Daily Archive : Thursday May 23, 2013


    Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed. The Thursday evening bridge failure dumped vehicles and people into the water.

    No fatalities in I-5 bridge collapse in Washington

    An Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed Thursday evening, dumping several vehicles into the water as authorities investigated the cause of the collapse that cut off the state's main north-south thruway and sent three people to the hospital. Authorities said no one was killed and the extent of the injuries of the three people rescued from the water remained unclear, said...


    Watch St. Charles North graduation live Sunday

    Watch a live broadcast of St. Charles North High School's graduation this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Navy Lt. William Butt salutes during the national anthem Friday at the sixth annual Memorial Day ceremony at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

    CLC holds memorial ceremony with Naval Station Great Lakes

    The sixth annual College of Lake County Memorial Day ceremony took place at noon Friday, at the college's Willow Lake Veterans Memorial on the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. The outdoor ceremony sponsored by the CLC Veterans Memorial Task Force Committee was held with the help of staff from Naval Station Great Lakes.

    Lawmakers set up a vote in the Illinois House over allowing people to carry a concealed firearm in public.

    House primed for vote on concealed carry

    A new proposal to allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms was set up for a full House vote this morning and would restrict loaded weapons on suburban buses, trains and in parks and playgrounds. The proposal would allow a trained, licensed gun owner who has passed a background check to legally carry a concealed weapon or keep one in his or her car, in most places.


    Route 14 in Barrington closed for hours after train hits semi

    A freight train struck a semi truck on Route 14 in Barrington on Thursday night, closing the road and backing up traffic, police said. No information on injuries is available yet.

    Rendering of PhilHaven provided by Daveri Development LLC.

    Wheeling settles PhilHaven lawsuit, apartments will be built

    PhilHaven, a proposed apartment building for people with mental and physical disabilities, will be built in Wheeling after all. The village and the developers reached a settlement Wednesday to build the apartments and end the discrimination lawsuit against the village.

    Millions of Americans and 1.6 million Illinoisans will hit the road over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Fewer making the great escape this Memorial Day

    Lots of folks on the road this Memorial Day weekend but fewer than last year, AAA prognosticates. Meanwhile, air travelers are urged to get to O'Hare early and drivers are forewarned to curb their imbibing with police on the hunt for drunken drivers. “Economic improvements from last year are not strong enough to spur an increase in travelers,” AAA Regional President Brad Roeber said,...

    The city of Batavia would still go on private property to trim or remove trees that present an imminent danger, but the city wants to mostly leave it to neighbors to remedy problem trees.

    Batavia might tighten up tree dispute handling

    A change in Batavia's tree ordinance will make it clear that, unless a problem tree threatens public property or health, the city won't be dealing as much with the status of trees on private property.

    Classmates and survivors from Plaza Towers Elementary School Elizabeth Anderson, 6, left, and Rylee Pino, 6, read messages Wednesday from other children in the area during a visit to Eastlake Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

    Tornado took town’s youngest

    MOORE, Okla. — One loved the spotlight. Another was nicknamed “The Wall” because of the force he brought to the soccer field. When a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., it took with it 24 lives. Seven of them were children at Plaza Towers Elementary school; two were only babies.These are the victims’ stories.———JaNae Hornsby, 9

    Model Petra Nemcova arrives on the red carpet Tuesday for the screening of Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes.

    Second jewel theft at Cannes

    PARIS — Thieves outsmarted 80 security guards in an exclusive French Riviera hotel and made off with a necklace that creators say is worth a staggering $2.6 million — in the second such jewelry heist during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

    IRS official Lois Lerner, right, and former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman sit Wednesday at the witness table on Capitol Hill in Washington, prior to the start of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

    IRS replaces top official in tea party controversy

    A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave, according to congressional sources.Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said Lerner was asked to resign but refused, so she was placed on leave.

    Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner later invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions and was dismissed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    IRS replaces official who oversaw targeting

    A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.


    Fire damages garage in Geneva

    Geneva firefighters fought a fire in an attached garage at a residence in the 1000 block of Division Street.The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters said the fire was contained to the garage and did not affect neighboring structures.Damage is estimated at $30,000.

    Ron Parrish

    MCC board aims for greater transparency, communication

    When Ron Parrish became the new leader of the McHenry County College board of trustees, he knew he would be overseeing some changes. A contentious election season ended with a transformed board, thanks to the retirement of Trustee Dennis Adams and voters’ decisions to end the service of longtime incumbents Barbara Walters and Carol Larson. Parrish announced several transparency initiatives...

    Laurie Amos of St. Louis Park, places flowers Thursday by a makeshift memorial in front of Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park, Minn.

    Fossil area closed after two boys killed in Minnesota park

    Parks spokesman Brad Meyer said signs and barricades went up Thursday afternoon to cordon off the 35 closed acres in the 384-acre park. He said fossil-hunting permits will be suspended for at least two weeks, but the length of the closure will depend on the outcome of an investigation into the accident.

    Vietnam War veteran Tedd Hybbert salutes Thursday as he watches some 200 Vietnam POWs arrive to celebrate their 40th reunion at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif.

    Nixon library hosts reunion for Vietnam POWs

    Dozens of American flags poked through a sea of white hair as a band played “Stars and Stripes” and “The Star Spangled Banner” for the POWs as they processed into the museum, some hoisting young grandchildren in their arms and others leaning on canes and walkers.


    Kane Co. commission wants sales tax dollars for tech upgrade

    The Kane County Judicial and Public Safety Technology Commission wants to dedicate $1.43 million in sales tax dollars to computer purchase and more in coming years.

    Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom before the verdict for sentencing was declared a hung jury.

    Jurors deadlock on Arias death penalty

    The mistrial set the stage for a whole new proceeding to determine whether the 32-year-old former waitress should get a life sentence or the death penalty for murdering Travis Alexander five years ago.

    This undated file photo provided by French nuclear manufacturer Areva shows workers at the uranium mine of Arlit, northern Niger.

    Belmoktar claims responsibility for Niger attack

    Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France.

    People heckle the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, not pictured, as he leaves the scene Thursday of a terror attack in Woolwich, southeast London.

    Muslim hard-liners ID suspect in London attack

    Police raided houses in connection with the brazen slaying of the off-duty soldier, identified as Lee Rigby, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who served in Afghanistan. In addition to the two suspects who were hospitalized after being shot by police, authorities said they had arrested a man and a woman, both 29, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

    Health workers wear protective gear in the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Hong Kong where 24 patients were quarantined after seven of its health workers developed SARS, flu-like symptoms similar to the Coronavirus. A coronavirus infection related to SARS, which killed about 800 people in 2003, mostly in Asia, is now being reported mainly in the Middle East. T

    WHO: Red tape hurting fight against new virus

    GENEVA — International efforts to combat a new pneumonia-like virus that has now killed 22 people are being slowed by unclear rules and competition for the potentially profitable rights to disease samples, the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday.

    Naperville Municipal Band Director Ron Keller, Mayor George Pradel and park board President Kirsten Young tear a ribbon of toilet paper Thursday to open the new washroom facility at Central Park.

    Naperville mayor tears toilet paper to open new restrooms

    It's not often Naperville officials hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new washroom. But when they do, it's a 3-ply affair. Mayor George Pradel and several city and park district leaders attended a “potty party” Thursday in Central Park to celebrate the opening of a new public restroom on the west side of the downtown site. The park regularly plays host to concerts by the Naperville...

    Eduardo Patino

    Niles man sentenced for molesting Wheeling teen

    A 25-year-old Niles man convicted in January of molesting a 15-year-old Wheeling girl was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday. The judge said she initially considered probation, but Eduardo Patino was indicted on new sexual abuse charges while he was out on bond.


    Bodies of 2 men found in car

    Autopsies were being conducted Thursday on the bodies of two men who were found inside a car in Chicago’s South Side.

    Jacqueline Goldberg

    87-year-old investor loses lawsuit against Trump

    An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday — she lost. Jurors in Chicago sided with the real estate mogul-turned-TV showman in a weeklong civil trial focused on Jacqueline Goldberg’s claim that Trump cheated her in a condo bait-and-switch scheme.


    State Senate approves health-coverage exchange plan

    The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to create a state-governed “health insurance exchange” where individuals and small businesses could shop for coverage as required by President Barack Obama’s health law.


    Man sentenced for abusing two girls

    A Cook County judge sentenced Carlos Luz Flores, 26, to a total of seven years in prison Thursday in exchange for his guilty plea to molesting two girls in Wheeling in 2008.


