Daily Archive : Wednesday May 15, 2013



    SNAP wants ex-priest fired from Des Plaines facility

    A victims' advocacy group is calling for an ex-priest accused of sexual misconduct to be removed from his job at Des Plaines health facility where he counsels people struggling with depression, substance abuse, family problems and stress.


    Northwestern sees record number of applicants

    Officials at Northwestern University in Evanston say they received a record number of applicants for fall admission, with nearly 33,000 students applying. The surge in applicants meant that only about 14 percent of the students were admitted.

    Linda Holmes

    Lawmakers: Tied-up dogs must have long leashes

    A suburban Democrat's plan to require Illinoisans to use a rope or chain at least 10 feet long when they tie up their dogs was approved by the state Senate Wednesday.

    Bootlegging gangster Charlie Birger, center, stands on the gallows just before his public hanging in downstate Benton. Birger was the last person to be publicly hanged in Illinois.

    Gallows from Illinois' last public hanging located

    More than eight decades since bootlegging gangster Charlie Birger became Illinois' last person publicly hanged, the southern Illinois city that has clung to his legend finally has the case's biggest and most-elusive relic: the gallows from which he swung for his role in the killing of a nearby mayor.

    Colin Flaherty, 17, of Peoria talks with driving instructor Steve Smart, right, before maneuvering his car through cones at the Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving program at Caterpillar's Mossville plant.

    Driving course geared for teen survival

    Driving often poses all kinds of unexpected challenges — icy roads, sharp turns, a deer running out in front of your car.That's why Tire Rack Street Survival Teen Driving School was conceived: to help young motorists meet and conquer those challenges before those challenges conquer them. But simulating those situations even in a controlled environment can leave one in a cold sweat, with a...


    Appeals for public information spike 22 percent

    Illinois residents have the benefit of new laws aimed at opening up more government records — and when they don't get the information they want, they're raising a stink about it. Appeals to the Illinois attorney general's office for denied Freedom of Information Act requests jumped 22 percent last year. Most of those came from members of the public.


    5 abuse lawsuits filed against Joliet diocese

    A Chicago law firm filed the lawsuits in Will County on behalf of victims who were between the ages of 8 and 16 at the time of the sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. The victims were at churches, a school and a seminary in Bolingbrook, Joliet and Monee.


    State panel won’t consolidate 18 virtual school appeals

    Administrators, district attorneys, school board members, union representatives and community members packed the meeting Wednesday of the Illinois State Charter School Commission in Chicago to argue against the proposed appeal process for a virtual charter school — and won. Each district will get its own public hearing but not necessarily within its boundaries. The hearings are scheduled...


    Suburban mayors steel themselves for own pension crisis

    As lawmakers work toward an end-of-May deadline to approve a state budget and deal with $100 billion in pension debt, DuPage County officials lobbied in Springfield Wednesday for legislative attention to their own retirement and budgeting issues. Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed freezing how much the towns get from income taxes as the state tries to cope with its massive budget problems.

    Michael Divincenzo

    Former Maine West coach charged in hazing; juvenile charges dropped

    After a five-month investigation of hazing at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, the Cook County state's attorney's office Wednesday charged former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo while dropping charges against six juveniles. "He allowed these things to happen and encouraged it," Anita Alvarez said.


    Bike accident victim identified as Elk Grove woman

    A bicyclist who was killed by a car Tuesday morning whole crossing Higgins Road at the exit ramp from northbound Route 53 has been identified. A spokeswoman from the Cook County medical examiner's office said the victim was Rosaleen Waters, 46, of Elk Grove Village.


    Waubonsee sells former downtown Aurora site

    Waubonsee Community College is selling its former downtown Aurora campus for $1.5 million to a firm interested in turning the two buildings into stores and apartments. The college board approved the sale Wednesday night to Gorman and Co. It expects to close the sale in January.

    Honor guard officers fire off three volleys as taps is played from the parking deck during Wednesday’s Elgin Police Department memorial service.

    Elgin police honor the fallen

    The Elgin Police Department Wednesday held its annual memorial service to honor the lives lost in the line of duty during the past year. While bagpipes played and police officers lowered flags to half staff, Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda addressed his fellow officers and the public. "While words on days like today can seem empty, they are at least a start," Swoboda said.

    The westbound lanes of I-290 were closed Wednesday afternoon near the Bensenville-Elmhurst border after a semitrailer truck overturned on an exit ramp and the driver was trapped inside the cab.

    Driver hurt, traffic snarled after I-290 crash

    A 73-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a semitrailer truck overturned on the ramp from westbound I-290 to Route 83 near Elmhurst, state police said. The truck driver, John Sfondilis of Elk Grove Village, was trapped inside the cab of the vehicle and had to be extricated by Elmhurst firefighters, authorities said.

    Kristin Miks

    Woodland Dist. 50 bus driver accused of molesting teen

    A Woodland Elementary District 50 bus driver has been charged with molesting a teenage girl who isn't a student at Gurnee-based school system, authorities said. Kristin Miks, 32, of the 33000 block of Sunset Avenue in unincorporated Wildwood, faces two counts of criminal sexual assault and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Lake County sheriff's police Sgt. Sara Balmes announced...


    Household hazardous waste collection in Lake County

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County's first household chemical waste collection event of the season is 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Vernon Hills Metra Train Station at Route 45 and Ranney Drive.


    Antioch garden club sets plant sale

    The annual Antioch Garden Club perennial plant sale is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Centennial Park pavilion, 701 Anita Ave., between Depot Street and North Avenue, Antioch.

    University of Illinois coaches John Groce (men's basketball), Matt Bollant (women's basketball), Janet Rayfield (women's soccer), and Justin Spring (men's gymnastics) stopped to meet with Daily Herald premium subscribers Wednesday as part of the annual Illini Caravan.

    Illini Caravan visits suburbs, Daily Herald subscribers

    University of Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce, women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring and women's soccer coach Janet Rayfield stopped in Rolling Meadows on Wednesday to meet with fans and Daily Herald subscribers. They're taking part in the annual Illini Caravan.


    Chicago parents say school closures violate civil rights

    Parents of Chicago public school children filed a pair of lawsuits Wednesday claiming the city's plan to close dozens of schools violates the civil rights of students with disabilities and children who are black. The Chicago Teachers Union issued a statement in support of the two suits, filed in federal court in Chicago. The complaints seek an injunction against the proposed closure of 53 schools.


    17-year-olds could get primary voting rights soon

    If Gov. Pat Quinn approves, 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote in the 2014 Illinois primary election if they are set to turn 18 before Election Day in November.

    In this Sept. 14, 2012, file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. Consulate’s burnt out buildings.

    Petraeus email objected to Benghazi talking points

    Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, because he wanted to see more detail publicly released, including a warning issued from the CIA about plans for a break-in at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, a newly released email shows.

    Missouri is a diverging diamond interchange pioneer, building its third in 2010 on I-270.

    New diamond interchange design on tap for I-90

    A unique traffic solution will be utilized when the Illinois tollway builds a new interchange at I-90 and Elmhurst Road. The diverging diamond interchange will be completed ini 2016, one of only a few in the United States.

    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the top official at the Internal Revenue Service had resigned in the wake of revelations the agency had targeted conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.

    IRS commissioner ousted over tea party targeting

    Hurrying to check a growing controversy, President Barack Obama ousted the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service late Wednesday amid an outcry over revelations that the agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status.

    Rich Placko of Elgin has pushed to make it legal for home brewers of beer to share their suds outside their homes.

    Home brewing legislation goes to Quinn

    Home brewers of beer would be able to legally share their specialized suds outside of their homes under legislation that was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday.


    One dead in Elgin Twp. crash near Rt. 20 and Plank Road

    A 21-year-old Sycamore woman was killed Wednesday afternoon when her motorcycle struck a semitrailer at Route 20 and Plank Road in Elgin Township, the Kane County Sheriff's Office said.

    Michael Buhrman

    DuPage carjacker/nuclear engineer gets 40 years

    If a nuclear engineer who is believed to have fled the country is found by authorities, he will have a prison cell waiting for him. A DuPage County judge on Wednesday sentenced Michael Buhrman to 40 years in prison for his armed carjacking of a woman's vehicle in the parking lot of a Woodridge store.

    Adella Wolff

    Kane County law librarian loved to help others

    Adella N. Wolff, a lifelong Elgin resident, former Kane County law librarian and wife of the former county board chairman Paul Wolff, has died at 93. Mrs. Wolff is described by friends and colleagues as a patient, friendly woman who was self taught in library administration. Visitation is Thursday.

    A 23-year-old North Aurora woman was killed early Wednesday in a crash on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, police said.

    23-year-old North Aurora woman dies in Geneva crash with truck

    A 23-year-old North Aurora woman was killed Wednesday when the car in which she was riding was struck by a truck on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, police said. According to Geneva police, the car was exiting a private driveway on the south side of Fabyan on the 200 block when it was hit by an eastbound garbage/dump truck.


    Hoffman Estates teen charged with molesting boy at Willow Creek

    A 19-year-old working as a volunteer at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after authorities say he molested an 8-year-old boy. Robert Sobczak, was arrested May 10 and ordered held on $100,000 bail.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the air conditioner unit from the roof of a building at 1090 Executive Way in Des Plaines. The roof was damaged and water has been leaking into the foreclosed building, reports said. Loss was estimated at $50,000.


    Disaster recovery center opening in Lisle

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a disaster recovery center in Lisle so DuPage County property owners dealing with flood damage can have another way to apply for federal assistance.

