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Daily Archive : Wednesday May 22, 2013

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    District 50 honors retirees:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 has recognized 15 retirees for the 2012-13 school year.

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    Schaumburg launches ‘micro’ loan program

    A longtime Schaumburg resident, still relatively new to having to pay a municipal property tax, felt his hackles rise when his April water bill included news that the village was offering forgivable $10,000 loans to small business owners. But the microenterprise loan program is funded by the federal government, not local taxpayers, officials say.

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    The Illinois House and Senate have both approved raising interstate and tollway speed limits to 70 mph. The measure now moves to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    House approves raising interstate speed limit to 70

    The Illinois House Wednesday voted to raise interstate and tollway speed limits to 70 mph. Suburban counties would be allowed to opt out of the higher limit if officials wanted to.

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    Lombard shooting range reopening after snall fire

    A Lombard shooting range is reopening Thursday in the wake of a fire that sent three employees to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Article 2 Gun Range at 250 Cortland Ave. is aiming to reopen its shooting ranges at 3 p.m. after repairing areas damaged by the fire.

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    TLC supporters blast Elgin city council

    Supporters of an Elgin faith-based, pro-life organization that provides free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests to women asked the city council to ease what they believe are unfair restrictions imposed on the organization. Elgin is the only community that TLC Pregnancy Services has had problems with, out of the half-dozen communities where it has operated its mobile unit, TLC supporter John...

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    Tyler Caruso

    Annual concert becoming more popular in St. Charles

    The annual Tyler Caruso concert is Thursday in St. Charles. Donations at the concert help fund scholarships in memory of the former St. Charles East student who died of a heart attack in 2002.

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    FBI investigators walk near the crime scene of an apartment where a man was shot by an FBI agent Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The man who was shot and killed by the agent early this morning was friends with the Boston bombings suspects, according to a friend of the victim.

    Man shot to death while questioned in Boston probe

    A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities in central Florida early Wednesday after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said.

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    Elgin city council keeps sick leave donation policy

    A program that allows Elgin employees to donate their unused sick leave to colleagues will continue to stand for now, as city council members continue debating the topic. Right now, employees can donate sick time to other employees who have a severe illness and have exhausted their own sick leave.

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    Alex Trebek, center, hosts the 2013 Geography Bee Finals on Wednesday at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lake County's Conrad Oberhaus, right, competes with Sathwik Karnik.

    Lincolnshire boy 2nd in National Geographic Bee

    A seventh-grader from the Northwest suburbs placed second in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Conrad Oberhaus, 13, a student at Daniel Wright Junior High in Lincolnshire, earned a $15,000 college scholarship for his effort.

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    Naperville Dist 203 teachers get 6 percent over three years

    A three-year contract finalized by Naperville Unit District 203 board members Wednesday amounts to an approximate 2 percent increase over the next three years for the district's 1,300 teachers.

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    Des Plaines forum stresses vigilance against hazing

    A community forum on hazing and bullying held Wednesday night in Des Plaines in response to the hazing of soccer players last September at Maine West High School drew a sparse audience of fewer than 50 local residents but prompted a surprise appearance by activists on the issue from Indiana and Georgia. "I didn't come to speak," said Pam Champion, the mother of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M band...

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    A small sinkhole at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora will cause traffic issues when crews come to repair it Thursday.

    Crews fixing Galena Boulevard sinkhole in Aurora

    Crews from the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District will start work at 7 a.m. Thursday on Galena Boulevard in Aurora to repair a sinkhole adjacent to a sewer.

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    Lightning causes fire in attic of Batavia home

    A lightning strike started a fire in the attic of a home in Batavia on Wednesday. Firefighters were called to a home on the 900 block of Ekman Drive shortly after noon, said Battalion Chief Jami White of the Batavia Fire Department.

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    Owners of Lisle-based firm accused of fraud

    The SEC filed a complaint May 16 in federal court alleging Charles J. Dushek of Warrenville, his son Charles S. Dushek of Wheaton and their firm, Capital Management Associates Inc., committed securities fraud and other violations that provided them $2 million in illicit profits.

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    A Senate budget proposal could mean less state money for local towns.

    Senate budget could freeze suburbs’ tax share

    Illinois Senate Democrats could propose a budget that would freeze individual suburbs' share of the state's income taxes, an idea local mayors have fought hard against in recent years.

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    Under a blanket of majestic clouds, a father and son walk through the debris left by a massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out entire neighborhoods and flattening a grade school full of children.

    God and natural disaster: Whatever the spin, we come together

    When it comes to natural phenomena, society seems to have this rule: Thank God for beautiful sunsets; blame Mother Nature for deadly tornadoes. Some of my Facebook friends routinely post photographs of stunningly awesome cloud formations with reminders for all of us to recognize his majesty and give glory to God. But twist those clouds into a tornado and the focus changes from the majesty of God...

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    Override of ‘Smart Grid’ veto complete

    The Illinois House voted 71-41 Wednesday to again approve the so-called Smart Grid legislation. The Senate approved it Tuesday. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed it May 6, saying the proposal weakened oversight and forced automatic rate hikes. However, the legislation becomes law immediately.

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    Police and forensic officers near the scene of an attack which has left one man confirmed dead and two people injured in London Wednesday.

    Brutal attack in London blamed on radical Islam

    Two men with butcher knives hacked man another to death Wednesday near a London military barracks and one then went on video to explain the crime — shouting political statements, gesturing with bloodied hands and waving a meat cleaver. Soon after, arriving police shot and wounded the unidentified assailants and took them into custody.

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    Register FEMA flood claims at Maine Township

    Maine Township residents who suffered flood damage from April storms can register for Federal Emergency Management Agency relief at the Maine Township Office of Emergency Management, 1700 E. Ballard Road, Park Ridge.

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    Island Lake to discuss new police chief

    The Island Lake village board will discuss a proposed contract for Police Chief Don Bero and other business when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner told the committee she did nothing wrong and then invoked her constitutional right to not answer lawmakers’ questions.

    Broke no laws, IRS official says — then takes 5th

    At the center of a political storm, an Internal Revenue Service supervisor whose agents targeted conservative groups swore Wednesday she did nothing wrong, broke no laws and never lied to Congress. Then she refused to answer lawmakers' further questions, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

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    Arlington Heights seeks nominations for senior award

    The Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission is seeking nominations by June 1 for the annual "Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award." Nominees should exhibit a history of service to the senior community and they must reside, work or volunteer in Arlington Heights.

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    Donald Trump

    No verdict yet in Trump lawsuit

    The lawyer for an 87-year-old woman who accuses Donald Trump of cheating her in a skyscraper condo deal told jurors in Chicago on Wednesday that he was personally repulsed because he felt the "Apprentice" star conned his client and lied about it on the witness stand. Jurors withdrew to begin deliberations later Wednesday but went home after 90 minutes without reaching a verdict. They were to...

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    District 95 to hold special ed meeting

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials will host a meeting Wednesday, May 29, about providing special education services to students with disabilities who are home-schooled or attend a private/parochial school within the district in 2013-14.

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    Lake Forest Hospital upgrade work begins this summer

    The first phase of the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital campus revitalization project will begin this summer with construction of a new entrance road to the campus from Route 41.

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    Lowell Koester

    Turnquist retires as longest-serving male teacher in U-46

    With 41 years in the classroom, Jerry Turnquist will retire as the longest-serving male teacher in Elgin Area School District U-46 history. Turnquist spent his entire career at Ellis Middle School after growing up just a few blocks away. Colleagues gathered to recognize his career, as well as the work of three other retiring Ellis teachers — Phylis Dunlap-Huerta, Carlos Salgado and Steve...

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    House vote on compromise gun bill to come Friday

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns will get a vote Friday. In a compromise, the legislation would ban guns in parks and on public transportation. The new House plan also requires a $150 application fee.

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    Children simulating protons take off after the ribbon is cut on the “Run Like a Proton” path Tuesday at the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab in Batavia. Enjoying the sight are ribbon-cutters Bruce Chrisman, left, the lab's retired chief operating officer; Marge Bardeen, education office manager; and Chief Operating Officer Jack W. Anderson.

    Fermilab opens new playground

    A new feature at the Lederman Science Center at Fermilab has kids pretending they are protons, or assuming they are antiprotons, to teach about the laboratory's accelerator chain and its experiments, past and present.