    Officials ask for more federal flood help

    Two weeks after President Barack Obama declared last month’s flooded suburban counties as disaster areas, top Illinois leaders are asking him to make additional federal money available for local governments, too.


    Lawmakers move to allow betting on horses online

    Almost five months after the expiration a law allowing Illinoisans to bet on horses online, lawmakers have moved to try to legalize the practice again.


    Bloomingdale group’s donation brings fireworks back to Roselle

    A $9,000 donation from a nonprofit group affiliated with a Bloomingdale church will allow Roselle to once again celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display. Roselle had to cancel last year’s show because of a lack of money and sponsors. The village appeared headed in the same direction this year when its “Get a Bang for Your Buck” fundraising campaign generated roughly $9,300 — far short...

    James Ealy, 48, of Lake Villa looks to his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Keith Grant, during his trial Thursday.

    Both sides rest their cases in Lindenhurst Burger King trial

    Both sides rested their cases in the trial of a man accused of murdering a mother of two in a Lindenhurst Burger King nearly seven years ago. Closing arguments will begin Friday morning. Lake County assistant state’s attorneys Jeff Pavletic and Stephen Scheller concluded their case after testimony by police officers who spoke with James Ealy, 48, of Lake Villa hours after he was taken into...

    The Illinois Senate voted to ban cellphone use while driving.

    State senate votes to ban cellphones while driving

    The Illinois Senate Thursday voted to ban the use of cellphones behind the wheel unless the driver uses a hands-free device. The proposal now goes back to the Illinois House, which has already approved a similar plan.

    A new Elgin Memory Care nursing home facility is planned for Route 20 at Nesler Road, adjacent to the West Point Gardens subdivision. These renderings are by RDL Architects of Cleveland.

    Nursing home planned for Elgin’s west side

    A nursing home appears to be headed to Elgin’s far west side, but as at least one neighbor complained that’s a far cry from the Trader Joe’s he was lead to believe would be built there.Elgin Memory Care would occupy 5 acres of a 19-acre vacant parcel on the southwest corner of Route 20 and Nessler Road, near the West Point Gardens subdivision.


    Paint store to banquet hall? Bartlett weighs proposal

    The Bartlett village board heard a proposal Tuesday for a new banquet hall that would in an old Benjamin Moore store. Nico Scardino said he would like to open Labella Banquets at 810 S. Route 59 in the Bartlett Commons Shopping Center.

    David Beckmann

    Mental exam sought for Roselle man accused of abusing peacock

    The attorney for a Roselle man accused of sexually abusing a peacock said Thursday he has doubts about his client's mental fitness and will ask for him to undergo a psychological evaluation. “Based on not only the alleged conduct but the way he presented himself in court, I think the motion will be granted,” defense attorney Brian Telander said.

    James Oliver, left, hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout, Will Oliver, who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry four boxes filled with petitions to end the ban on gay Scouts and leaders.

    Scout leadership votes to accept gay boys

    The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.Of the local Scout leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Candy Jenkins, 18, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with burglary and theft after she took cash and other items from a cash box that she and another person removed from the office at Larkin Home March 27, according to a police report.


    Des Plaines residents call out banquet hall owner

    “I kill my competition. That’s my job.” That was Tom Diamond, the owner of Fountain Blue banquet facility in Des Plaines, six years ago defending his opposition to a Kildeer banquet hall's plans for a permanent outdoor tent near his home. Now it’s Diamond seeking, and receiving, approval for an outdoor tent against the wishes of area residents.


    Hawthorn Woods bike rodeo:

    The Hawthorn Woods Police Department hosts its annual bike rodeo on Saturday, May 25, at Community Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    Lake County woman appointed:

    Peggy O’Connor, of Highland Park, has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois.


    Lincolnshire seeks volunteers:

    The village of Lincolnshire hosts a meeting to discuss flood mitigation and planning on June 20 at 7 p.m. in the village hall board room, One Olde Half Day Road.


    District 70 special ed services:

    Libertyville Elementary District 70 will discuss plans for the provision of special education services to students with disabilities who attend private and home schools within the district boundaries for the 2013-14 school year at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville.

    John Breugelmans

    Developer gets agreement, exclusive time to show he can revitalize downtown Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich has formalized an agreement that continues a 75-day exclusive window for a developer to prove he can build a project to rejuvenate a section of the village’s downtown.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Caprice L. Thomas, 24, ofAurora, was charged with retail theft at 10:16 a.m. Tuesday at Kohl’s, 251 N. Randall Road, according to a police report.

    Ahead of the address, Obama signed new “presidential policy guidelines” aimed at illustrating more clearly to Congress and the public the standards the U.S. applies before carrying out drone attacks.

    Obama defends drone strikes

    Since taking office, Obama's counterterrorism strategy has increasingly relied on the use of strikes by unmanned spy drones, particularly in Pakistan and Yemen. The highly secretive program has faced criticism from congressional lawmakers who have questioned its scope and legality.

    Zachary Fardon has been nominated to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.

    New federal prosecutor nominated for Chicago

    The Obama administration has picked Zachary Fardon, a private attorney and former federal prosecutor who helped send former Gov. George Ryan to prison for corruption, to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois’ senators announced Thursday.

    Chief Illiniwek performs for the last time during an Illinois basketball game in Champaign in 2007.

    U of I committee says Chief Illiniwek’s time has passed

    he University of Illinois’ Senate Executive Committee has approved a resolution supporting the end of use of Chief Illiniwek. The resolution was brought up in response to an effort by former portrayers of the mascot to bring back a modified Chief Illiniwek.

    Thomas Chmura

    Bail lowered for monk accused of trying to lure girls

    A monk accused of trying to lure teenage girls into his car in Antioch last month has been freed on bail but cannot return to his Wisconsin religious compound. Bail for Thomas Chmura, 57, was lowered by Lake County Judge Christopher Stride from $150,000 to $50,000 late last week. Chmura had been held in the Lake County jail since May 2.

    Former Gov. James R. Thompson

    NIU giving honorary degree to Thompson

    Former Gov. James R. Thompson is being given an honorary law degree by Northern Illinois University. He will be presented with the degree during the College of Law’s commencement ceremony on Saturday in DeKalb. He’s also serving as commencement speaker.

    Miguel R. Lopez-Ochoa

    4-year sentence in 42-pound Aurora pot bust

    A 34-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison after Aurora police found 42 pounds of pot in his car last August. Miguel R. Lopez-Ochoa, of Chicago, pleaded guilty in exchange for more serious charges being dismissed. He also was fined nearly $27,000, records show.


    District 203 teachers getting pay bump

    Teachers in Naperville Unit District 203 will receive average raises totaling 10.2 percent over the next three years, although the cost to taxpayers to fund those increases will rise only about 6 percent over that same period, officials said Thursday. Both the District 203 school board and the teachers union have approved the new three-year pact, but refused to release copies of the contract...

    Chicago billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker testifies on Capitol Hill before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on her nomination as secretary of commerce Thursday.

    Smooth confirmation hearing for Pritzker

    President Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary was questioned briefly about her ties to a subprime mortgage lender that failed in 2001 and her role as a beneficiary of family offshore trusts in the Bahamas, but those were minor bumps in an otherwise smooth Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

    Matthew Bielecki

    More charges filed against former Antioch EMT

    A former Antioch-area volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician already facing charges of having sex with an underage girl, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges involving a second victim. Matthew Bielecki, 40, of the 43000 block of Mary Avenue in Antioch, shook his head in shock as each of the new 29 counts of sex-related crimes were described to him by Lake County Judge James...


    Lake County man gets six years for bilking investors

    A former Lake County man was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for defrauding investors out of roughly $1.6 million. William Block, 54, most recently of Lake Forest, has been in custody since his arrest in 2008.


    Boating safety course in Arlington Heights

    To ensure boaters have a safe and fun time on the water and meet state requirements, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an 8-hour course on boating safety next month in Arlington Heights. Class sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, June 15 and 22, at West Marine.


    Schaumburg Farmers Market to open June 7

    Schaumburg's Farmers Market will open its 2013 season on Friday, June 7 and run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through the end of October. The market is located at 190 S. Roselle Road in the parking lot of the Trickster Gallery in Town Square.

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, talks with electric propulsion engineer John Brophy during a Thursday visit to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

    Yee-haw! NASA plans to lasso an asteroid

    NASA is under White House orders to fly humans to an asteroid as a stepping stone to Mars. Instead of sending astronauts to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, as originally planned, the space agency came up with a quicker, cheaper idea: Haul the asteroid close to the moon and visit it there.