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks with Streamwood High School senior Jerell Fingers about his project in his principles of engineering class Wednesday.

    Secretary of Education to U-46: How can we help?

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan connected with a former colleague in the suburbs to take stock of how the federal agency could do its job better. Duncan, who worked with Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres when the two were administrators at Chicago Public Schools, took a tour of Streamwood High School. "There is lots to be proud of here," Duncan said.

    Jodi Arias, seen talking to her defense attorney, was found to be eligible for the death penalty Wednesday during the sentencing phase of her trial in Phoenix.

    Jurors find Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty

    The same jury that convicted Jodi Arias of murder one week ago took about three hours Wednesday to determine that the former waitress is eligible for the death penalty in the stabbing and shooting death of her one-time lover in his bathroom five years ago.

    Jeffrey Horton

    Man pleads not guilty in Lake County trafficking case

    A Chicago man accused of forcing a woman to perform sex acts for money pleaded not guilty to charges in court Wednesday. Jeffrey Horton, 27, of the 10000 block of South Claremont Street, faces 18 charges including involuntary servitude, trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution, and conspiring to traffic in persons.

    Tim West received the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

    Naperville remembers longtime Sun editor

    The longtime guiding force behind the Naperville Sun is being remembered this week for his contributions to the newspaper and community over the past 40 years. Tim West, 66, died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.


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    Fox Valley police reports
    Laurencio C. Pena Jr., 42, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with forgery, issue or delivery of a forged document and identity theft after he used a relative's name, birth date and Social Security number to seek treatment at a hospital, according to a police report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Daniel Dieter, 45, of Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more, improper lane use and driving without lights when required after a traffic stop at 2 a.m. Saturday at South Randall Road and Gleneagle Drive near Geneva, according to a sheriff's report. Dieter failed field sobriety tests and a breath test, and registered a .14 BAC,...

    Gregory Weiler II enters the Ottawa County courthouse in Miami, Okla.

    Exam of bomb plot suspect expected in August

    A mental evaluation of an Elk Grove Village native charged with plotting to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches will be finished around late August. Gregory Weiler II was arrested in October.


    Schaumburg Flag Day picnic for seniors June 14

    Schaumburg's annual Flag Day picnic for area seniors is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 14 on the plaza between the village's Atcher Municipal Center and Prairie Center for the Arts. This year's program will feature Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White as guest speaker and the Jesse White Tumblers as entertainment. Also featured will be singer Vito Zatto, a flag ceremony, lunch and bingo.


    ‘Fracking’ bill ready for vote in House

    Supporters of high-volume oil and gas drilling say a bill to regulate the practice in Illinois is ready for a vote after last-minute negotiations over hiring and environmental concerns. Supporters say fracking will create jobs; opponents worry about pollution.


    Hospice nurse, author to speak May 21-22

    JourneyCare (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois) will co-sponsor presentations by nationally recognized author and speaker Maggie Callanan on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22, titled "Understanding Unique & Symbolic Language Near End of Life."


    Barrington Memorial Day parade and services set

    The Barrington Memorial Day Parade and services will be held Monday, May 27, conducted by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Barrington Memorial Post 7706 and Barrington American Legion Post 158. Memorial services will be held at 7:30 a.m. at White Cemetery on Cuba Road; at 8 a.m. at St. Paul Cemetery on East Main Street; at 8:30 a.m. at Barrington Center at Sutton Road and Route 68; and at 9...


    Health law may penalize some American Indians

    Some American Indians in Illinois may have to pay a fine if they're uninsured under the nation's health care law, even if they're entitled to free or subsidized health care under other federal obligations.


    Barrington public works staff get 2 percent raises

    Barrington trustees this week approved a four-year contract with the village's public works employees, which retroactively took effect on May 1. The 14 public works employees, who are members of the Teamsters Local 700 union, will receive annual 2 percent raises during all four years of the contract, Barrington Village Manager Jeff Lawler said.

    Zachary Quinto, left, as Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk appear in a scene in the movie, “Star Trek Into Darkness” that opens this week.

    Space not the final frontier for viewing movies

    The crew of the International Space Station is boldly going where no one has gone before — to see the new "Star Trek" film. The three astronauts were offered a sneak peak of "Star Trek Into Darkness" days before it opens Thursday on Earth, seeing it not in 3-D, but Zero-G.

    Vice President of Operations Gus Vazquez discusses the plans for the new Star Cinema Grill on Wednesday in Arlington Heights. The downtown business will be a dine-in movie theater with restaurant quality food options.

    Star Cinema Grill opens next month in Arlington Hts.

    Construction crews are working around the clock to get Star Cinema Grill, a new dine-in movie theater in downtown Arlington Heights, ready to open next month.The theater at 53 S. Evergreen is scheduled to open between June 7 and June 14, missing the big Memorial Day weekend, but ready for the rest of the summer movie season.

    Defense attorney Ozzie Fumo, left, confers with his client, O.J. Simpson during an evidentiary hearing for Simpson in Clark County District Court Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial

    Appearing confident but sometimes emotional, O.J. Simpson testified Wednesday he did not know guns were involved in a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers that led to his conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping, and a sentence that could keep him behind bars for life.

    The dog days of summer — and fall, winter and spring — will be even more enjoyable at Jericho Lake Park with a host of new features and amenities to be implemented in coming months.

    Jericho Lake Park to thrive with a new look

    Not long ago — circa the mid-80s — the western boundaries of Aurora and Montgomery were vast swathes of open space, and not much else. "We needed to do more with the land," Fox Valley Park District trustee J.A. Lippold said at the time, "and make more people-use' of it." Jericho Lake Park will soon join the modern movement with a slate of spectacular...

    Rita McMahon is shown with her husband Jim of Huntley, along with their children Matthew and Emily shortly after their kids received scouting awards in 2003. Rita McMahon, also Huntley’s village clerk and executive secretary to both the village board and village manager, received an honor of her own last week when she was recognized for 25 years of service with the village.

    Huntley honors clerk for 25 years of service

    Rita McMahon originally decided to work for Huntley so she could earn money while raising two children at home. That was 25 years ago. Last week, Huntley recognized McMahon for her 25 years of service with a proclamation thanking her for her devotion. "She's the brains of our office, I'll tell you that," Village President Chuck Sass said. "Hopefully she's here for another 25 years."

    Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Justice Department.

    Holder defends subpoenas for AP telephone records

    Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Wednesday that a serious national security leak required the secret gathering of telephone records at The Associated Press as he stood by an investigation in which he insisted he had no involvement.


    New deputy chief, equipment for Aurora fire department

    With two former fire chiefs and the current chief in the audience, Tom Greiner was appointed Tuesday to the position of deputy fire chief in Aurora. Greiner is filling a position vacated by John Lehman when he became chief in March. Greiner has been with the Aurora Fire Department since 1989. He rose from a firefighter's rank to serve as lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and assistant chief on...

    Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive at his rogue clinic, then stabbed with scissors. He was given two life sentences Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a potential death sentence, and the third sentence was handed down Wednesday. The sentences offer no chance at parole, meaning Gosnell, 72, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    Pa. abortion doctor gets third life sentence

    A Philadelphia doctor was sentenced Wednesday to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could "walk to the bus." Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive at his rogue clinic, then stabbed with scissors. He was given two life sentences Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a...

    Stacks of paperwork await members of the House Agriculture Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, as it meets to consider proposals to the 2013 Farm Bill, including small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive.

    House panel set to OK cut in food stamp program

    The House Agriculture Committee is considering a five-year farm bill that would make small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The cuts are part of massive legislation that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural programs and the food aid. The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year — or a little more than 3 percent —...

    The Brunner Family Forest Preserve in West Dundee will be improved with state grant funds. The money will go toward parking, two shelters, trails along the Fox River, fishing stations, interpretive signs and habitat and wetland restoration.

    Sugar Grove, Aurora, Kane parks agencies get state grants

    The Sugar Grove Park District is getting $400,000 from the state toward the development of a park near Harter Middle School, the governor's office announced Monday. The Fox Valley Park District is also getting money for redevelopment of Jericho Lake, and the Kane County Forest Preserve District is receiving a grant for the Brunner Family Forest Preserve.

    Charles Amrich

    Activist who targeted Amrich out as IT vendor in Island Lake

    The consultant who oversaw Island Lake village hall's computer system, and who tried to derail Charles Amrich's mayoral bid, has been fired, officials confirmed. Island Lake officials will host a special meeting Thursday to discuss hiring a new consultant to replace Daniel Field and his Kodiak Technology Group, officials said.

    Possible changes to the Barrington Unit District 220 school calendar were shot down Tuesday by parents attending a public forum on the proposals. Proponents say the changes — which could move up the start of the school year and move first-semester finals before winter break — would relieve stress for students.

    District 220 parents back status quo on school calendar

    Parents in Barrington Community Unit School District 220 appear to be happy with the status quo — at least when it comes to the school calendar. Casting their votes with red stickers, parents at a public hearing Tuesday supported keeping the calendar as is instead of proposals that would move first-semester finals before winter break.

    O.J. Simpson appears for the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Las Vegas. The hearing is aimed at proving Simpson’s trial lawyer, Yale Galanter, had conflicted interests and shouldn’t have handled Simpson’s case. Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison for his 2008 conviction in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

    5 Things to Know about O.J. Simpson’s court date

    Why is O.J. Simpson in court? The 65-year-old former football star and actor is serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty in 2008 of leading the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson wants a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer and provided bad advice at trial.