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    Kimberly Smith

    Woodstock man gets 50 years for murder

    A 28-year-old Woodstock man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday in the May 2011 shooting death of a former court security officer and Island Lake bar owner. Timothy Smith staged a robbery after gunning down Kurt Milliman, 48. Smith was pimping out his wife and Milliman had answered an online ad to have sex with her.

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    Wayne Hunter

    Did Lake Co. sheriff chief quit or get fired?

    Lake County sheriff's office Chief Wayne Hunter has resigned in the wake of an internal memo that reiterated how the top brass are supposed to work as equals, according to his boss. But the version from Sheriff Mark Curran is not what happened, according to Hunter

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    Brandon A. Williams

    Man wanted in McHenry, Kane and Cook counties found in Milwaukee

    A man wanted by the sheriff's offices in McHenry, Kane and Cook County counties has been arrested in Milwaukee, according to a news release. Brandon A. Williams, 21, formerly of Carpentersville, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of aggravated battery in McHenry County, along with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Kane County...

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    Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which he owns Tuesday in Moore, Okla.

    Oklahoma tornado damage could top $2 billion

    The tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb this week may have created $2 billion or more in damage as it tore through as many as 13,000 homes, multiple schools and a hospital, officials said Wednesday as they gave the first detailed account of the devastation. At the same time, authorities released the identities of some of the 24 people, including 10 children, who perished.

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    Nancy Robb

    Dist. 211 leader set to retire in 2014

    The search for a new superintendent in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 will begin soon as officials confirmed Wednesday that Superintendent Nancy Robb will retire at the end of next school year. District 211 spokesman Tom Petersen said Robb will finish her 33-year tenure with the district following the 2013-14 school year.

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    Barrington, fire district both prepared for split

    Barrington village officials remain far from convinced that their long-running relationship with the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District will end on New Year's Eve. But if it does, the directions for a smooth transition for both agencies already are laid out clearly in their current intergovernmental agreement, Barrington Village Manager Jeff Lawler said Wednesday.

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    Army 1st Lt. Ronald Wolter

    Memorial Day especially important for Carpentersville boy

    This Memorial Day will take on a deeper meaning for Christian Sanchez, a 13-year-old boy from Carpentersville whose great-uncle, Army First Lt. Ronald Wolter, was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Christian recently visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall on a class trip to Washington D.C., found his great uncle's name and, at his mother's and grandmother's request, made four etchings...

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    State Senate approves sex education bill

    Illinois public schools that teach sex education will have to include information about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases instead of a curriculum focused solely on abstinence, according to a plan that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.

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    PepsiCo executive Tom Mooradian, left, applauds after handing a $25,000 check to St. Bede Catholic School PTA President Gretchen Renlund and Principal Charles Pinto during a celebration Wednesday. The Ingleside school won a grand prize in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program.

    Ingleside school wins $25,000 in recycling contest

    St. Bede Catholic School in unincorporated Ingleside now has a lot of green to help it become greener by winning a national recycling contest. With all 220 students, teachers and several parents packed in St. Bede's gymnasium, school officials accepted a $25,000 check from contest sponsor PepsiCo during an enthusiastic ceremony Wednesday.

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    St. Charles teachers get 2.8 raises for each of next three years

    St. Charles Unit District 303 teachers will get 2.8 raises each of the next three years under a new contract approved by the school board. The teachers' union has already ratified the deal. The contract also reduces the large salary bumps teachers preparing to retire receive to 4 percent, down from 6 percent.

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    Gateway Park in Rolling Meadows.

    Rolling Meadows will keep Gateway Park intact

    Rolling Meadows Alderman Mike Cannon tried to convince the city council Tuesday to improve Gateway Park at New Wilke and Kirchoff - and raise the money by selling part of the park's land -- and also to rename it for Alderman Larry Buske.

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    A student-actor playing a victim in a mock DUI crash is removed from a car Wednesday as part of the annual Operation Safe Celebration staged by the Carol Stream police and fire departments at Glenbard North High School.

    Glenbard students view mock DUI crash

    Members of the Carol Stream police and fire protection districts staged a mock DUI crash scene Wednesday at Glenbard North High School to raise student awareness of alcohol use, particularly during prom season.

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    James Rydland

    No prosecution of District 129 officials in abuse case

    The Kane County state's attorney's office announced Wednesday that it will not seek to prosecute any West Aurora District 129 officials for not reporting suspected sexual abuse to state authorities. A former band director was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two of his students.

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    Lawyer at Trump trial: We have right to mock New York

    City pride has intervened at a Chicago civil trial featuring New Yorker Donald Trump During closing arguments Wednesday, plaintiff's attorney Shelly Kulwin made an unfavorable reference to executives in New York. Trump's attorney Stephen Novack jumped to object, saying, "Judge, he's mocking New York." The Chicago-based Kulwin shot back, "I can't mock New York? I thought it was every Chicagoan's...

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    Greg Peerbolte

    Mt. Prospect Historical Society director leaving

    Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society since mid-2008, has accepted the position of executive director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. "This is an exciting opportunity for Greg, and we wish him the very best," said Frank Corry, the society's president.

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    Julie Rachel Salk

    Theft charges dropped against ex-Barrington High administrator

    Theft charges were dropped Wednesday against a former Barrington High School administrator accused of stealing funds from the school's fine arts department. However, Julie Rachel Salk paid just over $5,000 in restitution to Barrington Unit District 220, claiming she was "ultimately responsible" for the missing funds, defense attorney Doug Roberts said.

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    Tom Dart

    Dart’s office to distribute child ID kits

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is providing free "child identification kits" that allows parents to store critical identifying information in the event the child goes missing. Dart's office will be distributing the kits at the county's seven courthouses located throughout the county on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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    Dan Kotowski

    Details of hazing plan under scrutiny in Senate committee

    A suburban Democrat says he'll make changes to a proposal that grew out of hazing scandals in the suburbs after lawmakers raised questions about how broadly it would be applied. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, presented the plan to a Senate panel Wednesday. He wants to create a new crime called "failure to report hazing" in the wake of high-profile scandals at Maine West and...

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    Ronald Stolberg reacts as Dr. Manny Montez, a forensic pathologist, reviews photos and details of the autopsy performed on Stolberg’s wife, Rachel Stolberg. Ronald Stolberg is on trial for her 2011 death.

    Pathologist: Stolberg prevented wife from breathing

    A forensic pathologist testified Wednesday that Rachel Stolberg died from traumatic asphyxiation when she was prevented from breathing during a struggle with her husband in their Vernon Hills home. Ronald Stolberg is on trial in front of Lake County Judge Mark Levitt for his wife's death.

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    Wisconsin governor announces walleye production plan

    The plan would create $8.2 million in borrowing authority to expand walleye hatcheries and allocate $1.8 million for operating expenses and $2 million for grants for private organizations to expand walleye production.

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    Security intervenes as Shannon Bennett, an activist with Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, attempts to speak after commandeering the podium microphone at a packed meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday.

    Chicago board votes to close 50 schools

    The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to close 50 schools and programs, an ambitious plan that has sparked protests and lawsuits and could help define — for better or worse — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's term in office. City officials say the closings are necessary because of falling school enrollment and as part of their efforts to improve the city's struggling education system.

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    Wheeling High School classes canceled by power outage

    Classes were canceled Wednesday at Wheeling High School because of a power outage, but school will resume on Thursday, officials said. It was the second time this year a loss of electricity forced the school to send students home for the day.

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    District 63 seeks applicants for school board vacancy

    East Maine School District 63 is accepting applications for a vacant school board position after the recent resignation of school board member John Jekot. The appointee will serve the remainder of Jekot's term on the school board until the next election in April 2015.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a wallet out of a woman's purse at a store in Des Plaines on May 14 and used several credit cards in the wallet: $1,005 at two Target stores, $785 at the Des Plaines Kmart, three separate Shell gas stations, at a Safeway store in Oak Park, and $7 at a Hertz's to reserve a rental car. Loss was estimated at $2,010.

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    Michael Santoro

    Former Glenbard East student accused of shooting threat

    A former Glenbard East student stands accused of planning to commit a mass shooting at the Lombard high school's graduation ceremony, authorities said Wednesday. Michael Santoro, 19, of Lombard, has been charged with disorderly conduct for planning the attack, possession of ammunition without a firearm owners identification card and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into...