    Associated Press/Aug. 28, 2005 A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite image of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico. There are six lists used in rotation for storms in the Atlantic.

    This year’s hurricane names: From Andrea to Wendy

    Weather forecasters are predicting another busy Atlantic hurricane season. The storms will get their names from an alphabetical list of 21 names:WHAT NAMES ARE ON THE LIST?Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.WHO PICKS THE NAMES?

    House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman GOP Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    House backs variable rate student loans

    Stafford loan rates would be capped at 8.5 percent, while loans for parents and graduate students would have a 10.5 percent ceiling under the GOP plan.


    Villa Park cops seek man who grabbed 13-year-old girl

    Police are searching for a man who grabbed a 13-year-old girl by the arm after asking her for money and offering her drugs while she walked to school Thursday morning in Villa Park, authorities said. The encounter occurred about 8 a.m. near Westmore Avenue and Terrace Street.

    Mundelein Police Investigation Officer Jason Seeley reviews items recovered after two men were caught burglarizing a house in Mundelein. Police searched the suspects’ homes and found the stolen items.

    Two men charged in Mundelein, Waukegan burglaries

    Two Lake County men are facing charges after they were caught burglarizing a house in Mundelein, police announced Thursday. The suspects have been charged with burglaries in Waukegan, too, authorities said.

    Six students from Algonquin Lakes Elementary School were sent to two area hospitals for evaluation after an accident involving a bounce house at the Algonquin Lakes Elementary School Thursday. The school’s end of the year celebration had been moved inside due to inclement weather.

    Minor injuries for 17 Algonquin students in bounce house accident

    Six students from Algonquin Lakes Elementary School were sent to area hospitals for evaluation Thursday afternoon after they were injured in a bounce house during an indoor school celebration, officials said. Another 11 students were treated at the school and released to their parents. There were no serious injuries.

    Filmmakers and brothers Richard, seated, and Ben Medina of Palatine sometimes collaborate on projects. Ben, 16, cowrote and directed the short film “Domino,” and graphic artist Richard, 14, designed its poster.

    Sibling rivalry propels young Palatine filmmakers

    Two young filmmakers from Palatine are making a name for themselves in the visual arts world and racking up some incredible experiences along the way. Richard, an eighth-grader, is the graphic artist, and Ben, a high school sophomore, is the writer and director. "I'm really proud of Richard, but there's boiling hatred there, too," Ben, 16, jokes. "We both operate in the visual arts, but luckily...

    The Trump International Hotel & Tower, left, in downtown Chicago.

    Jury sides with Trump in civil case

    The case pitted the suburban Chicago woman against a New Yorker who revels in his image as a big talker with big ideas. Many know him best for his catchphrase on his “Apprentice” TV show: “You’re fired!”


    Palatine man killed when motorcycle hit fence

    A 30-year-old Palatine man died Wednesday night after the motorcycle he was riding skidded into a fence on Wilke Road, police believe.

    Residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La. during Hurricane Isaac. Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season with 13 to 20 named storms.

    Another busy hurricane season forecast

    Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season. Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes. The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.

    Britain’s Ministry of Defense said the soldier killed was Lee Rigby, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Rigby, a 25-year-old with a 2-year-old son joined the army in 2006 and was posted first to Cyprus and later served in Afghanistan and Germany. He took up a recruiting post with the military in London in 2011.

    2 more arrests in London attack investigation

    British police say two more people have been arrested by officers investigating the hacking death of a U.K. soldier in London. Scotland Yard said counterterrorism officers arrested a man and a woman — both 29 — on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Both suspects are in custody at a south London police station.

    Irvana K. Wilks

    Former Mayor Wilks joins Mt. Prospect Sister Cities Commission

    Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek this week appointed her predecessor, former Mayor Irvana Wilks, to the village's Sister Cities Commission for a term expiring in July 2014. "I believe she will represent the village fairly and objectively and provide an important sense of continuity to our relationship with our sister city, Sevres, France," Juracek said.

    The Carol Stream village board has delayed a decision on whether to allow the park district to attach the name of the new Fountain View Recreation Center to an existing village-owned sign at the Town Center.

    Carol Stream still debating rec center signs

    Carol Stream Park District will have a 13-foot, 8-inch welcome sign in front of its new recreation center when it opens this summer, but the fate of other signs at the site is still up in the air. The village board approved a variance this week allowing the park district to construct its new sign with LED message panels at 910 N. Gary Ave.


    Mt. Prospect forester honored with national award

    Mount Prospect Village Forester Sandy Clark won the Advancing Arboriculture Award this week from the Tree Care Industry Association. The award, presented to Clark on Tuesday during the Mount Prospect village board meeting, is given to a governmental agency, institution or green industry partner that has worked to advance legislation, regulation or practices favorable to the tree care industry.

    Randall L. Hopp

    Charges dropped against former Gail Borden library trustee

    Prosecutors have dismissed felony domestic battery charrges against a former Gail Borden Library trustee. Randall Hopp was charged with attacking his elderly father in March 2011 and was in an institution last summer because he was unfit for trial. Hopp's father passed away and his mother, the only other witness, recanted her testimony.

    Two ducklings rescued after a four-day ordeal in a Lombard storm sewer find a dry towel in Ginger Frey’s home before heading to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn for rehabilitation. The Lombard Fire Department will receive PETA’s Compassionate Fire Department Award for efforts to rescue the ducklings.

    Rescued Lombard ducklings survive four-day sewer saga

    Perseverance paid off in one Lombard resident's quest to rescue a group of tiny ducklings trapped in a storm sewer. Ginger Frey enlisted the help of police, public works, PETA, Willowbrook Wildlife Center and finally the Lombard Fire Department — all in the name of four ducklings so small they fell between the grates of a sewer not far from Lombard Lagoon. "They're so scared, it's getting...


    Naperville to hire two more cops for downtown

    The Naperville Police Department will return to the days of a three-officer downtown beat as early as next spring with the addition of two new officers. City council members unanimously approved adding the officers to help patrol and curb the violence in the downtown area, which has been a focus of Chief Robert Marshall in his first year on the job.


    Watch St. Charles East graduation live Sunday

    Watch a live broadcast of St. Charles East High School’s graduation this Sunday at noon. The ceremony will be held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Marvin Dixon, the grandfather of 8-year-old tornado victim Kyle Davis, glances down at a photo of his grandson in the lobby of a funeral home where his grandson awaits burial, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Nicknamed “The Wall,” Davis loved soccer and going to the Monster Truck exhibitions at the fairgrounds with his grandfather.

    Youngest Okla. tornado victims remembered by kin

    Nine-year-old Sydney Angle was "everywhere at once" when she was out on the softball field. Kyle Davis, 8, was nicknamed "The Wall" because of his size and presence on the soccer field. JaNae Hornsby, also 9, was the life of the party. The three were among seven small children pulled lifeless from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School after a monstrous tornado raked across the building.


    How to help
    Emmaus House of Hospitality, a Lake County, Lake Zurich charity that serves a hot meal every Sunday night for those who are stretched financially. Each week, guests also have access to high quality food that has reached it's freshness date, picked up from local food retailers.


    Oklahoma tornado victim has ties to Wisconsin

    A child with ties to Wisconsin is among the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Nine-year-old Sydney Angle was a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. She died Monday when a massive tornado tore through the town. Her grandparents, Mike and Leslie Benson, live in Fond du Lac.

    Kriket Krekemeyer cries while cleaning up her tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Okla., Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

    $2B in Okla. tornado damage means hard recovery

    All that is left of Shayne Patteson's three-bedroom home is the tiny area where his wife hunkered down under a mattress to protect their three children when a tornado packing winds of at least 200 mph slammed through his neighborhood. Patteson vowed to rebuild, but said next time he will have an underground storm shelter. "That is the first thing that will be going into the design of the house."


    Man shot by FBI had ties to Boston bombing suspect

    A Chechen immigrant shot to death in Florida after an altercation with an FBI agent implicated himself in a triple slaying that officials believe may have been connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, authorities said.

    A floral tribute in memory of the victim is seen outside the Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene of a terror attack in Woolwich, southeast London, Thursday, May 23, 2013. The British government’s emergency committee met Thursday after two attackers killed a man in a daylight attack in London that raised fears terrorism had returned to the capital.

    Brave woman tried to reason with London attackers

    A brave scout leader who may have prevented further violence has emerged as an unlikely hero in the apparent terror attack that left one man dead on the streets of London. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett got off a bus and tried to reason with the two attackers after she tried to help the man lying on the street but found he had no pulse and was already dead.


    Q&A: What is known about London attack

    A look at the key known facts about the Wednesday attack in south London, when two men hacked another to death near military barracks.

