like faithful and dedicated employees, we are on the clock, investing precious moments while treasuring the warmth of the newly arrived sunshine along with those speckled-bodied fish called crappies.It’s the thoughts of those filets sizzling in that new Teflon-coated frying pan that take us from pond-to-pond.Have any of you ever been to Orchestra Hall to witness and listen to the spectacular music coming from the stage? Have you ever found yourself mesmerized by the conductor’s arms with his motions setting the tempo for the orchestra members to follow?I know this is rather melodramatic, and I suspect I’ll hear from one of my angling pals, A.J. Paul, who will be sure to offer his critique.The conductor in this case is none other than Spence Petros, the venerable maestro of fishing with his own sweet symphonies honed over a lifetime of on-water performances.I sat on one side of the boat while I watched his wrist flick the tiny jig to a slice of watery real estate, knowing full well there was going to be a fish ready to eat.No slip-floats on this foray, but rather tiny, fixed bobbers, 6-pound mono, and a chunk of fluorocarbon line attached to a micro-jig tipped with a tiny “Wedgie.”In past years I would scour the ponds in Cook and DuPage Counties, discovering pods of slab-sized crappies and big bluegills. There were no secret spots in all those industrial park holes, where cars and trucks would zip by them without even a glance to catalog the exact locations of future bonanzas. There was one pond in Hoffman Estates that I was invited to fish by a homeowner who claimed he never missed a Thursday column.It was one of those special times when every cast with an ultralight setup hooked up with a fish, both crappie and bluegill. Once in a while a small bass had to share in the action as well. I remember catching close to 65 fish in just over an hour.There was another industrial park pond in Itasca that gave me an afternoon’s worth of joy with 10- to 12-inch crappies and bass just over 1½ pounds.And in DuPage County’s Blackwell Lake to be more specific, it was a treasure trove of pike, crappie, bluegill and bass tossed in for good measure in these first warmer weeks of the new season.Petros had the natural touch on this day.He knew the crappies would keep moving around in the shallows, so we did the same.“We won’t need minnows,” he explained, “because these fish are on a plastic bite.”Not too long ago there was one excursion with him on a large local pond where we founds scads of aggressive fish in deeper water.We used 1/32-ounce Mini-Mites and 4-pound mono for our attack.These fish went crazy for the micro jigs and tails. We finally tired of the continuous routine and moved on.But now it was pure, classical Petros — performing his own routines without any applause, to an audience of eager crappies.ŸContact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

    Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin, center, keeps Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, right, in check as he helps goalie Josh Harding defend the net in the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Four
    The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Minnesota Wild and won 3-0 in game 4 of their playoff series on Tuesday. Patrick Sharp scored twice and Bryan Bickell added a goal as well.


    Mike North video: Bulls Can Win

    Mike North thanks the walking wounded on the Bulls for getting us to this place in the NBA finals. Word is Derrick Rose might play in the third game. Either way he expects the Bulls to win the series.

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (11) drives around Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half at Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Grizzlies drop Thunder 99-93, even series at 1

    Mike Conley scored 26 points, Marc Gasol added 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies used a late run to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-93 on Tuesday and even the Western Conference semifinals at one game.

    San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal with teammates Scott Hannan, center, and Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Sharks sweep Canucks with 4-3 win in OT
    Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night.


    Roman, Prospect surprise Buffalo Grove

    Freshman Angela Roman collected more than half of visiting Prospect's RBI when the Knights stunned Mid-Suburban East softball leader Buffalo Grove 9-4 on Tuesday. Roman, who went 2-for-4 with 5 RBI, belted a two-out 3-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Knights a 9-1 lead. It was Roman's second homer of the season. She also hit one against Fremd last Saturday.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford winds up outside the goal as Duncan Keith and Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle wind up in it in the first period Tuesday night.

    After Wild start, Blackhawks take control

    The Blackhawks haven't played great hockey yet, but they have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series after winning Game 4 in Minnesota Tuesday night.


    Lakes gets Kullby’s 100th ‘W’

    Kevin Kullby netted a milestone win Tuesday. Kullby recorded his 100th victory as Lakes' girls soccer coach, as the Eagles blanked visiting Zion-Benton 4-0 in a North Suburban Conference crossover game.