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    Chief Don Bero

    Island Lake cops change tow firms; Amrich denies pay to play

    Island Lake Police Chief Don Bero has changed the department's preferred towing firm, ditching the company run by a political enemy of Mayor Charles Amrich. The company that now has the gig is owned by an Island Lake resident who donated to Amrich's political committee, state records show. Amrich denied it's a case of pay-to-play politics.

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    Purdue freezes tuition on main campus

    Purdue trustees on Wednesday approved freezing tuition and cutting costs for meal plans and university cooperative education and internship programs for all students in West Lafayette. Tuition and fees for resident students on the West Lafayette campus will be about $10,000 each of the next two school years.

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    The University of Illinois observatory is a National Historic Landmark because of pioneering work done there in the early 1900s by astronomer Joel Stebbins to record the brightness of distant stars.

    U of I’s 117-year-old telescope getting repairs

    Like anything that's 117 years old, the telescope in the University of Illinois' observatory could use a little work. This summer, it will get it. A crew dismantled the telescope this week and is sending it to a business in Pennsylvania that will work on it.

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    University of Illinois veterinary medicine student manager Sarah Reich holds a bobcat kitten at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Center in Urbana. The orphaned kitten is one of two being cared for after they were found on a train car near Tuscola

    Orphaned bobcat kittens ride the rails to Illinois

    Two orphaned bobcat kittens being cared for at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Center apparently have made a long trip north to get there. The kittens were found near Tuscola in a train car from Louisiana.

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    Missing Lake Villa woman found

    A missing Lake Villa woman was found safe this morning in Chicago, authorities said. Patricia Simonsen, 74, who suffers from dementia, had been determined to be missing and endangered by police.

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    Baby wallaroo goes missing in northern Illinois

    The pet wallaroo is named Willow and she's 14 months old. She's about 2 feet tall, gray and weighs between 15 and 20 pounds.

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    Opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to close dozens of city schools are removed by police Wednesday after blocking an entrance at the Capitol in Springfield.

    Protesters storm meeting on Chicago school closures

    Protesters of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close dozens of city schools have been removed from a school board meeting in Chicago and from the state Capitol in Springfield. The Chicago Board of Education was discussing the issue Wednesday and planned to vote. About a dozen protesters were taken away from the meeting by security and Chicago police. Some linked arms and began singing, refusing to...

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    Part of a clique? Reach out to others in love

    Although there is truth in bonding with others that have similar likes and dislikes, we are not to become closed off or completely disinterested in the health and welfare of others, columnist Annettee Budzban says.

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    The Des Plaines city council this week approved a 6.9 percent water/sewer rate increase, essentially passing along Chicago's 15 percent hike in what it charges Des Plaines for delivery of Lake Michigan water. The council voted 5-4 for the increase, with Mayor Matt Bogusz casting the tiebreaker.

    Des Plaines approves another water rate increase

    The Des Plaines city council has approved a 6.9 percent water and sewer rate hike, passing along to residents and businesses Chicago's 15 percent hike in what it charges for Lake Michigan water. It is the second significant hike in two years to help defray the costs of Chicago raising its fees. Des Plaines raised its water/sewer fees about 21 percent in 2012.

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    St. Charles sees high interest in vacant city council seat

    Two weeks ago there were no candidates to fill St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina's vacated city council seat in the Third Ward. Today, 13 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, prompting formation of a task force to narrow the list down to three finalists.

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    John Nixon

    Antioch Rescue Squad, village splitting up

    Antioch Rescue Squad, which became embroiled in controversy about a year ago, and Antioch village government are ending their longtime marriage. Village officials say they were surprised to learn the rescue squad declined a six-month extension. “After all the village has done to support ARS as it worked its way through sex scandals, alcohol and drug abuse, ARS slapped its partners in the...

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    Convicted killer Jodi Arias speaks during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted recently of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home back in 2008, made a plea in court on Tuesday for life in prison, instead of execution, saying she can contribute to society if allowed to live.

    Arias speaks out about case in jailhouse interview

    In a surprise jailhouse interview just hours after a jury began deliberating her fate, Jodi Arias spoke out Tuesday about her murder trial, her many fights with her legal team and her belief that she "deserves a second chance at freedom someday."

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    Coalition for Life of Iowa president Sue Martinek holds a sign in her home, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. When the Coalition applied for tax-exempt status in 2008, the tiny group thought getting IRS approval would be easy. But the group faced months of delay, was ordered to provide details about its prayer events outside the local Planned Parenthood clinic, and even was directed to sign a sworn statement pledging it would not organize protests there.

    GOP questions IRS scrutiny of anti-abortion groups

    The tax collection agency's treatment of applications for nonprofit status of the Coalition for Life of Iowa and other anti-abortion groups has gotten new attention in the wake of an ongoing scandal over the alleged targeting of conservative groups.

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    Cadillac Ranch agrees to give up 4 a.m. license, will now close at 3 a.m.

    A popular nightclub in Bartlett will permanently close its doors an hour earlier, due to what village officials say was a voluntary surrender of its 4 a.m. liquor license. The Cadillac Ranch, 1175 W. Lake St., has been under scrutiny by the village since February 2012, when a 22-year-old was injured after being shot in the head by an Elgin man at the nightclub.

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    Rebekah Stuck hugs her son, Aiden Stuck, 7, after she found him in front of the destroyed Briarwood Elementary after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. Aiden Stuck was inside the school when it was hit.

    Parents face tough choice when tornadoes bear down

    With an ominous storm approaching, the Moore Public School District flashed a text alert to parents: "We are currently holding all students until the current storm danger is over. Students are being released to parents only at this time." Parents had a gut-wrenching choice: Trust the safety of the seemingly solid school buildings or drive frantically ahead of a massive tornado and attempt to take...

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    Anthony Weiner, the Democratic ex-congressman who resigned over raunchy tweets said late Tuesday, May 21, 2013, that he’s in the New York City mayoral race.

    Anthony Weiner launches bid to become NYC mayor

    Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on. The ex-congressman whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago said in a YouTube video announcement late Tuesday that he's in the New York City mayoral race. "I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down, but I also learned some tough lessons," he said in the video.

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    Production worker Sarah Gibson checks for quality as freshly cooked potato chips are gathered in an accumulator for packaging at Kitchen Cooked in Farmington.

    Kitchen Cooked a historic potato chip

    Cooked to the 1930s' made-in-Flossie-Howard's-cast-iron-kettle recipe, the original Kitchen Cooked Potato Chips are be a cult item. Yet the company, owned by the Richard Blackhurst family since 1973, isn't resting on its reputation.

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    Lawmakers seek disaster declaration in 16 counties

    Illinois' congressional delegation has asked President Obama to add 16 Illinois counties to the list of those eligible to receive disaster aid after last month's flooding. The letter was sent on Tuesday to support a similar request by Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday. Quinn cited reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency of more than 800 flood-damaged homes in the 16 counties, including 14...

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    Kirk announces support for Pritzker at Commerce

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is supporting Penny Pritzker as President Barack Obama's choice for commerce secretary. Kirk, a Republican from Highland Park, said Tuesday he will join Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday in introducing Pritzker to the Senate Commerce Committee for a confirmation hearing. Pritzker is a longtime fundraiser and Hyatt hotel heiress, businesswoman and...

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    Illinois senator apologizes for Nazi remark

    Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter has apologized for remarks that compared a member of Gov. Pat Quinn’s cabinet to a Nazi.The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/10KQcHc) that Trotter apologized in a statement Tuesday to Julie Hamos, who is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Trotter says his comments were “inappropriate and wrong.”

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    Steve Kozak visited his parents in the hospital after they were injured in a tornado that struck Moore, Okla., Monday evening. Frank Kozak is a Schaumburg trustee.

    Dawn Patrol: Schaumburg trustee tells of surviving Oklahoma tornado

    Schaumburg trustee details Oklahoma tornado experience. Barrington Dist. 220 still ndecided on Rt. 14. Union-backed pension reform savings in question. Grayslake Dist. 46 teacher admits to harassing message. Former Elgin deputy chief charged. Carpentersville honeybee ban lifted. Cubs' bullpen blows Garza's return.

