Daily Archive : Thursday May 9, 2013


    Arlene Juracek, at the village’s recent community prayer breakfast, will make economic development a priority.

    New Mt. Prospect mayor ready to leave her mark

    Here is one of Arlene Juracek's dreams. It's 2017, the year that the village will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and a big celebration takes place in the downtown area. "And 100 percent of the downtown is developed and occupied," Juracek said. "That's what I want to happen, and I can't wait to get to work on it."

    “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky was removed from 8th-grade classrooms in Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn Dist. 41 parents debate pulling ‘Wallflower’ from school shelves

    Some parents of Hadley Junior High School students in Glen Ellyn say "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a relatable coming-of-age tale, while others argue the book isn't appropriate for eighth-graders. The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board supported the latter view.


    District 54 hosts event for disabled athletes

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 is getting ready to host its single largest event of the year — the annual Partners Club/Young Athletes track meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16 on the track behind Eisenhower Junior High School at 800 W. Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates. Events will take place until noon, followed by lunch for all athletes, their partners and volunteers.


    Walk to improve athletic program at Kirk School in Palatine

    Kirk School in Palatine will be hosting a Community Walk and Wheel-a-thon Sunday, May 19, to raise funds for adapted athletic equipment and field improvement.

    Emergency workers arrive Thursday at the scene of a tanker fire on Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Diesel truck explosion closes busy Pennsylvania interstate

    Officials announced plans to tear down the heat-damaged top level, and were working to contain and clean up about 2,000 gallons that spilled into nearby Paxton Creek and the lake at Wildwood Park and Olewine Nature Center.

    Carole Peto

    Elgin YWCA doles out honors in numerous fields

    Marlene Shales won a lifetime achievement award from the Elgin YWCA at its 30th annual Leader Luncheon. Seven other women were honored for their work in business, the arts, communications, education, public service, social service and volunteerism.

    Richard Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall, tours a home construction site, with one of his crews working in the background in Lakewood, Colo.

    Home builders need workers to keep up with demand

    The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help. And he would — if he could hire enough qualified people. “There is a shortage of manpower,” says Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall in Littleton, Colo. “We're probably only hiring about 75 or 80 percent of what we actually...

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's is cutting the Angus burger from its menu. Passengers walk near a large sign for the fastfood chain McDonald's at the train station in Shenyang in northern China's Liaoning province.

    McDonald's cuts Angus burgers from menu

    McDonald's is cutting the Angus burger from its menu.The Oak Brook-based company had said earlier this year that it was evaluating whether to continue selling the Angus Third Pounders, which were introduced in 2009 and are among the chain's priciest items. The company also said at the time that it was it was cutting Chicken Selects and Fruit & Walnut Salad.

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said a plan to have suburban schools pay for teachers’ pensions is “going to happen.”

    Madigan: Putting pension costs on schools ‘going to happen’

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday that a controversial pension solution that would require suburban school districts to eventually pick up the tab for their teacher's retirement costs is inevitable. "This is going to happen," the powerful Chicago Democrat said. But not everyone agreed.

    South Barrington Village Attorney Don Storino, who also serves as a judge with the Illinois Court of Claims, congratulates new South Barrington Village President Paula McCombie after she took her oath of office Thursday.

    South Barrington supports underpass in Barrington

    One of the first actions of new South Barrington Village President Paula McCombie's administration Thursday was to pass a resolution supporting a Route 14 underpass at the Canadian National Railway crossing in neighboring Barrington. The South Barrington village board's vote came on the last day the village of Barrington and Illinois Department of Transportation were officially accepting public...

    Charles Amrich is sworn in Thursday as the new Island Lake mayor by McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer at the village hall.

    After 8-year absence, Charles Amrich mayor again in Island Lake

    Charles Amrich, Island Lake's elected leader from 1985 to 2005, was sworn in Thursday at village hall, along with four of his political allies. "It feels good," Amrich told the Daily Herald moments after taking the oath from McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer in a boardroom filled with supporters. "It feels like it did a long time ago."

    Ronda Goldman

    Huntley swears in new trustees

    Thursday night was an evening of hellos and Godspeeds in the Huntley village hall. Village President Chuck Sass and six-year Trustee John Piwko — both incumbents — were sworn into to office, as were newly elected trustees Ronda Goldman and JR Westberg. At the same time, the village said goodbye to trustees Pam Fender and Ron Hahn.


    Exhaust fan blamed for Naperville house fire

    Naperville firefighters said a malfunctioning bathroom ceiling exhaust fan caused a fire Thursday evening at a home on the 2700 block of Pennyroyal Circle. No one was injured, but the home was deemed uninhabitable.


    Body found near Salt Creek identified

    The body of a man found near Salt Creek in Oak Brook last month has been identified. The DuPage County coroner's office on Thursday confirmed the identity of Michael Hardin, 49.

    Pedestrians walk past a CVS Caremark Corp. store in New York.

    U.S. spending on medicine dips in 2012

    Total spending on medications dipped 1 percent, to $325.8 billion last year from $329.2 billion in 2011. Likewise, average spending per person on medicines fell by $33, to $898 last year, according to the report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics."That's the first time IMS has ever measured a decline in the 58 years we've been monitoring drugs," Michael Kleinrock, director of...

    Thomas Chmura

    Monk charged in Antioch child abduction held on $150,000 bond

    Authorities say they believe a Benedictine monk charged with attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car in Antioch suffers from mental health problems. Bail was increased to $150,000 Thursday for Thomas J. Chmura, 57, who faces four counts of child abduction.

    Mike Flaherty, left in dark shirt, was among the handlers from Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs program honored Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The handlers and their dogs were recognized for their work in Boston and Newtown, Conn.

    Arlington Heights comfort dog, handler highlighted on 'Good Morning America'

    Suburban comfort dogs and their handlers were honored this week on the ABC show "Good Morning America" for their work to help those affected by the Newton, Conn., school shooting and Boston Marathon bombings. “It was a great experience,” Mike Flaherty said. “We were right there at Times Square, where we were mobbed by people wanting to pet the dogs.”

    Cliff McIlvaine, who was sued by the city of St. Charles in an effort to get him to finish a project that he began in 1975, stands on a landing between his original home to the left and new, super-insulated addition on the right, which he hopes to turn into a museum.

    St. Charles man explains why ‘complicated’ addition has taken decades

    Why has it taken Clifford McIlvaine decades to finish an addition to his St. Charles home?"It's complicated," said the 71-year-old after offering the local media a tour of his property Thursday. "It's not a simple home structure. That's what people don't understand. What is the crime for taking too long to do something? I should be commended for taking time to do it right."


    Judges told to report mental health rulings

    Illinois' chief justice is urging lower-court judges to comply with laws mandating they promptly notify state police after deeming someone mentally unsound, telling them compliance is all the more critical amid gun control debates and in the wake of "gun-related tragedies."


    Buffalo Grove makes election results official

    Buffalo Grove village trustees this week passed a resolution affirming the vote totals from the April 9 municipal election. The winners, who were sworn in at this week's village board meeting, were incumbent Trustees Beverly Sussman, with 1,435 votes, Lester Ottenheimer III, with 1,350 votes, and Andrew H. Stein, who received 1,321 votes.


    Using social media in a crisis

    The Public Relations Council of Lake County will hold a workshop about using social media in a crisis on May 17.


    Dillard speaking to Wheeling Township GOP Saturday

    Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014, will stop in Arlington Heights on Saturday morning for an event with the Wheeling Township Republicans. The event is open to the public and starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Wheeling Township Republican headquarters, 900 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, said Committeeman Ruth O'Connell.


    Liberty Town Productions to hold auditions for annual show

    Liberty Town Productions is holding open auditions for our Fifth Annual Musical Summer Showcase.


    Arlington Heights live streaming village meetings

    Arlington Heights residents can now access more information about the issues before the village board — and then watch trustees deal with them live — wherever an Internet connection is available. The village this month launched its new online initiative putting full village board agendas and packets on the Arlington Heights website, and offering live streaming and on-demand videos of...

    Wagging his tail and panting on a bright, sunny day at the Winetree Apartments complex in Wheeling, the pit bull Gizmo pulls on a leash held by Carlos Villagomez. Rafael Orozco was walking Gizmo on May 1 when he was killed by a stray bullet. Now, Villagomez, Orozco's relative, walks the dog.