    The U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul leaves Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. McFaul was summoned by the Russian foreign ministry in connection with an alleged spy detention in Moscow. He entered the ministry’s building in central Moscow Wednesday morning and left half an hour later without saying a word to journalists waiting outside the compound.

    Russia’s FSB: Another alleged U.S. spy expelled

    ussian state television has aired footage provided by Russia's security services claiming that another alleged American spy was expelled earlier this year. Russia on Tuesday ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave the country after the FSB claimed to have caught him red-handed trying to recruit a Russian agent in Moscow. The FSB alleges that Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy, works for...

    Four weeks after the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators have yet to announce what prompted the fire and touched off the massive explosion that killed 14 people.

    Texas firefighters focused concern on toxic gases

    When they saw 30-foot flames licking the sky inside a massive fertilizer plant, firefighters rushed to evacuate nearby buildings and raced to spray water on tanks of chemicals, hoping to prevent a catastrophe. They didn't know, and probably could not imagine, that the plant would soon explode into a deadly fireball and lay waste to much of the community. Instead, they were more concerned with...

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was directing all the services to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters, his spokesman, George Little, said after Tuesday’s announcement that a sergeant first class at Fort Hood, Texas, was accused of pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.

    Lawmakers outraged over another military sex case

    Lawmakers say they're outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. The back-to-back Army and Air Force cases highlight a problem that is drawing increased scrutiny in Congress and expressions of frustration from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Lawmakers said...

    Palestinian women hold symbolic keys and chant “the right of return will not die,” during a rally to mark the Nakba Day in the West Bank town of Ramallah, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Palestinians annually mark the “nakba,” or “catastrophe” the term they use to describe their defeat and displacement in the war that followed Israel’s founding in 1948.

    Palestinians mark their 1948 displacement

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of their mass displacement during the war over Israel's 1948 creation. Every May 15, Palestinians commemorate the "nakba," or "catastrophe" — the term they use to describe the displacement.


    NW Wisconsin wildfire consumes 8,700 acres

    Firefighters worked to contain a smoky wildfire in northwestern Wisconsin that has consumed 8,700 acres, destroyed nearly 50 structures and forced dozens from their homes. The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire is about 90 percent contained, meaning firefighters have stopped most of the fire from spreading.


    Chicago firefighters asked to guard school routes

    Chicago firefighters are being asked to establish a visible presence on the streets during the first three weeks of the new school year, when dozens of schools are slated to close. The closures have parents worried that many children will have to traverse dangerous areas to get to their new schools. The school district and police have been working to create safe routes.

    Angela Kramer, left, walks out of the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton on Tuesday with Erin Novak after a jury found Johnny Borizov guilty of murder in the shooting of three members of Angela Kramer’s family and the solicitation of her murder.

    Dawn Patrol: Borizov guilty on all counts; airport slots could be off table

    Borizov guilty in triple murder. Legislators might drop airport slots from gambling plan. Suburban lawmakers outraged at AP phone scandal. Now parking is free in Aurora. Agency recommends dropping DUI threshold to .05. A Des Plaines man who was killed in Missouri had fled an Illinois traffic stop. The Hawks open their series tonight against Detroit. And the Bulls play Miami tonight in a must-win...


    District 300 first to offer fourth-year math course

    Seniors at Jacobs, Hampshire and Dundee-Crown high schools will have the opportunity to take a new math class next year with a textbook designed especially for them. The course was developed by the Alliance for College Readiness which includes Elgin Community College and all of its feeder high school districts — Elgin Area School District U-46, St. Charles Community Unit District 303,...

    Daniel MacGillis

    Quick change in top job in Round Lake

    It didn't take long for Round Lake's top administrative position at village hall to change under new Mayor Daniel MacGillis. Marc Huber is out after seven years as village administrator. He has been replaced by Russell Kraly. who will serve in the administrative position until it can be filled permanently, according to a statement MacGillis issued Tuesday.


    Patrick Sharp celebrates after assisting on Johnny Oduya's goal in the 3rd period during game 1 of Western Conference semifinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Sharp was also 1st star of the game.

    Patrick Sharp's play key to Blackhawks' Game 1 win

    Veteran Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp was all over the ice Wednesday night with a pair of assists and an empty-net goal in a 4-1 win over Detroit in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at the United Center. Sharp did all the dirty work on Johnny Oduya's goal at 8:02 of the third period that snapped a 1-1 tie. “Before the puck even came to me (from a Patrick Kane cycle), I saw Johnny break through,” Sharp said.

    Chicago White Sox’ Adam Dunn (32) is greeted by teammate Alex Rios after hitting his second two-run home run Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. The White Sox won 9-4.

    Dunn’s 2 HRs, 5 RBIs lead White Sox over Twins

    Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Wednesday.Dunn hit a pair of two-run shots for his 35th career multihomer game. He's hit three home runs in the last two games and has nine this year. Dayan Viciedo also went deep for the second straight day, helping Dylan Axelrod (1-3) pick up his first victory this season.Mike Pelfrey (3-4) was hit hard yet again, failing to record an out in the fifth inning.

    Jake Jouris

    Harper, Waubonsee meet for regional supremacy

    Most people would like to see the two best teams play for championships at the end of a season. In NJCAA baseball, that's exactly what will happen starting Friday at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove as the top-seeded Chiefs take on No. 2 Harper College (19-20) for a regional championship.


    Klimek, Fortsch keep winning in perspective at Waubonsie Valley

    Success isn't just about wins. Sure, you play to win the game, but the friendships and life lessons that come from playing help shape these high schoolers as they head off to college and adulthood. There's no denying that Waubonsie Valley is struggling on the field, but that hasn't stopped it from being a special season for the Warriors in other ways.


    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 Wednuesday's varsity girls soccer games, 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 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.

    The Hawks’ Michal Rozsival (32) is checked by Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference semifinal in Chicago, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Hawks run weary Wings into the ground

    What's it like to come in to Chicago fresh off a grueling seven-game quarterfinal series against Anaheim and have to face a fast, fresh and eager Blackhawks team at the United Center?In a word, exhausting.

    The Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, right, celebrates with third-base coach David Bell after hitting a 2-run home run during the second inning Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 6-3.

    Samardzija does it all in Cubs’ 6-3 victory

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija took all matters into his own hands Wednesday night during a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Not only did Samardzija pitch 8 solid innings, he also hit a 2-run homer in the second inning to put the Cubs ahead 3-1.


    Blackhawks’ best game too much for Red Wings

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville continues to ask his team for more, and he should, because they have a lot more to offer even after taking out the Red Wings 4-1 in Game 1 Wednesday at the UC.


    Glenbard North walks off with win

    Sydney Benz hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift No. 5 Glenbard North past Naperville North 2-1 on Wednesday.Benz and Alex Caliva were both 2-for-3 and winning pitcher Lindsey Cherry (16-4) threw a 3-hitter for Glenbard North (22-4, 11-3 DuPage Valley Conference). Rachel Aiardo scored the only run for Naperville North (14-13, 6-8).WW South 4, Wheaton North 0:Sammy Granger tossed a 2-hitter, striking out six, for the Tigers (14-13, 10-4 DVC). Cam Briggs was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kim Hayes 2-for-3 and scored a run.Naperville Central 10, West Chicago 4:Lisa Tassi singled in a pair of go-ahead runs after a two-out West Chicago error in the fourth inning, and Kaitlyn Skarecky followed Tassi’s hit with a 2-run homer for the No. 1 Redhawks (31-1, 14-0 DVC) in Naperville. Keegan Hayes (21-1) shook off 3 first-inning runs to strike out 13, Tassi went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and Laura Dierking 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Becky Cabral had 2 doubles for West Chicago.Waubonsie Valley 11, Metea Valley 0:Shannon Hohman (17-5) struck out two in four perfect innings, and the No. 12 Warriors (21-5, 15-3) scored 8 runs in the first inning to clinch at least a share of their second straight Upstate Eight Valley championship. Amanda Lack and Layne Thresh were both 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and 3 RBI and Hohman doubled and scored 3 times.IC Catholic Prep 3, Westmont 0:Jessica Conenna struck out eight in a 4-hit shutout, and also added a pair of RBI doubles for the Knights (19-10) at the Class 2A Aurora Central regional. Gabby Curran scored 2 runs, and also threw a runner out at the plate on a relay from Lindsey Montoya.Glenbard South 15, Fenton 1:Hannah Taylor went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI and Danielle Scarpiniti doubled twice and scored 3 runs for the No. 3 Raiders (23-4, 12-0 Metro Suburban Conference). Ashton Cattenhead added a solo homer, and winning pitcher Stephanie Chitkowski (12-1) struck out seven over three innings.Glenbard West 2, York 1:Shelley Warmolts’ fifth-inning infield single scored the tying run, and Warmolts later came home with the go-ahead run on an error for the Hilltoppers (15-14, 8-4 West Suburban Silver) in Glen Ellyn. Warmolts was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and winning pitcher Taylor Langtry (7-3) scattered 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out five. Brooke Bandy (9-7) struck out nine for York (17-14, 8-4).Bartlett 8, Neuqua Valley 7:Colleen Hill homered and Jamie O’Brien tripled twice, but Bartlett (22-8, 13-4 Upstate Eight Valley) rallied past visiting Neuqua (16-11, 12-6) with a five-run sixth inning.St. Francis 8, Rosary 0:Fiona Summers homered and Maggie Remus fired a shutout for the Spartans.Benet 3, St. Viator 1:Maeve McGuire homered for the No. 4 Redwings (20-7, 11-4 East Suburban Catholic).