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    Rabbi Laibl Wolf

    Rabbi, author to speak Thursday in Hoffman Estates

    Ever wondered how to not just manage, but prevent stress from entering your life altogether? Australian author Rabbi Laibl Wolf will tackle the topic in “The Seven Habits of De-Stressed People,” a seminar at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Hoffman Estates. This is the first large event organized by the Chabad of Elgin & Hoffman Estates, which opened last summer.

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    Batavia police: Crime-free rental housing project working

    Batavia police are pleased with the results of the test of a crime-free rental housing initiative that they say is resulting in fewer calls for service to eight of the town's apartment complexes.

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    St. Edward Central Catholic High School valedictorian Antonio Domel and fellow graduates listen to the Bishop, Rev. David Malloy.

    Images: St. Edward High School graduation
    St. Edward Catholic High School held their commencement ceremony on May 21st at St. Patrick Mission Church in St. Charles.

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    Briana Flagg, of Naperville, facing, chats with friends Kayla Emory of Aurora and Meredith Crantz of North Aurora, all 18, as their wait for the start of their graduation ceremony.

    Images: Rosary High School graduation
    Rosary High School held their commencement ceremony on May 21st at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in St. Charles.

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    Anthony Brosman, left, and fellow classmates turn toward the audience during the processional of the East Leyden High School graduation at the Rosemont Theatre Tuesday.

    Images: East Leyden High School graduation
    East Leyden High School held their commencement ceremony on May 21st at the Rosemont Theatre.

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    Naperville extends 2 mobile food vendors through year’s end

    Whether your late night cravings include hot dogs and brats or ribs and pulled pork, you’ll be able to satisfy them downtown at least through the end of the year.

Sports

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    Figuring out what fish like can get pretty whacky

    I promised my wife I would be a tad more considerate with what I write in this week's column. I suggested to her that everyone has an opinion, and mine is the only important one. Just kidding. Anyway, I am reminded that far too many television anglers have advanced degrees in language skills as well as biology, and I have never understood how some "professional" fisherman manage to know what a fish likes or dislikes.

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    Tori Christiansen of Waubonsie Valley,left, and Karsyn Stirrett of Plainfield fight for the ball during the Class 4A Bolingbrook girls soccer semifinals Wednesday. Waubonsie Valley played Plainfield North in this match.

    Waubonsie Valley makes it look easy

    Waubonsie Valley made a tough girls soccer sectional semifinal look downright easy. The third-seeded Warriors scored three times in the first half and defeated No. 2 Plainfield North 4-0 Wednesday at Bolingbrook. They will meet defending Class 3A champion Naperville North in the sectional final at 4 p.m. Friday.

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    Dannah Williams,left, Gianna Dal Pozzo of Neuqua Valley move in on Christa Szalach of Naperville North during the Class 4A Bolingbrook girls soccer semifinals Wednesday.

    Swift leads Naperville North comeback

    If Naperville North and Neuqua Valley had played first goal wins, fans would have missed a great girls soccer game. A Zoe Swift goal 44 seconds into Wednesday's Class 3A Bolingbrook sectional final only whet the appetite for an action-packed game that turned into a 4-3 Huskies victory. "I didn't expect 4-3 either, but when you sit back and you think about it, when you've got this many attacking pieces out there that both of these teams have, it's really not a surprise I guess when you think of it," Huskies coach Steve Goletz said. "Obviously, neither of us probably going into the game, Neuqua or us, wanted to say we'd give up that many goals. But I think it's obviously a testament to the attacking players that are on the field."

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    Byron ends Aurora Central’s breakout season

    One of the best seasons Aurora Central Catholic's baseball team has had in 25 years came to a sudden end Wednesday night in Byron.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, right, steals second as the throw from Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo gets away from Cubs’ Cody Ransom, left, during the Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh. The Cubs lost 1-0.

    Pirates edge Cubs 1-0

    Francisco Liriano continued his torrid start, scattering two hits over seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night.Liriano (3-0) struck out nine and walked just one to remain unbeaten since making his season debut against the New York Mets two weeks ago. Mark Melancon survived a bumpy ninth inning for his first save of the season.

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    Geneva’s St. Charles North’s Jake Hamilton sends a shot toward the defense of Geneva’s Mason Stierwalt Wednesday at the Geneva regional championship match.

    St. Charles N. sweeps Geneva to win regional

    Jonathan Orech had no explanation for another one-sided St. Charles North performance. On a senior-laden team, Orech was at a loss to offer evidence for the North Stars' dominance over Geneva Wednesday night in an IHSA boys volleyball regional championship match. "I did not think the spread would be this wide," Orech said after scoring consecutive points to complete the top-seeded North Stars' 25-13, 25-18 straight-sets victory over the Vikings in Geneva. "We were so focused for them the whole match. We never gave (Geneva) a shot."

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    Prairie Ridge stops united Rosary

    All season long, Rosary's girls soccer team had won — and lost — as a team, and the Royals' "all for one" mentality served them very well. So when the season ended on Wednesday in the Class 2A Freeport sectional semifinals, you can bet that Rosary didn't dissolve into a group of individuals. The Royals left the field after a 3-0 defeat to Prairie Ridge the same way the competed all season — as one group.

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

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

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

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

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    Weather forces baseball, softball regional shuffle

    Rainfall was the clear winner Wednesday as most of the baseball and softball playoff games involving Mid-Suburban League schools were postponed. In the majority of cases, the schedules were simply moved back by a day, forcing Wednesday's regional semifinal games to Thursday, and the remaining semifinals originally scheduled for Thursday to Friday. Saturday remains the day for regional championship play in all area regionals.

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    Buffalo Grove tops Stevenson, makes sectional

    Eighth-seeded Buffalo Grove rose to the task at hand in Wednesday's Highland Park regional final — and quite a task it was. The Bison were facing Stevenson, the top seed in the 23-team Antioch sectional. Behind a dominant hitting effort from senior Evan Bunnetto, the Bison more than met the challenge. Bunnetto racked up 18 kills to go with 4 blocks and 7 digs as Buffalo Grove won 25-19, 25-23.

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    Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli, right, scores after a passed ball as Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones (65) waits for the ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Santiago steps up on short notice for White Sox

    Pitching on just three days rest in place of injured Chris Sale, Hector Santiago gutted out 6 innings against the Red Sox Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The offense and bullpen didn't give Santiago much help in a 6-2 loss to Boston.

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    Brian Urlacher

    Urlacher announces NFL retirement with ‘no regrets’

    Brian Urlacher is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, according to his official Twitter account. "Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards," Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter. Bob LeGere looks back on Urlacher's career as his former teammates pay tribute to Urlacher's remarkable career.

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    Buffalo Grove eliminates Stevenson

    Eighth-seeded Buffalo Grove rose to the task at hand in Wednesday’s Highland Park regional final — and quite a task it was.The Bison were facing Stevenson, the top seed in the 23-team Antioch sectional.Behind a dominant hitting effort from senior Evan Bunnetto, the Bison more than met the challenge.Bunnetto racked up 18 kills to go with 4 blocks and 7 digs as Buffalo Grove won 25-19, 25-23.The Bison advance to meet Vernon Hills in Antioch sectional semifinal play at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Vernon Hills defeated Palatine in three games in the regional hosted by the Cougars.Stevenson, which ended its season at 31-5, received 14 kills from Brad Tiller, 11 from Brett Lerner and 9 from Aaron Zalewski. Patriots setter Jonah May dished out 35 assists and added 3 kills and a solo block.Other key attackers for Buffalo Grove included Nikita Bulauski (8 kills, 5 blocks), Andy Schnittker (6 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs) and Jose Aguirre (4 kills, 4 blocks).Kevin Shanahan (18 assists, 4 digs) and Chris Szewczyk (16 assists, 5 digs) ran the offense for BG. And the Bison got all-around help from Athan Cruz (2 kills, 1 block), Tullio Ruscitti (19 digs, 3 assists) and Zach Masciopinto (11 digs, 1 ace).Barrington d. Warren: At Warren, the Broncos prevailed25-20, 18-25, 25-18 against the host Blue Devils to earn a spot against Deerfield in Friday’s sectional semifinals.Charlie Spry hammered down 13 kills, Colin Castagna had 8 and Justin Glader had 6 for the Broncos.Barrington will meet Deerfield, which handled Zion-Benton 25-13, 25-16 in the Lake Zurich regional final, in an Antioch sectional semifinal play at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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    Stevenson senior offensive lineman Joe Marchese, left, will attend the University of Maryland as a preferred walk-on for the football team. The two-year varsity starter will long snap.