    Wheeling neighborhood grieves for slain bystander

    The sky is just as blue as it was on the last day of Rafael Orozco's life. The grass might be an even brighter green. And Gizmo, Orozco's muscular pit bull the color of milk chocolate, still rounds the corner of this Wheeling apartment building with his tail wagging and his tongue panting. But everything is different. A makeshift memorial marks the spot where Orozco was killed by a stray bullet...

    Awaan Woods

    3 Elgin teens charged in “smash and grab” cellphone store burglary

    Elgin police have arrested three teenagers in connection with a Tuesday night "smash and grab" burglary that took place in a cellular phone store, police said. Alexander Bizefski, 18, Awaan Woods, 17, and Lacy Ousley, 18, all of the 500 block of West Highland Avenue in Elgin, were each charged with one count of burglary, police said. Bail was set Thursday morning at $20,000 for Bizefski and...


    New Bartlett leaders learn, make village history

    Among the dozens of people who came to watch the Bartlett village board swearing-in ceremony Tuesday was Pam Rohleder, director of the Bartlett History Museum and the Bartlett Depot Museum. Rohleder came not just to witness history, but to share it as well, telling the newly sworn officials how their counterparts were chosen in the village's first election.


    Antioch company accused of repair fraud

    The Illinois attorney general's office on Thursday sued an Antioch home repair company, accusing the firm of failing to complete projects and not paying its supplier. The civil complaint against Perfect Restorations and its owners was filed in Lake County circuit court. No criminal charges have been filed.


    Some COD part-time faculty will get health care

    Though the impact of new federal health care guidelines remains unclear, College of DuPage officials say they're planning to provide benefits to some part-time professors. The college will create the new position of "lecturer" — a nontenured adjunct faculty member who will teach more classes than the average adjunct professor, but still fewer classes than a full-time professor. The new...


    Home health worker charged with Elk Grove Village theft

    A 25-year-old former home health care worker faces charges of theft after authorities accused him of taking jewelry from an Elk Grove Village couple. Matthew Pedrosa, of the 2900 block of Harding Avenue in Chicago, appeared in court Thursday where Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set his bond at $40,000.

    Kerin Ramirez

    Bail cut for wrestler accused of invading cop’s home

    A DuPage County judge cut bail in half Thursday for a former Harper College wrestler whose home invasion trial ended in a hung jury. The reduction means Kerin Ramirez of Addison could soon be freed after more than 18 months in jail, defense attorney Gal Pissetzky said.

    Patrick Muetz

    Gurnee village board approves another electricity contract

    Gurnee has struck another deal with a company that will provide electricity at a cheaper rate than ComEd for homes and small businesses.


    Report: Dist. 207 responded appropriately to hazing allegations

    A report from an independent investigator released Thursday regarding hazing allegations at Maine West in September 2012 concludes that Maine Township High School District 207 staff members responded appropriately to the circumstances.


    Sikh temple to hold Interfaith celebration in Palatine

    An organization created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities will hold an interfaith celebration Saturday in Palatine. The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions event, which is free and open to the public, will feature music, prayer, conversation and a traditional langar meal at the Sikh Religious Society's Gurdwara Sahib.

    Howard Lazarus

    Mundelein man shot by cop pleads not guilty

    A man charged after drawing a gun on Vernon Hills Police officer at the police station pleaded not guilty in Lake County court early Thursday. Howard Lazarus, 53, of Mundelein, remains held on $100,000 bail after being charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.

    Arthur Lemke

    Lemke widens victory margin in St. Charles recount

    There was a surprise change in the vote totals by the time the Kane County Clerk's office completed the recount of the Second Ward race in St. Charles Thursday. But it wasn't the surprise incumbent Cliff Carrignan was hoping for.

    Supporters of a same-sex marriage bill place hearts on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

    Minnesota House approves gay marriage

    Four of the House's 61 Republicans voted for the bill, while two of its 73 Democrats voted against it.


    Expanding Medicaid could help 13,000 Illinois veterans

    More than 40,000 uninsured military veterans in Illinois could have new access to health insurance under the national health overhaul law, according to a new interactive tool based on U.S. census data. About 13,000 veterans — one-third of those without insurance — have incomes so low that they'll be newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


    Red Line train derails in Lincoln Park

    A train derailed Thursday on the elevated tracks along Chicago's busiest transit line. One end of a Red Line car came off the tracks in Thursday's incident, which occurred between the Armitage and Fullerton stations in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.


    Wisconsin panel votes to prohibit bans on sugary drinks

    No Wisconsin city could prohibit the sale of large, sugary drinks as was recently done in New York City under a provision added to the state budget Thursday. Republicans on the legislature's Joint Finance Committee succeeded in putting the prohibition in the budget, despite objections from Democrats who said it was infringement of local control.


    ‘The Engineer’ could be extradited soon

    A defense attorney says a reputed security chief for Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel could soon be extradited to Chicago. Attorney Ralph Meczyk told The Associated Press Thursday that Felipe Cabrera Sarabia's "extradition could be imminent." Cabrera's nickname is "The Engineer." He was captured in 2011.


    Northwest suburbs expect more energy savings for residents

    A group of Northwest suburbs that banded together last year to acquire electricity for their residents and small businesses will save more than 8 percent over ComEd's published price over the next 12 months, a Buffalo Grove official said this week. The Northwest Suburban Electric Consortium — whose membership includes Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Palatine,...


    New SIU board member elected chairman

    The Southern Illinois University system's revamped governing board elected a newcomer as its chairman Thursday before voting to raise tuition at two of the campuses. The board of trustees unanimously selected Randal Thomas as chairman. The trustees also agreed to raise tuition at the Carbondale campus by 3 percent and at the Edwardsville campus by 5 percent, starting this fall.

    Biologists take a water sample looking for Asian carp eggs in the southern branch of the Chicago River.

    Asian carp monitoring to increase in Illinois

    Federal and Illinois officials said Thursday that they will intensify efforts to find Asian carp in Illinois waterways this year but cut back on DNA sampling. The $6.5 million plan released by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee "will focus on actions that have achieved tangible results," including removing Asian carp from the Upper Illinois River and other waterways below a set of...

    Kathleen Dorsett, of Ocean Township, N.J.

    Woman, parents admit roles in her ex’s slaying

    When Kathleen Dorsett heard her ex-husband scream in agony in the backyard of her home in 2010, she finished changing their daughter's diaper knowing that her father was carrying out their plan to kill the man by hitting him in the head with a heavy cable.


    District 10 program cuts likely despite parent donations

    Itasca Elementary District 10 officials are pursuing plans to eliminate some middle school programs next year, despite tens of thousands of dollars in community donations and a much lower-than-expected budget deficit for this year. The tentative decision to cut seventh-grade Spanish, family and consumer science and a media center director at F.E. Peacock Middle School came Wednesday night during...

    Darien police Sgt. David Stock testifies Thursday at the Johnny Borizov triple-murder trial at the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton.

    Officer: Borizov didn’t implicate shooter

    A police officer acknowledged Thursday that triple-murder suspect Johnny Borizov made no statements implicating co-defendant Jacob Nodarse, who confessed after being told he was "sold out" by Borizov. Darien Sgt. David Stock, who testified earlier at Borizov's trial, was called back to the stand as the defense tried to show Nodarse was prompted to finger Borizov as the mastermind of the March...

    Michael Highsmith

    Milwaukee man pleads not guilty in attack near Old Mill Creek

    A Milwaukee man pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in Lake County court early Thursday. Michael Highsmith is accused of attacking a 66-year-old man from Genoa City, Wis., and leaving him on the side of a road near Old Mill Creek.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    In Arlington Heights, burglars stole power tools, sprayers and other equipment being stored by an individual in a warehouse/shop at 3350 W. Salt Creek between. There was no sign of forced entry. Value was estimated between $60,000 and $80,000.

    The Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington.

    Record profit signals healthier Fannie Mae

    Fannie Mae said something Thursday that would have been unthinkable a few years ago: It earned a record $58.7 billion profit in the January-March quarter.

    Britain’s Prince Harry, center right, tours an exhibition on Capitol Hill Thursday in Washington staged by the HALO Trust, escorted by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz..