    Goalie Abigail Fuster of Wheaton Warrenville South blocks a shot on goal in the final seconds of her teams 1-0 win over Glenbard West, in the girls soccer Class 3A York regional semifinals, Wednesday night.

    Ulrich’s goal is one to celebrate

    Casey Ulrich knows when it's time to score.The Wheaton Warrenville South senior's 45th-minute header gave the Tigers a 1-0 victory Tuesday at the Class 3A York regional semifinals. It was her first goal of the season, and like last year, her first goal came in the playoffs.

    Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Bulls’ Carlos Boozer stand on the court during the first half of Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Wednesday night.

    Bulls fight right to the finish

    This Bulls team might someday be nominated for the Guts and Grind Hall of Fame, but it didn't have enough to extend the defending champion Heat beyond five games. Miami hung on to win 94-91 on Wednesday and advances to the Eastern Conference finals.


    Farina strikes again for Fremd

    At 5-foot-6, Fremd junior Leigh Farina is by no stretch of the imagination a big shortstop. But the Illinois recruit can sure swing a big bat. For the second straight day, Farina belted 2 home runs as she went 3-for-3 with a walk in the Vikings' 7-2 win at Elk Grove on Wednesday in the Mid-Suburban League second-place crossover.


    Prazuch, St. Viator stroll by Notre Dame in ESCC finale

    Matt Prazuch likes to take a walk. So much so that he took 5 of them Wednesday. And his last one was the best of all. It came with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 12th to drive in the eventual game-winning running as St. Viator outlasted host Notre Dame 13-8 in Niles.


    Vogt paces Libertyville triumph

    Matt Vogt has been about as rock-solid as they come for Libertyville's baseball team the last two springs. The University of Minnesota-Duluth-bound senior displayed his talent again Wednesday, hitting a pair of home runs in the Wildcats' 14-0 win over Round Lake in a North Suburban Conference crossover. Vogt finished with 4 RBI, and Kevin Calamari also had a big day at the plate with a home run, double and 4 RBI, as Libertyville improved to 20-10.

    Marian Hossa celebrates after scoring on a power play in first period action.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Game One
    The Chicago Blackhawks won 4-1 as they opened up the second round of the NHL playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at the United Center. Marian Hossa, Johnny Oduya, Patrick Sharp, and Marcus Kruger scored.

    Chicago Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, right, celebrates with teammate Darwin Barney at home plate after hitting a two-run home run Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3.

    Samardzija homers, throws 8 innings in Cubs’ win

    Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day and the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Wednesday night.David DeJesus led off the first inning with a home run and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who won back-to-back series for the first time this season.

    A Miami Heat fan holds up a sign during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal between the Heat and the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bulls 94-91, and advance to the conference finals.

    Thibs says holding Rose back was ‘the smart decision’

    Derrick Rose is still part of the Bulls and spent all season among his teammates. With the season over now, the "Derrick Rose Watch" can finally end.

    Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer works the ball between Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) and Shane Battier, right, Wednesday night in Miami. The Bulls lost to the Heat 94-91.

    Bulls’ season ends in Miami with 94-91 loss

    The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 18 and the Heat rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 94-91 on Wednesday night and close out their second-round series in five games.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger (16), left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey playoffs Western Conference semifinal against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks beat Detroit 4-1 in series opener

    Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger scored in the third period, Corey Crawford made 20 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in the opener of their second-round playoff series Wednesday night.Chicago dominated the final two periods in its first game in the Western Conference semifinals since it won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

    Carlos Boozer works the ball between LeBron James and Shane Battier, right, as he attempts to shoot during the first half of the Bulls’ Game 5 loss to Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Battered Bulls look forward to next season

    The main theme as the Bulls looked ahead following Wednesday's loss is a wish for sustained health. Bad luck has plagued the team durign three straight playoff runs.


    Umlauf leads Lakes; Grayslake Central rolls

    One toe poke from Sarina Umlauf set the Eagles soaring. Again. Sixth-seeded Lakes shut out No. 11 Resurrection 3-0 in a Class 2A Grayslake Central regional semifinal on Wednesday night. It was a case of playoff history repeating itself: Umlauf scored a game-winning goal in a sectional final two years ago as a sophomore.

    Center Joakim Noah and the Bulls took the fight to the Miami Heat, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

    Bulls gave cheap but glorious thrills this season

    The Bulls provided some cheap thrills right down to the end of their playoff series loss to the Heat. Now the challenge is to turn those into expensive thrills as legitimate championship contenders next season.


    Hedstrom pitches Palatine to victory

    Palatine senior ace Megan Hedstrom threw a 4-hitter with 4 strikeouts as the Pirates edged host Prospect 3-2 in the Mid-Suburban League third-place crossover on Wednesday. Palatine (17-11) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Jamie Haze (2-for-4, RBI) singled to score Lauren Logan. The Knights (8-19) tied the game in the bottom of the first when Rachel Trebswether led off with a triple to right center and scored on Michele Molini's one-out single to right.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 5, Metea Valley 2: Justin Blanchett’s run-scoring double keyed a 3-run sixth inning as the Hawks snapped a 2-2 tie to win in the Upstate Eight Valley. Blanchett (3-1) was also the winning pitcher. He twirled 6 innings of 2-hit baseball before giving way to Colin Nowak, who retired the side in order in the seventh with 2 strikeouts. Matt Vitulli went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for Bartlett (14-12, 13-12)South Elgin 6, East Aurora 0: Alex Wolfe (3-2) held East Aurora (1-29, 0-24) to 2 hits and 2 walks in 6 scoreless innings to earn the Upstate Eight Valley win. Nick Binder went 3-for-4 with a triple and 4 RBI, and David Goins finished 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and scored twice for South Elgin (14-14, 13-11).St. Charles North 9, Elgin 1: Junior Ryan Sitter had 2 hits, but he also took the loss on the mound in this Upstate Eight River contest in St. Charles. Sitter (2-5) lasted 5 innings for Elgin (6-21, 5-19). Burlington Central 10, DeKalb 2: Ryan Schuring and Blake Alexander each smacked 2-run doubles during a 7-run fourth inning that propelled the Rockets to a nonconference road win. Josh Lung also doubled and drove in 2 runs and Michael Scott went 3-for-4 for Central (13-9). Winning pitcher Jacob Schutta (4-0) held DeKalb to 2 earned runs on 8 hits and no walks and struck out 8 in 6 innings.Prairie Ridge 10, Cary-Grove 9: The Trojans rallied for 4 runs in the top of the seventh and had the potential tying run on third base with one out, but reliever Erik Jakubosky struck out Matt Ewert and Zach Marszal in succession to end this FVC Valley thriller in favor of Prairie Ridge (22-9, 13-6). Andrew Brierton went 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and scored twice. Brierton (3-3) was the losing pitcher, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 5 hits and a walk in 3 innings. Jeremy Vasquez (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Dean Christakes (2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs) led the attack for Cary-Grove (18-11, 12-7).Crystal Lake Central 2, Hampshire 1: Adam Maizonet’s solo home run in the top of the seventh drew the Whip-Purs within a run, but they stranded the potential tying run at second base. Senior Dan Leverenz threw a complete-game 6-hitter for CL Central (16-11, 10-9). Andrew Brown was the hard-luck losing pitcher, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and no walks. He struck out 5 in 6 innings for Hampshire (14-14, 6-13).

    Batavia’s Laren Eustace is safe on second base as the ball pops out of Streamwood’s Michael Smith’s glove in the first inning on Wednesday, May 15.

    Eustace’s perfect day lifts Batavia

    Batavia junior Laren Eustace said he'll do whatever he can to help his team win. Eustace then went out and did just that in a 9-5 victory over Streamwood that keeps the Bulldogs (24-6, 18-6) a half-game ahead of St. Charles East in the tight Upstate Eight Conference River Division race.

    Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer wipes his face as he stands with Joakim Noah (13) during a time out in the first half against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Miami.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat, Game Five
    The Chicago Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Heat in game five of their second round playoffseries Wednesday in Miami. The Heat won 94-91.


    Marmol more than happy to stay with Cubs

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol appeared surprised to hear he wanted out of Chicago Wednesday. An Internet report, complete with photos, had Marmol and his agent discussing exit strategies.

    Ryan Kent of Wheaton North stretches for a fly ball to center during the Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Wheaton North baseball game Wednesday.

    Wheaton North pitching does it again

    The deeper into the staff, the better Wheaton North's pitching has been this week. Doug Hayes capped a three-game DuPage Valley Conference baseball sweep of Wheaton Warrenville South with Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Lisle's Benedictine University.

    Palatine’s Brian Keough, middle, celebrates with his teammates after the Pirates won the Mid-Suburban League boys volleyball championship at Rolling Meadows on Wednesday.

    Sommerfeld, Palatine rise up, win MSL title

    A superb effort Wednesday night from an unlikely source helped lead Mid-Suburban West champion Palatine to a boys volleyball conference championship. Unheralded Pirates senior middle/right-side Jerry Sommerfeld had possibly his most outstanding effort of the season to propel his team to an impressive 25-20, 25-16 MSL title game victory over host Rolling Meadows, the East champs.


    Willowbrook downs Downers Grove South

    For a team that didn't win a conference championship, Willowbrook's kids were in a celebrating kind of mood Wednesday. They had good reason to be, too. After Downers Grove South clinched the West Suburban Gold title with a 9-1 win in the resumption of an earlier suspended game, Willowbrook came back to take the regularly-scheduled contest 6-4 in eight innings in Downers Grove.