    Snap decision: Marchese will walk on at Maryland

    A two-year starting offensive lineman for a perennial state qualifier at Stevenson, Joe Marchese has accepted an invitation to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Maryland, which will be joining the Big Ten in another year. The 6-3, 230-pounder won't play O-line, though. Rather, Marchese will long snap.

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    Tough exit for Trumpis, Grant

    Not even a bitter defeat could sour the sweet feelings Grant senior Jake Trumpis has for McHenry's Petersen Park. Trumpis certainly pitched well enough to win Wednesday night's Class 4A baseball regional semifinal duel with McHenry's Andrew Reisinger before a big crowd. The right-hander allowed only 4 singles and had 6 strikeouts and no walks as he threw just 73 pitches in 6 innings. But three perfectly placed singles in the top of the fourth inning and some stellar defense by No. 4 McHenry (23-14) sent Trumpis and top-seeded Grant (17-12) to a tough 1-0 defeat.

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    Boston Red Sox’s Mike Napoli, right, scores after a passed ball as Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones (65) waits for the ball Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox lost 6-2.

    Red Sox beat White Sox 6-2

    Clay Buchholz pitched five-hit ball over seven innings to improve to 7-0, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.David Ortiz delivered a two-run single in the first off Hector Santiago (1-3), and the Red Sox backed Buchholz with several neat defensive plays on the way to their sixth win in eight games.

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    Jourdan can’t save Glenbard South

    Glenbard South senior goalkeeper Dana Jourdan couldn't do much more to keep her team in its match against Fenwick during Wednesday's Class 2A Riverside-Brookfield sectional semifinal.

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    Naperville Central advances with shutout

    DuPage baseball roundup

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    Cougars lose to Peoria Chiefs 9-2

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Albert Almora, the Cubs' 2012 first-round draft choice, made his debut for the Kane County Cougars and collected 3 hits in a 9-2 loss to the Peoria Chiefs on on Wednesday night at Dozer Park.

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    The kicker is, St. Francis gets win

    St. Francis sophomore Corky Hart cramped up during Wednesday's Class 2A Riverside-Brookfield sectional semifinal against Hinsdale South. Hart's dehydration and cramping started at her calfs and hamstrings and eventually extended all the way to her back. She was undoubtedly tight and sore for most of the second half. Thankfully, she was able to deliver the biggest play of the game late in the first half before tightening up. Hart scored with 8:12 before halftime to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Spartans to a 2-1 victory. They advance to Saturday's sectional title game against Fenwick.

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    Some of the fiesty play in Game 3 could spill into Game 4 when the Red Wings host the Blackhawks in Detroit. Kyle Quincey (27) and Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) had some words in the first period of Detroit's Game 3 win.

    Hawks, Wings both focusing on power play units

    When it comes to the Blackhawks' lackluster power play, Joel Quenneville has decided to spread the wealth a little bit. At Wednesday's practice working at one end of the ice was a PP unit headed by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, while at the other end was another group featuring Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. "We're just looking for more balance," Quennevile said. "And hopefully we get some production." Mike Spellman and Tim Sassone have more in today's Blackhawks notebook.

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    Boomers split pair with Freedom

    Playing on the road for the first time this season, the Schaumburg Boomers split a scheduled doubleheader with the Florence Freedom, dropping the opener 2-0 and winning the nightcap 2-1.The Boomers could not solve Florence starter Dan Jensen in Game 1. Just two runners reached scoring position as Jensen struck out six and allowed 5 hits. Gerard Hall had a pair of hits for the Boomers (5-1).In Game 2, Frank Pfister homered in the first inning, the Boomers' first of the season. Chad Mozingo drove home what proved to be the winning run with an RBI single in the sixth.

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    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, top, throws to first after forcing out Chicago White Sox’s Alejandro De Aza during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Alexei Ramirez was safe at first.

    Unstable rotation, but pitchers keep getting it done

    Chris Sale is expected to make his next start, Tuesday vs. the Cubs, after being scratched Wednesday with shoulder tendinitis. John Danks is also headed back, but manager Robin Ventura says the White Sox won't go with a six-man starting rotation.

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    Kyle Rohde

    Elgin names Rohde new head football coach

    Elgin High School hired 2002 graduate Kyle Rohde on Wednesday to be the 25th football coach in the program's 115-year history. Rohde, 29, has been a member of the Elgin staff since 2007. He spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator under former coach Dave Bierman, who resigned last fall following a 1-8 season. Rohde was a long snapper and offensive lineman at Millikin University from 2002-2006.

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    Scouting boys track and field / Northwest and Lake County

    Here's a look at this weekend's boys track and field state meet from the perspective of teams from the Northwest and Lake County regions.

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    Waubonsie Valley keeps WW South from regional crown

    It was a happy birthday Wednesday for Waubonsie Valley boys volleyball coach Al Lagger.

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    Lake Park works hard to avoid elimination

    It took a handful of innings, but that sense of urgency finally kicked in for Lake Park's baseball team. The top-seeded Lancers were pushed to the brink of playoff elimination before rallying for a 5-3 victory over Schaumburg in the Class 4A Schaumburg regional semifinals Wednesday at Boomers Stadium.

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    From left, Hersey’s Fotis Christacos, Mike Fuerst and Matt Torvik celebrate their team’s victory over Glenbrook North on Wednesday in Arlington Heights.

    Hersey hangs on, and moves on

    It was nervous time for regional host Hersey at Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. In the deciding game of the regional final Wednesday, the Huskies had run out to an virtually insurmountable 22-12 lead in their quest for a big upset victory over state-ranked Glenbrook North. Then sixth-seeded Hersey watched almost helplessly as the Spartans staged an impossible rally, scoring 11 of the next 13 points to close the gap to 24-23. And with the large crowd on its feet in a fever pitch, and North poised to tie the match, junior Mike Fuerst put down one of the biggest kills in the storied history of the Hersey program. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker's final spike, his 10th kill of the match, completed a 25-23, 18-25, 25-23 win over a team that was runner-up in state last season and ranked No. 1 earlier this year.

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    Lightning schedules softball skills camp at Judson

    The Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball Organization will be conducting a softball skills camp for girls ages 8-16 on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, at Judson University in Elgin.Instructors for the camp include: Anne Vogt, head softball coach at Larkin High School and longtime private instructor; Becky Pearl, head coach at Judson University, 2011 CCAC and NFCA Region Coach of the Year and private instructor and Jaci Corn, head coach at St. Edward High School, Lightning 18U manager and private instructor, as well as Lightning women’s team players.The camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day, will focus on offensive and defensive skills, such as hitting, bunting, slapping, baserunning, fielding and throwing.Cost of the camp is $75 per day, or both days for $125. Players will need to bring their own equipment and water. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.For a registration form, log on to www.northernillinoislightning.com and click on forms at the left, or email northernillinoislightning@gmail.com. For further information, call (847) 812-1522.

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    Focused Huntley disposes of Larkin

    The Huntley baseball team seemed anything but distracted in Wednesday's 10-2 win over Larkin in a Class 4A DeKalb regional semifinal. Under the direction of interim coach Matt Sassi for as long as the postseason lasts, the focused Red Raiders showcased errorless defense behind winning pitcher Bryce Only and a tournament-ready offense that generated 8 unanswered runs in response to Larkin's early 1-0 lead.

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    Vernon Hills boys volleyball players hoist the regional trophy after their win over Palatine on Wednesday night at Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills stops Palatine in three

    The host Cougars had a tough battle on their hands when they faced No. 5 Palatine for the Vernon Hills boys volleyball regional championship Wednesday. No. 4 seed Vernon Hills had to go three games to get the job done, but ultimately the Cougars were able to pull away from the Pirates, winning 25-19 in the deciding third game to advance to the Antioch sectional semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Buffalo Grove, which upset No. 1 seed Stevenson in the Highland Park regional.