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of the baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Mets' Harvey puts Sox bats to sleep

    Mets right-hander Matt Harvey showed why he's considered one of the best young starters in baseball Tuesday night. Harvey was working on a perfect game until Alex Rios ended the bid with two outs in the seventh inning. The White Sox lost to New York 1-0 in 10 innings.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp, center, celebrates his goal off Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding, left, in the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. At right is Wild's Jared Spurgeon (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Sharp gets 2 goals, Blackhawks top Wild 3-0

    Patrick Sharp scored two goals for the Blackhawks, and they ratcheted up their defense, putting the Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.


    Milas, Meadows on the march

    Jack Milas made sure the Mid-Suburban East leaders weren't going to give up ground in Tuesday's game at Wheeling. Milas (3-0) tossed a 6-inning no-hitter, striking out five as Rolling Meadows won 10-0. The only Wheeling runner to reach base against the Mustangs senior did so on an error. Dan Hendrickson helped power a 6-run second inning with a 3-run homer as the Mustangs (13-8 overall) improved their MSL East-best mark to 10-1.


    The Illinois Products Farmers' Market is opening for its sixth season at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

    Farmers market opens at state fairgrounds

    The Illinois Products Farmers' Market is opening for its sixth season at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Beginning this week, the market will be held in the Commodities Pavilion every Thursday evening through Oct. 17, except during the Illinois State Fair and on July 4. The July 4 market will be rescheduled to Wednesday, July 3. Hours are from 4 to 7 p.m.


    Applebee’s plans at least eight area closings

    Applebee's restaurants in Schaumburg, Palatine, Streamwood and Geneva are among ones in the Chicago area scheduled to close, as the company undertakes a reorganization.

    Entry improvements at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills are part of a proposed $50 million expansion/renovation.

    Vernon Hills weighs incentives for mall renovation

    Vernon Hills officials have agreed to pursue an incentive package for the propsed $50 million renovation/expansion at Westfield Hawthorn mall. As suggested, sales tax rebates over 10 years could amount to $17 million but village leaders have directed staff to refine the package.


    Big ad agencies bid on Illinois health outreach

    Some of the largest ad agencies in the nation are competing for a multimillion dollar contract with the state of Illinois to promote a feature of the national health overhaul law. Illinois officials began evaluating bids from 13 companies Wednesday.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says a key sales figure slipped again in April, with the world’s biggest hamburger chain citing challenging economic conditions around the globe.

    McDonald’s sales hit by weakness in Asia, Europe

    McDonald's says a key sales figure slipped again in April, with the world's biggest hamburger chain citing fears over a new strain of avian flu for weakness in China. The Oak Brook-based chain, which had warned of a decline last month, says the figure fell 0.6 percent globally.

    Wrigley rolled out Alert Energy Caffeine Gum last month.

    Wrigley pulls caffeinated gum while FDA investigates

    Wrigley says it is taking a new caffeinated gum off the market temporarily as the Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine. The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales and marketing of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum "out of respect" for the agency.

    U.S. stocks rose, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 15,000 for the first time yesterday, as earnings forecasts from Whole Foods Market Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. beat analyst estimates.

    Dow average gains, holds on to 15,000 level

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose, closing above 15,000 for a second day after breaching the landmark level for the first time Tuesday. On Wednesday, a day without any major economic releases, investors focused on company earnings as reporting for the first quarter draws to a close. Although earnings growth has slowed from last quarter, profits are at record levels and projected to rise throughout the year.

    Paper covered the front windows of Hoffman Estates' Menards store after it closed in November 2008. The building has since been demolished. Village officials now are trying to recruit a new hardware store to town, as well as a would-be operator willing to invest in it.

    Hoffman Estates hoping to land a hardware store

    Hoffman Estates' economic development department is amping up its efforts to bring a hardware store to town, after receiving numerous resident requests for one over the past few years. "We just don't have anything close by, so we're doing everything we can to make it happen," a village official said. The village's last hardware store closed in November 2008.

    Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent announces it will work to make lower-calorie drinks and clear nutrition information more widely available around the world Wednesday. The announcement from Coca-Cola comes as packaged food companies across the industry look for growth in developing markets, where middle-class populations are growing rapidly.

    Coke takes anti-obesity campaign global

    Coca-Cola says it will make lower-calorie options and clear calorie labeling more widely available around the world, intensifying a push against critics who say its drinks pack on the pounds. The Atlanta-based company, which makes Sprite, Fanta and Minute Maid, already offers diet drinks in most markets. But there's no consistency in their availability, particularly in emerging markets such as China and India.