    Prince Harry opens weeklong U.S. visit

    For the prince, the tour in the halls of Congress was a world away from the Afghanistan war zone where he recently served for 20 weeks in an attack helicopter. It was just as far removed from his hijinks in a Las Vegas hotel room last year, when fuzzy photos got out of a naked Harry playing strip billiards.

    Officials investigate a fatal crash involving two vehicles and a school bus Friday morning at Route 173 and N. Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth.

    Police: Jeep struck school bus in fatal crash

    Results from a Lake County sheriff's office investigation into last month's school bus crash near Wadsworth show a Jeep Wrangler crashed into the bus. The Jeep's driver, Philip Smith, 62, of Beach Park, died in the crash and more than 30 children were injured.

    Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, left, plays Tuesday against Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov during the Norway Chess competition 2013 in Sandnes near Stavanger, Norway.

    Chess world champion Anand draws against Carlsen

    Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand of India has drawn against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the second round of the Norway Chess Tournament.

    Dave Wentz used Facebook to invite 462 people to the city's Sunday inauguration ceremony and the reception he hosted.

    Naperville councilman's inauguration party raises eyebrows

    Within hours of taking the oath of office, Naperville's newest city council member already was making waves. Dave Wentz, 50, raised some eyebrows following Sunday's council inauguration ceremony when he hosted a private reception across the street in the Naperville Township headquarters board room. Some are questioning whether it was appropriate for an elected official to host a private party...

    Afghan border policemen take their positions Thursday on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Goshta district of Jalalabad province east of Kabul.

    Karzai to allow 9 U.S. bases after 2014

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the U.S. "does not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan." The U.S. military presence in Afghanistan after 2014 would be "only at the request of the Afghan government," Carney said.

    Associated Press/2010 The volcano in southern Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier sends ash into the air. T

    British airline to test ash cloud detector

    "There is currently no radar technology that can detect ash, and even in daylight the pilot can't see it," said Ian Davies, easyJet's engineering director.

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

    Senate approves union-backed pension plan

    The Illinois Senate a union-backed plan to cut the retirement benefits of nearly 700,000 teachers, state workers and retirees today, taking a vote that puts them directly at odds with one approved by Illinois House last week. "This isn't just a numbers problem," said state Sen. Linda Holmes, an Aurora Democrat. "This is people."

    Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks Thursday via video during a conference, held in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.

    Hezbollah: Syria to supply weapons to militia

    "Syria will give the resistance special weapons it never had before," Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said. "We mean game-changing."

    Associated Press/2008 Luggage tags with children’s names are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Jacob and Sophia top the list of most popular baby names.

    King, Messiah: New baby names suggest high hopes

    The Social Security Administration's website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. The top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 123 — the lowest for both names.

    Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, testifies Wednesday during the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on the Air Force Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request.

    Lawmakers, White House discuss military sexual assaults

    "We must strengthen existing laws and policies so that perpetrators face justice and victims can come forward without fear of retribution and with confidence that they will receive the support, care, and justice they deserve," meeting participant Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said in a statement.

    Associated Press/2008 file photo Billionaire hedge fund manager Philip Falcone and his firm have agreed to pay $18 million to settle civil fraud charges.

    Hedge fund manager Falcone to settle fraud case

    Philip Falcone would be barred for two years from working as an investment adviser or broker under the agreement in principle between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Falcone and Harbinger Capital Partners, the firm said in a filing Thursday.

    Jose Garcia

    Mundelein man pleads not guilty in fatal Round Lake Beach shooting

    A Mundelein man could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of killing a Zion man because of the way he wore his hat, authorities said Thursday. Jose Garcia, 18, of the 600 block of Deepwoods Drive, pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in front of Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes.

    Jodi Arias reacts after she was found of guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

    Arias trial now turns to whether she lives or dies

    The jury has rendered its verdict — Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder — but the trial is far from finished. The same jury now returns to the courtroom Thursday to decide whether she deserves to die for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008, at his suburban Phoenix home. Despite her wish that she get death, the decision is only up to a jury at this point.

    All that remains of the Horton’s Corner convenience store, foreground in Chugwater, Wyo., after a Dec. 30, 2012 fire caused by a sport utility vehicle that crashed into the store. Horton’s Corner was the only place for miles around to get gas or groceries and may not be rebuilt for several months yet.

    Ripple effect after fire takes out Wyo. town store

    It all began when a man exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening. The man didn't brake before he crashed into the Horton's Corner convenience store, starting a fire that burned down the store and caused a massive lingering headache for the 200 people of Chugwater, Wyo. Horton's Corner wasn't just any convenience store. It was the only place for miles around to get gas and...


    Police: Dead Boston bombing suspect buried

    The body of the deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been buried in an undisclosed location outside the city of Worcester, where it had been held for a week at a funeral home, police said Thursday.

    Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. Ariel Castro was charged while his brothers, Pedro and Onil Castro, were held but faced no immediate charges.

    Cleveland man arraigned on rape, kidnap charges

    The man accused of raping and kidnapping three women, who were missing for about a decade before being found alive at his home, was ordered held Thursday on $8 million bail. Ariel Castro looked down at the ground for almost the entire arraignment hearing, biting his collar and signing documents with his handcuffed hands. He didn't speak.


    Kerry: Russia sells missile defense to Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry says the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a "destabilizing" factor for Israel's security.


    Republicans boycott committee vote on EPA nominee

    Senate Republicans have boycotted a scheduled committee vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted as a child and held for eighteen years, left, looks on as her mother Terry Probyn speaks during their appearance at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children annual Hope Awards in Washington, Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

    Hope can be painful for families of missing kids

    The miraculous rescue of three missing women has given hope to many families whose loved ones have vanished. Yet hope, when searching for a long-lost child, can be a dangerous thing.


    We all have basic needs that must be met to fuel our growth

    We all have needs. That's obvious. Sometimes what we need isn't so obvious. Take kids. Certainly they need food, clothing, shelter, protection. But there are a whole host of other needs, emotional or psychological needs, which are less easy to recognize.

    Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee at a hearing on “The Boston Bombings: A First Look,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., sits at left, and photos of those who were killed at the Boston Marathon bombing are at right.

    Boston chief wasn’t told FBI got Tsarnaev warning

    FBI agents did not tell Boston police they had receiving warnings from Russia's government in 2011 about suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and had performed a cursory investigation, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis told Congress Thursday, in the first hearing into last month's terror attack on the Boston Marathon.

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, confers with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as the Senate Judiciary Committee meets on immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2013.

    Senate committee takes up immigration bill

    Supporters and opponents of sweeping immigration legislation faced off Thursday as a Senate committee began considering hundreds of amendments that could improve the bill's chances of eventual passage through Congress, or doom it to failure.


    Wisconsin authorities urge water testing near buried horses

    Police in Pleasant Prairie are urging neighbors of a couple charged with animal neglect to test their drinking water. Kenosha County sheriff's investigators say nearly 70 animal carcasses were found buried on the couple's property in Pleasant Prairie. David and Paula White face a number of animal neglect charges after five dead horses were found in stalls at their farm last month. Nearly two...


    Gunmen snatch former Pakistani PM’s son at rally

    Gunmen attacked an election rally in Pakistan's southern Punjab province on Thursday and abducted the son of a former prime minister, intensifying what has already been a violent run-up to Saturday's nationwide elections.


    Afghan president says US wants to keep 9 bases

    The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets "security and economic guarantees," President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies.

    Robert Lyons

    Lyons ends 44 years with Schaumburg Township Library

    Schaumburg Township District Library Trustee Robert Lyons will end his 44-year tenure on the library board Monday, May 20 — one of the longest examples of continuous service by any elected official in the Northwest suburbs. "Obviously, I do so with a great deal of pride," Lyons said of his imminent departure. "I've gotten more from being on the board and part of the library than I could...

    Vincent Cornelius

    Wheaton attorney climbing ranks in bar association

    A Wheaton attorney, Vincent Cornelius, has been elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association and is on track to become the statewide group's first black president. Cornelius will serve one year in each of three vice presidential offices and then become president of the organization in 2016. He is the principal of The Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, with offices in...