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    A happy (Cary-Grove) homecoming for Barrington’s Wire

    Not very often does it come full circle for coaches like it did for Barrington baseball coach Pat Wire Wednesday afternoon. When rains forced the Class 4A Jacobs regional semifinal between No. 1 seed Cary-Grove and No. 4 Barrington to Cary-Grove's field, it set up an unprecedented scenario for the 1996 Cary-Grove graduate to beat his alma mater on a field he did pretty well on himself at one time. "He played outstanding on this field. I'm glad he's coaching and not playing. I mean, I wish he was playing for us," Trojans coach Don Sutherland said. "Pat had some great games here. He pitched for us, played short, played center, those are all the spots where you put your best players so he's won a lot of games here." Now Wire can say he's won a game at Cary-Grove as a coach. The Broncos (22-11) jumped out to a 4-run lead after two innings, only to watch it disappear and regain it with 2 runs in the fifth in a 6-5 upset of Cary-Grove, doing things Wire has preached to his team all season, something he learned from Sutherland: manufacture runs and play small ball. And the Broncos kept battling this time, something they did not do in the Mid-Suburban League championship game last Friday, a loss to Rolling Meadows.

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    Westminster falls in Class 1A sectional

    It wasn't exactly the way Westminster Christian's softball team hopes its first trip to a sectional semifinal would go, but the Warriors were there nonetheless. Westminster managed just 4 hits and committed 6 errors Wednesday in a 20-2 loss to Gardner South Wilmington in the semifinals of the Class 1A Gilman Iroquois West sectional, played in downstate Onarga.

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    Jacobs’ Nick Natysek anchors the Golden Eagles 3,200-meter relay team during the 46th annual Carlin Nalley Invitational in Lisle. Matysek and the Eagles will compete in the event at this weekend’s Class 3A state meet in Charleston.

    Fox Valley relay teams on center stage in Charleston

    Relays is the name of the game for local boys track state qualifiers. A total of 12 Fox Valley-area relay teams will compete in Friday's Class 2A and 3A state finals at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston. Burlington Central and Huntley lead the way with three relay qualifiers each.

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    Hampshire gets past Wheaton Academy

    Hampshire junior Michael Merchut and Whip-Purs' baseball coach John Sarna each said Wednesday that the hardest playoff game is the first one. The Whip-Purs overcame a slow start by scoring four times in the fourth inning — they didn't have a hit before the inning — to defeat No. 5 seed Wheaton Academy, 4-1, in the Class 3A Burlington Central regional semifinals.

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    Aurora Christian’s Peyton Wade leads the field over the first hurdle on her way to a state championship in the 100 meter high hurdles Saturday.

    Girls track: Tri-Cities state notes

    Emma Spagnola nearly etched her name among track and field immortals. Britney Williams could not have envisioned a greater way to end her high school career at St. Charles East. Aurora Christian junior Peyton Wade had a day few could match. The second day of the girls state track and field meet produced local champions in six different events in two separate classes.

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    St. Charles North’s Grant Loess runs the 100 at the recent Upstate Eight Conference meet.

    St. Charles North hopes to send coach off with a bang

    The St. Charles North boys track team established 11 program records since indoor competitions began in February. This weekend at the boys state track finals in Charleston the North Stars aim for a couple more.

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    Troy Murray

    Line juggling makes sense to create scoring chances

    Q&A with Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray

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    Jonathan Toews has not scored a goal in eight playoff games this postseason, but Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said that the Blackhawks captain “is the heart and soul of that team and sort of sets the tone for them.”

    Despite scoring drought, Toews still gets nothing but praise

    Prior to Game 3 in Detroit, captain Jonathan Toews told reporters that despite going without a goal through the Blackhawks' first seven playoff games, he wasn't going to let it affect his play."Right now, I'm trying not to let it build up too much in my own mind," he said. "Sometimes you start squeezing the stick and the rest of your game kind of goes downhill and I'm not going to let that happen."In that game, a 3-1 Hawks loss, you can't say Toews didn't do his darndest to end the skid, finishing with a game-high 7 shots on goal — but the streak still grew to eight.

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    After 13 seasons, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has played his last game in the NFL and is retiring.

    For Reinsdorf and Urlacher, time is relative

    This week Jerry Reinsdorf indicated that he wants to keep going for a couple more decades while Brian Urlacher retired from pro football. Boy, is it ever better to be the owner than the owned.

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    After losing Game 1, Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has managed to keep the high-scoring Blackhawks attack under wraps. Detroit has a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 Thursday night.

    Net result: Howard in control for Wings

    Through the first three games of the Western Conference semifinal series with the Blackhawks, nobody on the Detroit Red Wings has had a larger impact than goalie Jimmy Howard, who has stopped 96 of 101 shots. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock and Howard's teammates talk about their talented netminder.

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    Boys tennis / State tournament scouting

    Hinsdale Central is in commanding position to defend its boys tennis state championship at courts throughout the Mid-Suburban League, Thursday through Saturday.

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    Mike North video: Can the underdog win?

    Mike North likes to root for the underdog so he hopes the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat. It is unlikely because the Heat is a better team and expected to win, but Indiana could pull off an upset.

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    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville can only hope his team carries its play from Game 3 into Thursday’s crucial Game 4 at Detroit.

    Blackhawks’ fate in their own hands, skates

    If the Blackhawks needed adversity in order to find their best game, they’ve got all they can handle now, and they better come out in Game 4 like it’s a Game 7. If they do that, they can still win this series.

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    San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (88) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game 4 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Sharks tie series with 2-1 win over Kings

    Brent Burns helped San Jose jump off to a fast start with his second goal of the postseason and the Sharks tied their second-round series against Los Angeles at two games with a 2-1 victory over the Kings in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

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    Spurs blow late lead, but top Grizzlies 93-89 in OT

    Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored San Antonio’s first six points of overtime and the Spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night.The Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals with Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis.

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    Vernon Hills’ Dana Meline tags out St. Viator’s Gina Mastrodomenico on a steal attempt during Tuesday’s regional semifinal in Arlington Heights.

    Claussen, Vernon Hills having fun winning

    When she went to bat with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, the last thing on Jenn Claussen’s mind was hitting a you-know-what. “I had no intention of doing that,” said the Cougars senior pitcher. “I just didn’t want to strike out. I just wanted to get on base.” But you know what? She cleared the bases. Claussen’s grand slam over the right-center field fence all but sealed the Cougars’ 7-0 victory over St. Viator in the semifinal of Lions’ own Class 3A regional in Arlington Heights. The No. 4-seeded Cougars (9-15) advance to Saturday’s 10 a.m. championship of today’s semifinal between No. 2 St. Edward and No. 3 Regina.

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    St. Edward’s Allison Kruk begins to react to the Green Wave’s 3-1 loss to Francis W. Parker with seconds left Tuesday in the supersectional playoff at Concordia University in River Forest.

    Heartbreak again for St. Edward

    This might be the worst case of déjà vu for the St. Edward girls soccer team. For the second year in a row, the Green Wave was oh so close to a trip to the IHSA Class 1A state Final Four. But just as it happened last year in the sectional final against Lisle, the season ended in heartbreak for coach Tim Brieger’s team. Francis Parker was this year’s Lisle, coming from behind to beat the Green Wave 3-1 in the Concordia University supersectional in River Forest Tuesday. The IHSA added a supersectional round to Class 1A girls soccer this year for the first time.

Business

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. stocks fell, with benchmark indexes retreating from record highs, as concern grew that the Federal Reserve will scale back its stimulus efforts if the labor market continues to improve.

    Stocks fall on news Fed weighed cutting stimulus

    The Federal Reserve took financial markets for a ride Wednesday, pushing stock prices up in the morning then sending them down in the afternoon. Prices surged on congressional testimony by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke early in the day that suggested the central bank would not slow its massive economic stimulus program any time soon.

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    Oakton receives grant to fund nanotechnology education

    Oakton Community College has received a $374,279 grant from the National Science Foundation to educate college and high school students in the emerging field of nanotechnology.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Leslie Moonves, left, president and chief executive officer of CBS, seen with PBS host Charlie Rose, was the highest paid CEO in 2012. He made $60.3 million.

    Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

    CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up. The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday, said the U.S. job market remains weak and it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.

    Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts

    Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Wednesday that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs. Reducing the Fed's efforts to keep borrowing rates low would "carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery," Bernanke said.