    Avers leads Barrington victory

    Sophomore Annalise Avers got the perfect birthday present Wednesday afternoon after scoring the first goal for Barrington and helping on two others in the Fillies' 9-0 romp over No. 4 seed Round Lake on the turf of Barrington Community Stadium in a regional first-round matchup. The No. 1 Fillies (14-4-1) next face North Suburban Conference champion Lake Zurich (9-6-3) on Friday in the regional final after the Bears overpowered Grant 7-0 in the second match of the night.


    St. Charles North dominates DeKalb

    Forty-one seconds were all St. Charles North needed to begin its quest for another trip to the Class 3A girls soccer Final Four.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 8, Neuqua Valley 7: Bartlett stayed alive in the Upstate Eight Valley race with this win. The Hawks still trail Waubonsie Valley, which beat Metea Valley Wednesday, by 1 game. After playing at East Aurora today Bartlett is at Lake Park on Friday while Waubonsie closes out its Valley schedule against South Elgin at home on Friday. In Wednesday’s win, Kayla Haberstich was 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI for the Hawks (22-7, 13-4) while Alex Morales went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Jessica Kirby picked up the win in relief of starter Amy Johnson.Woodstock North 5, Dundee-Crown 4: Mandy Moore was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles for Dundee-Crown in this Fox Valley Conference crossover loss. Losing pitcher Amanda Eissler (RBI), Lauren Mercado, Lauren Girard (2 RBI), Mallory Schif and Rachel Chlopek (RBI) each had doubles for the Chargers (3-19).Elgin drops 2: Picking up a suspended game, Elgin lost to Geneva 5-4 in 15 innings then fell in the regularly scheduled UEC River game 14-1. Jennah Perryman took the loss in the opener and Jessica Rago in the nightcap. Carole Sobeski had 2 hits in the second game for the Maroons (12-13, 6-11).Batavia 17, Streamwood 14: Brittany Delao had 2 RBI, Kylie Jambor was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Hallie Garcia went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Streamwood (5-19, 2-14). Kaitlyn Hedger was the losing pitcher.St. Charles North 4, Larkin 0: Larkin (3-23, 2-14) managed just 4 hits off North’s Katie Roggemann in this UEC River loss. Jaclyn Saurbaugh took the loss for the Royals.South Elgin 6, Sycamore 3: Alyssa Buddle was 2-for-3 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI to bring her season RBI total to 35 as the Storm won this nonconference game. Victoria Watt was 2-for-4 for South Elgin (16-12) and Paige Allen drove in a run. Katie Koss was the winning pitcher, allowing 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.


    Lake Park relishing top sectional seed

    It may be unfamiliar territory but that doesn't mean Lake Park's baseball team isn't prepared to back up its status as a No. 1 sectional seed.


    Lake Zurich shuts out Grant

    Second-seeded Lake Zurich got its postseason off to a flying start, scoring 4 goals in the first half on its way to an impressive 7-0 victory over No. 3 Grant on Wednesday night in a regional opener at Barrington Community Stadium. Next up for the NSC champs will be the host Fillies in the regional final Friday after the home side stopped Round Lake 9-0 in the first match of the day.

    Rich Kiel of Chicago checks his goal lamp before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings.

    Quenneville decides to sit unhappy Stalberg

    After three days of skating with the extras, Viktor Stalberg was a healthy scratch in Game 1 against Detroit on Wednesday.“Coach’s decision,” said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.Quenneville was asked if his decision to sit out Stalberg was based solely on his so-so performance in the first round against Minnesota or if speedy third-line winger had broken any team rules.“I had a conversation with him so he knows how it stands and the situation,” Quenneville said. “We’ll leave it at that.”According to a source, Stalberg was unhappy with his power-play time in the first round and voiced his unhappiness to Quenneville on the bench in Game 5. He had three seconds of power-play ice time in Game 1, followed by 55 seconds in Game 2. He had no power-play time in Games 3, 4 or 5.It’s a game-by-game situation with Stalberg, according to Quenneville.“Absolutely. Things change in our business quickly, whether it’s health or decisions based on play,” Quenneville said. “We’ll visit it as we go along.”With Dave Bolland returning from his groin injury to center the third line, Andrew Shaw moved to right wing replacing Stalberg. Daniel Carcillo stayed on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik.Stalberg only missed one game during the regular season — the final night at St. Louis when Quenneville rested most of his regulars. Stalberg had 9 goals and 23 points in 47 games.Red Wings coach Mike Babcock knows better than to get involved in Hawks business.“This is what I’ve learned over the years: Their coach knows their team better than I do, so there’s no sense second guessing him very much,” Babcock said. “He’s going with the team he thinks gives them the best chance to win. He’s a competitive guy who wants to win.”Looking back:When the two clubs last met in the playoffs in the 2009 Western Conference finals, Detroit coach Mike Babcock knew the Hawks were a team on the rise.He did wonder how everyone was going to get paid, which turned out to be a problem after the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and they had to basically bust up that team.“On their recycle, the Hawks did basically a good job of trading and acquiring more assets and allowing themselves again to be in a real good position,” Babcock said.They also drafted well in the years leading up to the 2010 Stanley Cup win.“You know, if you do a good job when you’re a bad team and you draft real well, you can ride that for probably 8-10 years,” Babcock said. “You’ve got to be careful to be bad enough long enough so you get good enough.“Your fans don’t want to hear that, but if you get good too fast you’re never going to be good enough. If you stay bad enough long enough, in the (salary cap) new world, you have a chance to be real good.”Scouting report:The way Red Wings coach Mike Babcock sees it, a real key to the series will be getting pucks behind the Hawks’ defense. “The big thing for us is they have a real mobile back end and we have to get into that group or they’re going to be on offense all the time,” Babcock said. “If we don’t get in on that group it’s going to be a track meet up and down the ice. “We don’t need a track meet. We need a grind fest. We have to be very good with the puck, take care of the puck; if we turn the puck over and don’t get through the neutral zone it’s going to be a long series for our team.”Tip-ins:Center Dave Bolland was back in the Hawks’ lineup after missing eight games with a groin injury.“It’s nice to have Bolly back,” Joel Quenneville said. “He brings that intangible, a reliable guy in the middle of the ice, checks well, plays hard, seems to elevate his game in the playoffs.” ...


    Boys tennis sectional preview / Northwest and Lake

    Here's a look at this weekend's boys tennis sectionals, from the perspective of teams in suburban Cook County and Lake County.


    St. Charles East does its part in UEC River race

    Any Upstate Eight Conference baseball game involving St. Charles East drips with tension this week as the Saints and Batavia vie for the River Division title. Senior starting pitcher Matt Sarai calmed some raw nerves Wednesday by limiting Larkin to a lone run on 8 hits, but the Saints didn't exhale collectively until senior Sean Dunne delivered a grand slam in the top of the seventh of a 7-1 victory.


    Cary-Grove to play for regional title

    Cary-Grove senior goalkeeper Krystal Felderman simply wasn't going to allow Jacobs to core. Felderman was that determined. Including an amazing save with a little over 8 minutes left in the game, Felderman collected 6 saves as second-seeded Cary-Grove posted a 2-0 win over No. 3 Jacobs in semifinal action of the Class 3A Crystal Lake South girls soccer regional Wednesday afternoon.


    Jacobs blanks Dundee-Crown

    Jacobs baseball coach Jaime Murray was jogging back to the dugout Wednesday after the bottom of the second inning and asked his team, "Are we going to swing the bat today?" The Golden Eagles had struck out five times — four looking — in the first two innings. They swung the bat enough in the third, despite striking out three more times, and scored a run on their first 2 hits of the game. That was enough as Jacobs defeated Dundee-Crown, 5-0, after scoring 4 insurance runs in the sixth.


    A clinic with an eye on Rwanda

    This is a football clinic with reach. The second annual Youth Football Clinic for Africa New Life, June 8 at Wheaton Warrenville South, will provide instruction by a crack coaching staff with all proceeds targeted to assist a settlement in Rwanda.


    Experienced Barrington to meet maturing Buffalo Grove

    When you look at the lineups for Barrington and Buffalo Grove, you'll see one big difference. The Fillies' batting order consists of seven seniors, while the Bison showcase five underclassmen. But the two teams are the same in other aspects, one being that they are both playing in today's 40th annual Mid-Suburban League softball championship with a first pitch of 5 p.m. at Buffalo Grove.

    Burlington Central pitcher Emily Kisch delivers as Hampshire’s Jordan Hook gets a lead off second base Wednesday at Burlington.

    Burlington C. breaks loose on Senior Day

    It took a few innings for the Burlington Central softball team to get its bats going on Senior Day Wednesday, but when the Rockets did it was another hit parade. Held to a run on 2 hits in the first three innings by Hampshire senior Jennifer Hurst. Central broke out and scored 7 runs on 11 hits in its final three at-bats for an 8-1 nonconference win. "It was just the excitement of Senior Day and everyone being all giddy," smiled BC senior second baseman Lauren King, who was recognized with classmates Melanie Gajewski, Rebecca Roscher and Mackenzie Paschke.


    No-wake restriction lifted on Fox Chain

    The flood waters have slowly receded on the Fox Chain. Even though some homeowners in Antioch and other towns around the Chain are taking stock of their flood-damaged residences and properties, the no-wake restriction on the water has been lifted.

    Burlington Central’s Katie Trupp competes in and wins the high jump during the Burlington Central girls track sectional. Trupp will compete at the Class 2A state finals in Charleston this weekend.