    The water heater in the foreground likely played a role in helping save Schaumburg Trustee Frank Kozak and his wife, Char, when they were in Moore, Okla., visiting Char's brother Monday.

    How Oklahoma coach helped save Schaumburg couple

    A youth triathlon coach who helped pull a Schaumburg trustee and his wife out of the rubble after Monday's tornado in Oklahoma will be watching his team participate in a race Sunday in Geneva. "(Talbot Cox) was one of the responders that helped my parents," said Steve Kozak, son of the trustee. "Obviously he helped save their lives, and I'm grateful for that."

    Conrad Oberhaus, a student at Daniel Wright Junior High in Lincolnshire, competes in a preliminary round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee in Washington. He finished second in the whole country in the end.

    Dawn Patrol: Des Plaines hazing forum; 2% teacher raises in Naperville

    Forum in Des Plaines on hazing. Did Lake Co. sheriff chief quit or get fired? Dist. 211 superintendent set to retire in 2014. Naperville teachers get 2% raises. St. Charles teachers get 2.8% raises. Owners of Lisle-based firm accused of fraud. Longest-serving male teacher in U-46 retiring. Lincolnshire boy 2nd in National Geographic Bee. Cubs lose to Pirates. Red Sox beat White Sox 6-2.

    Former Confederate Captain William Creighton of Elgin, center in gray uniform, led Elgin’s 1913 Memorial Day parade accompanied by a Guard of Honor. A few days earlier, Creighton saved the life of Elgin’s oldest Union veteran.

    Confederate captain led Elgin’s 1913 Memorial Day parade

    Former Confederate Captain William Creighton of Elgin led Elgin's 1913 Memorial Day parade accompanied by a Guard of Honor. A few days earlier, Creighton saved the life of Elgin's oldest Union veteran.

    After 11 years of runners heading out in the morning, the Jeanine Nicarico Run for Reading in Naperville is being re-imagined as an evening race. The event raises money for local literacy programs in honor of Jeanine, who was abducted and murdered in 1983.

    Nicarico Run for Reading returns with new theme, location

    An annual fundraiser honoring the life of a 10-year-old murder victim returns to Naperville next month with a new theme and hopefully some "new excitement," organizers say. The 12th Annual Jeanine Nicarico Run for Reading is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 5th Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave. For the first time, the fundraiser will take place at night, and participants are being asked to...


    Give the Blackhawks credit for playing hard the last two games, but consider that about two weeks too late for a team that should have been flying coming into this series. Now, they're on the verge of going home for the summer.

    Blackhawks' dream season now a nightmare

    Give the Blackhawks credit for playing hard the last two games, but consider that about two weeks too late for a team that should have been flying coming into this series. Now, they're on the verge of going home for the summer.

    The Red Wings have managed to frustrate Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks like no other team has done all season. Goalie Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination here Thursday night with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

    Frustration builds for Blackhawks

    The Red Wings have managed to frustrate Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks like no other team has done all season. Goalie Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings pushed the Hawks to the brink of elimination here Thursday night with a 2-0 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.


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


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


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

    South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez won the regional semifinal game against Elgin with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning at St. Charles North Thursday.

    Rodriguez wins it for South Elgin

    South Elgin senior Kara Rodriguez did not have much success in her first two at-bats against Elgin junior standout Jennah Perryman Thursday, striking out both times. But with the game on the line, South Elgin's Female Athlete of the Year showed the determination of a champion and won the game for her team. Rodriguez lined a clean single up the middle to score Paige Allen from third base with the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Storm beat the Maroons 4-3 in the semifinals of the Class 4A St. Charles North regional. South Elgin beat St. Charles North 4-1 early in the season.


    Cougars get squeezed in 14th inning

    Kane Count Cougars game report:

    Glenbard North’s Matt Krzyzaniak swings into action against Kristiyan Trukov of Warren in first-round singles play Thursday at Rolling Meadows.

    Shift lifts Lo, Swamy to win

    It did not look promising for the Naperville Central doubles team of Wesley Lo and Sid Swamy in their third-round match against Deerfield at the state tennis tournament on Thursday.


    Toews says team is going to keep believing in themselves

    “We’re still a confident group in here,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Thursday night after his team fell in a 3-1 series hole with a loss at Detroit.


    Jacobs blasts into regional final

    Crystal Lake South ace Tyler Hall had won 18 of 20 decisions over two varsity seasons entering Thursday’s Class 4A regional semifinal, but host Jacobs was hardly intimidated. The Golden Eagles scored 7 runs against Hall (5 earned) on 9 hits in building a 7-0 lead through 3 innings, and they staved off a late comeback attempt to win 8-5. “(Hall) wasn’t really hitting spots with his curveballs, so we knew we could jump on his fastball,” Jacobs senior Connor Conzelman said. “It seemed like everybody on our team was hitting him. You don’t have it everyday, I guess.” The victory advances No. 3 Jacobs (22-11) to a regional championship game for the second straight season. The Golden Eagles lost to CL South in the title game last year. They will attempt to win the first regional title in program history against Mid-Suburban League West champion Barrington (22-11), the fourth seed, on Saturday at 10 a.m.

    Photo courtesy of Dina Kwit/Chicago Bandits ¬ The Ballpark at Rosemont

    Stating the case for Rosemont’s Ballpark

    Several times Andy Nussbaum had driven past Rosemont on I-294. He found out Saturday what he was missing. On a perfect May night, Naperville Central’s softball coach soaked in his first evening at the Ballpark at Rosemont before his Redhawks took the field. Just as much as the softball at the Bandits Jamboree, the structure left an impression. “What a great environment,” Nussbaum remarked Saturday night, and his reiterated that comment later in the week. “Just by sheer venue, I’m much more likely to go to a Bandits game than a Sky basketball game just because it’s such a nice park.” Rosemont’s hopes to lure the Cubs as the crown jewel of its revamped entertainment complex is probably a pipedream. Reeling in the state softball tournament shouldn’t be.


    Hedgcock, Downers Grove South defeat Naperville North

    Caroline Hedgcock remembered well her first time facing Naperville North. “Home run by the leadoff batter,” said the Downers Grove South freshman pitcher, “three-run homer the last inning.” This was a whole different Hedgcock, and a whole lot better Downers Grove South. Hedgcock tripled in a three-run first inning, then threw a two-hitter as the No. 9 seed Mustangs turned the tables on an April loss in Downers Grove by beating No. 8 Naperville North 8-2 in Thursday’s Class 4A Batavia regional semifinal.


    Ventrella pitches Lisle into sectional final

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    DeKalb denies Huntley in 7th

    The enthusiasm and effort was evident. But a victory wasn’t in the offing for third-seeded Huntley. A one-out RBI single by Sabrina Kileen in the seventh inning gave second-seeded DeKalb a hard fought 3-2 win over the upset-minded Red Raiders in semifinal action of the Class 4A Jacobs softball regional Thursday afternoon.


    St. Edward falls to Regina

    Regina Dominican 2, St. Edward 1: St. Edward managed just 5 hits in losing its semifinal game of the Class 3A St. Viator regional. Kali Kossakowski was 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases for the Green Wave, one of them a theft of home after fellow senior Ashley Gradisher executed a perfect first-and-third steal from first base. Gradisher, Allison Stratman and Julie Larson had the other St. Edward hits. Lindsay Zdroik took the loss for the Wave (13-14), striking out 13 with 1 walk.


    York walks off with win over Willowbrook

    River Pitlock was simply tired of strikeouts. As York’s starting pitcher he struck out 10 Willowbrook batters. As the Dukes’ No. 2 hitter in the lineup, the senior struck out three times himself at the plate. So when Pitlock batted in the bottom of the seventh Thursday at Schaumburg High School, he tried something different. Much different. Pitlock drove in the game-winning run with a two-out RBI single that gave York a 2-1 victory over Willowbrook in the Class 4A Schaumburg regional baseball semifinals.

    Kendrich Chong of Jacobs competes at the state boys tennis tournament Thursday.

    Jacobs’ Panchapakesa still alive at state

    After battling all season long to impose themselves as serious contenders in the area, Fox Valley Conference power and sectional champ Jacobs has just one remaining player alive at the 98th Illinois State Tennis Championships in Arlington Heights. Freshmen Kailash Panchapakesa (33-6), who finished third at sectionals behind Andre Norasith (South Elgin) and Hampshire junior Elisha Hougland, finds himself in the consolation bracket against Austin Russell (Plainfield South) after going 2-1 on the day at the Hoffman Estates venue Thursday.