    Orland Park man dies trying to fix Michigan well

    Police say a 77-year-old Orland Park man has died while trying to repair a well in northern Michigan. Investigators say James Ennis climbed into the 12-foot-deep well in Dickinson County's Waucedah Township on Wednesday afternoon to make repairs.


    Woman found dead in farm field was assault victim

    A body found in a rural area of central Illinois has been identified as that of a missing Bloomington woman, and preliminary autopsy results indicate she was the victim of a fatal assault. The body of 26-year-old Haileigh Eichhorn was found Tuesday night by a farmer just outside Stanford, a small community southwest of the city of Bloomington. She was reported missing on April 27.


    Both sides in Indiana Camm trial to test DNA on his shirt

    Both sides in the third murder trial of a former Indiana state trooper will test DNA on the shirt he wore on the day his wife and two young children were killed. The DNA is linked to a dispute over how blood got on David Camm's T-shirt. Prosecutors say it spattered onto the shirt when he shot the victims. Camm's lawyers say the shirt was bloodied when he tried to give his son CPR.


    Fond du Lac police involved in standoff

    SWAT team officers have surrounded an apartment building in Fond du Lac. Police say a despondent man is believed to be armed in an apartment with an 18-year-old woman. Authorities were called to the apartment building about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.


    Man gets 41 years for sexually abusing 2 toddlers

    Cook County authorities say a traveling carnival worker was sentenced to 41 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two toddlers. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says 29-year-old Wilfredo Elias of Chicago entered his plea and was sentenced on Wednesday. She says Elias videotaped repeated sexual assaults on the children in 2011 while they were 2 and 3 years old. Elias was...

    Moira Kramp, the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships winner in her age group, has traveled through North America and Europe to take part in Irish dance competitions.

    Arlington Heights teen dances her way to championship

    Dressed in a surprisingly heavy wool costume adorned with Celtic patterns, her already curly hair tucked into an even fuller wig, Moira Kramp exudes joy when she takes her position on stage. The Arlington Heights teen's movements look impossibly intricate and yet also effortless, leaving no one to doubt how she won the U-14 title at the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships.

    Heidi Klum arrives at the “America’s Got Talent” auditions Wednesday in Rosemont.

    Dawn Patrol: Pension vote could come today; TV show in Rosemont

    State Senate could vote on pensions today. America's Got Talent' draws crowds to Rosemont. Defense attacks Darien gunman's credibility. Beloved Larkin teacher dies at 56. Accused East Dundee cop leaving department. Naperville councilman pledges 2015 mayoral bid. Miami throttles Bulls 115-78.


    Antioch Rescue to staff vacant station this summer

    The Antioch Rescue Squad plans to begin staffing an unused fire station to better serve the Chain O' Lakes and Antioch area during the busy summer months. In addition, officials said squad members for the first time will be paid a stipend for uniforms, fuel and training to help offset some of their personal costs of volunteering.


    Forum aims to shed light on human trafficking in suburbs

    A round-table discussion scheduled Saturday aims to raise awareness on sex and labor trafficking in the Northwest suburbs. Elgin-based Administer Justice, an agency that offers legal aid to low-income individuals, has joined forces with the Elgin Police Department, Willow Creek Community Church and other groups to discuss those issues during the ATLAST Human Trafficking Awareness Forum, scheduled...

    Chris Lauzen

    Kane County board to tackle hiring freeze, appointments

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said his reading of the cards shows no more major concerns about pending changes to the county's hiring freeze policy. The changes introduce the notion of emergency and temporary hires as was seen in the hiring of Lauzen political ally Robert Sauceda a few months ago. The policy change vote will come at the same time board members are asked to approve a big...


    All the bad people have been removed
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Note to Mr. McGovern. Guns are not necessary in heaven because unlike here, all the bad people have been removed.


    Getting rid of inefficiencies
    A DuPage County letter to the editor: Illinois' 7,000 units of government have created multiple layers of inefficiency that place an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers. In an effort to reduce the size, scope and cost of local government, I have initiated legislation in Springfield that would provide DuPage County with new tools to achieve incremental reform.


    Abortion doctor trial overlooked
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I am saddened that you devoted front page, Page 9 and sports section coverage to Jason Collins and his acknowledgment of his gay lifestyle in the April 30 Daily Herald. If you need to report on this, it should be in Sports.


    Marian Hossa (81) celebrates after scoring his second goal against the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at the United Center.

    Hossa scores twice as Blackhawks eliminate Wild

    Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.Chicago is moving on in the postseason for the first time since the championship run in 2010, and will face either San Jose or Detroit if the Red Wings get past Anaheim.

    Bulls center Joakim Noah has been nothing short of an inspiration during the team's playoff run so far.

    How can you not love Bulls' Joakim Noah?

    Mike Spellman admits it: He was wrong about Joakim Noah. The guy is a warrior. That and more Bulls thoughts, a Kentucky Derby wrap and much more in this week's edition of Spellman's Scorecard.l

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy could be the only right-hander in the rotation when John Danks returns.

    Makes no sense to talk Peavy trade

    On Thursday's off day, White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor offers his thoughts on why Jake Peavy trade rumors are premature, why Jeff Keppinger should stay in the No. 2 hole and why baseball should pull the plug on video review.

    Like most of his teammates, Starlin Castro has struggled at the plate with runners in scoring position, and the are last in the majors in that hitting category.

    With runners on, Cubs hitters hit bottom

    The Cubs's .183 batting average with runners in scoring position is the lowest in the major leagues. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says it's not because the Cubs' hitters aren't "clutch." It's because their approaches at the plate aren't working.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews celebrates a goal by right wing Marian Hossa against Minnesota Wild in game 5 of the NHL Western Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center Thursday.

    Blackhawks eliminate Wild with 5-1 win

    The Blackhawks were expecting to get Minnesota's best effort Thursday night, but it never materialized. The Hawks won 5-1 in Game 5 to capture the best-of-seven series 4-1 and advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010.


    Will Toews be a finalist for Hart Trophy?

    The three finalists for the Hart Trophy (the NHL's most valuable player) will be announced Friday and it would be shocking if Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wasn't one of them. But it's possible, especially considering Toews wasn't one of the three finalists announced Thursday for the Ted Lindsay award. Tim Sassone has that and more in today's Blackhawks notebook.


    Wild goalie situation lived up to team name

    You have to admit, this Minnesota goaltending situation has been nothing short of wild - using three goalies in 4 games. "I've never seen something like that," said Blackhawks goalie Henrik Karlsson, himself replacing the injured Ray Emery as Corey Crawford's backup.

    Erin Falsey of Schaumburg runs the anchor leg of the Saxons’ state-qualifying 3,200-meter relay during the West Aurora girls track sectional Thursday.

    Hoffman Estates’ Oginni puts forth top effort

    Hoffman Estates' junior Banke Oginni won the shot put at Thursday's West Aurora sectional with a career-best effort.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Antonio Shenault of Lake Park takes part in the 300 meter hurdles during the Upstate Eight Conference boys track finals Thursday.The event was held at Lake Park East Campus.

    Lake Park departs with a UEC title

    The Upstate Eight Conference's loss will be the DuPage Valley Conference's gain. That is, the Lake Park boys track and field team, which on Thursday on its home track in Roselle won the UEC for a third straight year in the school's final year before shifting leagues.

    Ashley England of St. Charles North finished second in the 3,200.

    St. Charles East turns table on West Aurora

    The St. Charles East girls track team watched helplessly two weeks as West Aurora garnered its fourth consecutive Kane County championship by more than 30 points. But the Saints more than returned the favor Thursday night at the Blackhawks' Class 3A sectional, winning all four relays and qualifying nine individuals to deny West Aurora its third postseason crown in the last four years.

    Hawks center Dave Bolland has enjoyed sitting out the playoffs and he's hoping for a return soon.

    Blackhawks’ Bolland itching to return

    Dave Bolland missed his fifth straight playoff game Thursday with a groin injury, but the Blackhawks' veteran center vowed to be ready for the second round. "For sure, I'm working at it to make sure it gets better," Bolland said. And once he returns, as Tim Sassone explains, the Hawks have some options.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Prairie Ridge 4, Huntley 3: Rachel Zobott, Beth Parks and Deanna Hecht scored goals for Huntley in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss. Kelli Rubino had 3 saves in goal for the Red Raiders (15-4-1, 4-2).McHenry 3, Dundee-Crown 0: Isabel Miranda had 5 saves for the Chargers (5-15, 1-4) in their FVC Valley loss.Hampshire 1, Grayslake Central 0: Alex Zeller scored the game’s only goal and Ari Rominski had 12 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (7-11, 3-3) in their FVC Fox win.