    Burlington Central’s Trupp seeking more

    Burlington Central senior Katie Trupp is no stranger to the girls track and field state finals podium. As a freshman she took fifth in the state in high jump and followed that up with a pair of medals sophomore year in the pole vault (sixth) and high jump (seventh). Trupp will look to make it a 3-peat at this weekend's Class 2A state finals at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston. Class 1A preliminaries start today, while Class 2A and 3A action gets under way Friday.


    Girls track and field / State meet preview, Northwest

    Here's a look at the girls track and field state meet, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League.


    Spagnola seeks a hurdle sweep

    Emma Spagnola is seeking to do this weekend at the girls Class 3A state track and field championship what it took two former local athletes collectively to accomplish three years ago.


    Cougars pitchers earn 4-0 shutout

    Kane County righty Tayler Scott outdueled Peoria's Joe Cuda in the Cougars' 4-0 shutout of the Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. A crowd of 7,972 watched the Cougars get back to .500 on the season.


    Sky dominates Liberty in exhibition test

    WNBA rookie Elena Delle Donne put up 17 points in her first professional appearance as the Sky defeated the New York Liberty 85-67 Wednesday in a preseason game at Chicago State University.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, which is awarded to the top defensive forward in the NHL.

    Selke Trophy finalist Toews draws praise

    NHL coaches throughout the league recognize the strong play and leadership Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews provides his team. Detroit coach Mike Babcock added his voice to the chorus of praise after Toews was announced as a finalist for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the top defensive forward in the league. Babcock, who directed Team Canada in the 2008 Olympics, has coaches all three finalists: Toews, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Boston's Patrice Bergeron."I've had the good fortune to coach all three and they're good, good men," Babcock said. "They play with and without the puck and they help you win at playoff time."


    Walleyes for Tomorrow making a stand today

    Clubs like Walleyes Unlimited, Salmon Unlimited, the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance and all the state and local muskie groups and bass clubs, as well as Walleyes For Tomorrow, deserve more than a casual attaboy and a pat on the back.

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball team logo

    Boomers setting sights on postseason success

    One win is all that stood between the Schaumburg Boomers, who spent 50 days atop the West Division last year, and a shot at the postseason in the team's inaugural season. That's something second-year manager Jamie Bennett hopes to avoid as the Boomers prepare to open the 2013 season Thursday night by hosting the Windy City ThunderBolts at Boomers Stadium.


    Mike North video: Blackhawks’ Depth Impressive

    Mike North predicts how the series will go against the Detroit Red Wings. With the depth of the team and a great coach, they are headed for another Stanley Cup.


    Naperville Central clinches DuPage Valley crown

    Naperville Central (21-7, 16-4) rallied from a 6-1 deficit to clinch the outright DuPage Valley Conference championship, defeating West Chicago 10-8 on Tuesday. Jimmy Nashert homered and drove in 2 runs. Jeff Schank, Nicky Lopez and Bobby McMillen had 2 hits apiece. Zach Aranoff won in relief of Schank. A.J. Seidler went 3-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI for West Chicago (4-23, 1-19).Wheaton North 10, WW South 2:Johnny Peltz doubled, homered and drove in 4 runs for the Falcons (22-7, 14-6) in their DuPage Valley Conference victory. Cody Gregory added 2 hits and 3 RBI. Winning pitcher Lake Bachar went 2-for-4. Chris Amen went 2-for-3 and drove in 2 runs for WW South (16-13, 11-9).Metea Valley 7, Bartlett 6:Gunner Vega’s RBI single in the top of the seventh provided the Mustangs (14-13, 12-12) with the game-winning run in the Upstate Eight Conference. Mike Fitzgerald launched a 3-run homer and Connor Archey added 2 hits. Adam Cielinski was the winning pitcher in relief of Matt Karlins. Glenbard North 7, Naperville North 5:The Panthers (17-10, 14-6) scored a run in fifth and sixth inning to pull out the DuPage Valley Conference victory. Matt Frawley went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Brett Consitt won on the mound with 4 innings of relief. Ryan Krainz went 2-for-4 and Mark Khoury drove in 2 runs for Naperville North (15-11, 11-9).Glenbard South 7, Ridgewood 5:Tony Tenuta, who drove in 4 runs, blasted a 2-run game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh as the Raiders (16-8, 12-4) claimed the first game of a three-game Metro Suburban Conference series. Trailing 5-3 after five innings, Glenbard South scored twice in the sixth inning to tie it up. Zach Smith went 2-for-3 and Mike Atkinson had 2 RBI. Will Cornwell was the winning pitcher in relief.Montini 16, Geneva 8:The Broncos (19-6) rallied from a 6-0 deficit after two innings in the nonconference matchup. Austin Kline doubled, homered and drove in 6 runs. Ben Dobosenski and Chris Bartosz had 2 hits apiece while Tyler Tumpane also homered. Reliever Chris Bevis picked up the win. Downers South 8, St. Laurence 3:The Mustangs (27-5) won their 12th straight nonconference game by breaking out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Joe Becht went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI while winning pitcher Zack Burdi drove in 2 runs. Zach Tayler and Danny Mayer went 2-for-4.West Aurora 9, Glenbard East 4:Danny Ryan and Greg Ludwig homered for the Rams (11-21, 7-13) in their DuPage Valley Conference loss. Nick Vichio went 3-for-3 with a double.Wheaton Academy 15, Plano 4:The Warriors (6-19) exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning and added 3 more runs in the sixth to help end the nonconference game early. Ryan Bugh went 4-for-5 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI. Winning pitcher Sam Perna went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Hinsdale South 5, Hinsdale Central 4:Fresh off clinching the outright West Suburban Gold Conference title, the Hornets (22-9) edged their cross-town rivals. Matt Reschke went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI as Mike Rizzo picked up the complete-game victory. Alec Hutcherson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Hinsdale Central (15-12).Marmion 8, St. Francis 3:Alex Alcantara went 2-for-3 and Chris Smith had 2 RBI but the Spartans (15-11, 10-5) fell in the Suburban Christian Conference.

    Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov (26) celebrates his first-period goal against the San Jose Sharks with teammates Dwight King, left, and Jeff Carter in Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Quick leads Kings past Sharks 2-0 in opener

    Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings opened their second-round series with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.


    Grant clinches NSC Prairie title

    Grant softball coach Mike Dolezal admits he might have had more talented teams, but his 2013 squad has done something none other has done.The Bulldogs wrapped up their first North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship Tuesday by beating host Round Lake 18-1.It’s the first division or conference championship of any kind for Grant since 1988, when it played in the old Northwest Suburban Conference.“It’s a great feeling,” Dolezal said. “It’s a hardworking group of girls, and they’ve been a fun group to coach.”One player who’s displayed her talent lately is junior first baseman Jamie Reiser, who extended her consecutive-hit streak to 12 against Round Lake. Reiser, who homered and doubled, had hits her first two times up before making an out. She finished 4-for-5.Caitlyn Moran earned the win.Grant visits Zion-Benton today in the NSC championship game.Stevenson 14, Mundelein 5: The Patriots trailed 5-4 heading into the top of the seventh in the North Suburban Lake finale, then scored 10 runs.Abby O’Connor’s 3-run homer (her fourth home run of the season) was the big blow in the eight-hit frame for Stevenson (14-13, 4-8).O’Connor finished 2-for-5. Other Patriots with big games offensively included Morgan Manka (4-for-5, 3 RBI), Taylor Koenigs (3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Lexi Yonkovic (3-for-5, 2 runs). Yonkovic, Manka and Kat Trotter all had doubles. Winning pitcher Sam Feder allowed 2 earned runs and struck out nine.Mundelein’s Maddie Zazas led off the bottom of the first with a home run. Haley Morelli also homered for the Mustangs (22-10, 7-5).Lake Zurich 17, Lake Forest 0: Maria Schroeder went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, as the Bears won the North Suburban Lake finale in six innings.Lake Zurich (16-9, 8-4) received 3 hits apiece from Katie Brown (4 stolen bases, 3 runs, RBI), Mallory Parsons (double, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Brittney Pettinger (double, 2 runs, RBI). Carlee Parsons (2-for-5) and Kaylee Grant tripled. Freshman Katie Malek pitched a 3-hitter.Huntley 4, Grayslake North 2: Jordyn Bowen (2 doubles) and Kelsey Borders each had 2 hits for the Knights.Vernon Hills 6, Lakes 2: With the scored tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jordyn Comitor blasted a one-out grand slam to give Vernon Hills the dramatic victory.The Cougars, who moved to 7-13 overall and finished 7-5 in the NSC Prairie Division, also got a 3-for-3 performance at the plate out of Jenn Claussen. She also got the pitching win, striking out 8 batters and walking just one.Carmel 10, Deerfield 0 (5): Kathleen Felicelli, Jenny Behan and Amanda Elert each had 2 hits apiece to lead Carmel to the big win. Elert, just a freshman, had a double and a home run, Behan had a home run and Felicelli had a triple. Carmel is now 20-9 on the season.Warren 12, Libertyville 2: Kelly Majewski and Jill Fox both homered for Warren in the big victory.Majewski finished with 2 hits, as did Megan Scott. Meanwhile, Megan Sowa finished with a team-leading 3 hits, including a double. Winning pitcher Jenny Carpenter rolled up 6 strikeouts and did not allow a walk for Warren, which is now 20-6 overall and 9-3 in the NSC Lake Division.

    Golden State Warriors' Jarrett Jack shoots against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    Parker leads Spurs past Warriors for 3-2 series lead

    Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Golden State Warriors' starting backcourt to 13 points for a 109-91 victory Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.