    Lake Zurich wins in 9

    Lake Zurich’s softball team survived a scare in its state tournament opener. The sixth-seeded Bears scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to edge No. 11 Glenbrook North 5-4 in a semifinal of the Class 4A Glenbrook South regional.

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com ¬ Lake Zurich hitter Anthony Drago gets a hit during the Class 4A regional play-in baseball game between Prospect and Lake Zurich Monday at Lake Zurich High School.

    Carmel collects win at Judson

    Wet grounds at Carmel Catholic forced the baseball team to travel to Elgin to play a “home” game in the state tournament. The Corsairs apparently didn’t mind. Tyler Murphy belted a 2-run homer, and Dalton Wright scattered 5 hits over 6 innings, as No. 3 Carmel blanked No. 19 Wheeling 6-0 at Judson University on Thursday night.


    St. Charles East's Starai baffles Glenbard East

    The beauty of baseball can largely be found in its unique nomenclature. “His uncle Charlie was pretty good today,” St. Charles East coach Len Asquini said after starting pitcher Matt Starai earned a complete-game 2-1 victory over Glenbard East Thursday afternoon at the Class 4A Geneva regional semifinal.


    Pagan, Bartlett make easy work of Addison Trail

    Bartlett pitcher Holly Pagan wasn’t concerned about a no-hitter or a perfect game she lost in the Hawks’ 9-1 regional semifinal win over No. 12 Addison Trail on Thursday. The junior was just worried about pitching her softball team to the regional championship game.

    Detroit Red Wings, foreground, skate past the Chicago Blackhawks bench after Daniel Cleary’s empty-net goal during the third period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Game Four
    The Chicago Blackhawks fell 2-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth game of their playoff series in Detroit on Thursday.The Blackhawks face elimination Saturday at home in game five.

    Chad Dahlman is stepping down as Elgin’s head softball coach.

    Dahlman steps down at Elgin

    After four seasons, Elgin softball coach Chad Dahlman is stepping down, he said Thursday. “I have a 2-year old at home and I feel I can’t put the time in anymore,” said Dahlman, a Larkin graduate who played baseball for the Royals. “It’s not fair to my family or the girls on the team that I can’t put in the time both deserve.”


    Boomers fall 10-4 to Florence

    FLORENCE, Ky. — The Florence Freedom scored runs in the fifth inning to take control en route to a 10-4 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in the rubber game of a road series on Thursday night. Schaumburg opened the scoring on a deep single to right off the bat of Steve McQuail in the top of the first, bringing home Frank Pfister.Florence opened a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third.The Boomers were able to tie the game on an RBI single from Michael Valadez in the fifth, which scored Mike Demperio, who had tripled.The big blow for Florence in the fifth was a grand slam off the bat of Ryan Skellie to put the game away.The slam came against Danny Jimenez, who suffered the loss after allowing 8 runs in 5 innings. Schaumburg registered 4 extra-base hits, a season high. Valadez finished 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.The road trip will continue this weekend as the Boomers open a three-game series with the 2012 West Division champion Gateway Grizzlies on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Cody Griebling (0-0, 3.00) is scheduled to start for the Boomers opposite right-hander JaVaun West (0-0, 1.80).

    Mack Galvin of Rolling Meadows competes during his first-round match Thursday at Rolling Meadows.

    RM’s Galvin, Schaumburg’s Lin roll through first three rounds

    With his cool, calm demeanor and 30-plus victories, Mack Galvin has shattered the stereotype of freshmen lacking the proper high school experience to be successful on his sport’s biggest stage, the state tournament. The Rolling Meadows frosh booked his place in today’s fourth round championship bracket after an impressive 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory over 9-16 seed Brandon Harris (24-7) of Edwardsville. The earned Galvin a spot opposite 3-4 seed Jeremy Bush, a four-time state qualifier from state power Stevenson. Schaumburg sophomore Vincent Lin will join Galvin in the round of 16 after a strong showing Thursday.

    Buffalo Grove’s Josh Guertler is met at home plate after his fourth inning homer against Mundelein during the Bison’s 11-9 victory Thursday at St. Viator.

    Carefree Buffalo Grove surprises Mundelein

    Buffalo Grove just doesn’t worry. Even when the 17th-seeded Bison were trailing top-seeded Mundelein 5-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Buffalo Grove didn’t flinch. And when the Bison rallied to close the gap to 8-6 in the sixth inning and Mundelein brought in Mitch Schulewitz, one of the area’s top pitchers, still Buffalo Grove was nearly emotionless. But the Bison did finally explode when right fielder Nick Capinelli caught a flyball for the final out of the game as Buffalo Grove rallied to stun Mundelein 11-9 Thursday at the St. Viator regional in Arlington Heights.

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Hawks face elimination after 2-0 loss to Wings

    Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Thursday night, putting the NHL's best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.


    ‘Home’ run suits Elert, Carmel

    If her line-drive, gone-in-a-second smash had been hit more to center field, the softball might have rolled all the way to her Libertyville house. Amanda Elert’s 3-run homer in the first inning, truth be told, was hit that hard. It was the Carmel Catholic freshman catcher’s 10th home run of the season and propelled the fifth-seeded Corsairs to a 14-4 win in five innings over No. 12 Stevenson in the teams’ Class 4A regional semifinal at Libertyville on Thursday. “She’s just a very polished hitter,” Carmel Catholic coach Jason Raymond said. “Almost every at-bat, she gets great swings on the ball.” Think Elert was excited to play on Libertyville’s diamond? She lives five minutes away, between Carmel and Libertyville high schools. If she wasn’t attending Carmel, she’d be a Libertyville Wildcat.


    Grayslake Central gets it going, rallies by Johnsburg

    Grayslake Central was trailing, but a needed jolt of emotion helped them past Johnsburg 4-2 in a Class 3A baseball regional final Thursday at Lakes.


    Rosary comes out swinging, crushes Plano

    Ask any coach and they’ll tell you they want their team playing their best this time of the year. Rosary did just that, starting with what coach John Kazmierczak said was the Royals’ best inning of the season in the bottom of the first Thursday against Plano in the Class 3A Rosary regional semifinals.


    Cinderalla Aurora Central keeps winning

    After the Aurora Central Catholic softball team prevailed over Walther Lutheran 12-0 on Thursday in the second semifinal of the Class 2A Lisle sectional, Chargers coach Jim Hallahan was reminded that his team was just two wins from reaching state. “We’re taking it one game at a time,” he said happily. And why not? The Chargers (13-14) are having fun this postseason and are typical of many teams this time of year -- they hit their stride at the perfect time.

    New York Rangers' Brian Boyle, right, reacts after scoring during the third period in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in New York, Thursday, May 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Kreider keeps Rangers alive with OT goal

    Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.


    Hoffman Estates stuns No. 2 Batavia

    Batavia pitcher Austin Shanahan was cruising in the Bulldogs’ Class 4A regional semifinal game against 18th-seeded Hoffman Estates Thursday in Bartlett.

    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes (12) leaps to avoid Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (12) at second base while turning a double play on the Cubs' Nate Schlerholtz at first base during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Jackson, Cubs fall to Pirates for 4th loss in row

    Edwin Jackson pitched just three innings Thursday before being removed following a long rain delay. That was long enough for the Cubs right-hander to absorb another loss. Jackson gave up two runs in the first inning and two more in the second as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 4-2, the Cubs' fourth straight loss. "I got beat with men on base with balls up in the zone," he said.

    White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, shown here during spring training this year, goes to the mound Friday night for the first time since defeating the Cubs at Wrigley Field last May 19.

    Danks returns to the mound for White Sox

    John Danks says he's fully recovered from Aug. 6 shoulder surgery and ready to help the White Sox win games. The 28-year-old lefty returns to the mound for the first time since May 19 of last season and starts vs. the Miami Marlins Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Kristiyan Trukov of Warren swings into action against Glenbard North’s Matt Krzyzaniak on Thursday at Rolling Meadows.

    Bush leads Stevenson as NSC brings numbers

    Stevenson lived up to its billing, and its North Suburban Conference brethren stayed in the limelight as well as the first day of the 98th boys tennis state tournament drew to a close Thursday. After brief rainfall welcomed the 64-player singles field at 12 sites near host Hersey in Arlington Heights, Patriots top player Jeremy Bush sent a trio of opponents packing to earn his spot in the fourth round against 17-32 seed Mack Galvin (35-5), a freshman from Rolling Meadows. Their 9 a.m. Friday match will take place at Hersey, where all the singles competition from the championship bracket will be held. Doubles will be contested at Buffalo Grove, where the Patriot team of Colin Harvey/Andrew Komarov (18-2) take on 9-16 seed Naperville Central (Wesley Lo-Sid Swamy). The Patriots’ Pawel Jaworski/Josh Lieberman, 24-4) will take the courts opposite Lake Forest’s Cameron Bagheri/Connor O’Kelly. The tandems split a pair of meetings earlier this season.