    Kloss right on track; sectional title to Lakes

    Grayslake Central's Leah Kloss excelled in her new spring sport, and Lakes took top team honors in Thursday's girls track sectional hosted by the Rams.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South 8, Jacobs 2: Kimmy Woods was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Sam McLean had a double and an RBI to lead the Gators (12-8, 4-7) to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Heather Eck was the winning pitcher, allowing just 4 hits. Payton Spirling had a double for Jacobs (12-11, 4-6). Emily Borg was the losing pitcher.Burlington Central 12, Rockford Christian 0: Courtni Neubauer threw a 5-inning perfect game as the Rockets made it 18 straight wins with this Big Northern East shutout, BC’s fourth straight shutout, a span in which they have won by a total of 79-0. Neubauer struck out 9. Lauren King and Kayla Ross each had triples and RBI for Central (21-1, 12-0) and Mackenzie Paschke had a double.Elgin-Larkin reschedule: Thursday night’s game between Elgin and Larkin at Judson University was rained out. The Maroons and Royals will play Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at Elgin High School.


    Schaumburg joins top seeds in final four at Fremd

    In the Fremd boys water polo sectional, it will be Conant facing Schaumburg in a 7 p.m. Friday semifinal, and Fremd meeting Hoffman Estates in the following game.


    Naperville Central wins again in DVC

    DuPage baseball roundup


    Fremd keeps pace in West

    Fremd's softball team remained right on the heels of first-place Barrington with a 10-3 victory at Schaumburg. Senior ace Ashlynne Schwantz (17-3) won her 14th straight game with 1 strikeout and 1 walk as the Vikings improved to 13-1, 1 game behind Barrington in the competitive Mid-Suburban West. The game was tied at 3-3 after four innings when Fremd (18-6) scored 3 times in the fifth and added 4 more in the seventh.


    Heady effort from Hedstrom, Palatine

    North Dakota recruit Megan Hedstrom says the motto of her Palatine softball team is simple. "We play as a team," said the Pirates' ace. "And we win as a team." And it's a team that knows how to come from behind. A few weeks earlier the Pirates rallied from a 6-0 deficit to edge Schaumburg 8-6. Playing on the field of Mid-Suburban East leader Buffalo Grove on Thursday, the Pirates found themselves in a 4-1 hole after four innings. But the visitors broke through for 4 runs in the top of the sixth and Hedstrom added another with her home run in the top of the seventh as the Pirates captured a 6-4 triumph.


    Cary-Grove 2nd, Huntley 3rd at Belvidere North

    Cary-Grove and Huntley renewed their rivalry at the sectional, but both Fox Valley Conference squads wound up chasing Hononegah. After finishing 1-2 at Monday's FVC meet, the Trojans and Red Raiders turned in strong performances again at the Class 3A Belvidere North sectional Thursday night, but neither squad could catch the Indians, who took first with 85 points. Cary-Grove finished second with 75 while Huntley was third with 59.


    Nafziger answers Wheaton North’s call to arms

    A steady rain created less than ideal pitching conditions for Wheaton North's Sam Nafziger, but the senior left-hander made sure it was a beautiful day for the Falcons. Nafziger gutted out a complete-game effort while pitching from a mucky mound, helping Wheaton North's baseball team top visiting Glenbard North 3-2 in Thursday's DuPage Valley Conference matchup.


    McGuire hits 7th homer, Benet ends losing streak

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


    St. Francis overcomes slow start

    St. Francis didn't have come out with the intensity needed to take care of a talented Wheaton Academy boys volleyball team on Thursday.


    Lake Park strikes back against Neuqua Valley

    A slight dose of rain aside, this was just what the doctor ordered for Lake Park. A day after their bats were silenced at Waubonsie Valley, the No. 12 Lancers broke out to beat No. 20 Neuqua Valley in an 8-5 back-and-forth Thursday game in Roselle.


    Burlington Central wins BNC title

    On Monday, the Burlington Central girls track team tied with Byron for first place at the Big Northern Conference meet. On Thursday at the BNC boys meet at Oregon, the Rockets scored enough points to avoid a tie and claim the conference championship. Burlington Central used first-place finishes from Ryan Olsen in the 400 meters and Lucas Ege in the 300 hurdles to help the point total as the Rockets scored 95 points, barely outdistancing second-place Winnebago, which scored 91.


    Dolan powers Meadows to key victory

    Senior catcher Mike Dolan homered, finishing with 3 hits and 5 RBI to help Rolling Meadows top visiting Barrington 10-4 on Thursday in what turns out to be a preview of next week's Mid-Suburban League championship game. The victory improved the Mustangs' record to 12-1 in the MSL East, 2 games ahead of Elk Grove with one league game left for both teams.

    Grayslake Central baseball players Kyle Clark, left, and Christian Frusolone stretch before their game Tuesday. They took yoga in the off-season, and it’s helped their play this year.

    Grayslake Central takes yoga challenge, with very positive results

    Here's an announcement that isn't often blared over a high school's loudspeaker: "And for the baseball team yoga is canceled for today." But at Grayslake Central, yoga for the baseball team was in fact canceled one February day as a late afternoon snowstorm wiped out most after-school activities. "A bunch of our guys were in the cafeteria when that announcement came over the P.A. and I think they kind of just covered up their heads," Grayslake Central baseball coach Troy Whalen laughed. "They got some good-natured ribbing from their friends for that one." These days, however, the Rams are serious Yogis and proud of it, thank you very much.

    Haley Videckis

    Bartlett’s Videckis will transfer to Pepperdine

    Haley Videckis has a deep Christian faith. And now she's found a college she believes will help her grow in that faith. After playing for the Arizona State University women's basketball team this past season as a freshman Videckis, the 2011-12 honorary co-captain of the Daily Herald's Fox Valley all-area team when she led Bartlett to third place at the Class 4A state tournament, announced Thursday night she is transferring to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

    Lakes’ Caleb Arnwine competes in the triple jump during the North Suburban Conference boys track meet Thursday at Libertyville High School

    Grant’s repeat plan succeeds

    It started in the field and ended up on the track, and that's the formula that led to another conference championship for Grant. It was that formula that the Bulldogs and their coaches met about back in November, and every week since — not losing focus on the ultimate goal, another North Suburban Conference title. Thursday night, on a cool and very soggy night at Libertyville, the Bulldogs, who shared the conference title with Lake Zurich a year ago, showed their dominance in all facets to win their second consecutive NSC crown. Grant, which also captured the NSC Prairie Division title, amassed 115 points to 96 for runner-up Lakes.

    Nevena Markovic, left, of Glenbard South and Maddie Baillie, right, of Wheaton North go up for the rebound in girls basketball action Tuesday in Glen Ellyn.

    Markovic taking her game to next level

    Nevena Markovic was born in Serbia, bred on basketball. Her dad, Zoran, played professionally in Serbia. At a young age he introduced his daughter to the game. As a child, she looked up to stars like ex-Los Angeles Laker Vlade Divac on the Serbian national team. "It was my childhood dream to play for the national team," Markovic said. "I always thought it was something I would love to do." She is about to realize that opportunity.


    Lipp, Perez lead Judson in NAIA opener

    Huntley graduate Craig Lipp and Westminster Christian graduate Ryan Perez pitched a combined 7-hitter to lead the Judson University baseball team to a 7-4 win over No. 2 Cumberland (Tenn.) in the first game of the NAIA Championship Opening Round at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Thursday. No. 3 Judson (45-14), which has won 18 straight, will meet the winner of No. 4 Mayville State, N.D. (35-6-1) and No 1 York, Neb. (41-10) in Joliet on Friday at 2 p.m.


    Local schools will be well represented at state badminton

    Geneva badminton coach Pat Fischer called No. 1 singles player Ann Green a "wonderful musician," an Ohio State-bound senior who plays flute in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Now Green is ready to make noise in the state badminton tournament.