    AAR names Fortson as new chief financial officer

    Wood Dale-based Aircraft maintenance and support provider AAR Corp. said John Fortson will join the company July 1 as vice president of finance. Fortson will become vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer on July 19, or as soon as possible following the filing of the Company's Form 10-K for its fiscal year ending May 31.


    MYR Group names COO to lead subsidiaries

    Rolling Meadows-based MYR Group Inc., a specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market, said Chief Operating Officer Richard S. Swartz, Jr., has been promoted to the position of President of MYR subsidiary companies Sturgeon Electric Company Inc., The L.E. Myers Co., Harlan Electric Company and Hawkeye Construction, Inc. Swartz will continue to hold the position of senior vice president and COO of MYR.

    Deerfield-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said its U.S. subsidiary, Takeda America Holdings, Inc., awill acquire biopharmaceutical company Inviragen for an estimated total of $250 million.

    Takeda to acquire Inviragen for $250 million

    Deerfield-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said its U.S. subsidiary, Takeda America Holdings, Inc., awill acquire biopharmaceutical company Inviragen for an estimated total of $250 million. Takeda said it will make an upfront payment of $35 million, and future payments of up to $215 million that are linked to the progress of clinical development and achievement of key commercial milestones, according to a release.

    Neighbor Charles Ramsey speaks to media near the home on the 2200 block of Seymour Avenue, where three missing women were rescued in ClevelandMonday.

    McDonald’s reaching out to Ohio man

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's says it wants to speak directly to a man widely quoted in accounts of the discovery of three women who were being held captive in a Cleveland home this week. Charles Ramsey, who lives in the neighborhood where the women were found, noted in an interview with a local TV station that he was eating McDonald's when the scene unfolded Monday.

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to change permit regulations for local communities that use Lake Michigan water. The proposal is an effort to document and slow the loss of lake water.

    DNR: Illinois losing too much Lake Michigan water

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources wants to change permit regulations for local communities that use Lake Michigan water. The proposal is an effort to document and slow the loss of lake water. The agency says leaky pipes and insufficient outdoor water-use standards are just some of the problems among the more than 200 Illinois communities that use Lake Michigan water. The leaks result in a loss of at least 26 billions of gallons of water per year.

    A soggy, rain-soaked cornfield sits unplanted Monday after weeks of constant rain has kept central Illinois farmers from seeding their ground in Farmingdale. After suffering through a drought, now rain is the problem, and the soggy fields means Midwest farmers have a fast-closing window to decide even what to plant this year.

    Soggy spring keeping Midwest farmers out of their corn fields

    A soggy spring has kept many Wisconsin farmers out of their corn fields. The National Agriculture Statistics Service says about 4 percent of corn fields in Wisconsin have been planted, well behind the normal pace of about 26 percent by this time.


    The Cicero Cubs? Hey, wait a minute

    Cicero Town President Larry Dominick today said he is proposing in a letter to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts that the baseball team relocate to Cicero in exchange for free land, more night games and expanded advertising options the team needs.

    University of Illinois Police Detective Robert Murphy, right, demonstrates a blocking move to Steven Chraca at the Division of Public Safety Annex in Urbana. Chraca is the instructor for the women’s class Rape Aggression Defense, also known as RAD. Building upon the popularity of its self-defense classes for women, the department has begun offering similar classes for men.

    Men need self-defense classes, too
    Building upon the popularity of its self-defense classes for women, the University of Illinois Police Department has begun offering similar classes for men. Women at the university have been learning about realistic self-defense tactics and techniques through a class called Rape Aggression Defense, also known as RAD, since 1996.

    Federal watchdogs say they’re launching an effort to bolster labor-law compliance involving hand-harvested crops in Illinois and Missouri.

    Govt. seeks to protect ag workers in Mo., Ill.
    Federal watchdogs say they're launching an effort to bolster labor-law compliance involving hand-harvested crops in Illinois and Missouri. The U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division announced the initiative Tuesday. The intent is to safeguard agricultural workers against violations of fair labor, visa, migrant and seasonal agriculture worker, and sanitation laws.