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    Little Caesars carry-out coming to Wheeling

    A carry-out only Little Caesars restaurant will open in Lynn Plaza in Wheeling, hopefully by August, said pizza restaurant owner Fax Rahman this week.

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    Northbrook-based Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, will retire about $3 billion in debt as Chief Executive Officer Thomas Wilson takes advantage of near record-low interest rates.

    Allstate to retire $3 billion in debt, using cash, bonds, stock

    Northbrook-based Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, will retire about $3 billion in debt as Chief Executive Officer Thomas Wilson takes advantage of near record-low interest rates. The transactions will be funded by a combination of cash, issuance of preferred stock and debt.

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    Allstate declares 25 cent quarterly dividend

    he Allstate Corp. announced a quarterly dividend of 25 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation's common stock, payable in cash on July 1 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 31.

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    AAR names retired general lead director of board

    AAR Corp.'s board of directors has named retired Air Force General Ronald R. Fogleman as its Lead Director.

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    Kraft Foods declares 50 cent quarterly dividend
    The board of directors of Kraft Foods Group Inc. declared a regular quarterly dividend of 50 cents per share of common stock, payable on July 12 to shareholders of record as of June 28.

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    LaSalle Network among fastest growing urban companies

    Staffing and recruiting services provider LaSalle Network has been named on the 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the 100 fastest growing urban companies in America as determined by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Fortune magazine.

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    InsureXSolutions adds dental benefit plans

    Rosemont-based InsureXSolutions announced that dental plans from Aetna, Assurant Inc. and Delta Dental have been added to their private insurance exchange.The dental products from the three insurance companies offer a variety of price and benefit options for employees shopping in the online insurance marketplace, the company said in a release. The InsureXSolutions private exchange features individual health, dental, Medicare, short-term and vision insurance plans in select markets throughout the U.S.InsureXSolutions offers businesses an option to the increasing cost of health care through the use of a defined contribution benefits strategy. Employees access the online insurance marketplace to shop and compare plans from national, regional and local individual insurance companies. To assist with the shopping experience, employees interact with a decision-support engine that makes buying insurance coverage as simple as making an online travel reservation. Employees answer questions, set search parameters and the decision-support engine helps them narrow down their choices to select a plan that best fits their budget, needs and lifestyle.“InsureXSolutions is committed to partnering with leading insurers to present the best options for employees,” says John DiVito, President of Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex), who exclusively offers the InsureXSolutions private exchange. “With the addition of these dental plans, we are enhancing the online employee benefit shopping experience and providing greater choice for the health care consumer.”InsureXSolutions is helping employers of all sizes plan for the requirements resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The private exchange is ideal for those businesses with full-time, part-time and Medicare-eligible employees, the company said.

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    Mondelez declares 13 cents quarterly dividend

    DEERFIELD — The board of directors of Mondelez International declared a regular quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share of Class A common stock, payable on July 15 to shareholders of record as of July 1.Shareholders also elected 11 nominees named in the proxy statement to the board of directors; approved, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the company’s named executive officers as described in the 2013 proxy statement; and ratified the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent auditors for 2013. Shareholders rejected two shareholder proposals. The company had previously announced the withdrawal of a third shareholder proposal.Mondelez International is a global snacks spinoff of Kraft Foods, with 2012 revenue of $35 billion. Among Mondelez brands are Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum.

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    Jim Bergeron, owner of Jimmy’s Grill in downtown Naperville, could complete his takeover of the controversial BlackFinn American Saloon as early as next week.

    New owner could take over BlackFinn by next week

    Naperville businessman and restaurateur Jim Bergeron could be taking over BlackFinn American Saloon as soon as next week. City council members Tuesday approved a late-night liquor permit for Bergeron, one of the final steps before he officially can take ownership of the troubled downtown establishment he identified only by its address: "16 W. Jefferson."

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    Lowe’s 1Q profit rises, but results miss Street

    Lowe's first-quarter net income rose almost 3 percent, even as a wet and cool spring dampened sales of gardening products. But the home improvement chain's quarterly performance missed Wall Street's expectations. Its shares dropped more than 4 percent in premarket trading Wednesday. Spring is the biggest season for home improvement retailers. While the weather was chilly in the quarter, the improving housing market has helped such businesses.

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    Best Buy reports 1Q loss on restructuring costs

    Best Buy Co. on Tuesday reported a loss in its fiscal first quarter as it sold its stake in Best Buy Europe and works on a turnaround plan that includes cutting costs and closing some stores. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations, but revenue fell short as the company faced tough pricing competition during the quarter. Its shares slipped in morning trading.

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    Target first-quarter profit falls 29% as weather damps sales

    Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, said first-quarter profit fell 29 percent as higher taxes and cooler temperatures hampered sales. Net income in the quarter ended May 4 dropped to $498 million, or 77 cents a share, from $697 million, or $1.04, a year earlier, the Minneapolis-based company said today in a statement. Sales rose 1 percent to $16.7 billion.

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    Housing recovery boosts Home Depot 1Q results

    Even though the weather was poor, Home Depot posted an 18 percent increase in its net income for the first quarter thanks to the ongoing housing recovery. Its quarterly results topped Wall Street's view and the world's biggest home improvement chain boosted its full-year earnings and revenue forecasts Tuesday. Shares climbed 4 percent in premarket trading.

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    Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Ariz. After a particularly ugly TV experience, Amy’s is fighting back and trying to raise awareness for cyber-bullying.

    Restaurant learns online reviews can make or break

    It was the customer service disaster heard around the Internet. An Arizona restaurateur, fed up after years of negative online reviews and an embarrassing appearance on a reality television show, posted a social media rant laced with salty language and angry, uppercase letters that quickly went viral last week, to the delight of people who love a good Internet meltdown. "I AM NOT STUPID ALL OF YOU ARE," read the posting on the Facebook wall of Amy's Baking Co. in suburban Phoenix. "YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW GOOD FOOD."

Life & Entertainment

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    Tim McGraw performs Friday, May 24, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    Weekend picks: Go country with McGraw, Wilson

    You have your choice of country superstars Friday. Head to Tinley Park to see Tim McGraw in his Two Lanes of Freedom tour. Or see Grammy-winning singer Gretchen Wilson belt out her country sound at the Arcada in St. Charles. Need a laugh? Check out the Comedy Shrine's audience-interactive, adults-only improv show “Whose Line?” It's art fests aplenty this weekend, too, in Schaumburg and Barrington.

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    Enjoy Mazzoni Barbera with lightly sauced pasta or grilled burgers and brats.

    Good wine: Don’t discount reds when dining al fresco

    Pinot Grigio is the perfect beginning to all warm weather gatherings. Currently America's second most popular white grape, Italian-grown Pinot Grigio is a light, dry-ish complement to light dishes and finger foods. Red wine lovers may take a cue from European counterparts by opting for lower-tannin/alcohol wines that pair with the widest range of dishes and accept the refreshing chill of a few minutes in the ice chest or lake.

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    Doug (Justin Bartha), left, screeches as Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) prepare for a disaster in the comedy “The Hangover Part III.”

    Third time's no charm for painful 'Hangover'

    In Todd Phillips' second sequel "The Hangover Part III," the sense of camaraderie that once bonded the Wolfpackers feels contrived and forced. Although these characters profess to love each other, these actors don't even bother to make the words sound sincere. For every comical line that works, others cling to the soundtrack like cold, congealed spaghetti. This "Hangover" barely hangs on.

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    Sofia, the popular Disney princess character from the hit Disney Channel show “Sofia the First,” is part of the “Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure” show, coming to the Rosemont Theatre.

    Disney’s ‘Pirate and Princess’ show to dock in Rosemont
    Tickets for "Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure" at the Rosemont Theatre at Rosemont next March go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 28.

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    “Seesaw” by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa

    Hart, Bonamassa simmer on ‘Seesaw’

    Singer Beth Hart and guitarist Joe Bonamassa have a soulful and sultry new album out with "Seesaw." With her voice and his guitar, the album has all the pieces in place to deliver bluesy fireworks built around some decades-old standards. But purists will be put off by the cacophony of strings and a frequently overbearing horn section.

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    Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton paid tribute to those in Oklahoma affected by the recent tornadoes by performing an acoustic version of the hit “Over You” during a broadcast of “The Voice.”