    Rain can’t spoil Naperville North’s sectional fun

    While the main focus was qualifying girls for next week's state track finals, Naperville North coach Joanna Wilson was all smiles while walking through the rain Thursday night with a sectional championship plaque firmly in her grasp.

    Carlos Boozer, left, Joakim Noah, center, guard Nate Robinson and the rest of the Bulls must do a better job of keeping their emotions in check Friday at the United Center when they take on the Heat in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    Bulls not pointing any fingers

    A couple days ago, Nate Robinson was the star of the 2013 NBA playoffs. The league even created a television ad depicting people across the globe watching Robinson's non-game winning bank shot in Game 4 of the Bulls' first-round series against Brooklyn.By Thursday, the spotlight shifted to Filomena Tobias, the Heat fan captured in a photo sticking her middle finger in Joakim Noah's face as he headed to the locker room after being ejected from Game 2.


    Bears get Bostic signed in time for rookie minicamp

    With the signing of second-round linebacker Jonathan Bostic on Thursday, the Bears have already agreed to terms with five of their six draft picks on the eve of this weekend's rookie minicamp. Only first-round pick Kyle Long remains unsigned.

    Palatine’s Christian Frahm, left, celebrates with the rest of his teammates after the Pirates topped Barrington in the third set Thursday at Palatine.

    It all adds up for Palatine

    It was worth the wait for the Palatine boys volleyball team. The Pirates were supposed to host undefeated Barrington a week ago Tuesday, but an electrical problem forced the closing of the school building and the postponement of the match until Thursday. And in a wild scene reminiscent of the state final tournament, Palatine defeated visiting Barrington 25-15, 21-25, 25-23 in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd to earn a share of the Mid-Suburban West crown with the Broncos. Both teams finished with 9-1 division records and split their season series, each match going three games. But the Pirates will advance to Wednesday's MSL championship match at Rolling Meadows game based on a point differential of just 1.

    Coach Tom Thibodeau says the Bulls cannot get sidetracked in Friday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat.

    Mental toughness key for Bulls

    Even when playing shorthanded, the Bulls can rise to the occasion as well as any team in the NBA. Their 93-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 was a perfect example. Because they're playing shorthanded, though, they've got to be razor sharp. Faced with a more intense Heat effort in Game 2, the Bulls were sloppy, fell way behind and tossed the game plan in the garbage before checking out completely.


    Mudd helps Libertyville edge Jacobs

    Sydney Mudd's 68th-minute strike negated a Dani Blanchard equalizer moments earlier to give host Libertyville the lead for good in a 2-1 victory over Jacobs in the rain Thursday at the Soccer Complex in Libertyville.


    Bass fishing tournament dates set

    The IHSA board of directors announced on Thursday that the postponed bass fishing state finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle. The tournament, which had originally been set for May 3-4, was postponed due to high water levels at Carlyle Lake.


    A ‘Mudd’ goal wins it for Libertyville

    Sydney Mudd's 68th minute strike canceled out a Dani Blanchard equalizer moments earlier to give host Libertyville the lead for good in an eventual 2-1 victory Thursday afternoon over Jacobs in the rain at the Soccer Complex in Libertyville.


    Burlington Central clinches Big Northern East

    The Burlington Central baseball team clinched the outright Big Northern Conference East Division championship with an 8-2 victory at Rockford Christian in six innings Thursday. The BNC East title is the second straight for Central (11-8, 10-2) and the program's fourth in five seasons.

    By the sixth grade, Brian Reedy, left, and C.J. Patton had already been best friends for about six years.

    Reedy, Patton ready for senior swan song — together

    Those awkward moments. From kindergarten and staying overnight at a friend's house ... to saying goodbye, for good ... missing an easy trick in the gym. Conant's Brian Reedy and Fremd's C.J. Patton have shared all of them. Now as seniors and competitors, they will have the opportunity to share a trip to the 61st annual boys gymnastics state finals Friday and Saturday at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort.


    Judson opens NCCAA tourney with win

    It took nine innings, but the Judson University softball team came away a winner Thursday in the opening round of the National Christian College Athletic Association's national tournament in Botetourt, Va. Bri DiGiola doubled, was sacrificed to third by Allison Catlett and scored on a single by Amber Mysliwiec in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Eagles defeated Indiana Wesleyan 1-0.


    Mundelein happy to join state trophy hunt

    The 62nd annual boys gymnastics state meet is shaping up to be a close one when the two-day competition gets under way Friday at Lincoln-Way East. The Elite Eight team tournament along with the all-around championship begins at 6 p.m. with defending state champion Wheaton co-op looking like a heavy favorite to win the title again after posting a sectional-high score of 161.000. On Saturday, the preliminary round for the state individual championship begins at noon with the finals taking place at 7 p.m. using the standard two events at a time format. After Wheaton co-op, Mid-Suburban League entry Conant appears to be the front-runner for the second place trophy as the Cougars scored 154.6 at their own sectional meet. If Conant falters, it should be very interesting to see if sectional champions Mundelein or Downers Grove North can step up and topple the Cougars.


    Elgin’s Merena, Dundee-Crown’s Hudson ready for state

    The Fox Valley area's two boys state gymnastics qualifiers are no strangers to each other. Elgin junior Steve L. Merena and Dundee-Crown freshman Satchel Hudson are part of the same gymnastics club and are coached by Merena's dad, Steve, Sr. Merena noted he's known Hudson for nearly a decade. Because Elgin and D-C do not have boys gymnastics programs, Merena and Hudson compete as individuals, representing the schools in the IHSA state series.


    Scouting the boys gymnastics state meet / Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys gymnastics state meet from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League.

    The Sky's top draft pick, 6-foot-5 swing player Elena Delle Donne, handles pressure as easily as she handles a basketball. The Sky's first exhibition game is May 16.

    Sky’s newest star ready for the pressure

    At Delaware, Elena Delle Donne had the weight of the program on her shoulders from Day One. Expectations for her were through the roof for every game. With training camp under way for the Chicago Sky, Delle Donne finds herself in a familiar spot with her new team. She's the "It Girl" once again, as Patricia Babcock McGraw explains in this report.

    The overturned Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran, an America's Cup entry from Sweden, is towed past Treasure Island after the boat capsized during training in San Francisco Bay on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon) MAGS OUT; NO SALES, MADATORY CREDIT BAY AREA NEWSPAPERS

    Olympian dies during America’s Cup practice

    A 72-foot-long Swedish sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the upcoming America's Cup races, killing an Olympic gold medalist from the United Kingdom and injuring another sailor, authorities said.

    Luol Deng reunited with his teammates on Thursday at the Berto Center. Deng, who said he has lost 15 pounds since he had a spinal tap to rule out meningitis, said the ordeal was frightening.

    Ordeal left Deng shaken and 15 lbs. lighter

    After being sent to the hospital a week ago, Luol Deng reunited with his teammates on Thursday at the Berto Center. Deng, who said he has lost 15 pounds since he had a spinal tap to rule out meningitis, said the ordeal was frightening. "I've never been through anything like that. It was scary for me, scary for everyone that was around me," Deng said. "I never knew of a spinal tap before that, didn't know the reaction or the side effect of it, so I was really scared."


    State fishing tournament rescheduled

    The Illinois high school bass fishing state tournament has been rescheduled after dangerous water levels on Carlyle Lake forced it to be postponed. The Illinois High School Association said Thursday that the competition will be May 31 to June 1. The tournament was to be May 3-4 on the lake in southern Illinois.

    Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding makes a save on a shot by the Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp during Game 1 at the United Center.

    Wild goalie Harding to start Game 5 against Hawks

    Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding will start Game 5 for Minnesota against the Blackhawks and Darcy Kuemper will back him up on Thursday night. Coach Mike Yeo announced the decision after Harding went through the morning skate. He left Game 4 on Tuesday following a collision with the Hawk's Jonathan Toews late in the first period.


    Bears agree to 4-year deal with LB Bostic

    The Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with second-round draft pick Jon Bostic. A linebacker at Florida, Bostic started every game his final two years in the middle for the Gators and figures to compete with veteran free agent acquisition D.J. Williams for Brian Urlacher's old job.