    668 lawyers to be admitted to Ill. bar

    Hundreds of new attorneys beginning Thursday can practice law in Illinois. Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court will administer the oath at five locations. The 668 candidates passed the Illinois state bar examination, an ethics exam, and received approval from the court's Committee on Character and Fitness.

    Americans aren’t chewing as much gum. That’s a problem for Deerfield-based Mondelez, which owns Trident, Chiclets and other brands.

    Mondelez sells more Oreos but struggles with gum

    Americans aren't chewing as much gum. That's a problem for Deerfield-based Mondelez, which owns Trident, Chiclets and other brands. The company, which also makes Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolates and Ritz crackers, on Tuesday reported a first-quarter profit in line with Wall Street expectations following its split with Kraft Foods Group last year.

    United Airlines expects to start flying its Boeing 787s again on May 20.

    United to resume 787 flying on May 20

    United Airlines expects to start flying its Boeing 787s again on May 20. The 787s had been grounded because of concerns about smoldering batteries, but they have been returning to the skies. Ethiopian Airlines was the first to fly a 787 again, on April 27.

    U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski

    Midway control tower spared overnight closure

    A U.S. congressman says the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport no longer faces possible overnight closure under federal budget cuts. Midway's tower had been on a list of 72 air traffic control facilities where overnight shifts could be scrapped as a result of budget cuts forced upon the Federal Aviation Administration under sequestration.

Life & Entertainment

    The BLT pizza at Pasquale's Pizzeria was a highlight of the 2013 World Pizza Championship held last month in Parma, Italy.

    Dining events: Pasquale's pizza an award-winner

    Congrats to chef Patrick Maggi, owner of Pasquale's Pizzeria and Delicatessen in Palatine and his BLT pizza for coming in seventh place (out of 100) at the 2013 World Pizza Championship held in April in Parma, Italy. Several new items on Rise 'N Dine's menu will have you jumping out of bed and over to the Wheeling eatery. Also, get fresh at Atwater's — fresh air on the courtyard patio and fresh fish flown in daily from Hawaii.

    Belgian artist Charles Szymkowicz's “Abraham Lincoln” is part of his exhibit “Faces Behind the Truth: The Mirrors of Charles Szymkowicz” at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines.

    Weekend picks: Lincoln, Obama portraits in Oakton's 'Faces' exhibit

    See expressionist portraits of famous faces like Abraham Lincoln as painted by Belgian artist Charles Szymkowicz in the exhibit “Faces Behind the Truth: The Mirrors of Charles Szymkowicz” at Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines. Fans of “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables” are in for a treat when singers of Elgin Opera perform “Phantom of Les Mis” Friday at Eiffel Bistro in South Barrington. Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles closes its season with the comedy of manners “Black Tie.”


    Exploring Spain's Toro region

    Spain's Toro region, for instance, banks its wine industry on one grape, called Tempranillo in the rest of the world, but here named Tinta da Toro. Toro is a farmer's heartbreak. Located in the remote northwestern tip of the Meseta Central, at an elevation averaging 2,500 feet, the sandy soil bakes in blazing sunlight, with Chicago-like climate swings.

    Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Lemon-Caper-Dill Aioli is a delicious gluten-free dinner.

    Eat Right, Live Well: Is a gluten-free diet right for you?

    It may seem as though everyone is going gluten free these days based on products marketed in grocery stores, bookstores or on health blogs. But are these products right for you? First, a gluten-free diet is not a weight-loss diet. More than 90 percent of the population does not need to worry about gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that gives bread its elasticity.

    Pistol Annies’ “Annie Up”

    Another ace up sleeves for Pistol Annies

    "Annie Up" is a good title for the Pistol Annies' second album. Like the gambling term it playfully puns, the title underscores that this brash trio is raising the stakes, investing more time, effort and artistic nerve into its new 12-song collection. The gamble pays off: "Annie Up" builds on the trio's successful debut "Hell on Heels" by taking even more risks with bold material and inventive arrangements.

    Soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died at age 84.

    ‘Young and Restless’ star Jeanne Cooper dies at 84

    CBS says soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died. She was 84. A network spokeswoman said Cooper's family told the network of her death. Her son Corbin Bernsen's Facebook and Twitter accounts also said Cooper had died.

    CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford.