    Big inning carries Burlington Central

    One inning of offensive production was enough Thursday for the Burlington Central baseball team. The Rockets scored six times in the bottom of the first inning as they defeated Marengo, 6-2, in the Class 3A Burlington Central regional semifinals.

    Warren runner Megan Sowa slides under the tag of Grayslake North catcher Kaitlyn Olsen in the third inning during Class 4A regional semifinal play Thursday at Warren.

    Coronado’s 2-homer day, Wagner’s pitching carry Warren

    An injured index finger, jammed in practice on Wednesday, didn’t seem to bother Warren’s Selaina Coronado all that much. Coronado smacked a pair of home runs and finished with 7 RBI on Thursday afternoon, and Jana Wagner pitched 5 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a hit and a couple of runs as second-seeded Warren outslugged No. 3 seed Grayslake North 15-2 in 6 innings in Class 4A regional semifinal play in Gurnee. The Blue Devils (23-6) next host top-seeded Zion-Benton in the regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday.


    Ludwig, Dundee-Crown roll over DeKalb

    Not that long ago, Jared Ludwig was pitching for the Dundee-Crown sophomore team. Thursday, he found himself on the mound in a postseason game. Ludwig acquitted himself just fine, thank you, holding DeKalb to 3 hits over 5-plus innings while leading the Chargers to a 10-0, 6-inning victory. D-C faces Huntley on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the title in the Class 4A DeKalb regional.

    St. Charles East’s Justin Bowman swats a return while playing against Eric Marbach of Waubonsie Valley in first-round state tournament singles action Thursday at Rolling Meadows.

    St. Charles East’s Koenen in command

    Jasper Koenen made a convincing start to his boys tennis state tournament campaign on Thursday, starting fast and never looking back with three straight-set victories to book himself into Friday’s fourth round of the championship bracket when play resumes Friday at host Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.


    Time to catch up with 100-match winner Bowman

    Geneva junior lacrosse player Brandon Heimlich made the cut at a Midwest regional tryout and has been selected as a Brine National All-Star.


    For several Class 1A athletes, one more race to go

    Jake Hooker mentioned one motivation shared by most every athlete who competed in Thursday’s Class 1A preliminaries of the boys state track finals.


    Toews, Saad both held scoreless before Game 4

    DETROIT — Jonathan Toews wasn’t the Blackhawks’ only player looking for his first goal of the playoffs in Game 4 on Thursday.Rookie Brandon Saad hadn’t found the back of the net in the first seven playoff games either.“I guess the two of us are kind of in the same boat right now,” Toews said after the morning skate. “We’re working as hard as we can, trying to make things happen just waiting for that one break to kind of open the flood gates.“He’s a good player. He’s still out there doing good things. He’s killing penalties and contributing. He’s very mature for his age, and he understands that eventually it’s going to go in for him.”The 20-year-old Saad is still dealing with the increase in intensity from the regular season to the playoffs.“Everything picks up,” Saad said. “Obviously matchups and things like that factor in, but every game is ramped up and it’s intense. There’s a lot of passion out there. It’s been a lot of fun to be part of. It helped last year getting a taste of it and seeing what it was all about.”Hawks coach Joel Quenneville started Saad on the second line in Game 4 on Thursday with Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane.“He’s a good kid with an even disposition and a consistent approach game in and game out,” Quenneville said. “We equate it to exactly how he began the season when his production didn’t reflect his play. We stuck with it, playing with top guys, and eventually he ended up breaking through. He didn’t really change the way he had to play. We’re at that same place now. We don’t want to change the way he’s been playing.”More from Seabrook:Joel Quenneville said before Game 4 the team needed more from defenseman Brent Seabrook, who played less than 18 minutes in the Hawks’ Game 3 loss and was minus-1. He let Gustav Nyquist go around him on Detroit’s first goal.“We’re looking for more,” Quenneville said after the morning skate.“Whether it’s a matchup or the way the game is being played, how we’re playing, how he’s playing, I think reflects that,” Quenneville said of Seabrook’s reduced ice time in Game 3. “Our defense has been pretty solid throughout most of the season, but we need everybody to be strong and we have to be comfortable with everybody against anybody.”Only Nick Leddy (14:37) played fewer minutes than Seabrook (17:57) in Game 3. Seabrook averaged 21:59 on the ice during the regular season.Red Wings way:Many of Detroit’s young players are getting their first taste of what it’s like to play in the playoffs for a team with the history of the Red Wings.“When you put on our sweater, there’s an obligation to Mr. Howe and Mr. Lindsay and the people that came before you to compete like a Red Wing,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t think there’s an obligation to win like a Red Wing. I think there’s an obligation to prepare for the opportunity you’ve been given and to maximize your potential.“That’s what life’s about, maximizing what you’ve been given. That doesn’t guarantee winning. You need a certain amount of players and depth and breaks to win. The pressure comes to prepare well, to work hard, to compete hard to make sure you’re doing what you should do in respect of the uniform and to one another.”Bad blood brewing:The hate only grows in a long playoff series.“When you play a team six or seven times there’s some bad blood between each other,” Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s just part of a playoff series and the intensity rises as each game passes.“It’s all about playing on edge and playing hard.”


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Stevenson’s Zach Novoselsky is a Division I football prospect but has always had a love for baseball, where he’s excelled at designated hitter for the Pats this spring.

    Novoselsky ready for action, as designated

    Stevenson's Zach Novoselsky is having a big impact as the baseball team's designated hitter this spring, but he may have a long-term future in football. His father, Brent Novoselsky, played tight end in the NFL for seven seasons.


    Walker, Grayslake North roll to victory

    Brendan Walker scored 4 goals, as Grayslake North’s boys lacrosse team made quick work of Highland Park on Wednesday, winning 18-2. A running clock was started with four minutes to go in the first half after the Knights jumped out to a 14-1 lead.

    Central defender Bakary Soumare is getting his wish of being traded back to the Chicago Fire.

    Fire trades draft pick to Philly for Soumare

    The Chicago Fire is close to reacquiring central defender Bakary Soumare in a trade with the Philadelphia Union.

    Zoe Swift of Naperville North has been named Gatorade Illinois girls soccer player of the year.

    Naperville North soocer player nets big honor

    Naperville North soccer player Zoe Swift was one of the athletes whose picture graced the cover of our spring sports preview. On Tuesday she became the recipient of a much greater honor. Swift was named the Gatorade Illinois girls soccer player of the year.

    Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler, at right trying to control the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, has helped anchor the back line for RSL this season.

    2 MLS players with Chicago ties look to stop Fire

    Real Salt Lake seemed to be taking a huge risk when it included veteran defender Jamison Olave among the starters it traded away last winter. A couple of younger players with Chicago ties are making sure RSL doesn’t miss Olave.

    Prospect’s Zach Smith delivers during Class 4A regional action at Lake Zurich on Monday.

    Cool finish to a tumultuous senior year for Prospect’s Smith

    Zach Smith was no different from many other high school athletes when he had to face the unfortunate reality he would be competing in a Prospect uniform for the last time Monday afternoon. What was different for Smith, however, was how fortunate he was to have one final opportunity to pitch for the Knights in their regional quarterfinal baseball loss at Lake Zurich. And how blessed the 6-foot-2½, 250-pound left-hander was to get the chances to put on his school’s football and baseball uniforms at all during his senior year.

    A third-round draft pick, Maggie Hull of Kansas has signed with the Chicago Bandits for the 2013 NPF season.

    Bandits sign Kansas star hitter Maggie Hull

    The Chicago Bandits have signed Maggie Hull, the club's third-round pick in the 2013 NPF Senior Draft. Hull, who was the No. 11 overall selection in the draft, played at Kansas and led the Big 12 Conference in 2012 with a .409 batting average.

    ARCA driver Frank Kimmel celebrates on pit road after winning the rain-shortened ARCA series race at the Talladega Superspeedway on May 3. Kimmel is expected to race when the series visits the Chicagoland Speedway this summer.

    ActivArmr 150 returning to Chicagoland track

    The ARCA Racing Series' annual visit to Chicagoland Speedway will once again be called the Ansell ActivArmr® 150. Officials from Ansell Protective Products, the ARCA Racing Series and Chicagoland Speedway made the announcement tHURSDAY. The Ansell ActivArmr® 150, presented by Menards, will take place on July 21 at the Joliet oval.