    Taugner, Lake Park edge closer to UEC title

    The few times Christian Taugner finds himself in a jam, he always manages to find that extra gear. It's not a pretty sight for opponents. Behind another masterful pitching performance from its senior ace, Lake Park moved a step closer to the Upstate Eight Conference baseball title with Tuesday's 6-0 victory over Waubonsie Valley in Roselle.



    Power Solutions International to seek second public offering

    Wood-Dale based Power Solutions International, Inc. has filed plans for an secondary public offering of stock with the with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Under the proposal, PSI would offer 1.7 million shares of its common stock, plus up to an additional 255,000 shares of its common stock subject to the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option. Of these shares, 1 million will be issued and sold by the company and 700,000 shares, plus up to an additional 255,000 shares subject to the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option, will be sold by certain selling stockholders. The company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders, the company said in a release. Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC is acting as sole book-running manager of the proposed offering, with Roth Capital Partners, LLC acting as co-lead manager.The company designs, engineers and manufactures emissions-certified alternative-fuel and conventional power systems.

    A martini bar and combining with the building next door to create shops and apartments are two proposals for the 135-year-old, city-owned Thomle Building at 2 E. Wilson Street in downtown Batavia.

    Batavia mulling offers to buy, redevelop downtown building

    The City of Batavia has received two proposals to take the Thomle Building off its hands. One would put in a martini bar; the other would combine it with the building next door, for shops and apartments.


    Voluntary school merger bill goes to Quinn

    Legislation that would help Illinois public school districts merge to save money is headed for Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. The measure comes out of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon's Classrooms First Comm

    FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in southwestern Illinois that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational.

    FedEx plans distribution center in southwest Ill.

    FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in southwestern Illinois that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the plans Tuesday in Sauget, just across the river from St. Louis. He touted the company's decision as an endorsement of his administration's efforts to lure business to Illinois.

    Penny Pritzker

    Durbin favors Pritzker as U.S. Secretary of Commerce

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Commerce is an excellent choice to head the federal agency.Durbin announced Tuesday his support for Penny Pritzker after meeting with her to discuss her nomination.

    Donald Trump was back on the witness stand Wednesday, testifying at a civil trial in Chicago where he’s accused of making false promises to entice an investor into buying condos.

    Trump completes testimony in Chicago trial

    A scowling Donald Trump raised his voice on the witness stand Wednesday while an attorney grilled him and then rolled his eyes at the "Apprentice" star's answers, leading a federal judge to scold both men in open court and order them to behave. The admonition came during Trump's second day on the stand at a civil trial in Chicago.

    U.S. stocks rose, pushing benchmark indexes to fresh records, as data showing weakness in manufacturing fueled bets the Federal Reserve will be in no hurry to scale back stimulus.

    Stocks keep climbing even as manufacturing softens

    Investors nudged the stock market to all-time highs Wednesday despite a handful of disappointing economic reports. Google's stock topped $900 for the first time after the company announced several upgrades to its Android software for smartphones.

    Hugo Barra, vice president, Android Product Management at Google, speaks at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco Wednesday.

    Google unveils $10-a-month ‘All Access’ music plan

    Google on Wednesday launched a subscription-based music service, allowing users of Android phones and tablets to listen to their favorite songs and artists for a monthly fee. The streaming service, called All Access, is available in the U.S. for $9.99 per month after a 30-day free trial.


    Hospira reappoints chief scientific officer

    Hospira, Inc. has reappointed Sumant Ramachandra, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief scientific officer, effective May 17.


    Regent Surgical Health announces joint venture

    Regent Surgical Health and its physician partners at the Endosurgical Center of Central New Jersey announced a joint venture with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.


    First Midwest declares 4 cent per share dividend

    Itasca-based First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. the holding company for First Midwest Bank, said its board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock to 4 cents per share, payable on July 16 to common stockholders of record on June 28 and will represent the 122nd consecutive dividend paid by the company since its inception in 1983.“The increase in our cash dividend reflects the significant progress made by our Company over the last year in improving its risk profile and earnings strength,” said Michael L. Scudder, First Midwest’s president and chief executive officer. “As we look ahead, confidence in our business strategy and our solid capital strength leaves us well positioned to pursue opportunities for growth and return value to our stockholders.”


    Gogo receives license to operate Ku-band satellite aircraft

    Gogo, the leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, said the FCC has granted the company a blanket license to operate up to 1,000 Ku-band Satellite aircraft for international and domestic service.


    Chicago Rivet & Machine Co. declares 15 cent dividend

    The board of directors of Chicago Rivet & Machine Co. declared a regular quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share, payable June 20 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 5.


    Advocate recognized as ‘Great Place to Work’

    For the fourth consecutive year, Advocate Health Care is being recognized as a "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" by Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review.


    Mundelein’s Medline launches new website

    Medline Industries has launched a new website today, Medline.com, designed to help its health care customers find products and services tailored to their area of health care quicker and easier.


    U.S. says Apple, publisher colluded to fix book prices

    Apple Inc. engaged in a horizontal price-fixing scheme with some of the U.S.'s largest publishers to violate antitrust laws by working "to strip retailers of pricing authority," the U.S. Justice Department said in a court filing.The department's Antitrust Division filed papers for a trial set to begin June 3 in federal court in Manhattan that included excerpts of e-mails and depositions of Apple executives including the company's late founder, Steve Jobs, and Senior Vice President Eddy Cue and publishing executives.


    Macy’s profit tops estimates as stock buyback boosted

    Macy's Inc., the second-largest U.S. department-store chain, reported fiscal first-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates and increased its share buyback program by $1.5 billion. The shares advanced. Net income in the period ended May 4 rose 20 percent to $217 million, or 55 cents a share, from $181 million, or 43 cents, a year earlier, Cincinnati-based Macy's said today in a statement. Analysts projected 53 cents, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.


    U.S. factory output falls 0.4 percent in April

    U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries reduced output. The weakness suggests economic growth may be slowing this spring. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing output dropped 0.4 percent in April from March. It was the third decline in four months and the biggest since October.


    Time Warner’s TBS, TNT cable channels to begin streaming online

    Time Warner Inc.'s TBS and TNT channels will begin streaming their content online 24 hours a day this summer, letting pay-TV subscribers watch the networks using the Web or a mobile-device application.

    Officials say reducing sodium consumption by 30 percent could prevent more than 100,000 cases of high blood pressure in Illinois and save $200 million in medical costs.

    Ill. urges cut in sodium to lower blood pressure

    Officials say reducing sodium consumption by 30 percent could prevent more than 100,000 cases of high blood pressure in Illinois and save $200 million in medical costs.May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. The Illinois Department of Public health is encouraging health lifestyle changes to reduce the chances of high blood pressure.

    Less than half of the money from Illinois’ primary road construction fund was spent directly on highway construction, repairs and improvements over the past decade, according to an audit released Tuesday.

    Audit: Less than half of Road Fund spent on roads

    Less than half of the money from Illinois' primary road construction fund was spent directly on highway construction, repairs and improvements over the past decade, according to an audit released Tuesday. Auditor General William Holland found that of the approximately $25 billion in expenditures from the Road Fund, about $11.4 billion went to direct road construction, while the remaining money went to salaries, road construction bonds and other costs.

    Sotheby’s employees with Gerhard Richter’s 1968 oil on canvas painting ‘Domplatz, Mailand’ in London.

    Richter painting sells for $37 million in NYC
    A monumental 20th century masterpiece by German artist Gerhard Richter has sold for $37 million at a New York City auction.Sotheby’s says “Domplatz, Mailand” set a record for any living artist at auction. It was purchased Tuesday by a private American collector.The 9-foot-by-9-foot oil was commissioned by Siemens Elettra in 1968 for its Milan offices.It’s considered an outstanding example of Richter’s 1960s photo-painting technique. The work depicts a shopping center facing Milan’s cathedral.It was offered for sale by Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Some of the proceeds will be used to acquire new art for its hotels.

    Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded.

    Boeing resumes 787 deliveries after 4-month halt

    Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded.Boeing handed the plane over to Japan's All Nippon Airways at its factory in Everett, Wash. Airline flights and deliveries were halted in mid-January after two battery incidents. One was a fire on a plane that had just landed minutes earlier, and the second was in-flight smoldering that prompted an emergency landing by an ANA plane.

Life & Entertainment

    The Adler Planetarium opens the new show, “Cosmic Wonder,” on Friday, May 17.

    Weekend picks: Explore Adler's new 'Cosmic Wonder'

    Cosmic wonder isn't something you left back in the 1970s — it's a new show opening Friday at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Anime Central 2013, the Midwest's largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga, returns for a weekend-long bash at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Improv in Schaumburg for a special engagement this weekend.

    Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”

    Vampire Weekend turns down tempo on 3rd CD

    After releasing two bouncy albums of reggae-flavored pop laced with African rhythms, Vampire Weekend turns down the tempo and ups the indie-rock vibe on its third effort. "Modern Vampires of the City," which the band characterizes as the culmination of a trilogy, puts singer-songwriters Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij's guitars and harmonies front and center.

    Talib Kweli, “Prisoner of Conscious”

    Talib Kweli delivers on 5th solo album

    Throughout his career, whether in his early collaborative work with fellow Brooklynite Mos Def in Black Star or with the Cincinnati producer-rapper Hi-Tek, Talib Kweli consistently combined his conscious approach to writing with a verbal dexterity marked by a dazzling rapid-fire delivery.

    Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar will star in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” next fall.