    Robert Redford to produce ‘Chicagoland’ series

    CNN is planning an unscripted series about Chicago that will be executive-produced by Robert Redford. The eight-part series, "Chicagoland," will premiere in 2014.

    Make mom’s day with a nice slice of Ham and Cheddar Quiche.)

    Demystifying a Mother’s Day ham and cheese quiche

    Quiche has a reputation as a complicated dish. And I'm not sure why. Home cooks worry about the crust. They angst over the fillings. Which makes it all sound so very troublesome. And yet quiche really is such a simple dish that is both versatile and forgiving. Not even the least skilled home cook has an excuse for skipping it. Especially come Mother's Day.


    Are you ready for grilling season? Take our quiz

    Last week's warm weather has you chomping at the bit to fire up the grill. Maybe you want to toss some marinated chicken breasts over some hot coal for a weeknight dinner or invite the neighbors over for a pre-Memorial Day burger bash. But are you, and your grill, ready? Take our quiz to find out.

    Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” at his desk in his office at the Duck Commander warehouse in West Monroe, La. Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but some businesses featured in them are cashing in, too.

    Small businesses become reality TV’s new stars

    Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as "Pawn Stars," "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and "Duck Dynasty." Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but some businesses featured in them are cashing in, too. Sales explode after just a few episodes air, transforming these nearly unknown small businesses into household names.

    After judging seven grills on nine features, product testers with Cook’s Illustrated magazine gave Weber’s Performer Platinum Charcoal Grill its highest rating.

    Weber grills still hot by Cook’s Illustrated standards

    Looking for a new charcoal grill? Look no further than Weber. According to the persnickety product testers at Cook's Illustrated, two Weber models out-performed five others when it came to grilling, heat retention, assembly and cleanup.

    Make mom’s day with a nice slice of Ham and Cheddar Quiche.

    Ham and Cheddar Quiche
    1 prepared uncooked pie crust, room temperature8 ounces deli-sliced ham, chopped6 ounces (1½ cups) grated cheddar cheese8 eggs1/3 cup milk1 teaspoon dried thyme½ teaspoon fennel seed½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepperHeat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat an 11-inch tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Alternatively, use a 9-inch deep dish pie pan. Set the pan on a baking sheet.Unroll the pie crust and set it into the prepared pan. Gently push the crust into the corners and up the edges of the pan, crimping and trimming as needed.Scatter the ham and cheese evenly over the crust.In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, thyme, fennel, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the ham and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until puffed and set at the center and lightly browned at the edges. Cool slightly or completely before slicing and serving.Serves eight.Nutrition values per serving: 360 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated), 18 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 2 g sugar, 18 g protein, 220 mg cholesterol, 840 mg sodium.J.M. Hirsch, The Associated Press

    Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Lemon-Caper-Dill Aioli

    Roasted Salmon and Asparagus with Lemon-Caper-Dill Aioli
    Roasted Salmon and Asparagus


    Frugal living: How to freeze asparagus and reheat french fries
    Sarah Noel answers readers questions about freezing asparagus, reheating french fries and getting rid of pantry pests.

    Rack House's Carolina pork has a vinegary kick.

    Arlington Heights' Rack House serves Southern comfort

    Whiskey, bourbon and moonshine, yup, moonshine, are in the glass and on the plate at the new Rack House Tavern and Kitchen in Arlington Heights. A rack house or rick house is where whiskey barrels are stored for aging at a distillery. Here imported, domestic and regional choices are ready to enjoy. And you can taste without imbibing as several entrees, sides and sauces are spiked with whiskey and bourbon.

    “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    A backstage look at ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’

    Jennifer Keishin Armstrong examines the creation of television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which defined a generation, in "Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted." Using a "fly on the wall" approach into the minds of the people behind the scenes and the cast of the show, Armstrong has written the quintessential book on one of the best sitcoms to grace the airwaves.

    “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack

    Sparks fly when Baz Luhrmann meets Jay-Z

    Daisy Buchanan from "The Great Gatsby" gets to be reincarnated on the film's soundtrack under the guise of artists such as Beyonce, Lana Del Ray, Sia and Florence Welch. Their honeyed charm work on the listener in the same indiscriminate, intense manner that Buchanan's does on the narrator. The Jay-Z-produced musical roller coaster mixes electronica, hip-hop and rock with jazz-age sounds into a breathy, sexy, dangerous, electric result.