    Blake Shelton putting together Okla. benefit show

    Blake Shelton and NBC are putting together a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims. Shelton told reporters about the fundraising effort after Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice." Shelton, an Oklahoma native, paid tribute to the thousands affected by Sunday and Monday's tornadoes by performing an acoustic version of the hit "Over You" with wife Miranda Lambert. He said the benefit would be held soon in nearby Oklahoma City.

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    Michael Douglas, right, as Liberace, and Matt Damon, as Scott Thorson in “Behind the Candelabra,” premiering Sunday on HBO.

    Michael Douglas, Matt Damon dramatize Liberace’s affair

    The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as "Mr. Showmanship," was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary, and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and worldwide. By contrast, Michael Douglas is a 68-year-old movie star known for he-man performances and morally ambiguous roles. And he was no piano player. But Douglas now dazzles as Liberace in the new HBO film, "Behind the Candelabra," including lavish musical numbers where he tinkles the ivories and flourishes his jewel-and-ermine finery.

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    First Folio unveils 2013-14 season

    First Folio Theatre's four-show 2013-14 season will be bookended with outdoor shows on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

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    Dining events: Wickets’ Arlington Park deal

    Wickets offers free flatbreads to visitors of Arlington Park; Yumz brings on new flavors for summer; Bakersfield’s summer menu boasts some tasty new items.

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    “How Mercy Looks From Here” by Amy Grant

    Grant returns gracefully with new album

    Few singers probe issues of the spirit and of the heart with the warmth and intimacy of Amy Grant. On “How Mercy Looks From Here,” her first album of all-original material in a decade, the 52-year-old doesn’t try to sound anything other than her age, and the result poignantly examines life’s twists and turns with depth and grace.

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    Sashimi delux is on the menu at Kawa Japanese Restaurant and Mongolian Grill in Grayslake.

    Kawa in Grayslake a sushi standout

    If you're a fan of pan-Asian cuisine, Kawa in Grayslake is destined to be a favorite. Its high-quality sushi and flavorful Mongolian grilled items are served in a very diner-friendly atmosphere.

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    Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze

    Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze
    Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze

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    Kalbi
    Kalbi

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    Ginger-Rubbed Country Spareribs with Apricot Glaze is just one way to enjoy ribs this Memorial Day weekend. Get this and other recipes on Pages 5 and 6.

    Ginger-Rubbed Country Spareribs with Apricot Glaze
    Ginger-Rubbed Country Spare Ribs

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    Honey- and Lime-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

    Honey- and Lime-Glazed Baby Back Ribs
    stories

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    Vampire Weekend — Rostam Batmanglij, left, Chris Baio, Chris Thomson and Ezra Koenig — changed the way they wrote music on their latest album, “Modern Vampires of the City.”

    Vampire Weekend shakes things up on latest album

    The guys in Vampire Weekend changed how they wrote songs, how they record and what an album of theirs even looks like for "Modern Vampires of the City." None of which will change some minds. "There's certainly going to be people who listen to this album and say, "Wow, more of the same from Vampire Weekend. I knew I hated these ... college boys,'" frontman Ezra Koenig said. But those ranks are thinning.

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    Ginger-Rubbed Country Spareribs with Apricot Glaze

    Experts share tips for ribs done right

    Summer's first big grilling holiday waits just around the corner, and you want to welcome the season in style. You're thinking ribs. First, you weigh your options: St. Louis style (cut from the inner portion of the ribs), spare ribs (flatter but with more bone than meat), country ribs (spare ribs that have already been cut apart) or the ever-popular baby backs (taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs of smaller hogs). Then, follow a few simple rules from the experts to ensure success.Our experts weighing in today are Ron Nunes and Jamie Purviance.

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    ’Cue enthusiasts heading to Westmont
    Want to taste some great ribs, as well as brisket and chicken, without having to do the work? Head to Westmont May 24 to 26 for the Red, White and Bar-B-Q barbecue competition. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the contest features 72 professional and 52 amateur barbecue teams vying for more than $10,000 in prizes.

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    Frugal living: Ideas for using up chili sauce and candied fruit

    Have extra chili sauce on hand? Sarah Noel says try it in spaghetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, for shrimp cocktail sauce, on top of meatloaf, as a meat marinade, or in homemade salad dressing.

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    For all the flavor of California rolls at home without the hassle, toss the ingredients with some lettuce and enjoy as a salad.

    California Roll Salad
    California Roll Salad

Discuss

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    Editorial: Wanted: Creative tools to stimulate job growth

    A Daily Herald editorial expresses support for the concept behind a bill in the General Assembly to create a job-training program that would be tested at four community colleges, including College of Lake County.

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    Retirement plan different from savings plan

    Guest Columnist Louis W. Kosiba: The current effort in the Illinois General Assembly to “reform” the state-funded pension systems is not really about pensions. It’s really about the state budget, and where the state of Illinois wishes to spend your tax dollars.

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    Ruben Navarrette Jr.

    Cruz finds redemption

    Columnist Ruben Navarette: A couple of weeks ago, in a partisan jab, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (a Democrat) accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (a Republican) of being “anti-immigration.” This was an odd accusation to level at someone whose personal hero is his father, Rafael, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1957.

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    Medical system itself is barbaric
    A letter to the editor: The tragedy of Kermit Gosnell and the Philadelphia abortion clinic is not a lone occurrence in the medical profession. The entire medical community is complicit in this travesty.

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    Ticks are another seasonal menace
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: Slow Skeeter Start, front page and a timely article as we head into the first long holiday weekend. We must also be very aware of the often not mentioned or publicized menace: the tick bite.

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    Dueling plans doom pension reform
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: My greatest concern is that the submission of two different pension plans by two senior members of our oligarchy is meant to tie up the political process.

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    Protection needed in mass shootings
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Restricting concealed carry in public places like schools, movie theaters and arenas will only give those intent on doing the greatest assault on the unprotected masses a road map to do the most harm.

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    Thank a veteran and pick up the tab
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: When I returned home from the Vietnam War we did not have a great welcome. Hopefully, we have learned from the emotional scars that were inflicted upon our men and women when they returned home from that war. If you get the chance when you see a veteran, be sure to thank him or her for serving.

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    Numbers don’t add up in sequester cuts
    A letter to the editor: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced 688,000 furloughs of 11 days this year due to the sequester, just like the private sector has been doing for years. Total sequester effect this year has been determined to be around $80 billion. Doing Mr. Hagel's math at minimum wage $8.25 per hour, his cuts will result in federal budget reductions of: 688,000 employees X 8 hours per day X $8.25 = $45 billion.

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    More hypocrisy over firearms
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: How dare people like Obama and Mayor Bloomberg dictate to people as to whether they can or cannot own firearms. These hypocrites have any number of personal bodyguards or Secret Servicemen to protect them and their families 24/7.

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    $60,000 on a ‘Star Trek’ spoof?
    A Carol Stream letter o the editor: I was appalled to learn that $60,000 of taxpayer dollars was spent on some spoofs, including a Star Trek spoof, made to “train” (entertain) IRS employees.

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    Need to get our priorities straight
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Talk about Nero “fiddling while Rome burns”. Benghazi: Congress and the media are all upset about the talking points used by Susan Rice following the Benghazi attack on our embassy instead of the attack itself. Shouldn’t the focus be on intelligence shortfalls and response improvements instead of ‘who said what’ in the hours after the event?

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    Making history happen in Elgin
    An Elgin letter to the editor: In 2004, the Elgin Youth History Fair was created for the 150th Celebration of the city. It was clear from the onset that it should have a hands-on focus for children. For that to happen, more hands — older, wiser — would be needed for guidance.

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    State hardly working for its citizens
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: The economy is bad everywhere, but few places are as affected as much as the “great” state of Illinois. The unemployment rate is inordinately high, the gas prices are among the highest in the nation, new taxes are being imposed at every turn and corruption and greed have affected just about every governing body.

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    IRS assault should not be tolerated
    IRS assault should not be toleratedI have been following the Congressional hearings on the IRS targeting of conservative groups and am outraged at the abuse of power exhibited by the IRS. American citizens have been asked by a governmental organization about the content of their prayers, the people they associate with, and whether they or any member of their family are considering a run for political office. This intrusiveness is a direct assault on the personal freedom of the American people and should not be tolerated in a free society.Tom L. JonesPingree Grove

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