    Mike North video: Robin Ventura Makes the Right Move

    Mike North wants to take 1% of the credit for the Chicago White Sox recent turnaround. Robin Ventura called a meeting and stomped his foot about the way the Sox were playing and since then, they have turned it up a notch.


    NU diving coach to lead Team USA

    Northwestern head diving coach Alik Sarkisian has been named the head coach and team leader for USA Diving at the 2013 World University Games July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Sarkisian will coach a squad of 12 divers from 10 different universities who were selected based on results from the World Championship and World University Games Trials.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) helped lead his team to a 103-102 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series Wednesday in Miami.

    LeBron saves Heat at buzzer of Game 1

    LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim. There was no one in his way. There was no stopping him, either. James made a layup as time expired in overtime, capping a 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort as the Miami Heat found a way to outlast the Indiana Pacers 103-102 in a wildly back-and-forth Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.


    Conant earns regional title shot

    Conant softball coach Cathyann Smith, who guided the Cougars to Mid-Suburban League championships in 2011 and 2012, will have her team playing in a regional championship on Saturday in Glen Ellyn. The No. 8-seeded Cougars improved to 16-9 on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over Glenbard West, which was seeded No. 11 in its own Class 4A regional.


    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens as he testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Joint Economic Committee hearing on “The Economic Outlook.”

    Why worry? Less aid by Fed would point to recovery

    “We should be wishing for higher interest rates,” says Kevin Logan, HSBC’s chief U.S. economist. “It would be a sign of a more healthy economy.”

    Trader Peter Tuchman, left, works Thursday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks edge lower as investors reassess Fed fears

    The Dow is up 16.7 percent this year. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 15.7 percent since the start of 2013. On Thursday though, trading was volatile.

    Associated Press/Dec. 6, 2012 Employee walks through the appliance department Thursday at a Sears in North Olmsted, Ohio. Sears Holdings Corp. reported quarterly financial results.

    Sears reports bigger-than-expected loss

    The company, based in Hoffman Estates, has posted six straight years of declining sales at stores open at least a year. Sears’ middle-income shoppers have been hit hard by the economy’s woes.


    Dover to spin off Knowles communications businesses

    Downers Grove-based equipment maker Dover Corp. said Thursday that its board has approved a plan to spin off some of its communication technologies businesses into a new publicly traded company.

    McDonald’s once again faced criticism that it’s a purveyor of junk food that markets to children at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday.

    McDonald’s can’t shake criticism about nutrition

    Oak Brook-based McDonald's once again faced criticism that it's a purveyor of junk food that markets to children at its annual shareholder meeting Thursday. The world's biggest hamburger chain has been looking to keep up with changing tastes, but shareholders aren't satisfied.

    Average rates on fixed mortgage rose for the third straight week, hitting their highest levels since mid-March. Still, mortgage rates remained close to historic lows, a trend that should help sustain the housing recovery.

    U.S. rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.59 pct.

    Average rates on fixed mortgage rose for the third straight week, hitting their highest levels since mid-March. Still, mortgage rates remained close to historic lows, a trend that should help sustain the housing recovery. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 3.59 percent this week.

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.

    Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 340K

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth. "The underlying story in jobless claims continues to be one of gradual improvement," said economist Bricklin Dwyer.

    Sales of new homes rose in April to the second highest level since the summer of 2008 while the median price for a new home hit a record high, further signs that housing is recovering.

    U.S. new home sales up 2.3 percent in April

    Sales of new homes rose in April to the second highest level since the summer of 2008 while the median price for a new home hit a record high, further signs that housing is recovering. New-home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 in April, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was up 2.3 percent from March and just slightly below January's 458,000.

    Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker, whose fundraising prowess fueled President Barack Obama’s ascent, will confront Republicans’ questions about a bank she led and offshore trusts that benefit her during a hearing on her nomination to be U.S. Commerce secretary.

    Pritzker to be pressed on bank, offshore cash

    Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker, whose fundraising prowess fueled President Barack Obama's ascent, will confront Republicans' questions about a bank she led and offshore trusts that benefit her during a hearing on her nomination to be U.S. Commerce secretary.

    The population of Chicago has climbed but it climbed slower than any major city in the United States.

    Census bureau finds Chicago is growing, but slowly

    The population of Chicago has climbed but it climbed slower than any major city in the United States.The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the U.S. Census Bureau's national estimates released Thursday found that Chicago's population rose about 10,000 between July 2011 and July 2012 to just over 2.7 million.

    House lawmakers are ready to pass legislation that links student loan rates to the financial markets. It’s already drawn a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

    House to vote on variable-rate student loans

    House lawmakers are ready to pass legislation that links student loan rates to the financial markets. It's already drawn a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The measure set to pass Thursday would avoid a rate increase on new subsidized Stafford loans. Democrats stand largely opposed to the measure, which would provide some students a deal in the first years of the new system before ratcheting up interest rates later.

    New census estimates show that most of the nation’s largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year.

    Urban renewal? Big US cities showing strong growth

    Urban renewal? New census estimates show that most of the nation's largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year. Big cities surpassed the rate of growth of their surrounding suburbs at an even faster clip, a sign of America's continuing preference for urban living after the economic downturn quelled enthusiasm for less-crowded expanses.

    Things are going to get really busy at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this weekend. The city’s Department of Aviation says that the 269,000 passengers expected at O’Hare on Friday will make it the busiest day of the Memorial Day weekend.

    Busy holiday weekend expected at Chicago airports

    Things are going to get really busy at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this weekend. The city's Department of Aviation says that the 269,000 passengers expected at O'Hare on Friday will make it the busiest day of the Memorial Day weekend.

    After a five-year slump spurred by the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble, record gasoline prices and deepening poverty, the nation’s largest suburbs showed increasing signs of life in 2012. More than half of the 20 municipalities with the fastest- growing populations between 2010 and 2012 were suburbs, according to U.S. census data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Suburbs show new life with sunbelt growth after housing crash
    $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Bloomberg News$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$ Reports of the death of suburbia have been exaggerated.After a five-year slump spurred by the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble, record gasoline prices and deepening poverty, the nation’s largest suburbs showed increasing signs of life in 2012. More than half of the 20 municipalities with the fastest- growing populations between 2010 and 2012 were suburbs, according to U.S. census data compiled by Bloomberg.That means growing suburban communities will continue to get their share of the approximately $400 billion in funds the federal government annually spends based on population data provided by the Census Bureau. It also points to the durability of the suburban experiment, begun six decades ago on Long Island, New York, even after millions of home foreclosures, greater numbers of single-person households and delays by young adults in starting families.“Suburbia has become so deeply embedded in the cultural DNA of our nation that it is nearly impossible for us to organize our life on the landscape otherwise,” James Howard Kunstler, author of “The Geography of Nowhere,” a 1994 history of suburbia, said in an e-mail. “We’re just too deep into it to change.”Among urban areas, New York, the nation’s largest city, has added 2 percent to its population of 8.3 million since the April 1, 2010, decennial headcount. Only Stamford, Connecticut, and Jersey City, New Jersey, posted higher growth rates among the nine major municipalities surrounding New York.Struggling CitiesOther cities in the Northeast and Midwest continued to hemorrhage residents. Still, in a majority of municipalities, growth rates accelerated between 2011 and 2012, according to Census Bureau estimates released today that cover just that two- year period.Large suburbs in the South and Southwest -- the Sunbelt -- and on the West Coast recorded some of the highest growth rates in the nation, while falling short of population increases seen during the economic boom of the early and mid-2000s.“In fast-growing regions, there are signs of suburban revival,” said William Frey, senior demographer at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. “Las Vegas is an example where the suburbs are leading the way back -- though well below the heyday of the past.”Other places that were hit hardest by the collapse of the housing bubble showed significant growth. Tempe, home to Arizona State University, posted a 3.2 percent increase in residents between 2010 and 2012, the data compiled by Bloomberg for that three-year period show. The Phoenix suburb lost 1.9 percent of its population between 2008 and 2010.Turnaround NeighborhoodsInglewood, a Los Angeles County community, had a 1.4 percent population gain between 2010 and 2012 after losing 0.1 percent during the economic downturn. Clearwater, which borders both Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, recorded a 1 percent rise during the latest three-year period after losing 0.1 percent between 2008 and 2010.Kent, a Seattle suburb that’s home to outdoor gear company Recreational Equipment Inc., posted the largest percentage gain of any major U.S. city between 2010 and 2012, increasing its post-Census population by 33 percent to almost 123,000 people. About 24,000 residents were added to the suburb through an annexation that took effect in July 2010.Eight of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas, according to Census Bureau data. Six of the Texas cities were suburbs, with three -- San Marcos, Cedar Park and Georgetown -- located close to Austin. McKinney and Frisco, which also made the top 15, are near Dallas, and Conroe is north of Houston.Fastest GrowingSan Marcos was the fastest-growing city in the nation between 2011 and 2012, adding 4.9 percent to 50,001 people. The city, which is home to Texas State University, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the Northern Hemisphere.