    Candice Glover, left, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison are the last three standing on Fox’s “American Idol.”

    Meet the last women standing on ‘American Idol’

    It hasn't been an easy road for the three final "American Idol" contestants. Candice Glover was twice rejected by the show before making it to the final three. Kree Harrison chased her dream for so long she almost gave up. And Angie Miller sang despite having suffered ruptured ear drums and impaired hearing. The three will duke it out Wednesday night on Fox as the journey winds down for two of them.

    George Stephen was living in Mount Prospect when he built the first kettle-style grill in 1952.

    Grilling quiz: Answers
    Answers to our grilling quiz

    Fall Out Boy headlines the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on Thursday, May 16.

    Music notes: Fall Out Boy returns at Riviera

    Suburban band Fall Out Boy has re-formed after a four-year hiatus. See them at the Riviera in Chicago on Thursday, May 16. Fans of classic pop should check out the Buckinghams and the Grass Roots in St. Charles Saturday, while modern-rock fans should think about seeing new "noise-rock" band Metz in the city Sunday.



    Editorial: Something to talk about on pensions -- but just a start

    A Daily Herald editorial says Sen. John Cullerton's proposed pension solution at least provides a start for a serious discussion of alternatives but fears it would still leave the bulk of the problem at the feet of taxpayers..


    At a loss for words on Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: It turns out that President Obama did not mean to say "red line" after all.


    Debate is about living within budget
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: I watched the recent panel discussion on pension reform hoping beyond all hope that some small step could be made to get us closer to a solution of this pension mess.


    Guns not needed in heaven but are on earth
    An Antioch letter to the editor: Note to Tom McGovern who says there won't be guns in heaven, implying NRA members won't be happy with those eternal accomodations and should look elsewhere. Guns aren't needed in Heaven. This is NOT heaven.


    Supply and demand sets athletes’ pay
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The Daily Herald printed a letter from Tulsi Patel on April 27 protesting the large salaries paid to professional athletes for plying their trade. Patel's letter implies that our president's salary of $400,000 to run our country should be higher than an athlete's because being president is more important.


    Racial politics seen in both right, left
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The American people can be divided into six groups. Group one likes President Obama just because of the color of his skin. Group two voted for Obama, but complains he is not going far enough to the left. Group three likes Obama's policies just the way they are. Group four voted against Obama but initially hoped he had good intentions. Group five are those who from the beginning thought Obama was a miscreant who intends to destroy the country. Group six dislikes even hates Obama because of his skin color.


    A new view of war materials
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: After the bombing in Boston on April 15, there should be a call to ban Fagor pressure cookers and Tenergy Batteries. Afterall no one needs such weapons of war.


    Funds restored in time for spring break
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Well, the Congress has shamed itself although I am sure that they will deny it. The Senate failed to act on background checks, backed by a majority of Americans. They decided on getting that campaign money from the NRA rather than do the right thing.


    Won’t help Bush rehab his record
    An Elgin letter to the editor: We don't need a fancy library to illustrate what Bush gave us as president: 9/11 terrorist attack in NYC, unnecessary war in Iraq, botched war in Afghanistan, three tax cuts for the rich, 40 percent larger federal government, $6 trillion debt, attempt to privatize Social Security, the Great Recession of 2008, billions in Wall-Street bailouts and record high middle-class unemployment and foreclosures.


    Still fighting the flooding
    A McHenry letter to the editor: I live in Orchard Heights in McHenry. This is the worst flooding this area has seen in over 30 years. We really were completely ignored. If it wasn't for family friends and neighbors and our small township my house would have been a total loss.


    Maybe we should ground Mrs. Obama
    A Naperville letter to the editor: President Obama has acted like the little kid who could not have his way and takes his ball and goes home. Cutting back on the air controllers was a planned move to inconvenience the public enough that they would think the recent cutbacks were not necessary.


    Glen Ellyn budget fiscally prudent
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: On April 22, the Glen Ellyn board of trustees passed its budget for the fiscal year beginning May 1 by a vote of 4-1. This vote capped an exhaustive process going back to the fall of 2012, and included hundreds of pages of documents and financial plans, including line item budgets for each of the village's 14 separate funds.


    There will be consequences at polls
    There will be consequences at pollsI am outraged that the Senate failed to pass common sense gun legislation. There will be consequences at the polls.Holly KeltnerAurora


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