    Mike North video: Average Joe Disappointed in D-Rose

    Mike North thinks the fans and the media need to be told something specific about Derrick Rose's condition. The lack of resolve about the situation keeps everyone speculating and Joakim Noah shouldn't question the fans for their thoughts.


    Galat leads Lakes to 7th NSC win

    Richard Galat pounded 7 kills, and Lakes' boys volleyball team defeated Mundelein 25-19, 25-18 Wednesday night for its school-record seventh win in North Suburban Conference play. Lakes is 7-3 in the NSC.


    Bartlett’s clutch hit lifts Lakes

    Lakes' baseball team won a thriller Wednesday. Mike Bartlett's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Eagles to a 12-11 win over Grant in North Suburban Conference Prairie Division play.


    Stevenson tests well against Warren

    A good idea is always close at hand with this group. The Stevenson volleyball team is full of bright thinkers. There are multiple future Ivy Leaguers on the roster, headed for schools such as Princeton and Cornell. MIT and Northwestern are also destinations for a couple of Patriots. This year, there are 59 advanced placement classes being taken between the team's 15 players. The overall team grade point average? A mind-blowing 4.3. So, it's no wonder that the Patriots, closing in on another 30-win season after a scrappy 25-17, 22-25, 25-19 North Suburban Conference win at Warren on Wednesday, came up with the biggest secret to their success all on their own.


    Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.

    Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports’ top score

    The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing.The Model S, which starts at $62,400 after a federal tax credit, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine’s battery of tests.

    A surveillance image taken from a graphic released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City shows a man identified as “defendant Reyes” allegedly using fraudulent magnetic cards to steal money from one of several cash machines in Manhattan.

    Feds: Hackers stole $45 million in ATM card breach

    Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch called it "a massive 21st-century bank heist" and compared its size to the Lufthansa heist in the late 1970s immortalized in the film "Goodfellas." Lynch said the fraudsters had moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world.

    Roger Corman works Wednesday in his Los Angeles office.

    YouTube’s new pay channels go from campy to kids

    With a billion monthly visitors from around the globe, the Google-owned video service hopes to quickly add subscribers and add to the money it already makes from online advertising.

    Clothing is modeled on mannequins in a retail store’s window display in Baltimore. A report released Thursday showed Americans spent more during the early spring months as part the latest sign that they’re encouraged by the economic recovery.

    Stocks pull back from record levels

    Unemployment claims dropped to a five-year low last week, the Labor department reported early Thursday. That signals fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring. While the report failed to boost stocks, it did give the dollar a lift.

    About 200 United Continental airplanes feature live TV for passengers, along with improved Wi-Fi services, with more expected later this year.

    United Continental ramps up its live TV, Wi-Fi

    Chicago-based United Continental Holdings, which still has some operations in Elk Grove Township, aims to attract more travelers with live TV provided by Direct TV in 200 planes, possibly more than other airlines. And more planes are expected to offer the in-flight feature later this year, said United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson.


    U.S. wholesale stockpiles up 0.4 percent in March

    Wholesale businesses stepped up their restocking of supplies in March, but their sales fell sharply.The Commerce Department said Thursday that stockpiles held by wholesalers rose 0.4 percent in March compared with February, when they had fallen 0.3 percent. Sales in March dropped 1.6 percent, the biggest setback since March 2009, when the country was in recession. Sales had risen 1.5 percent in February.


    Enron’s Skilling could see 10-year sentence cut

    Convicted ex-Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling's more than 24-year prison sentence for his role in the once mighty energy giant's collapse could be reduced by as many as 10 years if a federal judge approves an agreement reached Wednesday between prosecutors and defense attorneys.


    Retailers report modest gains for April

    Americans spent briskly during the early spring months in the latest sign that they're encouraged by the economic recovery. Falling gas prices, a rallying stock market and gains in the job market all fueled Americans' shopping habits even as cold weather tempered their desire to buy spring fashions.


    Orbitz posts profit, rebounds from year-ago loss

    Orbitz Worldwide Inc. posted first-quarter net income of $146.2 million on Thursday as a hefty tax benefit and higher revenue from hotel and vacation package bookings helped it rebound from a loss in the year-ago period.The results impressed investors and the company issued strong revenue predictions for the current quarter and full year.


    Bridgestone plant in Bloomington-Normal cuts jobs

    Bridgestone’s plant in Bloomington-Normal is cutting 23 positions. A spokesman for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations says a slowdown in residential and commercial construction and mining has lowered demand for off-road tires. Jeremy Smith says that has forced the company to make “production adjustments” at the off-road tire plant in central Illinois.

    Artwork at Masks y Mas, an Albuquerque shop that sells 'Day of the Dead' art year round. Disney announced Tuesday that it was a withdrawing a “Dia de los Muertos” trademark request it made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office amid uproar on social media from Latino activists, writer and artists.

    Social media thwarts Disney's 'Day of the Dead' trademark

    When Lalo Alcaraz saw a tweet this week that Disney was seeking to trademark "Dia de los Muertos," the name of the traditional "Day of the Dead" celebrated by millions in Mexico and the U.S., the Los Angeles-based cartoonist immediately pressed "retweet." The humorist then sent out a series of satirical social media posts warning that Disney was out to trademark dead Latino relatives.

    The air traffic control tower at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

    FAA to staff Midway, Milwaukee, 70 other airport control towers at night

    Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities including Midway and Milwaukee, that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

    Workers stand outside an 11-story building that houses the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. factory and apartments after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The fire broke out in the building Wednesday night, not long after the up to 300 workers of the factory went home for the day, killing at least eight people officials said Thursday.

    Bangladesh fire kills 8 as collapse toll hits 950

    A fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters killed eight people at a Bangladesh garment factory, barely two weeks after a collapse at another garment factory building where the death toll was approaching 1,000 on Thursday.

    In this Tuesday, April 27, 2010, photo, Job-seekers, including Sophonias Gizaw, center, of Seattle, wait in line to attend a job fair, in Tacoma, Wash.

    Jobless claims in U.S. unexpectedly decline to five-year low

    The number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly dropped last week to the lowest level in more than five years, a signal employers are confident enough in the economic outlook to hold onto workers. Applications for unemployment insurance payments decreased by 4,000 to 323,000 in the week ended May 4, the least since January 2008, Labor Department figures showed today.


    Medical software firm Allscripts plans 350 NC jobs

    Chicago-based Medical software company Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. plans to hire another 350 workers in North Carolina's Research Triangle region over the next 4 ½ years to expand its research and development work, chief executive Paul Black said Wednesday.

    Multiple sclerosis patient Jim Champion listens to lawmakers during a Senate Executive Committee hearing on medical marijuana at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday.

    Ill. med marijuana backers defend enforcement

    The Illinois Senate sponsor of legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana use says there are sufficient protections for motorists in the bill. Sen. William Haine says the proposal requires users to submit to a field sobriety test if they're pulled over by police while driving.


    Big ad agencies bid on Illinois health outreach

    Some of the largest ad agencies and public relations firms 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 for the marketing of the new health insurance marketplace. Potential bidders were told during the bidding process the budget could reach $30 million to $35 million, said Mike Claffey, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Michael Gore, who is paralyzed from a spinal injury, walks with the use of the Indego wearable robot under the supervision of physical therapist Clare Hartigan during a meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association at a downtown hotel in Chicago.

    Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

    When Michael Gore stands it’s a triumph of science and engineering. He was paralyzed from the waist down 11 years ago in a workplace accident. Yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room.Gore walks with help from a lightweight wearable robot, which he demonstrated this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association.The 27-pound Indego device is the lightest of several competing products being tested in U.S. rehab hospitals. It snaps together and straps onto the user’s waist and legs.The 42-year-old Gore of North Carolina says it’s an emotional boost to talk with people eye-to-eye. The devices are still experimental and haven’t yet been approved by federal regulators for personal use.

Life & Entertainment

    Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) romances the married Daisy (Carey Mulligan) in Baz Luhrmann's eye-popping adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby.”

    Luhrmann celebrates style over substance in misconceived adaptation

    Despite an impressive performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, Baz Luhrmann's faithful adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel celebrates style over substance abuse. So we get a flamboyantly superficial film that grants equal importance to slow-motion shots of a woman's car-struck body flying through the air as it does Fitzgerald's dissection of the death of the American dream.