    Jurors have withdrawn to begin deliberations about whether Donald Trump cheated an 87-year-old who claims the “Apprentice” star cheated her in property deal.

    Jurors begin deliberations at Trump civil trial

    Jurors have withdrawn to begin deliberations about whether Donald Trump cheated an 87-year-old who claims the "Apprentice" star cheated her in property deal. They withdrew Wednesday afternoon after closing arguments at the civil trial in federal court in Chicago.

    Contraception coverage by for-profit companies faces a prominent test in Denver. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court for an exemption from part of the federal health care law.

    Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

    Contraception coverage by for-profit companies faces a prominent test in Denver. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court for an exemption from part of the federal health care law. Hobby Lobby says it shouldn't be required to offer health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

    The Xfinity Wi-Fi app locates hot spots for its service in Chicago's suburbs.

    Comcast debuts WiFi service in Chicago area

    Comcast, which has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, has launched Xfinity Wi-Fi in the Chicago and suburban area. Comcast customers can access about 100,000 hot spots nationwide, including more than 1,000 in Chicago and the suburbs for free, said company spokesman Jack Segel. "So many people use our service on mobile devices and download and stream content on the go. It only made sense to provide it now," he said.

Life & Entertainment

    Richard Marx

    Richard Marx cancels Raue show
    Richard Marx has cancelled his June 29 show at Raue Center in Crystal Lake.

    Ethan Hawke, left, and Julie Delpy star in “Before Midnight.”

    One more shot at romance in ‘Before Midnight’

    The hardest segment to watch in “Before Midnight” — an extended, emotional hotel-room argument that comprises the film’s final third — was actually the easiest to shoot, say co-stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater.

    William Shatner plays Capt. James T. Kirk in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn,” coming to theaters in Naperville and Woodridge with the actor in tow.

    The Captain comes to Naperville, Woodridge

    Dann interviews the universe's favorite movie captain, William Shatner, who beams into the Northwest suburbs this weekend to show "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" at theaters in Naperville and Woodridge. Dann also supplies film notes, plus chats with the co-directors of "What Maisie Knew," a modernized update of a novel by Henry James, starring amazing 6-year-old actress named Onata Aprile.


    Theater events: Standup, 'Whose Line?' at Aurora's Comedy Shrine

    Rocky Osborn headlines Aurora's Comedy Shrine's 90-minute standup comedy set this weekend. The adults-only version of the Shrine's audience-interactive, improv show “Whose Line?” follows. Writers' Theatre presents playwright David Ives' adaptation of the 17th century farce, "The Liar" and Steppenwolf showcases emerging theater artists as part of its third annual Next Up series this week in theater.

    “Sing to the Moon” by Laura Mvula

    Singer Laura Mvula enchants on debut

    Infused with a range of influences, including African folk and modern pop, English-born singer Laura Mvula is distinctively different on her debut album, "Sing to the Moon." Comparisons to Nina Simone and rising Scottish newcomer Emeli Sande have already been made, but Mvula shouldn't be compared to anyone.

    Self-absorbed Susanna (Julianne Moore) spends time with her 6-year-old daughter Maisie (Onata Aprile) in “What Maisie Knew.”

    'Maisie' charms with plucky heroine, superb cast

    If Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of "The Great Gatsby" left you wondering about the state of cinematic adaptation these days, hie yourself to "What Maisie Knew," Scott McGehee and David Siegel's tone-perfect, modernized re-telling of Henry James' novel. "What Maisie Knew" gives the audience a ground-eye view of its mesmerizing title character, a plucky, 6-year-old New Yorker who navigates downtown bars and building lobbies with the street-savvy of a pro.

    Roman (Tyrese Gibson, or at least his stunt double) escapes being crushed by a military tank in Justin Lin's thrill-packed "Fast & Furious 6."

    'Fast & Furious 6' a funny, live-action cartoon on steroids

    Don't call "Fast & Furious 6" a regular action movie. It's a 15-year-old boy's ultimate live-action version of a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon driven by muscle cars, muscle guys, muscle girls and a Victoria's Secret music-video shoot tossed in for extra testosterone teasing. Speaking of car metaphors, park your expectations of common sense and realism at the theater door. You won't need them.

    Grub and Mub, left, join Leafmen protectors Ronin and Nod in a scene from the 3-D animated fantasy "Epic."

    3-D forest tale a kid-friendly animated action fantasy

    The 3-D action fantasy "Epic" gains major bump-ups from witty visuals and pithy jokes (a bit about a fruitfly's life-span is a classic), Danny Elfman's superbly wrought score — buttressing the action with aural thrills and celestial spirituality — and from Christoph Waltz's unnerving vocal hissings as Mandrake, the Lord Voldemort of this story, all about an enchanted forest under attack.

    Try Cheddar, chorizo and chive muffins with tomato soup or a salad.

    Cheddar, Chorizo and Chive Muffins
    Cheddar, Chorizo and Chive Muffins

    Employees of Velocity Merchant Services (VMS) in Downers Grove participated in a new reality workplace series, “Does Someone Have to Go?” The new Fox show airs at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Fox reality show spotlights Downers Grove business

    This time "you're fired" is more than a Donald Trump catchphrase. Fox is turning the firing of real people from real jobs into entertainment. And they start it off in Downers Grove. “Does Someone Have to Go?” airs at 7 p.m. Thursday. On the show, cameras go into small businesses and employees are compelled to rat out underperforming colleagues. At the end, they choose one co-worker to recommend for firing.



    Editorial: Get involved to put fairness in state balance of power

    A Daily Herald editorial urges citizens to get behind a new drive to change the way legislative districts are drawn in Illinois.

    Bill Zars/bzars@dailyherald.com ¬ Jim Slusher Daily Herald editor

    Changes aim not just to interest but to engage

    Columnist Jim Slusher: It's always been important for us as a source of information and entertainment to catch and keep your interest. But it's even more important for all of us as a society to have you actively involved.


    Tickets are hardship for regular folks
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Recently, I have been thinking about citations and their correlation to generating revenue.


    Tumor disorder has no cure
    A letter to the editor: May is a special month, but not just because of holidays like Mother's Day and Memorial Day. May is also Neurofibromatosis (NF) Awareness Month to the more than 100,000 Americans who live with it.


    GOP should shed Tea Party influence
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Why has the old Republican guard stood silent? The haters of the Tea Party have not allowed legislation to even be voted on because it would mean a win for the president.


    Crime, corruption ‘tax’ impacts all
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Every time a citizen buys gas or food or anything else, the cost is higher because of higher taxes that go into the pockets of politically favored groups who deliver the votes into the pockets of political cronies and relatives, into politically padded payrolls and into outright corruption.


    Please don’t toss flag out with the trash
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The American flag is not just another rag to be dumped! The flag must be by law properly disposed of and usually at the assistance of an area veterans post, many of which at times offer an American flag drop-off as we do at our post.


    Town-by-town gun laws absurd
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Illinois Senate committee approved a plan for concealed carry. No wonder Illinois is in such trouble. The plan would allow municipalities of more than 25,000 residents to decide where carrying a gun was off-limits. This would mean that you would not know what the rules are as you drive through different communities.


    Wheels falling off liberal bandwagon
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Smug media pundits would have you believe that the Tea Party is dead, given up, gone away. Check out the newly elected conservatives on your local school board, county board, state assembly and the U.S. Senate, despite the best efforts of this corrupt administration's IRS to intimidate the movement nationwide.


    IRS won’t look kindly on this ‘terrorist’
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Despite the president's feigned outrage over IRS' targeting, he must have secretly cheered, since the targets were his fierce political opponents. We have learned of more and more groups that were harassed by this feared government agency.


    Keep Memorial Day a special day
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Memorial Day is a very special day, not for sales but for pausing and taking time to honor all those who have served this country in war and peace.


    Press no longer has Obama’s back
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: America is going through a cultural change for the better within our broadcast media. ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN are interrupting their biased blather with attempts at objective journalism. Past liberal media advocacy for Obama is on the wane.


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