    CBS adds Robin Williams comedy to fall lineup

    CBS on Wednesday revealed a few nips and tucks it is planning next season for what is already network television's most successful schedule, including adding a comedy with Robin Williams playing an unorthodox advertising executive with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter. It will move "Person of Interest" to Tuesdays, pairing it with "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" to have television's three most-watched dramas on the same night and the same network.

    “The Guns at Last Light” by Rick Atkinson

    War in Europe comes alive in ‘Guns at Last Light’

    Fruitless combat in places like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan can evoke a wistfulness for World War II. The Western European phase of America's war against the Nazis lasted a mere 11 months, but the dramatic events, the leading figures and the carnage dwarf anything that our military has seen since. That epic campaign comes alive in "The Guns at Last Light," the third volume of Rick Atkinson's magisterial "Liberation Trilogy."

    The way Angelina Jolie went public with her medical story on her own terms, in her own time — with a New York Times op-ed piece Tuesday that caught the media fishbowl of Hollywood completely by surprise — reveals a woman who once seemed out of control to be one of Hollywood’s most forceful and compassionate stars, using her fame with surgical precision to promote matters dear to her.

    Jolie: From girl with tattoos to girl with a cause

    In her bad girl days, Angelina Jolie's body was a billboard for tattoos. Now she's sharing intimate details of her anatomy to help women at risk, going public with her preventive double mastectomy to greatly reduce her high odds of breast cancer. It's the latest peak in Jolie's turnaround from hedonist to humanitarian, party girl to inspirational poster girl.

    Actors Amitabh Bachchan, left, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Elizabeth Debicki arrive for the showing of “The Great Gatsby” at the opening of the 66th international film festival in Cannes Wednesday.

    ‘Gatsby’ opens Cannes Film Festival

    The Cannes Film Festival got under way with a blockbuster day of Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." The French Riviera extravaganza began on a rainy Wednesday, where the prestigious festival was to open with the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.


    Moroccan Grilling Rub
    Moroccan Rub

    Spice and herb rubs are a quick and easy way to pump up the flavor of grilled foods.

    Spice rubs quick, easy way to infuse flavor

    Help! It's 5:30 p.m., dinner needs to be on the table in less than an hour and you forgot to put the chicken breasts into a marinade before you left for work in the morning. Don't despair. A flavorful grilled feast is as close as your spice cabinet. "A rub is the fastest way of adding flavor to food,” says grilling guru Jamie Purviance, whose latest cookbook “Weber's New Real Grilling” just hit shelves.

    Corn bread tops a healthier version of a chicken potpie.

    Corn bread topping a twist on chicken potpie

    Potpies are just plain appealing, but the crust and filling are loaded with fat and calories. Here, corn bread takes the place of a standard pie crust. It brings fiber, flavor and a savory-sweet homeyness to the dish.


    Ratatouille Tian
    Ratatouille Tian

    “Vegetable Literacy” by Deborah Madison

    Vegetarian cooking no longer on the culinary fringe

    Not so long ago, there was a certain image associated with being vegetarian. It usually involved Birkenstocks, lentil loaf and an agenda. There still are plenty of all three in the meatless movement, but a growing number of Americans are finding they can have cauliflower and kale at the center of the plate without a side of ideology.

    @Cation credit:Associated Press File Photo Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt partnered with the Perrin French winemaking family to come up with Miraval. Grapes for the wine are grown on the celebrity couple's land in the south of France.

    Growing crowd of celebrity wines take spotlight

    It's hard to put a number on celebrity wines, a category that includes singers, sports stars, chefs and more. But Danny Brager, vice president for alcoholic beverages at market research firm Nielsen, says there's close to 100 on the market at the moment. "It keeps growing all the time," he said.


    Substituting stevia can make a big calorie difference

    Stevia sweeteners are highly purified compounds technically called steviol glycosides, produced as extracts of the stevia plant. Research does not identify these products as any more beneficial to health than other zero-calorie sweeteners

    Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert of Pistol Annies at the 2012 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The female group released their new album, “Annie Up,” on Tuesday.

    Pistol Annies believe it’s time to ‘Annie Up’

    When the women in Pistol Annies get together, song ideas just fall out. "Somebody can just say something, we write it in our phone and it becomes a song," Miranda Lambert said. "Like the other day I said, 'My mom's wine store would probably do way better in our Baptist town if it had a back door.' So now we've got 'Back-door Bar.' As simple as it can be."

    South American cuisine is on the menu at Rio's in Addison.

    Atmosphere almost bests the South American cuisine at Rio's in Addison

    A delicious taste of South America awaits in a strip mall in Addison. Seriously. Rio's leans more toward Peruvian and Brazilian dishes than it does to Argentine ones. A prevalence of seafood, potatoes, corn and pasta means that most ingredients are familiar. But it's the combinations, the sauces and spices, such as black mint, yellow chili peppers and coconut milk, that add an exotic aspect to even a simple dish like steak over pasta.

    Singer Rod Stewart released his new album, “Time,” last week.

    Stewart rediscovers songwriting after 20-year break

    After 20 years of writers' block and eight cover albums, Rod Stewart rediscovered his songwriting voice while reviewing his life for his 2012 autobiography, "Rod." That self-reflection, combined with personal contentment, resulted in his new album "Time," a deeply personal collection of songs: stories about his father, his early life, his eight children, his two divorces.


    Music notes: Hear blues master Montoya at Montrose Room

    The music of the past comes alive in the suburbs this weekend, with performances by blues guiltarist Coco Montoya at the Montrose Room in Rosemont and swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville.

    “The Conditions of Love” by Dale M. Kushner

    Dale Kushner’s debut is ’50s coming-of-age tale

    "The Conditions of Love" is the debut novel of Wisconsin poet and writer Dale M. Kushner. It moves gingerly during its opening section when Eunice is a preteen, and it might easily be viewed at the start as a coming-of-age book for a younger set of readers. But by the end of that section, when facts-of-life shocks begin to strike, it turns into a moving, at times jolting, saga. Kushner's scenes, like her characters, are expertly sketched.


    Log Cabin Grilling Rub
    Log Cabin Rub


    Tex-Mex Grilling Rub
    Tex-Mex Grilling Rub

    Coffee-Rubbed Rib Eye Steak with Stout Glaze

    Coffee-Rubbed Rib Eye Steaks with Stout Glaze
    Coffee-Rubbed Ribe Eye Steaks with Stout Glaze

    Lemon zest and garlic make a flavorful rub for lamb kebabs. Serve them on a bed of bell pepper couscous.

    Lemon-Garlic Rubbed Lamb Kebabs with Bell Pepper Couscous
    Lamb Kebabs with Red Pepper Couscous



    Editorial: Assaults on core values of freedom cry out for response

    As with the government's abuses at the IRS, a Daily Herald editorial urges Illinois' Washington delegation to demand answers on the secret subpoena of AP telephone records and hold those responsible accountable.


    The IRS needs an audit

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The practices already admitted by the IRS were not political insensitivity; they were political corruption. They amounted to an intrusive, ideologically targeted federal investigation of an American political movement.


    Symptoms of Benghazi Syndrome

    Columnist Richard Cohen: In the end, it all comes down to an irrational and absolutely rabid dislike of Obama that so clouds judgment that utterly preposterous statements are uttered, usually within the precincts of the Fox News studios. This, as you might have guessed, is classic Benghazi Syndrome. There is no known cure.


    Fishermen must clean up their act
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Now that the weather is warming up and summer vacation is right around the corner, those fishing poles are being put to use again. Along with fishing comes garbage being left behind. Fishing line, bobbers, hooks and sinkers are being left on the ground, hanging from trees, and in water waiting for its next victims.


    Congress should learn to govern
    A Lombard letter to the editor: In 1787, when our Constitution was written, Edmund Randolph's seventh proposal was for our president to be elected by Congress for one seven-year term and would be removed by Congress for misconduct. He was essentially a figurehead.


    Huge price to be cops of the world
    A Bloomingdale letter to the ditor: No more Mr. Nice Guy. I'm going to say it. People like Richard Cohen need to give up his citizenship and move to Isreal or Palestine or Egypt.


    Obama’s actions more telling than his words
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Marie Harris of Bartlett states, "My suggestion is to watch the president yourself, listen to what he is saying instead of agenda-driven pundits etc., etc." My suggestion is to not listen to what he says, but watch what he does.


    Pension solution needs careful thought
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: With respect to your editorial Sunday on Illinois' pension problem, one thing is very clear: There is a huge distrust in this state of our legislators in Springfield. To those who say we should ignore how we got here, I say that is impossible.


    Extend our humanity to animals
    A Glenview letter to the editor: Humans will never be truly humane until we cease and desist from exploiting, mistreating and killing animals for sport, fashion, entertainment, research and food. Let's have rights for all sentient life.


    No comparison between captives
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Really? In Saturday's Daily Herald, a cartoonist compares the savage brutality the monster in Cleveland imposed on three innocent girls with the treatment America has imposed on the Islamic extremist terrorists currently housed at Gitmo? The terrorists who killed over 3,000 of our own innocent men, women and children on 9/11 and who have vowed to annihilate every one of us Americans?


    Lower middle class under thumb of GOP
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: We started hating the GOP when we realized that Reaganomics equaled a war on the Lower Middle Class (LMC). Before Reagan the vast majority of Americans were LMC workers on farms, factories, mines or vehicle drivers, teachers, nurse's aides and orderlies, etc.


    Need guidelines for concealed carry
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has not ordered the state to pass a concealed carry law by June 9. The 7th has ruled that Illinois' Unlawful Use of weapons and Aggravated Unlawful use of Weapons statute is unconstitutional as it operates as an effective ban on the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms.


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