    In “Jack Reacher,” Tom Cruise plays a former military cop investigating a sniper case.

    Action-packed ‘Jack Reacher’ out on DVD

    Tom Cruise takes the title role in "Jack Reacher," a non-stop action film based on Lee Childs' novels. It's now out on DVD.


    Choosing the right pot to grow herbs

    A 14-inch-diameter pot is the optimal size for a collection of herbs — large enough to do the job without becoming a major production in weight, cost and soil volume.

    Natalie Maines' “Mother”

    Natalie Maines shines on 1st solo album

    Natalie Maines' first solo album continues her movement into a deeply considered, provocative form of polished adult rock heard on her last recording, the Dixie Chicks' 2006 award-winning "Take the Long Way Home." As with that album, Maines sets aside the cheeky playfulness that marked her success in country music. Instead, she carefully curates an album of covers and originals by other writers — with one strong original, "Take It on Faith."

    Thousands of people swarm downtown Scranton, Pa., during “The Office” Parade. The actors who play Pam, Jim, Dwight and other beloved characters from the popular NBC show “The Office” bade farewell to the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton that served as the TV setting for their fictional paper company.

    Scranton shared close bond with ‘The Office’

    NBC's long-running "The Office" was a faux documentary about cubicle life. The Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. didn't exist. Try telling that to merchants, tourism officials and regular folks here in the real-world city of 76,000, for whom the Emmy-winning comedy — which ends its nine-season run next week — had a tangible and lasting impact.

    Philip (erstwhile 007 Pierce Brosnan) falls for a married cancer survivor (Trone Dyrholm) in Susanne Bier's Danish/English rom-com “Love is All You Need.”

    Strong characters at heart of 'Love'

    Dann warns readers that Paramount Pictures won't give critics advance screenings of "Star Trek Into Darkness," and that's not a good sign. He also criticizes the Ratings Administration in his film notes segment, plus reviews two films, the Christian-themed "King's Faith" and the Danish rom-com "Love is All You Need" featuring an impressively mature performance by former 007 Pierce Brosnan.

    Colombian superstar Shakira says she’s learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom.

    Shakira on her post-baby body: ‘I look decent’

    Colombian superstar Shakira is learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom one day at a time. "It's part of motherhood you know," she said of juggling personal and professional life. "You got to figure it out as you go." The 36-year-old singer and her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique welcomed their first child, Milan Pique Mebarak, on Jan. 22.

    Authorities say Tim Lambesis, the singer of Grammy-nominated heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, was arrested Tuesday in Southern California after trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

    Divorce docs: Changes worried metal singer’s wife

    Divorce documents show the lead singer of heavy metal band As I Lay Dying and the wife he allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill had a mostly amicable split, and she expressed no fears for her safety. But Meggan Lambesis, wife of Tim Lambesis, said in the court papers obtained by The Associated Press that recent changes in his behavior had her worried about his ability to care for their three adopted children. Law enforcement officials said they arrested 32-year-old Tim Lambesis after he tried to hire an undercover detective he believed was a hit man.

    Upper crust Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington) enjoys a strange romance with Everyman Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) in the rom-com "Peeples."

    'Peeples' peeps pleasant, but all too forgettable

    The people of "Peeples" make a better impression than most collections of oddballs in the weary mold of comedies centered on meeting the prospective in-laws. They still overstay their welcome, though. This is broad comedy, but nowhere near as broad — or boorish and shrill — as producer Tyler Perry's own family adventures (for disclosure's sake, there are screechy relations here, but Perry's Madea fortunately isn't among them).

    Born in relative obscurity at their start 40 years ago, Iggy & The Stooges, with Iggy Pop at the help, continues to get more and more popular with age.

    Age no obstacle for vintage Iggy & the Stooges

    When Iggy & the Stooges broke up in 1974, almost no one who'd heard of the band had actually heard it. More than 40 years later, Iggy Pop's band has a new album "Ready to Die," a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and growing reverence for its place in music history. It's one of rock's stranger success stories, but what do you expect when it comes to Iggy Pop and the proto-punk band everybody used to hate, but really loved?

    “American Kid” by Patty Griffin

    Patty Griffin scores with ‘American Kid’

    Patty Griffin bookends her seventh album, "American Kid," with two songs about the death of her father, opening with the wistful, spiritually openhearted "Go Wherever You Wanna Go." She closes with the sweetly mournful "Gonna Miss You When You're Gone," which blends old jazz chords set against a background of haunting, sustained keyboards.

    Ben Werling stars as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo whose experiences during Hollywood's blacklist era are chronicled in “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted,” running through May 19 at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble.

    Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's 'Trumbo' a portrait of the artist as a patriot

    Not a lot happens over the course of "Trumbo-Red, White & Blacklisted" — the two-hander about Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted screenwriter responsible for "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," "Papillon" and "Lonely Are the Brave" — running at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Glen Ellyn. More of a portrait than a play, this theatrical event unfolds as a series of monologues which reveal through Trumbo's own words, the convictions that led to his incarceration and the talent that made him a legend.



    Editorial: End retirement payouts for unused time off

    Policies like the one allowing state police troopers to bank unused time off and get large payouts when retiring should be changed, a Daily Herald editorial says,


    Shooting the rapids of dual playoff runs

    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the constantly undulating rhythms of the news cycle — now elections take center stage, now a flooding crisis; now, a sensational kidnap story is all the rage, now a controversy over the state budget — there is something especially gratifying about the swell we're mounting right now. Not one but two playoff runs simultaneously


    Actress’ behavior promoted stereotype
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Reese Witherspoon's behavior on the occasion of her husband being arrested for "driving under the influence," fits "The Ugly American" stereotype quite well.


    Don’t revel in rival’s misfortunes
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The writer of a Fence Post letter on April 21 seems inordinately elated when the Cubs play poorly. He's the kind of "fan" who gives all sports lovers a bad name. A true fan finds joy in winning yet even in losing appreciates the experience of game.


    More drilling needed to cut costs
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Many qualified scientists dismiss this global warming hysteria. Does Ms. Brice, living a comfortable life in the suburbs, ever think about the poor, blue collar employee paying $75 to $100 per week on gas because President Obama and zealots like her continually stop more drilling?


    Column on ‘work beasts’ lacks good evidence
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Though you take pains to say that your piece is about "government that doesn't tighten rules," your examples, Ms. Harrop, may have nothing to do with SSDI. While, your position may not be completely invalid (pun intended), you should cite relevant examples so that you do not come off as a deleterious harpy, falsely inciting the masses.


    Obama cover-ups too numerous
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The Daily Herald's "World & Nation in 60 Seconds" on May 1 tells us that President Obama is once again considering military action against Syria, and making certain that his counterterrorism bureaucracy "did what it was supposed to be doing" before the Boston bombing.


    Thanks for keeping TV guide in paper
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: I want to thank you for continuing to print the TV guide in your paper. This is a great help for us seniors. I can't afford to buy a separate TV guide like the other papers want us to buy.


    We’ve heard this song before
    We’ve heard this song beforeThe latest immigration bill that will soon be voted on and probably passed, reminds me of a popular 1942 song, “I’ve heard that song before.” In 1986 approximately three million illegals were granted legal status based on the government’s promise that the border would be secured, thus greatly reducing the number of illegal immigrants.How effective has border security been since 1986? From three million illegals in 1986 who were granted legal status, it is now estimated that there are 11 or more million who have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. So why should the American people believe that things will be different this time? They shouldn’t.In the new immigration bill, illegals will be required to pay a fine, undergo a background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, among other requirements. Those meeting these requirements would eventually earn a green card. The bill would also prevent illegals from accessing public funds, however, recent reports indicate that more than $100 million in Medicare aid went to illegal immigrants from 2009 to 2011.The cost to government to monitor compliance with the requirements in this new immigration bill would be staggering. But don’t worry about that, because knowing how government operates, compliance with the requirements in the bill will be ignored and most of the illegals will eventually receive legal status without complying with the requirements of the bill.So when you hear a bunch of senators who support the bill say that things will be different this time if the illegals are granted legal status, just remember the 1942 tune, “I’ve heard that song before.”Victor A. DarstWest Dundee


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